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Michelle and Nat FitzGerald are the owners of Make South Bend and curators of the Rebel Art Fest. They talk about their love for the River Park neighborhood of South Bend.

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

Music: "Son of Man" by SPACESHIPS (Nat FitzGerald is a member of the band)

City of South Bend

 

The Best Week Ever festival kicks off today in South Bend with Memorial Day events. There are plenty to do this week all over the city.

Last year for the first annual Best Week Ever there were a lot of complaints about the events being too spread out. So this year organizers have each day’s events centered in one neighborhood.

Across the week there will be art festivals, food, live music, themed parties, kids activities, rafting on the East Race and an attempt to break a world record.

West Side South Bend Opens Official Headquarters

May 22, 2018
Barb Anguiano / WVPE

 

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

Bike Michiana Coalition

 

Bike to work week in Michiana is coming to a close. Organizers say it has been successful despite some wet weather early on.

Bike to Work Week Michiana did have to move there usual South Bend pancake breakfast from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Karen Haun is on the board for the Michiana Bike Coalition. She said the week is a great chance for biking co-workers to form groups.

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.
 

Women's Care Center: False Information Used Against Us

May 11, 2018

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.
 

Trippin'

May 11, 2018
Jeanette Saddler-Taylor

Oh good, you’re here. Please come and sit down so that I can show you the 2713 (According to mathematician Larry, that’s a prime number.) pictures that I took on my recent trip. What? This is radio, and you can’t see them and thus are spared from this “opportunity.” Well then, a thousand words, give or take, will have to suffice.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

St. Joseph County Public Library

Christina Brooks is Director of the City of South Bend’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Her husband is former Notre Dame and NFL running back Reggie Brooks, who is now the Director of Student-Athlete Alumni Relations and Engagement at the University of Notre Dame. Together, they reflect on moments from their 28-year marriage.

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

Music: "Rebound" by Kris Brownlee

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

The University of Notre Dame

 

Over 10 days and more than 30 events The University of Notre Dame executed their first ‘Idea Week.’ Now that it’s over organizers are looking forward to next year.

Around 16 thousand people went to at least one event during Idea Week.

Things like the McCloskey New Venture Competition, or talks by Daymond Johns and Adam Savage, concerts from The Chainsmokers and Itzhak Perlman.

Nick Swisher is the director of communications at the Idea Center. He said they were glad to see the local residents at the events.

Paving Season Underway in South Bend

May 2, 2018
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

Paving season is officially underway in South Bend. The city’s Department of Public Works today released its list of projects for the year.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg said the city would like residents to be informed of when paving will take place, and besides releasing the scheduled work dates, they will also launch an interactive website in the next

  few days that will track work progress. Streets set to be paved include Ironwood Drive and Western Avenue.

 

Jennifer Weingart

 

The South Bend Police Department is adding body cameras to all its patrols.

South Bend’s Police Department has already started using body cameras. About 35 have been out since the beginning of the year. By June all 170 patrols will have a camera.

“This is about mutual accountability," said Chief Scott Ruzskowski. "It’s not just the officers, it’s the people that the officers are dealing with.”

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County broke ground today on the construction of four new houses in South Bend ahead of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

 

The four homes will be built on a plot of land known as the Shetterley Triangle, which is bounded by California, Woodward and De Maude avenues in the Near Northwest Neighborhood.

 

The University of Notre Dame

 

A senior from South Bend Adams High School is competing today in the national Shakespeare competition in New York City.

A few days before competition Tiana Mudzimurema is still getting direction from her coach Christy Burgess.

“But imagine that you’re seeing that muse and like ‘come to me muse’ right?” “Oh I thought I was angry because it went away.” “Yeah but you’re saying…”

Music Village

Music Village Instructor Buddy Pearson speaks with his Rock School 101 students, including Charles Alexander Bucklew, Jack Bucklew, Gavin Dougherty, Jonathan Kerkman, and Macy McCausland.

