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Volume 76 – Number 50
Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, 2013
‘The Dream’ (Page A-3) A painting titled “The Dream,” a labor of love for acclaimed artist Synthia Saint James, was done to capture the essence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the March on Washington. Saint James hopes to motivate the Black community with this special artwork.
Health care help on the way (Page B-1) On Oct. 1, uninsured Michiganders and their families will be able to obtain affordable health care coverage thanks to the Heath Insurance Marketplace, a central part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The Michigan Chronicle has created “Got You Covered,” an initiative to help people understand their options.
Dealing with the criminal element (Page B-4) New Detroit Police Chief James Craig has spoken out boldly and frequently about the deplorable crime statistics in Detroit. However, he apparently does not fully understand how deep the roots are and how complicated the situation is.
Detroit Marriott believes in the city (Page C-1) The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance has announced that it will soon begin a $30 million renovation. They say they are “energized by the current revival of Detroit and excited to be a big part of it.”
The Detroit Jazz Festival (Page D-1) One of Detroit’s most loved events continues to be the Detroit Jazz Festival which is now in its 34th year. Thousands of people from metro Detroit and outstate will be in downtown Detroit over the Labor Day weekend to hear Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner, Geri Allen, Joshua Redman, Kirk Whalum and a wide array of others.
or conspiracy? By Bankole Thompson CHRONICLE SENIOR EDITOR
In the last two months I’ve seen all sorts of e-mails and comments from “they are stealing the election” and “Detroit voters are being cheated” to “Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey is deep in with the White power structure to take our vote,” all carefully aimed at creating enough panic in Bankole the public to baThompson sically render the legitimate voice of Detroiters at the ballot box meaningless or useless. With such comments it begs the question: What is the point of convincing a voter in the city that their vote will count in the general election? If such highly irresponsible opinions or comments seriously missing the facts are being circulated as legitimate arguments or points of contention to raise le-
gitimate issues with the electoral process, it creates even more panic for the average person. And it is still more troubling when such accusations, without shred of evidence or merit, are coming from individuals who carry some influence in the political process.
are not perfect, but it does not excuse this body that is supposed to function with electoral integrity to ensure that not only should every vote count but that the process through which votes are counted is fair and clean. But while there are valid And it is one that should extol the virtues of the rule of law, democracy and good govWhile it is titillating to wallow and ernance.
Granted voter intimidation is real, and voter fraud is all too wriggle in conspiracy theories and Whenever there common in the long is semblance of irprotracted struggle of whispers about the political power strucregularity it needs the African American to be challenged. political experience ture because it makes for great gossip over But challenging and the continued some of the irregdinner table, let us not put Detroit in the Misfight for voting rights. ularities that are While it is titillating to sissippi column so quickly when the facts often common wallow and wriggle in features of the conspiracy theories do not bare that out.” electoral process and whispers about should not qualify the political power issues with the electoral process anyone to conclude that Detroit structure because it makes for great gossip over dinner table, as evidenced by past and some is the new North Carolina, the let us not put Detroit in the Mis- present legal challenges, it does Southern state that has demonsissippi column so quickly when not amount to the grand con- strated in the eyes of the nation a spiracy that there is a concerted deliberate effort to suppress the the facts do not bare that out. effort by the power structure to vote of African Americans. Let’s not begin to define De- steal the vote in Detroit. This style of political convertroit as the Florida of our curYes, our institutions like the sation is profitable and we see rent political dispensation when the evidence in support of such Detroit Department of Elections See VOTE page A-4
John Dingell to Michigan Senate: Pass Medicaid for thousands of uninsured CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT
CHRONICLE SENIOR EDITOR
About 20 shootings in Detroit greeted the week of the unveiling of 10 new EMS ambulances and 15 new police cars to Police Chief James Craig and Fire Commissioner Donald Austin, signaling the level of public safety challenge that the city faces even as the private sector stepped in with new vehicles to help combat crime in the city. The vehicles are the first group to be put into service, thanks to an $8 million donation from Detroit’s business community to strengthen public safety in
cans are playing political games that endanger the health and livelihood of half-a-million uninsured people, including children, people with disabilities and working folks who can’t afford health insurance,” Dingell said.
Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI), the longest serving member of Congress, this week called on Senate Republican leadership in Lansing to immediately James Craig approve Medicaid expansion for the state to These delays avoid delays are unacceptthat will hurt able and will 500,000 uninbe harmful if sured Michithey continue. ganders and By needlessly cost Michigan the city. The remaining 13 EMS units dragging their an are expected to be outfitted and ready taxpayers feet to appease estimated $7 for delivery before the end of this year. political fringe Another 85 patrol cars will be rolled out million a day. John Dingell elements, I’m Last month, as the vehicles get equipped. Republican senators concerned that the Sen“Our corporate and philanthropic left Lansing for a sum- ate’s inaction will not give community stepped up to help our city mer-long vacation with- the Michigan Department in the midst of unprecedented financial out taking a vote, claim- of Community Health the challenges,” said Mayor Bing. “Reduc- ing they wanted to study necessary time to fully ing crime and improving emergency the issue further. implement the law in a response times have always been a pritimely manner and risk “This Medicaid expan- the health of hundreds ority for my administration. The new vehicles being delivered today to the sion must be approved of thousands of Michigan police and fire departments are state- and implemented without delay. It’s clear that See SHOOTINGS page A-4 the State Senate Republi- See UNINSURED page A-4
20 shootings in Detroit greet new police cars By Bankole Thompson
polemic political sentiment is far-fetched. It’s easier to make highly and explosive charges of voter fraud in Detroit than it is to look for the facts and the details that would suggest such massive alleged irregularities.
THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE news Snyder announces distribution of $100 million to fight blight in five cities cities to pick the neighborhoods and properties that align with federal Hardest Hit program goals, to identify local resources needed and their availability, and to establish a timeline for the work. They used a formula that weighed vacancy and blight elimination data, among others, to arrive at the award amounts. They then reviewed community plans to determine the amount requested, available pool of qualifying property and administration capabilities. Modifications to the formula award were then made accordingly.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced today that Detroit will get $52.3 million in federal funds for blight removal and approximately $37.4 million will go to four other Michigan cities to fund large-scale projects to stabilize neighborhoods, preserve property values and fight crime. The governor announced in June that the U.S. Department of the Treasury approved $100 million for anti-blight efforts in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac and Saginaw through the Hardest Hit Fund. While Detroit will get about half of the funds, Flint will get $20.1 million; Grand Rapids $2.5 million; Pontiac $3.7 million, and Saginaw $11.2 million. About $10.2 million is being held in reserve to tear down additional abandoned properties that may become eligible for demolition during the pilot program and for unanticipated project costs. The targeted demolitions represent a major expansion of an ongoing effort by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and other state partners to aggressively address blight in Michigan. “With these federal funds, we’ll be able to launch large-scale demolition programs that strike at the blight that is weakening too many neighborhoods in these cities,” the governor said. “This aggressive anti-blight ef-
fort will help stabilize neighborhoods that have been struggling for years. As the abandoned properties come down, property values will go up, and crime will go down. That will encourage the people who live in these neighborhoods to stay in their homes and be part of the revitalization of their communities.” Step Forward Michigan, administered by MSHDA, has established several programs to steady the state’s housing market and curb foreclosures under the Troubled Asset Relief Program. The Hardest Hit Fund was created under that federal law in 2010. The $100 million blight elimination program has been designed to further enhance neighborhood recovery in these targeted areas. “Our experience in responding to the foreclosure crisis taught us that there is a direct link between foreclosure and blight. We sought to modify the program to include blight removal because it offered a more holistic approach to helping our Hardest Hit communities recover,” MSHDA Executive Director Scott Woosley said. “We have greatly appreciated the governor’s leadership on this issue and the federal, state and local partnerships that have been forged during this process.” MSHDA’s team worked with officials from the five
“Neighborhoods across Michigan that have been struggling with the damaging effects caused by vacant and abandoned properties will soon see the benefit of these federal funds,” said Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Mary J. Miller. “The launch of this program seeks to prevent foreclosures by addressing blight in a way that has never been done before. We are proud to work with the leadership in Michigan on its rollout and hope it contributes in a broader way to the revitalization of these communities.”
Offering an array of seminars, screenings, immunizations, exhibits, and informative speakers targeting health and wellness topics and issues that impact families and communities in Detroit, the expo also featured give-a-ways, prizes, a live DJ, musicians, dancing and food. “We are committed to reducing health disparities in metro Detroit by bringing together the greater health and wellness communities to educate families and to share programs that are free and accessible to metro Detroit residents, especially those who are uninsured or underinsured,” said McKinney. McKinney was sponsored in her efforts by the Black United Fund of Michigan (BUF), Lafayette Foods, IBM, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit Children’s Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit Pistons, the
UAW, Grace Family Health Centers and Walgreens. TMG Dental Services provided free teeth cleanings and sealants. Sixty-five health-related exhibitors were also on hand including Judy Farmer, owner of greatpilatesnow.com, with an energetic main stage exercise demonstration that got the children in attendence moving. A master at networking, McKinney found Farmer through the Walsh College Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurial program. “I’m a graduate of the University of Miami where the Launch Pad program first started. I called Walsh College Blackstone LaunchPad Director Carol Glynn and
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Woosley explained that while this money has been set aside to address needs in five hardest hit cities, the program will be part of an ongoing MSHDA and state effort to spread demolition resources throughout Michigan.
Celebrating a Healthier Detroit Expo thrives with community support As childhood obesity tightens its grip and soars to epidemic proportions nationwide, Tiah E. McKinney is fighting back with stanch support from concerned citizens and generous corporate sponsors. The Detroit native, founder of The McKinney Foundation, held her organization’s fourth annual Celebrating a Healthier Detroit expo on Belle Isle this August. Themed Eliminating Childhood Obesity through Education, Awareness & Access, the free daylong celebration was a testament to the positive influence a community generates when banning together.
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Prime Politics Celebrating King’s Speech with ‘The Dream’ of visual art By Kenya King
painting brings that together because I painted it for us all to celebrate,” said Saint James. “This is coming from the heart and I feel like this is one of my most important paintings because it’s celebrating that speech. I can so much remember the anxiousness and somewhat anxiety that I was feeling 50 years ago.”
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Baring narratives that elucidate the importance of African American history and civil rights has been a life passion for critically acclaimed, multicultural visual artist Synthia Saint James. Whether revealing the story of the only hospital to treat Black patients during the 1800s or bringing awareness to the needs of children in Haiti, Saint James uses her craft to lend voice to unheeded disparities and to convey messages that evoke change.
The official unveiling of “The Dream” will be held before the California State Assembly at the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, California on August 29, 2013. California Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown arranged for Saint James’ work to be recognized.
Indeed, a change has come 50 years after the 1963 March on Washington when more than 250 thousand people marched for jobs, freedom and equality.
“The Dream” is released as Limited Edition Prints and a Limited Edition Giclees on Canvas. This is Saint James’ first major effort to bring awareness to a single event. Until now she has been busy working on raising money for orphaned children of Haiti, in conjunction with the non-profit group Child of Haiti (www.childofhaiti. org).
In honor of that pivotal day and Dr. King’s historic speech, Saint James completed what she says is one of her most important pieces of work to date – a painting titled “The Dream,” inspired by the words embedded in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech. Saint James says she drew most inspiration from Dr. King’s words that foretold how little children, both Black and White, would one day “walk together as sisters and brothers.” Equally as motivating to Saint James were Dr. King’s words that signaled how men and women of different religions would unite for one cause and “sing the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last!” Saint James acknowledges her initial intention was to include a choir director but that most people consider the director
Since 2012, she’s completed a series of 14 painting about Haitian life and culture, and plans to keep Haiti at the forefront of her fundraising efforts.
King Visual art to be Dr. King. “I’m going to leave it up to the people, because he could very well be directing the choir,” said Saint James. “It seems to me like a good emphasis is on song and rejoicing. So that’s why I thought it should feel and look a lot like a choir, and the chil-
dren on the front coming toward you, is now in the future.” In an interview with Saint James weeks before the 50th anniversary of the march, it inexplicably appeared that people were going about their daily lives, planning other activities as if the an-
niversary march was not taking place. What has happened to the spirit of a people who were once so passionate they were willing to risk their lives fighting for justice? Saint James is optimistic that her painting will make a difference. “My hope is that this
Our ‘fierce urgency of now’ By Kathleen Sebelius
tice,” Dr. King told the Medical Committee for Human Rights, “injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the March on Washington, he described a “fierce urgency of now.” He reminded a divided nation that we need one another, and that we are stronger when we march forward, together. “We cannot walk alone,” he said. “And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back.” A half century later, Dr. King’s words have renewed meaning. For every little boy or girl in America whose health lies in the balance, there is an urgency of now. For every one of our neighbors who lives dayafter-day in fear because they do not have insurance, there is an urgency of now. For every mom or dad who has faced bankruptcy because of a mounting medical bill, there is an urgency of now. Without the opportunity to live a healthy life, there is no opportunity to live the American dream or participate fully in our
In 1965, the same year the Voting Rights Act became the law of the land, we came together as a nation to create Medicare and Medicaid.
Kathleen Sebelius communities. Without the freedom which comes from having access to quality health care, there is no freedom to reach our full potential in the workforce or watch our kids or grandkids grow up. Without the security of health insurance, there is no economic security for middle-class families, and so many other families working their way into the middle class. The time for division and debate has passed. Now is the time to march forward. “Of all forms of injus-
My father was serving in Congress at the time. He was very involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and in fact he was good friends with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, the co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (and one of the legends of the era.) My dad strongly supported the Voting Rights Act, and he helped write the Medicare and Medicaid laws. He saw all these struggles as connected to the broader goal of a more perfect union. Today, this legacy continues. The Affordable Care Act is the most powerful law for reducing health disparities since Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965. It provides the 85 percent of our neighbors who currently have insurance with new rights and pro-
tections under the law. For the 15 percent of our neighbors who do not have coverage (or who buy coverage on their own and would like better options), a new Health Insurance Marketplace will open for enrollment starting October 1, with benefits starting January 2014 (for more information on your new options visit www.HealthCare.gov).
BCBSM has also been ranked as number six on Diversity MBA magazine’s annual list of 50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership: Best Places to Work for Women & Diverse Managers ranking list and received special recognition for being both
Top 10 Best In Class for Accountability as well as Top 10 Best In Class for Workplace Inclusion. “We are honored to again be recognized for our commitment to diversity and inclusion, both within our company and in our relationships with our many partners,” said Daniel J. Loepp, BCBSM president and CEO. “We believe a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion within our business leads to consistent, innovative results, allowing us to be a resilient community partner
Exemplifying Dr. King’s mantra on service to others through donations of her work, Saint James says she believes people will identify themselves in some way through “The Dream” and become reeducated on Dr. King’s contributions. Synthia Saint James is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, an award winning author and or illustrator of 17 children’s books, and author of an autobiographical art marketing book, three poetry books, a book of affirmations and a cookbook. She is most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa stamp for the United States Postal Service in 1997, for which she received a History Maker Award, and for the international cover art for Terry McMillan’s book “Waiting to Exhale.” Her artwork has been featured internationally in several embassies in the Art in Embassies Program since the 1990s. For more information about “The Dream,” visit www.synthiasaintjames. com
STATE OF MICHIGAN BEFORE THE MICHIGAN PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION **** NOTICE OF HEARING FOR THE CUSTOMERS OF DTE GAS COMPANY CASE NO. U-16921-R • DTE Gas Company f/k/a Michigan Consolidated Gas Company requests Michigan Public Service Commission approval to reconcile its 2012-2013 gas cost recovery costs and revenues for the 12-months ending March 31, 2013. • The information below describes how a person may participate in this case. • You may call or write DTE Gas Company, One Energy Plaza, Detroit, Michigan 48226, (800) 477-4747, for a free copy of its application. Any person may review the application at the offices of DTE Gas Company. • The first public hearing in this matter will be held:
September 12, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. This hearing will be a prehearing conference to set future hearing dates and decide other procedural matters.
Administrative Law Judge Mark E. Cummins
Constitution Hall 525 West Allegan Lansing, Michigan
Any interested person may attend and participate. The hearing site is accessible, including handicapped parking. Persons needing any accommodation to participate should contact the Commission’s Executive Secretary at (517) 241-6160 in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance.
So talk to your family, friends and neighbors. Partner up with trusted resources in your communities, like community health centers and local libraries. Be a champion for coverage with other civic and business leaders who are stepping up in your communities.
