Give A Hand For The Holiday
Gleaners Food Bank Community of Southeastern Michigan is reaching out to civic and religious organizations, as well as businesses to “Give a Hand for the Holidays. Those who can help may hold a food or fund drive from now until December 31st and are encouraged to get their group members to each give $5 or 5 lbs. of food donations. This will help hungry families in our community have a happy and healthy holiday season. Gleaners can provide everything you need to host a successful drive.
For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.gcfb.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pg_giveahandfortheholidays
Food Distribution Program
Lakeridge village is a non-profit organization that helps families to regain stability by providing supportive services and developing spiritual health. Lakeridge also distributes 70 tons of food every Wednesday between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 15941 Fairfield Street, Detroit 48238. Seniors, families, and friends are welcomed. For more information on Lakeridge Village supportive services or food program please contact Steven Hopkins at (313) 345- 4310.
Future Leaders in Progress (FLIP)
The Detroit Recreation Department will be hosting its Future leaders in Progress (FLIP) late night programming for young adults who are 17-24 years old. The FLIP initiative will include late night basketball, personal enrichment, and enhanced life skill training for youth. The program will be during the hours of 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m., twice a week at the following locations:
- Crowell Recreation Center | 16630 Lahser Rd, Detroit, 48219 (Wednesday & Saturday)
- Heilmann Recreation Center | 19601 Crusade, Detroit 48205 (Tuesday & Friday)
- Williams Recreation Center | 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit 48206 (Wednesday & Saturday)
For more information, call the FLIP hotline at (313) 224-1121
Friends of the Redford Branch Library
Check out the Friends of the Redford Branch Library website for events, programs, and house. Visit www.friendsofrbl.blogspot.com to find things going on at the Library.
New Detroit Police Department Mini-Station at Crowell Recreation Center
We are pleased to announce that the Detroit Police Department's 6th and 8th Precinct has opened a new “Mini-Station" at the Crowell Recreation Center, located at 16630 Lahser Road, Detroit, 48219. The station will be open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. The phone number for this mini station has not yet been released, but it will be posted as soon as it is available. Once a month, the Crowell Recreation Center will be closed from Wednesday to Saturday because of a city-wide furlough.
Services provided by a mini-station include the following:
• Report a crime
• Complete a citizen incident report (in person)
• Host community meetings
• Initiate and organize neighborhood watch programs, radio patrols, and citizen foot patrols
• Record phone requests for service complaints
City of Detroit Police Department Virtual Precincts
Beginning February 6, 2012 the Detroit Police Department started Virtual Precincts. A limited number of personnel will be assigned to the precincts from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to allow for maximum deployment of full duty sworn officers during peak times for priority 1 and 2 calls. Enhanced services by the Telephone Crime Reporting Unit (T.C.R.U.) for non-emergency calls for service will be available 24 hours a day, for citizens to report non-emergency matters. These phones have been place in each precinct. If you have an emergency call 911.
Crime Stoppers Available For Community Meetings
Mr. Max Chiddister of Crime Stoppers is available to attend Monthly Community Relations Meetings, Block Clubs, CB Patrols, etc. to inform citizens of the importance of Crime Stoppers. Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Chiddister at (248) 752-8148 with questions or to set up a time for him to attend a meeting.
We need Radio Patrol Volunteers
It has come to the CRCA's attention that the Castle Rouge Radio Patrol may be coming to an end. According to the rules with the City of Detroit Community Radio Patrol, you must have at least 12 active patrollers with observers each month to have a viable Radio Patrol. We turned in 3 sheets last month with 3 people doing double duty. “NOT ENOUGH” !!! It’s becoming warmer and the crime in the Castle Rouge area is increasing with, Burglary, Assault, Vehicle Theft, Home Invasions, etc. Those that participated on the Radio Patrol and have not been active, CRCA needs you back, ASAP!!!. Those who actually participate in the Castle Rouge Community Association meetings, CRCA needs you to volunteer for the CRCA Radio Patrol. If you only have 1 hour a week or a month, it will be a great help. Volunteer for the CRCA Radio Patrol, today The more people Castle Rouge gets involved the less pressure they as a community put on one or two individuals. It takes the “Village” to preserve the “Village”. Your participation is critical to the existence or Our Radio Patrol. If CRCA does not have volunteers they will have no choice but to shut down the Radio Patrol completely. Applications to volunteer are available from Mr. Sidney Brown, CRRP President, at (313) 757-0405.
