Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Power outage in Warrendale

Screen grab from DTE Energy showing the areas without power
According to DTE Energy, 882 households in the Warrendale neighborhood are currently without power. These outages are happening in the area south of Whitlock and west of the Southfield Freeway in Detroit.

Crews are currently working to restore power. However, the utility does not have an estimate currently available as to when power will be restored throughout the neighborhood.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Southfield woman walks to save lives

When Patty Castelli of Southfield, Michigan became ill in 2013, she had a feeling something was seriously wrong. What she didn’t know was that the simple chest x-ray she insisted on would end up saving her life.

“I was lucky,” Patty says, “I was lucky that I chose to have that scan, and I was lucky that the dark spot on my lung showed up.” After more testing and a biopsy, it was confirmed that Patty had lung cancer. “Most of all I was lucky that we caught it early.” Shortly after the detection, Patty underwent robotic surgery to remove the tumor from her lower left lobe. “I am still doing fine four years later.”

But not everyone is as lucky as Patty. As the #1 cancer killer, lung cancer takes the lives of more women than any other cancer. Yet, according to the American Lung Association's 3rd annual Women's Lung Health Barometer — a survey of over 1,000 American adult women that measures their awareness, knowledge, and perceptions about lung cancer — 98 percent of women do not have lung cancer on their health radar. Awareness is critical because if lung cancer is caught before it spreads, like in Patty’s case, the likelihood of survival more than triples.

That’s why Patty has made it her mission to partner with the American Lung Association to help spread awareness and save lives.  In April, she was selected to represent the state of Michigan to meet with Congress in Washington, D.C. to personally advocate for lung cancer research. “This was one of the proudest moments of my life,” she remembers. “I was representing more than just myself and my own struggles. We are a force to be reckoned with, and we can make a difference!”

Patty will be continuing her mission this Sunday, October 1 at the LUNG FORCE Walk at the Detroit Zoo. The event features LUNG FORCE Heroes and their families, a LUNG FORCE Action Passport to interactive education areas, fun games and activities, and inspiring stories of hope. Funds raised support research, advocacy, and educational programs. Learn more and register at lungforce.org or call the American Lung Association at (248) 784-2000.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

WCO to meet on Monday


The next general membership meeting of the Warrendale Community Organization will be this coming Monday, October 2. The meeting will be in the Activities Building of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (7685 Grandville Ave.). It will start at 7 pm and is expected to last until 8 p.m.

This meeting will include a guest speaker from DTE Energy in Detroit.

Everyone in the Warrendale neighborhood is welcome to attend.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Keeping contaminants out of Detroit's recycling


To increase recycling rates, the City of Detroit created a single-stream recycling system a few years ago. They thought it would be easy. However, over the last five years, the value of recovered waste has plummeted while the effort to extract it has risen. One of the major challenges in single-stream recycling is contamination.

Contaminants - or those dirty, rotten scoundrels - are what happens when non-recyclable items are mixed with recyclables. Innocent papers smeared with food or grease, paper towels, paper plates, napkins, the dreaded Styrofoam - these are some of the reasons that tons of recyclables are rejected from Detroit's recycling system each year.

There’s a general rule of thumb we use to help those who are not sure if something is recyclable or not recyclable: When in Doubt, Throw it Out.

Contaminants pickup by season too. In the spring there will be garden hoses and plant containers. During the holidays, there will be broken Christmas lights and foil wrapping paper. So let’s take a look at the top three most common contaminants found in recycling today. Keep in mind that every community is different and some accept things curbside where others do not so check with your municipality for a current list of what can be recycled. For the most part, here are the top three things that material recovery facilities do not like:

Plastic Grocery Bags.  Number one thing facilities pull out during hand sorting. These bags can muck up the machinery and close it down. Grocery Bags can be taken back to your local grocer to be disposed of properly.

Speaking of plastic grocery bags: do not put recyclables in them and then into your cart. These would be automatically pulled and sent to a landfill. Workers should never open plastic bags to sort through recycling due to safety reasons.

Pizza Boxes. Some municipalities will allow these to be picked up curbside if you take the insert out and throw it away, but the truth of the matter is that a pizza box can ruin an entire batch of slurry. The delicious cheese that we love on our pizzas is greasy. That grease permeates the cardboard. Cardboard is mixed with water and squeeze-pressed to make new paper and that grease will cause holes in paper.

It’s really that simple. Oil and water do not mix and the facility will generally pull pizza boxes out during hand sorting.

Styrofoam. Expanded polystyrene, more commonly known as Styrofoam, is problematic to recycle. The problem is the weight. The exact reason that makes Styrofoam so attractive to be used in packaging is the same reason it is difficult to recycle.

Profits from recycling are calculated per pound. With material so lightweight, it takes more money to cover the cost of transportation, handling, and processing. To process it so that it is cost efficient requires costly equipment. While it can be recycled, it isn’t accepted curbside because it is not cost effective to do so. Your best bet is to avoid Styrofoam when possible.

Other contaminants include food, trash, hardcover books, light bulbs, electronics, cookware (ceramics, plates, cups), window/mirror glass and construction debris.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

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16 years ago

Sorrow - Photo courtesy of Max Pixel
16 years ago today, our world changed forever.

16 years ago today, at 7:59 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 took off from Logan International Airport in Boston on its way to Los Angeles. There were 81 passengers and 11 crew members aboard. Five highjackers were also aboard.

Within the hour, Flight 11 and three more commercial airliners would be highjacked. The deadliest terrorist attack in American history began 16 years ago at 7:59 a.m.

By the time that terrible day was over, 2,996 people had left this world before their time. More than 6,000 others were injured that day.

16 years ago today, our world changed forever.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Dramatic police chase on I-75


Officers from the Detroit Police Department were taken on a high-speed chase through the streets of Detroit today, one that ended in a dramatic fashion on I-75. Footage from a helicopter, which is embedded above, shows the man who was suspected of murder pull over on the highway.

Rather than surrender, though, he jumped over the median and ran across the freeway - dodging both on-coming traffic and police officers who were now chasing him on foot. As a minivan approached, the suspect jumped on top of it and was surrounded by police officers.

One officer jumped on top of the minivan and engaged the fleeing suspect. The officer threw this man off the van and onto the ground. It was at this point that his fellow officers were able to take their suspect into custody without further incident.

While this was an exceptionally dramatic chase and arrest, I have to say that I am proud of each and every officer who was involved in it. They got their man and did it without putting the general public in undo jeopardy.