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VOLUME LII NUMBER 39—SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013

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Feds brighten Gary’s future By Glenn Reedus If the city of Gary was a puzzle, the federal government just added a major piece. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced the final parts of an initiative to move the city forward on projects that have been stalled or need a professional push. One of those is the drive to bring a trauma center to the IU Northwest Medical School campus. The State of Indiana approved a feasibility study this summer to determine the best location for the trauma center. Both Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Indiana State Representative Charlie Brown (D-3) said the site has a wealth of positive attributes. They concurred a trauma center will spur the expansion of Gary’s tax base with other developments, including medical offices and other professional buildings, as well as retailers and service companies. “You cannot beat the fact you already have a medical center, the highways, all of that will lead to gaining a determination that Gary is the best location. “Having partners in place from the federal

government to help determine who should be at the table when we do the planning, determining what has been happening in other places works to our benefit,” the mayor said. She said the most immediate impact on the city will be the long-awaited demolition of the shuttered Sheraton Hotel. “It is the first deliverable,” Freeman-Wilson added. The demolition has been stalled several times but the involvement of the city in HUD’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities will push the work to completion. The target date is late May, according to FreemanWilson. Gary recently joined St. Louis, Mo., Flint, Mich., Brownsville, Texas, Rockford, Ill., Macon, Ga., and Rocky Mount, N.C. to be included as part of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities program. Of the 91 cities invited by HUD to apply, Gary was one of seven of the pool of 51 that submitted successful applications. According to Freeman-Wilson, “Gary is like so many other cities that have seen a population decline and the accompanying abandonment of real estate. While it is a challenge, it provides great opportunity for

how we look at our land, how we encourage some to come and others to come back,” she said.

The mayor added there are several opportunities through the federal government to (Continued on page 12)

LAKE SUPERIOR JUDGE Calvin Hawkins was selected to receive the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. “Drum Major” award at the Gary Frontier Service Club’s 35th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast. The event was held Saturday, January 20 at the Genesis Convention Center. (Photo by Tonya Frazier) Read the full story on page 2.

‘Disrespected’ Obama appointed the most Black Judges By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite the unprecedented levels of obstruction from Republicans in the Senate, President Obama has managed to get a higher rate of Black judges confirmed than any other president in history, according to a court watchdog group. Research compiled by the Alliance for Justice, a national organization dedicated to progressive values and the creation of a just and free society, shows that so far during the Obama administration, Blacks have accounted for 18.7 percent of the federal judicial confirmations, a sharp increase over the George W. Bush administration, where 7.3 percent of the judicial confirmations were Black. During the Clinton administration, 16.4 percent of the federal

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Justice Abdull Kallon judicial confirmations were African American. During the Obama administration, 41 percent of the federal judges that have been

Justice Bernice B. Donald confirmed are women, compared to 22 percent under George W. Bush and 29 percent for Clinton. President Obama has also managed to get

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Boys & Girls Club group learn from Dr. King Dream of Dreamers celebration (See story on page 11)

Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith more Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and gays confirmed to the federal bench than either Bush or Clinton. “This is the best slate of judicial nomi(Continued on page 12)


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Lake Superior Court Judge Calvin Hawkins named 2014 Drum Major By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray

GARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL Corporation retired teacher, Sadie R. Ethridge was one of six to receive a Marcher Award at the breakfast. Shown on page one, Judge Calvin Hawkins also received the additional honor, 2014 Drum Major Award.

have any direction. But in some small way I want to contribute to put them in the right direction. I believe in them. I’m proud of the things I’ve done for them and the things they’ve done for me.” Marcher and State Farm Insurance agent Mays said he was very humbled and surprised to learn he had been named one of the Marchers. There were several individuals from throughout the state, as well as local political figures who gave honor and their perspectives on the life and legacy of Dr. King during the breakfast. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz told the audience she considers Dr. King’s legacy to be the children. She said, “I need to do my part with that. The mission of my department is to build an education system of equity and high quality. It is all about the students.” Congressman Peter Visclosky, who attends the Frontier Breakfast each year spoke on the work Dr. King strived to put in place. He said, “Dr. King once said no work is insignificant but the dignity of work and adequate compensation of work has eroded in this great country. Today for someone’s one hour of labor whether they are waiting on us for this breakfast, whether working in the mill or working professionally today in the United States of America earn less for one hours’ worth of work than you did in 1977. Discrimination takes many forms. Women who work for three years, 38 percent were rejected for insurance, charged a higher premium than their male counterparts or excluded from certain coverage because of pre-existing conditions such as pregnancy. These problems need to be addressed and there is a role for the federal government.” Junifer Hall, daughter of the late Congresswoman Katie Hall, who authored and sponsored the bill to honor Dr. King’s birthday as a national holiday, is the chairman of the board of the Katie Hall Foundation. She told the audience how her mother introduced the House of Representatives Bill 3706 on July 29, 1983. She said, “The King bill says that each third Monday in January shall be established as a legal holiday in the United States to honor the life and work of Dr. King.” The bill was hotly debated in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Despite the legislative odds and legal challenges the bill passed both Houses of Congress. Congresswoman Hall commented, “This legislation will act as a national commitment to Dr. King’s vision of an ideal America.” Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson reminded the audience that each of them has a favorite part of

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Lake Superior Court Judge Calvin Hawkins was named the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major during the 35th Annual Gary Frontiers Service Club Memorial Breakfast. Judge Hawkins was one of six candidates or “Marchers” nominated as this year’s Drum Major. The others were Bishop Dale L. Cudjoe, senior pastor of Christ Temple Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A., Master Karate Instructor Alex Dunlap, founder of Dunlap’s School of Karate, the first Black female to graduate from Indiana University School of Medicine Dr. Deborah McCullough, retired teacher from the Gary Community School Corporation Sadie R. Newby-Ethridge and Gary chapter NAACP president and State Farm Insurance agent Steve Mays. The Gary Frontiers Service Club, established in 1952, was organized to provide an outlet and opportunity for African American males, to

collectively give service to their communities through a civic, service leadership organization that did not discriminate against them, as was the custom of other organizations at that time. Judge Hawkins, although honored for being named Drum Major, said he really considers himself more of a Marcher. He pointed out how he has marched in front of Gary’s courthouse demanding a more diverse judiciary system and protested Indiana U.S. Senator Richard Lugar for a lack of minorities on the federal bench. The other Marchers also acknowledged their sincere appreciation for being considered for the distinction. Marcher and Master Karate Instructor Dunlap said he was very appreciative of the fact that the people of Gary felt he deserved the recognition. He said “Young people have shown that they do care that after 45 years of instruction it has been worthwhile. Things are changing and some young people don’t

DR. DEBORAH L. MCCULLOUGH, MD was honored for work in the community with regard to women’s health issues during the 35th Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast on Saturday, January 18.