The Michigan Public Service Commission (Commission) will hold a public hearing to consider DTE Gas Company’s (DTE Gas) June 26, 2013 application to reconcile its gas cost recovery (GCR) costs and revenues for the 12-month period from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013. DTE Gas states that for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2013, its GCR revenues of $557 million, its GCR Cost of Gas Sold of $558 million, $0.5 million of penalty and fee revenue, $1 million interest expense from 2012-2013 GCR, and roll-in of approximately $1 million underrecovery related to 2011-2012 GCR combine to result in a net underrecovery of $0.5 million that was incurred through reasonable and prudent actions.
Because of the Affordable Care Act, we are one step closer to fulfilling the promise, freedom and opportunity for millions of Americans to live a healthy, secure life.
All documents filed in this case shall be submitted electronically through the Commission’s E-Dockets website at: michigan.gov/mpscedockets. Requirements and instructions for filing can be found in the User Manual on the E-Dockets help page. Documents may also be submitted, in Word or PDF format, as an attachment to an email sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require assistance prior to e-filing, contact Commission staff at (517) 241-6180 or by email at: email@example.com.
Millions of Americans — our families and neighbors — can’t afford for us to turn back. They are counting on us to march ahead. And we will. Kathleen Sebelius is the Secretary for Health and Human Services.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan honored for diversity management Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) has been named to DiversityInc’s 2013 Top 10 Regional Companies list for the third consecutive year and honored by DiversityInc as one of the 2013 Top 10 Companies for Blacks. BCBSM was the only Michigan-based company recognized on both lists.
“My mission is to share the rich culture and beauty of the island and the people, which has been overshadowed by all the bad news that we only hear,” said Saint James.
Any person wishing to intervene and become a party to the case shall electronically file a petition to intervene with this Commission by September 5, 2013. (Interested persons may elect to file using the traditional paper format.) The proof of service shall indicate service upon DTE Gas’ Attorney, David S. Maquera, DTE Gas Company, One Energy Plaza, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Any person wishing to appear at the hearing to make a statement of position without becoming a party to the case may participate by filing an appearance. To file an appearance, the individual must attend the hearing and advise the presiding administrative law judge of his or her wish to make a statement of position. All information submitted to the Commission in this matter becomes public information: available on the Michigan Public Service Commission’s website, and subject to disclosure. Please do not include information you wish to remain private. Requests for adjournment must be made pursuant to the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure R 460.17315 and R 460.17335. Requests for further information on adjournment should be directed to (517) 241-6060. A copy of DTE Gas’ request may be reviewed on the Commission’s website at: michigan.gov/mpscedockets, and at the office of DTE Gas Company, One Energy Plaza, Detroit, Michigan. For more information on how to participate in a case, you may contact the Commission at the above address or by telephone at (517) 241-6180.
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The Utility Consumer Representation Fund has been created for the purpose of aiding in the representation of residential utility customers in 1982 P.A. 304 proceedings. Contact the Chairperson, Utility Consumer Participation Board, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, P.O. Box 30004, Lansing, Michigan 48909, for more information.
“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is committed to encouraging diversity as part of our mission of being a great place to work for our employees and a community partner to strengthen the health of Michigan residents,” said Amal Berry-Brown, senior director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, BSBSM.
Jurisdiction is pursuant to 1909 PA 300, as amended, MCL 462.2 et seq.; 1919 PA 419, as amended, MCL 460.54 et seq.; 1939 PA 3, as amended, MCL 460.1 et seq.; 1982 PA 304, as amended, MCL 460.6h et seq.; 1969 PA 306, as amended, MCL 24.201 et seq.; and the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, as amended, 1999 AC, R 460.17101 et seq. August 19, 2013
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Vote how news organizations like Fox News have built an empire out of political conspiracy fed by a well-oiled propaganda machine that has sought to make President Obama the anti-Christ and the one who is making America un-American. The political stardom of the Glenn Becks of the world was built squarely on the altar of conspiracy theories, feeding into people’s minds what doesn’t exist, but what makes them scared. And innocent-information-seeking-minds kept worshiping on the altar of demagoguery, clamoring for more because they didn’t know any better. But in Detroit we owe it to ourselves and in the interest of civic discourse and honest political engagement to spare the general election of the circus of political conspiracy. We owe it to the guardians of voting rights and the legacies of men and women of mark who fought to ensure that the Black vote carried the same weight as that of their White counterpart to guarantee that every vote counts. Thus, to dismiss about 20,000 votes that were cast in the primary election on the basis of lacking procedural marks clearly flies in the face of protecting voting rights. What message does it send to the world in disqualifying thousands of votes cast when those votes are not being disputed, rather it’s the process of marking the ballot boxes that are in dispute? But since full blown conspiracy theory has it that there is an all-out effort to steal the election, it appears plausible to call into question the legitimacy of those votes that were actually cast even when the issue is the fact that the boxes containing the votes were missing the required hash marks, a process by which the votes are counted on poll books. In this case the 20,000 votes at issue were entered without the hash marks, leaving the matter as a numerical discrepancy, not a voter discrepancy. And since race is at the center of this mayoral election where Mike Duggan, a White candidate, is up against Benny Napoleon, the African American candidate, it is all the more interesting as those thousands of votes which belonged to Duggan are now being called into question. If the votes are tossed out, Napoleon would be the winner of the election as opposed to the primary write-in candidate Duggan. And lawyers for Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett made a stunning recommendation last week that because of the absence of hash marks, the thousands of votes should be invalidated as a recommendation to the Wayne County Board of Canvassers which rejected the recommendation of nullifying of the primary votes, because of the absence of hash marks which is not a state law. Clearly, Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey has an obligation to ensure that poll workers follow the recommendation of using hash marks, and if they didn’t those poll workers at the precincts involved in this case should be fired and never used again in future elec-
From page A-1 tions. Some can call it a dereliction of duty on the part of the election department, but those who were delegated this assignment at the precincts in question to maintain voting integrity have an obligation as well to carry out their assignments faithfully. The election snafu led to an exchange of barbs between two of Detroit’s most influential female political leaders. Winfrey did not see any reason why the votes shouldn’t be counted since they are legitimate votes, and Garrett simply stood by a policy, not law, that only ballots with hash marks should be counted. But the battle goes beyond the flap between Winfrey and Garrett, and some, including the Duggan campaign, have suggested that there is a deliberate attempt to meddle with Detroit’s democracy by those who opposed Duggan’s candidacy. Clerk Garrett’s brother is the powerful union boss Al Garrett who runs AFSCME Local 25, which has funded labor activist Robert Davis, the man who has challenged almost every issue in the public domain in court today. And Davis, who has long set his eyes on Duggan and successfully knocked him off the Detroit ballot twice, which forced supporters of Duggan to push for a write-in campaign, is now calling for the invalidation of the 20,000 votes cast for Duggan because of the lack of hash marks. Davis has indicted by the federal government on charges of stealing money from Highland Park’s school board. He has maintained his innocence while awaiting trial. Clerk Winfrey’s husband, Tyrone Winfrey, a former member of the Detroit Board of Education, is the chief of staff to the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), an effort that was birthed by Gov. Rick Snyder to address the plight of failing students and whose funding model has drawn the ire of some education activists, including Davis, since it was set up. Thus the power dynamics and political relationships, whether involved or not behind the personalities of the poli tical leaders in this case, continue to feed the work of the conspiracy theorists about the elections in Detroit. “Election administrators should be people who are ready to lay down their lives to preserve or protect 20,000 votes,” said Vince Keenan, the founder of Publius, the reputable voter information site. “The votes are not in question. So far as anybody knows at this point these are legitimately cast votes and someone made the recommendation to discount them.” Keenan said there is no historical precedent for eliminating that many votes because “the crux of the problem is not who the votes were for…the crux of the problem began when it became apparent that there has been a procedural issue in the way the votes were counted.” But the votes could have been easily verified by hand counting the ballots or doing whatever is needed to satisfy the electoral process. Now the issue goes to the state
Uninsured families and millions of Michigan taxpayers’ dollars.” The delays, run the risk of jeopardizing the state’s ability to meet the implementation target date of Jan. 1, 2014. DCH Director Jim Haveman told the Senate Government Operations Committee at hearings in July that missing the Jan. 1, 2014 implementation date could cause Michigan to lose $7 million a
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where the election director, Chris Thomas, has already signaled that it is unheard of to discount that many votes in a dispute that only has to do with hash marks. “You simply don’t throw out the will of the people on a procedural win,” Keenan explained. “Cathy Garrett generally has a reputation for this. The question is who made this call (to invalidate the votes) and how did this seem like a satisfactory remedy?” But here is the other problem. The lack of trust in Detroit government allows for conspiracies around election takeovers to thrive and to be seen as credible discourse in the overall political wellbeing of the city.
“Part of what has happened here is we have created a toxic environment where regular challenges over minor issues are allowed to cast a shadow of doubt over the electoral process,” Keenan said. “It is a toxic environment for the function of democracy. We are more concerned theoretically with the idea of an emergency manager disenfranchising the people than actually counting votes.” Procedures have to be followed in elections, which is why some have gone to the point of calling for a Department of Justice investigation into the Detroit primary election when it is not even clear if this procedural dispute merits the involvement of a DOJ investigation. “If it turns out that mistakes have been made in the counting of ballots after votes are legitimately cast, then we have a standard to uphold because that cast ballot deserves the utmost priority in terms of tabulation in determining what that voter contributed to in the election.” Both Duggan and Napoleon have expressed the desire to have votes counted fairly, even as the latter called for a DOJ investigation. And Winfrey, according to Keenan, “adapted to what was anticipated to be a large write-in vote. It would have been great if tabulation marks have been used. But at some level she did.” And let’s take the conspiracy theory off the table and deal with the facts only as they evolve in the court of law and in the court of public opinion. The State Board of Canvassers has ordered the write-in votes to be counted, which is what Wayne County should have done. Bankole Thompson is editor of the Michigan Chronicle and the author of the forthcoming book “Rising From the Ashes: Engaging Detroit’s Future With Courage.” His book “Obama and Black Loyalty,” published in 2010, follows his recent book, “Obama and Christian Loyalty” with an epilogue by Bob Weiner, former White House spokesman. Thompson is a political news analyst at WDET101.9FM (NPR affiliate) and a member of the weekly “Obama Watch” Sunday evening roundtable on WLIB-1190AM New York, simulcast in New Jersey and Connecticut. E-mail bthompson@ michronicle.com or visit www.bankolethompson. com.
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day in federal funds. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will also need time to approve waivers for additional reforms that Republicans have submitted. The average review time for waiver approval has been about 120-180 days, meaning the state’s targeted enrollment deadline of October 1 may be at risk. “We cannot afford to
allow the wellbeing of the people of Michigan to fall victim to partisan gamesmanship and disregard,” said Dingell. “With the Senate back in session this week, the time is now to pass legislation to expand Medicaid, and give state and federal agencies the time necessary to implement these policies that will help provide health care to half-a-million uninsured Michiganders across our state.”
Hollier calls on Board of State Canvassers to certify the results of Detroit mayoral primary Last week, in response to write-in votes not counted properly, the Wayne County Office of Elections has refused to certify almost 20,000 votes from the August 6 mayoral primary race. A state elections committee will determine who won the mayoral race. If anyone understands the importance of one vote its Adam Hollier, candidate for Detroit City Council in District 5 who won his primary by 56 votes and who says we need to tighten our electoral process. “Residents have been saying their vote doesn’t count ever since the appointment of an emergency manager in Detroit and now election officials are giving credence to that notion,” Hollier said.
ballots cast. As a Black man, a Democrat and a Detroit resident, I’m sickened that people who exercised their right to vote may have their choice thrown into the trash.”
Adam Hollier of our government and should be a simple exercise. When people vote they need to know two things: that their vote will count and that the elections are run according to the law.”
He continued, “This “This is not a politi- situation is a travesty. At cal issue; it’s an issue of some point we have got democracy and equity. to protect people’s right Voting is the cornerstone to vote and have their
With a low voting turnout for the primary, Hollier worries these circumstances will distract voters from becoming more informed about candidates and where they stand on the real issues affecting Detroiters like crime, blight, education and employment. “On a day when only 17% of registered voters cast a ballot, we should be focused on increasing turnout in the general election, not how many ballots we can disqualify,” he said. “Detroit needs clear and honest elections so we can elect the most qualified individuals to lead this city and address our serious financial issues.”
Shootings of-the-art and will greatly improve public safety and the quality of service that we provide to our citizens.” The 25 new public safety vehicles made their debut in a procession down Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit, culminating with a news conference by Mayor Bing and Penske Corporation Chairman and Downtown Detroit Partnership Vice Chairman Roger Penske. Representatives from the corporations and foundations that contributed to the Mayor’s Active and Safe Campaign rode in the public safety vehicles. “This is an extraordinary day for the city of Detroit,” said Roger Penske. “We are proud to offer new police cruisers and EMS units to Mayor Bing and the Police and Fire Departments. I want to offer my special thanks to the local business leaders and the Downtown Detroit Partnership for their outstanding efforts
From page A-1 in helping us reach this milestone today. These vehicles will enhance the visibility of the police and fire efforts in the city, improve the safety and security of our neighborhoods and will provide an immediate positive impact on our city. “ The city’s entire fleet of 23 EMS ambulances is being replaced at a cost of approximately $161,000 per vehicle. The EMS units are being built by Horton Ambulance on the International Terra Star Chassis. Each ambulance takes up to 100 days to build. The Terra Star units were ordered through a local dealer. The 100 police cruisers were acquired through local Chevrolet, Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge and Ford dealerships, and a Detroit company is outfitting the vehicles according to City of Detroit specifications. The police cars cost from $45,000 to $50,000 each, depending on the make and model. The police
vehicles presented today are Dodge Chargers, Ford Interceptors and Chevrolet Caprices. In addition to Penske Corporation, the corporate and philanthropic donors working in conjunction with the Downtown Detroit Partnership are: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Chrysler Group, LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Quicken Loans, Inc., The Kresge Foundation, Platinum Equity, LLC. Shinola. FirstMerit Bank serves as the financial partner in this collaborative project. Mayor Bing launched the Active and Safe Campaign with a goal of raising $60 million over three years for updated equipment, technology and training for the city’s first responders, as well as improved programming at Detroit’s recreation centers. Email bthompson@ michronicle.com.
INSTITUTE FOR POPULATION HEALTH (IPH) BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DIVISION ADVISORY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC FORUM ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE A Public Forum will be held to share with the community the City of Detroit Coordinating Agency Needs Assessment conducted by U of M School of Social Work. All citizens are invited to attend and encouraged to ask questions and provide input about current and future services. Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Providers, Stakeholders and potential contractors are encouraged to attend.
DATE: August 29, 2013 TIME: 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. LOCATION: D etroit Rescue Mission 138 Stimson Detroit, Michigan For further information please call: 313-324-9550
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DAPCEP announces 2nd Annual Real McCoy Awards honorees
Dr. Jerry Caldwell
DAPCEP proudly announced the honorees for its 2nd Annual Real McCoy Awards presented by DTE Energy. The five Michigan-based leaders in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) will receive the Real McCoy Awards at a ceremony on Thursday, September 12.
Program, Michigan State University/UMICH-Ann Arbor
The DAPCEP Real McCoy Awards is named after Elijah McCoy (1844-1925), a Detroiter and mechanical engineer whose accomplishments and contributions paved the way for today’s leaders in STEMM. McCoy invented the lubricator for steam engines, revolutionizing the industrial machine industry. The term “the Real McCoy” refers to the professional demand for his authentic machine lubricating device. Also an entrepreneur, he was responsible for 57 patents.
• Mathematics: Ronald Hall, president and CEO, Bridgewater Interiors
“Our Real McCoy honorees are individuals who are innovatively advancing STEM and medicine endeavors,” said Jason Lee, DAPCEP executive director. “We also looked for those in STEMM fields who are role models for DAPCEP participants and the youth of our community.”
“We appreciate the generosity of DTE Energy and their commitment to this event and organization,” Lee said. “It is an honor to present them the Corporate Award once again.”
This year’s five esteemed DAPCEP Real McCoy honorees are: •
Science: Dr. Jerry Caldwell, director, Drew Scholars
• Technology: Rodney O’Neal, CEO, Delphi Corporation • Engineering: Jessica Moreno, engineering business manager, General Motors-Global Electrical Systems
• Medicine: Dr. Linda Gillum, associate dean for Academic & Faculty Affairs, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. For the second year, DTE Energy will receive the Corporate Award for its role as presenting sponsor of the Real McCoy Awards and DAPCEP supporter.
