South Bend

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Local non-profit and city officials gathered yesterday to cut the ribbon on South Bend’s new West Side Small Business Resource Center on Lincoln Way West. The center aims to nurture small business development on the city’s West Side.

 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he’s excited the city is part of helping create a diverse business ecosystem on the West Side.
 

 

The Indiana Department of Health is reviewing a order from a judge that recommends a proposed abortion clinic in South Bend be licensed.

 

The clinic would offer medication abortions to women up to 10 weeks pregnant. Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, the company planning to open the clinic, applied for a license last October. They were denied by the state health department for not disclosing some information about the company’s other clinics.

Michiana Stories: Gary Gabrich

Sep 17, 2018

Gary Gabrich is a retiree and historian specializing in Hungarian immigration to South Bend. When researching his genealogy, he discovered relatives in Croatia. He went to visit them... on September 11, 2001.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at (574) 235-4199 or MichianaStories@gmail.com.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

 

An Indianapolis judge has issued a recommended order for a proposed abortion clinic in South Bend.

Whole Woman’s Health alliance is seeking to open a clinic that will offer medication abortions in the city.

The judges recommend order comes after the state health department had rejected Whole Woman’s Health Alliance’s license application.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

 

Seventeen years ago Tuesdsay, far from Michiana, four planes were used as weapons in the most deadly terror attacks in American history.

Those events touched many lives in the immediate aftermath and the years since. As they become more distant, the concern is raised on how September 11th will be remembered by a younger generation of Americans.

Most high school students in America today do not have a living memory of the September 11 attacks.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

South Bend community activists gathered at Leighton Plaza Sunday, demanding someone be held accountable for the death of 22-year-old Erica Flores. The mother of two was killed in a car crash with a South Bend Police Officer on Western Avenue in July.

Family members and community activists say the Grand Jury’s decision to not indict South Bend Police Officer Justin Gorney relating to the death of Erica Flores was no surprise.

Michiana Stories: 100 Black Men

Sep 3, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

Arnold Sallie, current President of 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend, discusses with past presidents Alfred J. Guillaume, Jr., and Sy Barker what inspires their work with the mentorship program.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at 574.282.4646 or library@SJCPL.org

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

 

The Indiana State Department of Health administrative hearing to decide if the non-profit Whole Woman’s Health Alliance will receive a license to perform abortions in South Bend begins tomorrow in Indianapolis.

 

Founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Amy Hagstrom-Miller says it’s still unclear what information the State Health Department was not given when the organization was denied their initial license request in January.  
 

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Three area Martin’s Supermarkets pharmacies introduced permanent pill dropboxes for disposal of prescription medications.

 

The drop boxes, which look similar to mailboxes, are the latest effort of the 525 Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription pill addiction.
 

Co-founder, Becky Savage says placing the boxes inside the supermarkets makes disposing of prescription medication safe and convenient.
 

Michiana Stories: Potawatomi Zoo

Aug 20, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

Joshua Sisk and Skye Hoffman of Potawatomi Zoo talk about the importance of wildlife encounters and their lifelong love of animals.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

If you have a Michiana story to share, contact the St. Joseph County Public Library at 574.282.4646 or library@SJCPL.org

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

 

Many schools in Northern Indiana start this week. Students will see some changes in a few local districts this year.

After Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb made handheld metal detectors available to schools, many students in the area will see those this year.

Students at South Bend Schools will see new start times, 8 a.m. for elementary and 9 a.m. for middle and high schoolers.

Mayor Eyes Downtown For South Shore Stop

Aug 14, 2018
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gave his recommendations regarding the rerouting of the South Shore Train Line at the city’s common council meeting last night.

 

He says he'd like to see the  South Shore Line downtown. It would run alongside, if not be combined with the Transpo Station on South Street.
 

St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, three generations of women from a Michiana family share memories of South Bend and the woman who ties them together, late Penn High School teacher Josephine Davis.

Josephine's granddaughter, Emma Smith is a student at Indiana University and an intern at the St. Joseph County Public Library. She is living in South Bend for the first time this summer.

Anne McCollam Pendl is a syndicated columnist and Josephine’s best friend.

Tricia Smith, a realtor and Emma’s mother, grew up in South Bend.

Home Repairs Strengthen Community Ties In South Bend

Jul 30, 2018
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

The city of South Bend hopes to help homeowners on the west side, by increasing the amount of funds available for home rehabs, as well as new builds through the Home Repair Pilot Program. Homeowners in a specific part of town will be able to apply for almost $20,000 dollars in assistance for home renovation projects. But the new program has impacted more than just home repairs in this community.

 

Stacey Odom considers herself an activist for her community on South Bend’s West Side.

 

 

The city of South Bend is offering amnesty for additional fees on parking tickets on Friday.

This mean all late fees are waived for one day only.

South Bend has been doing parking amnesty day for a few years. It gives people with late fees on parking tickets a chance to save a little money, and the city a chance to make some money off tickets that may never have been paid otherwise.

City Clerk Kareemah Fowler said the idea is not to deter people from coming downtown.

