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Miss Print Seeks Help for Haven House

5 Dec Angel Tree Hosted by Miss Print of Munster and Hammond

by Ken Davidson

Angel Tree Hosted by Miss Print of Munster and Hammond

Angel Tree Hosted by Miss Print of Munster and Hammond

Miss Print of Munster and Hammond is once again hosting an Angel Tree to benefit Have House Domestic Violence Shelter.  The friendly staff of Miss Print invites you to stop by and pick a card from the tree.  Each card has an item which the Shelter needs.  Among the items listed are toiletries, toilet paper, office supplies and other staples used by the Shelter to help domestic violence victims.   Donations are accepted during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9-Noon on Saturday(Munster location only).  Miss Print has two locations, 8244 Calumet Avenue, Munster, Indiana and Miss Print Sign Company at 6931 Calumet Avenue in Hammond. Donations are accepted at either location. Please follow Miss Print on Facebook for more information about them.

The Gazette spoke with Lisa Wein, Executive Director of Haven House, to discuss her holiday wish list.  Lisa told us that the greatest need with winter coming is twin size blankets.  Donations of gently used clothing items for women and children are always welcome also.   Volunteers are always needed at Haven House and you can find more information about volunteering on the Haven House Website. Donations are also accepted at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church located at 7132 Arizona Street in Hammond and the Jean Shepherd Community Center located in Dowling Park.

The purpose of Haven House is to provide safe housing, the essentials for everyday living, and support services to female adults and their children who are victims of domestic/sexual assault and to assist them in breaking the cycle of violence through education, counseling, advocacy, referral and skill building techniques.  Haven House, Inc, founded in 1983 and located in Hammond, IN. is a 24-hour emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their dependents. Haven House provides services to Hammond, East Chicago, Whiting, Munster, Griffith, and Highland, which comprises a significant geographic area of Northwest Indiana.

A Christmas Story Exhibit to be Featured at Riley Children's Hospital

27 Nov A Christmas Story Comes Home

Gazette Staff

A window scene from the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority’s annual “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit will be spending this holiday season at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

According to Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA, the organization wanted to share Northwest Indiana’s holiday cheer with the hospital.

“Watching the holiday classic ‘A Christmas Story’ has become tradition for many families. We wanted to provide Riley Hospital for Children’s patients and families the chance to experience the annual exhibit during their time at Riley,” said Batistatos.

In addition to providing one of the window scenes for display, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will be coordinating several special events. The special events will offer patients and families the opportunity to experience Christmas traditions while at Riley Hospital for Children.

The “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, which is presented in agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will open at the Indiana Welcome Center on Saturday, Nov. 9 and run through Sunday, Jan. 5. The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, Indiana 46323.

For more information on the exhibit, weekend and holiday hours, special events, or the partnership with Riley Hospital for Children, contact Bethany Randolph, special events and services manager for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, at 219-554-2229 or visit www.AChristmasStoryComesHome.com

Johnson Sentencing Delayed Again

25 Nov

by Ken Davidson

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Amid reports of uncharacteristic confidence on the part of the Defendant, the sentencing of David Johnson of A-1 Dave’s Tree Service has been continued again.  The official reason given was “a dispute of guideline applications in this matter.”  Sources familiar with the process continue to stress that this is an unusual number of delays in the matter.  Such delays usually indicate cooperation with the Government-not good news for Lake County Democrats.  The Motion indicates that Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell had no objection to the continuance.  The hearing will be held on February 6, 2014 absent any further delay.

Johnson pled guilty to bribery involving federal programs in October 25, 2012.  Co-Defendant Alfonso Salinas subseqently pled guilty on May 13, 2013.  Salinas was sentenced on August 13 and reported to the Bureau of Prisons on October 1 to serve his 42 month sentence.

Johnson previously had been sued for racketeering by the Attorney General of Indiana in the “Sidewalks for Votes” scheme in East Chicago.  Despite the fact that he settled that case, Dave’s Tree Service continued to receive local government contracts.  This was particularly the case in Hammond where Johnson was the preferred contractor for tree services.  Dave’s Tree still does work in the City of Hammond but it is not clear at this time if any of those jobs are a result of City contracts.  

