Category Archives: Shout outs

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 |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

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. 


 

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New Boston woman appointed CEO of Detroit Institute for Children

Roxanne Brinkerhoff

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Roxanne Brinkerhoff of New Boston was recently appointed CEO of the Detroit Institute for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides more than 45,000 hours of services to children with special needs every year.

Brinkerhoff has nearly two decades of experience providing leadership in the field of child and family services, according to DIC.

Before being appointed as CEO, Brinkerhoff served as chief operating officer at Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan and as senior director with The Guidance Center, a human services agency serving nearly 25,000 children and adults annually at 23 Downriver locations.

DIC says their therapeutic programs, run by a staff of over 70 people, include speech language pathology, occupational and physical therapies, social work, psychological services, and special education consulting.

Brinkerhoff is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Leadership Detroit XXXVII.

She also serves in a volunteer capacity as vice chair of the Wayne County Great Start Collaborative, an organization that provides support to children in Wayne County.

Brinkerhoff and her husband live in New Boston with their two children.

For more information about DIC and their programs, visit http://www.detroitchildren.org.


 

Flat Rock High School student traveling to Germany to compete in World Tap Championships

Zoie Mink, a junior at Flat Rock High School, will be traveling to Germany in December to compete at the World Tap Championships. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Mink)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Zoie Mink, a junior at Flat Rock High School and a competitive dancer at Dance Athletics Competitive Edge in Canton, recently auditioned and made the United States Tap Dance Team.

Mink will be traveling with the team to Germany late November through early December to compete at the World Tap Championships.

The team features 78 dancers from 18 states. 

After auditioning for a place on the USA Tap Team this past summer and being selected, the dancers will represent the U.S. at the competition which is also known as the “Olympics of tap dance.”

At the event, sponsored by the International Dance Organization, the dancers will be competing against other tap dancers from over 30 countries around the world.

The U.S. dancers have been training in Boston, Mass. on the weekends before traveling home.

The team will be competing in 28 different routines within four separate age categories. They will be performing solos, duos, trios, small groups and formations.

Upon arriving in Germany, the dancers and their families will have two days to site-see before the competition begins.

You can cheer on the USA Tap Team by tuning into the event on live stream at www.ido-dance.com.

The competition begins on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and will run through Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.


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Shout out: Huron Historical Commission, Parks and Recreations

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

There’s a new column here at the Huron Hub that will feature local residents, students, organizations, businesses, and more.

The “shout out” column will shine a spotlight on Huron Township locals who are doing amazing things.

Your job is to spread the word! If you know someone who deserves a shout out, share this article with them. Shout outs can be sent to Editor@HuronHub.com or by visiting the website’s contact page.

When sending a shout out, please include all information about the person(s) or business, as well as a photo that can be published with it.

This week’s shout outs were written by Jeremy Cady, Huron Township Clerk:

The Huron Township Historical Commission is doing fantastic work for the residents of the Township. They are a volunteer group, appointed by the Township Board of Trustees. They receive no pay or benefits.They dedicated upwards of 20+ hours each a week researching the Township history, acquiring artifacts, putting together events, displaying various exhibits and maintaining two pieces of historical property with buildings.

The Huron Township Parks and Recreation Commission, like Historical are a volunteer group as well, dedicating 20+ hours a week each. They are responsible for maintaining the Township parks and hosting various events for the children of our Township. The have worked extremely hard to re-beautify Lajko and Berlin Parks.

These groups work together and are responsible for bringing the Halloween and Christmas events to downtown New Boston. They provided a horse drawn carriage ride for Christmas, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a community “trunk-or-treat” event and several others. These groups, because of the dedication of the members who comprise them have sacrificed so much of their personal time to our community and are directly responsible for creating events in our community to allow our residents to enjoy their Township and not have to travel elsewhere to participate in family events.

They are constantly coming up with different ideas to bring the community together. Both groups are building great relationships with other community and private organizations to enhance the quality of family events. Without these individuals in these Commissions, our Township would not be the family friendly place that it is. I am very proud to know and work with these outstanding residents of Huron Township.

The Commission are comprised of the following individuals.

Historical Commission:

Candace Myshock Chairperson
Louis Wuesthoff Auditor
Stacey Reynolds Curator
Melanie Shepler
Jessica Millerwise

Recreation Commission:

Maeghan Lyons
Terri Riopelle
Michael Anetzberger
William Hilliker
Pam Stano
Heather Hebert


 

Shout outs: New Boston resident voted top realtor; Huron grad’s academic success

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

There’s a new column here at the Huron Hub that will feature local residents, students, businesses, and more.

The “shout out” column will shine a spotlight on Huron Township locals who are doing amazing things.

Your job is to spread the word! If you know someone who deserves a shout out, share this article with them. Shout outs can be sent to Editor@HuronHub.com or by visiting the website’s contact page.

When sending a shout out, please include all information about the person(s) or business, as well as a photo that can be published with it.

Now, on to our first shout outs…

Millerwise Group

(Image courtesy Jessica Millerwise)

New Boston residents Dave and Jessica Millerwise were recently voted top realtors in Monroe County.

Jessica was top realtor, and Millerwise Group — Mi Choice Realty, was third place for top company.

“Dave and I live local in New Boston and serve the local community. Millerwise Group took third in Monroe and we wanted to say thank you for the support from everyone that voted!” said Jessica Millerwise.

“We love our community and would love the opportunity to help buyers or sellers in our own back yard!”

Learn more about Millerwise Group by visiting millerwisegroup.michoicerealty.com

Taylor Callockio

Taylor Callockio. (Photo courtesy Christy Martin)

Taylor Callockio is a 2015 Huron High graduate who was recently inducted in the Phi Sigma Theta – National Honor Society at Michigan State University.

Phi Sigma Theta is a society dedicated in recognizing and rewarding academic achievements at colleges and institutes of higher learning.

Taylor plans on getting her master’s degree in human resources after she graduates.

Last semester, Callockio achieved a 4.0 grade point average and was on the Dean’s List.

Her family expressed how proud they are of all her success post high school.


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