Compassion Through Cameras and FAR Conservatory Join Forces for heArt, a Collaborative Art Show and Fundraising Event
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Compassion Through Cameras (CTC) and FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts (FAR) will jointly host heArt, a collaborative art show and fundraising event on Friday, Sept. 13 at the Goldner Walsh Nursery in Pontiac.
HeArt will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost to attend is $50 per person. The price includes light snacks, cocktails and free parking.
"We're thrilled to partner with the FAR Conservatory for this first-time event," said Kelly Donaldson, founder and executive director of CTC. "It's a great opportunity for the students to display artwork they've created and to raise awareness of both organizations."
The artwork displayed in the show will be from FAR clients and CTC photography workshop participants. The event will also include a silent auction with art work by local artists. Proceeds from the event will support both organizations, which provide valuable educational and creativity development services to children and adults in need.
"Our goal is to raise the necessary funds to continue serving our clients and work toward our mission of providing therapeutic opportunities for children and adults with special needs," said Pamela Ayres, executive director of FAR.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 12:36
Category: Community - Original Written by RJ Barnhill
Cornerstone Schools is excited to host the 8th annual "Be a Tiger for Kids" Event on Tues. Aug. 20 at Comerica Park. This annual event helps children in Detroit to receive a first-class education all while watching the Detroit Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins.
The fun-filled family event will kick off with the Rock-N-Roar tailgate at the St. John's Episcopal Church lot on the corner of Woodward and Montcalm beginning at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy food, music from the Simone Vitale band, face painting, games and fun for the entire family. Following the tailgate, there will be a special on-field presentation just before the game. The game will begin at 7:08 p.m. at Comerica Park.
"We are excited to be bringing 'Be a Tiger For Kids' back to Comerica Park for our 8th year. This event brings thousands of Cornerstone Schools' supporters to the event each year," said Ernestine Sanders, Cornerstone President and CEO. "It is a wonderful opportunity for our families and friends who support Cornerstone to come together to enjoy fellowship, cheer on the Tigers and help us meet our fundraising goals."
Making a tax-deductible donation of $50 or more per person will benefit the Cornerstone Schools Scholarship Fund, making it possible to provide over 550 Cornerstone students with an excellent education in Pre-K through 11th grade.
As a thank you for your donation, you will receive a 'Be a Tiger for Kids' event package that includes:
o Ticket entry into the private Rock-n-Roar tailgate party.
o Ticket entry into the 7:08 p.m. Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins game at Comerica Park.
o A commemorative event t-shirt to wear to the game.
For more information, or to donate visit www.CornerstoneSchools.org or call 1-800-343-0951.
Event sponsors include; Detroit Tigers, Meijer, Pulte Group, ITC Holdings, PWC, Helppie Charitable Foundation, Yazaki, Wolverine Packing Co., LUPO Chiropractic Center, Quicken Loans, Tognum, Fathead, Tubby's, Pepsi, Better Made, Mousetrap Mobile, Starbucks, SME USA, and Hour Detroit.
Founded in 1991, Cornerstone is renowned throughout Metropolitan Detroit for its success in graduating well-prepared, high achieving youth. 95% of its students graduate from high school in a city with the lowest graduation rate in the country, and 91% of its high school graduates pursue higher education. Changing Detroit, one child at a time. For more information, please
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 12:31
Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
The 14th Annual Quake-On-The-Lake will take place July 19-21 as Grand Prix drivers from the east and west coasts prepare to go head-to-head for bragging rights, racing supremacy and World Speed Records at One of Oakland County's Premier Summertime Events.
These inboard hydroplane races will have the feel of a WWF Smack-Down with the best Grand Prix drivers from the northeast and northwest battling it out for their place in the record books.
These are the "Big Boats"--12' wide, built of carbon fiber and other lightweight composite materials and weigh-in at around 2,900 pounds. The engines are blown V-8's based on big block Chevy design, which is supercharged and kicks out 1500 horsepower.
"The Grand Prix's are as exciting as boat racing gets," said Dale Hampshire, Quake chairman. " For those who love speed, power and ear shattering noise, this is a must-see event."
An exciting new feature for Quake this year will be the awarding of the Governor's Cup, which will be presented to the overall high points winner of the weekend. So there's a lot of prestige on the line for the racers who will be coming from Michigan and all over the country.
Nearly 100 inboard hydroplane racing teams, which have been the heart and soul of Quake-On-The- Lake since the beginning, will provide their own thrills and chills and they try to conquer what is considered the fastest one mile course in America. Ten different inboard racing classes will be featured this year, throwing off huge plumes of water as they take on Pontiac Lake at speeds ranging from 90 mph to 150 mph. Over the past 13 years, 17 American Power Boat Association(APBA) World Speed Records have been set in five separate racing classes.
