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They volunteered or were drafted, and when they came home, they brought home the memories of war. Now there is an opportunity for you to volunteer to honor those memories, and make a few more, by helping out May 30 at the Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade. Volunteers will direct parade participants to their proper parking positions in the lineup, and assist in directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic along the parade route. Parade organizers are look for “conscientious individuals to ensure coordination of all components to produce a respectful parade of which we all will be proud,” according to a press release. Volunteers must contact the Memorial Day Parade Committee by Friday, May 20, by e-mail ( or by calling coordinator Carol Hennessey at (248)-543-8420.


Ferndale weighs 7-mill school bond BY SANDRA ARMBRUSTER ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

FERNDALE — A possible 7-mill bond issue that could go to voters in February 2012 is under study by the Ferndale Board of Education. After hearing a presentation on improvements in buildings and technology that could be made,

if a bond were to be approved by voters, the board voted unanimously to move forward with the study at Monday night’s special meeting. Superintendent Gary Meier emphasized throughout the presentation that the February election would provide a “window of opportunity” through which the tax rate would remain the same.

“I want to say that right up front, this is all in a context without a tax increase,” Meier said. He reviewed millages that were approved in the May 2011 election, noting that those without tax increases fared better. Voters in the city of Ferndale approved a Headlee override in that election that will raise the municipal tax rate.

Expansion allows for focus on health, food BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER


The lobby walls inside the new Emagine Theatre in downtown Royal Oak feature photographs of iconic Detroit-area traditions as well as photographs of real-life contemporaries in Royal Oak, according to theater owner Paul Glantz.


A young girl displays some of the flowers at last year’s Flower Day at the Southfield Civic Center.

provides the community with a great opportunity to shop for plants and flowers from several local vendors in one convenient location,” Mayor Brenda Lawrence said. The event is sponsored by the mayor and City Council to promote curb appeal and the beautification of Southfield. Many varieties of annual and perennial flowers and plants will be offered for sale from 3DDD’s Stand and the Flower Barn Nursery. Members of the Southfield Parks and Garden Club will also be on hand offering free gardening advice and tips. For more information, call Southfield Community Relations at (248) 796-5130. A similar event was held Mother’s Day in downtown Royal Oak.

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Events are sprouting all over south Oakland County this spring, so it is no wonder that the city of Southfield will host the ninth annual Southfield Flower Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, on the front lawn of City Hall, 26000 Evergreen Road at 10 1⁄2 Mile Road. “Southfield Flower Day

A previous 7-mill levy is expiring, so voters would not pay any additional bond-related millage rate. However, a delay in the request until May 2012 would change the district’s bonding capacity, due to changing economic conditions expected.

ROYAL OAK — Nothing more to imagine. The doors to the much-anticipated Emagine Theatre and Star Lanes in downtown Royal Oak open to the public at 5 p.m. May 16, following

a weekend of charity previews and grand opening parties inside the two-story, 71,000-square-foot entertainment facility. Owner Paul Glantz, who already has Emagine theaters in Woodhaven, Canton, Novi and Rochester Hills, and a Cinema Hollywood in Birch Run, has pre-

pared more than two years for the new opening at the northwest corner of Troy and 11 Mile. The $19 million project is his biggest investment yet, including a 10-screen movie theater and 16 lanes of upscale boutique bowling, a feature not found in Please see EMAGINE, A13

ROYAL OAK — The 2011 Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Citizens Bank will cover more ground, to accommodate bigger crowds, and have a greater emphasis on healthy living. Addressing the press Tuesday at Lockhart’s BBQ, event producer Jon Witz detailed plans for the expanded festival boundaries and a 5K run/walk for the 14th annual festival, planned for the second straight year in downtown Royal Oak, Sept. 2-5. The festival footprint expands north on Center Street to Third Street and east on Fourth Street to Main Street, a plan approved earlier this year by the City Commission after requests from Witz for more space following last year’s record turnout of 423,000. Priority Health, a Michigan-based insurance plan provider, plans to triple its festival investment and sponsor the “Priority Health Arts in Motion 5K presented by DMC Sports Medicine” Sept. 3, the second day of the four-day festival. The run/walk will be held in northern Royal Oak, promoting health and wellness and raising money Please see FEST, A2

Senior Expo is May 17: Come join the fun! If it’s spring, it’s time for Senior Expo in the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. Join hundreds of senior adults, their families and friends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. Learn a lot by viewing the more than 60 exhibitors, listening to a host of experts and have some playing the Senior Feud — new this year. Best of all everything is free — admission, parking, morning refreshments, workshops, presentations and more. (See the special section inside today’s South Oakland Eccentric for a complete list of speakers, demonstrations and exhibitors). Sponsored by the Observer & Eccentric/Hometown Newspapers and Schoolcraft College, this year’s

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event is better than ever. The first 25 people in line at 8:55 a.m. will receive a small gift. Baby boomers turning 65 this year or next are invited to come learn about Medicare and Social Security. Exhibitors are experts in various areas, including finance, retirement, housing, legal issues, health care, identity theft and more. You can even get a complimentary jewelry consultation from the staff at Orin Jewelers. Come spend the day being educated and entertained. Check out the fitness demonstrations on Zumba and line dancing, as well as strength training for seniors. The Entertainment Network of Please see EXPO, A2


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for Michigan Youth Arts, an alliance of arts education organizations, according to Witz. “We’ve focused on indulgences through the years. This year we’ve added the attraction to healthy living,” Witz said. “It’s always about keeping things fresh, presenting new things every year.” Witz kicked off the press conference with the presentation of a plaque to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, acknowledging AB&E’s ranking as the Fourth Best Art Show nationwide in terms of sales, and the only Michigan show ranked among the Top 10 out of 600, according to the Art Fair Source Book. “To be the fourth best is amazing,” said Patterson, the co-founder of the AB&E with Witz. “(The first year) dumped $15 million in a down economy and that’s good numbers.” The festival expansion will add space for 15 more restaurant or catering booths, increasing the total to 71 and turning the AB&E into the largest food event in the U.S., according to Witz. The expansion on Center Street will also create a Ford Arts Beats & Eats BBQ Alley, featuring a lineup of six restaurants, including Lockhart’s BBQ, The Oxford Inn, Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ, Jackson Five Star Catering and Bo’s Roaster. Another new attraction will be a “top chefs” challenge, as part of Holiday

SOUTHFIELD - The Oakland County Clerk’s Mobile Office is heading to the Southfield Public Library on Thursday, May 19. Anyone who lives in the area or surrounding communities is welcome. The Mobile Office will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, located at 26300 Evergreen Road, in JOHN STORMZAND | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Southfield. “Our office in Pontiac can There was dancing in the streets during the 2010 Arts, Beats and Eats in Royal Oak, where record be a long way for people, especrowds spilled out onto downtown streets. cially with gas prices today. We’ve put most of our services on our web site, but we realize Market’s and Mirepoix Cooking School’s, rants is unmatched. that there are people without “The Duel,” according to Witz. “We had tremendous success (in 2010), Internet access or those who Stacy Sloan, special events director for and we hope we can build on it, have as may be more comfortable with Holiday Market, described the challenge successful or more success than (last personal service. And there are of eight elite chefs as the “brainchild” of year),” Ellison said. “A lot of restaurants some services that are just betTom Violante Jr., Holiday Market owner. made their whole year (economically) on ter done in person.” The winner will receive $10,000, Sloan that weekend. The exposure is immeasurThe Mobile Office pilot projsaid. able, economic benefits are great, which is ect will offer one-day stops in “It’ll be very exciting to see who gets to why we want (the festival) back.” each of the western, eastern, take home the top prize,” Sloan said. Music lineups will be announced in Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison, who sat August, according to Witz. at the stage with other dignitaries, said the AB&E’s impact on downtown | (313) 222-2047



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Southfield will host a version of Senior Feud (a fun spoof of the original show, Family Feud). This realistic, high-tech game show system has it all — questions, sound effects, real digital scoring and lots of prizes. Throughout the expo, The Entertainment Network will have fun-filled activities available every hour, including

northern and southern portions of the county. The Mobile Office is a nofrills operation. Employees set up shop in borrowed space with laptop computers and printers so they can provide customers with on-the-spot copies of birth certificates, death certificates and other public records. Normal copy fees apply. Citizens can access many services. Bullard stressed there is no additional expense associated with the Mobile Office because resources, including employees and computers, are simply being redeployed in regional locations. For more information, residents may visit The Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds web site at www.oakgov. com/clerkrod or call (248) 8580560.

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World War II medals a long time coming for Royal Oak veteran BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

U.S. Navy veteran James Adams (right) shows a photo album to U.S. Congressman Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Hills), who came to Adams’ Royal Oak home to present him ribbons and medals for his service in World War II. James, III (Woodie), Jill and Jeff. Adams worked as a tool maker, not really concerned that he never received the medals. “(World War II veterans) didn’t ask if they qualified for medals,” said Peters, familiar with the routine of veterans

from that era, being the son of one. “(Adams) was busy coming home, not worried about his ribbons (and medals). Adams went about his life and never thought about it.” During a conversation after the awards presenta-

spent on Navy PT boats in the Mediterranean Sea, during combat against the Germans. “Luckily no one on the boats were killed or injured — the boats were shot up,” Adams said. “The toughest part on the little boats is the sea. (The waves) are rugged and you can’t do anything about it. (The sea) is going to do what it wants. When you have ‘heavy weather’ you have ‘heavy weather.’” Adams’ first wife died in 1992 and 13 years ago he remarried. Adams has had three heart attacks, open heart surgery and a number of angioplasties, according to his wife, Ann. “He doesn’t like to talk about the war, but once you get him going, he’s quite a storyteller,” Ann Adams said. “He’s really, really humble. It took a long time to talk him into (getting the medals he’s owed).” Ann is a physical therapist and 21 years younger than her husband. They met when she was rehabilitating him after one of his heart attacks. “This ‘kid’ keeps me going,” Adams said, describing her in an endearing way. “She’s the ‘driver.’” (313) 222-2047



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ROYAL OAK — As U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, presented James Adams with wartime medals and ribbons, 66 years after Adams’ service in World War II, Peters couldn’t help take note of the time. It was 11 a.m. Tuesday, a time noted loud and clear through one of the many clocks in Adams’ Royal Oak home, in the 200 block of Connecticut. “The cuckoo clocks are announcing the World War II Victory Medal,” Peters told Adams, smiling as he spoke over the hourly announcement. “I want to present these (medals) on behalf of a very grateful nation. I’m sorry it took so long to get here.” For Adams, it was like time standing still. “I served with good boys, good boys,” he said, getting choked up as he sat at a dining room table in front of a photo album with memories of his time spent in World War II. “Everybody did their part.” It’s a bit ironic that time would be acknowledged during a presentation of medals to Adams, who served three years as a gunner’s mate first

tion, Peters told Adams that his deceased father, Herbert Peters, also served in World War II. Like Adams, Peters’ father, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was stationed in France during part of the war. “My dad was in northern France, brought back a different ‘souvenir’: a war bride,” said the younger Peters, a lieutenant commander during a 12-year Navy career. “He married my mom in France.” Adams said he recently contacted the proper authorities and learned he qualified for a World War II Victory Medal, an American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Discharge Button and an Honorable Service Lapel Pin. Adams, 86, said he pursued the medals as much for his extended family as he did for his own appreciation. “(The honors) would be nice to have and pass on through to my children and grandchildren,” said Adams, who has six grandchildren and fourgreat-grandchildren. Adams said he has fond memories of his time in the Service. Much of the time he

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City won’t pursue added parking on vacant Fresard lot BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER


The Royal Oak City Commission decided not to pursue temporary parking for the vacant Fresard Buick GMC parking lot, on Main Street, north of 11 Mile. Vacant Fresard parking lot

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ROYAL OAK — If temporary parking becomes available on the vacant Fresard Buick GMC lot, the city won’t be the one collecting permit fees and keeping revenue. After a nearly half-hour discussion by the City Commission at its May 2 meeting, a motion by City Commissioner Jim Rasor for operation of the Fresard property as a parking lot failed for lack of support. An agreement between the car dealer and the City Commission would have allowed the city to collect the parking permit fees and keep any revenue, according to Greg Rassel, Royal Oak’s director of recreation and public service. Fresard officials, who did not return a call for comment, may run temporary parking until the lot is sold, but Rassel does not anticipate that happening. “The Fresard group does not want to be in the ‘parking business,’ ” Rassel said. Fresard officials, who moved all of their vehicle sales operations to Ferndale, are trying to secure a buyer for the lot on the east side of Main Street, one block north of 11 Mile. While Kroger considers purchase of the property, for a specialty store, a nearby growing business and 100 residents of Main North condominiums approached Fresard recently about the possibility of temporary parking on the vacant lot, according to Rassel. Rasor said he fears that a graphics software company, RTT USA, which requested up to 60 parking spaces on the vacant lot, may not renew its lease later this year, if it can’t solve its parking concerns. RTT USA, headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., opened a Royal Oak location at 423 N. Main in 2006 with three full-

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time employees. It now has close to 60, according to Rasor. RTT USA officials did not return a phone call for comment. “These are jobs, shoppers, people who come to restaurants for lunch,” Rasor said. “We have an opportunity to park them in

a place that’s convenient, satisfy office workers who would rather be in Royal Oak than Southfield or Troy. This was a great short-term solution. Our job is to find parking for them.” City Commissioner Mike Andrzejak disagreed with Rasor’s idea that the city should be responsible for creating parking opportunities for businesses. He also said he was concerned that the temporary lot would become “overflow parking” for Emagine Theatre visitors, who have surface parking and parking availability in the Main North parking structure after 5 p.m. daily, beginning May 16. “I appreciate the city being proactive in trying to help out businesses, but that isn’t the scope of city government, to solve the private property owners’ parking issues,” Andrzejak said.

RTT employees have been parking in the Center Street parking structure, across the street from the U.S. post office, for the last couple of weeks with parking unavailable in the Main North parking structure after 5 p.m., due to the opening of the Emagine Theatre at the corner of Troy and 11 Mile, according to Rassel. Temporary parking on the Fresard lot would have been across the street from the RTT office and more convenient than the Center Street parking structure, Rassel said. An estimated 100 residents in the Main North condominium complex need temporary parking because of maintenance work in the Main North parking structure, where they have parking spaces reserved, according to Rassel. The vacant lot was used for temporary parking at the 2010 Arts, Beats & Eats festival, without a hitch, according to City Manager Don Johnson.

Any potholes currently on the vacant lot could be filled for approximately $400, Rassel said. Mayor Jim Ellison brought the temporary parking idea to the City Commission after discussions with Fresard officials regarding requests from neighboring businesses for more parking. “It started with the discussions of people losing their ability to use the parking deck,” Ellison said. “It was not something to go out and grab revenue, although you can get it. To me, it was more about service to businesses there, including condo owners, a temporary measure to solve immediate problems to businesses (and residents) in that area.” City Commissioner Terry Drinkwine said creating temporary parking on the vacant lot may overinflate the price of the property and potentially hinder its transfer to a new owner.

“I smell a rat here,” Drinkwine said. “A grocery store wants to purchase the property, is doing its due diligence, which is a great idea. We make it into a city parking lot ... it’s going to turn into a great big boondoggle. “The city has got no business getting involved, being the middle man, to muddy the waters. This could drive the price up for anyone who wants to buy (the vacant lot), potentially kill the Kroger deal and a lot of jobs.” City Commissioners David Poulton and Chuck Semchena also spoke against the temporary parking proposal prior to Rasor’s motion, with no one offering a “second.” “I thought (temporary parking) was worth pursuing,” Ellison said. “Obviously it’s created more problems than it solves. Let’s just say we move on.” | (313) 222-2047




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SOUTHFIELD - Louis DeGennaro will retire as dean of the College of Management at Lawrence Technological University on June 30, and Associate Provost Alan McCord will serve as interim dean until a replacement is selected next year. Associate Professor Jacqueline Stavros will serve as interim associate dean. In making the announcements, Provost Maria Vaz said a new dean would be selected in time for the start of the 2012–13 academic year. Following a sabbatical during the coming academic year, DeGennaro plans to return to the full-time faculty of the College of Management, which was created in 1939 and enrolls more DeGennaro than 900 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. “The College of Management has been transformed under Lou DeGennaro’s leadership, and we are grateful for his dedication and hard work, as well as the support he has provided to the College and the University throughout his years of service as an administrator,” Vaz said. “I know Dr. McCord and Dr. Stavros will do a wonMcCord derful job in continuing to move the College of Management forward.” DeGennaro joined the faculty in 1971, and served as associate dean of Lawrence Tech’s College of Management and interim dean of the College of Engineering before become dean of the College of Management in 1996. Under DeGennaro’s leadership, the College has added doctorate degree programs in business administration and information technology, as well as several new bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He developed an international MBA program, and some of its graduates now hold leadership positions in global companies. McCord has served as associate provost and dean of graduate studies at Lawrence Tech for the past year. He joined Lawrence Tech in 2003 as a professor of management and the academic director of information technology programs and operations. In 2006, he became the executive director for the University’s online initiatives, which were expanded into the new eLearning Services department in 2009. Prior to joining Lawrence Tech, McCord served as senior director for planning and coordination for the Information Technology Central Services at the University of Michigan, and executive director of university computing at Eastern Michigan University. He also has held administrative positions at Wayne State University and Oakland Community College. McCord has a master’s degree and PhD in instructional technology from Wayne State University.


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Ferndale board weighs buying land south of FHS BY SANDRA ARMBRUSTER ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

FERNDALE — Programs now offered outside the Ferndale school district could move to property located south of Ferndale High School, if the school board decides to buy the 33-acre site. Monday night, the board approved unanimously further study that could lead up to the purchase of the Hayes-Lemmerz property. Superintendent Gary Meier described it as an “agreement in principal for purchase” of the property. The action came at a special meeting of the board. “It’s our belief that the (purchase) would have many benefits,” Meier said. “It would be an opportunity to consolidate and expand” programs. The purchase would mean that the district would then “own all the property from Eight Mile to Marshall,” he added. Although Stephanie Hall,

the economy improves, Proposal A caps the increase in property tax revenue. That means there could be a lag of as much as 10 years before there is much of an increase in tax revenue. The discussion, which included a building-by-building projection of what building improvements could be made, will continue as the board decides whether to place the millage on the ballot, and eventually what the money would be used for. The board must decide by September, according to an election process timeline, whether

director of pupil services and community relations, later said that the price of the property is yet to be determined, Meier told the board that terms would include a $950,000 price. The seller reportedly is now in bankruptcy, according to school officials. Meier said that other contingencies would include a 90-day environmental study, time to seek funding, an opportunity for a walkthrough of the site and the ability to opt out of the purchase. The district would pay $25,000 in “earnest money” to go forward, and $125,000 would fund an environmental study of the site. Money from the district’s fund balance, not general fund money, would be used for these items, board members were told. The property is located at Pinehurst and Eight Mile, its southern boundary, and extends north to the high school. It is situated in a

to place a bond on the February 2012 ballot. Meier stressed that, if approved, the money could not be used for maintenance of district buildings. “Our goal” is to have all K-12 buildings cooled, he said. The money would also be used to remove asbestos from all school buildings, where is it primarily located in the ceilings. Bill Weinrach of TMP Architects said the list of improvements encompassed all district buildings, which were all walked through in coming up with the list. He added that the bond projects would “give money back” to the district through “energy recovery.” They reflect needs in the district extending out two to eight years, he said.

