General News

Lafayette city employees team up to slim down

May 3, 2012

Lafayette city employees lost nearly 950-pounds throughout the past 12-weeks.

It was a part of a contest called “Slim City,” based on the T-V show the Biggest Loser.

City Clerk Cindy Murray helped coordinate the effort.

She says say weight loss is important for overall health and to keep insurance premiums low.

About 120 employees participated in the contest and worked in teams of three.

The winning and third place teams are from the Lafayette Fire Department.

The members of the winning team each received $100 gift cards.

Lawmakers in Connecticut have voted to end a ban on Sunday liquor sales.

That leaves Indiana as the only state that prohibits retail alcohol sales on Sunday.

Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers president John Livengood doesn’t expect the change in Connecticut to have any effect on the law here.

He says Connecticut only allows alcohol to be sold in liquor stores, while Indiana permits supermarkets and drugstores to sell it.

CFGL launches endowment campaign

May 2, 2012

A local organization is launching an effort to help area non-profits build up their funding.

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette is working with 16-groups on its Agency Endowment Matching Campaign.

The goal is to raise $1.3-million and the Community Foundation will match 25-percent of every dollar.

President and CEO Greg Kapp says this is the most effective way for the Foundation to provide assistance.

He says the Community Foundation will match up to $50,000 for each organization.

The developer of a mixed-use project on Northwestern Avenue has submitted new plans for that location.

Marc Muinzer previously proposed developments known as Boiler Cribs and the Landmark.

The biggest sticking point in both plans was parking.

Assistant director for the Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission Ryan O’Gara says the new development, which doesn’t have a name yet, has 502 spaces instead of 295.

He says the structure remains six stories, but the number of bedrooms has been reduced from 600 to 558.

Red Cross honors volunteers

May 1, 2012

Red Cross volunteers are being honored for their efforts.

The Tippecanoe County Chapter recognized six people with its Shining Star award and Lafayette Answering Service with the Good Neighbor Award.

Volunteer Services Director Jennifer Edwards says the organization couldn’t function as effectively without their help.

The local Red Cross chapter currently has more than 150-volunteers.

A new collaborative effort is beginning to fight homelessness in Tippecanoe County.

It’s called Solutions Beyond Shelter and aims at identifying the issues most important to dealing with those who are homeless or at risk.

United Way CEO James Taylor says people who have experienced the problem – or are now – are needed to help solve the problem. He says service providers, and people who understand the challenges facing low-income individuals, should participate also.

Hunger Hike 2012 kicks off

Apr 25, 2012

An annual event to raise money for those who are food insecure is underway in Lafayette.

Hunger Hike 2012 kicked off Wednesday.

The event is put on by Food Finders Food Bank, Lafayette Urban Ministry, and Saint Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.

Purdue women’s basketball coach Sharon Versyp is the honorary chair.

She says her team is going to use their voice to push the message of feeding those in need.

Water boil advisory in Otterbein

Apr 25, 2012

The town of Otterbein is under a water boil advisory.

Water was shut down this morning as crews repaired a leak in a four inch water valve.

It is now restored, but residents are told to boil their water until further notice.

Those with questions are advised to call the town clerks office at 765-583-0089 or 765-714-1023.

Former Purdue administrator awaits sentencing

Apr 25, 2012

A Tippecanoe County judge is considering the punishment for a former Purdue associate dean.

Judge Les Meade accepted Pablo Malavenda’s plea of guilty for one count of theft. He was arrested last October for shoplifting and accused of stealing about $160 worth of household items.

Theft is a Class D Felony with a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Purdue fired Pablo Malavenda from his job in the dean of students office shortly after his arrest last year.

A sentencing hearing is set for May 23, 2012.

Greater Lafayette forum tackles immigration

Apr 23, 2012

The Greater Lafayette community is taking a closer look at immigration laws.

A panel of experts spoke on the issue Monday night during a forum sponsored by the Diversity Roundtable of Greater Lafayette at Ivy Tech Community College.

Angela Adams, Director of Immigration Group, Lewis & Kappes Counselors and Attorneys at Law, Indianapolis, says bringing the conversation to the forefront is a start in finding a resolution.

Purdue Political Science Professor Jay McCann says there needs to be compromise from both sides if any progress is going to be made.

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