ARISE Detroit kicks off 6th Annual Neighborhoods Day on August 4 #ARISEDetroit #TellUsDetroit

In 2011 The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Michigan, in collaboration with Nehemiah Baptist Church, Take One Community Program and the National Motorsports Association, has joined forces with Arise Detroit!

By Angelina Czarnecki/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – ARISE Detroit! 6th annual Neighborhoods Day takes place on Saturday, August 4, to unite the community once again. The organization promotes citizen involvement, community awareness, and promotes services to help the city grow. During Neighborhoods Day over 100 organizations and thousands of Detroiters will participate in community service , and improvement projects.

A news conference for ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods day will be held 11 a.m. July, 18 at Harms Elementary School in southwest Detroit. Mayor Dave Bing, and Detroit Public School officials will announce details for the event during the conference.

Encouraging volunteerism, and uniting the community to make positive changes in the city are one of the many goals of ARISE Detroit. Neighborhoods Day will have entertainment and will spread across the city giving information on how to contribute to hundreds of community projects.

Sponsors for the event include The Skillman Foundation , The Kresge Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and many others. Organizations can still register for the event to participate, and help contribute to the cause.

For more information on Neighborhoods Day call 313-921-1955 or visit http://www.arisedetroit.org

 

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Detroiters share thoughts and concerns w/ @CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau #TellUsDetroit #CreditReporting

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s commitment is to step away from Washington D.C., and engage with everyday people in communities across America. The CFPB has been running for one year in efforts to help make markets for consumers and industry. (Photo by Scott Sullivan/Tell Us Detroit)

By Krystal Conway/ Tell Us Detroit 

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau held a field hearing on credit reporting at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Richard Corday the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was in attendance and further explained the Consumer Bureau issuing a new regulation to expand supervision programs to oversee credit reporting companies.

The Consumer Bureau announced the supervision that will take place over the credit reporting companies that are larger participants in the marketplace. Deputy of CFPB, Raj Date, in attendance as well, briefed on consumers protection against major credit discrimination acts. The credit companies have never had strict federal supervision and starting this September the CFPB will monitor and examine them similar to how they monitor the big banks.

The floor was open to the public as people shared their personal testimonials with credit discrimination acts such as victims of identity theft and loan discrimination. Frank Deyoub, a 35 year old resident of Royal Oak Michigan was a victim of identity theft voicing his opinion in front of the Bureau. “I didn’t know I was a victim of identity theft until the repo man came to my house trying to tow a Chevy Tahoe that I didn’t even own.” “I’m here today to let the panelist know that this is real and there are many inaccuracies in the system.” Many citizens voiced there opinion in hopes that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will help improve the credibility of the credit companies.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s commitment is to step away from Washington D.C., and engage with everyday people in communities across America. The CFPB has been running for one year in efforts to help make markets for consumers and industry. (Photo by Scott Sullivan/Tell Us Detroit)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s commitment is to step away from Washington D.C., and engage with everyday people in communities across America. The CFPB has been running for one year in efforts to help make markets for consumers and industry. Panelist and citizens of Detroit walked away with more knowledge and insight on both ends of the spectrum. Consumers need to constantly protect themselves against credit companies. For instance, managing their own credit and checking their credit score at least once a year on www.annualreport.com.

Free annual credit report. In 2003, Congress amended the Fair Credit Reporting Act to require nationwide consumer reporting agencies to provide consumers, on request, with copies of their credit reports for free once a year. The three nationwide credit reporting companies developed a shared website, www.annualcreditreport.com, where consumers can obtain their free annual reports from each of the companies. Consumers can also obtain their free annual reports by calling 1‐877‐322‐8228.

For more information about CFPB and their efforts visit: www.consumerfinance.gov

 

Scott Dixon wins shortened Detroit Grand Prix #DetroitGP #TellUsDetroit

DETROIT — Scott Dixon won IndyCar’s Detroit Grand Prix that was marred by poor track conditions that stopped the race for a little more than 2 hours on Sunday.

A red flag halted the event 45 laps into a race that was scheduled for 90 laps and shortened to 60.

Belle Isle’s 2.07-mile road course that hadn’t hosted a race since 2008 had chunks of asphalt and concrete missing. Pot holes and grooves that were recently filled with tar became exposed. Crews filled the gaps with epoxy that settled enough for the race to resume.

The sprint to the finish was stunted by a caution flag because light rain made a slick track even more slippery. Helio Castroneves spun out as if his car was on a skating rink and finished 17th.

Dixon pulled away after the final restart on lap 55 for his first win of the season, almost 2 seconds in front of teammate Dario Franchitti. The reigning Indianapolis 500 champion made many moves in limited time after starting toward the back of the pack in the 25-car field.

