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Franciscan Health to host 24-hour virtual screening of documentary ‘RESILIENCE’ and live Twitter Townhall® on April 9

Posted on: April 1st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Franciscan Health is inviting all to participate in the exclusive virtual screening of “RESILIENCE-The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” and a live Twitter Townhall®. This virtual screening will be held for 24-hours, starting at 4 a.m. CST on Thursday, April 9 and ending at 4 a.m. CST on Friday, April 10. The live Twitter Townhall® will begin at 7 p.m. CST on April 9 and will last one hour.

“RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope” chronicles a movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities who are recognizing the severe long-term effects of toxic stress in a child’s upbringing and are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016 and received high acclaim. It is not yet viewable to the general public.

To join in on the 24-hour virtual screening:

·        Register by 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 7 by following the link here or by visiting bit.ly/2IZQEBk

·        On April 8, you will receive an email registration confirmation with viewing instructions. You will also receive a personal Vimeo viewing passcode.

·        On April 9, log in to Vimeo.com with your personal viewing passcode and begin watching.

·        You will not be able to use the passcode earlier than April 9 at 4 a.m. CST.

·        Passcode allows you to start, stop and replay at any time during the 24-hours.

Join or follow a virtual conversation with a panel of trauma-informed experts on Twitter with our Twitter Townhall®, beginning at 7 p.m. CST on Thursday, April 9. Post your questions and comments about RESILIENCE using our signature hashtags, #ResilienceWeek and #BeTheOne, for real-time responses. To engage with or follow the conversation, visit @DocResilience on Twitter.

The intention with this 24-hour virtual screening and Twitter Townhall® is to raise awareness and action surrounding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance of trauma-informed practices in our communities.

Partners and Twitter Townhall® panelists include the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Bauer Family Resources, Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau and Beacon Health System.

This event will qualify as a community education unit (CEU) for foster parents.

To learn more about “RESILIENCE-The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope”, visit kpjrfilms.co/resilience/ or view the trailer at vimeo.com/137282528.

Gov. Holcomb Extends Restaurant, Bar Restrictions in COVID-19 Fight

Posted on: April 1st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed two executive orders to aid in the fight against COVID-19. To see copies of the executive orders, click here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm Executive order 20-14 extends the requirements for bars, nightclubs and restaurants to stay closed to dine-in patrons until April 6 at 11:59 p.m. They may continue to provide take-out and delivery services. The Governor expects bars, nightclubs and restaurants to comply with the directive for the safety of Hoosiers in their communities without the need to call for enforcement measures. However, the state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) have been directed by the Governor to take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s order. Executive order 20-15 eases government operations including permitting electronic notary services to remotely review and approve documents.

DRIVE THROUGH’ FOOD PANTRY AT THE SALVATION ARMY

Posted on: April 1st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


In light of extended “social distancing” orders across the nation, The Salvation Army of Michigan City would like to remind our local community of changes in operation at our weekly food pantry. Those in need of food during this crisis are welcome to visit The Salvation Army of Michigan City food pantry for assistance, regardless of income level, family size or employment status. The pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm. Other services continuing through the COVID-19 outbreak include the diaper bank and Pathway of Hope case management program, by appointment only. The Salvation Army continues to provide the Weekend Backpack Feeding Program in partnership with Michigan City Area Schools. Anyone in need of services can contact The Salvation Army of Michigan City at (219) 874-6885

Bikes on Trains Suspended until further notice

Posted on: April 1st, 2020 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

The South Shore Line reminds passengers that the Bikes on Trains program set to begin April 1, 2020, will be temporarily suspended until further notice. Bikes will be prohibited from all weekend and weekday trains during this time.

The SSL is currently operating reduced modified weekday service, and will continue to do so as the COVID-19 situation develops. Please click here for more information on the revised weekday schedule.

Bikes on Trains updates will be announced as they become available.


