Detroit Community Organizations and Henry Ford Health System Reach Deal

The West Grand Boulevard Collaborative Community Coalition and the Henry Ford Health System have finalized a Letter of Agreement (LOA).  This LOA outlines a new path of how Henry Ford and local community organizations will communicate and work with one another in the development of the surrounding community.

Click here to read the announcement from D4, one of the organizations instrumental in aiding the community during this process.

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Dealing With Grief

Losing a loved can be one of the most difficult things a person will ever have to endure. Not knowing where to turn for help or even what questions to ask if you do find help can be very frustrating, and add to the already stress filled grieving process. The GriefShare website can be a useful tool in dealing with grief.

Click here to visit the GriefShare website.

Click here for information about James H. Cole Home for Funerals

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Hard Work in Detroit

The West Grand Boulevard Collaborative is a non-profit community organization made up of 100% volunteer efforts. The WGBC fights for the sustainability and economic vitality of the local community in and around the West Grand Boulevard mainstay between the M-10 John C. Lodge Freeway and I-96 Jeffries Freeway.

Please visit www.wgbcdetroit.org to see the great work this fine group of people is doing for the city of Detroit.

Click here to donate.

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“Best Funeral Ever”?!?!

After watching “Best Funeral Ever” on TLC Network, I must adamantly state that this was one of the most outrageous misrepresentations of the funeral industry in quite some time.

In the African American community a funeral service is often referred to as a “Home Going” service. A Funeral or Home Going service is meant to pay tribute and give honor to the person who has passed. It seemed the purpose of this television show was to display the many different types of tributes that take place within our community, but failed miserably, and actually turned the services into a spectacle that poorly represented our industry.

Many of our colleagues throughout the funeral industry have expressed their disgust and anger over the disrespect this television program has shown to our profession. On January 7, 2013, the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association disseminated a Press Release to address this issue, and within it states: “We would like to express to the general public and media that this show does not in any way reflect how most funeral service professionals conduct funeral services.” (NFDMA Press Release)

It is our hope that the viewing public exposed to this program will not generalize all funeral professionals into the sub standard display of service that this show has represented.

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DPS to Spend $49.4 million in Technnology Upgrades

The Detroit Public Schools announced today that it will spend $49.4 million to upgrade technology throughout the district.

The investment, funded through federal stimulus dollars, will provide 40,000 netbook laptop computers and more than 5,000 desktop computers, the DPS’ emergency financial manager, Robert Bobb, said in a statement.

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“Rightsizing” Detroit

The city of Detroit’s mayor, Dave Bing, has made a strong argument for what the best course of action should be for the viability of the city.  In the corporate world, his particular recommendation would be called Rightsizing. Rightsizing is the undergoing of a reduction to reach optimal size. So when speaking in terms of rightsizing an entire city (such as Detroit), this would include eliminating entire neighborhoods and reverting them into industrial and urban farming areas, along with parks and low maintenance grow zones. (Read More)

Is this the right course of action for Detroit, or should other avenues be explored?

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Detroit’s Midtown Looks to Have a Promising Future

In recent history, Downtown Detroit has been looked at as Detroit’s crown jewel (as far as location goes); but is the Midtown area slowly becoming the new “Heart of the City”?

On Wednesday, October 29th, CEO Rip Rapson stated the Kresge Foundation will be giving the city of Detroit $15 million to go towards the continued efforts of revitalizing the Midtown area. (Read More)

In addition to this, New York based Living Cities, has planned to invest $22 million in projects to “redensify Detroit’s Woodward Corridor”.

With so many institutions and organizations dedicated to building up and enhancing this area, and the pending construction of the Woodward light rail (not to mention the rumored building of a new sports arena), investing (and living) in Midtown Detroit sure doesn’t sound like too bad of an idea.

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Can I Use Your Phone? Think Twice.

For all those who use touchscreen phones or other devices, you know how grimy your screen can get at times; but do you really know what lurks behind the grime?

According to a study by a Stanford University doctoral student, Timothy Julian, who co-authored a study on the spread of viruses, there is a somewhat high risk of the transmission of viruses and other pathogens from a glass surface. “If you put virus on a surface, like an iPhone, about 30 percent of it will get on your fingertips,” Julian said.

British researchers have even found that mobile phones can have up to 18 times more bacteria on them than the handle of a toilet in the average men’s bathroom.

Source: Sacbee

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Your Take On President Obama

Over the past few months, many organizations have made it one of their top priorities to make President Obama out to be a man who has failed his country. Many leaders in the black community have become increasingly critical of the President’s agenda as well.

Professor Cornel West stated he would like to see Obama more like Martin Luther King, Jr. saying “I know my dear brother, President Obama, has a bust of Martin King right there in the Oval Office, but the question is are is he going to be true to who that Martin Luther King, Jr., actually is? King was concerned about what? The poor. He was concerned about working people. He was concerned about quality jobs. He was concerned about quality housing.” (NPR 8/2/10)

Two years ago, in the midst of the “Yes We Can Campaign”, there were many promises made by President Obama that effectively united voters and brought a record setting number of citizens, from all demographics, out to vote. The question is: Is our president living up to those promises or was that just typical political baiting?

This is arguably one of the most difficult times for our nation, and in turn one of the most difficult times to be commander in chief. But despite this fact, we still must stay critical (and supportive) of our leaders, by availing ourselves of the democratic process.

Simply meaning: VOTE!

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iPad: Do you Have One?

The iPad’s destructive reach seems to be extending further and faster. Apple’s tablet is taking off at a breakneck rate. Analysts now predict up to 40 million will be sold in 2011. With personal incomes and spending stagnant, it’s looking like a zero-sum game in consumer electronics. Forget PCs and netbooks. The iPad will eat into camera and GPS device sales too.

How well the touch-screen gadget is really doing will become clear later this month when Apple reports its next set of quarterly results. But there are growing signs the company is selling way more of them than anyone outside Apple, or maybe even among Steve Jobs’ inner circle, had been anticipating. It’s clear the mini notebook computer market is being throttled. Netbook unit sales had been growing at more than 30 percent annually before the iPad was unleashed. Sales are now shrinking, according to market research firm NPD Group.

But the volume of iPad sales means there will be more victims. Early adopters of new consumer electronics typically have plenty of disposable income or spend a lot on gizmos, or both. The iPad is showing signs of extending beyond this base. It looks on track to become the fastest adopted consumer good ever. And that’s really saying something considering the competition includes the ubiquitous DVD player, and Apple’s own hyper-popular iPod and iPhone.

With so many iPads flying off the shelves, however, it’s more than likely they’re not just being purchased by the well-heeled and the geeks. Instead, a wider array of consumers is probably spending its money on iPads instead of other gadgets. Sanford Bernstein analysts have noticed, for example, that digital camera sales started falling sharply around the time of the iPad introduction. Those of LCD televisions actually went negative.

Article from Reuters.com

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