Saturday, August 17, 2019

Poll: Return of the monthly meet-ups?


I launched a poll on the Facebook page for this group; inquiring about interest in a monthly meet-up. I used to do these events at Gracie See pizzeria until they closed. I keep thinking about bringing them back but would like to know if there's any interest in such a thing.

For those of you who do not have Facebook or - gasp! - are on Facebook but haven't liked the page for this blog, I have embedded this poll above. I would appreciate your response.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Warrendale video series returns



For better or worse, I am bringing my video series about the Warrendale neighborhood back.

After a chance encounter with some Warrendale residents this afternoon, I have decided to challenge myself to create a video about the neighborhood every day for the next 100 days. This is my first one. I wanted to get this out there to the public before I had a chance to change my mind.

I will have another video about the Warrendale neighborhood tomorrow. If there's anything that you would like to see me showcase in a video, please feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Detroit to host pathway to home ownership workshop


The City of Detroit will host a workshop next week to help people buy their first home. This will happen on Thursday, August 15 from 5:30 - 7:30 in the evening at the St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource Center (19321 West Chicago).

This event, called Pathways to Homeownership, is co-sponsored by Huntington Bank.

There is no cost to attend this workshop and everyone looking to buy a home in the near future is welcome to attend. Regardless, guests are asked to RSVP by emailing FowlkesE [at] detroitmi [dot] gov.

Saturday, August 03, 2019

L. Brooks Patterson dies at age 80

L. Brooks Patterson with Amalia Raczkowski - Creative Commons photo by ALS of Michigan/Flickr
The longtime County Executive for Oakland County, L. Brooks Patterson passed away earlier today according to published news reports. He was 80 years of age at the time of his passing and had been battling pancreatic cancer for several months.

I have long opposed many of the political stances that L. Brooks Patterson took during his many years in office. Regardless, I am saddened to learn of his passing. My prayers go out to his family that they may be comforted during this troubling time.

There can be no denying that L. Brooks Patterson left his mark on Michigan. His presence will continue to be felt across the Great Lakes State for generations to come.

According to an article published in The Detroit News, L. Brooks Patterson passed away peacefully at 5:30 this morning. He died at his home in Independence Township, surrounded by friends and family.

Rest in eternal peace, L. Brooks Patterson.

Monday, July 29, 2019

McAuliffe comes to Detroit

Terry McAuliffe - Creative Commons photo by Edward Kimmel
The former governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, will speak at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library (5201 Woodward Ave. in Midtown). This event will happen this Wednesday, July 31 from noon to 2 pm. He will discuss his new book Beyond Charlottesville: Taking A Stand Against White Nationalism.

In his book, Terry McAuliffe tells his behind-the-scenes story of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in three deaths, at least 33 nonfatal injuries, and 11 arrests by police. He will also share his thoughts on how Americans can prevent other Charlottesvilles from happening.

The former governor uses Beyond Charlottesville to look at the forces and events that led to the tragedy, including the murder of Heather Heyer and the death of two state troopers in a helicopter accident.

He doesn’t whitewash Virginia history and discusses a KKK protest over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Terry McAuliffe takes a hard look at the actions of everyone on that day, including himself, to see what could have been done.

I believe that Beyond Charlottesville will be one of the definitive accounts of an infamous chapter in American history; a book that will be cited for years as a reference point in the fight against racism, extremism, and hatred.


This event is a part of the Detroit Public Library's author series, which connects Detroiters to some of the prominent writers and issues of our time. Terry McAullife's address is free and open to the public although attendees are asked to RSVP online by clicking here.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Shooting at Shell gas station

Protesters at the Shell gas station - Photo by Frank Nemecek
As several other outlets have already reported, an attendant at the Shell station at W. Warren Ave. and the Southfield Freeway (17720 W. Warren Ave.) shot a customer last night. He was trying to shoot a different man who was stealing potato chips.

Approximately 50 protesters are at the Shell Station now. They are demanding that the business be closed down after this shooting.

The attendant in question was arrested. As of this morning, he has not been charged with a crime. However, formal charges are expected later today.

The innocent man who got shot is at a local hospital. He is currently in stable condition and is recovering from his wounds.

Officers from the Detroit Police Department are on the scene to ensure an orderly protest.

Update @ 3:09 pm
The protesters are now going through Warrendale distributing a one-page leaflet condemning the shooting. They are also asking residents to shop at one of the four black-owned gas stations in the area instead of this one.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Warrendale heat wave

Iced tea - Stockphoto from Pixabay

As the heat index continues to climb to 100+ degrees, I wish to remind everyone in the Warrendale neighborhood that days like today are the reason why the Good Lord invent iced tea, lawn chairs, and shade trees.

Stay safe out there, Warrendale. I hope everyone enjoys the day.