Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Larry Williams, named the 2013 Michigan Big Brother of the Year! Williams, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a national and local Big Brothers Big Sisters partner, a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, was selected amidst nominated Bigs throughout Michigan.
The nomination process request that agencies recommend Bigs (mentors) who have helped their Little (mentee) reach a special achievement such as an improved GPA or self-esteem, and an individual who has not only served as a mentor, but someone who has gone above and beyond for the agency.
“Larry Williams is a shining example worthy for others to follow,” shared Dara Munson, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. “He is a member of the community leading by example and we thank him for being a committed Big, advocate and supporter of our mission, and most importantly, his Little, Akario.”
Larry and Akario were matched four years ago after Akario’s mother enrolled her sons in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit program because she wanted her boys to experience new things and have positive male role models. Akario was very excited to have a Big Brother and Larry, who had recently retired, was as equally excited.
“Watching Akario realize his potential is why I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters. I never intended to be a parent or guidance counselor. I had no expectations,” expressed Williams. “My only goal was to be a good example, serve as a positive role model, and take a genuine interest in a young man’s life.”
Akario, not unlike many young men today, was not living up to his potential. Despite his obvious intelligence he was not performing as well as he could in school. He was quick to anger and when he became frustrated at school he would tune out.
During their outings, Larry and Akario would talk about what made him angry and how he could avoid the things that triggered his frustrations. Whenever they were together, Larry made a point to let Akario know that he believed in his abilities, and that with the right focus and effort his potential was limitless.
“I knew if Akario challenged his potential, he could accomplish great things; nevertheless I was astounded to see what he was able to achieve. Words cannot describe the overwhelming pride that I felt, when Akario handed me his last report card and I learned that he earned a 4.0 grade point average,” shared Williams. “Even more rewarding, was observing the level of satisfaction that Akario had over his accomplishment. He set a goal, dedicated the necessary amount of effort, and then accomplished what he set out to do.”
Akario shares that “My Big, Larry Williams is an awesome Big. He’s also a role model for me.”
Akario’s mom recently told Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, “Mr. Williams has been a perfect match for my son and I would not trade him for anything in this world.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring relationships throughout their course.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey Report reinforces the mentoring program’s evidence base of positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history. And for thirty-nine years of service locally in the metropolitan Detroit community, Big Brothers Big Sisters maintains a stellar reputation of recruiting exemplary citizens to share positive experiences with metropolitan Detroit youth. For more information call 313-309-0500, visit our www.bbbsdetroit.org or follow us Twitter: @BigBroBigSisDet and Facebook: BBBSMetroDetroit.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 17:12
Category: Community - Original Written by Clark Summer Event
Registration for Clark Park’s summer activities is currently taking place at the Recreation Center Monday through Friday from 12 – 7 pm, and there is something for everyone! The season’s programming begins Monday, June 24, ending Friday, Aug. 23. The Park is located at 1130 Clark Street in southwest Detroit. Go to www.clarkparkdetroit.com to download a summer schedule, and visit them on Facebook to share your favorite Clark Park summer story.
"We're excited about the activities we have planned for the season," said
Center Director Anthony Benavides. ³We¹ve got everything from the old
standbys of baseball, softball, and tennis, to lacrosse.²
Benavides went on to explain that there are classes for those kids that are
not into sports, as well. ³We are offering a creative writing workshop for
aspiring journalists and the opportunity to become junior Clark Park
reporters with our new Clark Park Blog,² he said. The creative writing
workshop is being taught by 826Michigan staff.
Other activities include arts and crafts classes, along with special
workshops with local artists presented by Whitdel Arts on the third Saturday
of every month. ³Details on the special Saturday classes will be announced
separately,² explained Thomas Bell, after-school programming coordinator.
³We¹re thrilled to be able to offer these creative opportunities in addition
to the sports activities this summer,² said Bell. ³We¹re also offering a
Story Hour for the little ones ages 3 7, and I plan on reading a lot of
Dr. Zeus books this summer!²
A special nutrition class for ages 10 and older is offered by the National
Kidney Foundation of Michigan. ³This is a perfect fit for our popular
gardening program,² said Dora Anaya, programming manager. ³We look forward
to the kids learning how to tend the garden, grow their own vegetables,
learn about them in the nutrition class, and ultimately harvesting and
eating them. It¹s important to us that our youth are physically active and
learn about healthy eating.²
Anaya is also in charge of the summer free lunch program. ³We typically
serve lunches to around 100 youth Monday through Friday,² she said. ³We
believe it¹s very important for all of our youth to get a nutritious lunch
every day. We¹re offering a walking club for ages five to adult three days a
week. We all need to get moving and set a good example for our kids,² she
The Clark Park Coalition provides an array of diverse, high-quality
recreational, educational, social and mentoring programs for southwest
Detroit¹s families, with the goal of fostering the development of southwest
Detroit¹s youth into responsible, self-confident adults.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 06:29
Category: Community - Original Written by Mr.Balaal Hollings, Northwestern High School, Rotary Club Recognition
In March, The Detroit Rotary Club selected Balaal Hollings, a Northwestern High School senior as a recipient of its “Youth Citizen of the Month” award – a $1,000 scholarship - because he provided more than 500 hours of community service, served as the ROTC Sergeant Major, played six sports - was captain of three, and was also the president of the senior class.
