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GARY - The Gary Community School Corporation is extending its school day for one hour each day over the course of the entire school year.  

A news release from the school corporation says the change will result in the equivalent of 30 days a year of additional instruction for students. Over their K-12 educational career, the longer school day will add up to nearly two more years of learning time.

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The Gary Human Rights Commission may start hearing cases dealing with age-based complaints, if the Gary Common Council approves a proposed amendment to the city’s civil rights ordinance.

The Public Safety Committee discussed the amendment on Tuesday that would give the Gary Human Rights Commission the ability to hear any case referred from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in Gary,  Governor Eric Holcomb is ending the state’s COVID-19 restrictions beginning April 6th and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Iris Sanchez and Jena’ Bellezza about the "Student Success" course for middle-schoolers offered at Ivy Tech Lake County  …All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”… 

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GARY- Gary Mayor Jerome Prince Wednesday again encouraged city residents to get any of the three available COVID-19 vaccinations to help Gary make strides in the fight against the pandemic.

Prince said in a news release that he received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine during a mass vaccination event at Calumet New Tech High School Sunday and that it was important to demonstrate the safety of the vaccine and to set an example of leadership in Gary.  He also is calling on other city elected officials to get vaccinated.

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GARY - The Gary Common Council is considering changes to its approval process of day care businesses in the city.

The "Times" reports there has been a steady stream of applications being submitted to the Common Council for in-home day cares. According to the latest data available, there are already 55 registered in the city, as of last fall.

Councilwoman Tai Adkins, Democrat from the 4th district, said she noticed day care applications coming before the council nearly every month that they meet.

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Today:   Ed Feigenbaum, the creator and editor of the "Indiana Gaming Insight" and "Indiana Legislative Insight" newsletters, is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the latest Indiana gaming industry news including the local casinos -- and about the 2021 General Assembly session that just began this week in Indianapolis. We also have Jim Ventura, the CEO of Maya Energy LLC, which is building a solid waste and recyclables processing facility on Gary's west edge.  Plans call for a 156,000 square foot building to accept and process up to 1,600 tons of municipal waste and construction and demolition waste for reuse each year.  Land surveying and preparation just began on the site and Maya Energy anticipates its opening late this year.

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GARY - The city of Gary is activating its warming centers with the upcoming cold weather that's moving into the area, once the outside temperature drops to 32 degrees and below.

Michael Gonzalez, Director of Communications for the city of Gary says several Gary city employees worked together to provide the needed service even with the new challenges this year.

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GARY - Gary Health Commissioner Dr. Roland Walker got a COVID-19 vaccination Friday morning at Methodist Hospital-Northlake.

Walker said he wants to demonstrate the importance and value of the vaccination to African-Americans, Hispanics and other people of color.

Michael Gonzalez, City of Gary Communications Director says Walker wanted to put people in his community at ease about the vaccine and has been a leader in keeping the residents of Gary informed during this entire pandemic.

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GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince on Monday laid out new COVID-19 restrictions in his city to help mitigate the spread of the virus.  Last week Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb designated Lake County as a red county, which means the county has to adhere to the highest level of restrictions, and locally mayors and other city leaders are free to implement higher restrictions than set by the state.  After discussing the matter with his administration, Prince announced the rules being imposed on the residents and businesses in the city of Gary.

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office declining to file charges against a Gary police officer who was involved in a civilian shooting last year, Justin Hicks reports on a Workforce Development program that helps workers not just recover their jobs, but maybe even get a better one, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Shelia Matias, president of the La Porte County Board of Commissioners. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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Today:   "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson talks about the stories that she put out in print and online -- including the Gary Community Schools referendum vote results and the demolition of several vacant and blighted buildings on Broadway in downtown Gary.  (See the photo of an abandoned bank with a wall that once housed a mural of the Jackson 5.)  Burgess Peoples with the city of Gary Faith Leaders and Community Partnerships organization reviews the latest of the series of virtual panel discussions with law enforcement, elected officials, ministers and community members about important local topics. Jesse Kharbanda with the Hoosier Environmental Council has more about their participation in a federal lawsuit against the EPA and "Greening the Statehouse 2020" going virtual this year.  And Jena Bellazza with the Indiana Parenting Institute tells us about two major events, one of them an annual conference coming up.

