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A Compilation: Inside the Great News Studio with Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.

Northwest Indiana is full of stellar leaders, but Thomas M. McDermott Jr. is one of a kind. As Mayor of the most populated city in Lake County, McDermott has made it his goal to improve quality of life in Hammond. Standing at the helm of several significant projects both in action and on the horizon, McDermott and his team are working to ensure people are happy to call Hammond home.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mayor McDermott in the Great News Studio, where we picked his brain about all things Hammond and mayoral. In his singular brand of relaxed authenticity, he was happy to answer our questions. Here are just a few highlights.

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St. Mary’s Catholic Community School Makes Halloween Visit to WGN

St.-Marys-Catholic-Community-School-Makes-Halloween-Visit-to-WGN-2018 02The WSMW news crew of St. Mary Catholic Community School of Crown Point, IN recently took a field trip to WGN news studios. WSMW is St. Mary’s very own in-house student-run TV news program that is viewed by the entire school every morning. Their tour guide for the event was Lourdes Duarte. Lourdes Duarte is an television journalist for WGN-TV, where she is an investigative reporter and co-host of the WGN News Evening News at 4pm. She took time out of her schedule to not only show the students the studio, but also to give students a normal a day in the life of a news report/host. “It was really inspirational and informative.” said 8th grader Daisy Cain, current News anchor for the schools WSMW. “Listening to...

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NIPSCO Natural Gas System Upgrade Project Near Completion - Michigan City

rot1NIPSCO is set to complete the final phase of a three year natural gas system upgrade near Michigan City. This work is part of the company’s ongoing modernization plan to upgrade their natural gas infrastructure system.

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Hammond Breaks Ground on Ice Kube Hockey Complex


Chilly weather made for a fitting atmosphere to celebrate the future ice hockey complex in Hammond, Indiana. On November 7, Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., the Hammond Redevelopment Commission, community members, and officials of Ice Kube LLC hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ice Kube Sports Complex.

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The Mary Kay Foundation Honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month by Issuing $3 Million in Grants to 150 Domestic Violence Shelters Across the Country

St-Jude-HouseIn support of Domestic Violence Awareness, The Mary Kay FoundationSM announced today it is awarding $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters across the country. St. Jude House has received a $20,000 unrestricted grant to support local survivors of domestic violence in Crown Point, IN. This year’s grant contribution brings the Foundation’s total investment in its shelter grant program to $50 million.

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McShane's Vendor Expo 2018 Provides Hands On Experience, Unveils New Name


Free food, high-tech office equipment, and the chance to win Chicago Bears tickets. How could it get any better?! Pulse Technology, formerly known as Kramer Leonard McShane's, treated clients to a fun, hands-on experience at the company’s vendor expo today. This is the second expo Kramer Leonard McShane’s has had this year.

“The first was to just get people to see the technology we offer,” said Chip Miceli, CEO of Pulse Technology. “Today, people can get special expo pricing and learn more about the extended product lines we are now offering. We’re also unveiling our new Lorell Diamond Showroom and beginning to introduce the public to our new name: Pulse Technology.”

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Bishop Noll Junior Learns From Leaders in Medical Field

Bishop-Noll-Junior-Learns-From-Leaders-in-Medical-FieldBishop Noll Institute junior Giovanni Komyatte has a passion for medicine and joined other high school students from around the country who aspire to become the next generation of leaders in the medical field.

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Korellis Roofing Craftsmen Commit to Safety, Training, and Latest Technologies


Staying aware of advancements and updates is crucial for any business that holds the roof above your head. The education of roof safety and training never stops at Korellis Roofing as they continually train their craftspeople through manufacturers’ certified vendor programs. Such programs cover the latest roofing technologies and procedures. Additionally, every Korellis craftsman member completes a four-year apprenticeship program designed to teach and maintain stellar field force personnel.

By keeping up to date with new roofing systems, installation techniques, and quality material, Korellis is committed to building a strong and knowledgeable team that never fails to deliver a 10/10 experience. These updates and continuous advancements have revolutionized the roofing industry, as they are always changing.

All efforts to enhance the...

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Merrillville Schools Support Red for Ed

Merrillville-Schools-Support-Red-for-Ed-2018November 7th started the Merrillville School Corporation's first Wednesday wearing Red for Ed. Mr. Brown, Superintendent and the MCTA have developed a plan to support the Wear Red to Support Public Education initiative.

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Urban League of Northwest Indiana Receives $10k Grant to support its Digital Literacy Program”

Urban-League-of-Northwest-Indiana-Receives-10k-Grant-to-support-its-Digital Literacy Program-2018 01The Urban League of Northwest Indiana announced today it received a $10,000 grant from the Comcast Foundation to support its “Digital Literacy Outreach” program. “Digital Literacy Outreach” is a college preparatory and academic achievement program for minority youth. Serving students in 9th and 10th grades, the program is designed to increase students’ technology skills through STEM exploration and education and provide the foundation to succeed in higher education and careers.

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1,000 Hungry Neighbors to Receive Thanksgiving Meals in 2018

Food-Bank-of-NWI-2018Majestic Star Casino and Hotel, Jewel-Osco, and Chicago radio stations 101.9 The Mix, The New SHE 100.3 and 97.1 FM The Drive are partnering with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to provide 1,000 local families in need with Thanksgiving meal assistance. The Thanksgiving Community Care-a-Van will provide individuals and families with food for a complete Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey, vegetables, and other side items.

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