Attention Cody-Rouge Homeowners - Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation Assistance Programs
Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation offers Free Foreclosure Prevention Assistance. Call (313) 841-9641 to make an appointment with a specially trained foreclosure assistance counselor. Counseling is available at several locations in Detroit. Additional information and application packets are available at Joy-Southfield Health and Education Center located at 18917 Joy Rd, Detroit 48288.
If you are in need of minor home repaires please contact Joy-Southfield Community Development by visiting www.joysouthfield.org and clock on "housing" for an application or stop by Don Bosco Hall to pick up an application. All completed applications must be mailed to: Joy-Southfield CDC, Attn: Rodney Gasaway, 18917 Joy Road, Detroit 48228.
Police Communty Relations Meetings
Last Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m. at Bushnell Congregational Church: 15000 Southfield, south of Grand River. Officers from 6th & 8th Precinct will attend the meeting.
Neighborhood Safety Meetings
Fourth Thursday of every month, 6:00 p.m. at North Rosedale Park Community House: 18445 Scarsdale. City and County Officials, local Police Officials, and staff from the Neighborhood Community Access Center.
Detroit Community Access Centers CLOSED effective June 30, 2012
The City of Detroit Community Access Centers (CAC) and the 311 Call Center have closed effective June 30, 2012. Citizens with questions about City departments are directed to contact the appropriate department directly. Department contact information is available on the City's Web site: www.detroitmi.gov. Services are now available to residents at four recreation centers (listed below) Monday – Friday between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Northwest Activities Center
Butzel Family Center
Williams Community Center
8431 Rosa Parks
Patton Recreation Center
When the summer heat reaches extreme temperatures, it is critical to take steps to keep cool and prevent heat illness. To provide a safe and cool way to protect yourself from the heat, the Detroit Recreation Department has four locations available as respite centers that provide air conditioned comfort and protection from the heat. Please see the information below for the locations and hours of respite centers.
Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., M-F
Patton Community Center
Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., M-F
Lasky Recreation Center
Hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., M-F
Heilmann Recreation Center
Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., M-F
Food Assistance Programs
Celebrating its eighth season in operation, the NWDFM now accepts Bridge card, debit and credit cards, Project FRESH and Market FRESH coupons, and also distributes Double Up Food Bucks, and what that does is matches up $20 in Bridge card tokens for the purchase of Michigan fruits and vegetables. For more information about the Market, contact Pam Weinstein at (313) 387-4732, ext 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renovated Homes Available Soon
GRDC is ready to begin renovation on nine vacant homes in the Grandmont Rosedale community. These homes will be transformed from neighborhood eyesores into neighborhood assets, with the funding provided by the City of Detroit Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) . In addition to getting a beautifully renovated home, homebuyers will also receive down payment assistance and free homebuyer counseling to insure that they get off on the right foot. For additional information or to view a listing of homes to be renovated, visit the GRDC website at www.grandmontrosedale.com.
Taking Action for a Sustainable Community
This summer, the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) and WARM Training Center are teaming up to launch an innovative new program to encourage Grandmont Rosedale residents and business owners to go green. The program is being supported by a grant from Enterprise Community Partners as part of their national Green Communities initiative. If you are interested in learning more please contact Joel at WARM training Center at (313) 894-1030, ext 126 or email@example.com .
Easy Way to Support GRDC
Got an old car you need to get rid of? Donate it to GRDC. You'll get a tax deduction and GRDC will get all the proceeds from the sale of your clunker. You may begin by making a donation to Charity Motors at (313) 255-1000, and designate GRDC to receive all proceeds from the sale. Charity Motors will even pick it up for free.
BIG News at Stoepel Park
GRDC is partnering with the Rosedale Grandmont Little League (RGLL) to complete several major improvements to Stoepel Park No.1, at Outer Drive and Evergreen, our neighborhood's biggest and most well-used park. There have been improvements such as a 1/2 mile of walking path being added, fencing and warning tracks have been installed around three of the four baseball fields, and a whole set of dead and scrub trees have been removed. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact Cathy Marshall at (313) 387-4732 ext. 105.
