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Giving back: Local organization packs 3,000 care kits for women, teens in Metro Detroit shelters

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Recently, nearly 30 volunteers for The Clean Love Project gathered at the charitable organization’s headquarters in Huron Township and assembled 3,000 kits filled with personal care and hygiene products for women and teens in local shelters. (Photos courtesy of Lacey Catarino)


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 22, 2020

A local organization is making an incredible impact on the lives of teens and women in Metro Detroit’s homeless and domestic violence shelters.

Recently, 30 volunteers for The Clean Love Project gathered at the charitable organization’s headquarters in Huron Township and assembled 3,000 kits filled with personal care and hygiene products.

The Kits are delivered to multiple organizations throughout Metro Detroit, including Wayne County Safe, Covenant House, Community Housing Network, and Starfish Family Services.

Lacey Catarino, founder and executive director of The Clean Love Project, said that due to the current pandemic and the hit caused on the economy, the need for the items they pack has risen.

“Because of the economic strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need is greater than ever,” Catarino said. “Our volunteers packed a record-breaking number of kits. They are now being distributed to support teen girls and women and help alleviate the stress that comes with a woman’s monthly cycle.”

Donations and fundraisers are critical to the success of the program, Catarino said.

“In addition to our supporters, we have a number of key corporate sponsorships, such as Bombas socks and Starbucks.”

The Clean Love Project is a non-profit 501c3 organization with the mission of helping women and young girls feel clean, loved and empowered.

Since 2015, with the support of hundreds of people contributing 1,000 volunteer hours, The Clean Love Project has assembled and distributed 14,000 total kits.

“I started the project in 2015 with the help of a few friends and family members,” Catarino said. “Long story short, we put hygiene kits together for the homeless. In two years it grew into much more than that. At the end of 2017 the project became a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a focus on women and young girls in need in the Metro Detroit area.”

Catarino said the project hosts four assembling events each year right at her house in Huron Township.

At each event, “30 to 50 volunteers attend and assemble 1000-3000 kits,” she said. “Our goal this year is to distribute 10,000.”

The Clean Love Project partners with over 30 shelters, transitional housing programs, food pantries and school districts.

The organization is hosting its second annual golf outing planned for Saturday, Sept. 12 at Fox Hills Golf Course in Plymouth.

Individuals or organizations interested in the outing, or in partnering with The Clean Love Project can visit the website thecleanloveproject.org for more information.

Photos: June 2020 kit assembling event 

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Huron-Clinton Metroparks are hosting drive-in movies this summer


Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2020 — 3:00 PM EST | THE HURON HUB

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are hosting drive-in movies this summer throughout the park system.

From the Metroparks:

Pack up the family and head out to your Metroparks to enjoy a movie under the stars – drive-in style! Bring some popcorn and your favorite snacks and then settle in to enjoy the show from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle (or socially distanced bicycle). Movies may be busy and space is on a first-come-first-parked basis until we are full. Please plan to arrive early to get the best spot and remember to give other visitors the recommended 6 feet of safe space when leaving your vehicle. Advanced reservations will not be taken.

Paid admission into the Metroparks is required, but the movies are free to watch.

Here is the movie schedule, also available at this link:

July 25 | The Secret Life of Pets 2 | Dusk | Willow Metropark  Details

August 8 | Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Dusk | Kensington Metropark  Details

August 13 | Field of Dreams | Dusk | Lake St. Clair Metropark Details

August 14 | Toy Story 4 | Dusk | Hudson Mills Metropark Details

August 15 | Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Dusk | Willow Metropark Details

August 22 | Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Dusk | Stony Creek Metropark Details

August 27 | A League of Their Own | Dusk | Lake St. Clair Metropark Details

August 28 | Frozen 2 | Dusk | Kensington Metropark Details

August 29 | Toy Story 4 | Dusk | Willow Metropark Details

September 5 | Aladdin | Dusk | Stony Creek Metropark Details


 

Huron High School class of 1970 reunion postponed due to COVID-19

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Posted Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | The Huron Hub

The 50th reunion for Huron High School’s class of 1970 has been postponed due to the pandemic.

The group organizing the event said they are looking at fall 2021 for a possible reschedule date.

The event was initially scheduled for Sept. 26, 2020.

We will post updates for similar events like these as they are announced. 


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Yankee Air Museum cancels 2020 air show

Photo courtesy of the Wayne County Airport Authority.


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 6, 2020

The Yankee Air Museum said today they are canceling the 2020 Thunder Over Michigan Air Show that was planned for August 29-30 at Willow Run Airport, home to the Yankee Air Museum.

“In the current environment, we are unable to produce the world-renown Thunder Over Michigan Air Show event for which we are so well known,” said Kevin Walsh, event director.

According to air show organizers, they explored various socially responsible models but none of them fit the demands of a major air show.

