First arts millage Town Hall elicits support for “transformative” art, airs concerns on FYT, accountability
Jul22

First arts millage Town Hall elicits support for “transformative” art, airs concerns on FYT, accountability

By Jan Worth-Nelson A  full complement of Flint Cultural Center directors and other arts CEOs appeared Thursday night to make their case and answer questions at the New McCree Theater at the first of two town halls on the Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment millage up for a county-wide vote Aug. 7. Most of the 50 residents present, several of them artists, teachers, or performers themselves and passionately describing the positive...

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12 Congressional Democrats tour pipe replacement site, pledge ongoing support for Flint
Jul21

12 Congressional Democrats tour pipe replacement site, pledge ongoing support for Flint

By Jan Worth-Nelson When Ricky Baty, 55, got out of prison two years ago after six years behind bars,  he came back to his childhood home on Milbourne Avenue in north Flint, where he and his brother have tried to keep things going after his father’s death.  He noticed people getting water from trucks, and the news about lead in the water.  One of the first things he heard was people talking fearfully about “babies...

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The “sack” is back:  reborn Hamady food center set to open July 24-25 in Hallwood Plaza
Jul21

The “sack” is back: reborn Hamady food center set to open July 24-25 in Hallwood Plaza

By Darlene C. Carey Less than a week away and after several delays, Hamady Complete Food Centers is finally opening its doors July 25.  The resurrected company has invited the public to preview the renovated grocery store July 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. and witness the opening ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. July 25 at the Hallwood Plaza, 2629 W. Pierson Rd. Could this be an oasis in the food desert that has plagued Flint’s North End?...

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Nancy Pelosi, Denny Heck blast GOP on Trump-Putin bromance in visit to Flint
Jul20

Nancy Pelosi, Denny Heck blast GOP on Trump-Putin bromance in visit to Flint

By Jan Worth-Nelson The President of the United States owes an apology to the American people for his behavior toward Vladimir Putin, according to U.S. House of Representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi in a visit to Flint today, adding “we can’t afford this blackmail.” Standing in spits of rain on Milbourne Avenue in Civic Park as part of a Congressional delegation hosted by Rep. Dan Kildee to assess progress in...

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With Ben Carson on hand, City celebrates $30 million HUD grant for Atherton East replacement plan
Jul20

With Ben Carson on hand, City celebrates $30 million HUD grant for Atherton East replacement plan

By Jan Worth-Nelson The bomb-sniffing dog checked every bag at the door, and City Hall shut down for two hours. Outside, a well-known street character bellowed “America the Beautiful,” getting the words roughly accurate, as dignitaries trooped in.  Eventually the lobby was packed,  media with cameras and iPhones crammed against each other to get the best shots, a parade of speakers trotted out colorful thanks and...

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“Uplifting Spirits”: a humanitarian journey with UM-Flint jazz combo to Maria-torn Puerto Rico
Jul18

“Uplifting Spirits”: a humanitarian journey with UM-Flint jazz combo to Maria-torn Puerto Rico

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”    –Plato By Harold C. Ford Note: East Village Magazine writer Harold Ford has been visiting Puerto Rico since 1995.  He’s walked the streets, eaten the food, visited the museums, studied the language, and swum in the waters that splash on its beautiful beaches.  But he...

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