But when the Rotary Club called to notify him the decision, the Club learned that he had been shot in the head and was in the ICU at Sinai-Grace Hospital.
The Rotary Club stayed in weekly contact with the family to monitor Hollings’ progress for the nearly two months he was hospitalized. Fortunately, he is now out of the hospital, despite the fact that he is still facing more surgeries.
Hollings has recovered to the point he will now be able to accept his “Youth Citizen of the Month Award” at the Detroit Rotary Club’s June meeting.
Additionally, the Rotary club unanimously voted to award the “Youth Citizen of the Year” Award to Hollings – a $3,000 scholarship in addition to the $1,000 award he will receive.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12 at noon.
Detroit Athletic Club
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 13:22
Annual CarMD State-by-State Ranking of Car Repair Costs Finds Drivers in New Jersey Paid Most for Check Engine Repairs in 2012
Category: Community - Original Written by State Ranking Average
As average repair cost rises 10% nationwide, 4 out of top 5 most expensive
states are on the East Coast
IRVINE, Calif. (June 11, 2013) â€“ When the dreaded check engine light
illuminates on the dashboard, drivers in New Jersey now pay the most in the
nation to have it diagnosed and repaired, at an average cost of $392.99,
according to CarMD.com Corporation <http://www.carmd.com/> â€™s analysis of
more than 160,000 repairs made on vehicles with check engine light problems
in 2012. Indicating a coastal shift from West to East, and rounding out the
top five most expensive U.S. states/districts for auto repair were no. 2
District of Columbia, no. 3 California, no. 4 North Carolina and no. 5
Maryland. Increased frequency of expensive repairs, such as catalytic
converter replacement, in those states with higher average repair costs
indicates drivers in some areas continue to put off small repairs that
spiral into more expensive problems and drive up check engine-related repair
costs. The complete ranking is available at www.carmd.com
â€œCarMD taps our extensive Vehicle Health Index check engine light database
to rank repair costs by state, providing the industry and consumers with
insight on trends that impact cost of ownership and vehicle life,â€ said
C. Chen, CEO, CarMD.com Corp. â€œIn 2012, we saw a dramatic shift in the top
five most expensive states for average car repairs, as many drivers along
the East Coast incurred rising auto repair costs, while they simultaneously
contended with Hurricane Sandyâ€™s aftermath. Car owners in many states also
continued to put off small repairs, contributing to cumulative failures with
increased repair costs. With costs and vehicle age up from coast to coast,
we encourage the industry and car owners to utilize this data to help
maximize vehicle life and minimize repair costs.â€
The average cost for check engine light-related repairs in the U.S. in 2012
was $367.84, up 10% from 2011. The Northeast experienced the largest percent
increase (11.56%). But the West, historically known for having some of the
highest car repair costs, saw only a 6.53% increase in costs. California is
the only western state among the top five this year.
From 2011 to 2012, vehicle owners in New Jersey saw a 20.7% increase in
labor rates and an 8.2% increase in parts costs, making it the state with
the highest average parts cost. New Jersey drivers also paid more than the
U.S. average for many repairs, including catalytic converter replacement at
$1,112.48 per transaction. CarMD attributes this hike to several factors
such as more than double the number of trips to the repair shop spurred by
Hurricane Sandy-related flood damage that either resulted in new repairs or
uncovered unrepaired problems that had been put off for some time.
On a more positive note, as hybrid repair costs across the country trend
down, New Jersey owners paid the least to replace a hybrid battery at
$2,005.05 on average, as compared with Arizonaâ€™s high of $4,409.94. Some
factors that can contribute to repair costs include availability of
diagnostic capabilities and technicians trained to service these vehicles,
as well as vehicle population mix. Catalytic converter repairs were the
second most common reason the check engine light came on in three of the
five states with the highest repair costs. This is a very pricey part that
is often the result of extensive vehicle age, or putting off smaller repairs
such as spark plugs or oxygen sensors.
