I met a young lady last night at the park. She was about 12 or 13, a little shy, but anxious to be part of the softball game between DTE and Friends of Fletcher Field. She had never played the game before and seemed stunned that being part of a team meant that you had … Continue Reading →
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Just a quick reminder about the softball game tomorrow (Thursday) vs. DTE. First pitch 5:45 p.m. at Fletcher Field. Pregame dinner of hot dogs, chips and water bottles. If you can get there early with a rake to help prep the diamond, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to about 10 gallons of Roundup, 99 … Continue Reading →
The DTE Safety Committee has postponed tomorrow’s softball game at Fletcher Field until next Thursday, July 25, at 5:45 p.m. because of extreme heat. Hope to see you then.
The arrangements for Grace Filarski, the old-neighborhood stalward who died Friday, are as follows: Visitiation from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Mass at St. Thecla Catholic Church (20740 Nunnely, Clinton Township, MI). Also, our softball game against DTE at Fletcher Field is Thursday at 5:45 p.m. My wife and I pecked away at clearing the baseball … Continue Reading →
Legend has it that the house on the southeast corner of Mt. Olivet and Gilbo stood alone in the old neighborhood long before Henry Ford’s assembly-line concept, the mass migration to Detroit and the post-World War II housing boom. It’s been said that the waterway — Conner Creek — that currently runs under the neighborhood … Continue Reading →
Sometimes when I go back to the old neighborhood, it kills my spirit. Instead of feeling like I’m part of the solution, I just feel overwhelmed, pissed off and even hopeless. I had one of those “WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THIS PLACE AND WHY AM I HERE?!” moments last night. My wife, Shannon, and … Continue Reading →
It was like magnet to steel, young boy to mud puddle, Lindsay Lohan to trouble. I was drawn to the east side of Lakeshore Drive during my walk today, closer to the choppy waters of Lake St. Clair and the lush green grass path alongside it, where the footing is less stable but the view … Continue Reading →
I’ve spent most of the past two decades as a sportswriter and editor, using hyperbole to describe athletes … overusing — no, totally misusing — words like superstars, heroes, icons in stories about game-winning homers, touchdown runs, half-court shots. Well, my oldest son, Louis, just graduated from middle school tonight with a report card that … Continue Reading →
Some big dates to remember for 2013: Saturday, Aug. 24, 8-3 p.m. — Shield of Faith Golf Outing at Pontiac Municipal Golf Course. (All proceeds benefit purchasing school supplies for children in the neighborhood around Fletcher Field.) Saturday, Aug. 31 — Back-to-School Rally at Shield of Faith and barbecue at Fletcher Field (approximate start time … Continue Reading →
Ahoy, Fletcher Field shipmates. Just a reminder that the spring cleanup at the park is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m. There will be planting, tilling, weed-pulling and, well, you know the drill. If we have enough participants, I’d like a group of you to take the short trip down Mt. Olivet and … Continue Reading →