At the watering hole

It looks like Towne Road will be getting a bit of a makeover beginning this week!  Start looking at alternative routes – or you’ll be stuck in a traffic mess!  Here are the details on the closure from Hamilton County:

Please be advised, effective on or after Monday, August 7, 2017, Towne Road between 146th Street and 151st Street will be closed for road reconstruction.  The road is scheduled to be closed to all thru traffic for 60 calendar days, tentatively opening back up to traffic on or before Monday, October 6th, 2017.  During the closure, local traffic should utilize the signed detour route of 141st Street to Shelborne Road to 151st Street.  Property owners will continue to have access to their properties through the construction area.  This closure is part of the improvements to 146th Street which will widen the roadway to 4 lanes of traffic from Ditch Road to Towne Road. 

For your family's calendar

Summer is coming to an end but there are still some must attend events in the area this month.  As always, the Township has some wonderful year-round programs and classes for children and adults of all ages.  Our OWWN Magazine hit mailboxes last week and here's an e-version for your files!  Visit our website for details on all our programs.  Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

Upcoming Must Attend Events:
Every Saturday 9am to 1pm - Westfield Summer Market
August 26 - Amigos de Westfield
August 26 - Westfield Historic Underground Railroad Ghost Walk

Keeping you in the loop
Attention Rocks Fans!  Rocks Football will play at Lucas Oil on August 25th at 8PM!  Westfield Rocks football team will be featured in the Indianapolis Colts Horseshoe Classic.  The Rocks will take on the Southport Cardinals at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

Tickets are on sale in the Westfield Athletic Office from 8AM-3PM, Monday-Friday.  You can also purchase tickets at our home football games on August 11 and 18.  Ticket prices are $10 (Cash/Check only) for ages 6-Adult (Ages 5 years and younger are free).  Youth football players can get a discounted ticket for only $5 and can go out on the Lucas Oil Field to form a tunnel for the Rocks to run through prior to the game. 

Youth football players must wear a youth football jersey to get into the game with their youth football ticket, and on to the field prior to the game.  The defending state champion Rocks are ready for a big year and we hope you can come cheer on the Rocks at our home football games and our Lucas Oil Game.

Politics at its best

A shout-out to our awesome Westfield Police Department for hosting the annual Jake Laird Community Day at Quaker last week!    
Sponsored by Hamilton county residents Mike and Debbie Laird, the event celebrates the life of Officer Timothy “Jake” Laird of the Indianapolis Police Department, who gave his life in the line of duty on August 18, 2004.  The Jake Laird Community Day was paired with National Night Out, which is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Thank you to everyone at WPD for keeping our community safe every day! 
Click here to see photos from the event. 

Neighborhood Chat

Speaking of our awesome Westfield Police Department....  Please take a moment to check out these important back-to-school tips they put together for the safety of our kids. 

Back-to-School Safety Tips

  • Watch your speed in school zones! School zone speed limits vary in hours and speeds so be aware of this and follow the posted speeds.
  • We will be adding additional traffic enforcement in these areas.
  • Slow Down in residential areas! Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  • Put away distractions while driving! There will be more pedestrians walking. For teen drivers, extra distractions, such as cell phones, extra passengers, etc., make it more dangerous because they are lesser-experienced drivers. Parents should try to limit these distractions for their teens.
  • Do not pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. It is the law. Traffic in both directions on undivided highways must stop when students are entering or exiting a school bus (the red flashing lights and extended stop sign arms are your cue to stop). On a divided roadway, all traffic behind the school bus must stop.
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children walking to and from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings and more likely to take risks, ignore hazards, or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
  • Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Take extra care to look at for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, parks, and playgrounds.
  • Do not block crosswalks when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and can put them into dangerous situations.
  • Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer, or designated crossing guard.
  • In school zones with pedestrian warning flashers, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.
  • Children should wear reflective clothing and bright colors or have something reflective on their backpack so that drivers can see them better in dim lighting.
School of Rock

The first day of school for Westfield Washington School District is August 9.  Just a friendly reminder, bus information is available on the district website under Departments – Transportation. Also, for information regarding PowerSchool, contact your child’s school and they can provide access instructions, access ID and password. Finally, if you haven’t downloaded the new district app, just visit the iTunes or Google Play store, search "Westfield Washington Schools" and download today!

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