City By City Report for Nov. 7, 2013

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Thursday, November 7, 2013:

Benton Harbor

The Montessori Academy has been placed on a priority list by the state of Michigan. That distinction gives them four options: turn around, transform, restart, or close. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, the district plans to rearrange the system, to keep kids learning at an appropriate pace.

St. Joseph

Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports out there and residents are asking the city to build a course on land the city already owns. According to The Herald Palladium, they say the cost would be relatively low, and folks will drive miles for a good course. The city is now considering the proposal.


Five-foot tall hearts will soon be popping up all along the streets of downtown Elkhart. According to our partners at The Elkhart Truth, the painted hearts will be auctioned off to raise money for Elkhart General Hospital's Heart Care Unit. They hope to raise $250,000 with the 20 hearts.

Drive and Shine will offer free car washes to veterans on Monday, in honor of Veterans Day. The deal is also good for active service members. They can get the diamond wash, valued at $18, for free. Other locations are also participating in Mishawaka and South Bend.


Community members are helping those struggling to make ends meet. An empowerment group meets every Thursday at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Mishawaka Food Pantry where they teach people how to rise above the level of poverty. The pantry is located at 315 Lincolnway West.


There is still time to join the Race to Save Lives. It is taking place on Saturday at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. There will be a 5k and 10k run as well as a 5k Walk of Hope. The goal is to raise awareness of suicide and the importance of prevention.

South Bend

The winter Passport to Play events have been announced around St. Joseph County. It's a joint effort by the South Bend Parks Department, HealthWorks Kids Museum, St. Joseph County Parks, Martin's Supermarkets and the Reducing Obesity Coalition of St. Joseph County. All of the family-friendly activities are free. The first one will be on Friday at HealthWorks Kids Museum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It's called "Movin' to the Music". You can find a link to more information on the Big Red Bar.

Three Rivers

Polish up your resume over the weekend. There is an Aldi's hiring event going on next week. It will be on Monday at the Three Rivers Community Center on Douglas Avenue from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. According to our reporting partners at WSJM, they are looking to fill cashier, shift manager and manager trainee positions. You must be at least 18 years old to apply. The Three Rivers location is scheduled to open early next year.

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