The following is CarMDâ€™s ranking of the five states with the highest car
repair costs in 2012:
Labor CostAverage Total
Car Repair Cost in 2012
(Parts & Labor)
1. New Jersey
1. District of Columbia
1. North Carolina
CarMD ranking of states with the lowest car repair costs:
Labor CostAverage Total
Car Repair Cost in 2012
(Parts & Labor)
50. West Virginia$180.16$130.33$310.49
49. South Dakota$182.90$128.98$311.88
Other key findings:
- The states that pay the most: The 2011 ranking found all five states
with the highest repair costs were from the West. For 2012, three hail from
the Southeast, one from the Northeast and California remains the only
western state among the five states with the highest repair costs.
o A gap has begun to close between the states/regions with the
highest/lowest repair costs (i.e. there was no change in Arizonaâ€™s average
repair cost, yet it dropped in rank from no. 5 to no. 22, with many states
from other regions rising).
- The states that pay the least: Two of the five states with the lowest
car repair costs are from the Midwest (Iowa and South Dakota) and two are
from the South/Southeast (Delaware and West Virginia). Rounding out the most
affordable states for auto repair is Vermont, the only Northeastern state to
enjoy a drop in average car repair costs in 2012.
- Year-over-year trends: A majority of states/districts experienced an
increase in repair costs in 2012, with the exceptions being Delaware, New
Mexico, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
o D.C. had the largest increase in repair costs, up 20% from 2011 to 2012.
This is partially attributed to the type of repairs being made.
Time-consuming repairs that cost over $1,000 accounted for nearly 10% of
D.C. repairs in 2012, as compared with 7% in 2011, while quick-fix, gas
cap-related problems were down five points.
o Wyoming saw the biggest drop with a nearly 17% dip in average repair
costs. Some very positive news for Wyoming is catalytic converter
replacements have dropped from the second to seventh most common repair,
showing drivers in Wyoming are taking better care of their cars and may also
be trading in older model vehicles for newer ones.
- Labor charge trends: Drivers in Vermont paid the least in labor at
$115.90. While still low, this is up from Vermontâ€™s labor rate of $90.85 in
2011. For the second consecutive year, Colorado is the state with the
highest labor charge at $150.75 on average.
- Parts cost trends: Drivers in Vermont also paid the least for parts
at an average of $153.82, with those in New Jersey paying the most
â€œAs summer approaches, itâ€™s important for drivers in all states to be
of the effect of temperature extremes on car parts, and to replace failing
parts as recommended or as soon as a problem is detected,â€ said David Rich,
CarMDâ€™s Technical Director. â€œAll 1996 and newer model vehicles have
sophisticated on-board diagnostic computers that can detect problems early,
often before youâ€™re left stranded. CarMD encourages drivers to heed warning
signs, such as the check engine light, and get repairs made before that next
road trip to help reduce the potential for roadside emergencies and inflated
CarMDâ€™s state-by-state ranking of repair costs was derived from analysis of
161,350 repairs made on model year 1996 to 2012 vehicles from Jan. 1, 2012
through Dec. 31, 2012 by CarMDâ€™s nationwide network of Automotive Service
Excellence (ASE)-certified technicians. All 51 U.S. states/districts,
including the District of Columbia, are represented in this Index. The
repairs are related to a vehicleâ€™s check engine system, which is
all vehicles manufactured since 1996. The on-board diagnostic (OBD2) system
monitors approximately 80% of systems on these vehicles, triggering the
check engine light when a problem related to emissions output or drivability
occurs. The CarMD Vehicle Health Index database and average repair cost
findings do not include problems that are outside the scope of a vehicleâ€™s
OBD2 computer monitoring such as tires, and mechanical parts like belts and
State-by-State Ranking of Average â€œCheck Engineâ€ Light Car Repair
(Source: CarMD.com Corp., CarMDÂ® Vehicle Health Indexâ„¢)
CostAverage Car Repair Cost
(Parts & Labor)Avg. Repair Cost
% â†‘/â†“from 2011Change in Rank
1New Jersey$136.71$256.28$392.99â†‘12.27%â†‘ from no. 10
2District of Columbia$143.65$247.97$391.62â†‘20.56%â†‘ from no. 32
