Robert E Martin


Robert E. Martin is co-founder, Editor, & Publisher of Review Magazine, an independent publication of news, the arts, and culture, which was established in 1979. He graduated from Albion College & the University of Sussex, in Brighton England, and has also contributed to many statewide and national publications.
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A few weeks ago, while driving down one of the numerous crumbling and deteriorating streets in Saginaw County, I could not help but notice how perfectly fine road signs were being replaced with completely new signage containing identical information. Moreover, not only were the signs themselves being replaced, but so were the poles holding the signs, even though the posts themselves were in strong and sturdy shape.

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While the Great Lakes Bay Region is fortunate to have many talented female vocalists and accomplished, creative, musical artists performing regularly at clubs, bars, and festivals throughout the area, an alliance truly deserving closer attention is that of vocalist Melissa Curry and singer/songwriter/guitarist Michelle O’Neil. ​

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As we enter the new year there are several improvements you will notice with our online edition here at www.review-mag.com that we would like to draw to your attention:

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The Final Voting Round in the Review’s 31st Annual Music Awards Ceremony is now underway. During the nomination round we had a total of 2,372 votes cast and 832 musicians nominated for all categories and divisions during the initial balloting round. The total number of nominees in each division appears beneath the title and only the top five nominees are listed in the finals, except in instances where a tie occurred.

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The Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center, located at 100 Center Avenue in Bay City is an off-campus center for Delta College classes combined with a world class digital planetarium that will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2017.

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Back in the mid-1970s, the Canadian province of Manitoba ran an unusual experiment: it decided to simply hand out money to some of its citizens with the ostensible goal of monitoring what happened. Did people stop working? Did poor people spend foolishly and stay in poverty? What was the overall impact on the social fabric?

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Since first opening 18-months ago, The Bancroft Coffee & Tea and Bancroft Wine & Martini Bar have managed to revitalize Downtown Saginaw with an embracing mixture of unpretentious hospitality, fine carefully crafted beverages, innovative food items, and creative entertainment opportunities, which has spear-headed a renaissance of attention and activity in the downtown corridor.

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A district court judge in Otsego County ruled that the Michigan State Police cannot detain a MMMA patient during a traffic stop to “verify” the patient has the lawful amount of medical marijuana. 

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Both the pro-marijuana and anti-fracking groups are relatively close to the 252,523 valid signatures needed to get these issues on the state’s November ballot, but they have one problem: some of the signatures are too old.

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For numerous years the city of Flint, Michigan has garnered more than its share of bad news, ranging from poverty rates clocking over 23% and the highest crime and unemployment rates in the country. With the national spotlight focusing upon the poisoning of Flint residents through lead-contaminated water, regardless of whether the cause of this crisis was greed, corruption, or simply bad management; Flint residents are in dire need of some ‘good news’ for a change.

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As we progress into the second month of the new year, one annual tradition rapidly engaging attention is the nominating round for our 30th Annual Review Music Awards Ceremony, which is designed to assure the most accurate and expeditious tabulation system; and has also witnessed several new nominees popping up in numerous divisions of the balloting.

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As we embark upon a new year – and more importantly, an important Presidential election year – and as the Review enters its 37th year of publishing, I feel it incumbent to articulate a renewed Position Paper of sorts designed not only to re-define and renew what I perceive to be the Editorial Mission of this publication; but also address a growing concern with journalistic media on all levels of the national spectrum.

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The long anticipated documentary on Detroit’s legendary Grande Ballroom entitled Louder Than Love will finally make its national debut on PBS when it makes its broadcast premier on December 18th

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Bay County for Bernie is hosting the following events

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Mid Michigan Waste Authority is teaming up with several community partners to make the upcoming holidays a little greener. Through MMWA’s first ever Holiday Light Recycling Drive, area residents can work together to keep thousands of strings of lights out of the landfill.

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