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SUNDAY July 24, 2011


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The city of Southfield will host The Great Southfield Camp Out Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, at the Beech Woods Recreation Center, 22200 Beech Road one block south of Nine Mile. Campers of all ages are invited to bring their tents, air mattresses, blankets and lawn chairs for a fun-filled outdoor camping experience. Registration will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday at Beech Woods, with activities beginning at 3 p.m. Activities will include Oakland County Mobile Recreation, crafts and transportation to (and from) the Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve for hikes and canoeing (for an additional $5 per person), from 5-8 p.m., with Heavner Canoe Rental. A hot dog dinner and snacks will be available for purchase. A campfire marshmallow roast will conclude the evening, followed by a hot breakfast of hotcakes, sausage, juice and coffee served at 8 a.m. on Sunday. The campout is $40 for residents and $80 for nonresidents (per family), which includes all activities and breakfast on Sunday. A group discount is also available for groups of 10 or more for $40. Each campsite is 20-by-20 feet. The campout is limited to the first 50 families to register. There will be no electricity available and generators will not be allowed. Cooking will also not be permitted on site; however, precooked foods and snacks will be allowed. Camp sites will be assigned on a first-come, firstserved basis. For more information, call the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department at (248) 796-4620.


The sky is just beginning to lighten as Bill Haynes prepares to wrap up his midnight shift with the Clawson Police Department and make the journey home to his farm.

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High School students. Haynes, an officer by night and a farmer by day, is home with

LATHRUP VILLAGE — The South Oakland Shelter has a new home, and it’s not Ferndale. The shelter, known as SOS for short, purchased a 10,000-square-foot building at 18505 W. 12 Mile in Lathrup Village, and moved in May from its former home on Main Street in Royal Oak. The new site is a change in plans from 2009 when the Ferndale City Council approved a request from SOS officials to move into the First Baptist Church of Ferndale, on Livernois, just north of Nine Mile. Ryan Hertz, the SOS director, said the special use permit with Ferndale would have allowed for up to 35 people to be served at a time, which he said was “too limiting for us.” The proposed Ferndale site, at 6,000 square feet, was twice as large as its Royal Oak offices, but 4,000 square feet smaller than the building in Lathrup Village. “(The Ferndale space) was not large enough for our staff and clients,” Hertz said. SOS purchased its new location, on 12 Mile, two blocks west of Southfield Road, on a land contract for $425,000 from the American Cancer Society, according to Hertz. He said the monthly mortgage costs less than the rent for the space at 431 N. Main in Royal Oak, SOS’s home for about 20 years. “(Moving to Lathrup Village) made a lot of sense for us, to recognize there is an increased need for what (SOS is) doing,” Hertz said. “(SOS) was paying rent for many years (in Royal Oak). We realized the asset of a facility would mean a lot to the organization in the future. The market changed such that we can purchase the facility and (make) monthly payments for less than what we were paying in rent for a third of the space.” SOS has 13 paid staff, including nine fulltime and four part time employees, according to Hertz. “We had that number in Royal Oak, it was just crowded,” Hertz said. “We had outgrown the space (in Royal Oak).” The new building has office space for administrators, case managers and housing staff, plus

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Policeman’s life shifts easily from city to country BY SANDRA ARMBRUSTER ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

CLAWSON — It is a quiet night in a quiet town, just after the holiday, and Bill Haynes is wrapping up the midnight shift as a command officer with the Clawson Police Department. “It gets quiet just before and just after a holiday,” he said. “People save up what they’re going to do for holiday, and after they are recouping.” Even the bars have closed early for the night, he says. Haynes, 51 and just a few years short of retirement, has a passion for police work. But he quite literally has not put all of his eggs in one basket.


A little over an hour north of Clawson, busy expressways give way to two-lane country roads, and finally, to a dirt road ambling among open fields and a scarce house or barn. Finally, a short driveway leads up to a cluster of buildings. Haynes walks out from the barn area, carefully balancing three eggs in one hand. All different sizes, the duck egg is larger than the chicken and Bantam eggs. “They have huge yolks, and just a little bit of white,” he said of the duck eggs. “I use them in my pasta machine, they make excellent pasta and have a lot more

Bill Haynes fondly tucks two lambs under his arms that had been born just the day before on his farm north of Clawson. elasticity.” He donates duck eggs to a Clawson food shelter at St. Dennis Church. Pumpkins he grows are donated to Clawson

‘All hands’ respond to Ferndale blackout, high temps BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

FERNDALE — When a majority of the city’s residents are without power, there isn’t much worse than the cooling center losing its electricity, too. That’s what happened about 11 p.m. Thursday night when more than three dozen displaced residents, including many seniors from the Withington high-rise apartments, were preparing

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The Ferndale Public Library continues to push the envelope this month with its First Stop Friday concert series. On Aug. 5, SROS LORDS, a Detroit-based experimental punk band and Them Fostrohs, a driving, guitar-based punk outfit, will take the library by storm — and just might not give it back, according to a press release. The show, like all First Stop Fridays is free, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. The library, located on Nine Mile east of Woodward, will not be open for use during show time. First Stop Friday shows end early enough for music fans to make it to their next stop or to make it home at a decent hour. The all-ages, no alcohol, non-bar atmosphere provides a unique setting to hear great local music for those who aren’t able to, or who don’t want to go to a bar. Local talent from all genres is harvested for the intimate, oneof-a-kind shows. For more information on SROS LORDS, visit: http://sroslords. For more information on Them Fostrohs, visit: http://www.

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Royal Oak mayor seeks re-election McCulloch joins U.S. Senate race BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER


Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison speaking recently has turned in his paperwork seeking re-election, well before the Aug. 16 deadline.

ROYAL OAK — Mayor Jim Ellison turned in his petition signatures to run for re-election in mid-July, before any potential opponent for the post on the November ballot managed to do the same. The clerk’s certification of the 500 required signatures also came prior to another potential opponent — the heat wave of 2011, which unleashed a week-long spike of temperatures above 90 degrees, not the ideal weather to be out and about collecting signatures. “I started working at it a month ago and was done pretty quickly,” said Ellison, in the final months of his fourth two-year term. With more than three weeks until the petition filing deadline of 4 p.m. Aug. 16, Ellison said he doesn’t rule out having an opponent on the Nov. 8 ballot. “The last time someone ran against me in 2007, (the candidate) got the signatures in 10 days (prior to the filing deadline),” Ellison said. “Until Aug. 16 comes, I’m not going to count on anything.” Ellison, a life-long Royal Oak resi-

dent, served on the city commission between 1991-95 and won his first mayoral election in 2003. He has won three re-election bids since, including the 2009 election when he received 97 percent of the vote running unopposed. Eligible candidates for the mayor or city commission seats must be 25 years old, a registered voter of Royal Oak and a resident of Royal Oak for at least two years prior to the date of the election, according to the city charter. Candidates must turn in a minimum of 500 valid signatures and only qualified registered electors of the city may sign nominating petitions. Candidates also are required to turn in a filing fee of $35 not later than 4 p.m. Sept. 6. Whether he has an opponent or not, Ellison said he expects to be busy campaigning and attending to the day-to-day activities of mayor in the final months prior to the election. “I’ve mostly had positive feedback,” Ellison said. “There are a ‘couple people’ that don’t like me, but that comes with the territory. We’ll see in November.” | (313) 222-2047

John McCulloch, Oakland County Water Resources commissioner and former chairman of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, has officially kicked off his campaign as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. “I am running for the United States Senate McCulloch because I can no longer stand by while President Obama and his Democratic cronies in the Congress continue to mortgage America’s future on the backs of our children and their children’s children with a national debt so large it is difficult to comprehend. The time for talk is long past due. It’s time for action, which is why

I’m in this race. This great country of ours desperately needs a change of direction, one that will lead to prosperity and economic stability, rather than financial ruin,” McCulloch said in a prepared statement. McCulloch spent 10 years on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, including five years as chairman. Currently, he is the Oakland County Resource commissioner and oversees a department with a more than $200 million budget and 230 employees. McCulloch earned early support of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson who said, “John McCulloch is a strong leader who is fiscally conservative and believes in the Republican doctrine of smaller government which is closest to the people it is intended to serve.”

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State Rep. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak, is inviting residents to join him at his July coffee hours to enjoy a cup of coffee and share their ideas and concerns about state government. The coffee hours will take place: • Monday, July 25, from 8:30-10 a.m. at Seros Restaurant, 375 W. 12 Mile Road in Madison Heights. • Monday, July 25, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Caribou Coffee, 401 S. Main Street in Royal Oak. Residents of Royal Oak are also encouraged to contact Townsend toll-free at (866) 5852471 or by e-mail at jimtownsend@house. Those interested in keeping up to date on his work at the Capitol are also encouraged to sign up for his e-newsletter by visiting



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Semchena won’t seek another term on City Commission BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

ROYAL OAK — One-term City Commissioner Chuck Semchena has decided not to seek re-election so that he can spend more time with his family and his private law practice. Semchena, 58, is a life-long Royal Oak resident, who served as the assistant prosecutor in Royal Oak’s 44th District Court between 1985-95 and for 10 years as the city attorney, ending in 2005. He won a fouryear term on the City Commission in November 2007, and was known for his stance against medical marijuana dispensaries and Semchena liquor license transfers for downtown “mega bars,” which he argued require more police presence than the city can afford. “I’m not tired of (the city commission job),” Semchena said. “It’s fascinating and rewarding work, but it’s extremely time consuming, becomes literally a full-time job to do it right. Right now, I need to devote more time to family and business.”


The second half of Semchena’s fouryear term began with disappointment for him when voters rejected a November, 2009 ballot proposal to amend the city’s liquor control ordinance and place a twoyear moratorium on the transfer of liquor licenses from outside the city into the city. Semchena said the proposal’s denial has led to more “mega bars” approved in downtown, despite the city reaching its quota of liquor licenses as set by the state. He called Fifth Street a “focal point for rowdy crowds,” which he said was on display May 22 when a “near riot” occurred outside O’Toole’s Tavern and Fifth Avenue Billiards, leading to three arrests. Royal Oak interim Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue and Mayor Jim Ellison said a “near riot” was not an accurate description. “I don’t think (the moratorium) would have been a ‘game changer,’ but you certainly already are seeing the detrimental affects in downtown with increased

arrests for drinking and drug-related offenses,” Semchena said. “My biggest fear that motivated me to promote the moratorium is we’ve reached a point where neighborhoods are stripped of police to respond to emergencies in downtown. “There are many nights when all cops are responding to downtown is breaking up drunken fights. If the moratorium passed that would have corrected the situation. Our neighborhoods are unprotected.”


Semchena said Royal Oak should not be a facilitator of medical marijuana, which voters legalized in a state-wide ballot proposal in November, 2008. He supported an ordinance the city commission approved in January that allows registered patients to use medical marijuana but prohibits dispensaries from setting up shop in a home or business. “Cities have a right to protect themselves, pass zoning ordinances to prohibit illegal uses,” Semchena said. “Unlike other cities there will be no pot dispensaries and college dropouts growing pot in any house, condo or apartment. We’ve avoided that crime wave that would have created.” Semchena said he cherishes being an “eyewitness” to Royal Oak’s changes, and its traditions, over the decades. He’s been around long enough to have skated at Lindell Ice Arena when it was still exclusively an outdoor facility, and played Little League baseball at Memorial Park. He attended Jane Addams Elementary School and Junior High and graduated from Kimball High School in 1971. His mother, Genevieve, lives in the same home on Shenandoah where he and his sister were raised. Semchena predicts that future city commissions will have an easier time balancing budgets than some of the neighboring communities. “The city is pretty resilient,” he said. “(Royal Oak) housing values have weathered the economic downturn better than neighboring communities and will bounce back better.”


The four-year commission terms of

Terry Drinkwine and Michael Andrzejak will also expire in December. Neither has announced officially their intentions, and as of July 20, neither has pulled petitions to file, according to Clerk Melanie Halas. Nine Royal Oak residents have pulled petitions to run for the three city commission seats up for a vote, but only George Gomez has qualified for the ballot, with at least 500 valid signatures, according to Halas. “Obviously there will be a whole new set of people up there serving, come December,” Semchena said. City Commissioner Jim Rasor was often on the opposite side of Semchena on issues when votes were cast, but he respected the time Semchena devoted to the position. “I really appreciate colleagues’ service to the city, they have good intentions, but I really look forward to a new generation of leaders on the city commission,” Rasor said. “Royal Oak’s future is young families moving here, making it their home. There (will be) candidates that represent that future.” Semchena said his private law practice, which he runs out of his home, represents clients in probate, real estate and labor law. “The only kind of case I don’t get involved with is ‘criminals,’” he said. “I won’t defend ‘criminals.’” During budget crunches in recent years, which have led to layoffs and attrition in many departments, Semchena has lobbied for cuts in pensions. Semchena has been labeled a hypocrite because he collects $49,000 annual pension for his 10 years as city attorney. “That’s what my detractors have tried to grind me on,” he said. “If every (retiree) took a cut in pension I’d be willing to do that. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” During his time as city attorney, Semchena said his office, cooperating with the Royal Oak Police Department’s sting operations and raids, closed or demolished eight motels, known as dens for prostitution and drug activity. His office and the police also cooperated in closing down a massage parlor, where Asian women were forced in the sex slave trade, Semchena said.



Rep. Gary Peters speaks to more than 100 senior citizens at the Clawson Senior Center. Peters held a public forum to discuss protecting Social Security and Medicare in the midst of deficit reduction talks in Washington.

Crowd attends Peters’ Clawson Medicare forum CLAWSON – Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 senior citizens in Clawson on Monday, Representative Gary Peters spelled out his priorities for strengthening Social Security and Medicare. With Washington gridlocked over the upcoming debt ceiling deadline and the need to reduce the deficit, some politicians have been calling for deep cuts to the two popular programs. Peters strongly opposes plans to cut Social Security benefits or weaken Medicare. “We need to get the deficit under control, but we must not balance the budget on the backs of America’s senior citizens. Millions of Americans depend upon Social Security and Medicare, they are some of the most successful programs in our nation’s history, and we need to strengthen them for the future,” Peters said. Peters said he called the meeting to give local senior citizens an opportunity to ask questions about the current fiscal debate and how it might affect current and future Social Security and Medicare recipients. Congress is just a few weeks away from a deadline to raise the debt ceiling in order to prevent a default on the national debt. Economic and budget experts

agree that such a default would be disastrous for our economic recovery and could result in a second recession. However, many Republicans in Congress have demanded cuts to Medicare and Social Security, along with other domestic programs, before voting to raise the debt limit. Royal Oak resident Tom Allen, 63, attended the meeting. “I’m tired of the Tea Party and Republicans in Washington refusing to negotiate about the debt limit and using me as a senior citizen and as a political football. I was a small business owner. and the tax cuts should go to the middle class to stimulate demand, not the corporations who have these loopholes,” said Allen. Despite political rhetoric, Social Security is not responsible for the United States’ current budget deficit, according to Peters. Up until this past year, Social Security took in more revenue than it paid out in benefits, and there is sufficient money in the program’s trust fund to fully pay benefits through 2036. Peters has called for a comprehensive deficit reduction plan that incorporates spending cuts, tax reform and economic growth. He released a set of 10 deficit reduction principles on his website earlier this year.




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Dylan Brocht, 10, enjoys a chance to cool off.


Tone Hagood (left), 17, of Detroit, Joy Hills, 16, of Southfield, Zay Hammonds, 16, of Detroit, and Antoinette Hill, 18, of Southfield make a big splash at the city of Southfield pool.

Pool, water games cool day campers BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

SOUTHFIELD — Participants at the Southfield Summer Day Camp can’t do without food and water. Inevitably, many of them ask about both when they arrive each morning, according to 19-year-old Rianna Delgoda, a Southfield resident and Summer Day Camp counselor. “(Camp participants) love this time of day,” said Delgoda, organizing the day campers after their daily two-hour swim at the aquatic center outside the Southfield Sports Arena. “Their questions are, ‘When is lunch?’ And, ‘When is swimming?’” With temperatures in the 90s on Monday and Tuesday, and predicted to remain above 90 the rest of the week, counselors made sure day campers had their fill of water, according to Delgoda. When they weren’t drinking it, or swimming in it, they were playing with it, she said. “Today we played water games,” Delgoda said. “We had a water cup relay. We have water fights on real hot days.” How hot has it been this week? “Super duper hot,” according to 7-yearold Makayla Eggleston, a Southfield resident who attends Norup International School in Berkley. Makayla was among the day camp participants and came prepared for the daily swim, wearing goggles so that she “can see under water.” She said her favorite part was “doing back flips” under water. Kerri Syrkett, a patient care services associate at St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, came up to the aquatic center to pick up her daughter, 7-year-old Kelis Lewis, a day camper. Kelis described beating the heat in the pool as “awesome.” There were 10 lifeguards on duty during open swimming

Zay Hammonds, 16, of Detroit, gives a ride to Antoinette Hill, 18, of Southfield.

