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Calling Tomorrow’s Social Justice Leaders The Memorial Foundation, which built the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, is now recruiting the next generation of social justice leaders and preparing them to step out onto the frontlines of the movement. Through June 11, the Foundation is accepting applications for our Social Justice Fellowship. This eight-week training program will provide rising leaders with the skills and connections they need to take our world closer to Dr. King’s dream. When our Foundation unveiled Dr. King’s memorial 10 years ago, it marked a historic moment in the social justice movement and the legacy of Dr. King. The memorial became a permanent place to tell the civil rights leader’s story and promote the tenets of his teachings: democracy; justice; hope; and love. However, we knew the memoHarry E. rial did not mark our Johnson Sr. country’s fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream. By many measures, we have yet to live up to the promise of America’s creed that all people are created equal. Action is still required, and our rising generation of leaders knows that better than anyone. That is why, in the wake of repeated racial injustices and violence last year, young people led massive demonstrations around the nation, including at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Crowds filled the spaces around the towering stone carving of Dr. King, raising banners, taking knees, and grabbing bullhorns to lead the rallying cries of a new generation. These spectacular moments in social justice can seem to rise-up spontaneously, but they rarely do. In times of love, outrage, hope, or anger, leaders must emerge to channel that passion in a way that drives progress. Advocates must step forward to assemble, organize, and direct the energized masses. Bold individuals must have the courage to hold the microphone and take to the stage, and they need to know what to say when they do. To make the most of these moments, capable leaders must be able to amplify them through the media, replicate them in communities across the country, and translate them into actions on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and in City Halls nationwide. Through our Foundation’s Fellowship, we will teach rising leaders the skills required to lead the social justice movement. Accomplished workshop instructors will coach the Fellows on how to tell their stories, leverage the media, and run for elected office. We will also establish new connections between the Fellows and bring them to Washington, DC to provide personalized introductions to the national leaders who can further their cause. Our Fellowship will run virtually, for a just a few hours a week, so individuals with schooling, jobs, or family members to care for can still participate. To much of the world, Dr. King has become a timeless figure who inspired us with his dream. However, we must remember that he was also a young man who dedicated himself, tirelessly, to the




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County Executive Evans Reflects on COVID-19 Impact and the Leadership of Wayne County By Sherri Kolade What is the future of Wayne County? For Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, that tomorrow looks ripe with equitable economic possibilities for the most populous county in the state – there’s also work to be done to move the needle forward to make that a plausible reality. During a Michigan Chronicle Studio 1452 special on Thursday, June 3, Evans met with Digital Anchor Andre Ash and Staff Writer Sherri Kolade to discuss the state of the county and what’s ahead. “What I want to see is more Wayne County contracts [whatever services we may be contracting for],” Evans, dressed in a navy-blue suit, said. “I want them to be from more smallowned businesses, minority-owned businesses.” Evans is pushing for a “far more equitable” distribution of the tax dollars the county collects and the services they buy to grow beyond where Wayne County is today. “A year from now when we see how much revenue loss has come from COVID … I think we will have a much better vision of where the county will be in four or five years down the line,” Evans said. From improved job training and strengthening the small business sector, Evans said that come 2022 he wants to see the county revitalized. “[We will] have a much better idea on whether my plan and vision are getting where I want to get,” Evans said. A year ago, Wayne County’s hospitals were overflowing, as were the funeral homes with COVID-19 patients and victims who died at the height of the pandemic. Businesses were on

shaky economic footing and the emotional and mental toll of the worldwide crisis has left deep scars many are grappling with. “I think like all of us it has been devastating,” Evans, who spoke openly about the pain of losing Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napolean to COVID-19 last year, said. “Not everyone died but a lot did -- officers I worked with.” He added that the “inability for people to grieve” is another component many have not even “started to deal with.” Evans said that to him the most important factor in recovering through COVID is the “human toll” and helping employees and community members from a county perspective. Today, Evans said that the county (with 34 cities and nine townships) is seeing “a lot of movement” economically despite COVID-19 and things are looking up as the pandemic is looking to be on the decline. Evans said that even prior to the pandemic the county was not on good footing financially and “all of the bets” were on the county going into bankruptcy six years ago. “And not only did we never go into bankruptcy, but we’ve had six balanced budgets since,” Evans said, adding that “things were moving reasonably” well with the economy up until last year. “Obviously we got hit with COVID and trying to manage through... we still got a balanced budget, but it’s been challenging.” That recovery also includes a financial component from the Wayne County Cares Program that helped employees when the state was shut down. The Wayne County Economic Development Department budgeted $4 million last year for Wayne County Cares to provide up to 8,000 cash cards to

qualified workers, all Wayne County residents. While the program is now closed, Evans said that the county is still in a planning process to distribute what is left of the money which doesn’t have to all be spent in a year. “We want to make sure the vision … is a healthy vision,” Evans said, adding it is important to consider what is going to truly help Wayne County residents down the line. “What institutions do we need to bolster and move forward to try to have a more equitable county for everybody?” Evans added that while the push for equitable distribution is key, it’s important to cast a wide net so everyone can receive a piece of the pie, particularly through business grants. He also said in doing so, even more women-owned and Black-owned businesses get their fair share. From continuing protests on police brutality (“the only thing that moves the needle”) to not voting for former Republican Detroit Police Chief James Craig if he runs for governor (“there is a philosophical gap void”), Evans had a lot to say about national and local issues. He brought it back by talking about new things on the way in the city, like a new criminal justice complex, coming online next fall, to replace the three county jails that is costing a lot of money to operate. The complex will house the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office headquarters, a new juvenile detention facility, along with other city-based services, with improved parking and more. Another complex, featuring the Circuit Court, is also on tap. Evans, who is running for one more term (his current term ends in 2023), said that he is proud that he helped get


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Detroit Charter Commission Gains A Win To Put Proposal P On August Election Ballots By Gatini Tinsley The Detroit Charter Revision Commission calls on the Michigan Supreme Court in the latest bid to get Proposal P on the city’s August 4, ballots. On Friday morning, June 4, the Commission was joined in solidarity by District 6 Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, Wayne State University Law Professor Dr. Peter Hammer, Detroit Business Agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Ric Preuss, Director of The Equitable Internet Initiative Janice Gates, Environmental Justice Organizer for the Sierra Group Justin Onwenu, Policy Director of Detroit Disability Power Jeffrey Nolish and Community Organizers at Detroit Peoples Platform Renard Monczunski and Kea Mathis.

In a united front they called the city of Detroit’s local and state leaders out for upholding voter suppression in the largest Black city in the United States. “You can’t think about law in isolation, law is really a reflection of power. The fight over the Detroit city charter is really a fight over race, it’s a fight about democracy and it’s a fight about the future. Detroit is Americas largest Black majority city. If one

were to substitute the word Detroiters for Negro’s in the language of Dred Scott, one would have an apt description of how the Mayor, the Governor and now the Michigan courts treat the democratic rights of Detroiters and their ability to vote for a charter,” said Hammer. This strong statement was echoed by numerous local organizations and upheld on June 3 by Detroit Branch NAACP President Rev. Dr.

Wendell Anthony. “The NAACP has long since its inception believed in the fundamental right to vote. It is one of the pillars on which the organization stands. In that spirit, the Detroit Branch NAACP must oppose any attempt which may directly or indirectly impede, negate or eliminate the right of the people to cast their vote and exercise their constitutional rights.    “After nearly three years and hundreds of proposed revisions from the community, the Charter Commission has completed its work. The Wayne County Circuit Court has recently ruled that the question of the revision of the Detroit City Charter cannot be properly placed on the August 3, 2021, ballot due to the Governor’s non-approval of the ballot measure. The matter is


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now before the Michigan Court of Appeals, pending a possible final decision of the Michigan Supreme Court.   “We are aware that there are certain provisions included in the charter which raise questions of legality. Our support of the right to vote is to be distinguished from any support for or lack thereof of the merits of the proposed charter revisions. We believe that the people of Detroit should have the opportunity to vote on the proposed revisions or maintain the current status of the Detroit City Charter.”  The revised charter, which has been a source of continuous controversy and polarizing views, lists key areas the Commission believes serve as human rights for Detroiters. Water and sanitation, environmental health, transportation, safety, housing and disability rights are just a few of the revisions in the more than 100-page revised document. “The United Nations states that water is a human right, this is globally recognized. Water should be safe, accessible and affordable. The UN defines a combined water

and sewer rate that is no more than three percent of a household’s monthly income,” said We The People’s Norrel Hemphill. The charter seeks to set rates at three percent of the household income as defined as an affordable rate set forth by the UN. Additionally, it would impose a permanent moratorium on water shutoffs. The Detroit Charter Revision Commission also championed broadband internet access as a human rights issue siting this past year’s coronavirus pandemic where inner-city students lacked access to WiFi, thereby making access to online education nearly impossible. “It’s no surprise that now that we are more than a year and a half into a pandemic that internet access is essential. It’s not just a space where we gather and share information, it’s how we’re accessing everything from city services, health information, virtual learning, remote work, doctors’ appointments, secretary of state appointments, unemployment applications and more. We also know that internet access is a racial justice issue. It’s primarily our Black and Brown communities that

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the county out of trouble and that the county staff reflects the diverse makeup of Wayne County. “They advise me on policy, and I know what is coming and how to respond to it and that has been a blessing,” Evans said. He said when he first started, people didn’t find it appealing to work for the county because public opinion was low, like its troubled finances.

have been consistently denied the right to internet access,” said Gates. But lawmakers continue to dismiss the charter revisions partly due to its hefty price tag. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan doesn’t believe the city can afford a redo of the existing charter. “This is how Detroit got in the mess it was in. The finance team has shown it will blow a two billion deficit in the city’s budget in the next four years and send us right back into bankruptcy.” On March 5, the proposal was sent to Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel for the second time for review. Whitmer rejected the proposal again siting, “I decline to conduct further review because of the legal questions doing so at this time could raise and because of the practical difficulties that could follow.” Two lawsuits were filed against the Detroit City Clerk weeks ago that seek to prevent Proposal P from making it to the August 3rd ballots. But the Detroit Charter Commission filed appeals in the state’s appeals court and supreme court. As of June 4th, the Michigan Supreme Court granted a motion to stay for immediate consideration of the case.

