Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Local election results show some surprises

Last week, elections in several local municipalities brought voters out to make their choices for school and road bond issues, candidates and even an advisory vote on public safety funding.
Clerks throughout the area noted an extremely light turnout of voters despite the increased interest in national politics.

BELLEVILLE
City of Belleville returned unopposed Mayor Kerreen Conley to another four-year term and selected Kenneth R. Voigt and Kelly Bates to serve four-year terms on the city council. Loria received 404 votes or 38.4 percent of the ballots cast while Bates received 375 votes or 35.6 percent of the votes cast. Jack Loria received 273 votes or 26 percent of the votes.

Home Town Hero

Local woman named as one of
CNN Top Ten national heroes
Najah Bazzy
The founder of a local charity that helps single women and children facing poverty and despair has been named as one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes of the year.
Najah Bazzy,  CEO of Zaman International, an Inkster-based nonprofit organization that provides services to single women and children, is now one of the candidates for the top honor and Voting for the Hero of the Year will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 3. Individuals can vote 10 times a day, every day for the hero they believe is most deserving of the national honor.

Former Canton man charged in violent gang assault

Doniel Heard
A former Canton Township resident has confessed to carving the name of his current gang affiliation into the chest of a 15-year-old boy.
Doniel Heard, 37, agreed to confess to the brutal attack as part of a plea deal in U.S. District Court last month. In exchange for his admitting to the crime, charges against him were reduced by prosecutors to assault with a dangerous weapon for racketeering. He is expected to be sentenced March 4 in federal court on the charges.

Area mourns death of Kal Jabara, 92

Kal Jabara
Well-known Plymouth businessman and long-time Rotarian Kal Jabara, 92, died Oct. 29 at St. Joseph Hospital in Ypsilanti after a short illness.
Mr. Jabara was born Dec. 12, 1926 in Mancelona, where he grew up and graduated from high school. In 1945, he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

Long-time Northville councilwoman steps down

Nancy Darga accepted a recognition plaque
from Mayor Ken Roth for her years of service.
While Nov. 4 may have been her final meeting as a Northville City Council member, Nancy Darga took the opportunity to remind her fellow council members of a plan by the state to construct a Heritage Trail in Hines Park and promised to keep citizens aware of the progress.

Arts council hosts celebration

The Plymouth Community Arts Council will host a Member's Exhibit Reception and Holiday Party celebrating the 50th anniversary of the organization from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Cherry Hill Ford Factory project wins honors

State Sen. Dayna Polehanki, State Rep.Kristy Pagan,
 Partnership for the Arts and Humanities Executive
Director Jill Engel  and MotorCities Chairman
Michael O'Callaghan celebrate the honor awarded
to the Cherry Hill Ford Factory Complex.
The Cherry Hill Ford Factory Complex was recently honored  with the Revitalization Award by MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership as part of the 6th annual Awards of Excellence during Michigan Auto Heritage Day ceremonies at the Capitol Rotunda in Lansing.

Public forum set to discuss future use of Summit

Canton Leisure Services is currently seeking input to determine the “best use” of the Summit on the Park interior space as part of a Feasibility Study and Site Analysis of the community recreation center.
A public forum is planned for 5:30 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Summit on the Park Banquet Center, located at 46000 Summit Parkway. Canton residents, Summit on the Park members, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend, organizers said.

Original musical production set at Village Theater

TLC Productions will stage a third original musical, Casting Family at the Village Theatre in canton Township at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.
 Casting Family is a two-act, comedy musical about a gay male couple about to get married. Their families are unsupportive and plan not to attend, and so the partners-to-be decide to cast actors as 'family' to participate in the wedding. Their journey toward the impending ceremony includes tenderness, adversity, doubt, and a little bit of chaos. The musical is rated PG.

ATM theft ring arrested

Officers from the Canton Police Special Operations Group took part in an investigation into the theft of ATM machines from businesses around southeast Michigan.
The in-depth investigation which included officers from the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, South Oakland Narcotic Intelligence Consortium, and the Dearborn, Detroit, Ferndale, Livonia and Warren police departments led to the arrest an arraignment of four suspects last week.

Stuff a SWAT truck

The Westland Police Department is hosting the fourth annual Stuff a SWAT Truck from noon until 4 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29. The SWAT truck will be parked in the lot at the Westland Target store, 35401 Warren Road, awaiting donations. Police officers will be  accepting donations for the Westland Goodfellow's “No Child Without a Christmas” program. Last year, the event generated 19 shopping carts full of toys and more than $300 to help those in need.

Shop Local Saturday

Wayne Main Street promotes national event
This holiday season, officials from Wayne Main Street and the Wayne Downtown Development Authority are reminding shoppers to think Wayne and shop local.
The organizations are spearheading the Small Business Saturday initiative in downtown Wayne, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The winner is…

Representatives from the Westland Police Department presented a check to Palmer Lighthouse Home Mission at the Nov. 4 meeting of the city council The donation was funded by proceeds at the Heroes Police vs. Fire Charity Basketball Game which took place earlier this year at the newly improved Stottlemyer Park. Money was raised from food sales and the police department secret weapon, baked goods from Girl Scout Troop 71680. Donations were made by Target of Westland, Edge Fitness, Southeastern Homeowners Association, Wayne-Ford Civic League, and the police and fire unions. As for the final score at the game? Officials would only say that Palmer Lighthouse and the Westland Police Department were just a little happier than everyone else. For more information about Palmer Lighthouse Mission, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lighthouse-Home-Mission/289528244514804.

Jones co-sponsors criminal record expungement bill

State Rep. Jewell Jones, D-Inkster, was a co-sponsor of a bipartisan package of legislation approved by the Michigan House of Representatives last week which will  give thousands of residents with old, low-level criminal convictions an opportunity for a fresh start by expanding eligibility, shortening the required waiting period and establishing an automatic expungement system for certain offenses. The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit).

Van Buren man is charged with killing wife

A Van Buren Township man has been charged with murder in the death of his wife last week.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Terrance Oneal, 63, in connection with the homicide of Belinda Oneal, 62.  The couple lived in the 7000 block of Fay Drive in the township.

