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East Lansing Devastated by Flooding Again

East Lansing Devastated by Flooding Again

Two storms have caused widespread flooding in East Lansing in less than a month.

Rethinking Farewells: How Funerals and Final Resting Places are Changing

Rethinking Farewells: How Funerals and Final Resting Places are Changing

Trends around funeral services and memorials have been changing nationwide. These differences can be seen locally.

City Continues Work on Non-Motorized Transportation Plan

City Continues Work on Non-Motorized Transportation Plan

On Wednesday the city held an open house to continue to gather input for its non-motorized transportation plan.

Cyber Crime Cost City $50,000

Cyber Crime Cost City $50,000

The city was able to provide an update on the financial impact of the cyber crime, but few other details.

Women’s Center Fundraiser sees Participants Rappel Down Boji Tower

Women’s Center Fundraiser sees Participants Rappel Down Boji Tower

The event saw participants rappel 297 feet down the Boji Tower.

Our 10

Our 10

On Memorial Day, we look back at 10 East Lansing service members who were killed in the Vietnam War.

New Prime Time Seniors Director Alesha Williams: Supporting EL Seniors is “My Joy”

New Prime Time Seniors Director Alesha Williams: Supporting EL Seniors is “My Joy”

The new Prime Time Seniors director will look to expand activities offered by the program even further.

Planning Commission Recommends Gas Station, Not B&B Rezoning

Planning Commission Recommends Gas Station, Not B&B Rezoning

A plan to replace a gas station and convenience store on the corner of Abbot Road and Saginaw Street will go back to City Council with the Planning Commission’s approval.

All Saints Episcopal Church Rev. Kit Carlson Retiring

All Saints Episcopal Church Rev. Kit Carlson Retiring

Rev. Kit Carlson has served as rector at All Saints Episcopal Church since 2007.

Library Board Discusses Strategic Planning, Staff Conferences

Library Board Discusses Strategic Planning, Staff Conferences

The East Lansing Public Library met yesterday for its April meeting.

Albert El Fresco Tweaks, Illegal Parking Discussed by DDA

Albert El Fresco Tweaks, Illegal Parking Discussed by DDA

Albert El Fresco will return to downtown East Lansing later this month.

From Pokémon to Public Policy: Aaron Stephens’ Political Journey

From Pokémon to Public Policy: Aaron Stephens’ Political Journey

The former mayor has earned a masters degree in public policy from Harvard and returned to East Lansing.

Library Board Talks Strategic Planning, School Partnerships

Library Board Talks Strategic Planning, School Partnerships

The meeting was the first since Kevin King took over as library director on March 4.

ELHS Grad Recalls Ventures in Baseball and Music

ELHS Grad Recalls Ventures in Baseball and Music

Dale Corbin was a star pitcher for the Eastern Michigan University baseball team in the 1970s and later found success in music.

Meet New East Lansing Public Library Director Kevin King

Meet New East Lansing Public Library Director Kevin King

New East Lansing Public Library Director Kevin King believes building solid relationships with library staff and East Lansing residents is key to success in his role.

Spin Scooters Banished, Tree Maintenance Approved by City Council

Spin Scooters Banished, Tree Maintenance Approved by City Council

City Council permanently revoked Spin scooter company’s license to operate in East Lansing at last night’s meeting.

Day named ELi Interim Managing Editor, Martinez Joins ELi Staff as Investigative Reporter

Day named ELi Interim Managing Editor, Martinez Joins ELi Staff as Investigative Reporter

ELi has had a recent staff shake up.

Library Board Preps for New Fiscal Year at Feb. 21 Meeting

Library Board Preps for New Fiscal Year at Feb. 21 Meeting

ELPL Interim Director Angelo Moreno spent much of his last meeting at the helm discussing finances with the library board.

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.

Secontine’s Investigation to be Released

Secontine’s Investigation to be Released

The East Lansing City Council voted to release investigator Randall Secontine’s report at its Feb. 20 meeting.

2023 Annual Report

2023 Annual Report

ELi published 393 original reports last year.

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.

Spread the Word: ELi Has a New Facebook Page

Spread the Word: ELi Has a New Facebook Page

Please share our new page with your friends and communities.

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.

Council Tackles Variety of Issues in Tuesday Meeting
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Council Tackles Variety of Issues in Tuesday Meeting

Glencairn rental restriction overlay public hearing set, rejected projects discussed and minutes of Nov. 2 special meeting finally approved during 90-minute session.

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.

Restorative Justice Presentation Given to School Board, Essay Award Winners Recognized at Jan. 22 Meeting
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Restorative Justice Presentation Given to School Board, Essay Award Winners Recognized at Jan. 22 Meeting

MacDonald Middle School Principal Amy Martin and Associate Principal John Atkinson gave a presentation on restorative justice techniques used by the school at the Monday, Jan. 22 East Lansing Board of Education meeting.

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre presents The Addams Family School Edition
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All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre presents The Addams Family School Edition

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre will be bringing “The Addams Family” school edition musical to the Hannah Community Center, starting Friday, Feb. 2.

ELi Facebook Page is Down

ELi Facebook Page is Down

The staff is working diligently to fix the problem ASAP.

Brookover Negotiates EV Charger at Car Wash; Gas Station and B&B Proposals Rejected
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Brookover Negotiates EV Charger at Car Wash; Gas Station and B&B Proposals Rejected

City Council heard another statement condemning the election of Singh as mayor pro tem over Watson.

Council Attempts to Outline Ambitions for 2024-2025 Term
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Council Attempts to Outline Ambitions for 2024-2025 Term

The last two city departments presented their priorities, while the strategic planning process was met with some resistance.

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.

Overlay Information Session Draws Big Crowd

Overlay Information Session Draws Big Crowd

The proposed Glencairn rental restriction overlay district goes back before Planning Commission Wednesday.

Council Holds Three Public Hearings, Defers Decisions

Council Holds Three Public Hearings, Defers Decisions

The proposals for a car wash, bed and breakfast, and new gas station are on Tuesday’s City Council meeting agenda.

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.

Video of Nov. 2 Special Council Meeting Released On City YouTube Channel
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Video of Nov. 2 Special Council Meeting Released On City YouTube Channel

The video was uploaded to the city’s YouTube channel, but not added to the meeting calendar like other recordings. City manager tells ELi it was an “oversight.”

Police, Public Works and Other City Departments Lay Out 2024 Priorities
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Police, Public Works and Other City Departments Lay Out 2024 Priorities

City strategic planning will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Hannah Center.

A Reminder of ELi’s Facebook Policy

A Reminder of ELi’s Facebook Policy

Our moderation policy is centered on a dedication to readers trusting us to be responsible.

Lansing NAACP Speaks Against Perceived Bias from Council
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Lansing NAACP Speaks Against Perceived Bias from Council

Following statements by the NAACP’s James McCurtis and Councilmember Dana Watson, Council heard presentations from city department heads about 2024 priorities.

Master Plan Update, Overlay Districts Discussed by Planning Commission

Master Plan Update, Overlay Districts Discussed by Planning Commission

The three-hour meeting included numerous residents speaking about the proposed rental restriction overlay in the Glencairn neighborhood.

New Commission Gives Voice to Youth
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New Commission Gives Voice to Youth

“It’s a great way to bridge the gap between and learn what the commissioners see as important to their peers,” assistant to the city manager said.

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.

First Major Storm on Its Way

First Major Storm on Its Way

Here are reminders on how to handle the expected heavy snow along with announcements of city closings.

Council Rejects Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Resolution
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Council Rejects Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Resolution

Despite emotional testimony from many personally impacted by the conflict, the resolution drafted by the Human Rights Commission was rejected 4-1.

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.

School Board Organizes for 2024 at First Meeting of Year
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School Board Organizes for 2024 at First Meeting of Year

Chris Martin is elected school board president during the Jan. 8 meeting.

Council Kicks off 2024 with Stacked Meeting Agenda
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Council Kicks off 2024 with Stacked Meeting Agenda

Tuesday’s meeting includes 10 items on the business agenda, 3 public hearings and a mysterious closed session.

ELPL ‘Library of Things’ Has a Bit of Everything

ELPL ‘Library of Things’ Has a Bit of Everything

Tools, light therapy, zoo passes and more are among the unconventional offerings that can be checked out at the library.

Brothers Bring Yemeni Coffee to East Lansing

Brothers Bring Yemeni Coffee to East Lansing

“I’m an expert in medicine, but I’m very passionate about caffeine,” says Dr. Ahmed Sufyan, owner of Moka & Co.

ELi Needs Your Input

ELi Needs Your Input

Take a couple minutes and respond to our reader survey. Help guide us into 2024.

DDA Approves Setting Aside Funds for a Director
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DDA Approves Setting Aside Funds for a Director

The decision to allot $250,000 to hire a director in 2025 followed two strategic planning sessions. Details for the position still need to be ironed out.

ELi Truly Appreciates Our Donors

ELi Truly Appreciates Our Donors

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Donate Now and Help ELi Keep the Lights On

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What Does ELi See Ahead in 2024?

What Does ELi See Ahead in 2024?

Here are the stories on the reporting and editorial team’s radar in the new year.

Anonymous Call About Migrant Buses Coming to EL Lacks ‘Veracity’

Anonymous Call About Migrant Buses Coming to EL Lacks ‘Veracity’

City of East Lansing and local service providers suspect the call is a hoax but are, nonetheless, working to be prepared.

A Year in Review: What ELi Covered in 2023

A Year in Review: What ELi Covered in 2023

With the year coming to an end, we look back at top stories and issues in the City of East Lansing.

Last Chance at a 2023 Tax-Deductible Donation That Helps ELi Survive!

Last Chance at a 2023 Tax-Deductible Donation That Helps ELi Survive!

We need you more than ever! Donate by Dec. 31 and help us get closer to our annual campaign goal.

Special ELi Investigation: Church Attendance is Down Nationwide; What About in East Lansing?

Special ELi Investigation: Church Attendance is Down Nationwide; What About in East Lansing?

ELi spoke with nine ministers and pastors about what they are experiencing in their churches.

Safe Routes to School Grant Proposal Impacts Parks

Safe Routes to School Grant Proposal Impacts Parks

Parks & Rec Commission heard a report from SRTS, conclusions of a Farmers Market survey and bid farewell to Chuck Overbey.

Council Takes a Long Look at Finances
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Council Takes a Long Look at Finances

During public comment, speakers requested the city support a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

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.

Help ELi Reach Its $200,000 Goal by Dec. 31

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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.

City Leaders Urge Council to Move Forward with Charter Review Commission
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City Leaders Urge Council to Move Forward with Charter Review Commission

The letter signed by nine civic and school leaders supports putting the commission establishment on the 2024 ballot.

Farewell from ELi Founder Alice Dreger

Farewell from ELi Founder Alice Dreger

A long look back at ELi – and bright hopes for the future – from founder Alice Dreger.

Overlay in Glencairn to be Considered After Widespread Confusion, Protest
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Overlay in Glencairn to be Considered After Widespread Confusion, Protest

The interim planning director and a Council member work to explain the overlay ordinances. But the debate is expected to continue.

New 530 Albert Ave Proposal Event is Not Today

New 530 Albert Ave Proposal Event is Not Today

The event will be rescheduled in the future.

New Life for 530 Albert Ave Project?
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New Life for 530 Albert Ave Project?

The vice president of ACD has been working with downtown business owners and neighborhood groups to revamp the project.

MSU Students Pitch Proposals for Evergreen Property
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MSU Students Pitch Proposals for Evergreen Property

DDA members and city officials listened to development presentations by urban planning students for the downtown site.

First Phase of New Trail Connecting MSU to Lake Lansing Opens

First Phase of New Trail Connecting MSU to Lake Lansing Opens

Completing the trail along the Red Cedar River was tricky, but worth it, Meridian Township official said.

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.

Annual Giving Campaign Update: Help Us Keep the Lights On at ELi!

Annual Giving Campaign Update: Help Us Keep the Lights On at ELi!

We are almost 50% of the way toward our $200,000 goal. Donate now and take advantage of matching funds.

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.

Overlay Districts, Bias All Broached at Eventful Meeting
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Overlay Districts, Bias All Broached at Eventful Meeting

City Council heard from 20 members of the community during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s meeting.

East Lansing Homeless Shelter Celebrates 40 Years of Service

East Lansing Homeless Shelter Celebrates 40 Years of Service

As part of the anniversary celebration, a ribbon cutting and open house will be held Thursday at the shelter’s new administrative facilities.

More Work Needed for Use of Force Recommendations; ELPD Being Investigated by State

More Work Needed for Use of Force Recommendations; ELPD Being Investigated by State

Facilitators will revise the use of force report and recommendations based on ELIPOC and community feedback.

Interfaith Gathering Offers Prayers for Peace, Healing

Interfaith Gathering Offers Prayers for Peace, Healing

The event was an expression of solidarity and hope in the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

ELi Is Grateful for Your Support

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ELPD Officer Tells DDA of Downtown Public Safety Concerns
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ELPD Officer Tells DDA of Downtown Public Safety Concerns

Officer Katey Harrison identified parking garages as hotspots for nighttime activity as well as the Fieldhouse and Harper’s.

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.

Live News Updates for Nov. 20-26

Live News Updates for Nov. 20-26

Current top story: Karen Jennings is leaving the Arts Commission after six years.

Need a Hot Dog? University Weiner is the Place

Need a Hot Dog? University Weiner is the Place

Two Michigan State University students partnered to open the business that features Michigan-made hot dogs and other Michigan products.

Sadness, Fear, Anger Linger After Oct. 7 Attack and Ongoing Violence

Sadness, Fear, Anger Linger After Oct. 7 Attack and Ongoing Violence

Local faith leaders have come together to show their “support and love for local Jewish and Muslim communities.”

Live News Updates for Nov. 13-19

Live News Updates for Nov. 13-19

Current top stories: Peace Education Center’s Alternative Holiday sale is Friday and Saturday. Read a report on Monday’s Human Rights Commission meeting.

Ebersole Singh Runs Way Ahead of Pack; Meadows, Altmann to Return to Council
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Ebersole Singh Runs Way Ahead of Pack; Meadows, Altmann to Return to Council

In unofficial results from Tuesday’s election, Dan Bollman narrowly missed out on the third slot. Noel Garcia finished fifth, Joshua Ramirez-Roberts was sixth, Rebecca Kasen seventh and Chris Wardell eighth.

Live News Updates for Nov. 6-12

Live News Updates for Nov. 6-12

ELi Now is a column from the East Lansing Info reporting and editorial staff, created as a space to provide live updates of East Lansing news. Current top stories: Local artist is opening an exhibit at People’s Church; Zoning Board of Appeals approves second solar array variance.

Special Council Meeting: Assertion Charter Was Violated Found to be Without Merit, City Attorney Will Settle Two Lawsuits
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Special Council Meeting: Assertion Charter Was Violated Found to be Without Merit, City Attorney Will Settle Two Lawsuits

The agenda for the Thursday meeting was added to the city calendar on Wednesday.

Give to ELi’s Annual Campaign Today to Have Your Donation Matched

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Campaign Expenses Reveal Big Differences in Resources Available to Candidates
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Campaign Expenses Reveal Big Differences in Resources Available to Candidates

ELi analyzes and breaks down financial records from the Ingham County Clerk.

Live News Updates for Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Live News Updates for Oct. 30-Nov. 5

ELi Now is a column from the East Lansing Info reporting and editorial staff, created as a space to provide live updates of East Lansing news. Current top story: Interim Director of Planning, Building and Development Tim Dempsey is leaving for a job in Saginaw.

Dyslexia Advocacy, Ninja Warrior are Passions of MacDonald Middle School Student

Dyslexia Advocacy, Ninja Warrior are Passions of MacDonald Middle School Student

The young organizer of Saturday’s Dollars 4 Dyslexia Fundraising Open House has set her sights on raising $6,000.

$550,000 of EL Taxpayer Money at Risk Due to Cyber Scam

$550,000 of EL Taxpayer Money at Risk Due to Cyber Scam

A vendor’s email was compromised by an outside entity. The city is working with the MSP and FBI to recover the funds.

Links to articles in the timeline of ELi’s Nov. 2023 paper edition

Links to articles in the timeline of ELi’s Nov. 2023 paper edition

Here are links to the articles included in the timeline presented in ELi’s November 2023 paper edition: Jan. 11: After Library Director Calls Police on Wrongly-Accused Black Teen, Outrage Expressed to Library Board. Jan. 17: Lahanas is Out as City Manager, Noel Garcia Jr. Named to Council. Jan. 23: East Lansing High School Teachers and…