Archive for December, 2012

Dearborn Yard Waste Collection Ends Dec. 14

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The City of Dearborn will collect yard waste in proper containers on trash days one last time the week of Dec. 10-14, but then the program for 2012 concludes until next year.

The curbside yard waste collection will resume the week of March 18, 2013.

Residents whose trash day is Monday, Dec. 10 should put out their final yard waste for pickup that day and the pattern will continue all week long,  ending for residents with trash days on Friday, who should put out their yard waste for pickup on Friday, Dec. 14

Note that the city’s Public Service Days program has already ended for the season, meaning trash day parking restrictions are lifted until April 1, 2013.

However, it is still a good idea to keep vehicles off the streets when possible on trash days, to allow for more efficient pickup even during the winter months, said Nick Siroskey, director, Dearborn Residential Services.

Dearborn Seeks Ideas for Area Near Train Station

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Residents and business owners are invited to an interactive community forum, with refreshments and door prizes included, on Wednesday, Dec. 12 to share ideas for development near Dearborn’s Intermodal Passenger Rail Station.

The forum will be in Studio A at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and light fare, followed by a presentation at 6 p.m., and interactive activities until 7:30 p.m.

Coordinated by the City Plan Division and the Economic and Community Development Department, and facilitated by experts from MIPlace Partnership, the forum will ask participants to think about the look and feel of the area near the train station, now under construction on Michigan Avenue near Brady Street.

The forum has the tag line: “Lend us your imagination…be part of Dearborn’s transformation.”

The city was just one of five in Michigan to win a competitive grant to earn MIPlace Partnership’s expertise. MIPlace will focus on the area around the new train station.

Creating a sense of place means planning future economic developments in the area with the community’s unique characteristics in mind.

Placemaking is based on the understanding that thriving communities are sites that attract employees, where connections can happen, where productivity and creativity increase, and where networks foster collaboration and innovation.

Using transportation hubs, such as the train station, as a focus for placemaking projects is called Transit Oriented Development (T.O.D.), and has been successfully applied in towns around the country.

T.O.D. is not a familiar concept, but participants should not be intimated, said Barry Murray, director of the city’s Economic and Community Development Department.

“Please come and share your ideas about how the west Dearborn area can capitalize on the benefits of having a major train station in one of our downtowns, and how we can build on our community’s traditions to generate a unique sense of place,” Murray said.

“It’s meant to be fun, while at the same time giving people a chance to speak up about what they think should be included in the future development of west Dearborn neighborhoods and business areas,” he said.

The forum is open to all, including residents throughout Dearborn, business owners, and those who work and go to school in Dearborn.

The Dec. 12 event will set the stage for a three-day forum, known as a charette, which will take place in January.

Supporting the event through door prizes, food and beverages (as of Nov. 30) are: Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, Bailey’s Pub & Grille, BD Mongolian Grill, L.A. Bistro, Merle Norman, Sophia’s Giftique, Starbucks Coffee Company, The Post Bar, and Westborn Market.

Dearborn School Supt. Speaks Against Legislation

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

The following is a guest column from Dearborn Schools Supt. Brian Whiston.

 

Supt. Brian Whiston

Dear community member,

– 26 consecutive years of increased enrollment

– Graduation rate up 6%

– Five schools in Dearborn recognized by the state as “Beating the Odds”

– Continuous improvement on local and state tests

– A five year program allowing students to graduate with both a high school diploma and a two year college degree at no cost to parents

– Students earning millions of dollars in scholarships each year

– Districtwide Response to Bullying and Positive Behavior programs ensure a safe learning environment

– Choices for students include magnet programs, Early College program, STEM program,

AP courses, and dual enrollment

Does this sound like a school district that needs to be overhauled, reformed, and taken-over by a state controlled board? I don’t think so, but obviously some legislators in Lansing do.

If two bills, HB 6004 and SB 1358, currently sitting before lawmakers in Lansing are passed in the next few weeks school districts in the state could face drastic change that will have a devastating impact on your child’s school.

These bills shift control away from local school board trustees that you elect and give a great deal of power to a single statewide school district known as the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) that is accountable only to a board appointed by the Governor, not elected by the people.

Even more troubling about these proposed changes is that the important job of educating children will be turned over to for-profit operators who can pick and choose the children they want to allow into their schools.

We are fortunate that our representatives in Lansing, Mr. George Darany, Mr. David Nathan, and Senator Morris Hood, understand how wrong these proposals are and they need our support. We need to contact our representatives in Lansing and let them know that HB6004 and SB1358 must not be approved. It is vitally important that we take action now to make sure these bills are not passed before the legislators leave for the year.

It is important to share your own personal concerns about this legislation. On our district website we have placed key points that you may want to include in your correspondence and we have provided names and addresses of our legislators. You can find out more information on this legislation by visiting HERE.

Despite the many challenges we face, our district has made a great deal of progress and has had plenty of student success. This success can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of our staff. I want to thank all of our staff members and our parents for making student achievement a priority and believing that each child can have academic success in our classrooms. We are also very fortunate to have a supportive and knowledgeable Board of Education that understands the needs of the children in our schools. I urge you to take action today and make sure that this legislation is not passed!