Friday, June 26, 2015

S.O.D.A. POP Takes 1st Place

Going into the Final Question Round in 4th place S.O.D.A. POP, the Southwestern Outer Drive Neighborhood Association's trivia team, was faced with this question.

Category: Children's TV
Question: What 2014 Disney leading female character became the first Disney television character to get engaged?

In the final round you select an amount of points to wager from your total points for the game. Get the question right and win your bet to add to your total. Get the question wrong and you lose points from your game total.

Team member Tammy Rayburn realized at that moment that watching kids shows with her girls had finally paid off. She knew the answer!

Answer: 'Jessie Prescott' from the Disney Channel show Jessie

With an "All or Nothing" bet S.O.D.A. POP got the question right and in turn won First Place!

For winning first place the team won a $30 gift card which will be used to buy appetizers for the Team next time they play.

If you would like to join in the fun come out to Bailey's on Michigan Ave. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.
Click here for more information: S.O.D.A. POP Trivia Team

Friday, June 19, 2015

Thank You! OTB Fundraiser

THANK YOU!! To everyone that came out to Give Back Night at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina on Monday.

The event raised $300 that will be used toward our goal of printing Neighborhood Watch informational booklets which we plan to distribute to homes throughout the S.O.D.A. boundaries.

A special Thank You to Tammy and Jay Rayburn for helping to setup this event with On The Border.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Sponsored by: 
Wayne County Department of Public Services 
(734) 326-3936

Saturday, June 20, 2015 — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Henry Ford College
5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, MI
(Just south of Ford Road)

Examples of Acceptable Items

  • Household paints, stains, dyes 
  • Floor wax, floor care products, carpet cleaner 
  • Furniture polish, bathroom cleaners, stain removers, solvents 
  • Nail polish, glue 
  • Fertilizer, lawn and garden chemicals, pesticides 
  • Antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, propane tanks 
  • Automotive batteries and dry cell batteries, fluorescent bulbs (all types) 
  • Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors 
  • Mercury thermometers, thermostats and elemental mercury 

Electronics Recycling

  • Computer CPU’s, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice
  • Cell phones, fax machines, copiers, and televisions

Only household generated products from
Wayne County residents will be accepted. 

Items that will not be accepted include:
Commercial waste, Industrial waste, radioactive material, explosives, ammunition, 55 gallon drums, shock sensitive materials, household trash, refrigerators, microwaves or other appliances, tires, yard waste, roofing shingles, & concrete. 

For information on how to dispose of these items, please contact the Wayne County Resource Recovery Coordinator at (734) 326-3936.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Monroe Business District

I called my friend Larry Johnson from Dearborn Building and Services about the business district jungle on Monroe. Larry is the best, he's a good dude. Unfortunately he's one of only two commercial ordinance enforcers the city has on payroll, part time I might add. 12 months ago we had 5 or 6 but they all left for more pay and the positions have been left unfilled by the Mayor.

Anyways, He just spent the last hour out at the site and he wrote two citations for the new market where Fishers Flowers used to be.

He also spoke with existing business owners and issued warnings.

He said the vacant lot behind the tanning place and kids school will be cut within the next 24 hours.

He is going to try and get city crews to clean up the alleyway behind Katherine St. along with the trash and vines within the next week. Along with an abatement.

Like I said, he's awesome and always gets stuff done. It's just unfortunate they won't give him any help as he tries to manage 5000 businesses basically by himself.

He also happens to be the President of the Goodfellows, you won't find a better dude.

Anyways, I just wanted to let people know, I looked into it and the city is doing what they can to clean that jungle up.

In year's past, us residents didn't have to do the job of the city. We didn't have to police our own neighborhoods, the city did. But it is what it is until we get some real leadership in city hall.

Regan Ford
S.O.D.A. President

I'm Glad I Was Able To Help

Hey guys it's Regan Ford President of S.O.D.A. - I wanted to address my part in the mowing of the grass on Alter Rd. on Monday.

