Here’s a rundown of what we learned last week in the City’s first budget work session of the year. Join ELi Monday night to talk about how the City can save money and increase revenues to try to improve its financial position.
Here’s a rundown of what we learned last week in the City’s first budget work session of the year. Join ELi Monday night to talk about how the City can save money and increase revenues to try to improve its financial position.
What is the relationship between art and science, technology, engineering, and math? Sarah Spohn reports on how you can find out this upcoming week.
Oak wilt, spruce decline, and insect pests are challenging our arboreal environment. ELi’s Patty Bonito consulted local arborist Alex Ellis and MSU Extension to bring this report, which includes information about what you can do to help your trees.
Have you had ideas about how the City of East Lansing might save money or increase revenues? Curious what others have to say? Join us Monday evening!
City Manager George Lahanas told Council that when DPW Director Scott House was hired, it was known that he might be called away from the City to serve. Now he has been.
The season looked different than previous ones due to the pandemic. How did the team make it to their second place finish? What did it mean to them?
Following comments from readers, Ann explains how to be both a great human to your furry friend and a good neighbor. To summarize, please make sure your dog is on a leash, pick up poop, and dispose of it in your own trash can. For fun unleashed play, consider visiting the Northern Tail Dog Park.
Lansing Area League of Women Voters President Donna Mullins is asking residents to share information about a special Town Hall this Tuesday, as Facebook is blocking the League’s attempts to advertise the redistricting informational forum.
With a few players absent from the team for Tuesday’s game, the Trojans leaned on senior guard Marcus Wourman and David Wilkerson. Andrew Graham reports how their combined 43 points weren’t enough for EL to win.
Despite getting bombarded from 3 and struggling with officiating, East Lansing only trailed by four with minutes to play. Andrew Graham reports on how the season ended.
We will be taking a much needed publishing break that coincides with a week of ELPS Spring Break and fewer governmental meetings.
With a trip to the state quarterfinals on the line, the Trojans and Cardinals locked in for 32 minutes of back-and-forth, up-and-down, desperate basketball. How did the Trojans pull off the win? ELi’s Andrew Graham brings this report.
Ann makes the case that Lou and Harry’s lamb gyro is truly food fit for the gods. But what else do she and her partner-in-crime, Captain Carnivore, recommend?
Thanks to 20 points from the senior on a night where East Lansing was banged up, the Trojans are headed to states. Andrew Graham reports.
Ann and the Captain explored Korean, Japanese, and Thai cuisine, all from one restaurant. What does Ann recommend?
We asked MSU Vice President Vennie Gore about whether MSU’s decision is driven by finances, how on- and off-campus students might benefit, and what to expect in terms of enrollment post-Covid.
“Everyone else is trying to strive and get to that same level,” Trojan head coach Ray Mitchell said of Wourman. “It just sets the tone for the whole program.” What burdens was the senior guard carrying?
Mayor Aaron Stephens supported the site plan, saying “It offers a different type [of housing] within the city and definitely housing diversity is something we want.”
Her colleagues shared with ELi their appreciation for her work. What will happen after Larkin’s retirement?
Could revolving funds be used to create a win-win situation for landlords and homeowners in near-university neighborhoods like Chesterfield Hills?
Pumpstock Music Festival might return to the Bailey neighborhood this summer, depending on the pandemic. Who will perform? What will the event look like? Christopher A. Wardell reports.
Jackson’s offensive display propelled the Trojans to a regional game that will take place onTuesday evening at Grand Ledge High School. Andrew Graham reports on the Trojans boys district championship.
The Trojans girls basketball team has now won six-straight district titles, going all the way back through 2016. Where will they go from here?
What’s new at Wild Birds Unlimited?
Cabrera made it to state finals his freshman year, but a loss at regionals his sophomore year prevented a return. How has Cabrera planned for his hopeful return this year? How did the pandemic change the process?
After the game, Trojans Head Coach Ray Mitchell said he “expected it to be a dogfight.” Andrew Graham reports how the Trojans came out as the top dog on Thursday.
With the win, the Trojans are now slated to play DeWitt on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Waverly High School. But first, Andrew Graham takes you through Tuesday’s win.
On today’s podcast, Kelli shares her take on the work of the Study Committee on an Independent Police Oversight Commission and also talks about her own experiences as a Black woman living (and driving) in East Lansing.
The event was held online, but that did not stop a group of ELHS students from doing their best. How did the event go? What awards did they take home?
What kinds of things does this relatively new City Council want to see funded with HUD funds in the near future?
The Trojans won the conference title, on Friday night, the first of several championships East Lansing is pursuing this year. Andrew Graham reports.
East Lansing native Gina Mudrey speaks to Sarah Spohn about the grand opening of For Crêpe Sake. What does the owner recommend?
What’s the deal with strangely high East Lansing water bills that don’t seem to be explainable by system error?
If Ann had just six weeks to live, she would spend it eating Indian food. So what would she feast upon from Swagath Indian Cuisine?
“We have enough things in place where we’re prepared to compete any style of game,” Coach Rob Smith tells ELi. Read all about the Trojans’ latest win.
Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott reports on the virtual art classes she has taken through the MSU Broad Art Museum. Did she get a passing grade?
News delivered on paper? How retro! Why would ELi consider such a move? Our founder/publisher explains.
Medical students must continue to learn the best ways to interact with patients – both online and in-person – during the pandemic. Are you interested in signing up to be a standardized patient to help them?
When are the City Council elections? What’s with the Graduate Hotel pedestrian tunnel? Which vendors are coming to the market this Sunday? Answers to these questions and more.
MDHHS announced on Friday that all Michiganders 16 and older with underlying conditions will be eligible for vaccine beginning Mar. 22. All Michiganders will be eligible on April 5.
