Monday, March 24, 2008

The Mayor and the Prosecutor

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy will announce later today whether or not she intends to charge Detroit's Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick with a felony in connection with his less than honest testimony under oath and, if so, just what charges he will face.

I wrote a rather lengthy analysis of what may be his defense. However, because of it's potentially controversial nature, I decided that a mere disclaimer would not be enough to post it on this blog. As a result, I posted it on my personal blog.

You can view my analysis and commentary here.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Spring 2008

Spring officially arrived in Detroit's Warrendale neighborhood (and the rest of the northern hemisphere) at 1:48 a.m. this morning.

I thank God for its arrival.

The snow is almost completely melted, save a few shrinking patches of it that linger here and there.

The thermometer outside my window is above the freezing mark on a fairly consistent basis during the day. Night time temperatures will improve soon enough.

I thank God that spring has finally arrived.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day

The Catholic Church and the Government of Ireland insist that this past Saturday was St. Patrick's Day (one of the Church's rules is that no other feast days are to be celebrated during the week leading up to Easter). To the rest of the world, however, March 17 will always be St. Patrick's Day.

And then there are folks like me who simply argue that this means we have two St. Patrick's Days in 2008.

Chick's Bar and the Tipperary Pub each seem to be doing a brisk business. I invite everyone to log off their respective computers and go have a beer.

DPD Is Hiring

I want to remind everyone that the Detroit Police Department is still looking to hire more than 300 new officers. They currently have cadets in the police academy, but they need even more in order to keep up with Detroit's needs.

Pay starts at $32,613 while a student police officer is in the academy and goes up from there, eventually reaching $53,237 after 5 years of service. With as many folks in the Detroit area out of work as there are, there is no reason why we shouldn't be able to fill those slots from our neighborhood.

The minimum requirements to be a Detroit police officer are:
  • U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age;
  • Vision must be 20/20 or corrected to 20/20 in each eye;
  • Depth perception and color vision must be normal;
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license and acceptable driving record;
  • High school diploma or a valid GED; and
  • No felony convictions.
If you know of anyone who is currently out of work or is working a dead-end job, please encourage them to consider a career with the Detroit Police Department. If you have any other questions, they can visit the DPD website or call the Recruiting Section at (313) 596-2660.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

One More Week

Spring officially returns to the Warrendale neighborhood (and everyone else in the northern hemisphere) exactly one week from today.

All I can say is, thank God!

I'm so glad to see winter leaves us.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Motor City Makeover

The Motor City Makeover will come to the Warrendale neighborhood on Saturday, May 10. This, of course, is our annual effort to simply clean up some of the trash that has accumulated in our neighborhood in the past year. We generally get a lot of support from various public officials during this effort.

We have cleaned the Southfield Freeway service drive in recent years. Exactly what we will do this year is something that we will decide at the April general membership meeting of the Warrendale Community Organization. This will happen in the school building at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 7.

Mailbag: Warrendale Newsletter

I have been away from the entire blogospere for most of the past week - spending way too much (or nowhere near enough depending on your perspective) time in Hamtramck during the Blowout. I've let my blogging duties fall to the wayside for the past few days, but I have to say that I'm impressed by the volume of comments that were left on this blog.

I have to thank Carla Thomas and Janice Slomba-Koss for pitching my responding to some of the questions that some readers asked during my rock 'n roll induced absence.

There are, however, a couple of quick questions that I wanted to respond to directly, starting with this one from Nick:
Does the Warrendale Community Organization print a community newsletter and distribute it to the houses in the community?
Unfortunately, we do not. The reason for that is simply the costs associated with printing and distributing to more than 9,000 homes in the neighborhood. If we could find the funding for something like that, I certainly wouldn't be opposed to it.

In the meantime, however, the WCO is leveraging other resources to the get the word out. I'm working on getting a regular column in the church papers for the different churches within the neighborhood. Plus, while this blog is not an official voice of the WCO, there is obviously a lot of information here about its efforts.

Mailbag: WCO Info

Helen wrote in to ask:
Life's circumstances have me coming back to a piece of property that my mother left me. What exactly does your group do?
Unfortunately I work every weekend. It sounds as if you got to the meeting this past week. How many people are in this group?
The short answer to your first question is that the Warrendale Community Organization is a grassroots organization that strives to make life better for those who live, work or visit in Detroit's Warrendale neighborhood. Our current emphasis is on improving police response times and on resolving the number of vacant homes in our neighborhood.

There are currently a little more than 20 dues paying members of the WCO, although we are currently in launching a drive to bring that number up. For example, at our March general membership meeting, I as president of the WCO challenged every member to bring one more person with them to the April meeting.

The WCO holds its general membership meetings on the first Monday of each month in the school building at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, beginning at 7 p.m. The next one will be on Monday, April 7. Everyone in the neighborhood is welcome to attend.