Meet the candidates: Jamie Grant running for seat on Huron Board of Education

Photo submitted by Jamie Grant

Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 23, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates had until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Jamie Grant:

Hello, my name is Jamie Grant, and I am running for the Huron School Board.  I currently live in the District with my wife Krissy and my two sons Connor, a freshman at Huron and Zennon, a 7th grader at Renton.  I am a proud graduate from Huron High School, Class of ’92.  After graduation I:

Attended Grand Valley State University

Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Sports Medicine

Captain of the Hockey team

Founding Father of Alpha Sigma Phi

President, Service chair, Alumni relations, many more positions

Served as an Undergraduate Rep to the Grand Council (National Board)

Member of Phi Epsilon Kappa (Professional Fraternity for Physical Education and Sports Medicine)

President, Service Chair

Attended Wayne State University

Master’s in Education

Guest speaker for Undergraduate classes

Treasurer Advisor to Alpha Sigma Phi Chapter (2 years)

Leonard Elementary (Troy School District)

20 years as the Physical Education for K-5

10 years as the Elementary Department Head for Physical Education

3 years as the Character Education Chair

2 years on the Elementary Task force District wide committee

Attended and Presented at many local and national conferences for Physical Education and Character Education

In the past I have served:

6 years on Leonard Leadership team; 3 years as the Leader

Elementary report card District wide committee

I have been part of many teams in my life, but no matter if I am leading them or serving on them, I know that it is not about me but about the team.  It is about Huron School District.  If elected to the School Board I will help make Huron a world class district.  I will take what the school board is doing now and help improve it.  I plan on visiting the schools to listen to the students, teachers, administrators, and parents to see how I can help improve the district.  Some of the areas that I do think need work are:

Communication.  The district needs to be more transparent to teachers, parents, and students.  These stakeholders need to be more informed on what the district is doing and the vision on where the district is going.  I would like to see the school board come up with a Vision plan on where the district plans on going for the next 5 years.  The board needs to make that plan public so the community can hold them accountable for it.

Curriculum.  The district curriculum needs to help empower students so they can connect their learning to their world around them and prepare our students for higher education after high school.  I would like to see the district create a teaching and learning team that would evaluate our current curriculum but explore new options.  I would like to see this teaching and learning team be responsible for educating our teachers on the best practices of the curriculum.  This team would be responsible for the constant Professional Development and support of our teachers, so our teachers could increase their teaching knowledge and in turn help our students increase their education.

Character of Students.  The district needs to attend to students’ social and emotional well-being, so students are prepared to deal with this ever-changing world.  I believe during this pandemic we have learned about the importance of being able to cope with our ever-changing world.  I believe as educators; it is our responsibility to help our youth to create coping mechanisms to help them relate to the world around them.

These are only a few changes that I can see that would benefit our district.  Going into the buildings would help me further understand what is still needed to make this district world class.  Listening to the people on the front lines and in our community is the best way of understanding how I can help you.  If elected to the school board, I am willing to do what it takes to help this district move forward in a positive way.

To learn more about me please go to michiganedjustice.org where I answer many questions about running for a School Board position.


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1 person reported dead after thieves attempt to steal several cars from CSX rail yard Thursday

(Photo courtesy/CSX)
Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 23, 2020
11:15 AM EDT

A person has died following the attempted theft of several cars out of a CSX rail yard early Thursday morning, according to a media report. 

WDIV-Detroit is reporting that one person has died during the incident.

WDIV is reporting that the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that someone had died. It’s not clear if that person was in the vehicle that rolled over and was partially submerged.

Police are working to identify the man who died and notify his family.

CSX authorities would not confirm the death to The Huron Hub as of Thursday afternoon. 

CSX says shortly after 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning, several people attempted to steal six vehicles from a CSX rail yard on Pennsylvania Road.

During the incident, one of the stolen vehicles ended up in a pond on the property.

Three of the six vehicles have been recovered.

Here is a statement from CSX media relations regarding an incident that took place early Thursday morning:

Shortly after 4:00 a.m. this morning, several trespassers attempted to steal six vehicles from a CSX railyard in Romulus, MI. Three of the six vehicles have been recovered. CSX thanks the Romulus Police Department and Huron Township officers for their prompt response. CSX police are currently investigating the incident.

Original posting: Vehicle ends up in pond after thieves try to steal cars from CSX rail yard

Check back with The Huron Hub for an update when more information is available.


 

Girl Scout troop builds and installs ‘little free library’ at local playground

Girl Scout Troop #75915


Posted by The Huron Hub
Oct. 23, 2020

Check out the new “Little Free Library” located in Huron Township by the playground at Willow Methodist Church Spread the word to Huron residents to take a book and share a book Thank you to Robert Lenz (grandfather to three of the girls) and Michelle Simon (mom and troop leader) for building it and Girl Scout Troop #75915 for painting and stocking it. Our troop is multi-level ages Kindergarten to 6th grade. We are so happy to be a part of such a fun project that the community can enjoy for years.

We wanted to do an outdoor activity that others could benefit from. Our girls will continue to keep the library stocked while also relying on others in the community to leave books too. We officially opened the library on Oct. 10, 2020.

