Valparaiso Debuts 'Monster Dash'

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The Valparaiso Parks Department and Fit City Council hosted their first-ever "Monster Dash" at Central Park Plaza Sunday [October 27, 2013].  The 5K event also included a 1K Family Fun Run that was led by Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas.  Participants also had an opportunity to purchase a Fit City Challenge membership for $10, entitling you to special programming from November 4 to December 28 at Boys and Girls Club (Valpo facility), eStudio Z fitness, Fuel Fitness, Integrated Movement, Region Crossfit, Top Fuel Crossfit, and Valparaiso Family YMCA. "Our goal is to be the fittest city in Indiana," said Mayor Costas.   You can hear more from our interview earlier with Barbie Johnson of Valparaiso Parks here at our website at News Audio on Demand. [Photo/Valparaiso Parks]...

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Indiana Toll Road Project at Lake Station

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Look for extended restrictions at the Lake Station Indiana Toll Road exit beginning today (Monday Oct 28). Restrictions will start at Milepost 21 as the ramp bridges will be replaced where the Indiana Toll Road, Borman Expressway and State Road 51 converge. The project begins with the closure of the westbound exit ramp to Interstate 94, which will last about a year-and-a-half. The entire existing bridge deck and superstructure, along with the concrete pier caps, will be removed. Traffic seeking to exit at Milepost 21 will be diverted to Exit 17, Gary East to take I-65 south and reconnect with I-94. Exits 17 and Exit 21 on the toll road are both free exits. The entire project is expected to be completed in April 2015.  [Image/ITR Concession Co]...

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Crown Point Man Killed in Crash

A Crown Point man is dead after a motor-vehicle crash at Broadway and 113th Street in Crown Point Saturday afternoon. The Lake County Coroners office says 32-year-old Michael Gartner suffered blunt force trauma and died at Methodist Southlake Hospital in Merrillville Saturday night.  ...

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Baby's Death Ruled a Homicide

Following an autopsy over the weekend, officials have ruled the death of a five-month-old Gary boy a homicide. Published reports say police were called to the Methodist Hospital Northlake in Gary Tuesday night after the baby came in to the emergency room with multiple skull fractures, blood on the brain and broken ribs. The boy was was then flown to University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, where he died Friday morning. The baby's 19-year-old mother and her 27-year-old boyfriend were taken into custody, then released.  An investigation continues....

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Radio One Communications Receives 7 IBA Nominations

Radio One Communications has received seven nominations in this year's Indiana Broadcasters Association's (IBA) Spectrum Awards.
107.1 The Z (WZVN-FM) was nominated in the categories Station of the Year and Radio Station Broadcast Personality or Team, Annie Fox in the Morning. Two news entries are among the top three nominees in the categories of Breaking News Story, for coverage of the downtown Valparaiso fire in early March (Indiana 105 WLJE-FM) , and Newscast (X-Rock 103.9 WXRD-FM) . Two of the top three finalists in the category of Commercial Series were for commercials for American Natural Resources (X-Rock) and 1 Source PI (107.1 The Z). Indiana 105 was also nominated in the category of Website/Multimedia.
“We have an amazing group of broadcasters,” said Radio One Communications President Leigh Ellis. “We're honored to have been nominated in the top three across a variety of categories. Our staff works hard to provide top-quality radio programming for Northwest Indiana, and it's great to see their efforts recognized again this year on a statewide basis,” said Ellis.
The 26th Anniversary Spectrum Awards are November 9 in Indianapolis. Stations compete according to market size. The competition is open to all FCC licensed radio stations and television stations in Indiana.
In the past several years, Radio One Communications has won several Spectrum Awards, including First Place awards in news, commercial, promotional, and cross-platform categories, including two first place awards last year for the Indiana 105 Dawn Patrol with Steve Zana, Laura Waluszko and Scott Rosenberg for Best Radio Station Broadcast Personality or Team, and Special Interest and Cultural Programming on X-Rock 103.9 for “The 219 - Crown Point Marriage Mill” written and produced by Scott Rosenberg.
Radio One Communications is the owner/operator of four radio stations serving Northwest Indiana: WAKE-AM AM-1500, WLJE-FM Indiana 105.5, WXRD-FM X-Rock 103.9, and WZVN-FM 107.1 The Z.
Radio One Communications will be 49 years old on November 4th.  The company was founded by Country Radio Disc Jockey Hall of Famer and Country Music Association (CMA) Charter Member (Card Number One) Leonard “Uncle Len” Ellis and his wife Bee, and remains family-owned by the Ellis family to this day....

