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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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News and Announcements
Post Tribune Article From 8-18 Council Meeting Click to view more
Blog Post On Griffith's Craft Beer Popularity Click to view more
The Times Article From 8-18 Council Mtg Click to view more
The Times Story On Griffith Woman Click to view more
The Times Story On Little Libraries Click to view more
The Times Article On Sports In Griffith Click to view more
The Times Article On Bears Players Coming To Griffith Click to view more
The Times Article on Griffith K-9 Unit Click to view more
The Times Article On Downtown Events Click to view more
The Times Story On Local Griffith Business Click to view more
The Times Story On Band Student's Award Click to view more
The Times Article On The Circus Click to view more
The Times Video On Griffith Football Click to view more
The Times Article on KMart Plaza Click to view more
Indiana DNR Special Events Calendar [read more...] Click to view more
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Last updated: 09-03-2015 02:05 PM
Events
2015-09-03 Griffith's 7th Annual Rock N Rail Street Festival Click to view more
2015-09-04 Griffith's 7th Annual Rock N Rail Street Festival Click to view more
2015-09-04 Griffith Football vs. Hobart - 7 pm Click to view more
2015-09-04 Rock N Rail Car Show - 5 pm - 9 pm Click to view more
2015-09-05 Griffith's 7th Annual Rock N Rail Street Festival Click to view more
2015-09-05 Griffith Historical Society Museum OPEN - 11 am - 6 pm Click to view more
2015-09-06 Griffith's 7th Annual Rock N Rail Street Festival Click to view more
2015-09-06 Griffith Historical Society Museum OPEN - 1 pm - 5 pm Click to view more
2015-09-07 Town Offices Closed Today Click to view more
2015-09-08 V.E.S.T. Meeting - 7:00 pm Click to view more
2015-09-08 Lake County Council Meeting - 10 am Click to view more
2015-09-09 Plan Commission Meeting - 7pm Click to view more
2015-09-09 SPECIAL DATE - Redevelopment Commission Meeting - 5:30 p.m. Click to view more
2015-09-09 Little Cal River Basin Development Mtg - 6 pm Click to view more
2015-09-10 School Board Meeting - 7:30 pm Click to view more
2015-09-10 Safety Board Meeting - 7:00 PM Click to view more
2015-09-11 14 Year Anniversary Of The 9/11 Attacks Click to view more
2015-09-12 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2015-09-13 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2015-09-14 Park Board Meeting - 7:00 pm Click to view more
2015-09-14 Fire Department Meeting - 7:30 pm Click to view more
2015-09-15 Town Council Meeting - 7 PM Click to view more
2015-09-16 EMS Meeting - 6:00 pm Click to view more
2015-09-17 SPECIAL DATE Sanitary Board Meeting - 6:30 PM Click to view more
2015-09-17 Sanitary Board Meeting - 6:30 PM Click to view more
2015-09-17 SPECIAL DATE Storm Water Board Meeting - 7:00 pm Click to view more
2015-09-17 Crime Watch Meeting - 6:30 pm Click to view more
2015-09-17 Creepy Crawly - 7:30 pm Click to view more
2015-09-18 Griffith Football vs Kankakee Valley - 7 pm Click to view more
2015-09-19 Griffth Safety Day - 11 am - 4 pm Click to view more
2015-09-19 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2015-09-19 Lake County Hazardous Materials Collection - Munster - 9 am - 2 pm Click to view more
2015-09-20 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2015-09-21 GSEC Monthly Meeting - 7 pm Click to view more
2015-09-23 BZA Meeting - 7:00 pm Click to view more
2015-09-24 Imagine Griffith Meeting - 6:30 pm Click to view more
2015-09-25 Griffith Football vs Munster - 7 pm Click to view more
2015-09-26 Pet-Stravaganza - 1 pm - 6 pm Click to view more
2015-09-26 Boy Scout Craft Fair - 10 am - 5 pm Click to view more
2015-09-26 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2015-09-27 Boy Scout Craft Fair - 10 am - 4 pm Click to view more
2015-09-27 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
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Last updated: 09-03-2015 02:05 PM
Featured Articles
Griffith's 7th Annual Rock N Rail Street Festival

Griffith's 7th Annual Rock 'N' Rail Street Festival

Labor Day Weekend  - Thursday-Sunday, September 3-6, 2015

To view the flier with all the times for each band and other activities, please click HERE.

