Monday, April 27, 2015

Remembering a baker

One of the owners of Chene Modern Bakery (17041 W. Warren Ave.), Vasko Maksimovski, passed away at the age of 60 following a heart attack. The family-owned bakery closed for approximately two weeks but re-opened on March 30.

The life of Vasko Maksimovski and his impact on the Warrendale neighborhood was by the Detroit Free Press here. I invite everyone to take a moment to read it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Interview with Detroit Public Television

Being interviewed - Photo by Frank Nemecek
The folks at Detroit Public Television are currently doing a special on life in Detroit's neighborhoods. At least a portion of this show will include the Warrendale neighborhood.

I had the pleasure to be interviewed by them as part of this program. We talked about the past, present, and future of the neighborhood; its challenges as well as its opportunities for greatness.

Detroit Public Television is continuing to shoot this special. I don't know when it will air. As soon as that information is available, I will share it with everyone.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Accident on Southfield service drive

Collision on the service drive - Photo by Frank Nemecek
There was a traffic accident on the southbound Southfield Freeway service drive at Paul St. A white van and a gray two-door car collided shortly after 4:30 this afternoon. Detroit Police and EMS are both on the scene.

While the cause of this collision is unknown at this point, both the service drive and Paul St. are currently closed to traffic. Alternate routes are strongly suggested.

Friends of Rouge Park meet tomorrow

Rouge Park - Photo by Frank Nemecek
The local non-profit advocacy group Friends of Rouge Park will have their next meeting tomorrow, April 21, from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Don Bosco Center (9356 Westwood St.), which is 1.5 miles north of Warrendale at W. Chicago in Detroit.

There will be three key items on the agenda for this meeting in Detroit tomorrow evening.

  • Report on the National Park Service progress on developing a new Nature Trail for Rouge Park;
  • Discussion of the Keen grant; and
  • Planning for Rouge Park Appreciation Day on May 30.
Anyone who has a passion for preserving, promoting, and protecting Rouge Park - the largest park in Detroit - is welcome to attend this meeting.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Police raid house on Rosemont

Officers from the Detroit Police Department raided a home at 6255 Rosemont Ave. in the Warrendale neighborhood at approximately 5 p.m. this evening. Four squad cars are on the scene.

While it's not clear what happened, Rosemont is closed down by the police near this home.

More updates as this story develops.

Update @ 6:14 p.m.
In one interesting development, an agent from U.S. Customs and Border Protection is also currently on the scene.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pizza party next week

Gracie See Pizzeria - Photo by Frank Nemecek
Please join current and former residents of the Warrendale neighborhood, as well as some good people who just like good pizza, for our monthly pizza party. It will be on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Gracie See Pizzeria (6889 Greenfield Rd.)

As always, the first pizza will be on me. After that, we simply order from the menu and split the check when it arrives. In addition, the staff at Gracie's will also have some great drink specials all night long.

Please take a moment to RSVP on either the Facebook or Google Plus pages from this blog.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Crime prevention tips

There are several things that ordinary residents can do to prevent crime in our neighborhood. Detroit Police Commissioner Ricardo Moore offers these suggestions on how to keep Detroit safe.

Make sure neighborhoods are clean
As someone who lives in Warrendale, I know how much of a pain in the butt to keep cleaning up all of trash that blows onto your lawn. The consequences of not doing it, though, are far worse.

Not only does it make things look bad, it also sends a message to would-be criminals that this is an area where they are free to operate.

Remove blight
City Councilman Gabe Leland has a lot of great tips for dealing with blight.

Illegal dumping should be reported to the Ombudsman by calling (313) 224-6000. Please provide them with the location of the dump site as well as any information you might have about the day and time trash was last dumped there. Also, if you have any information about who was doing this dumping, please share that as well.

More information about removing blight is available on the City of Detroit's website here.

Ensure vacant lots are clean and free of debris
This is simply an extension of keeping the neighborhood clean.

Street lights should be working
Most of the streetlights in Warrendale are currently working, since the City replaced them last year. However, if you find one that isn't in working order, please report it by calling (313) 324-8290.

Good lighting deters crime.

Lighting should be in alleys
In the Warrendale neighborhood, this mostly applies to commercial properties, such as those along W. Warren Avenue.

Again, good lighting deters crime.

Jason Bourne had situational awareness
Cell phone usage should be kept to a minimum in public places
This relates to monitoring one's surrounding, which I'll discuss in more detail below.

Monitor your surroundings
In the military, we called this "situational awareness." Whether you're dealing with Soviet troops from way back in the day who want to kill you or simply some guy who wants to steal your stuff, it's a lot harder to do if you are paying attention to your surroundings at all times.

My friends at the Art of Manliness have a few tips on maintaining this level of awareness available here. They talk about keeping things at Jason Bourne levels, but there is a lot of good advice in it.

Know your neighbors and learn their habits
There are so many reasons to get to know your neighbors. From a crime prevention standpoint, though, it makes it easier to watch out for one another.

Shrubbery should be trimmed
Tall shrubs provide a place for criminals to hide. This is especially true when the shrubs are close to the home. Denying criminals a place to hide makes it harder for them to prey upon us, which make it less likely that they'll do so.

My thanks go out to Commissioner Ricardo Moore for sharing this tips.