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South Shore Line Service Information December 15, 2017 - January 1, 2018

SouthShoreNICTDExperience the magic of the season at some of the most anticipated events along the South Shore Line from South Bend to Chicago. To ensure we provide the best experience possible to our riders this holiday season, we will be offering additional Eastbound trains and have made our holiday train and ticket office schedules available in advance. Please see the announcement below for more information.

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La Porte County Solid Waste District Collects 263 Pounds of Plastic Bags

la-porte-solid-waste-district-logoDuring the days of November 14th-18th, 2017 The La Porte County Solid Waste District was able to collect over 263 pounds of plastic bags that equal out to roughly 21,303 bags at our recent America Recycles Bag Exchange Events. The District was able to exchange participant’s plastic bags for reusable bags to use for future shopping.

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Pulaski Park Senior Center Opens December 5, 2017

Pulaski-Park-Senior-Center-Opens-December-5-2017The Hammond Senior Center at Pulaski Park in North Hammond celebrates its Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting December 5, at 1:00pm.

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Seniors’ Letters to Mayor Highlight Appreciation for Hammond Property Tax Incentive

Hammond-Tax-Incentive-2017Property tax is something every home owner and business owner must face each year. However, in 2005, Indiana recalculated the way property tax was assessed and this resulted in a 250% increase on some long-time home owner’s tax. Many of which, were seniors who had lived in the same home for decades.

Mayor Thomas McDermott, Jr of Hammond was a brand-new mayor when this occurred, and many looked to him to solve it.

“It was one of the first crises I had to deal with as mayor,” he said. “People were literally being taxed out of their homes. We saw seniors losing their homes that they had been in for decades. It seemed particularly cruel to me for seniors living in a home their whole lives to lose their homes due to this reassessment.”

McDermott and the Hammond Council worked...

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Partners of Life: Best of Cities, Chambers & Economic Development


There’s no doubt that the cities, chambers, and economic development commissions of Northwest Indiana host some of the most interesting and fun filled events in the state. From the summer time festivals to the winter parades, the focus on fun and positivity never fails to provide families and friends with amazing memories and fantastic opportunities.

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City of Hammond to Assist in Funding GPTC’s Lakeshore South Route

rot5Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announced today that the City of Hammond has committed to providing a one-time amount of $50,000 to assist the Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC). The Town of Merrillville had already agreed to donate a similar amount. The Lake County Government has proudly donated $150,000 towards GPTC. The monies from the City of Hammond, coupled with the donations from the Town of Merrillville and the Lake County Government will greatly assist the GPTC with their current financial crisis.

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La Porte County Sheriff's Office Warn Drivers of Increased Traffic Enforcement through Thanksgiving

La-Porte-County-SheriffMillions of Americans will travel our nation's highways this Thanksgiving holiday to visit family and friends. With more vehicles on the road, the chances of being involved in a crash increase greatly.

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Michigan City Announces Coat Drive and Giveaway


The City of Michigan City would like to announce that the annual coat drive is now underway. Citizens can drop off new, and or, gently worn coats and snow suits at Concord Cleaners. Concord Cleaners will clean and then deliver the coats and snow suits to the Michigan Township Trustees Office where they will be available, to those in need, beginning immediately. The coat drive will continue throughout the winter season.

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St. Mary Parish Benefits Needy Area Parents


Members of the St. Mary Catholic parish in Crown Point recently contributed to a clothing and supply drive to benefit the Prenatal Assistance Program at St. Clare Health Clinic. Jim Larsen, shown, a parish finance council member, spearheaded the idea a few years ago. “Each parish group was asked to come up with an idea to benefit the community,” Larsen said, adding, “I came up with the clothing donation idea. I’m very happy with the results; each year we get a little more.” Parishioners brought the items to Sunday services Oct. 22 and they were delivered by Larsen the following day. Also shown, from left, are Jamie Donsbach, program manager; Laura Mannion, Franciscan Health Foundation development director; and patient service representatives Hillary Ray and Sandra Hoeckelberg.

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The City of La Porte: Host to Beauty and Opportunity


When it comes to Northwest Indiana, every town, city, and community has its own unique identity that makes it stand out from the rest. One such city, is the city of La Porte, and Mayor Mark Krentz is not shy about his enthusiasm for La Porte and all of the attributes that make it such a standout.

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The Michigan City Street Department and Sanitary District Have Begun Fall Leaf Pickup

my-michigan-city-cover The Street Department and the Sanitary District have begun the fall leaf pickup process. These departments will be covering all areas of the city on a daily basis, Monday through Saturday, until all of the leaves are picked up. All residents are encouraged to rake, blow, and/or place their leaves near the street curb along the front of their property. In addition, compost will be picked up along with the leaves.

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