Detroit People Mover update: System is operating trains
As of 4:30 p.m.Friday, January 23, Detroit People Mover service restarted, with the first two trains picking up passengers. The third train was expected to enter service by 5 p.m. The final train was anticipated to be cleared for launch by early evening.
Detroit EMS graduates 31 new medics, expected to help reduce response times
The Detroit Fire Department welcomed 31 new Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to its ranks at an academy graduation today. The new medics have undergone 12 weeks of training and will now be assigned to ambulances to start taking runs.
Last year, the city graduated 66 new EMTs. The increased hiring is part of Mayor Mike Duggan's overall strategy to reduce EMS response times to the national average of 8 minutes for high priority runs. Recently, the department also purchased 15 new ambulances and has made several other changes to reduce response times from an average of 20 minutes a year ago to approximately 11 minutes today.
Getting to know your Department of Neighborhoods District Managers
During Mayor Duggan’s State of the city Address last February, the formation of the Department of Neighborhoods was announced, and the team of district managers was introduced. Since then, they have been effective advocates in city hall for the residents they serve. Bridge Magazine recently profiled District 7 manager Marshall Bullock, and it seems that people are taking notice of the hard work he and his colleagues are doing.
129 dead ash trees removed around Heilmann Recreation Center
The City of Detroit and the Arboriculture Society of Michigan (ASM) have partnered for a Day of Service in Detroit to help remove dead ash trees from the area surrounding Heilmann Recreation Center. Volunteer crews worked in two shifts on Beaconsfield and Roxbury streets and removed 129 dead ash trees.
Side lot sales fairs scheduled for Districts 3, 4 and 5
If you live in Districts 3, 4, or 5, tomorrow is your day to take advantage of the Detroit Land Bank Authority’s Side Lot Sales Fair tomorrow, Saturday, January 25 at the Samaritan Center. If you can’t make the Side Lot Sales Fair and you want to purchase the vacant lot next to your home or check to see if it is available, you can visit http://www.buildingdetroit.org/our-programs/side-lot-sales/.
Deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act health insurance fast approaching
The deadline for ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment for 2015 is February 15, 2015. You can sign up for health insurance by either visiting HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (TTY users call 1-855-889-4325). Several enrollment events are also happening across the city. Find out which one is close to home at Get Covered America.
For more information on upcoming Recreation and Community Events, click here.
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