Kensington Metropark closes splash-pad temporarily after employee tests positive for COVID-19

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Kensington Metropark “Splash ‘N’ Blast” closes temporarily as precaution after employee tests positive for COVID-19


Posted July 28, 2020 | The Huron Hub 

Submitted by Huron-Clinton Metroparks

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks temporarily closed Kensington Metropark’s splash pad today and released the following information and statement from Director, Amy McMillan, following a positive COVID-19 test result received late Monday, July 27, from a seasonal employee working at the Kensington water facility – Splash ‘N’ Blast.

“Ensuring the health and safety of park visitors and employees is always our top priority. That’s why we temporarily closed the Kensington splash pad to do a further deep cleaning and make this public notification as an added precaution on top of local, state and federal guidance. Metroparks is committed to communicating every step of the way and going above and beyond to help protect our visitors, team and communities against this virus.”

McMillan also shared the following additional information:

  • The employee last worked on Thursday, July 23, completed Metroparks’ health screening form protocol upon arrival, and wore a mask as required the entire shift.
  • The employee was not symptomatic when they worked on July 23.
  • The employee was tested on Saturday, July 25 after a friend tested positive. The employee’s COVID-positive results were reported and received by the Metroparks Monday evening, July 27. The Oakland County Health Department was notified immediately upon opening on Tuesday, July 28.
  • All Metroparks employees who worked in close contact (six individuals) were notified immediately and instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Given the employee’s outdoor job duties at the water park, it is highly unlikely that any patron would have been considered in close, sustained contact.
  • The Splash ‘N’ Blast opened in late June with capacity limits and operating adjustments, including three sessions capped at 50% capacity available each day, modified layouts in standing and seating areas, social distancing requirements, and enhanced sanitation of high-touch areas and equipment.

The Metroparks has implemented numerous other COVID-19 preventive measures to help assure everyone’s safety while keeping the 13 Metroparks outdoor spaces open. Visit Metroparks.com/covid for the latest news and updates, including procedures for capacity monitoring and temporary intermittent closures.


 

Superintendent posts update on 2020-2021 school year


Posted July 24, 2020 | The Huron Hub 

The superintendent of Huron Schools posted an update regarding the 2020-2021 school year.

Here is the letter posted July 24, 2020:

Click the letter to read the entire communication

You can read past announcements from the district at this link.


 

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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Numerous power outages reported following round of strong storms

Hundreds are without power following round of strong storms Sunday afternoon

  • Outages are widespread across the general area
  • No restoration of service has been issued at this time

Posted Sunday, July 19, 2020 — 3:00 PM EST | THE HURON HUB

Hundreds of DTE customers are without power after a round of severe storms pounded southeast Michigan Sunday.

A check of the DTE outage map shows the damage across the area:

The DTE outage map as of Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m. shows hundreds of DTE power customers without service.

A statement from DTE said:

“Scattered thunderstorms with high winds are moving across the state and are causing power outages for some of our customers. We know being without power, especially in these extreme temperatures, is inconvenient. Our employees and contractor crews are in the field working to restore power to our customers as quickly and safely as possible. Restoration estimates will be updated once crews arrive on scene and fully assess storm damage. Our teams are implementing enhanced health and safety measures during the pandemic, please help us keep you and them safe by staying at least six feet away from crews you see working in the field.”


 

Police seek information on vandalism at Waltz Park


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 14, 2020

Huron Township police are seeking information regarding vandalism that occurred recently at Waltz Park.

“Very recently, this park was vandalized. I apologize for the language in the photographs, but we hope it will anger the community as much as it does us,” a Facebook post from the public safety department said. “We are asking anyone with information as to who may have done this to contact the Huron Township Police Department Detective Bureau or Director Robbins immediately at 734-753-4400. Your tip can stay anonymous. We truly hope that we can use our community partnerships to come together and hold those that did this accountable.”

Here are photos of the vandalism.

