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Nature walk

Take a walk through the Holliday Park Nature Preserve with volunteers from the Holliday Nature Preserve Association on Saturday, March 24 ,and learn about the preserve and its inhabitants. The walk will start at noon at the park entrance on Hix north of Warren Road. The walk will last about an hour and be held regardless of weather. The Preserve is part of the Wayne County Park System and consists of 500-plus acres of forests and wetlands that runs along tributaries of the Rouge River in Westland. For more information, contact

Share memory of grandma

On May 3, Hometown Life Woman will publish “A Salute To Women.” As part of this edition, we invite readers to add your words and photo to this special edition. Tell us about a special memory you have or of your grandmother (in 50 words of less, if possible). Whether you call her bubbe, nana, nona, babcia, or just plain grandma, share your favorite memory and photograph (jpeg format attached to the e-mail). E-mail your photo and special memory to Sue Mason at Be sure to include your first and last name and identify your grandmother with a first and last name, too. Be sure to tell us where you live. Don’t forget to provide a daytime phone number where you can be reached. Then look for your photo and/or memory in the May edition of Hometown Life Woman.

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W-W board picks new legal counsel for district By Sue Mason Observer Staff Writer

The Wayne-Westland Community Schools will be getting legal advice after selecting the firm of Clark Hill to serve as the district’s general legal counsel. The board voted 42 with board Treasurer Shawna Walker and board President Car-

ol Middel voting no, to appoint Clark Hill to replace the district’s current law firm of Lusk and Albertson. Trustee Frederick Weaver was absent due to an illness. Walker told her fellow trustees that she understands the need to save money, “but after receiving all the information, the data, the references, as well as the inter-

views, I felt it would have been in the best interest of the district to keep the legal counsel we currently have.” “Sometimes, in an effort to make change or even prove a point, we don’t look at the big picture or the long-term effect,” she said. “We cannot make decisions based on our own agenda or because we are scared

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firms the board had interviewed last week. In addition to Clark Hill and Lusk and Albertson, the board also had consider the firms of Collins & Blaha and Dickinson Wright. Clark Hill will handle all but the district’s special education matters. At the suggestion of board Please see LEGAL, A2

Mills’ Friends look for Model T to put in museum By Sue Mason Observer Staff Writer

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of not being re-elected or recalled. We need to make them based on the data and the information that is given and how the bottom line will impact our children.” The board’s legal counsel committee had devised a multilevel voting process, however, it took just one round of voting to determine a winner among the four

Spring or Summer?

The calendar said the first day of spring, but if felt more like summer with the temperature topping 80s. With plenty of sunshine, it was a perfect day to be outside like Damen Harris of Garden City who couldn’t help but smile as he played on the swings at Tattan Park in Westland. For more on the arrival of spring, see Page A8.

LPS OKs full-day kindergarten By Karen Smith Observer Staff Writer

The Livonia school board voted 6-1 Monday to implement a fullday program for all kindergarten students next school year. Full-day kindergarten will cost the district, which includes the northern portion of Westland, an estimated $1.5 million. Howev-

er, administrators said it would cost the district more than double that, $3.3 million, to retain half-day kindergarten. The state is expected to cut per-pupil funding in half for kindergartners attending half days starting in September. Currently, Michigan school districts get a full day of funding for each kindergartner. Trustee Colleen Burton

voted against full-day kindergarten, saying Tuesday she couldn’t in good conscience vote for something she doesn’t believe is best for all children. She said some 5-year-olds are ready for a full day of school, and some are not. She said her first choice would be to give parents the option of Please see LPS, A2

Don Nicholson knows precisely what will fit in a blocked off area on the second floor of Nankin Mills — a Ford Model T. Not just any Model T but one that youngsters can climb in and get behind the wheel and experience driving in its early form. Knowing what you want is one thing, but finding one that fits the budget of the Friends of Nankin Mills is another thing. “Next year is Henry Ford’s 150th birthday, we want to bring something new to the mill and that’s a Model T. We want a barn find, one that we can clean up, one for under $2,000, that’s in our budget.” “We’re willing to take on anything as long as we know we can make it safe for the kids,” he added. Known for the car shows he promotes, Nicholson got involved with the Friends of Nankin Mills after launching a highly successful Hines Park Cruise last year. He’s on a mission now to find a Model T that will be a part of the floor devoted to Henry Ford and the automobile heritage of the former grist mill. Nankin Mills is one of 19 Village Industries Ford started in 1920. The first factory opened in Northville; Nankin Mills was the second to open and was the closest to Ford’s Rouge factory in Dearborn. Ford chose sites in southeast Michigan that included Milan, Brooklyn, Saline, Northville, Macon

