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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: ‘Cinderella’ treatment awaits some in need

Prom season is underway, meaning high school juniors and seniors are on a quest for the perfect dress, accessories, makeup and hairstyle. If you remember your prom and are now parents of teenage girls, this event can get pretty pricey — if not for the …

Gary baker wins Stargazer award

Congratulations to Angel Cakes LLC owner and certified cake decorator and pastry chef Angela Lott for receiving the Stargazer Award on March 8 during the second annual Northwest Indiana chapter of Women Entrepreneurs of America (WEA) Inc. Legacy Leadership Conference at the Genesis Convention Center. …

DeNeal: Youth symposium focuses on good choices

The ladies of Alpha Sigma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. hosted their 17th annual Youth Symposium, “Partners for Progress, Working Together to Build Bridges for Youth,” on March 8 at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy High School. They partnered with Sigma Gamma Rho’s …

  • Woman’s clothing store hosts fashion pageant

    Last Saturday I had the distinct pleasure of serving as a judge for the first Miss Ashley Stewart Fashion Pageant at its store, 3602 Village Shopping Center, Gary. Ashley Stewart is a popular clothing store for full-figured women who enjoy wearing modern, beautiful styles that …Read More

  • Film fest explores black cinema

    It was great seeing Gary native and actor William L. Johnson come home to host the third annual William L. Johnson Film Festival last weekend at the Glen Theater. Johnson, who has starred in numerous feature and independent films in nearly 20 years, brought returning …Read More

  • Annual film festival includes several screenings

    The third annual William L. Johnson Film Festival opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Glen Theatre, 20 West Ridge Road, with a reception and the feature movie, “Note to Self,” and short films “Speaker of the House” and “Solstice.” The film festival …Read More

  • ‘Fences’ set for a local production

    Mas Media 7 president Mark A. Spencer — who is also artistic director for the West Side Theatre Guild — debuts a powerful local production of the late playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fences” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Theatre Northwest on Grant, 3660 …

    Scholarship awarded

    When Shakiyla Gatewood was invited to attend an executive committee meeting of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Gamma Psi Omega chapter at the home of chapter president Ida Gillis on Dec. 23, she had no idea she’d be the center of attention for a very special presentation. …

    Library celebrating Kwanzaa

    The Gary Public Library Board of Trustees, in partnership with the Friends of the Gary Public Library, are kicking off the start of Kwanzaa (Dec. 26 through Jan. 1) with a free Kwanzaa celebration at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at the DuBois branch of …

    HIV testing at health fair

    The Link Bar and the Gary Health Department will hold a Health Awareness Meet and Greet, plus free confidential HIV testing, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Link Bar, 752 Broadway. Bring a valid ID and get tested through the Gary …

    Local gift ideas galore

    Right now you’re either cooking the final dishes for today’s holiday dinner, catching some extra sleep from cooking all night — as my mother used to do — or you’re already taste-testing or eating the turkey and side dishes. Either way I wish all of …

  • Dance fundraiser is a real gem

    The South Shore Dance Alliance is having a gem of a fundraiser with a holiday jewelry shopping party, 11 a.m. Saturday at the studio located at the Franklin Center, 201 N. Griffith Blvd. SSDA mom Marija Ramon is donating all profits from this party to …Read More

  • Woman creates new television dating show

    Remember the “The Dating Game,” which aired decades before the reality shows “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” caused such a fuss over a red rose? Gary native Tamara Stubblefield created a reality dating TV show that will be heavily diverse, entertaining and family friendly. Currently …Read More

  • Not trick-or-treating? Check out these events

    Today’s Halloween, so if you are not allowing your children to go door-to-door for treats here are a few family alternatives happening in the city. The City of Gary Fall Harvest Festival happens later today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Brunswick Park, 700 Clark …Read More

  • Fire safety fair coming up

    The American Red Cross is hosting a Gary Fire Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Centennial United Methodist Church, 777 Rhode Island St. Attendees will receive important fire safety information and receive a free kit containing fire preparedness materials. …

  • Woman’s path shows persistence pays off

    When Victoria Thomas-Bodie was a senior at Roosevelt High School, she was told by her counselor that she did not have enough credits to graduate with her fellow 1987 classmates. Her grades were bad and she was labeled a “mischievous child” who would be better …Read More

  • New team at helm of Miller Bakery Cafe

    While attending an event last week I was reminded that Miller Bakery Café is once again up and running at 555 S. Lake St. The re-opening was confirmed with an email blast sent hours later. The restaurant, known for affordable and unique lunches and dinners, …