Re-made Sloan Museum of Discovery opens doors to “more voices lifted up,” inspiration for math and science, enriched local history
Jul17

Re-made Sloan Museum of Discovery opens doors to “more voices lifted up,” inspiration for math and science, enriched local history

By Jan Worth-Nelson Three years after a groundbreaking at which a host of dignitaries foresaw local opportunities to champion science and history, the promise has been delivered. The newly renamed  Sloan Museum of Discovery opened its doors to the public July 16 after a dramatic $30 million makeover. Funded by a combination of grants, millions in contributions from philanthropic institutions, state funding and individual donations,...

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Village Life: It’s too hot for lies and threats to democracy, even for journalists here at home
Jul04

Village Life: It’s too hot for lies and threats to democracy, even for journalists here at home

By Jan Worth-Nelson Today’s it’s 95 degrees outside and the AC is rumbling like a 19th century train.  I’m passing on taking my daily walk, and I hurry outside only briefly to add water to the bird bath, hoping all the creatures will find a cool retreat. I’m recovering from a trip to the dentist, where something came over me.  I had a mouth full of the hygienist’s hands as she scraped away, and I got a coughing fit.  I grabbed her...

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FPL architect says “Libraries are the greatest act of love you can give your community” as area residents pour in
May22

FPL architect says “Libraries are the greatest act of love you can give your community” as area residents pour in

By Jan Worth-Nelson When Kay Schwartz and her crew of 31 staff and the library’s board of trustees began the planning process seven years ago for the Flint Public Library’s major renovation which culminated with a three-day opening celebration May 19-21, one value emerged over all others. “We wanted it to be a welcoming community space above everything else,”  Schwartz said, walking around the capacious new...

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“A community jewel,”  “Magnificent legacy, ” — Community leaders celebrate Flint Public Library reopening after $30 million renovation
May21

“A community jewel,” “Magnificent legacy, ” — Community leaders celebrate Flint Public Library reopening after $30 million renovation

By Jan Worth-Nelson   “Wow!”  “Awesome!”  “Spectacular!” “A polished community jewel”  “Wonderful” “A magnificent legacy” Speakers at the re-opening ceremony and ribbon cutting Thursday of the  renovated Flint Public Library outdid each other with superlatives in the bright sun of a day characterized by cheers, gratitude, and hope. The $30 million project,...

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Flint Schools Superintendent considers library opening:   “We got next”
May19

Flint Schools Superintendent considers library opening: “We got next”

By Jan Worth-Nelson After the joyful ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Flint Public Library Thursday, Flint Community Schools Superintendent Kevelin Jones slipped away alone across the parking lot from the glossy new building to the empty wreck that is the former Flint Central High School, closed in 2009 and now crumbling, tagged, vandalized and boarded up just a few dozen yards away. The contrast could not have been more pointed....

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