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Motown Soup is Good for the Community

Sometimes all it takes is one good idea to inspire a vigorous campaign in favor of a good cause. In 2004, Dan Karlin was Director of Social Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica and came up...

 

NEED A HELPING HAND?

The expanded child tax credit expired on December 31 after Congress failed to renew it as part of President Biden's Build Back Better Act. Monthly payments began going out to roughly 35 million...

 

A Look Back at Some Notable Losses of 2021

Each New Year it seems only appropriate to remember the noteworthy lives lost the previous year. At the Telegram, we look back at these exceptional lives and recall the contributions they made....

 

Funerals are a Necessary Yet Often Overlooked Part of Life Says Westland Funeral Director

Sorting through the tasks involving the end of a life has been his life's calling for Gregory McClary, owner and manager of Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home in Westland. At the age of nine, McClary...

 

Pope Francis Center Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking for New Bridge Housing Campus

The Pope Francis Center recently marked the first step toward ending chronic homelessness in Detroit with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of its Bridge Housing Campus. The outdoor...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    December 9, 2021

Westland Mayor, William Wild, Ready to Lead the City for Another Term

In November, Westland residents voted to retain their mayor, reelecting Mayor William Wild to lead the city for a fourth term. Wild was first appointed mayor in 2007 and has consistently proven his...

 

Local Business Puts the Emphasis on Men and Beard Grooming

Most of us encounter one each and every day without giving it much thought: a man with a beard. In fact, it is estimated that about 55 percent of men around the world have some type of facial hair....

 

Ecorse Public Safety Introduces Quick Response Team Program

Since 2000, opioid overdose deaths have increased ten-fold in Michigan, according to the state's website Michigan.gov. In fact, in 2018, there were more deaths in Michigan from drug overdoses than...

 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Honors Pioneers in Music

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2021 Inductees recently celebrated the most diverse list of inductees in the history of the organization. Among those honored included Tina Turner, LL Cool J, Billy...

 

Ecorse Leaders Continue Effort to Revamp City's Image

If you've traveled down Southfield Road or Outer Drive just east of Jefferson Avenue these past few months, no doubt you encountered the nemesis of Michigan drivers: orange construction barrels....

 

Livonia Police Chief Caid Looks Back on a Career Spanning 42 Years

At the end of this year, the city of Livonia will bid farewell to its Chief of Police Curtis Caid. Caid is set to retire following a 42-year career in law enforcement including 10 years as chief of po...

 

LIFF Project Lights Up River Rouge Neighborhoods

A new innovative project has emerged on the sidewalks and in the parks of River Rouge in the form of LIFF Zones. LIFF stands for Lumination Is Family Fun and City Commissioner Patty Campbell says the...

 

ReLeaf Michigan Seeking Volunteers to Plant Trees in Ecorse

If you enjoy outdoor activities, ReLeaf Michigan has an opportunity for you. On Saturday, November 6, ReLeaf Michigan, in partnership with the city of Ecorse and the DTE Foundation, will be planting...

 

Art Van Elslander's Legacy Lives on at Detroit's Denby High School

On October 20, Beyond Basics announced a $1.5 million gift from the A.A.Van Elslander Foundation that will impact students at the Detroit Public Schools' Denby High School. The donation was...

 

Melvindale Teachers Honored for Contributions to STEM Education

Two Melvindale High School teachers were recently honored for their work advancing student understanding and achievement in STEM-related areas: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics....

 

Westland Police Officers Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

The Westland Police Department recently took time to recognize the efforts of some of its officers during the Westland Police Awards 2020. The ceremony was held as a virtual presentation, in light of...

 

Wayne County Businesses Have a Partner in Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber (SWCRC) serves the western Wayne County and Downriver business communities by supporting local businesses, providing resources, and promoting engagement...

 

Zaman International Poised to Assist Afghanistan Refugees Arriving in Michigan

In 1996, Zaman International founder and CEO Najah Bazzy was a transcultural clinical nurse specialist, working with a family who had recently immigrated to the United States and whose infant son was...

 

New Westland Community Health Center to Offer Wide Range of Healthcare Services

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on September 1 to celebrate the opening of the new Westland Community Health Center, located at 35700 Warren Road. Governor Gretchen Whitmer was on hand to congratul...

 

Lincoln Park Public Schools Board Members Receive Honors

Four Lincoln Park Public Schools (LPPS) Board of Education members have been selected as 2020 Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Awards honorees for their commitment to students and their...

 

Westland Historical Commission Preserves the Past

Preserving local history is what the Westland Historical Commission strives for. The nine-member commission collects and preserves materials and documents relating to the history of Westland and...

 

Wildlife Refuge on Detroit River Open to Welcome the Community

If you've been looking for an additional option to take the family outdoors to interact with nature, consider the Refuge Gateway at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR) in Trenton....

 
 By Renee Summers    News    August 19, 2021

National Night Out in Inkster a Fun Evening for All

On Tuesday, August 3, the Inkster Police Department hosted National Night Out in the department parking lot for the community to come out and mingle with the officers. The event lasted from 5 to 9...

 

Cruisin' Hines Classic Car Cruise Celebrates 10 Years

Classic car cruises are a regular event in metro Detroit each summer. One of the largest classic car cruises has been Cruisin’ Hines, which takes place through scenic Hines Park. This year, the...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    August 12, 2021

Specialty Court in Lincoln Park Serves Those Struggling with Substance Abuse

A judge in his courtroom is something most people ordinarily try to avoid. What many are not aware of, however, is that a courthouse can be a remarkable resource for those dealing with substance...

 

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