Hammond opens bike, pedestrian bridges

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July 07, 2014 6:22 pm • Rob Earnshaw Walkers, runners and cyclists can enjoy using two trails in the city without the concern of crossing busy streets. Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and the city of Hammond officially opened two pedestrian bridges on Monday, the Erie-Lackawanna Trail bridge spanning Columbia Avenue and 167th Street near Southeastern Avenue and the Monon Trail ...

New citizens look forward to becoming fabric of America

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July 04, 2014 – Ed Bierschenk On a crisp summer day with the sun glistening off Wolf Lake behind them, 50 new citizens were welcomed into the United States during a Fourth of July naturalization ceremony. “Proud,” was the word 19-year-old Ricardo Valdovinos of Portage used to describe his feelings about his mother, Maria Teresa, 45, becoming a U.S. citizen. …

No garbage pickup on July 4th

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The Sanitation Department will not be working Friday, July 4th, 2014, in observance of the July 4th Holiday. Friday’s garbage will be one day late. Sanitation will be working on Saturday, July 5th 2014.

Council approves refinancing sanitary district bonds

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June 23, 2014 8:55 pm – Rob Earnshaw The City Council on Monday approved an ordinance refinancing four sanitary district bonds with an outstanding debt of $11.9 million. Marty Wielgos, sanitary district manager, said the bonds were taken out in 1997 and there is an opportunity to refinance them at a lower rate. The current rate of the bonds is …

Hammond Polish deli owner to sell food at White Sox game

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June 23, 2014 11:59 pm  •  Rob Earnshaw Times Correspondent Pierogis and potato pancakes consumed by Chicago White Sox fans July 1 at U.S. Cellular Field are being made by Hammond’s MJ Polish Deli, which for the third year has been invited back to serve its menu during Polish Heritage Night at the South Side ballpark. MJ’s owner Mariola Magana said White ...

City breaks ground for Buffalo Wild Wings

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June 19, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw City officials broke ground Thursday on what will become a new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in the Oxbow Landing development at Interstate 80/94 and Kennedy Avenue. “We are excited to see the first of several developments at this site,” said Phil Taillon, executive director of the city’s Department of Planning and Development. Today I …

State rewards Hammond, Lake Station for best traffic enforcement

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14 hours ago  •  Bill Dolan   Several Lake County police departments wrote so many traffic tickets last year the state is putting an $18,000 wager down that they can step up enforcement to an even higher level. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute has awarded the Hammond Police Department a $10,000 grant and the Lake Station Police Department an $8,000 grant to ...

Bike/pedestrian bridges changing the game

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June 14, 2014 – By Keith Benman Bicycle/pedestrian bridges on a grand scale are popping up across Northwest Indiana, changing the look and feel of a region best known in the past for big industrial plants belching smoke and not so much for healthy living. “These will brand the region in a positive way, showing Northwest Indiana also has a …