Friday, March 09, 2018

Warrendale on SciTech Now

Back in October of last year, I reported that a crew from the show SciTech Now on PBS was coming to Warrendale. They did a report on how some of the vacant lots in our part of Detroit are being used bioretention gardens as well as the impact that these garden have.

Detroit Public Television interviewed Barb Matney of the Warrendale Community Organization and myself on behalf of the show. They also spoke to several other people in the area and included lots of footage from our neighborhood.

I'm thrilled that this episode of SciTech Now has aired on PBS. It is available to watch on Detroit Public Television's website or by clicking the embedded video above.

As cities around the nation continue to look for better ways to meet environmental challenges, I'm excited that Detroit is able to showcase one solution. I'm also grateful to Detroit Public Television and the rest of the PBS family for shining such a positive spotlight on the neighborhood.

I was only featured in this episode very briefly. However, SciTech Now also used several photos that I provided them that showed what my basement looked like after Detroit was hit with record rainfall in August of 2014.

That flood was a painful - and expensive - moment for everyone in Detroit. I'm glad that it seems to have served as an impetus for improvements to our water and sewage system. 

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Job fair this Saturday in Warrendale

Job opening - Photo by Frank Nemecek
The City of Detroit will have a job fair this coming Saturday, March 3 at the Edison Branch of the Detroit Public Library (18400 Joy Rd.). This event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The City is hiring seasonal workers to maintain our parks during the warmer months. They have two categories that they will hire for this Saturday.

The first job category this is open is Laborer A/Park Maintenance Helper, which pays a starting wage of $10.04 - $10.40 per hour. Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow oral directions as well as a valid drivers license, Michigan identification card, or an identification card issued by the City of Detroit.

The second job category is Vehicle Operator I, which pays a starting wage of $14.35 - $17.12 per hour. Applicants must have a valid commercial drivers license with an air brake endorsement as well as a valid medical examiner's certificate that certifies the applicant's physical fitness for driving.

In order to attend this job fair, all applicants must do the following:

  1. Apply online before the fair for the job that they wish to be considered for. Start here for vehicle operators and here for park maintenance helpers. For both jobs, click the green "apply" button in the upper right corner.
  2. RSVP ahead of time by visiting Eventbrite here and selecting "register."
  3. Come dressed for success. Interviews will happen on site.
Additional job openings within the City of Detroit are posted at

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Burton Leland passes away at the age of 69

Burton Leland
Burton Leland, who represented the Warrendale neighborhood in both the Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan Senate for 26 years, passed away this morning. He was 69 years of age at the time of his passing. In later years, Leland represented Wayne County's 6th district on the County Commission.

During his time in the Michigan Legislature, Burton Leland was a tireless advocate for consumer rights. In 1986, while serving the state house, he sponsored Michigan's Lemon Law that protected buyers from defective automobiles.

Burton Leland was also a relentless public servant for the Warrendale neighborhood. Whenever the Warrendale Community Organization needed something during his almost three decades of representing us, he was one of the few elected officials that residents could consistently count on.

Burton Leland's son Gabe Leland continues to represent the Warrendale and surrounding neighborhoods on the Detroit City Council.

Burton Leland was also proud of his Jewish faith. I attended a meeting of the Wayne County Commission a few years back when, at Leland's urging, a Jewish rabbi delivered the invocation. The invocation is normally held before the start of each meeting and his lead by a local religious leader. However, that was the first time in Wayne County's more than 200 year history that a rabbi was invited to perform this ceremonial role.

Details for Burton Leland's funeral are not currently available. When they become public, I will share them here.

On a personal note, I want to add that I write this post with a tremendous amount of sadness. I have spoken with Burton Leland on more occasions than I can remember over the past 30 years - going all the way back to my days as a high school student in a government class. I was always impressed with his intellect, his dedication, and a love for Michigan and its people that will continue to live on with every person that he ever met.

Update @ 10:48 p.m.
I have learned that the funeral for Burton Leland will be at 2 p.m. this Tuesday, February 27. The service will be at the Ira Kaufman Chapel (18325 W. Nine Mile in Southfield). More information is available here.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Campground to re-open in Rouge Park

Rouge Park on a foggy day - Photo by Frank Nemecek
Scout Hollow, a 17.4-acre campsite that is located inside Rouge Park, will re-open this spring, the City of Detroit announced this morning. This re-opening of the only campground within the city limits is the result of a new initiative called Outdoor Detroit, which is designed to encourage our youth to understand and appreciate the great outdoors.

Once re-opened, Scout Hollow will be able to accommodate up to 30 campers at a time at each of the three campsites. The project's goal is to host 250 campers in 2018 and to reach 1,000 campers per year by 2020.

The re-opening of Scout Hollow is made possible by grants of $200,000 from the Kresge Foundation and $20,000 from the Sierra Club. The City of Detroit's Department of Parks & Recreation, as well as the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, made a significant buy-in to this project.

Any youth group will be allowed to use Scout Hollow. However, priority will be given to groups from Detroit and the surrounding communities.

Warrendale celebrates National Margarita Day

National Margarita Day - Stock photo from Max Pixel
Today is National Margarita Day, a special moment to celebrate one of the most popular cocktails in the world. Millions of people enjoy this blend of tequila, triple sec, and lime every day. There's even a page on Facebook that is devoted in large part to numerous different variations on the margarita recipe.

To celebrate National Margarita Day, the Chili's Bar & Grille (5707 Southfield Rd.) at Ford Road and the Southfield Freeway has margarita specials today. Several other bars and restaurants in the area have good options for them as well.

My personal favorite, though, is the food and margaritas at Tijuana's Mexican Kitchen (18950 Ford Rd.) I cannot say enough good things about them.

For those who read this from outside of the Warrendale neighborhood, WDIV-TV has a list places across the Detroit area who have specials for National Margarita Day on their website. USA Today information about specials and other events across the country today over on their website.

National Margarita Day is one of those great unofficial holidays. It was founded by Todd McCalla to celebrate his personal love for this classic cocktail as well as the good times, special friends, and warm memories that the drink inspires. His idea has spread from there across social media.

I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy National Margarita Day. Please drink responsibly, though.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Community meeting this Wednesday

Outside a community meeting - Photo by Frank Nemecek

The City of Detroit will host a community meeting for District 7, which includes Warrendale and the surrounding neighborhoods. This meeting will happen this Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm in the Adams-Butzel Recreation Center (10500 Lyndon).

This meeting will focus on financial literacy and housing. There will also be a dinner, which is sponsored by City Councilwoman Janee L. Ayers.

Everyone who lives in Warrendale or the surrounding neighborhoods of Detroit is invited to attend. Attendees are asked to RSVP by sending an email to alim [at] detroitmi [dot] gov.

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