Well the seasons are turning again and Memorial Day will be here shortly. The United States has been observing that holiday on the last Monday of May since 1971 when the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” made several national holidays land on Mondays to give workers a three-day weekend. Before 1971
The City of Fort Wayne’s Public Works Division and I recently unveiled the list of 2017 transportation infrastructure projects that will enhance mobility, improve safety and strengthen neighborhoods.
Nearly 500 individual projects in more than 130 neighborhoods will be visible throughout the spring,
The Indiana General Assembly’s 2017 legislative session came to an end Saturday, April 22, with the passage of several important pieces of legislation for our state.
In contrast to the partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., all but a handful of the bills that passed the General Assembly this year
The City of Fort Wayne’s 311 Call Center received the Game Changer Award, presented by Oracle Service Cloud at the recent Modern Customer Experience Conference hosted by Oracle in Las Vegas.
Fort Wayne was recognized for achieving game-changing results as a support organization through the use of
On Sunday, May 14, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day when we honor our mothers and all the contributions they have made to our lives. My mother passed away when I was only seventeen, but in the short time we were together she influenced me in so many ways for which I am ever thankful.
While I always
It’s getting toward the end of the school year, and once again the Wayne Township Trustee Office is taking applications for the Recognizing Achievement Scholarship that we offer to graduating high school seniors who are moving on to higher education. And this year for the first time we are offering
I recently announced that nine local organizations will receive 2017 Commercial Façade Grants to improve their properties. This year’s recipients are all located on well-traveled urban corridors that the City of Fort Wayne is working to revitalize.
The local organizations include Ziegler’s Window
For more than a decade, Indiana has led the nation in fiscal responsibility by passing balanced budgets, cutting taxes, and reducing the size of state government.
The fiscally responsible foundation we have built here in the Hoosier state has helped encourage economic growth and lower unemployment
U.S. News and World Report recently named Indiana’s government the best in the nation.
The ranking was based on budget transparency, government digitalization, fiscal stability and state integrity. The combination of these factors ranked us first overall, but we also fared well in each individual
Early last month our office hosted a public meeting, at the downtown library, of landlords who rent their properties to recipients of Wayne Township assistance. I was pleased that we had a good turnout and were able to answer questions and converse with folks we regularly do business with. Not only
I recently joined officials from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Indiana, Fraternal Order of Police and Fort Wayne UNITED to unveil Blue Bucket Brigade, a community awareness program designed to enhance relationships and partnerships among community organizations, law enforcement and youth.
It is a great honor to represent the people of Senate District 16 in the Indiana State Senate.
Common sense Hoosier values, a strong work ethic, and a compassionate spirit combine to make our part of the state a wonderful place to live.
Each year, I survey my constituents to get their input on current
As you may already know, the deadline for filing the Federal and State income taxes is Tuesday, April 18th. This is the third year in a row that taxes fall due on a day other than the traditional April 15th. You can thank Abraham Lincoln for those three extra days you have to submit your returns.
I recently joined Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll to announce the 2017 summer concert lineup at Foellinger Theatre.
Since that announcement, several new acts have been added, including Barenaked Ladies, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Blue Oyster Cult with Guest Mark Farner. Many
The Indiana General Assembly recently reached the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session, meaning all of the bills passed by the Senate are now being considered by the House of Representatives and vice versa.
In all, the Senate passed 201 bills during the first half of session. Contrary to the
March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, is on a Friday this year, and there are lots of parties and celebrations planned around Wayne Township. The celebration we particularly watch is the Clover Classic which starts on Thursday night and runs through the weekend. Tony Henry, Wayne Township Trustee Board
Three national leaders recently visited Fort Wayne to assist Fort Wayne UNITED in a strategic planning process that will further expand efforts to help all black males in the community reach their full potential.
Fort Wayne UNITED is a mayoral initiative that started in July 2016. It places two national
The weather this winter has been very unusual-so warm these last few weeks that I’ve been wanting for a couple of months to get outside for some spring activities, both the fun and the necessary. I see that I’m not the only one thinking along these lines. I recently enjoyed reading Camille Garrison’s
I recently had the honor of delivering my 10th State of the City address. The theme for this year’s address was “Fort Wayne – Point of Destination” with an emphasis on the City’s investments in neighborhood infrastructure, public safety and downtown development.
Highlights from the address
Like the rest of the nation, Indiana is facing a heroin and opioid abuse crisis, which is claiming too many lives and damaging our local communities.
Right now, drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Indiana. The number of heroin-related deaths have skyrocketed from 54 in 2010
I see by my calendar that February 20th is Presidents Day. Now, as I recall, there was no such holiday when I was growing up. There were two United States presidents that we honored in February—Abraham Lincoln whose birthday was on February 12th and George Washington, born on the 22nd. So, being
The recent vote by City Council to approve Legacy funding in the form of a loan for The Landing project shows our collective effort to continue the momentum and investments we’re experiencing in the City of Fort Wayne.
Quality of place is a key component to economic development efforts. A vibrant,
Kids deserve to have a safe and healthy school environment where they are free to learn and grow.
The overwhelming majority of Indiana’s school employees work hard every day to provide such an environment – enabling our state’s next generation to be prepared for success in life.
With 14 interstates, more than 11,000 miles of highway and 4,500 miles of rail, Indiana truly is the Crossroads of America.
Our transportation infrastructure not only helps Hoosiers get where they need to go each day, it also supports our growing economy. Because Indiana is within a day’s drive of
February is Black History Month, and this week I’d like to share a little background on how that celebration came to be. In the early part of the twentieth century historian Carter G. Woodson, became convinced that African American history and the history of other cultures was being ignored or misrepresented