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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 14:20

Get Fit With '100 Days to Health'

CANTON (CBS Detroit) Getting in shape for the New Year? There's plenty of support for that, including this new effort brought by Canton Leisure Services and Oakwood Healthcare System. The two are promoting healthy living and community wellness by offering a "100 Days to Health" program. Registration for this community-wide health and wellness program is currently in progress offering plenty of opportunities to learn about health and nutrition and participate in recreational activities. This popular fitness program will officially kickoff on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oakwood Healthcare System staff will be on hand during the kickoff providing health screenings. Other activities planned during the kick-off include: Summit tours; Family Zumba; and snacks. Plus, participants can also enjoy a special open swim starting at 1:30 p.m. This year's program offers everything you need to build a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. Register now for Canton's 100 Days to Health 2013 HERE, at the Summit front desk, or at the 100 Days Kickoff Event on January 12. Registration fees for Canton residents are: $15 for adults ages 12 and up and $5 for youth…
DETROIT - The Detroit Historical Society's Black Historic Sites Committee is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Michigan with a very special afternoon of events on Sunday, January 6 at the Detroit Historical Museum. This free program begins at 1 p.m. with refreshments, readings of the Emancipation Proclamation by local ministers, poetry readings, storytellers and tours of the new Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad exhibition. The event honors the January 6, 1863 reading of the Emancipation Proclamation at Historic Second Baptist Church in Detroit. The Black Historic Sites Committee, along with the Baptist Ministerial Alliance and Broadside Press, have partnered together to bring attendees an enlightening look at the history of the Emancipation Proclamation. The program commences with a historical overview and presentation, followed by readings of poetic works created by pioneering African-American writers Dudley Randall, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Albert M. Ward and Robert Hayden. The poems will be read by Dr. Gloria House, Professor of Humanities and African American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, Associate Professor Emerita in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department of Wayne State University and Broadside Press board member; Albert M. Ward, Broadside Press board…
FERNDALE (WWJ) He's learning on the fly, but Detroit Area Theater Company founder Eric Swanson is calling the company's first year a success. Swanson says they put on four shows including "Cabaret" and "Into the Woods," but had to find a new home at the end of the year because the rent at their large Pontiac venue became too high. And he didn't want to let one of the few independent theater companies in metro Detroit go down without a fight. "First year down, and I would say it's a huge success," Swanson said. But it hasn't been easy. "It's a struggle, there is no class on running a theater company," he said. He said he plans to "learn by experience and from people 'smarter than him,'" about running a newly successful theater company. This year, the DATC will put on a concert version of "Rent" in March at the new home at the Methodist Church in Ferndale, a cozy space that seats 180. Auditions will take place at the church on January 15. "We're seeking people who are strong singers, strong actors, people who feel they are close to the material ... who are passionate about theater, maybe about…
Friday, 28 December 2012 07:22

Detroit's Hottest NYE Parties

It's the time of year to think about resolutions as we move from 2012 into 2013. It's also the time to pick out a fantastic outfit, grab your close friends and go out for a fun night of New Year's Eve shenanigans. Here is a list of some of the hottest parties in the Detroit Metro area that will include all the bells and whistles needed for a fabulous evening. Motor City's "The Drop"Campus Martius Park800 Woodward Ave.Detroit, MI 48226(313) 355-0413www.motorcitynye.com Price: $100-$4,000The Motor City New Year's Eve "The Drop" will celebrate its 3rd annual party by dropping the Detroit D at midnight in Campus Martius Park. Included in the general admission price are beverages and mixed cocktails until 1:30 a.m., a champagne toast at midnight and a delectable array of stationary and strolling hors d'oeuvres provided by the Whitney. There is also a VIP option available which reserves special cabana seating for 10, an assigned hostess to see to your needs and bottle service which includes two bottles. VIP cabanas are limited so make your reservations today. NYE 2013 Resolution BallThe Fillmore2115 Woodward Ave.Detroit, MI 48201(313) 961-5451www.resolutionballdetroit.com Price: $30-$100Celebrate New Year's Eve in style at the Fillmore in Detroit.…
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 15:32