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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Marcher—-Oliver Gilliam, President of the Gary Frontiers Service Club, presents Bishop Dale L. Cudjoe with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Marcher Award during the Frontiers’ 35th Annual Dr. King Memorial Breakfast held at the Genesis Convention Center last Saturday. Dr. King’s legacy. She said, “Some ment, education, law or other asof us love his oratorical skills and pects of community endeavor, have favorite speeches. Some of us please remember your actions large honor his fight for civil and human or small have a tremendous impact rights not just in this country, but on not just our community but on across the globe. Whatever aspect of the world. If you don’t take anyhis life and legacy you embrace, I thing else from Dr. King’s legacy challenge you today to remember please take his dedication, his comthat he was a man of action. mitment and action on behalf of Whether your efforts are in govern- God’s people.”

FRONTIERS SERVICE CLUB President Oliver Gilliam, is pictured with Alex Dunlap one of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Marchers at the organization’s 35th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

HUMBLED AND SURPRISED to be nominated as a 2014 Marcher, State Farm Insurance Agent Steve Mays accepts his Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Marcher award. www.garycrusader.com


NEWS

Senate Democrats lay out 2014 legislative agenda Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, and members of Senate Democrat Caucus have released their 2014 legislative agenda aimed at raising Hoosiers’ incomes, making health care reform work for Hoosiers and setting Hoosier children up for future success. According to the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus, their priorities align legislative action with real Hoosiers’ needs. Indiana stands in a place where median incomes in some areas of the state are stuck in the 1970s, wage disparity between men and women is one of the highest in the nation, and the benefits of giving our kids the opportunity to succeed early go unrecognized. This session, the Senate Democrats aim to address these issues. Raising Hoosier wages, getting folks working: Fight pay discrimination and ensure Hoosier women make as much as men for doing the same job Indiana has the 6th largest wage gap in the nation between men and women for doing comparable work. Women make 73 cents for every dollar men earn doing comparable work, resulting in a shortfall of approximately $210,000 for women over a 35-year career. With a record number of women in the work force and two-thirds of women functioning as primary or co-bread winner for their family, equal pay is critical to Hoosier families’ economic security. Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Jean D. Breaux is authoring legislation to give employees facing wage discrimination an opportunity to recoup these wages and prevent further discrimination. Give veterans hiring preference As of May 2013, Indiana unemployment of post 9-11 veterans was 20.1%, compared to the state unemployment rate of 7.3%. According to the caucus, the simple approach to turning this trend around is ensuring Hoosier servicemen and women who are candidates for state employment get the first look when applying. We can create opportunities for the men and women and give our state a chance to serve those who have sacrificed so much. The measure is authored by Sen. Richard D. Young, Jr. Statewide women veterans’ coordinator With an increasing number of women serving in the military, it is important that Indiana addresses the needs and issues specific to this under-served population. Sen. www.garycrusader.com

Young is also authoring this initiative, creating a statewide, women in the military and veteran’s coordinator to manage services for these Hoosiers. Access to the Military Family Relief Fund Indiana should offer Hoosier soldiers and their families as much assistance as possible to keep their homes and remain economically stable while their loved ones are fighting on behalf of our freedom. Currently, the Military Relief Fund allows certain military personnel to apply for financial assistance within time-frames. Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane is authoring legislation to remove these timeframes and give our military families as much access to assistance as possible. Raise the minimum wage to $10 and help more Hoosiers climb into the middle class Raising the minimum wage to $10 would affect nearly 23% of Hoosiers currently in the workforce. This would directly and indirectly affect the economic situation of almost 307,000 Hoosier children who will have at least one parent receiving a raise because of this legislation. An increase in the minimum wage would disproportionally benefit workers older than 20years-old and Hoosier women. In addition, raising the minimum wage would provide immediate benefits to the broader economy. This is money Hoosiers would spend in day-to-day living at local grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants. Bills to raise the minimum wage have been authored by both Senators Frank Mrvan and Karen Tallian.

Lonnie Randolph earned nearly $160,000 more than they would have otherwise. All three and four year olds are at a critical stage of cognitive development, not just those who meet narrow income eligibility guidelines. Ensuring broad access means all Hoosier families can participate in early learning programs. Senator Rogers is authoring both universal preschool legislation and a measure to lower the age students are required to begin schooling from 7 years old to 5 years old. Ensure the safety of Hoosier children in childcare Not every child care center that receives federal Child Care and Development Funds (tax dollars) is required to follow basic health and safety procedures. If a child care center takes tax dollars, those tax dollars should be used to keep Hoosier children safe. This legislation requires child care centers that receive these tax dollars to meet food, health, safety and sanitation standards on issues including bathroom and hand washing, grounds conditions, maximum capacity limits for number of

Earline Rogers children in care, nutrition, daily activities, and the vehicles used to transport children. The bill also sets child to caregiver ratios and requires staff training. Sen. Taylor is authoring the initiative.

Vernon Smith tion rate has been dropping. Senator Broden is authoring the measure to not only reinstate this subsidy, but provide this assistance to those on the wait list.

Provide children adopted out of foster care with the critical State Adoption Subsidy

Making health care reform work for Hoosiers: Expanding health care coverage to more Hoosiers

When a child is adopted out of foster care, the adoptive family should receive a monthly adoption subsidy to help assist with ongoing medical and other needs. For those eligible, the federal government pays this subsidy. For the other children, the state pays for this subsidy in every state BUT Indiana. Indiana children are going without. The amount of Hoosier kids waiting for this subsidy has doubled in the last two years to 1,400. All Hoosier children and the families who open their hearts to them should be receiving this subsidy critical to their care. It also provides an incentive to families on the verge of economic hardship to continue with the adoption process. This is evident by the fact Indiana’s adop-

This session, Senate Democrats will work to cover as many as 400,000 Hoosiers going without health insurance. By making the federal health care law work for Hoosiers, Senate Democrats aim to expand coverage, a move that will inject as much as $3.4 billion of new economic activity into local communities and finance as many as 30,000 new jobs. Hoosiers with health insurance benefits see an average savings of as much as $677 on annual premiums. Under the Senate Democrats’ proposal, Hoosier tax dollars currently paying to cover the uninsured in Illinois, Kentucky and other expanding states, will be redirected to cover Hoosiers and create jobs here in Indiana. The measure is authored by Sen. Karen Tallian.