NANKIN MILLS TOUR Carol Clements, Nankin Mills naturalist, will conduct a Nankin Mills Museum and Miller’s House Tour 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Clements will take visitors on a tour of Nankin Mills and its interpretative center, including displays on native Americans and Chief Tonquish, early milling and settlement history, the Underground Railroad and abolitionist Marcus Swift and Henry Ford, who visited the mill as a child and eventually turned it into one of his Village Industry auto plants. Participants also will visit the nearby Miller’s House, a 1830s Greek Revival homestead, to hear more about the building and those who lived there over the decades. This is one of a number of free programs sponsored by the Friends of Nankin Mills. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. Call (734) 261-1990 to reserve a spot. For more information, go to www.

and Milford, where early water power still existed. He restored existing historic mills or constructed modern buildings, creating small industrial complexes in those rural settings. At Nankin Mills, farmers were able to work in Please see MODEL T, A2

Court takes the booze out of Paddy’s day Hundreds of people in Westland weren’t be feeling the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Instead of drinking green beer Saturday, they were green with envy toward revelers. In all, 480 probationers were ordered to report to Westland 18th District Court between 6-11:30 p.m. to prove they were following orders from

Judges Sandra Cicirelli and Mark McConnell not to drink alcohol. Of that number, 448 appeared for the testing and six tested positive for having consumed alcohol. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the busiest bar nights of the year, and the probation department scheduled the random testing in an effort to ensure the probationers were com-

plying with their court orders. “The 18th District Court has been conducting random testing for the past 11 years and has found the program to be a good deterrent against drinking and driving,” said Cicirelli. “It also serves to help rehabilitate those individuals who have alcohol addictions.” Those selected for the

test were individuals who have been placed on probation for an alcoholrelated offense and have a strict no alcohol consumption clause in effect. The six probationers who had consumed alcohol were held until sober. They will have to appear at a show cause hearing where they could face jail time, work program days, additional fines or

have their probation term modified. Probationers who failed to show for the testing will have to appear before a judge to explain their absence. “St. Patrick’s Day is known for alcohol abuse,” said McConnell. “We hope this program served as an incentive for our probationers to stay away from alcohol that day.”




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placing their children in full-day or half-day kindergarten, but “the state has made that financially impossible right now.” Administrators said retaining three classrooms of half-day kindergarten to give parents a choice would cost an additional $500,000. Burton said the state should allow the question of full-day or halfday kindergarten to be a “local control issue.” Trustee Eileen McDonnell said she voted in favor of full-day kindergarten because of the costs to the district of retaining a half-day pro-


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Secretary Cindy Schofield, the board decided to retain Lusk and Albertson to handle those matters. “Mr. (Bob) Lusk is reported to be one of the best in the state in special education issues,” Schofield said. “He knows the laws inside and out, he has lectured on it. He can answer a special education question very quickly. That is an area with the potential for litigation and we have done very well with it with Lusk and Albertson.” “He (Lusk) cautioned us to avoid litigation and that we clearly need to work with parents,” Trustee Thomas Buckalew added. Board Vice President

gram. “It’s pretty apparent the state isn’t going to back off on this,” she said Tuesday. She said offering parents the option would put children in the half-day program at a disadvantage. “They’re not going to be able to keep up with the other students (when they get to first grade),” she said. “If you look at the state requirements, they’re going to need an all-day curriculum.” Superintendent Randy Liepa said the district will need an additional 16.5 full-time elementary staff members, in addition to furnishing 11 new classrooms, for the fullday program. (313) 222-2098

John Goci favored Clark Hill retaining the work, saying that he liked the Clark Hill attorney’s approach to special education. “I’d hate to see that separated out,” he said. The selection process took more than eight months. The board decided to seek proposals from law firms with experience in public school law after declining to reappoint Lusk and Albertson as the district’s legal counsel during its organizational meeting last July. It was Goci who expressed interest in bidding out the contract “to see what the market has to offer.” Lusk and Albertson has represented the district for more than 20 years. (313) 222-6751


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the factory and still tend their fields. They made hubcaps and did engraving of plates for Ford’s cars. The idea is to have a hands-on display where youngsters can touch, feel and sit in a Model T. So far, Nicholson has located cars in California, but that’s too far away. He’s hoping to find one closer to home. “We’re looking for something closer, within a day’s drive,” he said. “We want something that at least it’s all there. We can get it upholstered. We have a $2,000 budget and it shouldn’t be a problem getting done by next year, but it’s taking the time to get one.” The Model T was the seventh or eight car built by Henry Ford, a model that was responsible for 7,000 after market products. Those products included a device that let it power a sawmill, pull along a camper and be converted into a dump truck. “The history of this area with Ford and the car

Dems meeting

The Westland Democratic Club will explore re-districting and how it affects Westland residents at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. While the most-discussed change is with respect to U.S. Congressional districts, many other districts (State Senate, State House, County Commission) are also changing. The meeting will feature a speaker from the Michigan Democratic Party who will explain the changes.

