Transformed by water and politics, Walters fights on
Nov16

Transformed by water and politics, Walters fights on

Interview by Ashley O’Brien LeeAnne Walters was once a stay-at-home mother of four. But she was transformed into an advocate for water safety in Flint and across the country after her four-year-old son Gavin got sick—the numbers on his blood tests clearly in the “action” range for lead poisoning. Walters, 37, and her whole family – husband and four kids — experienced hair loss and rashes after the water source changed to...

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Library millage win means modernization, “new service focus”
Nov16

Library millage win means modernization, “new service focus”

By Nic Custer The Central Park Neighborhood Association October meeting covered a Flint Public Library millage ballot proposal, neighborhood blight, the Investor’s Committee, and upcoming elections. Director Kay Schwartz, Flint Public Library, shared information about a library millage on the November ballot. [Editor’s note: the millage passed by a wide margin in the Nov. 3 election]. Schwartz explained that the millage for 6/10 of a...

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Welcome To Our Village!
Nov16

Welcome To Our Village!

Thank you for joining us here at the exciting opening of our new website.  We are so grateful to be back online after months of repairs and redesign.  It has been a tumultuous year for us, beginning with the death of our founder, Gary Custer, in January, and the crash of our old site last spring.  But here we are back, brighter, committed and in what Gary used to call the “East Village state of mind.” That means we’re feisty as ever...

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Local news still matters, even as the “how” changes
Nov13

Local news still matters, even as the “how” changes

By Jan Worth-Nelson I just lost my temper.  The trigger was an early morning solicitation to subscribe to the Flint Journal — our hometown paper, right?  I asked the young voice with a Southern accent where she was calling from.  Missouri, she said.   Missouri? “Missouri?” I shouted, “I want nothing to do with a newspaper in my home town that outsources its business to another state!” And I hung up. Okay, so it was an...

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Is restoring trust as easy as turning a faucet?
Nov13

Is restoring trust as easy as turning a faucet?

By Paul Rozycki Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships -Stephen Covey Success has a thousand fathers. Failure is always an orphan. -attributed to Tacitus and Count Galezzo Ciano [Editor’s Note:  While these are Paul Rozycki’s personal views, they are shared by the EVM editorial board.] With Dr. Karen...

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