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Foundation Directory Online Additions and Updates for April 2014
New postings for Michigan for April 2014.
Al-Jude Foundation, The Grand Blanc, MI $ 3,000
Carr Scholarship Fund, Maryjane Flint, MI $20,061
Georges Family Foundation, The Macomb, MI $11,750
Grand Rapids Mission Corporation Grand Rapids, MI $ 0
Grissom Middle School Booster Club Sterling Heights, MI $ 0
Handicapped Cubs Assistance Program Troy, MI $ 0
Khandwala Family Foundation, The Franklin, MI $ 0
LaBelle Family Foundation, Doug and Melissa Mt. Pleasant, MI $ 5,200
Laube Family Foundation Kalamazoo, MI $ 0
Michigan Society for Medical Research Inc. Ann Arbor, MI $ 0
Quicken Loans Corporate Giving Program Detroit, MI $7,000,000
Stevenson Foundation, Walter H. & Ella Detroit, MI $26,794
Tersigni Family Foundation Clinton Twp, MI $51,000
After years of widespread expansion, today’s $38 billion U.S. casino industry, now bigger than the movie theater, outdoor equipment and craft beer industries combined, is now going through a period of slowing revenue, leading to layoffs and casino closures.
Detroit is the fourth-largest gaming market in the country, but trouble may lie ahead. Analysts project the now-fragmented local gaming market could eventually exclude one of the four players that exist today: MGM Grand, MotorCity, Greektown and Caesars Windsor.
“I can’t imagine the three Detroit casinos are going to all survive,” said Richard McGowan of Boston College’s Carroll School of Business Management, who closely tracks the industry. “I’d be really surprised. I think one will eventually go because the owners are going to say that it is just not worthwhile.”
Here in the local market, revenue is on pace to fall for the third consecutive year, a trend prompted in part by a new, smoke-free gaming hall just an hour away in Toledo. The Toledo casino has commandeered southeast Michigan customers like the Detroit casinos did to Caesars Windsor in the early 2000s.
For the full article, see Karl Henkel, "Detroit area casino market may see casualties as revenue slows", Detroit News, April 24, 2014.
Ron French, "Gridlocked on change, state may bring back reviled MEAP next fall" : State lawmakers are not yet ready to approve the new Smarter Balanced test. The result: testing uncertainty for the next school year and no way to accurately evaluate teachers.
Amber Arellano and Steve Cook, "Teachers need more training and resources to teach to higher standards" : It makes little sense to expect that Michigan students will meet more rigorous college- and career- ready standards without supporting teachers in implementing them and measuring whether students get there.
"Coming May 6: The Michigan citizens’ agenda for 2014" : Learn what more than 5,000 diverse Michiganders from across the state said they want from their elected representatives in 2014
Lawson J. Deming (April 23, 1913 – April 24, 2007) was a radio and TV character actor best known in Detroit, Cleveland, Washington, D.C. and parts of Canada as the Saturday afternoon television horror movie host "Sir Graves Ghastly."
Sir Graves Ghastly began his hosting duties in 1966 on WJBK Channel 2 in Detroit. The show was Sir Graves Ghastly Presents and it ran on Saturday afternoons until April of 1983. He was very popular, especially with kids, probably due to the fact that his character did not appear scary and was actually more cartoonish.
The show featured many other characters as well, including his girlfriend Tilly Trollhouse and Glob, Sir Graves' mouth filmed upside down. Most of these characters were played by Ghastly himself, Lawson J. Deming.
In all, Sir Graves Ghastly ran for 15 seasons in Detroit. Due to the show's popularity (it was topping all other programs in its time slot other than live sporting events), WJBK added the occasional after-school or prime time Sir Graves special and, of course, several Halloween specials. The explosion of televised sports in the early 1980s, particularly college football, caused Sir Graves to go into hiatus after airing a show in November 1982. A management change during this time led to the program being "officially" cancelled in 1983 before any other shows were produced. As he did while his show was running, Deming continued to do speaking engagements and personal appearances well into the 1990s
For more information, see SirGravesGhastly.com
The first tank delivered from Detroit’s newest and largest defense plant was an M3, which weighed 30 tons and was produced at a rapid pace during World War II. Officials from both the Chrysler Corporation and the American military gathered in Warren, Michigan, to witness a demonstration in which the new tank fired its weapons, crashed through a telephone pole and destroyed a house. Due to its impressive production of weapons and vehicles needed for the fighting, the city of Detroit was often referred to as the “Arsenal of Democracy” during the war. Indeed, many historians have since demonstrated that the course of the war and its outcome were both significantly affected by the large production rates which were achieved in Detroit. By the end of World War II the Detroit Tank Arsenal produced more than twenty-two thousand tanks.
For more information see
State of War: Michigan in WWII / Alan Clive. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1979.
Detroit's wartime industry : arsenal of democracy / Michael W.R. Davis. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., c2007.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
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