4th annual American Coney Dog Eating Challenge | Detroit News

Detroit News photo gallery: 4th annual American Coney Dog Eating Challenge

Ameircan Coney Island employee Chelsea Blessing, 19 of River Rouge, carries extra balloons down the street during the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Ameircan Coney Island employee Chelsea Blessing, 19 of River Rouge, carries extra balloons down the street during the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Chelsea Blessing, 19 of River Rouge, carries extra balloons outside during the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Chelsea Blessing, 19 of River Rouge, carries extra balloons outside during the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Matthew Holowicki, of Plymouth, destroys coney dog after coney dog at the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. Holowicki would win the eating challenge by breaking a record by consuming 17 coney dogs. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Matthew Holowicki, of Plymouth, mows down coney dog after coney dog at the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. Holowicki would win the eating challenge by breaking a record by consuming 17 coney dogs. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

A young girl watches from inside American Coney Island as participants compete in the Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

A young girl watches from inside American Coney Island as participants compete in the Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Tim Cope, of Port Huron, wears a hot dog necklace signed by 9 different competitive eating champions as his inspiration at 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. This was Cope's third year competing and vows to win next year. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Tim Cope, of Port Huron, wears a hot dog necklace signed by 9 different competitive eating champions as his inspiration at 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. This was Cope’s third year competing and vows to win next year. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

A server waits with more trays of hot dogs to be delivered as the competition grows closer between 3 hungry participants in the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

A server waits with more trays of hot dogs to be delivered as the competition grows closer between 3 hungry participants in the 4th annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating contest Thursday in downtown Detroit, Aug. 28. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Church! Easter Sunday & Detroit Mass Mob | Detroit News

Easter Sunday at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral in SW Detroit:

Theresa Trybus, of Detroit, sits next to spring flowers during the Easter Sunday service at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral, 3810 Gilbert St., in Detroit on Sunday April 20, 2014. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

Theresa Trybus, of Detroit, sits next to spring flowers during the Easter Sunday service at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral, 3810 Gilbert St., in Detroit on Sunday April 20, 2014. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

Theresa Trybus, of Detroit, fiddles with rosary beads during the Easter Sunday service at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral, 3810 Gilbert St., in Detroit on Sunday April 20, 2014. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

Theresa Trybus, of Detroit, prays with rosary beads during the Easter Sunday service at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral, 3810 Gilbert St., in Detroit on Sunday April 20, 2014. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

Detroit Mass Mob is a Detroit phenomenon that brings church-goers from around the South East Michigan to a different church each weekend. It’s goal is to fill the pews and donation baskets on struggling historic churches and parishes.

Church-goers spill outside of the packed St. Albertus Church on Sunday morning, Aug. 10. Detroit Mass Mob brought Church-goers from all over Metro Detroit, who filled the pews, aisles and spilled outside the doors at St. Albertus Church. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Church-goers spill outside of the packed St. Albertus Church on Sunday morning, Aug. 10. Detroit Mass Mob brought Church-goers from all over Metro Detroit, who filled the pews, aisles and spilled outside the doors at St. Albertus Church. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Church-goers stand in the aisles of the packed St. Albertus Church, Detroit's oldest Polish Church dating back to 1872. Detroit Mass Mob brought Church-goers from all over Metro Detroit, who filled the pews, aisles and spilled outside the doors at St. Albertus Church on Sunday Aug. 10 (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

Church-goers stand in the aisles of the packed St. Albertus Church, Detroit’s oldest Polish Church dating back to 1872. Detroit Mass Mob brought Church-goers from all over Metro Detroit, who filled the pews, aisles and spilled outside the doors at St. Albertus Church on Sunday Aug. 10 (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

A church-goer looks up at St. Albertus Church's ornate ceiling and stained glass windows. Detroit Mass Mob brought Church-goers from all over Metro Detroit, who filled the pews, aisles and spilled outside the doors at St. Albertus Church on Sunday Aug. 10 (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

A church-goer looks up at St. Albertus Church’s ornate ceiling and stained glass windows. Detroit Mass Mob brought Church-goers from all over Metro Detroit, who filled the pews, aisles and spilled outside the doors at St. Albertus Church on Sunday Aug. 10 (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

A man raises his hand as he rides past Detroit's oldest Polish Church, St. Albertus on Sunday morning. Detroit Mass Mob brought Church-goers from all over Metro Detroit, who filled the pews, aisles and spilled outside the doors at St. Albertus Church on Sunday, Aug. 10. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

A man raises his hand as he rides past Detroit’s oldest Polish Church, St. Albertus on Sunday morning. Detroit Mass Mob brought Church-goers from all over Metro Detroit, who filled the pews, aisles and spilled outside the doors at St. Albertus Church on Sunday, Aug. 10. (Tanya Moutzalias/ Special to the Detroit News)

2014 Detroit Fireworks | Detroit News

I assisted the Detroit News on their staff’s coverage of the 2014 Detroit Fireworks. Covering the curfew violations in the early evening and the fireworks watchers in Hart Plaza, the  main location to view the fireworks. This year’s fireworks went off without any police incidents, which are common in year’s past.