Helping hands

Volunteers help rebuild local place of worship
Volunteers from across the country visited
Belleville this summer to help renovate
the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's witnesses.
Volunteers from across the country descended on Belleville this year to help with a face lift at the Belleville Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Hundreds of volunteers traveled to the area and volunteered their time and skills to renovate the large property on Ecorse Road. Construction began in September and is expected to be completed this winter. The building is a center for large religious gatherings of Jehovah's Witnesses throughout the year and offers services in other languages, including American Sign Language.

Goodfellows continue annual holiday fundraising efforts

After another successful Goodfellows tea, the Romulus Goodfellows are in full swing, preparing for their annual holiday campaign to ensure No Child Without A Christmas.
Organized by Julie Allison, the tea brought as many as 200 people together to support the annual cause, which raised more than $22,000 last year.

Romulus seeks Person of the Year

The Greater Romulus Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 35th Person of the Year award.
Each year, the award is presented to a person who has made outstanding non-monetary contributions to the community. Nominations will be accepted at the chamber office until 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and will be kept in strictest confidence, according to a spokesman.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Veteran's Day

On Monday, the nation will celebrate Veteran's Day, originally known as Armistice Day, which is observed annually on Nov. 11 to honor all military veterans who have served in the armed forces.
Distinct from Memorial Day which honors those who died, Veteran's Day marks the anniversary of the end of World War I which formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the country on Nov. 11, and formally declared that Armistice Day should be commemorated every year with “solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service…and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the council of nations.”
Several special celebrations honoring veterans are set throughout the area.

Canton site selected for new veterans’ health clinic

It has been more than five years in planning but construction on the new $12-$15 million veteran's health care facility in Canton Township is expected to begin soon.
The state-of-the-art facility will offer primary care, mental health care, laboratory and pathology and imaging services for veterans in the new 40,000 square-foot complex to be constructed on North Lotz Road near the intersection of Ford Road and I-275, officials said.

Technology company plans expansion into Plymouth Township

A technology company is planning a $1.3 million expansion in Plymouth Township that could bring 48 new jobs to the area.
BEET, Inc., a company that creates technology to detect line failures and potential issues, will be implementing technology across 13 new facilities throughout the United States, including the Plymouth Township expansion. The company technology is implemented through ENVISION software, which has helped BEET build a strong customer base in the automotive industry, noted a spokesman from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The company has also started expanding into non-automotive industrial sectors to diversify business.

Officer cleared in jail death, EMT to be retried on charges

A jury has found former Westland Police Sgt. Ronald Buckley not guilty on charges of misconduct in office while a separate trial for former Westland EMT Leah Maynard on the same charges ended in a mistrial.
The two, along with former Westland EMT Matt Dicosola, were all charged in the Dec. 10, 2017 death of William Marshall while he was in custody at the Westland jail.

Help wanted - Canton Aquatic Center seeking workers

Summit on the Park community recreation center, located at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton, is now hiring lifeguards and swim instructors. These part-time positions offer flexible hours ideal for students, second job seekers, retirees and others.
"Becoming a lifeguard or swim instructor at Summit on the Park means joining a dynamic, diverse and welcoming team at a great place to work," said Brad Chiasson, Aquatics Specialist. "These are perfect jobs for anyone seeking flexible hours in a fun environment."

Monster Mash

A spooktacular time took place on the Main Stage of the Village Theater during the Second Annual Cherry Hill Village Monster Mash Oct. 19.The one-of-a-kind event for the 21-and-older crowd included haunted portraits and spider nets hanging from the walls, candle lights floating from the ceiling, and gravestones protruding from the floors.This adult Halloween party featured favorite Top 40 hits and Halloween covers by Atomic Radio. Audience members danced, enjoyed spooky drinks, pizza, as well as two challenging escape rooms.Audience members also participated in a costume contest with trophies and prizes. The Scariest Costume winner walked away with the grand prize of free ice cream for a year, courtesy of Cold Stone Creamery, located at 50409 Independence Street in Canton.  Additional prize winners for scariest and best couple's costumes were awarded a gift basket from Busch's Fresh Food Market of Canton and a wine basket with two free tickets for a show at the Village Theater, respectively.

Youth advisory council sworn in

Canton Youth Advisory Council members are eager to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
They were sworn in at a recent Canton Board of Trustees meeting and are: Bhavuk Gaddam, president; Rishabh Verma, secretary; Brahmpreet Saini, treasurer; Natalie Richardson, council member; Aarushi Ganguly, council member; Ayush Verma, council member and Hasan Zai, vice president.

‘Calendar Girls’ comedy opens tonight

Still Got It Players will present the comedy, “Calendar Girls”” in the Biltmore Studio at the Village Theater in Canton this weekend.  Performances will take place at 7:30 tonight, Nov. 7 and tomorrow, Nov. 8, and at both 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets, priced at $15 to $18 can be purchased online at www.cantonvillagetheater.org, in person at the Box Office  from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through  Friday or by phone at (734) 394-5300 ext. 2.

Romulus library celebrates year of growth

Patty Braden
Scott Spielman
Special Writer

It's been another successful year for the Romulus Public Library and more good things are on the way.
Library Director Patty Braden outlined the successes from the 2018/2019 fiscal year for the Romulus City Council last week and talked about plans for next year.
“Everything is going up, up up,” said Councilwoman Tina Talley. “I use the library quite frequently and it's always been a blessing to me.”

Funeral services set today for John K. Sterling

John K. Sterling, Jr., the original and former information officer for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, died at his retirement home at Sunrise Senior Living in Westlake Village, CA on Saturday, Oct. 26. He was formerly a long-time resident of Canton Township.
Mr. Sterling began his career with the Metroparks as a seasonal recreation employee at Metro Beach Metropark (now Lake St Clair Metropark) in the summer of 1955. He continued to work at Metro Beach each summer until 1959.

‘Matilda’ performances planned in Plymouth

A little girl with a very big brain; a troop of schoolchildren with a taste for revenge; a cruel headmistress with a secret, and a used-car salesman. Those characters, and more, will come to life when Matilda the Musical comes to Plymouth Nov. 7 through 10.
The show, based on a Roald Dahl children's book, will transform the theater at the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex into an English private school for six performances.