Brittany Bryant, 12, closes her eyes in relief while in the Southfield Civic Center Pool.

The temperature broke degrees last week, and people found the pool at the Southfield Civic Center the perfect place to cool off. Tuesday, according to pool coordinator Kenny Jordan, 21, a Lathrup Village resident who is home on summer break from Hampton University, where he attends college. “It will be hot the rest of the week, and we will have an increase in numbers,” Jordan said. Temperatures were so hot that even the lifeguards had to take breaks to jump in the water and cool off, according to 16-year-old Samir Jamel, a Lathrup Village resident and lifeguard. “On hot days like this, the (pool coordinator) calls a safety break and everyone gets in

the water,” Jamel said. Summer Day Camp participants didn’t account for all of the swimmers under the scorching sun on this day, not even close. Families with small children enjoyed the children’s spray pool, while dozens of children and adults swam in the Olympic-sized pool, which includes a 120-foot waterslide. Southfield resident Takiyah Cartwright lounged in a chair with her legs up on another chair under tree shade by the children’s spray pool. Camille, Cartwright’s 3-year-old daughter, spent most of her time walking onto the steps of the pool, but not going under

water. She seemed to enjoy just as much walking on the deck and getting sprayed by water shooting out of the walls. Cartwright’s other child, 7-year-old Charlton, spent the time in the Olympic-sized pool, swimming with friends, she said. “Every time he comes up here, he finds someone he knows,” said the elder Cartwright, estimating her family comes up to the aquatic center three times per week. Takiyah Cartwright had on a bathing suit but seemed content to stay under the shade rather than in the pool. After a while, however, she

got up and sat at the edge of the children’s spray pool and dropped her feet into the pool, with the water rising close to her knees. “This is as far as I’m going to go,” Takiyah Cartwright said with a laugh. Southfield residents Dale and Carla Williams sat on the deck of the children’s spray pool and enjoyed watching their 14-year-old daughter, Kayla, and niece, Lexi Gardner, swim. Dale Williams said he prob-

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Carla Knopa with sons, Dylan Brocht, 10, and brother, Jordan Owen, 19 of Southfield enjoyed the water, which in turn has warmed with the high temps.

Aria Wells (left), 10, Karyn Williams and Hanna Wells, 13, all of Southfield, take a break in the sun at the Southfield city pool, despite the soaring temperature.

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wife Ginger. A garage sits off to one side of the five-acre homestead, a house under renovation sits to the other. Between the two and just behind is a small barn. A bell stands as a sentinel in front. “She wanted that,” Haynes said of his wife. Chickens and ducks chatter, while a couple of dogs jump up on a fence, seeking attention. Sheep run through pens, but one stops and stares at a visitor as Haynes walks through the tall grass, They are American Black Bellies, and Haynes says they run like deer. “Funny how sheep improve the quality of the land,” he said. The way they spread their droppings has turned the landscape a “deep, lush green.” “My wife tends to give them names,” he said. Haynes stands in the barn, cradling Kate and Kelly in his arms, who were born the day before. Haynes lowers his head, his face touching one of the newborns. But Haynes plans to invite the rams to dinner at deer camp, cooked with Caribbean jerk seasoning. A goat has a raised perch in the barnyard, surveying the scene quietly. Meanwhile, miniature ponies, named Sugar and Hershey, walk around the barn and keep an eye open for whomever has the next carrot.


Sgt. Bill Haynes packs a variety of items that he might need as a command officer on the midnight shift with the Clawson Police Department It is a far different life from the one he leads at his northern homestead.

Bill Haynes comes home to a far different lifestyle than he sees as a Clawson Police command officer on the midnight shift. Daytime brings a chance to compare the size of eggs he collects on his farm, with duck eggs being the largest.

Ginger Haynes wanted the farm bell, according to husband Bill, planted firmly in front of the barn on their 5-acre homestead.


Haynes feeds the animals in the evenings before heading to work. There are other chores, like gathering the eggs, doing the milking and trimming the hooves of the horses. And when a mother rejects her young, there are bottle feedings to do. “We have chores, but for the most part, the animals take care of themselves,” Haynes said. “One thing with the farm, you never know what else you will have to do.” The Hayneses appreciate that their animals are characters. Lollipop, known as the loudest sheep, has discovered how to open the barn door. “After a hard day, you go outside ... and they just love us,” Ginger Haynes said. Bill Haynes said he gets “really upset” with those who don’t believe in evolution. “You can see human traits in the animals,” he said. Riding a four-wheeler to the back of the property, fruit trees, a garden and fledgling grape vines come into view. “You don’t want to throw stuff anywhere. You have to plan it a little bit,” he said. The couple would like to expand their property, but a swamp extends along the back, so goldfish are content to make a couple of ponds their home at the edge of the property.


A chilly wind blows, making somewhat less inviting the large gazebo — a wedding gift to the Hayneses — which has been built onto the back of the house now under construction. The buildings are being customized to fit the Hayneses and their lifestyle. The house will have a 16-by-28 foot pantry to hold all the items that they can, from pizza sauce and pickles to wine. Haynes is planning on a

A pond stocked with goldfish reflects the pastoral nature of Bill Haynes’ homestead, a far different scene from that he faces as a command officer with the Clawson police force.

Bill Haynes walks through the tall grass in a pen, remarking that the droppings from sheep have changed the landscape. hops garden to make beer, and he wants to make feta and mozzarella cheeses, meaning there will be more goats on the horizon. It takes four to get a gallon of milk, he said, but only after the “babies” are born in the spring when they are lactating. The garage will someday include an outdoor kitchen for processing all that food. The couple’s marriage could be referred to as a new build as well. Both Ginger and Bill had grown up on farms, and Ginger had bought the property in 2002 because she “hated living in the city. Then she met Bill on the Internet. It is the second marriage for both. “I love it, I call him a city slicker,” Ginger Haynes said. It is different, Bill Haynes admits, but “once you get used to it, I could never go back.” The drive isn’t bad, according to Haynes, because he is traveling in the opposite direction of prevailing traffic. Ginger Haynes says that she feels safer, having a police officer around. “Whether I am at home or out in public with my husband, I feel much safer because I am sure that he will know what to do if a problem ever arises,” she said. “He deals with high stress

situations everyday at work, and I know that he can and will protect me if a situation ever arises.” Her attitude toward police has changed as well. “I also have a greater appreciation for police officers and see them more as people as opposed to just a cop who is out to get you,” Ginger Haynes said. “Since marrying a police officer, I have personally been able to see that it really is just a job and not who the person is all the time. When my husband comes home from work he is a regular person, like everybody else. She said she “used to be extremely nervous if I were ever pulled over by an officer. I would almost be shaking and was sure the cop just wanted to give me a hard time. I have come to learn that officers are just doing their job and have a life outside their job.”


It is just before daybreak and the sky is still dark. In the dimly lit area behind the Clawson police station, located on Main Street. Haynes gets out of a police car where he has been doing paperwork. He steps up to a nondescript door

with a key pad entry. “We used to use keys,” he said, noting that it is one of the many changes he has seen in more than two decades of police work. A bicycle sits in the hallway just beyond the door, where officers hope it will be claimed. Plaques line the walls leading to a cramped office for the shift commander, where a line of lockers faces several desks. Haynes sits at one of the desks, fingering a photo of a grandson that he keeps in his locker, along with Rolaids, bandages and a knife sharpener. He is working the night shift, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. There are fewer officers on that shift, due to less demand in a city that “goes a couple of miles in any given direction,” he said. “It is human nature, if something happens, for people to say they will call (police) in the morning,” said Haynes, who now is a command officer after 22 years of police work. “Really this career was always in focus since high school (at Troy Athens),” he said. “It’s hard to say, kind of a convoluted answer” as to why he likes the job. “When it appeals to you ... it’s hard to walk away from,” he said. His reaction when heading out “borders on adrenaline and fear,” Haynes said, adding that there is “satisfaction when making an arrest.


Haynes has seen his share of action. “Myself and two other officers ... used defibrillators and shocked (a woman) three times to bring her back,” he said. “She had a heart attack from a chemical imbalance brought on by diet pills. It is rare that we have a complete save.” The three received life saving awards and were featured on TV, he said. Clawson, he pointed out, also was the site of the second case of Jack Kevorkian’s, the so-called Dr. Death who recently died himself. Most of the time, the department just receives call for service, said Haynes, “People grow up and grow old in Clawson, he said. “They come home to die.” One call for service that Haynes well remembers happened on Sept. 11 — he is sure of the date, just not the year. That’s when Haynes and another officer helped deliver a live birth. Last month, he almost had what he called a “twofer.” Earlier in the day at the farm, a sheep was having difficulty giving birth. “I had to pull it out,” he said. Later that night, a pregnant woman had called for help, Haynes said, but didn’t really need the police. “I had hoped I would have a twof-

er,” he said. The need to write reports hasn’t changed, but there is plenty that has, he said. He worked in Troy and Rochester departments as a dispatcher before landing in Clawson, where he has served as a firearms instructor. He pointed out the tight quarters that officers now endure in their squad cars, with in-car cameras and portable fingerprint equipment that can be used to identify a suspect on the road. “People are shocked to see a police officer type at 60 words per minute. It’s a standard skill,” he said. So, apparently, is the ability to type while driving.


It is a quiet night in a quiet town. “We have everything (kinds of crime) that others do, just not that much of it,” Haynes says. “As an officer gets older, it’s nice to be in a more stable community.” He pauses to listen as a speaker crackles, then heads out to his car. The edges of the sky are brightening. “Probably just a delivery at Wendy’s,” he says. “We were there once already tonight.”

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don’t avoid “sprinkler showers” when I’m out walking. But last week I was on the lookout to cross paths with as many Around Town as I could. H2O (hydrate Diana Wing twice as often) is the key to keeping your cool during this heat spell. Drink lots of water, dip your feet into the kid’s pool, sip an iced coffee by Royal Oak’s Star Dream Fountain, and seek out the shade. If you want to make a big splash, the Southfield Sports Arena Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool is your destination. Open to residents and non-residents, the facility has a children’s spray pool and a 120-foot waterslide. A Family Pool Party drew 250 people earlier this month, and there’s another party, 5:30-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4. “It’s the kind of party that

even if you don’t swim there is lots to do,” said Janet Husaynu, special events programmer for Southfield Parks & Recreation. “We have a climbing wall, basketball, bowling, a moonwalk, a DJ that spins records. We have slot car racing – oh boy, we have so much fun.” Regular hours for the pool are 1-6 p.m., MondaySaturday, with extended hours, 1-7 p.m. Thursday, and 1-8 p.m. Friday through Aug. 26. The pool is located on the grounds of the Southfield Municipal Complex at 26000 Evergreen Road. Call (248) 796-4620 for regular admission and party admission rates. Visit Clawson also offers open swim for residents and nonresidents at Clawson High School, located at 101 John M. Hours are 6:30- 8 p.m., Monday, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, with additional summer hours through Aug 19 of 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and

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Cool off with a heaping cone or cup of ice cream. July is National Ice Cream Month, but at Treat Dreams in Ferndale it’s Christmas, through Saturday, July 23. Owner Scott Maloney and his staff put up Christmas decorations. They’re holding a toy drive and they’re serving up holiday favorites – Hot Chocolate, Peppermint Stick, Eggnog, Peppermint Oreo (regular and vegan) ice cream, that is. If you like the micro-creamery’s more unusual flavors, be the first to taste a new “treat,” Monday, July 25. Devised by metro Detroit food writers and photographers, The Hungry Dudes, the stout-based ice cream has brownies, bacon, chocolate and caramel in the mix. What would you name it? Treat Dreams in located at 22965 Woodward Ave. Call (248) 544-3440. If your quest for cool treats takes you to Ray’s, a 1950s era ice cream parlor and soda fountain located at 4233 Coolidge Hwy. in Royal Oak, you may like my childhood favorites — Peppermint Stick and Cinnamon. Molly, who was working the counter last week, said Almond Coy — coconut with chocolate chips and almonds — is a popular summer flavor. Find your favorite flavor. Call (248) 549-5256. While there’s typically no room to hang out inside Clark’s Ice & Yogurt, located at 3312 12 Mile Road in Berkley, it’s worth taking a handful of napkins with you to sit outdoors and lick up generous cones of Butter Pecan, Moose Tracks, Cookie Dough and Eskimo Kisses (coconut with chocolate truffles). Store manager Luke Glover said hot weather is bringing people in for Lemon ice cream. It’s all good. Learn the latest at (248) 541-6560.

Last Wednesday, snow monkeys and other animals at the Detroit Zoo cooled off with enrichment items like ice treats, pool toys, showers and watermelon.


The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is another cool place to hang out, whether that’s sitting by the Rackham Memorial Fountain, taking in a “wild” Wednesday night concert, riding the miniature railroad (scream in the tunnel) or getting face-to-face with red kangaroos and wallabies in the Australian Outback habitat. “And we’ve got misters. Most of the crowds are huddling around them right now,” said zookeeper Kelly Wilson of the fine water sprays that help keep visitors cool on hot days. A zookeeper with the Detroit Zoo for nearly 14 years, Wilson was recently elected to the American Association of Zookeepers Board of Directors and awarded the AAZK’s Lutz Ruhe Professional of the Year Award, notably for his hard

work with Bowling for Rhinos, the yearly fundraisers that benefit rhino sanctuaries. “I work in the commissary where we handle all the food that comes in for the animals. It gets cut up here and then I take it out to the exhibits,” Wilson said noting that he reports on dietary changes that he may observe. “Seasonally, the diets do change. The zebras eat less pellets and less hay in the summer ... . They don’t eat as much as they do in the winter to stay warm,” he said. “The bears, they’re diet decreases in the winter. They don’t hibernate but they do decrease their activity. They’ll eat more in the summer.” Wilson said he always wanted to take care of animals, and there are several key moments during his years at the Detroit

Zoo when he realized he had made the right decision. “I worked in primates for seven years. I took care of snow monkeys and one of my crowning achievements was getting them to use the hot tub on a regular basis…I was very proud of that,” said Wilson who used food to capture the response he wanted the animals to give — to get in the tub. “They’re older now, but we had a group of juveniles, younger snow monkeys that were part of the troop, that played like kids at the park on a summer day, and it would be in the winter, jumping in and out of that hot tub, no cares in the world.” Last Wednesday, zookeepers demonstrated how they Please see COOL, A7

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he 7th Annual Polish the Jewel Belle Isle Legacy Luncheon, which was held at the Belle Isle Casino, brought out 530 women activists who donated over $311,000. Since its founding in 2004, the BIWC has raised more than $2.3 million for various renovation projects on Belle Isle. This year, money will be allocated to help complete the clay tile roof restoration of the Horse Stables, which were built in 1898. Work began on the Horse Stables in May and is continuing through the summer. Add to that BIWC’s ongoing project of raising money to replace the Pewabic tile that was removed from the Scott Fountain. Next up: the BIWC fund-raiser for the Belle Isle Conservatory on Sept. 13. The BIWC accepts donations all year long. Go to


As Tony Award-Winner Patti LuPone belted out “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” the feeling among the 350-plus patrons was just that at the grand opening gala of the Berman Center for the Performing Arts. Very fitting for a performing arts center, the gala featured performances by the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin, and a one-woman homage to Broadway by theater veteran Patti LuPone. But the real stars of the evening were Berman Center for the Performing Arts visionaries Madeleine and Mandell Berman of Franklin. Their dream for a multifaceted, high-tech entertainment venue was 40 years in the making “Building a theatre attached to the Jewish Community Center was the perfect solution,” said Madge Berman to the sold-out crowd of donors. “The intent is to charm us, challenge us and treat us to chamber music, dance, theatre, comedy, puppet shows, lectures, children’s theatre, book fairs and much, much more.” The $6.7 million, 15,000 square-foot, state-of-theart entertainment venue was designed by Neumann/ Smith Architecture of Southfield and built by Sachse Construction and Development Company of Birmingham as an addition to the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s West Bloomfield campus. “There can never be enough performing arts centers and not enough places for young musicians to nurture their dreams,” Maestro Leonard Slatkin told the audience following the performance by the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, which is a pre-professional training program for high school and college student musicians.


Detroit First Lady Yvette Bing of HT & Associates in Southfield, Sue Ray of Grosse Ile and Elsa Silverman of Royal Oak attended the Belle Isle luncheon. Berman Center for the Performing Arts Builder Todd and Karen Sachse of Huntington Woods and Stacy and Jeffrey Brodsky of West Bloomfield.