Like us on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/RockNRail

Vendor information/application click HERE  

This is a message from the town of Griffith Regarding the upcoming 7th Annual Rock-N-Rails Street Festival which begins this coming Thursday at 5pm and will end at midnight Sunday night. We want all residents to be aware that Broad Street from Main Street to Lake St will be closed to all traffic beginning Wednesday morning.

Handicap parking will be provided at the south parking lot of the YMCA. Those with appropriate placards or plates may enter Columbia Ave off of Griffith Blvd to reach this parking area.

In order to better facilitate patron parking and convenience, mass parking is being established at St. Marys Church Hildebrandt Hall (behind 525 N. Broad St - parking lot between Oak and Elm St) . A shuttle service is being provided by the North Township Trustees Office Frank Mrvan which will run from the St. Marys mass parking area to the area of Griffith Blvd and Columbia Ave. Look for the red shuttle signs and the Rock-N-Rails Logo identifying the shuttle. It will be a single bus making regular drop-offs and pick-ups.

Shuttle Times:

Thursday & Friday 5:00 pm-Midnight

Saturday 5:00 pm-Midnight

Sunday 1:00 pm-Midnight

Come out on Friday for the car show and to meet and get autographs from members of the 1985 Chicago Bears. The entire weekend is packed with tremendous bands, food vendors and activities for even the younger kids in the Kidzone. For more information regarding festival times, activities and attractions, as well as the operating times for the shuttle service, go to the towns website at www.griffith.in.gov. We look forward to another fun filled and entertaining festival 


 

The Griffith Historical Society will have the Museum located in the lower level of the Franklin Center (corner of Lake and Griffith Blvd)  open during RailFest!  The hours will be 11-6 on Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday the 6th of Sept.  Admission is free.  Please come and see all of the new things we have on display.  


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Public Safety and Community Day

This year our Public Safety and Community Day will take place again at Central Park on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 from 11 am - 4 pm (rain date September 20th). Public safety demonstrations will take place throughout the day (final schedule TBA). In addition to public safety exhibitions, last year we added our community partners and non-profit organizations from throughout the area which were also present at the event, and he hope to add even more this year. Athletic programs and other organizations from Griffith Public Schools will also be represented. If you are a member of a non-profit organization which would like to participate in this year's event, contact Officer Pete Ghrist at 219-924-4281 x3313, or by e-mail at pghrist@griffith.k12.in.us.


So come out and see a K-9 demonstration, helicopter landing, accident extrication, DUI investigation, and much more. There will be games for kids, bounce houses, a live DJ, and a visit from Ronald McDonald. You will be able to see Griffith's public safety vehicles and equipment up close, and meet the men and women responsible for keeping our community safe. This is a family friendly event and we encourage those of all ages to attend. Last year's event was the best one yet, and we hope to expand into an even more successful event this year. Much more information to follow as we get closer to the day of the event. Hope to see you on September 19th!

To join the Facebook page for the event and get updated information, please click HERE.

Tentative Schedule so far: 

11AM: Event Begins 

11:15AM: K-9 Demonstration with Griffith Corporal Gutierrez and K-9 Gino 

12PM: Steve Kellogg Magic Show 

1PM: Lake County Police Helicopter piloted by Sergeant Phillips lands in Central Park 

2:30PM: Griffith Fire Department Accident Scene Extrication/Griffith Police Department DUI Investigation 

4PM: Event Ends 

Throughout the day we will also have a DJ, food, free bounce houses and Knockerball, visits from Ronald McDonald, Darren the DARE Lion, Disney Princesses, and much more! Over forty public safety agencies (including SWAT), non-profit organizations, churches, and school sports and clubs will be present. There will also be games for kids sponsored by Centier Bank and First Christian Church, and an "Impaired Vision Goggles" course for kids to demonstrate the dangers of alcohol use. Don't forget to participate in our "Guns and Hoses" blood drive sponsored by Griffith Fire Department Auxiliary. Don't miss this event for all ages, there will be something for everyone. See you there!

