Thursday, May 13, 2021

Water quality concerns communities

Canton Township hires firm to perform cross connection system testing 

Canton Township residents may see some unexpected visitors to their property during the next few weeks as part of an inspection of the municipal water system.

Township officials have agreed to a contract with Hydrocorp to perform residential cross connection control inspections throughout Canton. The inspection is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act and administered by the state Great Lakes and Energy department which has instituted rules to protect drinking water and to prevent cross connections that may contaminate public drinking water systems. State law requires all communities to implement a program for removal of all existing cross connections and the prevention of all future cross connections.

Westland officials ask public for help in locating potential pipe problems

Westland Mayor William R. Wild wants his city to be the first in the state in total compliance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.

To accomplish that goal, the city may need help from those most seriously affected by any faulty or non-compliant connections or pipes. While the city is launching a comprehensive lead service line replacement program in order to ensure that residents have safe and clean drinking water, identifying needed hazards where replacements are needed requires help from homeowners. 

The 2018 amended Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act requires that public water systems maintain an inventory of service line materials in their distribution systems by Jan. 1, 2025 and replacement of any lead service lines by 2040. 

Westland employees have begun the process of identifying service line materials (copper, galvanized steel, lead, plastic) throughout the water distribution system in order to comply with the regulations.

Annual River Day is Saturday at Flodin and Riverside parks

River Day will take place from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday, May 15, at Flodin Park in Canton Township and Riverside Park in Plymouth.

The popular annual event will take place rain or shine and activities this year include bee house building, nature walks along the Flodin Trail, invasive species education, a kid friendly scavenger hunt and a presentation from the Southeast Michigan Bee Keepers Association on the importance of saving honeybees. A recycling education booth will also be set-up so residents can ask questions about the township curbside program. 

Romulus voters approve non-homestead tax renewal

The operating renewal millage question for Romulus Community Schools was approved by 55.22 percent of voters during the May 4 balloting. 

According to unofficial results, 1,101 voters were in favor of the proposal while 893 or 44.78 percent were against the proposal. There were 1,994 votes cast according to the unofficial result tallies.

Inkster is the only precinct outside the city of Romulus that voted on the proposal. In that community, 47 voters were in favor of the renewal and 38 voted against the millage.

Museum art

Wayne Historical Society members are hosting a stained glass mosaic class as a fundraiser beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9. The class will be taught by Michelle Pieces and everyone gets to make an 8 by10-inch stained glass work of their own design. To reserve your spot for $45, at the Arting At The Museum website or call (734)748-3410. The event will be outside on the side lawn, and spaced accordingly. The museum is located at 35655 Park St. in Wayne.

Local animal rescue group receives Petco grant funds

Dog's best friend may very well be the Petco Love foundation which recently donated $7,500 to the Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue (FMAR) facility.

Petco Love, formerly the Petco Foundation, has donated nearly $300 million in pet adoption and other animal lifesaving efforts since it was founded in 1999, according to a prepared statement from the organization. 

The grant to FMAR will be used to continue  the work of the nonprofit organization  which works with local animal control facilities to save as many pet lives as possible in the Belleville and surrounding area with a treat and release program, and stray dog partnership with Sumpter Township. The non profit  facility takes in more than 400 dogs and cats a year with the goal of making them healthy and giving them a fresh new start.

Sidewalk is program under way

Residents will soon be able to take a more comfortable stroll in Van Buren Township.

More than 225 linear feet of concrete curb and gutter will soon be replaced as more than 8,000 square foot of existing concretes sidewalk is removed and replaced.

The Van Buren Township Downtown Development Authority with the assistance of Wade Trim and Merlo Construction will begin the work this week within the boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority district, along Belleville Road, Tyler Road, Ecorse Road and the I-94 Service Roads.  

