Monday, June 20, 2016

Friends of Rouge Park to meet tomorrow evening

The Detroit-based nonprofit community group Friends of Rouge Park will have their next general membership meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 21 from 6-7 p.m. The group will meet in the Don Bosco Center (9356 Westwood St.), which is a half mile north of the Warrendale neighborhood.

This meeting will feature a presentation of the Detroit Recreation Department's Park Improvement Plan by Juliana Fulton.

Upcoming events in Rouge Park include:

  • June 18 - Revive Detroit Get out the Vote;
  • July 23 - Stay Fit for Health Run/Walk;
  • August 7 - Butterfly Walk; and
  • September 9 - Stone Bridge Nature Trail Grand Opening.
Everyone interested in the future of the largest park in Detroit is welcome to attend this meeting.

Guest column: Summer safety tips

Please share with family and friends the following summer safety tips:

  1. Drink water;
  2. Visit elderly people who live alone;
  3. While vacationing, have mail and newspaper deliveries stopped;
  4. Ladies: have a used pair of men's work boots on your porch;
  5. Call your local police department and have your home placed on special attention
  6. Place an alarm company sign in the front yard;
  7. Surveillance cameras are helpful on the home;
  8. Cut shrubs, trees, and grass on a regular basis;
  9. Introduce yourself to neighbors and tell them what you want them to know (i.e. my nephew is a police commissioner);
  10. Have your lighting/sprinkler system on a timer;
  11. Fireworks are dangerous, be careful;
  12. Basketball hoops and illegally opened fire hydrants should be reported immediately;
  13. Squatting is illegal, call the police;
  14. Don't get directly involved in police matters...be a good witness instead;
  15. When throwing away boxes from expensive purchases, reduce boxes to fit in trash cans;
  16. Get a shredder for old paperwork to reduce the chance of identity theft;
  17. Change up your travel pattern, times of departure and arrival times;
  18. Stop telling people all of your business;
  19. Don't volunteer information over the telephone; and
  20. Don't leave items you care about to be kept in open view for all to see

IMPORTANT: This is going to be a hot summer.....please look after each other!!!!

This guest column was submitted by Commissioner Ricardo Moore, who represents the Warrendale and surrounding neighborhoods on the Detroit Police Commission.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Triple murder on the west side of Detroit

Police officers respond to shooting - Photo by Frank Nemecek
There was a shooting this morning at 6523 Brace St. that resulted in three people being killed. The location is a known drug house, according to published news reports.

Police officers stress that they are very early into their investigation. However, it appears that an unknown individual or individuals entered the home at approximately 5:30 this morning through a basement window in the backyard of the home. The shooter then executed two individuals who were asleep before fatally shooting a third man who was standing outside in the driveway.

After word spread through the neighborhood of this shooting, a crowd of more than 100 people began to congregate outside of this home. The Detroit Police Department, with assistance from the Michigan State Police, managed to maintain order. People were allowed to watch from a distance, but had to had to stay behind a taped-off area to preserve evidence.

This investigation is still on-going. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Detroit Police Department.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Detroit City Council to host district meeting tonight

Detroit residents in District 7, which includes the Warrendale neighborhood, as well as neighboring communities may share their concerns and discuss any community-related issues at the City Council community meeting this evening, May 17.  The meeting will be  from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Evangel Ministries (13660 Stansbury Ave., near Grand River Ave.).

Citizens and community organizations have the opportunity to identify specific concerns, addresses of problem locations, or other community-related issues and may request discussions or public hearings on issues related to their neighborhoods. Requests for discussions before or presentations to the City Council should be made to the Legislative Policy Division staff at (313) 224-4946.

Representatives of City departments also will be present to note complaints and explain departmental plans and policies.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Minority Business Development Agency invests $1.5 million in Detroit

The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency today announced that the Michigan Minority Purchasing Council will receive a grant to operate an MBDA Business Center in Detroit.

This federal funding will be distributed annually during a five-year period with a start date of April 1, 2016.  The agency intends to release $301,225 per year for each of the next fives for the center in Detroit.

This grant program is designed to help minority-owned firms across the nation create jobs, develop their business, and compete in the global economy.  A key component of MBDA’s Business Center Network is providing minority firms with access to technical expertise and resources to grow their businesses.    

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners, minority-owned firms in the United States increased from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8 million in 2012, and employed 7.2 million people in 2012. In Michigan, there are currently 158,946 minority-owned firms, that contribute more than $23.6 million annually in economic output.  These firms employ more than 147,000 local residents.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The need for change within the Detroit Police Department

Mayor Mike Duggan and Chief James Craig have made a lot of progress bringing improvements to the Detroit Police Department. There are, however, moments that show just how much work needs to still be done.

One particular resident of the Warrendale neighborhood, who lives on Tireman Street near Rouge Park, discovered that two men were burglarizing her home on the morning of Wednesday, January 27. She called 9-1-1 to report this a total of three times, with her final call being logged at 9:47 a.m.

At 9:49 a.m., records from the Detroit Police Department show that her complaint was routed to police dispatching. The problem is that there weren't any police officers available to respond to her call.

And so her plea for help sat in their system.

Three Detroit Police vehicles drove past her home and this resident tried to flag each of them down to let them know that these intruders were still in her home stealing her belongings. Unfortunately, none of them stopped.

Each of those police cars were already en route to another call where someone else desperately needed them.

It wasn't until 12:06 p.m. - almost two and a half hours after her last call to 9-1-1 - that police officers with Scout 6-2 finally arrived at the scene. By that time, the perpetrators had already fled the scene. The burglary on Tireman Street has become another in a long series of unsolved felonies in Detroit.

Mayor Mike Duggan and Chief James Craig have made a lot of progress bringing improvements to the Detroit Police Department. Moments like this, however, show just how much work still needs to be done.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Attempted robbery at Chase Bank in Detroit

Chase Bank - Photo by Frank Nemecek
There was an attempted robbery at the Chase Bank (17733 W. Warren Ave.) located at the southeast corner of W. Warren Avenue and the Southfield Freeway. This incident happened at approximately 1:15 p.m.

Luckily for everyone who was in the bank at the time - except of course the robber - there was an off-duty Wayne County Sherrif deputy in the branch when this happened. Wally Beydoun of the Wayne County Sherrif's Department managed to stop the crime without incident.

The Arab American News has complete coverage of this attempted robbery on their website here.

I commend Beydoun for remaining calm during a difficult situation and thinking so quickly.