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Griffith Central Market Is HERE Griffith Central Market Is HERE

In the Spring of 2013 we opened the Market in Central Park. The idea was to bring a “farmer’s market” to the town. However, it didn’t take long before we realized that what was taking shape was far different than the ordinary “farmer’s market” and we quickly adjusted our creative thinking.

Griffith Central Market is a festival that begins each spring and winds it’s way through the summer. It’s a microcosm that celebrates everything that the Town of Griffith is. It’s great music, hand crafted wares, delicious foods, and locally brewed ale’s. Nestled under the old oak trees that stir a gentle breeze in the warm summer months, the Market sits along a winding path through the park.

The success of the Market has everything to do with quality vendors and the amazingly supportive citizenry of this great little town we call home. The townspeople love the Market and in turn the Market continues to evolve into a venue that embraces all the people of Griffith. It’s the place to be on Friday afternoon/evening.

The Market is scheduled to being on Friday May 1st weather permitting.

If you would like to get more information on the event via updates and have a Facebook account, please click HERE

Listed below are the first few weeks of musical acts as well as the vendor list (some vendors may not be at the market every week):

September 4th - Come out and enjoy the Rock N Rail Fest!

Sept 11 Pete Calacci & Billy O

Sept 18 To Be Announced

A Spice Above Dips Authentic Honey Farms Autistic Eye Art Ay Chihuahua's
Ben's Pretzels Bridges Scoreboard Buck's BBQ Cookielicious Bakery
Crafty Colors Divine Chef Early Bird Vegan Elite Sweets
Everyday Upcycle Festive Foods

Flagel's Sugar House 

Fruit Blends
Grindhouse Cafe Jill Marie's Lady's Gourmet Popcorn  Lellulo's
Mescolare Mother Wilma's Marshmellow Factory Nana's Tidbits
Pie Eyed Rolling Stonebaker S&T Baking Salon 180
Scentafection Scoville Brothers Sinfully Delicious Brownies 

Sizzlebox Food Truck

 Staci's Beads & Jewelry  Stamper Cheese Company
Sweet Frog
Taste & See
Tiddlywink Toffee
Tiffany's Tearoom  Tiffany's Gourmet Hot Dogs Treasured Friends (Griffith Animal Control)
T&S Catering
Wilk Wear
   

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Griffith Senior Center Nashville Trip

For Seniors - Would you like to take a bus ride to Nashville and experience what the town has to offer? Please click HERE for more information.

Written: 07-13-2015 12:00 AM

September Is National Preparedness Month

Sept 1-5 is flooding.

To see how to better prepare for flooding, please click HERE.

Please take this survey and get a chance to win a weather radio by clicking HERE

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is gauging Indiana citizens’ readiness for emergencies and disasters through this brief survey. 

The outcomes of the survey will help the public safety community gain a greater understanding of how prepared Indiana residents are and how to
help increase that preparedness.

 

Written: 09-01-2015 12:00 AM

36th Annual Boy Scout Craft Fair 36th Annual Boy Scout Craft Fair

The 36th annual Boy Scout Craft Fair will be taking place Saturday and Sunday September 26th (10am - 5pm) and 27th (10am - 4pm) at Central Park. Great food and craft items will be available. To get more info on this event, please click HERE.

Written: 09-01-2015 12:00 AM

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: 09-01-2015 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: 09-01-2015 12:00 AM

Town of Griffith Ward Map Town of Griffith Ward Map

Have you wondered how the town ward's are laid out? If so, click HERE to see the map.

