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Sports Beat: Steve Schmidt surpasses 1000 games in his 32nd season as Mott CC’s men’s basketball coach

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Sports Beat:    Steve Schmidt surpasses 1000 games in his 32nd season as Mott CC’s men’s basketball coach

By Harold C. Ford If successful sports coaches are measured by longevity, wins, and winning percentage, then Steve Schmidt, men’s basketball coach at Mott Community College (MCC), is, at present, one of the most successful coaches in America at any level in any era.   Schmidt coached his 1000th game for Mott on Dec. 12, 2022m,  when his team lost for the first time this season against Lansing Community College (LCC), 81-77. Upon reaching the 1000th game milestone, Schmidt said: “I’ve been humbled all night … To be able to do something you...

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The East Village Magazine – February 2023

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The East Village Magazine – February 2023

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Education Beat: Threat at ALA prompts backpack review; parliamentary woes continue to plague Flint school board

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Education Beat:  Threat at ALA prompts backpack review; parliamentary woes continue to plague Flint school board

“Sunlight or prison walls: I’m going to go with sunlight and having windows.” –Kelly Fields, principal, Accelerated Learning Academy, Jan. 18, 2023 “There was nothing that happened here (ALA) on campus … The campus has been safe and secure.” –Keiona Murphy, assistant superintendent, Flint Community Schools (FCS) By Harold C. Ford The Flint Board of Education (FBOE) wrestled with two recurring issues – one national in scope and another particular to the Flint panel – at its most recent public meeting on Jan. 18, 2023.   Flint’s Accelerated...

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African-American artwork celebrated in three galleries at FIA

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African-American artwork celebrated in three galleries at FIA

By Tom Travis Three exhibits honoring and celebrating work by African-American artists will be featured at The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) over the next few months. The FIA’s Contemporary wing will exhibit works from the FIA’s permanent collection of African-American artists and art of the African diaspora. In the Graphics gallery,  the exhibit Expressions will be on display until April 16. Expressions presents a selection of works on paper by African-American artists acquired by FIA over the last decade And finally, in the...

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UM-Flint Chancellor gets 15% raise; dozens top $100K in diverse salary picture as Strategic Transformation decisions appear close

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UM-Flint Chancellor gets 15% raise;  dozens top $100K in diverse salary picture as Strategic Transformation decisions appear close

By Jan Worth-Nelson The University of Michigan – Flint’s top executive, Chancellor Debasish Dutta, received a 15% pay raise for the 2022-23 fiscal year, bringing his yearly salary to $469,000, according to publicly available sources. On average, the rest of the Flint university faculty and staff  received raises of about 3-5%.  The overall University of Michigan pay raise for 2022-23, was 4.1%. Asked for a response from UMF administration about Dutta’s salary increase, Robb King, UM – Flint director of marketing and...

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City of Flint allocates $15.6 million for Community Grants from ARPA funding; applications open now

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City of Flint allocates $15.6 million for Community Grants from ARPA funding;  applications open now

By Tom Travis Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include information about a webinar provided by the City of Flint on Feb. 2 for those wishing to apply for an ARPA Community Grant. The City of Flint has allocated $15.6 million of the city’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for Community Grants. Applications are open now  for eligible organizations to compete for funds to serve Flint residents in three priority program areas: housing and blight elimination, public health, and economic development. Mayor says 40...

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Dysfunction and Democracy from Flint to Washington. Is Flint a model for the nation?

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Dysfunction and Democracy from Flint to Washington. Is Flint a model for the nation?

By Paul Rozycki For much of the 20th Century Flint was a leader for much of what mattered in the nation. It was home for one of the largest manufacturing corporations in the world. It was the place where one of the most progressive and influential labor unions in the nation stood up to that corporation and negotiated a labor agreement. It was known for its premier public school system. It was where a major foundation built a Cultural Center that rivaled many larger cities. It was where the first Black mayor of a major city was chosen. ...

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Education Beat: New leadership team for Flint Board of Education all first-timers

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Education Beat:     New leadership team for Flint Board of Education all first-timers

By Harold C. Ford “Sometimes you’ve got to pivot.” – Melody Relerford, newly-elected Flint Board of Education trustee, Jan. 11, 2023 A new leadership team was impaneled at the annual organizational meeting of the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) on Jan. 11, 2023.   Newly-elected members of a five-person electoral slate were chosen to fill three of four executive officer positions. Four of five slate members – Melody Relerford, Dylan Luna, Terae King, and Michael Clack – along with non-slate candidate Claudia Perkins, filled a single board...

