(Photos Courtesy of Karl Berner)
By an 18-to-8 vote, NIRPC's Transportation Policy Committee today approved a proposal to include the Illiana Expressway and the I-65 expansion projects in their 20-40 Comprehensive Regional Plan. A lengthy public comment period was held after a committee overview of the two proposals, with some speaking in favor the projects, saying benefits would include reduced truck traffic on local roads, construction jobs and it has statewide bipartisan support. Many of those in attendance came out against the projects citing a bigger need for local redevelopment, the creation of more permanent jobs and financial feasibility of the project overall.
With the passage of the proposal, a full NIRPC Board vote will now take place on Thursday, December 12th. If the full board approves the projects, INDOT can wrap up their Tier Two study, then take the project to the Federal Highway Administration who will then make their decision.
(Photos Courtesy of the City of Gary)
(Gary, Ind.) – With a festive backdrop of holiday decorations and a luminous tree, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined representatives from the Gary Parks Department, Cause 2 Compete, Gary Housing Authority and the Broadway Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) at Marquette Park Pavilion to announce a host of activities that will be taking place in Gary during December.
“This is the season when we think of others and their needs, and we are excited to have a number of events in the City of Gary that will allow us to do just that,” said Freeman-Wilson. “The partnerships we have forged will once again help us to bring a series of entertaining events and generosity to many of Gary’s youth who are in need.”
The following is a list of upcoming holiday activities:
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
On Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 5:00p.m., there will be a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Gateway Park located at 4th & Broadway. The public is invited to come out and see the lighting of various trees that were donated by local businesses.
“This is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season,” said Park Superintendent Lori Peterson-Latham. “The donated trees will be on display at one the city’s most visible entrances for all to enjoy.”
Businesses that are interested in donating a tree may call Sharon Ishman or Leslie Thomas at (219) 886-7099.
Holiday Bazaar and Carriage Rides
The Broadway Area (CDC) will host a Yuletide Carriage Ride and Stepper Set at Marquette Park Pavilion for adults on Friday, Dec. 20 from 5:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. The fun continues Saturday, Dec. 21 with a Family Fun Day complete with vendors, holiday music, photos with Santa, food and more carriage rides. Individuals who are interested in being a vendor should call (219) 455-9725.
Trot for Toys 5K Run/Walk
A first annual “Trot for Toys” 5K Run/Walk and Kiddie Fun Run 1K will be held Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10:00a.m. at Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 N. Grand Blvd. Registration begins at 8:30a.m., and there is no cost to enter. Participants are instead asked to donate a new toy valued at $10 or more.
To register for the 5K, visit cause2compete.com. Each participant will receive a collector’s t-shirt from one of the previous races from around the region (while supplies last). Parking will be available in the main beach parking lot for $5 until 9:45a.m. For more information about the race, call Tom Taylor at (219) 395-4503.
For those who would like to donate toys to this cause, drop-off locations are listed below:
Gary City Hall, 401 Broadway
City Hall Annex, 839 Broadway
Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 N. Grand Blvd.
Hudson & Campbell Fitness Center, 455 Massachusetts St.
Gary Housing Authority, 578 Broadway
All toys will be distributed to youth who are clients of several Gary shelters and residents in Gary Housing Authority properties....
(Photo Courtesy of Valparaiso Police)
Police in Valparaiso are seeking the public's help to identify an armed robbery suspect. Police report they were called out to Valpo Quick Trip Convenience Store, in the 300 block of Lincolnway, at approximately 9:14pm on Monday night, and at this time, police believe it is likely that the same suspect also robbed the store on Friday, November 22nd. The suspect is described as a black male, 5'9” to 5'10”, wearing a black and red hooded sweatshirt, with a distinct diamond pattern on the sweatshirt. Anyone with any information regarding these robberies is asked to contact Valparaiso Police. ...
(Photo Courtesy of Indiana State Prison)
The Superintendent of the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City was recently re-certified as a Certified Corrections Executive by the American Correctional Association. William Wilson's re-certification required the completion of 100 continuing education contact hours and he became certified by qualifying for and successfully passing a comprehensive examination that test his knowledge as a Corrections Executive. Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon says Wilson's commitment to continuously up-date his skills epitomizes his professionalism in the corrections field and he continues to be an asset to the Indiana State Prison and the Indiana Department of Corrections. ...
Police in Merrillville recently wrapped up their 25 day mobilization of the 2013 Safe Family Travels Seatbelt/Impaired Driving enforcement campaign, which featured 16 seatbelt patrols and two impaired driving patrols. Merrillville Police report a total of 232 citations were issued, including 147 seatbelt tickets, one child restraint citation, three DUI arrests and ten miscellaneous Misdemeanor arrests. Sgt. Kurt Horvath says while the enforcement campaign maybe over in Merrillville, it is no excuse to not wear a seatbelt and officers will continue to enforce seatbelt laws as well as continue to look for impaired drivers....
The University of Notre Dame is re-filing a lawsuit against the Obama administration over a federal mandate that health insurance plans include birth control. ABC News reports Notre Dame filed a lawsuit in May of 2012, but the suit was considered premature, because the law had not gone into effect. Now the suit is being re-filed by the university, just before the law takes effect January 1st, and a week after the US Supreme Court agreed to consider two cases where businesses objected to covering birth control for religious reasons. Notre Dame says the federal mandate that all employees be covered for birth control violates the Catholic school's rights under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. ...
(Photo Courtesy of Munster Police)
Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating a missing 21 year old Downer's Grove man. Munster Police report Richard Spindler III, who requires daily medication, took his sister's 2013 Hyundai on November 15th, after an issue arose while in Munster, which was located two days later by the Grant Park Police Department along with Spindler's cell phone. Police report Spindler was not located after a search of the area and has no access to other vehicles the family owns. Spindler is described as a white male, 6'02”weighing 145 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a black winter jacket and workout pants. Spindler's father resides in Munster and police report possible sightings in Crown Point, Merrillville and Winfield....
(Photo Courtesy of INDOT)
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Nine Span Bridge on Indianapolis Boulevard is scheduled to take place next week. INDOT reports Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Mayors of East Chicago and Hammond, local elected officials and INDOT will unveil a historic marker commemorating the old Nine Span bridge. INDOT Spokesperson Matt Deitchley recently told the Region News Team they are looking forward to getting folks on the new bridge, which will feature two-lanes in each direction.
The ribbon-cutting is scheduled to take place at 12:30pm, Monday, December 9th, and the new bridge is expected to be open to traffic later that same day. ...
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