Tom Helma
Tom Helma, whose hundreds of local theater reviews in City Pulse over two decades offered insights into characters and plots that were influenced by his training and experience as a psychotherapist, died Nov. 21. He was 84.
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A flock of wild turkeys make their way toward Cesar Chavez Avenue on Cleveland Street on Lansing’s north side.  Nearby Groesbeck Golf Course is a popular habitat.

Big, brave, beautiful birds

Be careful where you answer the call of nature. Nature might call back — with a vengeance. Not long ago, I was biking the winding stretch of the Lansing River Trail that links the Potter …
(From left) East Lansing City Council members Mark Meadows, Kerry Ebersole Singh, Dana Watson, George Brookover and Erik Altmann are seated for the first time following last week's election.

New East Lansing City Council unanimous on Brookover for mayor

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15 —The East Lansing City Council elected George Brookover last night to fill the mayoral seat once occupied by his father. After newly elected members Kerry Ebersole Singh, Mark Meadows and Erik Altmann took their oaths of office, Meadows nominated Brookover. It went uncontested.

Election date set for Lansing’s Charter Revision Commission

TUESDAY, Nov. 14  — The election date to select the nine members of Lansing’s Charter Revision Commission has been set for May 7 primary next year, City Clerk Chris Swope said today. …
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State agencies and Grand Rapids partner to prevent wrong-way drivers

WRONG WAY DRIVING: MDOT, the State Police and Grand Rapids are teaming up to reduce the number of deadly wrong-way driving crashes. New detectors are being installed at a number of locations in Grand …

Community colleges push to make adult education access easier 

By BRANDY MUZCapital News Service  LANSING – Community colleges in Michigan are making moves to improve educational opportunities for their adult students. Brandy Johnson, the president of the …

Community colleges revive sports programs

SPORTS: Some community colleges are expanding their athletics programs as a way to recruit and retain students and help athletes succeed academically, although sports facilities are expensive to …

Branching out beyond pizza at Toarmina’s

Toarmina’s Pizza’s Bone-In Wings and Bacon & Cheese Tots are just a couple of examples of the restaurant’s delicious and affordable non-pizza offerings.

The Toarmina’s Pizza location on East Michigan Avenue is beloved by the City Pulse staff. When we need a fast lunch, the restaurant’s premade slices of pizza are just a two-minute walk away, and when we have occasional staff meals together, we typically order a few pies that are quickly devoured.


Lake Life Farms prioritizes care, passion and quality

Lake Life Farms’ new provisioning center on East Michigan Avenue.

Lansing’s former Best Buds provisioning center was one of my all-time favorite cannabis institutions in Michigan. I have fond memories of my time as a patient and later as a vendor at the East Michigan Avenue dispensary,

Arts & Culture

‘A generational show’

“I think it’s sensational,” choreographer Jerry Mitchell said of “Hairspray,” running at the Wharton Center through Dec. 3.  “After all these years, it’s still quite sensational.”
Since director John Waters’ “Hairspray” movie was released in 1988, a slew of versions have followed. 

Get to know some of the musicians on Angry Talent’s roster

Angry Talent Entertainment would be nothing without local musicians and bands to play the shows it books. These artists put their hearts and souls into the music, playing a range of genres, from country, rock, pop and R&B covers to handwritten originals.

Perfect time to expand FOIA is now, during the newly split Legislature

Michigan House Democrats will return to Lansing in January without a majority until probably late April, when special elections in Dem-heavy Westland and Warren are conducted.

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State eyes expanded health care in low-income neighborhoods

By LIZ NASS  Capital News Service  LANSING – During the COVID-19 pandemic, neighborhoods with less access to traditional health care saw a lack of resources for treating the virus.  In September …

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How Michigan is leading the charge for growth in electric vehicle use

(BPT) - The U.S. has a plan to ensure that by 2030, half of new vehicles sold will be zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs). While progress has been made, a recent survey from the Michigan Economic …

Broken US-Indigenous treaties: A timeline

Stacker compiled a list of 15 broken U.S.-Indigenous treaties negotiated between 1778 and 1868 using news, archival documents, and historical reports.

Santa Bass shares 10 holiday gift ideas for those who love fishing

(BPT) - Has your favorite angler been naughty or nice this past year? Santa Bass knows all, so you better be good! For the coming holiday season, Santa Bass offers 10 incredible gift ideas and …

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