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U.S. Department of Labor awards $5 million to support job training in Detroit

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded a $5 million grant to fund a new Federal, State and City collaboration that will strengthen Detroit’s workforce development efforts. Detroit Employment Solutions, in partnership with the State of Michigan applied for the grant and the State will be responsible for distributing the funds to Detroit. The grant monies will be used to focus on people who are difficult to employ such as veterans, disabled, youth, returning citizens and the long-term unemployed. For more information on this program read the full press release here.

Detroit’s summer youth jobs program is tackling blight

Almost 150 young people are spending their summer working to board up 57 vacant schools in Detroit and learning a skilled trade. The Detroit Employment Solutions Corp. is working with the Detroit Building Authority, skilled trade unions and Jenkins Construction to offer young people the paying summer jobs. Currently DESC is not accepting any other applicants for these particular positions, but for more information on opportunities for youth employment, visit or

Fire Department demonstrates proper and improper use of fireworks

The Detroit Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe holiday weekend so they demonstrated proper and improper use of fireworks on Wednesday. Detroit Fire Commissioner, Edsel Jenkins, wants to remind people that there is no such thing as a safe firework and is encouraging everyone to use some basic precautions:


  • Do not wear loose clothing, which may contact the fireworks. To prevent accidental burns, wear long sleeves and pants if you are lighting fireworks.
  • Always wear appropriate eye protection.


  • Store unused fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Ignite fireworks outside and away from the house, garage or any other structure. 
  • Set off fireworks on a hard, flat surface in an open area.  Never ignite fireworks on a dry grassy area. 
  • Never ignite fireworks inside any container, glass bottle or metal cylinders.
  • Always keep a safe distance.

Be smart. Stay safe.

  • Never experiment with fireworks, especially around vehicles that may contain residual flammable liquids i.e. gasoline
  • Never try to re-light fireworks that malfunction.
  • If a firework does not go off, stay away.  Do NOT get close to check it. 
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose handy, just in case. 
  • Light fireworks one at a time.  Leave the professional show to the professionals.
  • Never light fireworks if you’ve been consuming alcohol or drugs.

What's Coming Up

Funk in the Park

Starting July 2 at 6 p.m., Paradise Valley will be rocking with the funk masters from the Mothership every week at 1426 Randolph, Detroit, 48226. Come out and enjoy music from Bass Master Edward T-Money Free, Lonnie Motley, Mikey Adkins and more.

Rock Your Park

Detroit Recreation Department has partnered with the United Way to host Rock Your Park on July 9, from 3-6 p.m. at Palmer Park. Enjoy yoga, light refreshments, splash pad and cooking demos.