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Meet the candidates: Joshua Monte running for seat on Huron Board of Education

Photo submitted by Joshua Monte


Meet the candidates column 
The Huron Hub
Posted Sept. 15, 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.

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


The following letter was submitted by Joshua Monte: 

ABOUT ME:

My name is Joshua Monte, I grew up in Belleville and have been a resident of Huron Township for 18 years. I’ve been married to my wife, Jill, for 20 years and have two daughters, Lila and Lauren, who attend Renton Junior High School. I have been in law enforcement for over 25 years, and currently serve as a Captain with the City of Romulus.
My family chose to move to Huron Township for two reasons; the safety of the community and the quality of education the Huron School District provides.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and a Master’s Degree in Technology Studies from EMU. I am also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. I have experience in strategic planning, developing and maintaining a large budget, grant writing, and policy development. I’ve gained great insight and experience by participating in union contract negotiations as a union president, and recently from the employer side of the bargaining table.

WHY I’M PURSUING A SCHOOL BOARD SEAT:

I believe that children are the foundation of our community and it is the duty of our school system to provide a safe, quality education in order to facilitate their educational and emotional growth.
I was raised with deep roots in public education. My father was a public school teacher and principal for over 40 years, and served an additional few years as principal of St. Stephen Catholic School. My mother retired as a public school elementary school secretary after 30 years.
With my background in education and executive-level law enforcement, I can bring a unique perspective to the school board. Having worked with boards and commissions, I understand the role the school board plays with the school district and community. I will work collaboratively with other board members, parents, school staff, and administrators using a solution-oriented approach. As a new School Board member, I will actively engage in learning new concepts and best practices, while seeking out and engaging in
learning opportunities. Many of the skills I’ve developed in public service are appropriately transferable to the school board position.
Above all, I believe in collaboration, fiscal responsibility and transparency. As a parent of two children in the district, I also understand the importance of effectively communicating decisions based on accurate information. This best practice will alleviate questions, concerns, and fears in both parents and students.

WHY I’M THE RIGHT CANDIDATE:

The global pandemic has been a challenging time for educators, parents, and particularly students. As a Board member I will advocate for the students and the district on a local and state level. I will focus on student achievement and policies that ensure success for all students. I plan to use my professional leadership and collaborative skills to assist school leadership and board members in creating an exceptional educational experience for students, while making sound fiscal decisions. I look forward to serving our community in this capacity.


 

Meet the candidates: John Poe running for state representative for House District 23

Photo submitted by John Poe

Meet the candidates column 
The Huron Hub
Posted Sept. 14, 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.

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


The following was submitted by John Poe:

A little bit about me. I am a husband, father, first responder, hunter, firearms instructor, animal conservationist, Christian, Constitutionalist, business owner Public School educated union man. 

John was born in 1968 in Middletown Ohio. He graduated High School in Monroe Ohio and currently lives in the wonderful community of New Boston with his wife of 30 years and his twin children who are 22 years old. 

The first stop in John’s career was that of an Auxiliary Police Officer after which he worked as a Park Police Officer. In 1993 John was hired in full time with the River Rouge Police Department. Throughout his career John has reached many milestones. Holding nearly every rank John rose from Patrolman to Corporal to Sergeant to Detective Sergeant to Lieutenant which is the rank he held when he finally retired. John was the originating officer in one of the first convictions of the Internet Predators Act. He has dedicated his adult life to public service and a run for State Representative is another example. 

Another passion of John’s is his love of reptiles. John lays claim to the fact that he is the founder of the Southeast Michigan reptile rescue. As an Internationally recognized expert on the handling of reptiles John has made several appearances on Animal Planet. This unique ability has prompted John to hold training classes for Local, State and Federal animal control officers. Some people purchase “dangerous” reptiles and release them once they become too much to handle. Currently Michigan has no laws preventing this. 

In one form or another John has volunteered his time to his community for the better part of four decades. John has served on the Library Commission for 10 years, Goodfellows and Autism Awareness Associations. He was a founding member of the River Rouge Civic League as well as a founding member of a Downriver No Child Without a Christmas Chapter. John continues to work for breast cancer awareness and will soon launch a cooperative to help fight child trafficking. 

 John’s life experiences have led him to the decision to run to represent the 23rd District in the Michigan House of Representatives. His core values and willingness to serve make him an attractive candidate for this position. For more information on John or his campaign please visit http://www.poefor23.com or look him up on Facebook @johnpoeformi. 