PETS OF THE WEEK Shilo and Matthew are featured animals this week at Almost Home Animal Haven. Here’s what volunteers say about them: Shilo is a male young adult Beagle. He gets along great with other dogs. He has a lot of energy and just wants to play, play, play! He loves walks and being outside with the volunteers. Matthew, a kitty, is about 12 weeks and is such a doll! He currently is located at Almost Home with some of his fantastic siblings. If you are interested in Shilo or Matthew, fill out an online application at Or visit them at the shelter, noon-3 p.m., Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; 3:307:30 p.m., Wednesday; and

Matthew 1:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday, 25503 Clara Lane, Southfield. For more information call Almost Home Animal Rescue League at (248) 200-2695. Zookeeper Kelly Wilson distributes food for animals at the Detroit Zoo. He received the American Association of Zookeepers Lutz Ruhe Professional of the Year Award.


FROM PAGE A6 help animals beat the heat with cool enrichment items like ice treats, pool toys, showers and watermelon, much to the delight of visitors. Wilson said when you visit, don’t miss the Arctic

Ring of Life where you can walk through a clear 70-foot-long tunnel underneath swimming polar bears and seals. “The design is so fascinating,” he said. “When I’m down there talking to people, they say, ‘are the seals swimming with the polar bears,’ and they’re not, it just gives the appearance that they are. Little kids get upset sometimes

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OCTOBER WEDDING Audrey M. Sim and Albert G. Urpsis, Jr., both of Royal Oak, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be, daughter of Mrs. Alexander J. Sim of Northville, is a 1986 graduate of Farmington High School and Albion College. She holds an M.D. degree and is in private medical practice. Her fiancé, son of Albert G. Urpsis, Sr. and Allison Withey of Royal Oak, formerly Farmington Hills, is a 1986 Farmington High School graduate. He graduated from the University of Central

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COMMUNITY LIFE REUNION CALENDAR Belleville High School Class of 1971 Planning 40th reunion in 2011. Seeking classmates and contact information. E-mail If on Facebook join the group by searching BHS reunion 1971 40th sign up site; also on CLASSMATES/REUNIONS. Dearborn Fordson Class of 1954 A 57-year reunion luncheon is planned for Oct. 6 at the Stitt American Legion Hall, Post 232 in Dearborn Heights. For more information call Nancy Barlow Gaspar at (313) 581-6623 or e-mail to Pat Gaston Chiesa at patc629@aol. com. Class of 1971

The 40th reunion is planned for Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 at Laurel Manor in Livonia. Tickets are on sale now for $52 per person for dinner and open bar. Send a check payable to Fordson ‘71 Reunion to 16124 Golfview, Livonia, MI 48154. For more information go to Facebook, or the Web page at Dearborn High School Class of 1976 35th reunion, Saturday Aug. 13. For details visit http://www.dhs1976. Dearborn Heights Robichaud Class of 1961 50th class reunion Sept. 24, 2011 at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course. All classes

are welcome as Robichaud High School also celebrates its 50th anniversary. Contact Bill Haskin at billsmustangs@; (734)595-4927 or Nancy at; (248) 529-6461. Detroit Cody Class of 1961 50th reunion Aug. 27, 2011, at Hellenic Banquet Center, Westland. Seeking classmates and contact information. E-mail Or call Connie Callear Majeske at (734) 425-7094 or Bernie Lekki Grudzien at (734) 522-3167. 50s and 60s Free picnic, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at Nankin Mills Pavilion, Ann Arbor Trail and Hines Drive. will have information and photos from past picnics. Questions? Call Jerry Marszalek at (313) 532-0134 or e-mail to Jmarsares@ sbcglobalnet or Phil Varilone at (313) 562-3579 or e-mail to Detroit Henry Ford Class of 1971 The 40th reunion, with a “Back to the Bahamas” theme, is scheduled for Aug. 20, at Bahama Breeze Restaurant, 19600 Haggerty, Livonia. The organizers are trying to reach approximately 1,000 graduates from the January and June classes, as well as any other alumni interested in attending the event. Tickets are $50. Call Barb Blum Douglas at (313) 804-1282, or Marilyn Ogilvy Twa at (616) 802-0305, or e-mail to Detroit Mackenzie June Class of 1961 50th reunion will be Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. For more information e-mail or phone Joanne (Poloway) Glance at (734) 878-6543. Class of 1962 Planning class reunion in 2012. Seeking classmates and contact information. E-mail the committee at Detroit Northwestern Class of 1950-51 Three-day event, Aug. 12-14. Anyone interested may contact Marlene Oleson Hanna at (313) 937-8233. Class of 1971 Celebration Weekend is Friday-Sunday, Aug. 19-21 and will include a meet and greet, class legacy dinner dance and a picnic. A fundraiser, “Bringing Back to the 70s” will be held 7 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, June 25 at Bert’s, located in the Eastern Market in Detroit. A portion of the proceeds from the events will be donated to Sickle Cell Anemia, Inc., Michigan Chapter. For more information, call (734) 326-1488 or e-mail to Farmington High School Class of 1961 A 50-year reunion of the Farmington High School Class of 1961 is set for 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel at 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi. The party dinner buffet is $48.75 per person. There will be a 9-hole golf outing at Fox Creek Golf Course, 36000 Seven Mile Road in Livonia at 10:30 a.m. the day of the reunion. Contact Phil “Jim” Newberg via e-mail at pruddyduck1@sbcglobal. net or call (830) 620-5734; local contact is Louise Giles (248) 224-3369. Ferndale High School Class of 1961 4:10-4:25 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, gathering time at the high school, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. at Rosie O’Grady’s, 279 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. The reunion continues at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Somerset Inn, 2601 W. Big Beaver, Troy, with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Weekend concludes with a final farewell and snack 12:30-1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, at Dugan’s 31501 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak. Bill Stenbak at (231) 544-6522. Garden City East & West Classes of 1966-67 A casual, joint reunion is planned for Oct. 8. The organizing committee needs addresses of class members. Call Dale Bowes (Whiting) ‘66W at (734) 427-7148, Carol Gantt Fenner ‘67W at (734) 326-8467, Karen Colvard (Domanski) ‘66E at (734) 427-7012, Cheryl Gibbs ‘67E at (734) 3409916/(313) 670-2402, or e-mail Dennis Russell at Garden City High School Class of 1986 25-year reunion, Saturday, Oct. 15. Email Trish First (Patty Buggy) for more information at or contact Kristy Hickson (Roberts) on facebook. Garden City West Class of 1981 30-year reunion, 6 p.m.-midnight, Oct. 22, at the Hellenic Cultural Center, Livonia. $45 per person; $90 per couple. Payment must be received by Sept. 1. No tickets will be sold at the door. Send a check or money order

made payable to GC West Class of 1981, 32511 Windsor, Garden City, MI 48135. Questions? Call Erin (734) 751-2424. Inkster Cherry Hill All classes The Cherry Hill High School Alumni Association presents a reunion for all classes, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the fields behind the school, 28500 Avondale, Inkster. Admission is $15 per person if received by July 4 and $25 per person after that date. For complete information, including registration, deadlines and events, go to Ladywood High School Class of 1961 Planning a 50th reunion in 2011. Seeking classmates and contact information. E-mail or call Sandy Phillips O’Leary (734) 453-0783 and leave a message if voice mail picks up. Livonia Bentley Class of 1961 Holding a 50th class reunion Sept. 16-17. To register, call Donald Bruner, (734) 524-0979 or e-mail dbruner@ Class of 1981 30th reunion planned for Aug. 6, at One Under Banquet Facility 35789 Five Mile, Livonia. Visit for more details. Livonia Franklin Class of 1966 45th high school reunion, Oct. 8 at Laurel Park Marriott. Seeking classmates and contact info. E-mail contact info to Larry Ruzsas at or call him at (810) 599-3509. Plymouth High School Classes of 1951-52 Planned for Aug. 19-21. Just show up for gatherings at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth and 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Box Bar Restaurant in downtown Plymouth. Bring a dish to pass and a large bottle of pop for the picnic at noon, Aug. 21 at the #1 pavilion in Plymouth Township Park, 46640 Ann Arbor Trail. For more information call Ron Beaver at (734) 397-9357, Bea Gray at (734) 453-6613 or Dick Nelson at (734) 453-0798. Classes of 1965-66 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Plymouth Cultural Center, behind the “old” high school. Attire is “whatever makes you feel good.” Cost is $35 per person and includes dinner, live music, cash bar and hors d’ oeuvres. Tour of old high school will run 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Make checks payable to PHS Class Reunion ‘65 & ‘66 and sent to Doug Jaskirny, 47237 Hunters Park Drive, Plymouth, Mi 48170 for the class of 1965. Class of 1966 members send to Donna (Cook) Marshall 1337 S Harvey, Plymouth, Mi. 48170. Class of 1981 30-year class reunion, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Rock Bar & Grill, 844 Penniman, Plymouth. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple and include appetizers, one drink and cake. Make checks payable to Kallie Michels/Canton-1981 and send them to her at 48714 Pine Hill, Plymouth, MI 48170. Questions? E-mail to Redford Union Class of 1971 6:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, at Plymouth Elks Lodge, 41700 Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth. Tickets purchased before July 31 are $38. Tickets after that date are $48. Look for Redford Union Class of 1971 on Facebook or email to Class of 1962 Looking for classmates for 50th class reunion on Oct. 13, 2012 E-mail Linda (Horning) Tracy at or call her at (231) 882-7268 or e-mail Madeline Rice at Royal Oak High School Class of 1951 A 60th reunion is planned for Sept. 14 at the Oxford Inn, 1214 Main, Royal Oak. The event will start with a social gathering at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information and for reservation forms contact Fred Locke and Katy Marsh, 5464 Lakeshore, Fort Gratiot, MI 48059; (810) 385-3253; fjlocke@ St. Alphonsus Class of 1971 40th class reunion, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Liberty Street Brewing, 149 Liberty, Plymouth and 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Sept. 24, Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 17123 Laurel Park Drive North, Livonia. The gathering on Saturday costs $60 per person. For more information call Martie Zawacki McClain at martanmc@ (734) 453-4946

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Summer day campers enjoy ‘cool’ activities BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

CLAWSON — Fun in the Sun is the name of the city’s summer day camp, surely a title someone would think of in the dead of winter. With temperatures rising into the 90s throughout last week, day campers spent a majority of the time indoors, participating in activities in the air conditioning of the Hunter Community Center, according to Mickey Alderman, director of the Clawson Parks and Recreation Department. Coincidentally, last week’s activities ended with a field trip to the Red Oaks Water Park in Madison Heights, which couldn’t be better timing, Alderman said. Outdoor activities were held first thing each morning last week, if at all, he said. “There are drinking fountains (at the Hunter Community Center),” Alderman said. “We also give

a reminder to the kids to make sure they drink enough fluids and make sure they are not out on the playground in the hottest part of the day. We try to get them out there in the morning when things are not too hot and keep them indoors later on (in the day).” There are three more weeks of Fun in the Sun activities, held 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, according to Alderman. He’s hopeful the temperatures will return to normal, in the 80s, for the remaining weeks. Dozens of children, ages 6-11, attend Fun in the Sun activities daily under the supervision of seven collegeage counselors, according to Alderman. Cost for Fun in the Sun is $20 daily, he said. Fun in the Sun attendees get a chance to swim on Tuesdays at the Clawson High School as part of the participation costs. The Clawson High pool is open to the general public 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays,

7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Cost per session is $3 for children, ages 3-17; $4 for adults and $5 for the entire family on Mondays. This is the fifth week of the eight weeks of Fun in the Sun activities. The remaining field trips include a bowling alley visit and a visit to the Independence Oaks County Park in northern Oakland County the next two Fridays, according to Alderman. Fun in the Sun participants won’t be leaving the grounds for the final field trip day, Aug. 12, Alderman said. The day camp’s final day will be highlighted by a “giant fair” on the Hunter Community Center lawn, featuring a climbing wall and other games, Alderman said. Go to www.cityofclawson. com/parksrecreation.htm for more information. | (313) 2222047

Homeless have little respite from heat LATHRUP VILLAGE - The heat wave hasn’t meant a greater number of homeless people seeking assistance at the South Oakland Shelter in Lathrup Village, formerly located in Royal Oak, according to its director, Ryan Hertz. “Phones have been constantly ringing, but it’s been this way for the last year and a half,” Hertz said. Hertz said there are between 3,000 and 4,000 people in Oakland County in need of shelter at “any given time.” The non-profit group partners with 67 churches and synagogues in metro Detroit to provide shelter to homeless people who qualify for a 90-day program, which provides lodging, meals, transportation, case management and a housing supportive services component, according to its Web site. Each week, on a rotating basis, one of the partnering congregations hosts 35 homeless people in the SOS program, providing a place to sleep and three meals per day, according to Hertz. The 10,000 square foot facility at 18505 W. 12 Mile Road, one block west of Southfield Road, is not an overnight facility but it can provide for



hanging out.” With the power out, help came in the form of generators, loaned to the community center from the Minute Men of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Pontiac, and from Jim Rhodes Welding Co. in Ferndale. Together they produced enough energy to turn on lights and fans, according to Ferndale Fire Chief Kevin Sullivan. The air conditioning kicked back in about 4 a.m. when Sullivan had the city’s severalton generator delivered, giving the displaced residents the comfort they needed to sleep. “When the power went out, the option was to move everyone to another building, which meant moving out of Ferndale (to another city with power),” Sullivan said. “We felt if we could power (the Kulick Community Center), this could keep everyone here and we’d be better off. We needed (a big generator) to get the air running again.”


The city’s complete blackout lasted until about 4 a.m. when power began being restored to some of the DTE Energy customers, according to Austerberry. The Kulick Community Center had reconnected to the power grid between 8-9 a.m., Hall said. By late morning power had been restored to about 4,000 DTE Energy customers, in Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge, Austerberry said. “We are making repairs now to the other cable,”

temporary shelter for a homeless person in need of relief from the heat, according to Hertz. “Because of the heat, if someone comes to us that doesn’t have somewhere to go, or is struggling with the heat, we’ll give them water, and have a vestibule with air conditioning to allow them to cool down,” Hertz said. “We don’t have the capacity to help people who (have a home) but just don’t have air conditioning. If people come to us they need to be homeless.” As tough as the summer heat can be, Hertz said winter is a more challenging season. “Winter is harder on people, I think,” Hertz said. “In the summer, at least at night, it cools down and people can find places to go with air conditioning or shading during the day. In the winter, at night it’s just as cold and there is no place for people to go, unless they have access to shelter or a warming center...In the summer, if someone is on the street, at least they are out of the sun at night.” South Oakland Shelter may be reached at or (248) 8093773. -By Steve Kowalski

‘In our city, it’s ‘all hands on deck,’ all departments are helping out.’ DAVID COULTER, Mayor of Ferndale

Austerberry said Friday morning. “That is going to take us most of today, if not all of today. Depending on how things go, (the repairs) may go into (Saturday).” Austerberry said DTE Energy serves about 2.1 million customers state-wide, and the 6,000 customers in Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge were among about 30,000 across the state to lose power. He attributed the two-consecutive days of cable failure at the Nine Mile substation to five straight days of temperatures at 90 degrees or higher, including Thursday’s high that topped 100 degrees. “(The Thursday power outage) was on the hottest day in 10 years, not only that, the hottest day that followed four others of 90 degrees,” Austerberry said. “(The system) is very reliable and overall held up under stress. When you have extended periods of hot weather and a system operating at full throttle day after day after day, it’s just like running a car wide open for days on end. Components that normally are very reliable under normal operating conditions can be stressed to the point that they malfunction.” Expecting the power to return to all 6,000 DTE

Energy customers by Saturday was “reasonably realistic,” Austerberry said.


Mayor David Coulter estimated about 70 percent of DTE Energy customers in Ferndale lost power when the first transformer failed Wednesday. “I was part of the fortunate 30 percent, but I haven’t been (home) much,” Coulter said Thursday afternoon, referring to the time he helped displaced residents find shelter at the cooling center Wednesday night. The Ferndale Police Department offered free rides to the Kulick Community Center for people who are normally shut-ins and the fire department also offered firstaid, equipment and its personnel in the case of someone suffering from the heat, according to the mayor. “In our city, it’s ‘all hands on deck,’ all departments are helping out,” Coulter said. Ferndale Public Schools announced the cancellation of activities scheduled Thursday, because of the power outage. The activities canceled includes summer-school programs, all sports practices and activities and summer band/orchestra, according to the press release. All Ferndale school activities remained closed on Friday, with the exception of summer school and summer food programs at Coolidge Intermediate School, according to a news release.



