North Township Dial-a-Ride service resumes May 27.
North Township's Dial-a-Ride transit service is resuming May 27 with new cleaning and spacing processes aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The on-demand ride service was suspended in mid-March because many Dial-a-Ride users are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, including senior citizens and individuals with disabilities and preexisting conditions.
"Dial-a-Ride has provided more than 300,000 trips over the last eight years. It's a service that has proven itself vital to the well-being of those who cannot drive themselves to appointments and grocery shopping," said North Township Trustee Frank J. Mrvan.
"Our retooled processes will allow us to be back in full swing while protecting the safety of our riders and our drivers."
Township residents can schedule a ride by calling 219-932-2530, pressing 4 and remaining on the line. Reservations also can be made via email at
Kyle Palinca, of Griffith, shows off the state of his hair amid the coronavirus pandemic.
My name is Clarisa Smith, of Merrillville, shows off her homemade cut. "Just got tired of my crazy long hair and chopped it all off one day after work," she said.
Ryan Ruthrauff, of Valparaiso, gets a haircut from his mom amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Benjamin Sida, of Portage, shows off his haircut amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Suzanne J. Sankowski
Suzanne J. Sankowski, of Lowell, shows the state of hair amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Dawn Wilk, left of Schererville, attempts an at-home haircut for her husband, Kenneth, on May 10, 2020 in their kitchen.
Lake Central Senior Robert MacNeill, of St. John, shows off a cut mid-quarantine.
Casey Jankowski, of Porter, shows off his look. "The beard needs a trim, as well!" Jankowski said.
Ricky Westerhoff, of St. John, shows off what he calls "COVID-19 hairyness."
Zooey Yates, of Valparaiso after a DIY haircut from her mom April. "I’m a nurse, I fix people, not hair," April said. "Poor kiddo was at the point she could barely see anymore.
So she’s sitting there eating a yogurt one afternoon and (I) saw it as the golden opportunity to cut my child’s hair. She was very cooperative but she ended up with what almost resembles a mullet and she loves it."
3-year-old Ellie Gerstner smiles after giving herself a haircut. Her mom Sasha says Ellie "got inter her preschool scissors and cut her hair."
Rensselaer 6th grade teacher Megan Sterk shows off her quarantine hair.
"I promised my students that, if the majority of them did their distance learning this past week, I would dye my hair purple. Anything to keep them motivated!" Sterk said. "They met the goal, and now I have purple hair."
Don Wirick getting his hair styled by his granddaughter Alyssa Bender, both of Crown Point.
4-year-old Hunter Savka poses after a DIY haircut from his mom Heather, of Crown Point.
Patty Lenburg, of Porter, snaps a photo of her eight-year-old son Dylan after giving him a haircut.
Brian Brophy, of Portage, shows off his look.
16-year-old Trey Girolimon, of St. John, poses with his quarantine hairdo. His mom Katie says his hair "keeps getting bigger and taller."
Milo Croll, of Whiting, poses after receiving a DIY haircut amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Josh and AJ Graper
(from left)Josh Graper, 12, and AJ Graper, 5, of Crown Point. "We miss our Barbers!" their mom Kara said.
Adam Graper, of Crown Point, shows off his hairdo.
Oley Newberry, of Schererville, is "in dire need of a haircut," his mom Kristen says.
Nicole Kman, of Hammond poses after shaving her head on Zoom.
"Why? I promised to if I raised $2,000 for St. Baldrick's Foundation which funds childhood cancer research. I ended up raising $4,378," Kman said.
"Sometimes we have to make the best of an interesting, new situation!"
Jim Baze, of West Baden Springs, shows off his look.
Adam and Stephanie Daniel
Adam Daniel, of Winfield, poses while Stephanie Daniel gives him a DIY haircut. "Best quarantine haircut I've ever received!" Adam said.
(from left) 6-year-old Dominic Jovanoski with the haircut he gave himself and after his mom Natalie cleaned him up.
"Two weeks ago he gave himself his own haircut because his bangs kept going into his eyes. He also gave himself a bald spot in the middle of his head," Natalie said. "Saturday, I finally convinced him to let me try clippers!"
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