We have registered our library with the Little Free Library Non-Profit Organization.

Article and photos submitted by Leslie Masciovecchio 


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Submit news, photos, announcements, events, articles for publication, and letters to the editor via email at Editor@HuronHub.com or at the contact page on HuronHub.com.


 

Huron girls basketball program hosting drive-thru bottle/can donation event on Nov. 3

(Photo/Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 23, 2020

The Huron girls basketball program is hosting a drive-thru bottle and can donation event on Nov. 3.

Proceeds will help create the Huron girls basketball program for grades 7-12.

View the flyer below for more information:

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Photos: Downtown New Boston decorated in scarecrows

Photos: Downtown New Boston decorated in scarecrows

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 22, 2020

Downtown New Boston was decorated recently with over a dozen scarecrows.

The scarecrows were made by Shelly Bergmoosher and PopUp PreSchool families.

50 families participated in the challenge to create their own scarecrows in an
effort to help beautify the downtown and give back to the community.

“What a generous and thoughtful project! If you have not had the opportunity to view
the scarecrows it is not too late to venture out and take a look. You will not be
disappointed! Happy Halloween!” said David Glaab, Huron Township supervisor.

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CSX police: 3 vehicles recovered after thieves attempt to steal 6 cars from local rail yard

(Photo courtesy/CSX)


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 22, 2020
12:05 PM EDT

Here is a statement from CSX media relations regarding an incident that took place early Thursday morning:

Shortly after 4:00 a.m. this morning, several trespassers attempted to steal six vehicles from a CSX railyard in Romulus, MI. Three of the six vehicles have been recovered. CSX thanks the Romulus Police Department and Huron Township officers for their prompt response. CSX police are currently investigating the incident.

Original posting: Vehicle ends up in pond after thieves try to steal cars from CSX rail yard

Check back with The Huron Hub for an update when more information is available.


 

Developing: Vehicle ends up in pond after thieves try to steal cars from CSX rail yard


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 22, 2020
11:15 AM EDT

This article has been updated with a statement from CSX police at this link. 

Original post:

Thieves attempted to steal cars from a rail yard along Pennsylvania Road early Thursday morning.

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety, said the investigation is being handled by CSX police, and that it will be CSX police that will release further updates when available.

“We responded to the incident and ultimately turned it over to the CSX railroad police due to jurisdictional constraints,” Robbins told The Huron Hub.

One of the vehicles ended up in a pond on the property according to media reports, and no other information about the incident is immediately available.

Check back with The Huron Hub for an update when more information is available.


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Tiffany’s on the River hosting craft show, trunk or treat in downtown New Boston on Oct. 24

 

Tiffany’s on the River is hosting a fun-filled day of crafts and Halloween festivities on Oct. 24. See their social media post below for more information.


Local event posted Oct. 21, 2020

Tiffany’s on the River is hosting a craft show and trunk or treat in downtown New Boston on Oct. 24.

View their social media post for full information:


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20 local candidates participate in The Huron Hub’s ‘meet the candidates’ campaign

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

Posted Oct. 15, 2020

Two months ago, every person running for office on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard.

20 candidates wrote letters to the community — this is really a great turnout.

I would like to thank all of the candidates who took the time to write these letters, each are free of personal attacks and are focused on what they will bring to the community if they are elected or reelected.

With the election coming up fast, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Readers can access meet the candidate articles on a special tab on HuronHub.com at this link.

Letters were published in the order they were received. Because of the amount of candidates that participated, readers should scroll through the entire meet the candidates tab to view every letter.

To see what’s on the ballot, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center website here: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/PublicBallot/Index


Want to know what’s happening in the Huron community? Watch the township board meetings online

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The township board meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston. Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub.


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 15, 2020

I don’t often write opinion pieces, because I see myself as a news writer who doesn’t really need to share my personal thoughts on topics, unless it is due.

In this case, it is due.

Being informed about what’s happening in the community is an important part of being a responsible citizen. Part of the reason why I launched The Huron Hub in March 2014 was to help keep residents informed about what’s going on in Huron Township.

People spend hours on the internet these days — it’s part of life in 2020.

How about spending roughly one hour, every two weeks, to watch a board meeting?

The unfortunate part of internet life is speculation and rumors, usually created in hastily made posts that are logged on local social media group pages, in comment sections, etc.

Rumors and speculation are never good. They are the catalyst for being misinformed, and they usually create strife among residents and elected officials.

If you want to know what’s going on in the Huron community, start by watching the township board and government meetings that are streamed online.

Even better: attend a meeting in person.

You have a chance during public comments to speak directly to the board members. This would be a perfect time to bring up issues that you feel are important. The board members might not always answer your concerns right on the spot, but it is the proper way to put your concern into the public record.

Sure, sometimes meetings are long, and aren’t filled with the most exciting stuff, but it’s part of a resident’s duty to watch what happens at these government meetings.

Most answers to basic questions are answered there.

In fact, the most recent meeting on Oct. 14 had a lot of good information in it for residents of this community. You can watch that meeting here.

All of Huron Township’s board meetings are streamed online. Visit this link to find out how to view the board meetings online.

The Township Board meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston.