Flint Neighborhoods United receives info on response to protests, Land Bank details, blight and beautification grants
Jun13

Flint Neighborhoods United receives info on response to protests, Land Bank details, blight and beautification grants

By Tammy Beckett Amid the pandemic and the outcries of the Black Lives Matter protests, Flint Neighborhoods United met via Zoom for its monthly meeting June 6, discussing how to tackle a wide range of problems, including systemic racism, blight and excessive force. More than 50 participants and community leaders from many Flint neighborhoods came together electronically, expressing through many comments and presentations the goal of...

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Two million face masks for Flint residents, nonprofits on the way from C.S. Mott donation
Jun12

Two million face masks for Flint residents, nonprofits on the way from C.S. Mott donation

Flint residents and Flint nonprofit organizations helping their staff, volunteers and clients stay safe as they reopen will have access soon to a donation of two million disposable face masks from the C.S. Mott Foundation. The supply of masks, costing about $1.2 million, will be delivered to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, according to a press release issued by the Foundation today. The Food Bank will work together with the City of...

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Crim races cancelled for 2020;  virtual “10 Days of Crim” offered instead
Jun07

Crim races cancelled for 2020; virtual “10 Days of Crim” offered instead

By Zach Neithercut For the first time in its 44-year history, thousands of runners will not pound down the bricks of Saginaw Street this August in the Crim Festival of Races. An official statement from the Crim Fitness Foundation has announced that the Foundation’s board voted to cancel the annual 2020 HAP Crim Festival of Races due to the State of Michigan’s restriction of large gatherings as a result of the ongoing COVID-19...

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Village Life:  Of a big green chair, two bad haircuts and the Ministry of Silly Walks
Jun05

Village Life: Of a big green chair, two bad haircuts and the Ministry of Silly Walks

By Jan Worth-Nelson I seem to have been sitting too long. Day after day of it.  Day after day, for about 75 days now, obsessed with numbers, I’ve pretzeled myself into a big green chair too close to a glaring screen. The chair is sort of a comfort—it’s wide enough to accommodate the girth of me, widened by what I’ve come to call my “Trump Ten.” Okay, maybe it’s 15 by now. The chair is deep enough to make me feel safely ensconced, as...

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Commentary:  Vote by mail is an idea whose time has come
Jun04

Commentary: Vote by mail is an idea whose time has come

By Paul Rozycki How do you want to vote this year?  No, I don’t mean whether you like Democrats, Republicans, Joe Biden, or Donald Trump.  I mean, how do you actually want to cast your ballot?  It seems simple, but there are a lot of choices. It’s been done many ways Voting: It’s the most basic ritual of our elections, and it’s at the heart of what we call the democratic process.  At one time, voting was done by voice vote in public,...

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Ruth Mott Foundation adds $100K to “Restart” fund for Black-owned businesses; deadline June 7
Jun03

Ruth Mott Foundation adds $100K to “Restart” fund for Black-owned businesses; deadline June 7

The Ruth Mott Foundation announced today it is contributing $100,000 to a fund to help Black-owned businesses in north Flint that suffered economic hardship amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ruth Mott Foundation funds are for grants of up to $5,000 for Black-owned north Flint businesses that meet eligibility criteria. The program’s next application deadline is June 7. The grant will be made to the Genesee Chamber Foundation, a...

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