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FOUR ADDITIONAL BLUE STAR BANNERS INSTALLED

July 2, 2015 - City crews today installed four banners along West Jefferson Boulevard as part of the Blue Star Banner program, which recognizes City of Fort Wayne residents and City government employees who are actively deployed.

The banners that were placed today honor:
*Specialist Cory Brandenburg, U.S. Army
*Specialist Alex S. Luttman, U.S. Army
*Petty Officer Third Class Jenna V. Parker, U.S. Navy
*Petty Officer Second Class Michael T. Ryan, U.S. Navy 

The Blue Star Banner program started under Mayor Tom Henry’s leadership in May 2014. 

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UPDATE - CITY'S RESPONSE TO WEATHER-RELATED DAMAGES - THURSDAY, JULY 2

July 2, 2015 - City of Fort Wayne crews continue to lead cleanup and restoration efforts in response to recent weather-related damages throughout the community.

The Parks and Recreation Department and contractors are working to address nearly 150 downed street trees. The cleanup of downed trees on homes will be substantially completed this evening. Additional street tree cleanup efforts in residential neighborhoods will continue for another week. There are also nearly 100 downed trees in City parks. Those trees will be addressed in the coming weeks and months after trees are removed from homes and neighborhoods.

Swinney Park West and Foster Park West remain open as drop-off locations for residents to get rid of tree limbs, branches, and debris. Due to the amount of items that have been dropped off at Swinney Park, that location will close on Sunday evening. 

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VINCENT VILLAGE DEDICATES NEW HOME FUNDED IN PART WITH CITY HUD DOLLARS

July 2, 2015 - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today helped dedicate a new home on the Vincent Village campus. The home, 2719 Bowser Avenue, was built in part with funding that the City of Fort Wayne receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A local family that struggled with homelessness is now living in the home and paying rent based on their income.

“Thanks to a great partnership between the City and Vincent Village, another family has a place to call home,” said Mayor Henry. “By working together, we are providing opportunities for some of our most vulnerable residents and addressing homelessness one family at a time.”

“Without this partnership, building a brand new home would not have been possible,” said Denise Andorfer, executive director of Vincent Village. “The City works with us on many levels to address homelessness. When our partnership allows a hard-working family to move out of the Vincent House Transitional Shelter and into a home of their own, it is life-changing. We would also thank our generous donor of the original house, John Tippman Sr., because without his generosity, this address would still be a blighted and abandoned home.” 

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