Join The Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance
Find out how you can get involved in the transformation happening now. Visit the CRCAA office located inside Don Bosco Hall at 19321 W. Chicago in room 105 or call (313) 397- 9280. You can also contribute by joining a committee, becoming a volunteer, registering for the keep Cody Rouge clean Campaign, and start a block club.
Dearborn Heights City Libraries Fine Amensty and Food Drive
Between November 4th & December 15th, residents may bring nonperishable food items to the City of Dearborn Heights local libraries and drop them off in the Gleaners food drive boxes. Your donations will help feed hungry children, seniors, and families in your community. To thank you for your generosity, each food item donated to the library can be used to “pay” $2 in library overdue fines, up to a maximum of $24 cleared per card. For more information and a list of library locations, please visit: http://www.gcfb.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=109141
Dearborn Heights Non-Emergency Offices are Closed Fridays Until Further Notice
All City of Dearborn Heights non-emergency business offices – including City Hall, Canfield, Berwyn and Eton Senior Centers – are closed on Fridays until further notice. The City's response to emergencies, including Police, Fire, EMS and Public Works will continue unaffected in spite of the Friday closures. The Police Department's central phone line (313) 277-6770 (or 9-1-1 in case of police, fire or medical emergency) will remain staffed. However, the department's non-emergency offices, such as the Records Department, Department of Public Works Office and the Fire Department's Administrative offices will remain closed on Fridays. Public works related emergencies such as water line breaks, etc. occurring on Fridays should be reported to the Police Department's main number (313) 277-6770, ext. 3.
The Friday closure does not affect the Caroline Kennedy Library, which will remain open according to published schedules.
Residents with additional questions should contact Mayor Paletko's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dearborn Heights Offers "Heights Helpers" Program
"Heights Helpers" can provide a variety of services including: private in-home care, elderly assistance, minor home repairs, babysitting, yard work, house cleaning, pet-sitting, painting, and much more. The program is always looking for new "Heights Helpers." This program is for Dearborn Heights residents only. Both the "Heights Helper" and the resident must sign a waiver to participate in this program. Please note: all relationships and/or transactions between the resident and the "helper" are exclusively between both parties and the city does not participate in the arrangement. For more information please contact the "Heights Helpers" program at (313) 791-3500.
Dearborn Heights Commission On Aging Introduces The Knox Box Program
This program is available to all Senior residents in Dearborn Heights, age 55 & over, and all disabled citizens who reside in Dearborn Heights. The Knox Box is a 3x5 safe like device designed to hang from an entrance door of a home and contains a key to the home. This allows public safety officials access to the home in case of an emergency without using blunt force to enter. This reduces damage to the home and allows faster entry.
Working with the Dearborn Heights Fire Department and the Dearborn Heights Parks & Recreation Department, the Dearborn Heights Commission on Aging has made these boxes available for purchase for $151.00 each. However, the commission also has some boxes available free of charge to senior residents and disabled residents who financially qualify on a first come first serve basis. The Tax Increment Finance Authority and Dearborn Heights Community Block Grant Funds provided the funds for the free Knox Boxes. Stop by the Dearborn Heights Parks & Recreation Department at 1801 N. Beech Daly, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127. You can also go by the office at the Eton Center, 4900 Pardee, Dearborn Heights or the office at the Berwyn Center, 26155 Richardson, Dearborn Heights to pick up an application, or to see if you qualify for a free box. Please call (313) 791-3600 for more information.
Food Assistance Available For Senior Citizens
The FOCUS: HOPE Food for Seniors Program provides free monthly food for Dearborn Heights senior citizens. To qualify for the Food for Seniors Program you must be 60 year or older, a Dearborn Heights resident, and you must meet certain income requirements. For the income requirements and for answers to other questions on the Food for Seniors Program contact the Eton Senior Center at (313) 277-7765, or the Berwyn Senior Center at (313) 791-3550.