“It is hard to take a proven model of 21 years and make it work responsibly in an era of global pandemic” Walsh said. “We take the health, safety and well-being of the seven hundred plus volunteers, the hundreds of aircrews and the tens of thousands of air show fans very seriously.”

Because the event “has a strict no refund policy,” according to organizers, 2020 ticket holders who bought tickets through the air show EventSprout ticketing system will receive a complimentary equivalent package for the 2021 Air Show, and also will receive an additional complimentary package for the 2022 Air Show.

“While a global pandemic is very much out of our control, we still want to give our current ticket holders a special consideration for being so loyal and dedicated,” Walsh said. “Our goal is to always exceed expectations.”

Organizers stated that they will be contacting individual general admission ticket holders to arrange the two-year complimentary package.

Plans are well underway for the 2021 show, which is slated for August 7-8, 2021.

“We built a reputation on being one of the top shows in the world and we look forward to keeping that place in the aviation community in 2021,” Walsh said.

The Thunder Over Michigan Air Show is a primary fundraiser for the Yankee Air Museum, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. To learn more visit YankeeAirMuseum.org.


 

Metropark pools, splash pads, campgrounds open during Fourth of July; reduced capacities, additional precautions in place


Posted July 2, 2020 | The Huron Hub 

Article submitted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks 

Huron-Clinton Metroparks has opened splash pads, campgrounds, farm centers, boat rentals and some pools. We’re ready to welcome you this Independence Day. Reduced capacities and additional precautions are in place to protect visitors and staff.

The Independence Day holiday weekend is right around the corner. And there’s no better excuse for getting together with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors. This year is no exception. Even though the annual Metroparks fireworks shows have been canceled – for everyone’s safety – you’ll still have plenty of ways to enjoy your favorite parks.

“The Fourth of July weekend is always an exciting time in the parks,” says Metroparks Director Amy McMillan. “We’re just as excited this year to welcome everyone into the parks, but we’re taking our safety precautions very seriously. It’s important that visitors continue practicing social distancing.”

Bring your family and hit the trails – enjoy the sights on a nature hike, coast down the hike-bike trail or test your skills on a mountain bike trail. You can still work on your swing at any of the Metroparks golf courses, throw some discs at our disc golf courses or spend the afternoon grilling up something yummy at a family picnic (as long as your gathering doesn’t exceed the 100 person limit set by Governor Whitmer’s current Executive Order).

If it’s sunshine and water you seek, take a dip in the lake at Maple and Martindale Beaches in Kensington Metropark, Eastwood and Baypoint Beaches at Stony Creek Metropark and the beach at Lake St. Clair Metropark. Splash pads are now open at Kensington, Indian Springs and Lake St. Clair Metroparks. So is the pool at Willow Metropark.

The wave pool at Lake Erie Metropark, the pool at Lake St. Claire Metropark and the Turtle Cove Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark remain closed while staff complete maintenance and improvement projects and train lifeguard staff. We haven’t yet set a target date for reopening. According to Director McMillan, “Many of our facilities are operating with reduced capacities and additional precautions in place to protect visitors and staff. It’s best to check our website before your visit so you’re aware of what changes you might find.”

For animal lovers, the farm centers at Kensington and Wolcott Mill Metroparks are now open. Visitors will notice one-way traffic in certain areas and reduced capacities allowed inside barns, but kids and adults alike can still visit their favorite farm friends and enjoy a day at the farm.

Additionally, we’ve reopened other facilities that were closed under previous executive orders:

  • Marinas at Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie Metroparks
  • Boat rental locations
  • Liveries
  • Playgrounds in all parks (playgrounds in Lower Huron, Willow, Oakwoods and Lake Erie Metroparks will open July 1 when the order from Wayne County Health Department is lifted)
  • Campgrounds at Lower Huron and Stony Creek Metroparks

Please note that the Metroparks team continues to actively monitor attendance in the parks. When overcrowding occurs, we may use temporary closures to certain areas within the parks. Or entire parks. Depending on the time of day that capacity is reached, the park may reopen as visitors leave. Those visitors already in the park when a closure starts are welcome to enjoy the rest of their visit. You can learn about all these closures and precautions before your visit at metroparks.com/covid.


 

Senior graduation parade set for Friday in New Boston

(Photo by Scott Bolthouse– The Huron Hub)


Posted Thursday, June 25, 2020

Huron High School senior graduation parade through New Boston set for Friday evening.

See the attached flyer below for full info.

Huron Public Safety will be escorting the parade.

For the safety of students, Huron River Drive will be closed from Willow to the Renton Middle School Entrance beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Access to the Michigan Memorial Cemetery will still be open using either the Huron River Drive/Merriman gate and/or access to the main gate via Willow Road.

