Published reports announced today that starting July 1st, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Indiana and Kentucky will merge and be known as Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, serving patients at 28 health centers across both states. Officials report the merger will strengthen the services in the two states and ensure reproductive health remains accessible and affordable.
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Tasked by the Airport Authority in March to explore a P3 to accelerate job creation and long-term investment in Gary and the Northwest Indiana region, the Ad Hoc committee continues to work at a brisk pace to develop a P3 model which retains public ownership of the airport and benefits from private sector innovation and access to capital.
The committee anticipates following up the REIQ with a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) later this summer. In addition to the P3 exploration, major construction at the airport of a $166 million runway extending the main 7,000-foot runway by 1,900 feet continues.
“The REIQ is an essential step in attracting creative ideas for a P3 model that reflects all the investment potential of the airport, the City of Gary and the Northwest Indiana region to create good-paying jobs for the long-term,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of the City of Gary.
A team of a highly-qualified financial experts, project managers and legal advisers were engaged by the Airport Authority in April to assist in the P3 exploration. The team includes A.C. Advisory Inc., JClark Consulting Group, LLC and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
“Every airport P3 model is unique so the ideas we learn from the marketplace will help us shape the best P3 model for Gary and the Northwest Indiana region,” said David Bochnowski,Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NorthWest Indiana Bancorp., member of the Gary/Chicago Airport Authority, and chair of the Ad Hoc committee. “The airport and the surrounding area are full of investment opportunities; everything is directly connected to Chicago's transportation network through freight, interstate and mass-transit and has close proximity to multiple Lake Michigan ports.”
Responses to the REIQ are due by 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT) Monday June 17, 2013. Supportive due diligence and supplementary materials will be made available to interested respondents on a website established by the City of Gary, www.FaegreBD.com. Respondents are requested to register with the law firm, Faegre Baker Daniels. The registration must be in electronic format and indicate the respondent's intent to participate in this REIQ process.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Michigan City PD)
Michigan City Police say they have issued a warrant for a teenage suspect, considered armed and dangerous, and wanted in connection with the death of a retired school teacher. Police say 19-year-old Chris Mansfield is charged with murdering Henry Whitten, who was found dead in his home in the 500 block of East 8th Street last Thursday morning after police were dispatched for a welfare check. Anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1/ Whitten taught music at Barker Middle School for over 30 years before retiring in 2002.
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The annual Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive, put on by the American Red Cross, continues with blood drives in the Region, including a big one tomorrow in Porter County at the Expo Center. Porter County Sheriff David Lain says he hopes the place will be packed full of people who want to give blood and honor officers who've lost their life in the fight against crime. The Porter County blood drive is 12noon-6pm Tuesday June 11.
The Indiana State Police- Lowell says on July 10, 2001, Sergeant Dan R. Starnes of the Morgan County, IN Sheriff’s Department lost his life as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a line of duty gun battle. To keep his memory alive his surviving spouse, Janice, organized the Sgt. Dan R. Starnes Memorial Blood Drive in Morgan County later that year and has organized a blood drive each year since, in Dan’s memory. In 2007, she decided to take the blood drive statewide and renamed it the Indiana Fallen Officer’s Blood Drive. The 2013 drive had donation sites located in nearly every county statewide.
Indiana Blood Facts:
• 1,000 units of blood are needed daily in Indiana
• Each unit of blood donated helps in three different ways:
o Red Cells
The Lowell District is comprised of the following seven Indiana counties; Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski. Listed below are dates, times, and locations for the remaining blood drives within the Lowell District.
