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Lisa DeNeal

Gary native Lisa DeNeal is in her 16th year as a correspondent/columnist for the Post-Tribune. She is also the co-author of “Unflappable,” the 2008 memoir …Read More

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DeNeal: A Biggs event Saturday: kids dance and concert

Dinahlynn Biggs, a radio personality at WLTH-AM (1370), is hosting a free citywide kids dance and concert from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the John Will Anderson Boys and Girls Club, 2700 W. 19th Ave., Gary. The event is for children ages 2 to …

DeNeal: Jefferson’s ‘McTeachers’ do more than give lessons

How many adult readers used to think at one time during their childhood school days that their teacher did nothing but teach? If you ran into one of your teachers after school doing normal, everyday activities like your parents, did you freak out? What if …

Living Boldly 2 not your typical modeling biz

There’s a commercial featuring renowned American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland with a voiceover reading a rejection letter from a ballet academy to a young candidate. The voiceover quips that the girl has the wrong body for ballet, while Misty, who began ballet at a …

DeNeal: Rep. Smith’s book dedicated to his mother

Nearly 200 people attended the Aug. 30 book release and book-signing program for Indiana State Rep. Vernon G. Smith, author of “The Power of the Tongue: Rise Up and Walk,” at the Glen Theatre, 20 W. Ridge Road. Available on amazon.com, and published by Literacy …

DeNeal: Back-To-School Jamboree set for Saturday

Indiana State Rep. Vernon Smith recently announced that the annual Back-to-School Jamboree is to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the Indiana University Northwest campus, 3400 Broadway, Gary. “The Back-To-School Jamboree is a great event that celebrates the return of students …

DeNeal: ‘Almost There’ features numerous local ties

East Chicago native Peter Anton, 82, is the subject of a documentary titled “Almost There: A Coming of (Old) Age Story.” Before a screening last month at the renovated Hoosier Theater in Whiting, Anton cheerfully greeted friends and strangers gathering to see his life story …

DeNeal: There’s no arguing with speech and debate team’s success

Are you the type of student who can carry on an argument with facts and confidence? How are you when it comes to speaking in front of an audience, even if it is your peers? If you can hold your own when it comes to …

DeNeal: Birthday No. 104 worthy of a celebration

When you turn 104 years old, as Alice Baldwin did on Aug. 5, you can do whatever you want and wear whatever you want. That is, if you feel like doing so. On Aug. 5, under the gentle guidance and reassurance of her first cousin, …

DeNeal: Roosevelt’s 60th reunion was all about class

As I sat at a patio table in the back yard of retired West Side High School coach Ivory “Ike” Brown on a cool July 25, other guests for the event entered, and a few I recognized from covering previous events stopped and said the …

Live music, beer on tap at fundraiser

Last Thursday Jazz on the Lagoon happens July 31 and Aug. 28 at Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 North Grand Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and live music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (formal lounge and lower terrace) or $30 at the door. …

DeNeal: Opportunities aplenty to laugh or reunite

Comedian J. Anthony Brown, from the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” is bringing the J Spot Comedy Club to Majestic Star Casino, 1 Buffington Harbor Drive, Gary, for shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Featured comedians include Marvin Dixon and Kellye Howard, with …

Don’t miss Gary’s Fourth of July parade, celebration

Everybody loves a parade, and when you add the Fourth of July to the mix, you have the city of Gary’s annual Independence Day Parade, which is to start at 9 a.m. Friday at 15th Avenue and Broadway and end at Buffington Park, at 6th …

Drive-In Theatre on the Lake presents double feature

The city of Gary’s “First Friday Family Night: Drive-In Theatre on the Lake” is back at Marquette Park on Friday with a double feature — “Frozen” and “Hunger Games.” Gates open at 7 p.m. and the first movie starts at dusk. Park admission is $10 …

A chance to dance — in Hollywood Showcase

West Side Leadership Academy student Keivonte Jackson, 19, has loved dancing since he was in sixth grade dancing for a group called Visions of the Future. Now Jackson’s vision of his future rides in part on the chance to compete in the Hollywood Showcase happening …

Chilly day can’t mar a heartwarming cause

Mary Edwards, executive director of the Brother’s Keeper men’s shelter, did not mind that it was a chilly day for 5th annual 5K Fun/Run Walk-a-thon on May 17 at Froebel Alumni Park. Nearly 50 participants bundled up for the weather. “I prayed that it would …

Transplant has Gary fire inspector feeling like a kid

Gary Fire Department fire inspector and investigator Edward Jones jokes that he has the body of a 4-year-old. He has DNA and a kidney that basically are coming up on 4 years of age, even though he is in his mid-40s. On Oct. 16, 2010, …

National Council of Negro Women hosts membership mixer

The Gary section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. is hosting a free Spring Mix and Mingle Membership Social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dubois Public Library, 1835 Broadway. The social event will include networking and a chance to learn …