Canton, Inkster awarded law enforcement grants

Canton Township and the City of Inkster were among the five communities who will share $200,000 in grant funding from the Community Policing Innovations Initiative.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan awarded the grants to local police departments “to work with their communities to address issues in police practices, systems and services,” according to a prepared statement. The funding will be awarded to both the  Canton Township Police Department and the Canton Coalition for Inclusive Communities; the Detroit Police Department; East Downtown Dearborn Development Authority and Black Legacy Advancement Coalition; the Inkster Police Department and Beloved Community Initiative and First AME Church of Farmington Hills.

Canton Farmers’ Market is now open every Sunday

The Canton Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, May 16, at Preservation Park, located at 500 N. Ridge Road, with COVID-19 safety guidelines in place to provide a safe and stress-free environment, where shoppers can take advantage of fresh food and local merchandise this market season. 

The Canton Farmers Market will take place rain or shine from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each Sunday through Oct. 17, with the exception of July 4 and Sept. 5. This open-air market will feature a variety of local produce and goods for sale, live entertainment, and cooking demonstrations. Canton Farmers Market vendors line-up may include the following, but is subject to change without notice: 

Westland officials plan recycling center upgrade

Westland officials help break ground
for updates to the city recycling center. 
Earth Day in Westland included the announcement from Mayor William R. Wild for planned updates to at the city Recycling Center, located at 37137 Marquette. 

Last October, Westland was awarded a $50,000 grant from The Environmental Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) to improve the city Recycling Center site. That funding will be used for site grading and resurfacing at the facility, making it easier for residents to drop off materials at the center. Also included in the project are new directional signs, lighting and landscaping. Work is slated to begin in late spring.

Memorial Day parade planned

There will be a Memorial Day parade in Westland to celebrate and remember veterans of all armed services.

According to Vic Barra who is organizing the event, the parade is a tribute to “the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, while we continue to honor the many veterans who have courageously served our country. We gather to support and applaud their service to our nation and community,” he said.

Library to seek millage vote

In addition to winnowing candidates for both mayor and city council seats, Westland voters will be asked to approve a millage request from the William P. Faust Public Library on the Aug. 3 primary ballot. 

Officials have approved language for the ballot which asks voters for .85 of a mill for the next 10 years to fund the operation of the facility. If approved, the millage would generate about $1.4 million the first year. That funding will offset the expiration this year of the current .975 millage. 

Dog vaccination day is Saturday

Westland will host a Dog Vaccination Day set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Wayne Ford Civic League. 

The event is being organized by the Westland Department of Neighborhood Services and is limited to Westland residents only. Low-cost vaccinations, microchips and licenses will be available. The vaccinations and some other services are free for veterans. Licenses will be issued on site by the office of the city clerk. Sponsors include Tail Waggers 1990, the Wayne Ford Civic League and Westland Car Care Automotive Group. The civic league building is located at 1661 North Wayne Road in Westland. 

Northville non-homestead tax renewal is OK’d

Unofficial results of the May 4 millage vote requested by the Northville Public Schools indicate that the non-homestead operating millage renewal was soundly approved by voters with 78.64 percent in favor of the renewal. 

According to district records, 5,142 voters were in favor of the millage renewal while 1,397 voted against the question.

Approval of the ballot proposal renews Northville Public Schools current operating millage rate of 19.2383 mills for five years, 2022 until 2026, and permits the school district to continue to levy the maximum 18 operating mills on only non-homestead property each year.

Getting his goat

Since Northville Township Police Ofc. Adam Micek is a triplet, it seemed only appropriate last week for him to meet one of the newest additions to the family at Maybury Farm, also a triplet. While responding to a call from the farm last weekend, Micek was introduced to Violet, a Nigerian Dwarf goat, who gave birth to a buck and two does on Saturday. The buck has been named for Micek in recognition of the multiple birth they share. Micek is a graduate of Salem High School and celebrated his 28th birthday, along with his two siblings, on May 2. Maybury Farm has welcomed 22 new baby lambs and goats this birthing season, including baby buck Adam. The farm is located at Maybury Farm at 50165 Eight Mile Road in Northville. For hours and information, call (248) 916-3033.

