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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.

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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.

Barb Anguiano / WVPE

 

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

 

Economic development started in Elkhart in 2017 is continuing into 2018. Economic numbers in the first quarter are up.

The city of Elkhart has issued permits for 48 million dollars in new construction and upgrades so far in 2018. If that continues it will outpace 2017’s 144 million in developments. In 2016, less than 60 million dollars was put into such investments.

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese said the city still faces problems with getting qualified people for available jobs.

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.
 

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.

Jennifer Weingart

 

President Donald Trump gave a few minutes at the podium to GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun at his rally in Elkhart last night.

Primary winner Braun tied himself to the president at the rally, as he did during the race.

 

President Donald Trump touched on the rallying points he’s had since he announced his candidacy: border security, repealing Obamacare, and the second amendment. But his big message of the night was electing more Republicans to Congress.

Jennifer Weingart

 

  President Donald Trump unveiled a new slogan at his rally in Elkhart and hurled insults at the democrats. He asked the crowd to vote Republican in November. They didn’t need convincing.

The crowd chanted ‘USA’ and ‘build that wall’ before President Donald Trump even entered the building.

Trump used tonight’s  rally to unveil his slogan for his 2020 re-election campaign.

“Make America Great Again wouldn’t work out too well, right? It’s going to be Keep America Great because that’s exactly where we’re heading.”

Jennifer Weingart

Ahead of the Rally in Elkhart tonight, supporters of President Donald Trump are lined up outside the Northside Gym, waiting for the doors to open.

Supporters from as far away as Florida and California wait in line, decked out in Trump gear. At the rally tonight the president is expected to talk about his tax plan and support local Republican candidates.

The rally starts at seven, but Bruce Spratling has been here since 9 a.m.. He’s from Florida but winters in Michigan. He’s got a Trump flag draped around his shoulder and a sign that says ‘stop H-1B visas.’

Retired union leader Chuck Jones believes President Donald Trump has not kept his promises to Hoosier workers. Jones’s statements come ahead of the president’s Thursday visit to Elkhart, a city that depends heavily on manufacturing jobs. 

According to Jones, Indiana residents don’t have to look further than the lost jobs at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis to see the President’s impact on Hoosier jobs.

While Jones said he appreciated the president making jobs a central campaign issue, he argues not much more has been done for workers since.

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