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Lake Area United Way Raises $4.973M in 2012-2013 Campaign

30 Jul

(Griffith, Indiana) – The Lake Area United Way announced Thursday it raised $4,973,000 in its 2012-13 annual campaign, topping its $4.7 million goal. Leaders of the community impact and fundraising organization said it was one of the most successful campaigns in recent years.

The results were announced by 2012 Campaign Chair Aaron McDermott, president of Latitude Commercial Real Estate, at a news conference Thursday afternoon at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. John Kennedy, director of business development, American Structurepoint, Inc, served as Campaign Co-Chair. Both serve on Lake Area United Way’s Board of Trustees.
More than 300 companies ran workplace campaigns and over 7,500 individuals contributed to this year’s campaign.“It has been inspiring for me to see so many people, companies and members of organized labor care for our community and give back,” said McDermott. “This campaign was a success because so many chose to get involved and give what they could.”
“The success of this year’s campaign means United Way and its 31 member agencies and regional initiatives will enhance our results-driven work in the important community priorities of education, income stability and health,” said McDermott.
Contributions are reinvested to support United Way’s work in three key priorities: giving every child an opportunity for a great start on life and keeping youth on track for success; expanding income stability for low-income families; and providing access to critical health services.

According to McDermott, thanks to supporters of Lake Area United Way: 

 More newborns will receive in-home visits by trained and certified parent-child educators to make sure kids get a great start in life and are prepared to enter kindergarten ready to learn;
 More teens will graduate on time and are prepared for work or to pursue their college goals;

 Seniors will have places to gather;
 People with disabilities will be able to live and work more independently;
 Victims of abuse and their children will be safe and free from harm;
 And more of the hungry are fed.

Funding recommendations are made by dedicated community volunteers who carefully review agency budgets, participate in site visits, and closely evaluate funded programs and outcomes.“’Living United’ means being a part of the community and working together to pool resources to maximize impact. Strong community support makes it possible to accomplish more together than any one person or organization can do alone,” McDermott added.

LAUW Board Chair Jeremy Miller, regional vice president of Centier Bank, credits McDermott and Kennedy’s youthful energy, creativity and leadership along with the support of hundreds of workplace campaign partners and volunteers for the campaign’s success.

“United Way is a community organization, driven by dedicated community volunteers who understand the importance of United Way’s mission to advance the common good to achievemeasurable results and to improve lives,” Miller said.
“Our community owes a debt of gratitude for the leadership of Aaron McDermott and John Kennedy. Their commitment to our community truly inspires broad and deep support for Lake Area United Way,” added Miller.
For a complete list of Lake Area United Way’s 31 member agencies and regional initiatives, go to:  http://www.lauw.org


TCA: NBC Orders Hillary Clinton Miniseries

28 Jul

TCA: NBC Orders Hillary Clinton Miniseries

Diane Lane to star as former First Lady; network orders three other longform projects.  Network admits they expect Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016.

By Andrea Morabito — Broadcasting & Cable, 7/27/2013 1:07:10 PM


Complete Coverage: TCA Summer Press Tour 2013

Los Angeles – NBC has ordered a four-hour miniseries based on the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton that will star Diane Lane, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced at the TCA press tour Saturday.
The project will be written and directed by Courtney Hunt and recount Clinton’s life from her time living in the White House as First Lady (the role of Bill Clinton has not yet been cast) to her tenure as Secreatry of State. Greenblatt said he didn’t think the project would be affected whether or not Clinton decides to run for President in 2016.
“We have to think about the timing of it,” he said. “She’s probably not going to declare her candidacy for two more years. This could well have aired before that.”
The project is one of four miniseries/limited series the network has closed deals on as makes a push into more event porgramming under new longform executive Quinn Taylor. The others are an updated four-hour retelling of Rosemary’s Baby set in Paris, Stephen King’s Tommyknockers based on the author’s 1987 novel, and a limited series from executive producer Mark Burnett called Plymouth about the Mayflower’s landing at Plymouth Rock.
NBC is also developing a six-hour miniseries based on the life of Cleopatra.

STARTLING: Freeman-Wilson Says County Tax Will go to Fire Department

25 Jul

In a response to Governor Pence’s request for additional information regarding Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson’s request for Indiana State Police assistance in Gary, the Mayor says

Additionally, themajority of the anticipated resources we will receive from the 1.5% income tax will be dedicated to funding public safety equipment needs that have been neglected over the course of the past 10 years. As an example, there is a dire need for fire engines and other apparatus, gas masks, coats and boots for firefighters and squad cars.

The correspondence began when the Mayor called on the Governor to provide Indiana State Police support for Gary.  The Governor responded on July 11, 2013 asking for a detailed plan as to how the City would use money from the newly implemented County Option Income Tax to help fight crime.

The Mayor also submitted a plan entitled “Gary Indiana for Life” which stated Gary will hire new police officers but did not provide details:

Officers on the Street
There will be an increased presence of law enforcement on the streets
through the hiring of more officers and further implementation of Community Policing programs. In the short term, we are looking to augment the number of police on the street through our monthly saturation patrols in cooperation with neighboring departments and the assistance of Indiana State Police.


.25% of the 1.5% County Option Income Tax (COIT) is reserved for Public Safety and is to be divided among the county and municipalities.  The FOP and many police officers supported the COIT.  It should be noted that the Governor asked about that portion of the income tax revenue but Mayor Freeman-Wilson appears to be addressing the entire funding to be received under the COIT.

Cubs Project Gets Zoning Approval

24 Jul


City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals approved a measure which would allow Wrigley Field to proceed with a $500M redevelopment project.  Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is confident that remaining issues can be worked out.  

“Today Alderman Tom Tunney and I met to discuss the remaining two issues regarding the planned development of Wrigley Field and adjacent properties.  Alderman Tunney and I agree that in addition to the portico over Patterson, which the Cubs agreed to defer last week, that the proposed bridge over Clark Street will also be deferred indefinitely.  Additionally, we agree that further discussion is necessary on the location of the entrance to the Hotel.  While Alderman Tunney, Tom Ricketts and I have agreed that only the two outfield signs they have secured will be authorized for the duration of their agreement. I am pleased that the Cubs and Rooftop Club owners are having serious discussions to resolve their remaining issues for the duration of their current agreement and I encourage the parties to complete their negotiation. Alderman Tunney and I also agree that there must be public input regarding any future revisions to Sheffield Ave before plans would be approved by any city department and the alderman.  While work still needs to be done, overcoming these remaining issues will allow the planned development to go forward so the Cubs can begin investing in Wrigley Field and Wrigleyville.”

Calumet College Simplifies Enrollment Visit and Enroll 7/31

24 Jul


Tour the campus and get enrolled all in one day. Calumet College of St. Joseph hosts new student enrollment day – Wednesday, July 31.  Times are 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Hammond.  

The enrollment process can take weeks to complete. It can be frustrating not knowing if you have been accepted to college or not. Wouldn’t you like to have the chance to complete the enrollment process in a single day? You can, on Wednesday, July 31 from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, at Calumet College of St. Joseph!

New Student Enrollment Day is designed for prospective students to complete the enrollment process in a single day. Prospective students have the opportunity to:

– Meet with an admissions or financial aid counselor
– Tour the campus

-accepted to the college*
– Register for classes
Please call the Office of Admissions for more information – 219-473-4215.
* Prospective students must bring all official copies of their transcripts in order to be admitted