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Mayor, Black Chamber launch Detroit Neighborhood Business Directory

This week Mayor Mike Duggan introduced the Detroit Neighborhood Business Directory, the latest initiative that will help neighborhood shops and restaurants. The directory is more than a list of local businesses but it serves as a celebration of the entrepreneurs who run them. This first edition includes more than 170 businesses and profiles on about 70.The guide will be available for free at certain locations around the city and online.

Home repair program to rejuvenate blighted Detroit neighborhoods

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust will invest up to $30 million in the Detroit Neighborhood Home Repair Program. This civic and community partnership will rejuvenate up to 300 single-family homes and blighted properties. Michigan Building Trades is an additional partner that will put union workers to work and provide training for Detroiters.

Detroit invests in Delray neighborhood with blight removal effort

Detroit’s Delray neighborhood is undergoing a massive blight removal blitz as part of a commitment from Mayor Mike Duggan and Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez. Work is already underway on the 33 homes that have been slated for demolition. The city also will be removing a significant amount of “non-structural” blight, including overgrown brush and scrub trees on existing vacant land.

Mayor Duggan stands by Detroit hosting Syrian Refugees

Mayor Mike Duggan says that Detroit is prepared to do our share when it comes to hosting Syrian Refugees in a Detroit News article this week. Mayor Duggan said that Detroit has vacant houses available to accommodate refugees.

Sign up for security alerts

Detroit residents can sign up to receive emergency alerts from the City of Detroit through the Nixle emergency alert notification system.Residents can receive information about critical incidents such as severe weather, evacuation orders, and hazardous situations.

To sign up for the free service, residents can simply text “DETROIT” to 888777, visit the Detroit Homeland Security & Emergency Management website, then click on Nixle Emergency Alerts, or visit the DHSEM Facebook page. Residents can tailor exactly what information they want to receive and how they want to receive it -- via text, email or cell phone.

Street closings for America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Those attending the America’s Thanksgiving Parade and Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 26 should be aware of road closures and certain restrictions on parade viewing along Woodward Avenue as a result of the M-1 Rail construction. View all of the planned street closures here.

What's Coming Up

Senior Olympic Preconditioning

Detroit Senior Olympics will be held on June 13-16, 2016 so come and exercise in classes taught by military veterans. The Detroit Recreation Department and Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program offers free classes with center memberships. The classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and they end on December 3. Call 313-628-2100 for more information and visit the Calendar and Events page.

Williams Community Center Winter Open House

Take a tour of the recreation center and learn about the exciting programs/activities offered for youth, teens, adults, and seniors. On December 4 from noon - 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Williams Recreation Center will be open to renew memberships, pre-register for classes that will begin in early January and you can meet the staff. Visit the Calendar and Events page for more information or call 313-628-2039.

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