Dearborn buildings to light up purple in March for epilepsy awareness

During March, many City of Dearborn buildings will be illuminated in purple as part of a community-wide effort to bring broader awareness to epilepsy and seizure recognition. The program is sponsored in memory of Dearborn resident Zahra Abbas. On Monday, Mar. 4, Dearborn Public Schools (DPS), the Abbas family, the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, and the Dearborn Parent Teacher Organization will offer specialized seizure first-aid training. The free training will run from 6 - 8 p.m. in the DPS Board Room, 18700 Audette. Space is limited, and registration is strongly encouraged. 

Participants of the training will become Seizure First Aid Certified. The training gives class participants the skills to recognize seizures and respond confidently.

The Epilepsy Foundation’s purple light initiative encourages people to ask questions about the condition while connecting them with more information and awareness about epilepsy. 

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, seizures can manifest in various forms, often leaving individuals confused, disoriented, or unconscious. Primary seizure first aid knowledge is an important first step.

Ali Abazeed, Director of the Dearborn Department of Public Health, stated, “Raising awareness about epilepsy is crucial. A neurological condition that predisposes individuals to recurrent seizures, epilepsy is among the most prevalent nervous system disorders worldwide, affecting people of all ages, races, and ethnicities. By uniting in awareness, our community empowers itself with the knowledge needed to save lives.”

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Memorial Day Parade 2024

Memorial Day Image 2024

Michigan’s oldest Memorial Day Parade will return for its 98th year on Monday, May 27, 2024. Hosted by the City of Dearborn and the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council, the parade honors veterans and those who lost their lives while serving their country. As one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the United States, the event features over 80 regional officials, marching bands, and community groups and concludes with a Remembrance Ceremony in honor of the fallen.

Route Information
The 2024 Memorial Day Parade route will once again take place on Michigan Ave in west Dearborn due to continued MDOT construction. The route will begin at Nowlin St. and move eastward, ending at S Brady St.

Please note: Public traffic will be closed on the following roads for the duration of the parade on May 27:

  • Michigan Ave (eastbound and westbound) between W Outer Dr and Evergreen Rd.
  • S. Brady St between Michigan Ave and Cherry Hill Rd.
  • Garrison Pl

Parade Schedule
The parade will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. with a military funeral procession. The Grand Marshal and parade groups will follow.

A Remembrance Ceremony will take place on the lawn of the Dearborn Historical Museum at noon. The public is welcome to attend.

Participate in the Parade!
We invite military and veterans groups, marching bands, and community & school groups from Dearborn and neighboring communities to apply to participate in our 98th annual parade. Please find the digital application forms below.

     

Applications and Hold Harmless Agreements must be submitted no later than April 26, 2024.

If preferred, paper participant applications and hold harmless agreements may be picked up from the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave.

If accepted, participants will receive further information and parade rules via email.

Sponsorships
Opportunities to support our 98th annual Memorial Day Parade can be found HERE. 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or have any questions, please contact Erica Marra, Special Event & Outreach Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your consideration!

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Dearborn's City Beautiful Commission recognizes honorees in all seasonal Aglow programs, Standard of Excellence awards

Earlier this month, the City Beautiful Commission and Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud hosted a new awards program celebrating residents and businesses honored in 2023 for their outstanding property maintenance and appealing landscaping, or environmental sustainability, or creative holiday decorating.
 
The ceremony held at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center featured musical entertainment, a buffet dinner, and congratulatory remarks from the mayor, Council President Mike Sareini, and Commission Chair Rene Ziaja.
 
In total, 160 properties were recognized in 2023 by the volunteer commission through the Dearborn Aglow spring, fall, and winter decorating programs, the Residential Standard of Excellence awards for homes with noteworthy curb appeal, the Special Gardens category, and the Business Standard of Excellence for attractive facades and grounds. Volunteer judges from the Commission chose all the top honorees in every program. Judges considered properties self-nominated by the occupant or nominations submitted by neighbors.

The Commission will soon accept nominations for the 2024 Dearborn Spring Aglow program beginning March 9, 2024, which will seek to honor residents decorating for seasonal holidays.
 
Stay tuned to CityOfDearborn.org and @Dearbron.gov for more information.  See the city's Facebook page for all of the photos from the evening!
 
City Beautiful Ceremony Photo 1

City Beautiful Ceremony Photo 2

City Beautiful Ceremony Photo 5

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Dearborn Public Health launches city-wide air quality monitoring program

The Dearborn Department of Public Health, with the support of the MiNextCities, announced the placement of ten air quality monitors throughout the city in partnership with JustAir, a Michigan-based startup. Using a publicly available dashboard that is also available in Arabic, residents can monitor air quality in real-time and subscribe for alerts when air quality reaches levels of concern.

Dearborn Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud stated, “Dearborn families have suffered from poor air quality for decades. Our partnership with JustAir to place monitors throughout the city is just one way we are working to communicate with our residents, and to make strides in improving air quality in the region.”

The air quality network is part of a broader effort to decrease air pollution and improve public health, including a successful lawsuit against local polluters to decrease particulate matter, fugitive dust, and other air pollutants. This work will be joined by further outreach, enforcement, and regulatory actions to improve quality of life city-wide. 

Monitors will track three primary air pollutants of concern: particulate matter 2.5, particulate matter 10, and nitrogen dioxide; additionally, two of the ten will measure ozone. Neighborhoods in close proximity to industrial areas, trucking routes, and heavily-used highways were prioritized for placement, given their elevated exposure. 

Ali Abazeed, Chief Public Health Officer and Director of the Dearborn Department of Public Health, added, “Dearborn residents are the experts of their experiences, and they understand the air quality in their neighborhoods best. This network will allow us to validate that lived experience, understand disparities across our city, and focus future work on improving air quality for all.”

Air quality data is summarized using the Air Quality Index, or AQI–a scale that runs from 0 to 500 with six categories. While certain levels–above 151–are unhealthy for everybody, even an AQI between 51 and 150 can be unsafe during pregnancy, for individuals with conditions like cancer or obesity, or for the elderly. Additionally, risk can vary based on how long individuals are outside and whether they are involved in strenuous activity. The city is committed to ongoing outreach to empower residents to effectively use and interpret AQI levels. 

Abazeed continued, “This intervention is about being accountable to our residents and communicating saliently to the public we serve. Our monitors have been collecting AQI information for months, and we’re excited to collaborate with partners in the community to improve the health and well-being of all.” 

The move to increase data accessibility is designed to empower parents, educators, coaches, and community leaders to make informed decisions to protect the health of residents. Central to this initiative is a first-of-its-kind pilot installation at Levagood Park that will transform air quality metrics into a color-coded display, allowing residents to check the air quality at a glance. 

Anyone can register for AQI alerts through JustAir’s website at JustAir.app/SignUp

More information about AQI can be found at Airnow.gov/aqi/aqi-basics.

See more about Dearborn's Air Quality Meters in the video below. 

Visit here for more information about the Air Quality Meters with web navigation instructions.

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