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Learn More at A Mentor After Hours Event In Your Area

disc-unlimDiscoveries Unlimited would like to invite you to become a mentor in Northwest Indiana’s leading Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) mentoring association during the 2013-2014 school year. As a mentor, you will participate in weekly communication (face-to-face or email) and monthly face-to-face M&M mentoring events that are sometimes out of this world like our yearly simulated NASA mission to the moon. If this sounds exciting to you, go to our website and complete the STEM mentor application located on the right side at:

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Mayor Announces Independence Day Parade Winners

4th-2013-Recycling-DeptEarlier today, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson announced the winners of the city’s 2013 Independence Day Parade. The awards ceremony took place at City Hall.First, second, and third place winners were awarded trophies for the best decorated floats, vehicles, walking units, and musical marching units. A trophy was also awarded to the best overall participant.

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Gary Youth Services Bureau to Help Remove Graffiti, Hosts Rally and Empowerment Conference

city of gary sealSince his appointment as Gary Youth Services Bureau (YSB) Director this past spring, Patrick Barry has hit the ground running. He is seeking to take the department and activities for Gary youth to another level. Listed below are a host of upcoming activities:

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"College Mom" - A Whole New Adventure

Well, it's that time of year again, the air is getting crisp, the leaves are beginning to change and the school buses are running their routes.  Yes, the kids are back to school.  For some this means getting the kids up on time, packing the lunch box, making sure the homework is done and in the back pack and walking the kids down to the bus stop.

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Be a Part of Something Good Today and Walk for More Tomorrows

alz-kickoff-meeting-5We at Ideas in Motion Media are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. This disease fatal and it takes a toll on not only the person who has it, but those around him or her.

"We are proud to partner with such a great organization raising funds and awareness for an important cause that is impacting so many families throughout Northwest Indiana," Chris Mahlmann, Publisher and CEO of Ideas in Motion Media, said. "Participating in the walk and their ongoing communication of their fundraisers, educational programs, and community outreach is closely tied to our mission in Life."

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Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteers; August Trainings Set

Meals-on-WheelsMeals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana is searching for additional volunteer drivers. Two training sessions are scheduled for August 13, and August 15, 2013..

Each day, volunteers assist in the delivery of more than 1,600 meals throughout Lake County. The duties of a Meal Delivery Volunteer include:

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Gary Mayor and Superintendent of Gary Schools Discuss Education Reform with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

gcsc-logoRecently, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Gary Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Pruitt joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, other mayors and school superintendents in Washington, DC, to discuss partnership opportunities between cities and the U.S. Department of Education to foster effective approaches to education reform. Participating city leaders are part of a new Mayors’ Education Reform Task Force co-chaired by National League of Cities (NLC) First Vice President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, MN, and NLC Second Vice President Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT. Mayors Coleman and Becker formed the task force in March 2013 to explore how cities can and should be involved in local education reform efforts. “Our meeting with Secretary Duncan further confirms that we are taking the right steps locally to strengthen the...

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Rick Richards - Left an Impact Far Beyond the Muddy Trail


The stream of story lines run through your head as another piece of Rick you remember hits your view since he passed Saturday at the Mudathlon. His friendly face, peppy or peppered depending on the day, purposeful energy, cut to the chase communication style, his personal mannerisms that make you feel comfortable at once (and on your guard all the time), knowing that a good debate about the two sides of any conversation are about to get a good work out… This seems to be the common memory of Rick from those that worked with him at the Post-Tribune, Michigan City News-Dispatch, and LakeShore TV. And it all syncs up with what I sensed in just the couple of years I have known him.

I was so happy to see him and his daughter just prior to him starting, as he...

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'Pets and People' Book Series Highlights Impact of Animal Companionship on Human Health

PurdueLogoThe American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) are collaborating with Purdue University Press to make essential health information freely available online.

Every day researchers gain new insights into the dynamic relationship between people and animals, discovering, for example, how dog ownership improves heart health or how interaction with guinea pigs may help socialize autistic children. However, up-to-date summaries of this evidence are difficult to access for the wide range of health professionals who could apply it to improve clinical practice, such as veterinarians, nurses, social workers, and therapists.

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Next Week in Gary July 20-27, 2013

city of gary sealPlease spread the word about the following events taking place next week in the Steel City. The City of Gary has a Facebook page! Please friend us using keyword: Team Gary Indiana and follow us on Twitter @TeamGaryIndiana. Updates can also be found on the City of Gary’s website at, where you can also download the City of Gary 311 app!

Saturday, July 20 Travis Freeman Memorial Golf Outing 8:00a.m. _____

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Turning Discarded Stuff Into Dollars For Shelter Animals

Merrillville-Animal-Yard-SaleOn Sunday, July 14 from 9am to 2pm, the staff of Merrillville Animal Hospital (6226 Cleveland Street) in Merrillville, hosted a giant yard sale to raise money for The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana. The event offered great deals on gently-used clothing, furniture, music, toys, pet supplies, and just about everything under the sun.

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