The bond would address items including the leaking pool at the high school, as well as a remodeled auditorium and stage. Discussion on items projected to be improved will continue, such as on board President Chuck Moeser’s question as to whether improvements to tennis courts would mean that they could be shared with the city. He also asked the staff to come up what the projected savings would be through the projects. Also asking for a report on cost saving was Trustee Karen Twomey. The board wants to “keep our eyes open,” she said. Jeff Hamilton, of George C. Auch Co., said that the asbestos work would be done in phases during the summer months Meier told the board that administrators considered all

commercial zoning on Eight Mile and is across the street from residential elsewhere. It includes 19 buildings. Some of the buildings could be renovated, others would have to be demolished, school officials said. The site was formerly owned by an international corporation that manufactured aluminum wheels and hubcaps, and is now vacant, according to Hall. School officials will work with a consultant to discuss whether there is contamination on the site. While the district could seek financing, Meier told board members that, if leased buildings were no longer needed after school programs are brought to the site, that lease money could help to pay for the property. Buildings currently leased by Ferndale schools include the alternative education program at Crossroads office building near Northland Mall

in Southfield and a career center at Nine Mile and Helen, Hall said. The purchase would provide a “parking lot for other events,” said board President Chuck Moeser. Hall said that it would permit activities, such as Winterguard and Drum Corp. She added that Ferndale High School offers the largest facility in the city for festivals and other guest groups, with a new gym f loor in the high school. Guest groups, such as from hospitals and municipalities, would pay to use the school facilities. “The thing the community needs to understand is that this opens significant possibilities, not the least (of which) is the ability to make money,” Meier told the board. The purchase would “open a lot of possibilities,” Meier added. That would include the opportunity to “reconfigure” district facilities.

Gary Meier and Chuck Moeser items that were “critical to the long term stability of the district.” “We are building on past projects,” Weinrach said. The possible bond is now

going before the district’s operating committee “to review and make a final recommendation” to the board, Meier said.



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Rust Belt Market blooms with indie art and goods BY DIANA WING GUEST COLUMNIST


ld Navy model mannequins dressed in their generic tees and capris would feel out of place at the new Rust Belt Market in Ferndale. The building that once housed an Old Navy store at 9 Mile and Woodward has been repurposed into a weekend marketplace for local artists, designers and collectors who offer original, handmade and one-ofa-kind items. At the kickoff party and opening ceremonies May 6, nearly all of the 66 indie venders had their rental spaces set up. Each display was as unique as the featured goods. “They really rocked it out. They put forth the effort to make their space ref lective of who they are,” said Tiffany Best of Oxford who is running the 15,000 square foot market with her husband, Chris. Frequent visitors to indie arts and crafts shows, the Bests saw a need for a yearround, weekly market where artists and other creative entrepreneurs could sell their work and build community Around Town with their peers. Research led them to Artists and Fleas, Diana Wing a popular weekend warehouse market in Brooklyn, opened in 2003, where the couple found helpful advice and encouragement. Venders are juried into Rust Belt to ensure that the work is unique, handcrafted, and like nothing you would find in an Old Navy. They can rent a space for a weekend or for a four-weekend block. The owners added their own DIY and found-object décor to the market space, including three globe-shaped metal light fixtures each sprouting tree branches from within. The awe-inspiring, amberglowing chandeliers hang in the middle of the market, right above a stage where local bands and musicians entertained on the opening weekend. “Thank you to the artists. We know how hard they work on their craft. Please support them,” said Chris Best as he stood on the stage during welcoming ceremonies. “My father (Steve Best) financed the whole thing with $20,000,” he said, pointing out his dad, a retiree, who smiled and held a video camera. “Tiffany wrote the business plans. She is the mechanics of how this whole thing works.”


Chris and Tiffany Best, owner of the new Rustbelt in Ferndale, welcome the crowd to the indie market.

All exhibitors at the indie market are juried in.


To say the artists were excited about being included in the opening weekend at Rust Belt would be an understatement. Most promote their work online, from sites like Etsy or their own web site, and many have set up booths at art fairs. “It’s such an awesome opportunity. I love the energy here,” said Theresa Thompson of Ferndale who makes stylish handmade handbags and home accessories, as well as quirky hand-embroidered wall hangings. “I was doing embroidery on the bags, so I thought I would do embroidered images. The first one I sold was of a brain cell,” she said. Thompson has a science background, and so among the embroidered images of cult figures like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible, there are works featuring plant cells, bacteria and a bio hazard mask and symbols. Ferndale photographer J. Kyle Keener’s eye-catching booth was fashioned in part with rusty metal he had picked up days before from the old Packard plant in Detroit. “Better have your tetanus shot, if you’re going to shop at my booth,” he said, joking. A former newspaper photographer, Keener was making lamps and other items out of old camera parts for friends, and decided to create more works to sell to the public. He had some interesting and intricate pendants and pins. Setting up at Rust Belt brought back memories. “I bought my first pair of bell bottoms here in 1970 when it was a Federal Department store,” he said. “They were pink, and I bought a pink striped shirt to go with it.” While some artists brought only a small offering of their work, Marina Hart, a self-taught painter and jewelry maker from Sterling Heights, had a full display of figu-

Sherri Jameson, owner of Jameson Hard Goods, welcomed the chance to exhibit in the new location.

Jennifer Xerri, artist and owner of Starlily Creations, shows some of merchandise she brought to the store. rative and abstract paintings, and one-of-a-kind jewelry. She combines recycled, vintage and new materials, including beads and semi-precious stones. “I’m a vintage and estate sale shopper. If something was loved once, it should be loved again,” she said, holding up a necklace that incorporated a vintage brooch and wooden beads, wired to give it an industrial feel. Sherri and Robert Jameson’s booth — Jameson Hard Goods — could best be described as Americana. The Royal Oak couple sells “relics” from the Detroit area, Michigan, and the Midwest. I saw a sign that once spoke to workers at the Packard plant. It read: No Smoking – A fire Today – No Job tomorrow. “The best finds are at farms,” said Robert Jameson. “Farms by far are the best collectors of Americana. They don’t throw anything away. “We went to one farm in Monroe that was more than 100 years old, and we found a 90 pound ball and

If the turnout for the Rust Belt’s grand opening Friday is any indication, the Ferndale indie market can look forward to success.

Shoppers browsed among the many booths set up at the indie market. chain,” he said, motioning as if he were holding onto the object. “It sold it within a couple of days.” The Rust Belt Market is open every weekend, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Learn more at Shop local and send Around Town news to Diana Wing at

Stacie Smith of Royal Oak and her son, Elliot, 10 months old, were among those who visited the Rust Belt for its grand opening.

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JULY WEDDING PLANNED Royal Oak residents Paige Chittaro and Rhett Ashton announce their engagement. The bride-to-be, daughter of Heather and Al Chittaro of Livonia, attended Western Michigan University and is employed by Entertainment Publications. Her f iancé, son of Janet and Paul Ashton of Shelby Township, also attended Western Michigan University and is employed by ASI. A July 2011 wedding is planned at St. Mary Catholic Church in Royal Oak.

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My name is Chester. I used to be in a loving family but they moved away and left me in the shed to fend for myself! I was fortunate to be found and helped by New Beginnings Animal Rescue. I’m getting lots of love and attention in my new temporary home. I am an easy-going guy who loves playing with my little mice toys. I get along great with other cats, too. I love to play, play, PLAY! I’m also very sweet and cuddly. I don’t mind being held and carried around like a baby. I’m a great cat who is looking for a new home where I won’t be tossed-out! I’m only 1 year old and had all my vet work done, including neutering. I hope to meet you soon! Call New Beginnings Animal Rescue at (248) 755-1923 or e-mail to Visit to see more adoptable animals or visit its adoption event noon to 4 p.m. Saturday May 21, at Community Pet Supplies, 601 N. Main, corner of Farnum, Royal Oak.

Photo exhibit to benefit rescue league ROYAL OAK - The photography department at Oakland Community College’s Royal Oak Campus will present an exhibit of works by local artist Jonathan Kopacz featuring a collection of images from the Michigan Animal Rescue League in Pontiac. The show, which runs from Monday, May 16, through Monday, June 6, is a volunteer effort by Kopacz for the Rescue League and its ongoing struggle to f ind new homes for shelter dogs and cats. All photos will be available for purchase, with one hundred percent of the proceeds going to the Rescue League. The exhibit will be located outside of D Wing on the campus’ f irst f loor. Hours are Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to

Photos showcasing animals at the Michigan Animal Rescue League will be on display and for sale at the Royal Oak Campus of Oakland Community College, starting this week. These photos are samples of the work by photographer Jonathan Kopacz. 9 p.m., and Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open

to the public. “When I began the project, I simply intended to get shots of employees, and maybe a few of the animals,” said Kopacz. “After my second weekend of shooting, I realized that the people walking the dogs, feeding the cats, cleaning the kennels were giving up

huge amounts of their time. I was incredibly moved and wanted to help in some way myself.” The Michigan Animal Rescue League is one of Michigan’s most established non-prof it animal shelters, according to a press release. To donate to the League or learn about their currently adoptable cats and dogs, visit the league web site at w w w.MichiganAnim To learn more about the exhibit call the Royal Oak Campus Photography Department at (248) 2462631. OCC’s Royal Oak Campus is located at 739 South Washington at Lincoln. Free parking is available in college structures across from the campus.

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Cleanup will help next year’s fishing derby SOUTHFIELD - While Southfield’s annual Fishing Derby is a once a year event, those who enjoyed the — or who care about water resources in the community — can pay another visit on June 4 for another annual event: The Rouge Rescue cleanup. There are three opportunities in Southfield, though one at Denso headquarters is restricted to its staff. Below is the information you will need to get involved: • Beech Woods Recreation Center Date: June 4, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: 22200 Beech Road Family Friendly: No Volunteer Projects: Woody debris management and trash removal Volunteers Needed: 200 Coordinator: Brandy Siedlaczek Sponsoring Organization: City of Southfield Contact: (248) 796-4804; bsiedlaczek@cityofsouthfield. com • Berberian Woods Date: June 4, 9 a.m. to noon Location: End of Streamwood Lane Family Friendly: Yes Volunteer Projects: Invasive plant removal/weeding Volunteers Needed: 20 Coordinator: Heather Huffstutler & Gail Barber Sponsoring Organization: Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy PHOTOS BY JOHN STORMZAND | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Contact: (248) 601-2816; Elijah Stewart, 5, of Farmington Hills displays the fish his dad caught recently during the Fishing Derby in Southfield along the banks of the Rouge River.

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Another lucky fisherman at Southfield’s derby along the Rouge River was Ron Tyler, of Livonia, who caught a rainbow trout. Landon Lieder, 3, of Southfield seems to be studying the river for a chance to catch a souvenir of his day at the derby.

It was a short walk to the river for this family, headed for some free fishing.

Michael Graves and his daughter, Gabrelle, 4, teamed up for some adventure on the Rouge River during Southfield’s fishing derby.

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Still photography a precursor to feature film experience BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

ROYAL OAK — Sooney Kadouh said he recently finished writing and directing a feature film about a young Palestinian befriending a troubled innercity youth, titled “This Narrow Place.” It was filmed in Detroit, but the 30-year-old Royal Oak resident knows the Detroit area landscape well, so it was no problem finding scenes to shoot his first feature film. For five years, he has built a portfolio of still photography, mostly of historical sites in downtown Detroit. “Anything that kind of says ‘Detroit,’ that’s what I capture,” Kadouh said. Kadouh’s work can be purchased at the Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak, the Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley and the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale. He’s also a regular exhibitor at art shows, including Art Birmingham, which is being held May 15 in Shain Park in downtown Birmingham, the second of a two-day show. Kadouh said his work doesn’t thrive on showing once-proud Detroit landmarks as now dilapidated structures. The photographs he takes of crumbling buildings are from angles showing the view in a positive light, rather than negatively, he said. His best selling photograph is one that looks up at the shuttered Michigan Central Station. “Everyone wants that, that’s the best seller, by far,” Kadouh said.

Art enthusiasts have made Sooney Kadouh’s photograph of a manhole near Eastern Market in Detroit one of his top sellers. The former train station is missing almost all of its windows, but from the angle he’s shooting, the viewer can hardly tell. “I try my best to get a very positive representation of the architectural history and make it fun and contemporary,” Kadouh said. “I choose what kind of angles, the colors, to draw out the architectural details, represent it in a positive light.” Another of Kadouh’s top sellers is of a manhole cover in Eastern Market. The irony isn’t lost on Kadouh that the image that sells so well is something many walk over without even knowing. “It’s just Detroit symbolism, cool looking,” Kadouh said. “It’s a manhole, but it’s just

Sooney Kadouh said his photograph of Michigan Central Station is his best seller. cool.” Kadouh, whose Web site is, described his photographs as “contemporary.” He said his love of Detroit art began some years ago when he’d bring his camera with him in the evenings

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time of day the photograph is taken, he said. “I got into Detroit nighttime photography, shooting Detroit at night, really concentrating on Detroit symbolism,” Kadouh said. “Detroit’s keeping me pretty busy, I do the

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Former auto worker gets comfortable at potter’s wheel ROYAL OAK — Janet Bostwick left the automobile industry more than a decade ago, many years before she considered retirement, and before it was fashionable to receive a buyout. After working 20 years as a secretary for General Motors Corp., Bostwick left in 1998 to work full time as a ceramics artist. An elective pottery class while attending college in the 1970s gave her the initial interest, she recalled. Bostwick, 54 and a resident of Royal Oak, said she started selling her products at art fairs in 1992. She displays her work at 16-18 art fairs year-round, including the 30th annual Art Birmingham, held through today at Shain Park in downtown Birmingham. Bostwick said she remembers her deceased father, Jim Bostwick, being cautiously optimistic about his daughter’s newfound pottery talents

Miles Stearn, a ceramics artist from Berkley, is one of 175 artists displaying work at the Art Birmingham, through Sunday, May 15. when she began selling the finished product. “He always told me to keep my day job,” Bostwick said, recalling conversations with

her deceased father. “He was nervous at first but couldn’t wait to hear how well I did at art fairs, that sort of thing.” Bostwick said art runs in the

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Jan Bostwick, 54, of Royal Oak, works on a potter’s wheel. family. Jim Bostwick, worked 40 years running the audio visual department of General Motors Corp., she said. Her 90-year-old mother, Helen, enjoys arts and crafts, a skill Jan’s two sisters, Val LaMotte, and Judy Block, also inherited, according to Jan. LaMotte has branched out her artist talents and now makes personalized children’s paintings, Jan said. Block is Jan’s twin and she also assists with some of the production

and pricing, according to Jan. Bostwick said she specializes in making chillers and cracker rings, as well as accessories for “big wall clocks.” She her pottery hobby is complementary to athletic endeavors. “I like ‘wheel throwing,’” Bostwick said. “It’s natural because I have eye-hand coordination from playing sports.” Bostwick’s work can also be seen at the Coffee Beanery, in addition to the art shows and

stores in Livonia’s Laurel Park Place shopping center and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi. The Birmingham Art Fair is one of her favorites, she said. “(The Birmingham Art Fair) is very good, people really love the show,” said Bostwick, whose work can also be seen at the Coffee Beanery, on Woodward near 12 Mile in Royal Oak. “It brings in people from all over the area.” — By Steve Kowalski

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CHAMBER DATELINE Clawson • Thursday, May 19, 5:308 p.m.: Join fellow chambers from throughout South Oakland County at Leon & LuLu’s, 96 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson. The networking event is also, a benefit for nonprofit Higher Ground. Higher Ground works with people who are actively living with HIV/AIDS. Visit the group’s web site to register and find out more: Tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door.


A child sniffs a flower during the Royal Oak Chamber’s Flower Day, held Mother’s Day.

Chamber: Flower Day was pretty successful

Royal Oak Volunteers are still needed for Clay, Glass & Metal (June 11-12) and the Antique & Garage Sale (July 16-17). There are many different shifts and jobs that need help to be filled. Please contact Jennifer at or call her at (248) 547-4000 for more information. • May Membership Referral Month Call Andrea with information about a business friend or neighbor, and she will make an appointment to see them. A new member and the referring member will both win a Oxford Inn coupon book valued at $225. • Wednesday, May 18, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.: BWN Luncheon

Jennifer Clark, event coordinator-Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, and Shelly Kemp, executive director- Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, enjoy the successful Flower Day sponsored by the chamber in downtown Royal Oak.

Plates seem to pose as flowers during the Mother’s Day display at the Royal Oak Flower Day.

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Southfield • Business Networking Group: This free event is a great opportunity to meet other professionals in the Southfield area. Hors d’oeuvres will be served with a cash bar. For more information contact Rochelle Freeman, City of Southfield, (248) 796-4161 or e-mail Event is sponsored by City of Southfield, Engineering Society of Detroit and Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce. When: 4 p.m. May 19 Where: Beans & Cornbread, 29508 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield; (248) 208-1680 • When: Friday, May 27, 8-9 a.m. Where: 20700 Civic Center Dr, Ste. 170, Southfield What: Attend the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Group and meet other professionals that want to send you business.

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“What did you do next?” Just as actors benefit from prompts, your conversational partner will welcome your assistance in Shelly Kemp keeping the exchange going. Use the name of a new acquaintance frequently. “Jennifer, I like that suggestion.” “Your vacation must have been exciting, Ted.” You show that you have paid attention from the start, catching the name during the introduction. Equally as important, you’ll make conversations more personal by including the listener’s name several times. Be careful with humor. Although a quip or two might serve as an ice breaker, stay away from sarcastic remarks that could backfire. Because you don’t know a stranger’s sensitivities, prolonged joking might establish barriers you can’t overcome, either now or later. Follow Dr. Wayne Dyer’s advice, by “giving up the need to be right.” Confrontations with somebody you’ve just met will destroy rapport before you even start building it. Wait

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ROYAL OAK — Maybe it was the sun, or perhaps it was Mother’s Day. In any case, this year’s Flower Day, sponsored by the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce was, well, a bloomin’ success. “The event was great,” said chamber Executive Director Shelly Kemp. “I’d say (it was) the best year since I’ve been working it.” Kemp said she began work with the annual event in 2003. “I had a few flower vendors sell out of almost everything they brought, and some of them load up semis!” “We were sold out for the fifth year,” Kemp added. “People were so happy to be out and about, looking at pretty things. Way better than shoveling snow.” No kidding.

• Networking on May 19 5:30 p.m.: A joint venture with the Ferndale Area Chamber and several area chambers (see Clawson item). Last year more than 100 people attended this networking event. Contact Rick at (586) 4271259 for more information. • On Tuesday, June 14, Gage Products Company will present the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce 34th Annual Golf Outing at: Rattle Run Golf Course, 7163 St. Clair Highway, St. Clair. Registration is at 9 a.m., followed by orientation at 9:30, shotgun start at 10, lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and dinner and awards at 4:30 p.m. This year, the Chamber has partnered with Challenge Cup to offer a unique new golf outing format based loosely on the format of the Ryder Cup. Teams of 10-12 golfers will be formed, creating better networking, the feeling of a more

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Tastefully done

Lisa Bitterburg (left) and Brooke Holman, of Farina’s Banquet Center, serve up some mashed potatoes with meat balls and gravy.


Mike Goodman, owner of Hogger’s in Berkley, serves up a famous pulled pork and onion ring sandwich.

Linda Skoczek, of Panini Press, shows an assortment of paninis she served at the tastefest.

First-time event benefits youths BERKLEY - From paninis to sweets, those who attended the first Taste of Berkley Thursday night got a sampling of all the restaurants and markets that line city streets. The event was held at the Berkley Community Center. But while baked goods beckoned diners, the real sweet taste at the benefit event just may have come from knowing that proceeds from the $25 tickets went to the Berkley Huntington Woods Youth Assistance. The event was the idea of Alan Kidickel and Denise Brainard, who actually came up with the suggestion independently. Brainard chaired this weekend’s annual Berkley Days, which was lead off by the tastefest.

Jim Helegda, with the American legion of Berkley, offered wine and sparkling juice drinks for the tastefest.

Dave Greenspan samples some of the food provided by local restaurants and markets for the first-time benefit.

The Berkley Community Center was the site of the city’s first tastefest Thursday night.

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Emagine Theatre steps up to help children’s charity BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

ROYAL OAK — Southfieldbased Variety, the Children’s Charity, is no stranger to charitable contributions from Paul Glantz, owner of the Emagine Theatre chain. Glantz is a board member for the charity, selected as the charitable recipient of ”A Star is Born,” a charity preview event held May 13, three nights before the grand opening of the new Emagine Theatre and Star Lanes in downtown Royal Oak. “Paul has been incredibly generous,” said Kelly Shuert, president of the Detroitarea chapter of Variety, the Children’s Charity. “He and his wife, Mary, have been wonderful to the charity. (Being the top recipient of funds from the charity preview) has exceeded every expectation.” Glantz called it a “privi-


Emagine Theatre owner Paul Glantz and Kelly Shuert, president of the board of directors for Variety, the Children’s Charity, based in Southfield, observe last-minute preparations on the new building in downtown Royal Oak. lege to honor, acknowledge and make a contribution” to Variety, the Children’s Charity. Shuert said she hoped for $100,000 to be gained from

the charity preview to help fund programs for Variety, the Children’s Charity, which she said is significant revenue boost.

