More info from NIRPC:
The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) and Indiana Landmarks would like to invite those interested to participate in a series of public open houses regarding current efforts to update the Marquette Plan, Northwest Indiana’s Vision for Lakeshore Reinvestment. These open houses will be held as follows:
November 4th: 2:00 – 3:30 pm at Gary Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Branch, 501 South Lake Street, Gary IN 46403.
November 4th: 5:30 – 7 pm at Whiting Community Center, 1938 Clark Street Whiting IN 46394
November 12th: 5:30 – 7 pm at City Hall Operations Center, 100 E. Michigan Blvd #2, Michigan City, IN 46360
November 18th: 5:30 – 7 pm at Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission: 6100 South Port Road, Portage, IN 46368
Congressman Pete Visclosky, the creative force behind the Marquette Plan has said “Sweeping changes will not come overnight. Nor can they be dictated by one person or one governmental body. We in Northwest Indiana must sit together as a unified community and reach a consensus on our future”. In 2005 Phase I, and again in 2008 for Phase II, the region did come together on a future for our Lake Michigan Shore. The Marquette Plan’s strategic vision, common to both phases is to create a Livable Lakefront for the Region, where people can live, work, play & stay. The plan provides a framework for thinking and acting strategically to move toward environmental, economic, and social sustainability of our shoreline, with new and mixed uses, as well as increased public access to the vital Lake Michigan resource.
Since 2005 the Marquette Plan has not been a document that sits on the shelf. Many of our shorefront cities and towns have invested in projects and policies to implement the Marquette Plan, with the support of the Regional Development Authority, the Indiana DNR, and many other regional partners. For details on all the developments on the shoreline, visit the RDA’s Marquette Plan page at www.rdatransformation.com...
Crews are responding to a house fire in Hebron. State Road 8 is reportedly blocked east of Hebron this morning. No other information was available at this hour....
The Kennedy Theatre has been the site of first dates, movie premieres, and family fun for generations in Hessville and now they need your help. Owner Chris Benavidez says they need over one-hundred thousand dollars for studio mandated upgrades to keep showing movies in 2014. To help raise the money needed they have started The Save The Kennedy Campaign online and will be hosting a benefit November 2nd at the Hammond FOP Lodge. For more information, listen to Annie's interview with Chris online at News Audio On Demand here on our website....
Two DeMotte men have been arrested and charged with false informing after they told authorities an unknown suspect shot their friend during a robbery that never actually occurred. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says on Tuesday, just before 3:30am, they received word of a gunshot victim at the Jasper County Hospital Emergency Room, where a 23 year old DeMotte man had received a gunshot wound to his lower left leg. During the investigation, detectives found a discrepancy in the story of the two witnesses who were in the vehicle with the victim when the alleged robbery occurred, at the intersection of State Road 110, south of DeMotte. Authorities say the victim reportedly admitted the robbery story had been fabricated to cover the fact he had self-inflicted the gunshot wound at his apartment. A search warrant of the apartment turned up a 38-caliber revolver, along with spent shell casings at the scene and an investigation continues. ...
The federal government is cutting five billion dollars from the food stamp program, meaning families of four will get $36 dollars less a month for food. And more cuts could be coming as Congress debates a farm bill. 47 million people use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP. Paul Morello with the Greater Chicago Food Depository says the cuts will increase demand at food pantries and more people are going to have trouble finding food, "they're going to have trouble figuring out where their next meal is going to come from".
Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly today outlined his priorities for the five-year Farm Bill, urging the farm bill conference committee to provide a basic level of crop insurance coverage for advanced bio-fuel crops and expressed support for a bipartisan amendment to improve the availability of conservation technical assistance to farmers. For a link to read Donnelly's full letter to the farm bill committee, click http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/download/2013-farm-bill-conference-priorities...
(Photo Courtesy of the US Marshals Service)
A 27 year old woman wanted by the Lake County Sheriff's Office for dealing cocaine is this week's US Marshals Service, Great Lakes Task Force, Fugitive of the Week. Heather Tancos is described as a white female, 5'7”, weighing 159 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Authorities say Tancos has been known to reside throughout the northwest Indiana region, with ties to Crown Point, Hobart, Lake Station and Valparaiso.
Anyone with information on Heather Tancos and her whereabouts may contact task force investigators by calling toll-free (888) 805-6119 or by texting “capture” to Tip411 (847411). All tipsters will remain anonymous....
Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly and Congressman Pete Visclosky today testified before the US International Trade Commission in support of anti-dumping tariffs on hot-rolled steel products from foreign countries. Congressman Visclosky says he believes we need a manufacturing base in the US to pay a living wage and internationally it is not a fair fight.
Visclosky says manufacturing is key to our national security and tariffs must continue to be enforced. Donnelly says the tariffs level the playing field. ...
The committee determined that most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference form portable electronic devices. ...
October has been a bad month for home break-ins in unincorporated Porter County. The Porter County Sheriff's Office reports a break-in Wednesday in Jackson Township was the 18th reported incident. The Sheriff's Office reports they will be stepping up patrols in the areas affected. Most of the incidents have reportedly occurred during the work day hours....
