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Valpo Next encourages all to attend a visioning workshop on 2/24, 2/25, or 2/26

VALPARAISO | “What do you want Valpo to look like in 10, 20 or 30 years?” That’s the big question behind Valpo Next, the community-wide visioning initiative being launched next week in Valparaiso. “This is a chance for the entire community to come together and decide where we want to see our…

February 18, 2014 5:05 pm

Valparaiso to Host MLK Day Reflection

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and the City of Valparaiso will host “Letters from Birmingham Jail,” a reflection on Martin Luther King at City Hall, Jan. 20 at 9 a.m. The public is invited to join with city employees for this 20-minute recognition of Martin Luther King and his legacy.

January 17, 2014 3:55 pm

Dedication Ceremony marks official opening of Five Points Roundabout

VALPARAISO | The new roundabout at the five points intersection of Calumet Avenue, Vale Park Road and Roosevelt Road will be fully functional by November 24. At this point it is only partially open. Mayor Jon Costas, along with the City of Valparaiso’s Redevelopment Commission and the Indian…

November 15, 2013 4:28 pm

Employee Food Drive is Nov. 1-11

VALPARAISO | The 16th annual City Employee Food Drive will be Nov. 1-11. The major collection day will be Nov. 9th at Town and Country and Strack & Van Til. “The food we collect is distributed to nearby food pantries to help brighten the holiday season for local families,” said Jeffry Va…

November 04, 2013 3:12 pm
Ann Brugo

Ann Brugo

October 29, 2013 5:37 pm
Ann Brugos Named to Indiana Urban Forestry Council

Ann Brugos Named to Indiana Urban Forestry Council

VALPARAISO | Ann Brugos of Public Works has been named to the Board of Directors for the Indiana Urban Forestry Council. The IUFC is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public education about the value and need for trees in public spaces and to preserving and expanding …

October 29, 2013 5:25 pm

Valpo Challenges City to Get Fit for Less

VALPARAISO | Want some help in getting fit? Take Valpo’s Fit City Challenge and you can use seven Valparaiso fitness facilities for eight weeks for just $10. That’s right, the seven participating facilities are offering special programming or access free to Fit City Challenge members.

October 24, 2013 2:28 pm
Jim Beversdorf Named Outstanding Tree Steward for Indiana

Jim Beversdorf Named Outstanding Tree Steward for Indiana

VALPARAISO | The Indiana Urban Forest Council has named Valparaiso resident Jim Beversdorf Outstanding Tree Steward for Indiana. He was presented with the award at the Council’s recent annual conference in Indianapolis. Beversdorf spent many years as a tree farmer in Wisconsin before moving …

October 19, 2013 1:36 pm
Charity Ball distributes over $28,000

Charity Ball distributes over $28,000

Pictured left to right are Lori Good, Ryan Smiley, Jennifer Wright, Mayor Jon Costas, Ryan Turner, Carrie Zoehner, Martin Sonnenberg.

September 27, 2013 12:28 pm
Charity Ball distributes over $28,000

Charity Ball distributes over $28,000

VALPARAISO | This year the Charity Ball was able to distribute over $28,000, and over the past 9 years has distributed over $283,000 to 35 different local non-profits. This was made possible each year through tireless efforts of a very small committee as follows: Pat Blanco, Community Volunt…

September 27, 2013 12:26 pm

Recycling Available at Popcorn Festival

VALPARAISO | The City of Valparaiso is encouraging Popcorn Fest attendees to look for the event’s recycling collection containers on Festival day, Sept. 7, 2013. ClearStream recycling collection containers will be located near garbage cans throughout the festival so visitors can recycle thei…

September 05, 2013 3:50 pm

Advisory Human Relations Council Meeting slated for Aug. 27

VALPARAISO | Please be advised of the City of Valparaiso’s next scheduled meeting of the Advisory Human Relations Council. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm on August 27, 2013 at city hall.

August 08, 2013 12:52 pm

Matt Murphy to Join Valpo’s Board of Works and Safety

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso’s Economic Development Director, Matt Murphy, will become the newest member of the city’s Board of Works and Safety, announced Mayor Jon Costas. Murphy will replace Chuck Williams, who announced his resignation in June.

June 27, 2013 2:49 pm

Valparaiso weathers the storm

VALPARAISO | Many Valparaiso residents awoke to Flash Flood warnings this morning. Yet, Valparaiso City Utilities was already preparing. “We knew it was coming and have been preparing for rain events like this for the past several years, with sewer separations projects, like Valparaiso Stree…

June 26, 2013 4:16 pm

Cooling Centers in Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | The following Cooling Centers are available when the heat index exceeds 100 degrees for consecutive days.