“What the (financial contribution) allows us to do is do more than what we already do,” said Shuert, a non-paid volunteer. “We’re real proud of the fact that more than 90 cents of (every dollar) we collect goes right to kids. All the money raised (in the Detroit area) stays here.” Variety, the Children’s Charity, organizes programs that reach approximately 20,000 children each year, providing them with medical, clothing, recreation and market assistance, according to Shuert. Among the memorable events held each Monday, from April to the end of October, is a night of free horseback rides to children with special needs, Shuert said. “For some of the kids, it’s their first time ever out of a wheelchair, gives them a sense of freedom for that hour,” Shuert said.

A produce rescue mission, housed through Gleaners Food Bank, distributes fresh produce to families served by Variety, a Children’s Charity, according to Shuert. Included with the food distribution are cooking classes for heads of needy families, given by wellknown chef and restaurateur Matt Prentice and other chefs, Shuert said. “(Prentice) rotates chefs at different centers, which is just amazing,” Shuert said. Another event Variety hosts each year is Santa’s Workshop, which last year gave 100 families and more than 400 children a Christmas, according to Shuert. A Variety bike party also gave away 175 bicycles to needy children, including two special needs bikes for children unable to ride a twowheeler, Shuert said. There also is an event held each of the last four years that encourages children to give

back to Variety, according to Shuert. Kids Walking with K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressful Situations), featuring one, two and three mile walks, was held earlier this month in Birmingham to raise money for clothing, toys and books for disadvantaged and special needs children, Shuert said. Shuert said she has volunteered more than one dozen years for Variety. A couple of years ago when the opportunity to be named president came up, she considered quitting to stay at home to raise her three children, Sydney, 15, Gabby, 14, and Hunter, 12. Her family encouraged her to remain a volunteer, which requires more than 20 hours of her time per week. “I tried to back away, feeling like I needed to be a ‘full-time mom,’ but when I was asked to be president, and when I went Please see CHARITY, A13

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Billy George polishes a marquee inside the bowling alley of Star Lanes inside the Emagine Theatre in downtown Royal Oak.


any of the other locations. Its downtown location is another characteristic unique to the Royal Oak Emagine. “This is special, the first foray into bowling and the first ‘downtown theater,’” Glantz said. The location puts visitors within walking distance of every other bar and restaurant in downtown, but Glantz said he’s made arrangements to beat that. He said a free shuttle bus, which is being refurbished and won’t be ready for the grand opening, will transport Emagine guests to and from any other eating establishment. “If you’re eating at Andiamo’s, (the shuttle bus) will run over, pick you up,” Glantz said. “We want to be a ‘good neighbor.’”



to family, who knew it would be a lot of hours, they said, ‘No, mom, we want you to do it,’” Shuert said. “(The charity) is a part of who they are, part of the family.” Shuert’s children enjoy volunteering any chance they get, including their participation in the Kids Walking with K.I.D.S. and handing out T-shirts and coupons at an annual baseball game hosted by the Detroit Tigers, who provide tickets to 800 disadvantaged and special needs children at Comerica Park. “I hope I’m planting seeds for tomorrow,” Shuert said. “(Her children) have grown up with (the charity). You hope it will become second nature (to volunteer), know how they can help their fellow person.” Kaylee Day, 18, reaches high to clean an electronic appliance inside the new Emagine Theatre in downtown Royal Oak.

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Construction of the projection booth, where each of the digital films originates, accounted for a significant amount of the final costs, according to Glantz’s estimation. The projection booth not only has the most modern equipment, but also is equipped to show two 35 millimeter films, in case an old-school movie finds its way on the theater marquee. “There is probably more than a million (dollars of labor costs and equipment) in this room,” Glantz said. The 10 theater auditoriums have stadium seating and a total capacity of 1,700. Walking

After more than two years of planning, owner Paul Glantz is ready for the May 16 grand opening of downtown Royal Oak’s Emagine Theatre.


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Edith Majewski (second from left), a supervisor at the Emagine Theatre in Canton, trains staff at the new Emagine Theatre in downtown Royal Oak.

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The Royal Oak location may also be unmatched in building design, compared to the chain’s other theaters, according to Glantz. The creativity is apparent before movie or bowling enthusiasts even walk in one of the front doors. Pillars holding up an awning outside the exterior are formed in the shape of two wine glasses, which is a nod to the theater’s drinks menu for the 21-and-over crowd. Once inside the front lobby, visitors can’t miss the larger-than-life photographs and murals on walls, created by students at the College of Creative Studies, work that earned scholarships for the school, Glantz said. On one lobby wall are images of traditional Detroit icons, such as Faygo pop, Kowalski sausage and Better Made potato chips, according to Glantz. Half the fun may be looking for the icons, Glantz said. “They’re not obvious, you’ve got to look for them,” he said with a playful smile. On another wall are photographs of “real” people who “live, work and play in Royal Oak,” featured as contemporary art, while the first-floor bowling alley has a giant-sized photograph of famed 1930s Detroit fighter Joe Louis, according to Glantz. “It’s a fabulous new venue which harkens back to our heritage as well,” Glantz said. The final cost may come in at more than the $19 million estimate, added expenses that Glantz prefers to call “might as wells” rather than “overruns.” “It’s reached the point where my friends call it the ‘might as well’ (spend more money) stage,” Glantz said. “A big ‘might as well’ are the insets on the (bowling alley) wall, $35,000 worth of ’might as wells.’ We’re still tallying up costs.”

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through the largest auditorium, capacity 350, Glantz pointed to a row of D-Box seats, which he described as “motion driven” and adjustable. Glantz estimates a work force of about 150, and many positions are filled by people who have entered

Alex Domagalski rolls out the red carpet during preparations for the grand opening of the Emagine Theatre in downtown Royal Oak. (313) 222-2047

the movie theater business as a career. “Not all are low-paying jobs,” Glantz said. “We have an executive chef, director of special events. We have a lot of high paid positions. You need good people.” It seemed like more than 150 pitched in during the final weeks before the grand opening date, with staff members and management from the other Emagine theaters willing to lend a hand, Glantz said. On a recent afternoon last week, Edith Majewski, supervisor at the Canton Emagine Theatre, and Gary Butske Jr., general manager of the Novi Emagine Theatre, were on site training new staff and overseeing cleaning crews. “Work hard, have fun, make money, is the motto,” Butske, Jr. said, “If everyone works hard, they get rewarded.” Glantz also hopes the new venture is a rewarding experience for Emagine visitors. | (313) 222-2047

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SUNDAY, May 15, 2011



Woods wonders: Why fight it?

Is the Huntington Woods City Commission progressive, or just plain smart? The question comes to mind following the commission’s adoption of a plan for permitting growers of marijuana in the city through a special land use provision. The approval bucks the trend of most South Oakland County communities, outside of Ferndale, which have repeatedly placed proposals for such businesses under a moratorium status. Such moves have alternately frustrated the public, which approved the medical use of marijuana at the ballot box, and won praise by those who fear implementation of the state law. And then there are those in the legal system who have acted vigorously to close down marijuana clinics, claiming that they violate federal law, which they do. All of which brings us back to the Woods commission and its unanimous decision. So, are they a bunch of liberals, or folks who are pretty darn savvy? After listening to comments made at the meeting by commissioners, it seems both scenarios may be true. Some, notably Jules Olsman, repeatedly said the new measure will ultimately save the Woods money. Not quite verbalized seemed to be the realization among commissioners that lawsuits are costly, and rejection of growing facilities could very well result in a lawsuit, or several. On the other hand, commissioners also remarked that the medical use of marijuana is now permitted by state law, following voter approval. None of them expressed any regret over that fact. So, do we have liberal commissioners in Huntington Woods with good financial sense? Yes, but, those commissioners were not only savvy and smart, they were practical as well. After all, the Woods is small in size, with little room for new development. All of which means, it could be a moot point in the Woods.

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Local students win standing as All-Stars

Today, the South Oakland Eccentric is publishing a special section in print and online ( honoring the 2011 Academic All-Star Team. The 25 students of this year’s team and the 53 others who are runners-up represent the most accomplished of local public, private and parochial high school students. These students are future physicians, scientists, engineers, teachers and political leaders. We invite you to join us in celebrating their successes thus far, and in remarking upon the future — both their own future and what their future will hold for ours as well. Among those named to the team is Elizabeth Rose Lyons of Berkley High School. Local runners-up include: Nicole Lieberman, Berkley High; Anna Goike, Shrine Catholic High; Sierra Kaufman, Southfield Christian School; Jordan Haines, Ferndale High; Krystal Holmes, Southfield-Lathrup High; Katherine Plumhoff, Shrine Catholic High; Natalie Melnick, Ferndale High. Also, David Prince, Clawson High; Donovan Colquitt, Southfield-Lathrup High; Nichole Pedro, Clawson High; David Snider, Akiva Hebrew Day School; Derek Holecek, Southfield Christian School; Gabriel Faber, Akiva Hebrew Day School; Anthony Holden, University High; Jessica Millender, University High School, Ferndale. These students shine in many ways — in test scores and grades, and in their extracurricular and community activities. They are all examples of intelligence, involvement and industry. They have contributed to their schools, their communities and beyond. They will undoubtedly make a difference as they head off to college and new academic adventures. The All-Stars are selected based solely on academic achievement — grade point and test scores. The 2011 team marks the 26th year that the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers has honored and celebrated academic excellence. At the core of our mission as a local company is “enhancing the lives of our readers and nurturing the communities we serve.” We can’t think of a better way to fulfill this mission than to profile the best and brightest of students in area schools, and to show our communities what is good and right with education today. All of the students profiled in this section have set high goals for themselves. In addition to preparing themselves academically for a career, they also are concerned about helping others. They have great praise for the teachers who have influenced them over the years. Teachers have challenged these students and instilled in them the love of learning. They have given them lessons about life, including doing your best, being responsible citizens and knowing how one person can make a difference. In their comments to this newspaper, the students have thanked the many teachers who have spend countless hours not only teaching, but encouraging and listening these young men and women. Look for this special section in today’s paper. It’s a good reminder about the great things happening in our schools today. Help us celebrate this awesome group of 2011 graduates.


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The question was asked at the Southfield Public Library.

“No, I don’t. You can kill a man but you can’t kill a ‘principle.’ As long as there are people who advocate terrorism, or hate America, there are going to be terrorist acts.” Julian Easterly


“That’s a tough one. I’d say yes. There is a terrorist organization and he’s just one person, but he was at the head of it, the ‘chairman of the board.’ I’m certainly glad he’s dead.” Ron Goldston

“You never know when another ‘Osama’ can come. There are people in Afghanistan and Pakistan and you can’t say it’s the end of terrorism.” Nameera Fatima



“No, just because I don’t think he was the only (terrorist) leader out there. He was the main target at the moment. I’m sure there are other groups out there and don’t think this is the end of (terrorism).” Cynthia Bell Southfield

LETTERS Cemetery off-base

Clover Hill Park Cemetery of Congregation Shaarey Zedek through threats of a costly lawsuit appears to have successfully blocked construction of the baseball diamond on the old Stanley Door site near Kenning Park. This property used to be a manufacturing plant for garage doors, with stamping and assembly operations frequented by diesel semi trucks. The cemetery is bordered by elevated railroad tracks, 14 Mile Road, two schools, each with playgrounds and recreational facilities, Kenning Park with four baseball diamonds, an ice arena, tennis courts and Forest Hills Swim Club. A Catholic school wants to build a baseball diamond on what is now a barren eyesore behind the cemetery’s unsightly maintenance garages. Brother Rice agreed not to play any games before 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday, which is when services take place. A concern that one more baseball field would somehow disrupt burial services is preposterous. Shame on you, Clover Hill. Kevin D. Hart Birmingham

Response to governor

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and costly to remove ineffective teachers. I believe the governor’s proposal has merit. • 80/20 health care — I believe we all need to share in the costs. • In having teacher preparation and support for teacher professional development. I have the following serious misgivings and questions about his proposals: • Tying the state funding formula to academic growth. How will the growth be measured? How fair and equitable is it to take funding away from the children and schools who may need it the most and haven’t shown the growth yet? • Taking the cap off charter schools. Charter schools have not been more effective than public schools and are actually a lot less effective than public schools on average. They also have much higher administrative costs. • Requiring districts to open their boundaries to out of district students. Our taxpayers pay more for our higher foundation. Incoming students do not bring the same dollar amount per pupil. I am concerned that the governor’s proposal devalues the importance of a strong community-based school system, such as Farmington Public Schools. Susan Zurvalec, superintendent Farmington Public Schools

Living in a water wonderland of news S ometimes those of us at the South Oakland Eccentric and other newspapers hear calls for “good news” stories, though studies show that what people read are stories about crime and catastrophe, so-called “bad news.” I’ve always told people that we cover the news, whether it be good or bad. I had time to think about that while recuperating from an injury. The size of my world had shrunk during that time, and I spent day after day after week keeping in virtual touch through the radio, newspapers and the Internet. Never was I more aware of how the news of the day — or the night, sometimes when I was unable to sleep — was always available. Of particular fascination was the earthquake, quickly followed by the tsunami and nuclear catastrophe in Japan. Sandra My first thought was Armbruster the memory of Jane Fonda and the movie, The China Syndrome. What would happen if there was a meltdown for real, I wondered. Would this become another Chernobyl? Or a Three Mile Island, which I always thought had more farreaching impact than reported? With perhaps morbid curiosity, I watched video after video of the tsunami enveloping the shoreline, the towns. I waited for the intermittent reports on the status of the nuclear reactors.

I’ve always told people that we cover the news, whether it be good or bad. I had time to think about that while recuperating from an injury. The size of my world had shrunk during that time, and I spent day after day after week keeping in virtual touch through the radio, newspapers and the Internet.

I read the comments of officials, and wondered why the reporters didn’t ask better questions. If ever there was a definition of bad news, this was it. And finally, when I couldn’t take any more bad news, I put the paper down, turned off the TV and closed up the computer. I can remember that moment, making my way through the kitchen, shaking my head and thinking that I needed some good news. So that’s how it is for people in our hometowns who are so overwhelmed with the tasks and tribulations of everyday life, I thought. The car breaks down, the sump pump quits, the kids get an earache and the dog chooses an unusual way to let you know it’s time to go outside. Whew! How much can one person take? But that’s the whole point, isn’t it? We aren’t isolated, at least we don’t have to be, no matter what situation we find ourselves in. We live in cities, in school districts, in apartment buildings and in neighborhoods. In a sense, what happens

to one of us impacts the rest of us. Consider stories taken from today’s edition of the South Oakland Eccentric: The Emagine Theatre opens, the Arts Beats & Eats festival will have a barbecue alley this year. Ferndale Public Schools will buy property south of its high school. There are myriad ways in which those actions will have an impact on the people who live in those areas, and whether that is good news, or bad depends on your point of view. It’s not for those of us at the South Oakland Eccentric to decide that for you, and the only way you will hear our opinion on an issue is if we address it on our editorial pages. Well, it’s my line and I’m sticking to it: It is our role to cover the news, be it bad or good. In doing so, we offer you the information that connects you to others in your neighborhood, your church, your city and school district. Whether you visit our web site (www. or read this, your hometown newspaper, you’ll find that the news is not a giant wave crashing on shore, ready to engulf everything in its path, but it is a series of ripples whose ebb and flow leaves patterns on the sand. Got news of what’s happening in your neighborhood, school or business? The beach is public; there’s room for all. Sandra Armbruster is editor of the South Oakland Eccentric. She welcomes your comments by e-mail to sarmbruster@hometownlife. com.

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Dialogue with the Awakening Woman, a roundtable discussion group, will be featured from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, at the Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile, east of Woodward. Join Nada Crystal, writer and speaker, to discuss an array of topics that women of today face. Veterans meet

Southfield and Lathrup Village veterans can learn about available benefits at the regular monthly meeting of the Southfield American Legion Post #328 at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Southfield Beech Woods Recreation Center on Beech Road, just south of Nine Mile Road. For more information: call Don at (248) 552-8030 or Greg at (248) 443-0662. Memorial breakfast

From 7 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 30, the Royal Oak Historical Society’s Annual Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast will be at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market. All you can eat, $6 (eaters 10 and over) Under 10, $3. Event will be held rain or shine. Sponsored by Hollywood Market and Holiday Market. Royal Oak parade

Mondays, beginning June 13, from 5:45-7 p.m., youths ages 8-15 can learn golf with Thomas Proben at the South Oakland Family YMCA, 1016 W. 11 Mile, 48067. Call (248) 547-0030 for more information. May office hours



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The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 30, beginning at 9 a.m. The parade route is starting at South Main Street and Harrison, heading north to 2nd Street, then east to the Veteran’s Memorial. Volunteers and Parade participants are encouraged to contact Carol Hennessey, at (248) 543-8420 or

State Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, will hold office hours in the 13th Senate District on Saturday, May 21. The senator will be available to meet with constituents from 35 p.m. at the Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak. Art/craft fair

The SouthEast Oakland Arts & Crafts Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest, Ferndale, MI 48220. Admission: Adults - $1; children: 10 and under are free. Strollers are welcome and parking is free. More information is available on the event web site:

JUNE Ferndale Pride 2011

Downtown Ferndale will host multiple Gay Pride events and activities during the weekend of Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 5. These events include three parades and marches, three rallies, the annual Gay Commitment Ceremony, and several dozen club and bar theme events, “alley rallies,” patio parties and a “downtown stroll.” Check future editions of this newspaper for further details. Co-chair of the event is Craig Covey, Golf benefit

The Tri-Community Coalition will host its 13th Annual Golf Class, “Swinging for Scholarships and More...” on Monday, June 6, at the Links of Novi. The event will fund two scholarships and other youth activities. Check www.tricommunitycoalition. org for more details or have your student at OPHS and BHS check with their counselor about how to apply for the scholarships.


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Gregory to discuss state budget SOUTHFIELD — State Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) is inviting members of the community to join him for coffee and conversation regarding state and community issues, including the 16 state budgets recently passed by the Senate on

Monday, May 16. Schools and local communities face drastic cuts and working families and senior citizens would see a tax hike in the current budget proposal, Gregory said. People have many questions and concerns, he added.

This will be an opportunity for local residents to meet Gregory a to discuss these and other issues. WHERE: Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI 48076 WHO:State Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield)

WHEN: Monday, May 16, from 6-7 p.m. For more information, contact Gregory’s office at (517) 373-7888 or toll-free at 1-866626-0814. Also, sign up for Senator Gregory’s e-newsletter at gregory/join.php.



