Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:55
Category: Community Written by Minehaha Forman
It was a scene that’s not often seen at a nightclub: people sitting silently captivated by the message ringing from giant flat screen TVs. But it wasn’t the Tigers game that had people so focused at Club Hanger in Detroit Tuesday night, it was the second presidential debate.
The event, hosted by Highland Park NAACP President Pastor David Bullock, drew more than 80 people including a number of elected officials and Detroit business leaders.
Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit) attended the watch party and said he was pleased with the President’s performance. “That’s our president and he’s back,” Johnson said. “He’s energized, this is a good debate format for him. He’s standing up and delivering on the facts.”
Johnson added, “Many people said Romney won the first debate but I’d take the president’s substance any day over
Gov. Romney’s style points that don’t politically advance our cause.”
Others agreed that the town-hall style debate forum was a better fit for both candidates.
Detroit City Councilman Andre Spivey said both candidates came off very confident.
“I like this type of debate forum better,” Spivey said. “The president did much better than the first debate. His message was, ‘I am the president. I am here for the people. Spivey said Romney seemed confident and poised, but ultimately Obama was stronger. “I feel more confident now that he will succeed on Election Day.”
Bullock agreed. “I think the town hall forum played to Obama’s strengths as a public speaker,” he said. “Romney is also a great public speaker and I admire the quality of his voice but ironically you can sound good and not have sound substance. He falls flat when it comes to the facts. The president seemed comfortable, with facts in place and was assertive and intelligent.”
Business owner and former Detroit mayoral candidate Jerroll Sanders said she was disappointed with Romney’s response. “Romney did as he always does and avoided answers. The moderator had to ask him to answer questions,” she said. “The president came across very strong he was able to articulate his points.”
Another Detroit business owner, Charles Roper, said Obama was very aggressive and Romney took the hit. “The bully from the first debate got bullied tonight,” Roper said. “Gov. Romney sounded like a used car salesman saying the same thing over and over without giving any facts,” He said. “Tonight showed that Barack Obama is clearly intellectually superior to Romney.”
Aside from debate style, There were some remarks from Romney that raised the eyebrow of certain audience members.
When Romney pledged that he would label China as a currency manipulator on his first day in office and he accused China of computer hacking and stealing U.S. companies’ designs, and technology, one community activist, Denise Thomas, was shocked. “I’m amazed that he’s going after China in this debate. Does he want to start another cold war?” Thomas said.
Overall Thomas said she preferred the Obama’s performance. “The president was very assertive and clear. If Obama had come out like that in the fist debate this race would be over.”
There were other moments that drew surprise from debate watchers. One came when Romney responded to a question on immigration and admitted to being too preoccupied licking his wounds from his 2008 presidential defeat to influence immigration policy.
Ken Harris, President and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, was surprised. “I can’t believe he said he got his butt kicked by John McCain … ‘licking my wounds’ you just don’t say that during a debate,” Harris said.
Harris said the contrast between Obama’s performance in the first debate was obvious.
“In the first debate he was more professorial,” Harris said. “Tonight he’s positioning his policies to be more user friendly. He’s more pointed to counter his opponent to make a clear choice between him ad Romney.”
The debate watch event, titled “Fight Night” was a success according to Bullock.
“I feel great,” he said as the event wrapped up Monday night. “We were up against the Tigers and limited parking but it’s been a great turnout and a great event encouraging folks to get involved and informed about the candidates.”
Bullock said he plans to host another watch party for the final presidential debate on October 22.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:35
Category: Community Written by WWJ
DETROIT — Some of the most popular players in the recent history of the Detroit Red Wings will be giving local hockey enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the ice.
The formidable foursome of Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper and Joe Kocur has reunited to present the ‘Grind Line 4-on-4 Fantasy Challenge’ at Joe Louis Arena.
Beginning Wednesday and lasting until availability is exhausted, teams comprised of nine skaters and one goaltender can purchase a special package providing participants with the chance to take on a squad featuring all four Grind Line members as well as several special guests from the Red Wings Alumni Association. All players competing must be at least 21 years of age.
