Category: Community Written by by Roz Edward
Roy S. Roberts, who was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in May 2011 to serve as Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager under the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act announced his retirement to school officials and union members this morning. The state-appointee said he will retire in the next two weeks from his job at the helm of the state’s largest school district.
Roberts, 74, said his contract expires May 16. and due to financial and academic progress in the etroit Public Schools system coupled with the announcement earlier this month of the five-year strategic plan developed with input from 600 participants, put the district on a path toward self-governance.
Roberts expects the financial emergency will be over in the next three years.
Stay tuned to MichiganChronicle.com for further updates as they develop.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 00:16
Category: Community - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
On May 9 and 10, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall for the first time in 17 years with the General Motors Foundation, Cadillac and the William Davidson Foundation proudly supporting its return to this legendary stage.
The DSO’s recent history has been filled with transformation. A decade ago, the facility we now know as the Max M. Fisher Music Center opened, allowing for the expansion of the DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles and cultivating an atmosphere for enjoying music that is both sophisticated and welcoming.
In 2008, Maestro Leonard Slatkin signed on as the DSO’s Music Director, leading the orchestra through a tenure filled with numerous recordings and the launch of a cutting-edge community programming initiative. The Orchestra did face some economic challenges; however, with those days in the past it proudly welcomed 11 talented new musicians in the last year alone.
During the past decade, Detroit has also seen its fair share of change. Today, the city’s energy is again attracting young professionals and entrepreneurial spirits desiring to build both businesses and lives within its borders. As a result, there is a new energy surrounding the city’s vibrant artistic offerings, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
The GM Foundation, having donated nearly $21.5 million to the city’s nonprofits and cultural institutions in the last year alone, is a proud supporter of the DSO. The orchestra’s return to Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring for Music festival will showcase the best of Detroit to audiences from around the world. The journey will kick off with a free May 7 sendoff concert at Orchestra Hall.
For the concert, Maestro Slatkin has in store for audiences a concert never before attempted - a consecutive performance of all four Charles Ives symphonies. Oregon-based rocker Storm Large will join the second program as the soprano lead in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins.
When the DSO takes the stage at Carnegie Hall, with 1,000 Detroiters in the audience waving their rally flags, it will be in celebration of the orchestra’s return to one of our nation’s most famous stages and also of the resilient Detroit spirit that makes us proud to call this city our home.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 16:15
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 Roz Edward, National Content Director
DETROIT, MI – A young woman who was fired from a Michigan Boy Scout camp for being a lesbian has launched a new petition on Change.org urging her local Boy Scout council to vote to end the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) ban on gay youth and adult leaders at its National Council meeting this May.
Lauren Jasenak, a 19-year-old outdoor enthusiast and seasoned Boy Scout camp employee from Brighton, Michigan, was fired from the D-bar-A Boy Scout Ranch last summer, the day after the BSA reaffirmed its policy banning gay youth and adult leaders. Jasenak says she was called into the camp director's office and forced to sign a letter stating she was a lesbian. She was then forced to leave immediately, despite not having a car and being two hours away from home.
"As a 19-year-old, I am still in disbelief that the Boy Scouts discriminated against me. I didn't even realize you could be kicked out of the Boy Scouts for being gay," writes Jasenak on her petition on Change.org. "I felt alone and scared, but most importantly, I had no idea how my rabbit, Thumper, and I were going to get home."
After the Boy Scouts recently announced that they would be reconsidering their anti-gay policy, Jasenak started a Change.org petition urging the Boy Scout council running the camp to vote to end discrimination in Scouting.
"This policy goes against the Scouting values of honesty, kindness, respect, and courage. I know many other Scouts, and even other Scout leaders who identify as gay, and I'm outraged that they must hide who they are to stay in Scouting under this policy," added Jasenak. "No one deserves to be treated like I was."
On her petition, Jasenak says she was raised in a Scouting family and has been involved with the Scouts for most of her life. When she turned 14, she joined the Boy Scouts Venturing program, which welcomes women and men, because she particularly enjoyed high-adventure activities. Shortly after, she started working for Boy Scout camps in Michigan, and up until last July, had loved every minute of it.
New signatures on Lauren Jasenak's petition are sent via email to D-bar-A Boy Scout Ranch director Bill Licht and Great Lakes Council Scout Executive Richard Fisher. Licht and Fisher have yet to respond to Jasenak's firing or her petition on Change.org, which has been signed by more than 3,700 people.
"Lauren isn't the first Boy Scout camp employee to launch a petition on Change.org after being ousted from the Boy Scouts, but she's certainly hoping to be the last," said Mark Anthony Dingbaum, senior campaign manager at Change.org. "By reading the comments on Lauren's petition, it's clear that she has Scouts, Scout leaders, and fellow camp employees backing her up. But will her local Boy Scout council support her, too?"
One hundred petitions, acquiring more than 1.7 million signatures, have been launched by Scouts, Scout leaders, and Scouting families on Change.org, urging local Boy Scout councils across the country to help end the ban on gay youth and parents. Many of these petition campaigns have been supported by Scouts for Equality and GLAAD, two of the leading organizations working to end Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 15:19
Category: Community Written by Huffington Post
Walter Robb, co-CEO of upscale grocer Whole Foods, says he's opening the chain's first store in Detroit for reasons other than just making money -- specifically, to take down elitism and racism.
Robb was one of five CEOs and chairmen who appeared Monday on a panel called "Value and Values: Building a High-Performance Company" at the Milken...
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 16:49
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