Brownstown is a busy place these days. Every couple of weeks, you can find a fun activity to be part of in the township. From Free Movies in the Park sponsored by Abed Orthodontics to the Advantage One Credit Union’s Summer Kickoff, there is something for everyone.
“Our business community here in Brownstown is so generous and willing to help out any way that they can,” said Sue Trussell, assistant director of the Browntown Downtown Development Authority. “It’s a breath of fresh air to see how they are always there to make the community a better place to be.”
The Brownstown DDA also partners with the Woodhaven-Brownstown Rotary for many fundraising events throughout the year. They have worked together on the Holiday Wreath Auction, Wine and Pallet Fundraiser and the Antique Appraisal Fair. These events raise funds for the Rotary’s many local projects including Coats for Kids that give much needed winter coats to students in the Woodhaven Brownstown School District. (read more…)
BY RICK SCHULTE
It’s no secret many school districts — including the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District —have had to roll up their sleeves and come up with creative means for funding. That’s because traditional revenue sources have had less to offer in recent years.
The Woodhaven-Brownstown Education Foundation has grown to become as innovative as the projects it helps to fund. While many items are covered through annual funding, there are some items geared toward adding to the educational experience. (read more…)
BY KATHY KANE
Nu Vision Realty is celebrating nine years in business this year and will likely also reach $1 million in savings for its clients due to the company’s unique $799 program, created by owner Ron Collard. Instead of paying a range of commissions, $799 is the total price of what will be paid on selling a home with NuVision Realty.
“Since we moved to Brownstown in 2016, we have expanded many aspects of our business.” Ron Collard said. (read more…)
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
New York resident Susan Grybas gasped in awe as she caught site of the bin filled with fresh peppers, which minutes before had been brought in from the fields at Kurtzhals’ Farm Market in Brownstown Township.
With deep green shiny skins blushed with red, the contents of the pepper bin were a sight of seasonal beauty that took her breath away.
Grybas grew up down the road from Kurtzhals’, “at Telegraph and Sibley,” she said, and stops by every summer for garlic, dill and cucumbers to make dill pickles with siblings during her trips back to Michigan. (read more…)
BY KATHY KANE
When it comes to estate planning, probate or a first offense with the law, attorney John Knappman is helping his clients get back on track. His practice, located for the past year at 2836 West Jefferson Ave., has recently expanded to two offices and he said, “If more space opens up here, I am sure we can utilize it.”
“When I initially moved into the Trenton office, my wife, Rebecca, was helping with the administrative duties. When she started calling off to take care of children,” he said, chuckling, “I realized I needed to hire additional help.” (read more…)
DDA goes ‘big’ with trio of events
The Brownstown Township Downtown Development Authority has decided to go big! On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the DDA will hold the 2015 Business Expo, The Taste of Brownstown and the Brownstown Farmers Market (last day of the season) all at once.
All the events will be held at the Brownstown Event Center and the surrounding campus. The Business Expo, with more than 30 local businesses expected to be participating, will be inside the Event Center, 23345 King Road, from 12-5 p.m.
The Taste of Brownstown will be outside on the stage behind the Event Center from 12-4 p.m. and the Brownstown Farmers Market will be on the front lawn of the Event Center from 12-6 p.m. The Expo is open to the public and free of charge.
“We decided to have an expanded version of the DDA Business Expo,” said Sue Trussell, Brownstown DDA assistant director. “We planned it to coincide with the end of the Farmers Market so the visitors to the Expo could stop by and check out the market vendors.
“We will also be highlighting local restaurants and caterers at the Taste of Brownstown, which will be held on the stage of the Event Center.”
Trussell said all of those attending will enjoy free tastes from local restaurants and caterers. (read more…)
BY MICHAEL McCONNELL
Driving past the construction site, you might think it’s another cluster of single-family homes or a strip mall about to be erected on the north side of West Road, just west of Telegraph.
Redhawk Landing is a different kind of project, township officials say, one that is at the forefront of a new trend: upscale ranch-style apartment living.
Aimed at senior citizens or anyone who doesn’t want the hassles that come with paying a mortgage on a house or even a condominium, Redhawk and the nearby Peninsula Ridge project off West Road are serving a niche, according to Richard Batt, a senior development vice president with Ohio-based Redwood Living, which is overseeing the projects.
“The majority of our renters are empty nesters,” Batt said. “There’s a need in the market for that.”
Although not an age-restricted development, Batt said a lot of older adults looking to downsize from the large, multistory houses where they raised their families are attracted to the company’s communities.
And the lack of maintenance that comes with living in an apartment gives residents the freedom to travel or use their vacation home with worry, he added. (read more…)
By Kathy Kane
The Trenton Veteran’s Memorial Library will get some additional assistance thanks to its new “municipal” status, which was celebrated at a special open house last month.
Library Director Francine Sanak, Assistant Director Suzanne Street and Library Associate Donna Jensen greeted guests and dignitaries from the four communities now served by the library.
“Because we moved from a Wayne County to a municipal facility encompassing Woodhaven, Brownstown, Grosse Ile and Trenton, we will have extra local control of services and more decision-making, including hiring from all four cities.” Street said. (read more…)
‘Wall of Honor’ is tribute to public safety workers
By Brian Rzeppa
It was years in the making, but the new “Wall of Honor” on King Road in Brownstown Township is finally completed, and, as of late June, officially dedicated.
Brownstown Director of Public Safety James Sclater, who spearheaded the effort, said the dedication ceremony was a culmination of hard work by many individuals. (read more…)