Village Life:  No boundaries for fear–A tale of two Flints
Oct01

Village Life: No boundaries for fear–A tale of two Flints

By Melodee Mabbitt On Halloween, I’ll have lived for 10 years in my house in the East Village, or what my mom referred to as “management’s neighborhood.” I recently tried to explain to someone in the neighborhood how different my life was before I came here, when I lived on Bennett Avenue and later on M. L. King. I tried to explain the first violent crime I’d witnessed, and then the next one. I don’t even know if I got them right. Was...

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Poet, artist, teacher Semaj Brown named Flint’s first poet laureate
Sep27

Poet, artist, teacher Semaj Brown named Flint’s first poet laureate

By Jan Worth-Nelson Semaj Brown,  a poet, author, scientist, educator and artist,  was named Flint’s first poet laureate Friday night by proclamation of Mayor Karen Weaver. Brown, originally from Detroit,  arrived in Flint in 2003 after marrying family physician James Brown and has since become a devoted community activist and much-beloved spoken word performer What is a poet laureate?  See below — Ed. The honor was...

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Education Beat:  Flint schools lose 60 educators, 833 years of experience in 2019
Sep26

Education Beat: Flint schools lose 60 educators, 833 years of experience in 2019

By Harold C. Ford What had been a steady stream of educators departing Flint Community Schools (FCS) in the first seven months of 2019, became a torrent in August and September.  According to FCS records posted at its website, the district lost 60 educators with 833 years of experience from January to September. FCS “Personnel Recommendations” revealed the following number of educator resignations and retirements and collective years...

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UAW members keep up vigils on the picket line as strike grinds on
Sep22

UAW members keep up vigils on the picket line as strike grinds on

By Jan Worth-Nelson Amidst continual honks from passersby in bright sun, United Auto Workers strikers on the picket line at the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant on Van Slyke Road said Friday they have “no clue” how long they’ll be there and are worried, but also committed to what they hope will be greater parity on two matters:  the status of temporary workers and threatened cuts to health care benefits. Some also...

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In the midst of celebration, one mural protest raises questions about public art
Sep22

In the midst of celebration, one mural protest raises questions about public art

By Jan Worth-Nelson While Flint residents for the most part seem to be enjoying the appearance over the last year of dozens of murals produced through the Flint Public Art Project (FPAP), work has stopped on one wall in Carriage Town because of a protest from its neighbors. The dispute, between the congregation of Woodside Church and the FPAP, appears to be raising questions about the role of “public” in “public...

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Kids, Mayor Weaver release 125 baby sturgeon, cousins of T-Rex, into Flint River
Sep21

Kids, Mayor Weaver release 125 baby sturgeon, cousins of T-Rex, into Flint River

By Jan Worth-Nelson After a half hour of speeches in scalding sun, about 50 kids and their parents lined up for the main event at the Mott Park Recreation Area Saturday:  one by one, reaching into a bucket of muddy water, gently cupping a six-inch long, slimy baby sturgeon, and dropping it into the Flint River. The event was a dual celebration:  first, reintroducing 125 hatchery-reared juvenile lake sturgeon into the Saginaw Bay...

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