Preparing Hoosier children for future success: Universal access to high quality preschool As one of only 10 states without a state-funded early childhood education program, Indiana is putting its students at a disadvantage. Quality pre-K allows students to develop the cognitive and interpersonal tools they need to be lifelong learners and arrive in kindergarten ready to learn. The results of early childhood education are clear. Students attending quality early education programs are more likely to complete high school, earn a higher income, hold a skilled job, attend college and less likely to have a criminal record or spend time in prison. For every one public dollar invested, early education returned nearly $13 in benefits and participants

THE REVEREND JESSE JACKSON, legendary civil rights leader has agreed to join he National Advisory Board of the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Jackson is the national president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition which is based in Chicago. “We are deeply honored to have Rev. Jackson as a member of our National Advisory Board,” said former Gary Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher. “No one has fought harder and longer for equal rights and equal opportunity for all Americans than Rev. Jackson,” Hatcher concluded. The National Advisory Board of the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame is currently being formed. Its members will provide advice and counsel, as the drive to build the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame in Gary proceeds. This group has purchased a 10-ace site on the southwest side of Gary, about two blocks from Interstate Highway 80/94.

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EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON? During last week’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, a number of documentaries were shown which highlighted the state of Black America before and during Dr. King’s activities. When you look at the separate drinking water fountains, the separate facilities in all public accommodations, and the degraded treatment that Blacks endured on a routine basis, one might wonder if we were actually dealing with human beings as oppressors. Round this out with the routine lynchings, and other high indignities, it’s a wonder that someone would come along and use non-violence to make a point. As a result of the Civil Rights Movement, progress was made, however, and today, the so-called separate but equal accommodations are a thing of the past. What stands out when those earlier times are examined is the fear that African Americans demonstrated - many of them were terrified and refused to join the brave few who were taking a chance with their lives. This may seem justifiable in that a whole string of martyrs have loomed prominent. Dr. King is just the tip of the iceberg - President John F. Kennedy was killed for his stance on a number of issues, although the jury is actually out on what they were. Some say he was killed for his support of Black people; some say it was connected to his threat to reveal an extraterrestrial presence, and some say that it was connected to something else. What we do know is that today he is lauded as a martyr. His brother, former attorney general Robert Kennedy was also shot down. The Nation of Islam’s Malcolm X was shot down in front of his family apparently by African American assassins. The list goes on and on, with some prominent and notso-prominent individuals who’ve lost their lives because of their decisions to champion ideas that would enhance the common good. What now seems evident is that anyone who provides information or who stands up for the well-being of the masses is cut down, either physically or through character assassination, and/or incarceration. Edward Snowden is one who immediately comes to mind. It is important that citizens become aware of the part that the government of the United States plays in compromising our safety. The intrusion that has been uncovered was the same kind of thing that occurred during Dr. King’s time, or during the lifetimes of other martyrs. And this is not just limited to individuals - the Black Panther Party was decimated, allegedly by activities connected with Cointelpro, a covert government initiative. And certainly the government was complicit in the murders of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. Former Cook County state’s attorney Edward Hanrahan was the chief culprit in this regard, although he could not have succeeded without some inside help. All of this leads to a stinging point - people who are on the side of good - people who sincerely want to see a better world are an endangered species. This seems obvious, and it’s no wonder that many of our disaffected youth have gone in a different direction - they see that things tend to be skewed in favor of the oppressors, at least at this juncture in history. Today our youth have no personal experiences with separate but “equal” facilities. They have access to free public education, which many are taking for granted and are rejecting. To many, Dr. King’s sacrifice only means just another day off from school. It seems that the more we move ahead, the further behind we get. Just what is going on? Is there a hidden hand in all of this? It is up to us, those of us who are alive now, to figure this out! A luta continua. 4

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Freeman-Wilson Administration has done it again Dear Editor: More great news for the City of Gary! It was so good to see that the federal government, specifically, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is coming to Gary with technical expertise and a few bodies to push the city’s economic and community development. This was a big coup for the city as it had to compete with dozens of other municipalities across the US to become a partner of what the Obama administration calls the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative. The Freeman-Wilson administration seems to be able to attract more federal support and attention for Gary than most of her predecessors. Former Mayor Richard Hatcher would be the exception. This latest news coupled with the pending Gary/Chicago International Airport project with a potential $100-million investment stands to help Gary in almost more ways than imaginable. I think we should expect to see some traction at last on the issue of creating a top tier trauma center at IU Northwest. That would be a huge plus for not only Gary but all of Northwest Indiana. As everyday citizens I don’t see much that we, can do to help this Strong Cities Strong Communi-

ties process move along. I am fine with that. I just want to wish good luck to the Freeman-Wilson administration and everyone else involved. Charles Walker

The grumbling seems to have stopped Dear Editor: It seems it wasn’t very long ago that there were rumblings first about the Gary police chief being on his way out. It seems the chief lacked a lot of the skills many thought were necessary for the job. To his credit Wade Ingram didn’t cut and run out of Gary. It looks like he embraced the report from the Indiana State Police about the deficiences in the department and is trying to turn it around. The police chief ’s “dirty laundry” was followed by a string of gossip and news stories about how unhappy fire department personnel were with their new chief – the first female chief in the city’s history. Everyone knew when the new chief came to town that she is a job hopper. A lot of the accusations about poor performance regarding Chief Teresa Everett were personal more than professional. When she started sending resumes to other cities, no one was surprised, or apparently worried about finding a competent replacement. To know that no one was going to beg her-

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to stay might be the reason why Everett is still on the job. Now the grumbling seems to have stopped. Both of these folks need to recognize that with or without them Gary is going to move forward and toward better things. The balance of the mayor’s department heads seem to understand. They convey the impression they are there to do a job and work together. Both chiefs need to get on board with this attitude, especially the one running the fire de(Continued on page 13)

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NOSING AROUND

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WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson got a major boost for her re-election bid next year when the Obama administration tapped Gary to be included in its strong cities initiative. With the designation

Now that the Gary Fire Chief Teresa Everett has been passed over for the job she was seeking in Georgia, questions are being raised about her future with the Gary Fire Department. Her tenure here has been rumored to have been a rocky one with the department. Word is not only did she manage to ruffle feathers among the rank and file, she also managed to tick off folks at City Hall. No doubt the chief ’s resume is still in the active status and it’s probably being sent to hundreds of fire departments around the country. Even before the fall out between Everett and the Gary Fire Department, rumors began to surface that she

for this year’s primary election gets going, coalitions are being formed within the various political camps. Rumor has it that discussions have been taking place daily among candidates and potential candidates to make sure that when filing closes in February the teams will be in place. Clorius Lay is seeking reelection to the Calumet Township Board and unlike many of the other candidates seeking to form coalitions, Lay seems content to go it alone, except for his support of Lake Prosecutor Bernard Carter and Lake County Commissioner Roosevelt Allen. Rumor has it there are some candidates who don’t support Lay and have tried with no success to get Carter and Allen to distance themselves from Lay. So far it is not working and Lay seems to be in a good posi-

paign will have the backing of some political heavy hitters. If Seaton is successful in taking on Franklin it would mean the end of her political reign, because if she loses her council seat she would also lose her chairmanship and if that happens the ball will be in Mayor Freeman-Wilson’s court to pick the next chairperson. -NoseyClorius Lay tion to be reelected. Meanwhile word continues to grow regarding a challenge to Lake County Councilwoman and Gary City Chairwoman Elsie Franklin. It is rumored that Carol Ann Seaton is poised to take Franklin on and it is also rumored that her cam-

