Archive for March, 2010

Dearborn Historical Museum Lecture on Detroit’s Holy Cross Cemetery

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The Dearborn Historical Museum is hosting a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 on Detroit’s Holy Cross Cemetery.

The lecture takes place at the McFadden-Ross House, 915 Brady Street.

Author Elaine Walters Raymo uses her professional genealogical, historical research and family experience to create a snapshot of the remarkable individuals whose final resting place is in Detroit’s Holy Cross Cemetery.

Immigrants from several nationalities have laid their loved ones to rest there since 1838, when the footprint was only a two-acre plot. The cemetery has since grown to 65 acres.

For more information, call 313-565-3000.

Dearborn Eyes Closure of up to Six City Pools

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

The City of Dearborn is expected to close as many as six of the city’s aging outdoor pools as part of a cost cutting proposal to help the city this year with its $20 million budget shortfall.

The move most certainly will set off a firestorm of protests in the neighborhoods where pools are slated to be closed.

The last time the subject of closing pools came up, the council and mayor succumbed to neighborhood pressure and did nothing. But that was in an election year and now with the new term only three months old, the outcome likely will be different this time around.

The good news is that while pools will be closed, the proposal includes the construction of a larger, modern pool complex for Ford Woods Park, which will accommodate more swimmers and cost about half of the resources of keeping the six neighborhood pools operating, the city says in a press release.

The city says the difficult decision of closing smaller, neighborhood pools is expected to save $132,000 a year in operational costs alone. More significantly, the City claims it will save $3.8 million by not pursuing investments necessary to keep the six pools that are currently on the chopping block in a safe and healthy condition.

The city has not yet shared what pools will be closed, only saying that “as plans become more finalized, an informational meeting regarding the outdoor pool proposal will be held.”

The city does list what pools will receive improvements. The ones not listed would appear to be in jeopardy. Those include: Whitmore Bolles, Summer Stephens, Ten Eyck, Crowley, Hemlock and Lapeer.

City officials say it will continue to operate outdoor pools at Levagood and Ford Woods parks, and add summer swimming opportunities at three indoor pools inside Dearborn public schools, under a proposal developed by city officials this week. The proposal includes the permanent closure and demolition of the city’s six other aging outdoor pools, built decades ago in 1954, 1956 and 1962.

Ongoing operating costs and the significant investments required for the outdoor pools make this proposed change necessary for the 2010 summer season. The proposal regarding the outdoor pools is part of the budget review process being undertaken by Mayor John B. O’Reilly and his administration, together with the City Council.

Dearborn’s CDTV Temporarily Off Air March 29-30

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

The City of Dearborn’s Television (CDTV) will temporarily be off the air on Monday, March 29 and part of Tuesday, March 30 during the installation of equipment to enhance the TV station’s operations.

CDTV is channel 12 on Comcast and channel 10 on WOW. (AT&T does not carry CDTV.)

The City of Dearborn says equipment upgrades cannot be performed while the station is broadcasting.

The new equipment, the city said in a press release, replaces aging hardware and will streamline the process of getting programs on the air after they are produced and ready to go.

The old equipment required several time-consuming technical steps to transfer the completed programs onto the broadcasting system.

The City of Dearborn is reminding residents that most of CDTV programming can be viewed any time at www.cityofdearborn.org

In addition, www.cityofdearborn.org posts short videos exclusive to the website.

Dearborn’s Public Service Days Begin April 5

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Beginning April 5, parked vehicles left on the streets on a Public Service Day will be ticketed.

Get ready for Pubic Service Days. They begin April 5 and will now run through Dec. 3.

While some may balk at having to remove their cars from the street once a week, this is a strong program to help keep our neighborhoods looking good.

A new change for this year is that the program runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. That allows many residents to leave for school or work without having to worry about moving their parked vehicles from the street.

Tickets will be issued to owners of parked vehicles left on the streets during Public Service Days, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For 2010, Public Service Days are the same day as trash collection days, every week.

Check www.cityofdearborn.org or call 943-2886 for general information on Public Service Days. For parking issues related to Public Service Days, call 943-2276.

Dearborn’s LaPita Prepares to Branch Out to Canton

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

LaPita Fresh on the campus of Wayne State University.

LaPita restaurant, the Dearborn gem that serves some of the tastiest food in town, is branching out to Canton.

The LaPita in Canton, Kasey Chammout’s third restaurant of the same name, will be located at Cherry Hill and Canton Center Road in a small strip mall. The store is expected to open later this summer.

