Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Join volunteers cleaning up neighborhoods, May 4, 11 and 18
Mayor Dave Bing kicked off Motor City Makeover 2013 by encouraging Detroit residents and individuals from surrounding communities to join hundreds of volunteers cleaning neighborhoods throughout the city on the first three Saturdays in May. The mayor made the announcement at Crowell Recreation Center on Detroit’s northwest side.
Motor City Makeover is a bagged litter campaig that encourages volunteers to participate in a citywide cleanup by sector on May 4, 11 and 18. 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.
“It’s great to see people who believe in Detroit working together, cleaning yards and parks and making their neighborhoods more attractive places for all to enjoy,” said Mayor Bing.
Individuals and community groups must register with the City of Detroit Recreation Community Affairs office in order to receive a limited supply of bags and gloves, as well as information regarding special pickups of bagged litter and roll-off containers.
There will be no curbside pickup of bagged litter.
The east sector will be cleaned on Saturday, May 4. The west sector will be cleaned on Saturday, May 11, and the central and southwest sectors will be cleaned on Saturday, May 18.
Residents, business owners, houses of worship, block clubs and schools are encouraged 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 massive 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.
• Report abandoned vehicles (inoperable, without a valid license plate and on public property for at least 48 hours) by calling (313) 221-2571.
In addition, volunteers may take bagged litter to any of the five drop-off locations listed below, which will be open on the three Saturday cleanup dates.
Bulk Drop-Off Locations
Limit is one cubic yard or 1,000 pounds.
Bulk Drop-Off Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 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
• J. Fons Transfer Station, 6451 E. McNichols, Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The mayor also recognized Motor City Makeover sponsors for 2013, including Keep Detroit Beautiful, Waste Management, Glad, Nestle, Home Depot and Can You Picture This.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 14:31
Category: Community Written by Huffington Post
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 16:49
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins
The Southfield Human Services Department is partnering with the Pi Tau Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to provide free legal advice in celebration of Law Day on May 1st. The program, entitled “Ask the Lawyer” will involve volunteer lawyers answering legal questions in one-on-one consultations.
“With the rate of mortgage foreclosures and other financial difficulties facing Soutfield residents, providing free legal aid is a more pressing need than ever,” commented Southfield’s Human Services Director Susan Cuevas.
The “Ask the Lawyer” legal aid clinic will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Southfield Pavilion. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha will handle the on-site registration and intake to ensure that citizens are able to meet with a volunteer lawyer that can answer their specific legal question.
Founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women. Pi Tau Omega Chapter in Southfield, chartered in 1987, has over 175 members.
The City of Southfield’s Human Services Department provides a comprehensive range of programs and services designed to meet the specialized needs of Southfield residents, including emergency relief programs and other legal aid programs that provide free legal consultations.
Pre-registration is appreciated (but not required) at
. For more information, contact Southfield Human Services at (248) 796-4540
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 13:43
Category: Community - Original Written by Yvette Bing
The mayor and I are looking forward to the May 18 Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure at Comerica Park. Since Detroit’s first Race for the Cure in 1992, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has been the local presenting sponsor. Over the years, the event has raised more than $23 million for the fight against breast cancer with some remarkable results. Dave and I join fellow Honorary Co- Chairs Governor Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder (a breast cancer survivor), Senator Carl and Barbara Levin, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman John and Debbie Dingell, Congressman John Conyers, and Congressman Gary and Colleen Peters in lending both our names and our commitment to this fight. Breast cancer touches all of us in some way.
My friend and colleague, Sue Ray, who has been with Dave and me for 26 years, is a breast cancer survivor. My late twin sister, Yvonne, had breast cancer. I know many other women who are courageously fighting now and, sadly, too many who have lost their battle. Most of us know that all women are at risk for developing breast cancer, and that men can develop it too. We’ve certainly heard that early detection really does make a difference.
Every woman should learn about her family history with this disease, and understand what’s normal for her. Talk to your doctor about the importance of regular screening, including mammograms, in order to detect cancer at its earliest, most curable stages. What may not be as widely known, however, is that breast cancer can be a greater challenge and often a deadlier disease for African American women. While White women are diagnosed with breast cancer more often, African American women die more often from the disease. One of the reasons is that for African American women, their cancers are more likely to be found later, after they’ve begun to spread. Here in metro Detroit for example, African American women are 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed at stage 3 or 4, meaning the cancers have already begun to spread to other parts of the body. This also means their treatment is more difficult and more costly.
It’s always awful for someone to hear “You have breast cancer,” so much worse to learn it is not early-stage disease. There is no question that great progress is being made. Yet, even progress milestones include some level of disparities. For example, since 1975 the fiveyear relative survival rate has increased significantly for African American women, yet there remains a substantial gap between us and White women. Currently, the five-year relative survival rate is 77 percent for African Americans compared to 90-plus percent among white women. And fewer of us report that we are getting our mammograms than do other women. There is much to be optimistic about, however.
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) is widely available in the city of Detroit, providing free screening for women who are uninsured and under-insured. Money raised by the Komen Detroit Race funds grants that are providing an even tighter safety net, including six programs across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties that are working to provide access to early detection and quality care. Susan G. Komen has also funded cutting-edge breast cancer research. Several of their projects at Karmanos, Wayne State University and Henry Ford are delving more deeply into the scientific mechanisms behind racial disparities of breast cancer. Every one of us can do something to make a difference. We can talk with our families and share medical histories. We can talk with our doctors to learn our own personal risk.
We can transform that knowledge into personal care plans, with earlier or more frequent screenings if we are at greater risk. We can learn more about breast cancer and its impact on our community, then share what we know. We can be vigilant about our own health — getting more active, eating sensibly and reducing stress. It can be as simple as a morning walk shared with 40,000 others who believe as I do, that one day, we will see a world without breast cancer. I’ll be at Comerica Park with the mayor on Saturday, May 18. I hope you will join us.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 17:41
Category: Community Written by Huffington Post
The five original members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will descend on Detroit this summer, performing together for their 20 year anniversary reunion. But it won't be at a standard arena: the group will be performing '90s hits like "Ghetto Cowboy" at Oakaloosa, a brand-new, all-day music festival that happens to be held at an 1840s-era army fort on the Detroit River. Click Here For The Full Story.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 16:20
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