This year, DAPCEP will present a new award, the Real McCoy Legacy Award, to the Detroit Public Schools District. “DPS has been a DAPCEP partner since our inception in 1976,” said Lee. “Our committee unanimously
Dr. Linda Gillum
agreed that for its continuous support and partnership, DPS should receive our new Legacy Award.” DPS teachers will also be recognized at the event for their commitment to the education of young people and achievement in the Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit. The ceremony also includes recognition of “Junior Real McCoys” from DPS middle and high schools for their production of winning projects at the 2013 Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit. DAPCEP annually engages 4,000 historically underrepresented Detroit area youth in STEMM fields ranging from forensics to aerodynamics to computer aided design, aerospace engineering and much more through various programs. DAPCEP works to supply the region with homegrown STEMM professionals. To repeat, the Second Annual DAPCEP Real McCoy Awards presented by DTE Energy is Thursday, September 12, at DTE Energy Headquarters, One Energy Plaza, in Detroit. To find out more about the event, purchase tickets and for sponsorship opportunities, visit www.dapcep.org or call (313) 831-3050.
Mosaic Youth Theatre awarded $35,000 grant and other support from Charter One Charter One has named Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit a 2013 Champion in Action® in the category of Arts & Culture. Mosaic will receive a $35,000 unrestricted grant and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding arts and culture work in the community. Charter One has given more than $600,000 grants and support to nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan through its Champions in Action Program, which gives awards for outstanding community service. “Helping such a creative and talented group like Mosaic is truly gratifying,” said Ken Marblestone, president of Charter One, Michigan and Ohio. “This internationally recognized theater group is a civic gem for
Detroit, and they represent all the qualities of a Charter One Champion in Action.” “With this award, we look forward to working with Mosaic to help carry on and increase their rich tradition of art and culture in Detroit. They are an inspiration and we applaud them for investing their energies so positively and so creatively,” Marblestone said. As part of the Champions in Action program, nonprofits receive financial, volunteer and public relations support. Charter One will match funds donated to Mosaic through a month-long viral outreach campaign in October to help support Mosaic’s programs. To celebrate the end of the campaign, Mosaic will host a day-long communi-
ty “Perform-a-thon” event in which more than 150 young artists will provide approximately 35 free performances at metropolitan Detroit area homeless and domestic abuse shelters, nursing homes, juvenile detention centers, hospitals and other residential facilities on October 26, 2013. Mosaic, which was founded in 1992, was born out of the need to fill the void in arts education as it had been eliminated in many Metro Detroit schools. The organization provides three tiers of professional arts training split between entry level, intermediate and advanced categories to more than 400 students annually, many from Detroit’s most underserved neighborhoods. Mosaic’s founder and
CEO Rick Sperling said: “We are truly elated to be selected by Charter One as a Champion in Action. This award helps us continue our core-training program which provides young artists with access to professional artists and educators to gain invaluable experience for professional/college development. The award also helps increase our organization’s visibility and grants us the opportunity to have our senior staff interact with the leaders of Charter One. Our entire organization thanks Charter One for this honor.”
from Charter One.
As a Champion in Action, Mosaic will receive:
• Exposure on Charter One’s Web site and through its social media platforms.
• A $35,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from the Charter One Charitable Foundation. • Volunteer
• The opportunity for the organization’s executive director to participate in a “president-to-president” mentorship with Charter One President Ken Marblestone, which allows the organization to further hone their partnership skills, corporate business acumen and increase stability and growth. • Extensive public relations support. • Promotional support highlighting the Champion in Action® in all Charter One branch DCN screens and on its ATMs.
Launched locally in 2006, Champions in Action is an initiative of
Charter One to recognize and support nonprofit organizations for their contributions to communities in Southeast Michigan. The Champions in Action program is part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities, the bank’s program designed to enhance quality of life and economic vitality in local communities. To date, 24 local nonprofits have been recognized and have received over $600,000 in grants and promotional support. This year marks the 11th anniversary nationally of the Champion in Action® program that has provided more than $6 million in support to more than 245 nonprofit organizations throughout the Citizens Financial Group footprint.
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The Chronicle’s ‘Got You Covered’ Education Campaign aims to educate the community about the new Health Insurance Marketplace
Michigan’s Health Insurance Marketplace set to open on October 1 By Cathy Nedd On October 1 uninsured Michiganders and their families will be able to obtain affordable health care coverage by access the new Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. A central part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace was designed for the uninsured and individuals who purchase their own coverage. To assist in spreading the word throughout the community about the Marketplace, the Michigan Chronicle is launching a campaign to maximize awareness and educate many who have not previously purchased health insurance about the process and the importance of preventive care. “For many, purchasing health coverage online will be complicated and confusing,” said Hiram E. Jackson, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle. “As the longtime voice of the community, the Michigan Chronicle is a trusted brand that is uniquely positioned to reach hard-to-reach populations that will benefit from the Marketplace.” Named the “Got You Covered” campaign, the Michigan Chronicle is mobilizing a small army of community organization partners and trained volunteers to educate the community about the Affordable Care Act, accessing the Health Insurance Marketplace, expanded health care options and information that must be considered while purchasing health insurance. “Many people have never purchased health insurance before and are likely not familiar with the terminology and details they need to know in making their decisions,” Jackson continued. “Our campaign will work to ensure that everyone can successfully navigate the landscape to ensure better options and better health for our community.” Promoting Medicaid Expansion is also expected to be an integral part of the campaign. Medicaid expansion will provide health care coverage for 470,000 Michiganders who earn less than $15,000 annually. Now back from the
summer recess, the state legislature is expected to vote on health care expansion this week. Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. After this period, those who do not have health coverage may be accessed a fee and still continue to pay outof-pocket for all of their care. Spearheaded by Cathy Nedd, chief operating officer of the Michigan Chronicle, the campaign will operate via the Michigan Chronicle’s Marketing Services Division. “I am excited to be a part of helping the community access the necessary coverage to receive health care,” Nedd said. “Urgent care is expensive if paid out-of-pocket. For too long, too many people have used emergency rooms to take care of their health care needs. And they have not been able to get the preventive care that they need, only using the emergency rooms when their situations have become critical.” Elements of the “Got You Covered” campaign include town hall meetings, educational marketing materials, a special Michigan Chronicle open enrollment tabloid insert, educational videos, digital and social media campaigns, and a church component. The Michigan Chronicle is also recruiting and training volunteers to represent the campaign at churches, clubs, bars, grocery stores, block club meetings and other community gatherings. Another key element of the campaign is connecting the uninsured with “navigators,” individuals who are unbiased and trained to assist people in “navigating” the new online Health Insurance Marketplace. The campaign will kick off in late September with a town hall meeting of community and health care industry experts. For more information about the “Got You Covered” campaign, or to become a community partner or volunteer, contact the Michigan Chronicle at (313) 963-5522.
About the Health Insurance Marketplace
The Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to buy affordable health insurance. Thanks to the Marketplace, for the very first time, consumers will be able to go to one place to search for health coverage options and get accurate, easy to understand information on different plans. They will be able to make apples-to-apples comparisons of private insurance plans and get comprehensive information about benefits and quality, sideby-side facts about price, before they have to make a choice. Health plans offered on the Marketplace must cover a comprehensive set of benefits, including physician visits, preventive care, hospital stays, and prescriptions. Plans must also treat everyone fairly – discrimination against pre-existing conditions is not allowed. Coverage will begin on January 1, 2014. No matter where they live, consumers will only need to complete a single online application to choose from the health plans that are available in their area. They will also be able to learn if they qualify for programs like Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or find out if they qualify for lower costs on monthly premiums or out-of pocket costs. New rules and expanded programs mean that more people than ever before, including working families, will get financial help for health insurance.
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Multilingual students prepare to participate in a multinational economy
GL BAL Multi-lingual as early as age five, students at the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) are uniquely prepared to compete for scholarships and job opportunities in the U.S. according to Stark Brooks, one of the nation’s leading executive search firms which tracks global job growth.
As global companies continue to flourish, they demand the kind of multilingual skills FLICS students possess. From French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, FLICS students are uniquely suited to say “yes” to growth opportunities – and jobs -- in many languages - Oui? ¡Sí? Hai? Shì de . - Editor
By C.L. Price This year, Kaori Ohgata’s fourth grade class will study their words of the week: worm, hello, sticky rice snack, and eye. These words are not just any typical vocabulary words, and the students of the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) won’t be using the American alphabet, No. 2 pencils or lined paper to practice them. Instead students will deftly stretch out red clay and weave the strands into shapes that create lines of Japanese script on the blank paper in front of them. “Since the Japanese use a completely different writing system, this method provides a more physical way to learn, and kids like that,” says Ohgata, a Japanese language teacher at FLICS.
mersion programs in French, Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese. The FLICS language program now also offers a seamless K-12 language program by creating direct pathways to advanced language courses at the high school, making the FLICS language program one of the only K-12 language programs in the country, said Principal Todd Losié. “After 8th grade at FLICS, students have the potential to continue language study at their individual proficiency levels in high school and to continue that in college at the university level. So students can have a 13year secondary language continuum in one of the foreign languages, along with a seamless K-16 language continuum, which make us very unique,” Losié said. In addition to providing a rigorous traditional academic curriculum, the FLICS K-8 program immerses its students in one of the four languages beginning in kindergarten. That means students as young as 5 begin conversing with their teachers in another language every day in their traditional classes. Most are taught in, or interwoven with, a foreign language. The Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School (FLICS) is located at 6501 West Outer Drive, Detroit 48235. For additional information call 313.651.2400
In this style of teaching, called kinesthetic learning, teachers create lessons in which students are engaged in physical activity to aid learning, rather than just listening to a teacher or doing work from a textbook. The Japanese class is just one of the many unique offerings at FLICS, located adjacent to the Renaissance High School campus in northwest Detroit. FLICS, which houses grades K-8, is one of the only public immersion programs in the state, offering dual-language, partial im-
DPS is now enrolling. Please call (313) 240-4DPS (4377) or visit www.detroitk12.org/enroll
Students gain foreign language proficiency quickly at FLICS By G. Strand Sixth grader Kynndel Johnson, can rattle off multiplication in rapid fire. Speaking in Chinese in a singsong fashion, she said, “1 times 2 is 2; 2 times 2 is 4; 3 times 2 is 6; 4 times 2 is 8…” And on and on… all in CHINESE! “The Chinese times tables are creating a real-time teleconference easier to learn because it’s fast and with students across the world. gets in your brain,” she said. And even kindergartens are The FLICS program is designed skillful with using iPods and other to prepare exiting eighth-graders high-tech devices to hone their forto be proficient in their chosen eign language skills. The rigorous curriculum means that many FLICS second language students eventually and to succeed at a matriculate to the college-preparatory district’s elite exhigh school. Exiting amination schools eighth-graders are like Cass Tech and assessed for second Renaissance, but language proficienthe school also has cy and have the many programs for opportunity to earn students who strughigh school credit in global language and Algebra. FLICS gle in traditional classes. also capitalizes on its proximity to The school examines test data for Renaissance High School through each child, assessing their strengths male and female peer mentoring and weaknesses, and caters individprograms and a new grade 9 – 12 ually to children where they need language continuation, allowing stu- assistance, according to Principal dents to take advanced language Losié. courses taught by FLICS teachers at “We have extremely unique offerRenaissance. ings that no other district has,” Losié Detroit Public Schools’ technol- said. “That’s how we roll.” ogy-infused curriculum provides Si! Oui! Shi! Hai! unique opportunities for students to polish their skills FLICS? with native speak- Who is at the Helm at ry, ge-preparato ers. Throughout the veteran colle a is é si Lo district, all students Todd hool language in grades 6-12 will high sc and former r he have access to Net- teac r School Teache book computers, High Year. He and every teacher of the national a so al is has a Netbook for ker on second classroom and home spea ion uage instruct use. FLICS, like other lang uting rib nt co a d schools, has new an for three Apple MacBooks, writer -language ch and iPod touch units. Fren book series. Mobile learning is em- text braced at FLICS; help- What is Unique? achers are grades) and te addition th 12 ing to reach students – th (6 Students puters, in with the tools they use. Netbook com uch provided with le MacBooks and iPod to pp A to Another program, to access begun last year, allows units. ith iPods for e provided w ar Spanish-speaking stuts en ud st FLICS dents to Skype with a All oom use. sr as cl Institución class at the Institución asses like the umbia, cl s ie ud St l Educative Distrital La Internationa lena in Col ital La Magde Magdelena in Columbia, Educative Distr SKYPE. via are avaialable
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100 Top Educators
In addition to the many managers, executives, business, community and government leaders who annually inspire the readers of Who’s Who in Black Detroit, this year’s publication and celebration will recognize i100 Top Educators. Who’s Who will also pay tribute to artists in our community. If you are a teacher, artist, entertainer, manager, executive, business, community, or government leader….
Nominate yourself, or someone you know. Email a headshot and 180 word bio to firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising and sponsorship opportunities available Call Cathy Nedd, Associate Publisher
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Detroit Public Library Celebrates the 70th Anniversary The DetroitLecture PublicSeries Library Celebrates the 70th Anniversary Lecture Series. 6 p.m. Detroit 6 p.m.Public Library 5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit Public Library. The E. Azalia Hackley is partHackley of the Col5201 Woodward Ave.Collection The E. Azalia library’s Department. The next lectionSpecial is partCollections of the Library’s Special Collections lecture is “Jazz Giants: Miles Davis,” exploring the Department. This lecture, titled “Don Cornelius: legend’s It iswill freecelebrate and open the Ridingmusical the Soullegacy. Train,” thetocontribupublic. tions this iconic figure and his famous television
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Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit In Detroit Nelson Mandela Day 10:00 am until 4:00 pm Focus: HOPE 6:30 p.m. 1200 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit Fellowship Chapel 7707 W. Outer Drive The public is invited to learn the story of America’s Blackrepresentatives, military pilots and their Interfaithfirst religion labor, crewmen thethe “Commemorative Air Force students at and multicultural community (CAF) Red Tail Squadron’s Rise Mandela’s Above” will gather to celebrate Nelson traveling exhibit. 95th birthday. For Formore moreinformation informationcall call(313) (313)494.4600. 347-2820
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a five-mile walk down the RiverWalk, up the Dequindre Cut, and back. Slow Flow Yoga For more 6:30 pm information, call (313) 2888076 or visit BE NICE YogaMRCWalk@MIMarriage.org. 4100 Woodward Ave. Family Fun and Fitness Daythe breath with This class focuses on linking movement in a non-judgemental, inclusive Belle Isle space. Attention is also paid to alignment, hands-on adjustments and breath work. The Presented by Detroit Parent Network, thisfor first week (seven consecutive days) is free annual eventresidents. teaches parents how to stay fit all Michigan and have fun with their kids. There will be activities all ages. Nocall charge. For more for information, 313-544-9787. For more information, September 18-22 call (313) 832-0617
Detroit Branch NAACP Youth Council Meeting Golfing For Scholarships 6:00 pm Links ofNAACP Nov Golf Club Detroit Office 8220 Second Ave., Detroit Proceeds from the 87th annual golf outing will go towards scholarships Detroit Nationalcollege Association for thebenefitAding the Michigan YouthPeople Appreciation Founvancement of Colored Youth Council dation.atMore than 200 golfersoffice. are expected meets the Detroit NAACP This to participate group of motivated middle and high schoolers meets every first and third Wednesday of Formonth. more information and tickets, call the (586) 393-8800. For more information call 313-871-2087.
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The Detroit July 28 Design Festival (DDF) 6:00 pm Second Baptist Church of Detroit celebrates A. Alfred Taubman Center for pastor’s 25th year Design Education 485 W. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit, 2 p.m. Hotel St. Regis This year’s DDF will feature 60 events connecting 300 designers and creative pracPastor Kevin M. Turman’s 25th pastoral titioners with design enthusiasts over five year will be celebrated at an anniversadays. ry banquet. Tickets are $50. The guest preacher the 10:30 a.m. will be For more at information, callservice 313-664-1497. Bishop John M. Borders III, senior pastor at Boston’s Morningstar Baptist Church.
For tickets or more information call Free Reunion Planning Seminar (313)Family 961-0920 8:30a m August Cobo Center3Grand Ballroom 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit ARISE Detroit! 7th Annual Neighborhoods DayMetro All Day Event ARISE DeThe Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau troit! community organizations can helpinvites you kick-start your family reunion with throughout CityReunion of Detroit to partictips from its Fallthe Family Planning Seminar. ipate by helping to clean Volunteers Join expert reunion planners forup. access to the tools areneed needed. you to avoid pre-planning headaches. You’ll receive handouts with venue ideas, example activities Forprizes.You’ll more information visit and also have the opportunity to meet www.arisedetroit.org with a variety of exhibitors.or call (313) 592- 1955. For more information, call 313-202-1985.
