2014 Arts Beats & Eats

2014 Detroit Jazz Festival

Cobo Water Fair on August 23rd


Detroit Water Fund gets $1.7M from Mich. Health Endowment to help pay water bills

Announcement Comes on Eve of Todays’s Detroit Water Fair at Cobo

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan today expressed his gratitude to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF) for its commitment of up to $1.7 million to help eligible, low-income Detroiters receive 25% assistance toward paying their water bills. The MHEF today announced it is donating the money to United Way for Southeastern Michigan for the Detroit Water Fund, which provides financial assistance to Detroiters whose income is below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.

“With the Cobo Water Fair taking place tomorrow, this commitment from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund will help us make sure more low-income Detroiters have the help they need to keep their water on after the shut-off moratorium ends on August 25,” Mayor Duggan said. “I encourage any Detroiter who needs help getting current on their water bill to come out to the Water Fair and get into a payment plan.”

“One of our three core focus areas at United Way is basic needs,"said United Way President & CEO Michael J. Brennan. “There is no more basic need than the need for water—and this contribution from MHEF will go a long way in helping Detroiters with their monthly water bill payments and to get them on a path that will hopefully lead to financial stability in the future.”

The Endowment Fund also announced it is contributing $300,000 to establish a pilot project – also geared toward eligible low-income Detroiters – to assist them with initial clean up and disinfecting of their basements after last week’s flood. The limited scale pilot effort -- called Project H2O -- will be run by the Wayne Metro Community Action Agency and will use the same criteria as the Detroit Water Fund to determine a person’s eligibility for receiving assistance. 


Former Detroit Archbishop Cardinal Szoka has died at age 86

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, who served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 until 1990 and went on to oversee the government of the Vatican City State under Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI has died at age 87.

"We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd," said current Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, who had served as a priest under Cardinal Szoka in the 1980s. "For sixty years Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his priestly service of Christ and his Church. He has gone home to the Heavenly Father with our prayers. May the Lord give him the reward of his labors." 


Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

WASHINGTON - The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against Islamic State extremists Wednesday and weighed sending more troops to Iraq as President Barack Obama vowed to be relentless in pursuit of the terrorist group that beheaded an American journalist and is holding other U.S. citizens hostage.

In brief but forceful remarks, Obama said the U.S. would "do what we must to protect our people," but stopped short of promising to follow the Islamic State into its safe haven in Syria, where officials said Wednesday that James Foley was killed. 


Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park reach agreement on new gateway along Kercheval

DETROIT, MI - The cities of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park have entered into a joint agreement to create a new gateway along Kercheval Road linking both communities, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Grosse Pointe Park Mayor Pro Tem Gregory Theokas announced Tuesday.

As part of the agreement, Grosse Pointe Park will reopen access to Kercheval at Alter Road and construct a new permanent public Market that is accessible and visually appealing for entire Alter- Kercheval block. The existing temporary Farmer’s Market will be removed at the end of the season in November.


Local corporations donate $200K to the Detroit Water Fund to help those in need

• Eligible Low-income Detroiters may receive 25% toward paying their water bills
• Customers can receive assistance at Cobo Water Fair on August 23rd
• Residential Shut Off moratorium ends August 25th

DETROIT, MI - Three major donors have stepped forward to contribute a total $200,000 to the Detroit Water Fund, Mayor Mike Duggan’s response to helping low-income Detroiters with their water bill. Representatives of United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM), the Ford Motor Company Fund and the General Motors Foundation announced their donations today at a press conference at the United Way’s 211 call center.


Community leaders to cut ribbon on first founded by black sorority

Social Justice High School to open this fall in Detroit’s midtown

DETROIT – The Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice, which opens this fall, was founded by the Detroit Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the largest organization of African-American women. It is the first charter school opened by a member organization of the National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc., known as the “Divine 9.” The members of these nine Black Greek Letter Organizations comprise a major percentage of the college-educated professionals in the African-American community.


Detroit Jazz Festival, DTE Energy Foundation partner with Schupan Recycling on festival recycling

Detroit Jazz Festival increases efforts to minimize environmental impact

DETROIT, MI - This Labor Day Weekend the Detroit Jazz Festival, in partnership with the DTE Energy Foundation and Schupan Recycling, is enhancing its greening program to save more recyclable materials than ever before from ending up in landfills.

With a six-year history of reducing the Festival’s carbon footprint, the DTE Energy Foundation is prepared to reduce, reuse and recycle tons of waste at this year’s four-day celebration. 


CyberLink’s Fast-Growing Selfie App YouCam Perfect Reaches 5 Million Downloads

Also apply true-to-life makeup with companion app YouCam Makeup.

