Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Detroit to crack down on scrappers

Scrapped house - Photo by Frank Nemecek
Last night, during his annual State of the City address, Mayor Mike Duggan promised that if residents called 9-1-1 to report a vacant property where scrapping was in progress then the Detroit Police Department would respond. More importantly, he promised that they would arrest the scrappers.

Quite frankly, I would like to see the Warrendale neighborhood take Mayor Duggan up on this. Therefore, I ask everyone that if you see a home or business being scrapped in the Warrendale neighborhood, please call 9-1-1 to report it immediately.

Also, please leave a comment here or send me an email. I would like to let everyone know what kind of response you saw from the Detroit Police Department.

I'm excited by the Mayor's announcement. I believe it's an important step forward for Detroit.

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.