Wayne County commissioners approve sales of Hines Park mills

On Dec. 5, Wayne County commissioners voted to approve the sales of two mills in Hines Park. Wilcox Mill will be sold to Tony Roko, who will develop the mill into an art foundation. The Newburgh Mill will be sold to developer Richard Cox. This decision was made after community involvement and several meetings held over the past year by both supporters and those against the sale. 

Community members and commissioners had the opportunity to share their opinions concerning the sales of the mills during the Nov.

Staying safe around coyotes in Michigan

Coyote sightings are on the rise in suburbs across Michigan. Their presence in subdivisions and suburban areas is a result of increasing populations of both coyotes and people, and intrusion of human environments into the coyote’s natural habitat, said Holly Vaughn, active public outreach and engagement unit manager in the wildlife division of the Department of Natural Resources.  “The Department of Natural Resources wouldn’t necessarily say that the coyote population has increased in urban areas, rather, people are moving into coyote habitat through urban sprawl,” said Vaughn. Breeding season is in the spring for coyotes but during the fall is when the pups leave the den and expand their home range, according to information from the city of Sterling Heights. Coyotes are able to adapt to all habitat types in Michigan, Vaughn said.

Maybury Farm welcomes families for fall festivities

Northville Community Foundation hosted its annual Great Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 12 and 13 at Maybury Farm. The Northville Community Foundation offers education, scholarships and events to enhance the community. Maybury Farm is located in Northville, Michigan. The farm has many events throughout the year including farm festival in the spring, weekly story time for children, a corn maze and several volunteer opportunities.  

The Great Pumpkin Festival featured family fun including games, food, stories and live music over the weekend.

Run brings awareness to domestic violence

October is domestic violence awareness month. On Saturday, Oct. 12 Salvation’s Gate, an organization to bring awareness to domestic violence, hosted its fourth annual 5K/10K run at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. The event is called Freedom to Soar: Rising Above Domestic Violence. The money raised goes back to Salvation’s Gate to support its efforts in ending domestic violence.

MSU event addresses police brutality in US and Brazil

Professor Christen Smith came to Michigan State University on Oct.3 to present a lecture on anti-Black state violence and the global issue surrounding this topic in Brazil and the Americas. The lecture was sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Year of Global Africa and James Madison College. Christen Smith is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin, an author and an advocate for anti-Black state violence. The talk was called The Sequelae of Black Life: A Transnational Reflection on Violence, Gender, Space and Time. Smith’s lecture was told in three series of vignettes, a method of lecturing called dialectical montage.

Knight First Amendment Institute questioning digital border searches

Digital searches and discrimination are surfacing as citizens and non-citizens are being searched at the U.S. border. The Knight First Amendment Institute of Columbia College is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over the practice. The Knight First Amendment Institute suspects that Homeland Security is stopping and searching travelers who have Muslim names on their documents. A red flag was raised when Homeland Security refused to hand over the list of who is stopping at the border. “If it is the case that people of the Muslim faith or with Muslim sounding names are getting different treatment, that could be a constitutional problem because it could be seen as a way of the government being in favor of those who are not Muslim,” said Okemos attorney and First Amendment expert John Fraser.