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Find a Little Bit of Paris in the Greater Lansing Area

  By TNCP Staff

Gaëlle Cassin-Ross had her son, Sagan, in August of 2014.   While on maternity leave, she only spoke to her child in French.  She stated that she wanted her son to have a good start in life, so she took six months off to spend time nurturing him.  
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Families of the Missing 43 Students In Mexico Visit Michigan

Left: Elva Reyes, member of the Action of Greater Lansing’s Civil Rights for Immigrants Task Force (shown right)  supporting the mother of one of the students missing in Mexico at Cristo Rey Community Center.   

Below: Poster of the missing shown during the event.
Photos by  the Action of Greater Lansing


Read More Sunday, May 17, 2015
What (not) to do with your tax refund


By Robert Pagliarini, Tribune Media Services
Each year, about half the country gets to experience a sudden wealth event in the form of a tax refund. While not necessarily a financial windfall for most, this annual occurrence can create some awfully strange and counterproductive behavior.
Read More Sunday, January 25, 2015
MICHIGAN APPLE RECIPES: Individual Apple Upside-Down Cakes


3 tbsp. butter, melted
3 tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 medium (about 2 1/4-inches in diameter) unpeeled cored Gala or Empire apples, sliced 1/2 -inch thick
1/2 cup dried Michigan tart cherries
1 box dry yellow cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
Read More Sunday, November 16, 2014
News Spotlight: State of Michigan’s Pure Michigan Talent Connect to host largest MiVirtualCareerFair to date on November 12, 2014
LANSING, MI -- Job seekers and Michigan employers can connect with each other through a state-sponsored virtual career fair on Wednesday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 12, 2014 event exhibitors include:
American Metal Fab, Inc.
Auto-Owners Insurance Company
Belle Tire
Challenge Manufacturing Company
Cintas  AND many more....
Read More Monday, November 3, 2014
Excuse me are you listening? 13-21

  Dear Readers,

I am not a huge fan of sports but baseball makes my heart flutter.  I do not really watch it or listen to it much now but it reminds me of my grandpa, Ralph Carrington, who died some years ago.  Recently, I found out that he was a New York City taxi cab driver and my grandmother was recruited by Saks Fifth Avenue to make wedding dresses. 
Read More Sunday, November 2, 2014
Southern Flair City Twist




Southern Flair City Twist, serves up some righteous tasting Southern and Caribbean food at a price families can afford. Shown above is their Gourmet Black Beans and Rice.

Photo by Abegail Davis


Read More Sunday, November 2, 2014
College: Market Yourself in the Job Market

 BPRW-  If you are a future college graduate, you face a challenging job market, but you are not alone. In fact, you will likely be competing with hundreds of your peers also fresh out of school and willing to do whatever it takes to slide through that narrow opening of corporate America.

Read More Monday, October 20, 2014
TAX SOLUTIONS:  Job Hunting Write-Offs


By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.
Looking for a new job?  Did you know you may be able to write-off certain job hunting expenses?  
Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD LT

  By Frank S. Washington

DETROIT, MI – There’s no other way to say it, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe was big. Our test vehicle had a 116-inch wheelbase, its overall length was 204 inches, it was 80.5-inches wide and it was 74.4-inches tall or six-foot two.
Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014

  The Lansing- based Sinas Dramis Law Firm, which has only 12 lawyers, was honored to have five of its attorneys included in the most recent publication of The Best Lawyers in America.  

Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
TAX SOLUTIONS:  IRS Letter Decoder

  By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

You open your mail box and there is an IRS letter.  Every time you receive an IRS letter, you get a nervous feeling in your gut.  Especially, if you receive a certified IRS letter.  You start reading the IRS letter and realize you have no idea what the IRS is telling you.  All you see is taxes, interest, and penalties.  What do you do?
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Michigan Apples Taste Better Geographic factors contribute to superior taste from Michigan-grown apples

  LANSING, MI —With the majority of Michigan’s apple growing region located along the coast of Lake Michigan, it is clear that proximity to the Great Lakes makes a difference in producing high-quality, flavorful apples.

Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: What to do if you're stranded while traveling


By Cameron Huddleston
Air travelers could be left high - or perhaps it would be better to say low - and dry if a volcano that's rumbling in Iceland erupts with the magnitude that another one in that country did in 2010.
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014

 There are pressing questions out there about social security.  Get some answers here.

Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Expo offers the chance to celebrate diversity and connect consumers


LANSING, MI –The Greater Lansing Area Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. and the Lansing Black Chamber of Commerce have partnered with several organizations to host the Shop Michigan Expo on Friday, September 26, 2014. The Expo will be held in Michigan’s Capital City at the Lansing Center, located at 333 E. Michigan Ave. from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Read More Sunday, August 24, 2014
DTW Airport Helped Shape Michigan’s Aeronautic  History


Left: Daniel Mason, Volunteer Historian for the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, has written a book about the history of the airport while maintaining collections.
He also has discharge papers from the National Guard Observation Squadron in 1937, is one of many collections from Mason's efforts. 
Photos by Rick Garcia


Read More Sunday, August 24, 2014
Committed to Helping Community: People’s Law School

Stephen Sinas practices law at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm in Lansing, MI.  He represents people in personal injury cases throughout Michigan. On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Sinas will be presenting the “Implications of the Affordable Care Act” session for the People’s Law School.  The school provides the community with the opportunity to be educated about legal issues for a minimal cost.  Courtesy photo

Read More Sunday, August 24, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Fabulous travel freebies


By Erin Burt and Rebecca Dolan
 Each year we round up a list of fabulous freebies, valuable offers with few or no strings attached. This year's list is packed with more something-for-nothing deals than ever. Here are our favorite travel freebies.
Read More Sunday, July 13, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: Why senior travel discounts aren't always the best deal


By Cameron Huddleston
Most seniors know that they can take advantage of travel discounts geared specifically toward them for savings on hotels, attractions, rental cars, guided tours and more. But are the special rates for older travelers really that special?
Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
TAX SOLUTIONS: Injured Spouse Tax Relief

  By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

Your spouse owes outstanding federal or state debt.  You are not responsible for your spouse’s debts.  If you file joint taxes with your spouse, the tax refund will be garnished and used to pay the outstanding debt.  The outstanding debt can be back IRS taxes, back state or city taxes, back child support, unpaid student loans, or any other unpaid federal obligations.  You have two options to stop your refund from being garnished.
Read More Tuesday, June 24, 2014

 The 100-year old Black fraternity's initiative commemorates American scientist, botanist, and inventor, George Washington Carver to promote Conservation of North American Wildlife and their Habitats. --

Phi Beta Sigma and US Fish Wildlife 
FWS and Sigma sign partnership agreement. (Back - left to right) Sigma Deputy Director Steve Ballard, Sigma Beta Club Foundation President and Past International President Arthur Thomas, Sigma Executive Director Darryl Anderson, Sigma Partner Liaison Kevin Davis, and Sigma International Director of Education Jean B. Lamothe; (Seated - left to right) Phi Beta Sigma International President Jonathan A. Mason and FWS Director Dan Ashe. 
Photo Credit: Tami Heilemann, Department of Interior

Read More Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Lansing Community College Coach Mike Ingram Celebrates his 500th Win

 Coach Mike Ingram is a graduate of Lansing Community College and Central Michigan University. He was an All-American player at Lansing Community College and competed 

for two years at Central Michigan University after a stand-out high school career in Jackson, MI.
Courtesy photo
Read More Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Secretary of State Kicks Off “Wrap-Around” Statewide

 Experts were on hand at a recent community event to speak about topics from drivers licenses to voting.  Photo by Rick Garcia

Read More Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Volvo Drive-E powertrains

  By Frank S. Washington

LAS VEGAS, NV – If Volvo had not built up a certain amount of capital in the market and within the automotive press, it would have been written off as dead a few years ago.
Read More Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TAX SOLUTIONS: Dreadful Tax Bill


By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.
You’re expecting a large tax bill.  You are afraid of the big bad IRS.  The IRS will take your car in the middle of the night.  The IRS will possess your home and leave you with no place to live.  The IRS will wipe out your bank account and garnish your wages.  The IRS will make it impossible for you to earn a living.  How does the IRS expect you to pay the taxes owed if you can’t earn a living?  
Read More Sunday, March 30, 2014
Michigan Business: “Hats” Off to Stormy Kromer Caretaker

