4North Carolina$140.59$249.32$389.91â†‘9.56%â†‘ from no. 8
5Maryland$136.99$250.79$387.78â†‘11.55%â†‘from no. 12
6Georgia$143.07$242.22$385.29â†‘9.87%â†‘from no. 9
7Connecticut$134.50$260.60$385.10â†‘11.00%â†‘from no. 14
8Colorado$150.75$233.97$384.72â†‘7.15%â†“from no. 6
9Virginia$138.36$243.82$382.18â†‘10.00%â†‘from no. 13
10Oregon$146.72$233.50$380.22â†‘9.84%â†‘from no. 15
11Florida$138.80$238.66$377.46â†‘15.45%â†‘from no. 28
12Washington$141.09$234.21$375.30â†‘7.47%â†“from no. 11
13Rhode Island$127.58$243.72$371.30â†‘12.24%â†‘ from no. 25
14Utah$149.49$221.13$370.62â†“2.10%â†“from no. 2
15Hawaii$139.37$230.96$370.33â†‘7.79%â†‘ from no. 16
16South Carolina$142.04$225.56$367.60â†‘12.46%â†‘from no. 29
17Kentucky$138.09$228.73$366.82â†‘9.48%â†‘from no. 20
18New York$132.49$232.04$364.53â†‘7.72%â†“from no. 18
19Texas$139.64$224.66$364.30â†‘9.15%â†‘from no. 23
20Nevada$139.38$224.87$364.25â†‘9.54%â†‘from no. 24
21Pennsylvania$137.19$226.41$363.60â†‘14.97%â†‘from no. 36
22Arizona$142.26$219.24$361.50no changeâ†“from no. 5
23Arkansas$138.91$222.41$361.42â†‘12.45%â†‘from no. 35
24Montana$144.38$215.44$359.82â†“1.22%â†“from no. 4
25Massachusetts$124.58$233.79$358.37â†‘11.13%â†‘from no. 34
26Mississippi$138.95$216.74$355.69â†‘8.53%â†“from no. 25
27Louisiana$140.05$213.90$353.95â†‘15.40%â†‘from no. 43
28Tennessee$139.50$213.81$353.31â†‘3.87%â†“from no. 17
29Missouri$142.49$210.22$352.71â†‘13.70%â†‘from no. 40
30Kansas$136.96$215.36$352.32â†‘13.12%â†‘from no. 39
31Alabama$139.30$212.72$352.02â†‘7.74%â†“from no. 30
32Idaho$143.38$205.38$348.76â†‘4.08%â†“from no. 21
33Nebraska$137.64$208.93$346.57â†‘6.20%â†“from no. 31
34Minnesota$138.45$207.85$346.30â†‘7.04%â†“from no. 33
35New Mexico$145.04$199.71$344.75â†“3.87%â†“from no. 7
36North Dakota$139.62$204.50$344.12â†‘11.29%â†‘from no. 41
37Illinois$132.39$210.73$343.12â†‘2.24%â†“from no. 19
38Alaska$142.41$198.11$340.52â†‘ 3.49%â†“from no. 26
39Oklahoma$137.36$200.52$337.88â†‘1.09%â†“from no. 22
40Indiana$134.10$195.21$329.31â†‘15.97%â†‘from no. 51
41Wisconsin$134.81$193.93$328.74â†‘13.40%â†‘from no. 49
42Ohio$128.18$200.00$328.18â†‘8.99%â†“from no. 42
43Maine$133.28$194.80$328.08â†‘13.30%â†‘from no. 50
44New Hampshire$121.88$206.12$328.00â†‘12.08%â†‘from no. 47
45Wyoming$134.62$189.69$324.31â†“16.67%â†“from no. 1
46Michigan$134.14$183.13$317.27â†‘8.07%â†‘from no. 46
47Iowa$133.57$181.20$314.77â†‘8.57%â†‘from no. 48
48Delaware$130.39$183.23$313.62no changeâ†“from no. 37
49South Dakota$128.98$182.90$311.88â†‘5.45%â†“from no. 45
50West Virginia$130.33$180.16$310.49â†“1.04%â†“from no. 38
51Vermont$115.90$153.82$269.72â†“10.75%â†“from no. 44
The mission of Irvine, Calif.-based CarMD.com Corporation is to empower
consumers and the vehicle market by providing the tools and information
needed to make better-educated decisions about vehicle health and
maintenance. An ISO 9001:2008-certified company, CarMDâ€™s premiere
the CarMDÂ® Vehicle Health Systemâ„¢, which enables drivers to identify and
diagnose check engine repairs, safety issues and problems that negatively
impact a carâ€™s fuel economy. The company has built the largest, most
database of diagnostic trouble codes, expert fixes and repair costs, which
it uses to compile its CarMDÂ® Vehicle Health Indexâ„¢
, a leading automotive repair resource from which this ranking is derived.
For more information, visit www.CarMD.com <http://www.CarMD.com> .
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 16:30
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Gregory will be available to discuss details on the state budget and other community and State issues with area residents
FERNDALE—State Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) is inviting members of the community to join him for coffee and conversation regarding state and community issues—including the status of the state budget—on Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Ferndale. This will be an excellent and convenient opportunity for Ferndale residents to meet with Senator Gregory and sit down with him to discuss these and other issues.
WHERE: Ferndale Public Library, 222 East Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220
WHO: State Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield)
WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Senator Gregory’s office at 517-373-7888.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 09:37
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