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Vote in Michigan’s Primary Election – August 2nd


Michigan’s Primary Election on August 2nd is right around the corner! Are your registered to vote? Visit this Michigan Voter Information webpage to find out. A listing of sample ballots for the upcoming election for all precincts in the state can be found at this State of Michigan webpage.

Senator Colbeck Attends Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center Re-dedication Ceremony


Sen. Colbeck speaks at the Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center re-dedication ceremony. Former Livonia Mayor Jack E. Kirksey is pictured far left.

The Livonia Recreation Center, which has served the Livonia community since 2003, recently received a new name. On July 12, Senator Colbeck attended a ceremony to officially dedicate the center as the “Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center,” in honor of former Livonia Mayor Jack E. Kirksey.

Mayor Kirksey played an instrumental role in the establishment of the facility in 2003, and helped oversee the recreation center’s development throughout his tenure as Mayor. In collaboration with local leaders, he formed a committee, Livonia Today and Tomorrow, to gain input and community support for the building project. The dedicated efforts of the committee led to the passage of a millage in September 1999 to pay for the building costs of the center.

Now a cornerstone in the city of Livonia, the recreation center includes a rock climbing wall, open spaces for classes, workout facilities, pools, and an indoor track, among other various amenities. The center offers an important service to the community, allowing opportunities for recreation and physical activity, and offering a space where community members can meet. More information about the center and the programs it offers can be found on the City of Livonia Parks and Recreation webpage.

Innovative Care for Aging Individuals

For elderly individuals that meet Long Term Care (LTC) level of care criteria, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) can offer much-needed support and flexibility for receiving health care services. Through a comprehensive service package, eligible PACE enrollees are able to continue living at home while receiving services. Participants must meet the following criteria:

• Medically qualified, must meet Medicaid's LTC eligibility criteria
• Must be at least 55 years of age or older
• Must live within the approved geographic area of the PACE organization
• Must be able to live safely in the community (not residing in a nursing facility) at the time of enrollment
• Must not be concurrently enrolled in the Medicaid MIChoice waiver
• Must not be concurrently enrolled in a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)

The PACE organization is collaborating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) in a three-party agreement. A contract is also signed between the PACE organization and MDHHS.

More information about PACE can be found on the PACE Southeast Michigan website and on this MDHHS webpage.


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Michigan’s 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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