On February 27th, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) celebrated its 40th Annual Meeting.
As is custom, the awards ceremony, was the major focus of the meeting. Councilman Matt Zone presented the Sustainability Award to Michael Webster for his involvement in creating a neighborhood garden at W. 63rd and Bridge Avenue. Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization Chairman Joe Tegreene presented the Irene Catlin Award to Barbara Reynolds for leadership and service to the neighborhood. Reynolds is involved with the DSCDO Community Involvement Committee, North Shore Block Club and organizing a Spelling Bee for neighborhood children
State Senator Michael Skindell and State Representative Nickie Antonio presented the Community Spirit Awards. Earl Moats and Dan Carcioppolo of the Edgewater Hill Block Club were honored for their efforts to control graffiti in the W. 76th Street tunnel. Lisa Hawkins was honored for her participation in Friends of Gallagher School. Her efforts included organizing a school cleanup. Jason Bristol was honored for his efforts at nuisance abatement, which resulted in three properties being demolished and one renovated in the area around W. 54th and Bridge Avenue. Jessica Serio was honored for her work as a neighborhood ambassador, welcoming people to the neighborhood at special events. Jenny Spencer was honored for her work with the Franklin Blvd/Wakefield Block Club and Friends of Gallagher School. Carolyn Samstag was honored for her volunteer work with the West Clinton Block Club and the Gordon Square Farmers’ Market.
Senator Skindell and Rep Antonio also presented a Neighborhood Improvement Award to the owners of Toast for their storefront renovation and opening of a restaurant at W. 65th just north of Detroit Avenue.
County Council Representative Dale Miller presented a number of Neighborhood Improvement Awards. Westlake Capital Management was honored for their work on properties on W. 67th and W. 69th Streets. The Roberts family was honored for the rehab of their home for three generations at 7105 Clinton Ave. Daryl Anderson was honored for restoring a property on W. 54th Street and for his help with refugee families; L.A.N.D. Studio was honored for their work on the planning and completion of the W. 76th Street Bike/Pedestrian Tunnel. Allyson Fink and Trevor Clatterbuck were honored for their work restoring a house at 6005 Bridge Avenue.
Former DSCDO Executive Director Bill Whitney announced the election of new board members and the passage of some bylaw changes. Following the announcement, Executive Director Jeff Ramsey showed a video celebrating DSCDO’s 40 years of service to the neighborhood.