Inkster Community Partnership Michigan Metro Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc. are collecting new and gently used clean coats and winter accessories for children and adults from now until December 13, 2013. For a list of drop-off locations please go to: http://www.cityofinkster.com/Community/SpecialEvents/ProjectWarm.asp.
City of Inkster Water Shut-off Policy
The City of Inkster has outlined their policy for shutting of the water at a residence. If you have received a Water Shut-Off Notice, the entire agreement must be paid in full or a payment agreement entered into with the City of Inkster by the response date to avoid water shut off. All payments must be in the form of cash or certified check. For more information please visit: http://www.cityofinkster.com/Services/PublicServices/WaterAndSewer/ShutOffPolicy.asp.
City Hall and Dozier Complex Closed on Fridays
Effective April 1, 2013, City Hall and Booker T. Dozier (Recreation Complex) facilities will be closed on Fridays until further notice
Partnerships Help Bring Fresh Produce and Educational Workshops to Inkster
Wayne Metro has partnered with MSU Extension and Eastern Market Corpration to Expand our Farmers Market and Educational Programs. Wayne Metro will partner with the MSU Extension to provide classes on business planning, equipment needed and pest/disease management, and in June a class on Michigan State Cottage Food Law and Food Safety Regulation. Call (734) 729-7706 to register. Beginning Tuesday June 25th, Wayne Metro, with the help of the Eastern Market Corp., will work to provide a Mobile Food Market that will travel to three locations throughout the City of Inkster to provide healthy and affordable produce and prepared meals. The schedule of the Mobile Food Market is provided below:
2pm-5pm at Starfish FamilyServices
30000 Hiveley Road
9am-12pm at Dozier Recreation Center
2025 Middlebelt Road
2pm-5pm at Tompson Towers
27727 Michigan Avenue
Leanna Hicks Public Library, 2005 Inkster Road, (313) 563-2822
Library cards are FREE for all residents as well as individuals who attend school or work in Inkster and can provide proof. Just bring in a photo ID with your current address to apply. Persons under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the Library card application. Your Inkster Public Library card is good at more than 60 libraries in the area.
- On-Line catalog, Internet and Word Processing, laptop computers, wireless internet access, downloadable e-books, interlibrary loan through TLN, and MeLCat.
- Copy machine: 10 cents per copy. Color copies 25 cents per copy.
- Fax - $1.00 per page to send and 10 cents per page to receive.
The library offers story times, craft programs and summer reading programs to enhance young people’s library experience, book clubs for all ages, adult computer labs, laptops for in-library use, downloadable e-books, and much more!
- SUMMER (Memorial Day to Labor Day) - Monday & Wednesday, - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday - Noon to 8:00 p.m.; Friday - Noon to 4:00 p.m.
In the event of a streetlight outage, please call the City of Inkster Department of Public Service at (313) 563-9774, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. If possible, please have the following ready:
- Specific streetlight location (i.e., the nearest address and/or cross roads, nearby business, etc.).
- Whether the pole is wood or metal.
- The streetlight pole number (For metal poles, it is located at the base of the streetlight pole. For wooden poles, it is located approximately eight feet up the pole).
- Details about the outage (i.e., light off during the night, light turns on and off at night, light stays on during the day, light hanging, etc.).
You can email Detroit Edison directly to www.dteenergy.com under street light. In cases where a pole has been knocked down or any other emergency, please call Detroit Edison at (800) 477-4747.
Inkster Senior Services
Inkster Senior Services, Inc. provides services and programs such as transportation to medical appointments, shopping, monthly trips, food delivery, computer classes, and wellness classes as well as information and assistance to link you with other services you may need to stay healthy and living independently in your own home. In addition to ongoing services, several events are planned throughout the year to offer an opportunity to gather and enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and fun. Questions, contact Inkster Senior Services at Twin Towers Office at (313) 561-2382 or Recreation Complex Office at (734) 895-8054..
- Enhance Fitness: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Dozier Recreation Complex, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Evening class - Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Annual Senior Christmas Party: Monday, December 9, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Booker T. Dozier Recreation Complex. Join us as we welcome in the holiday season at our annual gathering of food, fun and friendship. Ticket sales begin Tuesday, November 12, 2013.