Category: Community Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
James Craig, Cincinnati's top cop is being eyed for the same position with the Detroit Police Department. It wouldn't be to much of a stretch for Craig to take the reigns in the Motor City as he is a native of Detroit and served on Detroit's police force, before a 28 year stint with Los Angeles Police Department. Following his tenure with LAPD Craig became police chief in Portland, Maine and has served as Cinicnatti's police chief since 2011.
Craig, 56, is one of two people being strongly considered for the job by Mayor Dave Bing and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. The identity of the other top candidate was not available.
“I haven’t gotten an official offer yet,” Craig said, adding that he hoped to hear from Detroit leaders this week. “I’m excited about the opportunity, and I’m going to have to be a little patient.”
The new chief will replace interim Police Chief Chester Logan, 65, who has said he will retire after helping with the transition. Logan was appointed by Bing to serve in the interim after former Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. retired in October amid a sex scandal.
Emerhency financial manager Kevin Orr will get the final say on who becomes police chief, but it is expected that Orr will work with Mayor Dave Bing in making the selection.
However, members of Cincinnati’s City Council are working diligently to retain Craig, praising him for work he has done. Cincinnati has about 300,000 people, with more than 1,000 officers. Detroit’s population is more than twice that of Cincinnati’s; there are fewer than 3,000 police officers in Detroit.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 06:54
Category: Community - Original Written by Princess Hayes
”You Drink. You Drive. We Fly” advocacy campaign targets role of alcohol in injury, disease and death
Beaumont One and PHI Air Medical, L.L.C. have launched a nationwide effort to educate local communities they serve about alcohol awareness during the month of April. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has designated the month to raise public awareness of alcohol-related injuries, diseases and deaths.
“The fact that one in 12 adults in our country either abuse or are dependent on alcohol is something that our company and crews do not take lightly,” explains Sean O’Neal, regional director for Beaumont One/PHI Air Medical, L.L.C. “Our focus with the ‘You Drink. You Drive. We Fly’ campaign is to arm the communities we serve, people of all ages and backgrounds, with the facts related to alcohol use. Through distribution of materials and educational resources, we hope to raise awareness and help to prevent the alcohol-related accidents our crews see first-hand, all too often.”
The campaign will include a variety of local events, social media messaging and community-wide grassroots efforts
Local fire and police, high school students and Beaumont One crew members will stage a mock car crash designed to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving during prom season on:
* Tuesday, May 7, 12:30 p.m. Hartland High School, 10635 Dunham Road, Hartland
* Wednesday, May 15, 1 p.m. Southfield High School, 24675 Lahser Road, Southfield (Rain date: May 16)
The facts on alcohol abuse and alcoholism are alarming:
* 79,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use
* Alcoholism is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation
* Up to 40 percent of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions related to alcohol consumption
* One in 12 adults either abuse alcohol or are alcohol-dependent
“Our crews are the ones at the scene providing critical care for these patients, so we believe we have a responsibility to provide support and education about the dangers of alcohol in the communities we serve,” continued O’Neal.
"Approximately one out of every three motor vehicle accidents is related to alcohol” says Patrick Pettengill, M.D., emergency medicine specialist and Beaumont One medical director “As an ER physician, I have seen the results of drinking and driving and it is not pleasant. I am happy to be working with PHI Air Medical to educate our community about the dangers of drinking and driving."
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About PHI Air Medical
PHI Air Medical, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of PHI Inc., the world leader in rotary flight for more than 50 years, and provides support for many of the nation’s leading health care organizations. PHI Air Medical pilots have recorded more than 10 million flight hours, in virtually every type of helicopter and terrain known. The Air Medical fleet consists of proven aircraft outfitted with medical interiors conducive to providing sustained emergent care for air medical transports and most PHI Air Medical programs operate at or above Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) standards. PHI Air Medical headquarters are located in Phoenix, Arizona.
