• Tuesday, October 12, 2021 10:43 AM | Gregory Sikora (Administrator)

    Dear Neighbor,

    This Sunday, October 17th, The Detroit Free Press Marathon will route runners through Boston Edison as part of the new course this year.

    This is an independent event and not sanctioned by the HBEA. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding as road closures can cause inconveniences to those who live along the route. Below is some additional information regarding road closures & logistics that may impact you on race day.


    Q. When do road closures begin?

    A. Barricades will start going up as early as 4am; however, barricades do not start being secured until approximately 6:00am by DPD. If you need to move a barricade to enter/exit your home prior to it being secured by the Police, please return the barricade to its place after driving through. The event uses what is called a “Rolling Open/Closure” plan so that roads can be opened as soon as the last participant crosses the area. We expect the roads in BE to be open by approximately 10:30am.

    Q. When will runners be passing through Boston Edison?

    A. We expect runners in our neighborhood between 7:15-9:45am, with the “pack” being between 8:00-9:00am. During that time, it will be extremely difficult for vehicles to cross any section of the course safely, so please make prior arrangements with your vehicle if you need access during these times.

    Q. Can I park my car on the street along the race route?

    A. Please do not park your car on the street along the race route in order to create a clear path for the runners. There is a risk that your vehicle may be ticketed or towed if it is parked along the course. If possible, we recommend to move your vehicle by midnight Saturday night.

    Q. Where is the fluid station located?

    A. The fluid station will be located on LaSalle between Chicago & Longfellow. There will be 3 tables set up on either side of the street with Gatorade & water for the runners. Exact placement of the tables will be determined the morning of the race.

    Q. What side of W. Boston & Chicago Blvds will be closed for runners?

    A. The route will close down the south side of W. Boston Blvd. On Chicago between Woodrow Wilson & Second, the route will go against the flow of traffic and will close down the north side of the boulevard.


    The course map thru Boston Edison can be found above and online at https://www.freepmarathon.com/


    We are still seeking volunteers (35-50 in total!) to assist with the fluid station. Volunteers should arrive around 5:30am to assist with set-up and should conclude by 10:00am.

    All volunteers will receive a hooded fleece jacket (see photo below) as a thank you for their time.

    If you are interested in volunteering (including family, friends or coworkers) please fill out the form through the button below and you will be contacted directly with specific instructions on how to officially sign up with the Detroit Free Press and day-of responsibilities.


    If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Martin (hannon.becky@gmail.com) or 248-505-0964.

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 9:23 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    The Detroit Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management will host two Public Meetings seeking residents’ input on the greatest hazard preparedness needs in Detroit.  Resident input is vital to updating the City of Detroit Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The public is invited to attend one of the following meetings:

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Stoudamire Wellness Hub

    4401 Conner St.

    Detroit, MI 48215

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2021

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Patton Community Center

    2301 Woodmere St.

    Detroit, MI 48209

    The Hazard Mitigation Plan is updated every five years.  Public input is a critical component of the process to review and update the plan as we work together to reduce or prevent loss of life and property in the event of a disaster.   

    An updated Hazard Mitigation Plan is also required in order to receive potential funding from the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  These grants can be used to help pay for the hazard mitigation efforts identified in the plan. 

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021 8:23 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)
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    City of Detroit reminds residents of final major push
    to collect flood-damaged items

    Important Notice Bulk Disposal - updated (2)

    The City of Detroit Department of Public Works (DPW) is making a last call and final push to clean up neighborhoods of storm and flood-related debris. Now through September 3, residents should place flood-damaged items only at the curb of their residence. On September 4, bi-weekly pickup resumes, along with enforcement for putting bulk out more than 24 hours in advance of regular bulk collection day. 

    So far, more than 60-million pounds of bulk storm and flood related debris have been removed from neighborhoods.

    If citizens have flood-damaged items they can't get to the curb by September 3, they may call (313) 876-0004 or use the Improve Detroit app under Bulk Pickup to request curbside pickup.

