MDHHS: Support Foster Care This Year

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Raise Hope & Foster Dreams

Resolve to Make a Difference This Year!

The New Year is a time for resolutions and new beginnings. This year resolve to make a difference in the life of one of the more than 13,000 children in foster care across the state of Michigan.

Becoming a foster care parent is a big decision, but we are here to answer your questions. The following are three steps you can take to help.

  1. Contact a navigator. Our staff can answer all of your questions—no strings attached.
  2. Check out our FAQs. Get answers to some of the most common questions about foster care.
  3. Share our message with family and friends. Even if you aren’t ready to become a foster parent now, someone you know might be.

Resolve to make a difference!

Reach out Today!

Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced the following appointments to the Judicial Tenure Commission, Michigan State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision, Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services, and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force.

Judicial Tenure Commission

Siham Awada Jaafar, of Dearborn Heights, is the president and CEO of 3D Consulting and Communications. She is also the president of the Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center and the founder and producer of the Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference. Ms. Awada Jaafar holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communication from Wayne State University and a civil litigation mediation certificate from the University of Detroit School of Law. Ms. Awada Jaafar is appointed to represent a general public member appointed by the Governor for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She succeeds Melissa Spickler whose term expired December 31, 2019.

The Judicial Tenure Commission serves to promote the integrity of the judicial process and preserve public confidence in the courts. The Commission strives to hold state judges, magistrates, and referees accountable for their misconduct without jeopardizing or compromising the essential independence of the judiciary. The basis for Commission action is a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct or Rules of Professional Conduct, which are published with the Michigan Rules of Court.

This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision

Jayshona Hicks, of Southfield, is the Governor’s policy advisor on safety, security, and justice. Ms. Hicks is appointed as a representative of the Executive Branch, for a term commencing February 13, 2020 and expiring February 12, 2024. She succeeds Cheri Arwood whose term expires February 12, 2020.

Roy Yaple, of Brighton, is the compact administrator for the Council under the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Yaple is reappointed as the compact administrator for a term commencing February 13, 2020 and expiring February 12, 2024.

The Interstate Compact for Juveniles is a formal agreement between member states with the goal of preserving child welfare and promoting public safety interests of citizens, including victims of juvenile offenders. The Interstate Commission for Juveniles is empowered to monitor compliance with the interstate compact and its rules, and where warranted, initiate interventions to address, and correct noncompliance. Executive Order No. 2013-5, created the State Council which will oversee the intrastate affairs dealing with the Interstate Compact. The Council provides a mechanism for empowerment of the compact process, and serves as an advocate when improving operations, resolving disputes between states, and conducting training. One of the primary responsibilities of the State Council is to recommend changes to compact rules or make comments on proposed rules.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services

Mikyia S. Aaron, of Taylor, is the general counsel and external business affairs director for Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 1191. Ms. Aaron serves as an appointed delegate to Metro Detroit AFL-CIO’s Labor Council. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Ms. Aaron is appointed to represent business, industry, or labor, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2020. She succeeds Ed Benning whose term expired December 31, 2017.

Elizabeth K. Abdnour, of Lansing, is the founder and principal attorney for her private practice, Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Esq., PLLC. Ms. Abdnour is a cooperating attorney for the ACLU of Michigan and the board secretary for the Firecracker Foundation. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. Ms. Abdnour is appointed to represent business, industry, or labor, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2021. She succeeds Anne Riddering whose term expired December 31, 2018.

Myrtel E. Brown, of Flint, is the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 188 and mental health support personnel for Michigan Community Services, Inc. Mrs. Brown is appointed to represent business, industry, or labor, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2021. She succeeds Steve Perdue whose term expired December 31, 2018.

Karen T. Schulz, of Lansing, is the director of member services for the Michigan Education Special Services Association (MESSA) and a volunteer coach with the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Central Michigan University. Mrs. Schulz is appointed to represent business, industry, or labor, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2022. She succeeds Michael Miller whose term expired December 31, 2019.

The Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services reviews, analyzes, and advises Michigan’s rehabilitation programs and services. The Council works to improve public vocational rehabilitation services delivered by the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) and Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS).