NOT MAKING THE GRADE The failure of Gary schools to improve on the state mandated tests has members of the “Board of Mis-Education” wondering why students aren’t improving. (Continued on page 13)

President Barack Obama will come a boatload of federal money and also the potential of thousands of employment opportunities for local residents. Freeman-Wilson’s chances for re-election were looking pretty good but now she is seen as a cinch to do a second term. With the infusion of federal cash, hopefully there will be contracts for local and minority residents and local businesses. The one criticism of the Freeman-Wilson administration so far has been that minorities have been left out of many of the major jobs and contracts on a number of public works projects around the city. Now the mayor will have a chance to make things right and hopefully she will. -Nosey-

Teresa Everett wasn’t happy here. Nosey would not be surprised if she is gone before the year is out, and if not then, definitely by next year. -NoseyLINING UP Word is as filing for candidacies

DR. VANESSA ALLEN, Executive Director, CEO Urban League of Northwest Indiana was the guest speaker for the “Dream of Dreamers” program Wednesday, January 15 at the Baber Youth Center. Allen is pictured with former Gary Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher and former St. Monica Church Pastor Fr. Pat Gaza. The “Dream of Dreamers” is held to honor the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the contributions of African Americans. (Photo by Time Memories) www.garycrusader.com

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BUSINESS

Gary residence gets $5,000 matching grant Crown Point couple donates new kitchen Representing Thrivent Financial Services for Lutherans, Michael Minogue of Highland recently presented a $5,000 check to officers of Rebuilding the Breach Ministries, Inc, which owns and operates the Bakery House, a residence for indigent men at 4913 Broadway. Under the firm’s “Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need” grant program, the funding was awarded to the organization based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional and /or spiritual needs in the local community such as food, clothing, shelter, fellowship, and care for the sick based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36. Rebuilding the Breach Min-

istries has also elected to participate in a complementary two-toone challenge grant program sponsored by the Foundation. For every dollar raised by the organization from donors by March 31, 2014, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation will provide an additional 50 cents—up to $5,000—in support of its ministry. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans of Minneapolis, Minn., is a faithbased financial services organization that helps nearly 2.5 million members to be wise with money and to live generous lives. In addition, Rebuilding the Breach Ministries dedicated a new kitchen at the Bakery House residence, which was a contribution of Ross and Lexi (Orfanos) Pangere of Crown Point. The restau-

PANGERE OF CROWN POINT donated new kitchen appliances to the Bakery House, which is owned by Rebuilding the Breach Ministries. At the kitchen dedication is Lydell McLaurin, Kitchen Manager; Lexi Orfanos-Pangere, Ross Pangere, President, The Ross Group and Hal Schmidt, Assistant Manager at the Bakery House.

REBUILDING THE BREACH Ministries was the recent recipient of a monetary matching grant for its Bakery House residence for indigent men in Gary from Thrivent Financial Services for Lutherans. Representing the two organization are: (l-r) Donald Ullman, Treasurer; Jesse Gerdes, Secretary; Thomas Brown, President; Michael Minogue, Thrivent Financial Services Executive and Marianne Manning, Assistant Executive Director, all of Rebuilding the Breach Ministries, Inc. rant quality appliances replaces equipment that was over 20 years old. Ross Pangere is president of The Ross Group, a design construction firm located in Portage. Once called the 49th Avenue Bakery, the Bakery House now has kitchen equipment, valued at over $15,000, that allows for more flexibility and greater options in providing sumptuous meals to some 26 men on a regular basis and nearly 40 meals to a Wednesday afternoon community gathering. The Pangere’s saw the need and were moved to enhance the programs and ministry at this facility. Ross Pangere said, “We have a passion for helping those in need and with different abilities. Our hope

is that our contribution will support the work of the Bakery House and will inspire others to do the same.” Ross Pangere added, “The Bakery House provides opportunities that are unique to social support and care giving. The more this community supports its operations and programs, the greater the opportunities for the men they serve.” Thomas Brown, chair of Rebuilding the Breach Ministries, Inc. said, “The Thrivent and the Pangere contribution is still another step to our realizing our goals and mission statement. The board of directors is truly honored and grateful that this firm and

family has chosen the Bakery House to make a significant contribution. Their doing so will enable us to take on additional programs and services that were heretofore only a discussion among us.” Rebuilding the Breach Ministries, Inc. is a 501©3 corporation organized to serve indigent men in Northwest Indiana. The contribution by another family of a well-suited and maintained apartment building in Gary will soon enable the ministry to provide assistance and training to indigent women. For information, log on to rebuildingthebreachministries. org or call Marianne Manning at 219-663-3504.

Do not let finances add to your stress Minding one’s budget can sometimes be as much of a challenge as watching your waistline. Despite signs of an improving economy, managing spending is always a source of concern for consumers. “The real key to keeping your expenses in line is to establish savings goals and a budget for your expenses, from every day purchases like groceries and entertainment, to longer-term savings goals like vacations and real estate,” says Diane Morais, an Ally Bank executive in charge of deposits and lines of business integration. When it comes to saving money, every little bit counts toward fiscal fitness, and the first step would be to establish a goal for next year and set up a savings plan to get there. A good savings account is crucial. Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a savings account that will help you grow your money faster:

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• No maintenance fees: Some banks charge a monthly fee if a deposit doesn’t come directly from an employer, or will charge a fee if a balance dips too low. This can put a dent in savings. Find a bank that doesn’t charge monthly maintenance fees or require a minimum balance in order to waive those fees. • Competitive, consistent interest rates: A little advance research will help you identify a bank that offers consistent, competitive rates as opposed to those that tempt new customers with promotional rates and one-time offers. An added bonus is finding a bank that compounds interest daily - such as Ally Bank - as opposed to monthly, quarterly, or even annually. • Mobile convenience: Rapidly becoming a “must have,” mobile banking enables consumers to easily access account information, deposit checks, transfer money and locate nearby ATMs to save ATM fees or surcharges.

Also growing in popularity is the ability to create custom accounts for specific savings goals, such as “2014 Vacation.” This feature allows people to track their

progress toward specific goals. More information about different types of savings accounts can be found at www.allybank.com.

