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 By Renee Summers    News    February 7, 2019 

Residents and Elected Officials Rally for Accountability from Marathon's Detroit Refinery

Michigan State Representative Cynthia A. Johnson lives nearly 10 miles from Marathon Petroleum's Detroit Refinery, but told a crowd of listeners at a rally on Monday that she was awakened by what she...

 

The Polar Plunge Returns to Belleville This Weekend

Winter has arrived and that means that it's time to raise some money for a good cause. Special Olympics Michigan has been cheering on athletes since the late 1960s. The organization, Law Enforcement...

 

Custom Apparel Shop Celebrates One Year Anniversary

There's a quote which says, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." Perhaps that's what Shelley Baske was thinking when she began making and selling embroidered clo...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    January 17, 2019

Inkster Police Chief William T. Riley Optimistic About 2019

In the city of Inkster, the rallying cry is "all hands on deck!" For decades the city had gotten a bad rap, and was often perceived as a place full of crime and poverty. Then, in 2015, came the...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    January 17, 2019

MLK Day Observances Abound in Metro Detroit This January

As far as federal holidays go, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day brings about its own distinctive types of festivities. Memorial Day ushers in the season of summer. Independence Day is a day for...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    January 10, 2019

Efforts to Battle the Opioid Crisis Come to Downriver

Anthony Harrison became an eyewitness to how easy it is to succumb to addiction when a friend suffered a knee injury. The friend was an athlete, and following a necessary surgery, was prescribed...

 

ChristNet Services Gives the Homeless a Hand Up

Steve held a good job working as a roofer until one day in 2016 he fell off one while working and was injured. The ensuing health issues and financial crunch led to him and his family losing their...

 

Starfish's Parenthood Program Guides Teen Parents to a Positive Future

Being a parent is a full-time job. It's not an easy one, and these days there are many who simply walk away from the responsibility. But take heart; there are those who are up to the challenge. Just...

 

Fort Street Presbyterian's Open Door Ministry Supports Homelessness in Detroit

was a chilly December morning in Detroit. Lashawna Forest just wanted to be someplace warm where the people were friendly. She opened the side door of Fort Street Presbyterian Church and found what...

 

Local Minister Uses His Passion for Music to Reach Others for Christ

Rev. Willie Cooper can recall as a child that his father would take him on a morning drive in the family car through Inkster. As they traveled through what was then countryside, Cooper remembers...

 

Winter is Coming-Is Your Car Ready?

It is now December and most people know it is a good idea to prepare their homes and even their wardrobes for the onslaught of winter. But not everyone gives the same forethought to their car or...

 

Holiday Fire Safety and Prevention Ought to be Everyone's Concern

Holiday time means holiday lights, pretty candles and more activity in the kitchen than usual. These can also mean greater risk for fire. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that one...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    December 6, 2018

National Action Network Calls End to Tax Abatements

The president of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network (NAN), the Rev. Charles Williams II, held a press conference on Monday, December 3, to address concerns about the practice of...

 

Students for Peace Program Hopes to Make Lasting Impact

Crime statistics for the city of Detroit are grim. According to the FBI's database, the number of violent crimes which occurred in the city for the year 2016 was 13, 705, up 15.7 percent from 2015....

 

Inkster's Mayor Nolen Connects with Residents at Monthly Lunch Event

In order for an elected official to know how to best fulfill their job, he or she needs to get in touch with the constituents they were elected to serve. Inkster Mayor Byron Nolen knows this first...

 

Livonia Goodfellows Part of the Greater Good in the Region

Siblings Tulsi and Mukumd appeared apprehensive on a recent Saturday morning. The brother and sister were with their parents at the Livonia Senior Citizens Center, where initial interviews for...

 

A Native to Know: Ira Hayes

One of the most famous and iconic photographs in American history shows the American flag being raised on the island of Iwo Jima in February of 1945, in the Pacific theater during WW II. The flag was...

 

Santaland Parade a Holiday Tradition in Garden City

The 58th Annual Garden City Santaland Parade will be held on Saturday, November 24 at 10 a.m. The parade has been a tradition in Garden City since 1961. Parade spokesperson Dan York has been with the...

 

Santa's Magic Forest opens November 24

TAYLOR – Santa's Magic Forest opens for the season during the City of Taylor Winterfest on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at the Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Road. "Downriver's...

 

A Native American to Know: Susan LaFlesche Picotte

Life is not easy for anyone. Add gender and race to the barriers faced by most, and it becomes the fact that those who succeed in the face of such barriers become sources of inspiration for us all....

 

Dearborn Animal Shelter Receives New Clock Just in Time to Fall Back

The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) recently held an open house to celebrate its new adoption facility in Dearborn. The effort took nearly 15 years and the education and adoption center is...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    November 8, 2018

Westland Police Department Welcomes New Body Cameras for Officers

Last month the Westland Police Department acquired a new tool to aid in police work: body cameras. Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik hosted a media event to announce the major investment the city ha...

 

Community Turkey Dinner Benefits Charitable Causes

Thanksgiving is two weeks away but the Presbyterian Women Annual Holiday Bazaar will feature an all- you-can-eat Turkey Dinner on Friday, November 9, 2018. The event will be held at Garden City...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    November 1, 2018

Ecorse Tackles the Problem of Blight with New Development

Ecorse Mayor Lamar Tidwell grew up in Ecorse. He remembers when the city was an attractive place to live and do business. Tidwell remembers from his younger days that when homes were put up for sale,...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    November 1, 2018

Voter Education Forum Held in Inkster

The League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County held a voter education forum focusing on three ballot proposals appearing on the November 2018 voter ballot in Michigan. The event was hosted by...

 

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