Thursday, November 24, 2022


 

County to disburse federal funds for area projects

Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding will be distributed to several local communities for local projects following approval by members of the Wayne County Commission earlier this month.

The commission is charged with distributing the federal funding and approved 14 local projects during the Nov. 3 meeting. The commissioners approved the report of the Committee of the Whole members recommending the use of the federal funds.

The agreements will continue through Oct. 31, 2025 and each community awarded funds is required to spend no less that 70 percent of the project award money provided through ARPA before Oct. 31, 2024. 

Changing lives

Therapeutic Recreation program success celebrated by community

Canton Township Supervisor Anne Marie Graham-Hudak (above)
speaks to the audience celebrating the success of the Western
Wayne County Therapeutic Recreation program
at the Summit on the Park last week. 
Canton Township celebrated success last week during a special recognition program honoring the achievements of the Western Wayne County Therapeutic Recreation Program at the Summit on the Park.

Canton Township Supervisor Anne Marie Graham-Hudak explained that the program had achieved a positive impact on hundreds of program recipients whose lives had been improved with numerous opportunities to learn and reinforce life skills. These skills helped break down barriers for individuals with disabling conditions, she added.  Several representatives from local communities served by the program along with Wayne County officials and other dignitaries were on hand to help recognize the positive impact of the program. 

Person of the Year nominations sought

The 36th Person of the Year will be named in Romulus next spring.

Nominations for the honor will be accepted by the Greater Romulus Chamber of Commerce until Dec. 8 by mail, email, in person or online. No nominations postmarked or received after Dec. 8 will be considered for the honor.

The criteria for the nominees are individuals that have made significant contributions to 

Romulus and residents of the community. Nominations should include a biographical synopsis should stating reasons the nominee should be honored as the Person of the Year. The award presentation ceremony will take place in spring, 2023, chamber officials said.

Happy trails

Sumpter Township officials were among those across the country who celebrated National Take a Hike Day earlier this month with inviting photos of Crosswinds Marsh. The new township Facebook page features photos of the 7.5 miles of trails in the marsh, three of which are designated for hiking and pedestrian only. The post noted that Michigan has more than 13,400 miles of state designated multi use trails while hiking only trails make up 4,020 of those. Michigan is also one of seven states that host the North Country Trail, which totals 4,800 miles. Like most other municipalities, Sumpter Township Hall will be closed today and tomorrow to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. To access the new Sumpter Township Facebook page, go to: https://www.facebook.com/sumptertownship


Promoted

The Romulus Police Department recently celebrated the promotion of the newest captain on the force, Nicole Harris. Harris is a life-long resident of the city, born and raised in Romulus, according to an official announcement from the department. According to Police Chief Robert Pfannes, Harris has steadily taken on more responsibility and competitively risen through the ranks. He said the entire department was proud of Harris' accomplishments and congratulated her on her new rank.


Funeral donations needed

Inkster community officials are asking the public to help with the funeral costs of two teens killed in a house fire last month.

The teens, Alex Hall, 17, and his disabled 15-year-old brother, Anthony, were unable to escape the fire and smoke at their home on Florence Street in Inkster.  Authorities have ruled the cause of the fire as accidental. The boys were discovered by their mother, Shannon Hall, when she arrived home from work, officials said.

Name ‘sake’

Community center renamed to honor area commissioner

Abdul "Al" Haidous stands outside the newly renamed
community center in Wayne which is now a
tribute to his 40-years of service to the city.
There have been some changes made at the former HYPE Athletics Center in Wayne which is now called the Abdul “Al' Haidous Community Center.

The name change, officials said, is in recognition of former Haidous' more than four-decades of service to the city as a councilman, mayor and now Wayne County Commission member.

A Democrat, he was first elected in November 2014 to represent the Wayne County Commission 11th District, which covers the cities of Belleville, Romulus and Wayne; Huron, Sumpter and Van Buren townships and part of the city of Westland. Haidous served as the mayor of the city of Wayne from 2001 until he was elected to the county commission. He served on the Wayne City Council from 1993 to 2001 and Board of Zoning Appeals from 1990-93. 

Goodfellows help is available

Applications for holiday help from the Wayne Goodfellows organization will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 3.

For nearly a century, the Goodfellows organizations across the country have provided toys, groceries and gifts during the annual No Child Without A Christmas campaign.  In Wayne, the group provides support and assistance to nearly 300 families annually and during the holiday. The Wayne organization offers emergency help to those who have suffered a catastrophic event all year which prevents them from providing for themselves short term. Wayne Goodfellows also support various other local organization which provide support for the community.  

Manal Kadry and her husband, Omar Salamen were killed in a tragic
single-car accident in Northville Township last week while returning
home from visiting friends. They leave behind four children. 
Northville police are continuing to investigate a single car accident last week that claimed the lives of a Northville couple, survived by their four children. 

The accident took place at 12:17 a.m. Nov. 12 on Bayberry Way in the area of Seven Mile and Napier roads in Northville Township. The couple were  identified as 46-year-old Omar Salamen and his wife, 40-year-old Manal Kadry. Preliminary findings indicate the Salamen, who was driving,  was attempting to navigate a curve, left the road and struck a tree. Police said neither occupant of the vehicle survived the crash. The couple was reportedly returning to their Northville Township home following a visit with friends.  

Redesign of downtown city streets will be meeting topic

The Northville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and representatives from design firm Grissim, Metz and Andriese (GMA) will host a meeting regarding design plans for the downtown street closures at 8 a.m. Nov. 29 at Northville City Hall. The design consultant and traffic consultant teams (GMA and Fleis & Vandenbrink) will host a joint workshop on Dec. 7 to make presentations, gather public comment and take a walking tour of the downtown street closures. 

“We're inviting anyone who is interested to attend the meetings and share your thoughts and ideas,” said DDA Director Lori Ward.

Tipping Point Theatre presents holiday classic

Tipping Point Theatre launched the 15th theatrical season this month with a production of Joe Landry's adaptation of It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. 

“We begin our 15th season with a classic,” said Co-Producing Artistic Director Julia Glander. “This story within a story…within a story about love and redemption holds up remarkably well in our present, pandemic world. 

Longest serving mayor set to resign Jan. 16

Mayor William R. WIld
Bill Wild may be leaving the mayor's office but he isn't leaving Westland just yet.