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Email EmailYour YourUpcoming UpcomingEvents Eventsto firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Franklin Wright Settlements meets the The power of humility need in the community this the loving hand of God who had allowed him to take part in providing relief to people.
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Franklin Wright Settlements Inc. is a human service agency which began providing service in Detroit in 1881. The agency started as a day nursery to afford working class immigrant families an alternative to leaving children at home while they worked. The agency saw a need in the community and met that need --the result, a better quality of life for Detroit families. Children have always been the primary beneficiaries of the services provided by Franklin Wright Settlements. Those who have the distinction of benefiting from the myriad supports offered by Franklin Wright Settlements have been nicknamed “Franklin Kids”.
trained at Franklin Wright Settlements and his boxing bag and chain are a part of the many great artifacts on the premises. Coleman A. Young was the first African American child to be admitted to the day nursery of Franklin Wright Settlements. Of course, Coleman Young went on to become a Tuskegee airman and the first African American mayor of Detroit. Throughout his career he remained a staunch advocate of Franklin Wright Settlements. NBA great George Gervin often called “the Ice Man” grew up as a “Franklin Kid” and honed his basketball skills there as a youngster.
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ACHIEVE! I think about humility and find, as others do, that humility is not thinking less of oneself; it is thinking less about oneself. What a way this is to free your mind and soul up to do the work that God has for you to do! To be free to stop thinking about oneself and one’s position and to focus instead on one’s mission or problem to be solved is totally liberating. It stills one’s heart and allows it to be totally at rest.
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By Chad Audi When faced with the need to do strategic planning or crisis intervention, a manager often needs to reach into his or her “tool bag” of wisdom and skills. As I look at some of the more successful plans and interventions I have used, I find that one of the surprisingly simple tools that has proven most effective has been the virtue of humility. The power of humility amazes me.
death, a chance meeting on a sea voyage brought him into contact with Charles Thomas Jackson. As he watched Mr. Jackson experiment with electromagnetism, he formulated an idea that he later patented — a single-wire telegraph which would convey a series of dash and dot sounds to communicate a message – the Morse Code. Thirteen years after her death, he would find a way, with the help of Leonard Gale, to construct a telegraph that would send a message ten miles away.
Until Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, to act with humility was to be considered demented. To be humbled was shameful. Instead, people prized arrogance, cunning, and the use of brute power and will to accomplish their goals. Defiance and bravado were thought to help people when they were being faced with consequences and had reason to fear the future. However, after Christ’s death and resurrection, those who followed Him suddenly had to contemplate, and then imitate Him in His willingness to take the lowest place in society in order to achieve His great resounding victory over sin, death and hopelessness.
The list of prominent Detroiters who served at Franklin Wright Settlements or who are “Franklin Kids” is impressive. Eleanor and Edsel Ford of the Ford family met at a dance at Franklin Wright Settlements and were later married. Eleanor Ford dubbed Franklin Wright Settlements as one of her favorite charities. Antique furniture donated by Mrs. Ford remains on display at Franklin Wright Settlements today. Eleanor Roosevelt, during her many visits to Michigan, always included a tour of Franklin Wright Settlements on her itinerary. On many of her visits she was accompanied by Mary McCleoud Bethune. Boxing great Joe Louis
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On the other hand, when I have failed to walk humbly, my most well-conceived plans have failed and I have created even greater problems to be solved. As Dwight L. Moody said, “Be humble or you’ll stumble.” While painting a portrait in Washington, D.C., Samuel Morse, a celebrated and skilled painter of portraits in the early 1800s, received a letter from his father delivered by horse telling him that his wife was ill. He immediately left for home but by the time he arrived home he found that his wife had already died and been buried. Heartbroken, he was determined to find a faster method for people to communicate over long distances. Though he continued to do fine paintings and study art, he maintained his passion to solve the puzzle.
If anyone could have felt proud for what he had achieved, in a field in which he was not trained, it could have been Samuel Morse. He received many honors for his work and he fought to be recognized as the initiator of the work done with the single wire telegraph. However, in letters to family and in speeches, he maintained humility. He once said, “I have made a valuable application of electricity not because I was superior to other men but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone and He was pleased to reveal it to me.” Late in his life, he once wept with joy to know that the telegraph had been used to enable a family to rejoice when they learned that a loved one had not died but was in fact alive. He saw in
We in Detroit today have many challenges to face and many opportunities to be grasped for the good of many people in the region. My prayer today is that we apply ourselves to the task with diligence, creativity and passion but that, even as we do so, we walk in humility and the freedom to focus on the tasks at hand. I have to believe that doing so is what God intends through us to be a blessing for all of the people.
Franklin Wright Settlements is accredited by the highly regarded Council of accreditation. The agency is led by Monique Marks who serves as the President and CEO. Marks stated “We are a high functioning agency. We have an active, well rounded board. Our staff is committed to the mission and does an exceptional job. I am very proud of how we positively impact lives everyday.” Today, like in the past, Franklin Wright Settlements actively meets the needs of the community. The agency provides services for seniors including respite care, meals, recreation, health and nutrition. For families, there is in-home counseling and family reunification. Basic needs are provided to those without food, shelter and clothing. The agency has an early childhood education program, after school programs, tutorial services, peer mentoring, college readiness and peer mentoring. Whatever the need in the community, Franklin Wright Settlements is prepared to meet the need and improve the quality of life for families.
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Wayne County Sheriff and current mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon was also a Franklin kid. “ I just remember being here all of the time. We would study here, play basketball, attend dances, get our teeth cleaned. You name it, it was here. I have very fond memories of Franklin Wright Settlements. It is very impressive to see that the agency is not only still here
Franklin Wright Settlements is a 501 © 3 nonprofit corporation. To volunteer or make donations please call 313 5791000or visit the website at www.franklinwright. org.
Public notice of upcoming accreditation review visit by the ACEN Wayne County Community College District Nursing Program wishes to announce that it will host a site review for the initial accreditation of its Associate Degree Nursing Program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
it the site and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled for 11:00 am on September 18 at the WCCCD District Office at 801 West Fort Street at the corner of Fort and Third, Detroit.
Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Or e-mail to: sjtanner@acenursing. org.
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The godly hope of MLK’s dream deserves humble response
By Larry Buford
The words of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963 infused hope and inspiration to the mixed masses in a most profound way. Now, 50 years later, the profundity of that speech remains a brilliant evergreen benchmark as we look around and still see the “flames of withering injustice,” “the manacles of segregation,” “and the chains of discrimination.” Unfortunately, since 1963 the milestones of the road to equality – from the passing of the Civil Rights Act, to the election of a Black president – have done little to bridge the racial divide. Sure we can point to some gains in the Black culture as in sports, entertainment, politics, etc., but when it comes right down to it, it’s still “us” and “them,” not “we the people.” Dr. King’s speech said in part, “…Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy; now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice; now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood; now is the time to make justice a reality for all God’s children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.” What a difference it would make if we could funnel and redirect all the negative energy demonstrated by some on Capitol Hill and use it for a higher purpose. Many of our so-called leaders spin the rhetoric for democracy, but their objective is far from it. One of the definitions of democracy is, “The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.” It’s been said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” There is still so much pride, arrogance, hatred and prejudice prevalent today. There is even unprecedented blatant disrespect for the highest office in
the land – the presidency – just because of skin color. If the disenchantment looms there, what does that say for the rank and file? How can some people be so blinded by prejudice while claiming to have so much love for God, the Creator of all? Do they think God only sees things the way they do? To Black America Dr. King said, “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plain of dignity and discipline.” The Staple Singers once recorded a song titled “Respect Yourself” that said “If you disrespect everybody that you run into, how in the world do you think anybody’s gonna respect you?” Those are powerful messages for us all. As a reminder, although Dr. King is remembered as the champion of the Civil Rights Movement, he was first and foremost a minister of the Gospel as evidenced in his 1963 speech. The movement was rooted in the gospel of truth, righteousness, and dignity; and there is no dignity in the behavior of some who for their own agendas, wish to jump on board the civil rights bandwagon. That bandwagon has an owner’s manual called the Bible. Dr. King appealed to the spirit of God in mankind. I urge those who have read his speech to read it again, and those who have not to do so for the first time. Dr. King’s legacy is like the “hope of a tree” as mentioned in the Book of Job chapter 14 (KJV). There it says, “If it (the tree) be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the roots thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground, yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.” Let us pause and remember what Dr. King lived and died for. Let’s keep hope alive! The humble godly hope he delivered in his historical speech is the substance of our faith, and our humble response should be the substance of his dream. What will we as a people do now to make a difference?
Expand Medicaid coverage By Tom Watkins Governor Snyder made the morally and fiscally correct decision to ask the Michigan Legislature to expand Medicaid. It is expected the Senate will vote on the governor’s request this week. There are many reasons the Michigan Legislature should follow Governor Snyder’s lead. Let me count the ways: Tom Watkins 1) It is simply sensible, public policy to tap federal funds already set aside to expand preventive and lifesaving health care under Medicaid. 2) Medicaid expansion represents the best single opportunity to improve access to behavioral healthcare services for Michigan citizens most in need. Cuts to general fund support for mental health and substance use disorder services over the past decade have resulted in a lack of access and reduction of services. The best way to remove barriers to care and expand mental health services is to expand Medicaid. 3) Medicaid expansion would provide coverage options for small businesses and create a healthier work force that will improve the state’s economic competitiveness. Workers at many small Michigan companies do not get insurance from their employers. Medicaid expansion will cover low-wage working adults: Michigan workers with no health insurance and too little income to afford coverage. 4) Currently, Michigan hospitals end up providing more than $880 million a year in uncompensated care to patients who are unable to pay. It is estimated that up to $1,000 of the annual cost of a health insurance premium for a family of four is to cover this uncompensated care. 5) Expanding Medicaid as Governor Snyder recommended will reduce this hidden “health care tax” paid by insured individuals, families and businesses. 6) The governor’s recommendation would also help local community hospitals. Because the federal government wishes to expand Medicaid via health insurance exchanges, local hospitals stand to lose reimbursements for uncompensated care. If Michigan Legislators do not support Medicaid expansion, they jeopardize the financial stability of
local hospitals across the state. 7) If Michigan’s Legislature fails to expand Medicaid coverage, an opportunity to provide health insurance for thousands of hard working, low income residents across the state will be lost but their needs — and costs — will remain. 8) The federal government, which is asking states to expand Medicaid coverage, has pledged to cover the full cost of expansion through 2016 before gradually reducing funding to 90 percent by 2020. 9) Governor Snyder has been extremely clear in his belief that the expansion will help protect over 300, 000 of Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens in the next year alone, decrease the rate of emergency room visits that drive up health care costs for everyone, and save the state millions a year in state spending — half of which he wants to put into a savings account to offset any future costs. 10) It is estimated that Medicaid expansion will create 18,000 new health care jobs and generate $2.1 billion in new economic activity in Michigan. 11) Expanding Medicaid is morally right and fiscally sound for Michigan taxpayers. When Governor Rick Snyder called for expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, he said, “This makes sense for the physical and fiscal health of Michigan.” He continued, “Expansion will create more access to primary care providers, reduce the burden on hospitals and small businesses, and save precious tax dollars. It also puts Michigan rather than Washington in the driver’s seat in terms of implementation, which allows us to better address Michigan’s specific needs.” The time is now to call on the Michigan Legislature to support Governor Snyder’s proposals to expand Medicaid coverage. Let’s remember: Supporting Medicaid expansion is about helping real people — our families, neighbors and friends — with real needs by tapping the tax dollars we send to Washington. It is a wise investment. Tom Watkins served as state mental health director in the Blanchard administration. He is the president and CEO of the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Authority. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on twitter @tdwatkins88.
Tough talk won’t solve violence in Detroit
By Bill Johnson
Detroit Police Chief James Craig swaggered into town boldly declaring that the carjackings, street crimes and home invasions were a thing of the past. Young brutal barbarians were put on notice that their reign was over. The message was clear and unapologetic: thugs will be aprehended, prosecuted and incarcerated. The self-portrait he painted of a bythe-book disciplinarian and consummate professional heightened public expectations. But Chief Craig has since discovered that his tough talk isn’t reaching the ears of the predators. Every day, criminals reinforce the public demand for better police protection against seemingly unabated murders, robberies, Bill Johnson aggravated assaults and rapes. There’s no letup in the suffering of victims, in fear, in lost economic vitality and in precious human resources. The chief, however, isn’t entirely at fault. He may have underestimated the resolve of ruthless and reckless young men who comprise a criminal confederacy that has overwhelmed the city since the mid-1970s. But then, no credible, successful and constructive crime-fighting effort is likely to be waged in the present social climate. Much of the plight of some Detroit youth can be attributed to their intimidating behavior. They are signifiantly more likely than any other group to be murderers, murdered, unemployed, poor, uneducated or imprisoned. This potent and dangerous criminal element engages in reprehensible behavior that disqualifies them for a long, productive life. Irrefutable evidence of their ruinous potential is found in the number of youths caught up in the plague of random and drug-related murders. Almost all are Black. Many observers attach little significant to that fact. But if young White men were terrorizing neighborhoods and slaughtering each other at the current rate, city leaders would have examined the basis of their turmoil by now. It’s generally accepted that the poor state of public education helps steer many youth down the path to unacceptable behavior. Low expectations from education and community leaders means hundreds of students aren’t challenged early on when their interest in school is most likely to be decided. Failure in school guarantees they will
James Craig have a “skills gap” when they try to enter the workforce. Fading job prospects are closely followed by a lowered self-image and feelings of betrayal. Resentment turns into rebellion, heightened by the fact that society connects men and the evaluation of their worth to their ability to get a job and earn a living. It doesn’t take them long to discover that street hustling pays a lot better than the jobs they qualify for. Whether by ignorance or indifference, the dimishing role and presence of responsible males in the community is another contributor to the carnage. Neighborhhoods, for example, teem with absent fathers unsuited for marriage and incapable of providing for their children — emotionally or monetarily. With no real sense of sexual responsibility or psychologal preparation for parenthood, they unwittingly engage in a ritual that continually breed and sustains the culture of violence. Is Chief Craig the new breed cop he portrays himself to be, or another in a string of police exeuctives who fails to understand the root cause of the crime problem and, therefore, is incapable of forging an effecive crime-prevention strategy? Is his get-tough initiatives justifably catching heat for being too long on rhetoric and short on substance? Is he smart enough to factor in the social dynamic? This much we know: First, the chief doesn’t have enough manpower to realistically make a difference anytime soon. Secondly, public confidence in the police department, essential to effective law enforcement, is waning. Thus, the chief must be mindful that when his big talk falls short of his obligation to protect citizens from crime he forfeits any legitimate claim to the allegiance of the people. So it might be a good idea to minimize the tough talk, take a closer look at the deteriorating social conditions and then craft valid anti-violence measures that Detroiters can live with.
Keep Social Security off the table
By Andrew Dobelstein
President Obama’s proposal to restrict the growth of Social Security by changing annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) from the present Consumer Price Index (CPI) to a Chained Consumer Price Index represents a disingenuous departure from his earlier position to hold fast on Social Security. Such a proposal itself would have little effect on either Social Security benefits or on the long-term Social Security Trust Fund needed to satisfy future beneficiary claims. The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that a chained CPI (CPI/U) “would increase, on average, by 3 percentage points more slowly per year than will the existing CPI,” and that Social Security’s total outlays would “decline by 4 percent, from currently scheduled outlays.” This option, CBO estimated, would improve the 75-year trust fund balance by only 0.2 percentage points of GDP and would extend the trust fund exhaustion date by four years at the most. (CBO, 2010) The real hazard in the president’s proposal comes from Including Social Security in deficit reduction negotiations for at least two reasons. First, Social Security is not part of the deficit. In fact, it may be the only federal program with a surplus in its Trust Fund. Clearly, there have been confusions about how to account for surpluses in the fund. Congress approved the use of
a “unified” budget by including Social Security Trust Fund operations in the 1974 budget process, and accounting for Social Security taxing, spending and its reserves has bounced back and forth: off-budget from 1935-1968; on-budget from 1969-1985; off-budget from 19861990, for all purposes except computing the deficit; and off-budget for all purposes since 1990. Even before President Bush proposed “privatizing” Social Security, Republican lawmakers have been trying to appropriate these government-held funds. There is a second, more compelling danger from the president’s proposal to change the COLA. Such a proposal only confuses and compounds Social Security’s long-range problem. Social Security is solvent for at least 20 years under current legislation, but the growing number of beneficiaries on the one hand, and the shrinking number of workers relative to Social Security beneficiaries will only continue to exacerbate Social Security’s long-range problems. We need to keep in mind that today Social Security provides financial benefit to more 50 million people, over 18 percent of the population, that only 70 percent of those beneficiaries are retired workers, that more children receive Social Security payments than children who receive public welfare, and that Social Security’s redistributive formula has kept 40 percent of the elderly who would otherwise be poor out of poverty. Social Security is no longer our grandmother’s retirement program.
