Basketball court will be built at Lajko Park

Lajko Park is located north of Township Hall on Huron River Drive. (Photo/Google Maps)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published March 21, 2019 — 11:30 a.m. EST


A basketball court will be built soon at Lajko Park, which is on Huron River Drive just north of Township Hall.

The court will be built using funds from the Wayne County Parks millage, which the township receives funding from every year, according to Treasurer Colleen Lazere.

Lazere said during the March 13 board meeting that two years worth of funding was available from the millage and could be used for building the court.

The board approved a bid from Al’s Asphalt Paving Co. of Taylor to build the court for $35,830, which includes a 10% contingency.

The court will be built on a corner of the current parking lot at the park, and will only take up about ten spaces, according to the construction plans.

Lajko Park on a map



Huron police officer enters burning house to save woman

(image/WDIV-Channel 4)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published March 21, 2019 — 7:30 a.m. EST

Dramatic body camera footage shows Huron Township police officer Adam Sheehan enter a burning house Wednesday morning to save a woman from inside.

When Sheehan arrived to the house, flames were erupting from inside and smoke was filling the rooms as he searched for the woman.

Officer Adam Sheehan

After finding the woman, she initially did not want to leave the house because of her seven cats that were still somewhere on the property.

Sheehan was able to eventually get her outside to safety.

Watch the body camera footage on WDIV-Channel 4


Preschool open house set for April 23 at Sunnyside Center

Event published March 21, 2019 — 8:15 a.m. 

YWCA Downriver Outreach in cooperation with Huron Township Schools

Tuesday April 23
6:15-7:30 p.m.

Please come with your child to meet the teacher and see our classrooms. At this time register for the 2019/2020 school year. $40 registration fee payable at time of
registration to reserve your child’s place in the program.

3-year-old class Tuesday & Thursday 9:00-11:30 a.m.
4-year-old HALF day class Monday, Wednesday &Friday 9:00 -11:30 a.m.
4-year-old FULL day class Monday, Wednesday &Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
4-year-old 5 FULL day class. Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Huron Kids Zone Preschool – A licensed Non-Profit Preschool with certified teachers, offering specialized curriculum for 3 and 4 year old’s. Kindergarten readiness curriculum to include Pre reading, Writing ,Science (light, water, color, bubbles) Sounds and letters Fine motor skills Gross motor skills, Math (shapes, sorting, counting) & more.

For more information please call (Rebecca) YWCA Huron Kids Zone Preschool at
734-782-2442 ext. 6616 or email

Sunnyside Kindergarten Center
24820 Merriman Road
New Boston, MI 48164
734-782-2442 ext. 6616 (For Information )

Source: Sunnyside Kindergarten Center


Ford to invest over $850 million in Flat Rock Assembly Plant

(Photo/Ford Motor Co.)

Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published March 20, 2019 — 4 p.m. EST

Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday that it is investing $900 million in its southeast Michigan manufacturing footprint with a plan to add 900 new jobs through 2023.

This includes a plan to expand production at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, which includes next-generation fully electric vehicle production, and a target to invest more than $850 million through 2023.

A second shift will be added to the Flat Rock plant to boost production.

Southeast Michigan workers will make Ford’s first autonomous vehicles starting in 2021, according to the auto company.

Ford says it plans to invest in an autonomous vehicle center where employees will install the vehicles’ self-driving technology and unique interiors.

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri said the announcement is great news for southeast Michigan and the Downriver area.

“Ford’s investment not only in next-generation vehicle technology but in good-paying union jobs in our Downriver community for years to come is great news. Especially following January’s announcement to cut a shift at Flat Rock Assembly, the news that this plant will be the primary center for battery electric vehicle production in the country is a huge step in the right direction. This renewed investment in our community represents an important opportunity for Downriver families and for the future of our region, and I look forward to seeing the good it will do for our local economy,” Camilleri said.

Read Ford’s full announcement here

UAW President Rory Gamble said in a statement that Ford’s investment represents a step forward for the auto industry that will greatly benefit the region.

