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Council Concerned about Plan for Bailey Park

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Above: The Bailey Community Center as seen from the west.

City Council’s meeting this week did not see the smooth sailing that had been hoped by all for the Capital Area Housing Partnership’s (CAHP’s) plan for redevelopment of the Bailey Community Center.

All of the Above Hip Hop Academy Fosters Appreciation for Art among Youth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Carl Bowers

Since its inception five years ago at East Lansing’s Edgewood Village, All of the Above Hip Hop Academy, AOTA, has been working to mentor young creatives, cultivate a strong, artistic community and foster a positive hip hop culture within the East Lansing and Lansing areas.

AOTA provides local teens with opportunities to take free classes in lyric writing, producing music, Bboying and even graffiti art. All classes are taught by industry veterans, including program founder Ozay Moore, formerly a successful hip hop recording artist.

Fall Welcome: Community Perspectives

Monday, August 31, 2015

There has been a noticeable increase in the energy and activity in East Lansing over the past few days, as MSU students have begun to move back into town. With their return comes Fall Welcome (formerly “Welcome Week”), a term that brings fond memories to some and less fond memories to others.

Your ELi: Town and Gown

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The author on graduation day 2006 with Chris Marshall (in red cap) and his housemates.

The students are back.

Depending on where in East Lansing you live, that may just mean that there are longer lines at Meijer. If you live where I live, it’s different. Because I live on a street where we are the only permanent residents, and every single other house is a student rental.

BWL to Introduce New Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) This Fall

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I recently met with Bob Nelson to discuss what he sees as important issues coming up at BWL that will be of particular concern to East Lansing customers. Nelson, who lives in East Lansing, is a member of the BWL Governance Board.

He talked to me about a new program being introduced this fall called the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This plan will "determine where the Board of Water and Light gets its energy resources from for the next 20 years. Among the potential sources are solar, wind, other sustainable sources, and energy conservation."

Updated: Trash Scavengers Alarm Residents

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Last Friday, August 14, a resident of East Lansing’s Glencairn neighborhood posted to a neighborhood Facebook group that a couple had been going through her trash and recycling, and appeared to be looking mostly at papers. Later that day, another individual was seen going through trash. The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) was called and the responding officer spoke to the man for several minutes. The Facebook post stated that ELPD had indicated that it was illegal to go through another person’s trash.

Want a Wake-Up Call for the Perseids?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Image: Gratuitous NASA sunrise photo

At ELi, we are always brainstorming ways to improve our non-profit, local news-and-information service to you. Well, today, we thought of a special service we can provide this week: a wake-up call Thursday morning if the weather is good for meteor viewing.

EL Police Tactics at Protest Questioned

Monday, August 10, 2015

Above: Yesterday, ELPD officer telling Councilmember Ruth Beier and Terry Scharf they may not distribute flyers at the protest

The actions of East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) officers at yesterday’s protest downtown are now being questioned on several fronts, including why ELPD officers told protesters they could not hand out printed literature. Also in question is behavior by one white officer that was perceived as racist by the two women who were its subjects.

Scene Over Confederate Flag at Festival Heating Up

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Image: Ruth Beier (left) and Kendra Cabrera arguing this morning at the Zemer Homemade Rootbeer booth.

We reported this morning about Zemer’s Homemade Rootbeer stand displaying a confederate flag at the Great Lakes Folk Festival and the controversy ensuing. Since that report, tensions have been rising around the vendor’s booth, with protestors and supporters of Chris Zemer’s coming into conflict.

Vendor's Confederate Flag at Festival Causes Outrage; Protest Planned Today

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Image: The photo provided by Dee Jordan to City Council on Friday night

The posting of a confederate flag by a vendor at the Great Lakes Folks Festival (GLFF) in downtown East Lansing is causing public outrage and will result in a protest later today. Friday night, Zemer’s Homemade Rootbeer was spotted having the confederate flag posted on its festival booth. After complaints were made, the flag was apparently taken down, but it was back up by 10 pm last night (Saturday).

PDIG properties in East Lansing now owned by the lender

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Auctioneer Ingham County Deputy Sherriff George Lammers (Right).

This morning, two mortgages on seven properties at the west end of downtown East Lansing were auctioned by the Ingham County Sheriff’s office because PDIG had defaulted on its loans. The properties were sold to the lender, DDR MV City Center LLC, which is affiliated with Mountain Vista Real Estate Opportunity Fund I, LLC. No one else bid on the properties.

Council Capsule: August 4, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Image: East Lansing paramedic/firefighter Matt Sterling who last night received the Paramedic of the Year Award.

Present: All members of Council were present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Councilmembers Kathy Boyle, Ruth Beier, and Susan Woods.

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