Funeral services will be diverted to enter the cemetery through the Funeral Home Entrance.

“First, I want to congratulate the graduating Senior Class. They have lost so many experiences due to this pandemic and we are honored to be a small part of anything that can be done to make this a special and memorable time for them. We realize that these events could cause traffic issues but hope that the community will be patient so that we can help provide a safe atmosphere for the students and their proud families,” said Everette Robbins, public safetey director.

“We will have fire and police staffing at the blocked areas to assist residents with concerns and questions. Also, a big thank you to the staff at the Michigan Memorial Cemetery for their sacrifice and help in making this happen. We appreciate their community partnership. They asked that I pass on their congratulations to the Class of 2020.”​​


For the Love Bakeshop to host pop-up shop in Flat Rock June 26-28

For the Love Bakeshop & Café offers an inviting space accommodating a wide variety of dining preferences from grab and go, to a place to meet up with friends and socialize, and even offers a private dining section for parties, meetings and events. Photo courtesy Michele Bezue.


For the Love Bakeshop & Café, a vibrant new bakery cafe opening in July at the corner of Telegraph Rd and East Huron River Dr, is the latest on a growing list of eateries and small businesses revitalizing the downtown Flat Rock community. The shop is driven by a sense of purpose around fresh, local, real food. For the Love offers an inviting space accommodating a wide variety of dining preferences from grab and go, to a place to meet up with friends and socialize, and even offers a private dining section for parties, meetings and events. 

For the Love will host a pop up shop June 26–28, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily ahead of their upcoming July opening. Space is limited due to current COVID-19 regulations and guests will be served first come, first served.

The creators of For the Love hope to do more than just serve great food. From its beginnings, the shop has been designed to nourish the community in both body and spirit every hour that they are open. From staff whose mandate is to treat all neighbors with familiarity and love, to the authentic and natural food that is served, just as they would serve to their own families. Additionally, The For the Love of Neighbor program was an integral part of developing the eatery and offers a generous opportunity for guests to pay it forward when they can. Neighbors can support their fellow community members in need, by purchasing a Breakfast Break or Lunch with Love Benefit that a guest can use to pay for their meal whether they simply forgot their wallet or truly don’t know where their next meal will come from. The business will even share in the cost by offering a discount for any neighbors who choose to share the love. 

“It’s definitely something that’s close to home,” says Nichole Kahl, For the Love’s General Manager, “It’s a great feeling paying your bills on time, but sometimes your food runs out before your next check and that’s ok, it happens.  Our FTLON benefit is there to help those who are in need, in any way!”

For the Love uses Ingredients that are local whenever possible and always the highest quality and the fare is multicultural, based on the creators’ life experiences around the world. The menu includes a variety of breakfast, lunch and bakery items, handcrafted fresh daily. Gourmet sandwiches, refreshing salads, indulgent bakery goods including cakes, brownies, pastry, cookies and more are just some of what you will find on the counter and in the pastry case. An elevated coffee program includes coffee from several metro Detroit roasters, including the new Flat Rock roaster, Hooked on a Bean. For events and meetings, For the Love offers a full catering menu, which can be served in-house, picked up or delivered to your office or home. 

Menu favorites include the, always popular, Black Velvet Cake with Bruleed House-made Marshmallow and Double Cocoa Brownies that your mouth just will not believe. For breakfast, there is an unforgettable variety of bread and muffins in flavors like Morning Glory Banana and Lemon Thyme, as well as savory favorites like Bacon and Egg Brioche Buns and Kale Cheddar Sausage & Egg Muffins. The lunch menu boasts a variety of individual pizzas, scratch-made soups and sandwiches and baked treats like beef bourguignon pot pie and more.

For the Love Bakeshop & Café is located at 28773 Telegraph Rd in the former Premion building, newly rehabbed and home to several new and exciting Flat Rock businesses. The shop will open for carryout and delivery plus limited seating and events in July from 11 am – 6 pm. Keep up on progress and Grand Opening announcement at www.forthelovecafe.com and on social media on Facebook and Instagram as @forthelovecafe. Contact For the Love at 734.210.0290 and email at info@forthelovecafe.com.

Article submitted by: Michele Bezue


 

St. Stephen Festival cancelled this year


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

Published May 8, 2020 

A realization is being felt across the country: spring and summer just aren’t going to be the same this year due to the coronavirus.

Festivals, celebrations, and just about anything involving large groups of people are being cancelled everywhere to slow the spread of the virus.

Every May for decades, the St. Stephen Polish Festival has been a popular spring tradition in New Boston.

Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival, which was scheduled for May 15-17, is cancelled.

(Photo courtesy ststephennewboston.org)

For fun, we’re sharing some past photos of the festival from The Huron Hub’s archive. Enjoy:

Slideshow: Past festival fun. 
Huron Hub archive photos 

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