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BILL MASTERSON JR.: Goodbye, NWI

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Goodbye, NWI

The longer I stayed here, the more likely I thought I would never be saying goodbye, but I guess it goes to show that one never knows what the Lord has planned for us.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: Time to name a few names

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Time to name a few names

As you have probably seen in the paper the past few weeks, the Tolleston project (which is remodeling the old Tolleston building into a new Boys & Girls Club) is well underway and should be open for business in October.

April 23, 2013 12:00 am
PUBLISHER'S LETTER

PUBLISHER'S LETTER

I follow the same routine each time I start writing this letter: I look at what was going on last year. Golf, the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox were all in full swing in May last year with dreams of Cup, Pennants and Championship trophies all dancing in my head.

April 08, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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BILL MASTERSON JR.: Hats off to Valpo for a great season

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Hats off to Valpo for a great season

When I first arrived in Northwest Indiana, I thought of Valparaiso University in terms of my thinking about the School of Mines in Rapid City, S.D. I am not sure 100 percent what all they do, but I know it is good stuff turning out good kids. That’s been changing since VU President Mark Heck…

March 26, 2013 12:00 am
PUBLISHER'S LETTER

PUBLISHER'S LETTER

I thought I might somehow be feeling nostalgic this year because in January 2012, Julie and I were in Kauai, Paradise for a vacation we had looked forward to for years. And though the trip exceeded our expectations I had almost forgotten about it with the non-stop drama this winter. Everyone…

February 17, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Catfish Photos

Catfish Photos

Bill Masterson, Publisher, caught these large catfish specimens at Lake Texoma, near Dallas. Read more about his adventures in his publisher's letter in the next Shore Magazine, due out Feb. 18!

February 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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BILL MASTERSON JR.: Simple tax reform is needed

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Simple tax reform is needed

Like almost all Americans, I have watched the president and Congress argue and point fingers over who is protecting whom. What has been particularly disturbing to me is how the White House has pointed at the “entitled 2 percent’ers,” claiming they need to pay their fare share.

January 03, 2013 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: Change brings opportunity with Boys & Girls Clubs

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Change brings opportunity with Boys & Girls Clubs

Something many people know in Lake County but not in Porter County is that long-time CEO and Executive Director Lincoln Ellis is leaving the Lake county Boys & Girls Clubs to pursue other interests.

December 10, 2012 12:00 am
Shore magazine's Letter from the Publisher, Dec/Jan/Feb 2013

Shore magazine's Letter from the Publisher, Dec/Jan/Feb 2013

The fall in Northwest Indiana never fails to surprise, and this year was no exception. The success of our One Region program in Northwest Indiana and our Best of the Region publications that unite the whole Lake Michigan area continues to amaze me. This year's One Region meeting was sweet, w…

November 18, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER

 

November 05, 2012 4:20 pm
BILL MASTERSON JR.: Personal commitments take Tolleston project to $5.3 million

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Personal commitments take Tolleston project to $5.3 million

Personal commitments have taken the Tolleston Boys & Girls Club capital campaign to $5.3 million!

September 25, 2012 12:00 am
Shore magazine's Letter from the Publisher, October/November 2012

Shore magazine's Letter from the Publisher, October/November 2012

Wow! Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that Julie and I were gearing up for Memorial Day and to get the summer started. I blinked and now Labor Day is just a memory. While I’m always sad to see summer go, I don’t think we let much grass grow under our feet as it was a fun-…

September 22, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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PUBLISHER'S LETTER: Mentors support and sustain high achievers in the Class of 2012 and beyond

PUBLISHER'S LETTER: Mentors support and sustain high achievers in the Class of 2012 and beyond

You probably have noticed we don’t start soliciting nominations for our annual 20 Under 40 awards until summer, but that doesn’t mean good candidates don’t come to our attention on a regular basis throughout the year. What is surprising is the super-achievers who maintain a low profile: Peop…

September 21, 2012 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: President needs to show America’s resolve

BILL MASTERSON JR.: President needs to show America’s resolve

In this political season we have the Republicans saying if they were in charge the anti-American attacks in the Mideast would not be happening. That may or may not be true, but the one thing I know is that enough is enough!

September 18, 2012 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: The price of information is going up

BILL MASTERSON JR.: The price of information is going up

It struck me the other day when I was answering an email from someone questioning why he should be expected to pay more for his subscription while, as a company, The Times is donating $100,000 to help develop a new Boys & Girls Club at the former Tolleston School in Gary. To clarify, we …

August 16, 2012 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: Tolleston project eclipses $5 million mark with help from banks

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Tolleston project eclipses $5 million mark with help from banks

The capital campaign to develop the former Tolleston School in Gary as the new home for the Boys & Girls Club has eclipsed the $5 million mark with a $50,000 commitment from Peoples Bank, a $35,000 commitment from Centier Bank and a $10,000 check from Horizon Bank. This brings the campai…

July 31, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Shore magazine's Letter from the Publisher, August/September 2012

