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Tosi's Restaurant presents art for a good cause

Tosi's Restaurant presents art for a good cause

The other day, my daughter Nia told me that Maya Angelou had died. Nia knew about Angelou from an early age as I had returned from a trip to her home near the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a copy of he…

September 25, 2014 12:00 pm

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 18, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 18, 2014

Receptions for two great artists on both sides of Lake Michigan tonight and a preview event for the Great Chicago Fire Celebration which begins September 30th.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am

Was Lexus Williams Cursed?

It was really only a matter of time before Lexus Williams got hurt and there was nothing he could really do about it.

September 12, 2014 2:15 pm

Starcast: September Part 1

Starcast: September Part 1

Welcome to “Starcast” – a compelling look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. There’s always so much unrelenting activity going on in our solar system – which has its own time schedule. Unique, of course, but a time schedu…

September 12, 2014 9:00 am

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Donna Blue Lachman gets a second wind in Three Oaks and local galleries feature Michiana artists in upcoming exhibitions including Mitch Markovitz, Dora Natella, Marc Ullom, Sara Sokol and Kevin Gross.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and …

September 10, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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The Culinarian: Yin and Yang zucchini cakes

The Culinarian: Yin and Yang zucchini cakes

If you're not a gardener with a bumper crop on your hands, then I urge you to buy some zucchini as soon as possible. The recipes are that good!

September 08, 2014 11:45 am

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 4, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 4, 2014

The force is with Benton Harbor, Anna Russo Sieber and the ARS Gallery "I Am The Greatest" project, kicking off the season on Friday, and initiating ties with the Ali Center in Louisville.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore…

September 03, 2014 2:00 am

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, August 28, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, August 28, 2014

Interested in being a beneficiary? Bentwood Tavern is looking to give back and serious Labor Day weekend fests at CTG in Valpo and also beautiful downtown Buchanan, Michigan.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

August 27, 2014 2:00 am

Jackie Shen—The Queen of Fusion

Jackie Shen—The Queen of Fusion

The other day, my daughter Nia told me that Maya Angelou had died. Nia knew about Angelou from an early age as I had returned from a trip to her home near the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a copy of he…

August 26, 2014 12:00 pm

LIVE: RailCats vs. T-Bones, final regular season home game

LIVE: RailCats vs. T-Bones, final regular season home game

GARY | Should the RailCats win today vs. Kansas City, the team would end the season .500 at home.

August 24, 2014 1:30 pm

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NWI and Beyond

NWI and Beyond

The blog that gives you more than your every day news. Find extra content, special features and more.

Multimedia

Multimedia

Each week view our photographer's favorite photos.

Sports

Inside Prep Sports

Inside Prep Sports

Find exclusive coverage from The Times award-winning sportswriters that see, document and report on the Region's most talked-about sports.

Inside VU Sports

Inside VU Sports

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.

Inside the RailCats

Inside the RailCats

Follow the RailCats live during home games and through all of the off-season activity that only the Northern League can cook up.

Shore Magazine Blogs

Adventures in Everyday Living

Adventures in Everyday Living

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.

The Culinarian

The Culinarian

Columnist and features writer Jane Dunne never runs out of ideas when it comes to cooking for family, entertaining at home or dining out.

Starcast with Fran Smith

Starcast with Fran Smith

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.

Will Travel For Food with Jane Ammeson

Will Travel For Food with Jane Ammeson

Food correspondent-at-large Jane Ammeson will travel far and near to write about her latest foodie finds. From tastings to chef profiles, Jane will whet your appetite.

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Robert Blaszkiewicz

Robert Blaszkiewicz

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.

Al Hamnik

Al Hamnik

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

Steve Hanlon

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.

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Jim Hunsley

Jim Hunsley covers a menagerie of sports as a reporter in the Times.

John Luke

John Luke

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

Tony V. Martin

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

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

Paul Oren

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

Jim Peters

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

Philip Potempa

Philip Potempa is a Shore writer who is also a daily food and entertainment newspaper columnist for The Times Media Company.

Doug Ross

Doug Ross

Doug Ross has been covering Northwest Indiana for 30 years, including two decades at The Times of Northwest Indiana.

Hillary Smith

Hillary Smith

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.

John J. Watkins

John J. Watkins

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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