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Study ranks Chesterton as No. 1 Best Place in Indiana to Raise a Family

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Chesterton has once again topped Valparaiso, this time in the list of the “10 Best Places to Raise a Family in Indiana.”

The list, compiled by, was touted at Monday night’s Chesterton Town Council meeting by Member Emerson DeLaney, R-5th.

According to its website, HomeSnacks compiles recent data from a variety of sources--the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, and OpenStreetMaps, among them--to number-crunch “bite-sized studies to help you understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country.”

On the topic of “10 Best Places to Raise a Family in Indiana,” HomeSnacks says the following about the fact that fewer families in the U.S. are opting to move: “Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the safety net factor. We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous? Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.”

And the No. 1 Best Place in Indiana to Raise a Family is . . . Chesterton.

Followed by Valparaiso.

Nos. 3-10: Crawfordsville; Carmel; Franklin; Jeffersonville; Noblesville; Plymouth; Westfield; and Crown Point.

HomeSnacks calculates a Best Place to Raise a Family quotient by rating eight different categories. Chesterton’s score: jobs, 8 out of 10; affordability, 8.5; safety, 9; education, 8.5; housing, 8; diversity, 6; amenities, 8.5; and commute, 6.

“I think this says a lot about what we do in this community,” DeLaney said. “We’ve been engaged.”

Blessing Boxes

In other business, members voted unanimously to endorse in principle a request by Ambassador Girl Scout Angelique Berg to place a “Blessing Box” in front of the Chesterton Police station.

Blessing boxes are micro-pantries where folks can leave donations 24/7 of non-perishable food items and toiletries for those in need. In a letter to the council, Berg said that she would build the structure’s cabinets, then move it to a site in front of the CPD. Berg is pursuing the project as part of her Gold Award, the highest rank in Girl Scouting, and added that she’s chosen this project because “I know several classmates who are only able to eat because of the school’s free lunches.”

Members referred Berg’s request to staff and emphasized that in doing so they were not giving the project their approval, as Town Engineer Mark O’Dell indicated that he would need to carefully review the project specs. Member Jim Ton, R-1st, did, however, want Berg to know that, on paper, in theory, members like her idea very much.

IRS Scams

Member Dane Lafata, D-3rd, took a moment at the end of the meeting to warn residents, seniors in particular, not to be victimized by scammers taking advantage of the recent partial government shutdown.

Specifically, scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service agents have been cold-calling folks and--citing a backlog caused by the shutdown--ordering them to make immediate payments of their taxes.

As Lafata noted, the IRS does not demand immediate payment and does not threaten citizens with local law enforcement, and Lafata strongly urged residents to warn their family members not to be intimidated.



Posted 2/26/2019




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