Homes for the holidays

From a home built in 1883 to a condominium with a weaving loft, visitors to the Northville Community Foundation Holiday Home Tour can visit five privately-owned homes filled with Christmas spirit this year. This year, the highly anticipated tour is planned for 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23. The 2019 Holiday Home Tour will also feature a refreshment stop at the Tipping Point Theatre in downtown Northville. 

Township clerk prepares for 2020 national election

Plymouth Township Clerk Jerry Vorva and his staff are already preparing for the 2020 election which is expected to attract a huge voter turnout.
Vorva said that his office anticipates a much larger absentee voter turnout due to changes in the law concerning “no reason” absentee voting.
The clerk's office is currently recruiting workers for the township election team. Applicants should have leadership and/or computer skills and a desire to be a part of the 2020 election process. The hours are long, but the pay is generous, Vorva said. For further information, contact Vorva at (734) 354-3224, or by email at jvorva@plymouthtwp.org.

Genealogists meeting set

Members of the Northville Genealogical Society will meet at the Northville District Library located at 212 W. Cady St., Northville beginning at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.
There will be a roundtable discussion about using genealogical software to store data followed by a general meeting at 2 p.m.
Tim Gliesner, manager of Special Library Collections at the Library of Michigan will be the guest speaker at 3 p.m.  He will discuss My Heritage Library Edition.

3 Cities Art Club accepting entries for annual exhibition

Local artists have only until Nov. 12 to submit their work for the upcoming Three cities Art Club 8th Annual Open Call for Artists.
The juried exhibition will include prizes for original hanging art in two categories, photography and all others. The entry fee is $35 for up to three pieces plus $5 for each additional entry.  Entrants can receive $10 off the entry fee by joining Three Cities Art Club at time of entry by paying membership fee of $25, good for the 2019-2020 club season.  Go to www.threecitiesartclub.org for additional information and to download the entry form and a club membership form or, call (313) 231-3939 to request a free informational package.   

Cool customers - City celebrates renovations at Mike Modano Ice Arena

Westland officials and community members
celebrate the renovations to the Mike Modano
Ice Arena with an official ribbon cutting.
Westland officials and members of the community were on hand last week to celebrate the completion of the final phase of improvements to the Mike Modano Ice Arena with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 
The arena has been undergoing numerous upgrades and repairs and in April, members of the city council contracted with J.S. Vig Construction for the consulting and project management services associated with the most recent project.

Spirit of service

Members of the Rotary Interact Club at Wayne Memorial High School dropped off handwritten thank you cards for each officer at the Wayne Police Department along with some home made treats last week. Officer Matthew Whalen and Sgt. Stephan Perez were among those on the force who expressed their appreciation to the teens for the gesture and enjoyed the snacks. The club members also joined Sue Webb last weekend and painted the posts and fascia of the pavilions at the City of Wayne Rotary Park II, along with the picnic tables in the park. Four of the park pavilions in the city have now been repainted by volunteers and the efforts of local groups continue to improve the city facilities.

Holiday Giveaway tickets on sale

Tickets for the Annual Christmas Giveaway in Inkster are still available.
Every year, the giveaway provides groceries, clothes, food and toys to 100 Inkster families in need for the holiday as the group has been doing for decades.
This year the event, organized by the Inkster Legends of Basketball, will offer three grand prizes, including a family package to see the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters along with a $50 dinner card; a family package for two nights at the luxurious Mackinac Island Bayshore Resort along with a $50 gas card and four tickets to see the Detroit Pistons play the Milwaukee bucks Feb. 20, 2020, which also include a $50 dinner card.
All proceeds go to the Inkster Christmas Giveaway which provides groceries and gifts for at least 100 needy families in the city. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Local elections set in area communities

Clerks in several local areas are prepared for local elections set for Tuesday, Nov. 5 while in other communities, there are no elections set this year. As always, polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
For information about registering to vote, or requesting an absentee ballot, contact the local clerk's office in your community or visit the municipal website.

BELLEVILLE
City of Belleville electors will fill 4-year terms for mayor and two city council members.
Both precincts in the city vote at St. Anthony's Church, 409 W. Columbia Ave. in the city.
Mayor Kerreen Conley is unopposed while three candidates. Kelly Bates, Jack Loria and Kenneth R. Voigt, are vying for two seats on the city council.

Romulus again wins economic development honor

The City of Romulus has again been recognized for dedication to entrepreneurial growth and economic development through the annual eCities study conducted by researchers at iLabs, the University of Michigan-Dearborn Center for Innovation Research. Romulus was one of only three communities in Wayne County to receive five stars.
"The City of Romulus is proud to receive a five-star rating in the eCities report for the second year in row, demonstrating our commitment to making Romulus a home of opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs," Mayor LeRoy Burcroff said. "We have doubled down on our efforts to fuel the success of local businesses, and I am thrilled to see continued growth in our community as a result."

New marijuana ordinance prompts council squabble

Tasha Green
Members of the Westland City Council have approved a new ordinance regulating the sale of marijuana in the community by a 6-1 vote.
Councilwoman Tasha Green, who cast the lone dissenting vote, was adamant in her repeated remarks that she favors marijuana but that she was “not comfortable with the integrity of the process.”
The ordinance limits the location of facilities that sell either medicinal or recreational marijuana including certain portions of the city, residentially-zoned areas and the City Centre District. Provisions of the new ordinance regulate security measures at the facilities, odors emanating from such operations and hours such businesses can be open in the city.

Annual International Festival set for Saturday

The annual International Festival returns to The Village Theater at Cherry Hill Saturday, Nov. 2 celebrating diversity in Canton and surrounding communities through song and dance.
This annual cultural and educational festival will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday on the main stage of the theater, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road.

Canton Farmers’ Market to host holiday artisans event

In preparation of the holiday season, the Canton Farmers Market will host the Second Annual Holiday Artisan Market on Saturday, Nov. 2, to assist shoppers with finding one-of-a-kind gifts, as well as delicious holiday food items for this festive time of year. A variety of specialty items will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Summit on the Park Ballroom, located at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton.
This special market will feature local artisans, producers, and craft makers, as well as familiar faces returning from the Canton Farmers Market regular season.

