Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Live music, beer on tap at fundraiser ]]> Lead story image

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. VIP tables are available by contacting 219-746-7374 or 938-7362. Sponsorship opportunities are available by emailing with the subject line “Jazz on the Lagoon.” The Miller Business Association is hosting a fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at 18th Street Brewery, at 5725 Miller Ave. For a $30 advanced ticket per person … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: Opportunities aplenty to laugh or reunite ]]> Lead story image

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 host Jacob Ray. The shows take place at Majestic Star Casino II’s Comedy Room, Level 3. Tickets are $25 in advance online, or $30 at the door. For tickets, visit or call (888) 225-8259. *** The 30th annual Froebel-Roosevelt Nostalgia is set for Aug. 9, beginning with a picnic on the lawn of the … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:48:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Don’t miss Gary’s Fourth of July parade, celebration ]]> Lead story image

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 Avenue and Connecticut Street. The parade will feature the usual fleet of floats, special guests, musical marching units and more. This year’s theme is “Rejuvenating Gary!” Immediately after the parade is an Independence Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Buffington Park with food and information vendors, a disc jockey, clown/face painting, games … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:46:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Drive-In Theatre on the Lake presents double feature ]]> Lead story image

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 car, $15 a truck. There will be an inflatable fun area, concession vendors and family movies. Park rules and regulations will be enforced. For more information, visit In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled. *** The Gary Chamber of Commerce’s monthly general membership luncheon is at noon Monday at the … ]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:32:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ A chance to dance — in Hollywood Showcase ]]> Lead story image

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 June 26 to 29 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Jackson earned his spot to compete in the Hollywood Showcase by passing a Los Angeles audition in November. Prior to that, he passed an audition in Chicago in November 2012. Jackson honed his dancing skills by dancing with fellow Gary native, dancer and … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:19:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chilly day can’t mar a heartwarming cause ]]> Lead story image

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 not rain. And my prayers were answered,” Edwards said while watching participants do nine laps around the park. Proceeds from the 5K went toward continuing operations of the homeless shelter that accommodates 24 clients and is filled to capacity on a daily basis. “The winter months have been particularly tough, but even with the oncoming … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 23:08:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Transplant has Gary fire inspector feeling like a kid ]]> Lead story image

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, Jones received a new kidney and transplanted brain stem cells from his now-college-age son, Edward Jones II. “I have a new immune system because my son’s stem cells became my own. Crazy, right?” he said. The stem cell infusion was performed by Dr. Joseph Leventhal, of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. As a strong advocate of tissue … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 04:11:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ National Council of Negro Women hosts membership mixer ]]> Lead story image

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 more about the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1935 by Mary McCleod Bethune. For more information, write to the Gary section at P.O. Box 64090, Gary, IN 46401, email or call 938-0130. *** The Indiana Parenting Institute and Community and Faith Outreach Initiative are hosting the eighth … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:46:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ A Kruciial date awaits in the spotlight in L.A. ]]> Lead story image

The popular local dance group Kruciial Kreatiionz is heading to Los Angeles to compete in the 2014 BET Experience, known as BETX, which runs from June 27 to 29 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Rounds 1 and 2 will take place June 28, and the finals are June 29, the same day as the BET Awards. Kruciial Kreatiionz will compete against dance teams from California, Kentucky, New Jersey, Alabama and South Carolina. News of this opportunity reached Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who invited the group to visit her at City Hall a couple of weeks ago. Her congratulatory … ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 04:00:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Don’t be buffaloed; go after these scholarships ]]> Lead story image

If you are a high school senior still seeking scholarship money for college, here are two chances provided by a local group and a hip-hop icon. Entries for the Indiana Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club’s 2014 scholarship are being accepted until Tuesday. Club member Pamela May said the club will award a senior with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher a scholarship worth up to $1,000 if he or she wins their essay contest. Along with filling out an application that is available in the guidance counselor’s office in your high school, you will be asked to write an essay … ]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 03:19:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary native bringing home a taste of Broadway ]]> Lead story image

A little more than a year ago, Broadway star, singer, songwriter and Gary native Chester Gregory added “co-writer” and “producer” to his portfolio when he launched his one-man show, “The Eve of Jackie,” and performed before audiences at sold-out venues across the United States. Gregory, an alumnus of Emerson School of Visual and Performing Arts, is coming home to perform his production at 7 p.m. April 18 at the West Side Theatre, inside West Side Leadership Academy. Gregory’s show concludes the West Side Theatre Guild’s 2013-14 season of performances. I had the pleasure of seeing “The Eve of Jackie” last … ]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 03:17:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: ‘Cinderella’ treatment awaits some in need ]]> Lead story image

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 parents, then definitely for the girls who have to save up for that special night. However, in some cases the young ladies cannot afford a prom dress ensemble, hair and makeup. Former clothing boutique owner Gwen Wilkerson will take some of the financial weight off of 10 selected Gary and East Chicago female high school … ]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 03:49:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary baker wins Stargazer award ]]> Lead story image

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. WEA was founded in 2000 by Gary native Yolanda Lamar Wilder, who currently lives in Indianapolis. There are 16 chapters nationally and internationally. Wilder said the purpose of WEA is to promote, support and honor women entrepreneurs and those who are starting their entrepreneurship. “I go by the three S’s: sisterhood, support and service,” she … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 05:41:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: Youth symposium focuses on good choices ]]> Lead story image

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 East Chicago Chapter — Zeta Gamma Sigma. The symposium was aimed at young girls and teens and included workshops about making healthy and smarter choices when it comes to food and lifestyles, dealing with peer pressure, drugs, teen pregnancy, college applications, STEM, financial aid and more. There also was a Zumba class and a college … ]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 03:42:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Woman’s clothing store hosts fashion pageant ]]> Lead story image

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 complement curves from sizes 12 to 26. I was asked by one of the contestants, Sherry Smith, and the store’s co-manager, Nacole Beverly, to be one of three judges, and I was happy to say yes. Let me tell you, this wasn’t just a pageant and fashion show, it was an event. As I parked … ]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 03:32:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Film fest explores black cinema ]]> Lead story image

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 guest and actor, producer, writer and director Reggie Gaskins and actress JoAnna Rhambo along for the ride. I attended opening night, which featured two film shorts and a feature film. I was disappointed in the low turnout — the remainder of four snowstorms within a four-week span was melted to slush and ice so there … ]]> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:37:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Annual film festival includes several screenings ]]> Lead story image

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 is named after Gary native, Emerson School of Visual and Performing Arts alumnus and actor William L. Johnson, who has starred in more than 20 feature films and film shorts, including “Blue Hill Avenue” with Allen Payne (“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”) and “The Mannsfield 12” and “Motives” with Viveca A. Fox. Johnson currently lives … ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:36:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Fences’ set for a local production ]]> Lead story image

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 Grant St. Tonight kicks off a two-week run (Jan. 23 through Feb. 2), which was the sixth in Wilson’s 10-part Pittsburgh Cycle, which explores the continuing African-American experience and the evolution of race relations in America. “Fences” is set in the 1950s and tells the story of the Maxson family, with Troy Maxson, 53, who … ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:49:14 -0500