COUNTY DATE TIME LOCATION
Newton June 19th, 2013 3P-7PM Newton Co. Fallen Officers, 12100
Punkin Vine, Kentland
Newton July 12, 2013 1:30P-6:30 PM Kentland Community Center, 401 N
Porter June 11th, 2013 12P-6PM Porter Co Expo Center, 215 E
Porter June 23rd, 2013 9A-2PM Nativity of Our Savior Parish Hall
2949 Willowcreek Rd, Portage
Pulaski June 11, 2013 3P-7PM Pulaski Co Sheriff Dept, 110 E
Pulaski June 26, 2013 11:30A-5:30 PM Knights of Columbus, 340 E
50 N, Winamac
LaPorte June 21st, 2013 9A-2PM LaPorte Co Annex, 809 State St
Linda Gurgel, Outreach Services Specialist, Office of the Indiana Attorney General [Photo provided]
Help support the Wounded Warrior Project with a special event this weekend at Harley-Davidson of Valparaiso. According to the Duneland Chapter of Harley Owners Group or "HOG," San Diego resident, and armed services veteran, Brian Bieber is traveling across the country on a restored, WWII era WLA 45 Solo Harley-Davidson Military motorcycle, at his own expense, to collect money to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Retired Command Sgt.Major of the United States Army, William "Chip" Ostenberg says over the course of the contract, 90,000 WL Solo bikes were manufactured with 60,000 going to U.S. Forces and another 30,000 to our allies during World War II. The "A" in the model number designates a bike destined to the Army. Models were also distributed to the Navy, with the only difference in that they were painted Navy Grey, according to Ostenberg.
Beiber's Facebook Page says he has raised almost 13-thousand dollars toward his 45-thousand dollar goal. The motorcyclist says he hopes to convince 45-hundred people to donate ten dollars each, because he said that even a little will go a long way to help disabled men and women who have proudly served their country.
The "WLA Charity Ride" is scheduled to arrive at the American Legion Post in Valparaiso at 9 a.m. Sunday and from there will be escorted to the Harley-Davidson Dealership located at 1151 Morthland Dr. (off US-30).
Hot dogs and pop will be available both on Saturday and Sunday with all proceeds going to the Wounder Warrior Project. To follow Beiber's charity ride progress visit his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/WLAAcrossUSA
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Gary, IN— The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is once again acting as a sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP is a government funded program that aims to feed hungry children during the summer months when they are no longer receiving free or reduced meals at school. They are once again partnering with Meals on Wheels to provide hot lunches at the sites. The Food Bank is sponsoring 5 sites in Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago.
“For many kids summertime means a break from school and a chance for uninterrupted play, but for countless others, it is a time of uncertainty and lethargy as they no longer have a reliable source of food each day. These children often rely on the breakfast and lunch provided by their schools as their only dependable source of food, and when schools let out for the summer these children are left wondering where their next meal will come from,” says Chanda Dixon, at the Food Bank. The Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and the Summer Food Service Program help alleviate this problem by providing breakfast and lunch to at risk kids five days a week.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana will be providing meals to 5 sites starting on June 10th and running through August 9th. Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday through Friday. The program is open to all children 18 and under. The Summer Feeding Sites for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana are Bethel Congregational COGIC (815 Michigan St., Hammond): breakfast 9-10am and lunch 12:30-1:30pm, Bethel Temple (110 W. 43rd St., Gary); breakfast 9:30-10:30am and lunch 11:30m-12:30pm, Mission of Jesus Christ (3924 Kennedy Ave., East Chicago): breakfast 9:30-10:30am and lunch 12:30-1:30pm, Salvation Army (513 W. Chicago Ave., East Chicago): breakfast 9-10am and lunch 12:15-1:15pm, and GoodWill Church (5119 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago): breakfast 9-10am and lunch 12-1pm.
For more information on the Summer Food Services Program please contact Chanda Dixon at 219-902-2280. For sites in other areas not sponsored by the Food Bank, please call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers).
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is located in Gary and supplies food to over 90 pantries and soup kitchens in Lake and Porter Counties. In addition to distributing food to their member agencies the Food Bank also runs the BackPack, Kid’s Café, Food Rescue, HOPE Project, and Pantry on the Go programs and offers pantry referrals. Last year the Food Bank distributed over 4.9 million pounds of food, and served over 5,000 individuals a week.