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Roommate arrested after grabbing knife Hills police arrest The following alleged incidents were reported to the Royal Oak Police Department: • A male suspect was arrested for felonious assault after an argument with his male roommate at an apartment in the 800 block of North Stephenson, according to a May 5 police report. The complainant reported that he and his roommate got into an argument, the report said. The suspect got angry, grabbed a kitchen knife and began parading around the apartment, stabbing the wall and causing damage, according to the report. The suspect then approached the complainant from behind and grabbed him by the neck while holding the knife, the report said. The complainant grabbed a cell phone and called the police while the suspect fled the scene, according to the report. Officers were able to locate the suspect and place him under arrest, the report said. The complainant was not injured, according to the report. • A man was arrested in Cummingston Park for indecent exposure after two complainants reported observing a male suspect exposing himself in the park at Torquay and Leafdale, according to a May 8 police report. Officers arrived and found the suspect exposing himself in the wooded area of the park, the police report said. • Police are looking for a man who may have exposed himself while driving on 13 Mile to a female in another vehicle, May 6, according to a police report. The complainant reported that she was driving along 13 Mile, near Campbell, when she noticed a male suspect driving an older model, white, 4-door sedan, the

police report said. The suspect was seen exposing himself to her, according to the report. The suspect pulled his vehicle alongside her vehicle twice, the report said. The suspect was described as a white male, 45-55 years old, unshaven and having black hair, according to the police report. The suspect’s vehicle may have had a sign on the passenger door with silver writing on it, the report said. The vehicle also had scratches on the hood and passenger side front side panel, according to the report. • A man involved in a domestic argument with family members while they visited their mother May 9 in the Alexander Nursing Home, 718 W. Fourth, was arrested for obstructing a police officer, according to a police report. Officers responded to the nursing home when the staff called to say that a verbal argument had broken out between family members while visiting their mother, the police report. Officers arrived on the scene and were directed to a male suspect who was the aggressor in the argument, according to the report. Officers attempted to remove the suspect from the facility, the report said. The suspect resisted, became combative with the officers and was placed under arrest for obstructing a police officer, the report said. • A recreational trailer in the 5100 block of Elmhurst was entered by an unknown suspect and ransacked, according to a report filed by a complainant May 8. The complainant also reported that the suspect attempted to light a fire inside a flower planter outside the recreational trailer, the report said. Nothing appeared to have been taken, according to the

report. • An unknown suspect removed a screen from a window in an attempt to illegally enter a home in the 4000 block of Judson, according to a police report May 5. The suspect did not gain access, the complainant said in the report. • An unknown suspect broke into a home in the 3900 block of Park View through a rear siding door, according to a complainant in a report filed May 5. Nothing appeared to have been taken, the report said. • An unknown suspect removed a screen from the front window of a home in the 3000 block of West 13 Mile Road in an attempt to illegally enter, according to a report filed May 5. The suspect did not gain entry because the window was equipped with a bar preventing the window to open all the way, according to the report. • An unknown suspect entered an apartment in the 4300 block of West 13 Mile and stole the resident’s X-Box, several games, an I-Pod docking station and laptop, according to a report filed May 8. • An unknown suspect smashed out the passenger side window of a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, parked at 333 E. Parent, and stole the factory-installed GPS unit, according to a police report filed May 6. • An unlocked vehicle parked at LA Fitness, 25352 Woodward, became an easy target for an unknown suspect who stole two cell phones and a wallet containing identification and currency, according to a police report filed May 6. • The owner of an unlocked vehicle, parked in the 800 block of Batavia, believes an unknown suspect rummaged through his belongings but didn’t take any-

thing of value, according to a police report filed on May 8. • An unknown suspect entered an unlocked vehicle, parked in the 1000 block of Longfellow, and went through the glove box, where an undisclosed amount of money was taken, according to a report filed May 9. • An unknown suspect entered an unlocked vehicle, parked in the 300 block of East Harrison, and stole a portable GPS unit, digital camera and sunglasses, according to a police report filed May 11. • A resident of a home in the 900 block of Etowah had a grey 2007 Yamaha motorcycle stolen from his garage, according to a May 6 police report. The resident said he parked the motorcycle in the garage with the key in the ignition, the report said. The complainant came out the next day to find the motorcycle missing, the report said. • An unknown suspect stole a purple 2011 L.L. Bean Sport Cruiser 7 bicycle in the 2300 block of Starr, using bolt cutters to cut the cable that had the bike locked, according to a May 5 police report. • A resident of the 1200 block of South Lafayette is missing a large copper lawn urn, an object so large that it would have required two people to carry it or one person with a dolly, according to a May 6 police report. The complainant said an unknown suspect, or suspects, are responsible for stealing the copper lawn urn from his yard on April 26, the report said. • An unknown suspect stole a red Trek bicycle from the front porch of a home in the 1500 block of North Washington, according to a May 6 police report. The female complainant reported the bike was locked with a cable, which the suspect cut, the report said.


It was good police work that led to the swift arrest of a suspect in connection with a May 10 armed robbery of a Farmington Hills woman in the parking lot of her apartment complex. Farmington Hills police Chief Chuck Nebus credits his patrol sergeant, who was in the area of the 12 Mile and Middlebelt at the Cordoba Apartments around 1:20 a.m. when he noticed a man leaving the complex on a motorcycle. The officer got the license plate number and the call came into dispatch that an armed robbery had just occurred. Police chased the suspect into Southfield, but ended the pursuit. Later that morning, Edward Dodson, 43, of Southfield went to the Southfield Police Department to report that his motorcycle, along with some accessories and clothing, were Dodson stolen from his garage. That’s when he was arrested. According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Dodson is on parole for armed robbery. “It was great work by our detectives over a threeday period to piece together the information to obtain the warrant today,” said Nebus on Friday. Dodson is suspected of approaching a 46-year-old woman as she walked from her vehicle to her apartment building. He reportedly said, “Give me your purse,” and pointed a gun at her as he took the purse and a shopping bag that contained some of her belongings. He fled on his motorcycle from the complex. He was arraigned Friday in 47th District Court in Farmington Hills on charges of armed robbery, resulting in personal injury, a felony that carries up to life in prison or any number of years; and is also charged with fleeing a police officer, fourth degree, a two-year felony. Dodson was arraigned by Magistrate Dennis Pheney, who set a $500,000 cash bond. He is due back in court on May 18. | (313) 222-2369

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Royal Oak’s young soccer team strives to reach its potential BY DAN O’MEARA ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

The perseverance and commitment of the Royal Oak High School varsity soccer players is slowly but surely beginning to be rewarded. The evidence of that was a 2-1 victory over a good North Farmington girls opponent last week. It was Royal Oak’s first victory in the rugged OAA Red Division and proof a young Ravens team is headed in the right direction. “They’ve had doubts,” coach Kevin Robb said. “Now they know they can compete. We’ve been in games; we played well against Berkley and Rochester. We just didn’t come away with the opportunities we would have liked to have. “The level of play has been there, but the win we needed to put in our pocket wasn’t there. With the win, it’s something to build on. We’re hoping that puts us over the hump.” The Ravens, who are 1-6 in the division, were 2-6-2 overall going into an OAA crossover game Saturday with West Bloomfield. Because of a successful 2010 season, Royal Oak has had to face the OAA’s best teams while undergoing a rebuilding process this year. The Ravens were 7-1-2 in the OAA White and finished second behind Clarkston (their only loss) last year. Both teams were promoted to the Red Division for 2011. Ironically, as is often the case, a team does well in a lower division, gets moved up and finds itself in a new talent cycle with younger players. Royal Oak has only three seniors on this year’s team with five juniors, seven sophomores and two freshmen. “It’s a very tough thing to do, to try to have that balance,” Robb said. “I would never cut a senior player to make room for a younger player, but you have to keep that in mind. If you’re playing at a top-notch level and graduating 10 seniors, you’re in a world of hurt the next year. “Troy and Rochester have such good resources of players at their disposal. We simply don’t have that luxury. We need to get them up to speed and bring them through the system.” He and jayvee coach

Dominic Filippis are working to do that. The reserve team is loaded with sophomores, too, and has one freshman, Robb added. “Obviously, our goal was to get in the Red and stay in the Red,” he said. “You have to keep a balance (of players in each class) and try to keep going that way. “With our record, I can’t say it’s been a success (this year), but we’re working hard. I’m happy with the effort we’re putting forward as a group.” Two of the team’s leaders are co-captains Kacey Lawniczak and Hannah Schario. Both are three-year varsity players. Lawniczak is a junior midfielder and Schario a senior sweeper. “Kacey plays center mid and really controls the team,” Robb said. “Hannah gives us stability in back. Kacey is more of a silent leader, and Hannah is more of a vocal leader. Mixed together, they provide good chemistry for the team.” Freshman forward Samantha Bartelotti is the leading scorer. She’s a raw talent but someone the Ravens can build their team around in the future, according to Robb. “She absorbs everything we say and then applies it,” he said. “She’s good now, and it will be a pleasure to have her on the team for four years.” The other seniors are goalkeeper Colleen Schuldies and midfielder Keara Scannell. Sophomore Mary LeAnnais plays either forward or midfield and is the team’s playmaker. “All the kids have attributes and fit well into the team,” Robb said. “We’re jelling nicely. With the district tournament coming up, we’re focusing on that at this point. “I think they’re going to go into it with confidence regardless of the record, knowing they’re playing their best.” Bartelotti and the team’s other freshman, Nerissa Zoller, scored the goals in the win over North Farmington, which took a 7-4-3 record into that game. “What we’re trying to do is play with a little more speed,” Robb said. “We do try to play a possession-style game, but sometimes we get too relaxed. Please see RAVENS, B4


Royal Oak senior goalie Colleen Schuldies puts the ball back into play against North Farmington.



Senior Andrea Towns, who is headed to Michigan State University to study in the medical field, has enjoyed her four years as a member of the Southfield-Lathrup tennis program.

Lathrup’s Towns enjoys career as student-athlete BY MARTY BUDNER ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

Andrea Towns has taken full advantage of her studentathlete days at SouthfieldLathrup High School. As a four-year member of the varsity tennis team, Towns has enjoyed the overall extra-curricular experience. Winning aside — Lathrup is not known as a tennis powerhouse, Towns loves the challenge of competing in a sport she’s been fond of for many years. In fact, she continued playing this season in memory of a recently-deceased family member. “My family would go to the park in the summer and hit the ball around and I enjoyed playing (tennis) with my aunt before I even came to high school,” said Towns following Lathrup’s loss at Berkley in Oakland Activities Association action Tuesday afternoon. “My aunt kind of motivated me to play a little harder this

‘I appreciate the people I’ve met. Even with the losses, I like the game and I have fun. I like the experience of playing. I’m a competitive person, so it was something to be competitive in.’ ANDREA TOWNS, four-year member of Lathrup’s varsity tennis team

year because, unfortunately, she passed away a couple months ago,” said Towns. “She was 21 when she passed and that’s basically my motivation behind me still playing. She started playing in high school at Oak Park and I started playing here at Lathrup.” Towns, one of Lathrup’s two team captains, is an outstanding student who has earned a scholarship to Michigan State where she plans to major in medical biology. She currently is shadowing doctors in an effort to learn more about her future, possibly as a pediatri-

cian. Towns figures her athletic experiences will help her down the road. “I appreciate the people I’ve met. Even with the losses, I like the game and I have fun,” said Towns. “I like the experience of playing. I’m a competitive person, so it was something to be competitive in. “I’ve played both doubles and singles before and I’ve enjoyed the transition to singles,” she said. “I can be aggressive when I feel like I need to be. But I always play to win.” Velma Smith, who has coached Lathrup’s girls tennis team this past six seasons, is proud of Towns’ accomplishments both in the classroom and on the court. “She is in the medical field at Lathrup and wants to be a physician,” said Smith. “She is just doing really, really well in school. Please see LATHRUP, B2

Berkley’s girls tennis program on the upswing BY MARTY BUDNER ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

The girls tennis program at Berkley is on the upswing and opposing teams are starting to take notice. Two seasons ago, playing in the competitive OAA White Division alongside the likes of Birmingham Groves, Rochester Adams, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Farmington, Troy Athens and Lake Orion, the Bears went winless in eight matches. Last spring, Berkley managed ties against Farmington and Athens in OAA division action. This season, the Bears have defeated Farmington and Lake Orion, and also have tied Farmington Harrison and Adams. They even lost by a respectable 5-3 score to always powerful Groves. “To have two wins and two ties in the White Division, I’m pretty happy,” said Bears head coach Lenny Waldman. “That’s how competitive and awesome the White Division is. It is really a nice division to play not only because it’s respectable, solid tennis, but that it’s realistic that you can rise to the occasion and get a win. “I’m just thrilled with the way we’ve improved this year. It’s really satisfying because it makes us feel like we really do belong in this league. We Please see BERKLEY, B2

The 6th Annual Eagles Nest Golf Outing will be held May 25 at Greystone Golf Club in Romeo. All event proceeds will benefit Ferndale High School and Middle School athletics. Check-in time is 8:30 a.m. and the Shotgun Start is set for 10 a.m. The $125 entry fee includes a continental breakfast, driving range practice, 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, on-course beverage service and a steak dinner with an open bar. In addition to trophies for longest drive and closest to the pin, optional contests will be held. Greystone is located at 67500 Mound Road. For more information, contact Keith Thibodeau (248361-0298), Tim Collins (248546-2397) or Shaun Butler (248-586-8632).

Junior golf tourney

The Royal Oak Golf Club once again will host an Optimist Junior Golf Championship qualifier. The 18-hole tournament open to boys and girls 10-18 years of age is scheduled rain or shine to tee off at noon on May 21. Check-in time is 11 a.m. Entry deadline is May 15. A $45 registration fee covers the round of golf (walking, no carts allowed), sleeve of golf balls, snack and beverage. The 10-11 boys and 10-12 girls age divisions will play nine holes with a $30 registration fee. Pre-registration is a must as walk-ons will not be accepted. Registration forms are available at the Royal Oak Golf Club or at Trophies will be awarded to the top boy and girl qualifier in each age division who then advance to the Michigan District Qualifying Tournament to be held in mid June at the Davison Country Club. District qualifiers then advance to the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., later this summer. For more information, contact tournament director Mike Ripinski at (248) 7892735, or e-mail at mikrip@

A Champagne toast

Ferndale High School will celebrate the retirement of longtime athletic booster Tim Champagne with a reception scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. May 19 inside the gymnasium. It will be an Open House format with light refreshments. Several short speeches will be given to thank Champagne for his longtime dedication to Eagle athletics. He is known as ‘Timmy’ around the Ferndale community. For more information, contact Ferndale Athletic Director Shaun Butler at (248) 586-8632.

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Berkley senior Erica Northcross owns a respectable 7-3 overall record at the prestigious No. 1 singles flight.

The inaugural North American Lacrosse Invitational will be held May 21-22 at Brother Rice High School. The elite high school lacrosse tournament will include eight top-ranked teams from the Midwest and Ontario, Canada. It is considered to be the first ever international high school lacrosse event. Besides the host Warriors, other Michigan-based participating teams will include Detroit Country Day and the University of Detroit-Mercy. New Trier (Illinois), Western Reserve Academy (Ohio), Culver Military Academy (Indiana) and Bishop Timon St. Jude (New York) also will participate, as well as The Hill Academy from Ontario. For more information, visit, or contact Mark Rottenberk at mark@ or by phone at (248) 730-1911.



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compete well against schools in this division, win or lose. “It’s kind of nice going into a match against another school and causing them some concern,” he said. “When people are saying ‘Berkley can be dangerous’ it makes me feel good. I think other teams are kind of careful with us now.”


Berkley owns an overall winning record at 5-3-2 despite six new varsity playPHOTOS BY DAVID REED ers and minus graduated Senior Taylor Downing plays No. 1 singles and is one of three returning star Justine Ciaravino who players this spring to the Southfield-Lathrup girls tennis program. advanced to the state meet at No. 1 flight singles last year. The young Bears roster includes only three seniors and only six returning players. The seniors include singles FROM PAGE B1 players Erika Northcross (No. 1 flight), captain Emma Bunin “As a captain, she has great (No. 3) and captain Audrey leadership skills. She is always McPartlin (No. 4). Erica Fox helping me with the drills and captain Jessica Gross are and helping (her teammates) teamed at No. 1 doubles and understand the finer points are returning juniors, along of the game,” she said. “She with Caroline Baron who plays is very responsible and very at No. 2 doubles. conscientious. She makes sure “Emma has this very conall the messages get out to stant, consistent game,” said the girls and she is very orgaWaldman. “She can play a nized.” bigger game, but she almost Towns usually plays No. opts to play a game where she 3 singles while Lathrup’s wears the opponent down. She other senior captain — Taylor has a way of frustrating an Downing — handles No. 2 Velma Smith is in her sixth season as opponent and has that abilflight singles. Junior Ambra head coach of the Southfield-Lathrup ity to find a way and come Paris normally plays No. 1 girls tennis squad. through in the clutch.” singles. However, Downing The rest of the lineup is and Towns have been playing “We have a very young filled with girls who are ‘up’ the past couple of weeks as team. We only have three girls either new to the program Paris has been out sick. returning from last year,” said or played junior varsity tenThe remaining members of Smith. “The rest of them are nis last spring. Those team Lathrup’s tennis team are all all brand new — most of them members are freshman Lexi first-year varsity players. They had never played before so it’s Northcross (No. 2 singles) include juniors Jasmine Smith, a big learning experience for along with junior doubles Meita Porter, Keondra Dixson, all of them. players Claire Barna, Ellie Toni Jackson and Paige “Plus, it’s a short season and Krasnick, Rachel Burnstein Walker; sophomores Micheall practice has been difficult and Jessica Leshman, and Mallet, Ryane Thomas, because of the rainy spring,” freshman doubles participant Ashley Tutwiler and Calandra she said. “We’re limited in Marla Krasnick. Berry; and freshman Jennifer what we can do, so we just do The Northcross sisters Wardell. what we can do.” — each own 7-3 overall records — are having excellent seasons as staples at the top of the singles line-up. Fox and Gross are 7-2 at No. 1 doubles and Marla Krasnick and Leshman are 8-2 at No. 4 doubles.


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Freshman Lexi Northcross is definitely making an impact at No. 2 singles in her first season of high school tennis for the Berkley Bears.

The Berkley girls tennis team is competing hard in the tough OAA White Division this season and veteran head coach Lenny Waldman is “thrilled” with the program’s overall improvement.


“We have kind of capitalized on the veteran girls who have come back at their positions, especially at number one doubles, one singles and three singles,” said Waldman. “And, the rest of the girls who are filling in the gaps are doing so well. “My buzz line for the team is that I’ve asked them to grow up really quick because this is White Division tennis and for those who were on the junior varsity team last year, this is what I needed for them to

do. They kind of figured out what ‘growing up quick’ really means. “They have done it in a phenomenal fashion,” he said. “I couldn’t be more pleased. They work together and the camaraderie has been incredible. I do have to say, there is no drama in this team. This team is all about friendship, team work and business. That’s what they do and that’s why this season has been such a pleasure.” Berkley will participate in the Division 2 region-

al Thursday hosted by Birmingham Marian. The host Mustangs, the defending Division 2 state co-champs, and the two Birmingham schools — Seaholm and Groves — will vie for the top two qualifying spots. Berkley can gain a state qualifying berth by scoring at least 18 points in the seven flights. “Last year we missed going to states by one point, just like we did the year before that,” said Waldman. “Three years ago we scored 19 points and went to states. “I need someone to make it to the finals or win it out right. I never give up on the idea of making it to states. I’m just being realistic that it will be much harder to have a shot (at states) than it has been the last two years. But my girls are ready to play and if we are lucky enough or blessed enough to capture 18 points, I know that it would overshadow anything that we have done this year. “No matter what happens, it’s been a great season and an exciting season,” he said. “We’re just looking to build on what we have this year and bring back that same type of spirit next year.”

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“In that game, we tried to put more pressure on them and attack with speed instead of being so methodical with the attack. We attacked with speed, got behind the defense and created opportunities that way. “Our intensity level picked up, and we took away a lot of their time and space to work with the ball. We were in their face all the time, and that was a key. We were the instigator instead of sitting back and reacting. I think that will carry us into the next game with the same type of attitude.” The Ravens still have some tough games ahead of them, including three more in the OAA Red with Athens, Avondale and Clarkston, he added. With so many young players in the program, Robb has a positive outlook for the rest of this season and future years. The North Farmington win showed the Ravens, “‘Yes, we

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Kevin Robb is in his third year as the Royal Oak girls varsity coach. can compete and, after all the hard work, we do belong where we’re at and can play with them,’” he said. “We have good support from the parents and community. We’re all on the same page and striving for the same thing — to play good, solid soccer. We want to be a good, competitive team, and that ultimately is the goal.”





