Category: Community Written by Cathy Nedd
Some City of Detroit offices will be closed on Monday, May 20 for budget-required furlough (BRF):
· Board of Ethics
· City Council
· Communications & Creative Services Division & Total Copy Center
· Detroit Building Authority
· Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority (GDRRA)
· Human Resources (with the exception of Payroll Division)
· Human Rights
· Mayor’s Office
· Purchasing Division (Finance Department)
· Recreation (Administration, Recreation Centers & Community Affairs)
However, these departments will be open on May 20:
· Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED)
· Department of Public Works
· Finance Department (Income Tax, Assessments, Property Tax & Treasury)
· Planning & Development Department
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 17:56
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Volunteers are invited to join hundreds of others cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods throughout the central and southwest sides of Detroit on Saturday, May 18, as Motor City Makeover moves into its last weekend.
Motor City Makeover is a bagged litter campaign that encourages volunteers to participate in a citywide cleanup by sector. The campaign is part of a larger City initiative called Keep Detroit Beautiful, which focuses on cleaning, beautification, recycling, adopting parks and vacant lots, and gardening.
Below are some of the many sites being cleaned on Saturday, May 18.
Henry Ford Hospital
Contact: Meagan Pitts-Dunn (313) 475-3993
Chauncey Samuel, Recreation Community Affairs Manager, (313) 207-8416
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park at W. Grand Boulevard & Rosa Parks
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact person: Phillis Judkins (313)815-1440
Location: Northeast Corner of Kenilworth & Brush/West corner of Josephine and Owens Streets
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Volunteers - 100
Contact Person: Mary Simpson (313) 492-4292
Location: 2146 Oakman Blvd., 3406 Ewald Circle at Fullerton St.
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Contact Person: Kyle Hocker (313) 215-6961
Location: Cass Park (located between Temple, Ledyard, 2nd & 3rd streets)
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mc Graw Resource Center
6900 Wagner (Vacant Lot)
Contact: Raquel de Whitt (248) 842-0302
Volunteers: 30 - 50
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Patton Recreation Center
Contact: Ninfa Cancel, Recreation Community Affairs Manager, (313) 283-8252
Karla Williamson, Patton Center Supervisor, (313) 600-3555
Location: 2301 Woodmere off Vernor Hwy. (Park cleanup, graffiti removal & painting bleachers)
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This Saturday is the last Motor City Makeover cleanup. There is still time for residents, business owners, houses of worship, block clubs, and schools to:
· Call (313) 224-3450 to register to join the cleanup effort or register online at www.MotorCityMakeover.org.
· Clean the area around their home, business, house of worship, or school on the Saturday designated
for their sector.
· Organize their neighborhoods or their employees for a group cleanup. Volunteers can select a nearby area or call (313) 224-3450 or their local Recreation Community Affairs office for a location.
· Beautify their area by planting flowers, plants, or trees, or by removing graffiti, etc.
Motor City Makeover is a bagged litter campaign. There will be No Curbside Pickup of litter. Bagged litter will only be collected from pre-established locations.
Volunteers who need limited supplies of gloves and bags are asked to contact their local Recreation Community Affairs office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
In addition, volunteers may take bagged litter to any of the five drop-off locations listed below, which will be open on Saturdays during Motor City Makeover.
Bulk Drop-Off Locations
Limit is 1,000 pounds.
Bulk Drop-Off Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• Davison Yard - 8221 West Davison
• Southfield Yard - 12255 Southfield Service Dr.
• 5840 Anthon between Cavalry and Campbell
• State Fair Yard - 19715 John R
* Only Motor City Makeover Saturdays (May 18)
* J. Fons Transfer Station - 6451 E. McNichols, Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 15:14
Category: Community Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
The Michigan Chronicle's Pancakes and Politics, Forum 3 made history Thursday morning at the Birmingham's Townsend Hotel, when it convened one of the most impressive panels of Michigan politicians at such a pivotal moment in Dertroit's history.
View the discussion in it's entirety here:
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 11:11
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins
The Pearls of Service Foundation, a non-profit affiliate of Pi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, is planning its Eighth Annual Pink and White AKATeen Scholarship Ball to be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 6:30pm-12:00am at the Shriner’s Silver Garden Events Center in Southfield, Michigan. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for scholarships and to be used as a platform for the AKATeens as “A Showcase of Excellence”.
These young women are students at high schools throughout the Metro Detroit area. They are required to participate in community service projects, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, possess high ethical and moral standards, be positive role models, encourage high achievement in high school and beyond and promote unity, friendships and community activism among high school students in the tri-county area.
The Pearls of Service Foundation and Pi Tau Omega Chapter are working together to serve the citizens of Southern Oakland County and the Metropolitan Detroit Area. Our mission is to promote education, health awareness, economics, and family stability in our communities.
“When you have seen young ladies that have joined the group from the 9th grade and you see their development until they graduate—it is really rewarding, “Terry Mann, President of the Pearls of Service Foundation. “They become young ladies and are ready to go off for their first year of college.”
Their goal is to distribute over $25,000 in scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors. These funds will be utilized at the college of their choice. Community support of the AKATeen Pink and White Ball is critical to helping us achieve our mission of encouraging deserving youth to continue their education. For tickets and information, please contact Ms. Venus Smith at 248-906-9150.
Follow Amber L. Bogins on Twitter @AmberLaShaii
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 13:12
Category: Community Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
by Chris Isidore
The Detroit city government is weeks away from running out of the cash it needs to operate, according to an initial report from the emergency manager overseeing its finances.
The report from Kevyn Orr, the bankruptcy attorney appointed by the state in March, lays out a bleak financial position for the city.
"The city has effectively exhausted its ability to borrow," he writes in the report, adding that the city "is clearly insolvent."
To avoid running out of cash before the end of its fiscal year on June 30, it must "defer payments on its current obligations," including more than $100 million in pension payments that are due.
"No one should underestimate the severity of the financial crisis," Orr said in a statement. "The path Detroit has followed for more than 40 years is unsustainable and only a complete restructuring of the city's finances and operations will allow Detroit to regain its footing."
He said this report was a baseline from which to develop that restructuring plan. It does not use the term "bankruptcy," but Orr hasn't ruled that out.
Detroit is struggling under at least $15 billion in debt, due to years of borrowing to pay its bills as tax revenues plummeted. The population of the city has fallen by nearly 30 percent since 2012, and there are currently over 100,000 vacant lots and buildings. Together, this has meant a drastic drop in revenue from both income and property taxes.
Detroit is struggling to come up with annual debt payments of about $246 million, which eat up almost 20 percent of the its general fund budget. Orr says the city needs relief from the money it owes, suggesting that investors holding its debt could end up taking haircuts.
But investors won't be the only ones hit by Orr's efforts to restructure the city's finances. He is considering changes in healthcare coverage for government employees and retirees, as well as in its pension plans. He's also looking at further changes in pay rates and staffing, on top of the layoffs and 10 pecent pay cut that have already been implemented.
The city's unemployment rate has fallen in recent years with a rebound in the auto industry, but at 18.3 percent it is still nearly triple where it stood at in 2000 and more than double the national rate.
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Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 12:39
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