Haven House’s Adopt a Child Program Gives Children the Tools to Succeed

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Adopt-a-Child for Back to School program at Haven House matches community members with children who have left Haven House in the past year, or currently live at the shelter. “We ask the families what their children need for back to school and then you shop for those items” including school uniforms, coats, shoes, and play clothes: says Leah Weidner, the organization’s Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator.

City of East Lansing urges residents to stay safe during heat wave

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

With temperatures expected to exceed 90 degrees over the course of several days this week, the City of East Lansing has asked us to remind residents to keep the following safety tips in mind.

These tips were adapted from the American Red Cross, and provided to us by the City:

1. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

2. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

3. Slow down, stay indoors when possible and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Meridian Board Votes Against CATA’s BRT

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Above: sign at Coral Gables Plaza along the planned BRT route

The Meridian Township Board has passed a resolution in opposition to CATA’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Passed last night, the Board’s resolution has no formal impact on the plan, because the roads involved (Michigan and Grand River Avenues) are owned by the City of Lansing and the State of Michigan. But the move could affect CATA’s chances of obtaining federal funding for the project.

Pokemon GO Takes Over East Lansing

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Above: Players hunt Pokemon behind The Peoples Church

Have you seen random strangers wandering your neighborhood? Faces glued to their phone screens? Suddenly one of them yells out, “Guys! Guys! I caught a Squirtle!”

Don’t be alarmed; these people are merely playing Pokémon GO.

Senior Pets for Senior People offers affection and attention for all

Monday, July 18, 2016

Above: Linda Saloff, 69,  of East Lansing had never petted a kitten before because of a lifelong fear of cats. She overcame that fear at the Senior Pets for Senior People event Friday, stroking three-month-old Letty as she was held by Sydney Babcock, 16. 

Linda Saloff is 69 years old and for every single one of those years, she has been afraid of cats. Not allergic, not ambivalent, but fearful. Until today.

Foods for Living Offers a rainbow after Friday's Storm

Thursday, July 14, 2016

When last week’s storm hit East Lansing, Foods for Living grocery store lost power for more than 30 hours. But what they found in their time of darkness was a sense of community.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday July 9, Foods for Living put a post on their Facebook page asking for people or organizations who need food to come and get their dairy and deli foods before they spoiled. The post was shared more than 168 times. By 2:20 p.m. they had updated the post to say that all the food had been given away.

ELPD Chief Answers Questions about Bias, De-escalation Techniques

Monday, July 11, 2016

Above: ELPD Officer Adam Park and K9 Max, left, out in the community, and ELPD Chief Jeff Murphy, right, courtesy City of East Lansing

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought significant attention to the killing of African-Americans by police officers. Last week, social media circulated suggestions about what citizens should be asking their local police forces about anti-bias training, techniques used to de-escalate tense encounters, the use of non-lethal force in policing, and the like.

Community Rally Tonight at Lansing Church

Friday, July 8, 2016

Above: Union Missionary Baptist Church

In response to shootings by police officers in Louisiana and Minneapolis this week, a Community Rally will take place this evening at Union Missionary Baptist Church. Melvin Jones, the Church’s Pastor, posted yesterday on Facebook “Our community cannot stand idly by and not give voice to police violence on black men. You are invited to come to a community rally at Union Missionary Baptist Church tomorrow night at 6 p.m.”

East Lansing Public Library offers Portable Wi-Fi Spots

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Above: Image of portable wifi device, courtesy of East Lansing Public Library

If you’ve ever been in a location without Wi-Fi, you might know how annoying it is to try to post that vacation picture or respond to an important email. Fortunately, the East Lansing Public Library now has hotspot portable Wi-Fi devices that can be rented out by patrons.