City Council Beat: Leadership change brings on Fields, Davis:  no city business voted on during five-hour meeting
Nov09

City Council Beat: Leadership change brings on Fields, Davis: no city business voted on during five-hour meeting

By Tom Travis After a contentious five-hour meeting and acting only on two pieces of city business, the Flint City Council  voted to recess until Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The meeting did result in an upending of council leadership, with Kate Fields (4th Ward) elected president of the council by a 5-4 vote, replacing Monica Galloway (7th Ward). Voting for Fields were councilpersons Maurice Davis (2nd Ward), Santino Guerra (3rd Ward),...

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“I’m running as a proud Democrat but I’ll govern as an American,” Biden tells drive-in Flint audience
Nov01

“I’m running as a proud Democrat but I’ll govern as an American,” Biden tells drive-in Flint audience

By Tom Travis Drawing sharp contrasts between the last four years of the Trump presidency and eight years of President Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s administration, candidate for president Joe Biden addressed a drive-in rally today at Flint’s Northwestern High School parking lot by declaring, “I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I’ll govern as an American.” On a bright sunny cold Halloween day, Rev....

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Mayor warns against door-to-door trick-or-treating as Coronavirus cases and deaths surge, alternative trick-or-treating venues offered
Oct29

Mayor warns against door-to-door trick-or-treating as Coronavirus cases and deaths surge, alternative trick-or-treating venues offered

By Tom Travis The City of Flint warned residents against door-to-door trick-or-treating due to the continuing spread and rise of coronavirus cases and deaths. In a press release Thursday Mayor Sheldon Neeley and city officials recommend children in the Flint community attend alternative trick-or-treating venues to celebrate Halloween rather than going door to door. There are five venues trick-or-treaters can celebrate Halloween at:...

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Second St. Paul’s concert Oct. 25 cancelled due to COVID concerns
Oct20

Second St. Paul’s concert Oct. 25 cancelled due to COVID concerns

The Sunday, Oct. 25 concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has been cancelled due to COVID concerns, Director of Music Holly Richardson announced today. The concert, second of the 2020-2021 “Music in the Heart of the City” series, was to have featured  “Soprano and Flute in Song,” with Townes Osborn, Brittnee Siemon, and artist-in-residence Carl Angelo on organ.  The September concert also was cancelled,...

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Public electronic meetings nixed by Supreme Court action; City Council, EAB cancel.
Oct12

Public electronic meetings nixed by Supreme Court action; City Council, EAB cancel.

By Tom Travis Moments before the Flint City Council was to hold their bi-monthly Monday evening meeting a public notice was sent out from the City Clerk’s staff notifying the public that the meeting was cancelled. The notice was signed by Council President Monica Galloway (7th Ward) and Council Vice-president Maurice Davis (2nd Ward). Also, Monday evening Tane Dorsey, Flint’s Ombudsperson, sent out a public notice that the...

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Shelter of Flint announces new president/CEO
Sep23

Shelter of Flint announces new president/CEO

Linda Bielskis has been appointed president and CEO of Shelter of Flint by the agency’s board of directors. Bielskis, who has 25 years’ experience in non-profit social service organizations  joined Shelter of Flint on an interim basic March 2 as part of a transition plan after the retirement of Anne Grantner.  She is a longtime Shelter board member and former chair. “As we move forward in these uncertain times, the Board...

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