24-Hour Major Crime Summaries are now being provided by the Flint Police Department. A link has been added to the “Links of Interest” area below.
See “Calendar of Events” for information on submitting a grant proposal for The Ruth Mott Foundation’s January 17, 2014 deadline.
Flint Our Community Our Voice Community Newspaper
Flint Our Community Our Voice “seeks to provide all residents with a single source of information to connect us; a medium of information to help one another. The positive stories of what is happening in Flint’s neighborhoods is the real strength of our community and is often not heard in traditional media. Learn more about how you can be part of this information sharing effort.
68th District Court Watcher Program
Volunteer to be a 68th District Court Watcher. The first training session will take place Thursday, November 14, 2013. For additional information or to volunteer contact Kate Cole at email@example.com.
Party Store Informational Presentation
More than 100 community members turned out to learn more about working with Michigan Liquor Control Commission, and other local and state resources to address neighborhood concerns related to off-premises MLCC licensed establishments – i.e. party stores. The license holders have been invited to a similar presentation on November 12 at the Mott Community College RTC Building. Both events are the latest initiatives of Flint Neighborhoods United. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation can be viewed by clicking here. For more photos and a summary of the Questions and Answers click here.
Meet Raul Garcia, Blight Coordinator
Flint has recently hired a Blight Coordinator to liaison between the City and community. Raul Garcia is a retired Flint Fire Fighter, former president of the Flint Firefighters Union and a long-time resident of the City. Flint Our Community Our Voice had an opportunity to sit down with Mr. Garcia and learn more about his role as Blight Coordinator. Click here to see results of that interview.
C.A.U.T.I.O.N. Coming to Flint
The Michigan State Police (MSP) is seeking to create a partnership between the MSP and clergy of all faiths to create a two-way flow of information that will foster trust and improve public safety in our neighborhoods. As a member of CAUTION, participating clergy will act as a quick response team to critical incidents to provide a calming influence at the scene and to act as a liaison between law enforcement officers and community members. CAUTION members will receive a 24/7 contact phone number to provide situational awareness to law enforcement and to pass on any information that would be helpful in reducing the likelihood of civil unrest and retaliatory actions. For more information click here or contact MSP Flint Post Commander, F/Lt Tom Deasy, DeasyT@michigan.gov
James Tolbert, Chief
210 E. 5th Street
Blue Badge Service Centers
Ballenger Highway Service Center
1210 N. Ballenger Hwy
Hurley Service Center
One Hurley Plaza
Kearsley Park/Mott Service Center
1909 Kearsley Park Blvd.
Kettering Service Center
1700 University Avenue
Northside Service Center
4601 M.L.K. Avenue
Southside Service Center
Lincoln United Methodist Church
3410 Fenton Road
(810)-228-3198 NOTE New Phone Number
Flint Neighborhoods United and Love Your City organizers would like to recognize three very important Corporate Partners who have worked within the community to make this summer’s blight elimination effort the success it was.
Environmental Rubber matched what the City paid for the trucks that picked up the 8,000+ tires from the May 18th Tire Buy-Back initiative, thus cutting that cost by half.
Republic Services donated approximately $50,000 in services toward cleaning up litter and trash around the City.
Home Depot donated $2,600 worth of paint and painting supplies for the Graffiti Free Day. Although the graffiti removal efforts were cancelled for the scheduled October 26, 2013 date, a rain date will be scheduled for late April/early May 2014.
What a Difference a Day Makes!
The Southside Business and Residents Association along with the cooperation of the Citizens Nuisance Task Force wanted to make a difference in the appearance of South Saginaw Street.
Mark Smith, a member of both organizations, took on the task of getting a liquor store painted. He selected the Great Lakes Liquor Store at the corner of Atherton Road and South Saginaw Street. The owner purchased the paint and volunteers did the rest.
Here are the pictures of the results! Most customers thought that the old store had disappeared. Throughout the day the painting continued with a steady line of compliments for the work from people who came into the area.
Can you think of a better way to use your Saturday?
Photo and Story by David Caswell
Become a Court Watcher
Become one of Flint Neighborhoods United (FNU) Court-Watchers and help create a safer and healthier Flint by raising awareness and providing the public with information to hold the state’s judicial system accountable for fair and effective actions.\
All applicants must be 18-years old or older, provide references, and submit to a criminal background check. Applicants attend a two-hour training session before entering the courtroom. Continuing education is available year-round. Court is held Monday through Friday. Volunteers may choose morning or afternoon shifts.
Contact FNU via Facebook or visit Flintbluebadge.com for more information and to learn how to volunteer.
Recovery 1 Towing has offered to tow any vehicle from private property at no cost to the property owner. As with any private property towing, residential or business, Recovery 1 Towing will either verify a vehicle belongs to the private property owner from which the vehicle will be towed, or if the private property owner wants something removed which was abandoned, Recovery 1 works with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and/or Genesee Township Police Department to comply with all State and Federal laws regarding in-state (only) towing.