    Quick facts residents should know:

    • Now through September 3, DPW will sweep through the city to remove remaining bulk debris.
    • Beginning September 4, enforcement of bulk restrictions and fines will begin.
    • Bulk items should be no more than 1,000 pounds and not exceed two cubic yards in volume.
    • All items must be placed curbside of the residence they were removed from and NOT at any other location.
    • All doors must be removed from appliances prior to setting them out for collection.
    • Construction debris, household hazardous waste, flammables, explosives, paint, batteries, fuel, oil, tires, car parts, needles, radioactive materials and chemicals are NOT considered bulk items.
    • After Sept. 3, residents must call (313) 876-0004, or use Improve Detroit App under Bulk Pickup to request curbside pickup.

    To read the full release, go here.

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    Open Meetings Act restrictions issued
    due to rise in COVID-19 cases

    Detroit Chief Public Health Officer reinstates OMA order through December 31, 2021,
    in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19

    In response to the growing risk to public health posed by a rise in cases linked to the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, Detroit's Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair issued an emergency public health order reinstating restrictions to the Open Meetings Act. This order, in effect beginning September 1, 2021, is aimed at reducing transmission of COVID-19 and all variants. The order states public meetings of governmental bodies subject to the Open Meetings Act will be held remotely until December 31, 2021.

    The order states that action is necessary to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and to protect the public’s health in Detroit, citing the following facts and findings:

    • Detroit’s community vaccination rate is currently at 42 percent, well below the 70 percent level required to achieve community immunity that is considered necessary to limit spread of the virus.
    • This remains a concern as the spread of COVID-19 is resulting in emerging and more dangerous variants, such as Delta, becoming higher proportionally through the interactions of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, all of whom can become infected with COVID-19.
    • The City of Detroit currently is experiencing a substantial rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, up from moderate.

    A copy of the order can be found here.

    City recommends indoor masks for everyone including those fully vaccinated to mitigate the spread of the Delta variant

    City Recommends Wearing Masks Indoors August 2021

    The city of Detroit's level of community transmission for COVID-19 has increased to substantial from moderate.  Therefore, the Detroit Health Department is recommending that everyone - - including those who are fully vaccinated - - wear a mask indoors in order to maximize protection from the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.

    Detroit is experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The new guidance on mask-wearing from the Detroit Health Department follows similar guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

    Free COVID-19 Testing Still Available
    Free drive-through COVID-19 tests are available at the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd., Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for Detroiters and residents of Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland. No appointment is necessary.

    Online Appointments Now Available
    Residents also may schedule vaccination appointments using their mobile device directly from the Detroit Health Department website: www.detroitmi.gov/health.

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    Mayor Duggan announces James E. White as his selection
    for permanent Detroit Police Chief

    Mayor names DPD Chief White

    Mayor Mike Duggan announced James E. White as his selection for permanent Chief of Police for the Detroit Police Department, pending a final decision by the City Council. Chief White has served as Interim Chief since June 1, 2021.

    “Anyone in the city who has watched the way James White has handled himself in the last two months feels very good about where the Detroit police department is headed,” said Mayor Duggan.

    Chief White said he is extremely honored and humbled to have been nominated, and thanked the community for its continued support. White, born and raised in Detroit, is a 24-year veteran at the Detroit Police Department. He served as Assistant Chief since 2012 and in leadership positions for most of his tenure.

    “Our community deserves excellence in policing,” said White. “We’re experiencing a 20-percent overall crime reduction and are on the right path to eradicating some of the violence we’re seeing.”

    Follow the link to watch the press conference: Mayor Duggan's Chief of Police press conference.

    U-M Economic Forecast shows Detroit’s employment recovery from COVID exceeding expectations

    The City of Detroit, in partnership with the University of Michigan, released its Economic Outlook for Detroit through 2026, which looks at employment, unemployment and wage trends and projections. The forecast predicts a stronger recovery in Detroit than statewide, supported by several large development projects.

