Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

I recently made a documentary to show the entire world what life is like at Casa de Nemecek on All Hallow's Eve.  You'll find it below.  I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Halloween to everyone in the Warrendale neighborhood and beyond.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Man Shot After Aiming Gun at Police Chief Warren Evans

WWJ (AM 950) is reporting that a man was shot early this morning after pointing a handgun at Detroit Police Chief Warren C. Evans. The chief and his partner were on patrol. The shot was reportedly fired Chief Evans' partner.

It's never a pleasant thing when someone gets shot. However, I'm glad to hear that Chief Evans is out on patrol instead of simply sitting behind a desk.

More details are available at WWJ Newsradio 950 - Man Shot After Aiming Gun at Police Chief Warren Evans

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Friends of Rouge Park Meeting Tomorrow

The Friends of Rouge Park have changed their next meeting to tomorrow, Wednesday, October 28 at 6 p.m.  They are also meeting at a new location, the Don Bosco Hall.

Everyone who is interested in Rouge Park is welcome to attend this meeting.

BREAKING NEWS: Assault on Ashton

The Detroit Police Department currently has a portion of Ashton blocked off, between Whitlock St. and W. Warren Ave.  Police officers on the scene declined to go into any great detail as to what happened.  They simply said that there had been an assault and that they needed to preserve any evidence that was there.

Fox 2 (WJBK-TV) had a news van on the scene.  We will have to see if they are able to shed any more light on what happened.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Why I'll Still Let My Kids Walk to School

I've had several conversations over the years about raising children in the Warrendale, where most children still walk to school. I thought about those conversations a lot as I read about Lenore Skenazy and her thoughts on raising children.

I invite you to read more about it.

Why I'll Still Let My Kids Walk to School |

RIP Soupy Sales

The legendary comedian and one of the finest human beings to ever work in television in Detroit, Soupy Sales, passed away yesterday.  He was 83 years old.

Soupy Sales not only personified an era of television in Detroit, he consistently demonstrated the true power of television as a medium.  His show made everyone who watched it feel not only entertained, but a part of something much larger than themselves.

His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of many Detroiters, even those who - like myself - weren't even born until long after Soupy Sales left the airwaves.  His jokes were funny enough that people were still retelling them and laughing at them decades later.

Luckily, thanks to the miracle of YouTube, Soupy Sales is still available to children young and old "in Living Black and White."

Soupy Sales will be missed. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to have a slice of pie in his honor.

Monday, October 19, 2009

DPD is Looking for Volunteers

The Detroit Police Department is looking for volunteers to report and remove illegal signs from utility poles and traffic signs throughout the city.  Such signs are frequently a distraction to motorists and are widely regarded as an eyesore.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call Detroit Police Community Services at (313) 596-2520.  A flyer is available here, just please don't post it on any utility poles traffic signs.

Monday, October 12, 2009

"Twilight" - This Saturday

The Movie and Book Club at the Edison Branch of the Detroit Public Library (18400 Joy Rd.) will feature a free screening of the hit movie Twilight this Saturday afternoon, October 17.  This movie will start at 3 p.m.
A discussion of the film will follow this free screening.  Copies of the Twilight books will also be available to library patrons.

Candidate Forum this Wednesday

There will be a candidate forum this Wednesday, October 14, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Edison Branch of the Detroit Public Library (18400 Joy Rd.).  It will feature candidates for the Detroit City Council as well as the School Board and the Charter Commission.  Everyone in the Warrendale neighborhood is invited to attend.

This event is sponsored by the Cody/Rouge block clubs.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Tom Barrow Endorsed by the Eastside Slate

At a press conference earlier this afternoon, the Eastside Community Slate announced that Mayoral Candidate Tom Barrow is their choice for Mayor of Detroit in the upcoming November 3 general election.  This is impressive from a political standpoint because - for the past 27 years - the Eastside Community Slate has consistently endorsed the winner in every primary and general election Detroit has had including Coleman Young, Dennis Archer, Kwame Kilpatrick and Dave Bing.

The Slate also rescinded their previous primary endorsement of Interim Mayor Dave Bing because they do not like his style of leadership. “Mayor Bing has snubbed the city of Detroit and openly disrespects its people,” said Lamar Lemmons, III, one of the leaders of the Eastside Community Slate. “He has no sense of community. He won’t come out and he refuses to debate issues affecting the community. We believe that a real Detroit Mayor should never hide. That is unacceptable.”

In recent weeks, Mr. Barrow has been endorsed by AFL-CIO, the Coalition of Labor Organizations, AFSCME and ATU, the bus drivers union.