Michiana Stories airs Mondays at 7:45 AM and 4:45 PM and is produced by the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE.

Music: Rock School 101 performs "Zombie," written by Dolores O'Riordan and originally performed by The Cranberries in 1994.

Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office today released the review results of nearly 400 untested Sexual Assault Examination Kits or SAEKs. The review comes after an Indiana State Police audit of untested kits in every county in December 2017.

 

St. Joseph County Public Library

On this episode of Michiana Stories, Rabbi Micheal Friedman and Imam Mohammad Sirajuddin discuss faith, family, and community in South Bend.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE and is heard Mondays at 7:45 AM and 4:45 PM on 88.1 WVPE.

Music: "Salaam Shalom" by Raffi

After two officer involved shootings in as many weeks South Bend police chief Scott Ruszkowski released a video comment Friday about the shootings and ongoing investigation.

In the video Ruskowski explained the review by the SBPD on its law policy, training.

He said the criminal investigation by the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is separate and happens any time someone is killed.

 

On Saturday scientists and science enthusiasts are gathering in South Bend for the 2018 March for Science.

Last year the March for Science in South Bend drew a crowd of more than a thousand. Far higher than the couple hundred organizers expected.

Robert Stanley is the chair of March for Science South Bend. He said they are expecting fewer people this year because the momentum is down with other protests and issues drawing people’s focus.

Stanley said science relates to a lot of those other issues.

Buttigieg Signs Responsible Bidding Ordinance

Apr 12, 2018

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg signed an ordinance yesterday passed by the Common Council on April 9th, which defines a “responsible bidder.”
 

The Responsible Bidding Ordinance is meant to protect taxpayer dollars as well as small businesses by making sure public works projects are completed efficiently and held to a high standard.
 

Elizabeth Smart to Speak at Century Center

Apr 9, 2018

Child safety activist and author Elizabeth Smart will speak at the Century Center in South Bend on Wednesday, following the release of her new book.
 

Smart’s talk will focus on topics in her new book, Where There’s Hope, There’s Healing, which deals with her recovery since being kidnapped in 2002. Smart was held captive for nine months before being rescued.
 

St. Joseph County Public Library

Juan Constantino, development coordinator at La Casa de Amistad, talks about his childhood in South Bend and his family's journey from Mexico to the United States.

Michiana Stories is a production of the St. Joseph County Public Library and 88.1 WVPE and airs Mondays at 7:45 AM and 4:45 PM.

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

 

St. Joseph County officials have released more details regarding yesterday’s officer-involved shooting on South Bend’s West Side, which they are calling a “justified homicide.”
 

The Friends of the St. Joseph River are holding a river cleanup event in South Bend this weekend.

The event is meant to help clear debris from the banks of the river. Cleanup will go from the Veterans Memorial Park boat launch to the IUSB footbridge on Northshore Boulevard.

It runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Trash bags will be provided but volunteers are asked to dress appropriately and wear work gloves.

 

Kennedy smiles and shakes hands with enthusiastic crowds in a black and white photo
Courtesy of Michael G. Gotsch Jr.

 

Monday is Dyngus Day, a Polish celebration of the end of Lent and, in Northern Indiana, a big deal in political circles.

Fifty years ago South Bend experienced one of it’s biggest Dyngus Day events when Senator Robert Kennedy visited while campaigning for the Indiana Democratic presidential primary.

Indiana was a must-win for Bobby Kennedy in 1968. Lyndon Johnson had just announced he would not run and Kennedy was too late for early primaries. Indiana was his first chance to prove he could get votes.

South Bend Police Department

 

The South Bend Police Department is hosting a non-ballistic weapons self-defense class on Thursday and Friday.

Participants to the training will learn how to identify and use everyday items like t-shirts, flashlights and pens as weapons against an attacker.

Chris Brady is with the South Bend Police Department. He says the training is meant to be very practical.

“Hopefully it’s giving them them a basic understanding of how to defend themselves using these improvised weapons should the situation arise.”

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