The Canton restaurant will be smaller in size than the Dearborn location. It instead will be modeled after LaPita’s successful Detroit location called LaPita Fresh, just off the campus of Wayne State University.

The Wayne State location is less formal and serves some of the same tasty Mediterranean food as well as some unique offerings for university students. Canton will offer a similar menu and atmosphere.

We wish Kasey and the entire LaPita team the best of luck in their latest venture.

The ‘Art of Spring’ Hand Sculpted Glass Show & Sale

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

 Although the official date for the beginning of Spring occurs in March, Michigan folks will tell you it doesn’t really arrive until April when the days are longer, the birds begin to chirp, and flowers begin to bud.

In celebration of warm, pleasant feelings associated with Spring’s arrival, the Glass Academy of Dearborn is hosting “The Art of Spring” Hand Sculpted Glass Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2010. The Glass Academy is located at 25331 Trowbridge, near Gulley Road and Michigan Avenue in west Dearborn.

The weekend exhibit and sale will feature a colorful variety of bird and flower glass sculptures, vases, and magnets, along with the demonstration and sale of “glass memory” wood engravings. The uniquely etched wood pieces are available in a variety of shapes and sizes for use as coasters, table runners, wall hangings and other décor.

“Each year we look forward to creating something different, yet affordable, for our patrons to purchase as collectibles or as gifts for friends and family,” said Chris Nordin, glass design artist and co-owner of the Glass Academy. “For glass art enthusiasts and collectors, April is also Michigan Glass Month.”

There is no admission to attend. New this year, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase paper birds for $1 each to assist The Greening of Detroit, an organization that supports reforestation and urban agriculture in Detroit, and to be entered in prize drawings for custom glass art.

Prices for “The Art of Spring” glass pieces, all Michigan-made, range from $10 to $250. Several museum quality pieces produced by Furnace Design Studio, which is housed within the Glass Academy building, will also be available for viewing and purchase in a separate display area.

For more information about “The Art of Spring” Hand Sculpted Glass Show & Sale, call 313-561-4527 or visit www.glassacademy.com

Dearborn’s Vanguard Voices Choir to Perform

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Vanguard Voices, the 70-voice, Dearborn-based choir, will host two outstanding Michigan choirs in an evening of musical performance and collaboration at 8 p.m., Monday, March 29.

In an event called the Vanguard Choral Celebration, the three choirs will perform individually and together in the Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. at Greenfield, Dearborn.

“It’s a great event that brings three exciting vocal groups to one stage, to perform for the audience, for each other, and with each other,” says G. Kevin Dewey, artistic director of Vanguard Voices and creator of the event, now in its third year.

“We have received raves for the past two years,” says Dewey. “Where else can you see three accomplished choirs in one evening for a great ticket price?” General admission tickets for the 80-minute concert are $5 and are available at the FCPAC box office or at the door.

Measure for Measure, a 75-voice male choir from Ypsilanti and under the direction of Steven Lorenz, will perform “All That Hath Life and Breath” by René Clausen, “Laudate Pueri” by Felix Mendelssohn, and arrangements of “Swansea Town” and “Joshua.” “I know our audience will be in for a treat with this group’s rich, deep sound,” Dewey says.

The Flint Festival Chorus, under the direction of Bradley Bloom, will perform “O Clap Your Hands” by John Rutter, “Saul” by Egil Hovland, and “Kyrie” from “Solemn Mass” by Louis Vierne.

“Vanguard Voices is looking forward to singing with Flint Festival Chorus once again,” says Dewey. The two choirs performed together in a 2001 performance of the Verdi Requiem with the Flint Symphony and a 2002 performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Dearborn Symphony.

The host choir will perform three pieces for double choir: “Nun Danket Alle Gott” by Johann Pachelbel, “We Beheld Once Again the Stars” by Z. Randall Stroope, and “Song of Exhaltation” by John Ness Beck.

“These three pieces will demonstrate the depth of the choir as well as its adaptability to widely varied compositional styles,” says Dewey. “Each piece has its complexities and each is fun to sing and to hear.”

The three choirs will combine on stage to perform Ascanio Trombetti’s “Misericordiae Tuae,” a polyphonic piece for double choir plus male choir, as the concert finale.

For additional information or to order tickets, call The Center box office at 313-943-2354.

Dearborn Symphony ‘Precious Collection’ April 30 at Fairlane Woods Clubhouse

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Have you ever wondered what to do with that collectible figurine, crystal vase or piece of vintage jewelry that is just taking up space and does not appeal to your children or other heirs?