By Rick Garcia


Without a doubt this will be one of the harshest winter on record.  Bob Jacquart, CEO  of Jacquart Fabric Products, maker of Stormy Kromer wear. He is standing in front of one of the many collages at the factory. Photo by Rick Garcia

Read More Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative Has Promise

There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?”  – President Obama, July 19, 2013

By David Muhammad

Recently, at the White House, President Obama will formally launch his promising new initiative to effectuate meaningful change in the Black community, something I had hoped for since that first euphoric moment when I learned that a Black man had been elected President of the United States.
Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
Your Other 8 Hours: 6 strategies to cut your income tax after a windfall


By Robert Pagliarini, 

Tribune Media Services

The money you receive from sudden wealth -- whether through a lawsuit settlement, business sale, entertainment or sports contract, or stock options -- can suddenly be gone if you don't manage federal and state income taxes.

Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
Social Security disability benefits

  By Vonda VanTil

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
We celebrate Black History Month, President’s Day and Valentine’s Day  during the month of February .  Also February 2-8, 2014 was also celebrated as Chicano History Week in the state of Michigan.  With all of these celebrations there are also awareness campaigns regarding Social Security benefits.
Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
Top 10 Tips for Getting Your Taxes Prepared


 By  A.J. Gross, C.P.A., E.A.

1)  Check the tax accountant’s PTIN.  All tax accountants preparing tax returns must have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).  You do not want your tax return to be prepared by a tax accountant without a PTIN.

Read More Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Retire Smart: When to take Social Security benefits

 By Jill Schlesinger

Tribune Media Services
In 2013, 37 million Americans will receive Social Security (SS) retirement benefits totaling $47.4 billion. Clearly, Americans have come to rely on Social Security retirement income, with more than half of married couples and nearly three-quarters of unmarried persons receiving 50 percent or more of their total income from the program.
Read More Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2013 Ford Fusion


By Frank S. Washington

DETROIT, MI – Ford has done really well with the redesigned Fusion since it was introduced last year. Much of its success goes to the pragmatic and very functional way the midsize sedan operates.
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
Interpersonal Edge: Is coworker a liar or just unrealistic?

  By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services
Q. I work with a person who was just promoted to lead. My problem is he always promises to get tasks I need done and then makes excuses. We just had someone quit, and I know he has a lot on his plate, but I am tired of him lying. Is there a way to get him to deliver what he promises?
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013






Summer is almost over.  Get your grilling in with these two delicious recipes.

Read More Monday, September 16, 2013
News Spotlight: Federally-funded Unemployment Benefits Reduced Due to State’s Decreased Unemployment Rate

Changes in Benefit Entitlements for EUC Program
The U.S. Department of Labor recently notified the State of Michigan that Tier 4 of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program will end as Michigan’s jobless numbers are below the level required by federal law to continue Tier 4 of the program. 

Read More Tuesday, May 29, 2012
News Spotlight: Affordable Care Act: Why implementing the federal law is important to Lansing residents

On Monday, March, 19, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers and healthcare experts will help area residents understand their stake in Michigan's implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. The Symposium will be held at the Clark Conference Center, Sparrow/St. Lawrence Campus, 1210 W. Saginaw Street, from 11 AM - 2 PM.

Read More Monday, March 12, 2012

LANSING, MI - The following CATA services operating on MSU campus will conclude for the holiday season as follows:

Read More Sunday, December 11, 2011
News Spotlight: House Bill to Shorten Time Homeowners Have to Avoid Foreclosure

LANSING, MI -- On November 30, the House Banking & Financial Services Committee voted along party lines to pass HB 5176, shortening Michigan’s longstanding six-month Post-Foreclosure Redemption Period to three months for homeowners whose mortgages are what are commonly referred to as “portfolio loans”.

Read More Friday, December 9, 2011

By Doug Brown

I would like to share  some helpful tips on how to attend a Business Holiday Party and what pitfalls to avoid.  I am a bit of an expert as I have broken just about every rule I will cite...

Read More Friday, December 9, 2011
Foreclosed Homeowners Re-Occupy Their Homes

By  Zaineb Mohammed
New America Media

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Carolyn Gage was evicted from her foreclosed home in January. Earlier this month, she moved back in.

Read More Sunday, December 4, 2011
Your Other 8 Hours: The Most Wanted Gift (and It's Free!)

