(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
After 35 years with the National Park Service, the current Superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore says its time to move on. Costa Dillon announced he will retire this August, and says while it will not be easy to leave, he does so with the confidence that the excellent people who work at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and those in the community who support the park, will continue to preserve and protect it for generations to come. Dillon says since 1978, he has worked in over a dozen parks in ten states, with temporary assignments in more than 30 different parks, and as had the priviledge of representing the National Parks Service in assisgnments in four other countries. Dillon has been Superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore since 2007.
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We're learning now about anchor stores for a highly-anticipated development in Schererville at the corner of Main Street and US 41. Officials say some of the stores are scheduled to open in the spring of next year.
According to Regency Centers, Shops on Main will be anchored by fashion, footwear and home furnishings retailers, including Gordmans (50,079 square feet), Ross Dress for Less (25,069 square feet), HomeGoods (23,969 square feet) and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse (18,361 square feet). Developed in conjunction with Boyer Properties, the first phase will include two shop buildings and five pads on 28 acres of the 35-acre site.
“We appreciate the support of the town of Schererville which is a proven retail market based upon historical sales,” said Nick Wibbenmeyer, vice president and regional officer for Regency Centers. “We’re excited to become an active member of the community by helping to create jobs. Shops on Main will reflect the key attributes that define a Regency center: market-leading anchors, prime location and enjoyable shopping environment.” Regency owns and operates 14 centers, totaling 1.8 million square feet, in the Chicago market.
Gov Pence Signs Steele’s Criminal Code Overhaul Bill: Pictured, from left to right at desk: Sen. Steele, Gov. Pence.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed the first full-scale update to our state’s felony code in more than thirty years. House Enrolled Act 1006 requires offenders to serve at least 75 percent of their sentence as opposed to 50 percent under previous law. The measure also establishes a new sentencing system that divides felonies into six levels instead of four. “Our criminal justice system cannot work effectively if it is not equitable and balanced, with prison resources focused on our most dangerous criminals,” said Bedord State Senator Brent Steele, a practicing attorney in Bedford. “I thank Gov. Pence for his support of the first full-scale update to our state’s felony code since the 1970s.”
Addressing teachers, administrators and the media, the state's top teacher talked on several topics including alternatives to the ISTEP and IREAD exams to gauge student growth, as well as rules that hold back students who do not pass the exams. The superintendent said she would like to utilize growth measures saying her office will have an outreach organization consisting of 13 coordinators in nine regions to help schools with their school improvement plans. The Times reports that the outreach coordinators will be hired from the region they represent.
Superintendent Ritz said literacy is a prime concern of hers and will be implementing a program to combat this summer by empowering organizations like the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs to provide reading in their summer programs. The program is called "Hoosier Family of Readers," and Ritz says she will be kicking it off on May 10th from the school she used to teach at.
Ritz commented on the new law signed into law earlier this week by Governor Mike Pence that provide funding for officers in school saying that when it comes to project school children, the Department of Education leads the nation with security measures to protect students.
The superintendent also received many questions from teachers and administrators alike and handled sensitive areas including the voucher program, when she said she is bound to carry out as part of her duties as state superintendent. Ritz noted though clearly stated her position by stating that "public dollars should go to public schools." She says due to current legislation, vouchers are paid for first before public schools, so in order to change that the change must happen through lawmakers.
Since it is National Teacher Appreciation Week, Superintendent Ritz said teachers need to be acknowledged more by educators as well as the community for the work they do in the classroom. The following letter to teachers was posted on the Superintendent website: http://www.ritz4ed.com. You can hear the speech given by Superintendent Ritz's at the meet and greet in Valparaiso, it is available at News Audio On Demand at: http://www.regionnewsteam.com
A TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK MESSAGE FROM GLENDA TO EDUCATORS:
Educators of Indiana,
In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, I wanted to take time to thank you for all that you do for the children and communities of Indiana. As a fellow classroom teacher, I know of the many hours you devote to your profession.
Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Teaching is both a science and an art; it takes both to inspire students to learn.
Enjoy you time with students…your brief moments with them can make lasting impressions.
I chose the theme “Imagining the possibilities. Making them happen” for my tenure because of what you do everyday in the classroom. Our focus for the next four years will be about positive approaches that will impact teaching and learning…sharing the great things you do in your schools! We will empower each other to provide what we know is best for our students.
Together, we will imagine the possibilities, and make them happen!
Know that you are appreciated.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
Valparaiso Teachers Association and the Valparaiso Community Schools present State Superintendent of Public Education, Glenda Ritz (r) with flowers.
State Superintendent of Public Education, Glenda Ritz addresses a "standing room" only audience during the meet and greet at Valparaiso Community Schools Administration Building on Wednesday.
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz, emphasizes the point that there needs to be alternatives to the ISTEP and IREAD programs as well as rules to hold back students
(photos courtesy of Jay Stevens)
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(Governor Pence Signing SEA 343, Courtesy of Senator Head's Office)
(Gov Pence with Senator Becker for the Signing of SEA 554, Courtesy of Senator Becker's Office)
Along with the signing into law the jobs budget and updating Indiana's felony code, Governor Mike Pence also signed four other pieces of legislation into law Wednesday. Two of the four new laws were authored by State Senator Randy Head, of Logansport, one of which, Senate Enrolled Act 345, calls for a model plan for student restraint and seclusion in the rare instance when such actions would be necessary to protect students from harming themselves or others. Senator Head's other bill signed into law, Senate Enrolled Act 343, contains provisions to streamline the process of local government reorganization if political subdivisions choose to merge.
The other two bills signed into law was legislation sponsored by State Senator Vaneta Becker, of Evansville. Senate Enrolled Act 554 improves healthcare access for Indiana's residents by supporting new medical technologies, and requires reimbursing healthcare providers for tele-health and tele-medicine services offered to medicaid recipients. House Enrolled Act 1111 improves first responder action in emergency situations.
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(Photos Courtesy of the Lake County Coroner's Office)
Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey was the honored speaker on Saturday for the American Association of University Women's Spring Luncheon, and shared with them her mission to provide education for preventable infant deaths by providing safe sleeping patterns. Coroner Frey informed the organization that in Lake County, between 2011 and 2013, their were 43 infant death, 42-percent of which were related to the infant sleeping with a parent and/or not in a crib or bassinette. Frey says the organization has donated four pack and play sleeping cribs to the Lake County Child Fatality Review team, which review fatalities suspected to be the result of abuse or neglect.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Office of State Senator Brent Steele)
Legislation updating Indiana's felony code for the first time in more than 30 years was signed into law today by Governor Mike Pence. House Enrolled Act 1006 is aimed at ensuring Indiana's criminal sentencing policies are fair and consistent for both victims and offenders. The new law divides felonies into six levels instead of four and puts tighter restrictions on the worst offenders' ability to get out of prison early, as offenders must now serve at least 75-percent of their sentence as opposed to 50-percent under the previous law. To view the sentencing reform proportionality chart, visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_republicans/images/photogallery/Steele/Different%20format%20HB%201006%20Proportionality%20Chart.pdf.
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Governor Mike Pence today vetoed two licensing bills because he says they create barriers to the marketplace for Hoosiers and restrict competition. House Enrolled Act 12-42 would have required licenses for diabetes educators, while Senate Enrolled Act 273 would have created a license requirement for anesthesiologist assistants and dietitians, as well as state certification for music therapists. Governor Pence says he is willing to sign license legislation that opens new opportunties for employment or streamlines existing practices and procedures, but that these two did not meet those standards. In the last ten years, there has been a 38-percent increase in the number of Hoosiers holding a professional license, while the state's population has increased just seven-percent over that same time period.
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INDIANAPOLIS (May 8, 2013) – Today, Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding investors of the importance of understanding the distinctions between the various types of financial professionals.