Daylighting of river is proposed

Plans to “daylight” a section of the Rouge River have been puzzling some Northville residents for months. The plans, part of a revitalization project in the City of Northville, have left some residents questioning exactly what the term means.

Engineers plan to unearth the section of the river that was covered with a tunnel during the 1920s to create land for the Northville Downs race track. Experts say the section of the Middle Rouge was vibrant when covered almost a century ago, but has now deteriorated to a home for insects, fungi and bacteria. The once-thriving waterway has become a trickle but if “daylighted” as planned, it could again become a community attraction and development plans at the racetrack site have even suggested a “riverwalk” along the area.

Resident named new undersheriff

Northville Township resident Mike Jaafar has been appointed Undersheriff of Wayne County, making him second in command in the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, under current Sheriff Raphael “Ray” Washington.

Jaafar, 46, is the father of five and has a long history in law enforcement, having become an officer with the Detroit Police Department in 1994.

Dogs must ‘stay’ on leashes in Plymouth Township park

A small portion of a Plymouth Township park is going to the dogs.

A triangular section of Plymouth Township Park near the intersection of Ann Arbor Trail and Beck Road will be named Golfview Neighborhood Park and will now allow leashed dogs into the area, a direct conflict with a long-standing agreement that has allowed free-range dogs in the park under the watchful eyes of “best friends.” The new designation will make the park eligible to apply for state and federal grants to help fund upgrades, officials said. The new designation could also protect the park section from residential or commercial development, officials added.

New Kellogg Park fountain construction is under way

Don Howard, Staff Writer

Construction is currently under way behind fabric fencing in Kellogg Park where a new fountain is being installed, replacing the iconic structure that has been a city symbol for half a century.

The installation of the new fountain was mutually delayed by City of Plymouth officials and administrators at the Wilcox Foundation for a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) revealed initial plans and designs in April 2016. It was the hope of the DDA to have major upgrades to both the park and the fountain in time for the 150th anniversary of the city. After public input and study, the design by Russell Designs of Northville and WESCO Fountains of Florida was selected.

New phone app offers location of train delays at city crossings

The frequent and long delays due to trains blocking roadways in Plymouth can now be avoided by technology.

City of Plymouth officials and Integrated Traffic Systems LLC have collaborated to help motorists locate and predict train delays.

The new Plymouth Trains app allows users to receive a notification and an estimated waiting time when a train is blocking a roadway in the community.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Canton establishes police oversight subcommittee

Julie Brown, Special Writer

A newly formed group will oversee the Canton Police Department. 

“How do you essentially police the police? It comes down to legitimacy. You need public trust,” said Chad Baugh, Canton director of police services during the regular meeting of the board of trustees last week.

To that end, he said, the Canton Police Department in collaboration with the Canton Coalition for Inclusive Communities (CCIC) has developed a new initiative called the Police Transparency and Guidance Subcommittee. This group will operate as a subcommittee out of the CCIC, and be tasked with examining police misconduct investigations, with an emphasis on complaints regarding use of force, false arrest and complaints alleging racial profiling or bias-based policing.

Sumpter Township Fire Chief contract terminated by trustees

Chief Joe Januszyk
Members of the Sumpter Township Board of Trustees terminated the contract of Fire Chief Joe Januszyk during the April 27 meeting.

Township Supervisor Tim Bowman made the motion for the termination based on concerns regarding Januszyk's job performance during the past 14 months and comments the chief made during a hearing two weeks ago concerning the performance of fire department employee Colleen Armatis. Januszyk, like Armatis, opted for a public hearing regarding any disciplinary action. The board voted to terminate Januszyk with Trustee Peggy Morgan and Treasurer Jim Clark casting the two no votes. The termination was specified as “without cause” allowing Januszyk seven days notice and then 30 days full pay.