Have you ever watched an episode of “The Antiques Road Show” and wondered how much money is collecting dust in your china cabinet, jewelry box, attic, or basement?

If you answered “yes” to either question, you’ll want to take part in an April 30th fundraising event for the Dearborn Symphony that provides an easy way to donate what we call “Precious Collection” items without taking a road trip.

The “Precious Collection” event at the Fairlane Woods Clubhouse also gives those of you who want to keep your heirloom items a great opportunity to find out how much they are really worth, while helping the Dearborn Symphony.

Here is how it works:

1.) If you have an item to donate that you believe is worth $50 or more, contact Margaret Schaefer at 313-565-2366 or e-mail her at: margaretsch@wowway.com by Monday, April 5, 2010. She will arrange to pick up your donation, which will be appraised, then sold at the Precious Collection Sale to be held on Friday April 30, 2010 from 3-8 pm at the Fairlane Woods Clubhouse, on Auto Club Drive, just south of Ford Rd. in Dearborn. A donation letter, suitable for IRS purposes, will be provided following the sale.

2.) If you don’t have an item to donate, come to shop for “Precious Collection” items, bid on Silent Auction items, and enter hourly prize drawings—all while enjoying wine and cheese.

3.) Advance sale tickets are available for $15 each, payable by check made out to “WADOS.” Checks must be mailed or delivered before April 23rd to:

Patti Mack, 3501 Monroe, Dearborn, MI 48124

Tickets will be $20 at the door.

Admission price also includes verbal appraisal of up to two items you might bring along.

Best of all, proceeds go to support the Dearborn Symphony.

Dearborn Symphony ‘Precious Collection’ April 30

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Have you ever wondered what to do with that collectible figurine, crystal vase or piece of vintage jewelry that is just taking up space and does not appeal to your children or other heirs?

Have you ever watched an episode of “The Antiques Road Show” and wondered how much money is collecting dust in your china cabinet, jewelry box, attic, or basement?

If you answered “yes” to either question, you’ll want to take part in an April 30th fundraising event for the Dearborn Symphony that provides an easy way to donate what we call “Precious Collection” items without taking a road trip.

The “Precious Collection” event at the Fairlane Woods Clubhouse also gives those of you who want to keep your heirloom items a great opportunity to find out how much they are really worth, while helping the Dearborn Symphony.

Here is how it works:

1.)  If you have an item to donate that you believe is worth $50 or more, contact Margaret Schaefer at 313-565-2366 or e-mail her at: margaretsch@wowway.com by Monday, April 5, 2010. She will arrange to pick up your donation, which will be appraised, then sold at the Precious Collection Sale to be held on Friday April 30, 2010 from 3-8 pm at the Fairlane Woods Clubhouse, on Auto Club Drive, just south of Ford Rd. in Dearborn. A donation letter, suitable for IRS purposes, will be provided following the sale.

 2.) If you don’t have an item to donate, come to shop for “Precious Collection” items, bid on Silent Auction items, and enter hourly prize drawings—all while enjoying wine and cheese.

3.) Advance sale tickets are available for $15 each, payable by check made out to “WADOS.” Checks must be mailed or delivered before April 23rd to:

Patti Mack, 3501 Monroe, Dearborn, MI 48124

Tickets will be $20 at the door.

Admission price also includes verbal appraisal of up to two items you might bring along.

Best of all, proceeds go to support the Dearborn Symphony.

Wrestling Show Comes to Dearborn Center Friday

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Perhaps it is just us, but it seems a bit out of place to have professional wrestling in the Hubbard Ball Room located inside Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

Ring of Honor Wrestling comes to Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center on Friday.

But that is just what will be taking place on Friday when the Ring of Honor the third largest wrestling federation in the U.S. will take to the stage. We have nothing against this type of “entertainment” but from where we stand this seems more suited for an arena and not a center with a world-class theatre, fitness center and meeting rooms.

The Dearborn Press & Guide in Wednesday’s paper described the show that will take place Friday as a night of the “hungriest, hardest-hitting, highest flying group of guys that are working their butts off.”

The Ring of Honor has performed in metro Detroit in the past, including the Michigan State Fairgrounds and in Novi in that city’s arena. Those are appropriate venues for this type of entertainment. But bringing professional wrestling to building designed for concerts, musicals and plays seems like an odd way to fill the building and pay the bills.