Warning: these images contain profanity. Viewer discretion advised. 


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“We will be taking several steps to deter this behavior in the future. A thank you to the Huron Township Department of Public Works for cleaning up this mess and making it presentable for our children and their families,” the post said.


 

Orchard Grove Tavern reopens


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 13, 2020

After reopening under new ownership in March and then closing temporarily due to the pandemic, Orchard Grove Tavern at the corner of Sibley Road and Middle Belt has once again opened its doors to hungry customers.

Here is a messege from the restaurant’s owners:

Orchard Grove Tavern is reopened and ready to serve you. We are taking the utmost precautions and safety measures to ensure an overall enjoyable dining experience with your health in mind. For those who are not yet comfortable with dining in, saftey measures are still being followed and our full menu is available for carryout. Our hours are Tuesday-Thursday 4-9, Friday & Saturday 4 -10. Please stop in or call to place an order and support a local family-owned restaurant. We are excited to see you again, warmest wishes from all of us at Orchard Grove Tavern.

Initial article: Orchard Grove Tavern announces new ownership


 

Whitmer signs order requiring mask use in all indoor public spaces

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Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 10, 2020

Governor Whitmer signed an order Friday that requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces.

The order also reminds residents that they are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space.

The order requires any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people who refuse to wear a face covering, with limited exceptions.

Governors in the states of Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Washington have imposed similar requirements on businesses.

Whitmer said she signed this executive order in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Michigan and across the country.

Executive Order 2020-147 amends and replaces the governor’s previous Executive Order 2020-114.

“The heroes on the front lines of this crisis have gone hours without taking their masks off every day – doctors, nurses, child care workers, grocery store workers. We owe it to them to wear our masks when we’re on a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Masks can reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70 percent. By wearing masks, we can save lives and protect our family, friends, and neighbors from the spread of COVID-19. And by wearing masks now, we can put our state in a stronger position so our kids can return to school safely in the fall. For the sake of your loved ones, let’s all mask up, Michigan.”

Officials say every region in Michigan has seen an uptick in new cases, and daily case counts now exceed 20 cases per million in the Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Lansing regions.

“Research confirms that a big part of the reason is spotty compliance with the governor’s requirement, issued in prior orders, that individuals wear face coverings in public spaces,” Whitmer said.

Health experts say studies show that wearing a mask can save lives and significantly lover an individual’s chance of spreading COVID-19.

A study on different regions in Germany, for example, suggests that the adoption of mandatory mask ordinances decreased the daily growth rate of COVID-19 infections by 40%.

Modeling from the University of Washington similarly indicates that more than 40,000 lives would be spared nationwide if 95% of the population wore a mask while in public. Furthermore, a study conducted by Goldman Sachs concluded that a federal mask mandate could save the U.S. economy from taking a 5% hit to our GDP.

“Michigan’s fight against COVID-19 is nowhere near over, which is why it’s so important that we all do our part and wear masks when we’re out in public,” said Chief Medical Executive and DHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “Wearing a mask or face covering can significantly decrease the chance of spreading COVID-19 and save lives. It’s important that all Michiganders wear masks properly – not down around the neck, not only over the mouth, but correctly over the mouth and nose. Please everyone stay patient, and remain vigilant.”

Under the governor’s order, businesses that are open to the public must refuse entry and service to individuals who fail to comply, and must post signs at all entrances instructing customers of their legal obligation to wear a face covering while inside.

Those who are exempt from wearing a mask in Michigan businesses include people younger than five-years-old, those who cannot medically tolerate a face covering, and those who are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment.

The executive order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 13.

“A willful violation of the order is a misdemeanor subject to a $500 criminal penalty, but no term of confinement may be imposed on individuals who violate the mask requirement,” Whitmer said. “No individual is subject to penalty under the order for removing a mask while engaging in religious worship at a house of religious worship, although consistent with guidance from the CDC, congregants are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings during religious services.”

To view Executive Order 2020-147, click here.


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