I'm glad I was able to help keep the intersection safe while the local and state governments try and figure out who dropped the ball. Alter Rd. has the Islamic Center as well as three other Christian Churches. I thought it would be a good show of community for Arab Americans and Christians to unite and solve a problem, but unfortunately only the Mosque was shown on TV causing much speculation.

I understand some corners of social media are heating up with speculation and hate as it always seems too with some people. I even read one remark where a lady suggested I should be ASHAMED of myself for mowing the grass.

I am hear to tell you I am not ashamed and I'm glad I was able to take care of a problem that many levels of our government were apparently unable to do. I am also thankful for the media coverage that prompted those responsible to finally come out on Tuesday and take care of the rest of it.

I am not here to point fingers at which of our local, county or state officials were responsible. I mowed the grass as a service to the residents of our city who were facing a problem and safety issue that was going unresolved. I love Dearborn and I enjoy being able to help and assist when I can. But if you are a member of S.O.D.A., I want you to know that community service is the backbone of our group and Monday was nothing more than another example of the positive changes we continue to make in our beloved Dearborn.

So more information about this see this previous post:

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Public Service Days In Effect

News from the City of Dearborn

John B. O’Reilly, Jr., Mayor 

Department of Public Information
Mary Laundroche, Director

June 15, 2015

Public Service Days in effect 

from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on trash days

Keep parked vehicles off the streets to allow

city to perform multiple necessary services

DEARBORN, Mich. – Public Service Days are underway in Dearborn, and residents are reminded that these days are important for more than just trash service.

Public Service days began April 6 and continue through Nov. 28. Residents are required to keep parked vehicles off neighborhood streets 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on their trash days/Public Service Days.

Public Service Days permit more efficient and safe collection of trash, recyclables and yard waste set at the curb. Additionally, they allow for several important services to be performed in neighborhoods, including street sweeping, tree trimming and catch basin maintenance.

Street sweeping is among the most important services delivered to Dearborn neighborhoods. To ensure that streets are cleaned from curb to curb, cars must be off the roads. Street sweeping may happen at any time from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on a neighborhood’s trash day.

“We want to make sure we give residents the services they pay for, including curb-to-curb street sweeping,” said Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. “Keeping parked cars off the streets until 4 p.m. gives us the chance to clear away accumulated dirt and debris and help neighborhoods look appealing.”

Tickets will be issued to cars parked on the street at any time between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on a neighborhood’s trash day/Public Service Day. Tickets will also be issued to vehicles parked across sidewalks, on the easement or on lawns.

Also note that trash and recycling carts should not be in the road at any time.

The City recognizes that keeping vehicles off the streets can be an inconvenience for residents, and so in the winter months suspends Public Service Days when it is less likely that maintenance could be performed.

For parking issues related to Public Service Days, call 943-2276. Parking exemption applications are available at

Exemption applications can also be picked up at the front desk of the Police Station, 16099 Michigan Avenue.

S.O.D.A. President Regan Ford Helps Cut Down Safety Hazard

Helping the Dearborn community as a whole, S.O.D.A. President Regan Ford answered the call then the grass in front of the Islamic Center of America on Ford Rd. became an eyesore and safety hazard. The grass which is on public property has not been cut by local, county, or state crews.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Give Back Night @ OTB

S.O.D.A. Fundraiser @ On The Border, June 15th

Bring a copy of the flyer and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Southwestern Outer Drive Neighborhood Association.

Donations will be used to fund the printing of Neighborhood Watch informational booklets which we plan to distribute to homes throughout the S.O.D.A. boundaries.

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
3310 Fairlane Dr., Allen Park, MI 48101

Download and Print the flyer:

Monday, June 8, 2015

Member Picnic

Thank you to all the S.O.D.A. members that came out for the Member Picnic at Penn-Vassar Park on Saturday. The weather couldn't have been any better. It was a great time to visit with neighbors, catch up with old friends, and meet some new ones. The kids had fun playing a few games, winning prizes, and whacking a pinata.
A special thank you to all the volunteers that made the day possible!
Here are a few highlights from the picnic: