Articles by Claire Dwyer


Holland pizzeria owner arrested after ignoring Michigan health and safety guidelines

On March 19, Holland pizzeria owner Marlena Pavlos-Hackney was arrested for violating COVID-19 protocol at her restaurant, Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria. The restaurant owner was arrested after months of violating numerous COVID-19 protocols including mask-wearing, social distancing and seating capacity guidance. The state suspended the restaurant’s license on January 20 and again on February 11; however,…


Former Michigan Speaker resigns from Kalamazoo development organization

Due to growing controversy, Michigan’s former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lee Chatfield, resigned from his position as CEO of Southwest Michigan First on February 22.  Chatfield’s resignation comes in the wake of controversy surrounding his support for blocking protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in his former role of state representative. This included Chatfield blocking expansions…