Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Now through May 10, parents have an opportunity to choose to enroll their children in a Detroit public school, regardless of where they live, under the an open enrollment period. The open enrollment period will be parents’ only window of opportunity to change their children’s boundary-driven school assignments.
Letters containing enrollment information and a School Selection Scan Sheet are being sent to all district parents. Parents are expected to fill out one school selection sheet for each child and submit it to each child’s current school where it will be sent for processing. District transportation will only be offered to children who select their neighborhood school.
DPS offerings include neighborhood schools showcased by Excellent Schools Detroit as among the very best in the city, new and remodeled school buildings, and college preparatory programs with curriculum focusing on science, medicine and performing arts. DPS offers multilingual education, P-S-L scholar-athlete programs and parent resource centers. Districtwide, DPS will create an individualized learning plan for each student and academic blueprints for every parent, and will provide Netbooks for home usage to all students in grades 8-12.
The full range of school options will be on display Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during DPS Open Doors Day. On this family-focused day, nearly every DPS school will offer tours, curriculum demonstrations, opportunities to speak one-on-one with staff, free refreshments, including lunch, as well as giveaways, while supplies last. Wrapping up the school assignments for current students early will ensure a smooth start to the 2013-2014 school year, including the placement of a qualified teacher in front of every child on the first day of class.
For enrollment information, call (313) 240-4DPS or go to detroitk12. org/enroll
Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 09:00
Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Detroit’s own Grammywinning artist Dwele and Marsha Ambrosius, the internationally renowned British R&B singer and founder of the famed group Floetry, will perform at a major benefit concert on Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m., at the Max M. Fisher Music Hall in support of the Really Living Foundation, a venture created in 2002 to help chronically and terminally ill individuals.
Conya Doss, a neo-soul singer, will also perform creating a trifecta musical experience. The Really Living Foundation, started by Detroit native John Cook, a philanthropist and an entrepreneur who was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) two decades ago, today stands in the gap for financially distressed individuals who are undergoing kidney illness.
Cook said based on his personal experience of being on dialysis for 20 years, he wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way where those who are suffering the same fate he did long ago can find some sort of relief. “They told me I had five hours to get to the hospital for a kidney transplant. I had to stop what I was doing and just go. It was kind of a shock,” Cook said in an earlier interview with the News- Herald.
That ordeal would transform his life and later lead to the creation of a foundation that now is offering help to the chronically ill with several types of services, including transportation, prescription and financial assistance. “With regard to the transportation, if requested in a timely manner, we will provide or arrange for patient transport to medical treatments including dialysis or chemotherapy,” the foundation stated. “For prescription assistance, if there is a medication that is a necessity for a patient’s treatment and is not covered by insurance, we will assist the patient in obtaining that particular prescription.
If it’s just a matter of a person being unable to pay his/her co-pay, we will pay that portion, so that they can continue to receive their medication without interruption.” The foundation said monetary help is given to patients who are able to demonstrate that they have a financial hardship which is a direct result of their medical condition. “There is no expense that is automatically precluded, these requests are decided on a case by case basis,” the foundation noted.
Saturday night’s concert, the foundation’s third annual benefit, will boost the work that is being done to alleviate the suffering of those with kidney disease. Tickets are available at the Max Fisher box office or by visiting www.dso. org.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 08:49
Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers host the franchise’s eleventh annual Negro Leagues Weekend April 26-28 as the Tigers host the Atlanta Braves at Comerica Park. On Saturday April 27 the Tigers will suit up wearing throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars and the Braves will suit up as the Atlanta Black Crackers during the 19th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game. The Annual Negro Leagues Weekend marks the first – and longest running – three-day celebration of its kind in Major League Baseball.
The Detroit Tigers will pay tribute to several former Negro Leagues players as current and former Tigers players, as well as special guests, all come together for a weekend full of events celebrating the contributions of Negro Leagues players to the game of baseball.
Friday, April 26 – Atlanta Braves (Probables: Sanchez vs. Maholm) @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.)
The Tigers have partnered with Radio One Detroit for the 7th Annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition. The competition will be hosted by Tune Up of Radio One and will take place at the Big Cat Court starting at 5:30 p.m. The top 10 finalists will be judged by celebrity judges Duke Fakir of The Four Tops, Drew Rives, Midwest Marketing Director of Island Def Jam Music Group and Lee Thomas, Entertainment Anchor and Reporter from FOX 2 News. The winner will receive $1,500, will be recognized at Comerica Park and will have the opportunity to sing the national anthem prior to the Tigers vs. Royals game on August 15, 2013.
The Tigers are continuing their celebration of African Americans and their numerous contributions to the game of baseball with a special pregame ceremony. The ceremony will include the “Passing of the Bat” ceremony featuring former Detroit Stars player Walt Owens, Tigers alumni Ike Blessitt, FOX Sports Detroit broadcaster Rod Allen, Tigers Hitting Coach Lloyd McClendon and Johnny Slater of Southfield Lathrup High School. Slater is one of the top senior high school baseball prospects in the state of Michigan who is committed to play at the University of Michigan. The “Passing of the Bat” ceremony embodies the past, present and future contributions of African American ballplayers to the game of baseball and includes ballplayers from all eras of Detroit baseball - Negro Leagues players, former Tigers players, current Tigers players/coaches and youth baseball players.
The national anthem will be performed by Joyce Stearnes Thompson and Rosilyn Norman-Brown, daughters of Norman “Turkey” Stearnes, a Hall of Famer who was one of the Negro Leagues’ most feared hitters and played for the Detroit Stars from 1923-31, 1933 and 1937, during a baseball career that lasted from 1920-45. In 2007, the Tigers unveiled a plaque recognizing Stearnes, who was a league leader in nearly every category. The plaque is located near the Gate C entrance at Comerica Park.