4 electric vehicle charging stations planned in Westland

Drivers can now get a charge in Westland.

Four level 2 electric vehicle charging stations will be installed on city-owned property for public use following approval of a contract with Greenspot by members of the city council during the April 5 meeting.

Greenspot, an award-winning leader in electric vehicle charging station development, installation and management, based out of Jersey City, NJ.  has been developing e-Mobility Hubs in cities and private developments throughout the United States and Internationally since 2014, according to the company website.

Supervisor suggests need for new Sumpter Township Hall

Members of the Sumpter Board of Trustees are facing a $3 million decision after being told it could cost $27,500 to replace the doors at township hall.

During a study session of the trustees last week, board members were told that the replacement of the front and rear doors at township hall would cost nearly $30,000 due to the corrosion and wear on the parts, prompting Trustee Don LaPorte to question the wisdom of spending that amount of money. LaPorte suggested exploring the possibility of repairing the current doors and suggested that the expertise of Supervisor Tim Bowman might help determine if repair rather than replacement would be possible.

Van Buren officials seeking public input about ‘Sumpter Corridor’

Plans for the Sumpter Road Corridor between Van Buren Township and the City of Belleville began last week with a webinar hosted by members of the township planning commission.

Township officials are now seeking input from residents, business owners, community leaders and other stakeholders about what they would like to see in the area. Township officials said that following completion of a full update to the master plan in 2020 they recognized more work needed to be done in several key areas. 

One of the most important areas of concern is the south side, including the Sumpter Road Corridor, they said. This part of the township was planned in depth in 2007 through the South Side Master Plan. 

Good clean fun

More than 130 volunteers participated in the April 24 Clean Up Day in Wayne. Rotary Club members who helped organized the event sent a special note of gratitude to those who helped collect trash from around the city. Officials said a special thanks was due to  Lori Morrow, Juan Bradford, Mathew Mulholland, Nancy and Matt Wojeski, Ed Queen, all the volunteers from Wayne Main Street and  photographer Stan Shelton.

School buses are ‘out of gas’

Student transportation in the Wayne Westland Community Schools District is going green by swapping the older school buses for newer and more eco-friendly transportation, officials said.

Westland Mayor William Wild awarded the school district with a #MissionGreen Eco Award in celebration of Earth Day in response to the district efforts in reducing gas emissions and keeping students and the community safe and breathing clean air.

Westland police partner with First Step facility

Westland Mayor William Wild, left, and Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik, right, officially
welcomed new Community Response Survivor Advocate Alexis Reed to the
city recently. Reed is in the department to facilitate immediate assistance
 to those impacted by domestic and sexual violence. 
Westland police have a new partner in efforts to help victims of domestic violence. 

Earlier this year, the Westland Police Department formalized a partnership with First Step, in an effort to provide stronger, more immediate resources to victims of domestic violence, officials said.

As a result of this strengthened partnership, the Westland Police Department has named Alexis Reed as the Community Response Survivor Advocate. She is present in the department to facilitate more immediate assistance to those impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Reed graduated with a masters degree in victimology and criminal justice, with a special interest in trauma response. She has worked with survivors of domestic and sexual violence for three years.

‘Walk and Roll’ public meeting is planned in city

They are on a roll in Westland as officials continue progress on the Wildwood Road Bikeway Plan which includes the creation of bicycle lanes on 3.5 miles of Wildwood Road,

In addition, officials are developing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan called Walk and Roll Westland to help connect residents with areas of high demand. A public meeting to share information about the plan is set for 5.30 p.m. May 11 and those interested can join the virtual meeting by phone at 1 (312)626-6799 meeting ID: 943 9827 6599; password: 228589. Officials are hoping to gain insight from the public about the future of walking and biking within the community. The meeting can also be joined by computer: Join by Computer:

Man faces murder charge in shooting of father

Devon Hackney
The man who posted a Snapchat video of his dead father's corpse and called 911 in Romulus to report the fatal shooting has been released from jail on bond.

