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Police: 219-924-3141
Fire: 219-924-3151

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111 North Broad Street
Griffith, IN 46319
Phone: 219-924-7500

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Indiana DNR Special Events Calendar [read more...] Click to view more
2014 DNR Fishing Guide Available Click to view more
The Times on US 30 Roadwork Click to view more
Griffith Grinners 4H Club Wins Event Click to view more
The Times Story On Griffith Soccer Click to view more
The Times Story on Griffith Central Market Click to view more
The Times Story On Griffith Fall Events Click to view more
The Times Story on Griffith YMCA Click to view more
The Times Story On Griffith Schools Click to view more
The Times Article On The Griffith Grinners 4H Club Click to view more
The Times Article On Griffith Schools Budget Click to view more
The Times Article On Flood Insurance Mandate Click to view more
The Times Article On Town Council Meeting 8/19 Click to view more
The Times Article From Council Mtg - 9/2 Click to view more
The Times Article On South Shore Agreement Click to view more
The Times Story On The Tank Click to view more
The Times Story On 2 Men Charged With Theft Click to view more
Post Tribune Article on Griffith Public Safety Day Click to view more
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Last updated: 09-18-2014 04:35 AM
Events
2014-09-18 Lake County Solid Waste Mgmt Mtg - 7:00 PM Click to view more
2014-09-18 Sanitary Board Meeting - 4:30 PM Click to view more
2014-09-18 Storm Water Board Meeting - 4:00 PM Click to view more
2014-09-18 Library - Thursday Threaders - 10:30 am - 12 pm Click to view more
2014-09-18 NIRPC - Executive Board Mtg - 9 am Click to view more
2014-09-18 Creepy Crawley - 7:30 pm - Central Park Click to view more
2014-09-18 New Friends 50 Plus - 6 pm - 8:30 pm Click to view more
2014-09-19 Red Cross Blood Drive - Crown Point - 11 am - 3 pm Click to view more
2014-09-19 Griffith Central Market - 3 pm - 8 pm Click to view more
2014-09-20 Lake County Hazardous Waste Drop-Off - Munster - 9 am - 2 pm Click to view more
2014-09-20 Griffith High School Baseball Alumni Game - 6 pm Click to view more
2014-09-20 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2014-09-20 Red Cross Blood Drive - Merrillville - 8 am - 12 pm Click to view more
2014-09-20 Laser Tag Fundraiser For NW Indiana SWAT Click to view more
2014-09-21 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2014-09-22 Red Cross Blood Drive - Merrillville - 12 pm - 5 pm Click to view more
2014-09-22 Red Cross Blood Drive - Hobart - 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm Click to view more
2014-09-23 Library - Food and Climate Discussion - 6:30 pm - 8 pm Click to view more
2014-09-24 BZA Meeting - 7:00 pm Click to view more
2014-09-25 Library - Thursday Threaders - 10:30 am - 12 pm Click to view more
2014-09-25 Library - Graphic Book Club - 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Click to view more
2014-09-25 NIRPC - Ped, Pedal, Paddle - 1:30 pm Click to view more
2014-09-25 Imagine Griffith Meeting - 6:30 pm Click to view more
2014-09-25 New Friends 50 Plus - 6 pm - 8:30 pm Click to view more
2014-09-26 Griffith Central Market - 3pm - 8 pm Click to view more
2014-09-27 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2014-09-27 Boy Scouts Craft Festival - 10 am - 5 pm Click to view more
2014-09-27 Red Cross Blood Drive - Crown Point - 9 am - 2 pm Click to view more
2014-09-27 Railroad Fair - Historical Society - 10 am - 5 pm Click to view more
2014-09-28 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2014-09-28 Boy Scouts Craft Festival - 10 am - 4 pm Click to view more
2014-09-28 Railroad Fair Fun Day - Historical Society - 10 am - 5 pm Click to view more
2014-09-29 Library - Book Buddies - 4 pm - 5:30 pm Click to view more
2014-09-29 Red Cross Blood Drive - Merrillville - 12 pm - 5 pm Click to view more
2014-09-30 Library - School Supply Teen Craft - 6:30 pm - 8 pm Click to view more
2014-09-30 Red Cross Blood Drive - Hammond - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Click to view more
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Last updated: 09-18-2014 04:35 AM
Featured Articles
Creepy Crawly Night Is Coming Creepy Crawly Night Is Coming

The Griffith Special Events Committee (GSEC) will be conducting its annual Creepy Crawly event on Thursday September 18th in Central Park at 7:30pm. Children in preschool to 3rd grade can attend. Make sure you bring a flashlight to help you find the creepy crawlies hiding in the grass. Hope to see you there!

