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Hammond is off to a busy start to 2013. As its mayor, I am always happy to announce new projects and economic development in the city, and this year will be no exception.
I'm not one to get in the way of a company trying to sell newspapers, but when the media reports lies in order to sell papers, I have no choice but defend myself.
Let me inform you of recent developments which affect Hammond's approved 2009 civil city budget. The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance confirmed last week news that property tax collections for 2009 will be below projected collection rates.
This coming Wednesday, another positive step will be taken toward Hammond's future!
Recently, Hammond held its fifth annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Hammond Civic Center. This event once again, featured great food and live music in a family friendly environment. This event keeps growing from year to year and all who attend feel welcome and included.
I believe the Regional Bus Authority is doing a good job with little resources to encourage regional busing for Lake and Porter counties.
Por fin ya llegó la primavera y estoy seguro que muchos residentes del Noroeste de Indiana están esperando con anticipación un clima más caliente y más tiempo afuera, pero hasta el alcalde no puede controlar el clima.
The culture in the Indiana General Assembly has sometimes been referred to an "us" versus "them" where the "us" is Indianapolis and the "them" is the rest of the state. Although there has been progress on some issues, the latest bailout proposal for Indianapolis by increasing our taxes has m…
Age they say, is relative. On April 21, 2009, the City of Hammond Indiana will turn 125 years old. It seems old unless you compare it with Rome which was founded in 753 B.C., Moscow founded 1147 A.D. or even in our corner of the world San Juan, P.R. founded in 1521 and Saint Augustine, Flori…
Well, I didn't need a groundhog to tell me winter is not yet done with the Region. Even Indianapolis was recently crippled by snowstorm that shut down the state capitol, but even with the winter weather, Hammond is still a great place to call home.
Bueno, no necesité una marmota para decirme que el invierno aun no a terminado con la región. Hasta Indianápolis recientemente fue lisiado por la tormenta de nieve que clausuró el capitolio estatal, pero aun con el clima invernal, Hammond aun es un buen lugar para llamarle un hogar.
The holiday season is over, the anticipation, the excitement, the planning the preparation, the food, the shopping, the gift wrapping, the parades and parties are all over. With the end of another year and the inevitable post Holiday quiet, its time to think back on the year that was 2008 w…
A few years back, unless you were from "Da Region" not many people were familiar with, or even were aware of, our little corner of the world known as North West Indiana. Being so close to Chicago eclipsed us causing us to lose our Region identity. We watch the Chicago news, work in Chicago w…
During the week of August 25-August 28, I had front row tickets to an exciting new era in American History. I was fortunate enough to have been selected as one of the 85 Indiana Delegates (and one of the 4440 National Delegates) at the Democratic National Convention, held this year in Denver…
The lazy days of Summer have arrived, but if you live in Hammond Indiana, you certainly wouldn't notice it. This summer in Hammond, there is more to do than ever before.
Independence Day is so much a part of the fabric of America that everyone simply calls it the Fourth of July. No need to say what that means, everyone around here already knows. It means the celebration of America's independence and freedom, as well as wearing red white and blue, flags, fami…
After this rough and tumble battle to eliminate the Hammond Health Department, I have a new appreciation for elected officials brave enough to attempt to change the system.
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