Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony in Hines Park.
Come this September, Plymouth Township will be home to a newly completed First Responders Memorial for Wayne County police, fire and EMS agencies. Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said the memorial, which will be located at the corner of Hines Drive and Haggerty Road, will be a tribute publicly to those who risk their lives day in and day out. "Many times it's so difficult to express the loss of someone who is a first responder," he said. "I think, like anything else, unfortunately for a couple of days, people sort of pay attention and then it fades from memory, which is really unfortunate. But the families carry on with it. It's like anything else, you never really leaves your heart. And if you have lost someone who is a first …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Congressman John D. Dingell, who represents the 12th district stretching into the Downriver and Dearborn areas.
Longtime Congressman John Dingell criticized House of Representative Republicans Thursday for passing The Patients' Rights Repeal Act, calling it a "callous disregard for the health and well-being" of Americans. The House majority voted Thursday to repeal Obamacare—formally known as the Affordable Care Act. Many expect it will not pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Dingell, who represents communities in the Dearborn and Downriver areas, blasted the Republican-supported vote, according to a statement from his office. “Mr. Speaker, it has often been said by many, including everyone from Albert Einstein to Benjamin Franklin, that the very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. “We…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A primary election will be held Aug. 6 to whittle the field down to six candidates.
Ten people are running for a chance to fill three seats on the Trenton City Council. A primary election will be held Aug. 6 to narrow the field to six, who will then face off in the Nov. 5 general election. Each position is for four years. Two incumbents — Terrence Teifer and Tim Taylor — are not seeking re-election. Those running for a seat are: The filing deadline was 4 p.m. Tuesday. Candidates have until 4 p.m. Friday to withdraw from the race.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Marketplace Fairness Act was approved this week in the U.S. Senate, and is headed to the Republican-controlled U.S. House for consideration. Both Michigan's senators voted for the bill, which would require merchants to collect state taxes on internet
Michigan's U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, both Democrats, voted in support of a bill that requires merchants to collect state sales taxes for online purchases. The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the U.S. Senate 69-27 on Monday. Next up, the legislation goes to the GOP-led House. President Barack Obama has previously said he supports the bill. Supporters say the bill would level the paying field for traditional local retailers and collect much needed tax revenue for state. Opponents, including anti-tax activists and retailers, say it will be overly burdensome on small businesses and would effectively result in a tax increase. Neither Levin nor Stabenow issued public statements after Monday's vote explaining their support of the…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch recaps the news of this past week.
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Friday, May 3, 2013
James Farrell was buried alive when attempting to fix a broken water main on Jan. 24. He died four days later at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Township of Grosse Ile officials appealed a report issued by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (MiOSHA) regarding the workplace death of an employee early this week. MiOSHA issued the township the most severe citation possible after James Farrell was buried alive when attempting to fix a broken water main on Jan. 24. He died four days later at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The Grosse Ile Department of Public Services received a willful citation amounting to $49,000 and three other lesser citations amounting to more than $10,000. Township Supervisor Brian Loftus said officials disagreed with several aspects of the MiOSHA findings. Township attorney Thomas Esordi was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon. For …
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Trenton Transfer Station is offering free services to residents in honor of Earth Day.
The typical fees for using the Trenton Transfer Station, 1801 Van Horn Road, will be temporarily suspended this week in honor of Earth Day. Trenton residents won't have to pay $5 per car, van or sport utility vehicle or $10 per pickup truck or trailer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23-28. Residents with a Michigan driver's license or identification card can use the pit or dispose of grass and brush. The Transfer Station is closed on Sunday and Monday. For the latest Trenton and Grosse Ile news and information, "like" Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our daily newsletter.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch recaps the news of the week.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch recaps the news from this past week.
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Terrance Teifer, 63, began his career in public service in Trenton as a school board member in 1977. He has never lost an election.
Councilman Terrence Teifer, 63, won't run for reelection in November after 24 years on Trenton City Council. To better understand his decision to not run for reelection, Trenton-Grosse Ile spoke with Teifer in a recent interview. Here are the questions asked by editor Nate Stemen followed by Teifer's answers: Why not run for reelection in November 2013? I just felt it’s time. I'm going to be 64 this October, and I'm starting to think about retiring (as chief financial officer for the Airport Authority at Detroit Metro Airport). I'm not sure when I'm retiring, but it's going to be in the middle of the next term. My wife is retired and she has plans for me. If I were planning on traveling after retirement, we (city council) meet almost every…