June 25, 2013 8:58 pm

Valparaiso Reminds of Fireworks Guidelines

VALPARAISO | The 4th of July holiday is a time of celebration, but also a time of potential dangers. The City of Valparaiso is reminding residents that restrictions are in place regarding the use of fireworks, and that penalties may result from violations. The guidelines include:

June 25, 2013 9:00 pm
A Link to China

A Link to China

VALPARAISO | Earlier this month the City of Valparaiso helped host a visit from a delegation of Chinese leaders from the Nanhu District of Jiaxing Municipality, Zhejian Province. A highlight of the visit was the signing of an agreement between Valparaiso and the Nanhu District to establish f…

June 24, 2013 7:23 pm
A Link to China

A Link to China

Mingyan Zhou, MS4 Operator, City of Valparaiso Shi Liwen, Vice Director, Population and Family Planning Bureau, Nanhu District, Jiaxing City Xu Huosheng, Deputy Director, Culture and Sports Affairs Bureau, Nanhu District, Jiaxing City Sun Lijin, Vice Director, Civilization Office, Nanhu Dist…

June 24, 2013 7:24 pm

Board of Works and Safety meeting rescheduled for June 14

VALPARAISO | The Board of Works and Safety meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, June 13th at 10 a.m. is rescheduled and will be held on Friday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m. in city hall council chambers. Thanks and please note your calendars.

June 12, 2013 11:42 am

Valpo Reminds of Grass Clipping Do’s and Don’ts

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso’s Department of Public Works reminds residents that grass clippings do not belong in the trash and Public Works employees will not empty trash cans found to contain grass clippings. “Grass would add significantly to the city’s waste stream and add expense for all resi…

May 17, 2013 1:48 pm

Free Mulch Available

VALPARAISO | Just as Porter County residents are itching to begin the gardening season, Valparaiso’s Public Works department has announced that it will provide free loading of mulch for Porter County residents, while supplies last. The loading fee for compost remains in place, as does the de…

April 25, 2013 4:58 pm

Vicki Thrasher Named to Indiana Association of Building Officials

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Building Commissioner Vicki Thrasher has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Indiana Association of Building Officials (IABO). Thrasher will represent the northern region of the state on the 10-member board. IABO is committed to the professional development…

April 23, 2013 12:05 pm

Valpo Introduces “Scoop the Poop” program

VALPARAISO | Picking up dog poop is gross. But stepping in it is worse. Swimming or fishing in poop-infested waters is even worse. Picking up your pet’s poop helps the environment and that’s the message behind the City of Valparaiso’s new Scoop the Poop Program. “Pet waste is an environmenta…

April 15, 2013 6:19 pm

Valpo to Host Public Information Session for the Chautauqua Park Project

VALPARAISO | The City of Valparaiso will host a public information session about the Chautauqua Park drainage project on Apr. 29, 6 – 8 p.m. in the Memorial Elementary gymnasium, 1052 Park Ave. The information session will provide an overview of the project and its impact on the surrounding …

April 10, 2013 11:37 am
Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel

April 09, 2013 12:16 pm
Valpo introduces rain barrels to residents

Valpo introduces rain barrels to residents

VALPARAISO | A single inch of rain falling on 1,000 square feet of roof can yield 600 gallons of water. To make use of this valuable resource, the City of Valparaiso is offering residents the opportunity to purchase rain barrels at reduced rate. The 55-gallon rain barrels are available to th…

April 09, 2013 12:11 pm

Think Before You Throw, Public Works launches a campaign to reduce waste

VALPARAISO | Though Valparaiso may recycle more than any other Indiana community, the city is eager to find ways to further reduce the waste that ends up in landfills. A new campaign, “Think Before You Throw” is designed to encourage all of us to think of ways to reduce, and reuse as well as…

April 08, 2013 4:30 pm

Valparaiso looks forward to Tree Season

VALPARAISO | Longer days and warmer temperatures have the city of Valparaiso looking forward to springtime and leafy green trees. For ten years running, Valparaiso has been named a Tree City USA for its commitment to urban forestry, a commitment that grows. “This city truly appreciates its e…

April 03, 2013 10:10 pm

Mayor's Charity Ball grant applications being accepted

VALPARAISO | The 2013 Mayor’s Charity Ball in the city of Valparaiso will be held on July 26, 2013 in Central Park Plaza. Grant request forms are being accepted and can be downloaded from the city’s facebook page at Valparaiso Now OR this form may also be found on the city’s website at www.v…

February 14, 2013 12:16 pm

Mayor Costas to Speak on Embracing Inclusion

VALPARAISO | The public is invited to a special presentation entitled Embracing Inclusion by Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas at 9 a.m. on Jan. 21 at City Hall. The talk is part of the city’s Martin Luther King Day events, in conjunction with Valparaiso University. Mayor Costas’s talk will focus …

January 16, 2013 2:29 pm
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