Thursday, May 31, 2007

Reward Increased for the Tiger Stadium Marker

Baseball lovers and purists in Detroit still look for a lost treasure – the historical marker for Detroit Tiger Stadium, which was stolen one year ago this Memorial Day weekend.

The only lead police have is that a Detroit police officer saw two white males, in broad daylight, with a white pick up style utility truck and a yellow top light backed up to the marker. He said they looked like they were doing their job so he didn’t challenge them. Only later did he learn that the marker was stolen.

The State of Michigan Historical Marker for Detroit Tiger Stadium, which was bolted to the Trumbull side of Tiger Stadium was stolen over the Memorial Day weekend 2006, between Friday night and Tuesday morning.

The green cast aluminum marker measures ¾” x 42” x 54” and weighs 200 pounds. The Marker has gold lettering relating the history of Tiger Stadium beginning with ”Baseball has been played on this site since before 1900 and it has been the home of the Detroit Tigers from their start as a charter member of the American League in 1901….and ends with this statement, “The site of many championships sporting events, the evolution of this stadium is a tribute to Detroit’s support of professional athletics.”

Peter C. Riley, president of Michigan & Trumbull LLC, a group dedicated to preserving historic Tiger Stadium and Executive Producer of the new Tiger Stadium documentary Stranded at the Corner, reported the theft to Detroit Police. Riley said he was devastated that this historical marker was stolen but not surprised.

He said Mike Ilitch, owner of the Little Caesars Pizza and the Detroit Tigers and defacto custodian of Tiger Stadium and the City of Detroit since 1999, when the stadium closed, has failed to properly secure and maintain the historic Stadium. Mr. Riley argues that Mr. Ilitch has created an atmosphere, in which, a person or persons would think that since the stadium has been in a state of ‘demolition by neglect’ since 1999, it would be alright to remove the marker as a souvenir or scrap.

Laura Ashlee, of the State Historic Preservation Office, stated that the State has given no one permission to remove the marker and that the State of Michigan takes the theft seriously and that there are serious penalties for those found to have stolen, be in possession, to have damaged, or trying to sell the Tiger Stadium Historical Marker. Ashlee says the theft is a high misdemeanor crime, punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. Businesses or collectors who accept the Marker could face jail time and a fine of up to $10,000.

Anyone with information about the Marker or the 40 other markers missing from around Michigan should contact Laura Ashlee (517–335–2725 from SHPO), any state or local police agency immediately.

Michigan & Trumbull LLC and Peter C. Riley, this weekend increased its offer to a $3,000 reward for information leading to the return, arrest and conviction of anyone who stole the marker, is in possession of the marker or has damaged the marker. Riley can be contacted at (313–402–4565).

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

D-DOT Buses Come to a Halt

The Crosstown bus normally serves the Warrendale neighborhood, as do the Tireman, Joy Road and Southfield routes. Early this morning, all of those routes, came to a halt as D-DOT bus drivers have refused to drive until some type of arrangement is made for security on city buses.

Buses are reasonably safe overall but 130,000 people riding city buses every day, incidents are inevitable. For more than a year and a half, D-DOT has operated without any dedicated security force. The labor union representing bus drivers has protested this lack of security repeatedly, but nothing has happened as the City Council dithers over whether Detroit Police or the Wayne County Sheriff should be responsible for security.

All of that came to a head this morning when the drivers refused to drive any longer.

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick announced a tentative deal at noon today, one that would bring in sheriff's deputies on a temporary basis while the City Council continues to debate the issue. However, that deal has already fallen through because Sherrif Warren C. Evans doesn't want his deputies to take on the job unless the majority of council members approve of it.

While all of this is happening, thousands of people in Detroit are without a reliable way of getting around, demand for taxis has skyrocketed and SMART has annouced that they won't be able to pick up the slack. The fact that this matter has gone on for more than eighteen months without a resolution, and that it took a work stoppage to even get people talking about it seriously, is something that both the Mayor and City Council ought to be ashamed of.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Motor City Makeover: Warrendale

The Warrendale Community Organization and State Representative Gabe Leland sponsored this year's Motor City Makeover in the Warrendale neighborhood. A total of 34 volunteers from the WCO, Motor City Blight Busters and Americorp helped clean the southbound service drive of the Southfield Freeway.

