Porter Regional Hospital discusses recent innovations.
"The Valparaiso Parks Department hosted an awesome night of music, food, and entertainment on July 4, 2010 at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. The Conservadellics jammed to their somewhat original tune ""Sweet Home Valparaiso"" and the Valparaiso High School Band offered another awesome performance even as fireworks were being launched. Happy Fourth of July, Valparaiso!
Thirty-five years later and numerous families and individuals who have been helped through their services, Porter-Starke Services celebrates its 35th anniversary at Movies in the Park on Tuesday, July 14, 2010. Oddly enough, the same year Porter-Starke opened was when the first ever summer "blockbuster" movie, Jaws, showed all over movie theatres in America. So the Spielberg classic was shown to a couple hundred Valpo residents who relaxed amidst a beautiful evening sunset.
"Something was a rumbling in downtown Valparaiso on June 5, 2010, and it was the force of five of Valpo's finest downtown restaurants joining together for the Food and Wine Festival also known as Taste 5. Bistro 157, Bon Femme Cafe, Don Quijote, Paparazzi, and Pikks' Tavern all took part in the event offering the best cuisine in Valpo. Wine and craft beer was on tap as well for anyone needing to quench their thirst in the muggy, summer air. Funky MoJo Daddy is the featured music in the video. Enjoy these and other downtown restaurants all summer!
A view of the 2010 Valparaiso Popcorn Festival from high in the sky!
The Valparaiso Vikings football team hosted a football tournament/scrimmage June 24, 2010 for 4 other area high schools: Wheeler, Boone Grove, East Chicago, and Munster. All proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the Public Education Foundation of Valparaiso, which gives scholarships to graduating seniors at Valpo. Also, a couple Jeff Samardzija jerseys were auctioned off as well to benefit the PEFV. If you missed this one, be sure to come out to the next one July 10th, 2010 in which the competition will be stiffer with Lafayette Jefferson, Homestead, and Lake Central coming to VHS.
This video provides insight as to how Northwest Indiana is going green!
"Jonathan Nalli, CEO of Porter Health System, held a press conference July 1, 2010 to disclose the four contractors that received winning bids for the construction of the new hospital at the corner of US 6 and SR 49. The four contractors are Dyer Construction from Dyer, IN, Cives Steel Company from Wolcott, IN, Subsurface Contractors Inc. from St. Louis, and Chicago Decking Erectors from Merrillville, IN. Nalli stressed that this was not only a new building for Porter in the future but an opportunity for the economy of Northwest Indiana to recover with the creation of 600 construction jobs over the course of the 2-year building process. The new hospital is expected to be finished by the summer of 2012.
According to online magazine, Mashable, June 30th, 2010 was Social Media Day, and the Northwest Indiana Tweetup group met in its honor at Pepe's Restaurant in Valparaiso. What is a tweetup, you ask? Many individuals and businesses get together to meet and network outside of a virtual interface: face to face. Come check out the next one at www.nwitweetup.com.
"On a perfect, clear evening at Indiana Dunes State Park, the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce(http://www.dunelandchamber.com/) hosted the 2nd Annual Fireworks on the Lakeshore on Friday, July 1st, 2010. So many people thought that this was a good idea that there was nearly a half mile long line of traffic outside the park an hour and a half before the fireworks! Nonetheless, it was a great, fun evening for all of Northwest Indiana.
"The VHS Class of 1985 got together for their 25 year reunion on Friday, July 9, 2010 at the Memorial Opera House in downtown Valpo. Every single person had a blast connecting and catching up with their former classmates and many conversations accompanied joyous laughter throughout the evening.