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Neighborhood Hubs Abuzz With Activity
Neighborhood-centered quality schools serve expanded needs of students, families and the community No longer having a monopoly on education, DPS creates initiatives to serve parents, families and students DPS knows the days are long gone when anyone had a monopoly on the education of Detroit’s children. Through its new strategic plan and customer-driven approach, the teachers, principals, administrative staff and entire district are working hard to win the hearts and minds of families by providing the best quality educational experience possible. “We are dedicated to providing the best learning environment for all students through a research-based Strategic plan that our families and the community asked for, and building upon the academic gains we are already experiencing,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics. “Together, we will ensure that Detroit Public Schools will be nationally recognized as an outstanding school district, instilling a passion for life-long learning among all students.”
CHRONICLE STAFF REPORT Schools unite communities. That’s the premise of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) efforts to house a wide variety of student, family and community support services within its local schools beginning this fall. “Schools are widely used buildings,” said Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “So it’s only logical that we open them to the public, creating a place where neighborhood residents can meet to support education and overall community improvement efforts.”
Among the new initiatives: Early Childhood: DPS will invest early in individual children through expanded preschool programs for all eligible four-year-olds. The DPS Universal Pre-K Program will add 25 new early learning classrooms to 14 sites geographically spread across the city, including 12 classrooms in five new DPS Early Learning Neighborhood Centers. In total, DPS will operate 215 Pre-K classrooms at 70 schools with a capacity for 3,530 young learners.
The school hubs are a part of DPS’ 5-year strategic plan in which the district expanded its commitment to support Detroit families with the highest quality public education available and, ultimately, an educated regional workforce capable of driving the city’s economic rebirth. More than 600 internal and external stakeholders helped to develop the transformative plan that includes more Pre-Kindergarten programs, new neighborhood-centered Community Schools, more Arts and Music enrichment classes, a new Parent University and Career Academies, according to DPS’ Martin. LOCAL ROOTS This wider spectrum of its “Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools” programming is DPS’ commitment to listen and respond to the community’s evolving needs. “The most important component of the DPS plan is that it was driven by the wants and desires of the community,” stated Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics of DPS. The process began with an intensive five-week strategic planning process which involved parents, students, teachers, principals, staff, clergy, civic and community leaders and policy makers committed to working to help Detroit Public Schools better understand how to improve its performance and customer service, broaden services, and provide desired programs, all within a safe learning environment, according to Martin, who noted that participants helped drive decisions which ultimately lead to a better school system for the Fall. “We have 97 neighborhood-centered, quality schools located throughout Detroit that have top-notch staffs, includ-
ing dedicated principals and teachers, as well as clerical, instructional, food service and custodial staff that make our schools some of the best in the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan,” Martin stated. “Detroiters, however, need to have confidence that when they send their children to Detroit Public Schools, they will get a high-quality education, in a safe environment. They also need to understand the full range of academic and enrichment programs that are available to help round out their child’s educational experience.” NEW ROUTES The Strategic Plan will play out in ways big and small including new transportation routes to serve the needs of families, according to published reports. “In addition to the major components of the plan, DPS is becoming more nimble to quickly address the needs of families – even creating new initiatives based on feedback during the district’s door-to-door August enrollment campaign,” said Ridgeway. For families of the new Mark Twain School for Literary Scholars at 12800 Visger in Southwest Detroit, that means new transportation stops for River Rouge and Ecorse, and sections of Allen Park, Melvindale and Lincoln Park.
For Marcus Garvey Academy at 2301 Van Dyke, that means a new shuttle bus, providing transportation from Detroit’s northeast side. The shuttle promises to expose more families to the rich offerings at Garvey, including its Harambee Center, Parent Resource Center, Target Library Makeover, school clinic, renovated pool, urban garden programs and proximity to adjacent Butzel Family Center and playgrounds, along with the school’s meaningful partnership with Compuware Corp. A new after-school Midtown Activities Shuttle will connect students of Burton International, Spain and Golightly Education Center to the activities offered at the three schools – including track, swimming, instrumental music – so the three schools together offer a more robust educational experience. RENEWED COMMITMENT TO CUSTOMER SERVICE At every school, front office staff members have taken a Customer Service Pledge, recommitting themselves to putting the needs of parents and students first. The plans are designed to dramatically change mindsets, and the district has pledged to be courageous and bold — and to plan to win. “We know that, ultimately, these strategies, will improve academic outcomes for all children,” Martin said.
Community Schools Model: 21 Detroit Public Schools’ buildings will soon become “12/7 Community Schools” to better serve the needs of families district-wide, extending beyond the traditional school day to offer services such as job skills training, child/elder care, financial literacy, food distribution and even medical care. New “Career Academy” programs: for students at Career Technical Centers where students can leave high school with a comprehensive high school diploma, associate’s degree, certification and paid apprenticeship Arts and Music Enrichment: The district is adding an art and music enrichment programs to ensure that every elementary school student has access to those programs by partnering with individuals and arts and music agencies with a proven track record in Detroit. Safety Enhancements and Safer Routes: DPS is adding to the ranks of its citizen, corporate and volunteer patrols and has instituted New Attendance and Code of Conduct policies. New Parent and Family Programs: DPS is expanding its parent and family engagement programs, including a new Parent University, using the Boston Public Schools Model that intentionally engages community partners immersed in every facet of what it takes to raise a child successfully. “Our parents will benefit from their expertise and upon program completion participate in internships working side by side within the agency partners as well as in the classroom strengthening their presence and continuing to confirm them as partners in educating our children,” said Sharlonda Buckman, President and CEO of the Detroit Parent Network. A new Customer Service ethic: DPS plans to be more customer-focused than ever before. Constantly and consistently exceeding expectations will become a new Detroit Public Schools Customer Service ethic that starts with how phone callers and guests are greeted and have their concerns resolved, and will infuse customer service into all aspects of the organization. The district has launched new training programs through an experienced and respected customer service leader and will make sure employees are motivated and rewarded.
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According to Excellent Schools Detroit, 12 of the city’s 20 Top Performing K-8 schools are DPS schools including: Thirkell Elementary School 7724 14th St. P: (313) 596-0990 Grades Served: PreK-6
Davison Elementary School 2800 E. Davison P: (313) 252-3118 PreK-8
Burton International Academy 2001 Martin Luther King Blvd. P: (313) 596-3800 PreK-8, Application
Chrysler Elementary School 1445 East Lafayette P: (313) 494-8440 K-5; Application
Garvey Academy 2301 Van Dyke P: (313) 866-7400 PreK-8, Application
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The Michigan Public Service Commission (Commission) will hold a public hearing to consider DTE Gas Company’s (DTE Gas) June 26, 2013 application to reconcile its gas cost recovery (GCR) costs and revenues for the 12-month period from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013. DTE Gas states that for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2013, its GCR revenues of $557 million, its GCR Cost of Gas Sold of $558 million, $0.5 million of penalty and fee revenue, $1 million interest expense from 2012-2013 GCR, and roll-in of approximately $1 million underrecovery related to 2011-2012 GCR combine to result in a net underrecovery of $0.5 million that was incurred through reasonable and prudent actions.
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All documents filed in this case shall be submitted electronically through Free healthy breakfast the Commission’s E-Dockets website at: michigan.gov/mpscedockets. Requirements and instructions for filing can be found in the User Manual on and lunch for every the E-Dockets help page. Documents may alsochild, be submitted, in Word or PDF format, as an attachment to an email sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. in every grade, day If you require assistance prior toevery e-filing, contact Commission staff at (517) 241-6180 or by email at: email@example.com.
Any person wishing to intervene and become a party to the case shall Seven different languages electronically file a petition to intervene with this Commission by September 5, 2013. (Interested persons may elect to file using the traditional paper format.) offered across the district The proof of service shall indicate service upon DTE Gas’ Attorney, David S. Maquera, DTE Gas Company, One Energy Plaza, Detroit, Michigan 48226. andAnyrobust ESL (English as a person wishing to appear at the hearing to make a statement of position without becoming a party to the case may participate by filing an appearance. Second Language) courses To file an appearance, the individual must attend the hearing and advise the presiding administrative law judge of his or her wish to make a statement of
position. All information submitted to the Commission in this New Parent University &matter becomes public information: available on the Michigan Public Service Commission’s website,new/expanded and subject to disclosure. Please do not include information you other parent wish to remain private. Requests for adjournment must be made pursuant to the Commission’s Rules programs of Practice and Procedure R 460.17315 and R 460.17335. Requests for further information on adjournment should be directed to (517) 241-6060.
Safety initiatives with A copy of DTE Gas’ request may be reviewed on the Commission’s website at: michigan.gov/mpscedockets, and at the office of DTE Gas Company, One more volunteers Energycommunity Plaza, Detroit, Michigan. For more information on how to participate in a case, you may contact the Commission at the above address or by telephone at (517) 241-6180.
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Costs, costs, costs. That’s practically all you read about concerning health reform. But as businesses ready themselves for the upcoming changes precipitated by the Affordable Care Act regulations, there’s another important matter that warrants attention. Benefits. Granted, it’s easy to see why the benefit side of the health insurance equation often overshadows cost concerns. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports show health insurance now accounts for 7.7% of total worker Roughly 80% compensation, nearly 45% of benefit more than in 1999. decision Yet despite these rapidly rising expenses, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2012 survey of more than 2,000 large and small employers found 61% of firms offer health benefits to their workers. The reason is simple: These benefits contribute to the health, well-being and prosperity of their companies.
makers believed health benefits are important to employee morale, recruitment and retention
In Michigan, roughly 80% of benefit decision makers believed health benefits are important to employee morale, recruitment and retention. For example, an attractive benefits package also helps small businesses retain their best employees. A Self-Funding article on defined contribution health benefits estimates employers typically must spend the equivalent of 6-9 months in salary each time they have to replace a salaried employee. And that doesn’t include any potential lost revenues from dis-satisfied customers. Yet perhaps the most under-appreciated benefit of health insurance plans – especially those with some kind of wellness program – is their positive impact on employee productivity. An extensive study by the HR consulting firm Towers Watson found companies with a strong commitment to their employees’ Health & Productivity (H & P) “experienced superior human capital and financial outcomes” and were “more likely to have lower health care costs, lower Companies levels of prewith a strong senteeism, fewer lost commitment days due to to their disabilities and lower employees’ levels of turnover relHealth & ative to their Productivity industry peers.” (H & P) As you experience rethink your strategies superior for health human insurance, make sure capital and you factor financial in what their benefits outcomes. really mean to your company. Here’s a helpful tip from Devon Herrick, a health economist at the National Center for Policy Analysis: Remember to include employees in discussions about insurance coverage, which will help you understand what they value most. These discussions also give your company an opportunity to encourage employees to be more responsible for their health and healthcare spending. Jeff Rubleski serves as director of sales strategy for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and is a certified healthcare reform specialist. He serves as the GlidePath™ go-to market lead in implementing this defined contribution solution for active and retired members.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center announces a $30 million renovation By Rian Barnhill MANAGING EDITOR
ore change and investment is coming to Detroit’s riverfront as the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center announced that it will begin a $30 million renovation project in February 2014, transforming 1,329 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space. The Detroit Marriott is one of the tallest hotels in the western hemisphere and its massive makeover will take about a year to complete. Guest room renovations will start in February 2014 and are expected to take about one year to complete. Meeting room remodeling will begin in spring 2014 and conclude in fall 2014. The 70-floor hotel will remain open throughout the project with a few floors undergoing reconstruction at a time. “We’re energized by the current revival of Detroit and excited to be a big part of it by making a $30 million investment in a landmark property that welcomes visitors from around the globe to our amazing city,” said Shonda Johnson, area general manager of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. “Like Detroit, we’re undergoing our own rebirth of an original icon.”
1,329 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space to be redesigned uniquely “Detroit” with innovations to lead the future of travel and meetings.
Given Marriott’s commitment to Detroit, the corporate design team created a one-of-a-kind look specifically for the Detroit Marriott. The designers immersed themselves in the fabric of the region and Detroit to incorporate the city’s vibe and personality into the new, comfortably modern décor theme. The color palate is neutrals and greys with teal accents, providing the perfect backdrop to stunning photography of Detroit architectural landmarks that will adorn the walls. The new meeting rooms will feature the colors of a Michigan beach at sunset — mauve, taupe, purple and brown. Renovations include an extensive remodeling of the ballroom and exhibit hall space to allow greater functionality of the meeting space. The Detroit Marriott’s massive makeover is part of Marriott Hotels’ current brand transformation to reflect the lifestyle of the next gen-
eration of travelers who seamlessly blend work and play in a mobile and global world. The iconic brand is reasserting its position as an industry innovator through a new multi-year global marketing campaign call “Travel Brilliantly” to amplify its dedication to leading the future of travel. The campaign includes TV, digital and mobile advertising, a new brand look and logo, enhanced social media platforms, and, a new website — www.travelbrilliantly.com — reSee MARRIOT page C-2
Nielsen: Celebrating 90 years of innovation Isn’t it fascinating how a person can have a single idea or dream planted, take root and change the world as we know it? Well, that’s exactly how Nielsen came to be. This week, Nielsen will celebrate its 90th anniversary. So, I’d like to give a sincere kudos to Nielsen on such a momentous, milestone anniversary. On August 24, 1923, in Chicago, a visionary engineer named Arthur C. Nielsen, Sr. (also known as A.C. Nielsen) first came up with the idea of selling performance surveys. He borrowed $45,000 to start a business to test the quality of conveyor belts and turbine generators. With those
sen has evolved and grown to become a global market research company with a presence in more than 100 countries – headquartered in New York and the Netherlands. Did you know that Nielsen has many “firsts”? And we are most known for our TV ratings, but there is so much more. So, how about I share with you a short Nielsen history lesson today?
Cheryl Pearson-McNeil first, simple measurements, Mr. Nielsen introduced the concept of market research. Today, 90 years later, Niel-
After the engineering surveys, Nielsen began measuring drug and retail store sales in 1933, followed by food and department store sales the next year. Client service teams were assembled after
in order to make sure the data being collected would be interpreted correctly and so that clients would have a liaison to work with on their day to day operations. And fueled by his passion and curiosity for consumer insights, A.C. Nielsen created the concept of “market share” in 1935. Folks were listening to radio long before TV came along, so Mr. Nielsen acquired the rights to the first instantaneous Audiometer in 1936. This device attached to a radio to record when it was on and what station was being listened to. A few years See NIELSEN page C-2
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vealing innovations under development, as well as a co-creation platform to solicit user-generated ideas. As part of the overall brand transformation, Detroit Marriott guests will enjoy many new amenities and technological innovations. The enhanced amenity package includes a new line of personal care items, such as soaps and shampoos, as well as new bedding and linens. In recognition of its increasingly connected mobile guests, Marriott Hotels is now rolling out mobile check-in at 325 Marriott-brand properties in the U.S. and Canada, including the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. With the
Marriott Mobile App, Marriott Rewards members can check in after 4:00 p.m. the day before their arrival and receive an automatic notification when their room is ready. Members simply walk up to the expedited mobile check-in desk to pickup their pre-programmed key card. More information about mobile checkin can be found at http:// travel-brilliantly.marriott.com/our-innovations/ check-in-app. As the industry leader in hosting meetings, Marriott is introducing new technology designed for the mobile worker including Workspring at Marriott, Red Coat Direct and Workspace on Demand. The Detroit Marriott at
the Renaissance Center is located on the riverfront in the heart of downtown Detroit. The hotel’s guest rooms offer some of the most spectacular views in all for Detroit with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city skyline, the Detroit River and Canada. The property has 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate up to 2,200 guests. The hotel is within the General Motors Renaissance Center complex, 25 minutes from Detroit Metro Airport and five minutes from Windsor, Ontario. For more information or reservations, call Marriott at 1-800352-0831, or visit www.detroitmarriott.com.
