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 […]
Detroit-based music group Jessica Hernandez and the Delta’s have officially announced the release of their first full length record, Secret Evil, which will hit the streets (and be available for digital download) on Friday, August 19. And a special record release show is planned to celebrate the album at the Magic Stick on August 20. Tickets for the show will go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. while special bundle packages available now via the band’s web store. Bundles include either a t-shirt and CD; a t-shirt and LP; a t-shirt, CD, poster, and ticket; a t-shirt, LP, poster, and a ticket; an LP and a ticket; or a CD and a ticket. Preorders of the CD and LP are also available now, with LPs going for $16 and CDs for $12. Each CD and LP purchase also comes with a digital download. Tickets will also be available to purchase at Mexicantown Bakery.
Sylvester Long was born and raised in Detroit. In 1985, at age 26, he went to prison, and served 15 years in 16 different Michigan facilities. “To all of my sisters” is a poem he wrote in 1986, while incarcerated. He sent it to MT last week. It moved us, so we thought we’d share it with you. The voice of our incarcerated is a voice to be heard.
Celebrating its 53rd year, the Wyandotte Street Art Fair will commenced this morning at 10 a.m. Located on Biddle Avenue between Oak Street and Eureka Avenue, the fair brings artists like Carl Lundgren, Lily Arnett, Dean and Glory Barkely, and many more to the streets of the Downriver town. The fair will run Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with entertainment going until 11 p.m. each evening. One of the highest attended street fairs in the state, the annual outdoor bazaar features perennial favorites like Cindy Kinkead’s Beyond the Garden Gate booth and Brittany Green’s Little Green Guy, while local shops like Finer Things, Traffic Jam, and Willow Tree will offer sidewalk sales to coincide with the fair and the Boston Tea Room will have al fresco ten minute readings available at a discounted rate. Musical entertainment will include The Mega ’80s, American Mars, and Acoustic Inferno.
Yes, the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame is a thing. And yesterday Alice Cooper became its latest inductee. The Detroit-born rocker has long been a fan of the fast food sliders, even serving them at the after party for the Tribeca Film Festival premier of his documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper. Also a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cooper has been a fan of White Castle since his childhood and his love of music blossomed along with his affinity for the tiny, greasy burgers. Asked how his inductions feels in comparison to that of the most prodigious hall of fame a musician can be honored with an induction to, Copper coyly commented that there was “no comparison”.
Athletes, especially on the east side, may be saddened to learn that a treasured local establishment will be closing its doors at the end of the month. After almost 67 years, Harper Sport Shop will be locking its doors for the last time on July 31. The local athletic community will suffer a huge loss with the family owned and operated business closing, another victim of the economic climate. In 1947, Leslie “Les” Seppala and his wife Katherine (more affectionately known as “Kay”) opened a sporting goods store on Harper Avenue on Detroit’s east side with a bonus that Les received for being a prisoner of war for four months in World War II. The former P51 fighter pilot-turned-special education teacher taught in the Detroit Public School System during the day, while Kay minded the shop, and relieved her after school to take care of the children at home. Les and Kay’s son Bill joined his family at the store in 1971. His vision to expand the business included revitalizing inventory. This meant taking on brand names that were emerging as the preferred brands of the era’s athletes. Bill, a veteran himself, eventually took over running the store as Les got older. […]