Councillors Janice McHenry and Marilyn Pfisterer met with the new Northwest District Commander, Michael Jefferson, at the IMPD Northwest District Headquarters.  They are looking forward to having him as our new Commander.

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The “FlapJacks 5K” was held on August 20th to help raise money for the Far West B&O Trail, which will go through the southern part of District 6 when completed.  Councillor McHenry and two other volunteers are getting ready for the runners and walkers to come and sign in.
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  As some of the participants crossed the finish line they are greeted by Wayne Township Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeff Butts, who had already completed the race.

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After completing the race, and before awards, all participates were treated to “Flap-Jacks Pancakes” prepared on grills by firemen and served with other goodies.  YUM!

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And after the race was over, clean up began.  Councillor McHenry is putting away the tables just as the rain began.  Everyone was glad the rain held off until after the runners and walkers in the “Flap-Jacks 5K” had finished. 

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Dear All,

There are a lot of really great programs at our various Indy Parks.  I would like to make you aware of two of them.  The first is “Bug Fest 2016”, which is taking place at Southeastway Park this coming Sunday, August 28th, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Information about it is attached – so please check it out.  This would be a great program for children, especially those who are interested in science and insects.  Maybe this is something that they are even studying in school right now.

The information below lists the many terrific Art Classes that will be taking place starting September 1st and going throughout the fall for all ages at Garfield Park’s Art Center.  There are a wide variety of classes offered and their Arts Center is really a nice building for this type of activity.

While these may take a little driving to get to them, I think think they would be worth the trip.  Unfortunately, not every park can offer every program.  Some parks’ buildings, facilities, or grounds lend themselves to certain types of programing more than others.  Getting to know different parks and what they have to offer can be exciting.  Hope that if the “Bug Fest” or any of the classes are of interest to you and your family that you will take the drive and enjoy!

Please feel free to pass this information on to others, even those who live outside our area as this is for all of our Marion County Residents.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6 

Dear All,

Attached is the July Crime Report for our District 6.  While many of our neighborhoods are very fortunate this month with no incidents or very few, there are way too many areas that saw multiple things happening in their neighborhoods or immediate area.  Again, I want to point out to everyone how many larcenies occurred (the light blue and tan “money bags” on the map).  These are ones that I cannot stress enough – you can help prevent these from happening.  I know that I have given tips each month on how you can be less likely to be a victim of a larceny, both at home and when out and about.  I do hope that you will review those tips and practice them.  Also, if you would also encourage your friends, co-workers, and neighbors to do the same it would help all of us.  This can go a long way in making our neighborhoods safer and keeping crime out.  When criminals can commit the “easy” crimes in a neighborhood they either can get braver or the word gets out and home invasions, robberies, etc. can then rise.

Below are parts of two emails I received during the last week in July from a couple of constituents about their experiences.  I wanted to share these with everyone and certainly appreciate both of them agreeing to me doing so.  I hope that you will not be the next one who emails me an experience such as this.

Just a note to let everyone know that I’ve had my leaf blower stolen out of my garage.

My own fault for not having locked the door AND having left the blower in view while doing yard work last week. Whoever is breaking into our houses must have seen it sitting on the lawn while I was doing other things, and known to come back when I was away.

Keep an eye out for strange vehicles cruising the neighborhood.

We had a theft Friday night where someone pulled up in a car just as my husband walked into the house (but didn’t shut the garage door) and the thief ran into the garage and stole a chain saw.  We fortunately caught him on video and reported it to the police.  

Remember, if you do notice something in your neighborhood that does not look right to you, call 911.  It is one way you may help prevent something from happening and also maybe get a criminal caught in the act.  Do not hesitate in calling 911.  It goes with what we are told no matter where we go – If you see something, say something!  Call 911.

Also, I want people to be extra careful in parking lots in shopping centers, etc.  There are a lot of people who wander around in these lots (even during the middle of the day) asking for money, etc.  It does not matter where in the area (even outside of the County) you are, this is happening.  Always check your surroundings and be observant of people in the lot before you get out of your car or as you are returning to your car.  Don’t get out or go to your car if you notice people walking around that don’t seem to be heading for the door or their vehicle.  Also, watch for people driving around and stopping and asking people for money as well.  I have personally experienced this several times recently at different places (not just in Marion County, either) and wanted to make you aware of what is happening.  Again, tell someone – call 911 if it is before you get out of your car and give them a good description of the person or persons doing it.  If you are coming out of a business, go back in a tell the manager.  I have even asked to have someone walk me back out to my car when this has happened.

By working together, using good common sense and taking precautions to make ourselves safer, and calling 911 when something does not look right to you we can make our District 6 a safer place to live, work, and play.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6cri2016