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Suspicion and Frustration Follow Bailey Vote

Friday, January 23, 2015

Since Tuesday’s 3-2 vote at Council to close the Bailey daycare and community center, ELi’s Managing Editor Ann Nichols and I have been soliciting citizen reactions.

Council Set to Decide Fate of Bailey Daycare and Community Center

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Image: Courtesy of City of East Lansing

City Council is now set to decide the fate of the Bailey childcare program and the Bailey Community Center next Tuesday. Members of the Bailey neighborhood told Council last night that this means they are essentially also deciding the fate of the Bailey neighborhood itself.

Bailey Neighborhood Fears Destabilization from City's Actions

Monday, January 12, 2015
Bailey Community Center

The battle over the future of the Bailey Community Center—and, according to some residents, the future of the Bailey neighborhood itself—will continue tomorrow night at City Council during a work session that will not be broadcast for public viewing. On one side is City staff who see the costs of keeping open the Community Center and the daycare it houses as simply too high for citizens to bear.

Long-time EL Resident Occupies Immigration No-Man's-Land

Friday, January 9, 2015

Oscar Castaneda’s story is an American story, that of a bright immigrant seeking better opportunities for himself and his family. He found it in the United States, and in East Lansing, but the narrative of success and opportunity has taken an unexpected and negative turn that threatens to undo all that he and his family have achieved.

Council Capsule: January 6, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
East Lansing Council Greater Lansing Area MLK Holiday Commission

Each Wednesday morning, ELi provides you a "capsule" of what happened at City Council on Tuesday night.

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

Homeless Angels Seek Help as Temperatures Drop

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

It’s 17° Fahrenheit in the Lansing area, and it feels like 2°. By later tonight temperatures are predicted to fall as low as 4° with wind-chill temperatures below 0°.

While many of us are wearing multiple sweaters in our heated homes, cars and offices, there are a number of people in the area sleeping outdoors. Temperatures this low can easily result in frostbite, hypothermia and possibly death for Lansing and East Lansing’s homeless population if they are unable to find shelter or keep themselves warm.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: East Lansing Family Supporting Kenyan Girls’ School

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sometimes on a July afternoon, as I slog through the red mud of a rural road in Kenya carrying a backpack full of picture books and watching tropical birds flit through the ancient trees overhead, I reflect on the surprising path that brought an Iowa farm girl to this unusual “second job.” My husband, Richard, and I have lived in the Lansing area since 1990 and in East Lansing since 1998, but every July, I spend four weeks in Kenya, working on our project of building a secondary school for girls in a rural village and conducting literacy outreach programs at rural elementary schools.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Surprise Someone with a Snowman Army

Saturday, December 13, 2014

We may lack a festive blanket of snow in East Lansing, but thanks to the Lansing Jaycees we can still send an army of snowmen to make the season bright for neighbors, friends, family or co-workers.

The Lansing Jaycees is a group of 21-40 year-olds focused on developing leadership skills through community involvement. The group has been in Lansing since 1929, and they are involved in a variety of events “that help to promote our Jaycee concept of ‘Leadership Training through Community Involvement.’” Says Lansing Jaycees Member Angela Fossi.

COUNCIL CAPSULE: December 9, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Present: Mayor Nathan Triplett, Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, Ruth Beier, Kathy Boyle, and Susan Woods.

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