More info: At dusk, thousands of "bugs" will be scattered in three areas (divided by age groups) near the pavillion. The children use their flashlights and collect as many bugs as they can find. There is no charge for this event.

This event is sponsored by GSEC and its volunteers. If you would like to be a part of this volunteer organization please contact Julie at mander6668@sbcglobal.net. This organization is responsible for not only this event but also the 4th of July Parade and the Symphony In The Park. You can help as little or as much as fits your schedule. All of these events are funded solely on donations. Thank you.

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Avenue H Road Closure Information

** UPDATE **

Due to weather & utility delays the road closure of the Avenue H & S. Arbogast (Colfax /Fairbanks) intersection will be extended until October 1, 2014. We apologize for the reopening delay and appreciate your patience while we strive to improve this intersection. Again, we anticipate the reopening to occur no later than October 1st.

 

Effective 6 AM Monday July 21st the intersection of Division Road (Avenue H) at South Arbogast Avenue in Griffith will be closed to all vehicular traffic for intersection reconstruction and improvements. Detour route will be Broad St. on the west, Joliet St. on the south, and Main St. on the north. Please follow posted detour signage. Absolutely NO Truck Traffic shall be allowed on South Broad St. Trucks should utilize North Colfax Avenue to Ridge Road, Main St to Indianapolis Boulevard and/or Cline Avenue to Route 30. Questions can be directed to Griffith Public Works at 219-924-3838.

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Griffith Girls Basketball - Registration Is Still Open

Griffith Girls Basketball grades 1st-8th are taking late registrations till Sept 27th.

Registration forms can be dropped off at Griffith High School 600 N Wiggs Griffith, IN 46319 Care of Tom Golumbeck.

Any questions please contact Paul Esquivel at 1-773-934-2180.

Thank you.

Written: 09-15-2014 12:00 AM

Town of Griffith Pavement Condition and Construction Town of Griffith Pavement Condition and Construction


Recently the Town has began work on a large project to repave many roads and alleys. To view the UPDATED map of the conditions and status, please click HERE.

Thank you for your patience as we help rebuild your town and have a great day!

Written: 07-12-2014 12:00 AM

FEMA Flood Map Information


Please click HERE to get information about FEMA and Flood Mapping.

To see the appeal letter that was written by the Town Council, please click HERE.

Written: 08-23-2014 12:00 AM

Chamber of Commerce - K9 Fundraiser


The Griffith Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second annual Taco Meat & Greet fundraiser for the Griffith Police Department K9 Program.  The event will be held at the Griffith Family YMCA Gymnasium, 201 North Griffith Boulevard, Griffith IN on Saturday, October 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The fundraiser will feature a taco dinner prepared by Chamber member Grindhouse Café, K9 demonstrations, live music, raffles and a beer & wine garden. Tickets are available for purchase through September 26th at the Griffith Family YMCA for $15/supporter and $8/child 12 & under.  Local businesses are encouraged to donate a gift for raffle prizes and auctions for the event.  Donations should be directed to Chamber President Carl Zurbriggen at 219-750-1082 or griffithchamber@gmail.com. “Approximately two years ago the residents and community stakeholders of Griffith demonstrated their support and commitment to the Griffith Police Department by donating the necessary funds to form the department’s first canine program.  While a lot has taken place since then, one thing is certain, Corporal Gutierrez, supported by the entire police department, has worked tirelessly to ensure that the community’s trust and investment in this program not be taken for granted. Now, in the fourteen months since being fully implemented and the approximate 20 months of continuous training, Corporal Gutierrez and his canine partner, Gino, have successfully progressed to become a model canine program that has served to reduce the Town’s crime rate by double digits!  Whether it be locating a burglary suspect or sniffing out a suspected drug dealer, Gino has been instrumental in a great many arrests and serves as a deterrent to a great many more. Although the Town of Griffith now provides financial support to the canine program, the program’s continued growth and expansion remains tethered to the demonstrated goodwill and support of our community.”  – Chief Greg Mance  

“The Chamber of Commerce and our members have seen what the K9 Program has done for our community thus far. We want to support this great program by raising awareness and  giving back.  Last year, we were able to raise $2,000.00 and hope to see that grow by getting more of our community out for this event.” - Chamber of Commerce President Carl Zurbriggen

For a copy of the flier, please click HERE

Written: 09-04-2014 12:00 AM

Need A Room For A Meeting? Need A Room For A Meeting?

