Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mailbag: Next WCO Meeting

Cttopflight wrote in to ask:
Is the WCO Meeting tonight?

What was decided on (WCO) agenda for the year?
The next WCO meeting will be on Monday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. (We had to change the meeting day in order to accomidate the church's needs.) The church is located at 5845 Auburn St., which is two blocks east of Evergreen. Please enter through the middle doors.

Mission Accomplished

During the Warrendale Community Organization's regular monthly meeting, we decided to lobby the City of Detroit to hire more police officers. I started making some phone calls; scheduling meetings with various officials so that WCO members could express our collective view.

And then it happened.

This past Monday, at the Great Northwest District Community Relations Meeting, Chief Ella M. Bully-Cummings announced that the City of Detroit was looking to hire 350 new police officers. The next day, during an interview with the Detroit News, Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick upped it even more - telling reporters that the City was looking for 500 new police officers.

This still isn't as many new police officers as Detroit needs when one considers the current ratio of police officers to residents. However, this is a tremendous move in the right direction, especially when one considers the City's current financial condition.

Details to Be Released

The Michigan Supreme Court announced this morning that they were unanimously in support of compelling the City of Detroit to release various documents pertaining to the text-messaging scandal that Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick currently finds himself embroiled in.

John E. Johnson, Jr., Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit, issued a statement earlier today in which he argued that this would set a precedent that would hinder the City's ability to ever enter into another mediation agreement. The full-text of Mr. Johnson's statement is available on-line here.

The attorneys that I talked to regarding this unanimously agree that Mr. Johnson's argument is complete nonsense. However, I'm simply glad that this portion of the ordeal is over.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Asthma & Allergies

The Joy-Southfield Health & Education Center will host a program entitled, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Asthma & Allergies." This will happen on Saturday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. The Center is located at 18917 Joy Rd. A flier for this event is available here.

The Center will also have a program regarding high-blood pressure on April 5.

Finally, the Center has formed a diabetes support-group that meets monthly.

Additional details are available by clicking any of the hyperlinks above.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Legal Opinions Are Split

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy announced last week that she will decide within the next 30 days whether or not she will formally charge Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick with a crime in connection with his lies under oath during the Whistle blower trial.

I said before that I trust Ms. Worthy's legal opinion. Regardless, I conducted an informal survey of the more than one dozen attorneys that I know. I asked each of them whether or not they thought Ms. Worthy will charge the Mayor with a felony based on what they knew of the situation.

For the record, they were evenly split as to whether or not Mr. Kilpatrick will face charges. We'll just have to wait a couple more weeks to find out.

Mailbag: Fish Fry Update

One my readers, Nick, wrote in to ask:
Can we get a Warrendale fish fry update?
It's always a pleasure to answer requests from my loyal readers.

Sts. Peter & Paul Church is having a fish fry from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent in their Activities Building (7718 Westwood). For either $5 or $7, you can enjoy your choice of:
  • Fish & Chips;
  • Shrimp & Fries;
  • Fish & Shrimp Combo;
  • Macaroni & Cheese; or
  • Lazy Pierogi.
A senior citizen discount is available for those age 60 and over. The Activities Building is handicap accessible.

Another great option for a Lenten fish fry in the Warrendale neighborhood is Chick's Bar (18550 W. Warren). Their fish fry menu is available on-line here.

Free Tax Help for Senior Citizen

The Edison Branch of the Detroit Public Library is offering free assistance to senior citizen who need help with their income taxes. Volunteers from the AARP will be at the Edison Branch on Tuesday, February 19 and 26 from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The library is located at 18400 Joy Rd.

Senior citizens can also find additional locations for help with their taxes by visiting the AARP's Tax-Aide Site.

Friday, February 15, 2008

America's Most Miserable City launched their inaugural list of "America's Most Miserable Cities". Detroit, for better or worse, was at the top of that list as the Most Miserable City in America. Their comments were by no means confined to the Warrendale neighborhood, but focused on Detroit as a whole.

One of my fellow bloggers gave her response to this over on D-Tales. All I can say is "Amen". I echo every word that she said.

You can read her comments here. I encourage everyone to do so.

Rouge Park Meeting

The next Friends of Rouge Park meeting will be on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:00 p.m. in St. Suzanne School (9357 Westwood - (313) 838-6780). Everyone in the neighborhood is invited to attend.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Warrendale Meets The Onion

It has finally happened! Detroit's Warrendale neighborhood has become famous enough that it warrants being a target for The Onion.

The web site that pioneered the concept of fake news and free slinging sarcasm has decided to make fun of Warrendale for a community garden that doesn't even exist. If anyone else had written such an article, I would be offended, but let's face it, this is The Onion. These guys make fun of everything.

The fact that the guys at The Onion decided to make fun of Warrendale simply means that we're becoming famous enough to be noticed by folks who don't live in the Detroit area.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Property Tax Appeals

Any property owner in Detroit who believes that their property is assessed at too high of a value has until Friday, February 15 to appeal their assessment. The process for doing this begins by filing an appeal with the Assessments Division of the City of Detroit's Finance Department. This has to be done in Room 824 of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (2 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit).

My understanding is that the Assessments Division almost always denies your initial appeal. However, once they deny your appeal, a property owner has the option to take it to the Board of Review where your odds are much better.

Monday, February 04, 2008

It Finally Happened

It finally happened.

For 11 days in a row, the text messaging scandal that Detroit's Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick has found himself embroiled in has been on the front page of the daily newspapers. Today was the first day that this story did not appear on the front page.

It took extensive coverage of Super Bowl XLII to kick this saga off the front page.

I'm sure, however, this will be back. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will eventually make a decision as to whether or not she wants to charge Mayor Kilpatrick with a crime in connection with his lies under oath. Regardless of what she decides, it will again make front page news.