Michigan City Area Schools Meal Service Update

Posted on: March 31st, 2020 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

MCAS Meal Service – Bags of meals (5 breakfast/5 lunch) will be distributed for Michigan City Area Schools and Head Start students each Monday from 4:00-6:00pm until MCAS is back in session. This INCLUDES next Monday (April 6) which is during Spring Break. Pick-up locations will continue to be at Barker, Krueger, Elston and Knapp. 
MCAS is also delivering meals to areas in the community where families may not have transportation. Families in those neighborhoods are receiving emails and calls with the times and locations. 

Update on Michigan City Shootings

Posted on: March 31st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Shootings: 900 Block of W 8th Street On Sunday March 22nd at 8:00 P.M., officers of the Michigan City Police Department were dispatched to 921 W. 8 th Street on the city’s west side for a report of shots being fired. Upon arrival, officers observed that a gun was fired into the residence through a window. Inside of the residence were a 34-year-old female and eight (8) children ranging from 1-16 years of age, none of which reported any injuries. Officers then collected evidence and obtained statements from witnesses. The investigation was then assigned to the Investigative Division for further follow-up. On Monday March 30th at 12:00 A.M., officers of the Michigan City Police Department were dispatched to the area of the 600 Block of W. 8 th Street from a report of shots being fired. Upon their arrival, officers began to hear multiple shots being fired to the west of their location. Officers were then immediately dispatched to 921 W. 8 th Street in reference to a drive-by shooting that had occurred. Officers arrived on scene and located three (3) subjects with non-life-threatening injuries. Two of the victim’s were transported to Franciscan St. Anthony Hospital for treatment and the third victim refused medical treatment at the scene. Officers collected evidence and obtained statements from all witnesses at the scene. Officers collected several spent shell casings from the scene. The investigation was then assigned to the Investigative Division for further follow-up. These incidents are isolated and there are no ongoing threats to members of the community. Chief Dion Campbell encourages anyone with information pertaining to these shooting incidents to please get that information to the police department by any means necessary. These investigations are assigned to Sergeant Tony McClintock and Corporal Tim Baker. These investigators can be reached by calling 219-874-3221 Ext: 1074 (Sgt. McClintock) and Ext: 1075 (Cpl. Baker). Information can also be provided to us by using Facebook or you can call anonymously to the crime tip hotline be calling 219-873-1488

National Park Trails Open for Social Distancing

Posted on: March 31st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK: Indiana Dunes National Park’s 50 miles of hiking trails remain open and can provide a safe space for exercise while social distancing and complying with the state’s Shelter-in-Place orders. While all park buildings, including restrooms, are closed until further notice, national park hiking and biking trails, parking lots and most beaches remain open.

Even though Law Enforcement Rangers remain on patrol, visitors need to do their part to help protect park resources during this difficult time. With bathroom facilities closed and most maintenance staff under shelter-in-place orders, it is very important for visitors to practice Leave No Trace principles when visiting Indiana Dunes. These include staying on trails, coming prepared to pack out your own trash, and leaving the park as you found it. If you see a violation, please report it at 1-800-Park-Tip.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Indiana Dunes National Parkremains our number one priority. The National Park Service is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor COVID-19. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website, www.nps.gov/indu, and social media channels like www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNPS

SSL Schedule Revision

Posted on: March 31st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


At the time the South Shore Line implemented a modified weekday schedule last week, they placed two extra trains in the morning and evening rush hour periods. Scheduling was based upon ridership levels at that time, but a lot can change in one week during this pandemic. The SSL is at a point where they see plenty of capacity during the evening rush hour period, and have the opportunity to provide service during the mid-day where a large gap existed. In an effort to accommodate commuters seeking an early afternoon eastbound departure, the SSL is revising the modified eastbound train service, effective Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The SSL continues to operate a temporary modified weekday train schedule until further notice, and beginning April 1, eastbound Train 801 will depart Millennium Station at 2:55 p.m. As such, there will no longer be a 5:05 p.m. departure time.

Gov. Holcomb Details COVID-19 Surge Plan

Posted on: March 31st, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Governor also signs executive order

Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed an executive order and detailed Indiana’s plan for the anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases. To see a copy of the executive order, click here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

“We see a surge coming and we’re calling in the reinforcements, bolstering Indiana’s capacity to provide additional health care services during this emergency,” said Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. “By eliminating licensing barriers and tapping in to the available talent pool of healthcare workers, Hoosiers are staffing up and stepping up to meet this challenge head-on.”

The executive order allows the following professionals who do not currently hold an active license to practice:

·         medical professionals who retired or became inactive in the last five years

·         medical professionals who hold licenses in other states

·         medical professionals who held licenses in other states and retired or became inactive in the last five years

·         certain medical students and graduates

These professionals must register with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency via their website at www.in.gov/pla. These professionals will be able to assist in screenings, telemedicine and other basic procedures to allow regularly licensed medical professionals to be on the frontline.

In Indiana, the baseline number of critical care hospital beds is 1,432. As of Monday, hospitals have already taken steps to increase the number of critical care hospital beds to 1,940. Overall, the state’s plan is to double the number, if needed, by taking existing noncritical care hospital beds, recovery rooms, operating rooms and outpatient facilities, turning them into critical care hospital beds.

In Indiana, the baseline number of ventilators is 1,177 ventilators. As of Monday, hospitals have identified another 750 ventilators that can be used for critical care patients. Overall, the state’s plan is to double the number, if needed, by repurposing ventilators from operating rooms, ambulatory care centers, EMS and the Indiana National Guard.

Additionally, the surge plan calls for moving less critical patients to alternate facilities including neighborhood hospitals, medical clinics and state-owned hospitals, such as unopened floors at the NeuroDiagnostic Institute hospital in Indianapolis and the Richmond State Hospital.

If needed, after all of these steps are exhausted, Indiana will be prepared to put patients in alternative facilities. The Indiana National Guard and Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with FEMA, are in charge of these plans.

The state of Indiana has been working on plans related to COVID-19 since January, and each hospital has a disaster plan in place. Planning has become more specific for state health and hospital officials as models of the projected impact of coronavirus became available. Based on those models, Indiana’s patient surge is expected to begin soon and the peak is expected to be mid-April to mid-May.

More information may be found at the ISDH website at coronavirus.in.gov and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 3 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS, UPDATES STATEWIDE CASE COUNT

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 273 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 1,786 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Thirty-five Hoosiers have died.

To date, 11,658 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 9,830 on Sunday.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 135, while Hamilton County had 20, Lake County had 12 and Madison County had 11. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

The dashboard also has been updated to remove duplicate entries and correct county of residence based on updated information provided to ISDH.

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.

MICHIGAN CITY RESOURCE HOTLINE (219) 873-1470

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

                    

Regarding the recent advancement of information, Mayor Duane Parry has opened a hotline in City Hall to consult for general questions, closures, directions, or services available in our community.

Updates will be made as new information becomes available.

The hotline will be manned by city personnel from City Hall.

General questions from the public will be addressed between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday through Friday.

Please contact your healthcare provider if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath or have a recent history of travel to areas affected by COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms or have contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Again, this hotline is for general questions, closures, directions, or services available in our community.

IN CASES OF AN EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 911

February Indiana Employment Report for Feb. 1 – 29, 2020.

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.1 percent for February and remains lower than the national rate of 3.5 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 3,114 over the previous month. This was a result of a decrease of 1,599 unemployed residents and an increase of 4,713 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.39 million, and the state’s 64.4 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.4 percent. Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: http://www.hoosierdata.in.gov/infographics/employment-status.asp