About Beaumont’s Level I Trauma Center
Beaumont, Royal Oak is the only hospital in Oakland and Macomb counties, and one of nine in Michigan, that is a Level I trauma center, the highest designation for trauma care. In 2011, Beaumont cared for 1,406 trauma patients.
At Beaumont’s Level I trauma center:
* Surgeons are on-call 24/7 and in the hospital within 15 minutes of a critically injured patient’s arrival.
* Dedicated, full-time flight service- Beaumont One helicopter medical transportation service
* A helipad is available for patients who need to be airlifted.
* The doctors and nurses are all specially trained in trauma care.
* State-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment are available.
* The trauma team is ready when the patient arrives and cares for him throughout his hospital stay.
* Family support is available, including social workers and pastoral care.
* A trauma registry is kept to aid trauma research.
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Beaumont Hospitals, 3601 W 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073 United States
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 16:59
Category: Community - Original Written by Princess Hayes
The Oak Park School District proudly presents its 2013 Spring Open House and Community Resource Fair. This event will allow parents and students from Oak Park and surrounding communities to receive first-hand information regarding the exciting and innovative educational programs offered in the Oak Park School District including high school learning academies and dual enrollment programs, gender-based classes for middle school students and foreign language classes for elementary school children. Information regarding student enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year will also be available for parents wishing to enroll their child. Businesses and community service agencies will also be on hand to provide parents and community members with resources that are available. This family event will include food, fun, and exciting give-a-ways.
The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10:00am to 12:00noon at Oak Park High School located at 17301 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park, Michigan 48237.
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Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 16:25
Category: Community - Original Written by Princess Hayes
Southfield Councilwoman Sylvia Jordan and Family Victory Fellowship presents the BLOOM Conference 2013, an event for girls ages 12-18 and their mothers. The theme of the conference is “I’m A Reality Star”
Created in 2007, the Bloom conference was created to help girls blossom into womanhood. This year’s conference will present a robust agenda to instill leadership, confidence and a positive self-image to its participants. The goals for the day are to empower the participants to live a successful lifestyle, enlighten their minds, and equip them with ability to strive for success. In addition, the conference event will focus on improving the mother-daughter bond, a critical support necessary for girls as they transition into womanhood.
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Family Victory Fellowship, 19421 W. Ten Mile, Southfield, MI 48075
WHAT: Family Victory Fellowship presents an all day event with eight workshops and classes on a range of topics geared to provide teen girls’ with the practical tools to navigate life, accomplish their dreams and step into their future with the support of caring women and technology.
Teen Fashion: What Does Your Clothes Say About You
Social Media Etiquette: How To Behave When No One is Present But Everyone is Around
Managing Your Money So It Doesn’t Manage You
College Bound: Preparing Now for Your Future
Youth Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Own Business
Cooking & Sewing (a request by the young ladies!!!!)
Special Guests include: Bianca Golden- America’s Next Top Model- Cycle 9 finalist and the Southfield Police will present their – Safe Girls Workshop. The cost for the event is $20 per person early bird discount. After May 1, 2013 $25.00
WHO: Some 300 young women will participate in a day devoted to communication, relationships and personal empowerment.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 16:46
Category: Community Written by Steve Holsey
“The word ‘no’ really bothers me. The surest way to get me to do something is to tell me that I can’t do it. Tell me ‘no’ and you’ve got a fight on your hands. A rebellion. A challenge.”
Those words were written by Don Lemon who, as host of the prime time weekend edition of CNN, is one of television’s most familiar, most respected and most popular news anchors.
The words are also in keeping with Lemon’s outspoken nature and determination to keep it real in every situation.
“As a journalist, I’m a huge believer in transparency,” he continued. “I don’t like communication with a hidden agenda, and I don’t like people who conceal things to make themselves look better.
“Transparency in the process of obtaining information is crucial. Without it, ‘the news’ might as well be called ‘the spin’ or ‘the opinion.’ If a fact is concealed or missing, you get a very different picture of a person or an event than you might have with full disclosure.
