Current State #156 | September 11, 2013

Sep 11, 2013

Today on Current State:  new hotel developments are coming to Lansing Township; Michigan firefighters struggle with funding cuts and health care issues; Neighbors in Action highlights the Women's Center of Greater Lansing; youth adult author Holly Black on her new vampire novel, "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" followed by Scott Southard's review of Ms. Black's book.

Lansing Township planner defends commercial growth

Sep 11, 2013
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Lansing Township’s Eastwood development continues to grow.  Township officials recently gave the green light to Lansing developer Mike Eyde to build a $10 million Fairfield Inn and Suites near U.S. 127 and Lake Lansing Road.   It’s slated to open in 2015.  The Fairfield will follow the scheduled opening of a nearby Hyatt Place hotel.  It would make five hotels in the vicinity of Eastwood.

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Today is September 11.  It’s been 12 years since the horrible events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania that saw nearly 3,000 people die at the hands of terrorists.  As Americans, we still feel unsettling emotions at the mere mention of the term “Nine-Eleven.”  

We remember with pride, however, the selfless bravery of  our first responders who rushed into harm’s way to save lives.  While we still hold police and firefighters in high regard, those professions have weathered their share of hardships in the years since.  

Neighbors in Action: Women's Center of Greater Lansing

Sep 11, 2013
Courtesy Women's Center of Greater Lansing

Our Neighbors in Action segment features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week, we feature the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. The non-profit offers a variety of services including counseling, employment assistance, even auto maintenance classes for women in the Lansing area.   

Current State speaks with executive director Cindie Alwood.

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The trend of teen novels transporting their readers to fantasy worlds filled with vampires, fairies and monsters is relevant once again this month with the release of a new book called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, written by Holly Black, who will be visiting Lansing this week.

Black, who’s most famous for co-writing The Spiderwick Chronicles series, reveals her fear of zombies and answers questions from local fans from Okemos High School. 

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I have never understood the whole vampire thing (and that’s apart from my personal distaste of them). If an alien was to rocket past our planet and spy just a fraction of our entertainment, they would think we were taken over by the undead.  They are everywhere—books, TV, movies—you can’t escape them and it seems a lot of us wouldn’t want to anyway.