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The week ahead
YWCA Diversity Dialogue: noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, YWCA Northeast Indiana, 1610 Spy Run Ave. Please RSVP on the YWCA Northeast Indiana Facebook page, or contact Sue Hiatt at SHiatt@ywcaerew.org or (260) 424-4908 ext.254.
NIRCC open house: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Omni Room, Citizens Square
INDOT public hearing: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Park Hill Learning Center Auditorium, 1000 Prospect Ave., New Haven
Purdue tuition hearing: 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Kettler Hall Room 178, IPFW
Week Ahead

Opposing limits on couples

The stated mission of the YWCA is “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” The agency’s Diversity Dialogues programs, free and open to the public, are an effort to fulfill their mission by promoting diversity and encouraging respectful conversations about diversity issues.

The next dialogue, titled “Transforming the Conversation: Finding Common Ground on Marriage Equality,” is Wednesday.

The event will feature Jean Capler, president of Fair Talk, a Bloomington-based group working for gay marriage rights in Indiana. The topic will be Indiana’s House Joint Resolution 6. Fair Talk’s current focus is working to defeat the proposed resolution.

The language included in the proposed amendment to the state constitution goes beyond limiting marriage to heterosexual couples, which is already included in state law. It endangers many legal protections for any couple, gay or straight, who are part of a relationship that is “substantially similar to marriage.” It would nullify legal agreements between any unmarried couple, including joint property agreements, wills or trusts. It would also eliminate hospital visitation rights.

Transportation planning

The Northeast Indiana Regional Coordinating Council will conduct an open house Wednesday to give residents an opportunity to comment on the 2014-17 Transportation Improvement Program. This is the plan that determines all local road, pedestrian and bicycle projects that receive federal dollars.

The plan is available online at NIRCC.com.

Also on Wednesday, the Indiana Department of Transportation is having a public hearing for a proposed project in New Haven. The project includes the reconstruction of the Indiana 930 intersection at Green Street. The purpose of the project is to improve sightlines and traffic flow. But the project will require approximately 1.8 acres of additional right-of-way.

Tuition hearing

A video conference connection with Purdue-West Lafayette on Wednesday will allow participants on the IPFW campus to comment on proposed tuition and fee increases.

The executive committee of the university’s board of trustees will consider a $92 fee increase for 2013-14 and a $10 fee increase for 2014-15 at the main campus. No tuition increase is recommended there. At IPFW and the other regional campuses, a 2 percent tuition increase is recommended.

Those interested in speaking are asked to contact the Office of the Board of Trustees at 765-494-9710 or by email at trustees@purdue.edu so that sufficient time can be scheduled for each speaker.

Groundbreaking set

Groundbreaking for The Courtyard, a 36-unit apartment community intended for young adults who have aged out of the foster care system, is set for Tuesday.

The project will bring the welcome demolition of the long-vacant Duemling Clinic at 2828 Fairfield Ave., but more important, will meet a desperate need for housing and support for The Courtyard’s residents.

“Thirty-six percent of foster youth become homeless within 18 months of aging out of foster care because of high housing costs and employment challenges,” according to Donna Bolinger of Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, the nonprofit group that will manage the project and provide services to residents.

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