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48th Annual Brother Rice Track and Field Relays (May 7, at Brother Rice) TEAM RESULTS: 1. Birmingham Brother Rice, 35; 2. Waterford Mott, 26; 3. (tie) Southfield, Dearborn, 22; 5. Birmingham Groves, 21 6. West Bloomfield, 19; 7. North Farmington, 14; 8. Troy Athens, 10; 9. Dearborn Edsel Ford, 6; 10. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 4. EVENT RESULTS LONG JUMP RELAY: 1. Athens (Josh Krolik, Sam Ware, Evan Carpenter), 58-6.25; 2. West Bloomfield, 57-9, 25; 3. Groves, 57-6.5; 4. Southfield, 57-2.25; 5. North Farmington, 56-11; 6. Brother Rice, 54-2.25; 7. Edsel Ford, 51-11.5; 8. Dearborn, 51-10.25; 9. St. Mary’s, 50-10.75; 10. Waterford Mott, 37-3.25. BEST JUMP: C.J. Brathwaite (West Bloomfield), 21-4.75. HIGH JUMP RELAY: 1. Groves (Joe Mayone, Lance Swoop, Jalen Williams), 17-2; 2. Waterford Mott, 16-9; 3. Dearborn, 16-7; 4. Brother Rice, 15-6; 5. North Farmington, 15-6; 6. Athens, 11-4; 7. Southfield, 6-0; 8. Edsel Ford, 5-0. BEST JUMP: Lance Swoop (Groves), Jarmon Brandon (Southfield), Jalen Davis (Mott), 6-0. SHOT PUT RELAY: 1. Brother Rice (Will Bradley, Dylan Anderson, Austin Echols), 134-8; 2. Dearborn, 134-6.5; 3. West Bloomfield, 13111; 4. St. Mary’s, 118-6; 5. North Farmington, 118-1; 6. Waterford Mott, 112-9; 7. Southfield, 109-3; 8. Edsel Ford, 108-7.5; 8. Groves, 1043.5. BEST PUT: Feerooz Yacoobi (Dearborn), 54-8. DISCUS RELAY: 1. Brother Rice (Steve Norris, Levi Richards, Robert Trask), 348-10; 2. North Farmington, 345-5; 3. West Bloomfield, 330-7; 4. Dearborn, 323-6; 5. Edsel Ford, 313-1; 6. St. Mary’s, 283-4; 7. Southfield, 255-6. BEST THROW: Feerooz Yacoobi (Dearborn), 145-11. 4X1,600-METER RELAY: 1. Waterford Mott (Nathan Burnand, Ian Hackbarth, Brandon Carson, Scott Albaugh), 18;18.5; 2. Brother Rice, 19:20.2; 3. Edsel Ford, 19:26.8; 4. Athens, 19:31.1; 5. West Bloomfield, 19:44.0; 6. Dearborn, 20:15.0; 7.

North Farmington, 20:44.0; 8. Groves, 21:12.0; 9. St. Mary’s, 21:30.3. SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY: 1. Groves (Ross Williams, Keion Collier, Blake Jackson, Phillip Johnson), 2:29.1; 2. Brother Rice, 2:31.6; 3. Southfield, 2:31.8; 4. St. Mary’s, 2:34.7; 5. Waterford Mott, 2:37.6; 6. North Farmington, 2:38.3; 7. Dearborn, 2:41.5; 8. Edsel Ford, 2:52.3. 4X200-METER RELAY: 1. Southfield (Tre Walton, Cedric Hill, Jonathan Heard, Brandon Jarmon), 1:31.4; 2. West Bloomfield, 1:32.6; 3. Brother Rice, 1:33.1; 4. North Farmington, 1:33.8; 5. Dearborn, 1:35.0; 6. Edsel Ford, 1:36.0; 7. Waterford Mott, 1:38.9; 8. St. Mary’s, 1:40.2. 4X800-METER RELAY: 1. Waterford Mott (Nathan Burnand, Brandon Carson, Ian Hackbarth, Scott Albaugh), 8:18.1; 2. Dearborn, 8:30.6; 3. North Farmington, 8:33.8; 4. Brother Rice, 8:44.6; 5. Southfield, 9:00.4; 6. Groves, 9:10.4; 7. St. Mary’s, 9:41.0. SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY: 1. Dearborn (Alex Ilisel, Zachery Beauvides, Blake Richards, Nicholas McIntosit), 1:09.1; 2. Waterford Mott, 1:10.4; 3. Athens, 1:10.9; 4. Southfield, 1:22.6. 4X100-METER RELAY: 1. Southfield (Brandon Watkins, Leviticus Payne, Jonathan Heard, Cedric Hill), 43.8; 2. Brother Rice, 44.2; 3. Groves, 44.6; 4. North Farmington, 44.7; 5. West Bloomfield, 45.1; 6. Dearborn, 46.2; 7. Waterford Mott, 46.5; 8. St. Mary’s, 46.6; 9. Athens, 49.2. DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY: 1. Waterford Mott (Brandon Carson, Ian Hackbarth, Nathan Burnand, Scott Albaugh), 10:54.1; 2. Brother Rice, 11:15.6; 3. Edsel Ford, 11:20.2; 4. West Bloomfield, 11:37.6; 5. Dearborn, 11:42.7; 6. Groves, 11:56.4; 7. North Farmington, 12:36.4. 4X400-METER RELAY: 1. Groves (Lance Swoop, Blake Jackson, Ross Williams, Phillip Johnson), 3:29.0; 2. Southfield, 3:29.6; 3. Dearborn, 3:31.4; 4. Brother Rice, 3:32.5; 5. West Bloomfield, 3:34.3; 6. North Farmington, 3:25.1; 7. Edsel Ford, 3:39.4; 8. Waterford Mott, 3:44.3.

GIRLS TENNIS REGIONALS Following are the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Lower Peninsula’s Girls Tennis regional assignments: DIVISION 1 AT GROSSE POINTE SOUTH (May 19): Detroit Mumford, Fraser, Grosse Pointe South, Southfield-Lathrup, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights Henry Ford II, Sterling Heights Stevenson, Troy, Troy Athens, Warren Mott, Warren Cousino. DIVISION 2 AT NORTH FARMINGTON (May 19, 8:30 a.m.): Ann Arbor Skyline, Auburn Hills Avondale, Bloomfield Hills Andover, Bloomfield Hills Lahser, Dexter, Farmington, Farmington Harrison, Farmington Mercy, North Farmington, Pinckney, South Lyon. AT BIRMINGHAM MARIAN (May 19, 8:30 a.m.): Berkley, Birmingham Groves, Birmingham Seaholm, Birmingham Marian,

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online at Girls soccer MARIAN 3, MERCY 0: Birmingham Marian’s soccer team continued its undefeated status with this shutout Catholic League victory Thursday in Farmington Hills. The Mustangs received goals from Cierra Dimaggio — the eventual game winner on a header — Hanna Deck-Sawyer and Martha Stevens. Erin Ring assisted on Dimaggio’s first-half goal. Marian goalie Mackenzie Larson made six stops to register the victory. Marian raised its overall record to 13-0-1 and its Catholic League mark to 9-0-1. ROYAL OAK SHRINE 5, CARDINAL MOONEY 3: Shrine’s Emily Guirey scored three times in this Catholic League game played Monday. Matti Baltrusaitis and Cora Essenmacher accounted for the other Knight goals.

Baseball GROVES 9, ANDOVER 1: Birmingham Groves received offense from a number of different players in this OAA Central Division victory Monday over Bloomfield Hills Andover. The Falcons were led by Mike Mestdagh and Ashton Botsford who had two hits each. Ryan Williams (double, one run scored, one RBI), Wes McCann (one hit, one run scored), Griffin Harms (one hit, one run scored) and Chris Pochas (one hit, one RBI) were other key contributors for Groves. Mestdagh went the first two innings while Jake Balicki hurled the final four. GROVES 7, SEAHOLM 3 (9 innings): Groves put up four runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat district rival Seaholm on Thursday. The host Maples held a 3-2 lead heading into the fifth when Groves’ Mike Mestdagh tied the game with a solo home run. It stayed tied 3-3 until the ninth when two runs scored on an error and two runs came home on a base hit by catcher Ryan Williams. Larry Hiller started for Groves and hurled the first four innings. Mestdagh came on in relief and allowed only two hits over the next five innings with four strike outs. WEST BLOOMFIELD 11, SEAHOLM 8 (8 innings): On Wednesday, visiting Seaholm fought back to tie the game at 8-all in the top of the seventh. However, the Lakers won with a threerun walk-off home in the bottom of the eighth. Josh Leitman (2-4 with two RBI) led the offense and Steven Palmeri pitched five innings of solid relief to keep the Maples within striking distance.

Softball GROVES 3-13, HAZEL PARK 1-2: Keely Nowland dominated on the mound in the OAA Blue Division sweep of Hazel Park on Wednesday. Nowland combined to allow just five hits and struck out 18 to pick up the wins in both games. In the


opener, Carly Wolpin led the offense with a pair of hits and one run scored. Jamie Ray had her best game of the season in the nightcap with four hits and three RBI, while Shelby Lowe had her first multi-hit game of the season to go along with one RBI. Michelle Friedman and Zoe Schmerin combined for four hits and seven RBI. Wolpin pounded out a double with an RBI. Groves lifted its overall record to a perfect 6-0 in the Blue. GROVES TOURNAMENT: Birmingham Groves split four games in this tournament held last weekend. The Falcons defeated Taylor Truman (5-4) and Bloomfield Hills Lahser (15-0) in their first two games. Groves dropped its next two games to Rochester Adams (13-4) and Richmond (13-2). In the shutout victory over Lahser, pitcher Dana Kozlowski hurled a one-hitter to even her personal record at 2-2. Michelle Friedman had three its and an RBI in the loss to Adams. ROYAL OAK 3-6, HARRISON 2-7: The Ravens and the visiting Hawks split a doubleheader Wednesday with each team winning in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the first game, Royal Oak’s Taylor Fresch singled up the middle to score Alex Bleecker with the winning run. Bleecker was 2for-4 and scored two runs, and Nina Awdey was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Fresch was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out five. Harrison scored five runs in its last at-bat to win the nightcap. Geena Girard singled home the winning run. The Hawks had RBI base hits by Allie Blair and Emma Williams in that inning, and they also scored twice on passed balls. Harrison’s Cassandra Allen pitched a three-hitter. Royal Oak pitcher Alex Tekip allowed 11 hits; she struck out six and issued one walk.

Girls tennis BERKLEY 8, LATHRUP 0: On Tuesday at Hurley Park, the host Bears captured all eight flights in straight sets. The Northcross sisters — Erika at No. 1 and Lexi at No. 2 — each raised their overall records to 7-3 as they lost just three games combined. Taylor Downing and Andrea Towns played the top two singles flights for Lathrup. Berkley senior singles players Emma Bunin (No. 3) and Audrey McPartlin (No. 4) won both their matches without losing a game. At No. 1 doubles, the Bear duo of juniors Erica Fox and Jessica Gross defeated Lathrup juniors Meita Porter and Keondra Dixson, 6-0, 61. Caroline Baron and Claire Barna (No. 2), Ellie Krasnick and Rachel Burnstein (No. 3) and Marla Krasnick and Jessica Leshman (No. 4) were Berkley’s other winning doubles teams. SEAHOLM 8, GROVES 0: Seaholm won all eight flights in straight sets Thursday at Groves. At No.


Junior catcher Tim Zobl blocks the plate and tags out Royal Oak base runner Alex Tuszynski in Wednesday’s OAA Central Division battle in Bloomfield Hills. 4 singles, Seaholm’s Lauren Frazier defeated Mikayla Kazdan of Groves, 7-6 (73), 6-4 in the closest singles match. Nancy Benda, Allyson Foreman and Arielle Williams all delivered singles wins for the Maples. At No. 3 doubles, Seaholm’s team of Sammy Miller and Annie Grier defeated Christine Chien and Simay Mamassian, 6-2, 7-5. CRANBROOK KINGSWOOD 5, COUNTRY DAY 3: These two Division 3 state-ranked powers collided Wednesday in Bloomfield Hills and the host Cranes emerged with the triumph. Cranbrook Kingswood earned the close win by taking all three three-set matches. At No. 1 singles, Cranbrook Kingswood freshman Alex Najarian defeated Andrea Rivera, 6-2, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1. It marked CK’s lone singles win. The Cranes swept the doubles matches as senior Rachael Hubers and sophomore Alissa Rowens (No. 2) and junior Megan Simmons and senior Lexi Armstrong (No. 3) each scored three-set victories. At No. 1 doubles, CK seniors Natasha Dabrowski and Sammy Bowers defeated DCD’s duo of Jane Ziecik and Devin Nagle, 6-0, 6-3. Cranbrook’s winning No. 4 doubles team consisted of juniors Maria Landi and Claire Huttenlocker. Country Day’s singles winners included Margaux Hyman (No. 2), Amabel Karoub (No. 3) and Madelyn Karoub (No. 4). Amabel Karoub defeated sophomore Sarah Lipworth in two tough sets, 6-4, 7-6 (72). Cranbrook hiked its mark to 8-1 while DCD suffered its first loss and fell to 6-1. The teams figure to battle again in the Division 3 state regional tournament which Cranbrook Kingswood will host on Thursday. ANDOVER 8, GROVES 0: In this match played Tuesday in Bloomfield Hills, the host Barons won all eight flights. The lone three-set match occurred at No. 2 doubles where Andover’s team of junior Paige Atkinson and senior Taylor Ebbing stopped the Groves tandem of freshman Shayna Brickman and junior Samantha Olmstead, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Andover’s winning singles players included freshmen Kerry Hu (No. 1), Kristen Law (No. 2) and

LEGAL NOTICE CITY OF SOUTHFIELD LEGAL NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARINGS ON (1) ESTABLISHMENT OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT UNDER PUBLIC ACT 198 OF 1974, AS AMENDED AND (2) NEW PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT UNDER PUBLIC ACT 328 OF 1998, AS AMENDED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to the requirements of Public Act 198 of 1974, as amended, and Public Act 328 of 1998, as amended, public hearings shall be held at 7:00 p.m., Daylight Saving Time, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in the Council Chambers, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan, at which time and place the Southfield City Council will consider the following related requests:

Any property owner within the proposed Industrial Development District, any resident or taxpayer of the City of Southfield, and any taxing unit that levies ad valorem taxes in the proposed District, may appear and be heard on the aforementioned request for Establishment of an Industrial Development District and the aforementioned Application for Tax Exemption of New Personal Property. Nancy L.M. Banks, City Clerk

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Erin Weingarten (No. 3), plus sophomore Stephanie Podotsky (No. 4). At No. 1 doubles, the Baron team of Lauren Richmond and Sonia Trigui defeated Kelly Greer and Kasey Rechter of Groves, 6-1, 6-3. MARIAN 8, GROVES 0: On Monday at Marian, the defending Division 2 state co-champions won all eight flights in straight sets. At No. 2 singles, Marian junior Kelly Lunghamer defeated Sarah Garcia of Groves by identical 6-3 scores. Marian’s doubles teams lost just four games or less in winning all their flights. The No. 4 doubles team of Bridget O’Hara and Maddie Hramiec defeated the Falcon team of Shayna Brickman and Rayven Goodwin, 6-4, 6-0. MATTAWAN MATCHES: On May 7 at Mattawan, Groves won two of three matches and tied a fourth. The Falcons flew past Gull Lake (8-0) and topped Kalamazoo Christian (5-3). They tied host Mattawan (44) and lost to Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (5-3). Junior Maddie McCoy won three matches at No. 3 flight singles.

Boys track BROTHER RICE 98, ST. MARY’S 30: Khalil DuPerry was a double winner in Rice’s Catholic League triumph over St. Mary’s Monday evening in Bloomfield Hills. DuPerry took both the high jump (5foot-10) and the high hurdles (15.6). Rice’s other field event winners were James Hendrix (long jump), Levi Richards (shot put) and Robert Trask (discus). Thomas Girardot (1,600-meter run), Justin Flynn (100 dash), Dorian Reid (300 hurdles), Torin Wile (800) and Alfred Girardot (3,200-meter run) were other individual winners for the Warriors. Rice’s winning 4X400-meter relay foursome included Nick Dunn, Thomas Girardot, Mike Roney and Spencer Swies. Rice also won the 4X200- and 4X100-meter relays.

Boys lacrosse CRANBROOK KINGSWOOD 12, LIGGETT 2: Taylor Ghesquiere (five goals) and Stefan Withrow (four) accounted for three-quarters of Cranbrook Kingswood’s goals in this

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF SOUTHFIELD NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 7:00 P.M., Eastern Daylight Savings Time, in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 26000 Evergreen Road, City of Southfield, County of Oakland, State of Michigan, at which time the Southfield City Council will consider the following proposed rezoning request pursuant to Title V, Zoning and Planning, Chapter 45, Zoning, of the Code of the City of Southfield, to-wit: Rezoning Request of property owner, Ari ZR:1309 Kresch, to rezone from B-3, General Business, to RC, Regional Center, the 4.3 acres of property commonly identified as 26500 Northwestern Highway, Sidwell Parcel # 2422-102-013, located on the east side of Lahser Road between Northwestern Highway and I-696, Section 22, City of Southfield, Oakland County, State of Michigan.

(1) Request of property owner 28333 Development Associates Limited Partnership for the Establishment of an Industrial Development District under the Plant Rehabilitation and Industrial Development District Act of 1974, as amended. The requested Industrial Development District is the real property located in the City of Southfield, County of Oakland, State of Michigan, commonly known as 28275 and 28333 Telegraph Road, Sidwell Parcels 2417-201-073 and -053, respectively, more particularly described as: T1N, R10E, SEC 17 SUPERVISOR’S PLAT NO 3, PART OF LOTS 3, 4 & 5 BEG AT PT DIST N 02-21-09 W 350.07 FT & N 88-49-50 E 345.86 FT FROM SW COR OF LOT6 OF SAID PLAT, TH N 88-49-50 E 375.86 FT, TH S 28-52-41 W 87.80 FT, TH S 02-21-09 E 106.02 FT, TH S 88-49-50 W 330.33 FT, TH N 02-21-09 W 182.03 FT TO BEG; ALSO LOTS 1, 2 & N 25 FT OF LOT 3 EXC THE E 27 FT TAKEN FOR TELEGRAPH R-O-W. (2) Application for Exemption of New Personal Property filed by International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc. under Public Act 328 of 1998, as amended, for tax abatement for new personal property to be located within the proposed Industrial Development District as above described.

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Questions regarding this matter should be directed to the Planning Department at (248) 796-4150. Written comments regarding this matter may be delivered to the City Clerk’s Office, 26000 Evergreen Road, P.O. Box 2055, Southfield, MI 48037-2055, prior to the Council meeting. NANCY L.M. BANKS, CITY CLERK ZR:1309 – Ari Kresch

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win Tuesday over Grosse Pointe University Liggett. Christopher Brown logged seven assists for the winners who raised their record to 7-5. CK held a commanding 12-2 halftime lead. BLOOMFIELD UNITED 14, CANTON 4: Bloomfield broke open a close game Thursday with a late 12-2 run. Danny Cole paced the winners with three goals and two assists. Ben Guidos had two goals and two assists and Max Smith added five assists. Chad Cutler finished with three goals and Keegan Kelly, Brandon Labe and Ben Meter scored twice each. Ari Cicurel was the winning goalie. COUNTRY DAY 6, CRANBROOK KINGSWOOD 3: DCD held a 3-1 halftime lead and finished with this three-goal triumph Thursday evening. For Cranbrook, Christopher Brown had two goals and an assist while Ethan Weis added two assists. Cranbrook fell to 7-6 on the season. BLOOMFIELD UNIFIED 17, HARTLAND 10: In non-league action Tuesday at Hartland, visiting Unified registered the seven-goal victory. The game was tied 8-all after three quarters and Bloomfield blew it open with a 9-2 scoring outburst, including three goals on its first three possessions. Danny Cole led the offense with four goals and Keegan Kelly finished with four goals and one assist. Max Smith (two goals, two assists), Jake Levy (one goal), Ben Guidos (two goals), Chad Cutler (one goal, two assists), Kyle Gumbleton (one goal) and Ben Meter (one goal) were other key contributors for the winners. Goalie Ari Cicurel finished with 59 percent save percentage. MIDWEST LACROSSE TOURNAMENT: Brother Rice finished second in the Midwest Lacrosse Tournament held May 7 at Western Reserve Academy. The Warriors scored a 9-6 semifinal victory over Revere High School. Bennett Packer (three), Sergio Perkovic (two), Will Meter (two) and MacKenzie MacEachern (two) accounted for all nine Rice goals. The Warriors dropped the title game to host Western Reserve, 11-3. Henry Nelson, Meter and K.C. Kennedy scored the Rice goals. Kennedy also had a team-high four ground balls and was 6-8 in the face-off circle. Goalie Christian Eckert made seven



saves. BLOOMFIELD UNIFIED 10, MIDLAND 5: On May 5, Keegan Kelly, Ben Guidos, Max Smith and Danny Cole each scored twice in this non-league victory. Jake Levy and Nick DiMaggio accounted for the other two goals.

