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Paul Glantz // Photo courtesy of Emagine Entertainment

Walsh College to Confer Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree to Emagine’s Paul Glantz

Walsh College in Troy will confer an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree to its keynote speaker and Walsh alumnus Paul Glantz, co-founder and chairman of Emagine Entertainment Inc. in Troy, at the college’s 119th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on June 22 at Jimmy John’s Stadium in Utica.

“Walsh College is proud to confer this degree of distinction upon our friend, supporter and alum, Mr. Paul Glantz,” says Suzy Siegle, president and CEO of Walsh College. “Paul is an outstanding example of our alumni living our mission in the world. He embodies the very best of business excellence and ethics, and we are excited to have him speak to our graduates and receive this well-deserved honorary doctorate.”

The college will award graduate and bachelor’s degrees to a class of 276; 141 will receive bachelor’s degrees and 135 will receive graduate degrees.

Glantz’s Emagine Entertainment operates 27 entertainment venues in Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Glantz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with high distinction from Wayne State University and a Master of Science degree in taxation from Walsh College. He has been recognized by both his alma maters, Walsh College and Wayne State, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and by Wayne State’s Irvin D. Reid Honors College with the first ever “Pillar Award.”

“I am deeply honored to be receiving an Honorary Doctor of Laws from my beloved alma mater, Walsh College,” Glantz says. “To be among those who have previously received such recognition is truly humbling.”

Glantz will become one of only a handful distinguished leaders to receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Walsh since the college’s founder, Mervyn B. Walsh, was honored as the first recipient in 1975. Recent honorees recipients include Annette Marcath (2023), Cynthia Pasky (2022), David Provost (2021), Veronika Scott (2021), Betty Chu (2021), and Elizabeth Meter (2020).

NFL, Little Caesars Announce ‘Ultimate Football Fan Prizes’ for Hot-N-Ready Giveaways

Little Caesars in Detroit has announced two exclusive NFL prizes as a part of Little Caesars Summer of Hot-N-Ready Giveaways & Getaways.

The nationwide celebration marks the 20th anniversary of Little Caesars’ Hot-N-Ready range of products and invites pizza lovers across America to participate in a summer-long giveaway. To enter, simply stop in and purchase and Hot-N-Ready pizza or side at a Little Caesars location and scan the QR code displayed in the store, or visit SummerSweeps.LittleCaesars.com to upload your in-store receipt.

Among the prizes are:

An Ultimate NFL Fantasy Football Experience that includes:

VIP Event Access: An event at the Levi’s Stadium Innovation Center, renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities and immersive football atmosphere.

Meet and Greet with George Kittle: A special appearance by NFL star George Kittle, providing fans with an up-close and personal experience with one of the league’s most dynamic tight ends.

All-Inclusive Travel: Round-trip coach airfare, ground transportation between the hotel and stadium, and two nights’ accommodation in a standard hotel (double occupancy).

The NFL Kickoff Experience winner will receive:

Game Tickets: Winners can choose tickets to the first regular season home game of their favorite NFL team.

Exclusive Prize Pack: A summer-themed prize pack filled with tailgating essentials, including tailgate chairs, a Bluetooth speaker, and a cooler backpack.

Covered Hospitality Fees: Ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Voltpost Secures $100K Grant to Deploy Lamppost Chargers in Detroit and Across Michigan

Voltpost, the New York-based lamppost electric vehicle charging company, has been awarded $100,000 from the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform (MMFP), administered by the State of Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME).

The funding from the MMFP will be used to deploy 10 Voltpost chargers on lampposts curbside and in parking lots across Michigan, including the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Voltpost’s lamppost charging platform reduces the cost, timing, and footprint of EV chargers by retrofitting existing infrastructure and removing construction and trenching barriers typically tied to EV charging installation. With Voltpost, municipalities will be able to generate new revenue streams, improve city planning with new infrastructure data, and accelerate decarbonization by spurring EV adoption. Convenient public EV charging access on city streets and in parking lots will reduce range anxiety for EV drivers and advance Michigan’s goal to build a reliable, convenient and accessible statewide network of 100,000 EV chargers by 2030.

This is the second grant the company has received from the MMFP. Making headway in Michigan since 2022, Voltpost was awarded a $65,000 grant from the MMFP for the deployment of the company’s retrofit lamppost charging platform at the Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL) to simulate a curbside charging environment.

Voltpost now has its demo unit up in Newlab at Michigan Central. Throughout this project, Voltpost conducted product demonstrations with Michigan drivers, OEMs, local government agencies and officials to gather useful feedback. Voltpost also participated in the Plug and Play Detroit Mobility cohort and won the Plug and Play Pitch Night event, selected down from 150 startups at the Detroit Auto Show in September 2023.

Livonia Senior Wellness Center Breaks Ground Today

Stakeholders are breaking ground today for the new Senior Wellness Center at the Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center in Livonia.

Construction of the new 30,000-square-foot, $26.9 million facility is expected to begin in early July.

“This project has been a team effort,” says Livonia Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan. “The support from Wayne County, state representatives and other elected officials at all levels of

government have helped ensure our seniors have this wonderful facility available to them for years to come.”

The project was made possible by $20.75 million in county, state, and federal grants, with the remainder from the city’s funds from the American Rescue Plan and building improvement funds. It will not require an increase in taxes or a dedicated millage.

The new Senior Wellness Center will be separate from but adjacent to the existing Rec Center, giving older adults easy access to both facilities. The new Wellness Center also will feature a more efficient floorplan allowing programs and activities the flexibility to grow, plus a larger dining room, a café, cozy seating and lounge. Flex space also will serve fitness classes, educational seminars, assistance services, and more.

