Discipline problems take center stage as Flint Schools, community face ACLU lawsuit, state pressure
Dec10

Discipline problems take center stage as Flint Schools, community face ACLU lawsuit, state pressure

By Harold C. Ford This piece has been updated to add information about a Partnership Agreement with the State of Michigan triggered by the district landing in the bottom five percent of state schools and thus falling into the category of “chronically failing schools.”  Implementing strategies to address discipline issues in the schools is central to that agreement–Ed. It’s hardly a secret.  The larger community knows...

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Holiday season kicks off with “red wave” Santa Run downtown
Dec09

Holiday season kicks off with “red wave” Santa Run downtown

By Darlene Carey and Jeffery L. Carey, Jr. On Dec 1,  under threat of rain, close to 1400 “Santas” participated in the ninth annual Santa Run in downtown Flint.  The runners were all ages with a children’s quarter mile Reindeer Race kicking off the event, followed by the 5k Santa Run and a one-mile fun run. The 5k Run/Walk is an untimed event sponsored by Al Serra Auto Plaza through Downtown Flint. A five-piece Santa suit...

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This Month in the Village:  December 2018
Dec05

This Month in the Village: December 2018

Compiled by Meghan Christian “ThisMonth” highlights a selection of events available to our readers. It is not an exhaustive list, rather a sampling of opportunities in the city. To submit events for our January issue, email your event to Managing Editor Meghan Christian at meghan.christian22@gmail.com by Dec. 26. Christmas Box Program  Dec. 1 – 21 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., closed from noon – 1 p.m. each day Old Newsboys...

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City pipe replacement ahead of schedule on “day of celebration,” Mayor Weaver says
Dec04

City pipe replacement ahead of schedule on “day of celebration,” Mayor Weaver says

By Meghan Christian  A total of 18,313 water service lines have been investigated to date as a part of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s Flint Action Sustainability Team (FAST) Start Pipe Replacement Program, putting the project a year ahead of schedule, the Mayor announced to roughly 30 members of the press, residents, and city employees at a press conference today. Some of those in attendance included First and Second Ward Councilpersons...

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Mott Clowns deliver laughs and anti-bullying lessons to kids at Durant-Tuuri Mott
Dec03

Mott Clowns deliver laughs and anti-bullying lessons to kids at Durant-Tuuri Mott

By Patsy Isenberg “Turning frowns upside down one smile at a time” is the motto of the Mott Campus Clowns.  And in a Nov. 30 appearance at Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School, they appeared to do just that, along with delivering gentle but serious anti-bullying messages. The event was for pre-K through third grade students and was hosted by Principal Angela Ascencio-Mindlin, Community Schools Director Chris Collins, and...

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Buckham Gallery’s move from its upstairs era marks steps forward for an arts survivor
Nov27

Buckham Gallery’s move from its upstairs era marks steps forward for an arts survivor

By Jeffery L. Carey Jr. As this year comes to an end and the world prepares for new beginnings, so does Flint’s Buckham Gallery, the state’s longest-running, artist-led, nonprofit gallery. It’s Flint’s version of “a big city gallery,” Buckham’s director, Lynn Penning, says–a downtown arts survivor “independent in its thinking with a unique point of view.” For over 34 years the gallery, up two dozen steep steps at 134 West Second...

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