McCartney Project to perform on Village Theatre stage

The McCartney Project, a live concert tribute to Paul McCartney, Wings and The Beatles will perform for one night only on the Main Stage at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
The McCartney project covers more than three decades of the most popular Beatles hits through the monster hits of Wings and more. Each song replicates the authentic, iconic sound of Paul McCartney's music.

Grounded

Demolition of the Smith Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus in now under way. The 51-year-old facility, named for former Wayne County Road Commissioner Leroy C. Smith, a founder of the airport, was retired in 2008 as a terminal with the opening of the new North Terminal. Plans for the space created with the demolition of the building include a de-icing station and overnight parking for planes. The L.C. Smith Terminal Building -- known at the time as Terminal 1-- was built in 1958 and renamed for Smith in 1967. Photo by Chris Szymanski

Goodfellows Tea is served

The 12th annual Julie's Goodfellows Tea is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Romulus Athletic Center.
The event is a benefit for the Romulus Goodfellows No Child Without a Christmas campaign.
Visitors are welcome to wear their favorite hat and bring along moms, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, cousins and friends. There will be a silent auction and prizes for special hats.
Tickets are priced at $35 per person and RSVPs are requested at the Goodfellows Hotline at (734) 955-4577.  Early purchase is suggested as space is limited.
The Romulus Athletic Club is at 35765 Northline Road in Romulus.

Van Buren Township adopts 2020 budget

Members of the Van Buren Township Board of Trustees approved the $17.6  million 2020 general fund budget by a 5-1 vote at the regular meeting Oct. 15.
The dissenting vote was cast by Trustee Paul White. Township Treasurer Sharry Budd did not attend the meeting.
Also approved were the 2019 amended special revenue budget and the 2020 proposed special revenue budget and the water and sewer budget which includes a 5 percent raise in costs to water users in the township beginning Jan. 1, 2020. That cost is estimated at $8 or $9 quarterly for an average user in the township.

Belleville officials explain Tuesday advisory vote

Members of the Belleville City Council scheduled a special meeting last week to discuss the 2-mill public safety assessment question which will be on the local ballot Tuesday.
The elected officials explained to the small audience that the vote on the question was advisory and that the city would not be required to follow the results of the election.
Several firefighters in the audience were among those who criticized the council members for not making the decision to implement the assessment to fund public safety in the community.

Holiday Home Tour is planned in Northville

From a home built in 1883 to a condominium with a weaving loft, visitors to the Northville Community Foundation Holiday Home Tour can visit five privately-owned homes filled with Christmas spirit this year.
The highly-anticipated tour is planned for 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 this year.
The tour homes have each been fully decorated for the holidays.  The varied style of the homes and the decorations is sure to please every taste, a spokesperson noted.

Expansion at Rural Hill Cemetery is now complete

The expansion of Rural Hill Cemetery, a feature in Northville since 1948 when the city was a village, has been complete and the newest section is now open.
The expansion includes a veteran's section of the cemetery marked by four large trees that surround a tall pole with a large American flag to symbolize the sacrifice the veterans made for their country.

Not so scary



Tomorrow will be the final day to view the nearly 100 cleverly designed scarecrows in Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth. The annual exhibit, sponsored by the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, brings out the creativity of local businesses, groups and families as Flo is nearly blown away by insurance rates, an astronaut is ready to launch and formally-dressed ballroom dancers 'perform.' 'Started several years ago, the display has grown from just a few artistic creations to fill the spots available in the park. Photos by Sean Rhaesa 

Winning entries



Wayne Main Street recently announced the winners of the city 2019 Scarecrow Contest during a reception at Derby's Alley. The Facebook winner was Number 43, Taken by the Headless Horseman created by Brooke, Temperance and Verity. The People's Choice winner was Number 22, Charlie's Spongebob, created by the Marshall and Bond Family and the Judge's Choice winner was Number 14, Lily, entered by the Harper family. Each of the winners was awarded a $100 prize. The contest and reception were sponsored by the Wayne Downtown Development Authority, Kurt's Kaps and Dexter Cider Mill. Tomorrow, Nov. 1, will be the last day to take scarecrows down. From 8 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, volunteers will be meeting at the Wayne Historical Museum and then walking through town removing the scarecrows. To volunteer, email director@downtownwayne.org.

Police awarded grant to fund technology upgrades

Technology at the Westland Police Department is about to get a serious upgrade.
The department was recently awarded a $121,165 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)  through the Michigan State Police.
The JAG Program is the primary federal block grant funding stream for state and local criminal justice agencies.  JAG funds may be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, strategic planning, research and evaluation, data collection, training, personnel, equipment, forensic laboratories, supplies, contractual support, and criminal justice information systems.

Local county commissioner awarded NAACP leadership honor

Wayne County Commissioner Glenn S. Anderson (D-Westland) was honored with the Leading Through Service Award presented by the Western Wayne County NAACP during the annual Freedom Fund Dinner Oct. 20.
The award was presented in honor of Anderson's continued involvement with the local NAACP branch, as well as with the community at large.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Major construction project set for I-275

Traffic on Interstate 275 through Plymouth, Canton, Livonia and Northville will slow down considerably during a $50 million repair takes place next year.
The planned construction will take place on I-275 from Ford Road to Six Mile during the entire construction season, state officials told the audience at a meeting last week at Canton Township Summit on the Park.  During the construction, two lanes for north and southbound traffic will remain open, the officials said.
Representatives of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) explained that the project will include the repaving, shoulder widening and bridge maintenance along the freeway. Engineer Adam Pensenstadler told the audience that the repairs are crucial as the concrete on the roadway is from the '70s with asphalt on top.
There will be pirates, princesses, ghosts and maybe even a few real spirits during celebrations of Halloween set throughout the area during the next few days.
Here are a few of the upcoming thrills and chills planned.

Ghost Hunt tomorrow
The Westland Historical Society will host an Adult Ghost Hunt at Westland Historic Village from 7-11 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 25. The event will take place at 857 N. Wayne Road in the Westland Historic Village Park.
Members of the Great Lake Ghost Hunters will conduct a public investigation looking for spirits. Tickets are limited and  all sales are final. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adult-ghost-hunt-at-westland-historic-village-tickets-58161164609?aff=erelexpmlt .