 

Michigan unemployed workers provided additional $300 per week


Posted by The Huron Hub
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020

The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has started processing payments for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) for eligible Michiganders. Due to the large volume of payments to be processed, workers will begin receiving LWA payments over the next week to ten days.

LWA is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide $300 per week to supplement unemployment benefits for those who are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. To be eligible for LWA, a claimant’s weekly benefit amount must be at least $100 (before deductions).

“Initially, eligible claimants will receive LWA for the benefit weeks ending Aug. 1, Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, 2020,” said UIA Director Steve Gray, “An estimated 910,000 claimants will receive these much-needed additional benefits.”

Workers do not have to file a separate claim or application for LWA. To qualify, claimants must self-certify whether they are unemployed due to COVID-19. For claimants who have already provided a self-certification on their claim filing application, no further action is needed to qualify. Also, all unemployed workers receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) have already completed this step.

Claimants who need to self-certify will receive notification to answer a question in their MiWAM account starting this week. If a claimant has chosen to receive US mail, notification will be mailed.

FEMA has recently alerted states that LWA funds will only be available for a total of six weeks. States were initially granted three weeks of LWA benefits and must apply for additional weeks. UIA has applied for all available weeks of benefits which will be payable until the week ending September 5.


Whitmer signs bill adding $2.8 billion in supplemental funding to unemployment insurance


Posted by The Huron Hub

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020


Governor Whitmer today signed Senate Bill 745, which appropriates $2.8 billion in supplemental funding from federal revenues awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover a temporary $300 per week enhanced federal payment for eligible Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits.

As part of the FEMA program, the additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits will continue until the federal emergency disaster relief funding made available for this program has been exhausted. At this time, it is unknown how many weeks may be covered by existing funds.

“This is good news for the thousands of Michiganders who are still without work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still a short term band aid that falls short of what’s needed,” said Governor Whitmer. “We need the president, Mitch McConnell, and Congress to put partisanship aside and pass a bipartisan recovery package that will help us save lives and get people back on their feet. Michigan families, frontline workers, and small business owners are counting on the federal government to do the right thing and work together on their behalf.”

At this time, eligible claimants do not have to take any action to receive the additional benefit amount provided by the program.

SB 745 also includes $8 million in funding to facilitate the further development of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Illinois, which will provide a critical barrier to prevent invasive carp from entering Lake Michigan. In addition, the bill provides match funding for disaster flood cleanup in Midland and Gladwin counties, as well as funding to cover costs for flood response and mitigation efforts in the City of Detroit.


Whitmer reopens gyms and pools; permits organized sports with ‘strict safety measures’


Posted by The Huron Hub
Press Release Desk

Sept. 3, 2020 – 3:15 PM EST

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-176 reopening Michigan’s gyms and pools in those regions where they remain closed and allowing for organized sports practices and competitions to resume in those regions where they remain restricted, subject to strict protections meant to limit spread of the virus. Gyms and pools may begin to reopen on Wednesday, September 9. The governor also signed Executive Order 2020-175 outlining strict workplace safety measures gyms and pools must follow to protect people from the spread of COVID-19.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have followed the best science and data available to make decisions that will keep Michiganders safe, and our hard work is paying off. Today we are announcing the reopening of gyms and pools with strict safety measures in place to protect patrons and their families,” said Governor Whitmer. “I urge everyone who plans to hit the gym after these orders go into effect to take these precautions seriously and do everything in their power to protect themselves and their families. Be smart, and stay safe.”

“Individuals can now choose whether or not to play organized sports, and if they do choose to play, this order requires strict safety measures to reduce risk,” said Chief Medical Executive and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “However, we know of 30 reported outbreaks involving athletic teams and facilities in August. Based on current data, contact sports create a high risk of COVID-19 transmission and MDHHS strongly recommends against participating in them at this time. We are not out of the woods yet. COVID-19 is still a very real threat to our families.”

“On behalf of the Michigan Fitness Club Association, we appreciate Governor Whitmer’s announcement regarding the re-opening of gyms and fitness centers,” said Alyssa Tushman, Vice Chair of the Michigan Fitness Club Association. “The health and safety of our members, staff, and the public in general is our top priority. We are well-prepared to ensure a safe, clean environment and we are excited to offer Michiganders the opportunity to resume their exercise routines. We look forward to working with Governor Whitmer and her administration to help build a healthy Michigan.”

