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 …

Hammond police seek tips in hit-run that critically injured Gary man

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July 31, 2014 – Times Staff A Gary man was critically injured Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in Hammond, police said. Daniel Valdez, 54, of Gary, was taken by helicopter from the scene to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., after the crash about 11:10 p.m. on Michigan Street west of Cline Avenue, police said. Valdez was …

New Edition brings dance moves, pop hits to Hammond

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July 31, 2014 – Eloise Marie Valadez There was a retro music celebration of sorts Sunday at The Venue at Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino. New Edition, one of the first of the popular ’80s “boy bands,” presented a 90-minute concert on its “All Six” tour. The sold-out show was jam-packed with “screaming” fans – the majority of whom are now grown …

Hammond’s Moores hoping to build a bridge of tradition

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Steve Hanlon Prep Beat Hammond athletic director Larry Moore Sr. had a historic Hoosier Hysteria moment back in the summer of 1974. The standout basketball player made the Indiana All-Star team, but he didn’t get a lot of playing time. He sat on the end of the bench with a small-school kid named Larry Bird. With a few seconds left …

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 …