Barb Anguiano

Reporter

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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.
 

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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.   
 

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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.
 

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Mishawaka Schools hosted a series of workshops for educators from across Northern Indiana yesterday to discuss best practices to nurture the “Whole Child.”

The whole child refers to the social and emotional well-being of a child that in turn affects a child’s academic performance.
 

Director of Student Learning and Innovation for Mishawaka Schools, Sarah Hickle says whole means teachers make sure the child is, “healthy, happy, safe, ready to learn.”
 

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Elkhart residents asked Park Board members yesterday to resign during the board’s monthly meeting. The board came under scrutiny by Tolson Community and Youth Center advocates after the City Council’s decision to defund the Center last week.


Residents who spoke against the Park Board accused them of collusion with the Elkhart City Council regarding Tolson funding. Tolson is managed by the Parks Department, and residents at the meeting said they felt the board didn’t advocate enough for the Center.
 

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.
 

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