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Airport Committee Now in Negotiations with One Firm

The Airport Authority for Gary/Chicago International has announced the joint city/airport committee is now in “exclusive negotiations” with Aviation Facilities Company LLC/AvPorts Management LLC, or AFCO, out of Washington DC to manage the airport.  An ad hoc committee of the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority has been evaluating public-private partnership (P3) proposals to invest in the airport and surrounding area, and narrowed down the list to two respondents, including AFCO, in September.  “Entering into exclusive negotiations is an important step toward our goal of unlocking the value of the airport and the surrounding area to attract jobs, long-term investment and professional management to the airport,” said Carrie J. Hightman, chairwoman of the ad hoc committee, in a prepared statement Friday.  City officials have sid the ad hoc committee is pursuing a P3 model that retains public ownership of the airport and benefits from private sector innovation and access to capital. Major construction also continues at the airport of a $166 million runway extending the main 7,000-foot runway by 1,900 feet. 


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Valpo to Host First-Ever 'Monster Dash'

The Valparaiso Parks Department is introducing their first-ever "Monster Dash" at Central Park Plaza Sunday, October 27, 2013.  The event begins at 1 pm and costumes are encouraged.  "Our goal is to be the fittest city in Indiana and we'd like to see everyone get involved in running or walking or learning about fitness on October 27," said Mayor Jon Costas, who will lead the Family Fun Run at 2pm.  To encourage kids to get involved, the city was offering a $500 prize to the elementary school that brings out the most participants.  City officials say the money will go toward fitness or wellness programming at the school. For more info, visit . You can hear more information online here at our website at News Audio on Demand....

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Some Trains Cancelled due to Bridge Construction

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District [NICTD] is temporarily busing passengers between South Bend and Carroll Avenue in Michigan City because of bridge construction east of Michigan City. NICTD reports she following weekend trains operating exclusively between South Bend and Michigan City are cancelled: WB Train 710 & EB Trains 701 & 703. For complete construction related service details click on the following link:

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Region Prep Football Sectional Scores

The 2013 IHSAA Prep Football tournament began Friday night.. For the first time there will be 6 state champions in Indiana, as the state now features 6 classes.
Sectional scores from match-ups in the Region include Penn over Portage 28-7...Chesterton over Valparaiso 31-3.... Morton falls to East Chicago Central 26-21.... Andrean beating Knox 58-6.... Boone Grove over host Wheeler 7-6..... Whiting over LaVille 29-17.... Merrillville over Lafayette Jeff 39-18... Bowman Academy over River Forest in overtime 26-20 …. Mishawaka defeats La Porte 38-14.... West Side over Lowell 30-9... Culver Community over South Central 36-33... South Bend St. Joseph defeats Hobart 42-28.... Lake Central beats Crown Point 9-6.... Griffith 50, Clark 36..... Highland 55, Gavit 6.....Rensselaer 52, Bishop Noll 19.... Hammond 41, Roosevelt 0...New Prairie 62, Kankakee Valley 0...... North Judson 50, North Newton 6....

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SR 49 Roundabout Landscaping Okayed

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Work on the new roundabout at State Road 49 and Vale Park Road is complete, but there are still some finishing touches ahead in the area of landscaping. Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission Executive Director Stu Summers says the commission approved getting some of the work started this Fall.  Summers says permission for the work is necessary from the Indiana Department of Transportation because the land belongs to INDOT.  [Image provided]...

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