Under Executive Order 2020-175, all gyms and pools that reopen must enforce strict safety measures. Gyms must require wearing of masks at all times, including times of exercise, configure workout stations or implement protocols to enable six feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions, reduce class sizes to enable at least six feet of separation between individuals, provide equipment-cleaning products throughout the gym, and more.

Spectators for indoor organized sports are limited to the guests of the athletes with each athlete designating up to two guests. For outdoor sports competitions, the organizer of the competitions must either limit the audience to the guests of the participants with each athlete designating up to two guests, or limit total attendance to 100 people or fewer, including all participants like athletes, coaches, and staff.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) also released guidance todayon organized sports. The document recommends against contact sports at this time, defined to mean those sports involving more than occasional and fleeting contact, including football, basketball, and soccer. It also cites the elevated risk associated with activities that involve “shouting, singing, or breathing forcefully,” and notes there have been 30 reported outbreaks associated with athletic clubs, teams, or athletic facilities. MDHHS’ guidance recommends mitigation measures organized sports teams may take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during training, practices, and competitions. These recommendations include frequent hand washing, not letting players share towels, clothing, or other items they use to wipe their faces or hands, ensuring proper cleaning and disinfection of objects and equipment, prioritizing outdoor practice, and more.

“As we begin to start organized sports back up again, I urge school districts and athletic associations to do everything in their power to protect players, coaches, and staff. That means carefully following the guidelines released today by DHHS,” said Governor Whitmer. “Going forward, we will continue to work with health experts to assess the risk associated with business sectors that remain closed. For the health and safety of our families and frontline workers, it is crucial that we proceed thoughtfully and incrementally so we can measure the effects of today‘s actions before we take additional steps towards re-engagement.”

“We are pleased with the opportunity to move forward. Our Association continues to work with a team from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health to ensure the safety of approximately 90,000 players and 11,000 team officials,” said Thomas Faro, Executive Director of the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association. “We will continue these efforts through our return to play guidelines and in strict accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders.”

To view the governor’s executive orders and the DHHS memo on mitigation strategies, click the links below:


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Department of Agriculture reminds agri-tourism operators to follow COVID-19 safety guidance for fall season

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

As Michigan moves into autumn, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today reminded the state’s U-pick, corn mazes and other agri-tourism operations opening up to implement and follow plans to protect themselves and their customers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Fall harvest in Michigan brings a bounty of delicious food and products highlighting Pure Michigan agriculture. U-pick and other agri-tourism farming operations are part of the foundation of our food supply chain,” said Gary McDowell, MDARD director. “These businesses need to continue adhering to specific guidance such as social distancing in the retail and field areas, using masks, and taking the necessary steps to protect public health as they open for the season.”

A couple of key items to note for agri-tourism operators, with the full list available online:

-Operators must have a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and make it readily available to employees and customers; train employees; and supervise implementation.
-U-pick and agri-tourism operations must screen staff daily for symptoms and those with symptoms should not be permitted to work until they subside.
-The use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, face shields, and face coverings as appropriate for the activity being performed is required and must be provided.
-Limit in-person interaction with clients and patrons to the maximum extent possible, and bar any such interaction in which people cannot maintain six feet of distance from one another.
-Customers must take steps to maintain social distancing in sale and retail areas and in fields. Spacing out guests in U-pick areas is critical to the safety of all guests. A minimum of six feet between guests must always be maintained. This also means avoiding crowds waiting to enter sales or field areas and providing for six feet between each guest standing in any lines.
-Family units should stay together and six feet apart from others. Customers should only be accompanied with family members and should limit the numbers in their groups.

All provisions of Executive Orders 2020-160 and 2020-161 and best practices from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention can be found here.


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‘Meet the Candidates’ section of The Huron Hub to return for 2020 election

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

Posted Aug. 12, 2020

The primary election has passed and it’s time we move our sights to the November general election.

During the 2016 election, The Huron Hub ran a successful “Meet the Candidates” column that allowed each candidate running for election or re-election in Huron Township the chance to make their case to the voters.

This column will be returning for the 2020 election.

This column allows quick reference for voters who want more info on the candidates.

Any person running in Huron is invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard.

If you’re a candidate running for office in Huron Township, submit your proposal and headshot photo to the editor: ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com.

Candidates: the deadline to submit your letter will be Oct. 12 (we will not publish any letters submitted after that date).

