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Community centers, libraries and schools across the country are reading one book Thursday, in an effort to raise awareness and education around transgender children.

 

The book is ‘I Am Jazz” written by reality TV star and transgender child activist Jazz Jennings.

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The South Bend nonprofit La Casa de Amistad hosted a meeting Thursday, to discuss the details of the recent consideration of Elkhart County as the site for a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, detention facility by the private company CoreCivic.

Residents of St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties gathered to write letters to urge local government leaders to vote down CoreCivic’s proposal to build the facility when the proposal is presented.
 

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The South Bend Community School Corporation held a listening forum yesterday where residents had an opportunity to give feedback to school leaders about the proposed Focus 2018 school plan.

 

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Some local post offices will be open on Sundays leading up to Christmas. A release from USPS says the extended are meant to give customers more of a chance to get holiday mailing done.

Offices open for Sunday hours include:

Northwest area: Valparaiso, Gary and Merrillville.

Fort Wayne area: Fort Wayne Northwood and Centennial.

South Bend area: South Bend Main Office, Edison Park, Elkhart, Chippewa, Mishawaka, Marion and Kokomo.

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Volunteers and workers at Hope Ministries in South Bend will provide nearly a thousand thanksgiving dinners for the holiday today.

Hope Ministries has been giving out thanksgiving dinners for 25 years. This year, they will serve just over 300 people at their facility and deliver more than 500 meals to people in need.

Billy "Stix" Nicks and the Motown Machine

We were saddened to hear the news that drummer Billy “Stix” Nicks died Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the age of 82 after an illness. He died just one day after being inducted into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame.

Bill Nicks founded the popular jazz bands The Rhythm Rockers and the Billy Nicks Jazz Trio. He’s also known for having played and recorded with the prestigious Motown label with Junior Walker and the All Stars.

Billy performed at many WVPE events over the years, including one of the Meet Me on the Island events earlier this year with his band The Motown Machine.

 

The new non-profit, Accelerator for America, launched in South Bend today. The group, chaired by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, was developed with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.


Accelerator for America aims to provide strategic or financial support to help strengthen people’s economic security nationwide. That includes organizations that promote jobs and skills training in communities.
 

Courtesy of Family and Children's Center, South Bend

 

 

The Family and Children’s Center  in South Bend is promoting the use of baby boxes in St. Joseph County in an effort to help reduce infant mortality rates. Baby boxes are cardboard boxes that come with a sleeping pad and provide a safe sleep option for newborns up to six months.
 

NASA: The road to Mars passes through Indiana

Sep 20, 2017
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NASA and other major aerospace representatives celebrated South Bend’s role in supplying specialized parts for spacecraft with a presentation and panel discussion at Manufacturing Technologies Inc., or MTI. The city is one of 12 in Indiana that manufactures parts for the space program.  
 

Former astronaut Brian Duffy said he’s depended on parts made in South Bend a few times.

 

NASA: The road to Mars passes through Indiana

Sep 20, 2017
Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

 

 

NASA and other major aerospace representatives celebrated South Bend’s role in supplying specialized parts for spacecraft with a presentation and panel discussion at Manufacturing Technologies Inc., or MTI. The city is one of 12 in Indiana that manufactures parts for the space program.  
 

Former astronaut Brian Duffy said he’s depended on parts made in South Bend a few times.

 

South Bend presents new parental leave plan

Sep 15, 2017

 

South Bend Common Council members will consider the city’s first plan for paid parental leave.

The city of South Bend may institute new fully-paid parental leave, in addition to its already existing medical leave, to full-time city employees. The 6 weeks paid leave would be available to any qualified employee - male or female - designated as a primary caregiver.  If both are city employees, both may still take off at the same time.
 

Notre Dame trail finishes with parade through South Bend

Aug 26, 2017
Pilgrims cross the street
Jennifer Weingart

 

The Notre Dame trail, the long walk from Vincennes to South Bend to commemorate the University’s 175th anniversary finished Saturday.

 

Most of the 32 pilgrims that make up the core group are Notre Dame Alumni who returned to Indiana from across the country to participate in the historic walk.

The 300 miles recreate the walk Father Edward Sorin and his followers took in 1842 to found the University.

Donnelly makes stop in South Bend

Aug 23, 2017

Senator Joe Donnelly stopped at the Charles Martin Youth Center in South Bend as part of his “Hoosier Highways” RV tour. The 6-day tour is part of Donnelly’s campaign launch, in which he travels the state and listens to voter concerns, as well as shares what he considers accomplishments of his first term in the Senate.

Donnelly said he  is happy to be back in his home region.

He said that the one thing he has learned in his time in  Washington, is that he can work with anybody.

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell promoted a new program to South Bend residents that allows someone with a disability, or a parent of a child with a disability, to create a savings account with special tax advantages. Mitchell, along with staff were available to answer questions regarding the program at the Logan Center following the presentation.
 

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