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force

Michael Heise, of Sault Ste. Marie, is the president and CEO of Cloverland Electric Cooperative. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo. Mr. Heise is appointed to represent a member who is knowledgeable about the operation of public utilities, who represents public utilities in the Upper Peninsula, and is nominated by the chairman of the Public Service Commission, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring July 31, 2021. He succeeds Thomas Harrell who has resigned.

Justin L. Morren, of China, is the plant director for the DTE Blue Water Energy Center. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Morren is appointed to represent a member who is knowledgeable about the operation of public utilities, who represents public utilities in the Lower Peninsula, and is nominated by the chairman of the Public Service Commission, for a term commencing January 17, 2020 and expiring July 31, 2021. He succeeds Andrew Bordine who has resigned.

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force was created to develop statewide policy recommendations on the operation, use, and regulation of unmanned aircraft systems in this state.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

I-94 lane closures in Detroit

I-94 lane closures in Detroit

CONTACT: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications, CrossD2@Michigan.gov

 

Continuous lane closures on I-94 start Monday between I-96 and US-12 in Detroit for road and bridge work

COUNTY:

Wayne

 

CITY:

Detroit

 

ROADWAYS:

I-94

 

START DATE:

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

9 a.m.

 

REOPEN DATE:

Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

5 a.m.

 

WORK DETAILS:

Beginning Monday, Jan. 20, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close the left lanes of eastbound and westbound I-94 between US-12 (Michigan Avenue) and I-96 for one week. These continuous lane closures will allow work at multiple locations, including a railroad bridge near Livernois Road, concrete form removal near Warren Avenue, and steel repairs on the 24th Street bridge. This work is weather dependent and may be cancelled and rescheduled.

 

Project map

 

This work had previously been delayed due to weather.

 

SAFETY BENEFIT:

By continuously closing one lane in each direction, this will provide work crews in multiple locations with safer work zones.

Inside OAA Sports

Inside OAA Sports

ONTV Feature Writer: Sammy Taromina

Did the Oxford Wildcats take a risk???

In games or athletics there are risks in the Wildcats case hiring legendary Oxford alum Zach Line to take over your football program brings risks.Line takes over for legendary coach Bud Rowley who spent 43 years at Oxford. He won 264 games for the Wildcats in his career including a State Championship in 1992. Line played for Rowley in which his senior season in 2008 he averaged over 172 rushing yards a game. Line is also in the School’s Hall Of Fame.

No one will ever criticize his accomplishments at Oxford, Southern Methodist University, and the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.The risk is that Line does not have any coaching experience. Oxford is a very tough job especially with the schedule and division they are in. The community is as passionate as anywhere for football. He has to try to convince them that he is the right choice. There are still Rowley supporters hoping that he would stay at Oxford but there were those who wanted change within the football program.

Line will have to handle not just the varsity program but also the middle school, sub-varsities, and youth football programs to get his footprint on the program. It will not be an easy sell. I don’t call this a rebuild at Oxford despite finishing 1-8 and missing the playoffs last season but it will take time for Line to put his program in place. I look at a perfect example being three coaches that Line will see this season in West Bloomfield’s Ron Bellamy, Oak Park’s Greg Carter, and Lake Orion’s John Blackstock. It took Carter one season to turn the Knights into a contender, two seasons for Blackstock at Lake Orion, and Bellamy three seasons.

The Wildcats have the talent but it will be interesting to see if Line goes to more of a pro-style offense that he has seen with the Mustangs, Vikings, and Saints. The pro-style offense does have a ton of “Pound the Rock” stuff with the power offense.

Oxford does return a ton of play making ability led by quarterback Brady Carpenter. They have a really tough schedule in 2020 which greets Line. Oxford will see all nine teams on their schedule that made the playoffs last season. They are in the Red which is one of the toughest leagues in the State which features the likes of West Bloomfield, Southfield Arts and Tech, Oak Park, Clarkston, and arch rival Lake Orion. The crossovers are also brutal with Stoney Creek and North Farmington and that’s not mentioning their non-league opening up against Romeo and closing out the season against Sterling Heights Stevenson.