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Today:  Legacy Foundation president Carolyn Saxton talks about the cooperative initiative between the Lake County community foundation, the Knight Foundation, Indiana Black Expo and the cities of Gary and East Chicago to set up the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund.  It's been designed to provide one-time grants to applicants that are minority-owned and operated businesses in both cities. Applications are being accepted now, with grants to be issued in October.  Indiana Public Broadcasting's Ella Abbott has the first of a two-part report on what are called "Sundown Towns," and the curator of the Samara House in West Lafayette, Linda Eales, joins us to tell us more about the 64-year-old landmark home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the recent $1 million grant from Indiana Landmarks to help restore it to its original condition.

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GARY - A food distribution program that was launched to help Gary residents in the wake of COVID-19 is wrapping up tomorrow/Saturday.

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince announced today (Friday) that the City of Gary and Vine Line Produce Distribution will host the final produce giveaway of the summer Saturday, August 29th, beginning at  9:30 at the Genesis Convention Center.

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GARY - The city of Gary Common Council on Tuesday, August 11th passed the City of Gary Climate Resilience and Recovery resolution.  

The move calls for the city to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the goals of the United States Climate Mayors.

Brenda Scott-Henry is in charge of the Gary Office of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs.  The office will lead the city in the climate resiliency program, which includes a detailed Climate Action Plan.

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GARY -- Mayor Jerome Prince is commending City of Gary Health Commissioner Dr. Roland Walker.. for being nominated for a COVID-19 Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum... for his work in fighting the spread of the virus.

Mayor Prince said in a statement that Dr. Walker has given us guidance, solid medical advice, even as he has dealt with the illness in his own family.

The JFK Presidential Library and Museum will announce the winner in the fall.

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on Gary Mayor Jerome Prince’s plans to sign an executive order this to establish a police reform commission that will propose meaningful changes to the city's police department, Indiana is moving into Phase 4 of Governor Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track” plan and Chris Nolte has a conversation with representatives from the Lake Area United Way as well as the American Red Cross about a request for Lake County residents to report flooding or sewage damage due to the recent storms.

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GARY - Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is working on the city's next steps in reviewing policing policies.

In a released statement the mayor says he is signing an executive order establishing a commission of civic and business leaders, community activists, faith leaders and community organizations to propose meaningful police reform.  As part of its work, the committee will investigate what, if any, policing responsibilities can and should be shared or shifted to other departments.

He says in the interest of public safety, he is open to considering new public safety models.

GARY - Many Indiana counties are in the process of reopening but Lake County is one of three that is staying behind.  Also holding off is the city of Gary. 

Michael Gonzalez, Communications Director for the city of Gary says Mayor Jerome Prince has decided to push Gary's reopening out a little further to enable city administration to monitor the rate of new Coronavirus cases in the city.

Gonzalez says city operations will return on May 18th and businesses will be able to reopen also on May 18th under certain restrictions that are still to be released by the city.  

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on the City of Gary launching an app to help residents determine if they need to testing and care for possible COVID-19 symptoms, Governors across several Midwest states – including Indiana – announced Thursday they will work together as they decide when to reopen the economy from their states’ “Stay-At-Home” orders, and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Financial Advisor Greg Hammer about how the stimulus package impacts your retirement nest egg. All of that, and more, on this edition of "Lakeshore Update."

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on street closures in Gary to ensure public safety, Jeanie Lindsey reports on a partnership with the Indiana Department of Education and Indiana Public Broadcasting to help parents and students continue learning at home.