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‘I can do it myself’ Construction camp for girls builds skills, confidence BY STACY JENKINS ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

Brianna Holloway will never look at brick buildings the same way again. The 14-year-old Southfield girl is among 15 girls who are learning the basics of masonry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and even crane operation, during the MAGIC (Mentoring a Girl in Construction) Camp at Oakland Community College this week at the Orchard Ridge campus in Farmington Hills. Holloway quickly learned on Tuesday morning that building a brick wall is an art. “Somebody had to have a lot of skills to do that,” she said, about brick buildings. “It’s harder than you think it is.” Mixing the mortar and learning how to hold the trowel just right were among the skills learned this week by the teen girls. This super hands-on camp is supported by instructors from local skilled trades unions, businesses and OCC’s Womencenter. The girls are building a portion of a small house, with three walls, a floor, a toilet, a sink and an electrical box — and to do that, they’re learning how to measure with precision, drill with a purpose and hammer with confidence.


It’s the fourth year the camp is offered at OCC, and Arlene Frank, program coordinator for the Womencenter, said it’s a valuable experience for the girls. “It’s important because these are nontraditional skills and careers for

women,” she said. “It’s important to know and to learn these things because it’s very likely they’ll own their own homes. But, beyond that, they feel empowered to do something they thought they couldn’t do. They leave feeling they can try new things and do new things.” Frank said the program is neat because there are women carpenters, electricians and plumbers who volunteer to teach the skills at the camp – and they become role models for the girls. Carol Varga, who is immediate past president of the National Association of Women in Construction, Detroit Chapter 183, helps round up the instructors and materials for the program. She said it’s a good partnership with OCC and a great experience for the participants. “Empowerment,” she said. “It opens up their eyes of the possibilities, so they’re not put into a box of what they should be when they grow up.” Varga, who has worked in construction for years, is the director of facilities for Busch’s Fresh Food Markets.


Holloway, who is particularly interested in electrical, said she’s glad to learn skills that will allow her to do repairs around the house. Her dad is a contractor and has taught her a lot, but she said the MAGIC Camp allows her to brush up on her skills. “He inspired me,” she said. “I want to make him proud.” Chloe Denton, 15, of Waterford, said her dad and her stepdad work in construction, but they’ve never

taught her the ropes. She’s enjoying learning some skills and also making a few new friends at the camp. “So far, I love it,” she said Tuesday. “I met some pretty great people. Some of the girls I’ve met, I will keep in touch with after the camp.” Denton said she’ll take her new-found construction skills with her into adulthood. “When I’m older, and I have my own house or apartment, I won’t have to depend on my boyfriend or my dad or stepdad. I can do it myself,” she said. Carolyn Whiting, 14, of Farmington Hills said she’s enjoying spending the week with one of her great friends, Rachel Snabes, whom she’s not able to see often because they attend different high schools. “This is a way for us to hang out, like we used to,” she said. “And, I like learning — it’s fun having others learn it, too, as a group.” Masonry was her favorite activity, as of Tuesday. Hammering? Not so much. Kamryn Green, 13, of Farmington said she’s enjoying learning the skills at MAGIC Camp. “I really like it,” she said. “It’s a very good opportunity for women to work in the field. I like carpentry, nailing and using the hammer.” Green said she also loves to build things. “When I was younger, Legos were always my friend,” she said. She will also look at buildings in a different way after this week. “I’ll wonder, ‘Did a woman build that?’” she said, with a smile. “You never know.” | (313) 222-2369

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7-Eleven clerk struck in head, customer Affirmations renews robbed of purse during armed robbery effort to stem BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

FERNDALE — For the second time in one week, an armed robbery has occurred at a store near Nine Mile and Livernois, according to Ferndale police. At about 12:30 a.m. July 18, Ferndale officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven, at 1040 W. Nine Mile, according to a Ferndale police report. A man, allegedly armed with a handgun, entered the store and victimized two women, the report said. When the clerk tried to run from behind the counter, the alleged robber struck her in the head with his gun, knocking the clerk to the ground and disabling her, according to the report. “(The clerk) was behind the counter when (the alleged armed robber) came in,” Ferndale Police Lt. William Wilson said. “He had his hand in his pocket, and as soon as he walked in, walked up to the counter and pointed the gun at her. (The clerk) ran out through an opening and he chased around the counter after her. “In a sense (the clerk) is lucky she wasn’t hurt more than she was. On the other hand I would not call her fortunate because she was robbed and beaten with a handgun.” The clerk did not need medical attention for the alleged handgun beating, Wilson said. The in-store surveillance videotape then shows the alleged robber pointing a gun at a female customer and stealing her purse, the report said.

“After knocking (the clerk) down, (the alleged armed robber) went after another woman who was a customer in the store,” Wilson said. “He chased her at gunpoint, took her purse.” Wilson said the purse contained two cellular phones, credit cards and an undisclosed amount of cash. It’s hoped that the surveillance video, being released to media outlets, will lead to the capture of the alleged robber, Wilson said. “He (was) in and out of (the store) within 15 seconds,” Wilson said. The victims described the suspect as a black male, about 5-foot-5 and 170 pounds, with medium brown skin tone and a scruffy face, according to the report. The alleged robber looked to be about 27 years old and was wearing a red baseball hat with a white “B” on the front of the cap, a gray fleece, black shorts and black shoes, the report said. A cash reward for up to $1,000 is offered to anyone with a tip that leads to the arrest of the person responsible. Tips may remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK UP (1-800-773-2587), go online at or text “CSM and your tip” to CRIMES (274637).


The alleged armed robbery is the second in a week near the Nine Mile and Livernois intersection, according to Ferndale police. An alleged armed robbery occurred July 11 at the Ferndale Community Pharmacy, about two blocks

west at 825 W. Nine Mile, according to a July 14 affidavit filed by an FBI agent in U.S. District Court. In that alleged armed robbery, a clerk was struck twice in the back of the head with a handgun and another clerk suffered arm injuries from shrapnel after a bullet was fired and struck the ground, the affidavit said. The defendants in that case, Alfred Ross Wingate Jr., Aubry Trenell Allen and Christian Terrell Reid, consented to detention at a hearing July 15, according to Gina Balaya, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Reid has a preliminary examination conference scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 4, while Wingate and Allen waived their preliminary exams, Balaya said. The federal charges stem from the alleged taking of controlled substances through force, violence or intimidation from a pharmacist licensed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the affidavit filed before Magistrate R. Steven Whalen. In addition to the two alleged store armed robberies, two people reported that they were robbed at gunpoint in the late-night or early-morning hours while walking on Ferndale streets in the last month, according to Wilson. In one of the alleged cases, the victim is a male who said he was held up by two males while walking along Nine Mile at Pinecrest, Wilson said. In the other, a woman said a male held her up at gunpoint while walking near Woodward in the late-night or early morning hours.

Wilson did not have the dates of the alleged armed robberies of pedestrians in front of him and he said in each case the victims were reportedly drunk and unable to provide accurate descriptions of the alleged suspects. “Their ability to recall facts, descriptions, details, and even location (were hindered)” because they were drunk at the time of the alleged armed robberies, Wilson said. Wilson said armed robbers are more likely to target victims who have been drinking during the late-night or earlymorning hours. “It’s a good idea not to be wandering around in the late night or early morning hours when you are drunk,” Wilson said. “Someone wandering around drunk in the early morning hours are more of a target than someone in those hours who is alert and capable.” There is no indication the alleged armed robberies are linked, Wilson said. He’s also not sure whether four armed robberies in one month is an indication that violent crime is on the rise. “It’s a little premature to say anything is on the rise,” Wilson said. “It’s summer, and we’ve had four (alleged armed robberies) in the last month or so, which is high, but it’s hard to tell if anything is on the rise or if it’s just due to the time of year, heat, summertime, “Prior to (the last month) it was very slow (in regard to crime) for the last several months, which is a good thing.” (313) 222-2047

underage drinking

FERNDALE - Affirmations announced plans this week to re-launch its annual campaign designed to keep center youth alcohol-free, and it is counting on area bar and restaurant owners to help out. The organization is asking the managers and owners of Ferndale establishments to join the campaign by signing a pledge of support. All participating businesses will receive window clings to display. As one of the popular towns for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Ferndale is the perfect place to start, according to a press release. Whether boasting gay nights, girls nights or neither, nearly every bar or restaurant in Ferndale is likely to cater to this population niche, and will likewise be a magnet for youth looking for connection and community. “Access to alcohol is one of the key factors influencing the rate of underage drinking,” said director of programs, Kim PhillipsKnope. “With this initiative, we hope to gain the support of local business and limit access to alcohol for youth.” The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities have historically gathered in bars, one of the few spaces where one could meet someone and form relationships. With more social outlets being created

every day, the social scene for LGBT is changing, but the bar-hopping draw is still a strong one for young people. Affirmations is one of the alternatives for youth. Affirmations offers a range of support and social activities for youth and has provided services for hundreds of youth each year. Its “Cross the Line” peer outreach team, led by members of the youth program, will be visiting bars and restaurants in July and August to ask their help in making the campaign a success. “Ferndale business people are very community-minded, and we’re looking forward to working with them to help keep our youth safe,” said Phillips-Knope. Federal, state and county funding has been provided through the Oakland County Health Division/ Office of Substance Abuse Services to support the project costs. Affirmations is metro area’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people and their allies. Open since 1989 and located in Ferndale, Affirmations provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations and gender identities can find support and unconditional acceptance. For more information, visit its website at www.



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Hot ice cream sales no guarantee when temps rise BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

CLAWSON — Demand for ice cream doesn’t necessarily go up with the temperature during a heat wave, according to someone who is in the know. Katie Ross, manager of Dairy-O in downtown Clawson, said the lines in front of the counter for cold treats were actually shorter than normal during last week’s heat wave that topped 100 degrees on Thursday. Ross said that’s a sign that many people feel it’s too hot to come out of their air-conditioned homes or cars. “Since it’s gotten hotter, we’ve actually gotten slower,” said Ross, a 21-year-old Clawson resident. “We’ll slow down because people don’t want to come outside. After dinner, about 7:30 or 8 (p.m.) it will pick up a little more.” Ross, an employee at DairyO for seven summers, said she also knows a customer’s tendency to order when the temperatures are unbearable. “Customers eat a lot more in cups because (the ice cream) drips (in the hot temperatures),” Ross said. Of course, ice cream fans also aren’t as likely to stand in line when it’s unseasonably cold in the summer. So, what is the ideal temperature to

The Dairy-O in Clawson had plenty of customers on Thursday, but fewer than when the weather is cooler, according to staff. bring out a crowd? “When it’s 80 or 85 (degrees) it’s like perfect,” Ross said. Dairy-O has a patio with tables and chairs to the south of the building at 208 S. Main for people to sit and enjoy their ice cream after purchase. Clawson residents Scott and Victoria Fox, their sons, Ryan, 12, and Grant, 10, and their friends from Holt, Tamara Berg, and her 12-year-old daughter, Megan, sat at a table enjoying their cold treats Thursday evening. Grant Fox had a bit of trouble getting all of his Cookie

Dough Flurry in his mouth. “You’re beating the heat by covering yourself in ice cream,” Tamara Berg said to Grant, who had to wipe ice cream that dripped onto his arms and legs. Minutes later, Grant dropped the cup onto the ground, salvaging most of the ice cream, but splattering some on his father’s leg. “You’re dad is wearing (the ice cream) now,” Tamara Berg said as the family and friends shared a laugh. The Fox family also brought their dog, Hamilton, with

CHAMBER DATELINE On Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 1-7 p.m., the Chamber Challenge Blood Drive will be held at the Berkley Donor Center, 28105 Woodward Ave. Business people and others are asked to help the Red Cross and help the Berkley, Ferndale and Royal Oak chambers of commerce in their quest to win the challenge. Donating a pint of blood can win you gas for a year or tickets to Cedar Point. Everyone who registers to donate will also receive a coupon for a box of chocolate-covered fruit from Edible Arrangements in Berkley. Help save a life.

Berkley • What: Michigan Property Managers Challenge Cup Golf Outing Where: Rackham Golf Course, 10100 W. 10 Mile Road, Huntington Woods When: Sept. 9; registration on the day of the event is 8 a.m., shotgun Start 9 a.m. Reserve a spot by Aug. 5. The golf outing will provide everyone the experience of playing in what looks and

feels like a Ryder Cup. A portion of the proceeds from each golfer will be donated to charity partner, The Berkley Education Foundation. • Aug. 25 has been set as the new date for the Berkley Pub Crawl. Cost is only $10 for a progressive celebration of Berkley’s nightlife, restaurants and food fare.

Ferndale • When: Friday, July 29, 7 p.m. What: 15th Annual Ferndale Pub Crawl Where: Starts at Boogie Fever — visit • When: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 8 - 9 a.m. What: Coffee Connection hosted by Northern Television Where: Northern Television, 1321 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak • When: Wednesday, Aug. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., What: Grand Central Self Storage Annual BBQ Where: 3101 Bermuda, Ferndale. Royal Oak Chamber members are invited to attend the annual bar-

becue again this year. Always great food and wonderful new friends to meet. No reservation needed.

Royal Oak • When: Wednesday, July 27, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., What: Arts, Beats and Eats Downtown Business Information meeting Where: Royal Oak Farmer’s Market. Reserve a spot to Stephanie at Let her know with the number of people from your business who will be attending by July 25, • When: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 8 a.m. Where: Northern TV, 1321 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak What: Northern TV will be hosting a coffee for the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, and owner Mike Sheppard would like to invite Royal Oak Chamber members to attend. The gathering will feature coffee from Chazzano and doughnuts.

Southfield • When: Aug. 5, 7:45-9 a.m. What: BNG Networking Where: Intelligent Office, 20700 Civic Center Drive,

Dentist hosts saloon benefit for schools in Royal Oak

ROYAL OAK – On Wednesday, Aug. 3, Bright Side Dental will host a Royal Oak Women’s Night Out with proceeds benefiting the Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools. The festive event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at BlackFinn American Saloon, South Main Street in downtown Royal Oak. With help from local vendors and generous gift baskets, money raised from donations and raffles will provide funding for the Royal Oak PTA. The PTA uses these funds to provide educational and recreational events for students. With the ongoing state cuts in funding, students could lose even more programs such as art or music, according to a press release. The PTA helps to offset what is lost. With a donation, guests are offered a chance to network and be pampered with Massage by Marsha, receive a mini makeup application by MAC Cosmetics, a Satin Hands treatment by Mary Kay and mini manicures and hairstyles by Douglas J Aveda Salon. Each vendor has also provided a gift basket to be raffled off at the event. Guests will also have the opportunity to win

a bevy of prizes and receive free items donated by contributing vendors, such as Van Every Chiropractic, Just Baked, Bella Tan, Stella & Dot Jewelry, Le Salon Bridal, BSkinny Coffee, Acadia Floral Design, Bright Side Dental, Jack Detroit and J & M Reproductions. “We know the importance of having extracurricular activities available for students,” said Pam Lenning, public relations assistant for Bright Side Dental. BlackFinn American Saloon is a modern day adaptation of a “big-city” saloon, with the welcoming charm of a traditional neighborhood taverns of yesteryear. For more information, log on to Bright Side Dental is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association and Special Care Dentistry Association and offers a full array of dental, cosmetic and orthodontic services. For more information about Bright Side Dental, visit or call (800) PAINLESS.


Lauren Plumb, 17, an employee at the Dairy-O, steps outside for an ice-cream cone on the hottest day in 10 years, according to DTE. them, buying him an ice cream cone, which he devoured with no trouble, Victoria Fox said. Hamilton washed it down with a bottle of ice cold water, which Scott Fox poured. Victoria Fox, a school teacher who has the summer off from work, said the family has tried to stay cool blasting their air conditioning at home and swimming in their backyard pool. But with the air temperature so hot, not even submerging oneself in water is a guaranteed cool down, she said.

“The pool temperature was 94 today,” she said. Ryan Brock, 21, and his girlfriend, Jenelle Mullen, 19, enjoyed ice cream treats at another patio table with Ryan’s sister, Rachel Brock, 19, and their friend, Mariah Krebs, 20. “We just walked right up,” Ryan Brock said. “I was surprised, because Dairy-O is usually pretty busy.” Ryan Brock said they spent the day at Metro Beach where they chose not to swim

because Lake St. Clair was “like bath water.” Dairy-O is staffed by one employee during the day, and three at night, according to Ross. There is a screen window between the customers and the staff. Fortunately for employees, the kitchen is far cooler than the other side of the counter, according to Ross. “We have air conditioning, which is awesome,” Ross said. (313) 222-2047


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Attack crime, fires with sensible study

Do you think crime, such as larceny from vehicles, is on the rise in South Oakland County communities? The question was asked at the Berkley Public Library.

