GRDC Welcomes New Board Member John Bry

John Bry asked GRDC Executive Director Sherita Smith how he could get involved in the Grandmont Rosedale community before he moved into his home in Grandmont #1 last year. John also reached out the Grandmont #1 Improvement Association to introduce himself and to ask them how he might pitch in. Clearly John was familiar with…

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The Well-Attended February Neighborhood Safety Meeting Draws Residents from Grandmont Rosedale and Beyond

The guest speaker at the well-attended Thursday, February 28 Neighborhood Safety Meeting was Antoinette James, a Crime Victim Advocate from Ascension Health Care Systems. Antoinette spoke about the many services Ascension provides for victims of crime from ages 5 – adult. She also distributed information regarding the physical, mental, and behavioral reactions victims commonly experience.…

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Meet Carla White-Smith, Chair of Grandmont’s Youth Expo

Carla White-Smith visited other expos, taking notes on what worked and what didn’t, where visitors gathered, and which vendors were popular with whom. Then she decided to chair a committee to host Grandmont Community Association’s Youth Expo on Saturday, March 16 from 11 am – 3 pm at Christ the King Church, 20800 Grand River.…

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Longtime Grandmont Rosedale Resident Leads Generations of Detroit High School Students

When Dave Siefker attended last year’s 45th Alumni Gathering of Detroit Urban Lutheran School/Detroit Christian Schools of Excellence, (DULS/DCSE), he thought “45 years – same old principal.” Through years of uncertainty, both financial and geographic, Dave has been a stable force leading high school and grade school students through the often tough years of childhood…

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Marsha Bruhn Steps Down after 12 Years as a GRDC Board Member

Since 2007, Marsha Bruhn has gathered monthly with GRDC board members to strategize ways to make Grandmont Rosedale stable, safe, and sustainable. Marsha served on the board because she “considered GRDC such an asset to the neighborhoods and to the neighbors.” Marsha has been one of those neighbors since 1975 when she and her then…

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James and Andrew Martin, Two Grandmont Rosedale Musicians

Along with manners and self-sufficiency, one of the most important things a parent can teach their child is a love of music. Once a child reaches a certain age though, just which musicians to love is out of a parent’s hands. Grandmont Rosedale resident Andrew Martin has developed his own taste in music that differs…

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Introducing Desirae Tolbert, GRDC’s New Board Director

It seems as if Desirae Tolbert has spent her life accumulating reasons why she would be perfect in her new position on GRDC’s Board of Directors. First off, she grew up two houses from GRDC’s current main office at 19800 Grand River. In high school, her first paid job was as the editor for North…

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Meet District 1 Business Liaison Tenecia D. Johnson

Tenecia Johnson was just 18, fresh out of high school, when she was hired by a commercial bank in Detroit to work with small businesses. Although Tenecia admits that the job was “challenging for an 18 year old,” she did so well in that position she was transferred to a branch downtown where her responsibilities…

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The Many Benefits of Attending Neighborhood Safety Meetings

Just about every other month, on a Thursday evening, GRDC sponsors a Neighborhood Safety Meeting at the North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale. These meetings are free and open to anyone with an interest in increasing safety in the community. The content of these meetings changes month by month, and all first time attendees…

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