Flint Water Warriors remember Tony Palladeno, silenced by COVID
Jan13

Flint Water Warriors remember Tony Palladeno, silenced by COVID

By Ben Pauli Contributing Flint Water Warriors include Joelena Freeman, Rhonda Kelso, Gina Luster, Vicki Marx, Melissa Mays, Colette Metcalf, Trina Redner, Christina Sayyae, Dan Scheid, Bruce Stiers, Andrea Watson, Tonya Williams, Deb Conrad and Maegan Wilson. On January 10, 2022, Flint lost one of its preeminent native sons, Tony Palladeno, to complications from COVID-19. As Tony lay in the ICU at Hurley Hospital on a ventilator in...

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City Council approves one year contract for ARPA compliance firm
Jan11

City Council approves one year contract for ARPA compliance firm

By Tom Travis In an 8-0 vote the City Council Monday approved a one-year contract for $1,150,650 with compliance firm Ernst & Young for the disbursement of the $94 million  American Rescue Plan (ARP) stimulus money. Councilperson Dennis Pfeiffer had left after the Special Affairs committee and was not present for the vote. Ernst & Young will assist the city in assuring it meets the criteria for using the ARP funds. Guidelines...

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Remembering and Honoring Oaklin Mixon
Dec23

Remembering and Honoring Oaklin Mixon

By Jan Worth-Nelson Editor’s note: East Village Magazine (EVM), along with the Flint community, mourn the loss of Oaklin Mixon due to COVID. Oaklin was an entrepreneurial force and friend to all. To honor Oaklin EVM offers this brief narrative written in 2017 by Jan Worth-Nelson from an interview with Oaklin as a part of the “Flint Folks” portrait project produced by Kansas City photographer Dan White, a Flint...

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Guest Commentary:  Thanks for the early Christmas gift – air pollutants and toxins
Dec22

Guest Commentary: Thanks for the early Christmas gift – air pollutants and toxins

By Ted Zahrfeld Thank you for the early Christmas “gift,” Governor, Michigan “EGLE” Director, Genesee Township Zoning, and Ajax CEO, of allowing a polluting asphalt plant in our poorest Flint neighborhood. This “gift” will bring and keep on giving air pollutants, toxins, and odors to the surrounding low-income predominately Black community as it operates in years to come. Yes, Flint, there are indeed four Grinch Santa Clauses:...

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Re-greening Flint:   New city trees coming next spring via Mott Foundation grant
Dec17

Re-greening Flint: New city trees coming next spring via Mott Foundation grant

By Jan Worth-Nelson Last year, in light of  threats from an aging tree canopy in the city, the C.S. Mott Foundation contributed $208,000 to the Genesee Conservation District (GCD)  to remove more than 330 dangerously cracked and dead trees in the traffic islands, medians, and “parkways” between streets and sidewalks. Now, the foundation is granting $140,000 to replace those lost icons of the city’s urban forest.  ...

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Behind the Walls: Inside the criminal justice system to hold town hall meeting
Dec16

Behind the Walls: Inside the criminal justice system to hold town hall meeting

By Tom Travis The Behind the Walls: Inside the Criminal Justice System organization will be hosting a town hall zoom meeting from 12 noon to 1 p.m. (EST) Saturday, Dec. 18. The town hall will be hosted by Michael Anderson, founder and executive director of Behind the Walls. Those that want to attend are asked to RSVP at rsvp@usbtw.org or call toll free (800)672-9001. The event is sponsored by US Behind the Walls,  a prisoners’...

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