Devon Hackney, 19, is charged with one count of open murder and one count of felony firearm in connection with the fatal shooting of his father, Alex Hackney of Romulus. Police were called to the elder Hackney's residence in the 14100 block of Conover Place in Romulus at about 2:02 p.m. April 21 in response to a 911 call from the accused who admitted he had shot his father. Responding officers discovered the elder Hackney unresponsive and  suffering from three gunshot wounds to the chest lying in the driveway of the home. Officers called medics to the scene and the victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police report lawmaker ‘was hostile’ during arrest

Jewell Jones
 following arrest.
New reports indicate that Michigan State Representative Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) and a woman passenger in his vehicle were both partially undressed when police approached the scene of his crashed SUV three weeks ago.

Published information indicates that Jones, 26, was holding up a woman near the passenger side door of the vehicle when state police approached. A paramedic responding to the scene of the accident observed that the woman's pants were down and Jones' pants were partially down according to official accounts of the scene from the Michigan Information & Research Service. 

The woman passenger in Jones' vehicle during the crash in Livingston County remains unidentified. 

Residents may have unclaimed assets

Romulus Treasurer Stacy Paigesaid she was surprised to recognize several local names when she recently accessed the Michigan.gov unclaimed property website, part of the state department of treasury.

Paige told members of the city council that a resident had contacted the office of Mayor LeRoy Burcroff with information that the city was listed as the owner of unclaimed property on the site. When Paige began the process of reclaiming the city items, she said “lots of names came up.”

B.L.O.C.K. marks 20th year of service in Canton

The B.L.O.C.K. Youth & Teen Center, the Canton Township center for tweens and teens ages 11 to 17, is celebrating the 20th anniversary this year, as the thousands of youngsters who have come through the doors since 2001 are remembered. 

In an ongoing effort to shine the spotlight on what the B.L.O.C.K. has meant to past participants and staff, testimonials will be collected throughout the year and posted online at www.facebook.com/Block YouthTeenCenter. 

Northville welcomes new city council member

Judge James Plakas, center, officiated at the swearing in of new Northville
City Councilman Andrew Krenz, second from left, as he joins Mayor
 Pro tem Marilyn Price, far left, Councilmember Barbara Moroski-Browne
and Mayor Brian Turnbull, far right. 
Andrew Krenz has officially joined the Northville City Council.

Krenz was sworn into office April 27 in council chambers at city hall by 35th District Judge James Plakas in front of his family and city officials.

Officials said that five highly-qualified city residents volunteered to fill the council seat of former member Sam Ekong who resigned last month. The five, James C. Allen, Joseph Corriveau, Philip Goodman, Krenz and Ryan McKindles,  were interviewed by council members at a special meeting April 22. 

More than 3,000 vaccinated at Plymouth clinics

More than 3,000 individuals received the COVID-19 vaccine at the Plymouth Cultural Center in March and April, according to city records.

Rite Aid approached Plymouth officials in early March, when there were 100 extra COVID vaccines that had to be used before the expiration date.  City officials immediately arranged for the vaccines to be taken to Tonquish Creek Manor, which houses seniors.

Rite Aid leaders called on the city again in March with an extra 30 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine which were distributed to those who were available on the same day that second doses were given to the initial group at Tonquish Manor.

Signing in

The Northville Township Police Department welcomed new Ofc. Edin Livadic with his official swearing in on April 12 before Township Clerk Roger Lundberg. Livadic joins Northville after serving for three years as a police officer for the Redford Township Police Department. He previously worked as a dispatcher for the Hamtramck Police Department while pursuing his associates' degree in criminal justice from Macomb Community College. He is a graduate of the Macomb Police Academy. Livadic is multilingual and speaks Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. He was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and immigrated with his parents to the United States when he was a child. 