Shore magazine's Letter from the Publisher, August/September 2012

Memorial Day weekend for our family—and that is our work and home family—was all about the first 73rd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (the sponsors encourage us to say the title exactly that way) held at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan. While I am not a seasoned vete…

July 24, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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BILL MASTERSON JR.: Anonymous donor, Horseshoe add $175,000 support for Tolleston Project

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Anonymous donor, Horseshoe add $175,000 support for Tolleston Project

The capital campaign with funds dedicated to the Boys and Girls Club’s “Tolleston Project” in Gary  has eclipsed $4.9 million with a donor wishing to be known as “Anonymous” committing $100,000 to the project and Horseshoe Casino, through its Caesars Foundation, presenting a check to the clu…

July 03, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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BILL MASTERSON JR.: Another $200,000 to Boys & Girls Club

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Another $200,000 to Boys & Girls Club

Putting their money where their mouth is, Tolleston Boys & Girls Club project co-chairman Wil Davis, owner of the Gary Jet Center, committed $50,000 to the capital campaign, while The Times Media Co. added $100,000 and capital campaign member attorney Kenneth J. Allen added $50,000. That…

May 21, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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PUBLISHER NOTES

Looking over the roster of business leaders that are on our list this issue, I couldn't help but notice the mix of well-known and lesser-known names as well as the diversity in ages, cultural background and gender. Learning about our top professionals impressed me even more with the flexibil…

May 19, 2012 4:04 pm
BILL MASTERSON JR.: Be careful what you ask for

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Be careful what you ask for

There is a movement afoot to make the Valparaiso School Board an elected board. This is a position that has long been supported by this newspaper and will continue to be supported. Why? Because it is taxpayers' money and they should have the right to elect who they want to be the steward of …

May 15, 2012 12:00 am

Shore magazine's Letter from the Publisher, MayJune 2012

Here's what our Shore Facebook fans (2,100+) learned about during the last five days: We celebrated National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day; folks out there are learning to live with Parkinson's disease; the Senate race in Indiana is closer than it's been in decades; Sawyer Garden Center is alr…

April 30, 2012 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: Lake County Sheriff's Dept. jumps in to help Tolleston

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Lake County Sheriff's Dept. jumps in to help Tolleston

You might have seen some pictures in Tuesday's paper of inmates volunteering at the future site of the John W. Anderson Boys & Girls Club in Gary's Tolleston area.

April 26, 2012 4:24 pm
BILL MASTERSON JR: Gary jumps in to help make Tolleston a reality

BILL MASTERSON JR: Gary jumps in to help make Tolleston a reality

Even before Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson took office, she was setting her sights on how she could help the Tolleston project, renovating the vacant school for a new Gary Boys and Girls Club. At 9 a.m. Dec. 29, while most everyone else was enjoying the holiday season, I met with then Mayor…

April 12, 2012 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: And NIPSCO makes $4 million

BILL MASTERSON JR.: And NIPSCO makes $4 million

Last Friday afternoon, surrounded by dozens of kids, Mike Finissi, chief operating officer of NIPSCO, announced NIPSCO is matching the John W Anderson Foundation and the Dean and Barbara White Foundation each in donating $1 million to the capital campaign for development of a new Boys and Gi…

March 20, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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PUBLISHER NOTES

We all know people with successful careers and we know that it is not automatic that their lives are successful too. Often success in life is achieved by giving back. The dedicated leaders we honor each year in our Business & Industry Hall of Fame have not only reached the top of their p…

March 03, 2012 4:04 pm

BILL MASTERSON JR.: One Region, One Vision initiative continues to grow

As we now move into our fifth year of providing an annual progress edition, the One Region, One Vision initiative has continued to evolve from the modest challenge to a movement being embraced on so many levels by many different people and organizations.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: Teamwork, cooperation alive and well in region

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Teamwork, cooperation alive and well in region

I am sure many of you saw the A1 story on the Tolleston Middle School cleanup this weekend, but unless you were there I'm not sure anyone can really appreciate the dynamics and wonderful chemistry that has been created.

February 14, 2012 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: It takes a village in Gary

BILL MASTERSON JR.: It takes a village in Gary

"It takes a village." That is how Lisa Daugherty, advertising director and Crown Point general manager for The Times, discussed the popularity of our mostly unknown yet extremely popular community websites we are developing on nwi.com. Her point is we have so many cool things that not only t…

December 18, 2011 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: Get out and enjoy area's Christmas activities

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Get out and enjoy area's Christmas activities

Chicago McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a can't miss! But that's just the start.

November 29, 2011 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: Driving the Volt was a charge!

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Driving the Volt was a charge!

I was a little apprehensive when Dan Brubaker, general manager of Team Chevrolet from Valparaiso, called to ask if I would like to test drive the new Chevrolet Volt. Like other Northwest Indiana Chevy dealers, Team received one of the electric Volts.

