Thursday, February 14, 2019

City of Detroit looking for young adults to help plan the future


The City of Detroit is seeking people between the ages of 15-25 to participate in meetings with them about the city's future. Young adults in that age range who live in the Warrendale area are invited to apply. There is a stipend that will be paid to those who participate.

Those residents who are interested should contact Lindsay Barrett at (313) 207-3696 or email her at barrettl [at] detroitmi [dot] gov.

A flyer from the City of Detroit with more details is available below.



Dinosaur discovered with heart-shaped tail

dinosaur heart-shaped tail Valentine's Day
Dinosaur with a heart-shaped tail - Illustration from the National Science Foundation
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the National Science Foundation announced the discovery of a new dinosaur that had a heart-shape at the end of its tail.

This dinosaur, which scientists are calling the Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia, lived more than 100 million years ago during the Cretaceous period in Earth's history. A research team that was funded by the National Science Foundation found these creatures fossils in Africa, where it once roamed.

I know that I'm a nerd because the news of a newly discovered dinosaur with a heart-shaped tail being announced in time for Valentine's Day really does amuse me more than any such an announcement really should.

For those who are interested, the National Science Foundation has more news and photographs about their latest discovery over here.

With this news further spread, I would like to join all of the dinosaurs in wishing everyone in the Warrendale neighborhood and beyond the very happiest of Valentine's Day. I hope today brings everyone the best of everything.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

District meeting set for February 26


There will be a community-wide meeting for District 7, which includes the Warrendale neighborhood and the parts of Detroit that are near it. This meeting will happen from 6 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26 at the Adam Butzel Recreation Complex (10500 Lyndon).

Representatives from Mayor Mike Duggan's office will host this meeting. Their focus for the evening will be on navigating through the different levels of state, county, and city government.

Residents of the 7th District in Detroit are invited to this meeting. RSVPs are appreciated, though. Please reach out to Mona Ali, district manager for our area, by emailing AliM [at] detroitmi [dot] gov.

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Modern workshop - Photo from Death to Stock
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Monday, February 11, 2019

Detroit Police and Wayne County Sheriff to host hiring event

Police officer on patrol in Detroit - Photo by Frank Nemecek
The Detroit Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff will have a joint hiring event on Thursday, February 21 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Northwest Activities Center (18100 Meyers Rd). Recruiters from both agencies will be there accepting applications.

In order to be considered, applicants must:

  • Able to obtain a concealed pistol license;
  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Possess a valid Michigan drivers license;
  • Have 20/20 vision or vision that is corrected to 20/20;
  • High school diploma or GED;
  • No felony convictions; and
  • U.S. citizen.

In addition, applicants must be able to pass the MCOLES tests in order to be hired by the Detroit Police Department. Those applying to the Wayne County Sherrif's Department must be able to pass the MSCTC (Sheriff)

Please share this with anyone who might be interested in a career in law enforcement.

Things that make me laugh

Screenshot from my email this afternoon - Photo by Frank Nemecek

From the category of things that make me laugh, I got an email today from Amazon.com that recommended a certain book. The simple fact that they sent me such an email, in and of itself, is not big deal.

It's really what Amazon recommended that I should read next that made me laugh.

I mean, I have absolutely no idea why the folks at Amazon would think that I'd be interested in a science fiction novel called The Roswell Chronicles by some guy named Frank Nemecek.

No idea at all.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Detroit gets double the good news

A new day in Detroit | Photo by Frank Nemecek
Detroiters got two pieces of good news today. Both of which point to continued recovery for the Motor City.

First, Standard's & Poor's announced that they raised the City of Detroit's credit rating. The credit agency said in part “Detroit is demonstrating the ability to meet its budget demands, while also providing a strong reserve cushion against unexpected events or stagnating revenues,. They went on to add that Detroit “must continue investing in public infrastructure and economic development initiatives” to help stabilize its population and tax base.

I know simply from being in this neighborhood that things are getting better in Detroit on a slow but steady basis. Regardless, it's exciting to have an international agency like Standard's & Poor's confirm what I have been telling everyone for some time now.

More details about the improved credit rating for Detroit is available here.

The second piece of good news came from the Detroit Fire Department. They confirmed that 2018 saw the lowest number of structure fires in our city since the 1960s. This was a 42% drop in fires since 2014.

The Detroit News has more on this drop in structure fires on their website.

There are a lot of people who have put an enormous amount of work into making these two things happen. I thank each and every one of them and look forward to more great things for Detroit in the near future.