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Follow The Times behind the scenes of Crusaders athletics. Get the scoop on everything from basketball to soccer to softball to the stats, standings and shenanigans of the Horizon League.
Follow the RailCats live during home games and through all of the off-season activity that only the Northern League can cook up.
Read stories about the area residents who brave the mound to toss out a first pitch at a RailCats game.
Stephanie Precourt is a stay-at-home mom to three boys and a baby girl, but don't let that fool you. She'll keep you in style and in-the-know with this thing called parenthood. Even though none of us know what we're doing.
We've all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more with Barb Ruess.
Rick Kaempfer's business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is "stay-at-home-dad.
Shore's Associate Publisher and Editor Pat Colander brings you up-to-date on what's going on in the Shore universe-evenings, weekends and all times in between issues.
From play and restaurant openings to premiere parties and red carpet movie screenings, Philip Potempa reports on celebs and notables.
Columnist and features writer Jane Dunne never runs out of ideas when it comes to cooking for family, entertaining at home or dining out.
As with Shorecast by Fran Smith, which appears regularly in Shore magazine, the 12 sun-signs are highlighted; here, the focus is on how every planetary move affects each of the 12 sun-signs. Its contents include specific-and fun-information that readers won't find anywhere else.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Cleveland lately and really have learned about their food scene. One of my favorite restaurants in the city are Lola’s and Lolita which are owned by restaurateur Michael Symon, author of several cookbooks including…
Game No. 11
Welcome to “Starcast” – a delightful look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. There’s no doubt about it – our solar system is not only magnificent – it’s also extremely dependable. Wherever you are on Earth, you can be hap…
Stained glass became seriously and widely popular this year: see evidence in Michigan City and downtown Chicago this weekend, also non-profit museum and gallery stores are great for one-of-a-kind gifts.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and…
Game No. 8
“This is how we started,” Joe Dickman tells me as I study an old black and white photo showing his father and a teen-aged Joe stirring a large copper cauldron over an open fire.
Game No. 7
Enjoy guiltless and creative local shopping in NB and St. Joe; seasonal live theater at Royal George in Chicago and Pete Seeger event in Miller Beach.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor.
Not to take anything away from our turkey and trimmings and those great leftovers, for the other nights at home during this hectic holiday time, you might try one of these truly delicious winter pastas.
Game No. 6
Game No. 4
Welcome to “Starcast” – an incredible look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. Let’s revel in the approaching Holidays (everyone’s Holiday) and start by looking forward to Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28, 2013), on a h…
Game No. 5
Valparaiso and Evansville will share the hardwood Wednesday night for the 83rd time. Butler and St. Joseph’s are the only two schools that have faced off against the Crusaders on more occasions.
I first met Emeril Lagasse at Heaven on Seven, Jimmy Banos’s New Orleans style restaurant in the Garland Building on Wabash Avenue in Chicago’s Loop. The Garland Building had a special affinity for me because I used to accompany my mom there …
The starting bell of the holiday season, John Cain's Holiday Reading at South Shore Arts, officially sounded on Tuesday around 1 pm, when the Executive Director began reading "A Jug of Silver," a Truman Capote short story.---Pat Colander, Ass…
Game No. 4
There are currently only two Ritz-Carlton Reserves in the entire world, Phulay Bay in Thailand and Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico. Future locations include Los Cabos, Mexico; Muscat, Oman; Tamuda Bay, Morocco and West Caicos, Turks and Caicos. D…
Game No. 3
Just in time, indoor activities around snow-covered Lake Michigan beachtowns, starting tonight with a screening of Heather Courtney's "Where Soldiers Come From," a symposium on Tiffany glass on Saturday and Sinatra in Three Oaks.--- Pat Colan…
Valparaiso director of athletics Mark LaBarbera walked onto Brown Field this afternoon to announce to the football team that Dale Carlson was out as the head coach after four years and 40 losses. The announcement sent shockwaves through not o…
Game No. 2
Game No. 1
Fri. Nov. 8 -- Valparaiso 76, Murray State 72 (OT)
Welcome to “Starcast” – an incredible look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. And what a look it is, especially if we focus on last Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:10 a.m. (ET), as our starting point. That’s the point at…
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Robert Blaszkiewicz is a Northwest Indiana native and joined The Times in 1994. He has filled a variety of roles, including night editor, Porter County editor, features editor and new media coordinator. His current position is assistant managing editor for operations.
Matthew Mace Delgado is a central Indiana native and joined The Times in 2004. He started as a page designer before becoming an online news producer. His current position is online content producer/manager.
Al Hamnik has been a reporter and columnist in Northwest Indiana for 42 years and is a member of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, as well as a winner of the Indiana sportswriter of the year award, an IHSAA media award winner, a Corky Lamm Award winner and a three-time HSPA winner.
Steve Hanlon was the Prep Beat writer for The Times from 1995 through 2000 before he went to work at the Indianapolis Star. Upon returning to The Times in 2004, he covered Valparaiso University for one season before he took back the Prep Beat beat in 2005.
Jon L. Hendricks graduated from Valparaiso University and has worked for various publications before joining The Times in 2000. He has covered all facets of advertising and news for the Times including Hurricane Katrina, various state championships, and President Barack Obama. He currently works out of the Valparaiso office.
Jim Hunsley covers a menagerie of sports as a reporter in the Times.
John Luke discovered photography while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from a small Michigan college. John transferred to an art school in Detroit where he was hired to work in the photo lab at one of the dailies, and five years later, "promoted" to photojournalist.
Tony V. Martin shoots on location in the Midwest and around the world. His editorial credits include ESPN, Sports Illustrated, American Theatre, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Reader and other publications in the U.S. and abroad.
Jonathan Miano has been a photojournalist in the Chicago area since 2003 and started with The Times at the beginning of 2011. He has covered the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
Paul Oren is a beat reporter for Valparaiso University as well as various high school sports throughout the Region. He has covered NCAA tournaments in basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball, along with numerous IHSAA state championship events.
Jim Peters graduated from Andrean (Class of 1981) and Purdue (1985), where he met and worked with current Porter County Assistant Sports Editor Greg Smith. He spent the first 10 or so years of his professional career at a chain of Northwest Indiana weeklies that covered Merrillville, Andrean, Hobart, Portage, Lake Station and River Forest before catching on at the Times in the summer of 1998. Jim covers high school sports in Porter County.
Philip Potempa is a Shore writer who is also a daily food and entertainment newspaper columnist for The Times Media Company.
Doug Ross has been covering Northwest Indiana for 30 years, including two decades at The Times of Northwest Indiana.
Hillary Smith has covered prep, pro and college sports -- and even a Dixie Baseball World Series -- for newspapers north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line since 1995.
Bowdeya Tweh covers steel, manufacturing, labor, banking and other issues in business for The Times and nwi.com. He has been working at the paper since November 2008.
Began his career as a photojournalist at The Times in 1985, first as a freelancer and later that year as a staffer. He was a late bloomer at the age of 29 and sometimes has to laugh because many of his colleagues were not even born when he started working at the paper.
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