In addition to enjoying one full hour — two 30-minute periods — of ice time at The Joe and getting to compete against former professional players who have a minimum of 14 Stanley Cup rings between them, fans who purchase a Grind Line Fantasy Challenge package will receive a professionally-produced DVD copy of their experience.
Challenge participants will also prepare for their game in an NHL locker room, wear an official Red Wings practice jersey and enjoy post-game refreshments with their opponents. All competitors will also receive a commemorative 8×10 team photograph, taken pre-game at center ice alongside the Hockeytown heroes they’ll be battling in four-on-four action.
A total of six matches will be held at JLA on the dates below (game times TBD): Wednesday, October 17; Tuesday, October 23; Tuesday, October 30; Monday, November 5; Wednesday, November 14; Monday, November 26. NOTE: Additional dates/times may be added.
For more detailed information and pricing click HERE.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:42
Category: Community Written by WWJ
DETROIT – Nothing says fall in metro Detroit like mom’s apple pie, Detroit Lions football, and the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade down Woodward Avenue.
The 2012 event got a little closer to reality when The Parade Company announced its grand marshals — Congressman John D. Dingell and Debbie Dingell. Beginning at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, November 22, they’ll lead the 86-year tradition, one of the country’s largest and longest-running parades.
“We look forward to welcoming Congressman Dingell and Debbie Dingell as America’s Thanksgiving Parade Grand Marshals as we celebrate 86 years of parade history,” said Tony Michaels, president & CEO of The Parade Company. “The Dingells work tirelessly to advance our community and are role models to us all. It is a privilege to be able to honor them on Thanksgiving morning.”
Dingell has a long and storied history in Congress, passing on a family tradition. His father was one of the original authors of the Social Security Act and Medicare. Dingell is now the Dean of the House and was recently voted the wisest man in Congress by Republican and Democrats alike.
“His legendary oversight to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse earned him the title ‘America’s Watchdog,’” The Parade Company said in a press release. “Like his father, he has adopted the enduring cause of quality health care and authored the Patient’s Bill of Rights, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Mammography Quality Standards Act, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and the Prescription Drug User Fee Act – all leading up to the Affordable Care Act into law – an act he authored and President Obama signed into law.”
His wife Debbie Dingell, currently president of D2 Strategies and Chair of the Manufacturing Initiative of the American Automotive Policy Council, is a longtime champion of Democratic initiatives. She currently chairs several boards, initiatives and committees and sits on numerous cultural, health, social services and civic boards in both Michigan and Washington, D.C., including The Parade Company, where she has been chairperson and is currently an executive board member.
“The traditions and memories The Parade Company creates with family events such as the beloved America’s Thanksgiving Parade are integral components of bringing this community together,” said Debbie Dingell. “The Parade Company has always held and will continue to hold a special legacy in our hearts and does a wonderful job of shining a grand spotlight on Detroit each year.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 09:50
Category: Community Written by Huffington Post
Deciding whether or not to save a classic Victorian mansion in Brush Park is pretty easy for Michael VanOverbeke.
The attorney established his practice (VanOverbeke, Michaud & Timmony) in a restored Brush Park mansion at 79 Alfred St. and played a key role in the redevelopment of 48 Edmund Place into a Victorian-house-turned-apartment-building. So finishing the redevelopment of 104 Edmund Place after it fell victim to the housing market collapse was a no-brainer.
"I was concerned about it falling by the wayside," VanOverbeke says. "I wanted to save it and complete it."
The original redevelopment of the huge Victorian mansion and accompanying carriage houses called for turning them into for-sale condos. VanOverbeke and his partners changed course, creating high-end apartments and rebranding the development The Edmund.
"We decided in this market it's better to go rentals," VanOverbeke says.
The Edmund now consists of nine apartments. The main building, which dates back to the 1870s, measures in at 11,000 square feet. It has six apartments, including the three-bedroom, 2.5-bath penthouse. The two carriage houses (both new construction) consist of three apartments between them. Prices range from $1,000 per month for a one-bedroom to $2,250 per month for the penthouse.
The Edmund is currently taking reservations for its rentals and expects to begin moving in the first residents by late November. For information, call 313-623-2461.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 15:59
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