Hazel Park Raceway, which recently underwent a major transformation from a harness track back to its thoroughbred roots, will host a rare quarterhorse race tonight. Tonight’s third race, slated to go off at 8:20 p.m., will the first quarterhorse race at Hazel Park since the 1960s. Quarterhorses (or “short-necks”) can run at speeds of up to 55 mph. They’re a shorter, more compact breed of horse than a thoroughbred, and can outrun them at distances of 400 yards or more. A quarterhorse race, typically around 300 yards, usually lasts about 15 seconds. So if you’re watching from the grandstand tonight, don’t blink. On Saturday night, Hazel Park will host two more quarterhorse races, and expects to host even more before its meet ends on Oct. 11. Post time for tonight’s first race is 7:30 p.m. For more info on Hazel Park’s racing program, visit equibase.com.
A group of Detroit residents today called on an Oakland County developer to sell them homes they’ve lived in for years — homes they say they should’ve owned by now. The developer, Peter Barclae, contends otherwise. Barclae built the homes, known as the Gratiot McDougall project, back in 2006. Both parties are currently locked in a legal battle in Wayne County Circuit Court, a case that will likely depend on the judge’s determination of whether or not the language of the contracts those residents signed legally holds up — and entitles them to the deed of the homes. “He hasn’t honored the contract — the purchase agreement — for the last seven years,” says resident Sheree Bass. “He wouldn’t sell still to this day.” What appears to have led Barclae’s tenants to sue him was a collapse in the funding his project depended on, with almost half of the federal money he anticipated never materializing due to program requirements not being met by the city of Detroit, according to court records. Initially, Barclae tapped additional financing with Charter One Bank to supplement construction costs of the Gratiot McDougall project — an estimated $3.4 million. Along with the HUD funds, “the mortgages the tenants were supposed to get […]
Tiger Stadium is long gone, but the historic baseball diamond still remains. A group known as the Navin Field Grounds Crew, headed by Tom Derry, maintains the field free of charge, using money from their own pockets, making sure it can be enjoyed by the public. Established in 2010, the group is dedicated to restoring Detroit’s “field of dreams” site where Tiger Stadium stood for nearly a century. While the crew maintains the field, Michael F. Copado organizes vintage baseball games among similar but independent teams that all take place at Navin Field (Tiger Stadium’s original name). The 1860s-style games abide by the rules of that time, employing vintage-style uniforms and a no-glove policy. The games take place on Sundays, when Copado works to bring teams together from around the state, though no real league currently exists, all the while promoting the good work done by the people of the grounds crew. Copado has other ideas in the works that involve both Navin Field and vintage baseball. One idea is coming to fruition this Sunday, when a ladies-only game will take place to benefit a local charity. “When I came up with this idea, I reached out to the Detroit River Belles […]
In the race to provide the most up-to-the-minute news about restaurants that are opening, we have a glut of news this summer about … restaurants that aren’t open at all! It’s sort of a side-effect of the burgeoning blogosphere that food bloggers (and major media outlets) simply throw up pictures of interiors without diners, cover restaurants without menus, interview entrepreneurs without functioning businesses — yet. It has gotten to the point where you read headlines about a “new” eatery only to find it’s so darn new it’s opening in a few months! Well, we don’t intend to do that with this post, although it does concern one of the restaurants our local media outlets have awaited with bated breath: Selden Standard. The not-yet-opened restaurant is giving the public its first taste, and that’s reason enough to get into the how and when of things. The folks behind Selden Standard — including former MT food critic Evan Hansen and former Roast chef Andy Hollyday — are hosting a pop-up dinner at Ferndale’s stylish craft cocktail bar, the Oakland. Hansen tells us it’s not going to be a huge production, “some cool bar snacks and small plates with [the Oakland's] crew’s drinks,” but it will provide a […]
Three years of work will culminate in the grand opening of Belle Isle’s disc golf course tomorrow, Model D reports. After many volunteer clean-ups, tournaments, and discussions with the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has given Detroit Disc Golf the go-ahead to open Belle Isle Disc Golf Course for daily operations. The first 18 hole disc golf course in Detroit opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 12. The 18-hole course, which is situated across from the Detroit Yacht Club, will be open through Halloween. Hours are noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Model D says. No price has been set, but organizers tell Model D it’ll likely be less than $5 per day’s worth of play.
Yesterday, you may have caught a segment on MSNBC where Maureen Taylor, state chairwoman of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, blasted WDIV reporter Hank Winchester for comments he made about the ongoing water shutoffs in Detroit. The segment highlighted some of the city’s commercial accounts with substantial outstanding fees, something also reported in an NBC nightly news broadcast over the weekend. We also touched on it again in this week’s Metro Times. For months, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department has indicated all accounts would be treated the same in its shutoff initiative: If a residential customer owes $150, or, in the case of commercial accounts, happen to be 60 days past-due, a notice would be sent saying to pay the fees within 10 days, or their water would be shutoff. But, as we reported this week, it’s more complicated than that. And the reason that 6o-day threshold has misled some appears to be tied to DWSD’s communications with the public and press since shutoff efforts commenced in March. In actuality, Ford Field, VA Hospital, city-owned golf courses and more, may be in dispute over stormwater drainage fees — an entirely different scenario than residential water use, as one DWSD spokesperson explained this week. Thing is, the department hadn’t phrased the situation as […]