State Senator Patrick Colbeck’s Newsletter


Plymouth and Northville to Host 4th of July Parades

Independence Day Parades

The Plymouth parade begins at 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of Theodore St. and Main St. After a 1.5 mile march through downtown, the parade will end at the intersection of Main St. and Hartsough St.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the Northville parade will make its way from the corner of Main Street and Griswold Street through downtown, ending at the intersection of Fairbrook St. and Center St.

We look forward to celebrating our Independence Day with residents and visitors to the 7th District!

School Groups from 7th District Tour State Capitol during May and June

During the months of May and June, Senator Colbeck happily welcomed several schools from Livonia, Wayne, Northville, Plymouth, and Canton to the State Capitol. The schools included Garfield Elementary, Our Lady of Victory, Isbister Elementary, Taft-Galloway Elementary, Tonda Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and even the Senator’s former school, Hoover Elementary. The Senator truly appreciates having visitors to the Capitol eager to learn about how our government works. He would like to express his appreciation to the parents and teachers who take time out of their busy schedules to guide the students to and from the Capitol.

Sen. Colbeck Speaks at Award Ceremony for CafeMI Students

On June 11, Senator Colbeck spoke at an awards ceremony for students of the Creative Academy for Excellence of Michigan (CafeMI), an advanced, supplemental education program which helps middle and high school students excel in the areas of math, public speaking, and leadership. The program, which has served the Canton, Plymouth, Northville, and Farmington communities since 2014, is made possible through the leadership and dedication of parents, who serve as volunteer teachers. High school students also serve as student teachers within the program, sharing insights and encouraging students to succeed.

112 students were enrolled during the 2015/2016 academic year, and 14 graduated from the program. More information about the program can be found on the CafeMI website.

Number of Unemployed in Michigan Falls to Lowest Level in Nearly 16 Years

During the month of May, the number of unemployed in Michigan fell to 227,000, the lowest level since December 2000. For more information, see this June 2016 press release from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

Veteran Family Gifted New Home in Livonia

The Blizinski Family received quite the surprise recently. This May, Citizens Bank, in partnership with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, was proud to present U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John Blizinski, his wife Nicole Blizinski, and their 2-year-old son L.J. with a refurbished home in Livonia. The Blizinski’s had been living with John’s family in Royal Oak. Through this new opportunity, they have the chance to truly make a house a home.

Citizens Bank staff members volunteered their time to complete the project, which involved extensive refurbishing and landscaping. Gift cards and other rewards were also donated to the family. The spirit of the project is captured in business banking officer, Tracey Dryovage’s remark, “They serve our country, and we need to do everything we can to help them.” This home is a mark of appreciation that is sure to create new opportunities for John, a decorated Army medic, and his family, for years to come.

To read more, please see this Detroit Free Press article.

Eagle Scout Candidate Takes Initiative to Beautify Plymouth Township Park

As a Boy Scout with Troop 1537, Chase Every noticed the absence of the U.S. flag at Plymouth Township Park, and he decided to do something about it. The high school sophomore tackled the challenge of acquiring funding, materials, and approval, for the creation of a small plaza, a flag pole, and the flag, for his local park.

Developing both his leadership and teamwork, this project has benefits to both the Plymouth High School sophomore and the community. Chase is bringing the community together: engraved bricks for the plaza were available for sale through May 31, and he has reached out to his troop for the support to do the manual labor on the project. Chase’s goal is to raise $5000 to cover each aspect of this project. Chase is inspired by his father, whose Eagle Scout project contributed to a Westland park. In a similar fashion, Chase serves as a role model for younger troop members and is a positive example of taking initiative to improve one’s community.

To learn more, please see this Hometown Life article.


Michigan’s 7th Senate District

The 7th Senate District

The 7th Senate District includes Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city.

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Senator Patrick Colbeck
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Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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