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Today:  We ask "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete about the stories she's worked on --including two from the 2020 General Assembly session.  One of them is about Rep. Ed Soliday's bill that could give utility regulators the ability to give their approval before utilities can close coal-fired power plants.   She also has a northwest Indiana update on a state report on infant mortalities.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson has her conversation with Gary city spokesman Michael Gonzalez on the next phase of dealing with the issue of closed and abandoned Gary public school buildings.  Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is attending a U.S. Conference of Mayors workshop for new mayors, and we learn more about it from the mayor himself.  And we bring back our conversation with northwest Indiana immigration attorney Alfredo Estrada.

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Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday we talk to Dan Carden, who covers Lake County and state government stories for the "Times," about what he put out in print and online and to "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson.  Dan's stories were on the first days of the 2020 General Assembly session and the announcement from State Senator Eddie Melton of Gary that he was discontinuing his gubernatorial campaign.  Carole talked at length with outgoing Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on her accomplishments as she was leaving office -- and Karen's regrets on things she worked on while Mayor that she had to leave to her successor Jerome Prince.  Carole also talks about the new Lake Station Mayor, Bill Carroll, and about the Gary gun violence rally and vigil  held on Wednesday afternoon. 

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GARY - The city of Gary Sanitary District has released on Wednesday an invitation to bid on site work for the Hard Rock Casino Gary.  Tammi Davis, Director of Compliance and Policy Engagement told Lakeshore Public Radio that bids are due on Thursday (October 17, 2019) today/yesterday.  TN Ward Company has been awarded the construction contract for the Hard Rock Casino Gary project.

Davis says the company is looking to have the back fill and most of the tasks completed by 2020.  Diversity contract goals are also included in the project, according to Davis.

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GARY-A former bookkeeper and interim executive director of the Genesis Convention Center is being charged with one count of theft from a local government entity receiving federal funds, for stealing more than $10,000 cash from the struggling business.
Lakeshore Public Radio Show Host and Reporter Sharon Jackson spoke with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson about the hiring of Victoria Wilson of Portage and the investigation of the irregularities that were showing up.
 

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GARY- In response to the indictment of the former bookkeeper and interim executive director of the Genesis Convention Center, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Wednesday that the city has worked hard to ensure the profitability of the Genesis Center and any actions inconsistent with those efforts are unacceptable.

Portage resident, 52 year-old Victoria Wilson, has been charged in federal court with stealing more than $10,000 in cash from the Genesis Convention Center.  She was charged with one count of theft from a local government entity receiving federal funds.

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Today:  Ted Stalnos with the Calumet Area Industrial Commission talks about the organization that includes both Indiana and Illinois manufacturers and their mission of directing skilled workers to them, and how community colleges in both states are partners in the federal "Promise Grant" education program.  Celina Weatherwax with MAAC Foundation tells us about the Aug. 1st-4th World War II aircraft visit at Porter Regional Airport, and a special reception on Aug.

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Today:  Portage Mayor John Cannon is on the program to talk about the concerns that his administration has about the delays in getting the state-mandated high-frequency radio communications upgrade  made in Porter County.  He put out a letter to outline the concerns that contractors working on the project are still unable to communcate well, to be able to get four new radio towers installed.  Only two of the four  have been put up.

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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.

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Today:   Janet McCabe, the assistant director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute, tells us about the work that I.U. students are doing this summer in Gary and Michigan City to collect information about greenhouse gas emissions.  The cities are among 13 across the state involved in I.U.'s first Resilience Cohort.  The data will help residents and public officials create action plans to reduce emissions and to improve air quality.  The cities will get the data collected later this year.

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GARY - The Executive Director of the Gary Redevelopment Commission has resigned effective immediately, May 9th.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson announced the resignation of Joe van Dyk Thursday.
He served the City of Gary since 2012 as Executive Director of the Redevelopment Commission and as Director of Planning and Zoning Director.  

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