"brownfields" cleanup and redevelopment

ABC-57 South Bend

Today:  We talk with Emily Cutka, the director of community engagement for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, about "Hunger Action Month" this month, the need for making sure that more than 90,000 area residents who face food insecurity get the help they need, and what Strack & VanTil is doing to "help the cause."  We also bring back our conversation with Kathy Luther with NIRPC about the coalition of groups  administering an $800,000 federal grant to remediate "brownfield" sites in Gary, East Chicago, Hammond and other communtities.  Luther says some sites've already been partially worked on and ready for cleanup or remediation as early as this month.


Today:   We talk to Father Mike Surufka, a-k-a Father Mike, the pastor of Holy Name of Jesus parish in Cedar Lake and, now the administrator for the Cathedral of Holy Angels and the Church of Sts. Monica and Luke, both in Gary neighborhoods that are affected by the city's overall blight problems.  Fr.


Today:  Kathy Luther with NIRPC is with us to talk about the coalition of northwest Indiana agencies that will adminster the $600,000 EPA Brownfields Program grant for sites in Gary, East Chicago and Hammond -- and other NWI communties, as needed.  Luther says there are some sites already partially worked on and ready for cleanup or remediation and eventual redevelopment, perhaps as early as this fall.  Indiana University Northwest computer info. systems department head Bhakra Kopparty also tells us about a new masters' degree program in place this fall semester.