Archive for April, 2013

Dearborn Sets Schedule for 2014 Budget Discussions

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Dearborn Crest LogoResidents interested in following the discussion on the City of Dearborn’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget will be able to follow the meetings in person or review the budget on the city’s website.

For reasons unknown, the budget hearing schedule is subject to change, apparently the result of a Council that can’t even lock in dates. As a result, you’ll need to get the latest updates on hearing dates at the city’s website,

Important dates include the public hearing on the budget, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 in the City Council Chambers. The public is invited to give comments and ask questions about the proposed budget at this hearing.

The City Council is scheduled to adopt the proposed budget at a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in the City Council Chambers. The Fiscal Year 2014 budget begins July 1, 2013 and ends June 30, 2014.

Leading up to the budget hearing and adoption are workshops between Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and his administration and the City Council.

All budget workshops are at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room on the second floor of the east wing of City Hall, except where noted.

The first workshop is Wednesday, April 24. An overview of the budget will be given to the City Council at this time.

From there, the following is a tentative schedule, subject to change by the City Council:

• Wednesday, May 1 (Council Conference Room). Topics: Fire Department and the Dearborn Administrative Center.

• Monday, May 6. Topics: Police Department and City Technology Plan.

• Tuesday, May 7. Topics: Recreation and Parks, including Mystic Creek, the Camp Dearborn Re-investment Plan and Studio A and Theater Challenges.

• Wednesday, May 8. Topics: District Court and Inspection Services Benchmarking Request for Proposals.

• Wednesday, May 15. Topics: Public Works, including street weeping, county/state roads cleanup policies and enforcement, and potential outsourcing opportunities in the future.

Documents related to the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget are posted at


Sponsor a Dearborn Public Space Flower Bed

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Spring is in the air and with it comes the time for planting the many flower beds and planter boxes that occupy public spaces, grace various intersections and welcome all at the entrances to Dearborn.

This year the City of Dearborn, together with the Dearborn Community Fund (DCF), is offering the opportunity for residents and local businesses to become a “petal pusher” by sponsoring the planting of annual flowers. Donated funds will be used for the purchase of plants, bed preparation, upkeep and fall bed maintenance.

A variety of sponsor recognition levels are available and range from $50 to $5,000. Sponsors at every giving level will be recognized in a special resolution passed by the Dearborn City Council, through CDTV announcements, on the City of Dearborn website and a media release. Sponsors of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged with signage, if site appropriate, and on the DCF donor wall located in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center lobby.

Plantings occur citywide and include landmark sites such as the Dearborn Historical Museum Commandants’ Quarters, Henry Ford Centennial Library, and Dearborn City Hall. Among the entrance sites are Telegraph at Ford Road, Michigan Avenue at Gulley, Michigan Avenue at Wyoming and more.

Donations for the “Petal Pusher” program are made payable to the Dearborn Community Fund, a 501c3 non-profit organization with the mission to support cultural and recreational programs in Dearborn. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

For more complete details on the “Petal Pusher” sponsorship opportunity and additional planting sites, contact the DCF at 313-943-5478.


Dearborn, Habitat for Humanity Give Details for Upcoming Home Construction Plans

Monday, April 8th, 2013

An upcoming informational meeting will allow Dearborn residents to learn about a project that will help revitalize several Dearborn neighborhoods through the construction and sale of new homes.

The meeting will be 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at the Esper Branch Library, 12929 W. Warren Ave.

The City of Dearborn, Habitat for Humanity Detroit, Wayne County and ACCESS have partnered to build 12 new homes to sell in Dearborn.

Preference for sale of the homes will be given to working families that include veterans and victims of domestic abuse, and who live in Wayne County.

Construction on the first of six homes is expected to begin the week of April 16 on Neckel Street between Gould and Diversey.

Volunteers, families and sponsors will join Habitat for Humanity staff to build the homes on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Residents near the construction sites, as well as any interested community members, are invited to attend the informational meeting.

Attendees will be learn about Habitat for Humanity’s mission, as well as the process, timeline and goals of the City of Dearborn project.

Information will also be available on applying to volunteer, or to become a Habitat for Humanity homeowner.

Questions on the meeting or the project can be directed to Habitat for Humanity Detroit at 313-521-6691, ext 503.


Dearborn Art Exhibit Honors 150th Birthday of Henry Ford

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Henry Ford’s Fair Lane – 150 Years will debut in the Rotunda Lobby of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue, on April 18.

Henry Ford’s Fair Lane – 150 Years will debut in the Rotunda Lobby of the Henry Ford Centennial Library on April 18. The exhibit runs through May 10.

An art exhibit opening in April will pay tribute to Dearborn’s most notable former resident, and his beloved home.

Henry Ford’s Fair Lane – 150 Years will debut in the Rotunda Lobby of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue, on April 18.

The exhibit honors Henry Ford—who would have celebrated his 150th birthday on July 31, 2013—as well as his wife, Clara.

The showcase will feature works created by members of the Artists’ Society of Dearborn (ASD) and inspired by the Fair Lane Estate. The estate, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1909.

According to ASD President and local photographer Teresa Lousias, the works were created at the request of former Estate Curator Susan McCabe, who approached the society in April of last year regarding a tribute to the Fords.

“The ASD accepted this challenge to create their own interpretation by visiting the inside of the estate,” Lousias said. “We were able to photograph and sketch the interior.”

Also included in this exhibit will be some past works by the society focusing on the Model T, the estate, and its grounds and gardens.

An opening reception will be 6-8 p.m. on April 18 in the HFCL Rotunda Lobby, and is free and open to the public.

Attendees will be able to view a video history of the Fair Lane Estate, as well as Henry and Clara Ford.

A program will begin at 7 p.m. Speakers will include Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.; Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Vice President of Collections and Visitor Experience Mark Heppner; Artists’ Society of Dearborn President Teresa Lousias; Dearborn Public Library Director Maryanne Bartles; and Edsel and Eleanor Ford House President Kathleen Mullins.

Refreshments will be provided by the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House.

The exhibit will continue through May 10.

Artworks at the show, created by the society’s 40 members, will include photographs, drawings, paintings and three-dimensional pieces. All works will be for sale.

“It is our pleasure to create an exhibit for Henry Ford—one of the most prominent citizens of the City of Dearborn,” Lousias said.

The Artists’ Society of Dearborn is a 40-member group that works toward promoting the arts and local artists in the city. Formed in 1949, members include painters, pen and ink artists, photographers, wood carvers, sculptors, fabric designers, quilt makers, and jewelry and tile makers.


Free Financial Education Seminars

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Dearborn Public Library and DFCU Financial, Michigan’s largest credit union headquartered in Dearborn, are continuing a series of financial education seminars to help you prepare for your financial future.

The seminars will be presented by Charles Hoff, an accredited financial counselor through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, who has been with DFCU Financial for more than 15 years.

The series continues with:

• Pre-Retirement Wealth Builder, 10:30 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, April 6. This session will teach you strategies to money management that will get you to retirement in a financially healthy state.

• Post-Retirement Wealth Retention, 10:30 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, May 4. This seminar will provide guidance on how to preserve what you’ve accumulated while offering ideas on how to live comfortably on less income during retirement.

All seminars will be in the auditorium of Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue.

Registration is required for these free seminars. You may sign up for one or both by calling the Henry Ford Centennial Library Adult Reference Desk at (313) 943-2330.