Information Center receives $10,000 check from AT&T

Photo by Wayne Vannice
Jon Peterson (left), director of external affairs for AT&T, presents a $10,000 check for The Information Center Youth Success Program to Edward D’Angelo, president and CEO of the center, Aug. 19 at Wayne County Community College District Downriver. AT&T and the center have teamed up to provide a special website about the program, telephone help and resource guides for teens and their parents about dropout risk factors, college and financial aid opportunities and job readiness.

By Evelyn Cairns
A $10,000 contribution by AT&T to support The Information Center Youth Success Program was presented Aug. 19 to the Downriver agency during a ceremony at Wayne County Community College Downriver in Taylor.

The Information Center and AT&T have teamed up to provide a special website, telephone help and resource guides for teens and their parents about dropout-risk factors, college and financial-aid opportunities and job readiness.

In addition, a series of informative free seminars are planned. The first, on job-readiness training, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Southgate Library, 14680 Dix Toledo Road.

Subsequent sessions will address the dropout risk factors, college preparation and financial aid.

Edward D’Angelo, president and CEO of The Information Center, who accepted the contribution, said, “We believe that we have a responsibility to help our youth, parents and dedicated teachers by doing all we can to assist them.

“When we work together and pool our efforts, we encourage more young people to grow and contribute and to find in themselves self-confidence and a path forward to success.”

In attendance at the presentation, in addition to D’Angelo, were Jon Peterson, director of external affairs for AT&T; Jim Murray, AT&T Michigan president; Doug Geiss, state representative; and Taylor Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand.

Among others were Taylor Councilman Rick Sollars and Tony Arminiak, president of Wayne County Community College Downriver.

For more information on the program, call The Information Center at 734-272-7171 or go to

Free concert set by DSO
Plans were announced this week by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a free DSO concert Sept. 27 at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performance Center in Taylor, one of a series of four free performances to be presented by the symphony in metropolitan Detroit under the auspices of the DTE Energy Foundation.

The Taylor concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the center, located at Wayne County Community College Downriver, 21000 Northline, with Leonard Slatkin, conducting.

The communities were chosen as a result of nominations of their communities by residents, logistical criteria and strong evidence of community support, according to a DSO spokesman.

“We are thrilled with the public response to the DSO and DTE Energy Foundation’s initiative to make classical music as accessible as possible,” said Mike Chriss, DTE Energy director for corporate and governmental affairs.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to help share the artistic excellence of the DSO with the surrounding metropolitan communities.”

Other concerts will be held during September in St. Clair Shores, Detroit and Clawson.

The free tickets are available at the DSO box office, 3711 Woodward, or by going to www. Up to four tickets are available.

Ren Festival contest open
A fantasy-mask contest will be conducted Sept. 7 and 8 during the Michigan Renaissance Festival with prizes including a grand prize of $100, season passes for the 2014 festival, sweatshirts and tankards.

Contestants will receive two complimentary admission tickets for the day they compete. The entry fee is $20.

For details and an entry form, go to or call 248-634-5552. The festival, which features music, sword-swallowing, comedy, food and a wide variety of contests and activities, is currently taking place weekends at 12500 Dixie Highway in Holly.

The festival will close on Sept. 27 with a gala masquerade ball, including a three-course meal, champagne and entertainment. Tickets, $65, include admission to the festival on that day. For more information, call the above number.

Coming up . . .
Sept. 12 — Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s annual steak roast; 4:30 p.m. at the Woodhaven Recreation Center, 23101 Hall Road; for tickets, $30 in advance, call 734-284-6000.