Family-owned restaurant has long tradition of Greek heritage

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Customers enjoy watching a basketball game at The Coral Gables.

By: Nathaniel Gaynor

Entirely East Lansing staff writer

A local family-owned restaurant in East Lansing has been a staple in the city for more than 45 years.

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International students increase business in East Lansing

By Ipshita Moitra Entirely East Lansing Staff writer The number of international students at Michigan State University has boomed in the past 10 years and so have options for shoppers and diners. In 2004, MSU had 3,315 international students. That … Continue reading

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Facility for Rare Isotope Beams breaks ground at MSU

By Richie Carni
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

EAST LANSING—The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams officially broke ground on March 17. FRIB, which will be built on MSU’s campus, is the only facility of its kind in the country. Michigan senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow attended.

Screen Shot 2014-05-04 at 1.53.03 PMDr. Thomas Glasmacher, the FRIB’s project manager, said the groundbreaking marks the beginning of an extensive process.

“In 2 and a half years the civil construction will be done, we start technical construction in the fall, and we’ll finish the project hopefully in December of 2020, but for sure by June of 2022, ” said Glasmacher, who joined MSU’s faculty in 1995 and is now a university distinguished professor in the Physics and Astronomy department.Screen Shot 2014-05-04 at 1.53.13 PM

Glasmacher said FRIB will replace the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory that is currently in use on campus.

“When FRIB is done, the Cyclotron will cease to exist and then the assets will be incorporated into FRIB,” Glasmacher said.
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Same-sex couples speak up after judicial ruling in March

By Richie Carni and Jalen Dann
Entirely East Lansing staff writers

EAST LANSING–In the wake of the ruling on same-sex marriage on March 22, 2014, and the hold that was placed shortly after, many same-sex couples have found themselves in limbo, with their weddings being considered legal, but being denied access to many marriage benefits.

Chelsea McCarty (left) and Rebecca Lee (right) were married on March 22, 2014. Photo courtesy of Chelsea McCarty

Chelsea McCarty and Rebecca Lee were one of 43 couples at Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation on March 22. McCarty, a full-time, graduate student at Ferris State University studying criminal justice, said the marriage took an immense weight off her shoulders.

“Being legally married meant a lot to me,” McCarty said. “To me, it just meant that we are recognized as an equal. That we are not some kind of second-class citizen.”

Lee said the marriage has brought on an entirely new perspective on marriage equality in the United States.

“Now I pay much more attention to where it is accepted, and where I am able to help,” Lee said. “Chelsea has opened up so many doors, with just this subject, for me to look in to. I want to fight for it. I want to know what is going on in other states. I’m getting more educated every day, and I have a bigger interest in it now.”
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Business competition sheds GreenLight on East Lansing

By Jalen A. Dann
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

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The GreenLight Business Model Competition held its second annual showcase of innovative business ideas and technological advancement models in East Lansing.

Spartan Innovations welcomed aspiring entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters to the event. The event allows any Michigan business, resident, or student with a company to compete for funding for their project. This year’s competition consisted of 25 hopefuls pitching their ideas to a panel of eight judges, vying for $50,000 in prizes.

“Some of the amazing technologies we’re seeing today are ready to be on the market,” said Spartan Innovations Director Brian Abraham, “This is a big difference in comparison to last year’s competition.”

Abraham said the key to competitions like this is sociability, because the main point is connecting with investors and consumers.
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East Lansing BRT opens its design studio doors

By Jalen A. Dann
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

CYMERA_20140429_135640Construction alone of the BRT could reach a staggering $195 million. The East Lansing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) design team is welcoming the public of East Lansing to view its design studio as part of several East Lansing charrette activities.

The charrette series will allow for public involvement in East Lansing regarding upcoming changes to the city.

This access into the design studio would allow the public to ask certain burning questions about the new BRT which would serve as a new and improved public transportation system that would run between downtown Lansing and Webberville.

“This will replace the route number one bus,” said Victor B. Dover, founder of Dover, Kohl and Partners “So, people who have been turned off by the current buses in the region will really love this.”