Michiana Stories: Studebaker Part 2

Jul 23, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

From the Studebaker National Museum, Assistant Director Jo McCoy, archivist Andrew Beckman and curator Aaron Warkentin once again join us and discuss how Studebakers outshined other car industries throughout history.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

 

The city of South Bend launched a new version of it’s website Monday. The design is meant to make the most used features easy to find.

The site was designed with a lot of input from different sources. Resident surveys, the South Bend Code School and the University of Notre Dame all played a role.

The city’s chief innovation officer Santiago Garces said for the next year or so they will be taking resident opinions and issues into account to improve the site.

Michiana Stories: Studebaker Part 1

Jul 16, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Assistant Director of the Studebaker Museum, Jo McCoy, has a conversation with both the museum’s archivist, Andrew Beckman and the museum’s curator, Aaron Warkentin about the innovation at the museum as well as some of their favorite Studebakers.

Michiana Stories can be heard Mondays at 7:45 during Morning Edition and at 4:45 during All Things Considered.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

St. Joseph County, Indiana Habitat for Humanity is counting down for the start of the 35th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Works Project during the last week of August. The non-profit hosted a “Kid’s Day” Tuesday for those moving into new homes to mingle with future neighbors.

Jim Williams is the President and CEO of St. Joseph County Habitat for Humanity. He stands under a pavilion at Potawatomi Park in South Bend, as he tries to avoid a collision with kids present for the ‘Kid’s Day’. He says events like this help build a sense of community for those in the program.

Grant Beachy

In this episode of Michiana Stories, we rejoin the conversation with Director Hannah Fischer and rising director Chloe Ilene (EILEEN), this time regarding the inspiration behind one of their favorite performances, Mercy/Shelter.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE and is heard Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

Grant Beachy

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Hannah Fischer, founding director of Fischer Dance, speaks with Chloé Ilene, rising director of New Industry Dance, about the rebranding of the company. The conversation was recorded on location at Fischer Dance.

Below is information from a Fischer Dance press release from June 26, 2018.

Fischer Dance bids farewell to founding director Hannah Fischer, announces a new name, and ushers in a new era of contemporary dance in South Bend, Ind.

Michiana Stories: South Bend LGBTQ Center

Jun 25, 2018
St. Joseph County Public Library

LGBTQ Center employees Tricia McCann and Jamie Morgan talk about the different local events and local resources available in South Bend for the LGBTQ community.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE. It is aired on Monday mornings at 7:45, and Monday afternoons at 4:45, on 88.1 WVPE.

Juneteenth Celebrated In South Bend

Jun 19, 2018

 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center in South Bend hosted its first Juneteenth celebration. Junteenth is a holiday focusing on the Emancipation Proclamation, and the freeing of African American slaves during the Civil War.

 

Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865, when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas. The Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln in 1863, though slaves in Texas didn’t learn of the president’s action until two years later.
 

South Bend Lead Tests More Targeted

Jun 18, 2018
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

The non-profit Near Northwest Neighborhood in South Bend hosted free lead testing for area residents Saturday.
 

  The tests were primarily for children under the age of seven and pregnant women in census tract six on South Bend’s Northwest side.
 

Emily Dean is an outreach coordinator for Near Northwest Neighborhood. She said testing is the first step in addressing the issue of lead in the neighborhood.   
 

South Bend Pride Week Ends With Block Party

Jun 18, 2018
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

South Bend’s Pride Week 2018 wrapped up over the weekend with a downtown Block Party.
 

Vendors and non-profit organizations from across northern Indiana lined a block of Michigan street for the final event of South Bend’s 2018 Pride Week.
 

Jason Wilkinson is the executive director at the LGBTQ Center in South Bend. He says he’s proudest of all the young people that showed up during the week’s events.
 

Buttigieg, Obama Talks Confirmed, Content Unclear

Jun 11, 2018
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.”

 

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

 The three disaster recovery centers set up in Indiana after record late winter flooding will close permanently this Saturday.

The centers in South Bend, Elkhart and Utica were created to help people impacted by the flooding fill out applications for assistance through FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the state.

Applications and assistance will still be available online and by phone. The centers will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. then will close.

 

  The city of South Bend will reimburse residents for replacing broken sidewalks and curbs or for adding them where there are gaps.

The program allows property owners to contract work on sidewalk and curbs that abut their property. The city will pay $20 per linear foot for sidewalk, and $15 for curbs.

In some cases the city will also reimburse for ADA compliant ramps.

 

The South Bend Police Department is accepting applications for its Citizen's Police Academy classes.

The Citizen's Police Academy is nine weeks of Tuesday night classes that allow civilians a peek into what it’s like to be a police officer.

Spokesperson Ken Garcia said they hope the class attracts people from all walks of life.

Jennifer Weingart

 

Three months after February’s record breaking floods, Michiana is still cleaning up the mess left behind. Disaster centers in the region are working to help residents with recovery efforts.

The FEMA disaster recovery centers in Elkhart and South Bend have only been open for about a month. So far $2.3 million dollars in aid has been handed out to nearly 1,900 registrants.

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