Dear All,

The United States Postal Service has put together “Helpful Tips to Protect Yourself Against Holiday Package Thieves” (below).  They were passed on by the Speedway Police Department, and I thought they were worth sharing with all of you.  I hope that you find them helpful and also feel that they are worth forwarding on to your friends, family, and neighbors.  Take care and be safe!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

The U.S. Postal Service estimates it will deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail this holiday season. Here are some tips to keep those items safe.

The Postal Service offered these 10 secure shipping tips to ensure that your packages reach their destinations. Some of these same tips can be used for other shipping services such as UPS and FedEx.

If you notice an unfamiliar vehicle following behind a delivery truck or unknown persons loitering around mailboxes or homes, immediately report the activity to your local police department. The package you save may be your own.

1. Avoid sending cash by mail. Checks and money orders are safer than cash and may be cancelled or reissued in the event of theft.

2. Don’t leave delivered mail and packages unattended. Just as wallets and purses shouldn’t be left on the front seat of an unlocked car overnight, mail and packages shouldn’t be left uncollected in mailboxes or on front porches for any length of time.

3. Consider an alternate shipping address. Customers can arrange to have packages delivered to neighbors who are home during the day or get packages delivered at work, if permitted.

4. Change the package’s address — while it’s in transit! Customers who know they won’t be home when their package is delivered can try USPS Package Intercept. Prior to delivery, most domestic package shipments can be redirected back to the sender, to a new address or to the Post Office to be held for pickup.

5. Customize the delivery. If the package doesn’t fit in the mailbox and the customer won’t be home to receive it, the customer can provide delivery instructions online and authorize the carrier to leave it in a specified location. Visit usps.com, enter the tracking number and select Delivery Instructions. Customers can also request their packages be left with a neighbor or held at a Post Office for pickup.

6. Plan ahead. Ship using Hold for Pickup. When shipping packages, customers can choose the Hold for Pickup option and the recipients can collect the packages at their local Post Office. For customers receiving packages, they can redirect incoming packages to their local Post Office by selecting Hold for Pickup using USPS Package Intercept.

7. Going out of town? Hold mail at the local Post Office. Instead of risking leaving a package unattended for an extended period of time, customers planning on being away from home for a few days are encouraged to take advantage of the Request Hold Mail service. Letters and packages will be held securely at the local Post Office until the customers return.

8. Secure the shipment using USPS Signature Services. Signature Services help ensure the package ends up in the right hands by requiring a signature at the time of delivery.

9. Choose the most secure form of delivery. For the most valuable packages, customers can opt for Registered Mail service. Registered Mail receives special handling from the time it’s mailed until it’s delivered, documenting the chain of custody.

10. PO Boxes might be the answer. Customers concerned about the security of their mail can consider renting a Post Office Box at their local Post Office. The mail remains secure within the Post Office, accessible only when using the right key or combination. Many Post Office lobbies are open 24/7, allowing customers to retrieve mail on their schedule.

Dear All,

I know Thanksgiving is not over, but there are three Children’s Christmas Activities that are quickly approaching and one has a deadline to register by Monday, November 27th, so I am getting these out “a wee bit early”.  If you have children, grandchildren, friends, or neighbors who would enjoy any of these activities, please share these with them.

Breakfast With Santa – This is the 19th Annual Breakfast with Santa.  It is on Saturday, December 16th from 9 a.m. – noon and held at the Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center – located at 7320 W. 10th Street.  This is one in which you must register in advance by Monday, November 27th and have the printed confirmation page.  Information is attached.  Also, if you would like to volunteer, they are looking for more adults to help with this huge event.  You may contact Becki Viewegh at 317-246-6269 or Becki.Viewegh@waynetwp.org.

Pictures With Santa – The Eagledale Neighborhood Association is having their annual Pictures With Santa on Saturday, December 2nd, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Amvets 99 – located at 2840 Lafayette Road (building is back off of Lafayette Road).  This is a free event in which boys and girls may have a picture taken with Santa, enjoy refreshments, and participate in some crafts.  Please see flyer for more information.

Clermont Lions Club Children’s Christmas Party – Another annual event, this one on December 16th at the Lions Club Park on Tansel Road in Clermont.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and Santa will arrive at 7:00 p.m.  This, too, is free.  I will post more details about this event at a later date when I get a flyer, but it is always a great time for the boys and girls.

