The late Tuskegee Airman who led a full life of service in northwest Indiana now has his name attached to a permanent fixture in the region. The City of Gary and the Gary Chicago International Airport unveiled the Quentin P. Smith Tuskegee Airman Memorial Bridge. The $11.6-million airport road overpass honors the World War II veteran for his work as a long-time educator in the Gary Community School Corporation. He also served on the City Council and on the Board of Trustees for the Calumet College of Saint Joseph. Smith received a Congressional medal for his work defending the nation against segregation, noted at Friday’s bridge dedication ceremony by Nate Williams, “Smith and another black officer were arrested for defying orders to join the base officers club.” Regional Development Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Hanna paid tribute to the legendary leader, too. “You get this dedicated person, like Quentin, it overshadows hatred.” The ceremony included words from Quentin P. Smith’s son, Quentin P. Smith, Jr. “I think it’s very appropriate that a bridge have his name. A bridge is to get you over obstacles. He’s done that for almost everyone…especially me.” Honors included a presentation from the JROTC Honor Guard of West Side High School where Smith served as the first principal, along with recognition by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “Dr. Quentin P. Smith was an icon in the city of Gary…in this community.” Two new signs bearing Smith’s name will go up at the new bridge once complete in July.
Starting Sunday, May 14th, Indiana State Police will participate in the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s “Ticket Aggressive Cars and Trucks Campaign.” Its goal is to reduce the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles and cars. The campaign runs through June 8th. Police will look specifically for unsafe lane changes, failure to yield, following too closely and aggressive driving. Indiana State Police remind motorists to stay out of the truck driver’s blind spot, make safe lane changes by signaling and leave plenty of space between you and other drivers.
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Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting will be having a Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The meeting will be held at Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans, 1000 E. 80th Place, Suite 606S in Merrillville, IN. The meeting begins at 4:00 PM. This meeting is open to the public but may go into closed executive session.
Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting will be having a Community Advisory Board on Thursday, May 30, 2013. The meeting will start at 8:30 AM and will be held at the Lake County Public Library in Merrillville, IN. This meeting is open to the public.