‘Shoe Year’s Day’ In Michigan

DETROIT (CW50) New Year's is almost here, which means it's time to set those annual resolutions — and try, once again, to stick to them. Make the first day of the new year a fresh start toward a practical and more manageable fitness program by joining representatives from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) for special "Shoe Year's Day" snowshoe and hiking events taking place in state and local community parks and recreation areas across Michigan on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Strap on a pair of snowshoes or lace up the hiking boots and join other fitness-minded individuals for the "Shoe Year's Day" treks. Participants will receive healthy lifestyle tips from local experts, enjoy healthy refreshments and have the opportunity to make an official pledge to get Fresh Air Fit this year. "Local parks and recreation departments provide affordable, accessible places for people to be active," said Michigan Recreation and Park Association Chief Operating Officer Ann Conklin. "From trails and parks to local community centers and pools, to health and wellness programs and activities, there are endless opportunities to get fit and healthy through your local…
Friday, 21 December 2012 15:53

B-Dubs to Open in Greektown

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) The wings may be finger food, but the footprint of the newest Buffalo Wild Wings in the chain will be astronomical — and it's right here in Detroit. The 12,000 square-foot restaurant, reportedly the largest Buffalo Wild Wings ever, opens at noon Sunday. It will take over the old Temple of Oddfellows Building on Randolph in Detroit, on the border between Greektown and Campus Martius. It's a stone's throw from the big Christmas tree and skating rink that are bringing families to Detroit from all around the metro area this time of year. Bagger Dave's is opening next door. On three floors, the new Buffalo Wild Wings will seat more than 400 people and have a separate banquet room for parties. Boasting 95 TVs, Detroit sports teams dominate the decor at the newest site.Brick walls, exposed 150-year-old wooden beams and a replica of the tiger that stands at Comerica Park will give it a unique look. The new facility comes courtesy of Southfield-based Diversified Restaurant Holdings, which has 31 other Buffalo Wild Wings in Michigan and Florida. "Literally, my broker and I have been working on this for 3½ years," Ansley said in an interview earlier this…
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 16:58

Cobo Prepares For 2013 Auto Show

DETROIT –(WWJ) A quick stroll through the construction site that Cobo Center has become shows that change is coming to the North American International Auto Show. Even as the exhibits are taking shape, you can see that many have been updated, and some have been moved. Show Vice Chair Bob Shuman says Toyota has decided to move into the new space, that was taken up by suppliers and non auto companies last year. "They promised to really do some things to draw people in there," he said. "They are going to give it a try this year." Among the other big changes, Cadillac has moved away from the other GM brands. Its new stand will be located near the German luxury brands, which Cadillac now sees as its main competitors. Cadillac will show the new ELR extended range electric car at the January show. Nissan, which dropped out of this show a few years ago, is now planning a new, more elaborate display. With car sales on the rise, show organizers say car companies no longer feel like holding back. "Like our auto manufacturer partners, we continue to look for ways to improve our product, and our customer service," said…
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 17:24

Local College Remembers Sandy Hook

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WWJ) – Some parents may still keep their kids at home — but schools in Newtown, Connecticut are opening their doors today for the first time since Friday's deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, which will remain closed. The tragedy at Sandy Hook is having an effect on children here in Michigan. Many were in attendance last night at a vigil attended by about 100 people on the campus of Lawrence Technological University. As the names of each of the victims were read, a flower was placed on a rock painted with the words "Sandy Hook." It was clear that even several states away, emotions are still raw as a result of the shootings. "How could you do that to kids," asked Melanie Tracy, who brought along her 11-year-old daughter and two neighbor children. "I don't understand it at all," she said while choking back tears. "I feel sad that the kids died, and the teachers and stuff ... and I hope my grandpa takes care of 'em cause he's in heaven," an eight-year-old girl told WWJ's Sandra McNeill. Eleven-year-old Sydney Tracy said she's scared, too. "Yeah, I'm kinda scared cause I don't want this to happen, and…
Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:40

Get Your Tea fix In Detroit

The last year has been exciting for caffeine drinkers in Detroit, what with the opening of Germack in Eastern Market, Great Lakes in Midtown, and more coffee shops in the works. But what about those looking for a more herbal pick-me-up? That's where Socra Tea comes in. The new tea house near the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit serves 50 kinds of loose, organic tea as well as pastries, and there isn't a coffee bean to be found. "The beautiful thing about having a tea house is I can open up a can of tea [for customers] and they can just smell it," said owner Meg Jones. Usually, Jones said, the strong aroma of coffee would mask the scent of tea, and this way, she can walk customers through different teas. Jones owns the shop with her fiance and parents. She's also been helped along the way by mentor Lisa McDonald, who owns TeaHaus in Ann Arbor and has shared wisdom about running a business, not to mention the study of tea itself. "It's a little mom-and-pop shop," Jones said. "I get the love of tea from my parents ... and when I got pregnant with my son I had…
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 15:45

