East Side

Magnificent seven

Seven years ago — almost to the day — I went home, only to find my childhood field of dreams, Fletcher Field, in ruins. The grass, once manicured and emerald green, was about 3-feet tall and brown. The playground equipment was mangled and missing pieces. The backstop for the baseball diamond was a trellis for … Continue Reading →

Oh, deer!

The latest wildlife report coming from residents who live near Fletcher Field is astounding: Two deer and a fox have been seen at the park in recent weeks. In the skies above the park, we’ve seen several hawks and pheasants over the years, to go along with the few planes that still fly out of … Continue Reading →

Together again?

In 2015, Shield of Faith — which took up residence in the church building at 13400 Van Dyke after Holy Name closed in 1989 — will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Is there interest in bringing the two congregations back together again, like we did in March 2008? I can tell you with certainty that what … Continue Reading →

RIP, Coach Coffey

Pat Coffey, who coached the Holy Name basketball team back in the 1960s, died on Friday. I’m told he coached the Ramblers to a CYO title game in 1967, when they finished as runners-up to Wyandotte Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Visitation is Friday from 2 until 9 p.m. at Verheyden Funeral Home (16300 Mack … Continue Reading →

Prayer request

Please pray for Rev. Wesley Johnson. He was rushed to St. John’s Hospital early Sunday morning, when doctors discovered a hole in his small intestines. He underwent emergency surgery — had 18 inches of his small intestines removed — and remains on a ventilator in ICU. His wife, Imogene, says he’s making slow progress, but … Continue Reading →

Tree-lighting at Mt. Olivet

Mount Olivet Cemetery will play host to its annual tree-lightening ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 4:30 p.m. Here are the details: http://www.mtelliott.com/christmas-tree-lighting-benefiting-toys-for-tots/ This is a really nice event at an incredibly beautiful, peaceful place. Hope to see your there!

Where have you been?

Honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t written lately. I think I’ve just run out of things to say for now. The park continues to be clean, cut and operational. There are folks in the neighborhood and from Friends of Fletcher who worked the garden all summer long and claim to have grown the Great … Continue Reading →

History repeats itself

Back in the spring of 1976, my father had to make the call: Would our east-side Detroit neighborhood rebound or continue to decline? It’s a conversation I remember he and my Grandpa Lemanski had numerous times over beers in the back kitchen on Dubay Street, a police scanner blaring out the latest bad news as … Continue Reading →