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 …

Franciscan Senior Promise meeting teaches lifesaving skills

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September 11, 2014 – Times Staff The public is invited to attend today’s meeting of the Franciscan Alliance Senior Promise group at 10 a.m. at Franciscan St. Margaret Health Hammond, 5454 Hohman Ave. The topic will be basic lifesaving skills, including CPR; how to assist someone who is choking and how to use an automatic external defibrillator. Attendees should check …

Hospitals offers free prostate screenings today

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[text-blocks id=”credit_times”] Franciscan St. Margaret Health’s Hammond and Dyer campuses will offer free prostate screenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, today and Sept. 25. The programs will take place at the Hammond campus Oncology Center, 5454 Hohman Ave.; and at the Dyer campus Oncology Center, 24 Joliet St. Patients must be between 50 and 69. Those younger than 50 …

Purdue Calumet greets students with outdoor convocation

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September 10, 2014 – Times Staff Purdue University Calumet made students feel welcome for the start of the 2014-15 academic year by hosting its sixth annual Student Convocation on campus. Some 2,500 students, faculty and staff members enjoyed food, music, summer weather and opportunities to interact on and around Founders Plaza in the center of campus. Representatives from each PUC …

Hammond bar demolished after suspected arson fires

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[text-blocks id=”credit_times”] HAMMOND | City officials demolished a bar Wednesday that served as the scene of the city’s most recent homicide after two suspected arson fires there in less than 24 hours. Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Margraf said firefighters were called at 10 a.m. Tuesday to Estrella’s Bar, 4704 Hohman Ave. for a report of smoke coming from the building. …

Mayor McDermott Names Assistant Chief

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Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announces that a new Assistant Chief has been chosen for the City of Hammond Fire Department. Assistant Chief Karl Repay will succeed Assistant Chief Pat Moore, Jr. Moore a 23 year veteran of the Hammond Fire Department who recently announced his retirement. Assistant Chief Repay began his career with the Hammond Fire Department in December, …

City may create new water rate class for commercial properties

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[text-blocks id=”credit_times”] An ordinance introduced Monday by the City Council would create a new class of water rate for commercial properties. Currently commercial properties pay $1.55 per thousand gallons, the same as homeowners. With the new class comes a new rate of $3.28. Currently there is a residential and industrial class only. Marty Wielgos, sanitary district manager, said it’s a …

Hammond plans major road project on Chicago Street

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[text-blocks id=”credit_times”] The city is developing a federal aid project to reconstruct and widen Chicago Street (formerly known as Ind. 312) from South Brainard Avenue at the border with Illinois to the East Chicago border at White Oak Avenue. The 2.1 mile Chicago Street project is proposed to improve safety, reduce congestion and improve travel times. It includes street alignments …

Public Notice: CDBG and ESG funding

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The City of Hammond, Department of Planning and Development is in the process of preparing its 2015-2016 budget for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), (HOME) Investment Partnership Program and Community Housing and Development Organization (CHDO). Applications will be available beginning September 2, 2014. Application must be completed and return to the Department of Planning and Development, …

Planning and development employees move to City Hall

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September 01, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw The city’s planning and development department is moving to City Hall. Currently based at 649 and 651 Conkey St., the dozen or so employees will have new accommodations at City Hall by the end of the year in a plan Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said made sense. “We’re in the process right now of …