    According to the study, which looks at data through June 2021:

    • Unemployment among Detroiters has already recovered to approximately 3 percent below its pre-pandemic level.
    • Detroit’s unemployment rate, which spiked to more than 38 percent in May 2020 and averaged 22 percent for a year, has declined dramatically. By contrast, Detroit’s unemployment rate so far this year has averaged 9.9 percent and registered at 8.5 percent in June.
    • Detroit’s unemployment rate is projected to average 9.5 percent this year and to decline gradually to 6.9 percent by 2026.

    Review the study here.


    Mayor Duggan and community celebrate

    $2-million transformation of 78-acre O’Hair Park

    • Nearly 80-acre park in dense residential area transformed from largely open land into multi-use park with new sports fields, shelters, walking path and other amenities
    • Project has been years in the making with extensive community input
    • O’Hair is largest of more than 150 neighborhood parks City has renovated since 2014
    O'Hair Park opening

    One of Detroit’s largest neighborhood-based parks has been completely renovated thanks to a $2-million investment by the City that was driven by several years of community input and engagement. Residents in the O’Hair Park community are rejoicing after a multi-year plan took their 78-acre neighborhood park from desolate to developed, with an array of sports fields and courts, new shelters and equipment, as well as new site amenities.

    The park, which was largely underutilized open land, now boasts the following amenities for residents in the surrounding community to take advantage of: 

    • 8 soccer fields
    • 2 softball fields
    • 2 Detroit Pistons basketball courts
    • 1 baseball field
    • 1 Mile Walking Path
    • 2 Picnic Shelters
    • Fitness Equipment
    • 40-car parking lot
    • New comfort station
    • Playground enhancement
    • Other site amenities include benches, picnic tables and bike racks

    See more of the efforts that went into the renovation of O'Hair Park at: The Community Driven Transformation of O'Hair Park 

    Read the news release about O'Hair Park improvements here.





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  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 6:46 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    News from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department

    Detroit Board of Water Commissioners
    Rescheduled August Meeting

    The Detroit Board of Water Commissioners will have its rescheduled August monthly meeting on Thursday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Water Board Building. View the presentations and other meeting documents here.

     Detroit Board of Water Commissioners August Meeting
    Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 2 p.m.
    735 Randolph Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

    Mask and social distancing required.


    Public Comment on August 26, 2021
    You may provide your public comment in-person at the meeting. We respectfully request that you maximize your three minutes by sharing all your comments/questions at one time. You will only be called upon once for public comment during the meeting. Once the chair closes public comment, there will be no other comments from the public for the duration of the meeting.

  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 12:44 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 12:38 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    Biweekly District 5 Virtual Meeting  - Tuesday, August 24th at 5:30 PM

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    Covid Vaccinations - 3rd Shot


    COVID-19 Vaccine | City of Detroit

    Scheduling Opens for 3rd Dose Pfizer & Moderna Vaccinations after CDC Approval Detroit residents with compromised immune systems may get a third dose at TCF Center drive-thru only by appointment. Examples of those eligible includes: Those with organ transplants Those with diseases affecting the immune system Those taking medications affecting the immune system Others with compromised immune ...


    Scheduling Opens for 3rd Dose Pfizer & Moderna Vaccinations after CDC Approval

    Detroit residents with compromised immune systems may get a third dose at TCF Center drive-thru only by appointment. 

    Examples of those eligible includes:

    • Those with organ transplants
    • Those with diseases affecting the immune system
    • Those taking medications affecting the immune system
    • Others with compromised immune systems

    Individuals who are unsure should call their doctor.

    Here’s how it works:
    1) Call 313-230-0505 to make an appointment
    2) Residents will get a 3rd dose of the vaccine originally received, whether Moderna or Pfizer.  Johnson and Johnson are not approved at this time.
    3) Individuals won’t need a prescription from a doctor but should let the scheduler know they’re getting the third shot for the compromised immune system
    4) $50 Good Neighbor program is still in place
    5) City plans to expand locations for third shots in the next week or two


    Please visit the link below to look for and apply for jobs with the City of Detroit.