Public safety vital It was not intentional that, in the July 17 edition of the South Oakland Eccentric, the Ferndale pharmacy robbery, which achieved much notoriety, was placed above a story about a public safety study in Royal Oak. That placement, however, draws attention to the need for a study of public safety services throughout South Oakland County for several reasons. First, by public safety, we are referring to police, fire and EMS service. Some cities, like Southfield, at one time had a public safety department, meaning one administrator leading all three functions. It no longer does. The crying need for funds to support those departments, the inability to reach contract agreements and coming state legislation are all indicative that such a study is not only valuable but mandatory. In South Oakland County, a driver — or a criminal — can move from one community to the next in less than two miles, in some instances. To expect local municipalities to provide comprehensive services in such a piecemeal pattern ignores the geographic realities of the area. We aren’t necessarily suggesting a plan of public safety without boundaries, but there are likely to be strategic initiatives and cost-sharing proposals that will improve public safety service for all concerned. Ferndale already is in negotiations w ith Hazel Park on linking some services, and Berkley has considered it in the past. Change comes slowly and isn’t always easy, but that is no reason to balk at taking a good faith look at shared services. Don’t think that crime and criminals avoid your hometow n. They are ever y where, and combating them requires a coordinated effort.

“No, I don’t believe crime “Everyone is talking about is on the rise. Berkley is a (vehicle) larcenies. You can’t keep cars unlocked anymore. very safe area.” Katherine Manning I’ve been here 40 years. We Berkley

used to not even lock our houses. That’s not the case anymore.”

Kary Pasanen


Cost of war

What sacrifices have we in South Oakland County made during the war in Afghanistan? The commonly held view is that we have made few if any sacrifices, save for those in the military and their circle of friends and family. Not so. Taxpayers in Royal Oak will pay $22.9 million for Afghanistan war spending for Fiscal Year 2011, according to the National Priorities Project, a research organization specializing in these issues. Taxpayers in Berkley will pay $6.5 million this fiscal year. Figures for the other cities in South Oakland are not readily available, but one can estimate based on these two figures. We have foregone whatever else these funds would have purchased, whether it is hiring police officers, retaining teachers, filling potholes, or reducing the national debt. Charles Altman Royal Oak The Southfield resident that expressed excitement over candidate Jeremy Moss running for Southfield City Council leaves me laughing. Tell me, what “valuable insight” and “extensive experience” does a 25-year-old have that is still living at home and who takes his mother with him to the police station for the background check that is required of elected officials? Should he ever get a job in the real world, buy a home, and pay property taxes like the rest of us, then I would consider giving him a second look. As for me, a 37-year resident of Southfield, I’m investing in Southfield’s future by voting for mature candidates! Mack Tario Southfield


Be neighborly this summer There has been something very special locally in recent weeks, and that is the chance to go out and meet your neighbors. Sure, it has been hot, but there have been the sou nd s of c ool ja z z , a mong ot her gen re s, c oming from gazebos and parks throughout our area. Those communit y-sponsored concer t s of fer t he perfect chance to link up with neighbors for a picnic on the lawn, for letting kids safely run off some energ y and, if you are in the Southf ield area, for taking a break from work in the Civic Center area. While all of us could use a break from the oppressive heat , this is summer a nd this is Michiga n. Kids ought to not be the only ones to take advantage of some down time. Residents in Berkley will have another opportunity to meet with their neighbors — and to check into parks and recreation programs — when that city hosts an ice cream social Tuesday night. What a cool way to have fun on a summer evening. So, get out of the house and be a little neighborly. After all, you don’t want the next time you see your neighbor to be when you ask to borrow the snowblower.

“I’m not sure. I try to focus on good news, not seek out bad news to keep me down.”

Daniel Chomet Berkley

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Vote for maturity

Kathelin Sills (left), 3, and Leah Wine, 4, run with the music at the Huntington Woods Concert series.

“I do. I had my car broken into this year in January, parked here in Berkley, in my driveway. There were five cars broken into that night. A friend’s car was stolen in December.”

Budget plan

The Republicans are offering an even more draconian budget plan that would cap spending, cut spending, and require a balanced budget that would put this country in a deep depression. It would do away with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Environment, Education, Drug and Food Administration, because all funding with be reduced to nothing. Meanwhile, it would take 2/3 majority of both the House and Senate to pass any tax increases. This is a plan made in heaven for the rich and powerful. Is this democracy? Is this government for the people? Where are we headed? I am very upset that the Republicans are not serious about the budget. They are just creating trouble. Are these the people you want to lead our government? I do not. This is my opinion. What is yours? Joanne Braund Royal Oak

Times, please

To the management and owners of the Palladium and Birmingham theaters: As a frequent Birmingham movie patron, I respectfully request you return to your long-held custom of publishing the movies you are currently offering, along with their times, in the local

WHAT DO YOU THINK? We welcome your Letter to the Editor. Please include your name, address and phone number for verification. We ask your letters be 400 words or less. We may edit for clarity, space and content. Submit letters via the following formats. E-mail: Read or comment online: Deadline: Letters must be received by 10 a.m. Thursday to be published in the Sunday edition. Blog: You may also let your opinions be heard with your own blog at newspapers. Since they have been removed from the papers, it is inconvenient, time-consuming and frustrating to your loyal local customers who now must turn to their computers or telephones to gain the information they once had at their fingertips in their newspapers. Publishing in newspapers seems such a simple step for your theaters to take to make it easy for your viewers to be aware of your movies that it is curious why you don’t. Just as we support your theaters, we consumers support our newspapers with subscriptions and enjoy their conveniences. Newspapers are struggling, especially the smaller community papers, and could benefit from your advertising dollars. It is appropriate that those who own businesses in a community support their local newspapers. In this way, you support all of the community — your dollars spent on advertising in papers yield subscription dollars, which yield dollars spent by the readers of newspapers right back at your business. It is a win-win situation. Currently your community is on the losing end. Elaine Garvin Bloomfield Hills

Cap debt limit

Please urge your U.S. senators and congressman not to vote to increase the debt limit above $14 trillion for any reason. All the gloom and doom stories about default are B.S. If the government can no longer borrow on our grandchildren’s future, they still will collect plenty of money from current taxes. However, they will then have to prioritize what is important to pay and what is not. They need not default on the debt. However, foreign aid would have to stop. Uncle Sam could no longer play big shot with money he does not have. Whole government programs that have been in existence for years with no benefit to taxpayers like the Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security (which is currently waging war against the American people), Department of Energy (which is presently controlled by environmental extremists like Al Gore, etc). All these wasteful, illegal (as defined by the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) federal bureaucracies should be eliminated. The taxes the federal government collects are

sufficient to pay on the debt, plus pay for needed programs as determined by a priority evaluation. In other words, the government will have to prioritize just like individual citizens have to do. In truth, the insanity of borrowing on our children’s and grandchildren’s future should have never been started. Gerald N. Wiggins South Lyon

What we need

What does Michigan need most? Quality jobs that pay a solid wage. Modernized infrastructure. A sense of direction, where business, government and citizens come together to guide our state to a stronger future. The New International Trade Crossing (NITC), the proposed second bridge crossing between Detroit and Windsor, satisfies all these mandates — and then some. Gov. Rick Snyder, who has made the bridge his highest priority, got it right at the recent Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference. The governor said that the project “is about international trade — and, underlying that, jobs. We need more and better jobs in Michigan.” Hopefully, a wise consensus will now emerge that this is the right bridge at the right time. Enabling legislation is being introduced in Lansing (Senate Bills 410 and 411). This legislation would establish a public governing authority for the bridge, which would then be built by a private contractor. Realistically, the Ambassador Bridge is an aging structure. We need a new bridge and additional international crossing capacity; a public-private partnership is the best way to have public control, in combination with the contributions that competitive private enterprise can make. There will be no up-front expense, or long-term obligation, for Michigan taxpayers. A $550 million loan from Canada will pay for necessary roadwork on the Michigan side of the crossing, while Canada and the U.S. federal government will share the cost of a customs plaza on our side. Gov. Snyder has already arranged that this loan will earn Michigan more than $2 billion in federal matching funds for badly needed road and bridge construction throughout the state. At the same time, protections will be build into the authorizing legislation to make sure that Michigan taxpayers are not on the hook should toll revenues fall short of projections. In a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, and in the city of Detroit, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state, we can’t afford to wait. The NITC, which will bring an estimated 10,000 jobs to the region, promises to be the largest job creator we are going to see for many years. For these reasons, the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters supports the NITC as a generator of economic growth, short-term as construction ensues through 2016, and, then, longer-term, as it widens an established trade route for industries of today and tomorrow. There are few times when we can say that a proposed development is a tipping point in our region’s economic history. This is one of them. It carries low risk and immense potential for reward in terms of jobs, business attraction and international trade. Let’s build the NITC. Now. Mike Jackson executive secretary/treasurer Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters & Millwrights

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High school memories with Tim Allen Professor Bookstore. It was a time without cell phones or FB and if we were lucky our parents had two telephone lines. I ended the night driving through “uptown” and appreciating I can still buy a Michigan sweat shirt at The Varsity Shop, a place that never changed. Every day is a gift and so are the friends who waited with me in the long line on Saturdays at Nibblers. And at the next reunion, 10 years from now, I hope I have the chance to ask “that boy “ if he still signs his name with a middle initial. I bet he does.



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t was great to see the boy in homeroom who had inscribed something so kind in my yearbook. When I saw him last night at my high school reunion (Seaholm, class of ‘71) I remembered how I felt at 15 as I read and re-read his inscription. The power of kind words, words that resonate. I have not looked through my high school yearbook since college, yet I remembered his thoughtful words and his signature. He signed his name with a middle initial, sophisticated for someone at this young age. I wonder if he still signs his name that way now, years later, I should have asked him. There is a book entitled Is There Life After High School? I makes me wonder, do we ever really change from when we were kids? Another classmate, one we voted Class Clown, has spent his life making people around the world laugh. He is famous today. You know him as Tim Allen, star of the hit TV show Home Improvement and many movies. He was in my class at Seaholm, and he has never failed to come back here for a class reunion. Such was the case last Saturday at the Radisson Hotel in Bloomfield Hills At the reunion, he made everyone else feel special. He stayed all night and joked and teased all of us, the same way he did in the cafeteria or in the halls at Seaholm. Tim, wearing his name tag, was just another “Maple.” At reunions, we are reminded of not just “the way we

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Buddy’s Pizza owner adds spice to life BY JAY M. GROSSMAN ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

Even Robert Jacobs knows there’s more to life than pepperoni and mushrooms. “I’m lucky because I can live my dream,” he explained. “I have a vehicle, Buddy’s, that allows me to talk to you and promote all these great institutions. Without Buddy’s we probably wouldn’t be talking right now, would we?” The Birmingham resident is the owner of Buddy’s Pizza. His parents bought the original Buddy’s restaurant at Six Mile and Conant in 1970. Today, the company employs nearly 530 full- and part-time workers at nine locations throughout the metro Detroit area. Buddy’s has earned enough awards to top an ocean of pizzas. The Food Network named it one of the five best pizza places in the country; GQ and Food & Wine magazine each named it one of the best 25 pizza spots in America. This summer, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing declared June 23 as Buddy’s Pizza Day. If you enjoy the pizza, you’ll love the owner. Jacobs, 62, grew up near 10 Mile and Greenfield and attended Southfield High School. He majored in business at the University of Michigan and received a law

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh (left), The Parade Company President Tony Michaels, The Detroit Zoo Director Ron Kagan, Buddy’s Pizza owner Robert Jacobs, The Henry Ford Executive Vice President Christian Overland and Detroit Institute of Arts Director Graham Beal unveil the Motor City Pizza Collection. degree from Wayne State University. He then joined the family business when his parents need some extra help. Under his guidance, Buddy’s grew into one of the premier pizza establishments in Metro Detroit. At that point, Jacobs could have cashed in his dough and spent the rest of his days on a golf course. Instead, he’s busier than ever trying to help out others. “I really do enjoy helping,” he said. “I have a duty to help out other people — it’s important for people to give back, particularly the ones that are successful.” Start with the kids. Jacobs

is involved in a program that takes kids from Detroit up to Ann Arbor, where they can spend the afternoon on the University of Michigan campus to help fuel their dreams of going to college. There’s also the Motor City Pizza Collection. Every time a customer purchases a DIA, Detroit Zoo, Henry Ford or Parade Company pizza, money goes back to that organization. “The real reason we’re doing it is to bring greater awareness to these institutions,” Jacobs said. “These institutions are essential to the city of Detroit and to our way of life. I want them to be

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South Old Woodward all in the same week, Birmingham resident David Young said it’s almost like the end of an era. He also noted the city has some serious space to fill. “It’s a shame,” he said. “The south end of Birmingham now has two big holes in it.” Southfield freelance writer Maureen McDonald and several of her Facebook friends lamented the loss of local bookstores and what they meant to this area. They talked about the Little Professor, iBrowse, Metro Books and other area bookstores that no longer exist. “Then again I still miss Harmony House, a place where the well-trained clerks could help you find any kind of music and tell you more about the artist,” wrote McDonald. “I’d sit on the floor at Paperbacks Unlimited, pet one of the cats and read for hours uninterrupted. Reveled in the atmosphere. Loved the speakers and presentations.”




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School secretary remembered for caring BY STEVE KOWALSKI ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

ROYAL OAK — Mary “Marie” Deromedi never saw students as lost causes, no matter how often she’d see them in the principal’s office at Starr Elementary School in Royal Oak. In 29 years as the school’s secretary, Deromedi had the gift of delivering positive messages to misbehaving students, her son, Herb Deromedi, recalled. “She had the ability to see the good in anybody,” he said. “That’s why when she was (secretary), she could deal with the ‘problem’ kids. She knew everybody had good in them, and she was able to get that across to them. “She was an incredible lady, meant a lot to a lot of (people). That’s why we have nothing but good memories.” Deromedi, who lived almost six decades in Royal Oak, died July 15 at age 94, surrounded by family. Many former Starr students paid their respects at the wake, including one now middle-aged man who identi-

fied himself as one of the students sent to the principal’s office for disciplinary reasons, her son said. “One of the individuals Mary “Marie” came and he Deromedi said, ‘When I came to the office, it was because I was in trouble,’” Herb Deromedi said. “He got out of high school and like a lot of kids, couldn’t get into college because of his grades. He went into the military for 20 years, came out and got an education degree. He teaches ’til this day, with ‘problem’ kids in the inner city. The person he said he could talk to (as a Starr Elementary School student) was my mother.” On the website guest book of the A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, which handled the funeral arrangements, former Starr Elementary student Caroline (Cole) Krynak wrote: “Mrs. Deromedi was my elementary secretary at Starr School. She was always

so nice to all the students and made everyone always feel so welcome. It was special to know that there was a smiling face first thing in the morning. Being the youngest of six, she had a large impact on the Cole kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.” Herb Deromedi, 72, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the former football coach and athletic director at Central Michigan University. Deromedi graduated from Royal Oak High School and coached at Royal Oak Kimball prior to coaching at the collegiate level. “At one point in time, when I finished college and coached at Kimball, I had high school students who knew (Marie Deromedi) and would say, ‘That’s your mother!’ I felt privileged,” Deromedi said. Just like the Starr Elementary students, Marie Deromedi never considered CMU football games lost causes, no matter the circumstances, her son recalled. The Chippewas won way more games than they

lost in Deromedi’s 16-year coaching career (110-55-10) and they rarely trailed by large margins. When they did, Marie Deromedi never lost hope, her son recalled. “She’d sit in the stands, against Western (Michigan) or somebody, and we’re down by three touchdowns in the second half, and she’d sit there and say to my sister, ‘(CMU is) going to win,’” the retired coach said. “We had a couple of games like that where we had to pull it out. When I’d talk to my teams, I’d say ‘Make something good happen,’ instead of ‘Make it happen.’ She really believed that. What I took away from her was a positive attitude.” Marie Deromedi grew up in Detroit and graduated from Mackenzie High School, her son said. She and her husband, Herbert Deromedi, moved the family to Royal Oak in the early 1950s, buying a home on Chippewa Street, her son said. “Royal Oak was a special place,” he said. “When (the family) came out to Royal Oak, we ‘found’ our home.”

