Commentary:   At 50-year milestone, our parks–our gems–are worth celebrating
Jul31

Commentary: At 50-year milestone, our parks–our gems–are worth celebrating

By James Woolcock The Genesee County Parks are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018 and our parks are certainly worth celebrating.  Did you know that Genesee County has the largest county park system in the state of Michigan, measured by acreage? While congratulations are certainly in order for the Parks Commission, a recent story on our county parks in My City Magazine (July 2018) told only part of the story.  Just a brief...

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Commentary:  Judicial elections are often invisible, confusing–but important
Jul31

Commentary: Judicial elections are often invisible, confusing–but important

By Paul Rozycki What is it that makes us trust our judges? Their independence in office and manner of appointment. –John Marshall Last month, Genesee County witnessed a rather unusual event — as reported by East Village Magazine — a judicial forum  for the candidates running to fill three slots on the 7th Circuit Court.  In a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Genesee County Bar Association, eight...

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Flint City Council approves $133 million in water work, addresses council tension
Jul30

Flint City Council approves $133 million in water work, addresses council tension

By Meghan Christian A plan for eight water-related projects totalling $132.9 million for the city of Flint was approved following a public hearing July 23 by the Flint City Council (FCC). But the council, along with several members of the audience of about 30 residents, expressed displeasure that the presentation on the proposal came almost two months later than expected, that a promised public forum on the plan never happened, and...

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Goodbye, Noah:  Popular neighborhood hangout, Olympic Grill, becoming a Leo’s
Jul30

Goodbye, Noah: Popular neighborhood hangout, Olympic Grill, becoming a Leo’s

By Jan Worth-Nelson Noah Vukaj has sold Olympic Grill on E. Court Street to the Leo’s Coney Island franchise.  The sign at the popular eatery  is expected to come down Thursday, “The opportunity was there and I cannot turn it down,”  Vukaj, 53, said. He is buying a strip mall on Silver Lake Road in Fenton.  It has seven tenants, all local, and he’s looking forward to a new challenge after owning Olympic for ten...

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Hamady Food Center opens with hope for a new generation
Jul28

Hamady Food Center opens with hope for a new generation

By Darlene C. Carey “Welcome to Hamady’s!”  Hamady’s Complete Food Center owner Jim McColgan Jr. exclaimed to a crowd gathered at the official opening of the store July 25 after months of anticipation and delays. The renovated grocery store, representing the rebirth of an iconic Flint chain that had been dormant for years, is in the Hallwood Plaza at 2629 W. Pierson Rd. As the red ribbons were cut at the store entrance, a small crowd...

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