    HPTAP Applications:

    The City of Detroit announced Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) application approvals will be made on an on-going basis, eliminating the previous deadlines. The final 2021 deadline is December 13

    Due to COVID-19 the following changes have been applied:

    • No notary required for 2021
    • The City will accept 2020- and 2019-income tax return
    • The City will accept unemployment decision as proof of income


    Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) | City of Detroit

    The Detroit Tax Relief Fund is a new assistance program that will completely eliminate delinquent property taxes owed to the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office for Detroit homeowners who have received the Homeowners Property Tax Assistance Program (HPTAP) and the Pay As You Stay (PAYS) program.Call (313)244-0274 or visit the website to apply for financial assistance today!


  • Tuesday, August 17, 2021 3:09 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    As part of a broad campus redevelopment vision for land around the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, there is a community dog park proposed for the corner of Woodward and Trowbridge.

    The Cathedral is inviting community members to offer input to the church and to the Archdiocese (which owns the land.)  If you are interested in this project, please attend a stand-up, outdoor input session at the site Tuesday, Aug. 17th, 5-6 pm.  Interested neighbors will gather at the proposed site which is the NE corner of Woodward and Trowbridge for an update on the project and an informal focus group.

    Please extend this notice to other interested humans but no dogs yet until the area is properly fenced.

  • Thursday, July 01, 2021 11:25 AM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    Flood Cleanup Supplies for Detroit Residents

    Follow the City of Detroit on Facebook, Twitter, or NextDoor to get the latest news on what's happening across the city and in your neighborhood.

  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:10 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

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    Flood - Assistance for Seniors & Disabled

    Cleanup Assistance Available

    Volunteers and City of Detroit employees will help senior or disabled residents who need assistance clearing flood-damaged materials from their home. Residents should indicate if they are seniors or persons with a disability on the online form at detroitmi.gov/waterdamageclaims or when calling DWSD at 313-267-8000.

    Quicken Loans is assisting the City by providing employees to handle flood calls from residents.

    Helping Neighbors

    In addition, the City is looking for volunteers to work four-hour shifts to help move debris from the basements of elderly or disabled residents. The City will provide protective gear.

    The schedule of volunteer gathering centers will be set later this week for different neighborhoods. To sign up as a volunteer, go to detroitmi.gov.

    Flooding - Claims and Cleanup

    Process of Filing a Claim

    Residents with property damaged by flooding may be able to get reimbursement by filing a claim with the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD). Those claims also may be filed with FEMA if a presidential declaration of disaster is issued.

    For most people during this historic flood event, a DWSD sewer defect is not likely the cause of the damage. But filling out the form will get residents a head start on federal assistance.

    Losses should be documented with photos of the flood damage and receipts related to cleaning and repairs. Homeowners should file a claim with their insurance company immediately. Under state law, residents have 45 days to file a claim with DWSD. The deadline is August 10.

    Fill out the claim form at detroitmi.gov/waterdamageclaims or call (313) 267-8000 for assistance.

    City, State Officials Explain Emergency Declaration and FEMA Process

    On June 26, roughly 5.77 inches of rain fell in Detroit overwhelming the region’s storm water system. Detroit got almost two months of rain in one day, mostly within five hours. The average rainfall for June is three inches.

    In response, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an emergency declaration and will submit a request for Presidential declaration of emergency along with documentation to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    From there, FEMA will visit the area and evaluate whether disaster conditions exist. The President will then make a determination of disaster.

    If a major disaster is declared, FEMA funds are unlocked and can be used for payments to help offset residents’ losses.

    However, a disaster declaration takes time. After the August 2014 flooding in Detroit, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster about a month after the flood event.

    City, State Officials Discuss Flooding 6.28.21

    Left to right: DWSD Director Gary Brown, Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, Mayor Mike Duggan and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer discuss historic flooding, State emergency declaration and FEMA process at a news briefing June 28.

    Flooding - DPW Crews Pickup Debris

    City to Assist Homeowners with Health Hazards; Pick Up Flood Debris

    Residents are encouraged to clean and sanitize basements immediately unless there is an immediate health hazard. In those cases, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) will send City or contractor crews to those homes. Residents should indicate the hazard when completing the online form at detroitmi.gov/waterdamageclaims or calling (313) 267-8000.