It’s a funny coincidence that the team Herb Deromedi ended up coaching the longest, CMU, was nicknamed Chippewas, just like the street on which they lived, he said. “We always said (that scenario) was quite unique,” Deromedi said with a laugh. Herbert Deromedi, a retiree from General Motors, passed away about 15 years ago in the 61st year of marriage to Marie, according to Herb Deromedi. She stayed active as a widow, even attending her son’s induction ceremony into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007 in New York City. “Here she was, 91, and she went on walks to the Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, where there is a marker she got to see, as my dad was an immigrant,” Herb Deromedi said. “It was a three-day period there where she didn’t miss anything. One of my former assistant coaches, Jim Schulte, said he could barely keep up with her.” Deromedi said his par-

ents “knew how to wear the maroon and gold (CMU’s colors)” and they never missed a CMU home game, which always meant Marie’s homegrown cooking. Enough food to feed a football team, if not an army. “My mom loved to cook, a combination of cookies, pies, cakes, barbecue, whatever it was,” he recalled. “When I was the head football coach, while I might look forward to having a home game, my kids probably were looking forward to their grandparents coming up (to Mt. Pleasant) and all the food they brought. The sandwiches she’d make would make a New York deli proud.” In addition to her son Herb (Marilyn), Marie Deromedi is survived by her daughter, Sue Burback (Paul), three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three siblings. Memorial tributes may be made to Starr Presbyterian Church in Royal Oak or to the donor’s choice. | (313) 222-2047



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Love glad to be back in game Aaron Love has seen and done a lot as a high school and college football player, but this spring he did something new, taking over as his team’s quarterback because the regular backup signal caller was unavailable — he was on vacation. That’s life in the German Football League. After a standout career at the University of Delaware in which he caught 193 passes — mostly from current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco — for 2,359 yards and 11 touchdowns, the Southfield High graduate returned to the field this year in Germany. Love plays for the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes, who lead the league with an 8-0 record. “It’s actually going pretty good,” Love says about his first year in the GFL. “We’re undefeated in our conference right now. It’s a great opportunity for me to continue to play this sport I love so much.” Love played at Delaware from 2005-08. He had hoped to be selected in the NFL draft and had interest from Carolina. But his name wasn’t called on draft day. Almost certainly, Love’s paper numbers — he stands 5foot-9 and weighed 168 pounds at Delaware — worked against him. For the next year, he tried to show the football world the flesh-andblood Aaron Love was greater than the sum of his physical statistics. Love worked out for Carolina and several other NFL teams, but didn’t draw a training camp invitation. His agent, Birmingham-based Storm Kirschenbaum, got Love a contract with the Saskatchewan

Roughriders of the Canadian Football League for 2010, but Love was released before he could prove himself in game action. After a receiver Saskatchewan wanted was released by another team, Love explains, “Basically, they gave him my money. It didn’t have anything to do with my talent level or anything I did. It was just all about money. And I was pretty heartbroken about that, because I put everything I had into it.” With his football life seemingly over, Love returned to Delaware, completed his bachelor’s degree, and “became a regular 9-to-5 guy,” he says, selling Internet and wireless services. Then came the call from Baltic coach Patrick Esume early this year, and Love, with wife Meagan, was off to Germany. Returning to action “felt awesome, actually,” Love says, “because I was pretty depressed about my football career after getting released from the Roughriders. “But it felt good getting back on the field (in Germany), because it’s what I like to do. It’s what I love to do. The first game out of retirement, coming straight from behind a desk, I had four touchdowns and 273 yards receiving and eight catches. And I returned some punts and kicks, too. I felt back on top of my game after all this time off. It just felt good to be back.” Love is one of a handful of professional players that each GFL team signs. The majority of each roster features local players who just enjoy football and aren’t paid — hence, their ability to vacation during the season.

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Championship golf returns to Oakland Hills BY MARTY BUDNER ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER


Royal Oak’s Brian Gordon stands next to the wall plaque he received upon being inducted into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Royal Oak’s Gordon enters Hall of Fame Former baseball coach honored by peers at 2011 induction event BY DAN O’MEARA ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER

Brian Gordon hasn’t given up being a baseball coach entirely. He still coaches his son’s summer youth team. For two decades, Gordon skippered high school baseball teams in Royal Oak, retiring at the end of the 2010 season to take an administrative position. In recognition of a long and successful career, Gordon’s peers selected him for the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. “It’s an incredible honor to be included in such an elite group of coaches who’ve accomplished so much more than I have,” Gordon said. “But it’s certainly something that is very humbling, and I’m really very honored to be a part of such an

incredible group.” Gordon becomes the third Royal Oak coach in the Hall of Fame. One of his predecessors is the man he replaced as coach at Kimball High School, Frank Clouser. “When I graduated from Central Michigan and got a teaching job in Royal Oak and became one of the coaches, I thought I knew a lot about baseball until I sat down with Frank for 10 years and found out how much I didn’t know,” Gordon said. “I also discovered you learn a lot more about coaching and kids with your eyes and ears than you do with your mouth. “Frank has been a major influence in my life and in terms of coaching baseball. I couldn’t be happier to be part of his group.” Bill Boyd, who coached at Please see GORDON, B2

LTU sports in NAIA

Southfield-based Lawrence Technological University will be a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics beginning with the 2011-12 academic year. Lawrence Tech was admitted at the NAIA Council of Presidents annual conference held earlier this month in Kansas City. LTU President Lewis Walker formally presented the school’s bid for NAIA admission, along with Dean of Students Kevin Finn, and Director of Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Scott Trudeau. The Lawrence Tech Blue Devils will field varsity teams in men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s bowling this fall. During the 2012-13 academic year, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s cross country in the fall, and men’s and women’s basketball in the winter will be added. LTU’s men’s hockey varsity team will continue to compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

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Oakland Hills Country Club is back on the tournament golf radar. The United States Golf Association officially announced Wednesday morning that Oakland Hills will be the site of the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship. It will be the first championship at the historic Bloomfield Township-based golf club since the 2008 PGA tournament. “I think the membership appreciated the fact that we weren’t hosting anything for a while,” Oakland Hills Country Club President Terry Donnelly said. “We were either rebuilding the club house or hosting something else. We had hosted the U.S. Amateur in 2002, the Ryder Cup in 2004 and the PGA in 2008. “It was good that we had a little breathing room (after the 2008 PGA). Now everybody, I can assure you, is really excited about hosting this tournament in 2016. “We view it as part of our responsibility to the game of golf to host these championship, and we’re just delighted that the USGA is coming back. We’re

ready for it and we’re looking forward to it.” The 2016 championship, set for Aug. 15-21, will be the second U.S. Amateur hosted by Oakland Hills. In 2002, Ricky Barnes defeated Hunter Mahan, both of whom are regulars on the current PGA Tour, in the final round of match play. The USGA regularly gets 7,000 entries for the U.S. Amateur which is eventually whittled to a final field of 312 spots via a series of sectional qualifiers. The North and South courses will both be utilized for stroke-play qualifying, while the South Course will be used for match play rounds. “This will be the 11th USGA national championship that we have hosted here at Oakland Hills,” he said. “The Amateur championship is really fun to be at. You can walk down the fairway with the players, and you can get upclose and personal with them. No other national championship tournament offers that opportunity.” Oakland Hills, a Donald Rossdesigned course, has been the site of six U.S. Opens, the latest of which was Please see OAKLAND HILLS, B2


Golf fans will be lining the Oakland Hills fairways again in 2016 when the club hosts the U.S. Amateur.

The Wayne State University Golf Outing and Alumni Game is scheduled for Sept. 24-25. The golf outing is set for Northville Hills Golf Club on Sept. 24 with a shotgun start slated for 9 a.m. An afterglow will be held at the Detroit Renaissance Marriott. The Alumni Game will be held Sept. 25 at Wayne State University’s baseball field. The game begins at 1 p.m., but lunch and batting practice begins at 11:30 a.m. Reservations and entry fees must be received by Sept. 16. For more information, contact Matt Cunningham at (313) 577-0587.

MHSAA council member Detroit Country Day’s Maria Buczkowski will begin her second term on the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Student Advisory Council in September. Buczkowski is one of eight returning council members who will be joined by eight new members when the 201112 school year resumes. The Student Council Advisory board meets five times each school year to discuss issues related to scholarships, sportsmanship, safety, student leadership and the sensible scope of athletic programs. The 16member SAC also aims to promote the educational value of interscholastic athletics. Each council member serves a two-year term, beginning their junior years of high school. Eight new members are added annually and are nominated by MHSAA member schools.

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The Michigan High School Athletic Association has conducted the boys basketball state tournament semifinals and championship games at Michigan State University since 1994. It will still that way until at least 2017. Officials from the MHSAA and MSU recently agreed to a sixyear extension of their existing contract to have the boys tournament at the 14,759-seat Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The girls finals will also be held at MSU this season. Mark Hollis, director of intercollegiate athletics at Michigan State University, said: “When you think of some of the greatest moments in the Michigan high school basketball tournament, they took place on this campus, and it is that history that we want to continue to be part of. It’s great for our University and community to host teams and fans from across our state for this terrific event.”



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Dondero High School, and Gordon’s former high school coach in Clawson, Steve Balowski, also are in the Hall of Fame. Gordon, 44, guided the Kimball Knights for 16 seasons and spent the last four coaching the Royal Oak Ravens after the district consolidated into one high school. His teams compiled a 311189 record during his 20-year career. They also won seven district championships and made a run to the state quarterfinals in 2000. “One thing I’m really proud of is that we were able to continue the tradition of the program that Frank started back in the late ’60s and early ’70s,” Gordon said. “I really think we put a competitive team on the field no matter who we were playing. “When people came to Royal Oak, they knew they were going to get a good game and they were going to be treated well. Our kids were sportsmanlike and played the game the right way. We weren’t always the most talented group, but we did our best to outexecute and outwork people.” Like many former professional athletes do, Gordon moved upstairs following the 2010 season to be the Royal Oak athletic director and an assistant principal. “The way I look at it, I’m still a coach,” he said. “I’m the big coach in the program. I still work with kids; I work with coaches and parents, trying to build programs. “Not just to make the baseball program but all the pro-


won by Steve Jones in 1996. In addition, Oakland Hills hosted the 1929 U.S. Women’s Amateur and two U.S. Senior Opens in 1981 (won by Arnold Palmer) and 1991 (won by Jack Nicklaus).



Brian Gordon retired from coaching baseball last year and now oversees the entire Royal Oak sports program as athletic director. grams respectable, to send the right message out to the community, to put a good product on the field and to do it the right way.” Gordon acknowledged there was a period of adjustment this year, not coaching prep baseball for the first time in two decades. It was also the first time since grade school he hadn’t put on a uniform in the spring. “When you’re coaching baseball, you’re more concerned about baseball,” he said. “Being athletic director, there are so many other things going on. “I had the opportunity to watch some games, but I gave (new) coach (Chris) Lau some space to do his own thing, just as Frank did the same for me. “Being responsible for all the sports, it’s not always feasible to stand behind the backstop for two hours, but I did get the opportunity to see the kids play.” One of Gordon’s favorite moments in coaching occurred during the 2000 tournament run when a parent arranged for the team to take batting practice at Tiger Stadium. “We had exams that week,

but the principal said, ‘Let ’em go; they can make up the exams another day. There’s only one chance to hit at Tiger Stadium.’ “Frank Clouser came out and threw batting practice for a couple hours at age 60. To wrap up the season that way, in the ballpark where the greatest players who ever played the game played was pretty cool,” Gordon said. Coaching in the 2002 MHSBCA All-Star Game at Comerica Park was another career highlight. Kimball’s Dan Evey scored the winning run in the 10th inning and was named the MVP. Gordon also coached Drew Stanton (Detroit Lions) and Chris Getz (Kansas City Royals) in that game. Gordon and other members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2011 were inducted June 20 at the coaches association’s annual banquet the night before the annual all-star game. Gordon and every other Hall of Fame coach inducted since the first group in 1987 are invited to a special day of recognition by the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 30 at Comerica Park.

Besides the 2008 PGA, Oakland Hills also hosted PGA tournaments in 1972 and 1979. In 2004, Europe defeated the United States in the Ryder Cup matches. “It’s really exciting for us to have the USGA accept our invitation to host the 2016 U.S. Amateur — the USGA’s oldest companionship,” Donnelly said. “And that just happens to

be the year that we will be celebrating our centennial. It will be a very special year for us.” Is there another major tournament in Oakland Hills’ future? “Right now, our focus is on conducting the best possible amateur that we can in 2016,” Donnelly said. “Everybody knows that we’d like to host another U.S. Open.”

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warm-up basket. The 18-hole, medal-play event begins at 8 a.m. You must have a current U.S. Golf Association (handicap) index to participate. There is an additional $14 fee for a power cart. Last year’s champion was Jennifer Pattison of Farmington Hills who shot a 75. “We had 32 (players), which is the most we’ve had in a long time,’’ Worley said of last year’s field. The O&E Men’s Open will feature 36 holes of medal play over Labor Day weekend. The first round will be played at adjacent Fox Creek Golf Course, located at Seven Mile and Wayne roads. The final 18 holes are slated for Whispering Willows, located at 20500 Newburgh Road (just south of Eight Mile). Men’s entries close at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, and will be limited to the first 120 golfers.

The entry fee is $95. You must have a USGA index to participate (maximum handicap of 20). There will be a total of $2,500 guaranteed in prizes for both gross and net scores. The event includes a championship and first flight, along with a 55-and-over senior division which was launched last season. Jim Omietanski, the outgoing Livonia Stevenson boys and girls golf coach, earned his third O&E championship f light title a year ago when he defeated Churchill High grad Chris Kiehler in a playoff after the two were deadlocked in a two-day total of 147. “We almost doubled our field and entries are up from the year before,’’ Worley said. For more information on any of the tournaments, visit or call Whispering Willows at (248) 476-4493.


FROM PAGE B1 “You have some guys that just play because they want to play,” Love explains. “Then, you have the import players that they bring in and they pay to play. “So the level of competition is weird. You have maybe five or six guys on a team that are really good at the game, and then you have some guys that are just average guys. I would compare it to college football, maybe Division II college football.” Except that in college football, receivers rarely have opportunities to fill in at quarterback, as Love did (completing two of four passes for 33 yards and a 28-yard TD pass against the Assindia Cardinals). He’s also played some cornerback and returned kickoffs and punts. At his normal receiver spot, Love has 23 receptions in six games for 501 yards and seven touchdowns. He also helps to coach Kiel’s junior team, for 16- to 19-yearolds. Playing multiple positions on offense and defense may seem more like high school football, but it’s fun for Love and also an excellent opportunity to display his versatility. “In the (NFL), you’re not going to play offense, defense, special teams, especially quarterback and receiver on the same team,” he says. “It’s pretty good that I get to showcase all my talent. “The real goal of coming out here was to do exactly that — showcase as much of my talent as I possibly can in a real setting, in a real football situation. So I can put it on film.” Living in Germany is “awe-


Southfield’s Aaron Love points heavenward after making a play for his European football team. some,” Love said. “My wife was actually born in Europe (Belgium), so she feels right at home. And she’s kind of just showing me the ropes as far as the European lifestyle goes. The people are very friendly. The language barrier is kind of difficult at times, especially if you want to get something accomplished; you can’t really talk to someone like you need to.” Love is trying to learn some German, but has no trouble on the field. Team meetings are conducted in English, which

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Franklin teen focuses on track career, especially 400 meters BY MIKE ROSENBAUM CORRESPONDENT


Kendall Baisden finished first in the 400 meters at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals and second at the U.S. Youth Track and Field Trials.

Kendall Baisden is used to multi-tasking, having divided most of her athletic career between track and tennis, and further dividing her track career between a variety of sprints. But Baisden’s focus is beginning to narrow, which isn’t good news for her 400-meter contemporaries. As a Country Day freshman, Baisden qualified for the state Division 2 track and field finals and the D3 tennis final as part of Country Day’s No. 1 doubles team with Devin Nagle. Baisden had to pass on the tennis final to compete in the state track meet. Last year, however, Baisden gave up competitive tennis to focus on track. And, even though the Franklin resident runs multiple sprints for Country Day, she’s looking ahead to the day when she’ll become a 400-meter specialist. The 400 is “different from the sprints; it’s just exciting,” Baisden explains. “You never know what’s going to happen, because so much can happen during a 400.