Wild announced that he will resign as the mayor of the city Jan. 16 to take a position as the president and CEO of the Midwest Independent Retailer Association, based in West Bloomfield.

Wild, who was raised in Westland and is a graduate of John Glenn High School, has been the mayor of the city since 2007 and is the longest serving mayor in Westland. He served on the city council prior to becoming mayor. 

Wild has guided the city in attempts to convert the old Marshall Upper Elementary School building into a community facility, was instrumental in the initial curbside recycling program in the city and the return of the program after financial concerns forced cancellation of the service.

Westland man accused of helping terrorist groups

Aws Mohammed Naser
A Westland man is accused of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also know as ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

In a federal indictment unsealed last week, Aws Mohammed Naser, 34, was charged with the federal offense which, if convicted, carries a 20 year prison term. Naser is also accused of being a felon in possession of a destructive device, an offense which carries a 15-year prison term upon conviction. 

“Terrorism poses significant threats to people living in our district and around the world,” United States Attorney Dawn Ison said. “We will aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone who seeks to aid terrorists.”

Fill a SWAT truck tomorrow

There will be a menacing looking SWAT truck parked in the lot at Crunch Fitness tomorrow, but there is no cause for alarm. The vehicle is there for a good cause.

The Westland Police Department is sponsoring the fifth Stuff a SWAT Truck event, an effort that provides gifts for the Westland Goodfellows No Child Without a Christmas campaign. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the truck will be collecting donations of new, unwrapped gifts for Westland children for Christmas. Crunch Fitness is located at 35715 Warren Road and Santa Claus will be on hand for free photos.

Library remodeling under way

A planned $5.3 million renovation and expansion of the William P. Faust Westland Public Library is now under way and will include the addition of 7,000 square feet to the building. The current location will close to the public until a potential reopening of the remodeled facility next fall. Services will be available beginning in late January at the Marshall Upper Elementary School building on Bayview Street, officials said.

While online services will continue without interruption, other services including loaning of books and materials will be available at nearby libraries include Canton Township, Garden City and Wayne. Officials said those facilities will honor a Westland library card during the project. 

Red Kettle Campaign sparks friendly rivalry

Bells will soon be ringing throughout the area as the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign begins the annual drive for funding to help the less fortunate.

The traditional rivalry between the members of the Plymouth Kiwanis and Plymouth Rotary clubs is expected to be even fiercer this year and each club is determined to collect the most donations to help those less fortunate in the Plymouth communities. While the Kiwanis members out collected the Rotarians during the bell-ringing campaign last year, the Rotary Morning Club members have agreed to join the Noon Club members to ensure victory this year by sheer numbers of volunteer bell-ringers.

Clothing drive under way

With winter temperatures already here, Friends of Unity Church representatives are seeking clothing for children 3 to 14 years old-socks, underwear and warm pajamas. The clothing will go to God's Storehouse, a Detroit charity that assists people who are homeless or living in poverty. 

Donors can drop off clothing through Dec. 4 at the Plymouth Community Arts Council building at 774 N, Sheldon Road, Plymouth. Clothing can be placed in a labeled drop box in the lobby from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. until noon Sundays.

Winter Walk

Tickets are going fast for the Winter Wonderland Walk in Heritage Park in Canton Township. The park will feature seasonal light displays and decorations installed around the large pond along with visits from Santa, ice carvings and special winter refreshments for sale from vendors. The Winter Wonderland Walk will take place from 5 until 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Pre-registration for the special event is required and each visitor must register for an assigned time slot. Cost for the holiday walk is $6 per Canton resident and $7 for non-residents. The walk is appropriate for all ages. The walk will take place in the Heritage Park located behind the Canton Administration Building at 1150 South Canton Center Road. For more information, visit www.cantofun.org/678.

Mental health workshops offered

Canton Township Leisure Services is currently offering a free series of mental health workshops to help area residents learn important self-care skills. Participants in the Family First and Social Services Workshops will receive information and be introduced to practices that support mental well-being, according to Laura Mortier, Canton recreation supervisor. 

“Our goal with these free workshops is to offer resources, as well as educational opportunities, so that individuals can find tools of support for themselves or ways to help support others,” said Mortier. “These unique opportunities are designed to show and help participants learn how to nurture themselves and develop mindful self-care plans on a variety of topics.” 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Northville pedestrian pathway gaps to be completed

Critical "gaps” in the Northville Township non-motorized pathway system have been identified for completion by members of the Pathways Advisory Committee established in 2021.

Members of the committee took field trips to study the current system and after preliminary engineering review, chose three projects as the best opportunity for completion.  A section on the north side of Six Mile Road, east and west of Beck; a portion on the east side of Bradner Road, from Meads Mill Middle School to Whisperwood subdivision and a portion on the north side of Arcadia Ridge, into Marv Gans Community Park have been selected as the first projects to be completed.

Helping hands

Pollinator gardens installed at parks

Volunteers work together installing the new pollinator
gardens at Heritage Park and Ridge Road Park in Canton Township.
Mother Nature is getting a little help in Canton Township.

Heritage and Ridge Road parks in the township each now include pollinator gardens created by volunteers from Community Financial Credit Union and the Dartmouth Alumni of Detroit/NW/Ohio, under the guidance of Creating Habitats for Pollinators. The native grasses and plants have been planted in an effort to give bees and other pollinators a place to thrive, explained Abe Vinitski, Canton parks supervisor. 

“Butterflies and bees need plenty of native, flowering plants to thrive,” said  Vinitski. “By increasing the amount of dedicated habitat for these pollinating insects, we hope to add nesting sites that are critical to their survival, as well as serve as inspiration to others to add pollinator habitats in their yards.” 

Romulus Goodfellows Annual Turkey Trot set for tomorrow

Area runners can join a very large flock of "turkeys" tomorrow during the Romulus Goodfellows Gobble Wobble Turkey Trot.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the Goodfellows who provide Christmas toys and food to the less fortunate in the community. There will be a $10 entry fee for the event which will be used to purchase gifts, toys and groceries for those needing help during the holidays, part of the annual Goodfellows No Child Without A Christmas project.

