News & Notes - 8/10/23 Southfield Sun

Southfield Sun | Published August 11, 2023


Mini-MBA summer camp comes to a close
SOUTHFIELD — This summer, Lawrence Technological University collaborated with the Troy global business consulting firm International Strategic Management Inc. to offer a high school summer camp, “Youth Entrepreneurship and Global Trade.” Through the five-day camp, students were provided with a hands-on learning experience in which they researched a nation where they intended to sell their products, designed a product to meet an unmet need, and figured out how to produce and sell it at a profit. The student teams created three companies:

• Nutrihaze, an app that suggests healthy and nutritious alternatives in restaurants and food ordering apps that consumers use every day.

• ED Robot, a robot offering personal assistance to the elderly and disabled.

• Receptek, a robot receptionist for use at everything from doctors’ offices to hotels and office buildings.

This camp is one of LTU’s 20-plus summer learning camps for high school students that ended last week. For more information on the programs offered, visit


North Park Drive to get repairs
SOUTHFIELD — In Michigan’s 2024 budget, Sen. Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield, and Rep. Jason Hoskins, D-Southfield, said they secured $4 million to repair the decaying North Park Drive, a well-traveled road used by commuters and residents alike, to access Ascension Providence Hospital, Oakland Community College and residential units. Project details were not available at press time.


Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve closed for renovations
SOUTHFIELD — As of July 31, Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve, on west 10 Mile Road, will be closed through the end of October for improvements.

Phase one of the project includes a parking lot expansion, construction of a small shelter/classroom for nature programs, and a new, all-season restroom facility.

City officials and contractors will assess whether the park will reopen before phase two construction begins or if it will remain closed until the project is complete in the spring of 2024.

Part of the project is funded by a $600,000 Michigan Economic Development Corp. Michigan Enhancement Grant to help enhance the utilization of the nature preserves and other public spaces.

For more information, call the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department at (248) 796-4620.


Mike Morse Law Firm hosts 10th annual Project Backpack
SOUTHFIELD — The Mike Morse Law Firm is hosting the 10th annual Project Backpack giveaway 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 12 at 24901 Northwestern Highway. Over the past decade, the firm has provided over 300,000 students with backpacks filled with back-to-school essentials such as pencils, crayons, scissors, pencil pouches and sharpeners.

To celebrate 10 years of giving back, Project Backpack will also be providing thousands of backpacks and supplies for a new partner, Cornerstone Schools, in addition to the Detroit Public Schools Community District. All Southeast Michigan students in grades K-5 are invited to attend the Big Tent Backpack Event, which will feature live music, entertainment and food trucks.

The first 1,000 students will receive a limited-edition 10-year Project Backpack T-shirt, and all participants will be entered to win an array of prizes, which include a $500 Visa gift card, a Nintendo Switch, Nike Air Jordan shoes, a bicycle, a $100 Amazon gift card and more. Students can enter the contest at any of the three backpack events, and winners will be chosen and notified the week of Aug. 14. Students are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at