Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: Gary teen makes cancer fight and helps others battle disease ]]> Lead story image

The home page of my Facebook profile tells the stories of most of my Facebook friends. Some stories, with pictures, I scroll by quickly. Other stories, I take a great interest in. One of those stories is the continuing journey of one Angelo Wilford, 18, of Portage. Angelo has a part-time job, is a freshman at Indiana University Northwest. Angelo has hystiocytic sarcoma, a rare malignant neoplasm that occurs in lymph nodes, skin and the gastrointestinal tract. Angelo’s motto is “I have cancer, but cancer does not have me.” For weeks I’ve looked at photos and read status updates about … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:22:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: A Biggs event Saturday: kids dance and concert ]]> Lead story image

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 14, and adult chaperones will be on site. Parents are welcome to join in on the fun that includes up-and-coming artists such as Yemi Marie, J.A.G. and more. There also will be snacks, prizes, contests, face painting and more. For more information, contact Biggs at (317) 384-5728 or email *** Tickets are on sale … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:39:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: Jefferson’s ‘McTeachers’ do more than give lessons ]]> Lead story image

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 you see your teachers walking around wearing smocks with the name of your favorite fast-food restaurant, or standing behind the counter smiling down at you as you ordered your food? “It’s kind of weird,” said Nyome Washington, 10, as she sat with her father, Boris Bowie, and her siblings Jaylah Washington, 8, and Rosie Washington, … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:01:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Living Boldly 2 not your typical modeling biz ]]> Lead story image

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 late age, shows her physical dynamics as a dancer. Rejection comes in many forms. Body types are criticized to the extreme by society, thanks to media and people’s mind-sets. Stereotyping was brought up during a talk with Chicago native and current Merrillville resident LaTonia Edwards, founder and CEO of Living Boldly 2, a local modeling … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:47:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: Rep. Smith’s book dedicated to his mother ]]> Lead story image

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, and published by Literacy in Motion, “The Power of the Tongue” is part memoir and part inspiration, with 39 of the profound speeches Smith has delivered in front of audiences throughout his life as a politician, educator and community activist. Smith had no intention to write a book about his life after being asked by various people, but one … ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:16:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: Back-To-School Jamboree set for Saturday ]]> Lead story image

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 to a new school year,” said Smith, who is an education professor at Indiana University Northwest. “Education opens doors of opportunity and empowers young people to achieve their dreams. “The purpose of the jamboree is to encourage students who have not returned to school to return and to urge those back in school to work … ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:43:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: ‘Almost There’ features numerous local ties ]]> Lead story image

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 in a film. It is co-directed by New York natives Dan Rybicky — who now lives in Gary and is a Columbia College film professor — and Emmy-nominated editor Aaron Wickenden (“The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” “Finding Vivian Maier”), who lives in Chicago. “This is very exciting. I have had a great time with these … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:32:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: There’s no arguing with speech and debate team’s success ]]> Lead story image

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 having your voice heard, and you are a student at Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy, then you need to see English and theater arts teacher Gary Peters. Peters has taught and molded some of his middle and high school students to participate in the National Speech and Debate Association’s annual national speech and debate … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:39:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: Birthday No. 104 worthy of a celebration ]]> Lead story image

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, Carol Cody, and other relatives, Miss Baldwin arrived at the dining hall inside the Al Thomas Seniors Complex to a group of fellow residents, friends, family, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and other political dignitaries who were on hand to wish Baldwin a happy birthday. Baldwin wore a bright red and orange hat with the brim … ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:32:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ DeNeal: Roosevelt’s 60th reunion was all about class ]]> Lead story image

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 same joke. “I did not know you graduated with us!” “Where have you been all this time?” I could only laugh and shoot back that I had not even been thought of when they received their diplomas. Thus began my crashing of the meet-and-greet party for Roosevelt High School’s Class of 1954 60th class reunion. … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:09:45 -0500 <![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