Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
When you think of "Thrift Shopping" you may think of your grandmother rummaging through piles of stale, no longer wanted clothes. However, Detroit's own "Thrifty Broads" is destroying that myth day by day. Tisha Prater and TaNisha Prater are taking their love for fashion and a great deal to help better Detroit.
The Thrifty Broads were selected as a finalist for the new REVOLVE Detroit grant. The grant provides funds to bring Pop-Up and permanent retail spaces to The Historic Avenue of Fashion on Livernois in Detroit.
Detroit is invited to come out and celebrate the Thrifty Broads and the other REVOLVE Detroit finalists at the opening reception, Thursday, July 25, 2013, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Livernois Community Store Front, 19410 Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221. For more event information: CLICK HERE
REVOLVE Detroit is a collaborative program of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation that partners with community leaders, building owners, entrepreneurs, and artists to activate vacant storefronts with transformational businesses and art installations. The goal of the program is to foster the evolution and vibrancy of Detroit’s neighborhood business districts.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:03
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced key Michigan Strategic Fund actions to support construction of a new Detroit events center and entertainment district, a project expected to create 4,380 construction jobs and help revitalize the city.
“This new entertainment district will be much more than a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings. This is a project that will help revitalize Detroit,” Snyder said. “This project creates another major destination point for residents and visitors alike that builds on prior investments along Woodward from Comerica Park and Ford Field to the new Whole Foods in Mid-Town. The Ilitch family organization is making an enormous investment in the city and state bond financing makes this project a true public-private partnership.”
Last month, Olympia Development of Michigan, an Ilitch-owned company, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Detroit Downtown Development Authority and Wayne County that provides a framework for the private and public financing of the Catalyst Development Project in the city.
The MSF approved the Catalyst Development Project for the Detroit Downtown Development Authority and Olympia Development of Michigan, LLC, and an inducement resolution for issuance of $450 million in private activity bonds to finance construction.
Plans for the new entertainment and commercial district call for a multipurpose events center that will be the home of the Detroit Red Wings. Construction of the arena is expected to create an estimated 2,900 direct construction jobs. With the related commercial and entertainment venues, the total direct construction jobs created by the project are estimated at 4,380. The project agreement requires at least half of the jobs created to be filled by Detroit residents.
The project includes acquisition of land, construction of the events center, the acquisition and installation of furnishings and equipment, and further development of the surrounding district.
The investment for the project is estimated at $650 million.
Olympia Development is expected to fund 56 percent of the project investment with public sources contributing 44 percent. Over the past decade, private funding has averaged 25 percent for comparable projects for major league sports facilities across the nation, according to Olympia Development testimony presented to the MSF.
“This project is appropriately named as it will have a catalytic effect on the city thanks to added commercial and residential offerings along with the arena and entertainment venue,” said Michael Finney, MSF Chair and president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “This vital community development will provide thousands of jobs for city residents during construction and new fulltime jobs when the facilities are completed.”
Pure Michigan is a brand on the rise, representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.
For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: MichiganAdvantage.org. For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit michigan.org.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 08:38
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
The General Motors Foundation has pledged more than $380,000 to keep local youth nourished, learning and active all summer long as part of its second annual “Summer in the D” initiative.
“We are committed to supporting activities designed to make summer a time of both fun and learning,” said Vivian Pickard, president, GM Foundation.
“The slate of activities we help to fund provides our local youth with engaging experiences that incorporate reading, science, technology, engineering math, the arts and more.”
The GM Foundation’s “Summer in the D” includes support for the following:
Forgotten Harvest: Million Meal Challenge for Kids: This initiative is designed to fight child hunger and increase the distribution of nutritious fresh food to vulnerable tri-county Detroit children during the summer when they lose access to school breakfast and lunch programs. For more information, visit http://forgottenharvest.org/.
Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront (July 11 – August 16): A summer literacy program presented by the General Motors Foundation in partnership with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. This interactive, family-oriented program is designed to promote literacy throughout Southeastern Michigan and engage children ages 3 to 10, and their families, in the re-energized Detroit Riverfront.
Program highlights include free books, local celebrity readers, live interactive family friendly entertainment, arts & crafts, free rides on the Cullen Family Carousel and more. For more information, visit http://www.detroitriverfront.org.adsf
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History:Literacy and Libraries for All: Upon visiting the museum, students from Title I schools can receive free books to build a personal library.
The program also provides incentives for ongoing participation by allowing students to tailor their reading lists to suit their own interests, by providing free tickets to special workshops and by offering special prizes for meeting personal goals. Families are encouraged to engage in take-home and on-site opportunities as well. For more information, visit http://TheWright.org.
Danialle Karmanos Work It Out: This summer, DKWIO will conduct a 10-week yoga and nutrition programs to help education and prevent childhood obesity and promote optimum health in mind, body and spirit.
Certified yoga instructors will lead one-hour sessions that incorporate movement along with a nutrition education for kids (ages 8-11), families and caretakers in a more strategic manner. For more information, call (313) 227-7946.
Detroit PAL Program: In partnership with the Detroit Police Department and community volunteers, Detroit PAL builds character in young people through athletic, academic, and leadership development programs, serving more than 10,000 participants. For more information, call (313) 833-1600 or visit http://www.detroitpal.org.