Winners of 28th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition named

The 28th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition has chosen the winning artworks entered this year. Winners include: Best of Show: Jean-Paul Aboudib for 'United States of Rome'; Second Prize: Dennis Gordon for 'Thistle'; Third Prize: Chuck Schroeder for 'St. Mary's Challenger'; Juror's Choice Award: Durwood Coffey for “Close Encounter”; Honorable Mention: Sylvia Ford for 'Take Flight: Inside Embry Riddle'; Honorable Mention: Jessica Waterstradt for 'Little Wonders'; Merit Award: Aileen Mozug for 'Palm Abstract'; Merit Award: Linda Klenczar for 'Follow the Road'; Merit Award: Amanda Pringle for 'Spring Day'; and Merit Award: Mary Jo Caruana for 'Pondering his Next Move'.

Canton Goodfellows are seeking volunteers, donations

Again this year, the Canton Goodfellows will be providing holiday toys and meals for those less fortunate. Each year, the group provides holiday gifts for several hundred children in the township, a spokesman noted.

The group is seeking volunteers to help collect and distribute gifts this year. Current volunteers will meet between 6 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the lower level of the Township Administration Building. Information about the Goodfellows and the holiday operation will be provided along with light refreshments.

Winter Walk is planned

Heritage Park in Canton Township will become a winter wonderland again this year.

The park will feature seasonal light displays and decorations installed around the large pond along with visits from Santa, ice carvings and special winter refreshments for sale from vendors. The Winter Wonderland Walk will take place from 5 until 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Pre-registration for the special event is required and each visitor must register for an assigned time slot. 

Spooky stuff

The winners of Westland Mayor William Wild's annual employee decorating contest were revealed just in time for Halloween. The winner for Best Overall workspace in the city hall offices was Shelby Bedra with Nicole Jones taking second place. The WOW Factor award went to Nicole Kolar while Aubrey Berman came in second. Kim Clish won the Spookiest category with Becky Calvert finishing in second place. Sheila Larimore was the Most Original winner with Kayla Cobetto finishing taking second-place honors.

A new chapter

City officials and members of the William Faust Public Library of Westland celebrated the groundbreaking for the library renovation project recently. The renovation and expansion will be funded by a voter approved millage and will include a new dedicated program room for youth, state of the art meeting rooms, additional study rooms, an expanded teen area, and an outside courtyard. Improvements will also be made throughout the building, including acoustics. Library operations will be relocated during construction to shorten the duration of the project. More information about the renovation plan is available in the library lobby, officials said.


Northville Township Fire Department adds 7 members

Northville Township Hall had a full house last week as the fire department
welcomed seven firefighters to the organization. New Northville firefighters
include, from left, Francis Dreslinski, Peter Michalak, Mackenzie Slowik,
Kevin Pietrasinski, Thomas Wilson, Zachary Sprys-Tellner and Kody Gazdag.
The Northville Township Fire Department welcomed the largest class of firefighter recruits in a decade last week. Seven firefighters/paramedics took the oath of office, creating a 37-member department. 

The firefighters were sworn in by Northville Township Clerk Roger Lundberg in a township hall ceremony in front of friends and family. Each firefighter is also a paramedic. 

Public service officials said that rising population rates in the township have reached nearly 32,000 which impacts requests for service. This hiring, they said, matches staffing with current incident volume. 

Firms hired to design permanent downtown street areas

The firm of Grissim, Metz, and Andriese has been awarded a contract to plan a conversion of the closed sections of North Center Street and Main Street into a permanent pedestrian environment.

The $47,700 cost will be split between the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the city. Each will pay $23,850 for the development plan. The plan, assigned to the DDA, must support local businesses and foster community engagement, according to the specifications of the bid. Five design firms responded to the Request For Proposal (RFP) and those bids were reviewed by members of the DDA Economic Development Committee, along with city DPW Director Mike Domine.

Board OK’s 2 new ambulances

Officials from the Northville Township Fire Department have ordered two new ambulances to replace two aging vehicles with more than 120,000 miles on each of them. Because of the specialized equipment involved, the new models will take two years to build, officials said, and the township expects them to arrive next summer.

Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Wiggins won a $250,000 FEMA grant for Northville Township Fire Department, covering about 80 percent of the cost of one of the ambulances.

Northville Township is saving an additional $90,000 on both of the new ambulances by reinstalling the existing Stryker Power Cots that were previously purchased using funds from another grant, also secured by Wiggins.

Couple killed in crash

A Northville Township couple was killed Saturday when the vehicle in which they were riding left the roadway and struck a tree in the Steeplechase subdivision.

Police officers were called to the scene on Bayberry Way near the intersection of Seven Mile and Napier roads at 12:17 a.m. Nov. 12 following a report of a rollover accident. Northville Township Fire Department personnel utilized extrication equipment to remove the victims who were beyond life saving measures, according to police reports. 

Police investigation into shooting of teen continues

Sumpter Township police are continuing the investigation into a shooting that took place Nov. 7.

According to police reports, officers were dispatched to the area of Rustic Lane North and Knollwood in the Rawsonville Woods Mobile Home Community at about 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in response to a report of shots fired. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a 15-year-old boy who had suffered a gunshot in his upper leg/buttocks.

Cause of fatal crash is probed

The investigation into a fatal hit and run accident in Plymouth Oct. 30 is continuing, officials said.

Police are seeking the identity of a driver who fatally struck a pedestrian at about 7 p.m. on Beck Road between Powell and North Territorial Road in Plymouth Township. 

The victim was treated and transported from the scene by emergency personnel but succumbed to the injuries sustained and died later at a local hospital, according to police reports.

Paid parking plan to be topic

Discussions of a plan to implement paid parking in downtown Plymouth will continue at a 5 p.m. meeting Monday, Nov. 21 at Plymouth City Hall.

Representatives from the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and members of the Plymouth City Commission have been discussing the various possibilities for a paid parking system in the city. Officials said the paid parking system could potentially increase the parking stock in the area. 

Congratulations

Sumpter Township Police Sgt. Beth Egerer celebrates her  recent graduation from Siena Heights University. Egerer earned a bachelor of applied science - law enforcement degree, with a minor in public administration. Egerer was also named as police officer of the year in 2018 based on her exemplary service in the department. Police Chief Eric Luke congratulated Egerer on her accomplishments

Mistiletoe Market returns Dec. 1

Christmas will be a little early in downtown Plymouth this year with the return of the popular Mistletoe Market on Dec. 1.