The Trojans celebrated their three seniors at halftime. The young women who were the glue that held their team together, cheered from the sidelines in the second half after scoring a combined 50 points in the first half.
What happened at City Council last night? We bring you the run-down.
East Lansing resident Rueben Hewitt is working to make healthy meals affordable and accessible through his business, MenuBubble. Sarah Spohn reports on how the service works and what motivated Hewitt to get it running.
Interested artists have until March 30, by 5 p.m. to submit their qualifications. Sarah Spohn reports on the details.
East Lansing trailed for the first time all season, falling behind Haslett 8-4 at the end of the first quarter. ELi’s Andrew Graham reports on how the Trojans came back.
Sansu offers more than just sushi, but even Captain Carnivore enjoyed their pescatarian offerings. Read on for Ann’s description of their delectable meals.
ELHS remains undefeated after an impressive victory. Strong defense led to turnovers, paving the way for running up the score.
Have you seen the bald eagle on the Northern Tier Trail? Amalia Medina reports on the bald eagle and other raptors that you can spot in the area.
Visitors to the market will find a wide array of food, including pies, pastas and sauces, goats’ milk and cows’ milk cheeses, fresh eggs, jams, fancy cocktail mixes (just add liquor), and much more. Plus handmade winter hats and gloves, dresses, and aprons.
Looking to enjoy what downtown East Lansing has to offer? Check out the Weekend Warriors project, which is funding through the Place Project. ELi’s Sarah Spohn reports.
The East Lansing Tax Assessor’s Review allows property owners who may have an issue with their assessment or who just have a question to get answers and potentially remedy any actual miscalculations or errors. It ends on Friday.
Aislinn Callahan-Brandt tells ELi the problem is twofold: drivers aren’t used to seeing kids, and kids aren’t used to walking or biking to school. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
Is it a comment on the topography? A reference to the middle school’s name? A tribute to a beloved educator? What we know is that people in East Lansing love their sledding hill!
We answer a reader’s question about a teeth-rattling section of the Lansing River Trail where it enters East Lansing, and ask Ingham County Commissioner Mark Grebner why he has the reputation of being a bit grouchy about the county trails millage.
Massage & Wellness offers many spa and wellness services for pampering and promoting health and well-being. Their gift shop also allows you to bring these joys home. Sarah Spohn reports.
Did workers aim to contain the spill as soon as it happened? What’s happening with the contaminated material collected so far? And what about possible cost increases?
The decision came in the midst of remote learning. Some miss the in-person newsroom, but the team continues to deliver news and opinion pieces to their community. ELi’s Anaiis Rios-Kasoga reports.
Property owners’ concerns about the draft plan include specific design requirements, review and approval processes, and the big picture of economic redevelopment. The changes could be significant for businesses, neighborhoods, and tax revenues.
Jon Eguia is embracing the cold by making ice sculptures. He hopes to inspire others this winter. Ann Kammerer shares his story.
“They offer Italian food with interesting twists and are a true scratch kitchen, making their own pasta, sauces, and sausages.” So what did Ann and Captain Carnivore find particularly delicious?
Place your orders by Sunday night! Groovy Donuts will have apple, blueberry, cherry, chocolate cream, cream, custard, lemon, prune, raspberry, and un-filled paczki. Sarah Spohn spoke to Groovy Donuts’ owner to deliver this sweet report.
Residents will have the opportunity to buy from local vendors at the M.A.C. Ave. Garage on Feb. 14, Feb. 28, March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25, and May 9. Sarah Spohn reports on what to expect.
After several marathon meetings in a row, the School Board held a short meeting, discussing some details of the upcoming return to in-person learning, building construction, and recognition of some achievements in the district.
Chambers sat down with our Managing Editor. She shared why she is passionate about school policy and how she approaches her position serving on the School Board.
The City believed May was too soon for an in-person event. The August festival will most likely be held in person, and the festival is still accepting artist applications until Feb. 15.
People are wondering why they are seeing flocks of robins in East Lansing yards. We bring the answer.
Why is there no walk sign across Abbot Road at that street’s southwest corner with Albert Avenue – where the apartments’ entrance for The Abbot is located? Alice Dreger explains.
The City is working on hiring “an emergency abatement contractor to clean the detention pond, storm infrastructure and to perform any necessary remediation to soils” at the private condo complex.
A Girl Scout troop from Whitehills Elementary is asking the community for help to give ELPS teachers and staff cookies.
Looking for that perfect Valentine’s gift? B/A Florist is offering flowers and more, but make sure to place your order sooner rather than later.
Our latest East Lansing Insider podcast, recorded today, focuses on the science of Covid-19, including the vaccines and variants. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott interviews Dr. Aron Sousa of MSU’s College of Human Medicine.
The City has launched a series of projects to support local businesses, particularly downtown ones. Sarah Spohn reports on these efforts and how you can participate.
Ann Nichols explains her fondness for Baps, which predated the pandemic. Read on to find out about some of her favorite dishes, including one of the spiciest her husband ever encountered.
The ELHS sophomore placed 10th at the State Finals for diving. Andrew Graham reports on her uncertain path toward this achievement.
Our Executive Director and Publisher brings you ELi’s 2020 Annual Report so you can see what we brought in, what we spent, and what we achieved for East Lansing.
MSU sophomores will be required to live on campus beginning with the class entering as freshmen in Fall 2021. Some students, including some in student government, have concerns about how fast this is being implemented. Jack Timothy Harrison reports for ELi.
The problem wasn’t actually on our end. Our publisher explains.
The new exhibit opened at the Broad last Friday. It examines the work of Dr. William J. Beal and addresses global environmental issues. Sarah Spohn brings us the story.
The Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing will be releasing a video on Inauguration Day. Adan Tomas Quan reports.
Creative Wellness has offered massage therapy and other services since 1990. They still are now, with safety precautions during the pandemic. Sarah Spohn reports.
Grab your mats! Yoga State is offering a class through Zoom tonight, but you can also support the local business through it’s GoFundMe.
The City hopes the photo contest will both foster a sense of community and support local businesses. Sarah Spohn reports on that and the prizes for winners.
The City of East Lansing is trying to raise $50,000, to be matched through a grant, to bring people Downtown. It also wants people with downtown gift cards to use them sooner rather than later. Andrew Graham explains.
The ELPS School Board addressed concerns about return to in-person learning and celebrated having the most diverse Board to date. Terah Chambers was elected President, the first Black woman to hold the position.
Wes Millhouse, singer and songwriter for the local band Cross Eyed Strangers, released a solo single. Sarah Spohn reports on the song’s production and meaning.
George Cook Landon, Ph.D., was Professor of American Thought and Language at MSU from 1964 – 1998. He died peacefully in East Lansing, where had had lived since 1964.
Despite trailing by two touchdowns with 10:25 to play, the Trojans roared back to tie the game and had a chance to win, only to fall short. Andrew Graham reports on the first loss of the season.
Here is how you can sign up to receive the vaccine through the Ingham County Health Department.
The presence of abundant, excellent, easy-packing snow has inspired many in East Lansing to go outside and get creative. Jean Weir brings us a delightful selection. Share yours!
The two locally-owned bookstores will be collaborating to offer MSU students course materials this semester. Collegeville’s Tom Muth explains why.
What did East Lansing’s “Library on the Go” van cost, where did the funds come from, and what is it used for? A reader asked and we found out.
Javier was an MSU student from Connecticut and died in East Lansing last month at the age of 21, leaving his family in deep sorrow.
ELi is here to provide reporting and editing help as well as online space (at no charge) for East Lansing obituaries and death notices. Our publisher explains more.
Styrofoam, cardboard, and more can be dropped at the City of East Lansing’s recycling center (with masks and physical distancing required).
For our continuing Spend Locally series, ELi’s Ann Nichols tries out Sparty’s Kabob on Trowbridge Road and declares the Iraqi cuisine “astonishing.” And, she reports, the prices are good, too.
Hear Peter Sagal of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” explain why YOU should donate to keep ELi running! And, if you donate $50 to this special campaign, you’ll get an autographed copy of Peter’s memoir about running!
Pinball Pete’s has felt the impact of the pandemic and is looking for support through a GoFundMe page. Sarah Spohn reports.
Here’s the much-anticipated schedule for ELi’s first ever telethon! Check out the amazing line-up of guests!
We just need a little more money to top off three special-match buckets, all of them captained by people who love East Lansing neighborhoods!
The unexpected joy obtained through ELi is providing a place for us to witness and amplify the good of this exceptional community.
ELi is nearly halfway to meeting its fundraising goal for its 2021 Sustainability Campaign. Alice Dreger updates you on that and the feedback we are receiving from our readers.
Sarah Spohn brings an update about a virtual concert available for streaming, beginning today.
Purchase an autographed copy of Peter Sagal’s The Incomplete Book of Running. The purchase supports ELi’s Sustainability Campaign, and we can even get it delivered to East Lansing addresses by Christmas Eve!
Peanut Barrel is serving up its traditional fare and some new dishes and drinks. Christopher A. Wardell reports.
Dottie Hoopingarner has sewn nearly 2,000 masks during the pandemic. Ann Kammerer brings you this story after a reader first brought it to ELi’s attention.
Sad to see the Biggby on Grand River Ave. close and later be demolished? Sarah Spohn tells us about the building’s afterlife.
Adan Tomas Quan provides the details on additional refuse collection days this holiday season.
The program for little kids is tentatively scheduled to begin in January. If public health orders make it a no-go, registrants will be fully reimbursed. Andrew Graham brings you the details.
In this Ann About Town, Ann shares her love of Black Cat Bistro, reflecting on happy memories and delicious meals. Plus, she provides details on some wonderful deals!
Get an inside look at ELi’s expenses to see where donated dollars go and to understand why, this year, our Sustainability Campaign goal is higher than last.
Need a bucket of your favorite pub fare? Crunchy’s is still open and serving the community.
The cafe offers patrons a chance to interact with furry friends, enjoy some coffee and even pick up the perfect gift (or cat) for someone in their life. Sarah Spohn reports.
East Lansing is averaging three deaths a week from Covid-19 as the number of individuals needing ventilators seems to be rising. Emily Joan Elliott reports on this and the arrival of vaccines in the area.
Want to try a sushi burrito or volcano ramen? Sarah Spohn recommends you drop by Mi Sushi & Noodles then!
The Downtown Management Board just made spending locally a bit easier with their eGift Card Program. Sarah Spohn provides the details, including which stores are participating.
How can you use your gift-giving dollars to focus on saving local businesses and jobs. We ask some of our community members for advice.
Your carbon monoxide detector goes off. What do you do? ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott walks you through how you can prepare in advance after her own recent experience.
The thought of having our city, East Lansing, be in the dark or be misled when it comes to facts is just too awful a thought. But we are far short of our fundraising need.
Maysa Sitar, Secretary of ELi’s Board of Directors, won a Mitchell Scholarship to study at Queen’s University Belfast. We explain why Maysa is so deserving of this honor.
Yum Yum Bento is run by husband and wife duo, Shan Shan Xu and Eddy Liang. Sarah Spohn reports on the Japanese, Korean, and Thai food the couple serves.
Area band From Big Sur released its fifth album, recorded here in East Lansing, titled “Infinite Morning.” Sarah Spohn reports on the new album and how distance during the pandemic brought the band together.
