VALPARAISO | The next major stormwater control plan the city wants to develop is for the downtown, almost all of which is served by sewers that collect both storm and sanitary water.
The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival celebrates its 35th year Saturday, but the fun and activities dedicated to what still ranks as America's favorite snack are already starting.
VALPARAISO | Although she owns an ice cream parlor, Pat Berning wasn't at Thursday's meeting of the city's Board of Public Works and Safety to sweet talk the members.
VALPARAISO | After taking her food truck to festivals, car shows and other events, including the Popcorn Festival, Laine Kasarda is ready for a more permanent dining facility in Valparaiso.
VALPARAISO | One of the scariest things on TV recently wasn't on cable or satellite. It was in Valparaiso's sewers.
VALPARAISO | Even stoplights blink a bright red and green, and, in the downtown area, they do it much more energy efficiently now and with battery backups.
VALPARAISO | The city is beginning the process of providing battery backup power for its traffic signals.
VALPARAISO | The downtown signal modernization project will benefit from a federal grant for 80 percent of the cost, and bids for the project were well below estimates.
VALPARAISO | A request to lower the speed limit on Lincolnway to 25 mph through the downtown led to a discussion at Tuesday's meeting of the city's Traffic and Safety Committee of whether the speed limit on all unposted roads should be 25.
VALPARAISO | Wedding days are filled with plenty of anxiety, but a number of local brides-to-be have learned their long-awaited wedding dresses apparently won't be arriving from Sisters Bridal.
VALPARAISO | The city's Redevelopment Commission voted this past week on additional steps to help maintain the viability of Lincolnway following the departure of Porter hospital Valparaiso Campus.
VALPARAISO | Having the city's Engineering Department too booked up with projects turned out to be a good thing for the plan to reconfigure Chicago and Jefferson streets.
VALPARAISO | The sidewalk on the north side of Lincolnway between Roosevelt Road and Morgan Boulevard apparently will be replaced this year even if it won't be done the way it originally was planned.
VALPARAISO | Tinkering with the parking next to Pat's Ice Cream Parlor has solved some traffic problems and might help customers, but it has provided owner Pat Berning with headaches and parking tickets.
VALPARAISO | Public Works Director Matt Evans hopes to pave or treat about 15 miles of Valparaiso roads this year, but it's some of the roads that were done in 2011 that are a bigger concern.
VALPARAISO | The intersection with the most wrecks for the past several years will be getting a traffic signal Monday.
VALPARAISO | As it did in 2011 for the North Calumet Avenue area, the city's Redevelopment Commission voted this week to fund a new facade grant program to encourage improvements to businesses.
VALPARAISO | A project to upgrade several traffic signals in the downtown area, including adding two signals, is expected to begin by April.
VALPARAISO | He didn't come from the North Pole, but the mystery of the origins of the city's 15-foot fiberglass Santa Claus has been solved.
VALPARAISO | Although its revenue is expected to be only about $5 million this year, the city's Redevelopment Commission approved a budget Thursday that calls for spending almost $18.3 million.
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