In brief

New police signs for neighborhoods

FLINT TWP. – There will soon be new signs placed throughout the neighborhoods of Flint Township identifying the township police department as the agency responsible for overseeing public safety. The new signs will be going up in neighborhoods, replacing the old signs that are 20 years or older. – G.G.

Coffee with a Cop on Jan. 17

FLINT TWP. – The Flint Township Police Department will hold Coffee with a Cop on Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m. at McDonald’s, 2145 S. Linden Rd.

Chief Kevin Salter said this will be the second Coffee with a Cop hosted by McDonalds with the Flint Township Police Department. Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members together to discuss any issues and learn more about each other. The building better relationships with the community. – G.G.

New firefighters join department

FLINT TWP. — Three new firefighters were sworn in Jan. 7 and began their training and orientation in the department, said Flint Township Fire Chief Thomas Statler at the Jan. 7 Board of Trustees meeting.

He also reminded the community that through the American Red Cross free smoke detectors are available. To get one, call 810-732-4413 or call the Flint Red Cross at 800-733-2767. – G.G.

United Way hosts volunteer event on MLK Day

FLINT — Join the United Way of Genesee County for a volunteer day on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 21, at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint. The United Way and volunteers will be packing meals for families experiencing food insecurity in Genesee County. The event will run from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. To volunteer, sign up at — B.G.

Cherry named Assistant House Democratic Whip

LANSING — State Rep. John Cherry (D-Flint Township) was named an assistant House Democratic whip today for the 2019-2020 legislative term. Cherry was also recently appointed to the Democratic policy team to build the caucus’ agenda for the upcoming term. Cherry is serving his first term representing the 49th House District.

“I am grateful for the trust placed in me by my Democratic colleagues to serve the people of Michigan in this capacity,” Cherry said. “As Gov. Whitmer said in her inaugural address, we are a state that prides itself on building bridges, and I look forward to using this new role to build bridges of support in the Legislature. Michiganders want solutions to the problems we face, like access to clean water, better roads and vibrant communities. I’m ready to get to work.”

Before serving in the Legislature, Cherry worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources before starting a small business in the district with his wife, Teresa. Cherry previously served as vice chair of the Flint Charter Commission. Cherry earned both his bachelor’s degree in natural resources and environment and his master’s of public policy from the University of Michigan. — G.G.

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