LFW Member Spotlight – Cole Trammell
Jul23

LFW Member Spotlight – Cole Trammell

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s Technology and Analytics Manager, Cole Trammell! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? Technology and analytics Manager. I choose to work for Living Fort Wayne because I wanted something fun to do with my free time! Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne I’m a huge hockey nut and I’m currently a senior at Snider High School If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? I would probably have to say one of Fort Wayne’s Sister Cities, Taizhou, China! If you haven’t seen or heard of it, I encourage you to look it up! Within the states, I would move to New York because there are so may business opportunities. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? Take them to the Embassy to see Fort Wayne Philharmonic or a Komets Game! If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? Yikes, good question! Either “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen or “Fight For your Right” by the Beastie Boys Keep your eyes peeled for the next Spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com or reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook. We’re always interested in meeting with other folks who are passionate about sharing all that’s great about living, working and playing right here in Fort...

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Last Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas
Dec30

Last Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas

Get your party dress on and your black tie out because New Year’s Eve is tomorrow!  If you’re still wondering where you and your friends are going to celebrate, we have compiled a list of last minute ideas! You are guaranteed to have a great time ringing in the New Year at one of these events. Here are your suggestions for celebrating 2015 and welcoming in 2016!   Science Central’s Countdown to Noon (1950 Clinton St) If you have kids or have a hard enough time staying up till 10 on most nights, this is perfect! From 10AM-2PM, Science Central will be providing a fun atmosphere for kids to celebrate the New Year without ruining their precious sleep cycle. Face painting, party favors, fun science demonstrations, and a humongous balloon drop will make this an awesome time for the family. Admission is $8 and free for children 2 years old and younger.   Wunderkammer Company’s Phoenix Rising (3402 Fairfield Ave) Come out and support a local organization dedicated to improving Fort Wayne! Starting at 8PM, there will be live music, dance performances, local art, and, yes, a cash bar. This event from run from 8PM-2AM. Tickets are $25 ($15 for designated drivers) and will include one free drink & champagne, food, and artsy activities for you to enjoy. Entertainment will be provided by Bliss Nova, DJ M.S.G., and Dick Wayne. All proceeds will go toward Wunderkammer Company who does so much for our community. Tickets are on sale at http://wunderkammernye.eventbrite.com/   Fort Wayne Komets (4000 Parnell Ave) Wanting something affordable and fun for the family? Then join your favorite local hockey team take on Indy Fuel for New Year’s Eve! Tickets are $8-$26 and will be located at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Game starts at 7:30PM so don’t miss your chance on ringing in the New Year with the Komets! Tickets are on sale at http://www.ticketmaster.com/Fort-Wayne-Komets-tickets/artist/806952?list_view=1&tm_link=tm_header_search   Deer Park Irish Pub (1530 Leesburg Rd) From 10PM-1AM, Deer Park will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve party! Admission is FREE and will include a live band (Secret Mezzanine), free champagne toast at midnight, free food, and Venezuelan traditions!   Ceruti’s Countdown to 2016 (6325 Illinois Rd) From 8PM to 1AM, Ceruti’s will be hosting their annual New Year’s bash with major prizes and giveaways each hour! Heavy Hors D’oeuvres and a midnight Champagne toast will be complimentary by Ceruti’s. Tickets are $30. Giveaways will include hotel getaways and gift cards to some of Fort Wayne’s best restaurants! Entertainment will also be provided by the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra. Tickets are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cerutis-countdown-to-2016-tickets-19641873372?aff=ehomecard   New Year’s Eve Gala at...

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Q&A with Frank DiCristofaro: Indiana Tech Ice Hockey
Sep18

Q&A with Frank DiCristofaro: Indiana Tech Ice Hockey

Indiana Tech began its inaugural ice hockey program over the weekend. The DI program dropped two at UM-Dearborn 9-2 and 9-3, and the DIII program swept Purdue in West Lafayette 4-3 and 10-6. The Warriors have their home-opener against Central Michigan this Saturday at the SportONE/Parkview Icehouse (formerly Canlan) at 5:30 p.m. I sat down with head coach Frank DiCristofaro to discuss the team, the results and the upcoming weekend. Aubree: You’ve been on staff at Indiana Tech for over a year now. What have you had to do to prepare for this season? Frank: The first thing was to build a recruiting base, which I think we did pretty well. We’ve had a lot of local interest which is pretty exciting. The next biggest thing was setting up a schedule, which was the most difficult task because teams are basically afraid of the unknown. What kind of competition you’re going to be. Things like that. Trying to lock in dates was pretty difficult but we were able to do that. The season we have about 37 games scheduled. We do have a roster of 26 guys, some local, many from Michigan and surrounding states, we also have a player from Oregon so we’re really all over the map with kids coming in. A: How does the DIII team look? F: Really good, as well. We’ve had a lot of local interest from the local high schools, so our D3 team is heavy with those. I think the area is really excited with what we’re bringing to the table for the kids so everyone has been really positive and supportive with our efforts to this point. A: How does the IPFW ice hockey club team differ from Tech’s? F: I don’t know the inter-workings of IPFW’s team, but I know the team here is completely free to play. We don’t pay any player fees, the players get sticks, helmet, gloves, equipment to use. None of that comes out of their pockets. I know all of our travel is by charter and they get meals on the road and things like that. We treat it like it’s a varsity program regardless of the delineation of level is. A: You say, “like a varsity program?” Is it not? F: Right. Our DI has a national championship and our DIII team also has a national championship. I guess the definition of a “varsity sport” is that you play for a national championship. Both teams in our program have the opportunity to play for that. A: What athletic association are you affiliated with? F: The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is an organizing body that...

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