HAMMOND 219 REGION DAY
WHEREAS, 219 is the second month of the year, February, and the 19th day of said month, and;
WHEREAS, 219 is the North American telephone area code for the Chicago metropolitan area of northwest Indiana that includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties, which constitute the area known as “DA REGION,” and
WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region entitles its residents to cheer for the Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, and favor the Bears over the Colts and the Bulls over the Pacers no matter what the odds; and
WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region entitles people to wear shorts when its 40 degrees outside and mow their lawns wearing socks and sandals; and
WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region insures that your residential block will speak at least four different ethnic languages and all residents will gather around to celebrate whichever groups music and food is the focus of an annual celebration; and
WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region insures that everyone knows how much better drivers they are than people coming from other area codes because we know how to drive around potholes and in snow; and
WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region entitles people to celebrate July 4th as long and as loud as they want; and
WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region enables its citizen to know what a “gapers block,” “dibs chair,” “Indianapolis time,” and “mill traffic” means in normal conversations; and
WHEREAS, living in the 219 Region makes us all the stepchild of the State of Indiana
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Thomas M. McDermott, Mayor of the City of Hammond, Indiana do hereby proclaim February 19, 2015 as “219” Region Day in the City of Hammond.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Hammond, Indiana, on this, the 19th day of February, 2015.
Thomas M. McDermott, Jr.
Mayor, City of Hammond