Review: Connor Coyne’s serial Flint allegory “Urbantasm” continues with”ambitious, authentic” Book Two
Sep20

Review: Connor Coyne’s serial Flint allegory “Urbantasm” continues with”ambitious, authentic” Book Two

By Robert R. Thomas Flint author Connor Coyne’s Urbantasm is a serial novel composed of four books. Last year I read and reviewed Book One: The Dying City (EVM July 2, 2018). So surprised had I been by Coyne’s ambitious allegorical teen noir serial novel that I approached Book Two: The Empty Room with something akin to an elderly version of the unabashed exciting curiosity the Saturday matinee movie serials at the Roxy Theater brought...

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Briar Hill boil water advisory lifted
Sep20

Briar Hill boil water advisory lifted

The following has just been issued by Candice Mushatt, the City of Flint’s public information officer:  “The City of Flint Director of Public Works, Rob Bincsik, reported Friday that crews have completed repairs on a water main break that triggered a Boil Filtered Water Advisory Wednesday afternoon for water customers in the Briar Hill area. “The break has been fixed and we have received satisfactory results...

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Flint City Council committee meeting yields single vote, yelling, call to police
Sep19

Flint City Council committee meeting yields single vote, yelling, call to police

By Tom Travis The  Flint City Council’s Legislative Committee was the only committee to meet on Wednesday night, the day of the week when the council meets, usually outside the council chamber in a side room,  to carry out various functions and consider resolutions in subcommittees. A single resolution about selling and growing recreational marijuana was discussed and voted on. However, a yelling match broke out among council...

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Review: “Gamma Rays” captures troubled family at The Rep through Sept. 22
Sep17

Review: “Gamma Rays” captures troubled family at The Rep through Sept. 22

By Patsy Isenberg Events in the lives of a dysfunctional family with mental health and medical problems and who are doomed financially are portrayed compellingly at The Flint Repertory Theatre (The Rep) in the play, “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.” The production continues through Sunday at the Elgood Theatre, 1220 E. Kearsley St. in the Flint Cultural Center. “Gamma Rays” was written by...

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Immigrants’ contributions to Genesee County celebrated in Welcoming Week
Sep15

Immigrants’ contributions to Genesee County celebrated in Welcoming Week

By Jan Worth-Nelson Immigrants are helping offset population decline and contributed more than $100 million in taxes to Genesee County, according to a new national survey based on 2017 numbers. In recognition of those and other benefits of immigrants in the community, a “Welcoming Week” is underway through Sept. 22.  The celebration, which incorporated the Hispanic Heritage Festival at the Flint Farmers’ Market last...

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Carriage Town housing proposal draws protest;  Fifth Ward residents speak out
Sep11

Carriage Town housing proposal draws protest; Fifth Ward residents speak out

By Tom Travis At its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 9, the Flint City Council declined to consider a resolution regarding a controversial affordable housing development in Carriage Town, after Councilperson Jerri Winfrey-Carter, whose ward includes the contested parcel,  declared, “I’m going to fight this nail and tooth…because my constituents do not want this.” In other business, the council debated proposed...

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