Toll Road Crash Results in OWI & No Travel Order Charges

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


On Friday at approximately 3:00 p.m., a two vehicle crash involving a white 2010 Ford Taurus and a red 2010 Ford truck occurred on the Indiana Toll Road (I-90) at the Lake Station Toll Plaza. An off-duty firefighter witnessed the crash and stopped to check for injuries. The firefighter called 911 and stated one of the drivers was attempting to leave the scene of the crash. As the vehicle fled the scene, the caller followed the vehicle from the Indiana Toll Road to I-80/94 where it continued westbound. Trooper Logan Hensley was able to locate the vehicle at approximately the 13.8 mile-marker and observed the vehicle weaving between the middle and far right lane. Tpr. Hensley also determined that this was the same vehicle involved in the Toll Road crash as it had substantial front end damage. Trp. Hensley activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver continued for approximately a half mile prior to coming to an abrupt stop on the right shoulder. Trp. Hensley and the off duty firefighter were able to place the subject into custody without incident. A K9 was called to the scene and a positive alert was made by the K9 to the presence of a controlled substance inside the vehicle. A subsequent vehicle search was conducted and a magnetic key hider was located that had six small bags inside that was suspected to be heroin. The driver, Shannon L. Taylor, 47, from Chicago, IL, also admitted to using a controlled substance approximately an hour and a half prior to the incident. Taylor refused medical treatment at the scene and was transported to a local hospital where she consented to a blood draw. Taylor was then transported to the Lake County Jail where she is facing the following charges: Possession of Heroin Prior Conviction- Level 5 Felony; Leaving the Scene of a Crash While Intoxicated- Class A Misd.; Operating While Intoxicated Endangering a person (controlled substance)- Class A Misd.; Operating While Intoxicated (controlled substance)- Class C Misd.; Violation of No Travel Order- Class B Misd.

La Porte Shooting Investigation continues

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

1400 Jefferson Avenue shooting
On Saturday, the La Porte Police Department afternoon shift was dispatched to the 1400 block of Jefferson Avenue in reference to a shooting at approx. 7pm. This location is just west of the center downtown La Porte in a residential/light business area. Upon arrival officers encountered a very large group of subjects and a very chaotic scene. Officers from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police arrived and assisted with preserving the scene and crowd control that was very tense and unstable for some time. There were two shooting victims from this incident and a person of interest has been detained and is being held at this time. Detectives from La Porte Police, LaPorte County Drug Task Force and LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department worked together tirelessly on this case and continue to do so. At this time no further information will be released due to the very active ongoing investigation.

ISDH NEWS RELEASE: HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 1 NEW COVID-19 DEATH, UPDATES STATEWIDE CASE COUNT

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced that 290 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 1,514 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Thirty-two Hoosiers have died. To date, 9,830 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 8,407 on Saturday. Marion County had the most new cases, at 119, while Lake County had 17, Johnson County had 15, Hendricks County had 12 and Hamilton County had 10.

NiSource Charitable Foundation Donates $1 Million to the American Red Cross Chapters; $400,000 to the American Red Cross in Indiana

Posted on: March 27th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The NiSource Charitable Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by NIPSCO’s parent company NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), today announced that it has committed $400,000 to the American Red Cross in Indiana as part of its overall $1 million donation to help provide coronavirus (COVID-19) relief support across the company’s seven-state service territory.

Along with the American Red Cross in Indiana, funds will be distributed to local chapters of the American Red Cross in Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia – the states in which NiSource companies operate. The dollars are intended to support the delivery of care and comfort to local communities in need as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

“The health, safety and well-being of those who live and work within the communities we serve is paramount,” said NIPSCO president, Violet Sistovaris. “During this increased time of need, it requires strong collaboration, and we know the Red Cross can efficiently get these dollars to those who are providing critical care and response.”

The foundation’s trustees selected the Red Cross as recipient of this donation because the organization exemplifies NiSource’s commitment to safety and because of its commitment to help people in the most trying of times. 

Because a reliable source of energy is a life-essential service, NIPSCO is closely following health and safety protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization,

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and federal, state and local governments.  NIPSCO has also taken a number of actions to help customers through the COVID-19 pandemic, including suspending shutoffs for non-payment until further notice and offering their most flexible payment plans to customers impacted by or facing hardship due to COVID-19. Customers should contact NIPSCO directly for payment plan details.

For full details of the company’s COVID-19 response, visit NiSource.com or NIPSCO.com/coronavirus.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 7 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS, UPDATES STATEWIDE CASE COUNT

Posted on: March 27th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 338 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 981 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Twenty-four Hoosiers have died.

To date, 6,936 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 4,651 on Thursday.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 192. Lake County had 16 new cases, while Allen, Decatur and Hamilton counties each had 13. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

The dashboard also has been updated to include age ranges of patients, as well as gender breakdowns. In addition, the following corrections have been made based on information provided to ISDH: One case has been removed from both Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties, one Hamilton County case has been moved to Madison County and one Marion County case has been moved to Howard County due to updated information regarding county of residence.

