ARISE Detroit's 4th Annual Neighborhoods Day
Posted by Kapri Banks on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 5:00:00 PM EST
City Council President Charles Pugh was proud to join the many community leaders and groups for the announcement of ARISE Detroit's 4th Annual Neighborhoods Day.
Neighborhoods Day will be held Saturday, August 7, 2010, with more than 100 events spread across the city. Events will begin at dawn and conclude at the ARISE Detroit! Renewing the Village Celebration in Hart Plaza with the release of the new song, “The Great New Detroit Renaissance.”
Some events include:
-The Detroit Tiger Hometown Baseball Championships, featuring more than 600 boys and girls playing games at Jayne Field in Detroit
-Cultural Institute Tours of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of African-American History, Detroit Public Libraries and Detroit Science Center
-Construction of a new home by volunteers Habitat for Humanity
-Demolition of vacant homes by the Motor City Blight Busters with help from volunteers from the Detroit Media Partnership.
-Construction of a new playground for city children by the YMCA
-Identification and removal of invasive plants from the forest on Detroit’s historic
-Belle Isle Park by the friends of Belle Isle
-Library and education events
-Senior citizen events
To participate or for more information on Neighborhoods Day click here.
City Council Formal Session
Posted by Charles Pugh on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 3:00:00 PM EST
Attending a city council meeting is a great way to get involved in your local government! We encourage you to join us Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 10 a.m. for our City Council Formal Session.
Who: Detroit City Council
What: City Council Formal Session
When: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 10 a.m.
Where: Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward, Ste.1340
Detroit, MI 48226
To view the City Council Formal Agenda click here.
If you can't make it to Tuesday's council meeting you can watch it live by clicking here.
See you soon!
The Primary Election is Tuesday, Aug 3rd
Posted by Staff Writer on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 2:00:00 PM EST
Before you head to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 take a moment to visit publius.org. Publius.org is a non-partisan, non-profit organization designed to help voters find election information. On their web site you can check your voter registration, find your polling location, view the ballot, learn about the candidates and more.
Your vote counts!!! See you at the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 3rd!!!
Shoppers World Hosting Job Fair
Posted by Staff Writer on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 8:00:00 AM EST
Shoppers World is opening a new location in Eastland Center and they are HIRING!!!!
Shoppers World will host a job fair July 26-29 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The fair will be held in the auditorium on the lower level of Eastland Center. Applicants can apply in person. Be sure to bring your resume and be prepared for an on-site interview.
Family Fun Day at the Detroit Children's Museum
Posted by Kapri Banks on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 10:00:00 AM EST
The Detroit Children’s Museum is pleased to announce its first PNC Family Fun Day Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visitors to the museum can enjoy free admission and an array of special activities, including arts and crafts, storytelling, games and a special guest appearance by “Dan Dan the Choo Choo Man” from 12-3 p.m. (weather permitting).
The Children’s Museum, a partnership between Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Science Center, has long been one of Detroit’s cultural gems. Now part of the Detroit Science Center experience, the Children’s Museum features a collection of more than 100,000 artifacts, a “touch the stars” planetarium; a new pre-school area, and hands-on art and activity stations. The museum offers visitors a unique look at world cultures, art, history and science.
City Council President Charles Pugh’s DPS Proposal
Posted by Kapri Banks on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 10:00:00 PM EST
City Council President Charles Pugh has created a proposal for a new governing structure for DPS that includes the mayor, city council, a nine member school board and the community.
"We all realize that our current DPS governance structure is not working," said Pugh. "The plan that I am proposing maintains the people's right to vote, while allowing the mayor and city council to have input about the education of our children."
President Pugh is proposing the following DPS governance structure:
The School Board:
The Detroit Public School system would have a nine member hybrid board. The board would be comprised of elected and appointed members: four elected city-wide, three appointed by the mayor and two appointed by city council.
The board’s main function would be to approve school system contracts and oversee curriculum decisions by the superintendent. The board’s President would be elected by a majority of the board. All School board meetings would be public and will abide by the Open Meetings Act requirements.
A superintendent candidate would be nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the Detroit City Council. A city council confirmation of the candidate would require at least five votes.
The Nine-Member Superintendent Selection Committee:
The mayor would be REQUIRED to work with a nine member superintendent selection committee comprised of educators, parents and students. This committee would be appointed: three by the mayor, three by the city council and three by the school board.
The responsibilities of the selection committee would include: assisting the mayor in setting priorities for choosing a superintendent; helping to narrow the field of candidates the mayor will choose from; setting the agenda and itinerary for the community tour of the superintendent candidate during the confirmation process.
The City Council Confirmation Process:
During the city council confirmation process the superintendent candidate would be REQUIRED to not only participate in a community tour but also a media tour. The superintendent candidate would interview with television and radio stations, as well as print publications and newspaper editorial boards. This will help the community to fully vet the candidate.
The city council confirmation would happen during a public hearing that would include a presentation from the candidate followed by rounds of questions from all nine council members. This hearing would also include a public comment section where members of the public would be allowed to ask questions of the candidate who would be required to answer them.
The confirmation hearing would be held on Thursday evening. Friday through Sunday, the candidate would be required to meet with community stakeholders, who will be chosen by the superintendent selection committee. The stakeholders will consist of parents, business leaders, clergy, student groups, teachers and principals. During the weekend, the candidate would also be required to participate in a town hall meeting hosted by the Detroit Parent Network, the DPS Local School Community Organization (LSCO) and Parent-Teacher Community Organization (PTCO). On Monday, the city council would reconvene to discuss anything overlooked, left out or discovered during the weekend. The city council confirmation vote would happen Tuesday during the Detroit City Council Formal Session.
Homeless Veterans' Apartments
Posted by Staff on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 11:00:00 PM EST
(FREE PRESS) An apartment building constructed to house homeless veterans and to provide a variety of social services for them will have its official opening ceremony Thursday.
Piquette Square, which has 150 one-bedroom apartments, 11,000-square feet of a common area and commercial space in a four-story brick complex, opened in June at 285 Piquette in Detroit’s New Center area. It’s being billed as one of the largest projects of its kind in the country.
The ceremony will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and will feature speakers Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, and Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.
A key component of the $23-million project – which provides long-term housing – is the support services offered including mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, job training, computer labs and educational programs. According to homeless advocates, there are estimated to be more than 4,000 homeless veterans in metro Detroit.
The project is being managed by Detroit-based Southwest Solutions, the developer. For application information, contact Patricia Harris at 313 841.3727, ext. 381.
28th Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day
Posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 7:00:00 AM EST
More than 30,000 kids are expected to attend the 28th Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day on Belle Isle. Metro Detroit Youth Day is the largest youth event in Michigan. The event offers kids a day of athletic activities, sports clinics, games, contests, entertainment and motivational speakers. The event also awards scholarships to dozens of area kids. This year's event is set for July 14 from 8:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m.
For more info click here.
Wayne County Services Expo
Posted by Staff Writer on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 1:00:00 PM EST
Please join Judge Greg Mathis, Sheriff Benny Napoleon, and Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano for the Wayne County Services Expo on Saturday, July 17, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The expo will be held on Belle Isle across from the Belle Isle Casino.
Get valuable information about free Wayne County programs and services including:
Health and dental screenings
Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program
Business Certification program
Job training programs
There will also be free face painting, activities, games, food, gifts, prizes and concert tickets.
Posted by Staff Writer on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 12:30:00 PM EST
Olan Mills located inside of Meijer is hiring full and part-time employees. Apply in person at 13000 Middelbelt Rd, Livonia, MI 48150. For more information call 734-266-2415.