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               THE BELLEVILLE          Wayne hires DeHart as interim clerk
               Vol. 134, No. 06
                                                      Sherri Kolade    That is, seemingly, a common
            Advance tickets are now                      Staff Writer  thread in DeHart's life: being in
          on sale for the Belleville                                 the right place at the right time -
          Area Women's Club annual        Eileen DeHart has a heart for  and having experience and the
          Spring Fashion Show which    public service.               wherewithal to see the job
          will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday,   The acting City Clerk in   through.
          April 9 at Wayne Tree Manor.  Wayne has a lot of experience  “I have had wonderful expe-
                          See page 5.  serving local communities in  riences in my life, they are part-
                                       one of the oldest public service  ly because of where I was at,”
                                       positions.                    she said. “Where you are at and
                                          DeHart, who took over the  who you are at makes all the dif-
                  THE CANTON           position as interim city clerk in  ference.”
             EAGLE                     December, came out of retire-   It made a difference when

               Vol. 72, No. 06         ment on Dec. 31, 2015.        her friend asked her to work for
                                                                     her in Lansing, which led to her
                                          Before that, she worked as
            Canton Public Library is   the Westland City Clerk for 12  in 1997 becoming a state repre-
          hosting a celebration of all  years.                       sentative for the then-18th dis-
          things Harry Potter with live   DeHart said that her brother,  trict, which was part of the city                                       Eileen DeHart
          music, games, treats and     Westland Councilman Bill      of Westland and Canton        of the House - they were put on  “I'm a firm believer that whether
          crafts this Saturday, Feb. 9.   Johnson, sent out a group text  Township.                the other side of the gavel.  you are elected or appointed
                          See page 3.  message last December asking if  “With redistricting they     “(I) would hit that gavel and  you are a public servant, and
                                       anyone knew of someone who    changed everything,” she said,  their microphone would be   you are there to serve the public
                                       could fill the position of former  adding that in her position she  turned off,” she said, adding that  and help them in any way you
                THE INKSTER            clerk Matt Miller who resigned  was “lucky enough” run meet-  her peers at first chuckled at her  can.”
          LEDGER STAR                  to take a job in Garden City.  ings in the political realm with  actions. “Then they realized that  quality to DeHart.
          LEDGER STAR
                                                                                                                                   Honesty is another important
                                          “I was lucky enough to get a
                                                                                                   I followed the rules. It is what it
                                                                     her peers.
               Vol. 72, No. 06         new position,” DeHart said in   “So I ran the meetings proba-  is.”                         “You need to to tell people
                                       her office surrounded by histori-  bly 80 percent of the time,” she  She added that her political  straight up who you are, what
            Dispelling the Myth of
          Alzheimer's will be the topic  cal pictures of downtown    said.                         experience lent itself to her  you stand for - don't deviate from
                                       Wayne, along with rolled up city
                                                                       DeHart said when people
                                                                                                   appointed-turned elected posi-
                                                                                                                                 that,” she said. “Go by the book.
          at a Health Ministries       maps, along with others framed  were out of order - regardless if  tion as Westland City Clerk.  In that respect, Wayne and
          Sabbath set for 11 a.m.      and  prominently displayed    they were Republican or         “I ran for that position and I
          Saturday, Feb. 23.           behind her.                   Democrat, or even the Speaker  was fortunate to win,” she said.      See DeHart, page 2
                          See page 2.
                  THE NORTHVILLE         90 and counting

               Vol. 19, No. 06           Former mayor, activist and businessman marks milestone
            Laura Mancini has been
          appointed as the director of                   Julie Brown  from 1967-1969.                                        ”
          the Northville District                         Staff Writer   Jabara's early years were              Jim is a real icon in Plymouth.
          Library and she began her                                   spent in Mancelona, in the
          new job Jan. 14.                  Jim Jabara, who recently  northern Lower Peninsula.                   We've known each other
                          See page 3.    celebrated his 90th birthday, is  “I had a good education at                  for a long time.
                                         equally proud of his heritage,  home with my parents. They
                                         his family, and his town.    complemented each other,” he
                                            Jabara has called Plymouth  said. “My mother and dad both  When he first arrived in the  “I was Jim's paper boy. He's
                  THE PLYMOUTH           home for nearly 60 years, and  came from Lebanon. My dad  area, he and his brother, Kal  as great now as he was then. A
             EAGLE                       served on the Plymouth City  came here in 1910,” and      Jabara, bought a small steel  great mentor,” he said.