Son-in-Law of Hall of Famer Norman “Turkey” Stearnes, Malcolm Thompson, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Negro Leagues merchandise will be sold throughout the weekend by Tony Dee’s Negro Leagues Baseball Store and Apparel near Gate A.
Saturday, April 27– Atlanta Braves (Probables: Porcello vs. Medlen) @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:00 a.m.)
The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Prince Fielder Detroit Stars Fathead, courtesy of Comerica Bank.
The Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves will suit up wearing the throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Atlanta Black Crackers.
Several former Negro Leagues players will participate in a special Q&A Roundtable on the Main Concourse, near the Big Cat Court, from 2:20-3:30 p.m.
The Tigers will pay tribute to 12 former Negro Leagues players during a special pregame ceremony which includes Frank Crosson, Charlie Davis, Melvin “Buck” Duncan, Minnie Forbes, Bill Hall, Gene Johnson, Walt Owens, Jake Sanders, Henry Saverson, Pedro Sierra, Ron “Schoolboy” Teasley and Johnny Walker. The ceremony will be hosted by famed radio announcer John Mason of WCHB AM 1200.
Comerica Bank Representative Larry Bryant, District Manager of Comerica’s East Oakland Region and Co-Chair of Comerica’s African American Initiative Team will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Tigers will honor former Negro Leagues players Joe Douse and Elton King with a moment of silence.
A $10,000 donation check will be presented to Don Bosco Hall by Comerica Bank during a special pregame ceremony.
Sunday, April 28 – Atlanta Braves (Probables: Fister vs. Minor) @ 8:06 p.m. (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.)
> · All kids 14-and-under will receive a Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown Hat, courtesy of Belle Tire.
> · 10,000 Larry Herndon Photo Cards will be distributed as fans exit Comerica Park.
> · The national anthem will be performed by The Brazeal Dennard Chorale.
The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by former Tigers outfielder and 1984 World Series Champion, Larry Herndon and McDonald’s Representative and member of the Black McDonald’s Owners and Operators Association John Campbell.
A special pregame ceremony will honor former Tigers outfielder and 1984 World Series Champion, Larry Herndon. He will be presented the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award, sponsored by the Black McDonald’s Owners and Operators Association. The ceremony will include a presentation of Testimonial Resolution to Herndon by Council President Pro Tempore Gary Brown. The African-American Legacy Award is designed to celebrate the contributions of African-American Detroit Tigers players to the rich history of Detroit Tigers baseball. The award was first presented in 2009. The on-field ceremony and award presentation serve as the culminating activities to the Detroit Tigers annual Negro Leagues Weekend celebration. The Detroit Tigers African-American Legacy Award honors current or former African-American Detroit Tigers for their influence on players of all races who followed in their footsteps.
Former Negro Leagues Players Appearing
> · Frank Crosson – A pitcher for the Memphis Red Sox and former roommate of 1956 Negro League All-Star Charley Pride.
> · Charlie Davis – Played for the Memphis Red Sox and Birmingham Black Barons. He managed the Rockdale Rawhide team (1958-1959), in the Georgia/Alabama Amateur League.
> · Melvin “Buck” Duncan – From 1949-56, he pitched for the Kansas City Monarchs and the Detroit Stars. Before his Negro League career, he posted a 19-1 record while pitching for the United States Army baseball team.
> · Minnie Forbes – She was the fourth woman to play in the Negro Leagues when she played third base for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1958. She was a secretary for the Grand Rapids Black Six, Detroit Stars and Kansas City Monarchs before becoming only the third woman to own a Negro Leagues team when she became owner of the Detroit Stars in 1956.
> · Bill Hall – He pitched for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1955 and was named the Negro Leagues East/West All-Star. He went on to play in the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants farm systems.
> · Gene Johnson – Played both first and third base for the Detroit Stars from 1956-57. He was selected to play in the East/West All-Star Game in 1956.
> · Walt Owens - Nicknamed Coach "O," was a pitcher, outfielder and first baseman for the Detroit Stars from 1953-1955.
> · Jake Sanders – He was an outfielder that played for the Detroit Stars and Kansas City Monarchs from 1955-1958. He played in the 1957 East/West All-Star game.
> · Henry Saverson – He was an infielder who played for the Detroit Stars from 1956-1958.
Pedro Sierra – Pitched for the Indianapolis Clowns and Detroit Stars and participated in the East/West All-Star Game in 1955. He went on to play in the Minnesota Twins and Washington Senators organizations.
Ron “Schoolboy” Teasley – A Detroit native, he played for the Detroit Cubs, Toledo Cubs, Toledo Crawfords, Toledo Rays, Detroit Wolves and New York Cubans from 1938-48. He is a member of Wayne State University’s Hall of Fame and has worked for 20 years as an educator and baseball coach at Northwestern High School in Detroit.
Johnny Walker – Played second base for the Grand Rapids Black Sox, Detroit Stars and Kansas City Monarchs from 1957-61.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 08:30
Category: Community Written by News One
In a bid to spark development in low-income and under-served communities, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced on Wednesday that it will award $3.5 billion in tax credits to several organizations. The New Markets Tax Credit will be distributed among 85 organizations that will channel the credits through 28 states and Washington, D.C. The Treasury Depatment’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) hopes this credit will assist in President Barack Obama’s commitment to spur economic growth across the United States.
From the press release:
The New Markets Tax Credit addresses one of the most significant obstacles to economic development that low-income communities face: a lack of access to patient, private investment capital,” said Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Cyrus Amir-Mokri.
The $31 billion worth of tax credits awarded in past years have gone
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 17:49
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