City By City Report for April 14, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Monday, April 14, 2014:

South Bend

Kids in need, including victims of crimes, will get a bit of comfort from toys. The St. Vincent de Paul Society is partnering with the South Bend Police Department to gift hundreds of donated toys to their victim services and youth outreach programs. The group says they believe the officers can use the toys to provide hope to the most vulnerable in our community.


Bishop Kevin Rhoades will be in South Bend Monday night to mark Holy Week. He will lead the Chrism Mass at Saint Matthew's Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. The bishop will bless the Oil of the Sick and the Oil of the Catechumens and consecrate the Holy Chrism.


For the first time in 22 years, sewer rates might be going up for Syracuse residents, but you do have a chance to comment on the changes at Monday night’s council meeting. According to Stacey Page Online, rates haven't increased since 1992, but the council says they need more money for repairs at the wastewater treatment plant. Rates would go up about 35% over the next two years.


Tickets are on sale now for the second annual "Success is in the Bag" luncheon. The proceeds benefit the self-sufficiency programs at Combined Community Services. The event is coming up on April 26 at the Latte Lounge and Gallery. There will be live music, a fashion show, and handbag auctions. Tickets are $15.

Berrien County

Berrien County is making its million mile challenge a little harder this year. They are shortening the time frame to walk a million miles, by 2 months. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, the challenge will run from June 1st to August 31st this year. Residents are challenged to walk and log one million miles. Last year the county fell 300,000 short of the goal. If you want to participate this year, we have a link on the Big Red Bar.


Pulaski County democrats will be at Kosta's restaurant in Winamac on Thursday night for Coffee with the Candidates. It starts at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.


Goshen High School's percussion concert group won an international competition over the weekend. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, they beat 18 other schools in the winter guard world championships. Goshen's marching group placed 14th.


If you're looking for an alternative to the traditional Easter egg hunt, why not help out a food bank. There will be an Easter food drive going on Friday and Saturday at the Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart. They're hoping to collect 15,000 food items to stock the shelves of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana and Church Community Services.


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