A teenager looks out of a Detroit Police bus after being detained for curfew violation on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

A teenager looks out of a Detroit Police bus after being detained for curfew violation on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

A teenage girl looks in disgust as her and her friends stand on the edge of the bus Detroit Police are using to detain and transport minors for curfew violation on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

A teenage girl looks in disgust as her and her friends stand on the edge of the bus Detroit Police are using to detain and transport minors for curfew violation on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

A teenager looks out of a Detroit Police bus after being detained for curfew violation on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

A teenager looks out of a Detroit Police bus after being detained for curfew violation on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

A teenage girl gets assistance from EMS crews after she repeatedly tried to catch her breath using an inhaler after Detroit Police daughter her for curfew violation on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

A teenage girl gets assistance from EMS crews after she repeatedly tried to catch her breath using an inhaler after Detroit Police daughter her for curfew violation on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

And this gem, that didn’t get published:

A teenager boy throws his middle finger up as a Detroit Police bus drives away. Minors were being detained for curfew violations on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

A teenager boy throws his middle finger up as a Detroit Police bus drives away. Minors were being detained for curfew violations on Monday evening ahead of the annual fireworks display, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

(left) Sayniya, 4, and Kynoriana, 8 of Detroit, play with glow wands ahead of Monday night's annual firework display in Hart Plaza, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

(left) Sayniya, 4, and Kynoriana, 8 of Detroit, play with glow wands ahead of Monday night’s annual firework display in Hart Plaza, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

The crowd at Hart Plaza watch the 2014 Ford Fireworks display on the Detroit River, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

The crowd at Hart Plaza watch the 2014 Ford Fireworks display on the Detroit River, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

Jordan Love, Jaylon Wilburn, Tyler Everson, and Kayla Love of Detroit scream at the loud sounds of the final of the Detroit fireworks in Hart Plaza, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

Jordan Love, Jaylon Wilburn, Tyler Everson, and Kayla Love of Detroit scream at the loud sounds of the final of the Detroit fireworks in Hart Plaza, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

The crowd at Hart Plaza watch the 2014 Ford Fireworks display on the Detroit River, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

The crowd at Hart Plaza watch the 2014 Ford Fireworks display on the Detroit River, June 23. (Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Detroit News)

In Print: On assignment for the Detroit Free Press

I was very fortunate to have a Sunday 1A cover portrait for my first assignment freelance assignment with the Detroit Free Press. The assignment was an environmental portrait of Sharon Chapman who lives on the Huron River in Hamburg Township, an area that has a 56% of major flood risk. The 3-5 inches of snowpack melt would contribute to the flood risk, where a 2 inch snowpack in March is already considered high. The high school teacher has no flood insurance on her home and worries the snowmelt might severely damage her home that sits only 2 inches above the flood plan.

I got lucky that the assignment fell on a day where it was not snowing (rare for this past winter), but on a warm sunny day where her dirt road was covered in snow melt and puddles.

Sharon Chapman stands on her street Shannon Dr., a private road in Hamburg Township on Friday, March 14. Due to the high temperatures the snow melt has turned her street into a river of running water. Chapman lives in a flood-prone area along the Huron river. Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Free Press

Sharon Chapman stands on her street Shannon Dr., a private road in Hamburg Township on Friday, March 14. Due to the high temperatures the snow melt has turned her street into a river of running water. Chapman lives in a flood-prone area along the Huron river. Tanya Moutzalias/Special to the Free Press

And more published work featuring #porchkitty:

Happy 313 day Detroit

Downtown seen through the Ambassador Bridge from the Historic Fort Wayne

Downtown seen through the Ambassador Bridge from the Historic Fort Wayne

A group organized a Detroit hustle dance pop-up on the riverfront

A group organized a Detroit hustle dance pop-up on the riverfront

Downtown seen from the Eastern Market Corp. greenhouses

Downtown seen from the Eastern Market Corp. greenhouses

'Go Skateboard Day' in Hart Plaza

‘Go Skateboard Day’ in Hart Plaza

The abandon Neoclassical Book Tower built in 1926 is reflected in a building's glass on the Historic Woodward Avenue

The abandon Neoclassical Book Tower built in 1926 is reflected in a building’s glass on the Historic Woodward Avenue

Children play into the evening during a heat wave on the Belle Isle beach, an island located in the Detroit River between Canada and Detroit

Children play into the evening during a heat wave on the Belle Isle beach, an island located in the Detroit River between Canada and Detroit

The Renaissance Center at sunset seen from the balcony of my house in the Historic Woodbridge  Neighborhood

The Renaissance Center at sunset seen from the balcony of my house in the Historic Woodbridge Neighborhood

Downtown seen from Midtown atop the Forest Arms, an apartment building once abandon and  destroyed by a fire now set for renovation.

Downtown seen from Midtown atop the Forest Arms, an apartment building once abandon and destroyed by a fire now set for renovation.