This Weeks E-Letter From Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton

Greetings Everyone!
This e-mail contains city news, events and happenings.  The purpose of the e-letter is to communicate with our residents and promote our community.
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Once again, the Holidays are coming and will be here before we know it. We family members, of U.S. Troops, know the need to send care packages to our deployed service members, especially at Christmas time.

This year, Military Moms United, will be gathering items, to send to the army base /unit stationed in Korea, and Afghanistan. Many young soldiers are in need of American support & care items this year. 80 troop members stationed in Afghanistan are in need of much love…it’s COLD over there.

Socks (black or white), foot powder, breakfast bars, Christmas items (non-denominational) , stationary,
card games, Wylie fruit punch water additives (Dollar Tree) , hand warmers, beanie caps,

Our Troop packaging, is scheduled on Monday, December 1st, at 6:00 pm at Caroline Kennedy Library, in program room B.

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SNOW REMOVAL 2014-2015
Seniors and disabled residents can get free snow removal sponsored by the City of Dearborn Heights again this winter. Contact me Mark Parrinello by e-mail or by phone at 313 277-7414to be added to the list.

The list is renewed each year. If you were on the list last year and wish snow removal again please contact me.

Snow will be removed from the front of your home, walkways and driveways. Usually snow removal is done on Monday Wednesday and Fridays. Snow removal is dependent on the amount of workers we have on these days. It is also not guaranteed your snow will be removed on these days due to the amount of persons who sign up for this service.

Cpl. M. Parrinello
Dearborn Heights Police
Crime Prevention Officer

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Organizing our Dearborn Heights Veterans Day Ceremony Committee. Want to help? Here is an opportunity to come together, uniting our community and honoring our Veterans. Join the Dearborn Heights Veterans Day 2015 Committee. Call Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton at313.633.1845.
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On Tuesday, November 11, 201, the Dearborn Heights City Council approved the Canfield Arena Contract Agreement between the City and Family Entertainment Properties, Inc. The Canfield Ice Arena may be used as a sports and recreation facility, which may include the following recreation activities:

Ice Hockey and Ice Skating
Roller Skating
Roller Blading
Basketball
Indoor Soccer
Indoor Lacrosse
In-line Skating

Section 6.3: “Due to changes in circumstances… the market for facilities that offer ice hockey and ice skating activities has diminished. …. no longer have an obligation to operate the Premises as an ice arena or offer programming such as ice hockey or ice skating.”

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Have you contacted FEMA yet to file your claim? Time is running out!

Residents who experienced flood damage from the August storm have only a few weeks left to contact FEMA to become eligible for any type of federal financial assistance. Since President Obama signed the emergency declaration making this a “declared disaster”, FEMA has made available both grants and low-interest loans to residents who have experienced uninsured losses. If you had any flood-related losses that were not covered by insurance (such as if you had to replace your furnace, hot water heater, etc.) you may qualify to have these expenses reimbursed. BUT YOU MUST APPLY DIRECTLY TO FEMA BEFORE NOVEMBER 24 TO QUALIFY!!!

To apply, contact FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 1-800-621-3362. You can also register with web-enabled mobile devices at fema.gov. Disaster assistance applicants who experience speech or hearing challenges and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362.

IMPORTANT: The claim form you filed with the City of Dearborn Heights shortly after the flood is not the same process – YOU MUST FILE SEPARATELY WITH FEMA AS DESCRIBED ABOVE TO QUALIFY FOR ANY AVAILABLE GRANTS OR LOANS.

Apply today – FEMA will not accept any applications for financial assistance afterNovember 24.

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Dearborn Heights City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 27, 2014 in observation of Thanksgiving.  Offices will re-open on Monday, December 1, 2014.
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Dearborn Heights Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 6045 Fenton.  Please join us for choir performance, Christmas caroling, hot chocolate and family fun!
                                          
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The Dearborn Heights Berwyn and Eton Senior Centers will be closed the week of November 24-28, 2014.
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Senior Centers Christmas Parties!
Berwyn Senior Center, 26155 Richardson, Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 12:30-3:00 p.m. $12 admission includes a traditional turkey dinner meal catered by Veronica and various desserts. Entertainment , raffle & prizes!  Call 313.791.3550
Eton Senior Center, 4900 Pardee, Thursday, December 11,2014, 12:30-3:00 p.m. $12 admission includes Christmas Around the World meal, raffle, and share the wealth! Call313.277.7765
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Come experience something new at East High! Shows are on November 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22 @ 7pm in the Crestwood High School Auditorium, 1501 N Beech Daly Rd, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127. Ticket Prices: $10.00 door, $7.00 presale from any drama student, $8.00 for students (with ID) and CSD employees, $7.00 senior citizens.
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Office Hours for Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton:
Office/ coffee hours for this week:Monday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. at Berwyn Senior Center, 26155 Richardson, Dearborn Heights, MI

Monday, November 17, 11:30 a.m. at Eton Senior Center, 4900 Pardee, Dearborn Heights, MI

Tuesday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. at Eton Senior Center, 4900 Pardee, Dearborn Heights, MI

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Dearborn Heights City Council study session for Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.; Plante Moran Audit for 2013/2014 fiscal year.
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Main street is economic development.  It is developing a strategy that uses current assets to make our community competitive.  Michigan has based much of its economic development strategy on the concept of placemaking.  By engaging in placemaking, our elected officials work to capitalize on local assets in order to create appealing places where people wish to work, live, and play.
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The Dearborn Heights Commission on Aging is seeking residents which are interested in serving our senior citizen population through programs and services.  The Commission on Aging meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the Canfield Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly, 6:00 p.m.
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For those individuals who have nowhere to go or no nearby family on Thanksgiving, St. Mel’s Church in Dearborn Heights is offering a free meal for singles or couples on 1 pm Thanksgiving day.  Reservations are required.  St. Mel’s Church is located at 7506 Inkster Road in Dearborn Heights. For reservations, call the parish office at (313) 274-0684, Ext. 26
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Last week for yard waste, leaves, etc. in Dearborn Heights,is November 24, 2014.
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Q: What is the City of Dearborn Heights “Snow Emergency” ordinance?
A:  Dearborn Heights city ordinance #32-554 prohibits vehicles from being parked on any city street when there is an accumulation of snow/ice to a depth of three (3) inches or more.  The ordinance also prohibits vehicles from being parked on city streets during emergencies as declared by the Mayor of the City of Dearborn Heights.
Residents are reminded to remove snow from the sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall completion.
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In closing, I am working to create a contact listing for our U.S. Representatives and Senators, as well as State Elected Officials, which are members of the Environmental -related committees.  In 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers completed a survey related to the flooding along the Ecorse Creek.  Thanks to U.S. Senator Levin, that study has been taken off the shelf and is in committee.  I encourage our residents to write letters, send pictures and share your story with committee members.  We must be vigilant and pursue funding at the federal and state levels for this project.  By funding the project, only then can we truly move forward to a resolution in the best interest of our residents- health, wellness and safety.  Please feel free to contact me anytime at 313.633.1845.
Serving our Community,
Lisa Hicks-Clayton
Dearborn Heights City Council Member
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