The Griffith Community Room at the Griffith YMCA is available by reservation for Sports team meetings, sign ups, club meetings, scrapbook and quilting or knitting groups. Please call the Y at 750-1082 and request the community room office.

Written: 09-04-2014 12:00 AM

Senior Center Rental and Group Information Senior Center Rental and Group Information

Are you considering having an indoor party at a facility that can house up to 64?  If so, please call the Senior Center at 219-924-1405 for more information on pricing and availability.

Do you know of any seniors who are looking for something to do?  Why not join the many seniors who participate in pinochle, bridge, book club, lunch and many other special events.  For more information on event dates please call 219-924-1405.

Written: 09-04-2014 12:00 AM

Statement From Grififth Police Chief Mance Statement From Grififth Police Chief Mance

Police Chief Asks Residents to Be Vigilante in Locking Unattended Vehicles and Reporting Suspicious People

Although some arrests have been made in the recent past, thefts from unlocked vehicles remain an issue that the Griffith Police Department is working hard to combat.  To assist the police department in this mission, we are asking that all citizens report any suspicious circumstances that they observe as these incidents are sporadic but often widespread.  In addition, we are asking that people keep any valuables stored in their vehicles free from sight and that a conscious effort be made in locking vehicles when left unattended.  

Chief Gregory S. Mance
Griffith Police Department
219.924.7503

Written: 09-04-2014 12:00 AM

Volunteers Needed



Griffith Special Events Committee is need of volunteers to help with their upcoming events - Creepy Crawler at Central Park on September 18th and the Halloween Show on October 31st. If you are interested in helping at one or both of these events, or would like to assist next year with the 4th of July Parade and/or Symphony in the Park, please contact Julie Anderson at mander6668@scbcglobal.net or text/call her cell at (219)718-9831. Thanks!

Written: 08-21-2014 01:53 PM

Message from Griffith Police Dept and Griffith Crime Watch Message from Griffith Police Dept and Griffith Crime Watch

Graffiti is vandalism that scars our community, hurts property values, and diminishes our quality of life. To combat this crime and to maintain the beauty of our Town, the Town of Griffith offers free graffiti removal services to both public and private property owners.

To help us make this program a success, we ask that all of our residents and visitors to be on the look-out for any graffiti, on public or private property, and to report any observed instances to the Griffith Police Department at (219) 924-7503. 

Once notified of the vandalism a police report will be generated and that report will be forwarded to the Griffith Parks Department.  After receiving the report, the Griffith Parks Department’s trained employees will immediately remove graffiti from public property but will need permission from property owners prior to doing any removal on private property.

The Griffith Police Department is dedicated to the apprehension of graffiti vandals and it should be noted that offenders, or parents of offenders, will be held liable for any monetary damages.

Written: 08-21-2014 01:53 PM

Griffith Animal Shelter Raises Funds with 5k Race

 



The Griffith Animal Shelter was able to raise over $2300 for their needs from the Running up the Scoreboard 5k race held on Aug 7. A big thank you to Jeff and Scott Bridges for their generosity and sponsorship of the race.

Over 100 runners participated in the event.

Written: 08-21-2014 01:53 PM

Compiled Police Reports Available For Viewing Compiled Police Reports Available For Viewing

Want to see crime reports for the town? If so, please click HERE

Written: 08-21-2014 01:53 PM

West Nile Information West Nile Information

The Town of Griffith has been informed by the Lake County Health Department that a sample of mosquitoes collected at Colfax and Main St in Griffith was reported positive for West Nile Virus by the Indiana State Department of Health Lab. Griffith Public Works Director Rick Konopasek stated that the town's efforts to control mosquitoes includes placing pellets in standing water to kill larvae before they hatch, as well as, weekly spraying of the town. The town encourages all residents to take precautions when mosquitoes are prevalent and those individuals who may be sick, elderly or very young should wear protective clothing and take extra care not to be bitten by any mosquitoes.  Any questions can be directed to the Griffith Public Works Department or the Lake County Health Department.  