The development of the Bus Rapid Transit would provide a more efficient boarding mechanism that would result in faster travel times, as the BRT travels on center-running bus lanes.
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East Lansing is celebrating women as community builders

By Jalen A. Dann
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

CYMERA_20140429_135314Niagara Foundation, a non-profit and non-political organization striving to build intercultural relationships invited the public of East Lansing to a free dialogue dinner known as the Celebrating Women as Community Builder panel series.

The evening began with a reception that served Turkish themed refreshments. After the reception, the mistress of ceremonies welcomed the audience to the Panel Series.

“I am usually nervous when it comes to public speaking,” said mistress of ceremonies Danielle Bucak, “Knowing that we are honoring women that have done such beautiful things for the community makes it easier.”

Bucak introduced the panelists, all of whom received five questions that encouraged them to share their journeys of becoming community builders, their inspirations, and share their thoughts on women’s role as community leaders.
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Local merchants keep sharp eye on prices to shield bottoms

By: Nathaniel Gaynor

Entirely East Lansing staff writer

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Some local East Lansing businesses say they constantly are changing change their prices in order to stay afloat just as price changes in the economy fluctuate wildly. Nathaniel Gaynor reports on how local East Lansing businesses adapt to changes in the consumer price index.

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Goodrich’s Shop-Rite is closing and businesses are concerned

By Jalen A. Dann
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

The closing of Goodrich’s Shop-Rite in East Lansing, has begun to leave surrounding businesses and customers concerned whether a new apartment complex will be a negative or positive addition to the Trowbridge Plaza.

Opened in 1937, the specialty grocery store has not signed a new lease and will soon be replaced by a new grocer and apartment complex.

CYMERA_20140429_131517The store has been in the Trowbridge Plaza located on the corner of Harrison and Trowbridge roads for 47 years.

“It’s going to be weird not having it around,” said Tim Horton Shift Supervisor David Covert. “It has been around my entire life.”

Covert said new apartments could open up a lot of extra business for the Tim Horton’s located in the plaza.

CYMERA_20140429_131638Although businesses could benefit from the new apartment complex, the abundance of new customers is one of the results that could come from the closing.

“I am going to miss the convenience of the store being located in the plaza,” said East Lansing resident Kelsea Haidamous.

Haidamous said she has been shopping at Goodrich’s for three years and is a huge fan of the store’s deli.

In addition to the deli, Goodrich’s offers specialty items that could be otherwise hard to find such as Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. This could cause regular customers to migrate to other grocers like Meijer and Kroger.
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Crystal Awards to honor East Lansing’s best

By Jalen Anthony Dann
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

“I’m most excited to see who people nominated,” said Assistant to the City Manager Megan Clark, “Then it’s always fun to see why they’re choosing to help out the community.”

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East Lansing Assistant to the City Manager Megan Clark is doing a lot of advanced work for the April 24 Crystal Awards.

The Crystal Awards in East Lansing, Mich is what has Clark so excited. The 27th annual ceremony presents awards to businesses, non-profit organizations, and unsung heroes of the city’s community. The City Council hosts the annual event.

There will be four winners this year, similar to several past years.

Nominations are due by Feb. 14. The fact that nominations are due on the same day as the Valentine’s Day is no coincidence. “We did play up that deadline on social media,” said Communications Coordinator Ami Van Antwerp, “When I chose the date I felt that it would be memorable.”

Awards will be in two categories, business and community. Winners will be decided by a committee selected by the committee. She added, “I do not participate in the decisions and neither does the City Council.”

Crystal Awards can only be presented to community members. However, that has not negatively impacted surrounding cities from showing enthusiasm and support for the ceremony. “A good friend of mine has been nominated a couple of times for the Crystal Award,” said Lansing resident Dwight Washington, “I am always excited to new faces that are helping out their community in such positive ways.”

City Council has promoted the Crystal Awards on flyers and on the City of East Lansing’s website. The Crystal Awards will be held April 24 at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center; the event will be free and open to the public.

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