Speaking up

Friends of the Plymouth District Library will welcome former U.S. Attorney and current University of Michigan Law professor Barbara L. McQuade who will share her thoughts on "Liberty, Safety and the Rule of Law" during a Zoom presentation at 1 p.m.  Wednesday, May 11. 

McQuade served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 2010 to 2017. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she was the first woman to serve in her position.

For information on viewing McQuade’s presentation, call the library at (734) 453-0750.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Sumpter treasurer now denies claiming ‘missing funds’

The author of a political letter to the editor published in a Belleville newspaper remains in question despite the best efforts of Sumpter Township attorney Rob Young.

The matter was referred to Young by the township board of trustees for investigation following the Aug. 28, 2020 publication of the letter which alleged financial mismanagement in the township. 

Young told the board members during the April 13 meeting that he had interviewed every department head and spoken extensively with the financial director regarding  the claims. 

“There is zero point zero chance there is or was any money missing ,” he said. “I'll say it again, there is zero point zero chance there are any problems. This was all made up, there is no missing money.”

The published letter was signed by then candidate for Township Treasurer Jim Clark who repeatedly denied writing the letter during the meeting.

Pandemic concerns cancel Canton Liberty Fest

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another casualty with the cancellation of the largest community celebration in Canton Township for the second consecutive year.

Township officials said that the cancellation of the three-day Canton Liberty Fest which typically attracts thousands of individuals was necessary in light of the latest guidelines from State of Michigan public health experts. The cancellation is the second year the township has been forced to cancel the popular community event in an effort to mitigate the spread of the corona virus. Liberty Fest usually included carnival rides and midway games, live entertainment on two stages, a car and truck show, a marketplace and a variety of festival food. Traditionally, the festival concluded with a large fireworks display.

Volunteers sought to aid at COVID vaccination clinics

Volunteers to help in the fight against the pandemic are needed in Canton Township.

Canton has scheduled vaccination clinics each week through the end of June, and the effort is in need of volunteer assistants.

Currently, township officials are utilizing adult volunteers who have a current volunteer application on file with Canton Leisure Services or Canton CERT team members. Anyone who is currently a volunteer with Canton Township and would like to help out at the clinics, should review the available time slots and sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054EAFAC23A1FC1-vaccine   

Volunteers are asked to work a four-hour shift and will have an opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, if desired. For more information, email jaiello@canton-mi.org.

Local construction prompts caution from officials

Orange seems to be the color of the season in Canton Township as large barrels warn motorists of narrowed roadways and road signs advise of detours.

Canton officials recently advised motorists to pay attention and adhere to all the posted detour routes and to exercise caution through the construction areas like the current  rehabilitation and repair work on Canton Center Road from Cherry Hill to Ford Road which began last week. Lane closures are currently in effect to prepare for pavement removal next week, officials said. During the first phase of this project, all north and southbound traffic on Canton Center Road will be moved to the outside lanes while the middle three lanes are under construction. Traffic will be maintained in both directions for the duration of the project, however motorists should expect heavy delays, they advised.

Canton teen is accused of assaulting father with car

A 17-year-old girl has been charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm following an argument with her father.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Jenna Shi of Canton Township with assaulting her father, Guangjie Shi, 50, with a moving vehicle during an argument Tuesday, April 19.

Canton Township police were called to the intersection of Liberty and Stanton at approximately 4:44 p.m. in response to a report of a man injured after being thrown from the hood of a moving vehicle. Emergency medical personnel rushed Guangjie Shi to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. 

Trustees hear state update from Lansing lobbying firm

Julie Brown, Special Writer

Members of the Canton Board of Trustees received an update from the township lobbying firm representative during the regular meeting earlier this month.

COVID relief funds have arrived in Michigan from the federal government, but disagreements between the Legislature and executive branch at the Michigan Capitol have delayed plans for spending the money explained Stephanie Johnson of Khoury Johnson Leavitt, the firm which represents Canton in Lansing. 

