In brief

Ask a Lawyer takes on Flint water questions

FLINT —- The Flint Water Advocacy Coalition is hosting a series of free “Ask a Lawyer” events. Each event in the series will focus on a different area of the law and the legal issues and questions that have arisen due to the Flint Water Crisis. A panel of lawyers that specialize in each area will be present to discuss updates and answer your questions specific to each topic. The topics are as follows:

March 16: Housing and Landlord/Tenant Issues

March 23: Custody and Family Law

March 30: Bankruptcy

Some examples of questions that may be addressed are:

Can I break my lease to avoid the water issues?

Can I withhold my rent if my landlord refuses to install filters?

Can a custody agreement be modified to remove a child from the affected areas?

This Ask a Lawyer series will take place at the Flint Public Library from 6-7:30 pm on March 16, 23, and 30.

RSVP by calling Legal Services of Eastern Michigan at 800-322-4512 ext. 115 or by registering online at FlintAskALawyer. – G.G.

Hurley Receives Grant for Children’s Center

FLINT – The Stella and Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust administered by FirstMerit PrivateBank has awarded the Hurley Foundation a $5,000 grant in support of Hurley’s new Children’s Center at the Flint Farmer’s Market. The grant was used to help purchase a digital wheelchair ramp scale to serve handicapped children who are unable to stand by themselves on a regular scale (at least 35 children each month). The Hurley Children’s Center at the Flint Farmer’s Market offers pediatric primary and specialty medical services to Flint/Genesee County as well as outlying counties. It is located near the bus station and will improve access to nutritional food for families. It will also provide unique teaching opportunities for new physicians. – G.G.

“Marketing Your Business” Workshop in Flint

FLINT – A free “Marketing Your Business” workshop is being offered by The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) at Kettering University Campus Center, March 10 from 1-4 p.m. This workshop presents practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses. It covers basic marketing tools including market analysis and research, target marketing, assessing competitors, and key marketing implementation tools. For pre-start or early stage startup businesses, pre-requisites to this class include two seminars, “Starting a Business” and/or “Writing a Business Plan”. Information on those classes and other MI-SBDC training is located at

There is no fee for “Marketing Your Business” but advance registration for each individual attending is required.

Details: Call 810-762-9660. – G.G.

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