Friends member Don Nicholson, who stands by a waterpowered generator built by Thomas Edison, is looking for a Model T to add to the historical display inside the building. Restoration of the generator is on the Friends of Nankin Mills to do list.

industry is phenomenal,” said Nicholson. “This mill has a connection to the community, but it is also a way to get kids excited about history.” Nankin Mills hous-

es Wayne County Parks, an nature interpretive center and the museum which opened 11 years ago after the building sat empty for more than 20 years. Modest in size,

In addition, Democratic primary candidates in these new districts have been invited to attend. Westland Democratic Club meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Dorsey Center, 32715 Dorsey, south of Palmer and east of Venoy Road, in Westland. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call club president Nan Melke at (734) 674-7327.

Red Wings raffle

How would you like a suite for 10, including

beer, pop and food, and a chance to watch the Detroit Red Wings take on the Nashville Predators at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30? You could have it if you buy a $10 raffle ticket that currently being sold by the Westland Rotary members to benefit the organization’s scholarship fund and other charities. Tickets are available at the Westland Chamber of Commerce Office, 36900 Ford Road, west of Wayne Road, or any Rotary members. The drawing to be held at 1 p.m. Thursday,

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Hometown reporter pens book on Maltese in Detroit Diane Gale Andreassi, a Livonia resident and reporter for the South Lyon Herald, recently published Maltese in Detroit, a book documenting the emigration of residents from Malta, a small island country off the coast of Italy, to the Motor City. Detroit has one of the largest Maltese populations outside the small nation, which is south of Sicily in the Mediterranean. Published by Arcadia Publishing in the Images of America series, the book is filled with pic-

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tures of early immigrants and introduces readers to later settlers and finally current residents. Pic-

tures of Most Holy Trinity in Detroit and the Maltese clubs in Dearborn and Detroit offer a flavor of life among the Maltese today. Between 35,000 and 70,000 people of Maltese heritage live in the United States and the Detroit area has the largest concentration. In fact, it is one of the largest Maltese populations in the world outside the small European nation. “The response to the book has been overwhelming,” said Andreassi, who was born in Detroit of parents who

left their homeland to settle in a large Maltese-populated Corktown neighborhood of Detroit. The book illustrates the importance of the Roman Catholic Church in Malta and among the Maltese immigrants in their new land. It introduces readers to the Maltese priests who were among the notable people who welcomed and helped acclimate the others as they arrived. “It was wonderful to meet so many Maltese people and to learn about the pride they have in their heritage,” Andreassi said.

It took a year to assemble Maltese in Detroit, but it was a labor of love for Andreassi, who graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a double major in economics and English. She started her career in journalism at the Dearborn Heights Leader and the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers as a reporter and a lifestyles editor before taking a leave to raise a family. She has worked on countless freelance stories for a number of publications, including Gale Research, working on encyclopedia

entries, one of which was about Malta and its people. Andreassi was active in Livonia’s St. Colette religious education program for more than 10 years and worked as a substitute teacher and volunteer in the Livonia Public Schools. Andreassi is an avid reader of books and newsprint of all kinds. The books are available at large and small bookstores and for a discount rate by calling (734) 4325974. Readers can contact Andreassi at dandreassi@

Local groups plan egg-stra special Easter events Easter is just around the corner and a variety of egg-stra special events are being offered for children and their families. Among the events are:

Bunny Brunch

The Westland Civitan Club and Westland Parks and Recreation are holding their annual Bunny Brunch 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31, at the Harris Kehrer VFW Post 3323, 1055 S. Wayne Road at Avondale, Westland. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children for all-you-can-eat, homemade, hot off the griddle pancakes with butter and syrup, breakfast sausage, juice, coffee, tea and milk will be served. Besides the brunch, there will be a special visit by the Easter Bunny. Children are encouraged to make and wear an Easter Bonnet or hat and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Parents, need to

bring their own cameras. Bunny Brunch tickets are available at the Bailey Recreation Center.

Easter Egg Scramble The Westland Jaycees will sponsor the 15th annual Easter Egg Scramble 1-4 p.m. March 31, at Jaycee Park, at the corner of Hunter and Wildwood in Westland. The scramble will be broken up into age groups. It’s a free event is for children age 14 and under in the Westland community. In addition to the scramble, there will be pictures with the Easter Bunny and other activities for kids to choose from while they are waiting for their turn on the field. “In the past we’ve had activities like fingerprinting, a bouncer and fire trucks for the kids to check out,” said Jennifer Sroczynski, Westland Jaycees president.

“I’m really excited to see what this years’ committee does to step things up.” For more information, call (734) 626-0067 or visit www.westlandjaycees. org.