For more information on how to prevent West Nile please click HERE.

Written: 07-25-2014 12:00 AM

Griffith Central Market Is HERE Griffith Central Market Is HERE

What started as a simple idea eventually morphed into a reality. Griffith Central Market is a fusion of great entertainment and well prepared, delicious foods; a collection of artisan beers and hand crafted wares. It’s about taking the ubiquitous and making it extraordinary. The region is rife with gifted musicians ribboning through an equally impressive community of artists. It is our mission to bring these talented individuals into the market throughout the season. We are dedicated to showcasing this vast array of artisanship for our entire guests that find their way into this fabulous experience. Griffith Central Market is located in the tree lined beauty of Griffith’s Central Park and is open most Fridays May 2nd through October 10th from 3PM to 8PM. Music begins at 6PM and can be enjoyed until 9, when we tear it down and pack it up until the following Friday. The music is free, the atmosphere is electric and the offerings are wonderful. It’s Griffith Central Market. You don’t want to miss it!

Music on Friday September 19th will be provided by Jim Chaddock.

The following vendors have signed on to particpate in the Market.


“Ay Chihuahua’s” Autistic Eye Art Ben’s Soft Pretzels Brews & Blooms
Capricorn Foods
Cookielicious Bakery Crafty Colors Early Bird Inc
Elite Sweets Festive Foods Flagel’s Sugar House Gindhouse Café
Iceophine Design Jill Marie’s Luketi Mescolare
Nana’s Tidbits
Panos Farms Planted Memories Remlap Composting
Simply Birgit Sinfully Delicious Brownies
Stamper Cheese Sun Dipped
T&S Catering Taste & See The Divine Chef Tiffany’s Hot Dogs and Polish
Tiffany’s Tea Room The Rolling Stonebaker, Inc The Scoville Brothers Valpo Shrimp Co
Wilk’s Wear Yingyang Gourmeals
 

 

Written: 04-12-2014 12:00 AM
Thinking of adopting a cat or dog? Thinking of adopting a cat or dog?

Are you considering adopting a cat or a dog? If so, please consider an animal from the Griffith Animal Control Dept. To see a list of animals looking for a good home, please click HERE.

Thank you.

Written: 04-12-2014 12:00 AM

Hi-Rail Model Train Exhibit

Free - Open to the Public - For young and old!

Hi-Rail Modular Train Club train exhibit at Franklin Center, on:

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

October 4th and 5th

October 18th and 19th

November 1st and 2nd

November 22nd and 23rd

December 6th and 7th

December 20th and 2st

Enter at door G which is near the corner of Broad and Lake Streets.

Check out their website at http://www.hirailmodulartrainclub.com/

Written: 07-28-2014 12:00 AM

Imagine Griffith Project Needs Your Help Imagine Griffith Project Needs Your Help

The Imagine Griffith committee was formed from the Ball State Charette workshop held in 2011. The goals of the committee are to take ideas from the Charette and from anyone else and to bring them to life. We aim to work on one or two projects at a time so we can complete them but to help accomplish project goals we need volunteers to help! 

The Imagine Griffith committee meets the 4th Thursday of the month  at 6:30pm in the Griffith Community Room (room 107) in the Franklin Center. Everyone is welcome to attend. We always have a need for volunteers and would love to see you at a meeting so you can hear what is going on and we can hear from you as well.

Valerie Wotkun
Imagine Griffith Chairman

Written: 07-28-2014 12:00 AM

Griffith Central Market And Facebook Griffith Central Market And Facebook

Recently the Griffith Central Market Facebook page reached over 1200 likes! If you would like to get more information on the event via updates and have a Facebook account, please click HERE.

Written: 10-31-2014 12:00 AM

CodeRed Alert System CodeRed Alert System

The Town of Griffith recently improved the town's emergency phone notification system and, based upon some of the feedback received, it is evident that the database containing the contact information of our residents did not transfer completely. Therefore, we are asking anyone who did not receive a phone call or if you would like to add additional phone numbers and the option of receiving texts and emails click on the following link and register your contact information so that we can assure a more effecient notification process in the future.

[read more...] Written: 01-19-2014 12:00 AM

Dog and Cat Food Coupons Dog and Cat Food Coupons

DOG AND CAT FOOD COUPONS

Do you have any coupons relating to dog and cat food that you will not need?  If so please consider donating them to Griffith Animal Control.