Consumers should be vigilant against health insurance scams Changes to health insurance, ushered in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have caused some confusion for consumers and, unfortunately, opened the door for potential scams. The Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) is advising Michigan residents to be on the lookout for potential identity theft and insurance scams and to safeguard their personal information. “It is important that Michigan residents know exactly who they are giving their personal information to over the phone or in person,” warned DIFS Director Kevin Clinton. “Our office has become aware of a number of different schemes that are attempting to take advantage of the confusion surrounding the ACA. It is important for consumers to remain vigilant to avoid being scammed.” Tips to Avoid Scams • Never provide unsolicited callers with any personal data or account numbers. Government agencies and legitimate organizations with which you do business already have your personal information on file. Unless you initiate the call, you should never be asked for personal information. • Beware of offers that seem too good to be true…they often are. No government representative sells insurance over the phone, door-to-door, or by email. Health plans and insurance licenses can, and should, be verified by
later, in 1942, Nielsen’s radio index was launched in the U.S.
Also in the 1940s, the U.S. Chicago headquarters doubled in size and two more international offices in Canada and calling DIFS toll-free at (877) 999-6442 Australia were opened or on the DIFS website at www.michi- (the first opened in the United Kingdom in 1939). gan.gov/difs. In addition to radio, the • Be aware of look-alike websites posing consumer and pharmaas an official government agency. In Michigan, the official website to pur- ceutical indexes were chase health insurance through the introduced. Mr. Nielsen Health Insurance Marketplace is www. really stepped out on a limb in 1948 and investhealthcare.gov. ed in the first commercial • Do not give anyone personal informa- computer, the UNIVAC 1. tion who requests your bank account Now you can imagine this and routing numbers to issue you a computer was far from tonew insurance card. There are no in- day’s PC or even the new surance cards associated with the ACA portable tablet devices. and no new Medicare cards are neces- You know those giant, sary to continue benefits. clunky metal and cable If you have been contacted by a sus- masses you may have picious caller seeking your personal seen in old sci-fi movies? information, contact DIFS toll-free at Yes, that’s what it looked (877) 999-6442 to report the incident. like. I wonder what Mr. A detailed informational sheet on how Nielsen would say if he to spot a scam is available on the DIFS could see how technology website, http://www.michigan.gov/docu- has evolved today? ments/difs/ACA_SCAMs_431586_7.pdf. The famous “Nielsen For those confused about health in- Ratings” as you know it, surance, Michigan’s Health Insurance made its debut in 1950 Consumer Assistance Program (HICAP) when the company began can help. HICAP exists to help Michigan measuring TV audiencresidents with information about health es. National daily TV ratinsurance coverage options, learn about ings in the U.S. weren’t their rights under the Affordable Care offered until 1973. And, Act, resolve complaints against insur- who remembers when ers, and appeal denials of treatments those now-ubiquitous bar and services. Consumers can contact codes (officially known as HICAP toll-free at 877-999-6442 or visit Universal Product Codes www.michigan.gov/hicap. or UPCs) started popping
From page C-1 up? Yes, it was Nielsen that introduced the scanning of bar codes in 1977. This revolutionized the way marketers and retailers were able to understand how and why consumers make purchasing decisions every day. Today, Nielsen measures 400 billion retail product transactions a year in more than 600,000 stores around the world. As technology has continued to evolve, so have Nielsen’s measuring tools and methods. Today, Nielsen measures the activity more than half a million online panelists worldwide. Who remembers when there were only a few channels available for television? The famous “Black Box” made its debut in 1987 and used to capture the viewing habits of Nielsen households. Now there are hundreds of networks and channels from which to choose for our viewing pleasure – those premium channels that each have a specific interested audience and a plethora of program options as well. Talk about coming a long way? In addition to monitoring our viewing here in the U.S., today Nielsen also measures TV viewing audiences in 33 coun-
tries. And with the changing times and how our lives have become so dependent on mobile devices, we can watch our favorite programs on our phones, tablets, computers and game consoles. So as the devices and gadgets evolved where we watch our favorite shows, so did Nielsen’s measurement services. In 2008, Nielsen began developing reports that detailed media usage across screens – television, internet, and mobile devices. Nielsen’s history is progressive and delivers a forecast of infinite possibilities in years to come, which I hope inspires you. And, I hope you see and are empowered by your role in Nielsen’s success. Nielsen research, studies, survey results and data provide clients with this information to better engage and reach us and our communities. So here’s to another 90 years of innovation! I know you can’t wait to see what’s in store next. Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior vice president of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Nielsen. For more information and studies, go to www.nielsenwire.com.
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Anthony Neely launches publishing firm Wayne State receives grant to reduce Walt Douglas bio is first book for former Bing, Archer aide ample as Detroit faces the unprecedented challenge of municipal bankruptcy and determines the kind of city it will be after surviving this challenge.” Neely served as Mayor Bing’s press secretary from October 2012 until earlier this month. The Columbus, Ohio, native completed a 10-year career in journalism as a business reporter and columnist at the Detroit Free Press from 1992 to 1995. He served as press secretary and chief speechwriter to Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer from 1996 to 2001, and was an executive speechwriter for General Motors Corporation from 2004 to 2008. Neely also provided communications support to interim Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr., in 2009.
Anthony Neely Veteran journalist, speechwriter and public spokesman Anthony Neely has resigned his position as press secretary to Mayor Dave Bing to launch Neely Media Group LLC, a publisher of printed books and e-books. The first book published by the company is “The Activist Entrepreneur: What I Learned About Business at the Urban Coalition & My Proven Keys to Personal and Career Success” by Walt Douglas with Anthony Neely. More than a decade in the making, “The Activist Entrepreneur” is the autobiography of Walt Douglas,chairman of Avis Ford and former president of New Detroit Inc.
One of the highlights of “The Activist Entrepreneur” is Douglas’ successful fight to keep the dealership after founder Warren Avis (who also founded Avis Rent a Car) made attempts to take the dealership back five years after its purchase. “The Activist Entrepreneur” expounds on topics ranging from power politics, choosing and financing good business investments, the struggle to launch a startup, best management practices, and passing a family business to the next generation. The book offers fascinating stories about Mayor Coleman Young, Henry Ford II, Jesse Jackson and Tiger Woods, and describes the turmoil and struggle of surviving the Great Recession of 2008-2010.
“The Activist Entrepreneur “shares the dramatic narrative of Douglas’ rise from humble roots in Hamlet, N.C., to a central role in Detroit politics and community affairs and the purchase of Avis Ford in Southfield. Before Douglas built Avis Ford into one of America’s top 25 Ford dealerships and was named Black Enterprise Anthony Neely with Mayor Dave Bing. magazine’s Auto Dealer of the Year in 2010, he built bridges be- Ford Motor Company Director Edsel tween business, government and the Ford II wrote the foreword to the book, community as president of New Detroit and written endorsements are provided Inc., the nation’s first major urban co- by Ford Motor Company President and alition. New Detroit, formed to remake CEO Alan Mulally, as well as Damon J. a city that many had left for dead in the Keith, senior judge for the United States ashes of 1967, was instrumental in the Court of Appeals’ Sixth Circuit. emergence of new businesses and social “The Activist Entrepreneur” is printinstitutions that had a powerful impact ed and distributed by Lightning Source, on Detroit in the decades that followed. a unit of Ingram Content Inc., the lead “Walt Douglas helped to open doors ing printer and distributor of print-onfor many African-American owned busi- demand books. It is available at waltnesses in the 1970s and ’80s before douglasonline.com, Amazon.com and launching his own business,” said Neely, Barnes and Noble.com. who worked on editing, design and pro- Neely plans to publish additional edduction of “The Activist Entrepreneur” ucational and inspirational books and for approximately two years. “His focus e-books, including an upcoming autoat New Detroit on coalition building and biography of John W. Barfield, founder strategic partnerships helped Detroit re- of the Bartech Group, which was one of cover after its image hit rock bottom in America’s first minority-owned suppli1967. We can learn much from Walt’s ex- ers to Fortune 500 firms.
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A team of Wayne State University researchers are working on a technology that could quickly and significantly reduce the emission of mercury and other toxic substances by power plants into the Great Lakes basin. Carol Miller, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil and environmental engineering at Wayne State University’s College of Engineering, and co-Director of the Urban Watershed Environmental Research Group (UWERG) at WSU, recently received a twoyear, $557,000 grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund for the project, titled “Real-Time Energy Impact Monitors for Residential, Industrial and Policy Use.” Her team will refine, test and market a novel technology that interacts with power grids to precisely estimate the emissions associated with current power uses and signals when cleaner forms of energy are available. That technology, Locational Emissions Estimation Methodology (LEEM), was pioneered in a project previously supported by the fund. LEEM gleans information from independent system operators, which operate regional power grids, to determine - in real time - the fuel sources (such as coal, natural gas, nuclear power and wind) used to generate electricity and the emissions from those sources, and then provides users the ability to reduce emissions by changing the timing of their electricity use. “No matter where you are or what time of day, this technology will be able to tell you the marginal emissions associated with electricity use for car battery recharging, dishwasher use, clothes dryer cycling and other
common activities,” Miller said. “That’s important for consumers to know, because energy use and damaging emissions are not directly related. Without the information regarding real-time emissions, you might make decisions to reduce energy use at certain times in hopes of reducing polluting emissions, while actually shifting your use to a time where the emissions are more detrimental to the environment.” In previous work with the fund, Miller’s team developed a fully functional alpha version of LEEM and deployed it in two distinct software products: Home Emissions Read-Out (HERO) and Pollutant Emission and Pump Station Optimization (PEPSO). HERO is a smart phone and web application that turns individual users into active participants in emissions optimization by giving them real-time emissions estimations that allow them to selectively time their own electricity use. PEPSO is a software program designed to optimize pump operations at water utilities by using an existing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hydraulic model in combination with a team-designed optimization algorithm that incorporates LEEM. Miller’s previous project involved designing algorithms that automatically direct pumps to operate at times when the electric power grid is supplied by the cleanest available sources of energy, and avoid times when it is supplied by more polluting sources. The software was pilot tested using the DWSD water distribution system. The current project will explore the potential for embedding LEEM
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technology into “smart” appliances and building systems, integrating it into the electric vehicle market, and working with regulators to incorporate it into energy standards and programs. Miller’s team will refine and pilot the LEEM technology, research the market with help from manufacturers and trade organizations, engage customers, and develop a marketing strategy for large-scale adoption of the technology. If successful, the future will see LEEM embedded in a suite of products and services. “This technology focuses on demand-side management of energy usage and puts choices in the hands of consumers,” Miller said. “Even if you don’t have an interest in the environment per se, businesses and water utilities can still use LEEM to be savvier about their emissions because of potential future regulations. And for individual consumers, some big home electricity uses - such as charging electric cars - are coming online very soon.” Miller said the project’s environmental benefits could be felt in the very near future around the eight-state Great Lakes region, with possible expansion of the methodology to the rest of the United States and Canada. Wayne State University is one of the nation’s pre-eminent public research institutions in an urban setting. Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other institutions, the university seeks to enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit.
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Wayne County Register of Deeds Office selects Tyler Technologies to enhance customer service County has established to further enhance office efficiencies, constituency responsiveness and public access to data, images and secure Web payment processing. The Wayne County Register of Deeds Office annually processes more than 500,000 recorded and imaged documents.
Wayne County has selected Tyler’s Eagle recording and document management solution to enhance customer service and position the county to meet its current and future strategic objectives. Under the agreement, the county will access Eagle via Tyler’s software as a service (SaaS) platform during a 5-year term.
the industry leader, and the ability of its software, services and expertise to meet our complex needs,” said Wayne County Register of Deeds Bernard J. Youngblood.
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Tyler is partnering with the county to replace its current recording and document management systems with Eagle to automate land and official records processing.
“Wayne County can rely on Tyler to create value now and well into the future as we continuously update our solutions to help the county meet the needs of its constituents,” said Brett Cate, president of Tyler’s Local Government Division. “The Wayne County Register of Deeds Office is a very progressive office, and we look forward to a long partnership with the county.” Wayne County is Michigan’s most populous county with approximately 1.8 million residents; it is home to Detroit, the 18th largest U.S. city by population.
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Wendy Kemp to join Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation is excited to welcome the newest member of thier organization, Wendy Kemp.
Familiar with philanthropy, Kemp’s career includes experience at nonprofits such as the Detroit Historical Society, and most recently, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, where she effectively doubled individual contributions and increased special event revenue.
Bringing with her 15 years of corporate affairs and marketing experience, Kemp will serve as Director of Special Events and Corporate Giving. “Our ambitious growth plans call for visionary leadership and Wendy, through her corporate experience, is a natural fit to take us to the next level,” said Tony Werner, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation’s President and CEO. Kemp worked with Detroit’s Quicken Loans for several years, supporting community revitalization efforts that addressed health, education, neighborhood beautification and disaster relief. She also encouraged and achieved 100% employee engagement for six consecutive years,
Werner went on to say, “Wendy’s leadership and vision are critical to elevating our partnerships with the corporate community and with those individuals and groups sponsoring events for our benefit.”
Wendy Kemp adding value to the community and promoting corporate citizenship. Kemp also worked with KMART Management Corporation in Community Affairs, where she collaborated with community partners to create a successful outreach program.
Wendy Kemp will officially join Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation September 2, 2013. For more information on Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, please visit the website at chmfoundation.org or call Tony Werner at 313745-5422.
AARP predicts caregiver ratio will plummet in Michigan, U.S; worst to hit when boomers top age 80
The pool of family and friends to care for baby boomers as they age into their 80s will be less than half as deep as it is today in Michigan and the U.S., according to a new report from AARP. The report predicts the ratio of potential family caregivers to elders needing care will plummet nationwide from today’s seven caregivers for each person over age 80 to fewer than three caregivers per elderly person in 2050. In Michigan, the ratio of caregivers to elderly persons will drop from 7 to 1 today to 4.1 to 1 by 2030 and 3.3 to 1 by 2050. “The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap” from the AARP Public Policy Institute also anticipates that the dearth of family caregivers projected for 2030 to 2050 will intensify the emotional, physical and financial costs borne by future caregiving family members and friends.
“More than two-thirds of Americans believe they will be able to rely on their families to meet their needs when they need long term care,” said Lynn Feinberg, AARP senior policy analyst and one of the report’s authors, “but this confidence is likely to deflate when it collides with the dramatically shrinking availability of family caregivers in the future.”
“As the number of people over the age of 80 increases in the next 20 years, the number of people in the primary caregiving years will remain flat,” the report states. Meanwhile, in 2050, there will be three times as many people age 80 and older as there are today. As a result, by 2050, the caregiver support ratio which was 7.2 in 2010 when boomers were in their peak caregiving years, is projected to drop to 2.9 percent when the boomers will have reached their eighties. According to the report, “In just 13 years, as the baby boomers age into their 80s,
the decline in the caregiver support ratio will shift from a slow decline to a free fall.”
solutions to financing and delivering long term services and supports,” said Feinberg. ”The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap” calculates the availability of caregivers by dividing the number of people in the most common caregiving age range (those ages 45-64) by the number of older people most at risk of needing long term services and supports (those ages 80+). The former group reflects the demographics of today’s average caregivers, the latter is the population likely to have some kind of disability and need help with daily activities.
The caregiver support ratio in each of the 50 states and District of Columbia is also expected to experience declines similar to the national trend. “Rapidly increasing numbers of people in advanced old age and shrinking families to provide support to them demands new
The complete report, “The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Care Gap: A Look at Future Declines in the Availability of Family Caregivers,” can be found at http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-08-2013/the-aging-ofthe-baby-boom-and-the-growing-caregap-AARP-ppi-ltc.html.
