Neeley says of the pandemic, “this is real, this is serious, people are dying” in a Monday afternoon video press conference
Mar30

Neeley says of the pandemic, “this is real, this is serious, people are dying” in a Monday afternoon video press conference

By Tom Travis  “This is real, this is serious, people are dying.” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said in an afternoon video conference press conference Monday. Neeley began by paying homage to his colleague in the Michigan State Legislature, Isaac Robinson, age 44, who died Sunday in Detroit from complications to the coronavirus. Robinson represented the 4th District in the Michigan State Legislature. Robinson’s mother,...

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“We are in a new normal,”  City Health Advisor Lawrence Reynolds asserts
Mar30

“We are in a new normal,” City Health Advisor Lawrence Reynolds asserts

By Tom Travis “We are in a new normal,” the City of Flint’s newly-appointed Health Advisor to the Mayor, Dr. Lawrence Reynolds, asserted in a wide-ranging phone interview Sunday. As numbers on the coronavirus pandemic skyrocket, both nationally and in the state and Genesee County,  “All the assumptions under which we operated in the past should be tested, questioned or thrown out the window and...

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National Guard coming to Flint Monday for coronavirus/ Food Bank assistance
Mar29

National Guard coming to Flint Monday for coronavirus/ Food Bank assistance

Approximately 10 members of the Michigan National Guard are expected to arrive  in Flint Monday to assist with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan as the community responds to the coronavirus crisis, Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s office announced Sunday. The crew will help distribute food and other “critical resources” to the community and help sustain the workload for agencies serving those in need. “The National Guard...

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Village Life:  one day of coronavirus means milk and bread, MiracleGro, Jesus and a cello
Mar28

Village Life: one day of coronavirus means milk and bread, MiracleGro, Jesus and a cello

By Jan Worth-Nelson Not surprisingly these days, I’d had a restless night’s sleep.  Sometime in the darkest time before dawn, my mind started obsessing on two things:  bread and milk. Bread and milk, bread and milk.  We have to get some bread and milk, my mind said, badgering me repeatedly, an urgency just shy of panicked.  We can’t run out of bread and milk. I’ve got a really great comforter my niece sent us last year — a faux...

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MTA’s Benning offers updates on COVID-19 driver situation, route suspensions
Mar28

MTA’s Benning offers updates on COVID-19 driver situation, route suspensions

by Madeleine Graham “When we learned the Ride to Wellness driver tested positive on Wednesday, March 25, we suspended operations Thursday, March 26,” Ed Benning, CEO of the  Mass Transportaion Authority (MTA) stated in an update issued Friday on a COVID-19 “presumptive positive”  driver situation first reported here. Two additional drivers  are awaiting results of the COVID-19 test, and as of 4 p.m. Friday,...

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Coronavirus throws wrench in Flint Public Library works–but Director Schwartz “still positive”
Mar27

Coronavirus throws wrench in Flint Public Library works–but Director Schwartz “still positive”

Added today, March 27:  the Flint District Library Board April 2020 meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 2 has been cancelled, due to the Gov. Whitmer’s “sheltering in place” executive coronavirus order. Just as the Flint Public Library (FPL)  had launched its much-heralded series of moves and beginnings of its $27.6 million upgrade, the coronavirus hit, meaning that the scheduled already planned temporary closures...

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