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 …

Hammond’s hydrant flushing starts Tuesday; it lasts weeks

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August 31, 2014 – Times Staff Hammond begins a hydrant flushing program on Tuesday. It starts on the north side of the city and heads south over four to six weeks. The Hammond Water Works Department said some residents may experience water discoloration during the flushing. If that happens, run cold water for a few minutes and the problem should …

Northcote Avenue Bridge undergoing unique rehab

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August 30, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw The Northcote Avenue Bridge over the Little Calumet River will begin a transformation Tuesday and, once complete, will be a structure so unique officials say there are only a few of its kind in the Midwest. The bridge is not being elevated or replaced, but rehabbed so it becomes an integral part of the …

Abandoned mallards nurtured and released by volunteer

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August 29, 2014 – Times Staff Rescuing and nurturing abandoned or hurt animals is nothing new to Joe Michalik, a volunteer at the Indiana Welcome Center. Last week, Michalik and a group of visitors watched as four, 8-week-old mallards that Michalik and his son had rescued were released into Optimist Lake behind the center. “They belong in Mother Nature,” said …

Final demolition of Columbia Center begins

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August 26, 2014 – Times Staff Demolition begins today on the last section of Hammond Housing Authority’s Columbia Center. Built in 1942, Columbia Center originally had 400 units. The demolition makes way for Flagstone Village, the fifth and final phase of new housing at the 40-acre site in Hammond’s South Side. Flagstone Village will have 76 units, all one and …

Kennedy Ave construction traffic update from the Hammond Police Department

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The city of Hammond is in the process of reconstructing Kennedy Avenue from the 7400 block to 169th Street. Although the road is open, it has been reduced to one lane in each direction. Initially, a left turn arrow was installed for both north and south traffic on Kennedy Avenue at 173rd Street, however, this traffic pattern was not effective …

Council approves tax levy reduction to fund county dispatch network

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August 25, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw The City Council on Monday passed a resolution reducing its tax levy in the amount of $1,158,871, which will be transferred to Lake County to help fund the consolidated county emergency dispatch center. Hammond, which has already entered into the county E-911 agreement, previously used a portion of its tax levy to fund salaries …

Berlin Metals named best U.S. service center

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August 23, 2014 – Joseph S. Pete A Hammond-based steel service center won a major national award, and a few other steel companies with local ties also picked up top honors. American Metal Market, the steel industry’s biggest trade publication, named Berlin Metals the Service Center of the Year for 2014. The widely read trade publication named Berlin Metals best …

Girl Scouts go bronze as leaders

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August 22, 2014 – Times Staff Girl Scout troops 10029 and 10261 from Montessori Children’s Schoolhouse earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award earlier this year. The Bronze Award is the highest award Junior level Girl Scouts can attain, and one of three awards that Girl Scouts can earn to help them become knowledgeable, involved and proactive leaders in their communities. …