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Early cancer detection to save lives highlighted at MLK Jr. Day Berston celebration

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Early cancer detection to save lives highlighted at MLK Jr. Day Berston celebration

By Tom Travis “Dr. King once said that injustice in health was the most inhuman form of inequality because it leads to death that could have been prevented. Earlier detection of cancer should be accessible to everyone, not just those who can afford to pay out-of-pocket.”   — Gary Puckrein, National Minority Quality Forum Berston Field House was bursting at the seams with community visitors as it celebrated and remembered the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 16. Cars packed the parking lot and lined the sidewalks...

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Michigan Speaker Rep. Joe Tate considers economic development with Flint business, housing leaders

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Michigan Speaker Rep. Joe Tate considers economic development with Flint business, housing leaders

By Tom Travis Housing was a key factor considered in an economic development round-table held Monday upstairs in Flint’s Farmers Market. The meeting was organized by recently-elected State Representative Jasper Martus and his special guest the new Speaker of the House in Michigan’s legislature Rep. Joe Tate (D-2nd District). Tate listened and jotted notes as Martus (D-69th District) along with about a dozen Flint business leaders, entrepreneurs and housing organizers introduced themselves and offered ideas. Tate, introducing...

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Mott Foundation grants $16.5 million to support a new YMCA and mixed-use space in downtown Flint

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Mott Foundation grants $16.5 million to support a new YMCA and mixed-use space in downtown Flint

Construction is scheduled to begin in March on a mixed-use facility in downtown Flint that will feature a new home for the YMCA of Greater Flint and residential rental space. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation granted $11 million to the YMCA and $5.5 million to the Foundation for the Uptown Reinvestment Corporation to support the project, according to a press release from the Mott Foundation. The new facility will help meet important needs by increasing health and wellness options, expanding youth education and family programming, and adding...

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Flint residents can apply for WRAP water bill assistance Thursdays at City Hall

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Flint residents can apply for WRAP water bill assistance Thursdays at City Hall

By Tom Travis The City of Flint is encouraging Flint residents to apply for the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP)—a two-year program that provides assistance to eligible, low-income households through water bill credits, arrearage assistance, and water conservation assistance, such as minor plumbing repairs, according to a press release. Representatives from the WRAP program are resuming their normal schedule as of Thursday, Jan. 5 at Flint City Hall. Representatives will be available at City Hall every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30...

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UM – Flint “people’s” group critiques “top down” Strategic Transformation process and challenges “employers as customers” approach

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UM – Flint “people’s” group critiques “top down” Strategic Transformation process and challenges “employers as customers” approach

By Jan Worth-Nelson University of Michigan – Flint assistant professor Kimberly Saks adamantly declares  she is not “unAmerican.” At a virtual community town hall last week sponsored by a loosely-organized group of faculty, staff, students and alumni who call themselves the “people’s UM-Flint” to distinguish themselves from the official Strategic Transformation process underway at the downtown campus, Saks took issue with comments from Chancellor Deba Dutta in an EVM interview comparing critics of the...

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East Village Magazine December 2022 – January 2023

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East Village Magazine December 2022 – January 2023

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“From Crisis to Recovery” and a call for unity, are the themes of Mayor Neeley’s State of the City address

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“From Crisis to Recovery” and a call for unity, are the themes of Mayor Neeley’s State of the City address

By Paul Rozycki For the first time since the COVID pandemic Mayor Neeley gave his state of the city address to a live audience at the Capitol Theater.  Because of the pandemic the previous two state of the city address were given virtually. He said “I’m excited to share highlights from the past three years, as well as the new direction our administration is engaging to move our community forward.” This slideshow requires JavaScript. Working on the theme of “One united City of Flint. Together we are strong. We are not victims but victors,”...

