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Clay says he’s right man for the job

Gary Mayor Rudy Clay announces his plan to run for re-election at Gary City Hall on Thursday. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

Gary Mayor Rudy Clay announces his plan to run for re-election at Gary City Hall on Thursday. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

Rudy Clay will ask Gary voters to give him another term as their mayor.

Clay made the announcement at a Thursday morning news conference in a meeting room adjacent to the mayor’s office at City Hall.

“I work 24/7 to make Gary a better city,” Clay said. “That renders me the best qualified person to bring jobs, hope and quality of life (to Gary). . . . We are prepared, we are experienced, we are proficient, and we are ready.”
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Shoppers out earlier than ever for Black Friday deals

A shopper at the Hobart Target on U.S. 30 carries a box on his head just after 4 a.m. on Black Friday, November 26, 2010. Hundreds of deal seekers lined-up outside stores and battled freezing temperatures to purchase items at discount prices. (Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks/The Times.)

A shopper at the Hobart Target on U.S. 30 carries a box on his head just after 4 a.m. on Black Friday, November 26, 2010. Hundreds of deal seekers lined-up outside stores and battled freezing temperatures to purchase items at discount prices.
(Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks/The Times.)

It was nearly 4 a.m., the wind chill was a frigid 5 degrees and Jim Willson was ready to go.

Willson of St. John got to Best Buy at 11:30 p.m. Thanksgiving night to get his spot toward the front of the line.

“It’s worth it,” Willson said, adding that he was going to save about $500 on laptops going for $189 that normally sell for $449 each.
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Host of services leaving St. Margaret’s Hammond campus

Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers will be shifting a host of services from its campus in Hammond to Dyer and eliminating others all together, the hospital president announced earlier this week.

President Tom Gryzbek announced the changes in a letter to staff members dated November 2. Among the services impacted are the Family Birthing Center, the newborn intensive care unit, the perinatal center, the outpatient surgery department, elective orthopedic and open heart surgeries, the da Vinci surgical robot and the oncology unit.

“The strategic actions announced today help prepare St. Margaret Mercy for the new healthcare delivery system that will be implemented as a result of healthcare reform,” Gryzbek wrote in the letter.
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Crown Point typewriter repair man one of the last of his kind

Crown Point resident Al Stuckey delivers an older electric IBM repaired typewriter to the provost office Wednesday at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso. (Photograph by The Times.)

Crown Point resident Al Stuckey delivers an older electric IBM repaired typewriter to the provost office Wednesday at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso. (Photograph by The Times.)

Al Stuckey is a dying breed.

“I’m absolutely a dinosaur,” the Crown Point man said.

As far as he and any of his customers know, he’s the only typewriter repairman left in Northwest Indiana. The Chicago native runs Crown Point Office Machines from his home, with a tiny shop in his garage. He repairs other office machines, too—fax machines, computer printers—but it’s the typewriters that make him stand out.
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Unemployment—One man’s story

Pete Nacovski, of Crown Point, talks about losing his job when Union Tank Car Co. went under two years ago. The 55-year-old has been unemployed since being let go. (Photograph by The Times.)

Pete Nacovski, of Crown Point, talks about losing his job when Union Tank Car Co. went under two years ago. The 55-year-old has been unemployed since being let go.
(Photograph by The Times.)

Pete Nacovski came to the United States seeking the American dream.

In 1973, when he was 18, he arrived in Northwest Indiana from Macedonia, looking for work.

“I heard there were a lot of opportunities, jobs,” he said.

Nacovski lived with his aunt and found work at U.S. Steel, then at Union Tank Car Co. in East Chicago. Nacovski became a U.S. citizen in 1978, met a woman and got married. The couple bought a nice home in Crown Point and had three children.
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Leaders gather to get a GRIP on Gary, region

Constantine Dillon, superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, shares ideas with members of the Gary Region Investment Project during a meeting Thursday at The Steel Yard. (Photograph by The Times.)

Constantine Dillon, superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, shares ideas with members of the Gary Region Investment Project during a meeting Thursday at The Steel Yard. (Photograph by The Times.)

Local leaders gathered Thursday morning at The Steel Yard in Gary to kick off a plan aimed at revitalizing Gary and the region.

“Has what we’ve been doing for the last 30 years been working for us?” asked Peter Skosey, of the Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council. “No? Then let’s do something else. By working together, we can get things to start changing.”

Skosey addressed the group at a kickoff breakfast for the Gary and Region Investment Project. GRIP emanated from The Times of Northwest Indiana’s One Region, One Vision project, which identified revitalizing the urban core as a key need in the region.
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GARY: Demolishing abandoned properties top priority

The Ivanhoe Projects on 11th Avenue west of Chase Street were closed in 1965 and have been shuttered since. Gary Mayor Ray Clay said that plans are in the works to tear the projects down and put townhomes in their place in a gated community. That was the prime example Clay gave of demolitions being a top priority in the city for 2010. (Photograph by Judy Fidkowsk/The Times.)

The Ivanhoe Projects on 11th Avenue west of Chase Street were closed in 1965 and have been shuttered since. Gary Mayor Ray Clay said that plans are in the works to tear the projects down and put townhomes in their place in a gated community. That was the prime example Clay gave of demolitions being a top priority in the city for 2010. (Photograph by Judy Fidkowsk/The Times.)

When referring to Gary, Mayor Rudy Clay is fond of saying “the best is yet to come.”

“In 2009, we accomplished some things, but I’m glad it’s gone,” Clay said.

The city faced a host of challenges in 2009, including declining casino revenues, the closure of the Cline Avenue bridge and foreclosures that strained the already cash-strapped city.

But Clay said the year also was spent planning for a better future for the city.
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This Week’s Green News Notes from Shore magazine

Those looking to put an eco-friendly spin on their building projects will be able to get tips from one of the best in the business this August at the Great Lakes Green-Great Lakes Living Conference in Grand Rapids.

Ron Jones, internationally renowned pioneer in the green building movement, will be the keynote speaker at the conference on Aug. 21.

Jones will share tips on how to create and implement sustainable design practices, while showcasing innovative design elements, green technologies and regenerative systems that enhance both natural and built environments.
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