    Residents should place debris at the curb. The Department of Public Works (DPW) crews will provide continuous bulk pickup service in flood-affected neighborhoods. Ticketing is suspended in those neighborhoods until the removal is complete.

    Recreation Needs Assessment Town Hall

    City Offers At-Home Vaccinations for Eligible Detroiters

    City Offers At-Home COVID Vaccines to Eligible Detroiters

    The City of Detroit is now scheduling at-home vaccinations for any Detroit resident age 12 and up. 

    The at-home vaccinations are the latest in the City’s ongoing efforts to provide residents with the COVID-19 vaccine.  Those efforts included visiting homeless shelters, senior buildings and other assisted living facilities, as well as providing access for disabled residents and those without their own transportation and doing door-to-door outreach and education.    

    To schedule an at-home vaccination appointment, call (313) 230-0505. 

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    Detroiters Identify Neighborhood Rebuilding, Tackling Poverty and Improving Public Safety as Top Priorities for American Rescue Plan Funds

    City of Detroit officials asked for residents’ input on how to spend funds through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and Detroiters have spoken.

    Under ARPA, Detroit will receive $826 million, with $400 million designated for COVID-19 relief funding to restore the City’s budget. Residents were asked to weigh in on the remaining $426 million. A total of 3296 residents attended 60 in-person, conference calls or zoom meetings to hear the ARPA presentation in May and June, with 584 residents taking the survey.
    Learn more about the survey results.

    Detroit Health Department Issues Violations to Church's Chicken

    The Detroit Health Department has issued numerous violations to a Church's Chicken restaurant in Detroit for failure to comply with the requirements of the Michigan Food Law. 
    Learn more about the health violations.

    City of Detroit Presents Vision for Gratiot/7 Mile Neighborhoods as Part of Strategic Neighborhood Fund

    The City of Detroit’s Planning & Development Department (PDD) present its vision for bringing millions of dollars in investment to the Gratiot/7 Mile neighborhoods, the 10th and final Strategic Neighborhood Fund plan to be completed. 
    Read about the vision for Gratiot/7 Mile neighborhoods.

    City of Detroit Extends Emergency Order Aimed at Reducing Transmission of COVID-19

    In response to the public health emergency and the risk posed by a resurgence of COVID-19, Detroit's Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair issued an emergency public health order extending the restrictions in place for Open Meetings Act until July 31, 2021.
    Read the news release.

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  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021 1:28 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    Good morning Community Leaders, 

    Below is important information regarding the flooding that happened over this past weekend. Please share with your member and neighbors. Please open the additional attachments to this email regarding the flood. 


    DWSD Damage Claims & Sewage Backups | City of Detroit

    Did you experience an overflow or sewer backup from the rain event on June 25-26, 2021? If you have water damage due to the severe flooding resulting from the rain event on June 25-26, 2021, complete this online form to begin the damage claim process, as well as alert the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in order for Field Services staff to be dispatched to severely flooded areas.


    Did you experience an overflow or sewer backup from the rain event on June 25-26, 2021?

    If you have water damage due to the severe flooding resulting from the rain event on June 25-26, 2021, complete this online form to begin the damage claim process. This also alerts the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in order for Field Services staff to be dispatched to severely flooded areas. State law requires you file a written claim with your local water utility, DWSD in this case, within 45 days of when the overflow or backup was discovered.

    Read the DWSD Fact Sheet regarding the June 25-26 rain event.

    Claim Form Instructions:

    • Download the DWSD Damage Claims Form and complete on your computer or mobile device and submit online, or print and sign to send via mail, or print and complete by hand.
    • The claim form must be completed in its entirety and supporting documents must be attached. Failure to provide the required documentation will bar your claim.
    • If you need step-by-step instructions, view this file.
    • Mail the claim form to:

      Office of the General Counsel

      735 Randolph, Suite 901, Detroit, MI 48226

    District 5 Virtual Community Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 29th at 5:30 PM. Please see the link and call-in number below. 

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