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.

Indiana Election Commission adopts new procedures for June 2 Primary Election

Posted on: March 26th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


In response to recommendations from Governor Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, and the leadership of Indiana’s major political parties, the Indiana Election Commission has issued an order making it easier for Hoosiers to vote in the June 2nd Primary Election. Governor Holcomb previously moved the primary from May 5th to June 2nd. The complete order detailing each change is available at https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2404.htm Eligible Hoosiers can register to vote online, check their registration status, and request an absentee ballot by visiting www.IndianaVoters.com

A message from the EDCMC and the Michigan City Chamber

Posted on: March 26th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Dear Business Community, This is an unprecedented time in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the health of our loved ones, the businesses we rely on, the strength of the global economy, and the way we live our daily lives. As we all work to navigate through these unique and evolving challenges, we want you to know that both the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC) and the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce are here for you. Our Chamber of Commerce has been serving businesses in our community for over 100 years and our Economic Development Corporation for more than 20. In that time of service, we have weathered with you the storms of the dot com bust, 9/11, more than one financial crisis and recessions. We will continue to see the impacts of major weather events and wildfires that impact our global supply chain, and government shutdowns. Throughout this shared journey we have worked to support and sustain our local businesses, our members and our partners. As we address this current pandemic, both our organizations are committed to our business community. Many businesses today are stepping up to help, because no one business can do it alone. We are calling on companies across the financial ecosystem to come together to help the most vulnerable during this crisis. We all need to support our employees and look for ways to help our customers navigate these waters. In the last few weeks, we have seen generosity and kindness, intergenerational support and solidarity, and remarkable fortitude. It is during times like these our courage and perseverance make a difference. Both organizations are working in unison to formulate a business recovery plan. We have been meeting with business leaders, directing local businesses to both national and local resources, and working to create a strategic plan for our business community moving forward. In order to develop the best plan, we need your assistance in completing our Michigan City Business Impact Survey. This information will be used to formulate a strategy and recommendations on how to move Michigan City forward. The survey link is https://conta.cc/2QF5t0r which can also be accessed from both the EDCMC and Chamber websites and Facebook pages. The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City and the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce stand ready to help our business community navigate these uncertain times and appreciate your participation in the survey.

Tree Planting is upon us in Michigan City

Posted on: March 26th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

OFFICE OF MAYOR DUANE PARRYCity of Michigan City

The City of Michigan City Department of Forestry hopes that you are all safe and staying healthy during these uncertain times, and while many of our favorite pastimes are restricted at the moment, spring is in the air and we are looking forward to bringing a bit of it to our community.

Last year, as part of the Urban Forestry Management Plan, the Forestry Department selected, tagged, and purchased trees to be planted in our neighborhoods in the spring of 2020. Now that the spring planting season is upon us, these trees are ready for their new homes here in Michigan City. The trees were grown and tended to at Dogwood Hills Tree Farm, an Indiana based nursery with decades of experience providing quality trees for urban landscapes. In addition to delivering the trees to us, they will also professionally plant them in locations surveyed and designated by the City Forester.

If your tree lawn has been marked with utility locates, you may have been selected to receive a new tree! After planting, the Forester will be implementing a maintenance schedule for all new trees that includes watering, mulching, and necessary pruning. There are things you can do, however, to help your new tree settle in such as contact the Forester if you suspect any problems, keep lawnmowers and weed eaters away from the trunk, and making sure the mulch layer does not become overly disturbed. You may also opt to adopt your new tree, and if you would like to do so the Forester can send you additional information on what this would entail!