“It was difficult,” he said, adding that he found some young, smart people that he “took a chance on” and they helped get the “ship right.” Evans wants his final act in office to be something worth remembering from criminal reform to a firmer, stronger county structure -- then, Wayne County can achieve something great. “What I’d like the legacy to be when I leave this office is what we’ve done to leave the county better for the longterm,” he said. “Are we making improvements? Absolutely. Are we where we need to be? Not yet.”

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While this is good news for the Detroit Charter Commission, it faces yet another hurdle. Ballots must be mailed out to absentee voters 45 days before election day. This means the Detroit City Clerk needs the ballots printed with Proposal P on them within the upcoming days to meet the 45-day deadline. A Detroit City Clerk representative did not get back to us to relay the official date the August 3rd ballots go to print. The Michigan Chronicle will continue to update this ongoing story.

Social Justice From page A-1 cause of social justice and knew he could not do it alone. If you are ready to answer Dr. King’s call for a new generation of s leaders, visit thememorialfoundation.org to apply. Harry E. Johnson Sr. is President and CEO of The Memorial Foundation, which promotes awareness of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and its tenets of Democracy, Justice, Hope, and Love.

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2021 S.W.A.G. Scholarship Awards Recipients exponentially for those students who despite demonstrating undeniable leadership skills, may not be the highest academic achievers.

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Dear 2021 S.W.A.G. Award Recipients: The entire team at TCF and Huntington Bank proudly honor the 2021 S.W.A.G. (Students Wired for Achievement and Greatness) Scholarship Award winners. You are exceptional young leaders who persevered through a year filled with many challenges. Your accomplishments are a testament to any obstacles you had to overcome and a sign of the success you will experience in the future. Without a doubt, the past year has been an unprecedented time in history. Through civil unrest, social injustice, and the COVID-19 pandemic that pushed you to do things differently, you continued your journey to graduation, some of you shifting from in-classroom to virtual learning while taking classes with little to no access to necessary resources like laptops and Wi-Fi Gary Torgow internet. Yet, through all the challenges, you, our 2021 S.W.A.G. Scholarship recipients, stayed the course. By the very definition of resilience, you have demonstrated excellence, and we applaud you for your hard work and persistence to reach this point. Since launching the S.W.A.G. awards in 2015, TCF has invested more than $750,000 in the program and supporting initiatives. This year’s scholarship recipients join an exclusive group of previous S.W.A.G. awardees who pursued postsecondary education at schools such as the University of Michigan, Wayne State, and illustrious historically black colleges and universities, including Spelman and Howard. Many of these young men and women have graduated and started their careers; some even interned at TCF and accepted jobs with the bank. There are so many opportunities to stay connected. Many of our past winners have participated in our internship program, and some have become members of our Emerging Leaders Advisory Board, which the bank established this year to bridge the generational gap that exists in modern banking and finance. We hope you will have the same opportunities to participate in these types of company initiatives. Our commitment to you does not end here. Now that TCF Bank has merged with Huntington National Bank, becoming a top 10 regional bank, the strength of our combined company will allow us to provide even greater opportunities to support the growth and development of our nextgeneration leaders. We celebrate the prosperous futures ahead of you, and we welcome you to the TCF/Huntington family!

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It is my honor to present the 2021 S.W.A.G. (Students Wired for Achievement and Greatness) Scholarship Award recipients. We started the S.W.A.G. Scholarships in 2015 in response to the need to see more minority students in Detroit receive a higher education. It is no secret that the cost of higher education, be it a trade program, community college, or four-year institution, places the opportunity out of reach for many of our children. That challenge is magnified

This year has been particularly challenging, however, these fifteen Detroit students not only rose to the occasion, but they did so with resiliency, leadership and humility. This is why the S.W.A.G. Scholarship Awards are so important. The S.W.A.G. Awards are about giving the average student who works hard, gives back, and shows leadership in other areas that extra push towards success. The Michigan Chronicle believes in supporting those who have a drive and passion for higher learning. We believe in giving back. I am a product of people reaching back. I believe that it takes just one person to create something special in your life. When we do

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If you want to receive the fruits of your labor, then you must start planting the seeds. The abrupt event that was Quarantine 2020 caused the entire world to stop at a screeching halt. I used this once in a lifetime opportunity to take a no consequences break and reevaluate my life. Usually, when you take breaks from routine there are consequences because of the obligations we have made, but in this anomaly where the world had shut down there were no obligations to fulfill. The first thing I started to do in my quarantine journey of self-discovery was look internally for all of my answers. Everything I enjoyed I pursued and everything that made me unhappy was purged. This event really granted me time to process the emotional clutter that previously crowded my life. I felt like I could sit down and reintroduce myself to taking mental breaks and increasing exercise, and I became a better person because of it. Quote: “Beware of the puppeteers” – Unknown

Personal Statement: Success is an important part of my life. My parents, my teachers, my family and friends all helped me on this road. I appreciate the lessons that were taught to me through my high school career. I would also like to thank The Michigan Chronicle for presenting this opportunity to continue and do greater things in the community. Quote: “The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.” - Gordon Parks

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Carrington Cheatem Cornerstone Health & Technology High School Personal Statement:

My goal is to provide youth with the knowledge, exposure, financial literacy, and resources to be able to live their desired lives after high school. I want to create a mentorship and youth development-driven nonprofit organization called Success Reimagined. I will implement this program district-wide, in hopes of educating our students on how to create generational wealth, focus on post-high school lifestyles, and presenting themselves in a professional manner. For my long-term vision, I will develop a financially secure future, improve my self-awareness, and implement my program, Success Reimagined, into DPSCD’s curriculum. I will also provide one-on-one mentorship sessions to encourage youth and career development. 

Though with everything that went right in high school, there was a lot that went wrong in the beginning. I struggled with my grades and identity in 9th and 10th grade. My grades suffered because of it and I made horrible decisions that did not help me at all. I was kicked out of Renaissance High School and chose to go to Cornerstone Health and Technology High School where I excelled. My grades, decision-making, and mental, all were great once I made that change. The whole experience made me who I am today and changed me for the better in the end and I’m grateful for that experience - no matter how bad it was. I one hundred percent believe that if this had not happened to me, I would not be who I am today or have the drive I have to succeed that I do now. 

Quote: “Beware of the puppeteers” – Unknown

Quote: “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

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Damon Debose

Special thank you to my friend Gary Torgow and TCF/Huntington Bank for their continued support of the S.W.A.G. Scholarship Awards and the community.

2021 S.W.A.G. Scholars:

Students Wired for Achievement and Greatness

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community-based initiatives, it is with the goal of reaching one child or one individual. My life was impacted by people who chose to do something for the community. I’ve seen the benefits of motivation and encouragement in our young people.

I want to first thank my boss for informing me about this scholarship. My high school career is concluding, and a new chapter is beginning at Michigan State University. Scholarships are most appreciated during this time of my life, and I want to thank the S.W.A.G. family for giving me this opportunity to receive funding. Your investment in me will not lead to regression.  Quote: “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”- Rikki Rogers

2021 S.W.A.G. Influential Educators:

Arthur Harrington

Cass Technical High School Personal Statement: My name is Arthur D. Harrington, III and I am a one who leads with dignity, integrity, determination, passion, and honor. Service to my community is something that means the utmost importance to me. I love working with my city as it relates to community service and community relations. I appreciate the awesome opportunity to listen to the voices of the citizens of Detroit and attend to their needs. I also organize various service events with my church that focus on the progression, elevation, and matriculation of the youth in the community. A highlight of my service is being a current intern for Detroit City Council President, Brenda Jones. I thank the Michigan Chronicle and TCF Bank for this amazing opportunity.  Quote: “Excellence is not a skill. Excellence is a mindset.” - Unknown

Shel’be Jenkins

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Adam Alster Renaissance High School

Lisa Brooks

Detroit International Academy for Young Women

Anita Crouch

Cass Technical High Schools

Jacqueline Robinson Southeastern High School

DeCheena Tillman Central High School

I would like to personally thank God for blessing me with this opportunity. I have endured so many things within the past 4 years and getting rewarded with something that can be life-changing not only to my life but to my educational career as well is so great. I am proud of myself for recognizing my strengths and abilities and remembering in my heart that I could. I took the scripture 1 Corinthians 10:13 and understood that God won’t put me through that I cannot handle and that was true. He was my motivation and I thank him for that every day.  Quote: “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” – Elisabeth Elliot.

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Destiny Jenkins-Jones King High School Personal Statement: As a student and leader, I’ve shown hard work and dedication over the past four years. I’ve been faced with plenty obstacles mentally, psychically, and emotionally and have managed to succeed through it all.  Mental health is very important to me, not just as we’re in lockdown, but in general. Plenty of my peers face this issue and this shouldn’t have gone unnoticed this long. A TRAILS project was created with all my school counselors and every student who needed this. I thank myself and the school counselors for letting my people have a voice.   Quote: “I wanna thank me for all this hard work” – Snoop Dog

Alayna Jones

Cass Technical High School Personal Statement: My parents have always inspired me to attend college and further my interest with the goal of being the best person that I could possibly be. I have always had a natural curiosity which has created a courageous spirit within me. As I pursue higher education, my purpose is to make life meaningful with the goal of having a greater impact on others. I hope my achievements will encourage others to do what pleases them in hopes of making their communities a better place. I am very grateful to have the Michigan Chronical and TCF Financial Corporation believe in me by offering such a generous opportunity to shine. Quote: “Be challenged to go after areas that are not the easiest but the most rewarding.” - Unknown

Leamon Jones

River Rouge High School Personal Statement: Since I was young I’ve always wanted to shine my light onto others. The little things such as turning a negative situation into a positive one can impact a child’s point of view on things forever. It’s the little things that can change someone life and my goal is to shine my light on someone’s darkness.  Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” - Unknown

Lourdes Knox

Renaissance High School Personal Statement: I am beyond thankful to be a recipient of the S.W.A.G scholarship. These past four years of high school have been a lifechanging experience and has grown my character tremendously. I understand the value of my time and have polished my personal brand to a shine. I represent myself with resilience, patience and integrity and will be taking those attributes with me throughout my college experience. Being awarded with this scholarship means less financial stress on my back for college and I will be able to help others with financial literacy and affording an education. As many times I would like to thank the Michigan Chronicle and TCF Bank for this award, I have learned that less words can mean more and with that being said, Thank you. I look forward to a mutualistic relationship with you all. 

