Foods for Living Offers a rainbow after Friday's Storm

Thursday, July 14, 2016

When last week’s storm hit East Lansing, Foods for Living grocery store lost power for more than 30 hours. But what they found in their time of darkness was a sense of community.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday July 9, Foods for Living put a post on their Facebook page asking for people or organizations who need food to come and get their dairy and deli foods before they spoiled. The post was shared more than 168 times. By 2:20 p.m. they had updated the post to say that all the food had been given away.

ELPD Chief Answers Questions about Bias, De-escalation Techniques

Monday, July 11, 2016

Above: ELPD Officer Adam Park and K9 Max, left, out in the community, and ELPD Chief Jeff Murphy, right, courtesy City of East Lansing

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought significant attention to the killing of African-Americans by police officers. Last week, social media circulated suggestions about what citizens should be asking their local police forces about anti-bias training, techniques used to de-escalate tense encounters, the use of non-lethal force in policing, and the like.

Community Rally Tonight at Lansing Church

Friday, July 8, 2016

Above: Union Missionary Baptist Church

In response to shootings by police officers in Louisiana and Minneapolis this week, a Community Rally will take place this evening at Union Missionary Baptist Church. Melvin Jones, the Church’s Pastor, posted yesterday on Facebook “Our community cannot stand idly by and not give voice to police violence on black men. You are invited to come to a community rally at Union Missionary Baptist Church tomorrow night at 6 p.m.”

East Lansing Public Library offers Portable Wi-Fi Spots

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Above: Image of portable wifi device, courtesy of East Lansing Public Library

If you’ve ever been in a location without Wi-Fi, you might know how annoying it is to try to post that vacation picture or respond to an important email. Fortunately, the East Lansing Public Library now has hotspot portable Wi-Fi devices that can be rented out by patrons.

Pagan Food Pantry Joins Fight Against Hunger

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

“May You Never Hunger, May You Never Thirst” is the motto of Pagans In Need, an organization located in the Metro Detroit area, dedicated to serving the many diverse needs of its’ clientele. PIN recently opened a food bank in Lansing, which is filled and maintained by supporters of the organization, and is stocked with food and clothing for those who might need a little extra help.

EL Family Grows in Size, Patience and Love

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"Dave and I have always felt that adoption would be a part of our way to grow our family. We both have a deep-rooted faith in God and believe all Christ-followers are created to serve and love others." Rebecca McAndrews describes for ELi's Julie Rojewski the family's long but determined struggle as they became parents to three children from Haiti.

MSU Solar Array Project Seeks Tax Exemption; Council Split

Monday, June 20, 2016


Above: an artist’s rendering of a solar array project from the application for the tax exemption

A Michigan-based company wants to install a large solar array at MSU, and its request for a related tax exemption from the City of East Lansing is causing debate at City Council.

Vigil at The Rock for Orlando Victims

Sunday, June 12, 2016

About sixty people gathered at 8 p.m. tonight at “the rock” near the MSU Auditorium to pay tribute to those murdered at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early this morning in the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Dee Hurlbert, the Director of MSU’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center, told the people gathered that she appreciated “the gift of coming together with total strangers” at a time like this.

Vigils in Lansing, East Lansing to Mourn Orlando Murder Victims

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Several vigils are planned to mark the murder of more than 50 people at an Orlando, Florida nightclub early this morning.

At 6:00 pm a candlelight vigil will take place on the lawn of the State Capitol, hosted by the Lansing Association for Human Rights. The Capitol Building is located at 100 N Capitol Ave, in Lansing.

East Lansing Rotary Club's Annual Pancakes in the Park Set for June 12th

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Annual Pancakes in the Park Set for June 12th Hosted by East Lansing Rotary Club

On Saturday, June 12,  the East Lansing Rotary Club presents Pancakes in the Park. Pancake breakfasts will be served from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Breakfast includes pancakes (plain or blueberry), sausage, cinnamon apple slices, juice and coffee. Tickets are $5 per person and kids five and under eat free.

Corey Cafagna Park to be Dedicated June 15

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The newly named Corey Cafagna Park, at the intersection of Sunset Lane and Southlawn, is passing through the seasons. Last fall, the City installed a name sign, planted bushes and perennials around it, and put in two park benches. The benches are aligned so people can face each other and talk.

Through the winter, the green wood sign with white lettering stood out against the park's bare trees and snowy ground. This spring, the plants are emerging, rabbits lope across the grass, and people are venturing to sit on the benches.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in EL the weekend of June 3-5

Friday, June 3, 2016

Photo: Farmer's Market vendor Phil Throop of Wildflower Eco Farm

This weekend there is truly an embarrassment of riches for East Lansing residents. No matter what you’re into, you’re sure to find at least one way to jump into the life of the community, and if you’re like me, you’ll be making a list to make sure you don’t miss anything.