Given that many construction and infrastructure businesses have been deemed essential per the guidelines in Governor Holcomb’s most recent executive order, we look forward to beginning our planting on Monday, March 30, 2020. Dogwood Hills Tree Farm employees can implement the planting plans with no face-to-face contact with residents or city employees. We will begin in the midtown area, with plantings along Tremont Street, Pearl Street, DuPage Street, Thurman Avenue, and Madison Street. We will also be planting trees along Ohio Street north from Russell Street to William Street, on Barker Avenue from Ohio Street east to Wabash, the 2400 block of Buffalo Street, the 700 block of Hoyt Street, the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Elston Street, the 800 block of Spring Street, the 300 block of 9th Street, the 1500 block of Washington Street, and the 2000 block of Wabash. These areas were chosen due to the pronounced lack of urban tree canopy cover in the area and a desire for those residents to experience the economic as well as aesthetic benefit of urban trees. These benefits include, but are not limited to, decreased utility expenditures, increased property values, cleaner air, and stormwater runoff management.

If you have questions or would not like a tree in your tree lawn, please feel free to contact the City Forester, Jessica Arnett, at 219-873-1500 or by email at [email protected]

Horizon Bank Donates $10,000 to United Way’s COVID-19 Relief Fund

Posted on: March 26th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


United Way of LaPorte County extended its deepest gratitude to its long-time friend and partner, Horizon Bank, for its generous donation to the COVID-19 Relief Fund. On March 18th, LaPorte County’s local United Way launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to raise financial resources to support the immediate and emerging needs of individuals in LaPorte County. “Soon after putting out the call to action asking everyone to share whatever they could to help neighbors in need through the relief fund, Horizon Bank stepped up to the plate in a big way with a check for $10,000 to get the ball rolling,” said Kris Pate, Executive Director of United Way of LaPorte County. To contribute to the United Way of LaPorte County COVID-19 Relief Fund, please visit www.unitedwaylpc/relief or contact United Way at [email protected]. For people experiencing hardship and employers who want to offer an immediate resource to their employees, you can dial 211 or visit the 211 website that covers LaPorte County residents at https://in211.communityos.org/ to learn what services are available. For questions about this relief effort, please contact our Executive Director Kris Pate at [email protected].

Healthcare Foundation of La Porte enacts emergency grant funding plan

Posted on: March 26th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


The Board of Directors of the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) voted (March 25, 2020) to approve a plan that allows the HFL to provide emergency grants to qualifying organizations who are working in La Porte County communities to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with the HFL’s mission, the board took swift action to respond to community needs. Phase 1 of the plan addresses immediate needs. It runs from March 25, 2020 to May 30, 2020 but can be flexible to follow the progression of the crisis and government orders. Phase 2 of the plan is designed to address some of the long-term affects the community will face and will include recovery efforts funding. This phase will be shared upon board approval and communicated to the community, as soon as the immediate crisis is over and long-term needs are identified. For more information, email [email protected]

Krueger Middle School Student Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Posted on: March 25th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

Michigan City, IN — March 25, 2020 — Joie Nichols, a student at Krueger Middle School, has been selected for the 2020 Middle School Honors Performance Series in late June with the Honors Junior Choir. Participation in one of the Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated middle school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.

Nichols is a member of Krueger’s 8th Grade Chorus. She auditioned this winter for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted by the Honors Selection Board after a review of her application and audition recording.

“Selection for the Honors Series is something each Junior Finalist should be extremely proud of,” said Matt Castrina, Vice President for the Honors Performance Series. “We process thousands of applications annually, selecting only the most talented student performers. Working with these conductors and musicians and performing at Carnegie Hall is a one-in-a-lifetime experience that these musicians never forget.”

Junior Finalists are scheduled to come together in New York City in late June and perform at Carnegie Hall on June 28. They have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned conductors, work with other Junior Finalists, and get a taste of New York City.

At this time no plans for canceling or rescheduling have been announced due to coronavirus, however, Nichols and her music teacher, Shirley Allen, realize this is a possibility. Currently, Carnegie Hall has announced it is canceling all events through May 10. 

“We’re so proud of Joie and hopeful that she will have an opportunity to perform with the Honors Choir,” says Allen. “She is a talented vocalist and has a bright future ahead!”