Written: 09-01-2015 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

CodeRed Alert System CodeRed Alert System

The Town of Griffith is utilizing a notification system called CodeRED to notify residents of critical situations that may be occurring in town, emergencies, to make announcements, etc.  If you would like to receive notifications please click HERE.

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Road Construction UPDATES

Broad St.

The Lake County Board of Commissioners through the Lake County Highway Department is notifying all public agencies and the general public that Broad St. between Joliet St (73rd Ave.) and Avenue H will be closed for the replacement of Lake Country Bridge 306. The road will be closed at 7 am starting Friday August 21st, 2015 through Tuesday November 24th, 2015 (weather permitting).

North bound at Broad St: Take Joliet St. (73rd Avenue) West to Cline Ave. Take Cline Ave. North to Avenue H (61st)

South bound at Broad St: Take Avenue H (61st) West to Cline Ave. Take Cline Ave. South to Joliet St (73rd Ave.) Take Joliet St. (73rd Ave.) to East Broad St.

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact the Lake County Highway Dept., specifically Duane Alverson – Engineer, 1100 East Monitor St., Crown Point, IN 46307, Telephone # 219-663-9525, Fax # 219-662-0497.

Written: 08-10-2015 12:00 AM
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 17th 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 pavilion. 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.

Written: 08-10-2015 12:00 AM

Griffith Police And Fire Dept Thanks You

The Griffith Police Department was flattered to receive the pictured cards and gift basket from the "Kids at the Calumet-Griffith Library". You guys are our heroes, too! Thanks for the nice gesture of support.

The GFD received a wonderful gift basket full of goodies and thank you cards from the kids at the Griffith-Calumet Township Public Library. It's little things like this, that mean the world to us all. 

Written: 08-25-2015 12:00 AM

Child Seat Checks

September 13-19 is National Child Passenger Safety Week

September 19th is National Seat Check Saturday

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Use this toolkit for information and ideas on how to generate awareness about child car safety in your community during Child Passenger Safety Week, National Seat Check Saturday, and throughout the year.

http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/cps

Written: 08-25-2015 12:00 AM

A BIG THANKS

 

Griffith Animal Control and Treasured Friends would like thank all of you who donated items and goods to the sale, as well as made other donations and purchases!  We would also like to thank all the volunteers who assisted in making the sale a great success!

Written: 09-01-2015 12:00 AM

Supplies Needed For Animal Control


We are in need of cleaning supplies! Bleach, laundry soap, Mr Clean, paper towels and dish soap. You can always drop off at the Police Station 24 hours a day which is located at 115 N. Broad St. THANK YOU!!!

Written: 07-13-2014 12:00 AM

Volunteers Needed



Griffith Special Events Committee is need of volunteers to help with yearly events such as the symphony night, Creeply Crawley and the 4th of July Parade.  If you are interested in helping at any of these events, please contact Julie Anderson at mander6668@scbcglobal.net or text/call her cell at (219)718-9831. Thanks!

Written: 08-21-2014 12:00 AM

Tips On How You Can Prevent Crime In Your Neighborhood Tips On How You Can Prevent Crime In Your Neighborhood

The Community Crime Watch Program would like to invite you to participate in its revamped crime prevention program. The meetings are going with a new format and will now take place in different parts of town on a monthly basis at 6:30 pm. The program is active and is expanding its presence. This forum provides an opportunity for citizens to present their concerns and problems regarding crime in our neighborhoods.

Come out to meet your neighbors and members of the police department to hear about what is going on in your area as well as other parts of town.

A drawing will be taking place for those who attend and light refreshments will be served.

The Thursday September 17th meeting will take place at the Mansards Clubhouse.

To view more information on Crime Watch and past presentations made at the Crime Watch meetings, please click HERE.

To view compiled crime reports, please click HERE.

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Mosquito Disease Warning Flier

Please click HERE to view a flier from Public Works on a mosquito disease warning flier.

Written: 06-03-2015 06:54 PM

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: 06-03-2015 06:54 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: 06-03-2015 06:54 PM

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