BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
Anderson Elementary School students are gaining a collaborative workspace to promote science tech, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), thanks to a $2,456 grant from the Trenton Educational Foundation.
The Makerspace will nurture curiosity and imagination as students use materials at hand with programmable robots and Makey Makey invention kits purchased with the grant.
It is one of four grants totaling $8,640 announced in late May during a Board of Education meeting for programs that will be implemented for the 2017-18 school year. To date, the TEF has awarded more than $140,193 to educators and staff for programs that might not otherwise be included in yearly operating budgets. (read more…)
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
In the midst of construction, summer kicks into high gear this month at the corner of West and Westfield roads for swimmers, bookworms and senior Olympians.
The cool waters of Kennedy pool beckon, summer reading programs and activities are under way at Veteran’s Library, and later this month, hundreds of seniors from throughout the region will gather at Westfield Activities Center for the Opening Games of the Downriver Summer Olympics.
Getting to the intersection might take a little longer, but a little advanced planning, including an alternative route from home or mode of transportation, will keep frustrations to a minimum.
“Short-term pain will mean long-term gain,” said Joann Gonyea, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “Construction is a way of life in Michigan and we are seeing progress.”
In view of the scope of the project, which has the Wayne County thoroughfare torn up from Fort Street to Allen Road as it is resurfaced, sidewalk grades and slopes are installed and bridges and guardrails are repaired, city officials have maintained an ongoing dialogue with contractors to ease disruptions to the three-mile business district.
For instance, original plans called for new driveways at Kennedy to be torn up and poured later in the project, according to police Lt. Rick Tanguay of the Trenton Traffic Bureau, but the timetable was adjusted in anticipation of the pool’s opening.
“That is a detail they may not have realized, but after we discussed the situation, they understood our suggestion to complete that portion earlier than intended,” said Tanguay.
Since construction began in April, he said traffic patterns have shifted as motorists navigate around the project to patronize West Road businesses, or avoid the area altogether.
King and Van Horn roads are more traveled, but SMART Trailers the Police Department has installed throughout the city indicate that traffic has steadily increased on side streets over the last three months.
“(The trailers) serve as a survey for us, counting cars and monitoring speed levels, and is a noticeable difference,” said Tanguay, adding that officers have adjusted their patrols according to the electronic reports generated from the units.
As an alternative, Gonyea suggested that residents leave their cars at home and bike to the pool and library.
The Kennedy Ice Rink and Aquatic Center is home to new bike racks, installed last month as part of the city’s Bicycle Network, which features the installation of bike racks at key destinations within the community. Yet, whether visitors arrive by car or bike, Gonyea doesn’t expect construction will impact use of the pool this season.
“The roadwork had to be done, and really, like any other year, weather will have more of an impact on our season than the construction,” she said.
Grosse Ile resident Brian Maghran has been unanimously selected by the Boy Scouts of America Mahican District as Scoutmaster of the Year.
Maghran has been the scoutmaster of Grosse Ile Troop 1261 for five years, and embraces the responsibility with skill and enthusiasm.
As he follows the boys from Cub Scout Crossover throughout their entire involvement in scouting, he works tirelessly to ensure every scout has a positive experience. Maghran watches the boys with a sharp eye and never tolerates bullying. He believes in developing leadership skills, and has initiated some bold ideas with amazing outcomes. (read more…)
The Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy held its annual Earth Day celebration on Earth Day, April 22, at Centennial Farm. Among the lessons learned:
Drop your drugs at the Grosse Ile Police Dept. Chief Joe Porcarelli noted that for years, the standard practice for disposing of old, leftover medications was to flush them down the toilet. The wastewater treatment system is unable to filter them from the water and they end up in the river, and surprisingly, in fish. The law enforcement reason for the collection, of course, is to prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands for illegal purposes, as well as to protect children from accidental poisoning. However, it also protects the environment from these dangerous chemicals. The GIPD is open 24/7, so
medicine drop-offs can occur any time. The department accepts prescription, over the counter and other drugs (no liquids, inhalers or needles). (read more…)
BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
Being an athlete and being a student are tasks in and of themselves. Being a student-athlete comes with a whole other level of responsibility. Despite the extra work and responsibility, the Trenton softball team seems to be handling the task quite well.
Recently, the 2017 varsity softball team was awarded the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Academic All-State Team Award. Teams must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average to earn the honors and the Trojans blew the requirements away with an overall 3.7.
Senior academic All-State individual awards, which required a 3.6 or higher, went to Melanie Bak, Hannah Bates, Shelby Kersten and Madison Memering. (read more…)