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City of Hammond Public Presentation with Jeff Speck and Associates: Transforming Downtown Hammond

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Hammond, May 24, 2019 - Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the City Department of Planning and Development Department invite you to a public presentation by best-selling author, city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck, along with urban design leader David Dixon, on Tuesday, May 28th at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology gymnasium (door M) 33 Muenich Court, starting at 6pm.

Mayor McDermott and the City of Hammond are excited to begin working with Jeff Speck and Associates on transforming downtown. The potential for positive change in Hammond’s core is strong right now, especially with the upcoming South Shore West Lake Corridor Extension Project. “This new transportation component in downtown adds strength to this area, which has struggled for years. Having people looking to live downtown and make it their home is a game-changer for Hammond and the Region. We...

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2019 Northwest Indiana Graduation Station

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Caps off to these new graduates! Our coverage team has traveled across the Region to capture the culmination of these students' hard work. Celebrate with us and take a tour through our galleries.

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St. Mary's School Sixth Graders Celebrate International Day at St. Mary's School in Crown Point


2019-st-mary-collageOn May 20, 2019, the 6th grade students at St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point participated in International Day. During the past three weeks the students have been learning about their own ethnic background. To close out the unit of study, the students gathered to share special foods, unique to their culture, with family and friends. Students were treated to tamales (Mexico), kolachkes (Poland), lumpia (Philippines), chocolate (Switzerland) and more.

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Community Healthcare System breaks the stigma around mental health at Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Symposium

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Mental health is hard to talk about, especially when something is wrong. Many find themselves embarrassed or ashamed, others stay quiet and shut people out. On Wednesday, Community Healthcare System hosted the "Healthy Mind, Healthy Body" Symposium, an evening dedicated to breaking the stigma around discussing mental health.

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Merrillville Community School Corporation Announces Hire of New Principal at Clifford Pierce Middle School

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The Board of School Trustees of the Merrillville Community School Corporation announced the hiring of Mrs. LaFonda D. Morris as the new principal of Clifford Pierce Middle School. Mrs. Morris will begin her new position on July 1, 2019 and stated, “I firmly believe that a community is only as good as its school system; because Merrillville has a great school system, Merrillville is also a great place to live. CPMS is a building with a great staff and a lot of great things taking place within the building. I have a duty to the students, parents, staff and community to make sure that Pierce’s greatness is shared throughout the community.”

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Merrillville Community School Corporation Announces Hire of New Principal at Henry P. Fieler Elementary School

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The Board of School Trustees of the Merrillville Community School Corporation announced the hiring of Mr. Michael F. Megyesi as the new principal of Henry P. Fieler Elementary School. Mr. Megyesi will begin his new position on July 1, 2019.

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Crown Point High School Military Recognition

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Crown Point High School recognized 19 graduating seniors that will be enlisting in one of the branches of the military upon graduation from high school. A ceremony was held on May 21st where students were presented a stole representing the branch of service in which they will enlist. The stole will be worn over their graduation robes at the commencement ceremony on June 6th. Proud parents, counselors, administrators and recruiters from every branch of the military were in attendance.

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Girls on the Run Teaches Valuable Life Skills Through Running

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The Girls on the Run Spring 5k Celebration was held on Sunday, May 19th at Chesterton High School. Girls on the Run (GOTR) looks to establish quality life characteristics through running and friendship. Various schools from Porter and Lake County participated in this year’s event. Activities included face painting, a runner’s bib decorating station, hair coloring, selfie station, and various other activities.

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READY NWI gathers to plan for region-wide student success

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On the third Thursday of each month during the school year, leaders from K-12 schools, colleges across the Region, and workforce development professionals gather at Hobart High School to tackle the tricky topic of preparing students for college and careers. This Thursday, the leaders had a lot to discuss, namely their upcoming annual Summer Institute and how to best meet the state’s new graduation requirements.

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Students learn their vital role at Citizen Science Symposium

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Entire worlds live right in our backyards. For the past several months, middle school students have been learning about the different worlds outside of their windows through the Dunes Learning Center’s new Citizen Science program. May 17 saw the culmination of their studies, as the students gathered at the Genesis Center in Gary for the Citizen Science Symposium.

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Maria Petti Memorial Scholarship available to students seeking a career in the surgical environment


rot3La Porte and Porter County students seeking a career in the surgical environment can apply for an award of up to $5,000 through the Maria Petti Memorial Scholarship.

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