Girls lacrosse BIRMINGHAM 12, TROY 8: In this match played Wednesday at Groves, host Birmingham registered the four-goal win. Annie Sevec led the offense with four goals while Sarah Fieten and Ava Stachelski finished with two goals apiece. Single goals were netted by Gretchen Geist, Julie Woo and Carly Signorello. Goalie Katie Leary made a number of nice point-blank and break-away saves to earn the win. Leary was backed by the strong defensive play of Bailey Boese. Kristin Soreide led Troy with three goals. Birmingham lifted its record to 10-3-1. CRANBROOK KINGSWOOD 11, GROSSE POINTE NORTH 5: Cranbrook raised its record to 12-1-1 Thursday in Grosse Pointe with this six-goal triumph. Amanda Schimpke paced the offense with five goals while Caley Chelios added three. Lauren Dolik (two) and Allie Murphy also scored for the Cranes. Goalie Colleen Jacoby was strong in goal with 17 saves. Shelby Stone led North with three goals. MARIAN 18, FLINT POWERS 7: Birmingham Marian opened the Catholic League Division 1 playoff tournament with this lopsided win over Flint Powers Tuesday at Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart. Senior Alessandra Dietz paced the Mustangs with five goals and one assist. Seniors Kathleen Bergmann (two goals, three assists) and Janie Obee (two goals, two assists) also had strong offensive games for the winners. Junior Antonia Violante and sophomore Courtney Hellyar each scored twice. Senior goalie Kelsey Summers made 12 saves. CRANBROOK KINGSWOOD 19, FLINT POWERS 9: Amanda Schimpke accounted for eight goals in this road victory Monday night. Caley Chelios had a strong game with three goals and three assists while teammate Lauren Dolik also had three goals. CK goalie Colleen Jacoby finished with 12 saves. The Cranes hiked their record to 10-1-1.

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CAMPUS CLIPS Albion’s net tandem Shelley Zamler (Beverly Hills/Groves) and Allie Bloodworth (Royal Oak/Royal Oak) are members of the Albion College women’s tennis team which will participate in the upcoming NCAA Division III Championships. The Britons secured the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s automatic bid to the national finals with a 5-3 triumph over Hope College on April 30. The joint men’s and women’s championAndover senior Jayme Groth, a five time individual state swim champion, is ships will be held on the camall smiles as she signs a national letter of intent to the College of Charleston puses of Claremont-MuddTuesday afternoon inside the school’s Media Center. Scripps and Pomona-Pizter colleges later this month. Zamler won both her singles and double matches. The senior standout won in straight sets at No. 1 singles over Katherine Garcia, 6-1, 62. In doubles, she teamed with Marissa Cloutier from Grosse Ile for a 8-4 victory at the No. BY MARTY BUDNER college, and coaches told me I 1 flight. ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER could continue to swim in colZamler has enjoyed an lege,” she said. outstanding spring for the Jayme Groth first put her Britons as she was named to head under water at 2 years A SOUTHERN GIRL the All-MIAA first team for old and started swimming two On Tuesday in front of her the fourth straight season. She years later. parents Dean and Nancy, older takes a 14-3 singles record and She honed her skills over the sister Kadie, Andover athletic a 13-4 doubles record into the years swimming for the Plum director R.J. Guizetti and the national championships. Hollow Country Club summer school’s varsity swim coach She recently was named the team and the Birmingham Dave Zulkiewski, Groth signed a MIAA ‘Player of the Week.’ Bloomfield Atlantis club team. national letter of intent to attend Bloodworth is in her second Groth attended Bloomfield Hills The College of Charleston. season on the Albion roster. Andover where she became an She had also considered She finished with a 7-10 sinAll-American swimmer. Denison University, but The gles records and did not play Burnout, however, is not an College of Charleston was really at doubles. Last year, in her first issue. Her passion for the pool the forefront all along. Groth has season of college tennis, she remains as strong as ever. family in that part of the country won the only match she played In fact, the senior standout and has visited the area often, so at No. 6 flight singles. knew immediately followshe was familiar with the South Blake gains honor ing last fall’s Division 3 state Carolina-based college. championship meet that she Groth was simply specAlbion College’s Tucker was ready to take her skills to tacular during her high school Blake (Bloomfield Hills/ the collegiate level. career at Andover. In four Seaholm) earned a berth on “It’s interesting because state championship meets the All-MIAA Men’s Tennis swimming is the type of sport that included eight individual Team. where you don’t get the full events, she did not finish lower The sophomore standbenefits of it until the end,” than sixth place. out played both singles and said Groth. “So, it’s that feeling Groth captured five state doubles this season for the that you get after a great race championships, winning both Britons. At No. 1 singles, Blake or a great meet that makes you the 50- and 100-yard freestyle posted a 3-3 overall record want to come back. events in her junior and senior and was rewarded with a “I had always considered seasons. She also touched first in spot on the All-MIAA Second swimming in college, but it the 50-free as a freshman, servTeam. was definite when I was in the ing notice that she was going to Kalamazoo College junior warm-down pool at my last be a premier prep performer. Nate Eddy was named the meet in high school. At the end Groth achieved AllMIAA’s Most Valuable Player. when I was warming down, American status last fall with Eddy helped lead Kalamazoo that’s the feeling that I had. I her swim in the 50-free. As a to its 73rd consecutive MIAA felt like I was not done ... that junior, she placed fourth in the championship this season. there is still more. 50-free and sixth in the 100Richard Atkins (West “I knew it was also somefly. Groth was third in the 100- Bloomfield/Cranbrook thing I could continue to do in free as a freshman. Kingswood) and David Blake (Bloomfield Hills/Seaholm) also received recognition as members of Albion’s tennis team.

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LEGAL NOTICE CITY OF SOUTHFIELD LEGAL NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING ON APPLICATION FOR NEW PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION UNDER PUBLIC ACT 328 OF 1998, AS AMENDED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to the requirements of Public Act 328 of 1998, as amended, a public hearing shall be held at 7:00 p.m., Daylight Saving Time, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, in the Council Chambers, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan, at which time and place the Southfield City Council will consider the following matter: Application for Exemption of New Personal Property filed by property owner 3 Point Machine, Inc. under Public Act 328 of 1998, as amended, for tax abatement for new personal property to be located within the Industrial Development District established at 26290 W. Eight Mile Road, City of Southfield, County of Oakland, State of Michigan, more particularly described as: T1N, R10E, SEC 31, GRAND RIVER PARK SUB, LOTS 231 TO 249 INCL & ALL OF VAC KINLOCH ST ADJ TO SAME, ALSO S 1/2 OF VAC ALLEY ADJ TO LOTS 231 TO 239 INCL, N 1/2 OF VAC ALLEY ADJ TO S LINE OF LOT 240 & W 1/2 OF VAC ALLEY ADJ TO LOTS 240 TO 249 INCL, ALSO 1/2 OF VAC KEANE AVE ADJ TO SAME, ALSO N 565 FT OF S 667 FT OF UNPLATTED PART OF SE 1/4 OF SEC 31 LYING W OF GRAND RIVER PARK SUB E OF THOMAS HITCHMAN’S SUB & SLY OF CEN LINE OF SHIAWASSEE RD. Any property owner within the Industrial Development District, any resident or taxpayer of the City of Southfield, and any taxing unit that levies ad valorem taxes in the District, may appear and be heard on the aforementioned Application for Tax Exemption of New Personal Property.

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Grand showing for Brad Brad Zambron (Waterford/ Brother Rice) is a member of the Grand Valley State University baseball team which recently wrapped up the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship. The Lakers earned the title by winning four straight games over Wayne State University. Grand Valley has won eight of the last nine GLIAC baseball titles and owns a league record 15 conference titles overall. Zambron is a southpaw hurler for Grand Valley who finished this season with a 3-1 overall record and a 2.05 ERA. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound sophomore walked just two and struck out 20 in 26.1 innings pitched. As a freshman, Zambron made 22 mound appearances and finished with a 4-2 overall record. He struck out 30 batters in 44 innings pitched. Zambron played high school baseball for head coach Bob Riker at Brother Rice. As a senior at Rice, he finished with a 6-2 record with a 2.43 ERA. He was a member of Rice’s 2008 Division 1 state championship baseball team.

Blumenthal Academic MVP Swimmer Marissa Blumenthal (Bloomfield Hills/Lahser) received the University of Houston’s Team Academic MVP honors at the team’s recent Athletics AllSports banquet. Blumenthal, a freshman who helped set a school relays record this season, earned a varsity letter and was one of 19 Cougar athletes to earn the Commissioner’s ConferenceUSA Academic Medal for GPA’s 3.75 and above. She is majoring in Pharmacy.

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A Spartan duo Chase Rihtarchik (Rochester Hills/Brother Rice) and Mike Theodore (Bloomfield Hills/Detroit Country Day) are members of the Michigan State University baseball team which is challenging for the Big 10 championship. Rihtarchik, a red-shirt freshman, has appeared in six games this season for the Spartans as a right-handed pitcher. In 12.1 innings pitched, he owns a 0-1 record with a 5.11 ERA with two walks and five strike outs. A three-year letter winner at Brother Rice, Rihtarchik was the winning pitcher for the Warriors in the 2007 Catholic League championship game. Theodore is sitting out this season after transferring from Tennessee. The righthanded pitcher was considered one of the state’s top mound prospects coming out of high school.

Titans lacrosse news University of Detroit sophomore Jamie Hebden (Farmington Hills/Brother Rice) earned second-team All-MAAC honors in men’s lacrosse. Hebden, a defenseman, has 32 caused turnovers and 49 ground balls this season which both rank second on the Titans. Hebden is seventh in the Division 1 rankings with 2.29 caused turnovers per game. He registered a careerhigh five caused turnovers in the recent 9-8 victory over Marist in the semifinal round of the MAAC tournament. He also had three ground balls in that game. Hebden and the Titans advanced to the MAAC championship game where they lost to top-seeded Siena, 12-3.

Lakers net duo Josh Kazdan (Southfield/ Groves) and Bryan Hodges

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Softball honors Alyssa Tropea (Bloomfield Hills/Seaholm) and Alexandra Yaw (Birmingham/Seaholm) are members of the Albion College softball team. Tropea played in 26 games and earned a third-year award plaque. She collected eight hits and drove in six runs. Yaw earned a first-year award certificate after playing in 17 games where she had four hits and drew a pair of walks. Albion finished with a 1717 overall record, including seven victories in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) action. Campus Clips spotlights are studentathletes participating in college athletics. Anyone wishing to submit items for this feature may do so be email to

The official Zoning Map of the City of Southfield is hereby amended by changing the zoning classification of the following described parcels of property: Rezone from R-2, Single Family Residential, to B-3, General Business, land in the City of Southfield, County of Oakland, Michigan, described as: PART OF THE NE 1/4 OF SEC 11, T1N, R10E, THE N 82.50 FT OF E 306 FT OF LOT 17, FRUIT RIDGE FARMS SUBDIVISION, EXC E 27 FT TAKEN FOR HWY; (COMMONLY KNOWN AS 30203 SOUTHFIELD ROAD; TAX ID # 76-24-11-226-019)

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(Bloomfield Hills/Andover) are members of the Grand Valley State University men’s tennis team. In a recent victory over Coe, Kazden, a junior, and Hodges, a freshman, earned victories. Kazdan and partner Benny Delgado-Rochas defeated their Coe foes, 8-3, at the No. 3 doubles position. Kazdan is completing his third varsity season and was selected GLIAC AllAcademic last season. Hodges, playing at No. 5 singles, earned a straight-set victory over Coe’s Jeff Damisch, 6-2, 6-1. Hodges finished with a 19-8 overall record rotating between No. 4 and 5 flight singles this season. At Andover high school last year, Hodges played No. 1 flight singles where he was a state semifinalist.


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Royal Oak graduate Allie Bloodworth is a sophomore on the Albion College women’s tennis team which recently secured a bid to the NCAA Division III national championships.



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Rezone from O-S, Office-Service, to B-3, General Business, land in the City of Southfield, County of Oakland, Michigan, described as: PART OF THE NE 1/4 OF SEC 11, T1N, R10E, COMMENCING AT THE E 1/4 COR OF SAID SEC; TH ALONG E LINE OF SAID SEC, N 00-00-03 E, 634.83 FT; TH N 89-59-57 W, 60 FT; TH N 85-57-16 W, 291.18 FT; TH S 0009-30 E, 247.72 FT (247.63 FT, RECORD) TO A POINT ON S LINE OF LOT 18 OF FRUIT RIDGE FARMS SUB, ACCORDING TO PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN LIBER 22, PG 17 OF PLATS, OAKLAND COUNTY RECORDS; TH N 00-00-03 E, 247.56 FT TO A POB BEING PART OF LOTS 17 AND 18 OF FRUIT RIDGE FARMS SUB; (COMMONLY KNOWN AS 30161 SOUTHFIELD ROAD; TAX ID # 76-2411-226-028)

TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Southfield proposes to make the following described public improvement: Operations and maintenance, and promotional and development activities within the City Centre District. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the Council proposes to specially assess part of all of the cost of said public improvement against the lands to be benefited there from as above set forth. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a survey and report of the City Administrator concerning said public improvement which, among other things, includes preliminary plans and estimates of cost, is on file with the City Clerk and is available for public examination during regular working hours on regular working days. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the City Council will conduct a Public Hearing of Necessity for said public improvement on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time, in the Council Chambers, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan, for the purpose of hearing all persons interested in said public improvement; and further, if 60 percent (60%) of the owners of property to be assessed for this improvement object in writing to the necessity for the project on or before said date of hearing, the improvement shall not be made in accordance with the above proceedings. Questions regarding this matter should be directed to the City of Southfield Planning Department at 248-796-4150. NANCY L.M. BANKS CITY CLERK

Nancy L.M. Banks, City Clerk Individuals with special needs who plan to attend this meeting should contact the City Clerk's Office at (248) 796-5150 (voice) or (248) 354-4831 (TDD) if auxiliary aids or services are needed. Reasonable advance notice is required.

Atkins earned a first-year certificate as a singles player who appeared in two matches. David Blake received a plaque designating his third-year award after playing No. 4 singles for the Britons.

Academy of Lathrup Village will be holding its annual budget hearing on June 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. The location will be at 27700 Southfield Rd., Lathrup Village, MI 48076 The budget is available for public inspection at the same address. The meting will be conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

FAMILIAL DISCLOSURE All Proposals shall be accompanied by a sworn and notarized statement disclosing any familial relationship that exists between the District(s) and/or any employee of the Proposer and any member of the Board of Education or Superintendent of the Southfield Public Schools. Proposals that do not include this sworn and notarized familial relationship disclosure statement will not be considered or accepted by the Board of Education.

Tucker Blake


The Southfield Board of Education invites you to submit a bid to provide fiber maintenance for the school district. All bids are to be delivered the lobby of the J.W. E. Administration Building, Southfield Public Schools, 24661 Lahser, Southfield, MI 48033 attn: Martha Ritchie, Purchasing Manager. Bids are to be in a sealed envelope clearly marked: “Fiber” and returned no later than 2:00 p.m. EST, Friday, May 27, 2011, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read. Bids must be submitted on the official Form provided. Specifications and forms are posted on the Southfield Public Schools website , under the Purchasing Page. The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Late bids will not be accepted.


While at Lahser, she captured a Division 3 backstroke state championship under head coach Mike Rado. David Blake This summer, she will serve as an assistant coach under Karl Hodgson for the perennial summer league age-club swim champion Forest Hills Waterhogs.

Individuals with special needs who plan to attend this meeting should contact the City Clerk's Office at (248) 796-5150 (voice) or (248) 354-4831 (TDD) if auxiliary aids or services are needed. Reasonable advance notice is required.

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Should any section, clause or paragraph of the ordinance be declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the same will not affect the validity of the Ordinance as a whole or part thereof other than the part declared to be invalid.


All ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance are, to the extent of such conflict, hereby repealed.


This ordinance shall become effective upon passage and publication. BRENDA L. LAWRENCE, Mayor NANCY L.M. BANKS, City Clerk

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DISPATCHER Ground transportation company seeking experienced dispatchers. Knowledge of Metro area and excellent communication skills a must. Experience within a courier or taxi dispatch environment is helpful. Two way radio and computer experience preferred. This position requires flexibility in scheduling as weekends/holidays/shift work are required. Hard-working, dedicated individuals interested in a challenging opportunity, please apply in person or forward resume with cover letter to: Metro Cars Attn: H.R. Dept. - DISP. 24957 Brest Road Taylor, MI 48180 Fax: (734) 946-7417 No Phone Calls Please. EOE

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Major duties will include production/maintenance of a Catalog in both print and CD format, creation of monthly electronic newsletters, message on hold, and creation of order forms, packing lists and promotional flyers. This position is also responsible for the maintenance of the company website and for maintaining other company web tools. Additional duties include booth design and coordination of conferences and trade shows. Ideal candidate will be proficient in Adobe Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, & Acrobat, Macromedia Dreamweaver, & Microsoft Office Suite & hold a degree in Communications or related field. Email resumes ONLY to:

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Amtrade Systems Inc., a Livonia based company, is looking for a Sheet Metal Engineer. We are a fast growing company serving the US food industry with Schroeter (German based manufacturer) smokehouses and equipment. We offer a position with an excellent opportunity for the right candidate possessing the following qualifications: • Experience with MS office (or similar) • Experience with AutoCAD (2D) or Solid Works (3D) • Understanding of stainless sheet metal • Willingness to do some travel • Excellent communication skills within team environment and ability to build customer relationships This position has the following duties: • Produce installation layouts from customer site visits and meetings • Coordinate new project installations and followup service • Produce layouts for production • Consistent communication with current & potential customers Interested? Please send your resume to: Email: sales@

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Supervisor of Buildings/ Grounds & Transportation Redford Union Schools Previous experience in school management preferred. View posting at: TEACHER ASSISTANT For preschool in Farmington Hills. Must be experienced. Fax resume: 248-477-5304

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Part-time. Job includes office duties. Fax: 248-542-7131;

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Prominent Detroit Athletic Club is seeking an enthusiastic and dependable individual to assist members and maintain cleanliness of beautiful locker room. Applicant must possess excellent customer service skills as well as good communication and computer skills. Part-Time. Secure on-site parking and meals provided. Submit resume to: humanresources@ or FAX: 313-963-5995

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Experienced, part-time for busy Plymouth Dental Office. Friendly, outgoing, and dependability a must. Our patients come first and we deliver quality dental care. Must be motivated and a team player. Please email our office with resume & references at:


Mon., Tues & Thurs., 1 yr. experience for a general dentist in Northville. Please fax resume: 248-347-4246. See: for more info

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General Office Accounting Large Metro-Detroit Dealership is seeking an individual for full-time General Office Accounting position. We are in need of someone who is efficient and accurate and can handle a fast paced work environment. Anyone who has prior dealership experience and is self-motivated is encouraged to submit their resume via fax to: 248-446-2016


Small Office, Fast paced. Looking for individual with ability to multi-task, is willing to work all areas of office, including accounting functions, order taking, and customer service. Prefer working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel. Good pay. Apply in person ONLY: 39115 Warren Road Westland, MI Between 3-4:30PM ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS!

DENTIST "FRONT" DESK (ROYAL OAK) Must have the following: hard working, experienced, great phone skills & personality & neat appearance. Computer (Dentech). To be seriously considered, fax resume to: (248) 851-1665

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Farmington Hills area. Hrs M-F 7am-7pm & Sat 9am1pm. Full time, hours will vary. Must have retail exp, & strong customer service skills. Send resume to: Fax to 248-380-2118 PHLEBOTOMY TRAINING Enrolling for Spring & Summer Classes! Garden City, Wyandotte & Southgate. $925. Credit Card Accepted. 313-382-3857




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Respiratory Support Technician Mitchell Home Medical FT position. Ideal candidates will have medical/ DME background, be outgoing, independent & caring. Primary responsibility is to assist RT's w/respiratory patient equipment setups & follow ups in our Care Centers & patient homes. Only qualified applicants will be contacted. Competitive wages/ benefits. Email resume to: or fax to: 734-572-1072 Attn: Human Resources


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Redford Area MUST have building supply exp. Structural Steel knowledge helpful. Good computer skills. Full-Time with benefits after 90 day. Starting salary commensurate with ability. Send resume to:


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Beverly Hills - Knottingham Forest Sub-wide Sale Toys, furniture, etc. 5/19 & 5/20 9-4pm. 32035 Cross Bow btwn 13 & 14 Mile off Lasher. BIRMINGHAM: Sat-Sun, May 21-22, 9-6pm. 10% of proceeds go to Troy Historical Society. 1115 Brookwood, corner of Raynale & Brookwood.

