Winter storm watch issued through late Wednesday; 4 to 8 inches of snow forecasted

(Huron Hub file photo)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 — 3:15 PM EST 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for southeast Michigan.

The watch is active from late Tuesday night through late Wednesday night.

4 to 8 inches of snow is forecasted for southeast Michigan.

The NWS says the exact location of the heaviest snow across southeast Michigan still carries some uncertainty at this time.

There is likely to be minor adjustments made to forecast total snow over the next 24 hours, forecasters said.

Travel, especially on Wednesday, could be hazardous during the morning and evening commutes.


 

You can now renew your license plate at select Meijer stores in Michigan

Customers can get tabs in minutes while shopping
(Photo courtesy Michigan Secretary of State)

Posted Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today announced that 28 easy-to-use self-service stations have been placed in Meijer stores across Michigan to allow customers to renew their vehicle plate and registration in minutes. In the weeks ahead, more Meijer locations will be getting the self-service stations.

“Meijer stores are a favorite shopping spot for many Michiganders, and now many of them will also be a place where you can complete Secretary of State transactions, such as renewing your tabs,” Benson said. “We’re very pleased to partner with Meijer to bring this convenience to our mutual customers.”

Residents don’t need to have their renewal packet with them to renew their registration at a self-service station. Eligible vehicles can be renewed with only the plate number and the last four digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Self-service stations offer renewals for automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft. The kiosks can print auto and motorcycle tabs. Watercraft tabs are mailed to customers. The new machines will add numerous driver-related transactions once the Michigan Department of State completes the second portion of its computer system upgrade in March 2021.

Self-service stations have been installed at the following Meijer stores to date:

  • Auburn Hills – 800 Brown Road
  • Battle Creek – 2191 Columbia Ave. W
  • Battle Creek – 6405 B Drive N
  • Belleville – 9701 Belleville Road
  • Big Rapids – 15400 Waldron Way
  • Cadillac – 8605 34 Road
  • Chesterfield – 27255 23 Mile Road
  • Clinton Township – 40445 S. Groesbeck Highway
  • Commerce Township – 1703 Haggerty Highway
  • Detroit – 1301 W. Eight Mile Road
  • Detroit – 21431 Grand River Ave.
  • Escanaba – 505 N. 26th St.
  • Fraser – 34835 Utica Road
  • Gaylord – 250 Meijer Drive
  • Grand Rapids – 1540 28th St. SE
  • Greenville – 606 S. Greenville West Drive
  • Kalamazoo – 6660 W. Main St.
  • Lincoln Park – 3710 Dix Highway
  • Ludington – 3900 W. US-10
  • Madison Heights – 1005 E. 13 Mile Road
  • Marysville – 205 S. Range Road
  • Mount Pleasant – 1015 Pickard St.
  • Muskegon – 700 W. Norton Ave.
  • Portage – 5121 S. Westnedge Ave.
  • Rochester Hills – 3175 S. Rochester Road
  • Roseville – 30800 Little Mack Ave.
  • Shelby Township – 15055 Hall Road
  • Southfield – 28800 Telegraph Road

 For an up-to-date listing of all of the locations statewide with the new self-service stations, visit Michigan.gov/SOSSelfService. Many of the kiosks are available to customers 24/7.

“We are pleased to partner with the Secretary of State on this initiative, as these new kiosks provide a great opportunity for our customers to enjoy another level of the one-stop shopping experience our stores offer,” said Vik Srinivasan, Senior Vice President of Properties and Real Estate for Meijer. “The ability to check an extra errand off their list during a shopping trip will allow our customers to gain more time in their busy days.”

The Department of State began installing new machines in October to replace unreliable old kiosks that were often broken and ran out of tabs or printed blank tabs. The new self-service stations have proven to be dependable and the improved technology allows more user-friendly features such as offering transactions in English, Spanish and Arabic. Customers have completed more than 200,000 transactions on the new kiosks since the upgrade project began.

The department has contracted with vendor Intellectual Technology Inc. (ITI) on the new stations, which are being provided at no cost to the state. Customers pay a technology service fee of $3.95 for every vehicle renewed at a self-service station. Transactions normally take less than two minutes.

Many of the new machines accept cash, which was not an option on the old kiosks. The new stations also accept American Express credit cards in addition to Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards. Transactions on the new self-service stations offer ATM-level security and 24/7/365 technical support is available by phone for customers.

The new self-service stations are part of a system-wide overhaul being carried out by Benson and her team. Other work includes expanding appointments at branches, redesigning renewal mailings to better support and prepare customers, and improving self-service options such as the Secretary of State website. Appointments are available at all branch offices and customers who do need to visit a branch are encouraged to plan ahead by visiting Michigan.gov/SOSAppointments or by calling 888-SOS-MICH to schedule one.

Source: Michigan Secretary of State


Snow forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday


Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

After a beautiful weekend (especially Sunday where temperatures reached into the 50s) it looks like Michigan’s spring tease is over.

Winter returns this week with snow and cold temps.

So far, forecasters are not able to pin down the exact path of Tuesday’s snow event and which areas of the state will get hit the hardest.