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“FENCES” COMES TO THEATRE NORTHWEST in Gary, at 3660 Grant Street, January 23 thru February 2. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, written by AUGUST WILSON, is produced and directed by ‘Side High teach MARK SPENCER and stars DARRYL CROCKETT and ROSE SIMMONS, while featuring the talents of IUN Theatre student RYAN A. ROBINSON and Banneker Achievement Center coed ASSATA GAINES. Fences is the story of a former major league baseball play-

Among the breakfast speakers urging the capacity breakfast audience to energize progress toward the goals of Dr. King were Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction GLENDA RITZ, Mayor KAREN FREEMANWILSON and Pruitt. Among the some 400 in attendance to this 35th annual event were members of the philanthropic ECIER (Educate, Communicate, Innovate, Entrepreneurs Relationship) Foundation and guests, l-r, our HUE DEGGANS, BRIDGETT McCLAIN and her mom MARY, MICHAEL HARRISON, DELORES TEAMER, prexy and Majestic Star Casinos community relations maven CHERIECE WHITE, JAMES TEAMER and HELEN GIBSON. -DD…GILLIUM, PRUITT & JUDGE HAWKINS theatre. -DDOUR CONDOLENCES TO the family of JOHN “Mitch” MIT-CHELL, who recently passed. A former mentor of ours during our days as a Post-Tribunecolumnist, John was an award-winning photographer, whose habit for perfection created high marks of quality at the newspaper when it was headquartered in Gary. Further condolences to the family of retired local steelworker and our former New Era club-mate CLARENCE “Bruno” BARNES, who also recently passed. He was one of those dedicated to the success of The City and a believer in its economic growth. -DD-

… SPENCER er-turned-sanitation worker who struggles to overcome his bitterness, while dealing with ailing relationships with his wife and son. Details and ducats are available when you phone 980-6808 or visit the web at iun.edu /-

…“BRUNO” 8

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JUDGE CALVIN D. HAWKINS may be the first in the 30 year history of the presentation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Drum Major” Award to begrudge himself as an awardee. “I have always been a Marcher,” he bellowed from the Genesis Center dais last Saturday during the Gary Frontiers Service Club’s 35th Annual Memorial Breakfast, which salutes Drum Majors and Marchers who best personify the image of Dr. King. “I am not a drum major, I have always been a marcher….but I am humbled by this award,” insisted Hawkins, foto-flashed here with, from the left, Frontiers prexy OLIVER GILLIUM and Gary Community Schools super CHERYL PRUITT, who earlier credited the Lake Superior Court judge with being a father figure to her during his service as a Presbyterian minister in several area churches. Gary NAACP prexy STEVE MAYS considered his Marchers award a major honor that he shared with his mom BOBBI MAYS following the ceremonies. Retired Gary schoolmarm SADIE R. NEWBY-ETHRIDGE was a very popular recipient of a Marchers Award, as she accepted the honor from the Frontiers’ (Gary City Councilman) RON BREWER and Gillium amid a flood of family pho-

COUNT - OFF ANOTHER YEAR for birthday celebrants like: Lake Superior Court Judge DIANE BOSWELL and local post office employee PAT GREER (Jan. 25); Gary City Court Judge DIEDRE MONROE, BENITA RHYMES and LANITA PRI-

…THE MAYS’ tographers that almost blanketed the Bishop DALE CUDJOE are other dais. Dr. DEBORAH L McCUL- Marchers’ awardees that we will review LOUGH, ALEX DUNLAP and in upcoming DEN editions.

…JACKSON

…BREWER, GILLIUM & ETHRIDGE

NCE (Jan. 26); CRYSTAL WHEELER (Jan. 27); RITA RENAE JACKSON, LEROY HOLLIDAY, SR. and ’63 Lady Panther MARJEAN McPHERSON (Jan. 28); SHIRLEY (Mrs. LLOYD) FISHER, retired City of Gary employee GWEN ADAMS, GA’NELL RICHARDSON and OPRAH WINFREY (Jan. 29); Gary / Chi Town nitelife legend FRED MARBERRY, CARLITA NICKSON and Gary native and Atlanta, Georgia City Judge ELAINE CARLISLE (Jan. 30); and LOUISE LEE and NIPSCO exec MIKE SUGGS (Jan. 31). -DD-

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SEEN - ON - THE - SCENE: ’64 Gary ‘Velt High Grad and DeeCee construction whiz BEA “Cookie” HICKS, who celebrates a birth date January 25, taking a timeout with ’63 ‘Velt High grad and Cal Township (Continued on page 9) www.garycrusader.com


DEGGANS DEN

Chuck Deggans’ Den . . . (Continued from page 8) Trustee MARY ELGIN during a recent ’63 Lady Panther meet ‘n greet in the 5th & Chase Street Chops Lounge; SOL HAYMON, who cele-

niece and Chase bank teller MARSHA TURNER and cousin and Chi Towner MAXCINE SUGGS.

...ECIER members at breakfast cluded among her prizes is an expensefree modeling and charm course and a financed move up to the Miss Gary Pageant which will produce a participant in the statewide prelude to the Miss America Pageant. Ms. Prentice is foto-flashed center with pageant contestants ERNESTINE WILDER, left, and GERRI WHITE (who celebrates birth date January 25). Contestants CYNTHIA McCLELLAN, MINNIE HART and RUBY DYER are not foto-flashed. The contest was the highlight of a Bermuda Affair hosted by The Hub to benefit Gary’s Smith Memorial Industries For The Blind whose workforce is composed entirely of handicapped persons.

…HICKS with ELGIN brates a birth date January 30, hangin’ with Cal Township Assessor JACKIE COLLINS during a summertime Luau hosted by her staff in Gary’s Aquatorium; and our sis-in-law JEAN UPSHAW, who celebrates a birth date January 31, sharing a foto-opt with

-DDA BLAST-FROM-THE-PAST (August 1964) Indiana University coed PAMELA PRENTICE took the crown in beauty contest sponsored by The Hub in Gary’s UAW Hall. In-

-DD-

…1964 Pageanteers

DEGGANS’ DIG: (the late author IMANI BARAKA said it) “ANGER IS OFTEN AT THE ROOT OF CREATIVITY, AS MUCH AS HAPPINESS OFTEN DETERS THE CREATIVE PROCESS!”