“Ford’s $900 million in investments, most of which is in the Flat Rock facility, sets up the downriver Detroit facility to be the center of electric vehicles for years to come. As we transition to new technology and future products, Flat Rock through this investment, is well positioned to be a world leader for decades to come in auto industry technology and production,” Gamble said.

Camilleri on passage of open records package by the House


State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) speaks on the House floor on Tuesday, March 19 in support of his House Bill 4016. (Photo courtesy of House Democrats)

Article published March 20, 2019 — 9 a.m. EST 

LANSING — On Tuesday, House Bills 4007-4013 and 4015-4016 were passed unanimously by the House and now head to the Senate for consideration. The bipartisan package, which aims to increase accountability and address Michigan’s last-in-the-nation ranking for transparency in government, will open the governor’s office up to the Freedom of Information Act and subject the Legislature to a new Legislative Open Records Act. In response to its passage, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township), sponsor of HB 4016, issued the following statement:

“We live in a world where so much knowledge is at our fingertips, yet the average person still can’t access basic information about how their state government operates or how their tax dollars are being spent. I was subject to open records laws while I was a teacher and when I served as a local Parks and Recreation Commissioner, but those same transparency measures aren’t in place for something as consequential as our state government. I look forward to this package moving quickly through the Senate and being signed into law so we can finally give Michiganders the tools they need to hold their government accountable.”

Source: House Democrats 


Detroit police lieutenant from New Boston nominated for department’s female officer of the year

Lt. Shanda Starks of Detroit police was nominated female officer of the year, which will be announced April 4 during the department’s “Women in Blue” event at MGM Grand Detroit. Starks lives in New Boston and is a 22-year veteran with Detroit police. (Photo courtesy of Detroit Public Safety Foundation)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |

Published March 20, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. EST
Updated March 20, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. EST


Lt. Shanda Starks of the Detroit Police Department has been nominated for female officer of the year after serving with the department for 22 years.

Starks, a New Boston resident, will be among a field of other candidates nominated, and the award will be announced during an April 4 event at MGM Grand Detroit called “Women in Blue.”

The award was created to recognize those who have distinguished service to the Detroit Police Department, the law enforcement profession, and the greater Detroit community, according to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.

Nominations are open to female officers from the ranks of police officer to lieutenant.

During her career with Detroit police, Starks, 48, has worked in several different areas including internal affairs, recruiting, executive protection, and patrol operations as an officer and supervisor.

She has also worked many challenging investigations, including working in the sex crimes unit for nine years and most recently, in the child abuse unit for five years.

“Starks brings professionalism and a spirit of service to the victims of these horrific crimes and their families,” a statement from Detroit Public Safety said.

While overseeing the child abuse unit, Starks was able to build manpower and change the intake process to ensure complaints involving children were never missed.

“The oversight instituted by Lt. Starks ensures that every external complaint is investigated, and the proper notifications are made,” the statement said.

Starks was promoted recently to lieutenant and is currently assigned to communications.

She has a degree in public service administration and a master’s degree in organizational leadership, and was the first female to serve on the Detroit Police Department Honor Guard, serving from 2001-2008.

Starks stays active in the community when she’s not in uniform.

She volunteers at her church and speaks to children at inner city schools about child abuse and sex crimes, and also reads to children and encourages them to study and learn.

Starks has lived in New Boston since 2006 and is married to retired Wayne County Sheriffs Deputy Corporal Steven Starks.

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected on March 20, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. to reflect that Lt. Starks has been nominated for the award. An original posting incorrectly stated that Starks had already been awarded the title. The award will be announced April 4. 


Community meeting on school district bond proposal will be held Tuesday evening at Miller Elementary

Posted March 19, 2019 — 12:30 p.m. EST

The second of four community meetings on Huron School District’s bond proposal will be held Tuesday evening at Miller Elementary in New Boston.

The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.

The next two meetings will be held March 28, 5:30 p.m. at Renton Jr. High School and April 25, 5:30 p.m. at Huron High School.

Related: Community to vote May 7 on Huron School District bond proposal