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Nominations sought for Dearborn Sustainable Gardens awards through June 28

The Dearborn City Beautiful Commission invites Dearborn community members to nominate households with exceptional sustainable landscaping for the second-annual Sustainable Gardens awards category of the yearly Residential Standard of Excellence Awards (RSOE).  In coordination with National Pollinator Week, which began on June 17, 2024, residents are encouraged to nominate homes maintaining rain gardens, pollinator gardens, and other sustainable landscaping features through June 28, 2024. 

The City Beautiful Commission, with direction from Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud, aims to promote sustainable gardens and landscaping as a way to sustainably enhance the local environment and improve public health, sustain crucial pollinator populations - like bees and butterflies, and reduce the impact of flooding, especially through the use of residential rain gardens. 

This new recognition program is a companion to the traditional Residential Standard of Excellence Awards, which the commission has presented for 45 years. The honorees in this special category will receive the same distinctive window decal as those homes selected in the overall RSOE program.

Volunteer commissioners will review nominated sustainable gardens and landscaping and choose up to 10 outstanding examples for recognition, all of which will receive a special lawn sign from the Commission. Selected honorees will also be invited to a dinner in Feb. 2025 for all 2024 City Beautiful Commission awardees hosted by the Commission and Mayor Hammoud.

Residents can nominate a neighbor or self-nominate at this link or by calling 313-943-2150 through June 28. 

About National Pollinator Week

National Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally to raise awareness about pollinators and how to protect them. Pollinators are vital organisms that help plants reproduce by transferring pollen from male to female flowers. 

Pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, bats, beetles, and hummingbirds. All of these benefit from residents who create and maintain healthy gardens with native plants that are designed to support them. 
 
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Mayor Hammoud, City of Dearborn win national climate award for public health leadership

Dearborn Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud was one of thirteen mayors recognized on Thursday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), a nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more, for outstanding leadership in combating the climate crisis. The 2024 Mayors Climate Protection Award commends Dearborn’s work in sustainability and climate adaptation, led by its Department of Public Health (DPH).

Mayor Hammoud stated, "Whether by extreme flooding, poor air quality, extreme heat, or higher energy bills, climate change hurts families across the country, including in Dearborn. When we launched the DPH two years ago, we sought to reimagine public health by integrating environmental health into our core mission. This recognition from the U.S. Conference of Mayors underscores our dedication to this vision.” 

In April 2022, under Hammoud's leadership, Dearborn created DPH in line with their commitment to a health-in-all policies approach, which prioritizes health, environmental justice, and climate action in all public policy decisions. With this action, Dearborn became just the second city in Michigan with a formal health department, and the first in the country to voluntarily launch one. Under the leadership of DPH, the department informs municipal policy and programming discussions by advising on the climate and health impacts of individual decisions.

Mayor Hammoud added, “Ensuring our residents have the tools to face this generational challenge is a top priority for my administration. We are committed to working tirelessly to protect our community and create a sustainable future for all."
 

This award builds on Dearborn’s silver certification last month by Michigan Green Communities, which recognizes sustainability efforts and environmental leadership by Michigan municipalities, and participation in two cohorts – one led by the National League of Cities and one led jointly by NLC and the Urban Institute – focused on resident well being and climate action. 

Samir Deshpande, DPH’s inaugural environmental health manager, stated, "A just transition away from polluting fossil fuels prioritizes the livability of our communities. Over the past two years, we have worked across governments to democratize air quality information, protect and expand our city’s urban forest, simplify solar panel permitting, and review city policies that hinder public health and climate interventions, making the 'greenest' choice the easiest choice."

Dearborn was one of six cities with a population over 100,000 to be recognized nationwide by USCM. Full descriptions of the 2024 Mayors Climate Protection Awards winning programs can be found at USMayors.org.


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City of Dearborn waives entry fee for residents at Ford Woods, Dunworth pools during heat wave

With temperatures expected to surge above 90 degrees, the City of Dearborn today announced that it will waive entry fees for Dearborn residents at two of the City’s outdoor pools at Ford Woods and Levagood parks. Residents can enjoy the pools for free from Tuesday, June 18, through Friday, June 21, 2024.

Both pools will be open for regular hours during these cool-off days:

- Ford Woods Park pool, 5700 Greenfield Rd: 1 - 6 p.m.
- Dunworth Pool at Levagood Park, 801 N Denwood St: 1 - 8 p.m.

Visitors must show proof of their residency in Dearborn by presenting a driver's license, state ID, school ID, or another official document with their photo, name, and address to enter. Residents will be admitted to the pools on a first-come-first-served basis as capacity is limited.

Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud stated, “Our public pools continue to be one of the best public amenities available to all Dearborn residents. We hope families are able to take advantage of this free pool period to cool off while using additional precautions during this particularly intense heat wave.”

Pool admission fees are always waived for residents ages 13 years and due to a policy change instituted by Mayor Hammoud in 2022.

For more information on pool locations, hours, and activities, visit DearbornFordCenter.com.

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Dearborn officials, veterans to commemorate Flag Day at June 14 ceremony

The City of Dearborn will honor the nation’s flag at a Flag Day ceremony on Friday, June 14, 2024, from 6-7 p.m., at Ford Field Park, 22501 Cherry Hill St. The commemoration will involve retiring tattered American flags that are no longer fit for public display using American Legion burning protocols.

The annual ceremony, which is held in conjunction with the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council (DAWVC), will mark the 248th anniversary of the adoption of the nation’s flag by the Continental Congress in 1777. Members of the public are invited to attend the event, which will take place on the north side of Ford Field Park on Cherry Hill St, west of Brady St.

City now accepting damaged, discolored flags for proper disposal

To ensure that damaged and discolored American flags are appropriately and honorably retired, the City of Dearborn is now collecting flags that are no longer fit for display.

Stars on donated flags should be no bigger than 2 inches across. Flags should be labeled “Made in the USA” or be made by a flag company that is a member of NIFDA or FMAA.

All flags received by the City will be provided to Stars for Our Troops, an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense for appropriate flag retirement. Stars for Our Troops processes and cleans American flags that are no longer suitable for display before carefully cutting out and embroidering the stars on these flags to be shipped to active duty military, veterans, first responders, and their families with a note of support and gratitude.

Residents may deliver tattered, torn, and faded flags to the front service desk at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave. Flags will be collected year-round, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m - 5 p.m., excluding City holidays.

For more information on flag retirement ceremonies, visit Defense.gov.