Again, please feel free to share these activities with your neighborhood or others who you feel would enjoy these special Christmas community events for our children.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

 

Dear All,

Come Saturday morning the turkey may not all be gone, but he is probably not the only one who was stuffed!  Want to work off some of those extra calories from the dinner and pumpkin pies?  How about “giving” back to our area by helping with our “Saturday after Thanksgiving Clean-up”?  The area along the Greenway on 56th Street and Reed Road certainly could use some TLC and together we can make “haste” and “spruce” it up before it gets too cold to do so.  The forecast for Saturday is sunny with a high of 48 degrees – so it should be a pleasant morning for our neighborhoods and community to come together and make the area look better.  Details are below:

 

Saturday after Thanksgiving Clean-up
(Nov. 25th)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Meet at the Mayor’s Gardens Parking Lot
(south of 56th Street off Reed Road)

(Trash bags, gloves, and trash grabbers provided)

Hope to see you there!!!!!!

Can’t make it Saturday morning, but would still like to help?  You can do so by taking a small trash bag (or plastic bag from the store) when you go out for a walk, jog, run, walking the dog, etc. and filling it up.  Or grab a friend or neighbor and pick an area to clean up together.  This can be done anytime, and if people would do this on a regular basis the area would stay much cleaner and we may not have a need for so many group cleanups.

Please forward this to others in your neighborhood or our area who may be interested in giving their time on Saturday to help improve the area around our greenway.  The more we have helping the quicker it gets done and the more area we can cover.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

Dear All,

While this does not affect many of you, for those who have trash collection on Thursday or Friday, it does.  Those with Thursday collections, your trash (including leaves) will be delayed one day this week due to Thanksgiving.  So, your trash and leaves will be picked up on Friday.  Then those with Friday pickup will have their trash and leaves collected on Saturday.  I know that most of you were already aware of this, but just wanted to take time to make sure.

Also, wanted to remind everyone that next week (November 27th – December 1st) is the last week for leaf collection this season.  I have attached the flyer again as well.  Remember, you may put out up to 40 bags of leaves the next two weeks in addition to your regular trash.  Make sure your leaves are away from your trash carts.  DO NOT put trash in with your leaves.  Talking with someone from Waste Management I found out they had to take some leaves to the incinerator instead of to be composted for mulch due to contamination of trash being put out with leaves.  All trash must fit inside your trash cart.  Only leaves may be bagged outside and left out separately.

I would like to take this time to thank all of you who make sure the storm drains in front of your home and your neighborhood are free of leaves and other debris as well as your curbs.  This is very important to the flow of water into storm sewers and as we get rain and then freezing temperatures this can become a huge safety issue for vehicles as well as those walking.  I am re-sending the information that the City has provided about Homeowners Responsibilities to Keep the Stormwater Moving.  Thanks again to those of you who keep the storm drains and curbs swept and clean so that the water can flow properly in front of your home and in your neighborhood.

Just a reminder, the next ToxAway Day for the Traders Point Collection site is on Dec. 2nd from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The location is 7550 N. Lafayette Road (just north of the 71st Street exit off of I – 65).  They are open the first Saturday of the month and take your paints, oils, cleaners, insecticides, batteries, some electronics, and other items that you are not to put in your trash.  For more information on what is accepted as well as other sites that are open on other days, please visit Toxdrop – City of Indianapolis.

Please feel free to pass this information on to others, not only in our district, but throughout Marion County as this information pertains to all of Indianapolis.  If you are an HOA Leader, I would appreciate it if you get this out to your neighborhood as well, as I do have a limited email list.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

   

        

Dear All,

I have quite a bit of information that I would like to get out and wanted to save some time (and number of emails) by combining the flyers.  Please do take time to look over all and feel free to forward or print off anything that you would like to share with others.  I would appreciate that as would those who are working hard to get this information out to more people.

1.)  Open Burning Law – This gives some of the information about burning in Marion County.  Remember leaves can not be burned, nor can trash.  For more information go to:  Indy.Gov/BNS Open Burning.

2.)  Holiday Shopping Safety Tips – Since the “Black Friday Sales” are already starting and many folks getting ready to shop for those special gifts, preparing for parties, family meals, etc., IMPD has put together some tips for while you are at a shopping center or store that are good not only for the Holidays, but all year long.  Please read over these and encourage others in your family to do the same.

