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East Chicago bursting with pride for Cardinals and community

2013-11-22T00:00:00Z East Chicago bursting with pride for Cardinals and communityBy Steve Segura Times Columnist nwitimes.com
November 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

It’s a great time to feel good about being an East Chicagoan.

The city of East Chicago congratulates the East Chicago Central High School football team and coaches for winning the IHSAA Class 4A Regional Championship over New Prairie. Never before has our city experienced the excitement of the Friday night lights on the gridiron as we have this season.

Best of luck as you continue toward the semi-state and state championship. Bring it home Cardinals!

On the business front

A Building Careers for Our Community Expo will be sponsored by the city of East Chicago and the Indiana Plan from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 4 at the Field Education Center Auditorium, 3551 Block Ave.

This expo will provide East Chicago residents with an opportunity to obtain valuable information on how to break into the building and construction trades. The Indiana Plan is a pre-apprenticeship training program that recruits, informs and educates eligible participants how to be accepted into construction apprenticeship programs.

Applicants are required to meet the following entry-level requirements: age 18 or older with high school diploma or GED, valid Indiana driver's license and ownership of a reliable vehicle, mandatory drug screen, and ninth-grade math and reading levels based on test of adult basic education (TABE).

There are more than a dozen union building trades in Indiana to consider: bricklayers, carpenters, cement masons, electricians, glaziers, heat and frost insulators, ironworkers, laborers, millwrights, operating engineers, painters, plumbers and pipefitters, roofers and sheet metal workers.

Contact Maria Becerra, East Chicago Human Rights Commission, at (219) 391-8477 or becerram@eastchicago.com.

Holiday fun

Mayor Anthony Copeland and the East Chicago Parks and Recreation Department invite residents to the Magic of Christmas Tree Lighting celebration Dec. 6. This year we will be having two ceremonies, one  at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of Main and Broadway streets  in downtown Indiana Harbor, followed by the main tree lighting at 6:30 at City Hall, 4525 Indianapolis Blvd.

Hot chocolate will be served and families can take a photo with Santa Claus at City Hall. There will be a free surprise for children while supplies last (must be East Chicago resident with parent and provide ID).

Mayor Copeland is hosting the annual Senior Citizen Christmas Party from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1104 Knights of Columbus Drive, for East Chicago residents 55 and older.

Seating is limited, and registration is required at the park department, 1615 E. 142nd St. near Washington Park. Tickets will admit one person only and must be presented with ID at the event. Call (219) 391-8476.

This season East Chicago has exploded with pride in our youth, strength in our financial stability and accomplishment with new construction around our city. We are looking forward to several new downtown Indiana Harbor events and lakefront development, so stay tuned Northwest Indiana. East Chicago Pride is on the RISE!

Steve Segura is the East Chicago multimedia director. The opinions expressed are his own. He can be reached at ssegura@eastchicago.com.

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