First Book – The Stories for All Project: The GM Foundation supports a sustainable solution to expand the market for diversity in children’s literature to help kids become strong readers and identify with stories featuring heroes and experiences they can relate to. For more information, visit http://www.firstbook.org/.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan: Early Literacy Hospital Strategy enables metro Detroit hospitals to offer new mothers guidance on the benefits of starting a daily, 15-minute reading habit with newborns. Mothers can sign up to receive a book each month, as well as a DVD that shares tips on pre-literacy activities for children, newborns to age five.
To date, the program has provided key literacy kits to more than 500 families in return for a commitment to read to their children each day. It also connects parents with 65 Early Learning Centers, providing them with child care education and community services. For more information, visit http://www.liveunitedsem.org/.
Lasky Recreation Center: This Detroit-based center is a great place for youth and families to be active and learn all year long. The center offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities for kids up to age 18, including crafts, basketball, boxing, disc and mini-golfing and more. Lasky’s renovation was completed in 2012 through a grant from the GM Foundation. For more information, call (313) 628-2030.
In addition to these programs, the GM Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the Detroit Historical Society, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Opera House, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Science Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and Music Hall.
These institutions offer plenty of activities for Michigan residents to enjoy this summer.
For more information regarding the GM Foundation’s support of the community, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 02:32
Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
Travis McClendon, a 15-year-old sophomore at Loyola High School in northwest Detroit, was honored in the "Youth Volunteer of the Year category" of the 2013 Governor's Service Awards. He was one of five finalists in that category and one of 40 finalists overall.
The 40 finalists (five each in eight categories) were selected from more than 140 individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations from across the state who were nominated for their commitment to volunteer service.
McClendon was honored at the July 23 awards ceremony at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.
"I recently kicked-off the Do Something, Michigan! initiative that encouraged Michiganders to take action in their communities through volunteerism," Gov. Snyder said when he announced the finalists. "The 40 finalists who will be recognized at the 2013 Governor's Service Awards are an extraordinary example of that Do Something! spirit. I thank them for their contribution to our state."
McClendon is described in a biography posted on the website of the Michigan Community Service commission, which coordinated the event, as having a passion for service.
"Born with no forearms as a result of a birth defect, Travis has not let his disability stop him; he has been volunteering since the age of 8," the biography reads.
It also states in the past year, McClendon volunteered more than 125 hours of service by, among other things, making cookies and sandwiches for the homeless; volunteering at a soup kitchen; initiating a pillow case drive for military personnel; writing letters to veterans; and repairing homes at the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Nominees in the Youth Volunteer of the Year category are 21 and younger. The other finalists in that category were:
Novi resident Ashi Arora, a sophomore at Novi High School, who has been volunteering in her community since the sixth grade. She has given more than 400 hours of her time at St. Leo's soup kitchen helping the homeless, and served as an early literacy volunteer at local elementary schools, among other things.
Paige Daniel, 17, of Waterford, who began volunteering at Gleaners Community Food Bank when she was 8-year-old. She combines her love of volunteering with her love of American history. Her volunteer activities include serving as the 2010 president of the Michigan Society of the Children of the American Revolution. She convinced the Historic Waterford Village to add a hands-on children's room to its new construction site and raised more than $3,000 to support the addition.
Evan Kennard of Vassar, a junior at Vassar High School, first volunteered in middle school when he offered to be a Little League umpire. At 14, he became a team captain for Saginaw Valley State University's Relay for Life. He has continued to lead a team each year, helping to generate more than $150,000 for the cause.
Kimberly Klieber of Westland, a college sophomore at Lawrence Technological University, first volunteered in 2006 when she created the Environmental Protection and Information Club (EPIC) at her high school to help cultivate a wildlife habitat on the school grounds.
The awards ceremony was called "An Evening with the Stars" and featured performances by Michigan musical artists and performers.
For more information on the 2013 Governor's Service Awards, visit www.michigan.gov/mcsc.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 18:12
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
The Belle Isle Conservancy, in partnership with the Detroit Recreation Department, is launching a new program, Belle Isle Summer Saturdays (BLISS) to bring new energy to one of metro Detroit’s most popular parks. BLISS will take place on August 17 and September 21 (third Saturday of the month during the summer).
In addition to enjoying all that Belle Isle already offers on Saturdays, visitors will have opportunities to attend yoga classes, enjoy tours of the island, rent kayaks and bikes, purchase food from food trucks, adopt rescued dogs and much more. All programming is being undertaken in partnership with Detroit area non-profits, small businesses, corporations, community groups and individuals.
The “Beauty of Belle Isle Art Contest” kicked off on July 20. Detroiters were asked to submit artwork (photos, drawings, sculptures, etc.) Winners will receive cash prizes. Works of art will be on display at the finale event on September 21.
In efforts to transform the island, several existing volunteer groups have combined to form the Belle Isle Conservancy (BIC). The Conservancy has begun to mobilize resources to reinvest in the park and provide a positive experience for thousands of park users who return year after year.
Michele Hodges, president of the Belle Isle Conservancy, said, “BLISS is a great opportunity for metro Detroit residents to experience this beautiful landmark and really enjoy Belle Isle. Many activities like these take place in other parks across the country and we’re happy to be able to create this experience for Detroiters.”
The Belle Isle Summer Series is made possible by the generous support of The GM Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Additional partners include Project for Public Spaces, D: Hive, Detroit River Sports, Detroit Bus Company, Detroit Dog Rescue, Arts & Scraps, WDET, and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
Attendees should visit the information tent, located at the Belle Isle Aquarium, for brochures, maps, and full details. BLISS hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 16:31
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