The City of Detroit’s annual volunteer push to eliminate arson around Halloween kicked off Tuesday as Mayor Dave Bing and other civic officials urged residents, block clubs, churches and school groups to get involved to keep the city safe.
At an outdoor news conference on the city’s north side, Bing, Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin and Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. stressed the need for community involvement during the Angels’ Night campaign, which runs Oct. 29-31.
"We can’t do this without the support of the citizens and the business community, but if we all do our part, we can make a real difference," Bing said. "We need to go out for three nights and get engaged. All of us here today love our city and want to bring it back, and the only way we can do that is to become collectively involved."
This year’s theme, “Watch Your Block,” encourages residents to concentrate on the blocks immediately surrounding their homes by monitoring vacant buildings, turning on porch lights from dusk to dawn and reporting suspicious activity to police.
Last year, Detroit firefighters battled 169 fires during the three-day Angels’ Night period — a 42% jump over the year before and a reversal of several years of declining numbers. But that’s still far fewer than in years past; in 1984, there were more than 800 fires when Oct. 30 was known as Devil’s Night.
"We need to get the word out that if someone so much as strikes a match, we’ll be there looking over their shoulder," Godbee said.
The police chief also urged parents and caregivers to maintain the city’s emergency curfew. Teens 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian from 6 p.m. Oct. 29 to 6 a.m. Oct. 30 and from 6 p.m. Oct. 30 to 6 a.m. Oct. 31.
Volunteers are needed for each night during the three-day period. For more information about Angels’ Night, call the Community Access Centers at 313-224-3450 or visit www.angelsnight.org.
To celebrate the success of the pilot season of Detroit Eastern Market Tuesdays (which ends tomorrow 9/27) we are proud to bring a nationwide four-wheeled-phenomenon to the Motor City — Detroit’s first official food truck gathering!
Sample a diverse array of dishes, experience entrepreneurship in action, and be a part of Detroit food history you will not want to miss!
A group of local artists, designers, writers and others has transformed a piece of vacant land in Detroit into a European-style beer garden.
The Tashmoo Biergarten will pop up once a week and feature a rotating selection of beer by Michigan brewers, local food vendors and board games to keep patrons entertained throughout its run, which will be five Sundays, from Sept. 25 through Oct. 23.
Organizers say “tashmoo” is a Native American word understood to mean “meeting place.”
Event co-founder Suzanne Vier says Tashmoo Biergarten is patterned after European beer gardens, which she says are great places “for people within a community to come together while drinking a beer, having a bite to eat, or playing a game of chess outdoors with their neighbors.”
Fellow Detroiters, what are some of your fav dining spots?
Lafayette Coney Island, obviously. But since I’ve been in Midtown, Motor City Brewing Works has been my go-to restaurant when I have visitors. The pizza is reeeally good and they have this cherry wine that I could probably drink every day for the rest of my life.
Three arts and culture organizations located in Detroit’s Woodward Avenue corridor will receive $1.33 million to expand their programs as part of an arts-based economic development initiative being launched in two dozen cities and towns across the nation.