Line will have a ton of challenges for sure but was a risk for Oxford Athletic Director Joe Ackerman to go with Line instead of another former Wildcats player and current Troy Athens coach Billy Keenest and longtime assistant Mike Brown???

We shall see what happens.

 

About Me

Saginaw BayI have highest function of autism (Asperger Syndrome.) I’m a huge Dallas Stars fan. I like to play and watch football, especially when the Dragons play on Friday nights. I am a 2006 alum and used to play football for the Dragons. I ran track, I ran the 100, 200, 400 meter dashes along with shot-put and discus. During my time in Orion I was a manager for Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team. I’m the volleyball, girls basketball, and football announcer for the team and do the book on the road for girls basketball. I do the clock for volleyball in the fall along with girls basketball in the winter and announce some boys basketball games as well. In the spring I coach shot-put at Scripps Middle School, in my fifth season coaching. I run the shot-put for high school meets. I played Special Olympics Basketball, I’ve won three gold medals for them. I host “Between Taorminas” which is on ONTV along with a podcast called “OAA Now”. In other various things outside of Lake Orion, I love to jet ski over Saginaw Bay. Saginaw Bay is basically my life. I’m a trained weather spotter for the National Weather Service for Oakland and Huron counties.View my complete profile

January Update for Orion Parks

January Update for Orion Parks

Orion Township Parks & Recreation Monthly Newsletter
Here is what is coming up in the next few months in Orion Township!
Register for Parks & Recreation Programs at
or call 248.391.0304 x3500
Snapology
How to Train Your Dragon Workshop
Saturday Jan 25th 9:30am at Friendship Park. Call 248.391.0304 x3500 or visit www.orionparks.com to register.
Upcoming Youth Activities
Snapology How to Train Your Dragon Workshop: Jan 25
Kid’s Art by Design: Jan 27-Feb 10
Snapology Planes, Train & Automobiles Jr.: Jan 27-Feb 10
Home Alone Training: Feb 3
Babysitter Training: Feb 10
Little Dancers Paint!: Feb 20-Mar 12
Bunny Bop: Mar 28
Upcoming Adult Programs
The Stairs to Success- Improving College Study: Jan 13-Mar 9
FREE Yoga Classes: Jan 9 & 13
Cardio Drumming: Jan 16-Mar 19
FREE Tone & Stretch: Jan 9
MELT Method Workshop:
Jan 15, Feb 19, & Mar 25
MELT Method Class: Jan 22-Feb 12
Community Indoor Garage Sale: Mar 6
Antique, Toy & Comic Expo: Mar 7
FREE Trail Yoga Classes
Try it before you buy it! Free trail classes held on Monday Jan 9th and Thursday Jan 13th. Call 248.391.0304 x3500 or visit www.orionparks.com to sign up.
Drop-In Rates for Zumba, Yoga, Tone & Stretch and Cardio Drumming now available!
Call 248.391.0304 x3500 for more information.
Upcoming 50+ Special Events
Greektown Casino Trip: Jan 16
(deadline Jan 9)
Euchre Tournament: Feb 6
National Pizza & Bagel Day: Feb 7
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant: Feb 19
Valentines Day Tea Luncheon: Feb 13
Make a Mardi Gras Mask: Feb 20
Mardi Gras Luncheon: Feb 26
Mardi Gras Events!
Make a Mardi Gras mask on Feb 20th to take to the Mardi Gras Luncheon on Feb 26th! Call 248.391.0304 x3500 or visit www.orionparks.com for more information.
Register for Parks & Recreation Programs at
or call 248.391.0304 x3500
Orion Township Parks & Recreation | 248.391.0304 x3500 | parksrec@oriontownship.org www.orionparks.com
STAY CONNECTED
Charter Township of Orion | 1335 Joslyn RoadLake Orion, MI 48360
Unsubscribe ilocke@orionontv.org
Update Profile | About Constant Contact
Sent by jhayes@oriontownship.org in collaboration with