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Flint’s “Gentle giant” – Commissioner Bryant “B.B” Nolden honored and remembered by Flint City Council

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Flint’s “Gentle giant” – Commissioner Bryant “B.B” Nolden honored and remembered by Flint City Council

By Tom Travis As Flint reels from the sudden and untimely death of County Commissioner and Berston Field House Director Bryant “B.B.” Nolden,  the City Council honored his legacy through a resolution of condolence in Monday’s meeting., Councilperson Jerri Winfrey-Carter (Ward 5) brought the resolution forward and read it. “In the name of the people of the city of Flint a resolution of condolence: Be it resolved on behalf of the citizens of the City of Flint. The Flint city council expresses its profound regret upon the...

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A new type of health care coming to Flint in January

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A new type of health care coming to Flint in January

By Tom Travis Harris Family Health, Flint’s first direct primary care clinic,  is opening in downtown Flint in January, 2023. It is a membership-based primary care clinic started by Flint native, Dr Aisha [pronounced eh-sha] Harris MD, aimed at offering members more time and access to their doctor so they can prioritize their health and get the care they deserve with no surprise bills. A Grand Opening will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Northbank Center, 432 N Saginaw St, Suite 401A, Flint, MI 48502. Since...

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“Just wait and see”: UM-Flint Chancellor says campus “Strategic Transformation” will bring fiscal stability, vibrancy to Flint community

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“Just wait and see”:  UM-Flint Chancellor says campus “Strategic Transformation” will bring fiscal stability, vibrancy to Flint community

By Jan Worth-Nelson with Tom Travis The University of Michigan – Flint is “a beacon of hope” for the Flint community, UMF Chancellor Debasish Dutta declares,  and he intends to keep it that way. “I am committed to doing everything I can do to make the UM – Flint strong — financially strong, programmatically strong, and relevant to the region,  its employers and so on,”  he asserted in a recent interview. Dutta met with EVM in his third floor office in University Pavilion and went more than twice over...

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Commentary: A tribute to “Master of the State Senate” Jim Ananich

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Commentary:  A tribute to “Master of the State Senate” Jim Ananich

By Michigan State Representative Jasper R. Martus “Thank God for Michigan,” President Lincoln proclaimed when troops arrived to join Union forces in the early stages of the Civil War. Pundits and politicians from across the country offered similar sentiments on Nov. 8 when election returns pointed to Democratic wins up and down the ballot in Michigan. The state’s first Democratic trifecta in over 40 years, a woman’s right to choose codified into law, and the bucking of a century of precedents all happened in one night. While so many...

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Commentary: Looking back and looking ahead — Will 2022 set the stage for 2023?

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Commentary:  Looking back and looking ahead — Will 2022 set the stage for 2023?

By Paul Rozycki The combined December/January issue of the East Village Magazine marks the end of one year and the beginning of another, and gives us the opportunity to take a look back at what mattered in 2022 — and to look forward to what might matter in 2023. Looking back: The national level Politically, the year 2022 was a year of surprises. The first midterm election after a presidential election is almost always bad news for the party in the White House, and most observers expected that to be the case in the past year. Nearly...

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“We have to make the city of Flint a better place” Mayor Neeley calls for unity, strength and hope in second swearing-in ceremony

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“We have to make the city of Flint a better place” Mayor Neeley calls for unity, strength and hope in second swearing-in ceremony

By Tom Travis Themes of love, unity, strength and hope flowed through the remarks at Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s second swearing-in ceremony Monday with familiar faces of politicians, community leaders, city officials, activists and city residents. Longtime local news anchor and friend of Neeley, Bill Harris, was emcee for the ceremony that lasted just under an hour. This slideshow requires JavaScript. After taking the oath of office, Mayor Neeley said, “I look forward to the opportunity to do wonderful work for this wonderful...

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Kay Schwartz has retirement plans: time with grandchildren and time “to sit and read” in the library she transformed

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Kay Schwartz has retirement plans: time with grandchildren and time “to sit and read” in the library she transformed

By Tom Travis After 24 years at the Flint Public Library and playing a major role in its dramatic renovation, Kay Schwartz has plans for her retirement:  spending time with her growing number of grandchildren and going to that library, as a patron this time, to simply “sit and read.” For the past seven years,  Schwartz led the library’s team of staff, board and community members on a quest to transform that library into a 21st century learning center, with a vision “to be Flint’s go-to place to learn for life,’  as she...