               Vol. 19, No. 06           Commission and as mayor      worked in a tannery, he noted.   fabricating company near the  Chermside is CEO and presi-
                                                                                                                                dent of Resinate Materials
                                                                                                   former Plymouth Township
                                                                           Jabara enrolled at
            Members of the Plymouth                                   Michigan    Technological    Hall on Ann Arbor Road near  Group in Plymouth. Lorenz'
          Township Board of Trustees                                  University, graduating in civil  Lilley Road. “It was small  family  operated    the
          are hoping to score a little                                engineering.                 town. It didn't take long to get  Mayflower Hotel in Plymouth
          more “green” with a new                                        “I've used that background  acquainted with a lot of peo-  in years past, and he now
          management firm at Hilltop                                  all my life,” he said of his col-  ple.”                  works in public relations for
          Golf Course.                                                lege studies, agreeing the      Jabara started Kiwanis in  book clients and others.
                          See page 4.                                 snowfall in the U.P. far     Plymouth, and remains active   Jabara was first married to
                                                                      exceeds that in metro Detroit.  with the Kiwanis Club of  the late Jean Jabara, and has
                                                                         “There's 4 and 5 feet on the  Colonial Plymouth, which  been married to Anita Jabara
                   THE ROMULUS                                        ground all the time. You can't  meets at noon Thursdays.  for 22 years.
             ROMAN                                                    see the fence post,” he said.  “I love the guy,” said Daniel  His two sons are grown,
                                                                         Snow had fallen hard and
               Vol. 134, No. 06                                       fast on a recent Tuesday     Smith, a local mortgage      and Jabara has three grand-
                                                                                                   banker while Scott Lorenz
                                                                                                                                children: “Two of them are
            Members of the Romulus                                    around    the   downtown     added,  “Jim is a real icon in  adopted Lebanese orphans,”
          Community School District                                   Plymouth Panera Bread,       Plymouth. We've known each   he noted. The children, now
          were honored with a major                                   where Jabara meets weekday   other for a long time.”      32, were from separate fami-
          energy award from the                                       mornings with longtime         Brian Chermside, is anoth-
          Energy Services Coalition                       Jim Jabara  friends.                     er long time friend.                 See Jabara, page 4
          back in November.
                          See page 5.
                                       Underground Railroad sites featured on tour

                  THE WAYNE               Stops on the Underground                                                               moving north through songs and
             EAGLE                     Railroad will be included in the          I was impressed with the number                 poetry.
                                                                                                                                   This activity is funded in part
               Vol. 72, No. 06         5th Annual Romulus Black                  of walkers. It was a cold morning,              by the Michigan Council for Arts
                                       History Bus Tour set for 10 a.m.
            Commencement at Wayne      Saturday, Feb. 23.                                                                        and Cultural Affairs and the
          Memorial High School this       Tour-goers will make stops                   but there were a lot of                   Michigan Humanities Council.
          year will include the tradi-  around the city, highlighting the           people who wanted to walk.                     All ages are welcome and no
          tion   of   awarding    a    rich history of Romulus includ-                                                           sign-up is required. For more
          Distinguished Alumni medal   ing sites that were locations for                                                         information, visit or call the
          to a former graduate.        the Underground Railroad and  visiting the office of Mayor Leroy  Folktales  with  African  library at (734) 942-7589.
                          See page 2.  others that were important to  Burcroff. There is a $2 per per-  Instruments” presented by  The events come on the heels
                                       the civil rights movement within  son fee with children 12 and  Rosie Chapman, a.k.a. Miz Rosie,  of another successful celebra-
                                       the city.                     under admitted at no cost. Seats  a teacher, performing artist,  tion of Martin Luther King Day,
                  THE WESTLAND            The tour will begin with   are limited to a first-come, first-  author and school social worker  when more than 100 people
             EAGLE                     check-in at 10 a.m. in the    serve basis, and this is always a  who thrills audiences of all ages  joined the annual walk and 500

               Vol. 72, No. 06         Romulus City Hall parking lot  sell-out event. For those not able  with storytelling. Her interactive  attended the program, entitled
                                                                     to attend, a narrated video of the
                                                                                                   performances are truly educa-
                                       and should last approximately 2
                                                                                                                                 Defending Democracy, at the
            A 23-year-old Westland     hours.                        tour is available on the city  tional and entertaining, organiz-  high school. That event featured
          man will spend 18-60 years      Anyone with special histori-  YouTube channel and local  ers said.                     performers from the school dis-
          in prison for the brutal stab-  cal information or stories that  Comcast Cable.            Miz Rosie will perform at the  trict, speakers, and a surprise
          bing death of his mother in  should be included in the tour is  In another event marking  Romulus Public Library at 6:30  intro-via video-from Gov.
          December of 2017.            asked to call (734) 941-8665.  Black History Month, a program  p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 to share
                          See page 2.     Reservations are required by  for children “African-American  the story of African-Americans       See Tour, page 5

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