To donate any coupons, please take them to the Griffith Police Dept, which is located at 115 N. Broad St between 9am and 4pm and give them to the person on duty at the window. 
They will ensure they get to the right people.

Thank you!!!!!

Written: 03-18-2013 12:00 AM

Bridge Closure - Arbogast Bridge Closure - Arbogast

August 29, 2014 UPDATE

Griffith Residents residing in the vicinity of the North Arbogast Avenue Bridge spanning the Cady Marsh Ditch.

Beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014 there may be times that the Contractor for the Arbogast Avenue Bridge replacement project will be working 24 hours a day for a period of 4 to 5 days.  Due to the frequent rain events we have been experiencing, this is necessary to get the project back on schedule for completion during this construction season.  If significant rain events occur during this period, the duration could be extended.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work to get Arbogast Avenue reopened as soon as possible.

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Due to emergency maintenance repairs, the Arbogast bridge over the Cady Marsh Ditch will be closed until further notice. Detour streets will be Colfax Avenue to the east and Broad Street to the west.

Written: 05-12-2014 12:00 AM

Lake County Library Information Lake County Library Information

Want to know more about what is going on at the Lake County libraries? If so, click HERE.

Written: 05-12-2014 12:00 AM

Anonymous Crime Tip Line Anonymous Crime Tip Line

The Griffith Police Department with the cooperation of the Griffith Safety Board and the Griffith Town Council, have established a “tip-line” for The Town of Griffith. Citizens wishing to report specific suspicious or criminal activity not requiring immediate police response are encouraged to call and leave a detailed message regarding such activity. Messages left on the “tip-line” will be reviewed on a regular basis and appropriate action will be taken when warranted. Citizens using the “tip-line” may choose to remain anonymous. However, citizens who provide their name and telephone number may be contacted by the Griffith Police Department to obtain further details regarding the activity reported. If a citizen chooses to provide their contact information, they still have the right to remain anonymous. If you witness or have information regarding suspicious or suspected criminal activity that does not require immediate police response, please call the Griffith Police Department “tip-line” at 219-922-3085 or fill it out online by clicking HERE.

Griffith, IN Police Department

Written: 05-12-2014 12:00 AM

Griffith Fire Dept Accepting Applications Griffith Fire Dept Accepting Applications

The Town of Griffith Fire Department is accepting applications for firefighters.

Applications can be picked up at; Griffith Central Fire Station (130 N. Lafayette St) or downloaded online at:
http://www.griffith.in.gov/portal/media-type/html/group/fire-dept/page/default.psml/js_pane/P-140741be929-10597

Thank you.

Written: 05-12-2014 12:00 AM

Town Code on Garage Sales

Sec. 46-1. Garage sales, yard sales and sales of unused or unwanted items.permanent link to this piece of content

(a)

Permit. Prior to the sale, the resident or sponsoring group shall be required to apply for a permit for such sale on forms provided at the town hall. No fee shall be imposed for the issuance of such permit. The permit shall be displayed at the sale site.

(b)

Restrictions. A resident or institution permitted in a residential district shall be allowed to hold no more than two garage sales, yard sales or sales of used or unwanted personal property on the premises for no more than three consecutive days, per sale, in any calendar year. Any garage sale, yard sale, other such sale, or public marketing on the premises in excess of this limitation, or any sale of property which was purchased or acquired for sale is prohibited.

(c)

Signage. Signage of sale shall be limited to one accessory sign not to exceed nine square feet in area which sign shall not be displayed until the day of sale and shall be removed forthwith upon expiration of the sale permit. All other Municipal Code provisions related to signs shall apply.

Written: 08-09-2014 02:53 PM

Griffith Video Tour Griffith Video Tour

The Town of Griffith would like to invite you to view the video links provided here describing our wonderful community. We appreciate the sponsors that have helped make these videos available. To view a video, please click on a link listed below.

Welcome
Education
Quality of Life
Real Estate and Relocation

Parks and Recreation
Downtown

[read more...] Written: 08-09-2014 02:53 PM

Homework Hotline Information Homework Hotline Information

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students.

  • Tutors help students in grades 6-12.
  • 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Sunday - Thursday
  • September - May

Call toll free at 1-877-ASK-ROSE.

The program is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Written: 08-09-2014 02:53 PM

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