“You might get out fast and have everyone catch you at the end, or not get out fast and catch them going at the end. It’s not as Baisden predictable as the other races, I think.” Baisden polished her 400meter resume this summer, first by winning the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in June, with a season-best time of 52.87 seconds, then by placing second at the U.S. Youth Track and Field Trials earlier this month in 52.97. Her runner-up finish earned her a trip to Lille, France, as part of the U.S. team for the World Youth Championships. Indeed, she flew directly from Myrtle Beach, S.C., site of the U.S. Trials, to France for the World Championships. The July 6-10 competition “was a different experience for me,” Baisden says. “It was my first international competition and the first time I was able to actually make a USA team. But it was a great experience. It was somewhat like a real professional competition.” And Baisden competed like

a pro, placing second in her quarterfinal and semifinal heats to qualify for the final. She took sixth place while running from the outside lane, against competitors who were mostly a year older than her. Baisden terms her performance “pretty good. I never ran out of lane eight (previously), so that was a good experience. I ran against some good competition. I’ve never run against people out of my country, so that was a good experience, too.” Baisden then ran the 300meter leg on the U.S. sprint relay team (with one leg each measuring 100, 200, 300 and 400 meters). The Americans placed second to earn a silver medal. “The relay was really exciting, to represent the U.S.,” Baisden says. “But it was nice to run with some of my other teammates and actually place on the medal stand. So that was very nice.” Baisden rounds out her summer schedule next month when she’ll compete in the AAU Junior Olympics in New Orleans. Other than the 1,600meter relay, she’s not sure which events she’ll compete in, though she remains certain

the 400 is her preferred individual event in the long run. Every event looked like Baisden’s favorite at June’s D2 state track meet, where the then-sophomore won the 100 (in a meet record 11.92 seconds), the 200 (24.56) and the 400 (55.12, just shy of her own D2 record of 54.91). “I really didn’t know what was going to happen that day,” says Baisden, who won state titles in the 100 and 400 as a freshman. “I just hoped that I would be able to run and be healthy and not fall out. “It was very hot that day, but I was just happy to get through each round and score a point that my team needed to win.” While she “definitely” misses tennis, it’s apparent her competitive future lies on the track. As a junior next spring, she hopes to “improve on what I’m doing and, hopefully, get another state championship.” After she graduates from Country Day, “I see myself running in college or trying to run on the pro circuit.” But Country Day supporters can look forward to seeing Baisden compete in two more state meets before she’s ready to take on the 400-meter running world.

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Jim Sechler managed to keep his focus on the racing and avoided all the distractions that come with the annual Quake on the Lake. The hydroplane event on Pontiac Lake in Waterford is like having a home game for Sechler, a Farmington Hills resident. A lot of family and friends turn out to support the team. Sechler, who owns and maintains the Fast Eddie II, and driver Dan Kanfoush won three heats and the final race for their ninth victory of the season July 16-17. “Sometimes, these races are hard because you’re trying to race and entertain at the same time,” Sechler said. “Luckily, my wife (Jewel) is good about making sure, when things get busy for me, she shields me from the family and friends, and I get down what needs to get done. It worked out just fine.” Sechler and his crew moved closer to winning a seventh straight American Power Boat Association national championship in the one-litre modified inboard class. The Fast Eddie II team has a 130-point lead. The best 15 races count toward the final, overall points total. “We feel like we’re starting to smell blood a little bit, and we decided to go this weekend to Cambridge, Maryland,” Sechler said. “Initially, we weren’t planning to go to that race. “We feel we can get two

Six-time APBA champion Jim Sechler stands next to his boat, the Fast Eddie II. more days of racing in there, which gets us that much closer, that much quicker (to winning the points title). We’re hoping to have another good weekend.” Sechler won’t travel with the team this week, however. His niece is getting married, so he’s staying home. Kanfoush and crew chief Tim Collins will be in charge. When he planned the original schedule of races, Sechler front-loaded the it with early races and back-loaded it with others in September and early October. “Every weekend there seems to be a race you can go to,” he said. “Because this is a hobby and a part-time deal, you have to pick and choose the ones you go to. “I wanted to leave a lot of

weeks open, so we can enjoy the summer and not always be working on the boat. We started looking at the remaining schedule; there’s a race here and a race there. At this point, we think we should probably go ahead and do it (this week).” Sechler and the Fast Eddie II team have been so successful in the sport, one has to wonder if they’re seen as being the New York Yankees of APBA racing. “The guys I race with, all the people I race with, I consider good friends,” Sechler said. “Some of them are my best friends. I don’t think jealous or envious are words I would choose, but sometimes I wonder if some of them wouldn’t mind if I retired. “I would say, for our class anyway, I’m the guy they strive

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to beat. That’s to be expected when you’re out front.” Sechler said there’s a lot of camaraderie among the racers each weekend. He even builds engines for many of them. “I spent the whole weekend building an engine for (fourth-place Becky Wilson of Waterford at the Quake),” he said. “One of the highlights of the weekend was watching her. You would have thought she won by how excited she was.” Sechler said the Fast Eddie II was running well, probably

better than expected. That was a nice improvement over last year when an engine blew up at the Quake. “The engines don’t make a lot of power when it’s real hot out,” Sechler said in reference to the 90-degree heat. “That’s the nature of a two-stroke motor; so we were a little nervous. Fortunately, we all share the same disadvantage, because all the boats are running two-stroke motors. “We made sure we used the proper gear combination and

selected the correct propeller. We made a few hull changes to loosen the boat up a bit. We knew there wouldn’t be a lot of air out there, and we wouldn’t be going the same kind of speeds we had been going. “It’s everything working together that makes you successful. The boat setup was good and Dan drove an excellent race. The wind wasn’t bad, we were fortunate to get a good lane, Dan made a good start and that was all we needed.”



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definite upside. For one, plumbers have a flexible schedule and a job that provides stable benefits while being indemand and resistant to downturns. Craftsmanship is also an important part of the job and plumbers often form strong business ties when they gain a reputation for consistently performing excellent work. Most plumbers value the stability of their field and enjoy the ability to connect with customers. w orker Q uality control worker Typically working in manufacturing environments, inspectors help to insure that products are made to appropriate standards. While the job can seem boring, many quality control workers appreciate being involved during every part of production and learning about new developments. Other titles with a similar role include sorters, testers and weighers. Some inspectors have opportunities to work with prototypes and never-beforeseen equipment, which can give workers an inside scoop on upcoming products. Alina Dizik researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for Follow CareerBuilder on Twitter. 5000

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The City of Birmingham, MI is seeking applicants for multiple seasonal positions. Positions include Zamboni Driver, Parks Maintenance and Ice Arena within the City’s Public Services Department. Applicants must possess a HS diploma, or equivalent, & a valid MI License. Flexible schedule up to 40 hours/week; starting at $8/hour. Additional information and applications are available at or the HR Depart,, 151 Martin, Birmingham, MI 48009. The City of Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer seeking qualified applicants, without regard to race or other protected status.

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Part-Time The Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Department is taking applications starting July 24th through July 30th for this position. Go to: Jobs tab, for details.

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Law firm in Oakland County seeks exp'd., organized assistant. Knowledgeable in Microsoft, Dictation and Time Matters preferred. Email resume: LEGAL SECRETARY/ASST. Part-Time. Exp'd. Bingham Farms Email:

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Needed for progressive dental practice. Must have 5 yrs exp, be self-sufficient & motivated with exc. people skills. Dedicated to detail and followup. If you are this special person, then we would like you to join our team. Fax resume: 248-435-6322

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We’re growing & we need you for the following positions in the Livonia area: Patient Coordinator -FT/PT Ortho Office Manager Previous experience req. Please send resumes to: Jacqueline.recchia@ or fax to 248-250-5593 Please ref. which position you are applying for. ORAL SURGERY ASSISTANT W. Dearborn practice. Oral surgery experience required. Fax: 313-562-7439

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For both the Nursing Home and Assisted Living at St. Anne’s Mead. Part-Time and Full-Time positions available. Long term care experience required, medication pass experience preferred. Email resumes with cover letters to: AGibbons@


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Livonia Skilled Nursing Facility is accepting applications for nurses. Full or Part time, days or afternoon shift. RN’s or LPN’s. Resumes & cover letter to PHLEBOTOMY TRAINING Enrolling for Summer & Fall Classes! Garden City, Wyandotte & Southgate. $950. Credit Card Accepted. 313-382-3857

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Needed to work in Detroit, Michigan. One position is open. Employer: Wayne State University Physician Group. Worksite is Harper Hospital, 3990 John R, Detroit, MI 48201. Send resume: Stephanie Wright, Program Manager, Human Resources, Wayne State University Physician Group 3800 Woodward Ave. Ste 212, Detroit, MI 48201

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RESIDENCY PROGRAM COORDINATOR The Department of Internal Medicine for the WSU Physician Group is currently seeking an experienced candidate for the Residency Program Coordinator position to oversee the day to day operations and provide support services for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. The ideal candidate must maintain a positive and professional working atmosphere with faculty, residents and peers, to understand and ensure compliance of ACGME program guidelines and program objectives are met by the current residents, and to present a positive and united front in the successful recruitment of resident applicants to the program. In addition, this position will be the liaison between the Department of Internal Medicine and the Graduate Medical Education office. The position requires graduation from an accredited college or university or an equivalent combination of work experience and education required, at least 3 years work experience in a professional business setting required, with academic healthcare environment preferred, and strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite. Candidate must possess excellent analytical and written skills and the ability to work independently. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including a 401(a) plan with a corporate contribution, free parking and tuition reimbursement. Qualified applicants please submit resume and salary requirements. Qualified candidates please submit resume and salary requirements to our company website: “Select Employment Opportunities EOE

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for the right person. Must be hands on & experienced. This is a salaried/exempt job with great benefits, including a fully paid pension plan. Candidate must be knowledgeable and experienced with great customer service & people skills, Admissions, DC process, rules, regs, technology, MDS, CP planning, etc. Must be caring for seniors, employees and efficient with diverse responsibilities. Candidate must have the required credentials. Marycrest Manor Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 15475 Middlebelt Road Livonia, MI. 48154 Attn.: Human Resource Resumes also accepted by email:

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Real Estate For Lease 4000

FARMINGTON AREA: Adult community, quiet country setting, heat/water incl, $590/mo, pets okay. Call: (734) 564-8402

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Position Wanted


Exp'd. Home Health Aide Available for transportation, chores & shopping. (313) 953-1465 I AM A CARE PROVIDER LOOKING TO CARE FOR SENIORS Kathy: 313608-8174

Divorce Services


DIVORCE $75.00 CS&R 734-425-1074





National sports advertising & PR firm is hiring for the SE MI area. Ad sales exp a plus. Call Ann 1-888-835-1118 or email:



Help Wanted-Domestic 5240 FAMILY LOOKING For responsible persons to provide care for adult siblings with developmental disabilities in their Troy home. Excellent opportunities for someone who enjoys in-home care/community activities. Full & Part-Time. Exp'd. only. CNA preferred not required. 248-879-1147


BERKLEY- Cool, clean & quiet 2 bdrm, new c/a. ALL appli., deck, fenced. No pets/smoke free. $895. 248-644-1411 FERNDALE: 2 bdrm, appli, C/A, bsmt, shed, nice neighborhood, avail now, $850. (734) 981-2793 HOME FOR RENT A 55+ Community Farmington Hills, 2 bdrm, 1 bath, newly decorated. $600/mo. 248-231-0801

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ROYAL OAK- $425/mo. + 1/2 utilities; water included. 2 bdrm furnished townhome. Avail 8/1. 12 Mile & Woodward area. Professional male wants non-smoking, neat, responsible, male roommate. 6-9 mo lease req'd. 248-629-9482

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

HOUSEKEEPER2 days/wk in my Birmingham home. Ironing, errands, & cleaning. Must have own transportation. References req'd. Call 248-593-1995

Work on Mackinac Island Make lifelong friends. The Island House Hotel and Ryba’s Fudge Shops are looking for help in all areas through October: Front Desk, Bell Staff, Wait Staff, Sales Clerks, Kitchen, Baristas. Housing, bonus, and discounted meals. (906) 847-7196

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


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Homes For Rent


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Brooklyn, MI Open Sunday 12-2pm. Spacious and Stunning 3 Bdrm, 2 bath Wamplers Lake Condominium. 2 boat slips, maniucured grounds $189,900--All Offers Welcome. --------------

Manitou Beach, MI in Irish Hills Darling 2 Bdrm 2.5 bath Cape Cod Waterfront on Round Lake (near Devils). Move-in Mint condition. New 2.50 garage with up storage. BRING OFFERS! --------------

On private Crystal Lake in Irish Hills Up North feel to this cozy 3Bdrm 1bath home with screened-in porch. Knotty pine 3-season porch, stone fireplace & 211' beachfront. Call Margie 517-262-2626



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

Auto Services


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

Brick, Block & Cement 0290 CEMENT WORK Driveways, Patios, Stamped Concrete, Tear Out & Replace. (734) 341-6947

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

Brick, Block & Cement 0290 STEVE'S CONCRETE

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

(248) 588-9808

Building Remodeling


BARRY'S CARPENTRY 25 yrs. exp. Start to Finish. Lic/Ins. (248) 478-8559

Chimney Cleaning/ Building & Repair


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




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

Floor Service


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

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



CLEANING-RESIDENTIAL Weekly and Bi-Weekly. Ref. Exp. Free Estimates. Call: (248) 543-3965 SIL'S Cleaning: Trained, professional & courteous. Free Est. Ins/Bonded. Residential & Commercial. 248-545-7856



A1 A+ Movers + Service Lic. & Insured-Efficient 3 men, $75/hr. 866-633-7953

Painting/Decorating Paperhangers

Painting/Decorating Paperhangers


RICK'S QUALITY PAINTING Int/Ext. •Drywall & Plaster Repair •Aluminum Siding Repaint •Power Washing Ins. Free Est. (248) 545-5277 ROYAL OAK PAINTING

Int. & Ext. 26 yrs. exp. Lic. & Ins. Color Consultation. Free Est. D. Stoll: 248-543-3965



BEST CHIMNEY CO. Free Est. Lic & Ins. 248-557-5595, 313-292-7722


KIRTS PAINTING SERVICE Ext & Int. Reasonable Prices! References. 248-496-3227, 248-582-9218 PAINTING BY ROBERT • Wallpaper Removal •Int •Ext • Plaster/Drywall Repair • Staining. 25 yrs exp. Free est. 248-349-7499, 734-464-8147

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

LEAK SPECIALIST Flashings, Valleys, Chimneys, etc. Warr. Member BBB. 30 yrs. exp. Lic / Ins. Call: (248) 346-4321

Tile Work-Ceramic/ Marble/Quarry


VINTAGE TILE & MARBLE CO. Foyers, Kitchens, Baths. Quality craftsmanship for over 20 yrs. Lic/Ins. 313-618-8003

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BASKETBALL HOOP Lifetime, free standing basketball hoop. Adjustable. 734-444-9102 QUEEN HIDE-A-BED (Naugehyde couch), tears in fibric of back & arms. Comes w/couch cover. 248-767-8636


Broyhill, dk green & dk red plaid. Good shape, few burn holes on arms. 313-255-6407

Auction Sales


AUCTION: 7-27 -'68 Chevelle SS, '03 F150, '85 RV, 16' boat, power tools, 36' Loadmax trailer. 586-725-7999, x20

7100 Estate Sales


WEST BLOOMFIELD ESTATE SALE: 6145 Orchard Lake Rd. #102. N. of Maple, E. off Orchard Lake. Complete house, all GE appliances, computer equipment, 70's couch & chair, jazz collection. July 28-31, 10-4.

Garage Sales


BIRMINGHAM July 28 & 29, 9:00 a.m HUGE SALE - Great prices, furniture, golf clubs, household items. 993 Suffield, btwn Oak & Quarton Road. Birmingham- Huge! Furniture, toys, clothes, jewelry, books, music, shoes, golf, misc. 7/287/30, 9-4pm. 1831 Winthrop Ln, Maple & Chesterfield. FARMINGTON HILLS 7/28-7/30, 10am-4pm. Large variety of items. 28888 Apple Blossom, S of 13, W of Drake. 248-755-4750 LIVONIA Garage Sale - 14494 Yale, Livonia, 48154. July 2830, 9am-7pm & July 31, 1pm5pm.

Garage Sales


SOUTH LYON Moving/Garage Sale - Huge 2 Family - July 28-30th, 9am4pm. Home goods, toys, clothing, Yard & power tools. Misc. 13717 Forest Ridge, btwn 9 & 10, off Dixboro. South Lyon, 9206 Wild Oaks Circle, (Near Rushton/Doane) Thursday/Friday,8AM-5PM, Antiques & Collectibles, Cash only. See Craigslist SOUTHFIELD: Greentrees North, 13 Mile/Evergreen. 7/29-7/31, 9-5pm. Furniture, clothing, appliances, books, tools, household, electronics. WEST BLOOMFIELD Antiques, designer accessories, linens, furn, TVs, more. 7343 Village Sq. Dr, N of 14, off Farmington Rd. July 28-30, 9-4. WESTLAND Private Estate Sale Over 70 yrs. accumulation! July 22 & 23rd, 8am-6pm. No Early Birds! 7305 Bison, off Warren, btwn Wayne & Venoy.

