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Flint residents can weigh in on proposed redistricting plans

Flint, Mich. — Flint residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on draft district lines proposed by Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission for the state House of Representatives, state Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives during a hearing on Oct. 26. The commission is presenting four drafts of maps for the U.S. House, and…

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FLI-City Studios hosts Vertical Ambition Crew dance practice

KT Kanazawich | Flint Beat

FLI-City studios is an inclusive dance studio located on Corunna Road on the west side of Flint, Mich. Its owners, Jared and Alisyn Hurd, wanted to create an affordable safe space for dancers to express themselves. The pair is part of the Vertical Ambition Crew, which has practice sessions every Wednesday evening from 7:30-10pm. Practice sessions are open to the public and individuals of all ages.


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Flint Board of Ed agrees to discuss $340 million project with Mott Foundation

Flint, MI—After months of conflict, the Flint Board of Education is ready to discuss a multimillion-dollar plan to revitalize the struggling school district. In June, CEO of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Ridgway White pleaded with the Flint Community Schools Board of Education to accept more than $200 million to revitalize the district. Due to…

Flint City Council Candidate Forums: 8th and 9th ward candidates weigh in

Flint, MI–The Flint City Council Candidate Forums for Flint’s eighth and ninth wards are now live. You can view them here. Not all candidates chose to participate, but all who did were asked the same questions about how they would serve the city–from how they would address blight and crime to balancing the city’s budget.…

Genesee County Jail to host town hall with candidates in upcoming elections

Flint, MI– For the first time ever, the Genesee County Jail is hosting a town hall ahead of the upcoming election to allow incarcerated people to learn about their candidates before they vote. Sheriff Chris Swanson said that of the 622 people in jail, only 17 have been sentenced. That means the other 605, roughly…

Flint City Council fails to address several agenda items in six-hour meeting

Flint, MI– Over the course of about six hours, the Flint City Council was only able to get through one full committee meeting, leaving planned discussions on ordinances, appointments, and contracts behind.  Instead, the council spent much of their time appealing warnings, arguing, and discussing the personal living situation of one member. On Oct. 20,…

Flint City Council Candidate Forums: 7th ward candidates have their say

Flint, MI–The Flint City Council Candidate Forum for Flint’s seventh ward is now live. You can see what the candidates have to say about their community here. All candidates were asked the same questions about how they would serve the city–from addressing crime and blight to how they would balance the budget. You can check…

Former Flint schools’ CFO returns as ‘resource’ for Board of Ed.

Flint, MI—Flint Community Schools’ former Chief Financial Officer Carrie Sekelsky is back part-time to guide the Board of Education through some upcoming financial decisions. She returned at the request of the board amid the district’s current Director of Finance Ayunna Dompreh’s absence. Dompreh, along with Superintendent Anita Steward, have been on family and medical leave…

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Watch Flint artists and makers demonstrate their crafts at Factory Two event

Flint, MI—Learn about guitar making, how to create onstage illusions, and the art of stained glass at Factory Two’s Night at the Makerspace event July 20.  The community makerspace is set to host ten artists who will show off various crafting techniques. Tours of Factory Two will also be available to attendees.  Josh Ellingson, an…

Community Fun Day at Hasselbring Park June 5

Flint, MI– The Friends of Hasselbring Park are hosting a Community Fun Day June 5. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can come out to Hasselbring Park for free food, music, and fun. The event is sponsored by the Hamilton Community Health Network Illuminating Community Chance Safety Project, the Neighborhood Engagement Hub, the Community…

PorchFest and First Fridays return to Flint, bringing summer music and art

Flint, MI—The city’s second annual PorchFest and First Fridays will kick off June 4, ushering in the summer months by celebrating Flint businesses and artists. Hosted by What’s Up Downtown, PorchFest is a series of live performances featuring local musicians, from the porches of different homes in the city. It was first introduced in a…

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Mott Foundation grants nearly $200k to support Flint neighborhood projects

Flint, Mich. — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has granted a total of $192,007 to the Neighborhood Engagement Hub (NEH) to coordinate neighborhood cleanups and hire young people to assist with the work.  Mott announced in August that it would fully fund seven neighborhood projects and partially fund an eighth project — for a total…

EPA to provide Flint update in virtual press conference Dec. 7

Flint, MI — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Kurt Thiede will be joined by Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley and other local officials at a virtual press conference on Monday to provide an update about the city’s drinking water system. Details When: 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Dec. 7  Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86365117936; or call-in:…

City of Flint launches major push to Be Counted as Census deadline approaches

FLINT, Mich. — With just 20 days remaining to complete the 2020 Census, the City of Flint is coordinating a major push to encourage residents to BE COUNTED. A full count of Flint residents equates to approximately $3 billion in funding for Flint-area programs and services. That’s $300 million each of the next 10 years…

United Way receives grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for conversations on race, racism, and change

Flint, MI — The Community Foundation of Greater Flint awarded $8,000 to the United Way of Genesee County, on behalf of Community Roots, for the Courageous Conversations on Race, Racism, and Radical Change project. The grant will allow Community Roots to facilitate four community conversations that aim to engage residents of Flint and Genesee County…

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Judge: McLaren can reduce Flint water settlement contributions

Flint, MI– A federal judge’s new ruling will allow McLaren Hospital to reduce their contributions to the Flint water settlement by $15 million, despite lack of support from Flint City Council.  “The McLaren Defendants’ decision to walk away (or not) is the McLaren Defendants’ decision alone,” U.S. District Court Judge Judith Levy wrote in her…

Judge grants McLaren more time to consider walking away from Flint water settlement

Flint, MI– McLaren Hospital has been granted an additional two months to decide whether to stay or walk away from the Flint water lawsuit settlement.  The $641.25 million settlement, announced in August of last year, would resolve all litigation related to the water crisis against the State of Michigan, the City of Flint, Rowe Engineering,…

Flint water settlement claim forms to be translated into Spanish, Arabic

Flint, MI– A recent court order will ensure claims forms and other materials for the Flint water lawsuit settlement will be translated into Spanish and Arabic before the submission process begins. The $641.25 million settlement (although that amount may decrease if McLaren Hospital walks away) was announced in August of last year. The settlement would…

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