By Robert Pagliarini, Tribune Media Services

Over the last couple of weeks I've written how you can save money this Christmas. If you follow those tips, you'll make the people on your list quite happy. But if "happy" just isn't good enough for the most special people in your life, you can give them a gift they will never forget.

Read More Sunday, November 20, 2011
Interpersonal EDGE: What to Do When Work Hands You Lemons?

By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services
Q. I have had several really out of the blue work crises this year that have me feeling shocked and dismayed. I was raised to think good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. The worst part is that I've had smug coworkers with better fortune saying I must deserve my bad luck. Am I cursed, and how do I turn my work life around?
Read More Saturday, October 8, 2011
Retire Smart: Why Declining Cognitive Ability Could Post a Risk to Your Retirement Security: Part 1 of 2 Parts

By Mark Miller

Tribune Media Services
We've all received the pitch in the mail: Transfer your credit card balance to a new card at a lower interest rate. The catch: Payments on the new card will be applied first to the transferred balance; meanwhile, a higher interest rate is applied to new purchases-and payments are applied to that balance only after the transferred amount is paid off.
Read More Saturday, October 8, 2011
News Spotlight: Producer will give free lecture for Lansing youth Peter Sklar comes to scout talent and give show business advice to aspiring artists

Peter Sklar, Broadway producer and Hollywood talent scout, will come to Spartan Dance Center in East Lansing on Sunday, May 1st at 2:00 p.m. to give local youth a free lecture on beginning a career in performing arts in his series titled, “Earning a Living in the Arts.”

Read More Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Merchants Take A Stand Against Crime
Left to Right:
Jason Green, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce;
Tommie Schlitts, Team Leader, Tim Hortons and
Keith Tobar, Market Loss Prevention Team Leader for Meijer’s Lansing market support Lansing’s new Business Watch program.  TNCP Photo
Read More Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The National Low Income Housing Authority Launches A Free Online Directory and Guide to Finding Housing, Apartments, Shelters and more 

Read More Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Interpersonal EDGE: Help for Workplace Politics is Here!

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services
Q. My workplace is super political. Every day I go to work, I'm trying to figure out what is going on between people just to get my job done. I don't have much interest in psychology and leave work exhausted most days. Lately, I'm just ignoring politics, but now my boss says people think I'm "difficult." How can I get my workplace to change?
Read More Thursday, March 17, 2011
A 'Taxing' Tax Season Tax Forms and Help at the Downtown Library

By Reference Librarian Anne R.
Wow, what a tax season already!  The Federal and Michigan forms and booklets were delayed due to late tax legislation by Congress, but they have finally arrived at the Downtown La
nsing Library. Stop in during our open hours, or call (517) 367-6346 to see if we have the specific forms you need.
Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Job Seekers: CNA

Do you know anyone who is receiving unemployment benefits or has recently exhausted unemployment benefits?  If they are looking for a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant, there is FREE training.

Read More Tuesday, February 22, 2011
News Spotlight: Hot Off The Press! The New Citizens Press Celebrates 10 years!



LANSING, MI --  The New Citizens Press (TNCP)  newspaper is celebrating its 10 year  anniversary at the Creole Gallery located at 1218 Turner Street on Saturday, February 19.  There will be live entertainment and an awards ceremony. Doors open at 6:00 pm for networking and dinner. The entertainment will begin at 7:00 pm.

Read More Saturday, February 12, 2011
Winter Weather Safety- Urban Legends






1.       Only the elderly and those with fragile bones need to be concerned about falls in snow and ice.   This is untrue.  The elderly are certainly at high risk for more serious consequences from falls on snow and ice, but everyone needs to use caution when walking on icy surfaces.  Ankle, wrist, and hip fractures, head injuries, and back strains are common injuries from these types of falls and can affect anyone.  Be sure to wear proper footwear in the winter. 

Read More Thursday, February 10, 2011

Since December 11, 2010, the Downtown Lansing location of the Capital Area District Library has been the site of regular visits by openly armed members of the group Michigan Open Carry (MOC). The MOC members have attempted to openly carry rifles and handguns in CADL’s Downtown Lansing library. “Carrying weapons is in direct violation of CADL’s Code of Conduct and is also causing a great deal of alarm and panic among staff and patrons” according to Lance Werner the Director of CADL. Most recently, a staff member was so terrified that she was unable to work and had to be removed from her shift at a public service desk.