Local elections scheduled throughout area for Nov. 5

Clerks in several local areas are prepared for local elections set for Tuesday, Nov. 5 while in other communities, there are no elections set this year. As always, polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
For information about registering to vote, or requesting an absentee ballot, contact the local clerk's office in your community or visit the municipal website.

BELLEVILLE
City of Belleville electors will fill 4-year terms for mayor and two city council members.
Both precincts in the city vote at St. Anthony's Church, 409 W. Columbia Ave. in the city.
Mayor Kerreen Conley is unopposed while three candidates. Kelly Bates, Jack Loria and Kenneth R. Voigt, are vying for two seats on the city council.
In addition, Belleville voters will be asked to approve a special assessment for the police and fire department operations of up to 2.00 mills or $2 per $1,000 of taxable value on real property in the city.

City manager retires after 29 years in township

Chip Snider
After serving Northville Township for more than 29 years, Township Manager Chip Snider officially announced his retirement last week during the regular meeting of the board of trustees.
As township manager, Snider worked diligently to redefine the concept of servant leadership.
Snider's myriad contributions to the township include organizationally restructuring both the Northville Township Police and Fire departments to a nominally consolidated Public Safety Department.

Romulus council rejects tax abatement request

Scott Spielman
Special Writer

Members of the Romulus City Council rebuffed a request last week for a tax abatement to bring a Canadian firm to the southeast side of the city.
The D & G Building Co. had requested an Industrial Development District (IDD) be established on two large but narrow plots of land off Inkster Road, just north of Eureka Road for the construction of a greenhouse facility that would be owned and operated by Mucci Farms, which is based in Ontario. The 55,000 square foot building would employ between 80 and 100 people and serve as a distribution center for fruits and vegetables grown at Mucci Farms facilities elsewhere, according to the project sponsors.

Rotary Club presents grants, honors members

Rotary District 6400 Governor John Chambers
congratulates Doing the Right Thing award
winner Joyce Rochowiak,along with
Rotary President Rachel Kozlowski. 
The Belleville Rotary Club awarded three financial grants and recognized the contributions of several members at the meeting last week.
The club members presented a $500 check to Gabby Burton and Martha Honoian from Friday Fill-up, a group that helps provide meals for children in food insecure households. The group provides a backpack to students which contains two breakfasts, two lunches and three snacks, plus an item to help the family stretch the food budget through the weekend. Friday Fill-up is headquartered at Trinity Episcopal Church.
For more information about Friday Fill-up, or to help the efforts of the group, visit http://www.trinitybell.org/friday-fill-up.html.

Final Turkey Shoot is at noon Sunday

The final Sumpter Township Parks and Recreation Turkey Shoot of the year will take place at noon Oct. 27 at the police firing range. Registration for the event begins at 11:30 a.m.
Only 12, 16 and 20 gauge shotguns are permitted with a maximum 30-inch barrel. No scopes or extended chokes are permitted.
Prizes include turkey, ham, bacon and cash rounds. Ammunition is provided.
The police range is located at the old landfill on West Willow Road between Sumpter and Elwell roads.
For more information, call Don Swinson, (734) 674-4980.

Sweet treat - Taste of Westland event planned

Chef Tony Paquette, at left, with others from
the William D. Ford Career-Technical Center, will
again bring desserts to the Holiday Taste Fest.
Julie Brown
Staff Writer

The Westland Holiday Taste Fest, set for 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, will offer tasty food, entertainment, an auction, raffles and more.
The event will take place at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 36375 Joy Road in Westland and proceeds will support the Westland Rotary Charities and Westland Chamber of Commerce.
Wayne County Community College District is presenting the annual social event this year, while other sponsors are also being sought. Call the Westland Chamber at (734) 326-7222 or visit the website, www.westlandchamber.com for more information.
“It's going to be a great event,” said Gretchen Heinicke, president/CEO of the Westland Chamber. The event is in its 21st year and draws some 350-450 revelers.
“The food is delicious and chef Tony (Paquette) will be there with his desserts,” she noted of the William D. Ford Career-Technical Center staffer and his Wayne-Westland students.

Passing of John Norton mourned

John Norton
John Norton, the son of former long-time Wayne Mayor Patrick Norton, died Oct. 14.
Mr. Norton, 49, was born April 3, 1970, the son of the late Patrick and Karen Norton. He was born with Down Syndrome and was well-known throughout the community ‘and touched the lives of everyone he met.’ his family said. A Wayne resident, he competed in Special Olympics and participated in community theater at the State Wayne Theatre downtown. He worked at Wendy's on Michigan Avenue for two decades.

Felony charges filed in Wayne shooting

A Wayne man is facing charges of felonious assault and felony firearm violations following an incident in the early evening of Oct. 14.
According to police reports, officers from the Wayne Police Department were dispatched to the 35000 block of Brush Street at about 7 p.m. Oct. 14 following a report of a man shooting a gun in the area.
When the officers arrived on the scene, they were advised by witnesses that the suspect had fled the area on foot.

Annual Legends charity raffle tickets still available in Inkster

Tickets for the Annual Christmas Giveaway in Inkster are now on sale.
Every year, the giveaway provides groceries, clothes, food and toys to 100 Inkster families in need for the holiday as the group has been doing for decades.
This year the event, organized by the Inkster Legends of Basketball, will offer three grand prizes, including a family package to see the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters along with a $50 dinner card; a family package for two nights at the luxurious Mackinac Island Bayshore Resort along with a $50 gas card and four tickets to see the Detroit Pistons play the Milwaukee bucks Feb. 20, 2020, which also include a $50 dinner card.
All proceeds go to the Inkster Christmas Giveaway which provides groceries and gifts for at least 100 needy families in the city. 

Student radio station to host Euchre Tournament

Students at The Park 88.1 radio station are hoping for a good deal during a planned Euchre Tournament set for 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Plymouth Elks Club.
This is the 8th Annual Euchre Tournament fundraiser for the student-operated radio station, part of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The station has been operating for more than 47 years.
The euchre tournament was the idea of 88.1 alumnus Denny Kapp.

