Water payment assistance offered by new City of Flint program
Apr06

Water payment assistance offered by new City of Flint program

A fund to help residents pay their water bills has been approved by Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley and the Flint City Council. According to a press release issued today, the City has “reprogrammed” $74,000 from the Community Development Block Grant to fund the effort. Moderate to low-income residents are eligible for the Water Payment Assistance Fund, including residents now relaying on unemployment because of the coronavirus....

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Coronavirus masks flying from Mukkamala family’s home “maker space”
Apr05

Coronavirus masks flying from Mukkamala family’s home “maker space”

  By Jan Worth-Nelson From his own dining room table and living room, local physician and downtown community advocate  Dr. Bobby Mukkamala and his family are cranking out dozens of desperately needed surgical masks. Mukkamala and his son Nikhil,  an engineering student home on “coronavirus leave” from the University of Michigan, have produced about 200 masks so far on a set of 3D printers in their rapidly-crafted home...

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Flint yoga students move “sun salutes” to Zoom, connecting for “namaste” in the face of plague
Apr03

Flint yoga students move “sun salutes” to Zoom, connecting for “namaste” in the face of plague

By Jan Worth-Nelson In 38 different rooms and almost as many laptops, yoga students Friday morning rolled out mats, stretched their arms up high, took deep breaths and bent and balanced and anchored themselves into triangle poses simultaneously as directed by their teacher, Katrina Smeets. While the technology has required a bit of fine-tuning, class members who could see each other in a row of “tiles” across the top of...

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Education Beat: Flint school district serving 8,000 meals/day, adds sites, adapting to remote learning
Apr03

Education Beat: Flint school district serving 8,000 meals/day, adds sites, adapting to remote learning

by Harold C. Ford “We do not know what’s going to happen after April 16.  The flattening of this (coronavirus) curve is not supposed to happen until the week of April 23.  We are going to be in uncharted territory.  I don’t believe we’re going to be back in school this year.” Derrick Lopez, superintendent, Flint Community Schools, March 25, 2020 Derrick Lopez, Flint Community Schools’ (FCS) superintendent, proved prophetic when he...

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Education Beat: Gov. Whitmer suspends face-to-face learning at K-12 schools for rest of year
Apr03

Education Beat: Gov. Whitmer suspends face-to-face learning at K-12 schools for rest of year

By Harold C. Ford “Well we got no choice/All the girls and boys/School’s out with fever” …lyrics from School’s Out, Alice Cooper Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Thursday signed an executive order which will close all K-12 school buildings for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year “unless restrictions are lifted.” Highlights of Executive Order 2020-35 include the following: The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators...

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City of Flint water pipeline replacement work suspended because of coronavirus
Apr02

City of Flint water pipeline replacement work suspended because of coronavirus

The following announcement was Thursday received from the City of Flint: “The City of Flint filed notice today that it has temporarily suspended work on the service line replacement program to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. “Because work crews go door-to-door, work in close proximity to each other, and must have face-to-face contact with residents, the project creates an ideal environment for the spread of...

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