Read More Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Your Other 8 Hours: The Power of Positive Prejudice

By Robert Pagliarini,
Tribune Media Services

Several weeks ago at a fundraising event, I was introduced to a man in his late 40s. He had perfect hair, a GQ grin and was dressed impeccably in a custom suit. The only thing that sparkled more than his white teeth was his gold Rolex. As I was shaking his hand, I immediately assessed what kind of person he was, but, after speaking with him, my initial characterization was destroyed and so was my spirit. I realized that I had unfairly (and inaccurately) prejudged who he was.

Read More Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Fans Flock to Folly for Fantastic Finds

 Tallulah’s Folly is an amazing place filled with flowers and special gifts.  According owner David Gregware, it is an “Eccentric Retreat Filled With A Melange of Unique Offerings, Flora & Shenanigans”. TNCP Photo

Read More Saturday, November 13, 2010
Spartan Dance Center Kicks Off Dance Competition

 Local talent ready to show off to East Lansing

Read More Sunday, October 10, 2010
Local Non-Profit Helps Artists Connect with Entertainment Industry Professionals



LANSING, MI -- Getting into the entertainment industry is more than just making beats and knowing how to play an instrument or sing. 

According to an article in there are different methods for breaking into show business and taking steps to creating a successful career.  They suggest that performers acquire knowledge. They add that before you can step off into any business, you must know the requirements of that business. Many people fail to get even the most beginning knowledge about the entertainment business before they run headlong into it.
Read More Monday, September 27, 2010
Interpersonal EDGE: Get Even by Doing Well

 By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services
Q. I ended up getting squeezed out of my last job by an underhanded coworker and a malicious boss. I have to admit that revenge fantasies are consuming most of my time, even though I found a better job. How do I handle wanting to get even?
Read More Sunday, September 26, 2010
On the Road with MoJo Table-for-Two Reviews: Joe's Bakery and Coffee Shop
2305 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78702-3427
Tues. - Sun.: 6:30am-3pm
Joe's Bakery & Coffee Shop is a family business serving Austin since 1962.  The Avila family celebrates the traditions of the Mexican American culture from the food they serve and many patrons enjoy the recipes that they have been serving over the years.
Read More Monday, September 20, 2010
Interpersonal EDGE: Is Rage Over Political Correctness PC?

 Q. I used a common phrase around a female coworker and was immediately attacked for being sexist. I didn't know this phrase was offensive to her. I'm an older white guy and becoming paranoid about opening my mouth. How do I deal with a workplace that is increasingly politically correct?

Read More Friday, July 2, 2010
MoJo’s Table-for-Two Reviews - 9-8

Geno’s  Pizzeria

208 S. Washington Square
Price Range: From $2.50/slice - $19.00 (for a pie)
Casual atmosphere with excellent customer service
Read More Saturday, May 8, 2010
MoJo’s Table-for-Two Reviews - the Soup Spoon Cafe










The Soup Spoon Café

1419 E. Michigan Avenue 


Price Range: From $3.99- $9.99

Intimate café atmosphere with excellent customer service

Michele and John Oliver are two graduate students who love food. Welcome them by emailing your favorite restaurants to TNCP.



Read More Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Creole Gallery is the Place to “B”
















The B-Spot is the place for laughter and words of wisdom. The Creole Gallery in Lansing now has a monthly comedy and poetry show.

Presents Open Mic Night Comedy and Poety
April, 17, 2010 and May 22, 2010
Creole Gallery
1218 Turner Street
Lansing, MI 48906
Ena Busby (pictured in the black shirt), the daughter of Robert Busby “Mayor of Old Town”, who was murdered in 2007.  Robert Busby owned the Creole Gallery prior to his death.    
Photo by Roxanne Firth
Read More Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Communities Able to Track Percentage of Households Mailing Back 2010 Census Forms


With most 2010 Census questionnaires having arrived last week by mail for 120 million households, the U.S. Census Bureau will launch new interactive Google Maps showing initial mail participation rates.
Read More Friday, March 26, 2010

 Michele and John Oliver are two graduate students who love food.  Welcome them by emailing your favorite restaurants to





2900 Towne Center Blvd., Lansing, MI 48912
Price Range: From $10.99 - $19.99 for entrees
Impeccably clean with excellent customer service
[Mo:] The Claddagh Irish Pub in Eastwood was an unexpected treat for me on a cold winter night. 