Foods for Living offers Michigan-made products and great Christmas gift ideas. Sarah Spohn reports.
Pizza House has always offered more than just pizza. The same is true during the pandemic. Ann Kammerer provides the details.
Always in motion? Pining for the outdoors? Christopher A. Wardell tells you how you can put that experience on wheels.
Grand Traverse Pie Company believes in the power of pie. Pie means a celebration of traditions, family, and comfort food. Sarah Spohn tells how the celebration continues through the pandemic.
Want to support local families and local businesses at the same time? ELPS is putting out a call for donations of food and gift cards to local businesses to help some district families over winter break.
Need a cold brew or some cool merch? Check out Ellison Brewing + Spirits in East Lansing. Sarah Spohn reports on what they have to offer.
Los Tres Amigos is offering tasty dishes to-go for all, including vegetarian and vegan options and its signature margaritas.
Red Cedar Spirits has your holly, your jolly, and all the spirits on the menu. Puns intended. Sarah Spohn explains.
We ran through how to deal with a mass shooting, a series of gas explosions, and a tornado. Our Executive Director and Publisher explains why.
Art supplies, delights for writers, stocking-stuffers, and Spartan-branded everything. That’s why SBS makes a surprisingly great option for gift shopping.
Free delivery on all local grocery orders makes Campbell’s a great choice for staying safe and spending locally.
Gloves, hats, flannel shirts, long underwear, wool socks, backpacks, and way cool gear for social distancing . . . or camping. Find it all at Moosejaw in East Lansing.
Have a sweet tooth? Sarah Spohn tells us about the grooviest place in town to fix that problem.
Foster Coffee Company prides itself on using local products. Sarah Spohn explains what the shop offers patrons and the community.
Looking for that perfect outfit or accessory? ELi’s Ann Kammerer tells you what you can find at Pitaya.
Keep investigative and informative local news coming in 2021 for East Lansing! Give today and we will get a full MATCH for your donation!
Need a caffeine fix? ELi’s Sarah Spohn tells you what Blue Owl has to offer.
Need to frame that favorite picture? Want unique art work from around the world? Find that and more at Saper Galleries and Custom Framing.
Have a music lover in your life? Christopher A. Wardell tells us what you can for them find at Flat, Black & Circular.
Searching for a gift for the bookworm in your life? Sarah Spohn brings you details on two local used book shops.
Looking for something fun to do? Come play trivia, hosted by the ELi staff. First-place winner gets a Crunchy’s gift card courtesy of our Publisher Alice Dreger!
Why should you support ELi during our 2021 Sustainability Campaign? ELi’s City Desk Editor Andrew Graham explains why ELi is important to him and the community.
“I’m from the working class, and when you grow up with working class people, they never think of retiring,” said Richard Liscombe, owner of Footgear. But then came the pandemic.
Know someone who is tired of staring at a computer screen? Pick up some supplies from Wild Birds Unlimited to so they can observe some feathered fauna as they take a screen break.
The Arts Commission heard presentations from some of those applying for Cultural Arts Grants and brainstormed ways to help local businesses. Heather Brothers reports.
ELPS families provided more than 500 bags of food to some students’ families for Thanksgiving. They hope to do so again for Christmas with the community’s help.
Black Friday is this week and local small business owners are reconsidering what the day might look like in 2020.
It’s time to give up on the idea of the perfect gift and buy the gift that will save your local economy. Alice Dreger and Emily Joan Elliott explain why ELi is launching its new series “SPEND LOCALLY”!
In this Ann About Town, Ann explores what Seams and Woven Art – two local small businesses – have to offer. The answer: safe ways to buy a lot more than sewing and knitting supplies!
Join the ELi staff Sunday at 7p.m. for “Fun with FOIA,” a live conversation about our work using documents provided through the Freedom on Information Act and a workshop on developing your own FOIA request.
Speaking to ELi on Wednesday, the head coach hoped that the new Covid restrictions work and his team can get back on the field in December. Andrew Graham reports.
Retired MSUPD Police Chief Jim Dunlap spoke with ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott about his participation in the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine trial.
The cost of living in and running a business in East Lansing has indeed been going up. Alice Dreger reviews some of the changes.
Local religious groups worked together on Oct. 31 to provide produce and dairy products for the community. Adan Tomas Quan tells us how it got started.
ELPS continues to consider reopening in January and looks to what metrics to consider. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
Why should you support ELi? Managing Editor Emily Joan Elliott explains why she loves working here.
School rankings don’t determine goals for development and improvement at ELPS, but they highlight and provide opportunity to celebrate the district’s strengths.
Hit the road without leaving East Lansing? ELi’s Sarah Spohn previews the MSU Broad’s new exhibit, “InterStates of Mind: Rewriting the Map of the United States in the Age of the Automobile.”
Debbie Walton, Elizabeth Guerrero Lyons, and Monica Fink will replace Erin Graham, Hillary Henderson, and Nichole Martin on East Lansing’s Board of Education.
A winter farmers’ market in a parking garage? That and many other East Lansing ideas are coming to government boards this week. We give you a rundown.
Over 9,000 East Lansing residents have already voted. Do you have a plan for voting in the November general election? ELi provides you with some useful information.
ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott, Alice Dreger and Andrew Graham break down what happened over the weekend and bring an in-depth feature on the Center City District bonds disputes.
The park reopened on Friday, Oct. 23, following roughly three years of improvements. Anaiis Rios-Kasoga reports for ELi.
Alice has made a short video directed at people who are doing pretty okay financially and who understand the value of ELi. Now is the time.
Want to celebrate Halloween while keeping safe during the pandemic? ELi’s Adan Tomas Quan provides you with some ideas (including a Glencairn parade) and safety precautions.
ELi is following the happenings on game day and getting you prepped for the next week of meetings in ELPS and City of East Lansing government. Andrew Graham brings you up to speed.
Local musician Jonathan Townley released his first album yesterday. Sarah Spohn tells us what inspired him and where to find his music.
What’s going on with the Evergreen Ave. properties? ELi’s Alice Dreger brings you an update.
Is the HUB adding more retail? Who gets the nicer side of a fence? When can I use the track at ELHS? Find the answers to all that and more in this week’s Ask ELi Grab Bag!
The podcast will bring you news and analysis of the latest happenings in East Lansing by our staff each week.
What images best represent East Lansing? The Arts Commission weighed in as they finalize plans for a “Greetings from East Lansing” mural and other public art projects. ELi’s Heather Brothers reports.
Live music brings people together, so what do you do when physical distancing is a necessity? ELi’s Sarah Spohn reports.
The Greater Lansing Food Bank will be holding a drive-through mobile food distribution at the University Lutheran Church. Amalia Medina brings us the details.
Chickens aren’t the typical family pet, but they may have more to give your family than you think. ELi’s Heather Brothers gets the coop scoop from Dr. Marguerite Halversen.
Game days are returning, even if later than usual. What does it mean for local bars and restaurants during the pandemic? Elke Schrenk reports.
How come the School Board meeting was cancelled, but the City Manger held an East Lansing government meeting last night? ELi’s Alice Dreger explains what’s been happening.
The folks at St. John Food Cupboard, located in downtown East Lasing, want people to know they have supplies available for those facing hunger. Adan Tomas Quan brings us the details.
ELi’s Alice Dreger gives you a fast rundown of what’s coming in public meetings in East Lansing this week. Check it out.
Ever felt frustrated by some error, injustice, or silliness in East Lansing’s Code of Ordinances? Now’s a good time to act! And ELi offers you an easy way to do it.
The Friends of the East Lansing Public Library is continuing its mission of supporting the East Lansing Public Library. Sarah Spohn explains how you can join in this Sunday.
“The Supreme court didn’t eradicate Covid,” new City Attorney Mike Homier said last night. He explained some of the regulatory confusion, as Council voted to extend a special mask-mandatory zone.
Mike Homier, the new City Attorney, explained the Supreme Court coronavirus decision, while Council took actions on tasers, Walgreens, clean energy, Patriarche Park, the fire code, and more.
East Lansing Environmental Stewardship Program is planning a volunteer workday on Saturday. We provide the details and revisit an article about a previous volunteer work day.
What are they building just south of the Aquatic Center? When will Coolidge Road lose a car lane and gain two bike lanes? And what about Harbor Bay and the federal law? All in this week’s Ask ELi grab bag!
MSU College of Human Medicine to offer free flu vaccines and explains the importance of the flu shot during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Has recycling in East Lansing changed recently? No, but it may soon change for the better. Heather Brothers brings us the answers to your questions.
ELi held its Sumer Youth Journalism Program in a virtual format this summer. What did the participants gain from the experience?
Looking to hear some live music? The Coffeehouse at All Saints provides you with some options: in-person while socially distanced and online.
What happened to the motorcycle parking on Albert Ave.? Is Breugger’s Bagels reopening? And what’s action that on Trowbridge Road? You ask. We answer.
Four candidates for the job were interviewed by a panel last Tuesday and then by City Manager George Lahanas on Thursday. ELi’s Andrew Graham reports.
Winter is just around the corner, but the Arts Commission is looking to engage residents outdoors in the colder months. Find out what’s in store.
Contract through 2024 for the City Manager? Pave over more of Sharp Park for bike parking? Reduce car lanes further on Abbot? ELi’s Alice Dreger tells you what’s up this week and how you can weigh in.
Mark Bell and Steve Willobee confirmed to Council on Tuesday night that they have rented four units to people under the 55+ age restriction. This violates local law, the development agreement made with Council, and the building’s permit.
Following up on a tip from a City employee who thinks East Lansing’s vehicle policies waste tax dollars, ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott provides a look at the spending.
Reform of East Lansing’s disorderly conduct laws involve a tangled web of concerns regarding policing, civil rights, and crowd control in a university town where students have a penchant for burning couches after big games. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
A total of 256 people took our survey about ELi posting at Facebook. We bring you the results.
Luke Hackney of RetroDuck has launched a new retro T-shirt line to promote pride in East Lansing while supporting local businesses and nonprofits. ELi’s Sarah Spohn provides the details.
East Lansing has got young people desiring freedom, police who have been told generally to back-off enforcement, public health experts who are wary of using sticks instead of carrots, a relatively new university administration, and a very new City Council. And numbers that are rising. ELi’s Alice Dreger reports.
East Lansing businesses with low-income employees can now apply to receive up to $10,000 in grant assistance.
It’s true: if you park in the old Biggby’s lot without permission, you may not find your car there when you come back.
A new take on the old coffee house favorite: the open mic. Sarah Spohn brings us the story.
“We will continue to operate under the conviction that extraordinary actors in our city require extraordinary scrutiny. Especially when they are seeking the taxpayers’ money.”
East Lansing will soon engage a new City Attorney. What are Council members hoping for?
ELi undergoes a transition (which may temporarily impact our news production) and asks you to consider taking a couple of steps to help us stay connected to you.
Want to send a happy message about a person or institution at the top of our daily mailer? You now can!
MSU announced late Tuesday afternoon that it is suspending in-person learning for undergraduate courses for the fall semester. The impact on East Lansing will be significant.
What other jobs do your East Lansing City Council members hold? ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
“We’ve always including reducing isolation and loneliness among the older population in our annual goals,” Prime Time Seniors Director Kelly Arndt told ELi’s Ann Kammerer. “The pandemic really pushed it to the forefront.”