… HAYMON with COLLINS

…UPSHAW, TURNER & SUGGS www.garycrusader.com

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CHURCH NEWS

Protho and Colby newly ordained deacons of Unity M.B. Church Michael Protho and Jeff Colby have embarked upon furthering their walks in their Christian faith by recently being ordained as Deacons at Unity Missionary Baptist Church. Although the two men’s journeys into becoming Deacons are somewhat different, they both aimed for the same goal. Protho and Colby were appointed by their pastor Rev. Jerry Protho to go through the training process of becoming Deacons in December of 2013. Protho, 2nd District Councilman for the City of Gary, is also the brother of the pastor of Unity. As one of the founding members of the church since it was organized five years ago, Protho said he and Colby went through the ordination process together. He said, “We went through the training process for four months which was much like a class where we met studied the different books of the Bible, attended Sunday School as well as Bible Study.” As one of the newest members of the eight-member Deacon Board, Protho is also president of the choir, chairman of the church’s Prison Ministry and a member of the Usher Board. Uniting with Unity Church two years ago, Jeff Colby has known Pastor Protho since he was an associate Pastor at Peace Baptist Church. Because Colby’s former church split, he was drawn to become a member of Unity church. Colby said, “When problems arose at my former church, I was split between becoming a member of St. John or Unity. I was looking for a pastor that would give me what I needed for my salvation.” Colby said after he found there to be

controversy at St. John, he stepped away, although he was in training to become a Deacon there. He said, “I decided to go to Unity because my mother and sister were there and I had a great relationship with Rev. Protho. When I joined I told him I wanted to continue to be trained as a Deacon, and he agreed to it.” Colby is a member of the finance committee and part of the church’s youth ministry entitled, “Footprints.” Footprints is a mentoring organization for young men in the church, ranging in ages five to 21. It teaches them personal growth, how to be responsible, how to be respectful and how to carry themselves the way the Bible directs them. Colby feels becoming a member of the Deacons is a big responsibility. He said, “Once you are ordained it’s personal. People are watching you so you have to be accountable for your actions.” Rev. Protho said becoming a Deacon is the ministry of Jesus Christ. He said, “Jesus Christ tells us to have committed men to work for the ministry and spread His word. The gifts and talents come from Jesus to complete their assignments. These two have already shown that they are committed to do the work.”

REV. MARION JOHNSON, pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, is pictured with Rev. Leon Walker, assistant pastor Unity Baptist Church and Rev. Howard Carter (l-r) at services held during the Twelve Night Revival held Saturday, January 5 at Trinity Baptist Church. (Photo by T Time Memories)

THE FIRST YEAR for the Rev. Rodney C. Griffin, Jr. (second from right) as pastor of St. John Baptist Church in Gary is celebrated by his mother (right) and father (behind Griffin Jr.), Griffin Junior’s pastor, Johnny Miller (back, third from left) of Mt.Vernon Baptist Church in Chicago, and friends on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 in Merrillville at the Avalon Manor Banquet Center. Three evening worship services were included also. (Photo by Ted Brown)

CHURCH CALENDAR Winter Musical Fund Raiser at Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church Male Chorus Boosters present a Winter Musical Fund Raiser on Saturday, January 25, 2014. The event will feature talents of local Gary church ministers Rev. Maurice Culver, Jerusalem Baptist Church; Rev. Roosevelt Dixon, Crossroads Baptist Church; Rev. Preston Ezell, New Life Baptist Church; and the Rev. Dwight Mosby of Van Buren Baptist Church. The event will be held at St. Paul Church located at 2300 Grant Street in Gary. Everyone is invited to attend an evening of spiritual fellowship and songs of praise. There is no cost. For more information please contact, Mary A. Lee, Supervisor or Mary Smith, President at 219944-7326. 10

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EDUCATION

Boys & Girls Club group learn from Dr. King Dream of Dreamers celebration By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray Robert McCrady, a tutor at the John Will Anderson Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Indiana, made it possible for a group of his young students to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream of Dreamers Celebration recently at the First AME Church’s Baber Youth Center. His purpose for inviting them was to expose them to learn more about Dr. King, get them to become more engaged in the community and want to do more positive things for themselves. Founded in 2003 by Ardell Hanley, she organized Dream of Dreamers to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hanley said, “If it had not been for Dr. King and Rosa Parks we would still be riding in the back of the bus along with other rights that were denied to Black people in this country. It is with great significance that we celebrate and remember our heritage. The contributions of our race have been significant in helping to shape our country.” With the help of Hanley’s son Willie Van, her two cousins Jean Swift and Suda Hopkins and Robert and Sherylin McCrady, they all agreed that it was an excellent idea. It was Swift that came up with the name “Dream of Dreamers.” As chairman of the Dream of Dreamers group McCrady made it possible for members of the Boys and Girls Club to be the special guest at the program so that they could hear and learn about the life that Dr. King stood for. McCrady said, “Since I’ve been tutoring the students at the Boys and Girls Club, I’ve learned that after working with them on their writing, computer, and reading skills, it has been important to communicate with them regarding their social skills as well.” McCrady says by listening to the students as they express their thoughts on the emotional things that occur in their lives it is just as important to discuss and focus on their life skills with them as well.

He said, “While I work with them on their writing skills, it is important that they write them down rather than just become emotional about them.” The focus of the Dream of Dreamers Celebration this year was community organizations. That is why it was important for the members of the Boys and Girls Club to be there. As the chaperone for the young people Darryl Anderson, Program Director for the Boys and Girls Club, said he was very happy that they had the opportunity to first attend the celebration, but also learn from it as well. Anderson said, “They were very attentive throughout the entire program. It was very beneficial for them to be there. On the ride back to the Club we talked about all that they learned and all that they didn’t know about Dr. King. They told me they learned things at that program that they didn’t learn in their text books.”

MEMBERS OF THE John Will Anderson Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Indiana were special guest at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream of Dreamers Celebration recently at the First AME Church Baber Youth Center. Darryl J. Anderson, Program Director (left) for the Boys and Girls Club was the chaperone that accompanied the young people to the program where they were enlightened on the history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

DREAM OF DREAMERS Musical Selection – Noted Saxophonist Lady Sax entertained the audience at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream of Dreamers Celebration recently at the First AME Church Baber Youth Center. www.garycrusader.com

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NEWS

‘Disrespected’ Obama appointed the most Black Judges (Continued from page 1) nees I’ve seen from any president since I’ve been at the Lawyers’ Committee, since 1989,” said Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonprofit group that works for equal justice under the law. “I’ve never seen a more diverse slate, I’ve never seen a more highly-rated slate, I’ve never seen a slate with this kind of deep diversity.” Yet, the current slate of judicial nominees has faced unparalleled delays in the Senate. President Obama’s judicial nominees have waited an average of 115 days between judiciary committee vote and confirmation, more than double the average wait time of President Bush’s nominees. Forty percent of President Obama’s district court picks have waited more than 100 days for a vote on the Senate floor, compared to 8 percent of President Bush’s nominations. Sixty-nine percent of President Obama’s circuit court judicial nominations have waited more than 100 days for a vote on the Senate floor. Only 15 percent of President Bush’s circuit court nominations waited that long. Meanwhile, the problem of judicial vacancies is getting worse. During President George W. Bush’s sixth year, there were only 48 judicial vacancies. By 2013, however, there were 91 vacancies. Senate Republicans are gamming

the judicial nomination process, utilizing a tradition that began nearly 60 years ago, when a segregationist led the Senate Judiciary Committee. The “blue slip” policy enabled a senator’s objection to a president’s judicial pick from his or her home state. GOP Senators from Georgia have used the “blue slip” practice to delay some of President Obama’s nominees for Georgia’s northern district for years. In an effort to fill those judicial vacancies in Georgia’s northern district, President Obama worked with Republican Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, striking a deal that has drawn sharp criticism from some of President Obama’s long-time supporters and Democrats from the state. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a former Atlanta-based civil rights group, said he and other Black leaders object to some of Obama’s appointments of federal judges in Georgia. “The group cites serious concerns that the proposed candidates do not adequately reflect the diversity of the northern district and that the selection process lacked meaningful community input,” Lewis said in a statement. “Additionally, the coalition finds it troubling that several nominees include persons who have advocated in favor of Georgia’s