Sanjida Nadia

Cass Technical High School Personal Statement: I believe that the way you see life is taken up by your subconscious mind and transformed into its physical equivalent. This conviction has given me the power to resolve a variety of obstacles in my life. My deep desire for success and hope for life has propelled me from relentless waves of hurdles. Feeling pain and anger as I encountered disappointment, I came to the realization that self-growth does not coexist with a perfect life. I accepted setbacks and made room for changes. As the years went by, I gained more wisdom from past experiences and established the ability to be patient and to be consistent. I characterize myself by everything I’ve survived on this journey, giving me the courage to work harder towards the finish line. In the upcoming years, I aspire to gain the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to be an effective member of the Business Industry. There are many skills I want to excel in, such as decision-making, financial management, project management, and enhance my communication skills. Subsequently, I plan to earn a Master’s degree. Using my formula for success, I aspire to accomplish all these goals. As I enter a field of innovative minds and influential figures, I am aware that standing out and demonstrating my value will be challenging. I will struggle in my attempt to establish a profitable business of my own. However, considering my optimistic aspect of life, I will forbid such difficulties to impede my ability to perform remarkably well. I will exploit my expertise to make a significant impact in my field of study.  Quote: “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” - By Lao Tzu

Genesis Reed

Martin Luther King Jr. High School Personal Statement: I’m an outgoing, strong, and determined student who loves expanding learning and meeting new people. I find that every day presents a chance to choose to serve in my community or be kind to someone. My mom always tells me that it never hurts to help anyone especially if it isn’t taking anything away from you, but time and it doesn’t cost you to money that you don’t have. Receiving the S.W.A.G. scholarship will assist in making sure I get further places in the world and let my kindness benefit society. Hopefully, I can share my experiences with someone and it becomes a movement.    Quote: “Success Isn’t Always About Greatness it’s about Consistency” - Unknown

Amira Russell

Cass Technical High School Personal Statement: My name is Amira Russell, I am a graduating senior at Cass Tech and will be continuing my education the illustrious Spelman College with the intended major of comparative women’s studies. I aspire to inspire and plan to change the world through my community activism and my podcast. Quote: “Success Isn’t Always About Greatness it’s about Consistency” - Unknown

Talmage Turner Detroit School of Arts

Personal Statement: I am extremely grateful for this opportunity provided by the Michigan Chronicle. I want to thank everyone that has helped mature me to who I am today and anyone who will continue to guide me along this long road called life. Quote: “The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open.” - C. Joybell

Four Huntington Bank Student Leaders Set to Take the World by Storm After Receiving Prestigious Academic Scholarship By Lindsay Keener In a world where networking is the difference between success or shortcomings, 4 inner city scholarship recipients credit their achievements to the connections made in their formative years. “S.W.A.G. is an open door to countless opportunities, you just have to mature enough to see it as such,” said Jonae Maxey, a 2016 Students Wired for Achievement and Greatness (S.W.A.G.) Scholarship Award recipient. Scholarship officials take great pride in being the bridge between the students’ dreams and their success.

cess to the same type of mentoring and professional development opportunities that all other students have when they are in school,” said Latrice McClendon, community marketing director and community president for Detroit, Huntington Bank. “The S.W.A.G. Scholarship Awards have become an essential program for our community efforts and by providing internships to the recipients of this award, we can play a vital role in the growth and development of tomorrow’s business and community leaders.” The students praised both Huntington Bank and the Michigan Chronicle for the endless support shelled out since S.W.A.G. ‘s inception.

“We are so proud of the wonderful S.W.A.G. awardees. It has been a great honor for our company to assist such an extraordinary group of young people as they continue to climb the ladder of success,” said Gary Torgow, chairman of the board of directors, Huntington Bank. “Our goal is to help as many deserving students follow their education and career dreams.”

“It’s almost like coming in and joining a family of people who are there to support you and want what’s best for you as much as you want what’s best for yourself,” said Angeliyah Perkins.

Designed to provide financial support to high school seniors living and getting an education in the city of Detroit, the S.W.A.G. Scholarship Awards are specifically geared towards students with a lower than average grade point. Awardees are also chosen based on community service involvement.

One bank executive says the benefits students gain from the program are endless.

One S.W.A.G. alumuna says she is particularly thankful that scholarship officials have dedicated their efforts to students who she believes are often overlooked in the world of academia. “I’m incredibly grateful and appreciative of the opportunities S.W.A.G. has provided me with” said Maya Davis, a 2020 S.W.A.G. awardee. “They decided to give opportunities to kids that weren’t necessarily a top priority because of where we’re from or where we land on the grade point scale.” Officials with Huntington Bank view the S.W.A.G. Awards as a critical component in ensuring the youth are afforded opportunities that will lead to future accomplishments. “We want our S.W.A.G. scholarship recipients to have ac-

In June, some of the past recipients will continue their relationship with Huntington Bank as summer associates through the bank’s internship program.

“Students who participate in our internship program gain valuable experience that will help prepare them for their careers after they graduate from college,” said Sandy Kuohn, HR strategy and colleague experience executive, Huntington Bank. “Our interns develop business acumen while engaging with team members and leaders who often become mentors to these aspiring professionals.” Davis, who will be working as a social media marketing intern, says she is looking forward to the real-world experience she’ll gain. “I’m excited to see how different industries work,” said Davis. “I’m ready to compare what I learned in school to the actual field and benefit from the modern-day way of advertising and marketing.” S.W.A.G. alumni are encouraged to learn from their mentors

and mold lasting connections with the career professionals met during their time as scholarship recipients. Knowing the importance of forging valuable relationships with career professionals, Maxey says she jumped at the chance to forge a path for herself upon being inducted in the S.W.A.G. cohort. “After the S.W.A.G. Ceremony I reached out to Mr. Torgow, asked him for his business card, and I promised to keep in touch.” The 23-year-old continued to do just that while attending the University of Michigan. Maxey’s dedication to her career endeavors and professional development led her to an internship with the financial establishment formerly known as Chemical Bank. Similar to Maxey, one S.W.A.G. scholarship winner says his experience sparked a newfound drive and desire to achieve the impossible. “S.W.A.G. means students wired for achievement and greatness,” said Gabriel Davenport. “I took that and ran with it.” For many of the students, achieving greatness means being a catalyst for change in their own backyard. As an impactful member of her community, 23-year-old Maxey caught the attention of many who found her to be a shining beacon in Detroit. In April 2021, Maxey was appointed as an executive member of the bank’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Board, a hand-selected group of young Detroiters brought together to help provide a fresh perspective and bridge the age gap in finance and modern banking. Maxey is the founder of Maxey Real Estate Investments, a forum through which she works to revitalize her city and motivate residents to create wealth and recognize the value of human capital. With collegiate careers at top-charting institutions and a network of professional mentors from reputable companies, it’s safe to say that the future is in good hands.


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Redeveloped: Detroit’s Cadillac Stamping Plant’s New Future

By Gatini Tinsley Demolition has already begun on Detroit’s Eastside at the Cadillac Stamping plant on Conners Street. On Wednesday, June 2, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan stood proudly in front of a pile of rubble where he announced that the thirty-year-old dilapidated building, that has been an eyesore for Detroiters and tourists alike, will now be a source of pride and honor. “This has been a high priority for the city, to take it from a site of blight to a site of jobs. By and large, this factory has been empty for 30 years, it’s a sight that has been a national embarrassment,” said Duggan. The building will stay true to its roots and be used for automotive manufacturing development purposes. Previously, the plant built motor vehicle hoods, bumpers and fenders for Cadillac when General Motors purchased the building in 1956. The building was used in 1925 for the Hudson Motor Company. The redevelopment plan weighs in at a hefty cost of $48 million. However, NorthPoint Development will front the entire cost of the demolition process. This comes as a savings to Detroit taxpayers who would otherwise have to pay for the entire process. “The basis of our demolition plan was to take down costs to taxpayers, probably between five and 10 million dollars; and then we were going to have a vacant site, but NorthPoint said we will pay to knock it down and we will build on-site,” said Duggan. According to the Michigan Economic Development Commission, Detroit is scarce on buildings large enough to meet specific height requirement mandates within the manufacturing industry. Mayor Duggan was accompanied by NorthPoint Development CEO Chad Meyer, Councilman Scott Benson and Vice President of Economic Development and Investment Services for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Kenyetta Hairston Bridges as they announced that the 684,000 square-foot-building will give Detroiters first priority when it comes to jobs. The city’s employment agency, Detroit At Work, will be used to fill positions. The database currently holds nearly 40,000 perspective candidates for employment. “This project goes to the very core of what the city, state and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation are doing to attract new business, jobs and investment to the city of Detroit. With such a strong market demand for advanced manufacturing facilities and a short supply of Class A industrial space, one of our most important priorities is to put contaminated blighted property into productive use,” said Harrison-Bridges of DEGC. Councilman Scott Benson shared in the enthusiasm of getting Detroiters first dibs at the nearly 450 new jobs to come through the redevelopment process. “Detroit At Work partnered with developers to ensure that we prioritize Detroit residents. That’s how you do developing in Detroit. That’s how we move a city forward -- we employ our residents and


Local artist and business owner Donna Jackson paints a picture of how the imposter syndrome impacted her life and work. Photo courtesy of David Rudolph

Don’t Let the Imposter Syndrome Hinder Your Coins By Sherri Kolade

of art often seen in public spaces like parks, empty lots, libraries, outdoor photo exhibitions and more.