Easter Delight Night Kids can visit the Bailey Recreation Center to make ceramic Easter ornaments and their very own Easter Basket at an Easter Delight Night 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3. Sponsored by D & M Art Studios and the Westland Civitan Club , the activity is for children age 3-12. The cost is $15 per child and includes the supplies. The Westland Civitan Club has arranged for the Easter Bunny to visit briefly on his way to decorate his own eggs. Parents should bring a camera, if they would like a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny.

Pre-registration required by March 29 and can be completed at the Bailey Recreation Center. No registrations will be accepted without payment. Supplies for the projects will not be available, if a child isn’t pre-register. For more information, call (734) 722-7620.

Easter Festival

Kirk of Our Savior will hold an Easter Festival Egg Hunt 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 31, at the church at 36660 Cherry Hill, south of Wayne Road, Westland. There will be an Easter egg hunt, creative activities, health snack and service project. The event is open to the public and a free will donation will be accepted. For more information, call (734) 728-1088.

Marshmallow Drops • Wayne County Parks and the Westland Civi-

tan Club are sponsoring the annual Marshmallow Drop at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the Nankin Mills area on Hines Drive, just east of Ann Arbor Trail in Westland. Thousands of marshmallows will be dropped from a helicopter for youngsters to pick up and turn in for a prize. Regardless of how many marshmallows are collected, each child will receive one treat. There will be three separate age groups - 4 years and younger, 5-7 years and 8 years and older. For more info, call (734) 261-1990 or visit • The Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will hold its 33rd annual Marshmallow Drop 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 6, at the Anderson ballfield in Goudy Park on Howe south of Annapolis. The first drop will be at 10 a.m. for walking toddlers to age 4 and chil-

dren with a disability . The second drop will be for children age 5-7 and the third drop for child ages 8-10. The Marshmallow Drop is being sponsored by Cross Pointe Community Church

Bunny Breakfast

The Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will hold its Bunny Breakfast, starting at 10:45 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the Wayne Community Center, located at the corner of Howe and Annapolis. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, arts and crafts and balloons. Pictures with the Easter Bunny are available for $3 each. The cost is $4 for residents and $5 for non-residents. Children age 2 and under are free. Tickets are on sale now and only 200 tickets sold for the breakfast. For more information, call the Wayne Community Center at (734) 721-7400.

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A jewelry box containing a 1977 Liberty High School class ring, gold Army ring, a 2009 John Glenn High School class ring, a gold wedding band and yellow and white gold ring was reported stolen from a home in the 35000 block of Donnelly March 19. The resident told police she believes on of her daughter’s friends took the because there was no signs of forced entry. She told police she

keeps a key hidden outside and that one of her daughter’s friends may have seen where it was hidden.

were a snow blower and infrared thermometer. Four carburetors and a camera were stolen from the office.



The owner of a business in the 39000 block of Webb Drive told police someone pried off the door knob and lock on his shop door and stole a variety of took and equipment sometime between 6 p.m. March 18 and 9 a.m. March 19. Several machinist tools were taken from a tool box in the shop area as

Two orange kayaks were reported stolen sometime between March 10 and March 18 from a home in the 100 block of Parent. The homeowner told police the kayaks, values at $2,400, had been hanging on the back side of a shed in his back yard. He said a lock on the backyard gate appeared to be untouched and that

possibly the kayaks had been stolen by lifting them over the fence.


Copper piping was stolen from the basement of a home in the 32000 block of Parkwood sometime between March 16 and March 18. The owner told police that the door knob had been broken off the front door, which had a lock box containing a door key, to enter the home. The suspects cut the copper pipe from the ceiling and removed 60 feet of copper pipe, with

an estimated value of $1,500.


A Westland woman was charged with retail fraud second degree after she was caught trying to take more than $300 in earrings from the Kohl’s store at Westland Shopping Center. The woman was seen taking the merchandise and placing it in her purse. She passed the registers, never attempting to pay for the merchandise, and left the store. She was con-

fronted by store security and escorted back into the store where the merchandise was recovered.


A resident in the 38000 block of Palmer saw his push mower sitting outside his shed and when he went to put it in it March 18 he discovered that his riding lawn mower was missing. The theft occurred sometime between March 15 and March 18. The shed had not been locked. The lawn mower was valued at $1,000.

Owner ticketed for having unlicensed dog GARDEN CITY COP CALLS

Unlicensed dog

A resident in the 33000 block of Leona reported that an unleashed pit bull burst from an unattended vehicle and bit her small Maltese poodle mix as she walked him in front of that location further down the street about 2 p.m. March 17. The car was parked in the driveway of that residence. The dog owner contacted the pit bull own-

er after she got her $188 vet bill for puncture wounds to the small dog’s tail. The owner of the unlicensed pit bull owner first agreed to pay the bill and then changed his mind. The police officer who responded ticketed the pit bull owner for having an unlicensed dog and for having a dog at large. The pit bull owner couldn’t explain why his dog wasn’t leashed and under control.


