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 By Renee Summers    News    April 18, 2019 

Good Things Are on the Horizon for the City of Wayne

A mayor's job can be a demanding one. John Rhaesa knows this firsthand. Rhaesa was sworn in as mayor of Wayne in November of 2018. Previously a member of Wayne's City Council for seven years, Rhaesa...

 

Norwayne Community Garden Needs More Help from Local Residents

Community gardens have been popping up all over America, especially in urban neighborhoods, in an effort to alleviate food scarcity. Often, such neighborhoods are considered "food deserts," where resi...

 

Bookstock Used Book Sale Returns to Livonia for 17th Year

Over 300,000 used books and other media will be available for sale at Bookstock, one of metro Detroit’s largest annual used book and media sales. Bookstock is being held at Laurel Park Place Mall...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    April 11, 2019

Westland Mayor Helps Create Progress in the City

Mayor William Wild of Westland has been actively involved in public service for 20 years. Wild began serving on the city's Planning Commission in 1999 and after two years, he was elected to City...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    April 11, 2019

Family-Friendly Alcohol Awareness Event Held in Garden City

On April 4, the Family Resource Center (FRC) hosted a community event called Stand Up, Stand Out, and Stay Sober. The free event was held at the Maplewood Community Center in Garden City. The event...

 

Detroit Dog Rescue Improving the City's Image, Four Legs at a Time

It's no secret that Detroit has a stray dog problem. Over the past 10 years, numerous media outlets have proclaimed the stray dog issue as a symptom of a city in crisis. When the city refused access...

 

Garden City Residents Can Get Food Assistance at Our H.O.M.E. Pantry

When St. Dunstan Catholic Church in Garden City closed in 2014, the food pantry it supported was moved to the Maplewood Community Center and given a new name: Our H.O.M.E. Pantry. H.O.M.E. stands for...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    March 28, 2019

Residents, City Leaders Converge at Town Hall Meeting in Hamtramck

Since General Motors announced the idling of five of its assembly plants late last year, residents, workers, and government officials have been crying, 'Foul!' In addition to plants in Ohio,...

 

River Rouge School District Supports Scholars and Families

As leader of the River Rouge School District, Dr. Derrick Coleman believes his role is not necessarily larger than any other in the school system. He says the successes in the district are the result...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    March 28, 2019

Detroit Kid City Comes to Dearborn

In this 21st century world, even children as young as four spend a good amount of time each day glued to a video screen. Technology is everywhere, and while digital devices have made life easier,...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    March 21, 2019

Detroit Church's Community Tutoring Program Encourages Young Scholars Broadstreet Presbyterian Church is filling a need

An old African proverb says that it takes a village to raise a child. The congregation of Broadstreet Presbyterian Church may have had that proverb in mind when they noticed a need concerning the...

 

River Rouge Home to 'The Little Shelter That Could'

The small brick building on Pleasant Street that once served as River Rouge’s City Pound is now a more gratifying operation. Having made the transition to a rescue-friendly animal shelter in 2012,...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    March 14, 2019

Citywide Night for Peace to be Held in Ecorse

The stated Mission of The United Communities of America (UCOA) is to reduce crime and violence through the promotion of peace and positive change. UCOA's Vision is to create a new consciousness to com...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    March 14, 2019

Westland Winter Jamboree Chases Away the Winter Doldrums

The 2019 Winter Jamboree hosted by the Norwayne Community Citizens Council was held last month. On Saturday, February 23, local families were treated to a free event held at the Jefferson Barnes Commu...

 

Pi Day Event Promises Fun and Learning for Local Students

Many an adult can recall having endured middle or high school math classes in which pi, symbolized, π, was used in mathematical calculations. Pi is a number situated between 3 and 4, with the value...

 
 By Renee Summers    News    March 7, 2019

City of Inkster Welcomes New Animal Control Officer

The city of Inkster is pleased to announce the arrival of D'Shawn Williams as the city's new Animal Control Officer. The city has been without an animal control officer since the retirement of...

 

Two Programs in Westland Aimed at Parents and Teenagers Address Sexuality and Its Consequences

By the end of today, almost 50 young Americans will contract HIV, and 2,500 will have become pregnant. In fact, three out of ten teenage girls will become pregnant by the time they reach the age of...

 

Livonia Tail Waggers Needs the Community's Help After Being Scammed

Laura Zain has always loved animals. As a child, her parents always had cats and dogs at home. Zain recalls one spring day when she was in the car with her mother approaching a red light at the inters...

 

In the Battle for Peace, Ecorse High School Wins the Latest Round

The battle for peace is continuing in two downriver school districts. Since October 22, 2108, Ecorse High School in the Ecorse Community School District and Robichaud High School in the Westwood...

 

Early Head Start Program Helps Families Succeed

When it comes to success, the earlier you get started at it, the more likely you are to attain it. Starfish Family Services, established in 1963, appears to embrace that idea. The organization's...

 
 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...

 

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