“You can never be an imposter if you know who you are.”

“Those questions about ‘do I belong?’ still happen but they diminish with every opportunity I receive and every success I achieve,” she said.

Donna Jackson, local artist, curator, designer and principal at DMJStudio, didn’t always stand by those words she eloquently quoted to The Michigan Chronicle recently.

Jackson’s artwork is a piece of who she is and it paints a picture of her most genuine self with each stroke of the brush.

Doubt. Fear. Crippling anxiety -- it all crept up in Jackson’s creative space and impeded her work at times because she dealt with the imposter syndrome and let false feelings of inadequacy take over. The imposter syndrome is self-doubting, so much so that the person feels like they are a fraud. For others the syndrome might show up at work where they feel unworthy of accolades and have a hard time accepting their accomplishments; it impacts high-achieving people at a greater rate, too. For Jackson, the imposter syndrome showed up during one of her first promotions at work where she was a graphic designer for a Detroit-based library system and later became the manager. The Art of Authenticity “People who were friends and, in most cases, were older than me now reported to me,” she said. “I felt so inexperienced and undeserving. How am I going to do this? Will they respect me? What are the expectations?” Dealing with the imposter syndrome caused Jackson to miss out on money, too, she said. “When I first became a freelance artist and designer, my life was so very different and structured so differently. I got so much done in less time than when I was doing traditional office work,” she said. “For about a year and a half, I did not feel like I was earning my money or my keep. My value system was off. I was buying into the 40-hours value system and it made me feel, for a while, that I was not doing honest or good work. It sometimes messed with my self-esteem.”

“It is my soul and my true voice. I want to feel like my artwork all the time,” she said. “My art is a daily reminder for me of who I am, what I am capable of, what I feel and what I can do. It keeps me grounded and it also lets me know I can do anything and everything... everyone needs something to help them tap into that.” According to Therapy for Black Girls, Dr. Valerie Young, a subject matter expert, told the mental health organization that the imposter syndrome can be broken down into these categories:

Jasmine Evans, Detroit-based hairstylist and salon manager doesn’t let the imposter syndrome weigh her down anymore. Photo courtesy of Jasmine Evans Jackson added that it didn’t help that when she worked from home people asked her when she was going to get a real job. But her values eventually changed and she learned how to value herself and her work environment. “The fact became that I was more efficient as a freelance worker and I am good at it. It is not about the amount of time but the quality of product and experiences that come out of the time and the outcome of my work,” she said. Jackson is, thankfully, past all that. As the owner of DMJStudio where she creates things that matter to her personhood “as a woman, a person of color, an urban dweller and as a global citizen.” And she confidently stands firm in the spaces she stakes territory in and artistically helps others show up better in the world through her vibrant works

• The Perfectionist • The Superwoman/man • The Natural Genius • The Soloist • The Expert Dr. Young’s book, “The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer From the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It,” covers her decades-long research on studying feelings of inadequacy in high achievers and negative thought patterns that are keeping them stuck. Some of the above categories include people whose beliefs range from being the Superwoman/man who gets stressed when they’re not working and they find downtime completely wasteful, to the expert who bases their competence on what and how much they know or can do. They also believe they will never know enough and they fear being “exposed as



Buyer Beware: Experts Weigh in on Pandemic House Flipping in Detroit By Sherri Kolade

the city of Detroit.

The numbers don’t lie -- house flipping is seeing a resurgence, with fierce competition coming from every angle.

“People want to invest in Detroit and they feel it is coming back and they want to move back there,” Okogeri said, adding that there is a lot of real estate activity going on in Detroit. She added that there is a shortage of homes on the market, labor/material shortages, and some are skeptical of the home-buying and flipping process during COVID-19.

It’s no wonder the house-flipping business is garnering more interest -the profits have been the highest in 20 years according to reports, but fewer people are getting in on it nationally. According to ATTOM Data Solutions, gross returns for home flippers reached their highest level in two decades. ATTOM also credits the pandemic as one of the reasons why this market is getting a lot more traction as of late. “This all happened in the context of the pandemic, which has created unusual circumstances for the housing market to thrive, and that has included the home-flipping business,” said Todd Teta, chief product officer at ATTOM Data Solutions The report found that 57,155 single-family homes and condominiums in the United States were flipped in the third quarter of 2020. A flip, according to the company, is defined as a pur-

“We’re trying to navigate it to make things happen,” she said. People are ready to buy and move but we have a shortage of houses that people are flipping.” chased home that was later sold in the same 12-month period. Those types of flips made up 5.1 percent of all home sales during the quarter -- down from 6.7 percent in the second quarter and 5.5 percent in the third quarter of 2019. The drop in activity was likely due to a major shortage of homes for sale, especially on the lower end of the market where flippers generally like to show up. Sales of homes priced below $100,000 were down 22 percent in October year over year, according to the

National Association of Realtors. Those priced between $100,000 and $250,000 were practically stagnant. Meanwhile, sales of pricier homes, those between $500,000 and $750,000, were up over 60 percent. The median price of a flipped home nationally in the third quarter was $240,000. Delight Okogeri, real estate agent with Keller Williams Advantage in Novi, said that she has some investors who want to buy and flip homes and want to sell them throughout metro Detroit and

Local real estate investor Azikiwe Johnson, owner of Detroit Real Estate Man, said the market is awesome in Detroit with “a lot of opportunities.” He said that flipping can make someone a profit that can range from $25,000 to $100,000 or 20 percent of the sales price or compensation. Michelle Renee Swain, real estate broker with her own Detroit company, House of Real Estate, said that the cur-



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House Flipping From page A-5 rent market is great for sellers. “So, anyone able to pick up a property for a great price and flip it is in a great position,” she said, adding that people need to “know the neighborhoods” when it comes to flipping.

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make sure we grow the general fund.” NorthPoint assured the city that it will make certain that any tenant within the redeveloped plant will look to employ Detroiters first. “There is a lot of workforce that could walk to work, which back in the 50s, 60s, 70s,

that was a sense of pride. When mom and dad could pack their lunch boxes and walk to work. This is a prime example of that. The availability of a workforce was a prime driving factor,” said Meyers. Meyers continued to say that NorthPoint’s metrics suggested that Detroit was an ample spot for the development due to the number of local residents that may be interested in a

Imposter Syndrome From page A-5 inexperienced or unknowledgeable.” According to https://mint.intuit. com/, studies show that 70 percent of millennials deal with the effects of imposter syndrome. This impacts every job market and even celebrities like Serena Williams mentioned facing the imposter syndrome but is learning to find herself. The article added that imposter syndrome is costing workers, too: • Burnout and stress from being spread too thin costs the typical working American $988 a year. • Tension from unrealistic goals and schedules costs, on average, $2,244 per person annually. • When not making one’s health a priority, performance falls behind. Lack of sleep in the US costs $2,569 per person each year. • Decreases in productivity and mood cost businesses $3,400 per employee annually. • Avoiding salary talk and not negotiating your worth can cost you $7,528 each year. On average, Americans spend more than $18,000 annually on unnecessary purchases. This income could be kept or spent on a side gig. Tips on overcoming it include:

new work opportunity. NorthPoint anticipates the demolition will be complete by fall and the redevelopment complete and ready to open by 2022, roughly one year from the expected date of the demolition’s completion. Currently, there are no announcements on the buildings new tenant. Meyers said an official announcement could come as soon as next month. past fears, depression and believing better things about herself.

• Be vulnerable. • Leave your feelings out of it. • Focus on your strengths. • Fake it ‘til you make it. • You’re not the only one. • Celebrate your achievements. • Fail fast and fail often. Growing into Her Own Jasmine Evans, 25, of Detroit, is a successful businesswoman and hairstylist managing Girl Boss Beauty Bar & Boutique, a salon that her parents opened in Detroit. Evans recently told The Michigan Chronicle how her success didn’t come overnight -- she faced the imposter syndrome when she was a little girl growing up in her parents’ church. “Well, I’ve always faced imposter syndrome. As a young girl I knew I wanted to be great and that eventually I’d achieve all my goals but somehow something in the back of my head always would allow me to doubt myself no matter ... how many achievements I made -- somehow, I always would end up doubting myself until recently during this pandemic I started to remind myself of Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me,” she said. Evans said that her parents were a huge part of helping her overcome her

“Giving up was never an option -our parents pushed us daily to want the better things in life,” Evans said, adding that she is a great stylist but sometimes she would doubt herself. “I would give up; I even took my state board test three times before passing but the thing is, I kept going.” Evans added that she was overweight all her life but in March last year she decided to take her life back. “I started losing weight. I was almost 400 pounds -- people wouldn’t believe it but this time I said I’m kicking depression’s butt. I’m kicking doubt out of my way and I am going to do this.” As of today, Evans lost over 80 pounds and is inspiring other young girls and women to keep going on their journey -- or to even start their own. “Because of my life and the things I’ve faced I can truly say it has made me who I am. I have a group on Facebook that I started during the pandemic with almost 500 women,” she said of her group called “Girl Talk Hair & Make up.” “We talk, uplift, encourage and teach one another how to be beautiful.” She added that her journey’s just beginning. “Although I’m not where I want to be, I’m grateful for being an influence. … I’m still striving to be the best me,” she said.