Of course, I thought this was an interesting quote from Mr. Barrow this afternoon:
“Unlike Mr. Bing, who has turned everything over to Charles Beckham and Norm White so he can go home to Franklin at night, I will be a leader who personally makes the right choices to balance our city’s budget, create safe streets, inspire our residents and grow our city, not shrink it. Detroit deserves an energetic and engaged leader that understands the issues and one who will both be among and work with its people.”
I said back in August that Detroit's mayoral election is going to be a lot closer than most people expect.  I predicted then - and I continue to predict - that the final outcome will definitely be within 10% and that, if Mr. Barrow plays his cards right in the coming weeks, he might actually come out on top.  There are several individuals who actually laughed at me when I first made my predict less than a week after the primary.  However, no one laughs at it any more.

The next few weeks are going to be an interesting time for politics in Detroit.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Boston Police Zombie Defense

The Boston Police Department officially confirmed that they would indeed notify the public if a zombie attack ever happened in Boston. Unfortunately, the Detroit Police Department has not made a similar commitment.

Those of us in the Warrendale neighborhood, I'm afraid, will simply have to follow the University of Florida's lead and devise our own plan for dealing with zombie attacks.

Boston Police Zombie Defense.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Bing, the Budget and Council by Districts

I previously blogged about the ballot initiative to elect seven of Detroit's nine City Council members by district instead of on an at-large basis, which is how it currently is done.  This issue was in the courts last month because of a couple of technical problems with the language of said ballot proposal.

The incumbent City Council, most of whom are adamantly opposed to running by districts, were ask by Michigan's Attorney General Mike Cox to correct this language and place it on the ballot.  They refused to do and a court fight ensued.

At the time, I was surprised at how vigorously the City of Detroit's Law Department was contesting the proposal and trying to keep it off the November ballot.  Mayor Dave Bing had publicly supported electing the City Council by districts.  As someone who has dealt with the Law Department before, I know that it's not uncommon for the Mayor to give a certain amount of guidance to his legal staff and they always follow whatever marching orders they are given by the Mayor.

I was really surprised that Mayor Bing didn't reign the Law Department in during this court fight over Council by Districts.  But then I realized something last night as I was going through some newspaper archives.

The entire Council by Districts court fight happened at the same time that Mayor Bing had previously promised to release his 137 page restructuring plan to deal with the City of Detroit's $300 million deficit.  According to several published news reports, Mayor Bing's staff has completed their work and has presented them with their recommendations.

Mayor Bing told a group of women business leaders during a luncheon on Tuesday, September 15 that these recommendations would be released within a week. The following week, he seemingly switched sides in the Council by Districts debate.  The Council by Districts litigation immediately became the number one issue that everyone in town was talking about.

This whole thing simply seems like a smoke screen to me.  It seems like there is something in this plan that Mayor Bing doesn't want people to see.  Therefore, as a diversionary tactic, he switches sides on this ballot initiative and sends his legal team into a court fight.

And this 137 page plan still has not been released to the public.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Rouge Park 5K Run/Walk

The Friends of Rouge Park will host their 2nd Annual Rouge Park Benefit 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 11.   Registration will open at 8 a.m.  The race itself will begin at 9 a.m. near the Brennan Pools on Plymouth Road just east of Outer Drive at 9:00 am.  Registration is available on-line in advance here for only $20, although pre-registration is not required.

“Enjoy the fall color of the forests and restored native prairies during this run through Detroit's largest park, while helping to raise much needed funds to restore and revitalize this precious regional natural and recreational asset!” said Paul Stark, race coordinator at the Friends of Rouge Park.

The sponsors of this event include Bedzyk Automotive, Chick’s Bar (18550 W. Warren Ave.), ITC Holdings, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Scotty's Fish and Chips, Starter's Bar, Wietecha Monument, Warrendale Community Organization and West Outer Drive Civic Association.

For the second year in a row, this event has been endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health & Sports. The Council endorses local, regional and state events to acknowledge an organization’s ability to plan and carry out a quality event that significantly contributes to the health and well-being of Michigan residents.  Runners and walkers who participate are eligible to apply to walk across the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day in 2010.

MAILBAG: Photo Question

In response to the photo that I use in the masthead for this blog, Whatthehelen wrote in to ask:
I've been meaning to ask...where did you take that photo with the fog. Love it. It takes me back to my years in New England.
I love this photograph, too.  I took it in Rouge Park on a foggy morning almost three years ago now.

You can see more photos from that morning on-line here.  I also have a blog post about that entire day over on my personal blog.

Transit Candidates Forum

The TRU Detroit City Council Candidate's Forum is this evening, Thursday, October 1, at the Considine Recreation Center (8904 Woodward Ave.).  This forum will start at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on mass transit.  It is sponsored by Transit Riders United, which is a leading advocate for mass transit in Detroit.

For those not familiar with the Considine Recreation Center, it is on Woodward Ave.; approximately 3/4 of a mile north of W. Grand Blvd.  If anyone is interested in taking bus from the Warrendale neighborhood to this forum, which is oddly appropriate for a forum on mass transit, it will take approximately one hour to complete your trip.  I recommend the Crosstown bus to Woodward and then transferring to the Woodward bus to go north.