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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Spokane’s communities of color subject of City Council candidates debate

The needs of Spokane’s communities of color took center stage Saturday at the East Central Community Center, where candidates for Spokane City Council and City Council president gathered for a …


Proposal to rename East Central Community Center after MLK creates debate

The effort to rename the East Central Community Center after a civil rights icon has met pushback from those who believe the name should continue to reflect the neighborhood it …


$2.1M in work will expand, renovate East Central Community Center

More than $2.1 million in new construction and renovation is coming to the East Central Community Center in Spokane, according to permits issued by the city.


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019

New dental clinic coming to East Central Community Center campus

With a new community clinic set to open in mid-2020, residents of East Central will see improved access to dental care.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center hosts celebration at new location

Facing the dozens of people filling the gym’s bleachers, Freda Gandy couldn’t help but crack a large smile as she officially welcomed the grand opening of the new Martin Luther …


MLK Center plans open house, ribbon cutting in East Central neighborhood

The Martin Luther King Family Outreach Center is in the process of shifting operations to its new headquarters after winning a controversial bidding process to manage the East Central Community …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

City Council gives East Central Community Center contract to MLK Center over concerns about bias

A majority of the Spokane City Council voted to award a new contract to the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center on Monday night to take over operations of …


Controversial deal would shift operations at East Central Community Center

A four-year contract granting the Martin Luther King Family Outreach Center operational control of the East Central Community Center will be up for a vote by the City Council on …


East Central Community Center contract review sparks controversy between nonprofits

The scrum to operate Spokane’s East Central Community Center has led to complaints this summer of bias in the city’s selection process, including some targeting a sitting Spokane City Council …


City Hall accepting applications to run East Central Community Center

City leaders are accepting applications to run the East Central Community Center, beginning in 2018, through Monday. The existing operating nonprofit received a one-year contract extension from the City Council …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017

Spokane City Council backs 1-year contract for nonprofit group running East Central Community Center

The Spokane City Council, after hearing testimony from close to 30 neighborhood residents, school district officials and representatives of other social service organizations, unanimously extended a contract with the East …


Community frustrated with East Central Community Center’s management

A cost-cutting move by Spokane City Hall to let a nonprofit run East Central Community Center has led to charges of exclusion and mistreatment, leading many longtime community members to …


East Central Community Center makes some blacks feel excluded

Several black residents say their community has been ignored in the new operations of the East Central Community Center. Sandy Williams, Eastern Washington representative for the Washington Commission on African …


Refugees’ group harvests fruits and vegetables for needy

In the summer of 2011, two East Central women, both refugees, came up with the idea of harvesting neighborhood fruit that otherwise wouldn’t be used, and donating it to the …


Nonprofit group to take over community center operations

The nonprofit group that used to advise the East Central Community Center is about to be placed in charge of the neighborhood institution. The East Central Community Organization was the …


Center audit raises questions

An audit of the East Central Community Center was referred to county prosecutors this week after state officials found problems with the way the center’s staff kept its books and …


East Central center may switch to a nonprofit

In a cost-cutting move, city officials likely will convert the East Central Community Center to a nonprofit operation like Spokane’s other community centers. Twelve employees likely would lose their jobs …


Taking time out for fun at East Central

Parents of young children often feel there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. The demands of work and home can squeeze out time for fun. But a new program …


East Central center seeks donations for annual Toyland

The East Central Community Center was awash in teddy bears recently. Mrs. Claus, aka longtime volunteer Phyllis Daily, sat on a sofa surrounded by the cuddly toys. Daily and many …


East Central opens computer lab

The national economy added more than 100,000 jobs in September. To jobseekers that’s good news, but it’s no guarantee that one of the coveted jobs is within reach. Take the …


East Central Community Center director quits over pay flap

The director of Spokane’s East Central Community Center has resigned following disclosures that she allowed a city employee to draw bigger paychecks than she was due by improperly claiming more …


Political opposites align for sake of at-risk library

They disagree on many – perhaps most – of the major issues of the day, but Louise Chadez and Cindy Zapotocky are united on at least one: They strongly oppose …


Residents rally for library branch

Several library users fought tears Wednesday as they implored Spokane library trustees to keep the city’s East Side branch open. “This place provides access,” said Spokane resident Scott Engelhard, his …


Library patrons make emotional case for East Side branch

Several library users fought tears Wednesday as they implored Spokane library trustees to keep the city’s East Side branch open. “This place provides access,” said Spokane resident Scott Engelhard, as …


Library board considering East Side branch’s closure

Several times a week Lewis and Clark High School freshman Janelle McNeal heads to the East Side Library to finish homework, connect with friends online and read books. But that …


Open house set on freeway update

The first of two meetings to update the community on progress on the north Spokane freeway will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the East Central Community Center, …


Government funds, donations help program for seniors

Jeanne Koerner is a regular for lunch at East Central Community Center. She retired years ago and lives in a basement apartment in Browne’s Addition with two of her grandkids. …


Government funds, donations help fund program for seniors

Jeanne Koerner is a regular for lunch at East Central Community Center. She retired years ago and lives in a basement apartment in Browne’s Addition with two of her grandkids. …


Senior program provides meals, classes, companions

Jeanne Koerner is a regular for lunch at East Central Community Center. She retired years ago and lives in a basement apartment in Browne’s Addition with two of her grandkids. …


Margaret Varner

Editor’s note: Christmas Bureau recipients come for food vouchers, toys and candy. Reporter Rebecca Nappi is collecting recipients’ stories. Age: 86.