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

Candidates are invited to contact The Huron Hub’s editor if they have further questions.


 

Over 500 DTE customers in Huron Township without power Friday


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 – 10:45 AM EST

Storms have caused power outages as of 10:45 a.m. this morning in Huron Township.

Thunderstorms are moving through the area Friday and are expected to continue through the evening.

The DTE outage map website shows over 500 customers are without power.

The estimated restoration time according to the outage map is in the afternoon on Friday.

Here are some screenshots from the DTE outage map website with more information:


Toledo man charged with felonies after police recover handgun during pursuit in Huron Township

Dash cam footage from an Aug. 25 police pursuit in Huron Township shows the moment after the driver crashed into a tree and then fled from police on foot. You can view the full dash cam footage below.


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

Posted Aug. 27, 2020 

A 23-year-old Toledo man is facing felony charges after he fled from Huron Township police, resulting in a crash and police recovering a loaded handgun from the scene.

On Aug. 25 at 3:18 p.m., an officer assigned to the police department’s Traffic Services Unit attempted to pull over Calvin Marlowe Ware as he was headed north on I-275 near Sibley Road.

Police said Ware was going 85 mph in a 70 mph zone.

The vehicle, with three people inside, did not stop after police activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens.

Police dash cam footage released by Huron Township Police shows what happened next.

The vehicle headed eastbound on Sibley Road and then southbound on Wahrman Road.

The driver opened the door of the vehicle in what appeared to be an initial attempt to flee on foot.

The driver then turned around in the front yard of a house on Wahrman Road before again heading southbound on Wahrman.

A few moments later, the driver crashed into a tree near a ditch.

During the crash, the driver was ejected from the vehicle into a ditch, and then fled the scene northbound on foot.

The responding officer immediately took the two other people into custody.

Multiple Huron Township marked and unmarked units responded and setup a perimeter in the area with assistance from the Metroparks Police Department.

The perimeter was held for several hours while the search for the driver continued.

The Huron Township Police Department K9 Unit responded and initiated a search within five minutes following the vehicle crash.

While the K9 was tracking the suspect, it also located narcotics near the location where the suspect entered a wooded area.

During the search, police used a drone equipped with infrared night and day vision cameras. The infrared cameras can detect heat signatures within the wooded area.

At 6:05 p.m., a resident on the southern end of Wahrman Road observed the suspect exit the wooded area on his property.

The resident contacted 911 and officers who were still maintaining a perimeter took the suspect into custody without incident.

Evidence technicians located a loaded handgun in the ditch near the driver’s side door where the suspect was thrown from the vehicle.

The handgun was listed as stolen out of Perrysburg, Ohio.

Ware is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and fleeing from police, both five-year felonies.

He is also charged with misdemeanor driving with a revoked license and habitual offender charges.

23-year-old Calvin Marlowe Ware of Toledo

“A passenger within the vehicle advised us during the investigation that immediately upon the officer attempting to stop the vehicle, the suspect was observed to pull the handgun from his waistband area. We believe the crash ejected both the suspect, as well as the weapon from the vehicle. I hate to think of the ways this scenario could have played out had that not happened,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “Our staff remained persistent and maintained the perimeter for several hours while continuing to search. I believe this ultimately cornered the suspect, forced him northward and ultimately out of the woods where he was taken into custody.”

Seen here is the gun that was allegedly discarded by the driver after crashing and fleeing on foot. Photo courtesy Huron Township Police.

Robbins said the department has added several resources over the past few years that assist them during incidents like these.

“As a Public Safety Organization, we have worked extremely hard over the past few years to train our staff to provide crucial services to our community such as K9, Evidence Technician, and Detective services. Within the past few months, we have also established our drone unit. This case certainly shows the importance of our traffic services unit and the need for professional proactive policing methods,” he said.

Robbins said the emergency dispatch center played a crucial role in helping locate the suspect.

“Our Emergency Dispatch Center was without doubt the unsung hero throughout this incident. I say without hesitation that their performance is a key reason that not only this suspect was taken into custody, but more importantly why this incident ended safely for everyone involved. I thank them for their efforts.”

Including the dash cam footage for the public to see was important, he said, because it shows how quickly things can happen during a pursuit.

“I included the dashcam video of the initial pursuit so that our community can see firsthand not only the professional and quick police response, but also as a lesson as to how quickly a situation like this can become dangerous. This began as a routine traffic stop for speed, but as you can see, nothing is ever routine.”