East Lansing’s recycling center on State Road is back open, and residents can now buy yard waste stickers online. Amalia Medina reports for ELi.
Wear a mask in the Downtown Development Authority district or face a polite ambassador. Persist in not wearing a mask and face a $25 fine from the police.
City Council is putting off possibly asking voters whether to add 2 seats to the Council, bringing the total seats from 5 to 7.
Wearing matching t-shirts saying “good trouble,” the new City Council met for the first time last night. We give you a rundown of what happened during those five hours.
“I don’t see plan for bringing students back, just a plan to make a plan later,” said School Board member Chris Martin. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports from the meeting.
Confusion over complex and rapidly-changing Executive Orders from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office contributed to the Covid-19 outbreak at Harper’s. What else has been learned?
Starting Monday, Aug. 10, masks will be required in all public spaces in the DDA district under a new order by Mayor Aaron Stephens.
ELi readers are excited to hear our work mentioned on Fresh Air this week. Want to know the backstory?
Council will likely soon name new members of the Planning Commission, DDA, BRA, and Study Committee on an Independent Police Oversight Commission.
“We live in a system and a culture that encourages us to only think about ourselves,” Bacon said in her speech. “Fight that powerful urge.”
After months of delay, Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza will reopen a location on Grand River Ave. on Tuesday, Aug. 4. ELi’s Sarah Spohn brings the story.
Mayor Aaron Stephens noted that this is apparently the first time East Lansing’s Council will be majority persons of color.
Yesterday saw a moment of joy and celebration at East Lansing’s high school football stadium, with Andrel Anthony Jr.’s family there to share the big moment.
During public comment and the board’s discussion, the stress of the situation was often palpable. Emily Joan Elliott reports for ELi.
Superintendent Dori Leyko will offically tell the East Lansing Public Schools Board tonight that classes need to start remotely for the next school year. ELi brings the details.
The City Council is seeking a new city attorney, and the DDA and BRA are looking for an attorney and a financial advisor. What’s up?
From expanding outdoor seating to making hand sanitizer, ELi’s Sarah Spohn describes how two local spots are contending with COVID-19.
Did you know the Center City mural is finished and the Jolly Pumpkin sign is up? Want quick East Lansing Info news updates in your mailbox? ELi has launched a “chatty” newsletter. Read our latest and sign up!
Splash of Color Tattoo & Piercing Studio has reopened. Sarah Spohn gives the details on the massive studio overhaul, new appointment protocol, investment in PPE, and why they’re happy to be back.
Haven House received a donation exceeding $14,000 from Buddy’s Pizza grand opening in Lansing. ELi’s Sarah Spohn reports how Haven House is using the donation to help families.
The plan will create a new branch within ELPD to respond to things like mental health crises, neighbor conflict resolution, and quality of life complaints.
At Planning Commission, the eBay auction winners asked for more time on their approvals, and owners of three already-built locations asked for permission to sell recreational marijuana. What happened?
Could municipal regulation of food delivery services help local restaurants survive?
East Lansing’s downtown barbers are working to keep it all safe. “I lost some family due to COVID-19,” one local barbershop employee tells ELi’s Aaron Applebey. “It’s definitely been an eye-opener.”
The East Lansing Public Library has a new fine-free policy, eliminating fines for late returns. ELi’s Amalia Medina explains the new policy’s philosophy and practice.
Coolidge Court is the only strip mall in the City that is prohibited from having businesses open on Sundays, a restriction the developer agreed to in 1986. Now Council will take up the matter.
The HRC is also working on advocating for people with Down Syndrome who may be denied organ transplants on the basis of having a developmental disability.
Amelia Arnold, starting catcher for the ELHS softball team and 2020 graduate, will play one more game on July 8. Read more about the talented and dedicated athlete.
ELi will hold our Summer Youth Journalism Program online this July and August. Read on for details and the program application.
Managers of East Lansing restaurants and bars tell ELi they’re doing what they can to keep their employees and customers safe.
What’s closed, what’s opening, what’s happening along East Lansing’s main strip? The latest from ELi.
In the midst of plunging public revenues, East Lansing Parks & Rec is moving forward with various projects by pulling together funds from various sources. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott reports.
This decision has been a long time coming. It’s made in the service of our core mission: bringing accurate and timely news of East Lansing.
Aaron Applebey brings ELi readers the news of muralist, street artist, illustrator, and self-identified doodle dame Laura Asta coming to East Lansing.
Elaine Hardy tells ELi she’s ready to speak truth to power in City Hall when it comes to issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. “Otherwise, the position is unnecessary.”
“The March Against Fear” started at East Lansing’s City Hall and Police Department and ended at the MSU President’s house. Andrew Graham reports, with photos from Gary Caldwell.
Now’s your chance to take a break from everything and cast your vote in an art contest sponsored by a local business.
News on The Abbot, The Graduate, affordable housing, Coleman Road, the new elementary schools, MSUFCU’s downtown project, and marijuana sales locations. We also tell you where in East Lansing the state’s wetland protection agency plans a new office building that would disturb a wetland.
Here come requests to sell recreational marijuana, the superintendent’s (closed door) review, teacher and police retirements, and so much more. ELi keeps you informed before the decisions are made.
Some local residents used the recent time at home to bring new pets into their families. ELi’s Ann Kammerer brings the story of three pet adoptions.
Tomorrow, in recognition of Juneteenth and ongoing calls for racial justice, East Lansing’s Pinecrest Neighborhood Association is hosting a march. Sarah Spohn reports for ELi.
The weather is beautiful for strolling downtown, and lots of businesses are back open. ELi’s Amalia Medina reports.
