Barb Anguiano

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend

 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is among the list of Democrats the news website Politico has indicated met with former President Barack Obama in D.C., to discuss a potential 2020 bid for the Presidency.

Mark Bode, Buttigieg’s Director of Communications, confirmed the Buttigieg and Obama have met several times, most recently for a- quote, “informal, private conversation last fall.”

 

Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts will feature works by  Pop-artist Andy Warhol starting Saturday.

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The Elkhart City Council voted Monday not to continue funding the Tolson Community and Youth Center, after nearly a year of discussing the topic with residents.

 

Tensions ran high as residents spoke before city council members, asking them not to defund the Tolson Center, which primarily serves youth in south-central Elkhart. Many residents were frustrated at what they felt was a runaround from the City Council.  
 

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Residents met at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart over the weekend to voice concerns regarding the Tolson Youth and Community Center ahead of Monday’s finance committee meeting, where Tolson is expected be on the agenda.
 

The Tolson center, which primarily serves youth in south-central Elkhart, has been in limbo since late last year, when the city council slashed funding for the center to nearly half. Since then, an advisory committee has been set up by Mayor Tim Neese to help identify Tolson’s needs.
 

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Wear Orange protests occurred across the country this weekend to bring awareness to gun safety. The South Bend Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America protested in orange, Saturday in Mishawaka.

 

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Business and community leaders around Marshall County met Thursday in Plymouth to discuss projects and funding as part of Indiana’s Stellar Region Initiative.

 

The Stellar Regions Initiative, from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, aims to promote regionalism throughout the state. Cities and towns in  Marshall County are working together to implement projects to improve the quality of life in the area.

 

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A new community center opened Tuesday on South Bend’s West Side to focus on needs in the neighborhood.

Geese swim in overflow from the St. Joseph River,
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Three new Disaster Recovery Centers opened in Northern Indiana this week to help residents still dealing with aftermath from this year’s floods.

The centers operated by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are intended to help those seeking federal assistance for flood damages. Center workers are available to help navigate resources and assist with registration.

The St. Joseph County Child Fatality Review Team held its annual public meeting Wednesday in South Bend. The year’s number of deaths reinforce the Review Team’s thoughts on the dangers of co-sleeping with infants.
 

The Review Team of Saint Joe County saw a total of 27 deaths for infants under a year old in 2017, ten of which were caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.
 

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s veto of a zoning request from a pro-life, non-medical facility stands. In a packed room, which included both pro-life and pro-choice supporters, the city’s Common Council voted 5 to 4, missing the majority needed to override the veto.

The council cited five rezoning criteria they used to allow Women’s Care Center, a pro-life, non-medical facility to open an office next to Whole Women’s Health Alliance, which could soon become an abortion provider in South Bend.
 

Vice President of Women’s Care Center Jenny Hunsberger says the center is not political, and known to be a “stabilizing force” in the community.
 

She said the issue at hand is false information being disseminated in connection to a controversial zoning request for a new Women’s Care Center Office, to be next door to Whole Woman’s Health Alliance proposed non-surgical abortion clinic.
 

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President Donald Trump unveiled his new slogan,"Keep America Great” at his campaign rally yesterday in Elkhart to a welcoming crowd. Protesters across the street however, had other thoughts about the president’s impact.

 

President Donald Trump’s supporters waited outside of the Elkhart middle school venue for hours before the rally. And they got an earful of chants against the president.
 

Retired union leader Chuck Jones believes President Donald Trump has not kept his promises to Hoosier workers. Jones’s statements come ahead of the president’s Thursday visit to Elkhart, a city that depends heavily on manufacturing jobs. 

According to Jones, Indiana residents don’t have to look further than the lost jobs at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis to see the President’s impact on Hoosier jobs.

While Jones said he appreciated the president making jobs a central campaign issue, he argues not much more has been done for workers since.

Peter Ringenberg

Pat Hackett fell second in the polls and conceded to Mel Hall yesterday. She called to congratulate him on his victory before addressing her supporters at Bruno’s Original Pizza in South Bend.

Some supporters shed tears as Hackett thanked them, and there were audible gasps when she said she called Hall.  

Hackett said she will continue to support the Democratic Party and its agenda. While she said she will take time to review her campaign strategy, she said she has no specific plans to run for office in the near future.

The City of South Bend will kick-off a four-day workshop on Sunday, seeking resident input in creating a vision for the Portage and Elwood Neighborhood Center.


The sessions will be held at the Near Northwest Neighborhood building. Community members will have an opportunity to discuss their thoughts of what the biggest needs in the area are with city designers.
 

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