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New Fire Truck Recieves Its Blessing

By Charles Sercombe Last Friday, when the nation mourned the eighth anniversary of 9/11, Hamtramck firefighters received some extra protection. Their new pumper truck was officially blessed Friday morning by…

Tax Question Likely Won’t Be On Ballot

By Charles Sercombe To tax or not to tax? That’s one question Hamtramck voters won’t likely be asked in the Nov. 3 General Election. City officials had planned to ask…

Council Supports ‘Hate Crime’ Law, Sort Of

By Charles Sercombe The issue of gay rights was once again addressed by the Hamtramck City Council on Tuesday. In one of the more stranger votes taken, a so-called majority…

New Fire Truck Arrives to Replace A Rust Bucket

By Charles Sercombe Too bad the city’s new fire truck didn’t come a week sooner. It could have come in handy for the Sterling Oil plant fire. No matter, though,…

Hamtramck NAACP President Comes Under Criticism

By Todd A. Heywood Michiganmessenger.com Residents and civil rights advocates are appalled that Asm “Kamal” Rahman, a leading voice in the successful ballot initiative to overturn a local anti-discrimination ordinance…

Emergency Plan For Sterling Plant Worked Out Well

By Charles Sercombe Looking back at last Thursday’s big fire at the Sterling Oil plant, fire and city officials say the response went off as planned. “The response was outstanding,”…

School District Ready To Handle Flu Pandemic

By Charles Sercombe If the H1N1 flu strain hits Hamtramck, the public school district is prepared to handle a pandemic. Also known as “Swine Flu,” medical experts say there is…

Here It Comes, Hamtramck’s Annual Party

By Charles Sercombe Get ready to have some fun this weekend. The 29th Hamtramck Labor Day Festival is partying down on Jos. Campau from Caniff to Carpenter. The weekend will…

‘Hate Crime’ Discussion Takes A Turn Toward The Personal

By Charles Sercombe It’s not often that I step outside of my role in reporting the news. But in a panel discussion held Monday evening and led by Congressman John…

Mayor And Appointee Square Off

By Charles Sercombe Mayor Karen Majewski took an action she doesn’t do very often. The mayor removed one of her appointees, Bill Meyer, from his position on the Hamtramck Human…