Read More Friday, March 26, 2010
Retire Smart: Recession Darkens the Retirement Outlook for Women

By Mark Miller

Tribune Media Services
Janice Johnson left her job as a managing director at a major New York financial services company at age 49 to start her own executive training business. Almost immediately, that plan was sidetracked when her mother became seriously ill with the West Nile virus. Traveling to Mississippi-where her mother lived-to provide care became Johnson's main occupation for the next two years.
Read More Friday, March 26, 2010
Michigan is on The Right “Trac”: Helping Small Businesses




Roundtable Discussion on Small Businesses at Lansing Community College:  (Scott Guernsey, HR Component; Brent Knight, President of Lansing Community College; Linda Hundt,  Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe; Dave Adams, Michigan Credit Union League CEO; George Wood, Home Energy Audits;  Governor Jennifer M. Granholm; Andy Otteman, Parnunu, LLC; Rina Risper, President & Publisher of The New Citizens Press; Nancy Boese, Michigan Small Business Technology Development Center Region 7 regional director and Greg Main, President and Michigan Economic Development Corporation CEO. Photo by Adam DeLong

Read More Wednesday, March 17, 2010
New TNCP Column: “MoJo's Table-for-Two Reviews” -9-4

 Michelle and John Oliver are two graduate students who love food.  Welcome them by emailing your favorite restaurants to TNCP.

Read More Monday, March 15, 2010
Your Other 8 Hours: Financial Help for Women: 5 Effective Strategies


By Robert Pagliarini, Tribune Media Services
In a divorce, a woman's life is turned upside down -- nearly everything about her existence changes. But for the man, sometimes the most he has to change is his phone number and address. Women who had left jobs to raise families are at a significant disadvantage and find it difficult as they try to re-enter the workforce they left years earlier. I don't have marriage advice, but if you do a few simple things in the other eight hours, you can survive a divorce and get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Read More Saturday, March 13, 2010
Retire Smart: Reader Mailbag: How to Draw Down Savings in Retirement 9-4

By Mark Miller

Tribune Media Services
Q: It's been suggested that I withdraw about 4 percent of my retirement savings ($430,000) each year in addition to my current income of approximately $3,000 per month. I am 70 and my wife will turn 64 this year. We have no mortgage payments, although we do have a $550 monthly car payment for the next five years. Does 4 percent sound about right? - R.B., via the Internet
Read More Saturday, March 13, 2010
Freedom of Information Act - Your Right to Know

Journalists and citizens who file Freedom of Information Act requests often expect delay or denial, unfortunately, that can impact  your daily life. Oftentimes, the lack of information provided by governmental agencies limit the ability to investigate issues, protect individuals or open the doors of justice. istockphoto

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know

Did you know that you can ask for the documents below under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)?

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
Credit Card Changes

 Keeping up with credit card changes that impact your pocketbook is easy!

Read More Thursday, February 25, 2010
News Spotlight - Michigan Civil Rights Director Dies Unexpectedly

 Michigan Civil Rights Commission Chair Matthew Wesaw comments  regarding the untimely death of Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Kelvin W. Scott on Saturday, February 20, 2010.

Read More Monday, February 22, 2010
News Spotlight - Granholm, Bing, Ficano Announce Training for Film Industry Jobs Available to Detroit Residents


Federal grant supports hands-on education in film production


LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, and Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano today announced that, thanks to a federal grant, Detroit residents can apply for training to work in Michigan’s growing film industry.  The $438,000 U.S. Department of Labor community-based job-training grant will be administered by the Detroit Workforce Development Department (DWDD), a Michigan Works! agency.


Read More Monday, February 22, 2010
Interpersonal EDGE: Want Office Harmony? Read This!

  By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services
Q. I just started a new job and one of the reasons I took it is everyone in the office seemed to get along so well. However, the better I get to know my coworkers the more conflict I can see. How do I do a better job of screening for a harmonious workplace?
Read More Monday, February 15, 2010
Shoe Repair Shop Inspires “Sole Searching”













Shoe repair adds value to your footwear investment. Owner, Mark Michaels (left) of Contemporary Shoe Repair (above) located at  109 W. Kalamazoo Street (above) can save you money, make your shoes more comfortable and keep you looking good.

