Archive for February 21st, 2010

Dearborn Native Leads Team USA Upset of Canada

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Here is one you can tell your friends about Monday morning. Perhaps the biggest Olympic upset in hockey since the Miracle on Ice was led by Dearborn native Brian Rafalski, who scored the first two American goals Sunday night to stun Canada, 5-3 and advance Team USA to the quarterfinals.

Rafalski, a Red Wings defenseman, also assisted on the fourth goal for Team USA. Ryan Kesler of Livonia closed out the America scoring with an empty-netter.

And of course, Ryan Miller of Michigan State University (Go State!) was the winning goalie.

Even better about this win is that it comes just one day short of the 30th anniversary of America’s greatest hockey victory, the win over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid.

Jewelry Making Workshop at Bryant

Sunday, February 21st, 2010
(Below is a press release from Solstice Designs of Dearborn)

Dear Solstice Friends and Family,

You’re invited to our first ever jewelry making workshop, craft your own one-of-a-kind design!

Sherry will provide instruction on hand-stamping in sterling silver. You will take home your own completed silver pendant.

Who: Anyone interested in expressing themselves through fun hand-stamping. No experience necessary.

When: Thursday, February 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Conference room

22100 Michigan Ave. (lower level, Bryant Library building).

Dearborn, Mi. 48124

Cost: $45 per person, includes materials.

Limited seats, please RSVP an Email reply to this note or call (313) 724-9400 for reservations. Pre-payment by VISA/MC or check is appreciated.

Psst: Hot off the press, Project Mother’s Day fundraiser and celebration party date is set! Please save Wednesday, March 24th, 7pm-9pm for this special evening of Champagne and Chocolate at Dearborn Hills Golf Course (our favorite place for hosting any party). More details to come.

Check out some of the new Resin Collection pieces on the site, affordable everyday wear.

Dearborn Launches First Time Homebuyer Program

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

The city of Dearborn has launched a new money-saving program aimed at helping  lower-income persons or families purchase a newly renovated Dearborn home, which was once foreclosed.

The Dearborn Department of Economic & Community Development is now accepting applications for this program, called First Time Homebuyer Assistance program, but they will only be available for a limited time.

The program, according to a city of Dearborn press release, offers many benefits, including the ability to subsidize the mortgage principal amount so that house payments will be affordable. And, the homeowner might also quality for $5,000 towards the down payment or the closing costs.

To be eligible, an interested person must be a first-time homebuyer, successfully complete an eight-hour HUD approved counseling program, be “mortgage ready,” and have annual household income that is at or below 120 percent of area median income. Other eligibility requirements will apply.

The new program is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which was authorized to assist states and local governments in addressing the effects of abandoned or foreclosed properties.

The City of Dearborn would acquire and rehabilitate eight or more foreclosed properties with the intent of selling to income-qualified homebuyers.

For further information, call the Dearborn Economic & Community Development Department at 313-943-2180, extension 7. More details can also be found at, on the Department of Economic and Community Development page.