City Pulse - News <![CDATA[The dish on the Fleetwood]]> <![CDATA[Doing all the right things]]> <![CDATA[Up for the job]]> Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. hasn´t turned in his county office building keys yet, but there’s a lot of focus on who will take over his job. A few names have already surfaced as possibilities to succeed him — Lansing City Councilman Derrick Quinney, Ingham County Commissioner Carol Koenig, Ingham County commissioners Kara Hope and Randy Schafer, Lansing School Board member Nicole Armbruster and Ingham County Canvasser Alan Fox. ]]> <![CDATA[Silent servants]]> There are certain things you should never say to someone who has suddenly lost a loved one: “She´s in a better place,” or “It’s God’s will,” or “you can have more kids.” That´s a small part of the training for Lansing’s Victim Advocate Program, an all-volunteer force that speeds to trauma scenes alongside police to help grieving survivors.]]> <![CDATA[Eye candy of the week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Briefs]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Keeping it real]]> <![CDATA[A feast with force]]> Judy Heppinstall knew she didn’t have the energy to cook for Thanksgiving this year. Her ex-husband is in hospice care with emphysema. Their only daughter, Kathleen Heppinstall, 45, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Nov. She and her son will spend Thanksgiving with her ex-husband over a home-cooked meal delivered to their home.]]> <![CDATA[A family tradition]]> <![CDATA[Community Thanksgiving meals]]> List of free Thanksgiving meals in Lansing.]]> <![CDATA[Hand to mouth]]> <![CDATA[No evidence of wrongdoing]]> <![CDATA[Breaking down the barriers]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Eyesore of the week]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Angry voters miss opportunity]]> To bastardize Howard Beale in the movie “Network”: “We´re mad as hell, and we´re 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.]]> <![CDATA[Gay marriage ban upheld]]> <![CDATA[Briefs]]> <![CDATA[Code red]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Red Cedar? Maybe soon]]> <![CDATA[Eye candy of the week]]> 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.]]>