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Crown Point’s State of the City Event to Feature Economic Updates


City-of-Crown-PointMembers of the public and the business community are invited to join the City of Crown Point’s big update on all of the economic development and business plans that will be taking place throughout 2018. Attendees will learn all of the news firsthand from Mayor David Uran. Many other city department heads, board and commission members and school officials will also be in attendance.

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Michigan City Launches New Community Website, CreatePlayRepeat.com


Michigan-City-Launches-New-Community-Website-CreatePlayRepeatcomThe City of Michigan City, Indiana is proud to announce the launch of CreatePlayRepeat.com.

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Valparaiso Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 76 Name Officers of the Year


Valparaiso-Fraternal-Order-of-Police-Lodge-76-Name-Officers-of-2018The Valparaiso Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 76 has named their Patrol Officer, Investigator and Supervisor of the year for 2017.

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2018 Earth Day School Rain Barrel Contest Filling Up Fast

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Schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties are invited to participate in the sixth annual School Rain Barrel Design Competition. The event will take place at the 2018 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration at the Porter County Expo Center on April 21.

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Schools, Organizations Can Benefit Through Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction's Reuse Fair

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Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction invites non-profit organizations and schools to register for its Reuse Fair, scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in conjunction with the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso.

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Top 10 Community Articles From ValpoLife in 2017

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We published hundreds of articles on the ValpoLife Community Section this past year. Massive community gatherings, veteran stories, and much more was fair game for sharing! With so many notable events in Northwest Indiana, it’s no wonder we had so many stories to choose from!

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Annual Earth Day School Rain Barrel Contest Filling Up Fast


Annual-Earth-Day-School-Rain-Barrel-Contest-Filling-Up-Fast_01Schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties are invited to participate in the sixth annual School Rain Barrel Design Competition. The event will take place at the 2018 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration at the Porter County Expo Center on April 21.

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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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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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Citizens Recognized for Stopping Aldi’s Robbery


Citizens-Recognized-for-Stopping-Aldis-Robbery_01 On October 7, 2017 at approximately 7:22 p.m., a male subject entered the Aldi store on Laporte Ave in Valparaiso and attempted to rob the store. The male subject approached a cashier and demanded cash. A short time later six customers physically restrained the male subject until police arrived.

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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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