Household Goods


BROWN-JORDAN OUTDOOR FURNITURE: 6 foot oval dining table, small side table, 4 arm chairs, chaise lounge with cushions. List price - $10,000; your price - $2,200. 248-626-1164 DAYBED: $275 w/trundle 2 mattresses, black metal, wood legs. SOFA: $85, antique cream brocade, 3 cushions. DINETTE TABLE: $75, Drop-leaf, mahogany, 56x36 or 28x36. 248-888-7978 DESK- Hon Executive Desk, 3' x 6', laminated walnut finish. Very good cond. 3 drawers incl one filing drawer. Disassembled. $200. Call Al 248-737-0343 DINING SETQueen Anne, China cabinet, table incl pads, 2 arm chairs & 6 side chairs, $500. Novi, 248-348-2504

MATTRESS SET New Stearns & Foster King Mattress Set Euro-Pillow Top Luxury Plush Mattress & Low Profile Box Springs. (Rosewater Collection) 10 yr. warranty. Pd $3000; Selling for $1500/ best. Call Heidi 248-305-7305





AMANA ELECTRIC DRYER: New, must sacrifice, $275/best offer. Call: (734) 320-6474

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FRIDGE & GAS RANGE - GE: Almond color, 30 inches wide, $300 or sold seperatetly for $150 each. Call: 734-223-8606

Lawn, Garden & Snow 7480 Equipment TILER: Kohler tiler, BCS electric start. 24" tine, 42" sickle bar, 8 hp. $575. 586-822-6839, 734-404-5524

Musical Instruments


PIANO- Kawai Baby Grand piano, black polished. Asking $8500. One owner. 734-459-0918



CAT- To good home. Calm & loving 7 yrs old female, blonde. Spayed, declawed and updated shots. 248-231-2449


Born 4/25/2011. RARE MIX! AKC registered. Complete physical exam already completed. $100, spay/ neuter rebate & Micro chip included. Great temperament! She is a very smart and loyal girl! Husband is ALLERGIC! $500/best. 734-306-1622 GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPIES 7 weeks old. 5 males, 4 females. 1st set of shots given. Ready to go to good home! $350. 248-231-6890 GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS 2 females, 11 wks old, come see, parents avail, have 1st shots, $350. (734) 397-0101

Found - Pets


FOUND: 7/19 Cavalier King Charles at Drake & Grand River. Call: 248-615-9233



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Trucks for Sale



Recreational Vehicles


FORD F-150 2008

Super crew, $28,788 loaded. Hard T-cover Only 25k miles, super clean




FORD WINDSTAR 2003 Forest Green, SE, ABS, and power options! Family budget friendly! Only $5,943! 888-372-9836


Motorcyles/Minibikes/ 8070 Go-Karts

FORD F-350 2008

Diesel 4X4 $33,998 Loaded, extra extra clean, low miles


SELL ME YOUR MINIVAN. INSTANT CASH. I come to you. Call anyday, 517-230-8865


Recreational Vehicles 8100

GMC ACADIA 2009 Black, $23,995

DUTCHMEN Travel Trailer 2007 25cgs, like new, slide out. $14,000. 313-2557981 after 6 pm

Campers/Motor Homes/Trailers


JAYCO 1207 POP-UP 1996 Outstanding, sleeps 7, hot water, furnace, a/c, awning, screened room, electric/gas refridge, gas stove, dual tanks. $1900, 313-383-3925

Auto/Truck-Parts & Service


CAR DOOR 1985 El Camino passenger side w/glass & mirror. $150. 313-277-7668

Autos Wanted


FINAL JOURNEY We buy running and junk cars, etc. We pay $50-$5000 cash on spot. Get more cash than dealer trade in or donation. 313-320-1829

Trucks for Sale


CHEVROLET AVALANCHE 2006 Silver Birch, Z71, sunroof & heated leather! This is the one! Just $19,975! 888-372-9836

CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2009 Silver Shine, 2500HD, Z71, 4WD, and rmt. start! Show some muscle! Call for price! 888-372-9836

CHEVROLET TAHOE 2008 Silver Spark, 4wd, LT, remote start! You deserve it! Only $28,333! 888-372-9836

DODGE RAM 4X4, 4dr. 10k, $21,995


GMC 2004 PICKUP White, air, auto. $6795

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 GMC ACADIA 2009 Blue Harmony, SLT, leather & AWD! Roomy & loaded! Just $27,495! 888-372-9836

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


GMC SIERRA 2009 Autumn Sunrise, 10k, chrome and ABS! Very sharp truck, only $25,995 888-372-9836

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FORD E-350 2005

14' cube trk, $9998 Extra clean, low miles


734-402-8774 FORD E350 2010 15 passenger. $21,995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 GMC SAVANA 2008 Summit White, PL, CD, 52K, and ABS! Perfect work van! Just $17,995! 888-372-9836

Sports Utility


BUICK RENDEZVOUS 2002 Loaded, Moon. $6495


CHEVROLET EQUINOX 2005 Silver Lining, 25K, LS, PS, and PW! Rare find! Just $12,995! 888-372-9836

RAN 2006 PICKUP 4x4, Gray. $17,995

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CHEVY VENTURE 2003 Red Rooster, LS, PL, PW, and ABS! Bring the family! Just $8995! 888-372-9836

CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY 2010 Sharp! $18,995


FORD FREESTYLE 2005 AWD, Limited, moon, loaded Like new! $8995. NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600


$5798 STK#P21336 4dr, a must see. extra clean!! low miles


CHEVY TRAILBLAZER 2003 Riot Red, 4WD, PL/PW & ABS! Solid SUV! Just $8997! 888-372-9836


Loaded, $21,780 Extra clean Only 23k miles


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


$16,995 STK#11T9034A Extra clean, low miles

NORTH BROS. FORD 734-402-8774

FORD EXPLORER 2006 Midnight Black, Eddie Bauer, 37K and leather! Ride with confidence! Just $15,777! 888-372-9836




734-402-8774 GMC TERRAIN 2010 Bronze Metal, PL/PW, ABS & OnStar! Cruisin' in style! Just $23,975! 888-372-9836

GMC YUKON SLT 2001 Black, leather. $11,495

HONDA RIDGELINE 2006 Pickup, 4X4. $19,995



734-402-8774 HANDICAP VANS ~ USED. BOUGHT & SOLD. Mini & full size. I come to you. Call Dale anyday, 517-882-7299

HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER XL883L 2009 Excel cond, only 1,916 miles, all stock, no after market modifications. Will also provide battery tender, bike cover & Harley helmet free of charge ($330 value), $5,500. Call: (586) 703-1484

Sports Utility

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

CHEVY EQUINOX 2008 $14,288 extra clean, good miles



BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED 2005 V-8, loaded, 1 owner. $14,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600

Mercury Mariner 2009 Premium $21,388 Stk.#P21254 LEATHER LOADED EXTRA CLEAN

CHEVY EQUINOX 2008 AWD, Leather, more! $19,995


CHEVY SUBURBAN 2008 White, 43k, $28,495

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




$5798 STK#P21336 4dr, a must see. extra clean!! low miles




Sports & Imported

SAAB 9.3 2008 4 dr., moon, loaded, $16,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600

Antique/Classic Collector Cars



LA SABRE LIMITED 2005 Tan, leather. Only $8995


LACROSSE 2010 CXL, Black, only $25,995


LUCERNE 2006 Silver Shine, CXL, chrome & heated seats! Royal comfort! Only $13,775! 888-372-9836

LUCERNE CXL 2007 Burgundy. Only $8395

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 REGAL 2000 GS Super Charger! Runs good, air cold, no rust, CD player, clean! $2800. 313-794-4063 Regal 2002 LTH, Silver, $4995

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


SAAB 9.3 2003 Convertible, Blue. $10,995




CHEVROLET AVEO 2009 Tropical blue, CD, LT and power options! Gas Sipper! Only $13,995! 888-372-9836


8480 FOCUS 2008

$11,988 Extra clean roof A must see gas saver!!




AT MILAN DRAGWAY GM Performance Day Sat., July 30, 2011 Gates Open 9am Race, Show, Swap 10860 Plank Rd., Milan For Info: 734-439-7368


ALLANTE 1992- Fully loaded. New front shocks & struts, ball joints, tie rods, & battery. Like new premium tires. White/burgundy side coves, black leather interior, very, very good black convertible top, synthetic oil. Almost perfect (not quite) but very nice vehicle. $6000. Over $10,000 invested. Please call John 734-355-5343


$19,998 White diamond, low miles, super clean



Chevrolet Sports & Imported


CAMARO 2011 Gun Metal Gray, SS/RS, convertible, and loaded! Show 'em who's boss! Call for price! 888-372-9836




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

GRAND PRIX 2004 Silver Shine, sunroof, GT & alloys! Silky smooth! Just $9995! 888-372-9836

JEEP WRANGLER 2003 Red Dawn, 2-tops, & alloys! Off-roading fun! Reduced to $12,995! 888-372-9836

GRAND PRIX GXP 2008 Silver, V8. $13,995


CHEVROLET HHR 2008 Pacific Blue, LS, Remote Start, and OnStar! Great for road trips! 888-372-9836



734-402-8774 FOCUS SEL 2008

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

$15,588 non-smoker, super clean Only 9900 miles


734-402-8774 FOCUS SES 2009 3 to choose from! $13,495

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

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 COBALT SS 2007 Silver, sharp. $11,495

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 IMPALA LT 2004 Leather, one owner. $7495


MALIBU LT 2009 Dark Blue. 30K, $16,995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 MALIBU LTZ 2010 Loaded! Only $20,995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 MALIBU LTZ 2009 Loaded, only 14,000 miles. $18,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600



$16,388 STK#11T9075A Extra clean, only 14K miles


734-402-8774 FUSION SEL 2009

$16,488 Only 14k miles A must see fuel saver


G6 V6 2008 Blue. Only $11,395


300 2010 Leather, Sharp! $18,995

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




CALIBER SXT 2010 Black, 32K. $15,495

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 NEON SE 2003: Auto, 4 door, like new, air, CD, always serviced, 30 MPG, 115K, $3,900. (734) 451-8221


$15,998 Managers special! Super super clean!


734-402-8774 MUSTANG 2007: This car has everything. Completely loaded, unique color & packaging, sharp, low miles, extended warranties, well maintained, clean, 1 original owner. A Must See! Fun to drive. Price can be negotiated for the right buyer. Blue Book Value $16,590. Asking $16,000. Must sell by 8/10. Go to (car ID# 120db783) for details and photos. 248-255-2375

MUSTANG V-6 2010

$23,688 like new, only 2000 miles. Hurry!!!


734-402-8774 8520


ELANTRA 2010 Auto, Blue. $13,995

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

LINCOLN ZEPHYR 2006: 64,000 miles, leather interior, new tires, mint cond., dealer maintained, $13,950. 734-716-6207, 734-464-1207 MARK LT 2007 Moon, Nav, loaded $19,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600 MKX 2008 AWD, Navigation, moon, loaded $27,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600

MKZ 2009 AWD

$23,988 Navigation, loaded Only 24k miles


GRAND CHEROKEE 1996 LTD V8, 218,000 miles, new tires, radiator. Runs & Looks Good. $1500 firm. 734-464-2205

SOLSTICE GXP 2007 8K, auto, $22,995

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 SOLSTICE GXP 2007 Yellow, 5 speed. $21,995




L300 2003 Horizon Blue, pl/pw & alloys! Easy on the eyes! Just $6995! 888-372-9836

734-402-8774 TOWN CAR 1996 75,000 miles, pw/ps, tape player, one owner, very clean/no rust! $4000/best. 734-261-0955 TOWN CAR 2006 Designer Series. Loaded! X-tra clean! $14,500 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600


$4,998 Immaculate condition, only 75K miles, loaded


734-402-8774 Zephyr 2006 Moon, loaded, $13,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600




HONDA ACCORD 2007 Blue Breeze, SE, alloys and ABS! Showroom Sharp! Just $16,695 888-372-9836









NORTH BROS. FORD 734-402-8774

GRAND MARQUIS LS 2009 Loaded, 35k miles. $16,995 NORTH BROTHERS-TROY 248-643-6600 MILAN 2007 Black Hawk, sunroof, leather, pl/pw & ABS ! Sporty Elegance! Just $13,995! 888-372-9836



G6 2006 Sandy Bronze, GT, chrome & sunroof! The WOW factor! Just $11,996! 888-372-9836

VUE 2005 Auto, air. $8495

BOB JEANNOTTE BUICK, GMC (734) 453-2500 VUE 2009 Hybrid, Black, $18,995

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


VUE 2008 Black Tide, XE, remote start & OnStar! Summer adventure ready! Only $13,495! 888-372-9836

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Fuel efficiency drives the best-selling brand in America. YOU PAID TOO MUCH

NEW 2011 FORD Fiesta 5 DR Hatch SE

NEW 2011 Ford Ford F150 Super Cab 4x4 XLT

EPA estimated 16 city/21 hwy mpg

EPA estimated 29 city/38 hwy mpg

Featuring: Ecoboost 3.5 L V6 Engine, XLT Convenience Package, Keyless Entry, Trailer Tow, Trailer Brake Controller, Limited Slip. 10 At This Price-105 Available.

Sport Appearance Package

Featuring: Automatic, Sync, Heated Seats. 4 At This Price-31 Available

Buy For Buy For $16,144 + $27,691 + MSRP $39,945

MSRP $18,530

36 Month Lease

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

$1000 Down


$205* $241* $0 due at signing. $1277 due at signing.

NEW 2011 Ford Ford EDGE SE EPA estimated 19 city/26 hwy mpg

NEW 2011 Ford Ford Escape XLT XLT SUN & SYNC Package

Featuring: 202A Package, Power Windows, Seats, Keyless Entry, Cargo package, Sirius Satellite Radio. 3 At This Price-249 Available.

Buy For + $ 20 20,268 ,268 $20,268

MSRP $28,230

24 Month Lease

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

$1000 Down


MSRP $26,980


$241* $301* $1466 due at signing. $0 due at signing.


$298* $368* $0 due at signing. $1405 due at signing.

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

Featuring: Tilt Wheel, Cruise Control, Power Window, Seats, Locks. 5 At This Price-95 Available

Buy For + $20,957

$1000 Down

36 Month Lease

24 Month Lease

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

NEW 2012 Ford Ford Fusion SEL

$1000 Down


$224* $286* $0 due at signing. $1492 due at signing.


EPA estimated 28 city/38 hwy mpg

Loaded, Leather, Moonroof Featuring: Sync, Automatic, Power Windows, Locks, Mirrors, Keyless Entry, Satellite Radio, BLIS, Rearview Camera, Reverse Sensing. 55 At This Price-292 Available.

EPA estimated 28 city/38 hwy mpg Featuring: Automatic, Cruise Control, My Ford with SYNC, SIRIUS Satellite Radio. 3 At This Price-27 Available

Buy For Buy For $20,853 + $17,711 + MSRP $18,530

MSRP $28,985

24 Month Lease

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

$1000 Down


$213* $268* $1330 due at signing. $0 due at signing.

24 Month Lease

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

$1000 Down


$232* $288* $1306 due at signing. $0 due at signing.

Monday and Thursday 9 AM to 9 PM Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9 AM to 6 PM

734.42 734.421. 734.421.7000 1.7 7 000

ATTENTION: MERCURY LEASE CUSTOMERS WITH LEASES DUE BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 31, 2012 BUY OR LEASE A NEW FORD BEFORE OCTOBER 3RD AND FORD WILL WAIVE UP TO 6 PAYMENTS *+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. ˆMGP-EPA estimated when equipped as show. All offers expire 8/1/11.




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Home of the Sweetheart Deal





4 cylinder, sun & sync






NEW Month Lease


Lease For



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







Month Lease

4 cylinder, air, more


Month Lease


4 cylinder, automatic, all power equipment


40✔ MPG

38✔ UP TO

Sign & Drorive Lease F




Sign & Drorive Lease F

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




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


Lease $ For

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



Lease $ For

Lease For


* $


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

WAS $28,195

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





V-6, FWD, All Power!

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 $695 acq. fee, security deposit waived.


Month Lease

Lease For




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



WAS $18,145


WAS $17,295

Auto, 4 cylinder, air, sync & more



15,992 15,,992† 15



4 Cylinder, 5 speed, air

14,458 14 ,458†


WAS $21,130 4 cylinder, work truck, automatic


WAS $31,050



13,828 1 3,8 3,82 28†



V-6, trailer tow, automatic

23,116 23,116 †


17,99 998 8 17,998



9,998 9, 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 7/31/11. 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 7/31/11. 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.


Only 46K Miles

16,998 16,, 99 16 998 8


16,998 16 16,, 998



19,998 19, 99 998 8

2010 FORD TAURUS SHO 14K Miles


30,998 30 30,, 998


39K Miles

6 6,998 , 998

2005 FORD EXCURSION XLT 26K Miles, $

Diesel, Leather, Loaded.

26,998 26, 99 998 8 OE08747845


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