Plymouth Township to formally recognize historic properties

Members of the newly-formed Plymouth Township Historic District Commission formally approved an application form enabling property owners in the township to seek designation of their properties as historic resources.
Adoption of the one-page form at the Sept. 27 meeting will enable commission members to consider applications from property owners seeking recognition of the community heritage embodied in their homes and structures. Studies show that historic designation also benefits property values, besides preserving important community assets, a spokesman from the township noted.
There is no cost or fee for submitting the application, which is available on the township web site, www.plymouthtwp.org.

Better Than Ever players present ‘Proposals’ on stage

Better Than Ever Productions will present a combined theatrical production/book signing of Proposals by Neil Simon at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton from Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3.
The play recalls the last time the Hines family gathered at their retreat in the Poconos.  The summer of 1953 brings romantic entanglements that coalesce one idyllic afternoon - Burt Hines, in his mid-50s and convalescing from a second heart attack, eagerly anticipates the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Westland set to OK new marijuana ordinance

Julie Brown
Staff Writer

Following 10 study sessions, members of the Westland City Council on Oct. 7 introduced an ordinance amendment allowing recreational marijuana businesses in the city. The measure is expected to be on the agenda for a vote at the 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, city council meeting at Westland City Hall.
Mohamed Ayoub, city department of planning director, said that details of the discussion at the previous study sessions, maps and more information about the proposed ordinance   are available on the city website for public review. City leaders face a Nov. 1 deadline to act on the measure, which follows November 2018 statewide approval of recreational marijuana use in Michigan.

Past is prologue: History of Plymouth is focus of recent documentary film

Julie Brown
Staff Writer

Mark Salloum, an 18-year Plymouth Township resident, knows his community well. His film about the history of the Plymouth community will soon air at the Penn Theatre in downtown Plymouth.
“I'm just thrilled to make my first feature-length film,” said Salloum, who owns and runs Canton-based Highway Media. “I think the greatest part is just watching the evolution of this town.”
He focused the film work on people and events “that have formed this community. I think that's what really will make it great for the viewing audience.”
“Plymouth, Michigan: A Rich History” will air at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, as well as 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Penn Theatre, across from Kellogg Park in Plymouth. It will also air 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, there.
Salloum said tickets are selling well.

Defrocked priest pleads guilty to assault charge

Patrick Casey, a former priest who served in both Canton Township and Westland, will be sentenced on charges of misdemeanor aggravated assault on Nov. 20 in Wayne County Circuit Court.
Casey, 56, entered a guilty plea as a jury deliberated his guilt on charges of third-degree criminal sexual assault. His plea to the lesser charge ended jury involvement in the case. Casey was accused by a man who claimed that he and the defrocked priest had a sexual encounter on Jan. 17, 2013.

Van Buren hires first full-time firefighter force

Van Buren Township officials have hired the first-ever full-time fire department in the community.
Members of the board of trustees approved the hiring of six full-time firefighters during the Oct. 1 meeting by a unanimous vote.
“We expect you to save our lives someday,” township Supervisor Kevin McNamara said to the newly-hired firefighters, sworn into office immediately by township Clerk Leon Wright.

Family Fun day is tomorrow

Families looking for a way to celebrate fall can meet at the Romulus Historical Park Pavilion from 5 until  8 p.m. tomorrow for an evening of entertainment celebrating the season.
The event, organized by the community Development and Recreation departments in the city, is free and will include hayrides downtown, face painting and a petting farm. In addition, there will be stories and treats from members of the Romulus Historical Society and tours will be offered along with games and other entertainment.

Taking aim: Charity turkey shoot continue in Sumpter

The Sumpter Township Parks and Recreation Turkey Shoots will take place at noon  Oct. 20 and 27 at the police firing range. Registration for the event begins at 11:30 a.m.
Only 12, 16 and 20 gauge shotguns are permitted with a maximum 30-inch barrel. No scopes or extended chokes are permitted.

Grant funds special needs at Aquatic Center

The Summit on the Park Aquatic Center now has four aquatic wheelchairs, as well as other adaptive swimming aids purchased with grant funding from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center.  These new features will enable individuals with special needs to independently enter and exit pool areas without using their own wheelchairs, which could potentially become damp or wet.  Additional adaptable water items will also be available, all free of charge, to members of the public with disabilities to assist with water navigation.
The $10,831 award was one of several grants awarded by the Reeve Foundation as part of  seven High Impact Grants totaling $232,266 and 73 Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants totaling $1,244,263.

YMCA moves Plymouth offices to PARC building

The former offices of the YMCA in this
Union Street building have been
moved to the PARC and the house is
now up for sale. Photo by Julie Brown
  
The Plymouth Family YMCA will become the newest tenant at the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex (PARC).
The two facilities have already established a strong community partnership, an official noted. The YMCA has been using PARC facilities for more than 2 years to facilitate programs including basketball, t-ball, Youth Advisory Board activities and school break camps.  PARC and the YMCA also collaborate on the Plymouth Preschool Enrichment Program (PEP), a comprehensive schedule of classes for preschool children ages 3 to 5 years including music, dance, yoga, sports, and basic cooking skills.

Plymouth City Commission sets infrastructure projects

Members of the Plymouth City Commission have approved a $6.9 million plan for infrastructure improvements throughout the community.
The new plan includes repairs to Farmer, Dewey, Main and Junction and Ann streets in 2020, the first year of the program. In the second year of the plan, repairs would take place on North Holbrook, Hamilton, Maple, Rover Oaks and Hartsough streets. In the third year of the plan, 2023, repairs are scheduled to take place on Harvey, Wing, Spring, Evergreen, William, Simpson, South Union and Hamilton street.

Grant will fund hiring of 13 Westland firefighters

Westland has been awarded a $2,387,804.25 federal grant to fund the hiring of 13 new firefighters for three years.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant (SAFER) was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA). The grant requires a city match funding portion of 25 percent or $322,676.32 in years one and two. The third year requires a city match funding portion of 65 percent or $838,958.25. The average annual cost to the city for the increased emergency staffing will be 38 percent during the three years of the grant.

Warm welcome

Members of the Wayne City Council welcomed new firefighter Tyler Fugate to the public safety department earlier this month during their regular meeting. Fugate took his oath of office from City Clerk Tina Stanke and was welcomed with a round of applause from the council members and audience.