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Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Packard Hospitality Group, a California-based company, has announced the opening of Hyatt Place Detroit/ Novi. Attached to Suburban Collection Showplace as an expansion to the Diamond Banquet and Conference Center, this new six-story hotel features 126 guestrooms and will be the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Novi, Michigan. “We are very excited to bring the Hyatt Place brand to the Novi area,” said Ryan Gauthier, general manager, Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi. “Whether traveling for business or leisure, we know guests will appreciate the comfortable and functional amenities offered at Hyatt Place, such as free Wi-Fi, made-to-order fresh food around the clock and the StayFit@Hyatt fitness center.” Hyatt Place Detroit/ Novi provides easy access to fine dining and entertainment, and it is just one mile from Michigan’s largest shopping district. Conveniently located and accessible from all major highways, the hotel is only 20 minutes from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Detroit. Hyatt Place Novi offers:
• 126 spacious guestrooms, all of which fea-
ture a 42-inch HDTV, the plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and a Cozy Corner sectional sofa • Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel • Complimentary a.m. Kitchen Skillet TM, featuring freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches, a variety of fresh fruits, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, breads, premium coffee and an assortment of juices • Approximately 20,000 additional square feet of new space in the Diamond Center, including more than 9,000 square feet of meeting space, which added 10 additional meeting rooms and nearly 9,000 square feet of pre-function space • 24/7 Gallery Menu serving made-to-order entrees and appetizers around the clock • A Coffee to Cocktails Bar featuring specialty coffees and premium beers, as well as wines and cocktails • Interior pool • Upscale exterior courtyard that offers first class ambiance to accommodate weddings, and other elite social events. “As the city of Novi continues to grow and thrive economically, we are thrilled to add to the momentum by bringing
Hyatt Place to the area,” said Blair Bowman, president of BOCO Enterprises, Inc. “The new hotel will provide us with the opportunity to better serve and help our existing customers grow, and attract larger new convention, conference and exhibition business for the region.” Hyatt Place Detroit/ Novi is owned by BOCO Enterprises, Inc., which is also the owner of Suburban Collection Showplace. Hyatt Place Detroit/ Novi is managed by Packard Hospitality Group a California-based company. The hotel is under the leadership of General Manager Ryan Gauthier and Director of Sales Kate Barber. In his role, Gauthier is directly responsible for managing the day-today operations of the hotel, including overseeing the hotel’s 22 associates and ensuring guests encounter the purposeful service for which Hyatt Place is known. Barber is responsible for providing sales service and support to travelers and meeting planners frequenting the Novi area. For Hyatt Place information or to make a reservation, call 1-888-HYATT-HP (888-492-8847) or visit www.HyattPlace. com.
Comcast Business brings technology message to michigan’s hospitality industry Comcast Business has partnered with world-renowned chef, entrepreneur and author Robert Irvine to showcase how technology can help improve workplace efficiency within the hospitality industry and enhance the customer experience. The celebrated chef delivered his technology message to an audience of Michigan-based hotels, restaurateurs, chefs and other hospitality stakeholders at an August 22 event co-hosted by Detroit’s Greektown Casino and Hotel. The event, held at the casino’s allnew signature restaurant, Brizola, also featured a special cooking segment and food tasting by Chef Irvine. A leading proponent of expanded use of technology applications, Chef Irvine said the hospitality industry has to change as technology evolves. He cited examples of how technology is becoming a competitive differentiator, allowing businesses to track inventory, handle online reservations or provide high-speed Internet connectivity for a guest’s mobile device. By partnering with Comcast Business, he said he can further spotlight how technology can help improve workplace efficiency and enhance the guest experience within the hospitality industry. “The hospitality industry has been set in its ways for some time, but this ‘old school’ mentality has to change if the industry is going to adapt and thrive in this world of rapidly changing technology,” said Chef Irvine. “I believe Comcast Business provides the right tools to help businesses stay ahead of the technology curve, which is paramount to addressing both employee and customer expectations in this ‘al-
ways on, always connected’ world. And that’s true whether it is a large hotel or the local corner bar.” Comcast Business’ partnership with Robert Irvine was announced in March. His experience as a successful restaurant owner and his passion for helping businesses succeed by integrating technology into their daily workflow aligns well with the vision for Comcast’s business hospitality suite. Through this partnership, the company is providing its hospitality customers a chance to learn from a true industry expert with a proven track record of turning around businesses across the country. “In bringing Chef Irvine to Michigan, Comcast Business is providing local hospitality owners and stakeholders with an envied opportunity to learn and interact directly with one of the industry’s most respected voices as he brings to life the connection between technology, business efficiency and customer satisfaction,” said Michelle Pluskota, vice president, Business Services, for Comcast Cable. In addition to educating stakeholders on the importance of integrating technology into hospitality operations, the partnership also offers a unique platform to share product and benefit messaging on Comcast Business’ broad suite of Ethernet, Internet, voice and HD video services to hotels, restaurants and bars, and how they can leverage the company’s advanced technologies to improve back-office functions and manage costs. “As a Comcast Business customer, we not only understand the role and mandate for technology tools in our opera-
tions, but also its direct impact on the customer experience,” said Marvin Beatty, vice president of Community & Public Relations for Greektown Casino and Hotel. “As showcased in our commitment to a world-class guest experience, innovation and technology are both foundational and fundamental to our philosophy, and at the forefront of what makes Greektown a Michigan hospitality leader.” For more information on Comcast Business Hospitality, please visit http://business.comcast. com/enterprise/industry-solutions/hospitality.
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Reflections By Steve Holsey
The ‘Blurred’/Gaye connection
The hottest record in the nation, in both the R&B and pop markets, is the pulsating and catchy “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. I love it, but there is no denying that it sounds very similar to Marvin Gaye’s classic and still exciting “Got To Give It Up.” However, the question is whether or not it sounds enough like it to justify a legal challenge. The family of Marvin Gaye is alleging that “Blurred Lines” sounds so much like “Got
winds down, music revs up
n a manner of speaking, the Detroit Jazz Festival, now in its 34th year, is the crowning glory of summer in the Motor/Music City. It’s about the music, true enough, but that is just part of the story.
The Detroit Jazz Festival is a celebration, a diverse coming together of people — jazz lovers or not — from the city, from the suburbs, from outstate, from out of the country.
To Give It Up” that they have reportedly been attempting to claim “ownership” (which would mean collecting a lot of money).
Everyone wants to unwind, have a good time listening to the music, mingle, enjoy good food, “people watch,” and perhaps even reflect on the events of the year up to that point as the sweet sounds of jazz waft through the air.
The New York Times said “Blurred Lines” is “influenced heavily” by Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”
This Labor Day weekend tradition is special — and, yes, something for Detroit to be proud of.
Thick and co-writers Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. have filed a lawsuit to stop this from going any further — that is, counteract any lawsuit from the Gaye family.
The festival begins on Friday, Aug. 30, and concludes on Monday (Labor Day), Sept. 2. Those who come to downtown Detroit for the festival will be entertained by hundreds of first-rate musicians and vocalists who promise to give the very best they have to offer.
Similarities notwithstanding, I think the family of Marvin Gaye should probably back off because it is unlikely they can come out on top in this situation.
“JAZZ” IS a word heard with great frequency, but what exactly is jazz? Its roots can be traced back to the earliest days of the 20th century and, like blues, R&B, rock and roll and gospel, it developed in the African-American community.
Think about it. Cheryl Lynn’s “Got To Be Real” sounds very much like the Emotions’ “Best of My Love,” the Pointer Sisters’ “He’s So Shy” is patterned after the Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes,” and on it goes.
But where is the dividing line between “similar sound” and “outright theft”? SPEAKING of Robin Thicke, he and actress Paula Patton have been married for eight years and according to all sources are still going strong. (They have a son named Julian.)
What these pioneering Black musicians did was combine their African-based music with European form and harmony. As the music continued to develop, it also absorbed elements of rhythm and blues. The music, as would be expected, spread around the world, having a major and enduring influence wherever it was heard. An array of jazz styles came into being, including bebop, big band swing, Latin jazz, cool jazz (the word “cool” emerged from the jazz world), New Orleans jazz, chamber jazz, avant-garde jazz, soul jazz, ragtime, jazz fusion, smooth jazz and numerous others.
Paula and Robin just seem right together, and the fact that he is White and she is Black is irrelevant. Although he has been around for quite some time, I just recently heard about (and heard) gospel singer Joshua Nelson. Among other things, he is known for doing an amazingly accurate channeling of the legendary Mahalia Jackson singing “How I Got Over.” (You can watch it on Joshua Nelson YouTube.)
The legendary, iconic bandleader, musician, composer Duke Ellington said simply, “It’s all music.” That is,
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What sets Nelson apart is that he is Black and of the Jewish faith. He has jokingly referred to himself as “the KKK’s worst nightmare.” Often he sings Jewish hymns but arranges them in Black gospel tradition. Which brings to mind the fact that India. Arie has an album completed (no release date has been given) titled “Open Door” which features her singing in English and Hebrew. Will her fans go for that? Time will tell, but it is important to be true to one’s self.
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Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap.
KEVIN HART, the popular comedian, like so many people in show business, gets tired of people feeling they have a right to “get all up in” the personal business of entertainers. He said sarcastically, “It’s Kevin Hart people’s opinions. You just take ’em and say, ‘Oh, you’re right. You’re me!” But Hart caused irritation when he said, “Black women assume they know your life. That’s the funniest thing about Black women.” You can just imagine the feedback on that!
Rapper Coolio (real name: Artis Ivey) was hot in the mid’90s with “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which added a rap to Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise” from “Songs in the Key of Life.”
But since then, not much has been from or about Coolio. However, he has taken an interest in being a chef and author and has, in fact, already written a book titled “Cookin’ With Coolio.”
Now he is auctioning off his entire song catalog and will use that money to fund his culinary endeavors. Well, that’s different. It’s fine that Forest Whitaker, the great Academy Award-winning actor, has lost all that weight — at least 80 pounds — after becomForest Whitaker ing a vegetarian, but he sure doesn’t need to lose any additional pounds. In
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THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE lifestyle Labor Day weekend and the Detroit STAR Jazz Festival — music to our ears stages in Hart Plaza and Campus Martius. In addition to national and international artists, the festival is where many of Detroit’s finest musicians and aspiring students who participated in year-round education and community programs perform during festival weekend.
By Sharon Banks, chair, Detroit Jazz Festival Board of Trustees
Summertime is a special time in the city of Detroit; the days are longer, the skies are brighter and temperatures are warm. Labor Day weekend brings the signature and highly anticipated Detroit Jazz Festival to downtown Detroit. August 30 through September 2 renowned international and local jazz artists descend on Detroit to share their distinct music stylings. This year, we celebrate the 34th anniversary of the Detroit Jazz Festival when the legendary music comes alive on four
The Detroit Jazz Festival is the place to be for musicians who bring their A-game. The festival is steeped in tradition as a popular and sought out destination with more than 26% coming from other states and countries. Detroiters and those from surrounding communities as well as out-of-state and international visitors experience jazz performances at their best, enjoying the music while sharing a sense of community and making a significant economic impact on the city. Since 1980 the Detroit Jazz Festival has attracted growing audiences and musicians. There is a debt of gratitude that goes to the festival’s
founder Robert McCabe and the Detroit Renaissance for the vision and resourcefulness that brought jazz to downtown Detroit for all to enjoy. When faced with a dubious fate, in March 2005 philanthropist Gretchen Valade emerged as the major benefactor to preserve, revitalize, expand and enhance the festival for generations to come.
Proprietor of the popular Dirty Dog Jazz Café and the Mack Avenue Records jazz label and chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation, Gretchen saved the festival from near extinction when funding dwindled. Her commitment to Detroit and the festival resulted in an endowment for festival operations. Join us Labor Day weekend and experience the Detroit Jazz Festival. For the lineup of performances and the list of sponsors, visit detroitjazzfest.com. Come celebrate one of our treasures. The Detroit Jazz Festival is the place to be.
Tigers sweep Mets, Scherzer wins All-Star rematch
By Nick Hopson
After Verlander struggled at home versus the Twins, the Tigers rebounded on the road against the Mets. Fister, Porcello and Scherzer were each able improve their records in the series. The Mets didn’t show many signs of life as they only scored four runs in three games. Miguel Cabrera continued his incredible season going 7-13 in the series with two of those hits being home runs. It’s hard to believe that his numbers are much better than last year’s at this point through August 25. During last year’s Triple Crown season he was batting .324 with 32 home runs and 106 RBIs. This year his average is up at .360 and he has 42 home runs with 128 RBI’s. Cabrera is one of the best players right now and before his career is all said and done, he should be one of the best ever. His skills with the bat seem to be unrivaled. He is a man among boys in this league and Detroit fans need to take the time to appreciate what they are witnessing. Cabrera is history in the making. Matt Scherzer won his 19th game on Saturday against the Mets. The game was a rematch of the All-Star game against
Matt Harvey. The Tigers batters were able to get to Harvey but the Mets looked discouraged against Scherzer. Scherzer gave up three hits and walked four while striking out eleven over six innings of work. He also added to the scoreboard with his bat. Scherzer had an RBI double off Harvey in the second inning. Harvey, on the other hand, was knocked around for 13 hits but only allowed two runs. The season is winding down and playoffs are on the horizon. Jim Leyland is going to have a tough decision when the time comes. What will his playoff rotation be? Scherzer has outperformed the staff and has done more than enough to justify starting game one. Justin Verlander’s struggles this year have left many fans in doubt of his reliability. But he is still Justin Verlander and remains one of the best pitchers in recent years.
The issue will most likely not be who to start game one, it will be what game Verlander will start. Anibal Sanchez has pitched well enough to get the second game. He is 11-7 with an ERA of 2.45 through August 25 with 152 strikeouts. This would put Verlander as the game three starter. Fister would be the probable game four starter and there is really no justification for starting him before Verlander. This rotation will be one of the main strengths going into the postseason.
Virgo Season (August 23 – September 22) Symbol: The Virgin Ruling Planet: Mercury, the “messenger” Element: Earth – grounded, traditional, stable Quality: Mutable Mission: Master and Commander Famous Virgos: John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Beyonce Knowles-Carter
Virgo If someone is talking behind your back, now is the time to find out about it and take appropriate steps to deflect it. Conversely, it’s a time you can unearth some of your own best-kept secrets you might have forgotten about and clear the air. Love probability: 22% Lucky Numbers: 39, 30, 27, 12, 32, 45 Libra Surprises may be in store for you. Someone who calls, asks you out, or strikes your fancy. This could also indicate an encounter with someone who is in the news media, police department, or legal field. Love probability: 74% Lucky Numbers: 27, 15, 47, 41, 45, 29 Scorpio Your daily routine could go through a bit of a shake-up when certain people decline your offer or find it necessary to cancel appointments or arrangements. It may seem unfair at the time but, in the long run, you could find your time becomes a lot easier to manage. Love probability: 43% Lucky Numbers: 1, 48, 15, 19, 46, 3 Sagittarius Your desire to earn more money must be backed up by an effective plan
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and determined action. You’ve been daydreaming and not exactly being as practical as you could be. There are opportunities but wealth requires some solid strategies that you must put your mind to just now. Love probability: 74% Lucky Numbers: 45, 29, 39, 42, 14, 20 Capricorn Your feelings may feel exaggerated this week, and as a result people don’t understand what your desires or intentions may be. The onus is on you to clearly explain how you feel lest your frustration deepens. Love probability: 51% Lucky Numbers: 29, 45, 9, 32, 16, 36 Aquarius You may find your feeling to be somewhat scattered at present, as multiple issues catch your eye and pull you in to tend to them. Don’t feel you have to be rooted to any one channel of operation, but play the field so you can get a good sense of what’s going on. Love probability: 27% Lucky Numbers: 16, 4, 36, 49, 32, 26 Pisces At this time you will want to branch out; you have the energy to do more and take on more challenges. This is a very good time to begin implementing the plans and promises that you have made to yourself, as any new endeavor is likely to succeed. Love probability: 22% Lucky Numbers: 25, 40, 22, 10, 39, 8 Aries You are highly ambitious, full of optimism and enthusiasm for new enterprises and plans. In fact, you may be foolishly over-confident and take on more challenges than you can really meet.
IMMERSE spa, the only Forbes Four Star, resort-style spa in southeast Michigan, revamped the entire menu for guests wishing to rejuvenate mind and body. “MGM Grand Detroit constantly strives to stay unique and works to provide fresh concepts to our guests,” said Executive Chef Michael Urbin. “Our new low-calorie menu options are a healthy way to showcase the culinary skills from our talented chefs.” Spa appetizers, at less than 360 calories, include a cheese board with select artisanal cheese and fresh fruit, vegetable crudités and a seasonal fruit plate. The spa’s fresh Michigan Green Salad and colorful Grilled Vegetable Salad are both under 250 calories. For an additional 235 calories, spa patrons can add a grilled
Love probability: 13% Lucky Numbers: 12, 15, 4, 17, 40, 2 Taurus You could try to redecorate or beautify your home this week. You’ll need a harmonious and soothing physical and emotional atmosphere around you to help tide you over this phase. Existing problems in your family relationships can be resolved now Love probability: 6% Lucky Numbers: 26, 48, 38, 39, 10, 23 Gemini Your energy level is high now, and you work very enthusiastically. You also are able to manage and motivate others very effectively, and you may find yourself involved in a successful and productive team effort. Love probability: 60% Lucky Numbers: 32, 22, 33, 42, 8, 25 Cancer It can be hard not to be overcritical right now, and there is a lot of negative thinking in the air, which you should try to stay clear of. So attempt more than you ordinarily would to put a positive spin on things. Some can mistake what you mean as constructive comments for derogatory remarks. Love probability: 45% Lucky Numbers: 20, 35, 42, 11, 25, 44 Leo You are more distressed than usual over any dissonance in your environment or personal relationships, and you are inclined to avoid serious discussions or real disagreements with others. Also, challenging mental work and concentration is difficult for you now. Love probability: 80% Lucky Numbers: 11, 38, 26, 1, 21, 4
Crossword Puzzle 8/28 THEME: SUMMER FUN
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The tough thing about this decision is that Verlander is still former MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. He is still the same pitcher who dominated this league a year ago. He is one year removed from producing in the playoffs until the World Series.