“That we're going to have to figure out how to spend. There are a lot of disagreements going on,” said Johnson during her report to the board members during the April 13 meeting.

Arts commission is sponsoring ‘Spell CANTON’ contest

Members of the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts, and Heritage are welcoming unique interpretations of the name using photos of objects in the community to spell out Canton. The letter art photography will continue to accept original artwork entries through Sept. 6.

Canton residents or groups with at least one Canton resident are asked to take pictures in the Canton community to create a unique sign spelling out C.A.N.T.O.N. for a chance to win a gift basket featuring a variety of gift cards valued at more than $100.  

Mayor opts not to seek reelection in November

Mayor LeRoy Burcroff
There will be no primary election necessary in the City of Romulus although voters will have several choices to make on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot.

Current Mayor LeRoy Burcroff has opted not to seek reelection. Seeking the top job in the city will be two familiar candidates, former Mayor Alan Lambert and current Romulus Director of Public Services Robert McCraight.

Long-time City Clerk Ellen Craig-Bragg will be unopposed as will incumbent Treasurer Stacy Paige.

Seeking terms on the seven-member city council will be incumbents Kathy Abdo; John Barden; Celeste Roscoe; Tina Talley; Eva Webb; William Wadsworth and Virginia Williams.

Senior Alliance plans free food distribution in Wayne

An emergency food distribution is planned for 10 a.m. until noon May 21 at The Senior Alliance, 5454 Venoy Road in Wayne.

Seniors ages 60 and older who reside in southern and western Wayne County communities are eligible for the food boxes which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Also eligible are adults living with a disability residing with an individual 60 and older and individuals currently enrolled in the MI Choice Medicaid Waiver Program.

Traffic should  enter the parking lot from Venoy Road and follow the signs to enter the line. Food boxes are limited but participants are asked not to arrive before 9:30 a.m.

Help sought in finding junior high school time capsule

When a group of Romulus Middle School students buried a time capsule back in 1995, they did a really good job.

So good, in fact, that as the same Romulus High School Class of 2020 class members get ready to celebrate their delayed 20th class reunion, they can't find it. 

Romulus Councilwoman Kathy Abdo asked the members of the council during a recent meeting to use their personal resources to see if they might know of anyone who might remember where the time capsule was buried.

“They had to cancel the 20th reunion last year due to COVID,” Abdo told the board members, “but are planning to have it July 31 this year.”

5 file for mayor’s office, 13 seek council terms

Mayor William R. Wild
Westland voters will have the opportunity to winnow an extensive field of candidates for mayor and city council during an August primary election this year.

Westland City Clerk Richard LeBlanc received 18 nominating petitions from candidates last week, four hoping to unseat incumbent Mayor William R. Wild and 13 wanting to serve on the city council

The top two candidates for mayor chosen by voters during the Aug. 3 primary will move on to the Nov. 2 general election ballot. The top eight vote getters during the primary will appear on the November ballot seeking terms on the city council.

Candidates had until last Friday to withdraw from any of the races. 

Help wanted

Volunteers are needed for the annual Lighthouse Home Mission yard sale set for Friday April 30 through Saturday, May 8. All proceeds from the sale go to stock the food pantry at the facility. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day of the sale and donations of gently used items of any type are being accepted.

Local man now serving on Navy Guided Missile Cruiser

Rick Burke, Navy Office of Community Outreach

A Westland man is serving aboard USS Philippine Sea, a U.S. Navy Flight II Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, homeported in Mayport, FLA.

Petty Ofc. 2nd Class Brian Williams is a 2014 Wayne Memorial High School graduate and 2019 graduate of Washtenaw Community College. Today, Williams serves as a damage controlman.

“I'm responsible for being a fire systems technician and firefighter aboard the ship,” said Williams. “I've also enjoyed the relationship I have built with my brothers.”