Mayor Gift Card giveaway! // Aaron Stephens

Hello all!

Are you looking for a great gift this holiday season? Support our downtown East Lansing businesses by purchasing a downtown EL gift card that supports over 25 local shops and restaurants.

I will personally be giving FOUR 25 dollar gift cards out of my own pocket to folks who comment their favorite EL business and share this post on Facebook about our program! 

Link:  https://www.facebook.com/216807318699781/posts/1271054329941736/

Just comment and share! Could not be easier!

If you’d like to purchase a gift card yourself … Read more →

Downtown East Lansing Gift Cards – Support local businesses! // Matt Kazmierski

Downtown East Lansing at Night

The City of East Lansing has set up a program that allows you to purchase a “Downtown East Lansing” gift card online , which can then be used at a number of local East Lansing businesses.

“Downtown East Lansing offers many of your favorite retailers, restaurants and professional service providers. Use this gift card at all participating merchant locations! This Holiday Season purchase gift cards and receive free bonus gifts. Buy $25 or more and get a $10 bonus gift; Buy $50 or more and get a $20 … Read more →

The Year of the Grown-Ups (and Helping Local Businesses) // Alice Dreger

Since MSU’s announcement yesterday that all undergrad classes will be online, I have heard from three different long-time East Lansing friends something along the lines of this: “Maybe this year will be the year of the grown-up downtown? And we have to save local businesses!”

So I have an idea of how to combine these! Let’s put together an organic, decentralized series of fun things to do to bring people downtown that we can do with masks and social-distancing, and encourage people to participate … Read more →

Covid Locally // Bill Weckesser

As for Covid-19 locally, so far so good for our area following the George Floyd protests and the Harper’s outbreak.

This chart comes from the Ingham County Health Department and in the aftermath of both the protests and the bar outbreak,  there hasn’t been a serious spike in hospitalizations or ICU usage.

Locally,  we’re seeing a lot more tests, more incidences but steady hospitalizations.

http://www.hd.ingham.org/Portals/HD/Home/Documents/cd/coronavirus/ICHDCOVIDstats.pdf

It’s well known that viruses tend to burn out after awhile and hopefully, that’s what our local data … Read more →

Coronavirus // Bill Weckesser

PR admin note: I had removed this post at one point – but have changed my mind and am keeping it on the site, as to stick to my initial thought of how such a post could encourage a productive conversation.

Hopefully good news in the fight against the coronavirus is permissible. In fact there’s every reason to believe that few if any of the young people who tested positive from Harper’s will need to be hospitalized nor succumb to … Read more →

Will University re-Opening Be Done Safely To Avoid Covid-19 Outbreaks? Likely Not. // Patrick Levine Rose

Will we get large Covid-19 outbreaks by having college students return to campus? Answer: Most likely yes. 

Why? Students are not likely to limit contacts outside class this Fall upon  return to school. And the mitigation strategies that are needed likely will not be in place. [Source: Study by Univ of Penn/Swarthmore Profs.]

So Universities will likely collect the tuition, bring the students back to campus, cause the outbreak, declare emergency, send the students home — a planned failure (but a profitable one). Thoughts?

The study … Read more →

Let There Be Light Event – Wednesday, 4.1.2020 // Nancy Cuddeback

Hi All,

A thoughtful person posted this (see attachment) on FB a couple of days ago. I think it might be a wonderful way to get outside together (at a distance), reinforce our connectedness, and send out powerful thoughts and prayers of gratitude for all the helpers in this crisis. (See Mr. Rogers advice that in any crisis look for-and appreciate-the helpers. . . )

The attached flyer specifically mentions all the medical personnel who are doing amazing work to get us thru this … Read more →

Don Power Celebration of Life / Gordon Taylor

We lost Don Power on December 27, 2019.  His celebration of life will be at  the East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Rd, on Sunday, March 15 at 10 am to 12:30 pm.  Guests are invited to share memories at 11 am.  For those who wish to donate, please consider the East Lansing Public Library or the Small Animal Emergency Clinic, MSU Veterinary Hospital,  736 Wilson Rd, East Lansing MI 48824-1314.

Always an advocate for the East Lansing Library, Don was instrumental in getting … Read more →

Albert Ave. // Alice Dreger

When the Center City District project was pitched, the idea was to institute a “woonerf” on Albert Ave. between About Road and MAC Ave. A woonerf is a European street style that has no markings and slopes from storefronts – basically there are no sidewalks, no lines, no lanes. In Europe, these are usually old-fashioned cobbled roads and everyone goes slowly on them. They’re not very welcoming to cars unless drivers are willing to go very slowly, and the visual cues tell drivers to … Read more →

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