Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Board of Police Commissioners

The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners will meet on November 8 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will happen on the new Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus, home of the NFL/Youth Education Town-Boys & Girls Club (16500 Tireman, 313-523-4540).

This is an excellent opportunity to meet your Board of Police Commissioners as well as your Northwestern District police officers. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, October 26, 2007

For Sale: Ryan Playground

According to this morning's Free Press, Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and the Detroit Department of Recreation intend to sell a total of 92 parks in Detroit. The Lloyd H. Ryan Playground at Greenview and Kirkwood in the Warrendale neighborhood is one of those parks that the City proposes to sell.

Any such sale would require approval from the Detroit City Council. According this morning's paper, Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. is concerned about selling so much parkland.

"It looks like every park in the city, every small park, is on here," he told the newspaper. "If we sell everything, we'll look up one day, and there won't be any place for kids to play for recreation."

I'll continue to follow this story, just like with the proposal to sell much of Rouge Park, and will post what I know here.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Next WCO Meeting

The next meeting of the Warrendale Community Organ- ization will be on Monday, November 12th at 7 p.m. It will happen in the activities building of Sts. Peter & Paul Church (7685 Grandville - the activities building is located behind the church; accessible from their parking lot).

This meeting will focus on reviewing and approving a new set of by-laws for the organization. They will also seek nominations for each of their officer positions.

Get Your Flu Shots

The Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion is offering flu shots at various locations in Detroit now through Thursday, December 6. Local residents, particularly those considered high priority for getting the flu, are urged to get their vaccinations as soon as possible. The cost for the vaccine is $10 for those who do not have Medicaid or Medicare (Part B).

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, people at high risk for serious flu complications include:
  • Children from six months to age five;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Individuals aged 50 and older;
  • Individuals of any age with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes; and
  • Individuals who live with or care for persons at high risk.
For information more information, please call the Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion's Immunization program at (313) 876-4334.

Get Off the Porch, Get a Job

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick was quoted in the Detroit News this morning as admonishing Detroiters to, "get off their porches", clean up their acts and get a job. He added that those who want good jobs have to pass a drug test, which many employers require.

While the city is wrestling with a 15.1% jobless rate, there are many companies in Detroit, such as the casinos and the Detroit Medical Center, that are hiring.

I read that this morning and, quite frankly, I thought about about pasting a giant copy of it on the homes of one or two residents near me.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Next Rouge Park Meeting

The next Friends of Rouge Park meeting will be on Wednesday, October 17 at 6pm in St. Suzanne's School.

They will hold elections for their new officers and make a final decision about a proposal to change the group's name. In addition, State Representative Gabe Leland (D-Detroit) is scheduled to appear and to discuss his ideas about building a community center in Rouge Park.

Friday, October 05, 2007

RIP - Bob Franko

I was saddened to learn yesterday that Bob Franko, a board member of the Warrendale Community Organization as well as the Warrendale Radio Patrol, has passed away. His volunteer efforts often happened behind the scenes, which is one of the reasons why it was so hard for me to find a photo of him to include in this post.

Over the past several years, he had helped the Warrendale neighborhood in numerous ways. Most notable of them was his leadership with the community block grants, which had brought more than $500,000 over the years to help low-income residents with home repairs.

Mr. Franko had also been an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church for decades. There will be a memorial mass for him at the church this coming Monday.

He will be missed.