Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Recycling workshop comes to Warrendale

I previously posted about a recycling workshop that will happen at Don Bosco Hall this Friday from 1 - 2 p.m. Since many people cannot attend due to work obligations, a second one has been added for Monday, April 11 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Activities Building of Ss. Peter & Paul Church.

Eligible residents who attend either workshop will receive a free recycling bin. This will enable them to participate in the City of Detroit's curbside recycling program.

A flyer for this workshop is located above. Please share it with your neighbors.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Foreclosure prevent event coming to Ss. Peter and Paul Church

The City of Detroit is working with the United Community Housing Coalition to coordinate a series of tax foreclosure prevention events. The first will be in the Warrendale neighborhood on Tuesday, February 16 from 4 - 6 p.m. This event will happen at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (7685 Grandville Ave.).

The two Saturdays prior, on  February 6 and 13, volunteers will be doing a neighborhood walk in the areas to deliver the information on the event to specific residents whose homes are subject to foreclosure. Additional volunteers, though, are appreciated for these pre-event walks. They will meet both Saturdays at the Ss. Peter & Paul Parking lot at 11:00 a.m.

Anyone who is available to help is welcome to come out on either Saturday.

Recycling workshop coming February 12

The City of Detroit and Zero Waste Detroit will present a workshop on community recycling. This is a chance for Detroiters to learn about the new curbside recycling program in our area. The workshop will happen on Friday, February 12 from 1 - 2 p.m. in the upstairs gym at the Don Bosco Center (19321 W. Chicago).

There is normally a $25 fee to receive a recycling bin and thus be able to participate in curbside recycling. However, most people who attend this workshop will receive one for free.

In order to receive the free recycling bin, Detroit residents must attend this workshop and live in either a single-family home or a multi-family housing unit with no more than four units in it. Residents of larger apartment complexes are not eligible. Trash and recycling in such complexes is generally handled by a private contractor rather than the City of Detroit.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Friends of Rouge Park to meet February 16

Rouge Park - Photo by Frank Nemecek
The next general membership meeting of the non-profit group Friends of Rouge Park will be on Tuesday, February 16 at 6 p.m. The group will meet at the Don Bosco Hall (19321 W. Chicago), which is north of the Warrendale neighborhood.

Everyone who is interested in the future of the largest park in Detroit is invited to attend this meeting. Plans for the future of the park will be discussed as always.

The Friends of Rouge Park has minutes of previous meetings available on their website for the benefit of anyone who missed a meeting or two. Those minutes are available here.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Iron D by the Nordin Brothers

The Detroit Red Wings commissioned some friends of mine, the Nordin Brothers, to create a trophy for the Michigan State vs Michigan Hockey game to be played in Detroit. The trophy will be called the Iron D and will begin a tradition for the game hosted by the Red Wings in Detroit. They hope it will further build the rivalry between the teams.

This game is being named "The Dual in the D". Recently the Nordin's invited both Coaches, Red Berenson from U of M and Tom Anastos from Michigan State to help forge the Iron D, an 1 1/4" thick solid steel D that will be the focal point of the trophy. Both coaches were really excited about the trophy as well as having a hand in the creation process.

Current Detroit Red Wings and alumni of the universities, Justin Abdelkader, Luke Glendening, and Dylan Larkin also had a hand in forging the D. The trophy will be made of predominantly stainless steel with the Iron D at center, and will include a cup and elements of hockey, the city of Detroit, the new Red Wings Stadium, and both Universities.

This trophy will be unveiled and presented at the game at Joe Louis Arena on Friday, February 5.

The Warrendale (Detroit) Blog will return in earnest on Monday, February 1.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

My final visit to Gracie See Pizzeria

Last time at Gracie See from Frank Nemecek on Vimeo.

Gracie See Pizzeria has been an institution in the Warrendale neighborhood since they opened in 1969. For almost half a century have been what sociologists like Ray Oldenburg call "the third space" - places that are neither work nor home; places where neighbors can gather to catch up on each other's lives and share stories.

Places like this are part of what makes Detroit - or any other city - a truly livable community. For the past few years, it has been an honor to have Gracie See Pizzeria as a sponsor of this blog and a joy to host a monthly pizza party there.

It was with no small amount of sadness, therefore, that I walked into Gracie See Pizzeria for the final time before they closed. I will miss them. I will miss every single one of the people who made it a special place for decades.

While it doesn't diminish my sadness about losing Gracie's, I also remain thankful for Chick's Bar, Tijuana's Mexican Kitchen, Nick's and the dozens of other such places that remain in the Warrendale neighborhood.

The Warrendale (Detroit) Blog will return in earnest on Monday, February 1.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Detroit Public Schools in crisis

The Detroit Public Schools are in the news a lot these days with a multitude of problems. As we as a community debate what to do about them, I feel it's useful to have strong data to frame our discussions.

I'm thrilled that my friends at LOVELAND - some of the best data crunchers around - produced a report that answers the question: What happened to the Detroit Public Schools?

Their full report is available for free on-line by clicking here. Please take a moment to read it.

The Warrendale (Detroit) Blog will return in earnest on Monday, February 1.