Special Post for ELi’s Facebook Readers

Friday, December 28, 2018, 7:00 am
By: 
Alice Dreger

Above: ELi's 2018 public service Crystal Award, from the City of East Lansing, all dressed up for the holidays.

Facebook is reacting to its problems over fake news and propaganda in ways that are making it harder and harder for local publishers like us to push news out to readers who access local news primarily through Facebook. (For Eli, that's over half our readers.) The bots at Facebook are constantly stopping local news publishers' attempts to share new reporting.

So today, we’re giving you a special run-down of stories we’ve run this week. Just a reminder: A great way to make sure you don’t miss news from ELi is to sign up for our e-mail newsletters. They’re free and you can easily unsubscribe at any time.

We’ve recently published two year-end stories. Our Managing Editor Ann Nichols has brought you the run-down of ELi’s Top Feel-Good Stories of 2018. Meanwhile, I’ve put together a list of 14 East Lansing Stories We Expect Will Be Big in 2019.

On Christmas Day, this past Tuesday, we also brought you the story of how East Lansing’s Department of Public Works crews keep working even on holidays, as when water mains break. One did in Whitehills on Christmas.

Wednesday, we reported that the City is claiming it can’t find the “Park Place” site plan application, and that’s allegedly why it can’t provide it under the Freedom of Information Act.

Thursday, Jessy Gregg reported for us on new firefighter-paramedic hires at ELFD, including the Chief’s remarks to Council on finances and gender diversity in hiring.

Also on Thursday, I reported that Barrio Taco’s (“tacos + tequila + whiskey”) is looking to move into the new Center City District space on Albert Avenue.

Today, we have for you the story on the Park District construction finally beginning on the blighted corner. That story covers what it will mean in terms of road and sidewalk closures . . . and more pressure on downtown businesses. We also cover what the project will bring in terms of buildings and tax revenues.

Finally, this week we brought you the news that ELi has obtained about 91% of what we need for sustainability through 2019! We need your help today to reach the goal of $80,000. Our Sustainability Campaign ends on December 31, and we have matching funds until then. Read more or go straight to the NewsMatch page to donate to ELi using a credit card!

Thanks so much for being an ELi reader. We look forward to being with you in 2019, and we're really hoping we start the year with enough in the bank to do all reporting and no fundraising!