Annacaroline Caruso

Reporter

88.1 WVPE Public Radio is pleased to announce Annacaroline Caruso has joined the reporting team at WVPE. 

Annacaroline comes to Indiana by way of the East Coast. She graduated with a degree in Journalism from Boston University. She has radio reporting and producing experience from her work at WCBM in Maryland and at Virgin Media in Dublin, Ireland. She hails from the Baltimore area. 

Annacaroline enjoys covering stories related to the environment and public health. Although radio journalism is her first love, she also likes to create short documentaries. 

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A writing workshop in South Bend Saturday morning is designed specifically for kids on the autism spectrum.

Write Differently is a creative writing workshop catered to students with autism in grades three through 12.

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A bench in a neighborhood in South Bend is providing residents with more than just a place to relax. 

The Laughing Bench at 911 Portage Avenue is meant to give people a sense of community. It’s said that if you sit on the bench with another person, you can’t help but laugh.

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An Elkhart flute maker was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association to celebrate his contribution over 70 years in the business.

However, Emerson DeFord wasn't always in the flute making business.

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South Bend Community Schools teamed up with the City’s bus service to provide free rides for students during the first semester of school. 

South Bend high school students can ride any Transpo bus for free from August 15th to December 20th. All they have to do is show their student ID.

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The Elkhart Riverwalk Grand Prix returned this weekend, but this time things were a little different.

Go-karts lit up the streets of Elkhart this weekend for the first-ever night race.

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South Bend residents gathered Thursday night for the first in a series of seven meetings to give input on police practices. 

People who attended the meeting were broken into small groups with facilitators leading each conversation.

http://sb.school/district_information/departments_of_sbcsc/superintendent_s_office

The South Bend Schools new superintendent met with parents, teachers, and community members Wednesday morning for the first “Talks with Todd.”

“Talks with Todd” are an opportunity for anyone to share issues or ideas with South Bend Schools Superintendent Todd Cummings.

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Kids attended a workshop at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts center to learn how to make movie sounds, something also known as Foley. 

The kids who attended the Foley workshop recreated the sounds from the opening scene of Back to the Future.

Community members can join the South Bend Police Department Tuesday night for the annual National Night Out Against Crime.

The SBPD hosts multiple events for the community throughout the year.

http://www.cityofnewbuffalo.org/downloads/pressrelease.pdf

New Buffalo earned a federal grant to improve its beaches for the growing number of tourists that visit each summer. 

The City has $51,000 to create a master plan for New Buffalo beaches.

Annacaroline Caruso

UPDATE: 

South Bend fire officials report that the fire is now out at the site of Sunday's industrial blaze. There were hot spots that had to be put out as recently as 6am Monday. Now investigators are on scene looking for information on what caused the fire in the first place. 

ORIGINAL POST:

South Bend firefighters battled a fire Sunday evening at an industrial site on the City’s southwest side at the corner of Calvert and Franklin streets.

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About 30 people gathered in Michigan City’s Pullman Park Thursday night to protest a proposal by the Northern Indiana Public Service Company. 

NIPSCO plans to cut electric bill rates for it’s five large industrial customers and raise costs for residential consumers.

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Fourth graders from the Concord school district launched a weather balloon Wednesday morning so teachers in other districts can recreate the same experiment in their classrooms. 

Students learned about the atmosphere, weather patterns, and math for three months in preparation for the launch.

Elkhart Parks & Recreation

Elkhart’s Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Randall Norton, has been charged with embezzling about $20,000 from a youth non-profit organization he ran in Michigan.

The Three Rivers Police Department say the incoming director of a group known as Three Rivers Area Mentoring, found inconsistencies and missing money after Norton left his position with the group. Three Rivers Area Mentoring is a non-profit that matches children with adults or high school volunteer mentors.

South Bend residents and members of the City’s Common Council gathered Monday night to brainstorm ways to improve the community.

Community members were broken into five groups to discuss topics including economic development, affordable housing, youth engagement and employment, neighborhood infrastructure, and public safety.

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