Justice Ojetta Thompson

Justice Robert Wilkins

voter ID laws and for including the Confederate Battle Emblem as part of the Georgia State Flag.” Mark Cohen defended Georgia’s restrictive voter ID laws that some civil rights leaders say discriminate against the poor and minorities. As a Georgia state legislator, Michael Boggs voted in favor of keeping the Georgia state flag that was based on the Confederate flag. Georgia’s Black population is 31 percent, twice the national average. In Alabama, Blacks account for nearly 27 percent of the state’s population and roughly 17 percent of Florida’s state population. Only one of the judges currently serving on the 11th circuit court responsible for those states is Black and only one out of six of President Obama’s nominees for that circuit is Black. After years of blocked nomina-

tions and procedural delays employed by the Republicans, who are in the minority in the Senate, Democrats, headed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pushed the button on the “nuclear option” last November that allowed them to cease debate on a particular issue with a simple majority. The historic move cleared the way for some of President Obama’s judicial nominations and executive-level positions to be confirmed. “The [Obama] administration has really had a difficult row to hoe because of the difficulties in the Senate,” said Arnwine of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “The Senate has accorded this president less respect, less deference, and less cooperation than any president I’ve seen.” The Obama administration’s suc-

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plied for this, they saw how these issues were inter-connected and how addressing them will improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. HUD’s Mark Linton said one of that agency’s many contributions will be ensuring that “the right

partners are at the table” for the various projects. HUD’s participation will not include any dollars for Gary or any of the other cities. Linton explained the agency’s role in this initiative is primarily as advisors. “We are not there to lob-

cess in the federal judiciary has not come without sacrifice. President Obama has been forced to withdraw five Black judicial nominations, most recently, William Thomas, an openly gay Black judge in Florida, because of a lack of support from Republican senators. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling on Senator Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, to reform the “blue slip” process. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) said that the “blue slip” process is being abused and that is having a chilling effect on qualified Black judicial candidates. “The reform that we pressed so hard for in the filibuster reform process itself will be still-born if the ‘blue slip’ process is not also reformed,” said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, D.C.). Rep. Butterfield said that no one is letting the president off the hook, because more diversity is still needed in the 11th circuit where Cohen and Boggs, two white male judges, were just nominated. Butterfield said that the 11th circuit serves a large population of African Americans, that’s why the region needs more Black judges on the bench. “It’s the Deep South and we must have some movement,” said Butterfield. “If it means repealing the blue slip process that has been observed for years, then the blue slip needs to be discarded.”

Feds brighten Gary’s future assist Gary. The city also has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency, and non-federal agencies, including the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. That project involves graduate students creating a database of all of Gary’s abandoned residential and commercial properties. Freeman-Wilson said the information will be used to promote development opportunities. The city also will partner with a non-profit housing development organization to build affordable housing units throughout Gary. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich has requested the Indiana National Guard to come to the city and assist with the demolition of the estimated 10,000 abandoned structures. According to HUD officials, the Gary application included several issues – North Side redevelopment, University Park, the expansion and growth of the medical center, and public safety. “There are other issues that are high on the city’s radar.” When Gary ap12

by or advocate for the city. “Our belief is Gary and its constituents know what is best for Gary,” he said, adding, “that if something has been stalled for a while you will see some things get unstuck.” Between eight and 15 federal

THE FEDS INVOLVEMENT WITH the City of Gary promises to finally get the Sheraton Hotel demolished.

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employees from a variety of agencies will be involved with the Gary work. No determination has been made exactly how many will be embedded at Gary’s City Hall. Strong Cities, Strong Communities was launched about two and one-half years ago and the initial cities designated were Chester Pa., Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit, Mich., Fresno, Calif., Memphis, Tenn., and New Orleans, La. The Strong Cities program commitment is for two years, with an evaluation and decision to continue at the end of the first year

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Services held for Squire J. Dixon, Jr.

Funeral Services were held for Squire J. Dixon, Jr. Tuesday, January 14 at First AME Church. Dixon, affectingly know as “Big Hat,” was born January 25,1943 in Gary, Indiana to Squire J. Dixon, Sr. and Jessie Dixon. He attended Froebel High School. A 30-year employee of the City of Gary, he was employed until his retirement in March 2012. Dixon was active in Gary politics for many years

Squire J. Dixon, Jr. where his service was of great value. He rose through the ranks becoming a supervisor in the City of Gary General Services

(Cont’d from page 5) They say all kinds of money is being paid to consultants who are supposedly experts in solving the problem. Despite the millions being spent, Gary schools are still receiving F grades. Recently the board called several of the principals from some of the failing schools on the carpet in an effort to get to

the bottom of the problem. Given that four of the seven board members are either former teachers or school administrators, they ought to know what the problem is. But sometime knowing and being able to do something about the problem ain’t the same thang and this appears to be one of those situations.