RED CROSS TO HOLD VIRTUAL ‘ZERO TO HERO’ TRAINING

Posted on: March 25th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


These classes on Sat., March 28, 9 am-5 pm ET and Sun., March 29, 1 pm-6 pm ET will be offered virtually through Zoom. Please register by 3 pm on Friday, March 27, at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZeroToHeroIndiana “Zero to Hero” is a free weekend training program for new and existing volunteers, preparing them to be a Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) member. DAT members respond to community crises such as home fires or natural disasters. They assist and guide the victims and provide them with resources for recovery. Examples of course content include Psychological First Aid and Mass Care. For more information, contact [email protected] or (765) 670-9150.

Disturbance Results in One Arrested

Posted on: March 25th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


The Valparaiso Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Forest Park Ave. Tuesday evening at approximately 8:40 p.m. to investigate the report of a disturbance. The reported disturbance had occurred earlier in the day and police arrived to speak with the male subject involved in the incident. Upon arrival, the male initially declined to speak with officers; however, eventually was called to the front of the home by police. The investigation resulted in the male subject being taken into custody on charges of Domestic Battery and Intimidation. The male was identified as 43 year old Barry Smith of Valparaiso. Smith was transported to and held at the Porter County Jail on these charges.

La Porte PD COVID-19 update

Posted on: March 25th, 2020 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment


A press release on Tuesday from the La Porte City Police Dept. explained the following guidelines. In response to Governor Holcomb’s shelter at home order, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the La Porte Police Department procedures are as follows. Records personnel will be down to one clerk per business day. All records/accident requests should be either emailed or phoned in. We ask that you provide an email address or fax number to send those to you if you are cleared to receive them. Contact LPPD records via email [email protected] or by phone 219-362-9446. Records will be available M-F 7a-3p. Handgun permits will be processed though no fingerprints will be done. Most of the handgun permit can be started on line and fingerprints taken off site. Please call ahead for appointment once you have completed the online requirements and have your fingerprint receipt. On line applications can be accessed www.in.gov/isp/2829.htm We ask the public do their business via the email or telephone; however the lobby will be open from 8a-4p for limited walk in traffic for police matters. There will be a sworn police officer working the front desk M-F 8a-4p. If you have police or records related questions do not hesitate to call 219-362-9446 to speak with the desk officer. After 4 pm follow the prompts on our automated answering system to be connected with dispatch. All detectives and patrol officers will be on duty during their regular assigned shifts. As the in the past week, it will be up to the individual officer if they wish to handle non-emergency calls over the telephone when possible. All emergency calls, in progress and accident calls will be answered as always. All patrol shifts will be actively patrolling and checking their neighborhoods and businesses with heightened awareness to closed businesses. Please do not take it personally if an officer is maintaining social distancing or decides to wear protective devices. Our officers respond to approx. 2800 calls for service a month and they must be cautious. The La Porte Police will not be stopping vehicles to check for compliance with the Governors order however if they will be keeping a watchful eye for any criminal activity as they always have. No passes will be required from the public and we simply ask that all citizens comply with the orders and use common sense.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 5 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS, UPDATES STATEWIDE CASE COUNT

Posted on: March 25th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments


The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Tuesday reported 107 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 365 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Twelve Hoosiers have died. A total of 2,931 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 1,960 on Monday. Marion County had the most new cases, at 51. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH. The dashboard also has been updated to remove a previously counted case in Hancock County that was erroneously reported to ISDH as a positive and to shift the county of residence for three others, giving Brown County its first case, moving one case from Hancock to Hamilton County and moving a Wayne County case to Fayette County.

Porter County announced two (2) confirmed positive COVID-19 cases

Posted on: March 24th, 2020 by Ric Federighi 1 Comment

Advisory: Ogden Dunes virtual Town Hall meeting on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Dear Mike Paine,March 24, 2020

To: Ogden Dunes Community

RE: Ogden Dunes virtual Town Hall meeting on Novel Coronavirus
(COVID-19) Pandemic

The Ogden Dunes Town Council, Ogden Dunes Police Department, and Ogden Dunes Fire Department will host a virtual Town Hall online meeting at 6:00 pm tomorrow evening, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Join virtual Town Hall online via Zoom meeting at:
https://niesc.zoom.us/j/359459438
Meeting ID: 359 459 438

One tap on mobile phone:
+13126266799,,359459438# US (Chicago)

Telephone dial-in:
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 359 459 438

Join by Skype for Business
https://niesc.zoom.us/skype/359459438

Watch Facebook live stream via Ogden Dunes Fire Department page.