For more  information call 
Read More Thursday, February 4, 2010
How to: Get Good Customer Service

Everyone likes to receive good customer service. If you can apply your emotional intelligence within the marketplace, you'll receive quality customer service almost every time.

Read More Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Interpersonal EDGE: Losing your Mind? Get a New One!

By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Media Services

Q. In the last year, I've started a new career, gotten married and started therapy - and there are days I think I'm losing my mind. I'm looking at the world through completely different eyes. How do you keep your balance when you're going through intense change professionally and personally?

Read More Friday, January 29, 2010
News Spotlight: BBB Warns Against Twitter Money-Making Schemes

Read the fine print or risk getting burned with Twitter work-at-home offers

Read More Saturday, January 23, 2010
News Spotlight: Own a Business, Own Your Future

Next Bright Idea is an idea competition for any student enrolled in a higher education institution in the Greater Lansing Region. Students can submit their idea to until Sunday, January 24. Starting January 25, the community can vote on which idea is their favorite.

Read More Saturday, January 23, 2010
News Spotlight: New Health Clinic Open on Lansing's Southside

His Healing Hands Health Center is proud to announce the opening of its walk in clinic at 2025 W. Holmes Rd in Lansing, MI 48910

Read More Thursday, January 21, 2010
News Spotlight: The Lansing Area Hispanic Business Association Meet

  The Lansing Area Hispanic Business Association invites all minority and woman-owned business owners, associates, professionals, and guests to attend our next LAHBA business meeting.

Read More Monday, January 11, 2010
News Spotlight: Local Agency Counsels Children of Domestic Violence

Avon Foundation Gives EVE's House and Legal Services of South Central Michigan a Grant for Helping Children of Domestic Violence


Read More Thursday, January 7, 2010
News Spotlight: BBB Lists Top 10 Scams and Rip-Offs of 2009

Free trial offers and scams that take advantage of tough economic times dominate the list

Read More Thursday, December 31, 2009
The End of a Decade..


Read More Thursday, December 31, 2009
BBB Warns Your Online Diploma could be a Worthless Piece of Paper

It’s time to head back to school for many students and your local Better Business Bureau is warning consumers against online programs that offer fast and easy high school diplomas or college degrees.

Students paid  for Jefferson High School’s online test for a high school diploma but they didn’t receive valid credentials.

Read More Sunday, October 11, 2009
Business Profile: Kirabo, Hand Made Fair Trade







1.  Kirabo is an eclectic store.  Tell us what is the meaning of "Kirabo"?

Kirabo is a Ugandian word for “gift”.  Since we are a gift shop, that sells exclusively fair trade merchandise from developing countries, we selected the name to be both appropriate and worldly. 

Read More Sunday, June 21, 2009
Business Profile: Capitol City Comics





Peter J. Ryan and Stephen Jahner, owners of Capital City Collectibles at  1723 E.  Michigan Avenue in Lansing, Michigan.  They specialize in wondrous weirdness.  TNCP Photo

Read More Sunday, April 12, 2009
Upscale Goes Green: Homeowners Focus Increasingly on Sustainable Energy, Renewable Building Material

Green builder, Laurey Wyble (left) at her booth at the 2007 Michigan State University Spring Home and Garden Show.

At Laurey Wyble Custom Builder they feel that it is their responsibility to our planet, as well as future generations to take care of what we have been given.

Read More Sunday, April 15, 2007
The Law Offices of Melvin S. McWilliams Welcomes Two New Attorneys

LANSING, MI -- The Law Offices of Melvin McWilliams, PC announces that Attorneys Summer T. Schriner and Christopher C. Lewless have become associated with the firm.

Read More Thursday, January 4, 2007
Board of Water and Light welcomes Breggins


Cheval Breggins, is the new Communications and Public Relations Representative for the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL).  He will be working with Mark Nixon who is the Director of Communications.

Read More Thursday, January 4, 2007
Small World Small Dollar

Small World Small Dollar Store is an African American business started by brothers with a long time dream of being entrepreneurs. Starting in the community where they have lived for more than 15 years, Jamarc Randall and his brother, Patrick Burnett had an opportunity to acquire the property located at 923 W. Saginaw St., in Lansing, MI.

Read More Sunday, June 30, 2002

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