This Thursday night, “Where I’m From,” a virtual poetry event open to all, is raising funds to aid refugees in the local community. ELi’s Sarah Spohn provides the details.
What delights can you expect to find at the market on this beautiful day in East Lansing?
Tables will be available 11 am to 10 pm for people who want to sit and enjoy food and drink purchased from restaurants within a 3-block radius.
The DDA supported the idea of live entertainment downtown geared towards families with kids. They also discussed the issue of noise coming from some bars.
A day after ELi’s Patty Bonito reported it’d be a long time before playgrounds and the dog park would reopen, the Parks & Rec Director changed his mind.
East Lansing playgrounds will remain off-limits until at least July 13, and the dog park until August 3 according to Tim McCaffrey, Parks & Rec Director.
Joe Natoli and Greg Bonito share a garden in the Oakwood neighborhood of East Lansing. There, the friendship grows.
Rane, the leader of yesterday’s event, told those assembled the conflict “is not Black versus White. Let us be clear about that. It is racism against America. It is inequality against America.”
Expect fresh eggs, bread, herbs, spring onions, rhubarb, honey, syrup, greens, cheeses and meat, mushrooms, jams, fermentations, and more.
Outdoor lockers will help with 24/7 contactless delivery. What else will be changing at the library?
ELi has been made aware of at least three cases of this, and East Lansing Police detectives are now seeking more information from community members.
The filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy by HopCat’s parent company speaks to the level of distress in the bar and restaurant industry. The City of East Lansing is trying to help out.
A reader asked: What’s the jurisdiction of ELPD versus MSUPD?
“We tried to create an environment that worked for everyone,” Kelsey Mongoven explains. A junior at MSU, Mongoven has taken on the responsibility of head coach for the Trojans’ varsity gymnastics team.
Vincent Watson has been a true hero through his 47 years of service in East Lansing Public Schools, positively influencing the lives of thousands of children and young adults.
“We didn’t realize how much puzzles were in demand until we needed more.”
The reopening of MSU has major implications for East Lansing in terms of the economy, public health, business survival, housing, neighborhood cultures, policing, and more.
ELi’s Sarah Spohn talks with Foster Coffee co-owner Nicholas Pidek about how that company is managing reopening.
Various local organizations are stepping up to help people who need no-cost food to live without hunger.
The public health emergency has caused ELi’s reporting rate to surge 60 percent over the same period last year. Fortunately, we’ve secured extra funding to meet the increased costs.
This week, ELi’s Mark Meyer brings a remembrance of baseball coach Ed Outslay, who passed away a year ago doing what he loved.
Housing Administrator Annette Irwin told a city commission last night that all bets are off in terms of when we might see that long-awaited housing study.
In our continuing series on small joys during the stay-at-home orders, we bring you the story of one teenager’s basement quest to build a pipe organ from scratch.
Want to reduce your household carbon footprint? Here’s an easy way.
The Red Cedar River is up over its banks. ELi’s Gary Caldwell brings us photos.
City staff are looking into ways to enable people to enjoy food and drink (including beer and wine) from local restaurants outside, in public spaces set up with picnic tables.
Plenty of big-time college football coaches are eager to add Trojan of the Week Andrel Anthony Jr. to their lineups.
Marcy Gillespie Kinzer of the Playmakers team updates us on the store’s “fit at home” and virtual injury clinic help. And this Sunday, you can move to share the 517 love.
Did a City worker really roll a recycling truck? Is the hybrid truck too expensive to fix? We asked.
East Lansing’s Environmental Services Administrator Cathy DeShambo has some suggestions about what to do while your house is overflowing with recyclables.
We bring news on how the Peppermint Creek fundraiser did for the local volunteer sewing army and also provide a general update on the homemade production of masks.
Former Trojan Zoe Morse has elevated her soccer-playing career to the professional level. Mark Meyer speaks with her as she prepares to join the Chicago Red Stars.
“It is really the grocery store in East Lansing that many of us have wanted for years. The owners are local, the service is excellent.”
ELi Publisher Natalie Rose explains why we have been using Omella to fundraise for East Lansing Info during our Stimulate ELi’s Reporting campaign.
Stressed out in the midst of all this? Lonely? Feeling down? Here is what you need to know about people who can help in our area.
East Lansing resident Kelli Ellsworth Etchison centers her life on helping people feel that they belong. She has some advice for those who want to provide community service.
Andrew Lane trains as hard as he competes (if that’s possible). He also leaves a large footprint as one of the top distance runners in ELHS history.
An advance request and payment is still required to get large items hauled away. But that’s available, too.
Kit Carlson describes herself as “a total Monty Python fan” and someone in need of a little fun. Who isn’t?
Advocacy coordinator Erica Schmittdiel tells ELi what’s happening amid the Stay-at-Home orders for relationship abuse and sexual assault survivors.
Customers can come back to Van Atta’s starting today, and can call Hammond Farms for delivery. Here’s what you need to keep in mind.
Ray Walsh has owned and operated Curious Book Shop for fifty years. He’s hoping the community will help his employees.
Nikki Norris believes lessons learned on the field can bring a lifetime of value. She’s lived that ideal in her career.
When the Responsible Hospitality Council learned of the ELPS need, its members quickly took action.
A reader asked if East Lansing’s recycling is being treated as trash during the pandemic. We bring the answer.
East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival has been added to list of coronavirus casualties.
In her latest column, Ann Nichols explores the cooking options enabled by one farm-to-table restaurant’s inventive approach.
East Lansing Library Teen Services Specialist Beth Scanlon is not letting the pandemic get in the way of her work supporting area youth.
Love working with paint, carving, vinyl decal, wood burning, stain, or some other application? Apply now to participate in an art contest being held by High Caliber Karting.