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CANTON MULTI SUBDIVISION GARAGE SALE 3 Pheasant Run Golf Club Communities (700 + homes) Pheasant View, Fairway Pines, and Fairways at Pheasant Run. Thurs-Sat, May 19-21, 9-5pm. Btwn Beck & Canton Center, just S. of Cherry Hill, N. of Geddes. CANTON WHOLE HOUSE SALE! 42050 HANFORD RD. MAY 19, 20, 21, 9am-5pm. Living, dining, bedroom, patio furniture. Wurlitzer spinet piano, housewares, tools, baseball cards and comics, lamps, lawn care, treadmill, Ruthven framed prints and MUCH MORE! FARMINGTON HILLS- 5/19 & 5/20, 9-5pm. 28453 Quail Hollow, 12 Mile & Farmington Rd. Garden carts, yard equip., children's bikes, sporting goods (lacrosse, golf, fishing), vacuums, electronics, collectibles, antique cedar chest.

CANTON Covington Square Sub-Wide Garage Sale - May 19-22, off Lilley, btwn Cherry Hill & Palmer.


Driveways, Garage Floors, Patios, Decorative, More! Quality Work & Free Est. Low Rates! Lic/ins.

(248) 588-9808


DJ'S BLACKTOP DRIVEWAYS •Paving •Patch •Seal Coating Free est. • 800-724-8920, 734-397-0811


Brick, Block & Cement 0290

FARMINGTON HILLS - Green Hills Sub. 5/19-5/21, 8-4pm. S. of 9 Mile, btwn Halsted & Drake. Lots of misc. items!

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FARMINGTON HILLS: Multihomes Farmington Green Sub, N/12 btwn. Farmington & Drake. May 19-21st, 9am4pm. Household items, clothes, furniture, books, etc. FERNDALE: TRUNK & TREASURE SALE! Sat. June 4, 9am-2pm. 300 E 9 Mile-City Hall. Vendors may apply at: 248-544-6767 LATHRUP VILLAGE: $$ DAYS Antiques, tools, lawn mower & equip. 27717 California Dr., off Southfield btwn 11 & 12 Mile. Mon., Tues. & Wed. 9-? LIVONIA-Moving/Garage Sale Furniture, children’s clothes household items. Fri-Sat., May 13th & 14th, 8-5pm. 34067 Bretton Drive, Wind-ridge Sub, W of Farmington, N of 7 Mile. MILFORD May 19-21 Milford Heritage Hills Sub - 520, 550, 575, 440 Heritage & 1157, 1159 Eagles Nest. Furniture, generator, tools, Wii, sports, kids' items & more! Priced low! MILFORD SUB SALE River Oaks, off Milford Rd. N of town, S. of M-59. May 19-21, 9am-4pm

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NORTHVILLE Garage Sale: May 12 & 13th, 9-4pm. Furniture, books, clothing. Great Prices! 582 Morgan Circle NORTHVILLE Multi-Family Garage Sale 19201 Windridge Dr., off 7 Mile, behind Home Depot, 3rd house on left. Sat. Only! May 21st, 10am-3pm. NORTHVILLE QUAIL RIDGE SUB: 8 Mile/Meadowbrook. Sat, 5/21, 8am-5pm. Antiques, toys, TV, DVD, Thomas Train, Home Items, Baby/kids/maternity clothes. NORTHVILLE TWP. Neighborhood GARAGE SALE May 19-21st, 9am-4pm. Participating streets: Ripling Lane, Upper & Lower Scenic Harbour, plus Granite & Upland Cts. Btwn 7 & 8 Mile, W. of Haggerty, E. of Northville Rd. LOTS OF STUFF! NORTHVILLE: WOODSIDE VILLAGE ASSOCIATION Thurs-Sat., May 19-21, 10am4pm. Off Haggerty btwn. 5 & 6 Mile on W. side of Haggerty. NOVI Heights Subdivision Sale - Fri. & Sat., 9am-6pm; South of Grand River; West of Novi Rd.

Auto Services


A/C Auto Radiator Corp Cooling System Specialist HEATING & A/C SERVICE Ferndale: 248-544-9780

Carpet Repair/Installation



BEST CHIMNEY & ROOFING CO. -New & repairs Sr. Citizen Discount. Lic & Ins. 248-557-5595, 313-292-7722



Brick, Block & Cement 0290

MICHAEL SAVINO CONCRETE •Patios •Driveways •City Sidewalks •Porches •Garages •Stamped Concrete •Exposed Aggregate Licensed & Insured FREE ESTIMATES!

(248) 867-2671

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NOVI HUGE 2 Sub Garage Sale Novi, May 19, 20, 21. Two adjacent upscale subs (220 homes) in Novi - Bradford of Novi & Lexington Green subs. SW of 9 Mile & Taft Rds. From Taft enter on Princeton or Galway. From 9 Mile enter on Galway. Don't miss it! okl/gms/2373105182.html NOVI Jamestown Green Sub - 10 Mile, btwn Novi Rd & Taft. Antiques, Electronics, Video Games, movies, CDs, Toys, clothes (adults & kids'), appliances & more! Thurs., Fri., & Sat., 9am-6pm. NOVI Multi-Family Garage Sale! Electric range, hood/fan style microwave, sterling jewelry, housewares, glassware, some antiques. Fri. & Sat., 9-4pm. 24636 Picara, Novi, MI 48374. REDFORD Treasures! May 13 & 14, 10am-3pm. 12853 Crosley, Redford. Antiques, Power tools, Garden items, Furniture, Household, Misc.

WET PLASTER & DRYWALL New & Repair Work. 30 yrs. Experience. Rick: (248) 588-1340



FAMILY ELECTRICAL City cert. Violations corrected. Service changes or any small job. Free est. 734-422-8080

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ROYAL OAK 1307 McLean Ave. 5/19 – 5/20 (Thurs. & Fri Only!), 9am-4pm. Bring a Buck & Try Your Luck! All clothes, books, music & movies are $1! We also have furniture, housewares, electronics & much more! SOUTH LYON Multi-Family-1035 Arabian, 11 Mile/Pontiac Trail. Thurs.-Sat., 9-2pm. Furniture, appliances, home, clothes & toys all ages, bikes, books, more!


Complete Service Handyman Any Size Job. Licensed. Free Estimates. (734) 259-9326

Hauling/Clean Up


A-1 HAULING Move scrap metal, clean basements, garages, stores, etc. Lowest prices in town. Quick service. Free est. Wayne/ Oakland. Central location. 248-547-2764 , 248-559-8138 Clean-up/Hauling Srv. Cheap Rates! Garages, bsmts, attics. Free Est. 248-521-8818, 248-489-5955

Home Improvement


Kitchen & Bath Remodeling 30 years exp.. 248-459-1989



ALWAYS RELIABLE HOUSE & APT. CLEANING One time, Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly. Carol:313-414-6538 CLEANING-RESIDENTIAL Weekly and Bi-Weekly. Ref. Exp. Free Estimates. Call: (248) 543-3965

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WESTLAND 8642 August, off Joy Rd, Btwn Middlebelt & Merriman. Thurs., 10-4pm, Fri., 10-4pm & Sat., 10-2pm. LIVONIA 39324 Lyndon, S of 5 Mile Rd, btwn Haggerty & Newburgh. Thurs., 9-4pm, Fri. & Sat., 10-4pm. (No signs are allowed in Livonia) 586-344-2048 WESTLAND Multi-Family Sale Furniture, TVs, collectibles & a variety of everything! May 21-22nd, 9-5pm. 817 Fairlane St., btwn Wayne & Wildwood

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WEST BLOOMFIELD- Toys old and new, puzzels & games, household items & furniture, whicker set, iron patio set, washer. 5/20 & 5/21; 9-7pm. 6364 Silverbrook West, just E of Haggerty off Maple.


DuCharme Wood Floors •Sanding •Staining •Install •Refinishing •Repairs Free Estimate. 28 Yrs Exp. Tom: (248) 584-1105

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! CARPET Restretched, Repaired & installed! Quality work. 27 Yrs. Exp. Fast service. Senior Discounts. Call Steve at 248-585-2650

Chimney Cleaning/ Building & Repair

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ROCHESTERDownsizing from 5200 sq. ft. to 1300 sq. ft. Furniture, household accessories, wall art, bedding, seasonal decorations, camping equip., tools, books, games. Friday, May 20, 8-3pm & Saturday May 21, 8-noon. 1372 Kentfield, N. of Parkdale btwn Rochester & Dequindre.



COMPLETE LANDSCAPING BY LACOURE SERVICES Spring clean-ups, landscaping, grading, sodding, hydroseeding, all types retaining walls, brick walks & patios. Drainage & lawn irrigation systems, low foundations built up. Weekly lawn maintenance. Haul away unwanted items. Comm. Res. 38 years exp. Lic & Ins. Free Est. 248-489-5955, 248-521-8818

Lawn, Garden Rototilling


A1 ROTOTILLING New & previous gardens, $35 & up. Troy Built equip. 31 yrs. exp. Call Ray: 248-477-2168

Painting/Decorating Paperhangers


KIRTS PAINTING SERVICE Ext & Int. Reasonable Prices! References. 248-496-3227, 248-582-9218

Real Estate Services


AMAZING BUT TRUE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Single family or apartments vacant or occupied complete turn a rounds. Also Homes for Rent. Call for your FREE LIST. Broker: 888-669-8333, 313-914-3660

Painting/Decorating Paperhangers


PAINTING BY ROBERT • Wallpaper Removal • Plaster/Drywall Repair • Staining. 25 yrs exp. Free est. 248-349-7499, 734-464-8147 PAINTING Int/Ext. 33 yrs of quality work. Wallpaper removal. Ref, Ins. Call: (734) 664-1034 RICK'S QUALITY PAINTING Int/Ext. •Drywall & Plaster Repair •Aluminum Siding Repaint •Power Washing Ins. Free Est. (248) 5455277



BEST CHIMNEY CO. Free Est. Lic & Ins. 248-557-5595, 313-292-7722 LEAK SPECIALIST Flashings, Valleys, Chimneys, etc. Warr. Member BBB. 30 yrs. exp. Lic / Ins. Call: (248) 346-4321

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FERNDALE 2 BR, N. of 9 mile, E. of Woodward. Spacious, off street parking, all utilities included. $595/mo. Call Bill: 248-767-4207


Homes For Rent


FARMINGTON HILLS Charming Home 2 Bdrms, bath, 2 garage. Hardwood floors. $725. 586-805-2300 LIVONIA Schools. 3 bdrm, 2 car garage, c/a. Fully renovated, all new. No smoking/pets. $1050/mo. 248-569-4751

Homes For Rent


WESTLAND Duplex - Clean 2 bdrms, bath, central air, appliances, basement. Immediate Occupancy. $700 security deposit, $700/mo. 248-761-2149




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SOUTHFIELD - 3 bdrm w/ garage, newly remodeled, all appliances incl w/ full size W/D, $795/mo. Pets okay, no credit check. (248) 953-8090

FERNDALE: 1 BEDROOM APT. Washer, Dryer. $525/mo. includes all utilities. (586) 242-5848

Mobile Home Rentals 4070


Office/Retail Space For 4220 Rent/Lease OFFICE SUITES From 1-4 rooms. Beautifully redecorated. Great rates incl utilities. CERTIFIED REALTY INC. (248) 471-7100



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PUBLIC NOTICE Paul Tytschkowski Expert Watch Repair, 124 S. Maple, will be closing doors as of June 1, 2011. Please contact at 313.613.4444 (Wolf) regarding merchandise claims. 313-613-4444



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BLOOMFIELD HILLS WEEKEND RUMMAGE SALE Fri, May 20, 10-4pm Sat, May 21, 10-2pm Christ Church Cranbrook Cnr. of Lone Pine/Church Rds. No entry fee, Quality goods, Home and Family, Snack bar bring kids, no mark-ups CLARKSTON 17th Annual Church Rummage Sale - Saturday, May 21, 9 am5 pm. Antiques, household, glassware, books, tools, small appliances, kid’s clothes, furniture. From 4-5pm is our $5.00-A-BAG Sale. Clarkston United Methodist Church, located at 6600 Waldon Rd., btwn Sashabaw and M-15. FARMINGTON CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE May 19, 6pm-9pm. 1st Choice Night! May 20, 9am-2p,. 1/2 Off! May 21, 9am-Noon $5 A Bag! Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington 25301 Halsted Rd., Farmington Hills 1/2 Mile North Of Grand River Ave. St. James Episcopal Church W. Maple & Chester. Downtown Birmingham. May 20-21, 10-3pm. All proceeds go to charity.

POOL18 ft above ground pool with solar heat and mahogany deck. 248-437-3085

7100 Estate Sales


BLOOMFIELD HILLS: ESTATE SALE. 2635 Rambling Way. 5/20 & 5/21 (Fri. & Sat.) 104pm. LOADED from A to Z with something for everyone.


ANTIQUE & ESTATE SALE 5/20 & 5/21, 9-4pm. 1610 Campau, Port Huron. Hull, McCoy, Franciscan, Ridgeway & more! History of Oakland County 1817-1877, sampler 1808, vintage clothes, colored glass, more. 248-546-0138

Household Goods



BEAUTIFUL Oak Wallunit 75'' tall, 55'' long, 17'' wide. Leaded glass doors (4), holds up to a 27'' TV. Excellent condition. $300. 734-522-3476

Household Goods


CONTEMPORARY fabric sofa, ottoman & chair. Patterned, with decorative cushions & shades of grays, plums & browns. Bought as a set 1 yr. ago, willing to sell as separates. 313-806-7826 MISC ITEMS- All cedar chest, 2 drawer beige file cabinet, desk chair, 40" Raggety Anne doll & toddler outdoor swing. Livonia. Call 734-464-1708 RX chest- white, glass doors, $50. Wooden nightstand w/glass doors, $35. 3 shelf stand, solid oak, round, $35. Five shelf corner stand, $35. 36" GE TV, & wood grain TV stand, $150. prices negotiable. 734-558-6717 SOFA: 92'' White, with washable cushion covers, $100. 248-345-2104



APPLIANCES- Stove- 2000 Spectra GE gas top stove, white, $150. RefrigeratorsFrigidaire 2005, white & Amana bottom fridge/freezer, white, $125/ea. DishwashersBosch under-the counter, off white, $300; Kenmore butcher-block roll out, almond, $100. 734-558-6717 WASHER, DRYER, & GRILLWasher & dryer, Maytag, white, working cond. $200/ each. Gas grill, double burner, $100. 248-773-5127 WATER SOFTENER- Like new, Aqua-twin water softener 1200 gal. Asking $900. Service manual avail. 248-486-0485

Farm ProduceFlowers, Plants


PERENNIALS, REASONABLE Hostas, Ground Cover & misc. Potted or Bare Root. Call: (248) 477-1435

Lawn, Garden Material 7490 GARDEN: Hostas, Bare Root - homegrown in my garden, $2-$10. Royal Standard or variegated. Near 11 Mile & Middlebelt, (248) 477-1435 LANDSCAPE ROCKSApproximately 1.5 cubic yards w/more available. You haul (loader available), $50. 248-515-4204

Miscellaneous For Sale


STORAGE SHED RUBBER MADE 7ft by 7ft., $550. Call: (313) 537-6306

Sporting Goods


POOL TABLE: 7 ft. slate, excellent cond. Buyer must load and move, $350/best offer. Call: (734) 981-2090

Wanted to Buy



HAVANESE PUPPIES AKC, shots, wormed, nonshedding, parents on sight. (586) 218-7057 PARTI POODLE - AKC Standard. Female. Part black & white. Obedience trained, microchipped, very sweet & smart. She's a fast learner, 1 year. Call: 989-362-5211 SHELTIE 1.5 yr old female Sheltie. Sable Merle. Sweet girl. Good home. Vet reference required. $250: 248-240-6382

Horses & Equipment

Lost - Pets


MISSING Black and White male CAT. Friendly, 4 yrs old, neutered. Distinctive black "helmet" on head, black shell on back, black tail, yellow/green eyes. Last seen near Palmer/Schuman area April 5th. Name: "Oscar" 989-965-1201 or 989-965-0108


Sell Those Unwanted Items!


“It’s All About Results!”


METAL HAY RACK with feed trough $200. Newer Spreader $400. 248-684-8771


WANTED - COLLECTIBLES: Fire arms & old knives . Call Richard 248-767-1579 WANTED: Old Fishing Tackle & related items. Also old boat motors. Call Bill: (734) 728-7313



CAT - Orange & White. 3 yrs. old, male, needs a home. Neutered, has shots, talkative, affectionate, likes friendly cats. 248-561-8827 FREE TABBY CAT 4 yrs old; seeking loving quiet home. 810-844-3996



Chocolate Lab Puppies Born March 31, 2011. AKC Champion Bloodlines, 2 males left! $700. 517-812-5953

Found - Pets


FOUND DOG- Found 5/11, social Back Labrador Retriever in the area of Grand River/Middlebelt. Call 248-470-1110

Lost - Pets


CAT 4-5 yrs. old. Small & gentle brown Tabby. Named Mick. Missing since 5/7, near 10 Mile/Middlebelt. Reward. 248-477-3339, 248-514-2413 LOST CAT- Bengal, male, named Raja. Brown w/black spots & stripes on legs & face. White chin & green eyes. Last seen on 4/23 in Berkley. Please call 248-207-1833








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Acura ZDX Ride Is Firm; Mercedes Goes High-tech AdvertisingFeature


Driving the Acura ZDX is as nimble as a coupe with the space of a sport-utility vehicle.

