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Here’s what happened at the Jan. 23 Flint City Council meeting

Flint, MI—While nearly all city business on last night’s Flint City Council agenda was addressed in under 35 minutes, it’s what didn’t get voted on that took up the majority of the body’s more than six-hour meeting. On Jan. 23, 2023, Council voted to approve several appointments, grant and purchase agreements, and lump sum payments…

City of Flint launches ARPA funding application for community programs

Flint, MI—The City of Flint has launched its application process for grants funded by COVID-19 relief dollars.  As of 12 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2023, eligible nonprofits, businesses, and community-based organizations can apply for the grants, which are supported by $15.66 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The city asks that applicants plan…

Flint Beat teams up with Flintside, Levin Center for people-centered oversight series

Flint, MI—Local news outlets Flint Beat and Flintside have teamed up with The Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy for a story series that aims to address the issues most affecting the Flint community. Jim Townsend, director of the Levin Center, explained the purpose of partnering with local publications.  “We are working through community-based groups and the local…

Flint City Council fails to take action on listing of home for pregnant mothers

Flint, MI—Tempers flared at Flint City Council’s finance committee meeting as members discussed a property currently occupied by the House of Esther, a nonprofit organization offering a home to pregnant mothers. Ultimately, Council failed to take any action before losing quorum. At the Jan. 18, 2023, committee meeting, Councilwoman Tonya Burns called upon Flint Planning…

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Health providers to host free cancer screening & health fair in Flint on MLK Day

Washington, D.C.—The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) will host a Flint community cancer screening and health fair at Berston Field House on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16, 2023. NMQF, a national nonprofit leading the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative aligned with President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot 2.0, is hosting the event with Exact Sciences…

HBCU Forum to be held at the Flint Public Library

Flint, MI—Considering attending one of the country’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)? If so, a local initiative is set to host an informational event at the Flint Public Library on Dec. 27, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:30pm. The forum-style gathering is open to all middle and high school students in the area, according to…

Here’s a roundup of Flint’s holiday events

Flint, MI —The holidays are here again, and Flint event organizers are celebrating Christmas and New Years through a series of events over the next two weeks. From live music to Christmas tree and menorah lighting ceremonies, movie showings to a New Year’s Eve marathon—if you’re staying in town this holiday, there’s a busy week…

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Michigan State University holds library book donation drive for Flint Community Schools

East Lansing, MI–Michigan State University (MSU) is raising funds and gathering books to donate to Flint Community Schools for its “Stuff the Library” project. The project is part of MSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration which wraps up on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, but organizers are asking donors to help them meet their…

City of Flint urges residents to remove vehicles from streets ahead of winter storm

Flint, MI—The City of Flint is preparing for the coming winter storm and urges residents to refrain from parking on public streets in order not to obstruct snow and ice removal. Vehicles parked on public streets may be towed and impounded so that snow and ice removal operations can be accomplished. The National Weather Service…

Flint City Bucks players selected in 2023 Major League Soccer SuperDraft

Flint, MI—Major League Soccer (MLS) teams selected three Flint City Bucks players in the annual MLS SuperDraft, which was held Dec. 21, 2022. The Bucks remain the world’s only soccer club to send a player to MLS every year since the SuperDraft began in 1999. According to a Bucks’ press release, 97 Bucks players have…

Michiganders get additional assistance to help lower grocery costs for holiday season  

Lansing, MI—Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced all Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive at least an additional $95 monthly payment in December to help lower the cost of groceries. The additional assistance will help more than 1.3 million Michiganders in more than 700,000 households keep more of their hard-earned money.  “This extra food assistance will help Michiganders feed…

Flint United to hold ‘hip-hop Xmas’ toy giveaway this weekend

Flint, MI—Flint’s professional basketball team is set to host a “Hip-Hop Xmas” toy giveaway at Comma Bookstore this Saturday, Dec. 17 from noon to 3 p.m. Flint United owner and president Kevin Mays said the hip-hop themed giveaway “just felt right” as a “feel-good, musically rich” holiday event.  “Some of our favorite holiday classics come…

Flint Water Crisis

Company ends water donations, Flint residents advised to continue using filters

Flint, MI–BlueTriton Brands, Inc., a Connecticut-based company that has donated bottled water to Flint residents since 2018, ended its weekly donations on Dec. 31, 2022. According to a Jan. 13 press release from the City of Flint, BlueTriton provided 100,000 bottles of water per week since 2018, and the donations served approximately 3,000 people per…

GLWA commits $1.5 million to support income-based water bill assistance program in Flint

Flint, MI—The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) Board of Directors recently approved more than $1.5 million in additional program funding for Flint, helping bolster a new income-based water bill assistance plan to better meet residents’ needs. The funding comes by way of the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP), a two-year program that provides assistance to…

Flint water crisis charges dropped against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

A Genesee County judge has ordered criminal charges dismissed against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in connection with the Flint water crisis, according to a Bridge Magazine article. It’s the latest in a spate of dismissals after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in June that Michigan improperly relied on a one-person grand jury to bring…

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