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City offers extra recycling services on May 9

Monday, May 2, 2016

As MSU students leave for the summer, the City of East Lansing wants to ensure that adequate curbside recycling services are available. They will be offering an extra recycling day on Monday, May 9 in areas of the community with high student rental turnover.

“We believe this extra collection day will help to reduce trash overflow and litter in these areas, while providing students with extra opportunities to recycle as they move out of their homes for the summer,” said East Lansing Environmental Administrator Cathy DeShambo.

YOUR ELi: Yes, We're Back

Friday, April 29, 2016

Above: The peach blossoms are also back (in the author's garden).

ELi’s sabbatical was a success. To be honest, I was pretty much constantly on the road for my other (paying!) work while ELi took a public break, but our outstanding Managing Editor Ann Nichols and I managed to stay in touch while she did substantial work researching and thinking about the structures of small, non-profit news service like ours.

Art for Charlie: A Beautiful Way to Light the Darkness

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Art on display at the Marriott as part of the Art for Charlie exhibition.

 

Five-year-old Charlie Waller may have died from terminal brain cancer in 2011, but his legacy continues through the Art for Charlie Foundation, created in his honor to help families dealing with children’s hospice care or the loss of a child. Currently, Art for Charlie is hosting an art show now through May 1 at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place (300 M.A.C. Avenue).

Volunteer Gardening Day Set for Saturday

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

We can never be sure, but it seems to be spring in East Lansing. With spring comes gardening, and the City of East Lansing is inviting gardeners of all skill levels to participate in a volunteer gardening day at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, this Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m.-noon. 

Tin Can Denied Entertainment License

Friday, April 15, 2016

 

Above: The image taken by and mentioned at Council by Councilmember Erik Altmann.

When the application to open the Tin Can bar on Grand River Avenue came before the last East Lansing City Council in October, it led to a contentious 3-2 vote, with then-Mayor Nathan Triplett, then-Mayor Pro Tem Diane Goddeeris, and City Councilmember Susan Woods voting in favor, and Councilmembers Ruth Beier and Kathy Boyle voting against.

Anti-Drone Ordinance Causes Controversy

Thursday, April 14, 2016

 

On February 16, 2016, East Lansing’s City Council passed an anti-drone ordinance that has since become controversial. Ordinance 1369 restricts ordinary citizens’ ability to fly drones within city limits, especially around police and fire activity.

Market-Rate Senior Apartments Added to Bailey; Daycare May Happen

Thursday, April 14, 2016

 

Above: Architect’s drawings of the plans for the redevelopment of the Bailey Community Center showing north and south sides

On Tuesday night, East Lansing’s City Council approved changes to the redevelopment plan for the Bailey Community Center and heard from City staff about plans for a daycare, playground equipment, and parking. City Council voted 4-0 to approve a revised application from Capital Area Housing Partnership (CAHP) for the property. (Mayor Mark Meadows was recused from the discussion and vote because he serves on the board of CAHP.)

Our ELi?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

 

Eli is going to be on sabbatical starting today and running through at least April 11. During the sabbatical, ELi’s Managing Editor Ann Nichols and I will be working with advisors on figuring out how to go forward. If you think of ELi as our ELi—as a communal good that really matters to your life here—then now would be a good time to pause with us and help us figure out how we proceed.

Please start by reading on.

What's East Lansing Reading?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

In honor of National Reading Month, I asked this question of East Lansing residents, including ELi reporters: Tell me three books you love, one you hate and what you’re reading right now. At the end of this article, I’ve provided a complete list of the books that are most-loved, most-hated, and currently in the hands of your friends and neighbors.

Likely Coming soon: Tech Taskforce, Comp Plan, and More Talking Crosswalks

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Image: The audible crosswalk at Grand River Avenue and Division Street

East Lansing’s City Council met last night for a “discussion-only” meeting at the Hannah Community Center that lasted almost three hours. Mayor Mark Meadows was in attendance along with Councilmembers Erik Altmann, Shanna Draheim, and Susan Woods. Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier was absent.

MSUPD Introduces Anti-Bias & Inclusion Unit

Monday, March 7, 2016

Shown above: Dr. NiCole Buchanan leading a training session on Implicit Bias.

The Michigan State University Police Department (MSUPD) announced on February 8 that it has formed an “Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit” to “proactively [address] police and community-related issues associated with bias.” MSU is the first university in the nation to create such a unit, according to Sergeant Florene McGlothian-Taylor a 26- year veteran of the department who heads the new unit. “We’re in the forefront on this,” says McGlothian-Taylor.

March is National Reading Month: ELPL Offers Special Events and Programs for Young Readers

Friday, March 4, 2016

March is National Reading Month, which East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) Youth Librarian, Eva Weihl, describes as “an initiative that encourages educators, parents, and communities to highlight the importance of reading and literacy in order to help to grow strong, passionate readers.”

Weihl notes that different communities and organizations celebrate the month differently, and that it provides “a great opportunity to highlight literacy through some fun new programs and offerings.”

March is National Reading Month: The Book Clubs of East Lansing

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

All over East Lansing there are book clubs, where book lovers unite regularly to discuss the assigned reading, and make lasting friendships along the way. Each club has its own story, and a set of dedicated members.

Methods of picking the books vary from group to group. Elizabeth Ramos and other members of the four or five-year-old club called simply “The Neighborhood Book Club” hold a “let’s pick our books” night, every year. “We all bring a book or two to lobby for,” Says Ramos. “We read a short synopsis of the book, and we usually talk a bit about it."

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