WHAM! ride rolls this weekend

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July 30, 2014 – Times Staff The third annual WHAM! After Midnight Ride returns Saturday and Sunday. The ride begins at midnight Saturday at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake and traverses the communities, parks and new bike paths of Hammond, Highland, Munster and Whiting before ending back at the pavilion. Bicyclists can choose between a relaxing, 30-mile long route or …

Hammond punches trains’ ticket

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July 29, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw When Johnny Cash sang about the trains that keep a rollin’, he mustn’t have been in Hammond. If you live in or drive through Hammond, chances are you’ve been stopped at a crossing by a train. And not just a moving train. A stopped train. Just sitting there causing you to be late for …

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 …

Volunteering is a way of life for Hammond retiree

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July 23, 2014 – Kimberly Cheek-Stanley On any given day, Anne Herbert is working behind the scenes to improve the lives of those in her community and across the country. The Hammond resident is the only American Red Cross disaster volunteer in the city and the first person contacted when a disaster or fire occurs in Hammond. “We take care …

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 …

Revitalization, restaurants, shops and festivals attract new residents to Hammond

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New Hammond residents Rick Soria and Scott Fech were drawn to the city because of its revitalization, restaurants, shops, festivals and proximity to Chicago. Fech is principal at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Hyde Park. “Hammond is a perfect location to commute to Hyde Park,” Soria says. Soria is Campus President at the Michigan City campus of Tech …

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 Marina and Wolf Lake Pavilion offer summer fun for the entire family

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Hammond Marina Coordinator Susan Tabers said there will be plenty of family fun at the marina this summer. Venetian Night August 9 is free to the public and there is no charge for parking, Tabers says. In addition to an amazing fireworks display at 9 p.m., Venetian Night festivities begin at 3 p.m. with children’s games on the beach and …