Education Beat:  Mott Foundation CEO White pauses, then restores, grants to Flint Schools;  200 at packed Ed Board meeting signal community divides
Jul31

Education Beat: Mott Foundation CEO White pauses, then restores, grants to Flint Schools; 200 at packed Ed Board meeting signal community divides

By Harold C. Ford The dramatic twists and turns reflected by and from the leadership teams—elected and appointed—at Flint Community Schools (FCS) deepened when Ridgway White, CEO of the Flint-based C. S. Mott Foundation, announced a pause of FCS grant funding on July 16.   A plan titled the Flint Education Continuum (FEC), spearheaded by the Mott Foundation, aiming to renovate or replace all of Flint’s school buildings and provide...

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Flint Home Improvement Fund offers low- and no-interest loans up to $20,000 to homeowners of all income levels
Jul29

Flint Home Improvement Fund offers low- and no-interest loans up to $20,000 to homeowners of all income levels

Flint residents of all income levels can now apply for low- or no-interest loans of up to $20,000 to make repairs or improvements to their homes. Flint Home Improvement Fund (Flint HIF) applications are available to pick up at the Habitat Restore at 101 Burton St. in Flint from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, or may be downloaded from Flint-HIF.org. Loans through the Flint HIF can be used for a variety of repair and...

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Commentary: After the water crisis and the pandemic, what’s next?
Jul29

Commentary: After the water crisis and the pandemic, what’s next?

By Paul Rozycki It looked like the Flint water crisis was over…and it wasn’t. It looked like the pandemic was over…and it wasn’t. The water crisis In Flint, as July ended, nearly all of the lead pipes in the city had been replaced, a court settlement was on track, lead levels were at record lows, and it seemed that the seven years of the Flint water crisis might be behind us.  Then the newly installed pipes on Court Street began...

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From San Francisco to Chevy-in-the-hole – the Chevy Coupe helped to move America
Jul29

From San Francisco to Chevy-in-the-hole – the Chevy Coupe helped to move America

By Teddy Robertson “Je-zus Christ!” Stress on the first syllable and heavy elongation of the “z” sound. I blurted out one of my father’s favored expletives. My mother had slammed on the brakes and I tumbled off the bench seat of our old Chevy coupe and hit the floor mat beneath. The brown and red threads of the tan plaid upholstery prickled as I clambered back onto the bench seat. It was 1951 and I was six years old. The car was a...

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At five-year milestone Flint water tests at 3 ppb for lead – the lowest yet: EGLE says, “We know that trust was broken”
Jul22

At five-year milestone Flint water tests at 3 ppb for lead – the lowest yet: EGLE says, “We know that trust was broken”

By Tom Travis “From EGLE’s perspective and my own perspective, we know that trust was broken. We know that what we need to do is to deliver results to the people of the City of Flint,” said Liesl Clark, director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). Clark made these comments at a press conference Thursday on the grounds of the Flint Water Plant, 4500 N. Dort Hwy. to announce the...

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