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Wednesday, November 19,2014

A family tradition

How a community meal grew from a family's need to bond

by Belinda Thurston
The St. Gerard Thanksgiving Day dinner that will feed more than 200 people this year was born of a woman needing a break. Carolyn Hudson, the oldest of five, decided she wanted to spend time with her young family in 1985. She had taken care of her siblings and her grandparents after her parents died, and always prepared the holiday meal.
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Wednesday, November 19,2014

Community Thanksgiving meals

2014 free Lansing Thanksgiving meals

by Belinda Thurston
Thursday, Nov. 20 11:30 a.m. Open Door Ministry 215 N. Capitol Ave. Saturday, Nov. 22 12:30 p.m. Pilgrim United Methodist Church Thanksgiving dinner to go Backpacks for the homeless and hot to-go turkey meal Monday, Nov. 24 Noon Salvation A...
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Friday, November 14,2014

Hand to mouth

Open Door Ministry needs Thanksgiving fixin’s

by Belinda Thurston
The Open Door Ministry needs help providing a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and low-income families. The dinner will be held next Thursday, Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Briefs

by City Pulse
Disabled and elderly disagree with snow removal amendments A handful of residents spoke out against a proposed amendment to the city’s snow removal ordinance that would expedite the clearing of sidewalks and bill the property owners. Lansing City Council held a public hearing M...
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Gay marriage ban upheld

6th Circuit ruling likely means Supreme Court hearing

by TODD HEYWOOD
The move breaks a series of federal court rulings which have found marriage bans unconstitutional. The ACLU announced it would immediately seek a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, and attorney Dana Nessel, who rep resents April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the plaintiffs in Michigans challenge to the marriage ban, said before the ruling came down that she would be going directly to the Supreme Court. The losing sides could ask for a rehearing before the 6th Circuit Appeals Court. The ruling applies to Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Rather than simply listing this building’s shortcomings, it may be more constructive to search beyond the blight to see what the home was, and could be again. Numerous changes took place over many years as the house deteriorated. No longer solely occupied by its owner, it now contains several individual rental units, confirmed by the multiple mailboxes and corresponding entrances.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Angry voters miss opportunity

Most officeholders returned

by Mickey Hirten
To bastardize Howard Beale in the movie “Network”: “Were mad as hell, and were not going to do anything about it.” People are fed up with partisan, ineffective government, and given a chance to change it, they voted for more of the same. That is, if they voted at all. Turnout last week at 3.2 million was less than in the last midterm election. Maybe this is the best we deserve.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Breaking down the barriers

Red Cedar project could transform Michigan Avenue Corridor

by Belinda Thurston
If the glamorous Red Cedar Renaissance project were open today, those frequenting the businesses or living there would be greeted by a shabby eastern gateway into Lansing. There’s a parking lot for the Michigan Flyer bus. Closed storefronts line the avenue with a mishmash of businesses, including a pawn shop, a food truck, and a hot tub store. Red Cedar could spark a makeover.
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Wednesday, November 12,2014

Code red

WHEN A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME

by Belinda Thurston
There are only a few residents left on Helen Street near downtown Lansing. Out of 13 houses, seven are boarded up or red-tagged as unfit to live in. One is vacant but well-manicured. Neighbors say the owner stopped trying to rent it but keeps it up nice. Another, 604 Helen, is fire-damaged with a tarp on the roof. The fire was two years ago, neighbors say. There is a faded and weathered red tag on the screen door, but it’s not in the city online public database. Other houses on the street have changed hands and tenants often, but now sit empty and falling apart.
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Wednesday, November 5,2014

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Among the personal guides he followed during his too short life, Charlie Waller believed that “If a kid is ignored, make him your friend.” This Buddy Bench was built and dedicated in Charlie’s memory, following his passing at the age of 5 in December 2013. East Lansing’s Marble Elementary School families and staff raised money to build the bench, which is used to continue Charlie’s legacy in teaching kindness.
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