 

South Hammond Crime Watch Meeting Tonight

21 Nov

Gazette Staff

South Hammond Crime Watch will meet this evening at the Hammond Housing Authority Office located at the corner of Chestnut and 173rd at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker for the evening will be Lisa Wein, Executive Director of Haven House, a Family Advocacy Center. Sgt. Muta will present the crime statistics for our South Hammond area. Please join us for an always informative meeting!

"Flick's" Wife Among Historic Gravestones Vandalized at Oak Hill

19 Nov

Reader Submitted

A Gazette reader submitted photos of recent vandalism which occurred at Oak Hill Cemetery in Hammond.  Oak Hill is home to numerous historic gravesites including civil war veterans and notable dignitaries from the Calumet Region.  In this instance, one marker belonged to Opal Flickinger, wife of Jack Flickinger.  Jack Flickinger is believed to be the inspiration for the character “Flick” in the move A Christmas Story.  A bronze headstone was also damaged.  North Township Trustee Frank MrVan took over operations at the historic cemetery in 2011 after the owners failed to properly maintain the site.

A local group, Friends of Oak Hill Cemetery, has diligently worked to assist in repairing the damage done to the gravesites from years of neglect.  The group has worked diligently to assist in identifying gravesites, conduct periodic maintenance, and restore the cemetery.

opal flickinger, wife of jack flickinger

Headstone of Opal Flickinger, wife of “Flick” from a Christmas Story disrupted

headstones vandalized at oak hill cemetery

An overturned headstone at Hammond’s historic Oak Hill Cemetery appears to be the result of vandalism.

 

Sources Say LS Mayor, Wife Targets of FBI Probe

16 Nov

by Ken Davidson

 

On Friday FBI agents walked into the offices of Lake Station, Indiana at 1969 Central Avenue and ordered all employees to step away from their computers according to sources close to the investigation.  Although the Gazette has confirmed no computers were seized, the FBI reportedly got all the information it needed by using high tech equipment to download from the City servers.  This represents a significant step in an ongoing investigation.  You will recall that the indictment and arrest of George VanTil, the most recent indicted politician in Lake County, was preceded by a similar public FBI raid.  Not only is judicial review in the form of  a warrant required before FBI agents can take such action, the US Department of Justice has strict guidelines dealing with public corruption cases.

Sources say that the crux of the investigation centers around two incidents.   The first relates to using campaign funds for personal use.  Sources tell me this aspect of the case is unclear.  Several point to various expenses which appear to be personal but there is none that stands out when viewing reports of similar local politicians.

The second investigation is related to an “add-on” charge by a street contractor.  According to a source close to the investigation, the Mayor suggested he would get an additional charge approved on a construction project that was in progress.  In exchange, the contractor would pay the Mayor’s wife a sum of money.  Such charges are often scrutinized by the State Board of Accounts as well as Federal Prosecutors because they can be used to award bids to friendly contractors.  In many cases, the bid comes in low and the contractor then submits additional charges which are approved by the municipality.  Other contractors have no opportunity to compete because they are not assured of having additional charges approved later.  In this case, however, sources say the contract was awarded prior to the time of Soderquist’s election.

Soderquist is also on the governing board of the Lake County Democratic Organization.  If indicted, Soderquist would be the second current sitting member who is under federal indictment.

Lake Station Indiana FBI raid

A Lake Station construction contract appears to be at the center of a recent FBI raid on city offices.

Trick or treating update

31 Oct

Official Trick-or-Treating hours in the city of Hammond are October 31st
from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, rain or shine.

Munster Trick or Treat Remains at 5-7PM, Rain or Shine

Crown Point postponed its trick-or-treating from Thursday until Friday between 5 and 7 p.m.

Portage’s will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, with trick-or-treating at downtown businesses from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.