“While any area has potential, you need to know how desirable a certain area is,” Swain said. “Also, you need a good team of people to do the work, that is probably the most challenging aspect of flipping. Finding and keeping good contractors is what I hear most of my investors complain about,” she said. “Finally, finding deals that have profit potential is getting more difficult. There are many homes on the market with non-performing tenants. Investors are reluctant to buy these properties because they don’t want to deal with the costs of eviction. If investors can come up with a game plan for these properties there are many to choose from.” Swain added that more Black people are coming into the business to flip. “People from other states and other countries see our homes and are in awe at the price points,” she said. “I think we are more critical and skeptical than outsiders when it comes to Detroit. I notice a lot of local investors I run into are women. I have quite a few Black women who have been buying and flipping homes.” She added that on a typical house in Detroit a flipper can expect to see $10,000 to $25,000 profit easily. “I think someone deciding to flip houses in Detroit needs to take into consideration the market for mortgages in Detroit,” Swain said. “Many buyers have some credit issues or are low on down payment and closing costs funds. If you can offer land contracts for those who are not ready to get a mortgage and offer to help with closing costs for those who are approved for mortgages you will be really successful.” Amoz Israel of Detroit-based Kingdom Properties which purchases and flips homes said that house flippers who are experienced in the field have not been “deterred” by the increase in home prices. “However, many foreigners have invaded the market over the past several years making it more difficult for local Black entrepreneurs,” he said, echoing earlier thoughts. Israel added that his company was shut down for several months during summer 2020 and only fully restarted operations in early 2021. “The competition is fierce,” he said. “There are investors coming from as far as Australia, France, China and other countries with deep pockets who are buying up everything in sight.” Israel added newbies in the housing game should beware. “There are some really good flipping coaches out here, but be selective,” Israel said. “With a good flipping strategy, you shouldn’t have less than a 20 percent ROI.”

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Before You Say “I Do” Make Sure You Do This for Your Mental Health

By Sherri Kolade

The wedding season is well into full gear and with the high season occurring typically from spring through fall, what better time than now to first shake off the wedding jitters and prioritize your mental health before you find something old and new, borrowed and blue. And most definitely before you say the words, “I do.” According to https://www.weddingwire.ca/, planning a wedding can be stressful, not to mention during a still lingering pandemic. Here are some tips from the Wedding Wire to make your own nuptials go well: Pencil in some Rest and Relaxation Before you turn into a bridezilla, make sure you schedule some time to unwind and not do anything, yes, even during wedding planning. This might sound counterproductive, but it works. Breathe in and breathe out (please put down the glue gun and decorations) and just veg. From your very busy schedule with wedding planning and invitation sending, taking an hour or two (or the whole weekend) to de-stress will help you to come back a better, more beautiful soon-to-be blushing bride. And as far as filling up that space? Do whatever you want like take a bath, watch a movie, grab some snacks, but no wedding talk. We mean it. Don’t Try to Be Perfect Yes, you want the white (or off-white, who are we to judge?) dress, the most idyllic location and perfect shoes to match. We get it, but according to the website, perfection is a “slippery slope” that once you go down it can be hard to recover from. Are some things a little off? Maybe your centerpieces are not all the exact size you ordered, let it go. Is your veil maybe a slight shade off? Repeat after me, let it go. Are your seating arrangements slightly off? Let that go, too – unless enemies are sitting together, then you might want to rearrange that, then let everything else go. Ask for Help When You See Fit You cannot do a successful wedding alone in this day and age. Please consider getting a professional wedding planner or someone within your budget like your OCD friend or family member who could help you with tiny tasks that don’t require a lot of heavy lifting. This is where they can rock it as your mental health might be on the decline – because you’ve already got enough to keep up with. Ask any- or every- one from your partner to best friend may have a good eye or exceptional palate who can decorate, taste, test, and beyond wherever you need them. Thank us later. Stay in Your Comfort Zone It doesn’t take much to plan a beautiful wedding with the latest choreographed dance moves and all the extra flair and fancy that makes others green with envy. But not so fast. Do you like choreographed dancing? Can you even dance? If not, scratch that off the list. It’s your wedding and no one else’s (well, yeah, the groom’s, but you know what we mean.) Keep it as simple or as flashy as you feel comfortable with. You don’t have to keep up with the Joneses to make this work. The website smartly points out that if you dial it back and don’t get overwhelmed by the noise and extras of your wedding things will go very smoothly. Serve what you love for dinner and do what you want. “If you love it, your guests will probably love it, too,” according to Wedding Wire. Work on Gratitude Congratulate yourself for making it this far and continue in that vein of gratitude regardless if you move mountains or mailed the invites. Every little bit counts and your special day will be cherished forever. Congrats! Now about those lopsided centerpieces....

The Lobster Food Truck Serves Detroiters a Fresh Take on a Seafood Classic

By Megan Kirk Food trucks are slowly taking over the food industry. Putting restaurants on-the-go, food trucks are one of the fastest growing segments of the food industry today. With more than 24,000 active food trucks across the U.S, 30,000 employees and a predicted growth of 2.4 percent in 2021, food trucks help to create an innovative career path in the culinary arts and allows chefs the chance at fulfilling their dream of owning and operating a restaurant without developing the traditional brick and mortar. The Lobster Food Truck is one of Detroit’s premier eateries and is quickly gaining momentum. Serving hearty dishes with a lobster flair, the food truck offers a unique drive-thru feature for faster service. With over 12 years of cooking experience and 17 years in the food industry, Detroit native chef Nick Wilson is pouring his love of food and the city into the community one dish at a time. Developing a love for food that would later evolve into a full-time career began as a young child. Exposed to cooking early on, Chef Nick recalls spending time in the kitchen with his grandmother learning the ropes. “I’ve always liked food. As a kid, my grandma would make food all the time. I got a job as a dishwasher at 14 and I fell in love with food,” says Chef Wilson. Beginning work as a dishwasher and building from the ground up, the first of many career-changing opportunities arose. Accepted into one of the most prestigious cooking schools in America, the chef would soon leave Detroit for what would be the start of his culinary career. “I decided to move down to North Carolina with my aunt. I got accept-

Chef Nick Wilson poses in front of The Lobster Food Truck. ed into Johnson & Wales which is one of the top cooking schools in the country. It is the upper echelons of cooking,” says Wilson. Unable to attend due to high tuition costs, Wilson chose to wait one year to become a resident of the state. After gaining residency, he began school at Guilford Technical Community College. As training continued, life would present the then-budding chef with another opportunity to expand his career. With just one semester of school left and the chance to intern with the greats, Wilson was pushed to make a decision that would change the course of his time in North Carolina. “I was offered an internship at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. It was where they would host the PGA

tour. I was told I couldn’t get credit for school since it was out of state,” says Wilson. “I dropped out of school in my last semester to do the internship. I stayed there for four months.” With an established career another shift was on the horizon. After spending time working in Florida and Georgia, in 2018 a relative back home offered the chance to plant roots and move back to Detroit. “My aunt asked if I wanted to open a restaurant. I told her ‘no’ because I was tired of restaurants. She asked me, ‘what about a food truck?’ and I told her if she was able to find a food truck, I would move back home,” says Wilson.


Monroe Street Midway Gets Underway By Megan Kirk Grab your skates and come get your roll on! Detroit came out to play at the Monroe Street Midway. The epicenter for skating, art and live entertainment, the city’s first outdoor skating rink has landed just in time for summer and residents are welcoming the fun and excitement after a trying year due to COVID. The latest installation is brought to the city by Bedrock’s multi-million dollar Decked Out Detroit initiative in partnership with the Rocket Community Fund and the City of Detroit. Helping to fuse community and culture, the Monroe Street Midway is the city’s newest site for family fun and memories. Bright colors stripe the asphalt and the dancers’ center rink help keep the good times rolling. Immediately welcoming guests with a visual party with art front and center at downtown Detroit’s newest attraction. Sheefy McFly, Phil Simpson, Olivia Guterson and Jessica Care Moore will help create the artistic aesthetic for the outdoor escape.

Skaters enjoy the park and views of the city. Art by Sheefy McFly.

In partnership with RollerCade, Bedrock brought Detroit’s oldest continuously opened, black-owned

roller rink along for the ride. Charged with operating the city’s only outdoor roller rink, and with over 60 years of experience in the skating business, RollerCade is excited to see a family legacy reach more residents. “This activation just shows Detroit has come a long way and it gives us another glimpse into the future of the city,” says Kyle Black, owner of RollerCade Detroit. “It’s a beautiful thing for people who live in Detroit or visiting from out of town, to actually have a good time in the city recreationally.” If roller skates, art and music are not enough, the space will also offer concessions and an assortment of food trucks. The hub will feature a schedule of rotating food trucks to bring variety and offer a taste of Detroit, starting with barbecue courtesy of the Belly of the Beast. Featuring a menu of barbecue favorites such as baby back ribs, pulled brisket and pulled pork. If that is not enough, tacos and chicken shawarmas are also on the menu. The Beast has a large portable barbecue pit that feeds 2,000 to 3,000 people. “The menu is quite large and we like to rotate it out,” says David Haynes, regional executive chef


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Get Your Travel Plans Together for a Mental Break This (COVID) Summer By Sherri Kolade There’s only 13 weeks in the summer and a portion of this precious sundrenched time is already going away. So how do we use this time to the best of our advantage, especially during the pandemic, even with vaccination efforts growing and positivity rates lowering? According to www. chop.edu, it’s all about perspective and keeping up the normalcy, as safely as possible, even during the pandemic times we’re in. Regardless, though, self-improvement can continue to stay at the top of mind along with partaking in fun-filled vacations and activities that will keep people mentally and physically fit. The website shared some tips to navigate this second pandemic summer. Travel light? Can people travel during the pandemic? Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, it is safe for fully vaccinated people to travel within the United States without testing or self-quarantining. Scientists are still discovering how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19, but it’s vital that even fully vaccinated individuals continue to follow safety protocols in public, including wearing a mask (except in certain uncrowded places), practicing physical distancing, washing hands frequently and avoiding crowds. If,



