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Mary Gajda

Mary Gajda is the managing editor for 517 Magazine and has an extensive background in radio and television. She enjoys creative writing, photography and spending time with family — and she will never say no to an evening of karaoke.

Articles by Mary Gajda


517 Living Hosts Weeklong Community Event

517living.com is not just an events website, it’s an experience. More than community events, the page is about physical community and has played a role in…

Continuing the Legacy of Jack Davis

Jack Davis was many things — respected attorney for over 50 years, family man and business leader. Davis’ long list of commitments included chairing the L…

Best Of 517: Pumpkins

It’s autumn, and that means pumpkin “everything” has made its way to menus everywhere. We asked our readers what their favorite pumpkin product is.  …

Providing Care in a Crisis

A Q&A with Dr. Lakeeya Tucker Dr. LaKeeya Tucker is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, a partner at Alliance Obstetrics and Gynecology since…

Best of 517: Farmers Market Fare

We asked our readers in a social media poll for their thoughts on the best farmers market items in the 517.   Eggs and Locally Produced Meat 51…

A Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Community support needed now more than ever If you’ve been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, you’ll understand. Looking into the eyes of someone you have sp…

Longtime Furniture Business Purchases Okemos Space, Creates Jobs

Klingman’s Furniture & Design, founded in 1896, has purchased a new location in Okemos, making this the company’s third showroom in Michigan. Klingman…

Former Travelers Club Owner Details Her Experience and Recipes in New Book

Jennifer Byrom co-owned the Travelers Club International Restaurant & Tuba Museum in Okemos in its heyday. Byrom’s experiences with the iconic restaurant…

Governor Creates Black Leadership Advisory Council

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive orders Wednesday that recognize racism as a public health threat in the state and create an advisory council of Black …

Local Photographers Learn to Pivot Amid COVID-19

You could say the novel coronavirus changed the big picture for photographers; but like many other business owners, they have adapted and are still trying to…

A Q&A with Cameo King

Cameo King is the CEO of Good Girl Radio; the founder of Grit, Glam & Guts; an award-winning journalist; and an advocate for women and girls.   …

Best of 517: Cocktails

We asked our readers in a social media poll for their thoughts on the best cocktail in Greater Lansing.   Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern Zoobie’s bla…

Locals Start #PickUpLansing Campaign

Lansing residents Omar Karim and Michael McCallum both noticed on separate daily walks that trash and garbage along their routes was getting in the way of an…

Mid-Pandemic Job Searching: Dusting Off Your Resume and Your Personal Brand

A whopping 22 million people lost their jobs in the early onset of the novel coronavirus. While some are back to work, countless others have taken stock and …

Parents Respond to Back-to-School Plans

Local schools are coming out with announcements for how they plan to start the school year, and area parents are chiming in. Holt parent Amy Berry planned…

Beating Boredom in a COVID-19 World

Look, we’re all feeling it. We stayed at home from March to May, we followed all the rules, did all the things that were asked of us. Then the weather warmed…

Get Back in the Game with Your Co-workers

Five months ago, we thought we’d all be back in the office by now. But that’s not the case, is it? The upside is we have learned that we can do this. We c…

Governor Extends Protections for Vulnerable Michiganders

The state’s residents who are most susceptible to the ravages of COVID-19 recently had safety measures extended by the governor to better protect them agains…

Governor Reiterates Requirements for Masks

As every region in Michigan witnessed an uptick in new cases of COVID-19 last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer responded in an early Friday announcement, telling …

Weeklong Program Aims to Support Downtown Small Businesses

Downtown Lansing Inc. is spearheading a weeklong event to lift local businesses in the 517. The Fresh Taste of Downtown Lift Up Local Week from July 13-18 le…

East Lansing Named Best Place in U.S. for Coffee

Everyone has their favorite place for a cup of joe. For the lucky, their favorite coffee shop is close to their neighborhood — or at the very least, on the w…

Profile of eSports Raised by Pandemic

As COVID-19 put live sporting events in the penalty box, a number of teams and leagues realized that temporarily moving the goal posts to the virtual world w…

Throwing the Summer Shade

Sunglasses can say a lot about you. With the right sunglasses, you can be cool and fashionable, mysterious, retro or all business. What designs are trendi…

Michigan’s Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the “MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap” today, offering several protocols for schools to implement in all six phases of…

ARTpath Enhances the River Trail’s Beauty

The Lansing River Trail sweeps through parks and paved areas from Old Town to downtown to Waverly Road and from Potter Park Zoo to the campus of Michigan Sta…

Innovare Launches New Universal Cubicle Extender Created to Protect Employees in the Workplace

While many are comfortable working from home, most of the workforce will go back to the office at some point. However, COVID-19 has forced employers to take …

Governor Signs Communication Impediment Designation Bills into Law

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed three bills into law that would let drivers on the autism spectrum or those with hearing loss (or a family member) voluntari…

Juneteenth Celebration Day

Slavery was abolished through the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863; however, the last African American slaves weren’t notified of their freedom until June 1…

Salons: Back in Business

While the closing of hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops was understandable due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as the months passed, nerves b…

Children’s Trust Fund First Ever Virtual Event Coming in September

In 2019, the 16th annual Children’s Trust Fund Pam Posthumus Signature Auction raised nearly 500,00 in its mission to prevent child abuse and neglect. In fac…

Maner Costerisan Launches Wealth Management Division

A Retirement Mindset Study by Fidelity Investments found that nearly three out of four baby boomers across the country do not have a written financial plan. …

CADL Opens June 22 Beginning with Contactless Item Pickup

As businesses in the Greater Lansing area and throughout the state begin reopening, customers will most likely notice it will come in stages. Capital Area Di…

Dean Transportation, Schuler Books Team Up for Virtual Story Time

Dean Transportation and Schuler Books recently announced a partnership that will bring a virtual story time to kids through the remainder of the summer. E…

Buddy’s Pizza Lansing Opens Doors with First-Day Proceeds Going to Haven House

The news broke in January. Detroit’s Buddy’s Pizza would be opening a location in Delta Township at 5924 W. Saginaw Highway. The grand opening was to take pl…

Making Waves

Safe Boating for the Family There’s nothing like being on the water. With the sun shining down on us and the wind in our hair, cruising on the area’s wate…

Disability Education Series to Explore Remote Workforce Benefits, Accommodations and Tools

Working from home has increased 115% and people with disabilities remain an untapped market of talent. “Remote Work: Creating an Inclusive & Diversifi…

Exploring Meridian Historical Village

Each month, 517 will take a look at different locations in the region to consider exploring. We hope to introduce you to places you may have heard of but hav…

Real ID Deadline Extended

Residents of the Mitten State will have a little more time to get their Real IDs in order if they haven’t already. The original deadline was extended due to …

Business, Community Step Up to Fill PPE Gap with 3D Printers

As the new coronavirus made its way into Michigan, health care professionals became gravely concerned about the supply of personal protective equipment. But …

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