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               Vol. 137, No. 46
            Sumpter Township offi-
          cials were among those
          across the country who cele-
          brated National Take a Hike  County to disburse federal funds for area projects
          Day this month with photos
          of Crosswinds Marsh.
                          See page 2.     Federal American Rescue                               ”                                   The City of Wayne will
                                       Plan Act (ARPA) funding will                                                              receive up to $250,000 for the
                                       be distributed to several local           If the funding has not been spent,              rehabilitation and upgrade of
                                       communities for local projects               Wayne County has an option                   Goudy Park Amphitheater
                                       following approval by mem-                                                                Pavilion.
                                       bers of the Wayne County                     to terminate the agreement.                     Others receiving ARPA
                Vol. 75, No. 46        Commission earlier this                                                                   funding include: Southeast
            Tickets are going fast for  month.                                                                                   Michigan Community Alliance
          the Winter Wonderland Walk      The commission is charged  ment and repurpose any        rehabilitation of Victory     (SEMCA of Taylor) not to
          in Heritage Park in Canton   with distributing the federal  remaining project funding,   Station at Victory Park.      exceed $50,000,000 to imple-
          Township which features      funding and approved 14 local  according to a prepared state-  The City of Northville is  ment Workforce Development
          seasonal decorations along   projects during the Nov. 3    ment from the office of Wayne  scheduled to receive up to   Initiatives (Commissioner Al
          with visits from Santa.      meeting. The commissioners    County Executive Warren       $2,500,000 for daylighting of the  Haidous abstained from the
                          See page 6.  approved the report of the    Evans.                        12-acre Rouge River Park, to  vote since he is active with
                                       Committee of the Whole mem-      Each municipality will be  convert the Middle Rouge      SEMCA); City of Taylor not to
                                       bers recommending the use of  required to present project   River into public parkland and  exceed $2,326,230 for the reha-
                                       the federal funds.            expenses and vendor informa-  create a continuous riverway  bilitation and upgrade of
                                          The agreements will contin-  tion to Wayne County officials  along the Rouge River and  Lange Park Action-Adventure
                                       ue through Oct. 31, 2025 and  for approval, the statement   Johnson Creek ultimately to   Park; City of Trenton not to
               Vol. 75, No. 46
                                       each community awarded        continued. Each of the munici-  the Detroit Rouge River     exceed $1,500,000 for the dem-
             Inkster community offi-   funds is required to spend no  palities is also required to  Greenway as part of the devel-  olition of Riverside Hospital to
          cials are asking the public to  less that 70 percent of the proj-  have insurance coverage in  opment of the Northville  support redevelopment of the
          help with the funeral costs of  ect award money provided   place.                        Downs property.               property and improve quality
          two teens killed in a house  through ARPA before Oct. 31,     Among the local communi-      Van Buren Township will    of life for local residents and to
          fire last month.             2024.                         ties receiving funds for local  receive funding not to exceed  the Boys and Girls Club of
                          See page 2.     If the funding has not been  projects is City of Belleville  $4,500,000 for the Community  Southeast Michigan not to
                                       spent, Wayne County has an    which will receive an amount  Center project and Senior
                                       option to terminate the agree-  not to exceed $176,800 for  Center improvements.                   See Funding, page 3

                                       Changing lives

                Vol. 22, No. 46
          Development Authority and Therapeutic Recreation program
            The Northville Downtown
          design firm representatives
          will host a meeting regarding  success celebrated by community
          the downtown street clo-
          sures plans Nov. 29.            Canton Township celebrated  year-round to individuals from
                          See page 4.  success last week during a spe-  8-years of age into adulthood,
                                       cial recognition program hon-  who are in need of these
                                       oring the achievements of the  unique services and adaptive
                                       Western    Wayne     County   recreation opportunities. The
                                       Therapeutic     Recreation    event also recognized the ongo-
                Vol. 22, No. 46        Program at the Summit on the  ing support of Wayne County, as
                                       Park.                         well as the surrounding com-
            Bells will soon be ringing    Canton         Township    munities that enable these pro-
          throughout the area as the   Supervisor Anne Marie         grams to provide these inclu-
          Salvation Army Red Kettle    Graham-Hudak explained that   sive programs to residents of
          Campaign begins the annual   the program had achieved a    Wayne County, officials noted in
          drive for funding to help the  positive impact on hundreds of  a prepared statement.     Canton Township Supervisor Anne Marie Graham-Hudak (above)
          less fortunate.              program recipients whose lives   Typical     Therapeutic    speaks to the audience celebrating the success of the Western
                          See page 6.  had been improved with        Recreation classes and activi-  Wayne County Therapeutic Recreation program at the Summit on
                                       numerous opportunities to     ties offered at the Canton facili-  the Park last week.
                                       learn and reinforce life skills.  ty include: art, aquatics, fitness,  ation, which allows for individ-  be able to accomplish personal
                                       These skills helped break down  and sports, as well as cooking  uals with disabilities to partici-  skills like feeding, toileting, and
                                       barriers for individuals with  workshops, Leisure Club field  pate in programs and activities  dressing   themselves.
               Vol. 137, No. 46        disabling conditions, she     trips, seasonal events, dances  as fully as possible, while pro-  Individuals who are unable to
            The 36th Person of the     added.  Several representatives  and parties, and summer camp.  viding reasonable accommoda-  accomplish these skills on their
          Year will be named in        from local communities served  These year-round inclusive   tions. Therapeutic Recreation  own may participate with assis-
          Romulus next spring and      by the program along with     opportunities enable partici-  (or “TR”) accommodations typi-  tance from an aide, family
          nominations for the honor    Wayne County officials and    pants to acquire and improve  cally include individualized  member, or other personal
          will be accepted by the      other dignitaries were on hand  life skills, as well as enjoy expe-  techniques and resources that  resource, according to a state-
          Romulus    Chamber     of    to help recognize the positive  riences that would otherwise  enhance participation without  ment from the department.
          Commerce until Dec. 8.       impact of the program.        not be accessible to them, offi-  fundamentally altering a pro-  More information about the
                          See page 2.     The special event recog-   cials said.                   gram, according to officials.  program, is available in many
                                       nized the work that the Western  Canton Township Leisure       Individuals participating in  forms such as large print, audi-
                                       Wayne County Therapeutic      Services is committed to an   Canton's       Therapeutic    ble, braille or other, by calling
                                       Recreation program provides   inclusive approach to recre-  Recreation programming must   (734) 394-5430.

                Vol. 75, No. 46
            There have been some
          changes made at the former
          HYPE Athletics Center in
          Wayne which is now called the
          Abdul     “Al'   Haidous
          Community Center.
                          See page 3.

                Vol. 75, No. 46
            William R. Wild, the
          longest serving mayor of
          Westland will resign his posi-
          tion Jan. 16 to take a job as a
          CEO of the Midwest
          Independent      Retailer
          Association.                 Several Wayne County and local community officials were in attendance during the recognition of the success of the Western Wayne
                          See page 5.  County Therapeutic Recreation program at the Summit on the Park in Canton last week.

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