Legends holiday raffle tickets now available

Tickets for the Annual Christmas Giveaway in Inkster are now on sale.
Every year, the giveaway provides groceries, clothes, food and toys to 100 Inkster families in need for the holiday as the group has been doing for decades.
This year the event, organized by the Inkster Legends of Basketball, will offer three grand prizes, including a family package to see the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters along with a $50 dinner card; a family package for two nights at the luxurious Mackinac Island Bayshore Resort along with a $50 gas card and four tickets to see the Detroit Pistons play the Milwaukee Bucks Feb. 20, 2020, which also include a $50 dinner card.
All proceeds go to the Inkster Christmas Giveaway which provides groceries and gifts for at least 100 needy families in the city. 

Sample ballots now accessible on Inkster city website

Voters in Inkster can already get a look at the upcoming Nov. 5 general election ballot by visiting the city website.
Candidates include incumbent Mayor Byron H. Nolen and Patrick Wimberly who is challenging him for the mayoral office.

City of Northville welcomes public safety grants

Northville City Police Chief Alan Maciag and Fire Chief Steve Ott had some good news for members of the city council during their regular meeting Oct. 7.
Maciag reported that the Bureau of Justice Assistance had awarded the city department a grant of $1,771 for the purchase of new bulletproof vests. The grant, Maciag said, will cover the cost of new, damaged and expired vests that have reached the 5-year efficiency expectancy.

Tribute Beatles to perform

The Mersey Beatles, an all-Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band, will return to Village Theater tomorrow. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, the band will play the entire album live followed by a set of greatest hits. The show spans the Fab Four's entire catalogue with four costume changes and authentic Liverpool accents, wit and charm.  To purchase tickets ($17 - $45 VIP, including premium seating, a meet and greet with Julia Baird and the band, and a CD download) visit cantonvillagetheater.org. Village Theater is an all-ages venue and is located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton.

State official shares Canton Road concerns

Julie Brown
Staff Writer

State Sen. Dayna Polehanki is among many individuals concerned about the dangers of making left turns at Lilley and Ford roads in Canton Township.
“We're going to get to work on that,” Polehanki told Canton Board of Trustees members at the Oct. 8 meeting.
Polehanki, elected in November 2018, praised Canton's B.L.O.C.K., Lead Like a Girl, and Be a Model Man for their youth leadership efforts. She thanked Canton Clerk Michael Siegrist for his work in increasing absentee voting numbers.

Canton Historical commission seeking new members

The Canton Historical Society, a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of local historical information and resources in the township, is currently accepting letters of interest to fill three board member positions. 
The Canton Historical Society offers valuable opportunities for individuals interested in helping keep the history of Canton alive.  Once appointed, these new board members will begin a three-year term starting in 2020. 

Emagine Theatre robbed; police seeking 3 suspects

Canton police are continuing to investigate the smash and grab robbery at the Emagine Theater last Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Police are seeking three men who smashed the front glass doors of the theater at 39536 on Ford Road at about 3:30 a.m. and managed to remove the cash box from the ATM and flee the scene in a stolen 2004 blue Dodge Ram pick-up truck. The vehicle was recovered at a nearby business.
The theater entrance suffered significant damage during the incident.
Anyone with possible information about the incident is asked to contact the Canton Police Department at (734) 394-5400.

Spooktacular event to take place

The Van Buren Township Parks and Recreation Department annual Candy Loop will take place at Quirk Park from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, rain or shine.
The 'spooktacular' event will take place behind Van Buren Township Hall on the small walking track near the pavilion. The park is located at 46425 Tyler Road.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wayne-Westland school superintendent resigns

Members of the Wayne-Westland Community Schools Board of Education unanimously accepted the resignation of Dr. Shelley Holt, former superintendent of schools. The resignation was part of a mutually-agreed upon settlement which also ends Holt's $2 million lawsuit against the district. No financial terms of the settlement were revealed by the district.
The unanimous vote took place Oct. 1 in a special session convened to end the district administrative relationship with Holt who had come under public criticism from parents, teachers and students during public meetings of the school board. She was accused of mismanagement, favoritism and creating a “culture of fear” and retaliation in the school district.
“I wish Dr. Holt nothing but the best as she moves on and thank her for the many positive contributions she made to the school district during her time as superintendent,” said Board President David R. Cox.
The resolution allows the board of education members to move forward with a search process to hire a new superintendent for the district, according to a prepared statement from the schools.
During the search process, current Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Operations Jill Simmons will serve as interim superintendent. Simmons, who earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Michigan University and a master's degree in human resources and employment relations.

Ringing success: Youths thrive at boxing club

Getting set to train in the Norwayne Boxing Gym ring,
from left, are Jesse Nelson, 17, a Livonia Franklin High
School senior; Ryan Reed, 16, a John Glenn High School
 junior and Sean Buza, 16, a Wayne Memorial High School junior.
Julie Brown
Staff Writer

Jirair Thompson, 14, has found a good thing at the Norwayne Boxing Gym.
“In my school, I used to get in trouble,” said Thompson, a sophomore at Wayne Memorial High School. “I get in less fights” in school now,” he added.
Thompson, in the ring at the gym inside the Jefferson-Barns Community Vitality Center, points to a 2018 Chicago Youth Boxing Club belt he won, along with a more recent one from Toledo, Ohio, competition. He enjoys traveling to boxing matches and he also appreciates the academic support from the Norwayne Boxing Gym.
“You remember that name, it's going to be out there,” promised coach Erskine Wade of Thompson. The coach cited the great boxing progress Thompson has achieved in one year.
The Norwayne Boxing Gym was founded by Jeff Styers, a former professional boxer. “He knew he wanted it here because he grew up in this area,” explained Jan Mnich of Northville, the gym director.”

Preliminary plan for Phoenix Mill OK'd by Plymouth

The Phoenix Mill in Plymouth Township may live up to its name as plans to restore and repurpose the building received preliminary approval from the planning commission recently.
The mill was one of three operated by Ford Motor Co. which shut them downdecades ago. The Phoenix property was closed in 1947 along with the Wilcox and Newburgh mills, all built in the 1920s and designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn. All three mills are located in Hines Park and the proposed sale of the sites has been the subject of protests by a the Save Hines Park group.