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Enbridge Energy's 300 million dollar expansion of a crude oil pipeline through Northwest Indiana designed to meet current and future pipeline transportation needs recently was issued water quality certification. Enbridge Community Relations Adviser Jennifer Smith says the construction will provide a economic boom to the region through the installation of new facilities which will bring added property tax revenues, as well as an influx of sales tax from locally purchased materials and equipment, and will increase employment with over one-thousand temporary and permanent jobs created. But she says the biggest benefit to the Region and the Midwest will be the continued reliable delivery of crude oil to refineries so they can make the gas and petroleum products we rely on everyday.
Smith says they have addressed zoning ordinance concerns raised in LaPorte County and the next step in the process is to gain approval of the Army Corp of Engineers, and possible begin construction in August.
Some environmental groups have called the project a mixed bag for the environment, but did state Enbridge has taken several significant steps to protect natural resources during and after construction, including the hiring of independent environmental monitors. Smith says the hope is to have entire Line 6-B in service by the end of the year. To hear about the project, click News Audio On Demand at regionnewsteam.com.
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According to STH Executive Director Sr. Peg Spindler, the numbers of individuals and families seeking services has been sharply increasing in recent years. “We saw a 30% increase in traffic from 2011 to 2012, and we’re already on pace to surpass that in 2013.”
Sojourner’s main fundraiser of the year, the Walk for Sojourner Truth House, is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2013. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:00 a.m. at 13th and Madison Street in Gary.
A special website has been created where individuals can register to walk or donate to help www.walkforsth.org. Registrations and donations will also be accepted on the day of the walk at Sojourner Truth House at 410 West 13th Avenue in Gary. To learn more about the walk and the Sojourner Truth House visit http://indiana105.com/index.php/news/news-on-demand.html
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(Photo Courtesy of the LaPorte Police Department)
The following parking restrictions, street closures and detours will be in effect on La Porte's Annual Cruise Night, Saturday, June 8th.
– There will be no parking allowed on Lincolnway from the hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The police department will have signs posted indicating this.
– The following street closures will be in effect from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and detour signage will be in place:
- Lincolnway from Adams Street to I Street;
- J Street from First Street to Sixth Street;
- K Street from First Street to Ind. 2;
- Pine Lake Avenue overpass from Kroger Plaza to Lincolnway;
- the cruise route east turnaround of Adams Street from Lincolnway to State Street; State Street from Adams to Linwood; and Linwood from State Street to Lincolnway.
- Indiana Avenue will also be closed to semi-truck traffic and detoured at Boyd Boulevard.
Please be alert for traffic congestion and pedestrian traffic around the cruise route area.
The La Porte Police Department wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable evening!
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Police in LaPorte are seeking the public's help regarding two separate incidents this week, one regarding theft, the other vandalism. Police report between the hours of 3:30pm Wednesday and 8am Thursday, four rolls of copper wire were stolen off a NIPSCO truck at the facility in the 15-hundred block of State Road 2 West. Meanwhile, police were informed that around 3:30pm, a witness observed a silver car drive up with two teens, and one of them, described as 5'10”, with curly hair, exited the passenger side of the vehicle, ran up to a sign at Link Park and sprayed graffiti on it with black spray paint. Any one with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact LaPorte Police.
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(Photo Courtesy of the Times)
A woman and two small children reportedly narrowly missed being struck by a stray bullet Thursday evening in the 300 block of Pepper Creek Drive in Porter County's Union Township. According to an article in the Times, authorities believe the bullet came from a couple who were target shooting at watermelon without a backstop 18-hundred feet away. No arrests were made, but police did confiscate the handguns used in the incident, and forwarded charges of criminal recklessness against the couple to prosecutors for consideration.
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- Event in Valpo to Support the Wounded Warrior Project
- Missing S Carolina Woman with Schizophrenia Found Safe
- Gary 311 Phone Line Now Running for Non-Emergency Issues
- Death of Retired MC School Teacher Ruled a Homicide
- Remains Found in May in MC that of Missing Woman
- Police K-9 Demonstrations at Horizon Bank Today
- MC Man Accepts Plea Deal for Murder Charge
- Timeline Extended for Learning Center
- Accident Blocking NB 65
- County Considering New Courthouse
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