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Business partner and aunt Kathryn Wilson found a truck, but it needed several major repairs. With no wheels and unable to start, the truck was far from being ready to serve. However, with determination, the truck was transformed into a working restaurant on wheels. “I was thinking to myself this had to work. If I move back, this has to work,” says Wilson. “I put my heart and soul into it. I turned down jobs at some of the best places in Detroit.” The Lobster Food Truck was born in 2018 and has continued to become a staple in Detroit. With no promotion and very little marketing, the food truck is gaining popularity one taste bud at a time. “We don’t really do any marketing or PR. I like to let the food speak for itself and word travel slowly,” says Wilson. Serving dishes like hot lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese and loaded lobster fries, there is something for everyone on the menu. Working

planning to travel with unvaccinated family members, reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection by being vigilant and following these tips:

for the Great Lakes. A self-standing concession will offer patrons snacks ranging from chips, candy and popcorn to drink options. The stand also sells food offering healthy choices like various salads, sandwiches and even pizza! Just steps from an assortment of downtown Detroit eateries, the food options are never ending. To help residents get their roll on, the Midway will also feature themed nights like Movement Mondays, R&B Tuesdays and Throwback Thursdays. Outdoor fitness classes will also be offered. RollerCade Detroit’s history in the city is being expanded to new generations. As the brand continues to reach new heights, the legacy founded some time ago is still around providing a new era of family fun. “My grandmother, being a Black woman in 1955, started her own

• Wash hands or use hand sanitizer regularly. • Swimming in a backyard pool with siblings or a couple of close friends is safer than a large community and/or public pool.

• Select short road trips in a private vehicle with only members of one’s immediate household or fully vaccinated people. Bring food to make fewer stops along the journey. • If the only option is plane travel, make an effort to take a flight with no layovers and head straight to the gate. • Stay away from long-distance bus trips and cruises. • If this is an option, select a private rental home over multiunit places like hotels. • Think about visiting a fully vaccinated family member’s household. • Select takeout, drive-thru, or curbside delivery versus restaurants or self-service buffets. • Pack an abundance of supplies like hand wipes and sanitizers, and use consistently. Ensure masks are worn at all times and bring back-ups, along with a plastic bag to store old masks. • Stay up-to-date about infection rates in the area of travel. Can children have play dates or go to a pool? Social connectivity is a must, especially for children growing up in a (hopefully short-lived) pandemic. Yet when determining which type of playdate is good for a child, weigh the pros and with fresh seafood while in Florida combined with his aunt’s love for the delicacy helped to determine the direction of the menu. “My aunt is actually a pescatarian. I was used to cleaning and cooking with seafood. I asked her ‘what about crab or fish?’ She suggested we go with lobster,” says Wilson. With the food truck rolling, the business is expanding to open a restaurant this year. Built on and with family, The Lobster Food Truck prides itself on fresh quality foods and fast service. However, for the owner, giving back to the employees who help keep the business running is key. “We’re closed every Sunday and Monday unless there’s a festival. When I was living in Florida, I couldn’t come visit my grandparents and they were having a hard time,” says Wilson. “I missed time with my grandparents and that’s why I came back. I’ve been there where I couldn’t spend time with my family.” Although the truck is in a new location daily, it is always available for customers across the city and posts a schedule on the restaurant’s website.

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business. She had to go through a lot to get it going and to keep it going. For me and my family to maintain that for almost seven decades and for our brand to still be expanding 66 years later into downtown Detroit is an honor and a blessing,” says Black. The outdoor recreation space is a welcome gift after little to no personal contact for more than a year. As Detroit continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19, the community is rebuilding and learning how to embrace the city once more. The community has taken to the outdoor arena and has already begun to filter through its doors. Already open to the public, the Monroe Street Midway will be available through the fall. Parking is validated at any of the eight participating garages. Waivers are needed to skate at the Rollout Detroit Roller Rink or play at the Rocket Mortgage Sports Zone.

the cons to reduce the potential exposure to viruses and other ills.

• Keep the number of contacts your child has to a minimum.

• Host one-on-one playdate outings or events rather than multi-family groups.

• Keep the play dates outside (as weather permits). • Encourage


that require children to move around and promote social distancing – activities like biking are ideal. • Children should wear masks, inside and outside.

Staying safe this summer can be an experience the whole family can take part in by reminding each other of gentle tips and rules to keep the trip virus-free and memory-filled. For more information visit https://www.chop. edu/news/health-tip/tipssafe-fun-summer-duringcovid-19-pandemic.

Our Community’s Future is in Your Hands. Shape It. For the first time in history, we can impact how district maps will be drawn in Michigan. Come and Be Heard

PUBLIC COMMENT DETROIT June 15, 6 pm Village Dome at Fellowship Chapel 7707 W. Outer Dr., Detroit, MI 48235

DETROIT June 17, 6 pm TCF Center 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226

Come and address the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission about how it is drawing maps for Michigan’s Congressional, Senate, and House districts at public hearings across the state. Resources for our community and our voice in Lansing and in Washington DC depend on it for the next 10 years.

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Classifieds River Rouge Housing Commission Advertisement Invitation for Bidders The River Rouge Housing Commission is requesting Invitation for Bidders for services of 300 Public Housing dwelling units, Hyacinth Court II Community Center, and its Main office. Bid documents will be available on our website (www.riverrougehousing.com) in the RFP section for you to print out on June 3rd, 2021 and or you can request an email from jwilliams@riverrougehousing.com. Sealed Invitations for bidders will be received for the list below by the River Rouge Housing Commission until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Bids received after 3:00 p.m. on June 16, 2021 will be rejected and returned unopened to the bidder. For more information, contact Jessica Williams at the above email address, our Executive Director, Eboni Nugin @ enugin@riverrougehousing.com., and or call the River Rouge Housing Commission at (313) 382-1414. Invitations for Bidders Re-issued on June 3rd, 2021 Bids are due June 16, 2021 @ 3:00 pm in our main office 180 Visger Rd., River Rouge, MI. 48218. Attn: Eboni Nugin, Executive Director upon submissions a. Locksmith Services b. Windows/Screens Repairs & Replacement c. Storm/Entry Door Repairs & Services Interested Bidders may obtain Bid documents from the River Rouge Housing Commission Website: (www.riverrougehousing.com) NOTE: All AWARDED CONTRACTS -Are for 1 year with up to (4) 1-year renewals • All Bids must be submitted on Prescribed forms; • We are an Equal Opportunity Employment Agency (All Bid information is Due Wednesday June 16, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m.)


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Crown Castle is proposing to add lighting to a tower at the following site: 11254 Manning St., Detroit, Wayne County, MI 48205 Lat: 42-26-22.1 N, Long: 83-00-40.9 W. The proposed lighting on the tower is medium intensity dual red and white lights. Any interested party that believes the proposed action may have a significant impact on the environment may file a Request for Environmental Review (Request) to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Such Request may only raise environmental concerns. Information regarding the project may be found under file number A1194514 on the FCC website www.fcc.gov/asr/applications. The Request must be filed with the FCC within 30 days of the notice being posted on the FCC website. The FCC strongly encourages that all Requests be filed electronically at www.fcc.gov/ asr/environmentalrequest. Requests may also be mailed to: FCC Requests for Environmental Review, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, ATTN: Ramon Williams. The Request must also be served upon Crown Castle by mailing a copy to 2000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317 ATTN: Legal Department.

The Board of Directors of the W-A-Y Academy Detroit, a public school academy, will conduct a public hearing for the proposed budget for the 2021-2022 school year on June 28th at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held via Zoom. The link will be provided on their website, https://www.wayacademy.net/. This meeting is open to the public.

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Department: Community and Economic Development Location: Ferndale City Hall Salary Range: $53,789 - $59,301 FLSA: Non - Exempt Employment Type: Full-time The City of Ferndale is seeking a Building Inspector to be a member of our CED team. The Building Inspector conducts inspections for compliance within the City of Ferndale. We are looking for someone with experience in performing building inspections in the State of Michigan. Candidates must have graduated from an accredited high school, be act 54/407 certified, and be state licensed to perform Building Inspections or Plan Reviews. Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, FSA, and Retirement Plans are available. For a full list of qualifications and to apply, go to https://www.ferndalemi.gov/jobs.

PROFESSIONAL HELP WANTED Controls Engineer FEV North America, Inc. seeks a Controls Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI to engage in the transmission software and controls department; working with software requirements (understanding and interpreting customer requirements, as well as developing own requirements); among other duties. Min. bachelor in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering and three years of exp. in job offered or related. EOE M/F/Disability/Vet. Apply to job reference number 21-00057 at: www.fev.com

Engineering Supervisor Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems LLC seeks an Engineering Supervisor, in Troy, MI to lead a team of three to six engineers and designers to design, develop, test, applicate and production release axle, suspension systems and components; among other duties. Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or Automotive Engineering and five years of experience in the job offered or related. Domestic and International travel, as needed, up to 10%. Mail resume to: Ms. Sarah Trautmann, Meritor, Resume Processing / JO#11722203, 2135 West Maple Road, Troy, MI 48084.

Principal Functional Safety Engineer Visteon Corporation is seeking a Principal Functional Safety Engineer in Van Buren Twp., MI, to act as a Functional Safety Manager for the Electronics Product Group and analyze the impact of ISO26262 releases, among other duties. Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, or Computer Engineering and three years of experience in the job offered or related. International and/or domestic travel required up to 10%. Mail resume to: Ms. Briana Hebner, Visteon, Resume Processing / JO#11835548, One Village Center Drive, Van Buren Township, MI 48111.

