Hammond considers raising towing fee

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July 28, 2014 8:39 pm – Rob Earnshaw The city may increase its towing fees. An ordinance was introduced at Monday’s City Council meeting that would raise the standard towing fee from $125 to $180. Hammond currently has four towing companies operating without a contract. Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said those companies would continue to receive the $125 fee while …

New bike trail leg bridges Munster, Hammond

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July 23, 2014 – Anna Ortiz A newly completed pedestrian and bike trail bridge symbolizes the benefits of cooperation between Hammond and Munster, officials of both municipalities said Wednesday. The new Monon Trail bridge, which spans the Little Calumet River, is between Manor Avenue in Munster and Lyman Avenue in Hammond. Hammond, Munster and Calumet River Basin Development Commission officials …

Hammond woman grateful for Hammond Parks Program

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Evelyn Wilson says the Hammond Parks Summer Program has been extremely beneficial for her three special needs children. Wilson says the program provides breakfast, lunch and fun activities including games, arts and crafts, in a safe supervised environment. The children learn acceptance, Wilson says. “All ages, all colors, all abilities, all play together,” Wilson, who has been a program volunteer …

Hammond College Bound Scholarship Program benefits local families

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Hammond’s College Bound Scholarship Program has saved city families hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition. Rob Jakubielski, who lives with his wife Monique and their three children in the Robertsdale section of Hammond, estimates that over the next eight to ten years the program will save his family $130,000. “That is a home in Hammond,” Jakubielski says. Jakubielski’s daughter …

Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

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July 07, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw Walkers, runners and cyclists can enjoy using two trails in the city without the concern of crossing busy streets. Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and the city of Hammond officially opened two pedestrian bridges on Monday, the Erie-Lackawanna Trail bridge spanning Columbia Avenue and 167th Street near Southeastern Avenue and the Monon Trail bridge over …

City breaks ground for Buffalo Wild Wings

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June 19, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw City officials broke ground Thursday on what will become a new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in the Oxbow Landing development at Interstate 80/94 and Kennedy Avenue. “We are excited to see the first of several developments at this site,” said Phil Taillon, executive director of the city’s Department of Planning and Development. Today I …

HAST graduates its first class and it was worth the wait

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June 13, 2014 – By Dave Ryan In 2005, the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology was merely a dream of Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. as he convened a task force to explore options and measures that would potentially result in a new learning center for the city. Mayor McDermott assembled representatives from the School City of Hammond, Purdue University …