2019 Wayne Athletic Hall of Fame revealed

Wayne Memorial High School has revealed the 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.
The Hall of Fame had been part of the Wayne-Westland Athletic Hall of Fame that was created to honor area athletes and their accomplishments and encourage community pride. The original Hall of Fame was housed at Jake's Again Lounge. Original members of the Wayne-Westland Athletic Hall of Fame comprised community members, athletes and coaches from St. Mary's, John Glenn High School and Wayne Memorial High School.

Westland police launch educational visits on vaping

Michigan retailers are no longer allowed to sell flavored e-cigarettes without being fined or serving possible jail time, according to new state laws.
Police in Westland are taking the new law seriously and have assigned police and traffic bureau officers to conduct an educational campaign by visiting establishments currently selling these types of products. 

Fall Into Fashion Show is set

The members of the Wayne Ladies Literary Club are hoping to bring a little of the excitement of the fashion shows in Milan, New York and London to the local community with their Fall Into Fashion event.
Fall Into Fashion is the 2019 fundraiser for the group. The Coral Sash, a modern boutique with vintage charm located in South Lyon, will be bringing the latest styles to the runway using real women as models. The Coral Sash bills itself as a space where “grandmothers, mothers, and daughters could shop together in one place.”

Lions Club marks 50 years of service in Canton

Jacob Ooms earned a $2,000 scholarship this year from
 the Canton Lions Club. The club has awarded $14,000
in scholarships to Plymouth-Canton students since 2014. 
Scott Spielman
Special Writer

The Canton Lions Club passed a quiet milestone recently.
The service club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year, has now donated more than $100,000 back to the community through contributions to various charitable organizations and causes.
“Everything is falling together right now and turning out well,” said club President Ron Sullivan.
The Lions Club supports vision- and auditory-related causes throughout the Canton community and southeast Michigan, including Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Penrickton Center, Eversight Michigan, Beaumont Silent Children, Madonna University and several others.

Village Theatre now offers Sensory Sensitive movies

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill has begun a series of inclusive Sensory Sensitive Movie Program in the Main Auditorium at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill.  These monthly movie showings are designed to ensure a sensory inclusive and welcoming experience for all who attend.
The Sensory Sensitive Movie program features movies with the sound turned down and the lights turned up to provide a comfortable environment. Reduced capacity showings will also allow for more space for moviegoers to walk around, sing, shout, dance, clap and talk.
 A limited number of weighted lap blankets, headphones and fidget devices will be available for checkout during these special showings, as well as for any performance in this venue.
Canton Leisure Services facilities, including The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, received Sensory Inclusive Certification from KultureCity, a leading non-profit organization committed to creating more inclusive communities nationwide. 
 Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions.
One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to overstimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a high traffic area.  Common stimuli like lights, noises and textures may be perceived as too bright, too loud or too uncomfortable preventing participation in common activities.
“The movie theater environment is not always enjoyable for our son Cristian,” stated Canton resident Deborah Lawless.
“The massive volume can cause him to become agitated, the requirement to sit still for the entire length of a film, and the dark surroundings take away the enjoyment of the movie for him. It's to the point he will decline going to the theater.”
Lawless went on to explain: “We heard about sensory sensitive viewings and decided to attend a showing.

Library to open time capsule

More than 30 years ago, during the construction of the Canton Public Library, officials buried a time capsule under the front entryway of the structure. The capsule has remained hidden, untouched since 1988, until this past July, when it was unearthed during a renovation project.
That mysterious time capsule will be opened during an event set for 6:30 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct, 16, At the Prime Time Capsule Event, there will also be a retro candy table, an '80s themed photo booth, throwback music, letters to the future, historical library artifacts and a library video.

Annual Christmas Give Away tickets now on sale

It's never too early to help a neighbor and as the holiday season approaches, tickets for the Annual Christmas Giveaway in Inkster are now on sale.
This year the event, organized by the Inkster Legends of Basketball, will offer three grand prizes, including a family package to see the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters along with a $50 dinner card; a family package for two nights at the luxurious Mackinac Island Bayshore Resort along with a $50 gas card and four tickets to see the Detroit Pistons play the Milwaukee bucks Feb. 20, 2020, which also include a $50 dinner card.
All proceeds go to the Inkster Christmas Giveaway which provides groceries and gifts for at least 100 needy families in the city. 

On the line

As the UAW Strikes continue, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) this week continued to visit picket lines and stand with UAW workers at the GM plant in Romulus. Dingell will visit different shifts all week at all the plants in her district. “All the UAW workers want is a fair shake,” said Dingell. “The spirit on the picket lines are strong, but many are still worried about their healthcare, job security, and if they will be able to put food on the table. Organized labor invented the five-day work week. They found new ways to increase productivity and scale up and deliver great American made products. This strike is for the working men and women who must be respected as full partners with business in this country.” Since the start of the UAW strike, Dingell has visited the picket lines often and at different hours to show support and listen to the concerns of UAW workers. Last week, Dingell joined UAW workers on strike at the GM plants in Belleville, Ypsilanti, and Romulus.

‘Tis the Season: Annual Belleville Festival of Trees accepting holiday entries

It may be October, but the Belleville Area Museum is preparing for the Festival of Holiday Trees set for Nov. 21 through Dec. 21.
The event, part of the 24th Annual Belle Noelle Holiday Festival at the facility, displays trees and wreaths decorated by community organization, individuals and businesses. Organizers call the program a focal point of the holiday celebration in Belleville, Sumpter and Van Buren townships.
Each entry should have a cultural or historical holiday theme or one that is representative of the organization decorating the tree. Past themes have included an old-fashioned Christmas, Santas, gingerbread men, peppermints, patriotic red, white and blue ornamentation, and others. Organizers added that entry rules allow for a floor-size or tabletop artificial tree or an artificial wreath. A table-top tree can be a maximum 3-feet tall and entered wreaths much include a sturdy wire attached for hanging.

3 new restaurants to open at Detroit Metro Airport

Three new restaurants are coming to Detroit Metro Airport as part of the ongoing redevelopment there.
Members of the Romulus City Council approved three liquor licenses for the eateries, two of which are based in Michigan. They are: the Jolly Pumpkin, Anita's Kitchen, which is based in Royal Oak and Outback Steakhouse.