Test & Validation Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Plan, test, debug, validate, &deliver Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube video streaming in conventional &BEV psgr vehicle rear seat &front seat in-vehicle infotainment syss for 2025 &beyond MY, in Android &C++ programming languages. Coordinate &lead activities of cross functional team consisting Product, Customer Experience, Syss, &Reqmts Engrg, UX, Architecture, &SW Dvlpmt teams for Android platforms, IT Services, QA, Cybersecurity, Sys &Vehicle Validation, Vehicle Program, Program Execution stakeholders, &Tier I HW &SW suppliers. Master, Electrical or Computer Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, testing &debugging automotive OEM psgr vehicle video streaming or audio amplifier, &converting manual test cases to automated test cases, or related. Mail resume to Ref#43128, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Connected Infotainment System Validation Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Support in vehicle validation of Vehicle Data Services (VDS) for testing E2E OnStar Telematics Vehicle Health Management (VHM) &Remote Diagnostic &Alert (RDA) features. Perform integration bench level testing for VHM &RDA features, using Mongoose, Vector CANalyzer, ATT, DPS, VSpy, SQL Developer, DBeaver, Vehicle Explorer, Global OnStar Call Center Simulator, Aurora, SoapUI, RQM/DOORSNG, TFS, ARXML viewer, ADB, Part Number Reports, Jira, &GM service info web tools, &dSPACE ControlDesk &NeoVI Fire 2 HW. Verify functionality of psgr vehicle syss required for RDA feature to test for notifications related to battery level, oil life, tire pressure monitoring sys &other ECU in vehicle to trigger fault notifications for airbag/engine/transmissions/emissions syss, ABS, Electric Drive unit, lithium ion battery, &OnStar syss. Master, Electrical or Computer Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, supporting in vehicle validation of VDS for testing E2E VHM or RDA feature using Mongoose, ATT, SQL Developer, &VSpy tools, or related. Mail resume to Ref#27438-1312, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Senior Software Engineer General Motors, Detroit, MI. Use Microservices architecture w/ Spring Boot technology to expand Connected Customer &Mobility Solutions vehicle health communications into mobile &Car Dashboard apps-based multi-channel platforms. Modify &migrate existing Chordiant 3rd party SW w/ current industrial standard Java Enterprise &Spring Boot architecture to resolve current issues, &to install &adapt new HW to improve performance. Use CSS style, HTML &Google Web Tool (GWT) framework for dashboard user interface cmpnts. Dvlp on-demand diagnostics in mobile app using GWT &introduce brake pad life, air filter life, ignition off low battery monitoring. Collaborate w/ team members to add performance goals, add dvlpmt goals, add selfevaluation comments in TFS. Use Chordiant Decision Management (CDM) &Real Time Decisioning Service (RTDS) to provide marketing products to customer based on eligibility, &decisions to provide services incldg Smart driver, Lock Un Lock, Remote Controls in psgr vehicle to customers based on eligibility, &prices to products &packages provided to customers. Master, Computer Science, Computer Engrg, Interdisciplinary Studies, Electrical Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, installing or setting up CDM for Chordiant 6 framework &deploying the business in RTDS &testing using Decision Mgmt, or related. Mail resume to Ref#2844-104, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.

Copies of the proposed budget will be available at 369 Main St. Belleville, MI. 48111 for the public to review during regular business hours beginning June 17th, 2021.

Weston Preparatory Academy, a Tuition-Free Public School Academy, will hold its 2021-2022 Budget Hearing on June 17, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. at 22930 Chippewa Street, Detroit, MI 48219, (313) 387-6038 to review the proposed 2021-2022 operating budget. A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection at the above address.


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GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE DOWNRIVER TRANSMISSION MAIN FY 2022 DRINKING WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND PROJECT The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) will be holding a Public Hearing for the Downriver Transmission Main Project Plan. GLWA will be applying for a low interest Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan for FY 2022. The project involves the construction of a new transmission main along Inkster Road from Wick Road to Pennsylvania Road, a parallel transmission main along Allen Road and Dixie Highway from Pennsylvania Road to Ready Road, modifications at Trenton Service Meters TN-01 and TN-03, and the removal of two reservoirs at the Electric Avenue Pump Station. A single transmission main serves the Downriver Communities’ population. A break anywhere along the Allen Road transmission main would result in several communities losing pressure and result in boil water advisories until a repair could be made. The project will increase the redundancy and reliability in the Downriver portion of the GLWA water system. The Inkster Transmission Main Loop will provide an alternate distribution pathway in the northern portion of the service area. The parallel transmission main on Allen Road and Dixie Highway will be tied into the service meters along the route to provide redundancy. The Trenton service meter work will replace aging water meters and check valves. In addition, TN-03 will include modifications to the bypass that will include an actuated valve that will allow backfeed of the Allen Road main through the Trenton Main. It was determined the transmission main loop on Inkster Road and the parallel transmission main would significantly reduce the Downriver Communities’ risk of boil water advisories or complete water service loss in the future. The Electric Avenue Pump Station reservoirs are deteriorating and need to be demolished. Removal of the reservoirs will eliminate a liability of the GLWA system. The total cost of this project is currently estimated at $60,900,000 which will be allocated to GLWA and suburban customers similar to other capital improvement projects. The Downriver Transmission Main Project is eligible for participation under the State of Michigan low interest DWSRF loan program. The Public Hearing will present a description of the recommended project, its evaluation, and estimated costs, as well as the cost per household impact for customer communities. The purpose of the hearing is to inform the public of the proposed project and to gather input from people that will be affected. Comments from the public are requested.


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Information on the Project Plan will be available for review online after May 21, 2021 at the GLWA Website: https://www.glwater.org/. The Public Hearing on the Downriver Water Transmission Main Project proposed by the Great Lakes Water Authority scheduled for Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. will be held via Zoom and its telephonic capabilities. Members of the public who wish to attend this Public Hearing by telephone can do so in the following manner: Public Call-In Number: 877 853 5247 US Toll-Free; or 888 788 0099 US Toll-Free Meeting ID: 899 6223 7873 Members of the public may offer comment in the following manner: By Telephone: Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting and/or offer public comment by telephone should call in at the number indicated above, press *9 on their keypad to “raise their hand for public comment.” During other portions of the meeting, members of the public are asked to mute their line by pressing *6 on their keypad to mute or unmute their line. By E-Mail: Members of the public may provide written comments to the Board by emailing those comments to CEO@glwater.org on or before 5:00 p.m. EST. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 and should reference “June 23, 2021 Public Hearing on proposed “Downriver Transmission Main Project” in the subject line of the e-mail. The opportunity to submit written comments by e-mail may remain open throughout the duration of the Public Hearing. By U.S. Mail: Members of the public may provide written comments by United States mail addressed to:

Sue F. McCormick, Chief Executive Officer Great Lakes Water Authority 735 Randolph Detroit, Michigan, 48226 Written comments by U.S. mail should reference “June 23, 2021 Public Hearing on Downriver Transmission Main Project” in the letter. The opportunity to submit written comments by U.S. mail may remain open throughout the duration of the Public Hearing. If a member of the public requires accommodation due to a disability, please contact CEO@glwater.org or (844) 455-GLWA (4592) not less than 72 hours prior to the date of the meeting.


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Budget Hearing Notice George Washington Carver Academy will be holding its annual budget hearing on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. to review and comment on the Academy’s 2021/2022 school budget. The hearing will take place via the Zoom virtual platform and will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. The budget will be available for public inspection on the Academy’s website.

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Public Budget Hearing MacDowell Preparatory Academy will hold its proposed budget hearing for the 2021-2022 school year via Zoom at 6PM. Details regarding the meeting are located at www.macdowellprep.com. The budget is available for public inspection online at www.macdowellprep.com/ budgets-and-compliance.

Public Budget Hearing Jalen Rose Leadership Academy will hold its proposed budget hearing for the 2021-2022 school year on June 21, 2021, via Zoom. at 3PM. Details regarding the meeting are located at www.jrladetroit.com. The budget is available for public inspection online at www.jrladetroit.com.

Public Budget Hearing Public Budget Hearing - Barber Preparatory Academy will hold its proposed budget hearing for the 2021-2022 school year on June 28, 2021, via Zoom at 5:30PM. Details regarding the meeting are located at www.barberprep. com.The budget is available for public inspection online at www.barberprep.com. HELP WANTED

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GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE 96-IN WATER TRANSMISSION MAIN RELOCATION PROJECT FY 2022 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Project The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) announces a Public Hearing regarding its Project Plan for the proposed 96-inch Water Transmission Main (WTM) Relocation Project. GLWA will be seeking low interest Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan assistance for FY 2022. The project is comprised of the relocation of approximately 2.4 miles of 96-inch WTM around the closed G&H industrial landfill (Landfill) located south of 23 Mile Road and west of Ryan Road. The new, relocated 96-inch WTM will connect to the existing water transmission system near the intersection of 24 Mile Road and the Macomb Orchard Trail to the north and at the intersection of Dequindre Road and Hamlin Road to the south. Included in the project is the installation of several isolation valves and the abandonment of a portion of existing 96-inch WTM under the landfill. This project is necessary since the Landfill was placed on the USEPA Superfund National Priorities List in 1983, and approximately 1,660 feet of the existing 96-inch WTM falls within its limits. The total cost of this project is currently estimated at $170,361,000 which will be allocated to GLWA and suburban customers similar to other GLWA capital improvements. The Project is eligible for participation under the State of Michigan low interest DWSRF loan program. The annual user cost impact per household is estimated at +/ $9.06 per household. The Public Hearing will present a description of the recommended project, its evaluation, and estimated costs, as well as the cost per household impact for customer communities. The purpose of the hearing is not only to inform, but to seek and gather input from people that will be affected. Comments and viewpoints from the public are requested. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD ON:



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Information on the Project Plan will be available for review online after May 21, 2021 at the GLWA Website: https://www.glwater.org/. The Public Hearing on the 96-inch Water Transmission Main Relocation Project proposed by the Great Lakes Water Authority scheduled for Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. will be held via Zoom and its telephonic capabilities. Members of the public who wish to attend this Public Hearing by telephone can do so in the following manner: Public Call-In Number: Meeting ID:

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Members of the public may offer comment in the following manner: By Telephone: Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting and/or offer public comment by telephone should call in at the number indicated above, press *9 on their keypad to “raise their hand for public comment.” During other portions of the meeting, members of the public are asked to mute their line by pressing *6 on their keypad to mute or unmute their line. By E-Mail: Members of the public may provide written comments to the Board by emailing those comments to CEO@glwater.org on or before 5:00 p.m. EST. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 and should reference “June 23, 2021 Public Hearing on proposed 96-inch Water Transmission Main Relocation Project” in the subject line of the e-mail. The opportunity to submit written comments by e-mail may remain open throughout the duration of the Public Hearing. By U.S. Mail: Members of the public may provide written comments by United States mail addressed to:

Sue F. McCormick, Chief Executive Officer Great Lakes Water Authority 735 Randolph Detroit, Michigan, 48226 Written comments by U.S. mail should reference “June 23, 2021 Public Hearing on 96-inch Water Transmission Main Relocation Project” in the letter. The opportunity to submit written comments by U.S. mail may remain open throughout the duration of the Public Hearing. If a member of the public requires accommodation due to a disability, please contact CEO@glwater.org or (844) 455-GLWA (4592) not less than 72 hours prior to the date of the meeting.



