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Waynedale Politial Commentaries

What are your Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana politicians working on for you? Local, regional and state wide politics can be found here written by your elected officials.

VOICE YOUR THOUGHTS ON 2014 AGENDA ITEMS - STRAIGHT FROM THE SENATE

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The Indiana General Assembly is scheduled to convene Jan. 6, 2014. As this important date approaches, I am seeking your input on topics expected to be discussed during the legislative session, which runs through March 14.

In early January, you will receive a newsletter from me sent to your home address. This newsletter will contain vital contact information, ways you can stay involved in your state government and a survey so you can voice your thoughts on current legislative issues.

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DEPT. OF PUBLIC WORKS - MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

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I was pleased to recently join our Department of Public Works to announce a new initiative – the launching of a free app called RecycleFW! The app is designed to help residents get easy access to information about disposal of recyclables, garbage and other waste materials.

Now at an 80 percent participation rate, Fort Wayne's single stream recycling program is a huge hit with residents. In fact, participation in the City's One Cart recycling program, which began in 2011, has grown more than 45...

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MISS VIRGINIA - VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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I remember when I was in the 9th grade; a friend of mine showed me the home of Virginia Schrantz, better known to some as "Miss Virginia". At the time, her home was located on the corner of Hugh and Francis Streets, which was close to where I lived. I began a routine of stopping by there while walking home from high school. I enjoyed coming into her home and browsing the many items that filled her home. My typical visit at Miss Virginia's lasted 30-45 minutes. I remember her home being filled...

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SERVE AS A SENATE PAGE FOR A DAY - STRAIGHT FROM THE SENATE

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I would like to invite young Hoosiers in the Fort Wayne community to visit the Statehouse and serve as a Senate page during the 2014 legislative session.

The Senate Page Program is a special opportunity to witness the legislative process firsthand, get to know state legislators and listen to debate on important issues.

The 118th session of the Indiana General Assembly begins January 6, and pages are welcome Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 14.

Middle and high school students who...

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PUBLIC SAFETY - MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

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I was pleased to recently join Police Chief Rusty York in announcing that the Fort Wayne Police Department has received a $1.25 million Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant to hire 10 additional police officers to serve the community. The academy class for the 10 grant-funded officers is tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2015.

This is great news for our City and our neighborhoods! Investing in public safety is critical in our efforts of being a City that values quality of...

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VOLUNTEERING - VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP

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Each year during this time, I reflect upon the many blessings I have received. I am so grateful that I am able to meet my financial needs, and that I can enjoy good times with others. When I think about the wonderful times I've had with family and friends, the memories bring me tremendous joy. However, it saddens my heart when I think about my loved ones who have passed on. As a result, I put forth special effort to enjoy time spent with others. Knowing that I can teach and learn when...

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