Thursday, April 2, 2020

Wayne hospital to treat only COVID-19 patients

The emergency room at Beaumont Hospital Wayne has been closed as the facility continues to admit COVID-19 patients transferred from other Beaumont facilities.
The move is part of the hospital surge plan and was implemented last week as Beaumont recorded 650 COVID-19 patients already in care with another 200 cases awaiting test results.
Physicians at each of the Beaumont hospitals will choose patients to be transferred to the Wayne facility and those transitions began last week, officials said. In addition to the emergency room, obstetrical services will be moved from Wayne to the Dearborn Beaumont Hospital to make room for the coronavirus patients.
The move to Wayne was the best option in the effort to avoid overcrowding of patients at other Beaumont facilities, officials said. “It's centrally located, for one, for all of our campuses,” said Beaumont COO Carolyn Wilson, in a prepared statement. “Two, they have a lot of expertise in communicable disease being close to the Detroit airport. We've invested even more training and specialty into that campus to care for this type of patient.”

Speak up

Student among winners of veterans’ competition

Julie Brown, Staff Writer
American Legion Post 251 Chaplain Jack Stange congratulates
Wayne Memorial High School 12th grader/honoree
Julia Givens, as Kerry Hritz, Wayne Memorial Social Science
department chair looks on. 
Julia Givens, a 12th-grader in Kerry Hritz' American Government and Politics class at Wayne Memorial High School, recently was lauded in the Oratorical Contest of the American Legion, Post 251 of Westland.
“She is a wonderful student. She's dedicated, hardworking. She's definitely a leader,” Hritz said.
Givens memorized a series of speeches for the American Legion initiative, focused on the amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
“I'm super proud of her. Just a huge win for Wayne High,” added Hritz of the third-place win by Givens, whose speeches note our U.S. Constitution has the significance of “still being (a) meaningful body.”
It had been 10 years since a student from either Wayne Memorial or John Glenn high school had participated in the Legion Oratorical Contest. Givens will attend Wayne State University to major in Global Studies next year, noted Hritz, Social Science department chair at Wayne Memorial High.

Egg hunt, Sumpter Country Festival are canceled

Two popular Sumpter Township events have succumbed to the effects of the coronavirus.
Officials have cancelled both the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the Sumpter Country Festival for this year in response to the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Both long-time events are organized by the township Parks and Recreation Commission, a volunteer group.
The Easter Egg Hunt, which was planned for April 4 usually attracts more than 40 youngsters up to age 12 who search in age groups for plastic eggs which can be redeemed for bags containing candy and a stuffed animal.

Wayne Main Street group names new director

Lori Morrow has been named as the new executive director of Wayne Main Street.
Morrow is a 10-year resident of Wayne with a background in business. She has s been a volunteer at Wayne Main Street for four years, helping with Downtown Days and serving on the committee for Toast Wayne.
Morrow has attended many Wayne Main Street events and is an active part of the community, according to a prepared release from the organization.
Morrow said she is looking forward to working with volunteers to help grow the community and businesses.

STEP up

Westland celebrates internship program

The City of Westland recently celebrated the success of the Services to Enhance Potential (STEP) Workplace to Success Intern Program in city hall. 
The STEP Supported Employment Services Department works to help individuals with disabilities and other challenges explore, prepare for, and become successful at a job of their choice, through training opportunities, education and outreach with community businesses, and ongoing support. These workplace internships permit individuals to experience what working in a variety of settings, including experience in custodial, housekeeping, food service, day care and others, according to a city spokesperson.
The success of two interns, Ryan Klotz and Tracy Kulikowski, who worked at Westland City Hall was recently lauded  by city and organization officials.

Inspire Theatre cancels Spamalot

Inspire Theatre in Westland has canceled performances of Spamalot in response to the executive order of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Managers at the theater are offering several options to those who may have purchased a ticket to any of the performances including waiting to determine if the shutdown of gatherings of more than 50 people is extended or cancelled.
The Spamalot tickets can also be exchanged for tickets to another upcoming production or purchases can request a refund. Refund requests will be accepted until noon April 24, organizers said. If the show dates are changes, necessary adjustments to accommodate ticket holders will be implemented.

Romulus council cancels regular April meetings

A combination of technology and common sense allowed the members of the Romulus City Council to meet in regular session and continue the business of the city last week.
Two council members, Mayor pro tem John Barden and Councilwoman Kathy Abdo used phone equipment to teleconference into the meeting and cast their votes on agenda issues.  Councilman William Wadsworth was absent from the meeting.
Barden designated Councilwoman Tina Talley to chair the meeting in light of the teleconferencing. In addition, City Clerk Ellen Craig-Bragg offered an email address at the beginning of the meeting which would have allowed the public to comment in real time on any issues during that section of the regular agenda. Any email comment would have been read aloud to the council members had anyone taken advantage of the opportunity.

