Thursday, May 14, 2009

Detroit 4, Anaheim 3

The Detroit Red Wings laid it all on the line this evening - and skated away victorious.

I'm really glad. This town really needs something to celebrate at the moment.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Update on Parking Fines

I posted last week about a trend that had emerged in downtown and midtown Detroit - aggressive parking enforcement, apparently in an attempt to plug a hole in the City's budget. I warned in my post that it was only a matter of time before this trend reached the Warrendale neighborhood. Unfortunately, it looks like it already has.

I got an email this morning from one of my readers. He reportedly came out of the Dog House Coney Island (19344 W Warren Ave.) the other day to discover that he had been ticketed for parking too close to the intersection.

It has begun.

Unfortunately, I can only think of one thing that is truly appropriate for a situation like this. My beloved readers, I give you a video that some friends of mine made two years ago.



There's never a ninja around when you truly need one.

Three Cheers for Not Being Spam

After I posted about the discounts available at Dearborn Auto Tech yesterday afternoon, one of the robots at Blogger.com decided that the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog was actually a spam blog - or splog, as some folks call them. They then froze my account so that I couldn't post anything else.

It took almost 24 hours, but they finally figured out that I am a real human being writing about - amongst other things - a real discount that is available in my neighborhood. And so my account was reactivated; allowing me to resume posting.

Hurray for not being spam!

To commemorate this august occasion, I present the most appropriate YouTube clip possible.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tip of the Week: Specials at Dearborn Auto Tech

Dearborn Auto Tech (18500 Ford Rd.) has been providing the Warrendale neighborhood with top-notch auto service since 1996 - all of which is backed up by a 12 month/12,000 national warranty. In addition to top-notch service by ASE-certified auto mechanics, they also offer a series of monthly specials.

For the month of May, Dearborn Auto Tech is offering:
  • Oil change for only $16.95 (take an extra $1 off on Saturdays); and
  • Front brake pads and rotors for only $169.95;
Both of these specials require a coupon that is available here. Please feel free to check their web site every month for their latest special offers.

Two Rouge Park Meetings

The Friends of Rouge Park have two important meetings coming up this evening and next Tuesday. (I'm sorry for the short notice about tonight's meeting. It's my fault not; not theirs.)

The planning committee for their annual 5K Fun Run will meet this evening at 5 p.m. in Mary's #1 Grill (20804 Plymouth Rd.). This restaurant is located at Plymouth and Burt Rds., one block east of Rouge Park.

The Friends of Rouge Park will also have a general membership meeting next Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. in St. Suzanne School (19321 W Chicago St.). The school is located at W. Chicago and Westwood. Attendees are asked to enter through the back door off the parking lot and ring the bell if that door is locked.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Congratulations Mayor Bing

With 99% of the vote counted, it's clear that Dave Bing has won the special mayoral election in Detroit.

I congratulate Mayor Bing on his election. I wish him success in his tenure.

Pondering Parking in Detroit

As I sit up waiting for election results to roll in, I'm going through all of those emails that have fallen by the proverbial wayside. One of them is rather important.

I have heard from two friends who live in Midtown area and in downtown Detroit that they have seen a noticeable increase in parking enforcement. They have also seen a dramatic increase in the number of cars that are getting booted. It would appear that the City of Detroit is trying to fill its budget deficit with parking fines.

So far, this seems to be largely confined to downtown. It hasn't hit the Warrendale neighborhood yet. However, as the City's budget problems drag on, it's only a matter of time before they expand their enforcement efforts.

The Polls Are Closed

The polls for Detroit's special mayoral election are now closed. Now, we just have to wait to see who won this thing.

Breaking News: Police Crash in Dearborn Heights

I was running errands at 4:30 this afternoon and saw the aftermath of a bad traffic accident involving a Dearborn Heights police officer. It was on Ford Rd., just a couple blocks east of Telegraph Rd. The incident resulted in Ford Rd. being closed in both directions for almost an hour while an investigation was completed.

According to a Dearborn police officer on the scene, an elderly female motorist tried making a turn on Ford Rd. and turned directly into a motorcycle police officer. The officer was reportedly thrown more than 12 feet away from his motorcycle by the force of this impact. It wasn't clear what condition the officer was in but the motorist in question was in police custody.

UPDATE - 6:57 p.m.
WWJ Newsradio 950 is reporting that the police officer involved in this crash is in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

Just Vote

My production company did some work for Nike last year. I'll borrow their slogan for a moment and say, "Just Do It - Vote."

We have a special election today. We will elect someone to fill the remainder of former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick's term of office, which will last until January 1, 2010.

We will also vote on whether or not to start the process of revising the City of Detroit's Charter. If Proposition C is approved today, we will select a commissioners to a revision charter commission in November. This commission will then formulate a new charter for the City and present it to the voters again sometime next year. It's a relatively long process, but it starts with a "yes" vote on Proposition C.

That is unless you have no interest in seeing any aspect of the City Charter revised. In which case, just vote "no" on Proposition C and the idea of will die.

Either way, please just do it. Vote.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Computer Classes at the Edison Branch

If you are reading this on the Internet then, chances are, you probably don't have much of a need for a computer class. However, if you're like me then you probably know someone who really does need one. If so, I invite you to print this and hand it to them.

The Edison Branch of the Detroit Public Library (18400 Joy Rd.) is offering free computer classes tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. until noon. They will cover how to use email as well as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. If you know someone who could use this class, but who can't make it tomorrow, then there will be another one on Friday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m.

100 Hours

100 hours from now, polls will close for Detroit's special mayoral election. Either Dave Bing or Ken Cockrel will emerge as the victor. Once the City's Election Commission certifies the results, that person will immediately become responsible for responding to a host of problems in the Motor City.

In a way, I'm looking forward to having this experience in our review mirror. All of this back and forth about how great the mini-stations that Mr. Cockrel opened are; how Mr. Bing's group of secret advisers is terrible but how Mr. Cockrel's secret advisers and plans from last year were alright.

I really hope that at some point in the near future, we can actually start talking about things like improving police response times, economic development in the neighborhoods and the quality of city services. That would be a really cool conversation to have.