City By City Report for Dec. 9, 2013

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Monday, December 9, 2013:


Monday night, parents and the rest of the community have a chance to meet Lakeshore's new superintendent, Philip Freeman. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, he'll attend an hour-long meet and greet, starting at 7 p.m. in the high school media center.


A Christmas tradition that stood for decades is coming down. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, the 70-foot tall pine holds 2,400 LED Christmas lights and it's been a focal point in the neighborhood on Indiana Avenue for almost 30 years; but it has a dangerous fungus, so the man who owns the property says it will be cut down at the end of next month.


Children will get to Christmas shop with some local stars. The John Glenn basketball team is hosting their "Shop with a Player" event. They helped 23 children last year and have been doing this annually since 2010. They'll shop Monday afternoon at Walmart in Plymouth.

St. Joseph County

Monday is the last day for St. Joe County's leaf burn amnesty week. But many homeowners have complained it was too late in the season to burn and the leaves are too wet. Otherwise, a county burn ban applies to all subdivisions because of a re-established curbside leaf pickup program.


The Bittersweet branch of the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library reopened Monday morning after they closed for renovations. Some materials and library areas may not be available, however, as work finishes up. Signs will be posted with more information.


Shorter school days begin Monday at Roosevelt Elementary in Elkhart. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, kids will be in class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day and will not have the 45-minute early release on Wednesdays like other schools. The change comes as the elementary school launches the STEAM program, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.


It’s free fun family movie night at the library. It's located on South Second Street starting at 5:30 p.m. They're showing "The Santa Clause" starring Tim Allen. It's rated PG.


Santa is visiting Watervliet Monday. He will be at the library from 6 to 8 p.m. Kids can meet Santa and watch him light up the tree in library park, downtown. Santa will also receive a special gift. He'll be presented with a key to the city.


Santa will be at the Newton Center in Lakeville this weekend. You can find him there from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Kids can get their picture taken for free. You are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food donation for a collection.

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