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PAGE 4                                                         ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                          October 11, 2018

                              BELLEVILLE - ROMULUS

        Hope Not Handcuffs

        Romulus police join program offering help for addictions

           The    Romulus      Police    One of the primary goals is to  abuse dependency to come to the  “Anyone struggling with drug  into treatment, Settles said.
        Department has committed to par-  remove the stigma of addiction and  police station for help without fear  addiction will be able to come into  The  Romulus  Police
        ticipate in the “Hope Not      make it easier for individuals to get  of being arrested. Romulus police  the Romulus Police Department  Department is committed to
        Handcuffs” program.            into treatment. The explosion of  officers will not ask questions, but  and ask for help with their addic-  “Hope Not Handcuffs” and believe
           “Hope Not Handcuffs” is an ini-  opioid-related deaths impacting  rather contact a coordinator who  tion, Officers will gather prelimi-  it is an important piece in the over-
        tiative started by Families Against  the nation, as well as Metro Detroit  will dispatch an “Angel” to the  nary information, provide a wait-  all battle against heroin and opioid
        Narcotics, aimed at bringing law  communities, prompted communi-  Romulus police station where the  ing space, and contact a Hope Not  addiction, Settles added.
        enforcement and community      ty members to seek solutions, and  two can meet. The Angel will talk  Handcuffs Angel coordinator,”  For more information and to
        organizations together in an effort  the Fraser-based Families Against  with the individual and assist find-  explained Romulus Police Chief  volunteer as a Hope Not
        to find viable treatment options for  Narcotics created Hope Not  ing them appropriate treatment.  Jadie Settles.”         Handcuffs volunteer, contact a
        individuals seeking help to reduce  Handcuffs.                Angels are specially trained volun-  To date, with more than 30  coordinator at 833-202-HOPE (833-
        dependency with heroin, prescrip-  The program allows an individ-  teers who aid with paperwork and  police agencies participating, more  202-4673) or visit www.hope not
        tion drugs, and alcohol.       ual who needs aid for substance  support.                    than 900 people have been moved
        Sumpter Township ballot will include write-ins

           Voters in Sumpter Township  clerk.                         served on the township zoning    Voters will also choose     ship for 30 years before being
        will have several choices for    Price, 45, said she is not   board of appeals and was recent-  between Barnes, currently serv-  appointed to the office.
        elected officials with some famil-  actively campaigning for elec-  ly appointed to the planning  ing as a trustee, and Esther  Vying for the office of town-
        iar names not on the ballot Nov.  tion.                       commission. He also volunteers  Hurst, as township clerk on the  ship treasurer will be Ken
        6.                               Rush, 61, a Republican, is a  with the Sumpter Township    Nov. 6 ballot.                 Badnark, 62, who defeated two
           Competing for election as   30-year Sumpter Township resi-  Parks   and     Recreation      Barnes is seeking the clerk's  challengers in the primary elec-
        Sumpter Township trustee will  dent and served on the board of  Commission.                 position as a write-in candidate  tion.
        be Jennifer Price, Tim Rush and  trustees in 2004.              Slovik is a Realtor who is has  after being eliminated during  He will be challenged, howev-
        Andrew Slovik.                   He is a licensed Federal     lived in the township for a year  the primary election.      er, by Peggy Morgan, 59, who had
           Sheena Barnes who was       Communications Commission      and in the Belleville area for 25  Hurst won the Democratic  been appointed to the office
        appointed to the position did not  engineer and currently works as  years. He is a 1997 graduate of  primary election for clerk and  after 12 years as a Sumpter
        file for election to the board but  a corporate/private security con-  Belleville High School. This is  her name will be on the Nov. 6  Township trustee. She will seek
        is seeking the office of township  sultant. He has previously  his first bid for office.    ballot. She worked for the town-  election as a write in candidate.
        Library summer reading program draws adults, children

           More than 250 adults and children     According to,  Cream and Hamburgers for donating pass-  also appreciated the help from the
        joined the Summer Reading Program at   “…children who read at least six books  es for free ice cream and to Zap Zone for  Romulus Police and Fire departments,
        the Romulus library this year.         during the summer maintained or       providing bookmarks that allow kids a  the many volunteers who helped make the
           According to Jessica Wilhoite, assistant  improved their reading skills, while chil-  free attraction and one of our grand prizes  Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival a suc-
        director/youth services librarian, 252 read-  dren who didn't read any saw their skills  - a free birthday party.  cess, and the Romulus Athletic Center for
        ers participated in the program, an    slip by as much as an entire grade level.”  “More thanks to the Henry Ford,  hosting the finale party.
        increase of 31.25 percent from last year.  Studies show that children who partici-  Midway Sports and Entertainment, and  “We were fortunate to receive three
        She said than 937 people attend programs  pate in Summer Reading Programs also  the Detroit Zoo for donating awesome  grants from the Michigan Council For Arts
        at the library this summer, too, an increase  have higher test scores than those who do  prizes for participating in summer read-  that helped fund Baffling Bill, Lori
        of 56.17 percent from last year.       not participate.                      ing.”                                 Fithian's ‘Drummunity’ and Beverly
           Summer reading is important to the    “Wings Financial Credit Union was the  Wilhoite also said that a special thanks  Meyer, aka ‘The Music Lady’. Other per-
        learning development of children/teens  main sponsor this year,” Wilhoite said,  was due the Friends of the Library for  formers this summer included, magician
        because it keeps them engaged in reading  “and we could not have pulled off our  donating ice cream and giving out free  Cameron Zvara, Exotic Zoo, and Yo-Yo
        while school is not in session, Wilhoite  summer programming without their gen-  books at the kickoff event.  She said she  Tricks,” she said.
        explained.  Summer Reading Programs    erous monetary donation. We are
        are a significant factor in improving read-  extremely grateful to everyone who donat-
        ing skills and preventing the loss of learn-  ed to our Summer Reading Programs and
        ing during the summer months, also     give special thanks to the Huron Township
        known as “summer slide”.               Rotary for their donation, Blue Sky Ice

            Nickel Dig is Saturday

              As part of the annual Belleville  p.m.
            Harvest Festival, the Belleville Area  For more information about this
            Historical Museum will be open from  free event, call (734)697-1944.
            11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.   The Belleville Area Museum is
              The Nickel Dig is planned for 2  located at 405 Main St. in Belleville.
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