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Mott grants $10 million toward $26.4 million Berston Field House upgrades

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Mott grants $10 million toward $26.4 million Berston Field House upgrades

By Harold C. Ford Editor’s note – East Village Magazine (EVM) and the entire Flint community are deeply saddened at the untimely and sudden death of “BeBe” Bryant Nolden on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2022. EVM wishes to express care and condolences to Nolden’s family and close friends. Plans to upgrade and expand Flint’s venerable Berston Field House just got a huge boost from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (CSMF). In November the foundation announced it would grant $10 million to the city of Flint “to support new...

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City Clerk candidates – Guillen and Donohue – to be interviewed Dec. 5

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City Clerk candidates – Guillen and Donohue – to be interviewed Dec. 5

By Tom Travis Out of 24 applicants, two will be interviewed next Monday, Dec. 5, in an open public meeting, for the position of Flint City Clerk – Angela Guillen and Davina Donahue (currently serving as the Interim City Clerk). East Village Magazine (EVM) has reached out to both candidates but neither has responded. City of Flint Human Resources (HR) Director Eddie Smith explained to the council in a Nov. 9 meeting that the City’s HR department had received 24 applications and resumes for the position of City Clerk. Smith and his...

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Education Beat: New leadership team likely to take shape on Flint Ed Board following sweep of four incumbents

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Education Beat:   New leadership team likely to take shape on Flint Ed Board following sweep of four incumbents

By Harold C. Ford “You don’t get to be disciplined; you get to be voted out.”  –Karen Christian, president, United Teachers of Flint, admonishing the errant behaviors of Flint school board members, Sept. 21, 2022 And so, it came to be in the Nov. 8 general election that four incumbents running for re-election to the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) were swept from their positions —  “voted out,” by Flint voters. It was a clean sweep of four board incumbents that may be unprecedented in local electoral politics.  Longtime political...

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The Who’s Tommy in Concert at The Capitol Theatre

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The Who’s Tommy in Concert at The Capitol Theatre

By Patsy Isenberg “Explosive!”   That’s how the Flint Repertory Theatre’s producing artistic director Michael Lluberes described the musical “The Who’s Tommy,” which played to an almost sold-out audience and nearly brought the house down at the Capital Theatre Nov. 18 and 19. He added in his notes from the program that the show is “an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit. Tommy’s journey from outcast to celebrated pinball wizard is a sensory-defying, once in a lifetime theatrical...

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Analysis: UM – Flint wrestling with implications of Strategic Transformation effort: will liberal arts — or the campus itself — survive?

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Analysis: UM – Flint wrestling with implications of Strategic Transformation effort:  will liberal arts — or the campus itself —  survive?

By Jan Worth-Nelson Pressed by a complex mix of serious financial issues, declining enrollment, momentum to supply expected workforce needs, effects of the pandemic, and even socio-cultural shifts, the University of Michigan – Flint is grappling with the likelihood of major changes in its character and institutional design. It appears the new era is already underway, with the launch in 2021 of the new College of innovation and Technology (CIT)  which offers eight degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based...

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Herkenroder and Lewis voted president and vice-president of Flint city council, city clerk interviews to be Dec. 5

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Herkenroder and Lewis voted president and vice-president of Flint city council, city clerk interviews to be Dec. 5

By Tom Travis Councilperson Allie Herkenroder (Ward 7) was selected Monday on a 6-3 vote to be Flint city council president, with  Councilperson Ladel Lewis (Ward 2) as vice-president. Councilpersons Eric Mays (Ward 1), Jerri Winfrey-Carter (Ward 5) and Tonya Burns (Ward 6) voted against Herkenroder and Lewis. In addition, the council accepted a $10 million grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation and an additional $1.5 million from the city’s ARPA funds for a total of $11.5 million towards the Berston Field House improvements. (See related...

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UM responds to emeritus faculty: allegations “taken seriously,” Flint campus offers “much promise”

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UM responds to emeritus faculty:  allegations “taken seriously,”  Flint campus offers “much promise”

By Jan Worth-Nelson Allegations of an injudicious decision-making process and concerns about top-level bullying at the University of Michigan  – Flint have been “taken seriously” and have been responded to “appropriately,”  University of Michigan spokespersons said Friday. Associate Emerita Professor Theodosia Robertson and the other 20 former UM – Flint faculty who signed a letter of concern sent to UM President Santa J. Ono Nov. 2 received the response via email from Rick Fitzgerald from UM’s Office...