Construction of the Livonia Senior Wellness Center and upcoming renovations at The Rec are expected to be completed by December 2025. The current Civic Park Senior Center will remain open and operating programs until the new facility is ready for use.

Visit LivoniaBuilt.org for more information and updates on the project.

Otis C. Williams Street Unveiled in Detroit

The legacy of Otis Williams, the founding member of The Temptations, is memorialized forever, as Otis C. Williams Street was officially revealed Saturday during an event in Detroit hosted by Motown Museum and the Black United Fund of Michigan.

Otis C. Williams Street is located at the corner of Wisconsin and Santa Clara, the intersection of Williams’ former home at 17376 Wisconsin St. on Detroit’s northwest side.

The street naming event was attended by Williams and members of his family, several Motown alumni, all current members of The Temptations, and dignitaries including Black United Fund of Michigan President and CEO Ken Donaldson, and others.

Performers from Motown Museum’s Hitsville Next performed during the ceremony honoring Otis’s legacy by singing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations.

Detroit Future City Hosting Juneteenth Event About Homeownership

Detroit Future City is hosting a Homeownership Month and Juneteenth Celebration on Tuesday from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Industry Innovation Center (461 Burroughs St.) to commemorate Black liberation and wealth generation through homeownership.

This event will feature a panel discussion on homeownership, outlining and ideating actions that can advance policy and advocacy for equitable housing in the Detroit region. Additionally, attendees will be able to tour the Morningside and Osborn neighborhoods, gaining valuable insights into the local housing landscape. Panelists for the event discussion will include:

  • Linda Smith, executive director, U-SNAP-BAC
  • Quincy Jones, executive director, Osborn Neighborhood Alliance
  • Krysta Pate, founder and CEO, The Ownership Initiative
  • Dave Palmer, founder and CEO, Kite and Key Partners

To attend, visit here to register.

Dean Transportation in Walled Lake is Hosting a Hiring Event on Tuesday

Dean Transportation in Walled Lake (46740 W. Pontiac Trail) is hosting a hiring event Tuesday for interested applicants to learn about the company’s openings for school bus driver, school bus attendant, and service technician positions for routes supporting Walled Lake Consolidated Schools.

Attendees will learn about Dean’s family-driven culture as well as its comprehensive benefits, paid training, and flexible scheduling. For Walled Lake-area positions, Dean is offering starting wages up to $25.25 per hour for school bus drivers, $20.35 for school bus attendants, and competitive wages for service technicians based on certifications. Dean will be holding on-the-spot interviews and making job offers to qualified candidates.

The event is free and open to all interested individuals with or without prior experience.

For more information, visit here or call 248-956-3090.

Nominations Open for Detroit Youth Empowerment Awards

The Detroit Youth Empowerment Awards, now in its fifth year, is calling for nominations.

With award categories including Excellence in Education, Community Impact, and the Perseverance Award, the goal of YEA is to shine the spotlight on young people who are accomplishing incredible things while working hard to build a brighter future not only for themselves, but for the entire city of Detroit.

Qualifying nominees must be between 13-24 years old and be a current or former resident of Detroit.

For more information about the Detroit Youth Empowerment Awards and to submit a nomination, visit here. Nominations close at midnight June 23.

Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority to Host Detroit River Youth Career Expo June 22

The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA) and the University of Michigan’s Detroit River Story Lab have partnered to inspire Detroit area young people (15-25 years) to consider college, vocational, and career pathways in maritime, environmental science, water resource management, health and education, and communications and culture, among others at the Detroit River Youth Career Expo.

The event will take place at the Port Authority’s riverfront dock facility located at 130 E. Atwater June 22 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Participants will meet representatives from 21 firms and educational institutions and will be able to tour the GLMA’s training vessel, The State of Michigan, and see what it’s like to stand on the bridge of a commercial ship. Lunch will be provided to participants.

Pre-registration is encouraged here. For more information and a complete list of employers, educational institutions, and other organizations attending the event, visit portdetroit.com/career-expo.

Registration Open for Macomb Community College’s Summer MORE Session

The Macomb Organization for Retiree Enrichment (MORE), a lifelong learning initiative from Macomb Community College, will offer a summer session July 19-Aug. 5, with five classes and five local excursions.

Each course is taught by subject matter experts and lasts approximately two hours, with up to 30 minutes reserved for a question-and-answer period. MORE members can choose from three class/excursion packages: three classes or excursions for $33, five classes or excursions for $50 and seven classes or excursions for $63.

Highlights of MORE’s summer session include:

  • Summer Discovery Boat Tour at Lake St. Clair Metropark
  • The 19th Century Origins of Football
  • Monarch Butterflies
  • Wolcott Mill Metropark Farm Center Picnic

All courses take place at the Macomb University Center on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. To view the catalog and to register, visit here. 

Mike Morse Among America’s 45 Most Influential Trial Lawyers

Mike Morse Law Firm announced firm founder Mike Morse has been named to the 2024 edition of America’s Most Influential Trial Lawyers, as chosen by The Trial Lawyer Magazine and The National Law Journal. He is the only lawyer in Michigan to receive this honor.

“This list is comprised of the best in the nation, so this distinction is one I accept with great honor,” says Morse. “I work tirelessly to get results for metro Detroiters who have experienced some level of physical injury and not for the accolades, but it is nice to be recognized for the work I do.”

The complete roster of America’s 45 Most Influential Trial Lawyers is featured in the spring edition of The Trial Lawyer, which can be found here.