City By City Report for March 27, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Thursday, March 27, 2014:

Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are gearing up to unveil their 2014 shirt. They'll reveal the design April 11 at the Hammes Book Store. This year will be a special design, commemorating the 25th anniversary of "the shirt project."

South Bend

South Bend college students are hosting a panel on homelessness Thursday night and how you can make a difference. It’s taking place at Saint Mary's College in Carroll Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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You can do your part to help clean up the St. Joseph River. The 19th annual clean-up effort is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you want to get involved you should check in at Veterans Memorial Park on Northside Boulevard. Be sure to wear long pants, long sleeves and rugged shoes. Organizers say you may want some water-proof work gloves, too. Trash bags and water will be provided.

Berrien County

There are vacant seats on the Berrien County Planning Commission. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, the county is looking for volunteers to fill a position until the end of the year. The planning commission makes recommendations about things that affect the economic and social growth of the county. They also review all township zoning matters. Meetings are at 2:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in St. Joseph. Applications are available on the county website. We have a link on the Big Red Bar.

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The harsh winter was great for area parks. Ski revenues at Madeline Bertrand County Park in Berrien County were up by nearly $10,000. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, the parks took in an overall 60% more money in the first quarter of the year compared to 2013.

Elkhart

As food prices skyrocket this year, there is some relief in Elkhart. A new grocery store sells "salvage" products at a lower price to you. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, “20 East Discount Groceries” is located on Old U.S. 20 East. They sell groceries that have damaged packaging, or that are near their best by dates. This trend is catching on nationwide. Shoppers typically save 25 to 50 percent.

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Plans are underway for Disability Awareness Day in Michiana. ADEC will host an ice cream social and open house on Saturday in Elkhart from 1 to 3 p.m. The goal is to dispel myths and foster understanding for people with disabilities.

Mishawaka

You can see what catholic schools have to offer in Mishawaka on Thursday night. There are open houses going on at all three campuses from 6 to 7:30 p.m. That includes St. Bavo, St. Joseph and St. Monica.

Wakarusa

You can find hundreds of vendors selling gently used and some new items for kids in Wakarusa this weekend. The 15th annual resale is going on at Wakarusa Missionary Church from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Click here for more information.

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