Flint Council approves $8.6 million from ARPA funds to provide a $300 credit to every Flint water customer
Sep30

Flint Council approves $8.6 million from ARPA funds to provide a $300 credit to every Flint water customer

By Tom Travis This article has been updated to include new developments in a press release from the Mayor’s office on Friday afternoon, 9/30/22 – EVM Editors City council has passed an $8.6 million resolution, funded out of the $94 million ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds that aims to bring relief to Flint water customers in the form of a one-time $300 credit. The resolution aims “to respond to the public health...

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Village Life:  Romance of city life sometimes falls short, but neighborly life can be full of grace
Sep27

Village Life: Romance of city life sometimes falls short, but neighborly life can be full of grace

By Jan Worth-Nelson When I’m dying, will I be able to mutter to my grieving loved ones, hey! I’m glad I lived in Flint?  I know, I know, macabre thought…but as fall crisps in with its inevitable melancholy reminders of the cycle of life and death, I find myself ruminating on mortal matters. And this column seems to want to be about two answers to my big end-of-life question: first, the evolution of romantic illusions about city life; ...

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Flint Repertory Theatre kicks off 2022-23 season with Death of a Salesman
Sep26

Flint Repertory Theatre kicks off 2022-23 season with Death of a Salesman

By Patsy Isenberg Arthur Miller’s 1949 Death of a Salesman opened Sept. 23 to a full house of enraptured theatergoers at Flint’s Repertory Theatre (The Rep). For this opening night of the new season, food and drinks were served before the play began and a champagne toast was offered afterward — perhaps to help salve the gloomy effect of the plot. The play runs through Oct. 9 and tickets can be purchased at...

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Education Beat:  Chaotic Ed Board meetings in September draw ire from Flint Schools staff
Sep26

Education Beat: Chaotic Ed Board meetings in September draw ire from Flint Schools staff

By Harold C. Ford “The whole is less than the sum of its parts.” –from Edgar Morin’s La Methode La Nature de la Nature, 2017 Only 55 seconds into the Flint Board of Education’s (FBOE) first of three September meetings – a Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting on Sept. 14 – the first parliamentary interjection, a point of information, was made by Trustee Laura MacIntyre. MacIntyre contended that Carol McIntosh, FBOE President, had not...

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“Game changers” for City of Flint:  Mayor touts blight, ARPA funds, proposed water credit, infrastructure
Sep26

“Game changers” for City of Flint: Mayor touts blight, ARPA funds, proposed water credit, infrastructure

By Tom Travis This article has been updated to include the correct amount of the C.S. Mott Foundation grant towards the Hasselbring and the Brennan Community Centers from $300,000 to $750,000. The Hasselbring Center will receive $450,000 and the Brennan Center will receive $300,000. Hot topics for Flint residents are city employees’ pension fund, blight elimination, and the spending of ARPA (American Rescue Plan Funds) funds on...

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Commentary: What’s at stake on the Nov. 8 ballot? Here’s a preview
Sep22

Commentary: What’s at stake on the Nov. 8 ballot? Here’s a preview

By Paul Rozycki It’s common to refer to every upcoming election as “the most important election” of our times. Most of the time that’s just political rhetoric to get people out to vote. Yet, this Nov. 8 mid-term election may be the exception to that old rubric. Yes, it’s just one more mid-term election, but there is a lot at stake this year. To make things even more complex, this is the first election after the redistricting process...

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