A resident in the 500

block of Helen reported that someone stole about $66 from the center console of his unlocked 2011 Chevy that was parked in front of her house sometime before 4 p.m. March 15.

Property damage

A resident in the 400 block of Lathers reported that sometime before 8 a.m., March 15 someone threw a brick through the passenger side window of his vehicle that was parked and locked in the driveway. In a separate earlier

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Disorderly conduct

Retail fraud

A 53-year-old Livonia man was arrested after he defecated in public in the Parkway Auto lot midday March 15. The police arrived to find the man squatting on the ground with his pants pulled down and handy wipes nearby. The police tested his sobriety and said that he registered a .260 blood alcohol level.

Loss prevention officers at the Kmart store at 29600 Ford called the police after they observed a man pay for some items about noon March 17 but not others. The 22-year-old Garden City man had hid a weight lifting glove after he removed it from its packaging, hid a knife in his front pants pocket and removed a watch from its packaging.

Found property

A resident in the 30000

block of Bock reported he found a blue bag on his property. He called the police who found a name inside the bag which they then traced ownership to a nearby resident. The bag’s owner, who is a home health care nurse, said that someone broke into her 2008 Mercury Mariner sometime before 5 p.m. March 15. Some change was missing but no important paperwork or documents, she said. By Sue Buck

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Women of Ravensbruck: Portraits of Courage A new exhibit is on display at the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills. The exhibit, “Women of Ravensbruck: Portraits of Courage,” which opened on Sunday, details the lives of those imprisoned at Ravensbruck, the Nazi’s major concentration camp for women, with a special focus on the few survivors with ties to southeast Michigan. It will be on display through June 24. The exhibit features the stories of local women, other survivors researched by the late artist Julia Terwilliger, and those who did not survive Ravensbruck. The local women included in the exhibit are: • Lola Taubman, of Ann Arbor • Agi Rubin, of Farmington Hills • Irene ZuckermanSnitchler, of Southfield • Paula Barton-Marks, of West Bloomfield • Elizabeth Wees, of Novi Terwillger’s artwork has immortalized the faces of the women of Ravensbruck in one of the newest exhibits of Holocaust art to emerge. The exhibit centers around seven large wooden panels with mixed media and photo transfer images of Ravensbruck women, young and old, those who survived and those who did not. The collection contains original artifacts from the camp, including a handmade recipe


Agi Rubin, of Farmington Hills, points to some of the artifacts included in the exhibit. She is one of the women featured. Visitors stopped to read the stories of the women featured in the “Women of Ravensbruck: Portraits of Courage,” a new exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.

book and gifts secretly exchanged by the women.

Holocaust Memorial Center Executive Director Stephen M. Goldman

conceived the idea for the exhibit in collaboration with guest curator

Dr. Rochelle G. Saidel in 2001 while he was the director of the Florida Holocaust Museum. “This is a long overdue testament to these women who survived deplorable conditions and inhumane treatment,” said Goldman. “We wanted to honor the local survivors of Ravensbruck and pay homage to all those who were imprisoned against their will – many of whom did not survive to see the camp liberated.”

Art, history

The exhibit, on loan from the Florida Holocaust Museum, fea-

tures both art and history. In addition to Terwilliger’s artwork, the exhibit includes historical photographs, documents, and other informational materials plus rare artifacts. The exhibit is supported by Lauren and Sam Bienenstock in honor of their family members imprisoned at Ravensbruck, who are featured in the exhibit. Florine Mark, of Farmington Hills, president and CEO of Weight Watchers Group, was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony on Sunday, March 11. Her speech, “The Courageous Woman Inside Each of Us,” honored the women of Ravensbruck and acknowledge all women as part of National Women’s History Month. “We are very honored to have Florine Mark speak at the opening ceremony,” said Goldman. “Her leadership role in the community and business expertise is an inspiration not only to women, but to all of us.” The Holocaust Memorial Center is located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.); and Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (last admission at 1:30 p.m.). The museum is closed on Saturday and public holidays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students and $5 for children. For more information, call (248) 553-2400, or visit

Make sure homeowner’s policy is up to date By Rick Bloom Guest Columnist


he storms that hit Michigan last week left a substantial amount of damage; hopefully, people who sustained losses have the proper amount of insurance. It’s bad Money Matters enough that lives Rick Bloom are disrupted, but what makes it worse is when residents find out they don’t have the proper homeowner’s coverage. I try to write a column a few times a year reminding people how important it is that they are properly covered. The recent storms in the Dexter area reminded me that it’s time to revisit the topic. It is important to review your homeowner’s coverage regularly, to make

sure it is up to date. After all, things change and policy adjustments may be necessary. For example, home values may not be the same as a few years ago so the amount of coverage may need to be changed. You may be paying for more coverage than is necessary or you may have had a major purchase over the last few years that currently may not be covered by your policy. Reviewing current coverage is important and — if you haven’t done it in a while — it pays to shop around and receive a competitive bid. It’s not unusual for those who do shop around for a new policy to find one at a lower price. They also get a better policy.