DPS students clean up neighborhood

DETROIT (WWJ) – Instead of complaining about conditions in their neighborhood, a group of Denby High School students decided to do something about it. The students behind this effort believe a few people can make a big difference and they're proving it. As a result of this two-day effort there are stacks and stacks of tires, lining the street and waiting to be picked up on Monday and recycled. Those tires once littered the neighborhood. Former Denby teacher William Pointer is lending a hand to clean up the neighborhood. "I believe our students are our resource that is probably our most precious. (It's) not the finances, not the money but the actual people that we have in our community. I think that when our students inspire each other they help to inspired the adults also," Pointer said to WWJ's Terri Lee. The students worked two days to clean up a six block area on Detroit's east side. This is the same neighborhood where the bodies of two young women were found in a burned out car. Student government president Randy Grier and his friend Angela Kilgore are behind the clean-up effort. "Transform this entire community into just a better place…
Sources have been reporting and now it has been confirmed that Legendary African American Female Radio Host, Frankie Darcell of the well-known “Afternoon Mix” has been terminated from WMXD-FM-92.3. According to the Detroit Free Press, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment market president Nick Gaun confirmed Darcell’s termination. Frankie Darcell's radio show has been a constant over the Detroit radio waves, airing weekdays, 3-7 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Although, not confirmed other radio sources are citing other terminations are possibly in the process. Stay connected with FRONTPAGEDetroit.com for all the latest updates on this breaking story.
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 17:04

Detroit's New Year's Ball Drop

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) –- Making your New Year's Eve plans? This year, Detroit will once again have its own New York City-style ball drop. "The Drop" will happen New Year's Eve at the Compuware Atrium and Hard Rock Café with fancy food, musical entertainment and a "technological marvel" of a ball to be lowered at midnight in celebration of a new year. Details of the ball itself are shrouded until a week before the event. "As we go into our third year, our guests can continue to expect an experience un-rivaled in Michigan. 'The Drop' has always been about the community and ultimately offering the region a proper New Year's Eve celebration," says event organizer Jerrid Mooney. "We are insanely focused on producing a bigger and better event this year and I'm pleased to announce that we are on-track to do just that." Erik and Israel Nordin of the Detroit Design Center are creating this year's art piece of a ball that is described as "symbolically and literally" descending upon the city during the countdown. "Our guests of course can choose to be a part of the premier VIP Gala inside the elegant atrium of Compuware or they can join…
Monday, 03 December 2012 16:47

‘Challenge Detroit’ Attracts Youth

DETROIT (WWJ) - Challenge Detroit is a group of 30 of the best and brightest young people working to solve some of the problems facing Detroit. Betsy Berens, 22, is a part of this elite group working to solve problems like how to make fresh food more available to Detroiters and how to retain international students in the city. "There are really interesting solutions that people have come up with so far, and it's really great to have people come together and kind of put their brains together and figure out new ideas and bounce ideas off of each other," Berns said. Berens, a journalism grad from the University of Wisconsin, told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Beth Fisher she's enjoying living in Detroit. "I like that I'm in walkable distance to coffee shops and where I work and places to go out at night. I feel safe and it's been really great not to use my car," she said. Berens is working for Marketing Associates and hopes to stay in Detroit once her year in the program is complete. "It would definitely be difficult to leave just seeing all the changes that I've seen so far and being so invested in…
Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:51

Science Center To Re-open

DETROIT (WWJ) - Good news for fans of the Science Center in Detroit, which closed 14 months ago: It's getting ready to re-open. Spokesman Fred Huebener said families will be able to go back inside the Science Center during Noel Night this Saturday in downtown Detroit's cultural district. Then, sometime next week, organizers are expected to formally announce the permanent re-opening of the museum, under the new moniker Michigan Science Center. "It's a great opportunity for the public to come on down and visit what is just an amazing hands-on science museum, and kind of get a sneak peek because obviously we're working toward getting the building open permanently," Huebener told WWJ's Roberta Jasina. "But, this is a great opportunity for people to come down and not only see the building, but have some amazing family friendly entertainment on an amazing night here in Midtown where there's going to be just tens of thousands of people coming down for all of Detroit's great institutions," he continued. Organizers told reporters back in September they achieved a number of significant milestones in bringing the museum back to life, including commitments and donations of more than $2.5 million of its $5 million goal.…
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