Hammond station crux issue in South Shore rail expansion

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August 20, 2014 – Keith Benman New maps of the proposed South Shore West Lake extension show five potential station sites along its 8-mile route, including an option for a Hammond gateway station deemed “essential” by Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. “The combined gateway station is important,” McDermott said. “The whole extension won’t make sense without it.” Hammond is one of …

Horseshoe Casino employees donate school supplies

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August 19, 2014 – School City of Hammond Employees of Horseshoe Casino collected a variety of school supplies, which included glue, crayons, pencils, pens, erasers, notebooks and other items. The items were sorted and packed in three boxes and will be distributed to homeless students that attend Hammond Public Schools. Horseshoe Casino Hammond has partnered with the School City of …

Renovation work continues at local schools

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August 14, 2014 – Carmen McCollum The largest school renovation project in Northwest Indiana continues in the Lake Central School Corp., where voters in the district approved a $160 million construction referendum in 2011. The district went directly to residents to ask for a tax increase to fund major renovations at Lake Central High School and construct a new building …

Hammond Reads participates in Back-to-School event

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August 11, 2014 – Hammond Public Library Members of Hammond Reads, Inc., participated in the Back-to-School Fest on Aug. 2, sponsored by The Gate Church in Hammond. Board members gave away 546 children’s books and 153 adult books, plus pencils, bookmarks, and tips on reading and literacy. Participating were Nancy Machnikowski of the School City of Hammond; Alice Vockell of …

Hammond raises towing fees

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August 11, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw More revenue is headed Hammond’s way after the City Council on Monday passed an ordinance raising city towing fees. All police-ordered tow fees have gone up and will go into effect on Jan. 1. A regular tow/flat bed tow will cost $180, an increase of $55. Service calls will rise from $75 to $100. …

Second annual Book Brigade comes to First Midwest Bank

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August 08, 2014 – Shelley Lohr New and gently used children’s and young adult books will be collected at every First Midwest Bank branch during August, setting into motion the second annual Book Brigade: A Call to Action with a goal double over last year’s collection. A partnership between Books, Brushes & Bands for Education (BBB4E) and First Midwest Bank, …

Woodmar-Hammond Kiwanis Club awards scholarships to trio

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August 07, 2014 – Times Staff Three 2014 Hammond High School graduates have been selected to receive $500 college scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year from the Woodmar-Hammond Kiwanis Club. Recipients are Miriam Alvarado, of Hammond High School; Lawrence Howell, of Gavit High School; and Alyssa MacCartney, of Morton High School. Alvarado, who plans to attend Indiana University and major …