“If you don’t present the viewers with as complete a picture as you can draw, you skew the results. You fail to give the people what they need in order to be able to draw their own conclusions.”
LEMON HAS also not been shy about leveling criticism at CNN whenever he has felt it was justified. Some would say that is biting the hand the feeds you, but Lemon views it as clear communication.
Born Donald Carlton Lemon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lemon joined CNN in September of 2006. He had majored in broadcast journalism at Brooklyn College, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Louisiana State University as well.
He secured a news assistant position at WNYW (TV 5 in New York) while he was still in college. Later, he was a weekend anchor at WCAU (TV 10 in Philadelphia), investigative reporter and anchor for KTVI (TV 2 in St. Louis) and anchor at WBRC (TV 6 in Birmingham, Alabama).
Lemon has much to say about a limiting force that he has labeled “the black box.”
“Again and again in my life, I’ve run up against those who have limited ideas about what and who Black Americans are, and sometimes expressions of those limitations have come from Black people themselves,” he said. “I call these beliefs ‘the black box.’”
He recalled, “As a high school student, I was on the receiving end of assumptions from Blacks and Whites about what it meant to be Black. Now, 30 years later, I’m still having those experiences.
“I’ve always had a sense of the limits of ‘the box’ and I have resisted going within its limits.”
Lemon recalls one of his college professors telling him bluntly —and meaning every word of it — that he would never make it in the field of journalism.
“The impact of my professor’s comments had a searing effect on me,” he said. “I had a moment of clarity. I realized that if I stayed in Louisiana, my professor’s words would probably come true. I realized that if I were going to make it, I’d have to create a new opportunity for myself somewhere else.
“PERHAPS MOST importantly, I realized how much I wanted to make it, for myself and for all of the other Black students who, day in and day out, were told in ways both subtle and overt, that they weren’t good enough.”
James Brown was often tagged “the hardest working man in show business,” and today, Beyoncé has been described as “the hardest working woman in show business.”
If Don Lemon is not “the hardest working man in TV journalism,” he is certainly one of the top contenders. His work ethic is strong, he loves a good challenge and no wall is too high for him to scale. In several instances he has been put in harm’s way, but he used any fear and anxiety as fuel.
Lemon is an expert on how TV stations and networks target their audiences. Little, if anything, is left to chance.
“Time and money are allocated toward certain information and certain audiences,” he said.
It’s about who advertisers want to reach.
“The next time you watch the evening news, pay close attention to the commercials,” he advises. “The commercials tell you exactly who the program is aimed at. The stories in the broadcast, other than the breaking news of the day, will be aimed at exactly the same people as the commercials.”
IN 2011, Don Lemon sparked a substantial amount of controversy by revealing to the public that he is gay, something he never hid from friends, family and co-workers,
He made this move in response to Tyler Clementi, a college student who took his own life, unable to deal with what he had to endure because of his sexual orientation.
“I believe that now is the time for all of us to acknowledge, once and for all, that God made some of us straight and some of us gay,” said Lemon with typical candor.
“I have absolutely no shame in being gay. It’s a fact, much like the fact that my skin is brown, that I was born in Louisiana or that my favorite color is blue. It’s part of who I am.”
And it has nothing to do with his work.
Back to that work ethic:
“I know it’s weird, but I often work on my vacations,” he said. “I work so much because I love it, and I love opportunities to try new things. I’m always looking for a new experience because with every experience comes a new perspective and a new story. This is what I thrive on.”
The Emmy Award-winning Lemon offers some good advice, no matter what one’s profession might be.
“Working hard pays off,” he said. “People notice who’s putting in the extra mile, who’s being innovative and who’s thinking beyond any kind of box.”
Editor’s note: Quotes used in this story are from Don Lemon’s autobiography, “Transparent” (Farrah Gray Publishing, 2011).
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 16:12
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