As most of my friends know, I am tight with a buck. I’m not embarrassed to ask for discounts or use coupons. When it comes time to shopping around for

your homeowner’s insurance, or when you’re talking with an agent about your current policy, don’t be afraid to ask what discounts are available. You would be surprised how many discounts go unused. Companies have discounts for all sorts of things and sometimes you don’t know about them until you ask. With regards to shopping for policies, I am frequently asked whether people should do it on their own, on the Internet or use the services of a professional. For most people, using the services of a qualified professional is probably the way to go. They have more experience and can assist in selecting the right policy. The Internet, however, can be a great tool to find the right questions to ask and for price comparison. Notice I said a qualified professional. Like every other area, it is important to use someone that specializes in homeown-

er’s insurance and knows what he/she is doing.

Video inventory

Another thing I always recommend is to make a video inventory of your home. It will help in dealing with your insurance company if there is a claim and serve as a reminder to what you actually had in your home. Just think if your home was destroyed like those in Dexter. How dif-

ficult would it be to list what you had? Particularly when you live in a house for a number of years, you don’t see everything and it’s hard to remember what was lost. Having a video also provides some documentation for the insurance company. If you have appraisals or receipts for high-end purchases, it’s not a bad idea to video those as well. Remember, video is inexpensive and

the key purpose is to provide some documentation for the insurance company. Therefore, it’s better to video too much, as opposed to too little. Good luck! Rick Bloom is a fee-only financial adviser. Observer & Eccentric readers can submit questions at moneymatters@ For more information, visit his web site at



Listings for the Community Calendar can be submitted by e-mail at They also can be mailed to Sue Mason at 615 W. Lafayette - Second Level, Detroit, MI 48226, or faxed to her attention at fax at (313) 223-3318. For more information, call (313) 222-6751.

Upcoming Events FISH FRY

Time/Date: 4:30-7 p.m. every Friday in March Location: First United Methodist Church, 3 town square, Wayne Details: First United Methodist Church is serving fish dinners with baked or fried fish, baked potato or french fries, vegetable, cole slaw and a roll. Kids meals are also available - nuggets or one piece of fish, french fries, vegetable, slaw and a roll. Cost is $8 for adults and $2 for the kid’s meal. Homemade pies are also available for $1 a slice. Contact: For more information, call (734) 721-4801


Location: St. Mary Catholic School, 34516 Michigan Ave., Wayne Details: St. Mary School is currently is currently registering students for the 2012-2013 school year. Openings are available in pre-K 3 and 4 and kindergarten-eighth-grade. St. Mary has been recognized as a School of Distinction. Contact: For more information, call the school office at (734) 721-1240.


Time/Date: 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 Location: Wayne Community Center, 4635 Howe at Annapolis in Wayne Details: Treat yourself to a night of pampering and shopping at the Wayne Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Bling. Shop and visit more 35 vendors of local and home-based business while enjoying some refreshments. The event is free. Vendors include: J&S Portrait America, Stoneworks by Linda, Lindt Chocolates, Mary Kay, Longaberger Baskets, Pampered Chef , Strength and Spirit, Scentsy, Premier Designs Jewelry, Skaklee, Rodan and Fields, Tupperware, Lia Sophia, Partylite,

Tastefully Simple, At Home, and many more. Contact: Wayne Chamber of Commerce at (734) 7210100

Association of Southeast Michigan’s (VNA) hospice program needs volunteers to comfort and support patients at the end of life. Volunteers can provide companionship, write a memoir, provide respite for family or work as office support. A free 18-hour training program is provided at the VNA headquarters, 25900 Greenfield Road, Suite 600. Registration is required. Contact: (248) 967-8361,


Time/Date: 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 Location: Corsi’s Italian Restaurant, 27910 W. Seven Mile, three blocks west of Inkster Road, in Livonia Details: Widowed of all ages are welcome to attend a social hour at 5 p.m. and an Italian buffet dinner served promptly at 6 p.m. at Corsi’s. Cost is $14 and includes the buffet, beverage, dessert, tax and tip. Pay at the door (cash only - exact amount). Stay for cards, games, and conversation in a safe and friendly setting until 9:30 p.m. No walk-ins or late comers as they cannot accommodated for seating or meals without reservations. Respond by April 4. Call again to cancel. Contact: For reservations, call Cookie at (248) 3572183, Pat at (248) 545-8348 or Carol at (248) 946-0300.