The Board of Directors of the Cornerstone Jefferson-Douglass Academy District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 21, 2021 at 8:00 am virtually via Zoom at https://zoom. us/j/95654637190. The budget is available for public inspection via email request to Kaly Bhatt at Kalyani.bhatt@cegschools.org. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.


The Board of Directors of the Cornerstone Health and Technology School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 22, 2021 at 7:30 am virtually via Zoom at https://zoom. us/j/91026908238. The budget is available for public inspection via email request to Kaly Bhatt at Kalyani.bhatt@cegschools.org. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.


The Board of Directors of the Washington-Parks Academy School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 16, 2021 7:30 am virtually via Zoom at https://zoom. us/j/98961533244. The budget is available for public inspection via email request to Kaly Bhatt at Kalyani.bhatt@cegschools.org. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.


The Board of Directors of the Madison-Carver Academy School District is conducting its annual budget hearing on June 23, 2021 7:30 am virtually via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/99407625763. The budget is available for public inspection via email request to Kaly Bhatt at Kalyani.bhatt@cegschools.org. The meeting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.


PUBLICATION: Tuesday, June 16, 2021 PUBLIC NOTICE of BUDGET HEARING – In Compliance with the OPEN MEETINGS ACT (MCLA 15.261 et seq Public Act No. 267 of 1976) the ANNUAL BUDGET HEARING of the BOARD of DIRECTORS of Detroit Leadership Academy, a Charter School formed pursuant to the Revised School Code of 1976, will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 6 pm. The budget will be available for public inspection at the offices of EQUITY Education, 13600 Virgil Street, Detroit, MI 48223. The public meeting will be held virtually; to join please access here: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8600960 0212pwd=ODNPNzlhYmtqb1NnZWNWZDNW K2xBQT09 Meeting ID: 860 0960 0212 Passcode: 8hu3kW One tap mobile +16465588656,,86009600212#,,,, *658764# US (New York)

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Wayne County Community College District’s Combined Classes of 2020 & 2021 Deserve ‘highest distinction’ By David C. Butty Hats off to the Wayne County Community College District’s (WCCCD) combined classes of 2020 and 2021. Whether you are earning a diploma, a program certificate, a degree or even a cool new professional title, your hard work and dedication during this pandemic puts you in the category “with the highest distinction.” Even your Class Motto; “We Finished to Begin a New Journey”, deserves a standing ovation. It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the world of learning as we used to know it prior to the long months of quarantine, social distancing and virtual learning. WCCCD, like most institutions of higher learning has found itself


GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE YPSILANTI PUMPING STATION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT FY 2022 DRINKING WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND PROJECT The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) announces a Public Hearing regarding its Project Plan for the proposed Ypsilanti Pumping Station Improvements Project. GLWA will be seeking low interest Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) loan assistance for FY 2022. The project is comprised of the evaluation, design, and construction of the full replacement of the Ypsilanti Pumping Station (YPS). The existing YPS is an in-line booster pumping station located in Van Buren Township adjacent to the Willow Run Airport. It was constructed in the mid 1980’s to replace an older temporary pumping station to boost the pressure of water supplied from the Wick Road Pumping Station. In the mid-1990’s the City of Ypsilanti decommissioned their aging water treatment plant and switched to what is now the GLWA water system. During this time, a connection to a transmission main supplied by the Joy Road Pump Station was added to the YPS to provide a continuous supply of water to the YPS service area. This project is necessary to ensure the GLWA can maintain supplying drinking water with high reliability and efficiency to the City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township, Augusta Township, Pittsfield Township, and Superior Township. The proposed project will construct a new pump station. The existing pump station will be decommissioned and demolished. The total cost of this project is currently estimated at $35,500,000 which will be allocated to GLWA and suburban customers similar to other GLWA capital improvements. The Ypsilanti Pump Station Improvements Project is eligible for participation under the State of Michigan low interest DWRF loan program. The Public Hearing will present a description of the recommended project, its evaluation, and estimated costs, as well as the cost per household impact for customer communities. The purpose of the hearing is not only to inform, but to seek and gather input from people that will be affected. Comments and viewpoints from the public are requested. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD ON:

DATE: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 TIME: 2:00 p.m. PLACE: Zoom Telephonic Meeting Public Call-In Number: 877 853 5247 US Toll-Free or 888 788 0099 US Toll-Free Meeting ID: 899 6223 7873 Information on the Project Plan will be available for review online after May 21, 2021 at the GLWA Website: https://www.glwater.org/. The Public Hearing on the Ypsilanti Pumping Station Project proposed by the Great Lakes Water Authority scheduled for Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. will be held via Zoom and its telephonic capabilities. Members of the public who wish to attend this Public Hearing by telephone can do so in the following manner: Public Call-In Number: 877 853 5247 US Toll-Free; or 888 788 0099 US Toll-Free Meeting ID: 899 6223 7873 Members of the public may offer comment in the following manner: By Telephone: Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting and/or offer public comment by telephone should call in at the number indicated above, press *9 on their keypad to “raise their hand for public comment.” During other portions of the meeting, members of the public are asked to mute their line by pressing *6 on their keypad to mute or unmute their line. By E-Mail: Members of the public may provide written comments to the Board by emailing those comments to CEO@glwater.org on or before 5:00 p.m. EST. on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 and should reference “June 23, 2021 Public Hearing on proposed “Ypsilanti Pumping Station Improvements Project” in the subject line of the e-mail. The opportunity to submit written comments by e-mail may remain open throughout the duration of the Public Hearing. By U.S. Mail: Members of the public may provide written comments by United States mail addressed to:

Sue F. McCormick, Chief Executive Officer Great Lakes Water Authority 735 Randolph Detroit, Michigan, 48226 Written comments by U.S. mail should reference “June 23, 2021 Public Hearing on Ypsilanti Pumping Station Improvements Project” in the letter. The opportunity to submit written comments by U.S. mail may remain open throughout the duration of the Public Hearing. If a member of the public requires accommodation due to a disability, please contact CEO@glwater.org or (844) 455-GLWA (4592) not less than 72 hours prior to the date of the meeting.

in unchartered waters; and this includes going virtual and combining the 2020 and 2021 graduation ceremonies. This year, the combined classes of 2020 and 2021 will hold a virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 11 0’clock. More than 1,500 students will receive their degrees and certificates in various disciplines. This virtual ceremony supports our commitment to honoring our students’ academic achievements while keeping the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff our number one priority. The District will use the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center as this year’s venue; replacing the usual Ford Field, which has hosted WCCCD’s graduation ceremonies over the years. Haifa Ahmed will be the class representative for the class of 2020 while Destinee-Faith Sienkiewicz will represent the class of 2021. Both students will address their class respectfully. There are nine Special Recognition Awards students. Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, will be this year’s keynote speaker; and is expected to provide words of encouragement to graduates who are going into the world today where working in the cubicles in the office setting has been replaced by working remotely from home. Haifa Ahmed, Class Representation for the class of 2020, said she and her classmates are are grateful to Wayne County Community College District for providing an educational opportunity at a time when life itself was uncertain. “The year was not what any of us expected. Life changed in ways that no one could have anticipated. Yet, we found ways to continue our studies and complete our dreams in the face of a global pandemic.” Haifa Ahmed, who is studying for her bachelor’s degree in sonography at Wayne State University, added; “Today is proof of our determination to succeed in our education. We found hope at WCCCD because the faculty and staff were committed to helping us realize our potential by providing online learning opportunities when we were mandated to “stay at home.” It was a year full of emotions and anxiety but our faith remained strong and we pushed forward to this day. WCCCD stands as a strong symbol for us all.” “Attending WCCCD is an experience I know that I will remember for the rest of my life. WCCCD has taught me such things as self-discipline, being organized and to never consider a failure as an ending.” Destinee-Faith Sienkiewicz, class representative for the 2021 graduating class shares her personal story. “In the spring of 2019, when I decided to enroll at Wayne County Community College District, my goal was to receive a certificate in Sterile Processing and get a job. I accomplished that goal and it was an incredibly positive experience completing my courses and receiving my certificate. Before my certificate even came in the mail, I had a full-time position in a hospital doing what I loved – right in the middle of a pandemic.” Destinee-Faith Sienkiewicz hopes her personal story reflects that of her classmates. “WCCCD has prepared and helped me achieve my goal of having full-time employment and benefits at such a young age. I am sure my story is reflective of many among our graduating class. Although we are from many backgrounds, with different goals and aspirations, we are united in our goals and hopes for a better future for ourselves and our families. Throughout our programs of study, we were encouraged and inspired by our instructors and the staff who were always supportive and understanding as we struggled with online learning. We did it! We have completed a huge step toward reaching our career goals. This is our time to celebrate.”

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