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Election roundup: Whitmer, Benson, Nessel, Kildee, Neeley win; State Legislature goes Democratic; All three proposals approved

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Election roundup:  Whitmer, Benson, Nessel, Kildee, Neeley win; State Legislature goes Democratic; All three proposals approved

By Paul Rozycki Mid-term elections are typically bad news for the party in the White House. Yet, while some final votes are still being counted, the results of Tuesday’s mid-term election were better than expected for most Democrats.  In Michigan, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General Dana Nessel all were reelected after facing challenges from Trump-backed election denying candidates.  For the first time in decades both the state House and the state Senate will have Democratic majorities...

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As UM – Flint launches changes, emeritus faculty register concern, call for “reasoned decisions”

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As UM – Flint launches changes, emeritus faculty register concern, call for “reasoned decisions”

By Jan Worth-Nelson In a letter to University of Michigan president Santa J. Ono, 21 University of Michigan  – Flint emeritus faculty have registered concerns about both the process and substance of changes proposed in a  “Strategic Transformation” initiative underway at the Flint campus. The one–page letter specifically targets UM – Flint Chancellor Debasish Dutta, whom the retired faculty declare has presided over “the emergence of a campus culture…where pressure replaces reasoned decisions of...

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Commentary: Are YOU being represented? Flint council members are elected to take a stand. Abstaining shirks their duty

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Commentary:  Are YOU being represented?  Flint council members are elected to take a stand.  Abstaining shirks their duty

  By Christopher Frye Editor of Flint: Our Community, Our Voice Election Day 2022 is upon us.  It is the day that We The People make our choices known on various ballot issues and elect Representatives to diverse legislative bodies from local school boards to our representatives in Congress.  Allow me to repeat…we are voting for people to represent us at diverse levels of government. Therefore, if elected, it is incumbent upon the victor to be our representative.  You are elected to take a stand on issues. You are elected to vote on...

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A Review: Starry Messenger – Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization (2022) 

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A Review: Starry Messenger – Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization (2022) 

By Bob Thomas To gain a fresher perspective on the state of our current human beingness, I stepped into space with astrophysicist/educator Neil DeGrasse Tyson as my starry messenger. His book opens with an astronaut’s perspective:  You develop instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.  From out there on the moon, International politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a...

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Opinion: Let’s prosecute real criminals, not women and doctors

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Opinion: Let’s prosecute real criminals, not women and doctors

Letter to the Editor  By David Leyton, Genesee County Prosecutor As county prosecutor, it is my top duty to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Genesee County.  This is one of the many reasons I am supporting Proposal 3, which restores the right to reproductive freedom in Michigan’s constitution — a right that has existed for nearly 50 years. Without Proposal 3, an archaic 1931 law in Michigan that bans abortions and other forms of pregnancy-related care will go into effect. This law had been unenforceable until Roe v. Wade was...

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The East Village Magazine – November 2022

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The East Village Magazine – November 2022

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Prop. 3 would “restore Roe — nothing more, nothing less,” for Michigan women, proponents assert

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Prop. 3 would “restore Roe — nothing more, nothing less,” for Michigan women, proponents assert

By Jan Worth-Nelson The entire goal of Proposal 3, the “Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative” on Michigan’s Nov. 8 ballot, is “to restore Roe — nothing more, nothing less,” representatives from Reproductive Freedom for All (RFFA)  declared in a panel discussion Saturday at Totem Books in Flint. “Proposal  3 restores the protections we had under Roe v. Wade for the past 50 years,”  Shanay Watson-Whittaker, RFFA deputy campaign manager said, speaking to a group of about 15 preparing to go door...

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Book review: Persona, place, and poetics in Sarah Carson’s “How to Baptize a Child in Flint, Michigan”

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Book review: Persona, place, and poetics in Sarah Carson’s “How to Baptize a Child in Flint, Michigan”

By William Barillas Born and bred, as the expression goes, in Flint, Michigan, poet Sarah Carson has previously published three chapbooks and two full-length books. The provocatively titled book Poems in Which You Die (2014) consists of surrealistic prose poems, narratives for the most part, that provoke speculation on what mundane yet consequential situations they might symbolize. Perhaps they represent the psychic backdrop to the realism and naturalism of Buick City (2015), with its vignettes and character portraits of postindustrial...