Time/Date: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24 Location: St. Linus Church Hall, 6466 Evangeline at the corner of Hass in Dearborn Heights Details: The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring the St. Linus Spring Craft Show. All proceeds assist the Knights in helping others. There will be 50/50 Raffles, Tin Can drawings and other fun activities. Admission is $1 and children are free. Contact: For more information, call Donna Smith at (313) 561-6840.


Time/Date: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 Location: Wild Birds Unlimited, 41816 Ford Road, Canton Details: Brenda Dziedzic will be giving a talk, “Attract Butterflies to Your Garden” with a book signing of “Learn About Butterflies in the Garden” to follow. Contact: For more information, call (734) 983-9130.


Time/Date: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 Location: Kirk of Our Savior Presbyterian Church, Cherry Hill between Wayne Road and Newburgh,


Wish You Were Here Rob Ozenghar of Westland took in at the Navy Seal Museum in Ft. Pierce, Fla., while was visiting Gail and Larry Cranston at Jensen Beach, Fla. According to Ozenhagar, they came away with a new appreciation for the dedicated men and women of the armed forces. He also brought a copy of the Westland Observer with him to enjoy reading between tours. If you go on vacation, be sure to take a picture with your Observer and send it to Sue Mason as a jpg at or by mail to her attention at 615 W. Lafayette, Second Level, Detroit, MI 48226. Be sure to include your name and information about your photo. Westland Details: Do you have things you’re looking to clear out of your house? Do you have craft items you would like to sell? Do you have antiques you don’t want anymore? Do you have a business such as Tupperware, Party Lite or Creative Memories that you would like to promote? This is a great opportunity to cleanup, clear out, and promote your small business. It’s an outdoor event, rain or shine. Cost is $20, non-refundable, to secure you a parking space. Food concessions will be available. Contact: Call Sharon Garcia to sign up at or (734) 637-2662.


Time/Date: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20-21 Location: Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George St., at the corner of Fenton, across from the Dearborn Heights City Hall, three blocks west of Telegraph and two blocks north of Ford Road Details: The Friends of the Dearborn Heights Libraries



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Time/Date: 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month Location: Lower level Classroom 2 of the Allan Breakie Medical Office Building at Garden City Hospital, 6245 Inkster Road, Garden City Details: Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, family members, friends and caregivers of persons afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease or related disorders are invited to join the free monthly support group. The group will provide mutual aid, support and the opportunity to share problems and concerns. Contact: Call (734) 58-4330 for more information.


Time/Date: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 31 Location: UAW Local 182, 35603 Plymouth Road, Livonia Details: Space is still available for participants that would like to put their

chili to the test in Tailwaggers popular Chili, Hoops and Hounds event. Space is still available. Registration is $30 and includes a Chili, Hoops and Hounds apron. Three prizes will be awarded to those who have the Best Tasting Chili, Best Table Decoration and a People’s Choice Award. Pre-registration is required by March 15. The public is welcome to this family friendly event. An All-YouCan-Eat wrist band is $15 or taste samples for only $1. Contact: Sign up today by e-mail at

Organizations Volunteers FIRST STEP

Details: First Step, which has been active in the effort to end domestic violence and sexual assault in western Wayne County and Downriver communities for more than 20 years, is looking for volunteers. Interested people must be at least 18, willing and able to travel to the Downriver area and complete a 55hour training program. Contact: (734) 416-1111, Ext. 223


Details: Visiting Nurse


Details: The Community Literacy Council (CLC) is looking for volunteer tutors in Western Wayne County to help adults improve their reading, writing and communication skills. The CLC will provide training to interested volunteers. Previous experience or a bachelor’s degree is not required. The council will provide free training and materials, and then match you with an adult student in your area. Contact: (734) 416-4906


Details: Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in Washtenaw, western Wayne, Monroe and Livingston counties. Volunteers provide a variety of services including companionship, light housekeeping, errand running, grief support and clerical services. Contact: (888) 973-1145


Time/date: 7-8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month Location: American House III, 35700 Hunter, Westland Details: Adult Well-Being Services through The Senior Alliance is sponsoring a support group that provides support and guidance for families caring for an older person. Contact: Chris Goldberg at (734) 629-5004. Call to confirm meeting, if coming for the first time.

