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Southfield firm hires onsite teacher to support employees

In a unique move to support its employees during the ongoing pandemic,  Christensen Law, a firm that specializes in helping victims of automobile and truck accidents, has enlisted the services of a teacher to run an onsite student learning program.

Located in a space next to the law firm offices, the Christensen Academy assists staff member children, by providing direct access to a teacher/tutor with nearly 40 years of teaching experience in metro Detroit.

The program, led by Marsha Denise Carreker, helps second through ninth grade students who have returned to school this fall. She is being assisted by her husband Tyrone, a retired educator. The program includes the following components for each student:

• Continuous academic assistance throughout the day as needed

• Two hours of individualized one-on-one tutorial instruction per week

• Academic assistance in preparation for school Standardized Test

• Prepared physical activities during the school day

• Parent conferences throughout the week

 “It has been a wonderful experience so far,” said Kim Martin, a staff member with two daughters in the new program.

“So far, it’s going pretty well,” said Ericka Matthews, another staff member with a daughter in the program. “Mrs. Carreker is great with my daughter and the students.”

Law firm founder David Christensen said his company is always looking for new ways to help support their team members and is glad to fund the tutorial program.

“In these days you have to be creative and think about the needs of everyone trying to deal with circumstances that we have had little experience with than ever before,” said Christensen. “I am excited that a little bit of burden has been lifted from our team members, and they can stay focused on serving our clients and community.”


County reaches $12.5M  deal with insurer over sinkhole

FRASER, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit county has reached a $12.5 million settlement over a disastrous sinkhole that ruined three homes and temporarily displaced 20 families during the 2016 holiday season, officials said Tuesday.

The money will be paid by an insurance company for three contractors whose mistakes caused the mess, said Candice Miller, the Macomb County public works commissioner.

The sinkhole in Fraser was approximately the size of a football field. Three homes were condemned, including two that were demolished.

Experts found that a sewer line cracked and eventually collapsed on Christmas Eve 2016 after a “tsunami of sewage” was released too rapidly into the system during a repair in 2014. The waste should have been released over hours but was let go in seven minutes.

It cost $75 million for a bypass and a new sewer pipe after the sinkhole, Miller said.


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