The entire clean-up effort was also supported by several companies and their generous donations. The donations included:
  • CVS donated cash to support the efforts;
  • Greening of Detroit loaned the WCO tools;
  • Pizza Place donated five pizzas for volunteers;
  • Red Robin donated cash to support the efforts;
  • Sajewski Funeral Home donated cash to support the efforts;
  • Sherwood Food Distributors donated hot dogs for volunteers;
  • Tipperary Pub donated space for a staging area; and
  • Wendy’s donated french fries and soft drinks for volunteers.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

3 Year Old Girl Killed in Hit & Run

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that a 3 year old girl was killed in a hit and run accident in the Warrendale neighborhood yesterday afternoon. Sha'Reese Lipsey and her 13 year old sister were playing near their home on Ashton, between Belton and Constance, when she reportedly ran into the street. She was hit by a red sedan and the driver fled the scene, according to police.

Miss Lipsey was taken to Children's Hospital of Michigan and was pronouced dead, according to the newspaper.

My deepest condolences go out to the Lipsey family. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Discounts Available at King Wah Chop Suey

Eddy's Florist isn't the only ones offering discounts to those who read the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog. The good folks at King Wah Chop Suey have coupons that you can use on their web site as well. They are located at 20510 W. Warren, just west of Evergreen, and their phone number is (313) 982-9711.

Some of their offers include two free egg rolls with any purchase over $20 or free crab rangoon with any purchase over $30. You can print these coupons from their website at http://www.kingwahchopsuey.com/promotionscoupons.htm

The food and service at King Wah is great. I eat there a couple of times every month.

And getting dinner there at a discount is event better.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Friends of Rouge Park to Meet Next Wednesday

The Friends of Rouge Park will have their next meeting this coming Wednesday, May 16, at St. Suzanne School (19321 W. Chicago). The meeting will start at 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Oops!

Earlier this week, I posted an entry about the Motor City Makeover happening " May 19". I was right that the Motor City Makeover is indeed happening in the Warrendale neighborhood on May 19. However, May 19 is not this coming Saturday. It's this Saturday,next Saturday.

I'm sorry for the mix-up.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Special Deal for Warrendale Blog Readers

I sent the folks at Eddy's Florist an email to let them know that they were mentioned in the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog. (See my earlier post below.) I got an email back with a special offer for my readers.

Anyone who mentions the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog gets a 10% discount on their order.

Eddy's Florist, of course, is located at 19202 W. Warren Ave. (corner of W. Warren and Piedmont). Their telephone number is (313) 438-9130. They accept all major credit cards and are happy to deliver.

Now if I can just get the folks at the Tipperary Pub or Chick's Bar to make a similiar offer, I'd be estatic.

Motor City Makeover: Next Saturday

I want to remind everyone that next Saturday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. is the Motor City Markover for the Warrendale neighbor- hood. Please join local leaders, businesses and your neighbors for Detroit's annual clean up. Everything starts at the Tipperary Pub (8287 Southfield Fwy.) and should last until 12:30 p.m.

The event this year is being coordinated by State Representative Gabe Leland and the Warrendale Community Organization. It will focus on both the Southfield service drive as well as removing the scrap tires that someone dumped in Rouge Park.

Lunch will be provided.

Quick Reminder

Another quick reminder: Mother's Day is this Sunday. Eddy's Florist (19202 W Warren Ave. - 313-438-9130) is located here in the Warrendale neighborhood and they have some great deals on gifts for your Mom.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Yard Waste Collection Resumes

The City of Detroit's Department of Public Works has resumed its collection of yard waste (grass clippings, leaves and so on). Yard waste collection happens on the same day as our regular trash collection (Tuesday in most of the Warrendale neighborhood).

All yard waste must be placed on the curb at least six feet from the Courville container in biodegradable paper bags or a personal garbage can. DPW will not collect yard waste in plastic bags. Residents who set out yard waste more than 24 hours before their scheduled pick-up will be subject to a fine.

DPW also offers the following "Dos" and "Don'ts" as it purtains to yard waste collection.
  • DO place yard waste at the curb by 7 a.m. on the weekly trash collection day at least six feet away from your Courville container;
  • DO NOT put yard waste out more than 24 hours before weekly collection day;
  • DO place yard waste in biodegradable paper yard bags, which can be purchased at a hardware or grocery store. Residents also have the option of placing yard waste - not in bags - in a plastic or metal garbage can (not to exceed 32 gallons) that will be emptied into the truck;
  • DO put branches and twigs less than two inches thick into bundles not to exceed four feet in length. Do not tie the bundles;
  • DO NOT place yard waste in a Courville trash container;
  • DO NOT put yard waste in plastic bags. The bags will not be collected, and a fine will be issued.

NFL/YET Is Unveiled

The long-awaited youth center was unveiled today. The 32,000 square foot NFL/YET Boys & Girls Club facility on the Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus has been completed on the grounds of Gardenview Estates (formerly Herman Gardens).

I'm thrilled to have this facility in the Warrendale neighborhood.