Again this year, from noon until 9 p.m. The Gathering will be the site of more than 60 vendors offering a European style market with Michigan-made crafts, treats and greenery. Attractions including horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers from local school and church groups street performers and brass bands will begin to fill downtown at 5 p.m. organizers said.

Wreaths Across America celebrated in Romulus

Donations and volunteers are need for the special Wreaths Across America Ceremony planned for noon Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Romulus Memorial Cemetery.

The ceremony is being organized by the Romulus  Veterans Outreach Committee and the Romulus VFW Post 78.  Individuals can purchase a $15 wreath to honor a veteran in the cemetery until Nov. 29 online at: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ Choose “Local Sponsorship Group” and search “Romulus VFW”.

Fond farewell

During the regular meeting of the Wayne City Council last week, Councilwoman Kelly Skiff was honored by her fellow officials and State Rep. Kevin Coleman for her four years of service on the council. Skiff opted not to seek another term, but told the audience and city officials how proud she was to have served the residents as she thanked them for their support. Skiff's last meeting as a member of council was Nov. 13.

Promoted

The Romulus Police Department recently celebrated the promotion of the newest captain on the force, Nicole Harris. Harris is a life-long resident of the city, born and raised in Romulus, according to an official announcement from the department. According to Police Chief Robert Pfannes, Harris has steadily taken on more responsibility and competitively risen through the ranks. He said the entire department was proud of Harris' accomplishments and congratulated her on her new rank.

Police car strikes pedestrian

An Inkster man was seriously injured last week when he stepped into the path of a moving Inkster Police vehicle.

According to police reports, the incident took place on Inkster Road, just south of Cherry Hill on Sunday, Nov. 6. The man was struck by the vehicle as he stepped directly in front of the moving car. Police said only that the man appeared to be in his 50s and was transported by emergency personnel to a nearby hospital in serious conditions.

No further details of the incident were released by police who said it was an ongoing investigation.

Shooting investigation continues

Inkster police officers responding to a reported "disturbance" on Halloween discovered a man dead of multiple gunshot wounds, according to official reports.

Inkster police responded to the report at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. When officers arrived at 26739 Yale St., they found the body of a 45-year-old Inkster man dead of multiple gunshot wounds. 

Applications for Goodfellows holiday help are still available

Applications for holiday help from the Wayne Goodfellows organization will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today, Nov. 17, and again Dec. 3.

For nearly a century, the Goodfellows organizations across the country have provided toys, groceries and gifts during the annual No Child Without A Christmas campaign.  In Wayne, the group provides support and assistance to nearly 300 families annually and during the holiday.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Canton OK’s 449 unit rental development

Creekview Landings, a 449-unit rental home project, has received approval from members of the Canton Township Board of Trustees.

Trustees agreed with the recommendation of the township planning commission where the project received approval in September. Construction on the 225-acre site north of Geddes Road and west of Denton Road could begin as early as next summer, officials said.  

Plans submitted by the developer, Sunrise Land Group, include a clubhouse, pool, dog park, splash pad, basketball court and playground along with 342 detached rental homes and 107 attached for-rent units.

Lighting up

County holiday display to open next Thursday

The Wayne County Lightfest, a magical four-mile stretch of Hines Park, displaying nearly 50 animated themed displays and more than 100,000 lights, will open for the holiday season next Thursday, Nov. 17 with a special Lights On ceremony at 6 p.m. at Merriman Hollow Park. 

The display will then be open from 6 until 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday until Saturday, Dec. 24. The Lightfest is closed Monday and Tuesday evenings. Wayne County officials noted that the overwhelming response to the Lightfest last year may increase wait times may be longer than normal on weekends.

Plymouth will add 2 downtown liquor licenses

Adult beverages may soon be available in two more locations in Plymouth. 

Members of the Plymouth City Commission recently agreed to allow two additional liquor licenses in the downtown area. Currently, the city allows a total of 28 Class C liquor licenses, including 16 in the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district. The vote increases the number of Class C licenses allowing the sale of liquor by the glass to 18 in the downtown area.

The decision of the commissioners followed a public hearing on the issue last month including an opinion from the DDA and a report from city police. Neither opposed the additional licensing.

Gobble Wobble

Annual charity turkey trot set

A very large flock of “turkeys” is expected to invade Romulus next week when the Goodfellows Gobble Wobble Turkey Trot is set to begin.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the Goodfellows who provide Christmas toys and food to the less fortunate in the community. There will be a $10 entry fee for the event which will be used to purchase gifts, toys and groceries for those needing help during the holidays, part of the annual Goodfellows No Child Without A Christmas project.

Witching hour


Halloween fun will provide Christmas joy for many Romulus residents this year following the successful gathering of local witches Oct. 27 at the Romulus VFW Hall. The witches, many dressed in elaborate attire, enjoyed special entertainment, vendors and best witch hat and broom contests during the evening of wicked fun all to help the Romulus Goodfellows with their No Child Without A Christmas campaign.

Person of the Year being sought

The 36th Person of the Year will be named in Romulus next spring.

Nominations for the honor will be accepted by the Greater Romulus Chamber of Commerce until Dec. 8 by mail, email, in person or online. No nominations postmarked or received after Dec. 8 will be considered for the honor.

The criteria for the nominees are individuals that have made significant contributions to Romulus and residents of the community. Nominations should include a biographical synopsis stating reasons the nominee should be honored as the Person of the Year. 

Star struck

Former Canton resident wins prime-time internship 

Christopher Putlock
Christopher Putlock of Canton Township is going Hollywood.

Putlock, a senior at Loyola Marymount University, has been selected for the prestigious. Television Academy Foundation Internship Program. He is one of just 12 students chosen by Television Academy members from across the country for the 2022 fall program. The annual internship program provides eight-week paid internships at top Hollywood studios and production companies to college students nationwide, according to a prepared statement from the foundation.

Putlock is studying film and television production with a minor in screenwriting at the university.

Mistletoe Market returns to Plymouth Dec.1

Christmas will be a little early in downtown Plymouth this year with the return of the popular Mistletoe Market on Dec. 1.

Again this year, from noon until 9 p.m. The Gathering will be the site of more than 60 vendors offering a European style market with Michigan-made crafts, treats and greenery. Attractions including horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers from local school and church groups street performers and brass bands will begin to fill downtown at 5 p.m. organizers said.

Voters choose 4 to serve terms on school board

Voters selected four members of the Plymouth Canton Community Schools Board of Education during balloting on Tuesday.