AVANTI NEWSFEATURES Even though the Acura ZDX crossover coupe has all-wheel drive and good ground clearance, it doesn’t drive like an SUV. It feels tight and solid on twisty two-lane roads. Choppy pavement reveals that the ride is quite firm, but it is not objectionable. The company calls the ZDX a four-door sports coupe even though the precise definition of coupe is a car with two doors. The ZDX rides on the chassis of an SUV but it definitely has the heart of a coupe. As we drove a local parkway, a couple pulled alongside, rolled down the window of their car and commented on how much they liked the Acura’s styling. We were surprised that the ZDX drew so many admiring looks. Size may be one reason the ZDX draws so much attention. It is relatively wide, and it sits tall like the MDX sport utility. The aggressive design, however, has a presence that makes the car hard to ignore. The steeply sloping roof is only one part of the car’s visual appeal. Deep shoulders over the back wheel accentuate the car’s muscularity, and an all-glass roof runs from the windshield to the tailgate. The roof is pinched in at the back, and that, too, gives the ZDX a distinctive appearance. Getting into the back seat is not easy because of the sloping roof, but the space is tolerable for relatively short distances once you’re inside. Who’s supposed to be buying the ZDX? Acura said the car is designed for buyers who want the intimacy of a coupe with the flexible cargo space and all-road capability of an SUV. Clearly this target demographic is small, and Acura predicts sales of 8,000 units per year. The refined interior and luxurious materials make the ZDX a pleasant car to drive. The seats are among the best we’ve




Recreational Vehicles

Junk Cars Wanted


Family Owned Business Buying all vehicles. Any cond. $300 minimum. Free Pick-Up. Thank You. (248) 579-7488

Trucks for Sale


CHEVROLET AVALANCHE 2006 Silver Birch, Z71, sunroof & heated leather! This is the one! Just $21,975! 888-372-9836

CHEVROLET SSR PICKUP 2004 Black, auto, V8. $22,495



CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY 2008 Scarlet Red, LX, Flex Fuel, and ABS! Family road trip! Only $12,995! 888-372-9836

CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY 2010 Sharp! $18,995


FORD WINDSTAR 2003 Forest Green, SE, ABS, and power options! Family budget friendly! Only $6,997! 888-372-9836

HANDICAP VANS ~ USED. BOUGHT & SOLD. Mini & full size. I come to you. Call Dale anyday, 517-882-7299 SIENNA 2005 Silver Storm, ABS and power options! Camping trip ready! Just $13,495! 888-372-9836

CHEVY BLAZER 2004 Burgundy, 4x4, 44K. $10,495


Extra clean, 32k miles. $11,995 Stk.#11T6024A


734-402-8774 CHEVY G30 1997 Artic White, 51k, and ABS! Great condition! Only $7,995! 888-372-9836

CHEVY SILVERADO 1500LT CREW CAB 2009 Extra clean, one owner, 15,152 miles. $24,875 Stk.#10T1364A


734-402-8774 CHEVY SILVERADO 1995 3500 Diesel Dually, 5 spd manual, black, 150,000 miles. New Steer tires, fuel injector pump, AC Compressor and evaporator, altenator. Nice clean truck. $6800. Call Tom 734-502-9873


Extra extra clean, only 26k miles. $22,995 Stk.#P21279




FORD F350 2010 12 passenger van, white. $18,995


Sports Utility


BUICK RENDEZVOUS 2002 Loaded, Moon. $5595


CHEVROLET EQUINOX 2006 Porcelain White, Alloys, PL, PW & ABS! Travel in style! Only $13,495! 888-372-9836

CHEVY EQUINOX 2008 AWD, Leather, more! $21,495


CHEVY EQUINOX XL 2006 Silver, 42K. $14,495

FORD F150 2007 XLT, Extended, white. $16,495

GMC EXTENDED CAB 2010 Pickup, 10K. $20,995

CHEVY TRAILBLAZER 2003 Blue Lagoon, LT, 4WD and power options! Safe and reliable SUV! Just $10,947! 888-372-9836


BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 RAN 2006 PICKUP 4x4, Gray. $18,495


Sports Utility


FORD EDGE AWD 2008 Certified, extra clean, only 28k miles. $23,995 Stk.#11T1076A


734-402-8774 FORD ESCAPE 2008 Blue, Only $16,995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 FORD EXPEDITION 2001 Extra extra clean, low miles. $6,995 Stk.#10T4004A


734-402-8774 FORD EXPLORER 2006 Midnight Black, Eddie Bauer, 37K and leather! Ride with confidence! Just $16,995! 888-372-9836


Extra clean, loaded, low miles. $16,995 Stk.#P21223


734-402-8774 FORD EXPLORER 2007

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seen, and the instrument panel that wraps around the driver and passenger has great lines and nice leather covering. The matte black center stack is unique. Standard equipment includes a Bose stereo, power liftgate, rearview camera and 19-inch wheels. The Advance package adds adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring system, ventilated seats and a collision mitigation system. The Technology package adds surround-sound stereo, navigation and a rear camera that lets the driver select three distinct views. The ZDX uses many components from the MDX, but they have all been retuned for this application. The engine is a 300horsepower, 3.7-liter unit that provides excellent power across the entire rev range. It accelerates smoothly while noise and vibration are held in check. The six-speed automatic transmission can be shifted manually with paddles on the steering wheel. The size of the cargo compartment is hindered by the steeply sloping roof, but when the seats are folded the result is a long, deep space big enough to haul a bicycle. The cargo space is finished with nice carpeting and plated handles. The side panels of the trunk come out to accommodate four golf bags. The cargo floor opens to reveal a good-sized storage space that can be used to keep valuables out of sight. TECHNOLOGY UPDATE: MercedesBenz dealers have begun using Apple iPads an an alternative to printed literature to answer questions about the 2012 CLS-Class. The CLS-Class iPad app, created by All Things Media and assigned to sales people in Mercedes showrooms this month, provides virtual tours of the car, an “Explore” customization tool and


734-402-8774 FORD EXPLORER 2007

Extra clean, V-6, low miles. $14,995 Stk.#10T1382B


734-402-8774 FORD EXPLORER 4x4 2003 Dark Blue. Only $7995



Extra clean, 20K miles, one owner, Ford certified. $25,995 Stk.#11T5003A



MERCURY MARINER 2008 PREMIUM 4x4, moon, 29K. $18,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600 MERCURY MARINER 4x4 2008 Certified warranty, 4x4, heated leather, roof., CD changer. $21,388


MERCURY MARINER PREMIER 2009 Certified warranty, loaded, roof, Sync, heated leather. $21,879


Leather, loaded, extra clean. $22,980 Stk.#P21254


734-402-8774 MERCURY MARINER PREMIER 2011 Brand new, unused and untitled! Loaded, roof. $23,999

METROPOLITAN LINCOLN MERCURY (888) 808-9161 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER 2008 4x4, luxury, leather, 3 row. Now $21,495! NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600

PONTIAC VIBE 2009 Silver Spoon, 18K, 5 speed & OnStar! Get your groove on! Only $14,695! 888-372-9836

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 GMC ENVOY SLT 2008 4x4, Black. Only $ 18,995


GMC YUKON XL SLT 2001 Extra Clean, Non-Smoker, a must see. $11,995 Stk.#P21291


734-402-8774 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED 2008 Navigation, loaded, super clean, great miles. $22,595 Stk.#P21269


JEEP LIBERTY 4x4 2008 Gorgeous black finish, chrome, sat radio with MP3. $16,995




CENTURY WAGON 1995 Burgundy, 54K. $2995


SATURN OUTLOOK 2008 Purple Rain, XR, AWD & OnStar! Ready for all seasons! Just $23,995! 888-372-9836

Sports & Imported


BMW 318Ti 1998 Auto, runs & drives perfect! $2779 SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 1984 Only 66,000 miles. $6995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600 COOPER S 2003 Indi blue with grey leather, 6 speed, new tires, always garaged, no winters, 54,000 miles, $13,500. 313-510-9770 INFINITI Q45 1998 Loaded, runs great! $3994 SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277


LaCROSSE 2008 Smooth Vanilla, chrome, sunroof & Onstar! Easy on the eyes! Only $14,995! 888-372-9836

LUCERNE 2006 Silver Shine, CXL, chrome & heated seats! Royal comfort! Only $14,495! 888-372-9836

REGAL 1998 Burgundy, Sharp! $6495.




DEVILLE 2002 Black, Loaded! $4495

OB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 Chevrolet CAMARO 2000


734-402-8774 CHEVROLET IMPALA 4 to choose from! Starting at $10,395! 888-372-9836

COBALT 2009 Gray Horizon, coupe, pl/pw & XM! Peppy gas saver! Only $13,995! 888-372-9836

COBALT 2010 4 door, air, auto. $13,495


HHR 2010 Red Riot, 28K, LT and power options! Fun to own! Reduced to $14,998! 888-372-9836



A-6 QUATTRO 1999 Loaded, 143K. Runs & drives perfect! SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277

IMPALA CT 2004 Leather, one owner. $8495



MALIBU 2009 Blue Sky, LS, power options & ABS! Comfortable driving! Just $14,995! 888-372-9836

MALIBU LTZ 2009 Black, 26K. $19,995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 Chrysler-Plymouth

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 PT CRUISER 2003 Touring, woody, nice! $3695 SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277 SEBRING 2008 Silver Fox, 33k, convertible, and leather! Drop top gorgeous! Just $17,995! 888-372-9836



AVENGER 2010 Black Beauty, R/T, heated seats, and leather! Roomy and sporty! Just $16,994! 888-372-9836

Acura ZDX Vehicle class: Crossover sport utility. Power: 3.7-liter V6 engine. Mileage: 17 city / 22 highway. Price: Around $47,000.



FUSION SE 2008 Certified warranty, 5-speed automatic, alloys, fogs, more! $11,488


MUSTANG 2007 Octane Orange, 7K, leather & convertible! BOSS!!! Call for price! 888-372-9836


Extra extra clean, low miles. $15,995 Stk.#10T1380A


734-402-8774 TAURUS SE 2006 Burgundy, auto. $7995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 TAURUS SES 2003 White/Gray, runs great 122K miles. $3895 SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277




Extra clean, leather, loaded. $16,450 Stk#11C7019A


734-402-8774 COROLLA 2010 Silver, 30K. $16,995

CALIBER SXT 2010 Black, 32K. $16,995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 Ford


FOCUS 2006 Triple Black, CD, heated seats & ABS! Dependable gas sipper! Just $10,995! 888-372-9836

FOCUS 2006 ZX4 SES Auto, Air. $8995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600 FOCUS SE 2002 2 door, runs & drives great! $3995 SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277 FOCUS SES 2008 Red/Tan Cloth, Auto., Moonroof, ABS, Sirius Sat. Radio, Mint, All Service Records, 31,000 miles. $12,250/best. 248-982-5545 FOCUS SES 2009 3 to choose from! $13,495


Fuel saver, very clean, low miles. $12,385 Stk.#P21246


BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 Jaguar


S TYPE 2000 Black, loaded. Only 38K Miles. $11,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600 X-TYPE 3002 Only 83K, Gray & Oyster Interior. Real Nice! $8995. SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277 XJ8 1998 In Wonderful Condition! 92K. A Must See! $5495 SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277 XK8 1998 CONVERTIBLE 71k, loaded! $12,495 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600



GRAND CHEROKEE 2009 Black Bullet, SRT8, leather & 4WD! Quick on the draw! Call for price! 888-372-9836

JEEP WRANGLER 2003 Red Dawn, 2-tops, & alloys! Off-roading fun! Just $15,995! 888-372-9836

734-402-8774 FUSION 2009

Extra extra clean, low miles. $14,995 Stk.#P21265

Extra clean, only 24K miles. $14,780. Stk.#11C8145A





HAWKE NEW HQ FOR PORSCHE: Porsche Cars North America will begin building a headquarters in Atlanta this fall near a terminal at the HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport. The HQ, which is expected to open in summer 2013, will be home to 400 employees who will staff a Technical Service and Training Center and Customer Experience Center, Detlev von Platen, president of the North American unit of Porsche Cars, said this week. The headquarters also will include a road course to showcase the sports cars’ performance. The company will move Porsche Financial and Porsche Business from Lisle, Ill., to Atlanta in 2013 to put everyone in one location. Porsche sells about 25,000 cars per year to Americans, including the Cayenne and Panamera Gran Turismo. Porsche opened its Porsche of the Motor City dealership in Eastpointe this spring to serve Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The service manager there is John Wilson. He can be reached at (586) 435-8350 Compiled and edited by Avanti NewsFeatures Editor Hawke Fracassa. Distributed by Fracassa News Group. Write the Avanti editors at


300 2010 Leather, Sharp! $18,995


SAAB 9.3 2003 Convertible, Blue. $11,995



LA SABRE LIMITED 2005 Tan, leather. Only $9995

Very clean, Only 68k miles. $4,995 Stk.#P21287

734-402-8774 GMC DENALI 2008 Silver, navigation, DVD. $39,995

734-402-8774 CHEVY TRAVERSE 2009 Sterling Silver, reverse camera, LT and OnStar! Make your garage happy! Only $24,995! 888-372-9836

Sports Utility

videos promoting the luxury car’s technical proficiencies. NEW STUDY: Scuderi Group reports a study conducted by the Southwest Research Institute on a 2011 Nissan Sentra showed a turbocharged Scuderi AirHybrid Engine can cut gas use of the Sentra by 36 percent. Th engine boosts miles per gallon by 54 percent. That means a car with a 15-gallon gas tank that gets 30 mpg can drive 243 miles farther by using a Scuderi instead of a factory engine. Scuderi is in talks with 15 automakers worldwide to get them to use the fledgling technology. SPARE PARTS: Bob Frayer, supervisor of engineering laboratories at NSF International in Ann Arbor, earned the Industry Award from the Automotive Body Parts Association. He was recognized for creating an in-house certification program that ensures bumpers, absorbers and other auto parts meet high quality, safety and performance standards. ... Toyota this week opened the first hydrogen fueling station in the U.S. fed directly from an active industrial hydrogen pipeline. The station is a partnership of Toyota, Shell, the Department of Energy and two other companies. It will provide hydrogen for fuel-cell cars in California. ... IndyCar driver Townsend Bell is the new brand ambassador of the members-only Thermal Motorsports Track & Club in Palm Springs, Calif. Bell, driver of the No. 99 Herbalife car, will create niche driving programs at the club.


SAHARA 2010 Unlimited, only 10,000 miles. $28,495 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600



MKS 2009 Certified warranty, loaded, navigation, surround sound. $29,999

METROPOLITAN LINCOLN MERCURY (888) 808-9161 MKX 2007 $22,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600 MKZ 2007 Loaded, 40K. $17,495 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600

MKZ 2008 Certified warranty, chromes, hot & cold seats, roof, Sync. $21,8455


MKZ 2008 Certified warranty, heated & cooled leather, extra clean. $19,995

METROPOLITAN LINCOLN MERCURY (888) 808-9161 TOWN CAR 2002 White, 59K. $9995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 TOWN CARE CARTIER 1996 Rare Cartier with only 56K miles, one owner, stunning. $8695



GRAND MARQUIS 2003 GS Exc. cond, blue, 29,000 miles, new tires & battery. $7900. SOLD MILAN PREMIER 2008 Moon, loaded, only 8100 miles. $18,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600 MILAN PREMIER 2010 Certified warranty, heated leather, alloys, Sync. $20,495




G-6 CONVERTIBLE 2007 Sliver, 30k. $18,495


G6 GT 2008 Dark Gray, 4 dr., chrome wheels, 72K. $9795 SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277


1 Owner, very clean, low miles. $12,995 Stk.#11C5041A


734-402-8774 GRAND PRIX 2008 Loaded, 70K. $8995 SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277 GRAND PRIX GT 2008 Blue, leather, moon. $14,495


GRAND PRIX GXP 2006 V8, White, loaded! $13,495


GRAND PRIX GXP 2008 Silver, V8. $14,995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 GTO 2006 Burgundy, FAST, auto. $21,495

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 Saturn


SATURN VUE 2008 Autumn Red, XE, ABS & CD! Full of value! Just $15,995! 888-372-9836

MILAN PREMIUM 2008 Extra clean, low miles. $15,475 Stk.#P21257





ECLIPSE SPYDER GST 1997 Auto, convertible, white, black top. 110K miles $3195 SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277 MUSTANG 3000 GT SL 1994 Sunroof, auto, only 81K, 1 owner, red. $7295 SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277


VUE 2009 Sharp! Burgundy, 43K. $15,995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 Toyota


CAMRY HYBRID 2008All options, exc. cond. 46,000 miles, transferable full warranty w/54K miles/2.5 yrs left. $20,900/best. 248-408-3670


MAXIMA 2009 Phantom Black, 23K,leather & power options! One impressive ride! Call for Price! 888-372-9836



C-70 COUPE 1999 Very hard to find! A Must See! SKYLINE AUTO SALES 248-615-2277

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NEW 2 20 2011 011 Ford F ord ord Fiesta 5 DR D R Hatch SE Featuring: Automatic, Sync, Sport Appearance pkg. 4 at this price. 25 available

36 Month Lease

Security deposit waived, plus tax and license, includes acquisition fee.

Sign & Drive

With $1,000 down. $1,275 due at signing

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Buy for

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MSRP $18,535

NEW 2011 2 011 Ford 20 Ford F150 Super Sup S uper er Cab C a b 4x4 4 x 4 XLT

Featuring: Ecoboost 3.5 L V6 engine, XLT convenience package, XLT Chrome package, keyless entry, trailer tow, trailer brake controller, limited slip 3 at this price. 87 available

36 Month Lease

Security deposit waived, plus tax and license, includes acquisition fee.

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With $1,000 down. $1,440 due at signing

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$27,843 + MSRP $39,475

NEW 20 2 2011 011 For Ford d EDGE ED G E SE EDG Featuring: Power windows, and seats, locks, tilt wheel, cruise control. 8 at this price. 81 available

24 Month Lease

Security deposit waived, plus tax and license, includes acquisition fee.

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$266 *

MSRP $28,230

NEW 2011 2 011 Ford Ford Escape Esca p e XLT 20 Escap

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Buy for

$22,029 +

(SUN & SYNC Pkg.)

Featuring: 202A package, power windows & seat, keyless entry, cargo package, Sirius Satellite Radio. 15 at this price. 249 available

24 Month Lease

Security deposit waived, plus tax and license, includes acquisition fee.

$245 *

With $1,000 down. $1,424 due at signing

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NEW 20 2 2011 011 For Ford d Fusion F u sio Fu sion n SEL SE L


Featuring: Sync, automatic, power windows, locks, mirrors, keyless entry, reverse sensing, Satellite radio. 5 at this price. 348 available.

24 Month Lease

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Security deposit waived, plus tax and license, includes acquisition fee.


MSRP $28,760

With $1,000 down. $1,387 due at signing

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NEW 20 2 2012 012 Foc Focu Focus u s 5 DR Hatchb Hatch Hatchback b ac ack k SE Featuring: Automatic, cruise control, rear spoiler, power windows. 4 at this price. 76 available.

36 Month Lease

Security deposit waived, plus tax and license, includes acquisition fee.



With $1,000 down. $1,294 due at signing

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*+All payments and prices are for qualifying A/Z planners. For qualifying, non A/Z planners an additional $800 to $1500 would be required to keep the payments or price the same. 10,500 miles per year. To “buy for” price, add tax, title, doc and destination fee. All factory rebates assigned to dealer including owner loyalty or previous lease and may require Ford Credit financing. Not all buyers will qualify for lowest payments. Pictures may not represent actual vehicle. Subject to availability. Payments and prices per program in effect at publication and are subject to change. All offers expires 5/31/11.




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NEW 2011 FORD FUSION SE All new 4 cylinder, 6 disc CD and more!



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*$1999 total due at signing, plus tax, title and plates includes $595 acq. fee, security deposit waived.

Lease For




*$1999 total due at signing, plus tax, title and plates includes $595 acq. fee, security deposit waived.

WAS $28,195





V6, Limo-like Seating, Loaded!

V6, Loaded & More!

Month Lease


Month Lease

Lease For



Month Lease

*$1,999 total due at signing, plus tax, title and plates includes $595 acq. fee, security deposit waived.




** Lease






*$1,999 total due at signing, plus tax, title and plates includes $695 acq. fee, security deposit waived.

V-6, All Power!


Month Lease

Lease For




*$1,999 total due at signing, plus tax, title and plates includes $695 acq. fee, security deposit waived.



WAS $13,995

WAS $19,080

4 cylinder, auto, gas saver



WAS $21,130

WAS $31,770

4 cylinder, work truck, automatic

V-6, trailer tow, automatic



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15,883 1 5,883†



13,828 1 3,8 3,82 28†



24,131 24,131 †



2 3, 3,99 998 8 23,998



25,998 2 5, 5,99 998 8

*$1999 total due at signing plus tax, title and plates includes $595 acq. fee security deposit waived. All factory rebates to dealer. 10,500 miles per year. **Zero due at signing. Must add tax, title & plates. Includes $695 acquisition fee. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates to dealer. 12,000 miles per year. †Buy prices are A/Z Plan pricing plus tax, title, plates & destination. All factory rebates to dealer. Pictures do not represent exact vehicles. Customer must qualify for financing through Ford Motor Credit. All payments require A Plan. Expires 5/31/11. Pricing subject to change. Low APR in lieu of rebate. Plus Ford RCL renewal if applicable. ††See dealer for details. (1) Includes acquisition fee, waived security deposit, and excludes title, taxes and license fees. Some payments higher, some lower. Not all lessees will qualify for low mileage Ford Credit Red Carpet Lease. Residency restrictions apply. Special lease rates are for eligible A/Z Plan lessees. Payments include Renewal Expires$750 8-30-09. Bonus Cash. You must currently lease a Ford product and finance through Ford Credit. Take delivery from dealer stock by 5/31/11. See dealer for qualifications and complete details. (2) Not all customers will qualify for 0% APR Ford Credit Financing. $16.67 per month per $1000 financed for 60 months at special APR of 0% on F-150. Residency restrictions apply.



24,998 24, 99 998 8

2010 LINCOLN MKT Eco Boost


34, 34,998 998

2005 VOLVO S60 R


46K Miles


16,998 16, 99 998 8

2010 FORD TAURUS SHO 14K Miles


33 33,998 33,, 998


13 13,998 13,, 998


26K Miles, Diesel, Leather, Loaded


29,998 29,, 998 29 99 8

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