Author: Mya Gregory

Mya Gregory is double-majoring at Michigan State University in intercultural communications and journalism with a focus on sports journalism, planning to graduate in Spring 2024. Fluent in Spanish, she has been in Spanish immersion programs since kindergarten. At ELi, she is a general-assignment reporter. She joined the ELi team in May 2023. Click here to read more about our staff.
Documentary Screening to Celebrate Women in Church Leadership

Documentary Screening to Celebrate Women in Church Leadership

All Saints Episcopal Church will celebrate women in church leadership by holding a screening of “The Philadelphia Eleven.”

Murals, Cultural Arts Plan Discussed at Feb. 15 Arts Commission Meeting

Murals, Cultural Arts Plan Discussed at Feb. 15 Arts Commission Meeting

The East Lansing Arts Commission discussed the possibility of installing five heat-applied vinyl murals at its Feb. 15 meeting.

MacDonald Middle Schooler Cayla Hawkins is Already Breaking Records

MacDonald Middle Schooler Cayla Hawkins is Already Breaking Records

MacDonald Middle School student Cayla Hawkins set a new state record in the 400-meter race.

Book Vending Machine Project Meant to Boost Reading Literacy

Book Vending Machine Project Meant to Boost Reading Literacy

Kiwanis Club of East Lansing and WKAR met to discuss and plan strategies to increase young people’s love of reading.

Events, Resources Available as Community Remembers Shooting

Events, Resources Available as Community Remembers Shooting

MSU and East Lansing are joining together to provide support as everyone continues to process the Feb. 13, 2023, tragedy. Luminary kits are available today for one event planned for Tuesday.

Counselor Guides Students On Post-Graduation Path

Counselor Guides Students On Post-Graduation Path

MSU graduate, Chloe Wolma, is spending her gap year working with ELHS students to find their way after high school.

Q&A With Environmental Specialist Cliff Walls: AI Recycling Program Wraps Up
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Q&A With Environmental Specialist Cliff Walls: AI Recycling Program Wraps Up

East Lansing Environmental Specialist Cliff Walls answered questions via email about the city’s recycling program that used artificial intelligence to identify contaminants in recycling bins.

Pair of Major Road Projects Approved by City Council
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Pair of Major Road Projects Approved by City Council

City Council voted to approve projects that will have major impacts on two of East Lansing’s busiest roads at the Jan. 23 meeting.

Library Board Shifts Focus After Director Hire

Library Board Shifts Focus After Director Hire

Strategic planning, budgets and reviewing the one-year report on the Jan. 11, 2023, incident were all part of the recent meeting.

Council Will Consider Hagadorn ‘Road Diet’ Project
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Council Will Consider Hagadorn ‘Road Diet’ Project

The Transportation Commission unanimously approved recommending the plan be implemented for the stretch of road from Burcham Drive to Grand River Avenue.

Library Board Chooses a New Director

Library Board Chooses a New Director

The board unanimously moves to offer the job to Kevin King, who will come to EL from the Kalamazoo Public Library.

Overlay Information Meeting to Be Held

Overlay Information Meeting to Be Held

The city hopes to answer questions and clear up concerns about overlay districts during the Jan. 17 informational session.

Three to Be Interviewed for ELPL Director Position

Three to Be Interviewed for ELPL Director Position

The Library Board of Trustees will begin public interviews early this month.

Glencairn Overlay Proposal Dominates Housing Meeting

Glencairn Overlay Proposal Dominates Housing Meeting

The Housing Commission approved two rental requests, but the three in the proposed overlay district are on hold.

HRC Responds to Gaza With Ceasefire Resolution

HRC Responds to Gaza With Ceasefire Resolution

The commission unanimously approved the resolution, which will now be presented to City Council.

Downtown Safety, Homeless are Focus of Presentations to DMB

Downtown Safety, Homeless are Focus of Presentations to DMB

The Downtown Management Board heard crime statistics from ELPD Deputy Chief Chad Pride and about the Advent House Ministries homelessness outreach program.

Road Diet Proposal Draws Crowd to Transportation Commission Meeting

Road Diet Proposal Draws Crowd to Transportation Commission Meeting

The proposal calls for altering Hagadorn Road between Grand River and Burcham Drive from four lanes to three.

CDBG Applications Due Dec. 15
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CDBG Applications Due Dec. 15

Grant program is for the needs of low-to-moderate income people and neighborhoods.

Permanent ELPL Director Interviews to Begin in January

Permanent ELPL Director Interviews to Begin in January

The deadline for applications was Nov. 17. The Library Commission subcommittee hopes to present its findings and recommendations at the Dec. 13 meeting.

Aggravated Assault Alert Goes Out; No Injuries Reported

Aggravated Assault Alert Goes Out; No Injuries Reported

The incident occurred early Sunday morning during celebrations downtown, two days before Halloween. ELPD reminds community members to take safety precautions.

ELi has the Answers to What’s Up With the Beer Die Trend

ELi has the Answers to What’s Up With the Beer Die Trend

A personally decorated plywood table, four red Solo cups, two dice and rules agreed upon by players are the basics of the game. Sort of.

Proposed Trowbridge Road Revisions have Neighborhood Residents Concerned

Proposed Trowbridge Road Revisions have Neighborhood Residents Concerned

MDOT’s road reconfiguration plans are meant to “improve safety,” but those who live in the neighborhoods worry they could make travel more dangerous.

ELIPOC Workshop Participants Focus on Police Use of Force

ELIPOC Workshop Participants Focus on Police Use of Force

Public participants held a “dialogue” as they sought solutions and suggestions for a plan to guide the ELPD.

ELPS Board Plans for Fink Replacement, Hears Public Concerns about Suspended Teacher

ELPS Board Plans for Fink Replacement, Hears Public Concerns about Suspended Teacher

Those interested in applying for the open trustee position have until noon Friday to submit an application.

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Rebecca Kasen

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Rebecca Kasen

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the third installment in our series, Mya Gregory provides a profile of Rebecca Kasen. Why is Kasen running?

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Christopher Wardell

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Christopher Wardell

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the third installment in our series, Mya Gregory provides a profile of Christopher Wardell. Why is Wardell running?

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Noel Garcia

Meet East Lansing City Council Candidate Noel Garcia

ELi is providing introductions to the eight East Lansing City Council candidates. In the second installment in our series, Mya Gregory provides a profile of Noel Garcia. Why is Garcia running?

Mental Health and Safety are Focus of New ELPS Hires

Mental Health and Safety are Focus of New ELPS Hires

Building lasting relationships, supporting students and creating a safe environment are goals all three bring to their new positions.

In 3-2 Vote, Robert Belleman Chosen as Next East Lansing City Manager
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In 3-2 Vote, Robert Belleman Chosen as Next East Lansing City Manager

There was wide support for internal candidate Tim Dempsey in written communications and public comments. “This is a farce. This is an absolute farce,” one member of the community said after the vote.

Opposition Strong – and Centered on Parking – in Face of Affordable Housing Proposal

Opposition Strong – and Centered on Parking – in Face of Affordable Housing Proposal

“Parking is everything,” said one local business owner in objection to the plan. But the developer insisted the privately-owned parking lot parcel is “going away” regardless of whether his project is approved.

Council Interviews Four City Manager Candidates after Another Drops Out
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Council Interviews Four City Manager Candidates after Another Drops Out

All candidates responded to 21 questions from council members before going into interviews before city staff and then attending an evening reception at the Hannah Center.

Catch Up on What’s Been Going on With the ELPL Board of Trustees

Catch Up on What’s Been Going on With the ELPL Board of Trustees

After an unanimous vote of support, Adult Services Librarian Angelo Moreno has been offered the position of interim director of the East Lansing Public Library.

MSUFCU Showcases ‘Strength in Roots’ During Grand Opening Celebration
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MSUFCU Showcases ‘Strength in Roots’ During Grand Opening Celebration

Long-anticipated opening of the Abbot Road branch was celebrated during a July 21 event featuring music, local foods, and speakers from the credit union, university, city and more.

Commission on the Environment Discusses Wetland Regulations and More

Commission on the Environment Discusses Wetland Regulations and More

In its first meeting after No Mow May, the commission talked about what worked, some challenges and future potential goals.

The Summer Beat Goes On for Community Band

The Summer Beat Goes On for Community Band

The East Lansing Kiwanis Community Band kicks off its 2023 season with a concert Thursday, July 20.

One Developer Off the Hook, Another Will Attempt Affordable Housing Downtown
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One Developer Off the Hook, Another Will Attempt Affordable Housing Downtown

East Lansing’s City Council has decided to relieve developer DRW Convexity of its responsibilities where downtown affordable housing is concerned and to give PK Companies a try instead. As part of their Park District project, Chicago-based developers DRW Convexity agreed to construct an affordable apartment building at a now-vacant lot known as “Parcel C” (333…

EL Youth Football Club Working to Boost Numbers
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EL Youth Football Club Working to Boost Numbers

The nonprofit organization teaches the game of football, but also promotes “sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, responsibility, and self-discipline.”

Local Churches Make Commitment to Faith-Based Reparations
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Local Churches Make Commitment to Faith-Based Reparations

All Saints Episcopal Church and Edgewood United Church will donate $100,000 to the Justice League of Lansing.

All-Community March in Downtown East Lansing Celebrates Juneteenth
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All-Community March in Downtown East Lansing Celebrates Juneteenth

A small but spirited crowd gathered to recognize the day in 1863 the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free.

Young and Old(er) Are Jumping Into the Sport of Pickleball
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Young and Old(er) Are Jumping Into the Sport of Pickleball

The official grand opening of the renovated Patriarche Park pickleball facility is Thursday but, once the nets went up last week, there was no stopping the enthusiasts from playing.

Following a Successful Season, the ELHS Track and Field Teams Have Athletes Heading to States

Following a Successful Season, the ELHS Track and Field Teams Have Athletes Heading to States

Eleven track team members have qualified to compete in the state championships Saturday, June 3, at Rockford High School.

Proposed Parks, Recreation & Arts Budget Has a Big Focus on Equity

Proposed Parks, Recreation & Arts Budget Has a Big Focus on Equity

The proposed FY24 budget for ELPRA is just under $5.5 million, which is an increase of $189,330 from FY23.

City Talks Tree Love, Yard Waste, Solar Price Surges, and No Mow May
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City Talks Tree Love, Yard Waste, Solar Price Surges, and No Mow May

The proposed city budget for next year would increase spending on trees, continue waste and recycling programs residents have come to expect and look to renewable energy.

East Lansing Police Department Welcomes Two New Officers

East Lansing Police Department Welcomes Two New Officers

Officers Cuong Dang-Le and Brennan Surman have now joined the ranks of the East Lansing Police Department. Get the story and photos from ELi.