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Gov. Whitmer visits Flint with entourage of powerhouse Democrats

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Gov. Whitmer visits Flint with entourage of powerhouse Democrats

Photos by Tom Travis This story has been updated to include a photo of Flint Attorney Mike Behm running for re-election to the University of Michigan Board of Regents. – Editor This slideshow requires JavaScript. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was again in Flint today — this time at the Farmers’ Market. Whitmer returned to Flint with some of the same high-profile Democrats she had with her on last Friday’s visit. Today she added the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, former governor for six years and first female...

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Village Life: Even Sadie’s puppy love didn’t convince me — I’m fine without a dog

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Village Life: Even Sadie’s puppy love didn’t convince me —  I’m fine without a dog

By Tom Travis I don’t know what I was thinking when I agreed to take care of a dog and three cats. Not one of those little cute lap dogs but a really large, hyper black Lab named Sadie. Albeit Sadie is my brother and sister-in-law’s dog, so kind of like a niece-dog. I have to confess that the first two thoughts in my head were: my brother’s house is way out in the country about 30 miles north of Flint and west of Birch Run. I was envisioning morning coffee on his patio in the bucolic peacefulness of country life watching the deer graze at the...

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Michigan’s largest brownfield – former Buick City – to be redeveloped for $17 million, $3.25 million coming from Flint’s ARPA funds

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Michigan’s largest brownfield – former Buick City – to be redeveloped for $17 million, $3.25 million coming from Flint’s ARPA funds

By Tom Travis A resolution that will allocate $3.25 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding towards Ashley Capital’s redevelopment of the Buick City brownfield was approved Oct. 24  by the Flint City Council. The City of Flint administration had submitted a resolution to allocate the funds. At the same meeting, the council voted to accept a $2 million grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation for the Ashley Capital project. Ashley Capital is under contract to purchase the 350-acre former Buick City site from Revitalizing Auto Communities...

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A tale of two ARPA budgets – Council approves their ARPA budget and rejects the Mayor’s

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A tale of two ARPA budgets – Council approves their ARPA budget and rejects the Mayor’s

By Tom Travis In Monday’s meeting City Council approved their version of a budget to spend the remaining $60 million of the $94 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Back in June the Mayor and his administration had presented their version of an ARPA allocation budget. The council has not approved Mayor Neeley’s ARPA allocation budget. The council’s ARPA Allocation Plan includes $18.1 million in Community Grant categories,  including $5 million for Home Repair and Improvement, $2.5 million for Youth Job Training,...

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Education Beat Analysis: Two board meetings — UM Regents, Flint Board of Education — reveal stark contrasts of function, dysfunction

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Education Beat Analysis:  Two board meetings —  UM Regents, Flint Board of Education — reveal stark contrasts of function, dysfunction

By Harold C. Ford [Editor’s note: Harold C. Ford, Education Beat writer for East Village Magazine (EVM) for nearly six years, attended two education board meetings within 24 hours. He was present at the University of Michigan (UM) Board of Regents meeting, held in Flint Oct. 20. He started to watch the You Tube recording of the Oct. 12 Flint Board of Education (FBOE) meeting Oct. 21 as he was out of the country and unable to attend the meeting in-person. He stopped watching the 5.5-hour FBOE meeting at the 3:45 mark when the Flint Board...

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Whitmer touts infrastructure, public safety, reproductive rights protection in Flint campaign rally with powerhouse Democratic lineup

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Whitmer touts infrastructure,  public safety, reproductive rights protection in Flint campaign rally with powerhouse Democratic lineup

By Tom Travis “Are we gonna go backward or are we gonna put our foot on the gas?” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked a crowd of about 75 gathered for a campaign rally Friday at Union City Ball Park on Torrey Road near Flint’s Bishop Airport. Along with Whitmer was a powerhouse lineup of leading Michigan Democrats, many running for office, and Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a member of the U.S. House’s Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. Appearing with Whitmer were Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Michigan...