4. Renaissance instrument resembling a violin 5. Blunders or bloopers 6. Like a game not at home 7. *Many covet this look 8. Glorify 9. ____ off or started playing, as in golf
Whatever the case is, having too many good pitchers isn’t really a problem.
10. *Most blockbusters feature at least one 11. Assortment 12. Singular of #1 Across
MGM Grand Detroit features diet friendly menus MGM Grand Detroit is now offering new, low-calorie menu items at IMMERSE Spa, Breeze Dining Court and TAP at MGM Grand Detroit as part of the entertainment destination’s commitment to provide healthy options to guests.
15. Regional dialect of a language 20. Keep on a short _____ 22. Don’t waste
salmon filet to any salad or, for just 40 calories, grilled jumbo shrimp.
Spiced Chicken. All dishes are less than 600 calories.
24. Price of flight
Sandwiches, all served with a side of fresh, seasonal fruit, include the Grilled Chicken Salad Wrap, Grilled Marinated Vegetable Pita Wrap and Turkey Roll. These sandwiches are less than 560 calories.
IMMERSE spa is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, call (313) 465-1656. Currently, IMMERSE is featuring a “Tone” special for July and August with a meltaway exfoliation, sea mineral scrub, whole-body soak and application of firming cream.
26. Italian bowling
The spa also added handcrafted flatbread pizzas, all under 750 calories. Featured options include Roasted Mushroom, Margarita and Buffalo Chicken. Options added to Breeze restaurants, all less than 650calories, include Grilled Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers at Relish, Whole-wheat Penne Pasta at Red Sauce, Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls at Bamboo and a Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Wrap at Sweet. The dining court serves one million guests per year. At TAP, the fan-favorite sports pub that opened last fall, guests who are looking for lighter meals can choose from a Grilled Vegetable Quesadilla, Lemon-grilled Salmon, a Grilled Portobello Sandwich and GrilledTexas
Breeze Dining court houses five restaurants: Crunch, featuring gourmet comfort food, is open 24-hours-a-day; Sweet, the signature dessert bar, also open 24-hours; Bamboo serves Asian cuisine and is open 11a.m. to 4 a.m.; Red Sauce, newly revamped to feature Italian dishes, also open 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.; and Relish, which caters to classic American favorites and is open 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. TAP at MGM Grand Detroit is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and the kitchen closes at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and yjr kitchen closes at midnight.
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14. Used in some salons
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57. *Summer nap spot
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61. *Auto entertainment
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71. Unwelcome computer message
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73. *Eggs do it on sidewalks in summer?
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Giving a real show Talented, pretty and, yes, sexy Toni Braxton is assured a place in the history of R&B and pop music history. With hits like “UnBreak My Heart,” “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” “You’re Makin’ Me High” and “Breathe Again” to her credit, it couldn’t be any other way. But it is also because she is a good performer, as proven once again at Chene Park. — Barbara Orto photos
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to be created and enjoyed, not analyzed and debated ad nauseam. AMONG THE greatest names in jazz history are Ellington, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Betty Carter, Jelly Roll Morton, Count Basie, Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock and Billie Holiday. Also, Cannonball Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, Lester Young, Dave Brubeck, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Lionel Hampton, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Ella Fitzgerald and Ramsey Lewis. The importance of jazz was illustrated when, in 1987, Congressman John Conyers proposed a bill to the U.S. House of Representatives to define jazz as a unique form of American music. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, said jazz was “hereby designated as a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated.” The Detroit Jazz Festival makes a point of presenting an array of jazz styles, as well as music that is not jazz per se, but can be effectively presented in this setting. THE DETROIT Jazz Festival, which is presented at no charge, was founded in 1980 by Robert McCabe and the Detroit Renaissance. From that year to 1991 the festival thrived with a connection to Switzerland’s famed Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1991 a partnership was formed with the Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts, an arrangement that lasted until 2005. At that point Gretchen Valade, president of Mack Avenue Records and Detroit philanthropist, became a major sponsor with support from the Knight Foundation.
Today, the Detroit Jazz Festival is produced and managed by the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation. The 2013 lineup is as exciting, and as diverse, as any in the past. The performers include the Dave Murray Big Band featuring Macy Gray, the David Berger Jazz Orchestra, the McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Savion Glover, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Rodney Whitaker, Kirk Whalum, Gary Burton, Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, Theo Croker, David Liebman, Ravi Coltrane, the New Breed Be Bop Society, the Four Freshman and the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. Also, Ahmad Jamal, the Alan Broadbent Trio featuring Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Bill Frisell, the John Scofield Uberjam, the Joshua Redman Quartet, Jon Faddis, Francisco Mora, Johnny Trudell, Richie Birach, the Yellowjackets, the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, Robert Hurst, the Robert Glasper Experiment and George Bohannon, among many others. Many high school and college bands will also play.
Danilo Pérez is artist in residence.
The Detroit Jazz Festival also offers Jazz Talk Tent, presented by Chrysler, which “brings greater depth to the music heard at the festival.” That is in addition to the Jazz Infusion Program, the flagship of the festival’s educational wing created “to help foster the growth of young musicians from the city so they can better compete for college scholarships, pursue careers in music, and continue Detroit’s rich jazz tradition.” Jazz Week @ Wayne is a workshop conducted in conjunction with the Wayne State University Department of Music. For more detailed information about the Detroit Jazz Festival, visit detroitjazzfest.com. — SVH
Reflections some pictures he looks slightly haggard and some suits appear to be hanging on him, and it’s even more noticeable since he is 6’2”.
Just in case you were wondering where big stars stay when they are appearing in Detroit, very often the answer is MGM Grand Detroit. Of the three casino hotels, the MGM has the edge. As the O’Jays put it in one of their songs, “Got to give the people what they want.”
Stone), “You Put a Move on My Heart” (Quincy Jones featuring Tamia), “It Takes Two” (Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston), “Kiss and Say Goodbye” (the Manhattans). BLESSINGS to John Arnold, Robert Kerse, Ivan Cotman, Shirley Beeks, Mary Grace Wilbert, Carl Walton, Liza Walton, Ray Henderson, Sandra Milhouse, Fred
From page D-1 Ellis, Andre Smith, Sheila Cockrel, Marva Stafford and J. “Skeek” Munger. WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Alan Cohen: “No one can ‘complete you’ because you are already complete.” Let the music play! Steve Holsey can be reached at Svh517@aol. com and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.
Since they have been friends for five decades, it is somewhat surprising that Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson have never recorded a song together. Could Toni Braxton’s “wardrobe malfunction” have been staged? Some suspect that was the case, and she just happened to be wearing a flesh colored body stocking. BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that Maya Angelou’s birth name is Marguerite Ann Johnson. MEMORIES: “Dancing Machine” (the Jackson 5), “You Dropped a Bomb on Me” (the Gap Band), “Mama Said” (the Shirelles), “Reaching For The Sky” (Peabo Bryson), “I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Baby” (Barry White), “It Only Takes a Minute” (Tavares), “I Want to Take You Higher” (Sly & the Family
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before the City Council of Detroit. Advertisements for bids and contracts for purchases by the City of Detroit appear daily in the Detroit Legal News. Copies are available at the City County Bldg. and at 2001 W. Lafayette, Detroit. Southfield Public Schools Request for Proposal Video Production Specialist Services REBID Southfield Public Schools seeks to obtain proposals for video production specialist services to begin November 1, 2013. This is a rebid of the Request for Proposal released in April 2013. The specifications have been revised. All Proposals to be delivered the lobby of the J.W. E. Administration Building,Southfield Public Schools, 24661 Lahser, Southfield, MI 48033 attn: Martha Ritchie,Purchasing Manager. Proposals are to be in a sealed envelope clearly marked:”Video” and returned no later than 2:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at which time bids will be opened and public read. Proposals must be submitted on the official Form provided. The form can be found on the district website at www.southfield.k12. mi.us.
Questions Questions regarding this RFP will be answered in writing on the form of Addenda and posted on the Southfield Public School website www.southfield.k12.mi.us.The deadline for questions and requests for clarification is 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2013. All questions to be written and emailed to Martha Ritchie, Purchasing Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org. FAMILIAL DISCLOSURE AND NON IRAN LINKED BUSINESS CERTIFICATION
Effective July 1, 2012, the Chief Elected Official, the DWDB, and Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) became parties to a Governance Agreement dated June 28, 2012 pursuant to which DESC became the depository and primary administrative and fiscal agent for workforce development funds available to the Board for use and disbursement in the local workforce development area. DESC, a Michigan Works! Agency, is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to provide Food Assistance Employment and Training (FAE&T) program services to Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs). DESC’s FAE&T Program is designed to meet the demands of the local labor market and the needs of Food Assistance (FA) participants. FAE&T service providers will help participants prepare for, find, and keep a job through program activities. Proposals will be accepted from those organizations demonstrating a minimum of three (3) years of experience providing the services requested in this RFP for projects of similar scope and size. Eligible prospective vendors include public and private non-profit agencies, private-for-profit organizations, units of local government including community colleges and universities, and faith-based and community organizations of demonstrated effectiveness. Small businesses, minority-owned firms, women’s business enterprises, labor surplus area firms are encouraged to apply. The contract period will be from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. The contract will operate with funds from TANF, State of Michigan General Fund/General Purpose funds, and other sources of funding that may become available to DESC during the Program Year. Based on performance, contingent upon the availability of funds, and at DESC’s sole discretion, contracts may be extended for up to two (2), one (1)-year Program Years (PY 2014 and PY 2015). All questions regarding the RFP shall be submitted by email no later than August 29, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to the attention of: Robert E, Shimkoski, Jr., Manager Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation email@example.com TELEPHONE CALLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ALL INQUIRIES MUST BE VIA EMAIL.
Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation 707 W. Milwaukee – 2nd Floor Conference Room – 2C Detroit, MI 48202 All Bid Packages for this RFP will be sent via email only. Bid packages will not be available for hardcopy pickup and will not be mailed by U.S. mail. Requests for the RFP package may be emailed to Robert Shimkoski, Jr., Manager – Planning Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to receive an RFP package, qualified vendors must submit the following information via email: company name, address, office phone number, fax number, contact person’s name, and valid email address. Sealed bids must be received at the DESC’s Planning Unit, 707 W. Milwaukee – Second Floor, Detroit, Michigan 48202, no later than September 10, 4:00 p.m. A Public Recording is scheduled for September 11, 2013, 9:00 a.m. at DESC, 707 W. Milwaukee-2nd Floor Conference Room – 2A, Detroit, MI 48202. Each vendor is responsible for ensuring that its bid is received by DESC on a timely basis. Late bids will not be accepted. DESC shall not extend the due date for bids on the basis that the U. S. Postal Service or another mail courier has lost or failed to deliver the bid. DESC is not responsible for bids delivered to the wrong location. Faxed or emailed bids will not be accepted. Bids received late will be returned unopened. DESC, in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, does not discriminate in employment or in the provision of services based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, arrest without conviction, political affiliation or belief, and for beneficiaries only, citizenship or participation in any federally assisted program or activity. Auxiliary aids and services will be made available upon request to individuals with disabilities (TTY Number: 1-800649-3777). Information contained in this document will be made available in alternative format upon written request to DESC.
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Coordinate the clerical processing for a specialized function by performing a variety of multi-step processes according to a specified framework of procedures, regulations and precedents; and to serve as an informational source. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years general office work experience including experience in prioritizing work and meeting deadlines. Ability to operate standard office equipment. Ability to effectively interact with the public, students, faculty, and staff. This is a part-time, clerical-technical position, working 30 hours per week. Salary is $28,052.00 annually See online posting for additional position requirements. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM), a non-governmental non-profit based in Lansing, has two positions open and seeks qualified individuals to serve as:
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In Loving Memory of
In Loving Memory of
My Loving Twin Sister “D”
My Loving Twin Sister “D”,
My Dearest Twin Delose, You brought me on board as a City of Detroit employee years ago. This year (2013) I retired without you in body-however, “Your Spirit and Love” remains strong in all our hearts. We Love you and Miss you!!!
UR +22 GOOD BE 4 GOTTEN! Love & Kisses,
Your Loving Twin, Deloyace “DD” and Davis Family
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Carolyn J. Perkins 2/21/1948 – 8/6/2003
Ava Marie Moore -Vereen Aug. 22, 1954 - Aug 19, 2011 You are dearly loved and truly missed. Loving son, Fortune Vereen, Jr., Grand Children Jayva, Jadiss, Jaeya, and Fortune Vereen, II. Mother, Winifred Moore. Father, the Late Dalton Maurice McCaulley. Other Family Members and Friends.
Dear Grandma, It’s been 10 years and words can’t explain how much I wish you were here. It’s hard not having a grandma as an extra motherly figure. We all miss you so much, but we’re trying to stay strong because we know you wouldn’t want to see us crying. I hope you’re enjoying life up there in heaven and I can’t wait to see you one day….
May You Rest in Peace.
Dennis Kevin Crayton-Tott Jr. was born February 13, 1998 to Rosalind Crayton and Dennis Tott in Detroit, Michigan
Dennis (DJ) confessed Christ at the age of fourteen under the leadership of Pastor Edward Holly at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church. Dennis (DJ) was a very respectable well-mannered young man who loved his family; always cracking jokes with his deep voice. He loved to listen to old school rap music, play video games and had a talent for graffiti art, for which he was awarded for at his junior high school graduation. Dennis attended the Detroit Charter School System, recently graduating from Detroit Merrit Academy, class of 2013. He was looking forward to attending Chandler Park Academy High this fall. After high school completion he wanted to attend Michigan State University. Dennis had a special relationship with Mike Polk who was a father to him and introduced him to his favorite hobby, fishing. On August 7, 2013 God called DJ home for whatever reason we may not know, but he will live on in our hearts forever. Dennis leaves to cherish his memory: mother, Rosalind Crayton; father, Michael Polk: Dennis Tott (Michelle); four sisters, Shanika, Atavia, Kiamba and Michelle; three brothers, Little Mikey, Dennis and Lil Man; one niece, Madison; three aunts, Patrice Wanda and Wanae; one uncle, Sean; first cousins, De` Andre and Artez; two best friends, Victory and CJ; god father, Ricky Brown; and a host of great aunts, great uncles and other relatives and friends. DJ is preceded in death by his grandfather, Bennie; grandmothers, Queen and Francis; and his niece, Armani.
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Tiffany Franklin, whose two children, 5-year-old Aidan and 9-year-old Arthur, are Cornerstone students: My husband and I live in Detroit. We were seeking a school that provided a balance between academics, faith, extra-curricular activities and personal views for our children. We researched and visited many other top performing schools in Detroit and the suburbs. We found that Cornerstone provided the balance we sought. The school provides an excellent Christ-centered education from pre-K all the way through high school. The teachings of Jesus are throughout the day and the children can pray in school. Cornerstone’s 11-month school year and the curriculum help students test one to two grades above grade level. One thing that makes Cornerstone unique is the faculty. The attentiveness given to each child to ensure their personal success is important. Mrs. Brockman is the primary school principal. She is a good leader and her teaching staff is caring and nurtur
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Church seeks new pastor The Faith Christian Community Church of Port Huron, Mich., is searching for a bivocational senior pastor called by God to serve as their spiritual leader in Jesus Christ. The pastor they seek is an energetic visionary
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We work harder to earn your business. We can’t afford to provide anything less than impeccable service, or to leave you with less than the best impression possible.
You’re not just our client, you’re our boss. We don’t lose sight of who we’re working for. After all, you’re the one we answer to.
We arrange funerals, we don’t sell them. It is our responsibility to honor your wishes and respect your budget.
We like meeting families, not goals. Like you, we are a part of this community supporting our neighbors when they need us.
We spend time with you. Arranging a fitting tribute is important to you, and you don’t deserve to be rushed.
Two Locations to Service You: Stinson Chapel 16540 Meyers (313) 863-7300 Stinson-Diggs Chapel 1939 S. Fort St. (313) 386-8200 www.stinsonfuneralhomes.com
Rev. Gleo Wade, General Manager © adfinity
Published on Sep 4, 2013