Voters favored Patti McCoin to serve the single, 2-year term of office and chose Anupam Chugh Sidhu, Judy Westra and Sheryl Picard to serve 6-year terms on the board.

Incumbent board member McCoin received 12,762 votes or 62 percent of the votes cast for the seat. Her opponent, Sebastien Ostertag, received 15,352 or 38 percent of the total votes.

Granted

Court treatment program is awarded state funding

Celebrating the state grant received for the Western Wayne Regional Behavioral Treatment Court at the 29th District Court in Wayne are, from left, Home Compliance Officer Ed Johnson, Program Coordinator Karen Finney, Judge Breeda O'Leary, Probation Officer Purity Marsh, and Care Manager Elizabeth Barton.
Celebrating the state grant received for the Western Wayne Regional
 Behavioral Treatment Court at the 29th District Court in Wayne are,
from left, Home Compliance Officer Ed Johnson, Program Coordinator
Karen Finney,Judge Breeda O'Leary, Probation Officer Purity Marsh,
and Care Manager Elizabeth Barton.
The Western Wayne Regional Behavioral Treatment Court located at the 29th District Court in Wayne, was recently awarded $203,000 in grant funding from the State Court Administrative Office. The funds will be used to administer services to participants in the jail diversion program that serves mentally ill offenders from eight district courts in western Wayne County. 

Judge Breeda O'Leary of the 29th District Court presides over the program.

Wayne man charged with abduction, torture

Jeremy Robert Brock
A woman held captive for six weeks and repeatedly assaulted with a baseball bat was rescued from her assailant by Wayne police Nov. 1.

Wayne officers responded to a call of a woman attempting to escape from a man at a convenience store on Annapolis Street at about 5:58 p.m. Nov. 1. After interviewing a 23-year-old Flat Rock woman at the scene, officers subsequently arrested Jeremy Robert Brock, 22, of Wayne. He now faces multiple felony charges in two separate jurisdictions, including unlawful imprisonment and torture of the woman, his former girlfriend.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Brock with torture, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of domestic violence and two counts of felony firearm.

Voters select school board, OK sinking millage

In addition to deciding on a sinking fund millage to help finance repairs and equipment in school buildings, voters in the Wayne-Westland Community Schools district selected two members of the board of education from a field of five candidates.

Voters chose incumbent David Cox and LeWanna Abney-Mitchell to fill the terms.

Cox, the current president of the school board, received a total of 9,413 votes or 27 percent of the total votes reported. Cox is employed as a tax appeal consultant and has been involved in city and school government for more than two decades.

Wayne voters choose council, reject tax proposal

Voters in the City of Wayne selected Eric Cleereman to serve as the new city councilman  from Ward Five and Mathew Mulholland to serve as the council member from Ward Six on Tuesday.

Cleereman received a total of 2,347 or 60 percent of the votes cast. He defeated Rabih Darwiche who was the choice of 1,550 voters. Both were first-time candidates.

Unopposed Wayne City Councilwoman Deborah Wass will serve a two-year term as the representative from Ward Four in the city. Wass, who was appointed to the seat last year, has previously served on the city planning commission and board of review.

Mulholland, the former personnel director in the city, narrowly defeated incumbent Phillip Wagner for the Ward Six seat. Only 25 votes separated the two candidates. Mulholland received 2,085 votes or 50 percent of the total votes cast while Wagner received a total of 2,062 votes, also reported as 50 percent. Wagner had served on the council since 2018.

Cleereman was the choice of 2,347 voters while Darwiche received 1,550 of the votes cast for the council seat in Ward Five. Cleereman works in project management and serves on the city parks and trails committee. 

In addition to choosing three city council members, Wayne voters rejected a new 8-mill tax hike on the ballot Tuesday. Voters cast 2,969 no votes on the proposal and 2,359 votes in favor of the millage which was promoted by city officials as a means to help fund the pension obligations of the city toward retired public safety employees. The new tax, which is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed valuation, usually half the market value of a home, would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home in the city about $400 annually. 

The request contained ballot language permitting the city to withdraw fire and police employees from the current MERS system.

The city is currently levying the maximum tax amount allowed by state law and must have voter approval to increase taxes any further. Voters rejected requests for increased millages from the city twice in past elections. 

City officials have stated that the pension obligations are too steep for the current tax revenue collected. They claim that nearly 40 percent of the city budget is paid into the pension fund. Officials claim that the city will owe another $16 million into the pension fund within the next two years and does not have a revenue base to make those payments.

Holiday home tour tickets now on sale

The traditional Northville Community Foundation Holiday Home Tour has returned with a live format this year and tickets for one of the most popular events of the season are still available.

Five private homes, lavishly decorated for the holiday season, will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19. Tickets this year are priced at $25 if purchased in advance and $30 if purchased the day of the event.

Each of the selected homes is decorated for the season and each is unique, explained Carol Lehmann, the board administrator at the Northville Community Foundation and Maybury Farm.

Kindness reward

Phil Whitsel, owner of Northville Chick- fil-A presents Northville Township Police Ofc. Andrew Domzalski with one of the more than 200 gift cards he and his wife and business co-owner Amanda donated to help support a new joint police and school program. Northville police and Northville Public Schools recently united in an effort to promote kindness and positive activities throughout the school district. The gift cards will be awarded to students teachers and staff nominated by their peers throughout the year, recognizing them for their acts of kindness and positive influence on others.  New township police therapy dog Max was also on hand to demonstrate appreciation for the Whitsels' contribution to the latest school and police program. 


Veterans’ dinner registration set

Local veterans and active military families have only until Wednesday, Nov. 16, to register for the 9th Annual Veterans and Active Military and Families Holiday Meal Program.

The program is sponsored annually by Westland Mayor William R. Wild,Wayne Mayor John P. Rhaesa and Wayne-Ford Civic League President Vic Barra, along with other city officials.

Volunteers awarded checks

Eighteen community organizations in Westland received a “Volunteer Check” from Mayor William R. Wild, City Council President Jim Hart, City Controller and Event Chairman Devin Adams and President/CEO Kiersten Beckwith of the Westland Chamber of Commerce recently.

 The $10,325 check was funded through the volunteer efforts of the various groups during the 2022 Blues, Brews & Barbecue event. Two of the largest Blues, Brews and Barbecue event sponsors, Wayne Ford Civic League and PPM Tree Service & Arbor Care, LLC were also recognized by city officials. 