Simon Pagenaud finished third, followed by Will Power, who began the race as the IndyCar points leader.

Dixon, a two-time series champion and 28-time winner, earned his first pole on Saturday. He took advantage of starting first on a track that doesn’t give many opportunities to pass and led from start to finish.

The series was hoping to build off momentum created by an entertaining Indy 500 last week, which almost matched NASCAR’s TV rating on the same day, but drama off the track and a poor performance didn’t seem to help.

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard confirmed swirling speculation about discord that included a post on his Twitter account two days after the sport’s signature event that indicated a team owner was trying to get him fired.

Bernard wanted the story Sunday to be about the race in the Motor City.

That didn’t turn out to be good news, either.

Dixon wasn’t challenged much before the red flag, building a 10-second lead, on a road course that had just nine lead changes combined in 2007 and 2008.

The first sign of trouble with the track came when James Hinchcliffe lost control because of a huge divot in the road and ran into a tire barrier when he was on lap 39. Hinchcliffe, who had finished among the first six in the previous five races this year, shook his head when he got out of his car and took a look at one of the many problems on the track under the first yellow flag.

 

PNC Bank’s Fifth Gear and Grow Up Great Programs host over 600 DPS students on Free Prix Friday #TellUsDetroit

Over 600 Detroit Public Schools (DPS) preschoolers and fifth graders took part in hands-on learning activities on PNC Bank Free Prix Day, Friday June 1, at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

DETROIT, MI – After weeks of learning about math, science, engineering and technology through racing, over 600 Detroit Public Schools (DPS) preschoolers and fifth graders took part in hands-on learning activities on PNC Bank Free Prix Day, Friday June 1, at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

In partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, preschool students in the Grow Up Great program and the fifth grade students in the Fifth Gear initiative had a chance to see the excitement of world-class motorsports come to life both on and off the track. Founded by the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., PNC Grow Up Great is a bilingual, $350 million, multi-year initiative that helps prepare children – particularly underserved children – from birth to age five for success in school and life.

With assistance from Plymouth, Michigan-based Ilmor Engineering, the activities designed specifically for the students at the Grand Prix highlighted the lessons they’ve learned over the last several months and opened their eyes to the possibilities of careers in math and science.

In addition, the students had a chance to witness practice and qualifying action from the four different racing series competing at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit.

“The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is an important event for Detroit and the entire region,” said PNC Regional President Ric DeVore. “PNC Free Prix Day will kick off a terrific weekend of world-class racing and family fun. The Fifth Gear program and PNC Grow Up Great will provide the opportunity for more than 600 DPS students to experience this special event while learning about the math and science behind racing.”

Grow Up Great preschoolers learned all about the parts of a car in the “Pin the Part on the Car” activity at the Grand Prix, while they also learned the abstract concepts of friction and gravity through demonstrations that illustrate what happens when a car races down the track.

Other activities for Grow Up Great students included safety demonstrations and a chance to try on a mini fire suit, like the kind worn by drivers competing in the Grand Prix.

Fifth Gear students had a chance to learn about gears and engines, and even made their own human-powered engine to see energy at work. They also raced mini cars down a gravity track and participated in other activities that utilize friction and aerodynamics.

“The learning modules that have been implemented in our classrooms through the Fifth Gear and Grow Up Great programs came to life for our students as they personally experienced science, technology, engineering and math through an exciting day of racing,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools. “By providing this opportunity to our students, educators and parents, PNC Bank and the Grand Prix team are truly investing in Detroit Public Schools. On behalf of the entire district, we thank you for offering innovative methods of educating our students.”

Even some of the older DPS students had an opportunity to participate at the Grand Prix as members of high school robotics teams displayed their robots for the Fifth Gear students on Belle Isle so they could see another way in which math and science can come to life.

“It’s terrific to see the excitement and the wonder on the faces of these students when they get a chance to see the lessons they’ve learned put into practice on the race course,” said Bud Denker, Event Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. “The Grand Prix thanks PNC Bank and Detroit Public Schools for allowing us to help show the Fifth Gear and Grow Up Great students all that racing has to offer through math, science and technology.”

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. The event will be held June 1-3, 2012 and will include the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix presented by shopautoweek.com featuring the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series, the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers featuring the cars of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Series. Partners for the 2012 Grand Prix include Meijer, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), MotorCity Casino Hotel, PNC Bank, Quicken Loans and shopautoweek.com. For more information, visit http://www.DetroitGP.com and follow our social media pages at http://www.facebook.com/detroitgp and http://www.twitter.com/detroitgp.

 

 


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