Mayor praises performance of essential staff during crisis

Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff recently posted the following email letter to residents detailing the status of coronavirus measures in the city.

Mayor LeRoy Burcroff 
Fellow residents:
I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
I would like to extend my immense gratitude to our essential workers-police and fire, emergency medical professionals, grocery store and pharmacy employees, mail carriers, truck drivers and airport staff. I hope you will join me in keeping these workers, their health and the health of their families in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

As you know, Gov. (Gretchen) Whitmer has issued a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order. All non-essential Michigan businesses are required to temporarily suspend in-person operations until April 13. It is my hope that we can all do our part to keep ourselves and our community healthy by staying home unless performing essential tasks. To support small businesses in our community, please visit our website to find a list of restaurants still open for carry-out.

Farmer’s Market may still open in June

The Romulus Farmer's Market is still tentatively set to open from 5 until 9 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Fridays of the month from June through August. The second and fourth Friday markets are near the Sounds in Downtown in the gazebo while the third Friday Farmer's Market will be in the pavilion during the Movies in the Park. For more information, call (734) 955-4531.

Schools continue food program for students

Roderick Peterson Jr., Special Writer
As the coronavirus sweeps through the nation and the world, Romulus Community Schools continues to provide breakfast, lunch, and educational lessons to students in Romulus and Inkster.
While many public school districts across Michigan are offering onsite meal pick-up service for its families, Romulus has gone a step further by delivering food to the community utilizing the district bus service partner, Auxilio Inc.
“After discussing the immediate needs of our students, we knew our families would be best served if we provided a food delivery option,” said Nicole Crockett, district interim superintendent of schools. “We have almost 100 volunteers, over 20 bus drivers and aides to make daily deliveries possible.”

Sumpter Township budget is topic at meeting

Members of the Sumpter Township Board of Trustees met March 24 for a public hearing on the upcoming 2020-2021 budget.
Township Finance Director Michelle Cole told the trustees that in light of the current state of emergency due to the corona virus she was going to discuss just the most important items in the budget.
“This is a budget planning document,” she said. “Everything will have to go through all channels of approval.”
Cole said the top item was the year end total which showed that township revenue was up. “Expenses are up, too,” she said, “but this shows that the township has done a really good job in closing the gap on previous water issues.”

Beaumont Van Buren to accept medical donations

Donations of medical supplies for Beaumont Health are now being accepted at the Van Buren Township facility at 29163 Ecorse Road.
Hospital officials said a central location for donations would better accommodate the distribution of the needed supplies.
“We're overwhelmed with the generosity and support from the public,” said Beaumont Chief Nursing Officer, Susan Grant. “We're thankful for their donations and grateful Gov. (Gretchen) Whitmer's Stay-at-Home order, still allows area residents to go out and drop off much-needed donations of medical supplies. We thank them for stepping up and making a difference.”
As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to climb, Beaumont Health is now accepting specific medical supplies and donations to help support the health systems ongoing efforts to protect staff and patients during the pandemic.

Belleville City Hall is closed

Belleville officials have closed city hall to the public in response to the coronavirus outbreak but essential city services will continue, “just in a different way.”
The city website directs residents to call 911 for emergency response from both police and fire or a medical situation. Non-emergency information is available at the 211 number. Residents can also use the emergency email Wecanhelp@Bellevilleonthelake.com for information and updates.
The city is accepting only online and drop-box payments and is unable to return change. In the case of overpayment, the amount will be credited toward the next utility bill and receipts will be mailed for cash transactions only.

Inkster council suspends meetings for 30 days

Members of the Inkster City Council have responded to the social distancing ordered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with a new resolution suspending public meetings for the next 30 days.
The resolution, number os-20-49-R, also permits Mayor Patrick Wimberly as the chief administrative officer to take all actions necessary to the continued operation of the City of Inkster.
The resolution was approved by a unanimous vote of the city council members during the regularly scheduled March 16 meeting.

Northville mayor urges communication as top crisis priority

Bryan Turnbull, the mayor of Northville, recently issued a statement to all residents regarding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city.
“These are indeed extraordinary times and communication is a top priority for all of us. First, I want to thank our hardworking men and women in the Northville community on the front lines of this COVID-19 battle, with all of its evolving situations (public safety, medical professionals, essential services and those assisting the community),” he said.
He said that he had been in contact with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, along with federal, state, county and local municipal officials and would continue to gather information regarding responding to the virus.