Sumpter voters select new township treasurer

Voters in Sumpter Township chose Republican Bart Patterson to serve as the new treasurer of the township during voting on Tuesday.

Patterson received 1,717 votes while his Democratic opponent Sheena Barnes was the choice of 923 voters according to unofficial tallies of votes early Wednesday morning. Patterson will complete the partial term which will expire Nov. 20, 2024.

Patterson received 65 percent of votes cast while Barnes received 35 percent of total votes, according to reports from Wayne County.

Boo-who?

Inkster police officers hosted the Say Boo to Drugs Trunk or Treat Event recently and attracted ballerinas, bunnies, vampires and super heroes to enjoy lots of candy and treats in the police department parking lots. In addition to treats, officers provided information about prevention resources regarding substance abuse. The effort was in cooperation with the national Drug Enforcement Administration National Drug Take Back Day.  The event also featured disposal of any unused, unwanted or expired medications. Sponsors this year included: LAHC, Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, CADCA Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Eta Iota Omega Chapter, Molina Healthcare, City of Inkster and, of course, the  Inkster Police Department.

Coach suspended as recruitment is investigated

The ongoing investigation into any possible violations of recruitment rules has resulted in the suspension of Belleville High School football coach Jermain Crowell.

Crowell's suspension was prompted by an investigation by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MSHAA) revealed last week. The team is currently defending their top spot in the district championship final games. 

Thursday, November 3, 2022


 

Merritt named school superintendent of year

Monica Merritt
Dr. Monica Merritt, superintendent of Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, was named as the Michigan 2023 Superintendent of the Year by the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA) during a surprise agenda item at the board of education meeting last week.

The Michigan Superintendent of the Year award, presented annually by MASA and sponsored this year by Michigan Virtual, is presented to a superintendent who has shown tremendous effort and dedication to enriching the lives of students and the community as a whole, according to an association website. The winner is selected from a pool of nominees by a panel representing education stakeholders across the state.

“I have worked with Monica for many years, and I know what an incredible and dedicated leader she is,” said MASA Executive Director Dr. Tina Kerr. “In her time at Plymouth-Canton, Monica has shown her commitment to students, staff, and the community, and it's reflected in resume and her nomination for this award. We are very proud that Monica is representing Michigan as this year's Superintendent of the Year.”

Welcome to Bedford Falls--east

Crowd support wins holiday showing of beloved film at Penn

Hundreds of supporters flocked to the Penn Theatre in Plymouth last week
in an effort to convince Paramount to allow the showing of It's A
Wonderful Life at the theater this holiday season.
Public support saved the historic Penn Theatre from the wrecking ball in 2003 and last week, that same public display of concern saved the traditional holiday showing of a beloved classic film at the theater.

In response to the large gathering of supporters under the theater marquee last Thursday, Paramount Pictures relented and will allow the theater to show the holiday film during the first weekend in December. That decision reversed an earlier announcement that Paramount Pictures had granted exclusive licensing for “It's a Wonderful Life” to Fathom Events for the holiday season. There was a nationwide moratorium in place, and no other theaters, including the Penn, would be allowed to show the film which has been a tradition at the theater for 15 years.

No tricks, only treats

Members of the Romulus Police Department were on hand last week as the Romulus Athletic Center hosted the annual Halloween event for youngsters. Officers agreed the event was a great time and enjoyed seeing the creative costumes. They did admit, however, that they were "particularly partial to the Marios and police officers."

Person of the Year candidates sought

The 36th Person of the Year will be named in Romulus next spring.

Nominations for the honor will be accepted by the Greater Romulus Chamber of Commerce until Dec. 8 by mail, email, in person or online. No nominations postmarked or received after Dec. 8 will be considered for the honor.

The criteria for the nominees are individuals that have made significant contributions to 

Romulus and residents of the community. Nominations should include a biographical synopsis should stating reasons the nominee should be honored as the Person of the Year. The award presentation ceremony will take place in spring, 2023, chamber officials said.

Voters to select members of board of education

Voters will choose four members of the Plymouth Canton Community Schools Board of Education during the Nov. 8 balloting.

Two candidates are vying for the single, 2-year term of office while six others hope to fill one of the three, 6-year terms on the board.

Incumbent board member Patricia McCoin and Sebastien Ostertag are seeking the two-year term. McCoin earned her bachelor's degree in business administration at Eastern Michigan University and her master's degree at Wayne State University. She also has a graduate certificate in from Western Michigan University and works as a middle school math, social studies and ESL teacher with the Detroit Public Schools.  Ostertag, 22, is a 2019 graduate of the Plymouth Canton Community Schools.

Stepping out

Construction on the Central Parking Deck pedestrian bridge and drainage system  is under way at the parking deck in downtown Plymouth. Areas that were closed for work on the drainage system are expected to reopen during the next week.  Due to supply chain issues, however, and delays in the fabrication process, the eastern stairwell will not reopen until sometime this winter. Crews were scheduled to remove the old stairwell last week, but replacement is not likely until sometime in January. All other portions of the project except the stairwell are expected to be completed by mid-November.

Registration now available for annual Turkey Trot

Participants enjoying previous
Canton Turkey Trot for a Cause events. 
(Photos provided courtesy of the
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan) 
A two-decade tradition returns to Canton Township this Thanksgiving Day with the Turkey Trot.

On a day when families and friends come together to give thanks, the Canton Turkey Trot will mark 20 years of supporting the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan as runners and walkers will work up an appetite for a good cause on Thanksgiving morning, a Canton spokesman said.  

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the annual 5K chip-timed and 1-mile event will take place at the Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton. The flat, picturesque course will wind through Pheasant Run Golf course and Heritage Park, ending back at the Summit. Race organizers are once again offering a virtual option, where runners can pick the time and location to suit their preferences. All ages are encouraged to take part in these races, which will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering individuals with seizure disorders. 

High school football recruitment questioned

Belleville High School head football coach Jermain Crowell is currently under investigation for a possible undue influence violation by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. 

Crowell has denied any wrongdoing which is alleged to have occurred with attempts to recruit and enroll senior wide receiver/defensive back Jameel Croft, Jr. who plays for Detroit King High School. In an interview, Croft reportedly said that the Belleville coach made overtures to him and was picking him up for seven on seven practices before he enrolled at King. The star player said that Belleville was the first high school to reach out to him.

