Grandmont Rosedale’s Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired Managing Director Victor Arbulu Knows the Importance of Building Community

Victor Arbulu couldn’t have guessed where he’d put down his roots years after earning his MBA in finance and management. After working in small business consulting and in non-profit finance for several years, about 13 years ago, Victor was hired to be the finance manager at the now 55 year old Greater Detroit Agency for…

Meet Candice Fortman, Emcee of GRDC’s Community Connections Breakfast, Marketing Engagement Director for WDET, and Grandmont Resident

Candice Fortman is one of the busiest people in Detroit, but just about everything that she is involved in involves community. Candice regards her role as the emcee for GRDC’s Community Connections Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 am as another way that she can strengthen not just the Grandmont Rosedale community, but the…

Brightmoor Flower Farm and its Owner Lisa Rivera, Favorites at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market

“I love pulling weeds!” is not something you hear too often, but Lisa Rivera swears it’s true, and one look at Lisa’s booth at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market and you know that Lisa has mastered growing flowers. You’ll also notice that she has a gift for arranging them. Much of Lisa’s skill was self-taught,…

Meet Cassandra Van Dam, the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market Site Manager

Running a farmers’ market takes many hands, many areas of expertise, and a dedication to support independent, local vendors. Cassandra Van Dam is helping out this season at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market thanks to Eastern Market and the Detroit Community Markets. As a Shared Site Manager, Cassandra splits her time between our Market and…

Meet Asia Hamilton, Curator of The Norwest Gallery of Art in the Grand River Annex

Years ago, when Asia Hamilton was in high school, she wanted to take a cosmetology class, but the class was full. She was disappointed and so, with little enthusiasm and the thought that the class would be easy, Asia reluctantly signed up for commercial photography. Once the class was over Asia knew what she wanted…

Meet Chinyere Olumba, the Children’s Librarian at the Redford Branch of the Detroit Public Library

Chinyere Olumba remembers spending many childhood summer days hanging out at the Gray Branch of the Detroit Public Library which was in the Butzel Family Recreation Center on the east side. Chinyere could walk there with her four siblings and the five of them would play in the gym, take craft classes, and visit the…

Great Art! Great Park! Great Opportunity!!

North Rosedale Park Civic Association (NRPCA) “went live” on August 7, to raise the remaining match for a $76,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant to fund a 25-foot metal sculpture by celebrated artist Charles McGee on the grounds of the Community House, and a large tile mosaic by master muralist Hubert Massey on the façade of…

Rosedale Park Improvement Association’s Annual Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale was a Hit with Bargin Hunters

On Saturday, June 25th, Rosedale Park Improvement Association hosted its annual neighborhood-wide garage sale. The event covers 60 city blocks between Grand River and Lyndon, Evergreen and Ashton, with many residents from the nearby Grandmont #1 neighborhood also participating. Dozens of neighbors join in each year, offering up their household wares and gently used items…