Enrollment & retention up at Purdue University Calumet

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September 24, 2014 – Cheryl Lutgen A jump in student retention and more first time, full time freshmen are driving an enrollment increase at Purdue University Calumet this fall. Overall enrollment of 9,501 represents a 1 percent jump from last fall’s 9,422 total. Likewise, the 97,625 hours in which students are enrolled represent a 2.3 percent gain from a year …

Gavit sails into uncharted territory in achieving high AP scores

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September 22, 2014 – Michelle Ondas Gavit High School has set an all school record in Advance Placement. In the 2012-13 school year, Gavit had 26 qualifying scores. This past school year 2013-14, Gavit increased the number of students in the program by 50% and increased the number of qualifying scores 150% by having 65 qualifying scores. “I am honored …

UAW workers in Indiana approve Lear Corp. contract

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September 21, 2014 – Associated Press Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others. The United Auto Workers said in a statement that members of Local 2335 had “overwhelmingly” backed the four-year contract. It did …

Company takes over Hammond Recycling building

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September 20, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw The vacant Hammond Recycling building has been purchased by a company with plans to turn it into a state-of-the-art recycling facility complete with new jobs. JJS Recycling Factory officials say they will develop a significant operation of recycling plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, and manufacture it for use in the textile …

Changes may come to how city collects stormwater fee

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September 20, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw The monthly storm-sewer fee may be taken off the water bill for residents and businesses and moved to the tax bill — witCharge might move from water bill to tax billh a big increase — if the Hammond City Council approves an ordinance later this month. The $12 annual fee for households would increase …

Kramer & Leonard donates school supplies to School City of Hammond

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September 18, 2014 – School City of Hammond Kramer & Leonard, an office supply store in Chesterton, Indiana, donated 70 school supply kits to the School City of Hammond. Each kit contained about 25 school supply items, including construction paper, colored pencils, crayons, folders, a composition book, pens, mechanical pencils, glue stick, ruler, stickers, bookmark, notebook, pen and pencil grips. …

Paint the Parks exhibit open at Indiana Welcome Center

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September 17, 2014 – Times Staff Paint the Parks, a traveling exhibit that highlights U.S. national parks through art, will remain on display at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, through Sept. 29. According to Rod Seel, executive director of the Coutts Museum of Art in El Dorado, Kan., the exhibit originally began in 1985 as an annual competition …

Challenger Learning Center to host Space Race 5K Run/2K Walk

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September 17, 2014 – Times staff The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana will host the third annual Space Race 5K Run/2K Walk on Sunday. Beginning at 9 a.m., participants will race through Purdue University Calumet’s campus. The race is open to all ages and the cost is $18 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger through Saturday. …

Tracks, trains hot topics at Hammond Mayor’s Night Out

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September 15, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw From a rail crossing falling into disrepair to the proposed South Shore Line extension, trains were on the mind of recent Mayor’s Night Out participants. The “horrible” condition of the railroad crossing on Indianapolis Boulevard next to Cargill Inc. was one of the issues concerning residents at the recent event at Wolf Lake Pavilion. …

New Science Sundays begin at Gibson Woods

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September 12, 2014 – Times Staff Drop in for a fun, impromptu demonstration, an experiment, a craft, an activity or game about science in nature as the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department begins hosting Science Sundays at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve, 6201 Parrish Ave. Lesson topics will vary with the amount of participants. Science Sundays take place on the …