Sumpter voters to choose new treasurer on Tuesday

Voters in Sumpter Township will choose a new treasurer next Tuesday.

Democratic candidate Sheena Barnes and Republican Bart Patterson are each seeking  the partial term which will expire Nov. 20, 2024.

Barnes, 62, has previously been unsuccessful in campaigns for Sumpter Township trustee, clerk and treasurer. She was appointed to a partial term as a trustee in 2018. Barnes has operated a BBQ food service from a truck on her Sumpter Road residence for nearly 35 years.

She is the mother of three and grandmother of five and is a graduate of Airport High School and attended Wayne County Community College.

That's the spirit

Michael Manson, Jr. of Inkster received the 2022 Spirit of Detroit award from the City of Detroit for outstanding achievement and service to the community. Manson founded House of Jit, LLC, showcasing Detroit Jit, a legendary local street dance style. His Joyce Awards-winning project "Rhythm of the Feet" will be a concert-length dance production presented in partnership with Living Arts.  Manson said he was "Blessed to win the Spirit of Detroit award and I couldn't have did this without God , hard work and dedication. I've invited so many people on this journey and many didn't believe in the process, but for those that did, I would like to thank you all for that. I will also like to thank the city of Inkster supporting me since day one.  I Would like to thank Gabriela Santiago-Romero for giving me this award." A Spirit of Detroit Award can be requested from any city council member for a person, event or organization being honored for an outstanding achievement or service to the citizens of Detroit. 

District seeking sinking fund renewal

Members of the Wayne-Westland Community Schools Board of Education have approved a sinking fund millage question which will face voters on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The 1-mill tax request is an effort to replace the current sinking fund levy which will expire next year. If approved by voters, the requested millage will become effective in 2014 and continue for a term of 10 years, according to ballot language.

Sinking funds can only be used to support school safety improvements, technology improvements and repair and construction of school buildings and facilities.  New language in the state rules for use of a sinking fund millage now allows districts to use funds for security upgrades and technology upgrades or improvements.

School questions to be on ballot Tuesday

2 board member terms to be decided

In addition to deciding on a sinking fund millage to help finance repairs and equipment in school buildings, voters in the Wayne-Westland Community Schools district will also choose two members of the board of education.

Five candidates are vying for the two available terms including current board president David Cox. He is employed as a tax appeal consultant. Cox, the incumbent, has been involved in city and school government for more than two decades and cites his experience in school finance and administration among his qualifications.

Also vying for one of the two terms on the board are candidates LeWanna Abney-Mitchell; Denise Collop; Bradley Gray and Ryleigh Strong.

Wayne voters are asked to approve tax hike

In addition to choosing three city council members, Wayne voters will be asked to approve a new 8-mill tax hike on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The new tax levy will be used to help fund the pension obligations of the city toward retired public safety employees, according to city officials. The new tax, which is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed valuation, usually half the market value of a home, would cost the owner of a $100,000 home in the city about $400 annually. 

Voters to choose Wayne City Council members

Voters in Wayne will choose three city council members from five candidates each seeking a two year term during voting next week.

Seats will be filled in wards four, five and six in the city. The city will disband the ward system in 2024 so all council members will be voted on by all electors in the city. In that election, all six council seats and the position of mayor will be on the ballot.

Next Tuesday, Matthew Mulholland, the former personnel director in the city, and incumbent Phillip Wagner will vie for the seat in Ward Six. Wagner has served on the council since 2018.

City manager successor is sought

 Pat Sullivan 
Finding a successor to current Northville City Manager Pat Sullivan will be on the agenda at both the Nov. 7 and Nov. 21 meetings of members of the city council.

Following a special meeting Oct. 25, council members opted to recruit am interim city manager to fill the position until a permanent successor to Sullivan could be found. Sullivan will retire on Jan. 6, 2023. 

During the public comment section of the agenda during the special meeting, former council woman Nancy Darga recalled that she was on the council when Sullivan was hired 16 years ago. She reminded council members that there are time-sensitive challenges in the city including pending grants and matters that must continue to advance during the leadership transition

Safety first

Members of the Northville Township Fire Department received a warm welcome from students at Moraine Elementary School recently. The firefighters visited the school to talk to the pupils about fire and life safety. Kindergarteners enjoyed a tour of the fire truck and equipment and firefighters discussed various safety topics with other classes. They explained how firefighters help their community; why it's important to stay away from hot things; the importance of smoke alarms and why families need escape plans. To learn more about the importance of providing fire and life safety education, visit https://ntwp.org/3TnSmiF.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Multiple lawsuits against Wayne continue

City of Wayne attorneys have had a bad few weeks in court recently as multiple judges continue to rule against their efforts.  Lawyers representing the city have been attempting to have lawsuits dismissed and to disallow evidence in several connected cases. 

John Peters, a Rochester Hills attorney representing Wayne Police Ofc. Abraham Hughes in his suit alleging breach of implied contract and tortious interference in the promotion of a police chief, recently issued a statement regarding decisions in multiple matters before various courts. Peters said that while he generally refrains from commenting on any of his ongoing cases, recent actions of Wayne city officials prompted him to publicly comment.

Special deliveries

New automated food warehouse now open in Romulus

Romulus city officials join Kroger Co. management to celebrate
 the opening of a new robotic food shopping facility.
The new service delivers to homes within 90 minutes
of the city and brings 700 jobs to the city.
Grocery shopping took a step into the future last Tuesday with the official opening of the Kroger Customer Fulfillment Center in Romulus.

This isn't your parents' online shopping service, for sure

The 135,000 square-foot facility will supply specific orders from shoppers who reside within 90-minutes of the site, facilitating the Kroger Co. delivery service in metro Detroit. Kroger Delivery utilizes temperature-controlled vans and machine learning algorithms that optimize delivery routes. Orders are delivered to customers' doorsteps by trained Kroger associates ensuring what the company calls “a best-in-class delivery experience.”

Business may ‘blossom’ in former Gardner White

The huge empty building on Ford Road near Home Depot may soon blossom into a children's play center next summer.

The 26,000 square-foot building, which formerly housed a Gardner White Furniture store, is being considered as a third location for a children's center that specializes in care for special needs children.