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Commentary: Facing enrollment and financial challenges, UM-Flint asks, what’s next?

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Commentary:  Facing enrollment and financial challenges, UM-Flint asks, what’s next?

By Paul Rozycki “Academic politics makes me yearn for the simplicity of the Middle East.” -Henry Kissinger Could the University of Michigan-Flint go the way of Auto World?   Probably not. But there are more than a few who are worried that the Flint branch of the Ann Arbor campus could face the same fate as the downtown auto-based amusement center that was closed and demolished in the 1980s, after failing to live up to expectations.  Ironically, one of the UM-Flint’s newer structures, the William S. White Building, which houses the School of...

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UM-Flint administration lambasted for “bullying,” “chaos,” at UM Regents meeting as heated public comments critique “Strategic Transformation” and call for firing consultant

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UM-Flint administration lambasted for “bullying,” “chaos,”  at UM Regents meeting as heated public comments critique “Strategic Transformation” and call for firing consultant

By Jan Worth-Nelson The University of Michigan Regents got an earful in  public comments Oct. 20 from faculty and students  concerned about the actions of UM-Flint Chancellor Debasish Dutta, controversial steps underway to respond to challenges on the Flint campus, and the use of a consulting firm the group said advocates austerity and is wreaking havoc on higher education nationally in exchange for the bottom line. The Regents,  the UM’s eight-member elected governing body, hold their regular meeting annually in October on the UM...

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“One University” faculty, staff and students rally for equity and saving liberal arts at UM – Flint

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“One University” faculty, staff and students rally for equity and saving liberal arts at UM – Flint

By Jan Worth-Nelson In an outdoor rally timed to correspond to the meeting of the University of Michigan Regents on the Flint campus Thursday, about 65 UM – Flint faculty, staff, alums and students gathered in chilly McKinnon Plaza to call for equity and fuller resources for the humanities at the downtown institution. In almost every case, the participants and speakers shared deep and abiding Flint roots, and say they want the university in their own hometown to be fairly and adequately supported — and devoted to being a...

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Education Beat: 15 Flint Board of Education candidates vying for Nov. 8 election; 8 responded to EVM request for info

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Education Beat:   15 Flint Board of Education candidates vying for Nov. 8 election;  8 responded to EVM request for info

By Harold C. Ford Fifteen candidates are running for five available seats on the Flint board of Education (FBOE) in the upcoming Nov. 8 election. Candidates are listed at the website of the Genesee County Clerk’s office.  Nine candidates are running for three spots, all full six-year terms: Linda Boose; Chris Del Morone; Emily Doerr; Dylan Luna; Carol McIntosh; Claudia Perkins; Melody Relerford; Lakeisha Tureaud; and Audrey Young.  Four candidates are running for one spot, a partial term ending Dec. 2024: Kasey Calvert; Michael Clack; Allen...

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An interview with Sheldon Neeley: “We’re going to continue down a path that I created and we have a blueprint for it”

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An interview with Sheldon Neeley: “We’re going to continue down a path that I created and we have a blueprint for it”

Editors’ Note:  East Village Magazine conducted in-person interviews with both Mayor Sheldon Neeley and Karen Weaver, who are facing off in the Nov. 8 election — Neeley for a second consecutive term, Weaver for a return to the office Neeley won from her by 205 votes in 2019.   The candidates were provided an identical set of questions in advance;  answers here combine direct quotes and in some cases paraphrases and light editing of their answers to assure clarity and coherence.  In each case EVM asked one question specific to the...

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An interview with Karen Weaver: “I am better qualified and I want to have an impact”

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An interview with Karen Weaver: “I am better qualified and I want to have an impact”

Editors’ Note:  East Village Magazine conducted in-person interviews with both Mayor Sheldon Neeley and Karen Weaver, who are facing off in the Nov. 8 election — Neeley for a second consecutive term, Weaver for a return to the office Neeley won from her by 205 votes in 2019.   The candidates were provided an identical set of questions in advance;  answers here combine direct quotes and in some cases paraphrases and light editing of their answers  for clarity and coherence.  In each case EVM asked one question specific to the...

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The East Village Magazine – October 2022

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The East Village Magazine – October 2022

The October 2022 edition of The East Village Magazine is available for download and viewing here: View...

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