The event will also feature 10-year-old Shelby Bowsher, who lives in central Illinois, competing in the stock outboard races. Shelby made her racing debut at an event in Walled Lake and then won a medal in Kent Narrows, Maryland a couple of weeks later. The youngest competitor at Quake will hit the water sometime between noon and 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. She got the "racing bug" from her dad, Sean, who races a one liter modified inboard hydroplane.
Competition will be held in six Outboard classes: Junior Hydro, AX Hydro, a Stock Hydro, C Stock Hydro and 302 Super Stock Hydro. The Junior Hydro class, in which Shelby will compete, can reach speeds up to 43 mile-per-hour.
Event times for Quake-On-The-Lake are Friday, July 19 from Noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about Quake-On-The-Lake, visit QuakeOnTheLake.org
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 11:18
Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
The Detroit Public Library’s 2013 African American booklist, which can be downloaded in PDF format, is a bibliography providing a selected list of books by and/or about African Americans. This booklist includes works reviewed and recommended by librarians of the Detroit Public Library.
According to the library’s website, the African American Booklist began as a way to commemorate Black History Month and has continued to feature the accomplishments of African Americans in the literary world.
This year’s booklist theme honors one of the Detroit Public Library’s own, Clara Stanton Jones (1913-2012). A former director of the library, Mrs. Jones began working at the Detroit Public Library in 1944, according to a biography in the booklist. During her tenure as director, she founded the community referral system TIP (The Information Place), which was replicated in libraries throughout the country.
In 1978, President Carter appointed her as commissioner to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Services. She served in that post until 1982.
She was also the first Black person to head a major public library system; the first to be elected as president of the American Library Association; and the first to be named Visiting Regents Scholar in Library Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
She retired and moved to Oakland, Calif. in 1978.
Categories in the booklist include fiction, biography, sports, today’s issues, history, inspirational, audio books, picture books and teen fiction.
The booklist can be downloaded by visiting http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/sites/default/files/2013_Af_American_Booklist.pdf
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 11:55
Category: Community Written by Ruth Manuel-Logan/Newsone
Julia Charlene Merfeld (pictured) faces life in prison, after she got caught on video plotting to have her husband killed by a hitman, because according to her, "it was easier than divorcing him." The scheming wife, who didn't suspect that her wheeling and dealing antics to have her husband snuffed out were being filmed, erroneously hired an undercover police detective to do the dirty job, according to MLive.
The video footage, which was filmed last April, was the product of a sting by the Muskegon County, Mich., District Attorney's office.
On the tape, Merfeld is heard telling the unidentified fake hitman that she would pay him $50,000 for his deed, but it would be parceled out in a series of $9,000 weekly installments in order to not raise any red flags at her banking institution. Merfeld is also heard stating that she would give the hitman $100 to get the ball rolling. During her conversation, Merfeld appears extraordinarily calm and can even be seen chuckling.
In another bone-chilling move, Merfeld refers to her Batman-stickered smartphone often for convenient "killing appointment times." For one fleeting moment, Merfeld appears to have a change of heart about having the Father of her two young children put to sleep, after the hitman tells her that he would pump two bullets in to her husband's head and that "he's gonna die." But even as she says, "It makes me sad," she has a slight smile on her face.
Her moment of compassion passes, though, once the fake killer tells her the murder cannot be halted "after today." And when Merfeld interrupts the hitman to ask "what happens if you get caught?" the hitman assures her he'll "take the hit" and not give her up as long as she pays him, to which she replies, "absolutely."
By day two, the logistics of the killing are all finalized: The hit would take place in Merfeld's home while she is busy at work, the murder would have been made to look like a robbery, and her husband would be shot down in the pantry.
Merfeld gives the hitman directions to her house, a layout of the residence, her husband's photo, and the down payment of $100. The plotting pair shake hands, wish each other good luck, and Merfeld exits the vehicle with a smile on her face.
Watch the crazy video of Merfeld plotting to kill her husband here:
All of the conversations between Merfeld and the 'hitman' took place in his vehicle and each discussion lasted about 11 minutes. The video was filmed over a two-day period, April 9th and 10th, as the pair were parked in front of a store.
Who snitched on Merfeld?
Allegedly Merfeld's co-worker, Carlos Ramos, told MLive she had first tried to hire him as a hitman, offering him the same $50,000 fee for the job. Ramos in turn alerted police who then set up a series of meetings, which led to Merfeld's eventual arrest.
Ironically, Merfeld's husband asked the sentencing judge to NOT give his wife any jail time.
But what was the motive for the hit?
According to the D.A.'s office, Merfeld, who has pleaded guilty, wanted to take out her 27-year-old hubby because of a big fat life insurance policy of $400,000 that she would benefit from upon his demise.
Merfeld's sentencing will take place on July 30.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 11:04
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