Anna Holmes, president of clinical operations for Blossom Children's Center, appeared before members of the Canton Township Planning Commission to request a special land permit use for the building. The site is currently zoned as a corporate park overlay district, so any commercial or non-residential use requires a special land use permit.

Special remembrance

Members of the Wayne City Council and Mayor John Rhaesa presented a formal photograph of the first city therapy dog, Zeke, to Police Chief Ryan Strong. The golden retriever died earlier this month after a short battle with cancer. The photo is to be displayed at police headquarters to “honor his life and service.” Strong personally funded the purchase and training of Zeke.

Westland mayor is honored for service

Mayor William R. Wild 
Westland Mayor William R. Wild was presented with the 2022 Michael A. Guido Leadership and Public Service Award from the Michigan Municipal League recently. Wild is the former president of the league.

The Guido Award celebrates a chief elected official who personifies professionalism and leadership, is an active league member, is dedicated to the citizens in their community and advocates on their behalf in Lansing and Washington, DC, a spokesman said.

“From everyone at the league, I would like to congratulate Bill on receiving this award.” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the league. “It was a pleasure to work with Bill when he served as the league's board president. He has created a great impact on Michigan's communities, we are so proud of what he helped the league accomplish. Additionally, his service to the Westland community makes this award very well-deserved and earned.”

Goodfellows help available

Getting ready for the holiday season are Plymouth
Goodfellows members (top row, at left) Treasurer Harry Stansell,
Sandy Kettenbeil, Secretary Dayna Pina and Kristen Schlott.
In the bottom, from left are President Kristen Farmer,
 Lillian Drauss, Don Hess, Barb Turnbull, Mike Lax.  Elaine Kuzma,
Denise Tetlow, Julie Johnston, and Mike Lax. Members not present
for the photo include Vice President Julie Johnston, Barrie Brown,
 Jane Gerou, Denise Tetlow, Nancy Maleki and Colleen McKeegan.
The Plymouth Goodfellows are already preparing for the holiday season and accepting applications from those who may need help at www.plymouthgoodfellows.org.

Applications are available at the Plymouth District Library on Main Street and applications must be submitted by Oct. 31. 

Last year, the Plymouth Goodfellows helped 52 families and 113 children, a spokesman explained and the mission of the group is to provide toys and clothing to children in need, along with food for their families at Christmas. Families who live in zip code 48170 with children up to 18 who need help are eligible.  The completed application should be mailed to Plymouth Goodfellows, P.O. Box 700912 Plymouth MI 48170.

Registration under way for annual free veterans’ dinner

Local veterans and active military families have only until Wednesday, Nov. 16, to register for the 9th Annual Veterans and Active Military and Families Holiday Meal Program.

The program is sponsored annually by Westland Mayor William R. Wild, Wayne Mayor John P. Rhaesa and Wayne-Ford Civic League President Vic Barra, along with other city officials.

Veterans and those in active military service and their families can register for a free holiday meal to be picked up from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Wayne Ford Civic League located at 1661 N. Wayne Road. 

Holiday Home Tour tickets now on sale

On the tour this year is this traditional home which
 features an elegant floor plan with beautiful finishes.
The home features a front yard pond and backs
up to Maybury State Park, making it truly unique. 
One of the most popular holiday season events will return to Northville this year. The traditional Holiday Home Tour organized by the Northville Community Foundation will return to a live format this year.

Five private homes, lavishly decorated for the holiday season, will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19. Tickets this year are priced at $25 if purchased in advance and $30 if purchased the day of the event.

One of the homes features an elegant floor plan with beautiful finishes, explained Carol Lehmann, the board administrator at the Northville Community Foundation and Maybury Farm.

Garden Club sets meetings

Members of the Country Garden Club of Northville have scheduled meetings through next spring at Plymouth First United Methodist Church in Plymouth.

Meetings will begin at 11 a.m., refreshments will be served and speakers will follow at 11:30 a.m. 

The scheduled speaker for Nov. 2 is Cheryl English who will discuss Birds in the Garden; on Jan. 4, Sandra Healey will speak about Floral Designs, Forcing Bulbs and Branches. The Feb. 1 program will be a workshop about terrariums with speaker Rachel Nisch from Graye's Greenhouse. There is a $10 fee for this meeting only. 

2 teens killed in house fire

A gas leak is the suspected cause of a house fire that killed two teen boys in Inkster last Friday.

The teens, 17 and 15, were alone in the home near Inkster Road and Michigan Avenue, officials said. Fire officials said that the fire had extinguished itself when they arrived at the scene but had obviously been burning for some time. Firefighters were called to the home at 27107 Florence St. about 11 p.m. Oct. 21.

Neighborhood violence feeding students’ fears

The recent report of a third student with a gun at Belleville High School may be connected to an ongoing neighborhood dispute in Ypsilanti, according to Superintendent of Van Buren Schools Pete Kudlak.

The latest incident occurred Oct. 12 when high school administrators were notified that a student had posted a social media video of himself brandishing a firearm. The video was not taken at Belleville High School, according to reports from Belleville Police Chief David Robinson, but school administrators and police located the student as he arrived at school the morning of Oct. 13. A firearm was subsequently discovered on his person and he told school administrators that he was carrying the firearm in an effort to protect himself in an ongoing neighborhood conflict. 

Graduation day

Romulus Police Lt. Eric Smith, center, proudly displays his certificate of completion from the prestigious Eastern Michigan University Staff and Command Executive Leadership Program. Smith has been in law enforcement for more than 18 years and spent nine years with the Detroit Police Department before joining the Romulus force in 2013 as a patrolman. He has steadily earned promotions to his current rank. Romulus Police Chief Robert Pfannes, left, and Deputy Chief Derran Shelby, right, were on hand to congratulate Smith on his achievement. 

Treasurer suggests club withdraw endorsement

The maelstrom surrounding Sumpter Township candidate for treasurer Sheena Barnes continued last week as current Treasurer Vincent Warren suggested members of the Southwestern Wayne Democratic Club board withdraw any endorsement of her candidacy.

Barnes has admitted to police investigators that she made a heated phone call to Township Supervisor Tim Bowman. That obscenity-laced and racially explicit recorded call has been referred by the township police to another agency following an investigation and interview with Barnes. The call contains vulgar language and a physical threat to Bowman. The obscene language and hysteria of the call could only be treated as a threat, Bowman said.