3.)  IMPD Contact Sheet – With several changes over the past year in our IMPD Northwest District there is a new sheet out on their contact information.  This has not only the important phone numbers, but email addresses as well.

4.) “Coffee With a Cop” – The next “Coffee With a Cop” will be on Monday, Nov. 27th (right after Thanksgiving) from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the McDonald’s located 7236 W. 10th Street.  This is about as close as you can be to our district without actually being in it.  I hope many of you can make it.  What a great way to talk one-on-one with many of our officers and Commander Jefferson!  Don’t forget to put it on your calendar.

5.)  IMPD Task Force Meeting – And while the last item is not until December, with the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, I thought I would get this out early.  IMPD Northwest District Task Force Meeting is on Wednesday, December 6th, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center located at 2990 W. 71st Street (just east of Michigan Road).  The Pike Township Fire Department will go over Holiday Fire Prevention Tips and how to keep your family safe.  Some great information for everyone to follow.

Hope that this information and the flyers are useful to you.  Again, please pass this on to others who may not be getting it from me or other sources. 

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6 

 

Today is Veterans Day and a huge

Thanks!!!!!!

to all of you who have served our great
Country!


Because of you we have the freedoms and
rights that we enjoy.
Many others around the world have also
benefited from you being there to help them.

Thanks again for all you did to protect us and preserve
our freedoms!  It is greatly appreciated.

Also, I would like to thank the families of our Veterans.
You, too, have given a lot and we are grateful to you as well.

As you go out and about, not only today and this weekend
but any other time, and you see a man or a woman who is a Veteran,
take time to say “Thanks for Serving Our Country”.
If you are not a Veteran yourself, but you have
relatives or friends that are, would you please help thank them for me.
What they have done is very much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

P.S.  For those who like history and facts, please take time to read the attachment.

 

 IMPD is taking orders for their annual poinsettia, wreath, and swag sales to raise money for their “Clothe a Child” program.  This very important program helps IMPD provide joy to a child who may otherwise not have a nice Christmas as well as build friendships with the officers.  Please see the next two attachments for this program.  The first  shows pictures and prices of the flowers and greenery with more information about the program itself.  The second is the order form and pickup information.  Note that pick up will be after November 29th, but you need to get your order in right away so they can plan accordingly.  Hope many of you will support our IMPD officers with their very worthwhile cause.

 Speedway Chamber is getting ready for their annual Silent Auction on Thursday, Nov. 30th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Dallara Indy Car Factory located 1201 Main Street in Speedway.  This is a terrific event and always a lot of fun.  I find it a great way to get some Christmas Presents and help the Speedway Chamber at the same time.  Look over the attachment for more information.

Hope you find at least one of these three something you would enjoy participating in.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6
      

  

Winter Weather Preparedness Week is November 12th – 18th.  Are you Winter Ready?  There is a 90 Minute Program on Monday, Nov. 13th, from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Wayne Township at the Drexel Gardens Christian Church located 2200 Beulah Ave.  See attachment for more details.

The same program also will be in Pike Township on Thursday, Nov. 16th, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Pike Township Crooked Creek Hub located 7003 N. Michigan Road.  See this attachment for more details.

Hope those who are interested can make one or the other of these programs.  There should be some valuable information provided.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

 

Dear All,

I know it is only the beginning of November, but preparation for the Circle of Lights has been underway.  The deadline for children to submit their creations for the Carson’s Coloring Contest is Monday, November 13th.  Below is information about the contest and links for more information and the coloring page itself.  The coloring page was also in yesterday’s Indianapolis Star and will be in Sunday’s newspaper as well.  Wouldn’t it be great if a boy or girl from our area won this contest and got to “Flip the Switch”?

A huge thanks goes out to IBEW #481 for making this possible.  Certainly appreciate all the volunteer work that they do in order to bring this tradition to us each year.  Please read more about this by clicking “Carson’s Coloring Contest” below.

This 55 year old tradition will be held on Friday, November 24th, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  If you cannot make it downtown to see it in person, WTHR – 13 will cover it live from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.  The Circle will remain lit throughout December, so you will have plenty of time to enjoy it if you don’t make it down for the Circle of Lights actual lighting celebration.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6