Hammond Council paves way for new hotel

CATEGORY: City Council, Economic Development, News

June 11, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw The City Council voted Monday to grant a 10-year tax abatement for the construction of a new Hampton Inn at 2842 Carlson Drive near Kennedy Avenue. A $12.5 million project, the new 120-room hotel will employ about 20 to 25 people, said Phil Taillon, executive director of Hammond Planning and Development. “We think it’s …

Vendor applications sought for Hammond garage sale

CATEGORY: News, Parks Department

Vendor applications are being accepted for the Jean Shepherd Community Center's annual Indoor Garage Sale. It's from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12 at the center, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive. Booth spaces are $25. Interested vendors can fill out an applications at the center or call (219) 554-0155 for information.

First HAST graduation to be streamed live @gohammond.tv

CATEGORY: Mayor's Office, News

The first graduating class of the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology will walk the aisle tonight at Purdue University Calumet. The entire graduation program will be streamed lived on the Internet, courtesy of Mayor Thomas M McDermott Jr.. The service starts at 7:00pm and can be watched live at www.gohammond.tv. You can also watch replays of this event at …

College Bound is bound to help Hammond

CATEGORY: College Bound, Mayor's Office, News

June 02, 2014 12:00 am • By Doug Ross Hammond has locked in funding for the popular College Bound scholarship program for the next dozen years. That keeps a bright idea going. College Bound offers financial aid for at least the first two years of college for students who have lived in Hammond at least eight years. That's a good ...

Chicago Street widening project

CATEGORY: Engineering, News

The City of Hammond, located in Lake County, Indiana, is developing a federal-aid project to reconstruct and widen Chicago Street (formerly known as State Route (SR) 312) through the city from South Brainard Avenue, on the Indiana border with Illinois, to White Oak Avenue, at the eastern limits of the city. The entire length of the proposed project is approximately …

Morton High students get hands-on lesson about safe driving


May 22, 2014 7:04 pm • Rob Earnshaw Times Correspondent HAMMOND │ There were a lot of car accidents in the Morton High School parking lot Thursday. Some were caused by impaired driving. Some had more serious implications due to the lack of seat belt use. Fortunately, all of it was simulated, as Indiana Students Against Destructive Decisions traveled to ...

College Bound program extended 12 more years

CATEGORY: Mayor's Office, News

May 20, 2014 7:30 pm • Rob Earnshaw Times Correspondent HAMMOND │ Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. signed a $36 million ordinance Tuesday at City Hall. It’s says if you're an 8-year-old resident of Hammond, you can have at least your first two years of college covered. McDermott signed the ordinance extending the city's College Bound Scholarship program through the 2025-26 ...

GPTC starts Hammond route May 27


May 20, 2014 8:30 pm • By Keith Benman Local bus service is scheduled to return to Hammond on May 27, the day after Memorial Day, when Gary Public Transportation Corp. unveils its new Lakeshore South route. The new Lakeshore South route will serve Hammond stops such as Purdue University Calumet and the Walmart on 169th Street. It will then ...

City celebrates its 400th home demolition

CATEGORY: Code Enforcement, Mayor's Office, News

May 14, 2014 8:00 pm • Rob Earnshaw Times Correspondent HAMMOND │ The city Wednesday celebrated its 400th home demolition during the tenure of Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. “We’ve been doing a lot of work in 10 years,” McDermott said. “It’s been a huge priority for us.” Hammond uses a large part of its gaming money every year to demolish ...

Hammond shifts recycling to Republic Services

CATEGORY: Mayor's Office, News

May 04, 2014 6:20 pm • Matt Mikus HAMMOND | Hammond is moving its recycling program from a division of the Department of Public Works to a private contractor. The city entered a 10-year agreement with Republic Services of Indiana, and will change the recycling program to a one-bin system starting July 1. The one bin will allow residents to ...