Education Beat:  Flint Schools move into second year of state partnership with new calendar, staff training, student enrichment
Aug01

Education Beat: Flint Schools move into second year of state partnership with new calendar, staff training, student enrichment

By Harold C. Ford The Flint Community Schools district has just concluded the first year of a critical three-year partnership imposed by the State of Michigan.  The district will moves into the 2019-20 school year with a “balanced calendar” that has school starting for students Aug. 7 and with commitments to a program of staff training. In addition, the district concluded its summer after what district officials described as a  highly...

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First year in Flint, Bucks play for national championship Saturday at Atwood Stadium
Jul31

First year in Flint, Bucks play for national championship Saturday at Atwood Stadium

By Harold Ford Flint’s pre-professional soccer club, the Flint City Bucks, will play for the national championship of United States League Two (USL2) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at Kettering University’s Atwood Stadium in downtown Flint.  The Bucks will host Reading United AC, a soccer club based in Reading, Pennsylvania, The Bucks gained a berth in the championship match with a 1-0 semifinal victory over Golden State Force, a club...

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Love, goodness, and Flint’s musical heart echoed as Jazz Fest turned up the heat
Jul29

Love, goodness, and Flint’s musical heart echoed as Jazz Fest turned up the heat

By Tom Travis Mother Nature turned up the heat and local and regional and national musicians turned up the jazz this weekend as the 38th Flint Jazz Fest returned to where it was born – Flint’s Riverbank Park. After several years of being bounced around Flint, the Jazz Fest in the heart of downtown seems to hit the right vibe. The crowds were small to begin with but by the Saturday night and Sunday night performances, the...

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Commentary: Flint City Council meetings a long day’s journey into night
Jul27

Commentary: Flint City Council meetings a long day’s journey into night

By Paul Rozycki On a recent Monday evening, of the approximately 96,448 residents in the city of Flint, 96,423 were most likely spending their time doing worthwhile, rewarding, or satisfying activities. The other 25 were at the Flint City Council meeting. To be sure, some of them had to be there.  Nine were elected from their wards as members of the council.  Perhaps another half dozen were city employees who were expected to be...

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Banging pots and pans signal celebrations at midnight:   EVM reporter in Puerto Rico describes  Rosselló’s demise
Jul26

Banging pots and pans signal celebrations at midnight: EVM reporter in Puerto Rico describes Rosselló’s demise

Editor’s Note:  EVM Staff Writer Harold Ford is vacationing in  Puerto Rico but, as a true journalist, couldn’t resist reporting  on what was happening there as Governor Ricardo Rosselló resigned.  In an email, Ford wrote, “The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico was in an uproarious celebration last night.  It was in a state of revolt prior to that…While many eyes in the States are focused on a corrupt leader that the...

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Flint Festival of Writers to feature “Dreams Like Mine” author LaTashia Perry
Jul24

Flint Festival of Writers to feature “Dreams Like Mine” author LaTashia Perry

  Flint Festival of Writers 2019 featured author LaTashia Perry ( Photo Credit  770 Photography) It has a new name, a new date, a new location, new talent and a fresh line-up of programs. The Flint Festival of Writers – formerly the Flint Literary Festival—will be held Sept. 13-14 in the Ferris Wheel, 615 Saginaw St. in downtown Flint. As a part of the festival’s ongoing mission to create accessible, engaging opportunities for...

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