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Department. Dixon’s compassion towards those in need of help led him along with several friends to establish the Freedom House to help those dealing with substance abuse problems. Dixon was also involved in improving the lives of the senior citizens in the community and served as Tenant Council President for the senior citizen high rise at 3280 Pierce. He was an avid dancer whose favorite dance was the “Walk.” Dixon was preceded in death by his parents, Squire, Sr. and Jessie V. Dixon; brothers, William and Richard Dixon; a sister, Qualia Dixon. He

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(Continued from page 4) partment. Gary undoubtedly is making progress in many areas. That progress is tied to the

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STATE OF INDIANA SS COUNTY OF LAKE IN RE THE PETITION FOR NAME CHANGE OF JENNIFER LYNN JENKINS

IN THE LAKE SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION, ROOM NUMBER FOUR SITTING AT GARY, IN CAUSE NO 45D04-1312-MI-00034

NOTICE BY PUBLICATION Please take notice that Jennifer Lynn Jenkins has filed a petition requesting that her name be changed to Jennifer Lynn Reed Jenkins. Any interested party may appear in this cause and file objections to said petition in the above named Court within thirty (30) days after the date of the last publication of this notice. A hearing on said petition is set for March 4, 2014, at 9:00 a.m IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and affix the seal said Court at Gary, Indiana this 30th day of December, 2014 Michael A Brown Clerk of the Lake Superior Court 1/18, 1/25, 2/1

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LEGAL NOTICE STATE OF INDIANA SS COUNTY OF LAKE

LAKE SUPERIOR COURT, ROOM 3 DOMESTIC RELATIONS DIVISION SITTING AT GARY, INDIANA

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF: LASHONDA RENEE MCDANIEL PETITIONER AND

CAUSE NO. 45D03-1208-DR

TYRONE MCDANIEL RESPONDENT NOTICE OF SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION

Comes now the Petitioner, LASHONDA RENEE MCDANIEL in person, pro se, and files Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, herein together with Affidavit of a competent person (s) showing that the Affiant has been unable to ascertain the residence or other address of the Respondent, TYRONE MCDANIEL, and desires service by publication. You are notified that you have been sued by the Petitioner in a proceeding for a Dissolution of Marriage. You are notified that the hearing on Petitionerʼs Petition for Dissolution Marriage has been scheduled for the 3RD day of MARCH 2014, at 9:30 a.m.. in the Lake Superior Court, Room Three, Domestic Relations Division, located at 15 West 4th Avenue, Gary, Indiana 46402. Said Respondent must respond to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, in writing in person, or by attorney, within sixty (60) days after the first publication of notice, or judgment may be entered against the Respondent as demanded in the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage on file in the Office of the Clerk in said County and State, or said action may be heard and determined in the absence of the Respondent and may result in a final judgment by default. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of said Court at Gary, Indiana, this 25th day of NOVEMBER, 2013 Mike Brown Clerk Lake Superior Court 1/11, 1/18, 1/25

NOTICE OF PUBLIC FORUM and PUBLIC HEARING The Gary Public Transportation Corporation (GPTC) has scheduled opportunities for public comment for proposed changes to service on the Tri-City corridor in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago. A PUBLIC FORUM is scheduled for MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 at 3:00PM in the Community Room of the Hammond Public Library, located at 564 State Street in Hammond, IN. The Hammond Public Library is accessible by GPTCʼs Route 12 as well as North Township Dial-A-Ride. At this meeting service options will be presented by GPTC staff, with the opportunity for discussion afterwards. A PUBLIC HEARING is scheduled for THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014 at 5:30PM in the Board Room of GPTCʼs offices at the ADAM BENJAMIN METRO CENTER. This hearing will be immediately followed by a meeting of GPTCʼs Board of Directors. The hearing will allow for comment on options to be presented on service changes proposed by GPTC staff. In making changes to its service, GPTC welcomes public comment and is bound by law to allow for public comment in order to fulfill responsibilities and duties of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Written comments should be addressed to our main office to the attention of David W. Wright, Planning and Marketing Manager. The public is also invited to email comments to PlanningManager@gptcbus.com, or call 885-7555. The Adam Benjamin Metro Center is located at 100 W. 4th Avenue; GPTCʼs office is on the third floor. It is accessible by most of GPTCʼs transit routes, as well as the South Shore commuter railroad. Requests for reasonable accommodations for those with visual or hearing impairments may be made to David W. Wright within 48 hours of this meeting and hearing at (219) 885-7555 or dwright@gptcbus.com.

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ESTATE OF BESSIE M PEOPLES, Deceased In the Lake Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana Notice is hereby given that Ella Mae Carr was on the 29th day of October 2013, appointed personal representative of the Estate of Bessie M Peoples, deceased, who died on the 10th day of October, 2003. All persons who have claims against this estate, whether or not now due, must file the claim in the office of this court with three (3) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or within nine (9) months after the decedents death, whichever is earlier, or the claims will be forever barred. Dated at Gary, Indiana, this 29th day of October, 2013.

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FIELDS AND DREAMS

FIELDS AND DREAMS BY LANEL CHAMBERS New RailCats Assistsant General Manager and Tickets director for 2014 Season David Kay joins the RailCats as assistant general manager and director of Tickets for the 2014 season. This will be his ninth season working in professional baseball. He most recently served as director of Tickets for the Tulsa Drillers Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies (2013). Kay knows his way around the ticket office as having served as director of Tickets with the Arkansas Travelers (2007-2012) and with the Carolina Mudats (2006). He was promoted to assistant general manager of the Arkansas Travelers in 2008 - a position he held through 2012. Kay graduated from Hendrix College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in photography. He’s the son of USAF parents and was born in Wiesbaden, Germany. He and his wife, Sheriann, and daughters, Hayden and Parker, reside in Merrillville, IN.

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Season tickets, “mini-plans,” and “Flex” ticket packages are on sale now for the 2014 season. For more information or to buy tickets call the RailCats at 219-8822255 and ask to speak with one of our ticket specialists or visit the website: www.railcatsbaseball.com. New Cross Country for university HAMMOND - Purdue University Calumet Director of Athletics Rick Costello has announced the hiring of Stephanie Beck as head men’s and women’s cross country coach. The Mishawaka native takes over a program that has continued to progress in its three seasons since being introduced in the fall of 2011. “I’m thankful for this opportunity to lead the men’s and women’s cross country program at Purdue University Calumet,” said Beck. “I’m looking forward to the future of this program and working with the current and future Peregrine student-athletes.”

COACH EARL SMITH, Jr. (right) and Dinahlynn Biggs (left) celebrated their birthdays, Jan. 19 and 21, respectively, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the WLTH radio studio at 5th Avenue and Broadway. Smith hosts an evening sports talk program and Biggs is a disc jockey. (Photo by Ted Brown) Beck, who also serves as an assistant coach for the Peregrines’ nationally-ranked women’s basketball team, inherits a cross country

program that saw the women finish eighth at the 2013 CCAC Championships while the men recorded a 10th-place finish.

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“We are excited to have Stephanie lead our cross country program,” said Costello. “She has been a valued member of our department and her experience both as a recruiter and a runner will be important in the direction and future development of this cross country program.” Beck was a two-year all-conference standout for the Black and Gold on the hardwood, after a stellar running career at Mishawaka High School. She was team captain and three-year letter-winner for the Cavewomen cross country team, leading the team to a pair of semi-state appearances. “I plan to attack the recruiting trail immediately, utilizing the contacts I’ve established within the running world,” Beck added. “By bringing in top runners to complement our talent on campus already and implementing a challenging work plan, it should allow us to get better each and every day and compete at a high level.” An alumnus of Purdue Calumet, she owns a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management.

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