“Whether you are just starting a retirement fund or need additional help with growing and managing your money, you may benefit from selecting an investment services professional. It pays to understand the differences between a broker-dealer agent, an investment adviser representative and a financial planner. Each serves a distinct role in helping with your financial future,” said Secretary Lawson.
To help investors understand these differences, the Secretary of State’s office has issued an investor advisory providing basic information on these types of financial services professionals and their obligations to investors. The advisory is available at http://www.in.gov/sos/securities/files/Financial_Professionals_IN.pdf
For example, Securities Commissioner Chris Naylor noted that anyone licensed as an investment advisor must, by law, act as a fiduciary and put the interests of his or her clients ahead of their own.
“With so many brokers and salesmen calling themselves ‘financial advisers,’ or ‘investment consultants,’ it is easy to see how investors might assume these individuals are licensed investment advisors,” Commissioner Naylor said. “That’s one reason why federal securities regulators should require all financial professionals providing investment advice to retail investors to be held to a high fiduciary standard.”
The investor advisory also provides questions to ask your financial professional and warning signs to watch for. For more information, contact the Secretary of State’s office at 1-317-232-6681 or visit us online at IndianaInvestmentWatch.com.
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(Photo Courtesy of Governor Pence's Office)
Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today signed the state’s biennial budget, HEA 1001, at Crawford Industries in Crawfordsville.
“This is a jobs budget, and it signals that Indiana is open for business,” said Pence. “By preserving Indiana’s strong fiscal position, increasing funding for schools and roads, and giving Hoosiers $600 million a year in tax relief, this budget will encourage investment in Indiana.”
The historic tax relief package came through a combination of income tax relief, inheritance tax repeal and other business tax reductions. It will help every Hoosier taxpayer, small businesses and family farmers, and make the state more competitive for new jobs.
The budget addresses Indiana’s skills gap with a significant investment in dropout prevention programs and jobs training. It invests $190 million in new money for K-12 education and funds initiatives to increase career and technical education opportunities in Indiana’s high schools, ensuring that graduates leave ready for either college or a career.
The budget also includes more than $600 million for roads and infrastructure, including the first new money for local roads in a decade. It provides $25 million in seed money for a life sciences research institute that will be leveraged by private dollars and will increase growth in Indiana’s life sciences sector
Pence expressed his appreciation for the legislators who worked to craft this budget. “I commend all the members of the Appropriations and Tax and Fiscal Policy committees, and especially the leadership of Chairmen Tim Brown, Luke Kenley, and Brandt Hershman,” he said.
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No one was injured, but an adult male is expected to be charged after two front windows were broken at a Diary Queen in Hobart Tuesday night due to shots fired from a BB gun. Jeremy Ogden, 1st Sgt. Detective Division of the Hobart Police Department, says the incident occurred around 8:30pm, at the Dairy Queen on Main Street, and that a quick response by officers led to them locating the suspected vehicle, a grey-silver Oldsmobile minutes after the incident took place. Sgt. Ogden says two adult males and two female juveniles in the vehicle were taken into custody for questioning, with the subject expected to be charged with felony criminal recklessness and misdemeanor criminal mischief, confessing to the incident. Hobart Police report a search of the vehicle allegedly yeilded a BB gun, co2 canisters, and BB's.
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Funeral services are in Bremen this Friday (May 10) for former Indiana Governor Otis “Doc” Bowen, who died last Saturday at the age of 95. His wake is today and tomorrow in Bremen at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
This morning, Governor Mike Pence joined Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, Speaker of the Indiana House Brian Bosma and other statewide elected officials at the Statehouse memorial for Bowen. Governor Pence signed the condolence book, which will be presented to the Bowen family on Friday, and laid a wreath near the portrait and bust of former Governor Bowen.
Governor Pence encouraged Hoosiers to visit the memorial during Statehouse hours, 8:00 to 5:00 EDT, today and tomorrow to also sign the condolence book and learn about Bowen's life and public service.
[Photo provided/Indiana Governor's Office]
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