DETROIT - CyberLink Corp., a leader in consumer multimedia software, announced Tuesday that YouCam Perfect, the selfie beautification app, has hit over 5 million downloads in the five months since it launched in March 2014. YouCam Perfect has ranked number one in several countries’ app stores, with users generating hundreds of thousands of perfected selfies every day. YouCam Perfect has rapidly become the most popular and fastest growing app for capturing your best selfie.


Consumers benefitting from additional food store competition in metro Detroit area

DETROIT, MI - Back in the 1960’s retail food store operators were eager to compete in the Detroit area. At the time, there were six major chain stores servicing the area: A&P, Kroger, Farmer Jack, Chatham, Great Scott! And Meijer.

Food prices then in the Detroit area were considered the lowest in the nation. Retail food-profits averaged one-cent on the dollar. The stiff competition then was called “battle for the buck” by those in the food distribution industry.    


Detroit Public Schools Foundation Awards $450,000 In Summer Grant Cycle

Since 2009, $4.2 Million In Grant Awards to support Detroit Public Schools Students

DETROIT - The DPS Foundation conducts three funding cycles each year. The latest cycle for programs and activities over the summer months and the first three months of the school year concluded with 15 awards totaling nearly $450,000 to Detroit Public Schools and non-profit agencies serving DPS students. 


Tennis Camp opens for Detroit kids this Friday and Saturday, August 22-23

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - The inaugural sessions of the Metro Detroit Excellence Tennis camp are to be held for two days on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23, at the Barcus Tennis Facility, Farwell Field, 2655 E. Outer Drive, Detroit.

KEM presents 'Mack & Third' featuring The O'Jays at the new West Riverwalk Park

DETROIT, MI (Tell Us Det) - Two-time GRAMMY® nominated artist, KEM, is set to release his anxiously-awaited fourth full-length studio album, PROMISE TO LOVE, on August 26, 2014 through Motown Records.

KEM’s album release will coincide with his fourth ‘MACK & THIRD’ philanthropic event in his hometown Detroit. ‘Mack & Third’ is an all-day concert, fundraiser and food drive to benefit the homeless community, which will take place on August 24, 2014. Include with performances by KEM and The O’Jays.

Cass Tech High School to earn International Baccalaureate designation

DETROIT - Detroit Public Schools’ Cass Technical High School has become the first high school in the City of Detroit to receive the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) World School designation, Detroit Public Schools announced today.

DPS alum Big Sean visits DPS schools to distribute sackpacks for back-to-school

Grammy Award winning artist & DPS alum Big Sean meets with students from two school locations prior to distributing more than 1,000 sackpacks during his back-to-school blitz at Detroit Public Schools. (Photo by Harry Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT, MI - Grammy Award winning artist Big Sean, along with his mother Myra Anderson, president of the Sean Anderson Foundation, returned to his hometown on Thursday, August 21, 2014 to provide school supplies at two Detroit Public Schools: Carleton Elementary-Middle School and Blackwell Institute.

17th Annual Ford Arts Beats and Eats announce extinctive lineup of activities and events

ROYAL OAK, MI - Celebrating its 17th year and returning to the bustling streets of Royal Oak from Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by FirstMerit Bank will entertain thousands of visitors from across the region with its outstanding music line-up, stellar arts programming, mouthwatering selection of food, and a number of new attractions. 

35 world-renowned and emerging artist to be unveiled during DLECTRICITY in Midtown Detroit Sept. 26-27

DETROIT – Inspired by nighttime art and light festivals from around the world, DLECTRICITY will once again illuminate Detroit this fall. Today, Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) announced DTE Energy as presenting sponsor of this free illuminated urban spectacle featuring 35 world-renowned and emerging artists. The outdoor arts celebration will be held Sept. 26-27 in Midtown from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Anonymous donor supports new Academy of the Americas High School with college scholarships

DETROIT - In an effort to build recruitment at the new Academy of the Americas 9th grade High School Program and demonstrate support for the program, an anonymous donor has pledged a $500 scholarship to each incoming 9th grader (up to $15,000).

Verizon Wireless names Lauren Love-Wright as Regional President for MI/IN/KY

SOUTHFIELD, MI - Verizon Wireless, a technology leader with the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, announced today the appointment of Lauren Love-Wright as region president for its Michigan/Indiana/ Kentucky Region. Love-Wright will be responsible for all sales, marketing, operations, financial performance and customer service in the three states. She previously served as retail director for the company’s Illinois/Wisconsin Region.



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