October 06, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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PUBLISHER'S LETTER

Things have changed quite a bit since Julie and I came to Northwest Indiana almost six years ago. But the biggest change has come in how we view the area and our relationship with the people in Northwest Indiana. That came in an unexpected smack in the face the other day as the publisher's j…

September 18, 2011 5:32 pm

THE RIGHT STUFF IN NORTHWEST INDIANA

IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY TO START PREPARING FOR JOBS OF THE FUTURE

July 24, 2011 9:18 am
Aug/Sept 2011 Shore Magazine's Letter from the Publisher

Aug/Sept 2011 Shore Magazine's Letter from the Publisher

Entertainment comes in many forms and fashions. While my wife Julie considers a modeling event entertainment (she modeled for Lorna Colette, who owns Ms. Elle's Especially for You Boutique), I prefer different experiences. While I have written in the past about the fantastic evening bonfires…

July 10, 2011 9:00 am
Publisher's Letter

Publisher's Letter

June 13, 2011 4:48 pm
PUBLISHER'S LETTER

PUBLISHER'S LETTER

June 13, 2011 8:59 am
PUBLISHER'S LETTER

PUBLISHER'S LETTER

I mentioned briefly in my last column about the fun I had fishing with my two brothers (Bobby and Ricky) when Julie and I took a long weekend in Florida. We were having a great time bringing in mackerel on light line until—just as I pulled in another fish—it suddenly became half a fish! Yep,…

June 13, 2011 9:00 am Video

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Be happy that FBI agents are protecting us

It was late last fall when Ivy Tech Community College Chancellor Guadalupe Valtierra nominated me to attend the FBI Citizens Academy, encouraging me to fill out the application. I wasn't sure what it was about, but being the forensic files/criminal minds type of person, I was interested and …

June 07, 2011 12:00 am

Shore magazine's Letter from the Publisher, June 2011

I had a chance to sneak out of town for a few days, meeting up with brothers Bobby and Ricky to do a little fishing in the Everglades and then joining wife Julie and sister-in-law Elyse for rest and relaxation in the Florida Keys (and a little more fishing). It was a fantastic and memorable …

May 16, 2011 12:00 am

May 2011 Shore Magazine Letter from the Publisher

Skype and MSN Messenger has become a staple in the Masterson household. A daily ritual of mine is coming home to talk with my brother Bobby or daughter Michelle and the grandkids on the video, only to have wife Julie talking to daughters Brooke and Shay on video herself. We then switch so I …

April 18, 2011 12:00 am
Bargain hunters find 'treasures' at Times Garage Sale

Bargain hunters find 'treasures' at Times Garage Sale

A line of early bird shoppers can't wait to get through the doors and get their hands on the best items last year at The Times Media Co.'s Ultimate Garage Sale at the Porter County Expo Center.

April 16, 2011 9:43 am

April 2011 Shore Magazine Letter from the Publisher

With baseball on the horizon, stepped-up Blackhawks and Bulls playoff pressure, and dozens of projects--it's always all about fun and economic development around the Lake Michigan area lately--I'm thinking of skipping spring fever this year and launching right into pre-summer hype as soon as…

March 21, 2011 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: Tit-for-tat politics have got to go

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Tit-for-tat politics have got to go

How many of our legislators ran on this platform: "I am going to try and ram my party's agenda down the other party's throat regardless of whether it is good for the state or the country? I promise to not work with the other side, and if I can't get my way I will run off, shirking the respon…

February 26, 2011 12:00 am
Bill Masterson Jr.: What it takes to climb a mountain: A strong commitment and a lot of faith

Bill Masterson Jr.: What it takes to climb a mountain: A strong commitment and a lot of faith

If you are a regular reader of The Times you probably know about the challenge I was given four years ago by State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, and the One Region, One Vision initiative that resulted from that meeting.

February 20, 2011 12:00 am

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Ask everyone to help find ways to cut costs

I am not sure if I'm a Rahm Emanuel fan or not, but I certainly agree with a comment he makes in one of his campaign television commercials.

November 23, 2010 12:00 am
BILL MASTERSON JR.: New tech will reboot Calumet High School

BILL MASTERSON JR.: New tech will reboot Calumet High School

We all are quite familiar with the challenges schools have these days. Money, program cuts and our students ill prepared for the next phase of life in a new world paints a grim picture with not a lot of options.

July 25, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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Resolve, resilience and restoration are watchwords in 2010

The necessity and payoff of cooperation, persistence and hard work in Northwest Indiana has been nothing less than courageous this year. Though the rest of the state suffered mightily, pockets of our region fared slightly better.

February 14, 2010 12:00 am Related

BILL MASTERSON JR.: NWI constituents must take stand against Bauer

Gov. Mitch Daniels offended and irritated a lot of people in Northwest Indiana last year with the comment, "People in Northwest Indiana are entitled to all the corrupt government they are willing to pay for."

February 04, 2010 12:00 am

BILL MASTERSON JR.: Mark Maassel: The right man at the right time

I was initially surprised to read about Vince Galbiati leaving the Northwest Indiana Forum. I had heard rumblings of some issues and frustrations, but in Northwest Indiana what office or board do you not hear of such talk? And all too often we complain but do nothing about it.

January 26, 2010 12:00 am
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