“While temperatures can be unpredictable, payment assistance programs help provide our customers experiencing financial difficulties with a sense of security,” said NIPSCO Customer Service Manager Kim Broader, who oversees the utility’s energy assistance programs. “We are fortunate to have great partnerships with local agencies across northern Indiana, such as the Salvation Army and township trustees, to help connect those customers with assistance programs.”
Households experiencing financial difficulties may call NIPSCO’s Customer Care Center, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, to learn about available assistance options, including:
· Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Program: LIHEAP support is available to households falling within 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Between December 1 and March 15, Indiana natural gas utilities do not disconnect service to customers enrolled in LIHEAP who are behind on their bills.
· NIPSCO Customer Assistance for Residential Energy (CARE) Discount Program: The NIPSCO CARE Discount Program is designed to provide further bill reductions to LIHEAP-eligible customers. Once enrolled in LIHEAP, customers are automatically enrolled in the program.
· NIPSCO Hardship Program: For customers just outside the federal poverty guidelines for LIHEAP, the NIPSCO Hardship Program offers up to $200 in gas bill assistance to households between 151-200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Eligibility information and a listing of agencies that help administer assistance programs can be found at www.NIPSCO.com/PaymentAssistance. Customers are encouraged to contact the agency for a complete list of required documentation ahead of visiting in person. A full list of programs available to NIPSCO customers to help manage energy use can be found at NIPSCO.com/SaveEnergy....
The town of Griffith today announced that due to the weather, the road work on West Main Street between Cline Avenue and Ernest Avenue will be postponed until Friday, November 1, beginning at 7 am. West Main Street will remain open to vehicular traffic and all property owners and businesses will have access to their properties. Lindberg, Raymond and Ernest Avenues will be closed to traffic at their West Main intersections. Questions can be directed to Griffith Public Works at 219-924-3838....
Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Chicago say a mild but rainy Halloween is in store for the area. Some areas, generally south of a LaSalle to Chicago line, saw 1 to locally over two inches of rain overnight, and the potential remains for additional locally heavy rainfall today across the same general area. Heavy rainfall will cause minor flooding of low lying and poorly drained areas, as well as some street flooding. Meteorologists say thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, mainly south of Chicago, and an isolated severe storm is possible with gusty winds. Rain is expected to taper off and end from west to east this evening, behind a cold front, but this afternoon temps are expected to stay in the 60s before talling into the 50s by early evening. [Image/National Weather Service Chicago]
Chicago National Weather Service website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/...
Family members of those who died on American Eagle Flight 4184 will gather at the site this afternoon as they've done for years to mark the anniversary of the crash. Sixty-eight people were killed 19 years ago when the plane traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago encountered icing conditions during a cold, rainy afternoon October 31st, 1994, and crashed into a Newton County soybean field near Roselawn. [Photo/provided]
Pat Hansen, whose brother Frank Sheridan perished on the flight, says the public is invited to join family in paying their respects at the roadside memorial. "If you're driving the street, feel free to stop by. Pray with us, remember. We share good memories, we share painful ones sometimes, but it really is a very from-the-heart sharing," Hansen told the Region News Team. Hansen also says they're in the process of trying to do some fundraising to have a permanent memorial. They'll be gathering at 3:30 this afternoon (Central Time), and Hansen says at 4:07 pm, the time the plane crashed, they'll hold a moment of silence.
Click here for more information and directions: http://flight4184.weebly.com/...
Halloween – in November? That's what's happening in a number of Hoosier cities and towns, including some in the Region.
The following are all this evening, except where indicated. Hours are subject to change due to expected showers and storms this evening. Check with your local city or town center and not local police.
The following are all this evening Oct 31, except where indicated. Hours are subject to change due to expected showers and storms this evening. Check with your local city or town center.
Lake County (unincorporated) Same as city or town of your address
Porter County (unincorporated) 5:30-7:30pm *Sheriff David Lain says trick-or-treat hours will NOT be moved
Burns Harbor 5:30-7:30pm
Cedar Lake 5-7pm
Crown Point (new hours, now Friday 5-7pm)
East Chicago 4-6pm
Lake Station 4:30-7:30pm
LaPorte 6-8pm (MOVED to Friday)
Michigan City 5-7pm
New Chicago 5-7pm
Portage (MOVED to Friday 5:30-7:30pm).
Also moved to Friday, Nov 1, the Downtown Business District in Portage along Central Avenue will be open for Trick-or-Treating from 3:30pm - 5pm. Businesses who are participating will have a sign in their window/door. Regular Trick-or-Treat hours for the whole community will be from 5:30pm - 7:30pm that same evening. The Portage Fire Department will be out on Halloween handing out 3,200 glow sticks to your children. The glow sticks were donated by Portage Firefighters Local 3151 and Porter Regional Hospital
Southlake Mall 5-7pm
St. John 5-7pm
Winfield (MOVED to Friday 5-7pm)
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