There continues to be lots of information on this novel coronavirus (COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2) disease pandemic. Today, Porter County an nounced two (2) confirmed positive COVID-19 cases; that are in at-home quarantine. This virus is highly pathogenic and spreads between people (human-to-human) very efficiently though close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths, noses, or eyes of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issues Executive Order 20-08 ordering everyone in the State of Indiana to “Stay at Home” except for certain circumstances; here is the link to the order https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Executive_Order_20-08_Stay_at_Home.pdf.

Here are reliable sources of information on COVID-19:

•Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
•Indiana State Department of Health
www.in.gov/coronavirus/
•Porter County Health Department
www.porte rco.org/coronavirus

General community preparedness:
•Sign-up for ALERT Porter County and Smart911
www.portercounty911.org/alert.htm
•Review Ready.gov to empower people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies through public involvement.
www.ready.gov
•Review the Town of Ogden Dunes Emergency Planning Guide (updated)
http://ogdendunes.in.gov/files/3815/8505/4723/Emergency_Management_Plan_Rev_3.20.pdf

Reach out to neighbors, friends, family, and the elderly – while maintaining social distancing; as this novel coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, the advice is clear: stay away from other people; stay at home. Even those who are asymptomatic risk infecting others – endangering lives of older adults or anyone who is immunocompromised.

Ogden Dunes is a socially cohesive community; physical check-ins should be replaced by telephone calls, emails, or text messages, which are best to protect our older a dults unfamiliar with video chatting apps like Skype or FaceTime. Reach out to those who may need assistance. Now is the time to reach out to family, friends or neighbors who may be vulnerable, even if face-to-face contact isn’t advisable. Let those in need know assistance is available.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
-Henry Ford

Thank you.

Regards,
Eric Kurtz, Fire Chief

LA PORTE COUNTY FAMILY YMCA OFFERING CHILDCARE FOR ESSENTIONAL SERVICES FAMILIES

Posted on: March 24th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

La Porte County Family YMCA’s Childcare Center, located at 2510 Monroe Street, La Porte, IN is now able to enroll children up to the age of 12 years old in its Level 4, Paths to Quality, licensed childcare program. 30 new spots have been approved to open immediately by the State of Indiana.

The Level 4, Paths to Quality designation is a National Accreditation, which provides the “highest rated programs and have demonstrated a commitment to the highest level of professionalism in quality early care and education — achievement of a nationally recognized accreditation” as described by the State of Indiana.

“In this unique season, our Y and its staff are called to serve our community in unique ways. Our La Porte County Family YMCA has a 110 year history of adjusting our service delivery to meet large-scale community needs and this is just one of many ways we plan on supporting our community through these difficult days of “COVID-19”, shares Laurie A Halaska, CEO of the La Porte County Family YMCA. “I want to personally thank Stefanie Gurband, the YMCA’s Childcare Center Director, who initiated and worked with the State of Indiana to allow our Y this opportunity to help our community’s families in their search of quality childcare” Halaska added.
All families will be asked 4 critical questions prior to enrolling their children. These questions are:
1. Has the family traveled to a Level 3 region within the last two weeks: CDC travel recommendations.
2. Have a confirmed case of the virus.
3. Have a household member with a confirmed case of the virus.
4. Have or had any flu type symptoms in the last two weeks.
Please contact Stefanie Gurband, the YMCA Childcare Center Director at [email protected] or call 219.326.7646 for questions on how to register.

Park Facilities to Close Due to Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order

Posted on: March 24th, 2020 by Ric Federighi No Comments

The Michigan City Park Department, in compliance with Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-08, item 5 “Prohibited Activities,” will be closing all city playgrounds effective immediately and until further notice.

Closures also include the Michigan City Golf Course, Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City Senior Center, Krueger Memorial Hall, the Oasis Splash Park, the Guy Foreman Amphitheater, the Old Bandstand, all park programs, and all city picnic shelters.