Here are the headlines that occupied Dearborn News last month:
1. Off-price retailer Forman Mills set to open in Dearborn
Off-price retailer Forman Mills is opening a new 42,000-square-foot store in Dearborn — its seventh store in Michigan. The department-style store is located at 5751 Mercury Dr. in the Fairlane North Plaza (Southfield Freeway and Ford Road) in the space previously occupied by Sports Authority. Doors will open at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3.
2. Dearborn voters face choice: New tax or higher water bills?
An Aug. 7 ballot proposal will give Dearborn residents the chance to decide if they’d like to pay for the remaining portion of a massive sewer project through a designated property tax or face an increase in their water bills.
3. Michigan To Train Victim Advocates For Mass Violence Crises
A new series of regional trainings will help prepare victim advocates to help those around the state impacted by mass violence. The $300,000 project is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and partners the Michigan State Police and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM).
4. Michigan’s Longest Zip Line Opens This Weekend
Michigan’s latest attraction is opening up this weekend, offering thrills for those who love heights and nature. Camp Dearborn, located in Milford, is introducing its newest amenity, a 1,400-foot zip line — the longest in Michigan.
5. Dearborn Heights road rage shooting results in no felony, no jail time
Chris Eastham and a friend were shot at near the intersection of W. Warren and Ann Arbor Trail in Dearborn Heights one year ago. The armed driver was a woman and, fortunately, she missed.
“She pulled right out in front of Mark and he slammed on the brakes. They did a little back and forth thing and she pulled a gun,” Eastham said. “He thought she flipped him off because he was watching the road. I (said) no that’s a gun.” Initially, the Wayne County Prosecutor charged Edwards with 10 felonies, including felony firearm to discharge from a vehicle to felony assault. On Monday that all changed. The trial was supposed to start Monday. Instead of a plea deal, though, the case was pled down from 10 felonies to just one misdemeanor.
6. MSP investigates near drowning at Camp Dearborn
Police said a man may have nearly drowned Wednesday at Camp Dearborn in Milford.
Michigan State Police officials said troopers assigned to the recreational facility responded to a medical call at about 1:15 p.m. on the beach at the camp, located about 45 miles northwest of Detroit in Oakland County. The troopers arrived and found a civilian performing chest compressions on a male, who has been identified as a 55-year-old, officials said.
7. Water lines cleared in Dearborn after brown water in faucets
All water lines have been cleared in an area of the Dearborn affected by discolored water Thursday. The discoloration was related to a construction project on Oakwood Boulevard and impacted homes from Michigan Avenue to Dartmouth Street and the Southfield Freeway to Grindley Park, the city said in a notice on its website. The city said there was no lead in the “aesthetically unappealing” water and that the water was safe and presented no health hazards.
8. Jazz on the Avenue returns to Dearborn all summer
Dearborn’s popular free musical series, Jazz on the Avenue, returns to Dearborn City Hall Park on Wednesday nights all summer with an array of local and national jazz artists. From 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from July 11 through Aug. 15, music lovers can bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the cool sounds of hot jazz.
9. Michigan gas prices rise to $3 per gallon
Average gas prices statewide have risen about 11 cents in the past week to about $3 per gallon, AAA Michigan said. The average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 52 cents more than at the same point last year, the Dearborn-based auto club said late Sunday.
10. Ocasio-Cortez to Voters: I Need a ‘Posse’ to ‘Throw Down’ in Congress
There’s nothing like a little street talk to get voters rushing to the ballot boxes.
New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — a Democratic socialist — urged voters in Dearborn, Michigan, to elect a “posse” of progressive candidates to help her “throw down” in Congress on Sunday. “Just fighting against hate is not good enough. We have to … move forward. We have to move in an affirmative direction. I can’t do it alone,” Ocasio-Cortez told the attendees. “Just one seat out of 435 isn’t what’s going to get us there.”