Here is a briefing from the National Weather Service in Detroit:


Metro Airport, Detroit Pistons launch program to bring US armed forces member home to southeast Michigan


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published Feb. 21, 2020

Detroit Metro Airport and the Detroit Pistons are combining to bring a US armed forces member back home to southeast Michigan.

DTW announced the Bring a Service Member Home program on Friday.

The program will allow a service member to fly home and spend time with family and loved ones.

In addition, the service member will be hosted as a VIP at a Detroit Pistons home game on April 3.

“As a United States Army Veteran, I know firsthand the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces and their families,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “It is truly an honor to be able to bring home an active service member for some rest and relaxation with their family. We are grateful the Detroit Pistons share our vision and commitment to support the community in which we live.”

Nominees must be legal residents of the United States of America who are 18 years or older.

They must have permanent residence within 75 miles of DTW and are currently on active military deployment.

Service members may be nominated, or nominate themselves, by completing the official entry form. Whoever submits the form must explain why the nominated service member should be selected.

To submit a nomination and to read the official contest rules, visit https://pages.palacenet.com/DTW_bring-service-member-home.html.

The winner must be eligible for leave during the dates of April 1-4, 2020 and be able to provide documentation confirming authorization for leave.

Submissions must be made by March 9, 2020.

“We’re pleased to support the Wayne County Airport Authority on this initiative. Our focus at Detroit Pistons games is to provide great entertainment and memorable experiences for our fans,” said Leah Emmons, vice president for partnership engagement. “Assisting the Wayne County Airport Authority on this initiative by providing a great experience is a natural fit.”


 

Romulus Community Schools suspends acting superintendent for 10 days without pay

Flinnoia Hall III (Photo: Romulus Community Schools)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

The acting superintendent of Romulus Community Schools has been suspended without pay for ten days following an alleged incident that occurred during a recent school board meeting.

The school board voted to suspend him Thursday during a special meeting.

Flinnoia Hall’s suspension follows alleged behavior during a Feb. 10 Romulus Board of Education meeting.

School officials released a statement that did not specify the exact nature of the incident.

“The Romulus Community School District expects a standard of behavior from its employees that consists of professionalism, respect, and civility. During the February 10, 2020 meeting of the Romulus Board of Education, the Acting Superintendent engaged in conduct that was inconsistent with this standard of behavior,” an official statement from Romulus Community Schools said. “As a result, during a special meeting held on February 20, 2020, the Board voted to suspend the Acting Superintendent without pay for 10 school days. In doing so, the Board took appropriate action commensurate with the seriousness of the situation. As the District moves forward, the Board will be considering all options.”


 

New Boston-Huron varsity wrestling wins regional championship

(Photo courtesy of Steven Hudock)


Posted on The Huron Hub on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

From HuronHighChiefs.org:

Kaleb Rosen delivered a pin with four-tenths of a second left in the final match of the night to give the Chiefs a 38-37 win over Gibraltar Carlson in the Regional finals. Putting and end to a 17 year drought. The last time the Chiefs won the Regional was 2003 and many of these wrestlers were not even born yet.

The Chiefs dispatched that nemesis Tecumseh 66-12 in the semifinals.

Nelson Poet (160), Cody Brenner (171), Braden Damiani (189), Brendan Damiani (215), Carr (140) and Rosen (152) all went 2-0 for Huron, which advances to the state quarterfinals at the Wings Events Center in Kalamazoo on Feb. 28.


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Here are upcoming household hazardous waste collection dates for Wayne County residents

 


Posted by The Huron Hub on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Wayne County’s Department of Public Services hosts four Household Hazardous Waste Collections per year for County residents. The collections are designed to accept unwanted household chemicals for proper disposal and electronics for recycling from residents.

Only household generated products from Wayne County residents are accepted.

2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Saturday, April 4, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Second Ebenezer Church
14601 Dequindre Street, Detroit, MI 48212
For more information, click here.

Saturday, June 13, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Henry Ford College
5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128
For more information, click here.

Saturday, August 8, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Westland Shopping Center
35000 Warren Road, Westland
(Lot behind JCP store)
For more information, click here.

Items that are accepted include:

  • household paints, stains, dyes
  • floor care items, furniture polish, bathroom cleaners
  • lawn and garden chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers
  • antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline
  • automotive batteries, dry cell batteries, propane tanks
  • old computers, printers, scanners, TV’s, cell phones, fax machines
  • mercury containing thermometers, thermostats and elemental mercury
  • fluorescent light bulbs (standard and compact)
  • smoke detectors, fire extinguishers
  • Pharmaceutical Waste (Non -controlled Substances only)
  • CRT televisions and monitors

Items that are not accepted include:

  • commercial waste, industrial waste
  • ammunition, explosives
  • 55-gallon drums
  • radioactive materials
  • unknown, unlabeled waste
  • shock sensitive materials
  • household trash
  • appliances

For a list of facilities that accept HHW year-round and for information on non-toxic alternatives, refer to the Wayne County Resource Recovery Guide.

Residents are encouraged to bring in mercury fever thermometers for disposal. Mercury is a toxic substance and can cause serious health effects if released into a home or the environment. For more information, please contact Wayne County’s Resource Recovery Coordinator at (734) 326-3936.