The City of East Lansing is working on how to hold public meetings without allowing disruptions that are seen as inappropriate.
Senior swimmer Matias Jimenez, ELi’s Trojan of the Week, was set to join his teammates for one last lap. Then reality set in.
Bad time to have a communication to loyal customers go to spam! But Audrey Yonkus shares beautiful photos with ELi.
Yard waste pick-up counts as “essential.” It also stops the storm drains from getting clogged.
Blood is needed to help people facing emergency surgeries and birthing mothers. Find out how you can help.
The City can undertake the work in spite of the lockdown because it has designated it “essential.” What’s involved?
“We’re just stepping back and listening, and hearing the sounds of spring.”
Which City of East Lansing government meetings are starting up again, and which have yet to resume?
In the first of a new series celebrating Trojan athletes, ELi’s Mark Meyer features the skills and record of senior Aaliyah Nye.
“All that’s been perfected over a billion years is right in your own backyard,” says Peter Carrington, the curator of Beal Garden.
The need and the challenges are high, but this ever-growing community of sewists keeps making masks, headbands, gowns, and more.
Trail usage is way up as people get out for mental and physical health. So what should we be remembering as we (and our dogs) travel along?
This Saturday, Playmakers’ race participants will spread out to run, walk, and roll worldwide at three different distances.
Good news: you can continue to enjoy the work of local artists who gather around Blue Owl Coffee’s open mic night. And if you are an artist, you can join in.
The East Lansing Public Library’s doors are closed but its online treasure chest is open! Find out what’s available and how things are going financially.
In an effort to prevent homelessness, the Cities of East Lansing and Lansing are making extraordinary contributions to Haven House and other charities.
ELi’s Publisher explains why the ELi team decided to create a whole new website for our readers.
When word of the season cancellations became known, athletic director Nikki Norris was thankful to be able to immediately connect with her staff. ELi’s Mark Meyer files this report.
The latest in the Little Local Joys series – stories shared by ELi readers and contributors about little things and positive moments that bring us joy and hope during the coronavirus outbreak.
ELi reporter and ELHS student Alex Hosey reports on what East Lansing High students have been experiencing in the last few weeks. What have been our teens’ activities and concerns?
For our continuing “Little Local Joys” series, ELi’s Ann Kammerer spoke with East Lansing resident Nancy Cuddeback about the movement to honor medical professionals with candles tonight.
ELi’s Anaiis Rios-Kasoga reports on what the Black Student Union at East Lansing High School has been doing to promote self-love, insight, and community.
Last week’s “Ann About Town” column on Charlie Kang’s brought a heartwarming letter from Mr. Kang’s daughter, Yuni Yi. We share her note with you.
Caitlin Hegg is concerned about the community she left behind two weeks ago when Peace Corps officials told her she had to return to the U.S. Amalia Medina files this report for ELi.
Smitty Smith, known to folks in East Lansing from the Pump House Concert series, shares a view of the pandemic from Taiwan, where he currently resides with his wife.
Lansing Area Fedral Credit Union (LAFCU) will award two high school seniors $2,500 each for their essays on the impact that technology has on their lives. ELi’s Noa Kuszai provides the details.
A milestone in life amid emergency conditions: a time to celebrate, albeit a bit more quietly.
A tech-savvy team is running a 3-D printing operation out of East Lansing High School to supply emergency face masks. Marie Adele Grosso reports for ELi on how you can help.
What will the Skymint operation on Coolidge Road be like, and what is more generally the status of retail marijuana sales in East Lansing? ELi’s Chris Gray reports.
When sheltering in place and staying safe, one must rely on the tried-and-true. For ELi’s Ann Nichols, that means a hearty helping of Korean and Chinese cuisine delivered from Charlie Kang’s.
There are plenty of outdoor paths and exercise opportunities to explore in East Lansing, Meridian Township and throughout the tri-county area — while still practicing social distancing. ELi’s Chris Gray brings us this tour.
What’s keeping you positive during the pandemic? We want your little stories of joy, hope, and kindness.
A milk door in the Bailey neighborhood brings a resident joy — and now candles from Massage and Wellness, too!
In downtown East Lansing, Campbell’s Market Basket is keeping its shelves stocked with groceries. ELi’s Noa Kuszai files this report.
The second phase of the renewable energy project involves planting native perennial grasses and flowers. This should reduce maintenance and benefit pollinators. ELi’s Patty Bonito provides an update.
A virtual group effort is creating a community healing event for the whole family. Amalia Medina files this report for ELi.
City Council met today to extend East Lansing’s State of Emergency. ELi’s Alice Dreger donned a mask to attend and report for you what happened.
At Burcham Hills, elimination of communal activities is one of the protections in place during the coronavirus emergency. ELi’s Emily Joan Elliott spoke to residents about their concerns.
When will the high school athletic seasons — winter and spring — resume, and in what format? ELi’s Mark Meyer files this report.
An MSU epidemiologist and resident of East Lansing tells ELi he has never seen such a public health threat in his life. And he’s worked in public health for over 40 years. Read why Dr. Nigel Paneth is alarmed.
There’s a new resource to help people in East Lansing figure out which restaurants are doing take-out and delivery. ELi’s Natalie Rose reports.
ELHS students were caught off guard with all the uncertainties facing them as Michigan schools were closed. Amalia Medina brings ELi the story.
Even before Ingham County Health issued a new order, some East Lansing bars and restaurants were moving to help “flatten the curve.” All face grave economic uncertainty.
An update from ELi leadership on how we plan to cover all facets of East Lansing news during this unprecedented public health crisis.
Eli’s Ann Nichols has a yarn for you about a fiber arts store in East Lansing, and what makes it a community-within-a-community.