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Details: Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care is looking for volunteers to provide companionship to patients dealing with life limiting illness. No special skills, other than objectivity and compassion, are needed. Training provided. Volunteers are matched with patients in their own community. Contact: (800) 370-8592

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Schoolcraft accepts signups for KOC, motorcycle safety Motorcycle safety

The steady increase in fatalities in recent years represents is a concern to all drivers utilizing the nation’s roads and highways. In response, the Continuing Education and Professional Development Department of Schoolcraft College is continuing to offer its popular motorcycle safety classes through the Detroit Metro Motorcycle Safety Consortium. The motorcycle safety program offers a variety of courses including: the Basic Rider Course, for those with minimal knowledge/experience who are looking to get their motorcycle endorsement; the Three-Wheel Basic Rider Course for the novice three-wheeler fan; the Returning Rider Basic Rider Course for the experienced but unlicensed rider who wants to get an endorsement; and the Advanced Rider Course for licensed, experienced riders wanting to enhance their basic skills and improve crash avoidance. Upon successful completion of the Basic Rider, Three-Wheel Basic or Returning Rider course, the Secretary of State will waive the riding skills test required for a cycle endorsement. However, a short written test required for license endorsement will be given at the Secretary of State at the time of endorsement application. Courses are offered at Schoolcraft College’s main campus in Livonia, at the Radcliff Center in Garden City, and at Milford High School. The fee

Schoolcraft College is a public two-year college, offering classes at the main campus in Livonia, Haggerty Road between Six and Seven Mile Roads; at the Radcliff Center in Garden City; and online at www.

for each of these courses is only $25, which is made possible through a grant administered by the Michigan Department of State. Registration is under way for the 2012 season and courses run now through September. For more information on the Motorcycle Safety Program visit or call (734) 462-4448.

Kids on Campus

From the beginning, Schoolcraft College’s Kids on Campus program has been current and trendy, delighting kids with unique camp offerings in the arts, acting, cultural immersion, computers, writing, math, science, career-oriented learning opportunities and traditional academic skills workshops. Celebrating its 33rd year in 2012, the Kids on Campus program guarantees campers a great summer experience for children in first-12thgrades in the fall. Some of this year’s new Kids on Campus offerings include: • Design Troop Engineering for third-fourthgraders who will spend the week-long camp designing and building

creative projects by playing, drawing and sharing their ideas and experiencing engineering at work in everyday life. • Machine Manufacturing - Leading edge technology for sophomores, juniors and seniors who will spend the week in Schoolcraft College’s state-of-the-art manufacturing lab using Computer Aided Design (CAD) manufacturing software and real Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, to create, design, build and finish products. • Sports Science - For high school age students who will take the principles learned in the classroom into the workout room and discover how physical activity incorporates physics, chemistry, biology and exercise physiology. Many other popular camps will continue to be offered in the areas of robotics, aviation and aerospace, crime detection, gaming design, culinary arts, song writing, art and acting, biz kids, cultural immersion, study skills, academic basics in writing, math and science. For those preparing for college, special sessions on navigating the daunting process of college applications will be offered. Registration for this year’s Kids on Campus is currently underway. Registration information and a complete schedule of the more than 60 different week-long sessions, offered July 9-Aug. 3, can be found at

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Carol Clements, Nankin Mills naturalist, will conduct a Nankin Mills Museum and Miller’s House Tour 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Clements will take visitors on a tour of Nankin Mills and its interpretative center, including displays on native Americans and Chief Tonquish, early milling and settlement history, the Underground Railroad and abolitionist Marcus Swift and Henry Ford, who visited the mill as a child and eventually turned it into one of his Village Industry auto plants. Participants also will visit the nearby Miller’s House, a 1830s Greek Revival homestead, to hear more about the building and those who lived there over the decades. This is one of a number of free programs sponsored by the Friends of Nankin Mills. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. Call (734) 261-1990 to reserve a spot. For more information, go to www.

Relay for Life

The third annual Relay for Life dinner dance from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 24, at Joy Manor, 28999 Joy Road, east of Middlebelt, Westland. The cost is $15 per person and includes dinner, dancing and select beverages. There will be entertainment, a DJ, prize drawings and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Glass Slipper

Operation Glass Slipper is looking for donations to help girls in need attend the prom. The group is currently accepting dresses, accessories (shoes, purs-

es, jewelry, etc.) and any monetary donations. Donations can be dropped off 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Henry Ruff School, 30300 Maplewood at Henry Ruff. For more information, contact Dee Lilla at or at (313) 999-7769 or Michele Bosen at kmmbosen@aol. com or at (734) 578-7563.


Pet-A-Pet, Inc. is looking for enthusiastic, friendly pets and their owners to visit facilities one hour a month at the Garden City Hospital Rehab. Pets must be up to date with vaccinations, proof required. Visits are at 3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Call Mickie Hickey at (734) 522-0036 for more information or to sign up.

Open House

Garden City Co-op Preschool is holding an open house 6-7 p.m. Monday, April 16. Garden City Co-Op Preschool is one of the oldest cooperative preschools in Michigan. It was established in 1955 under the guidelines of the Greater Detroit Cooperative Nursery Council and the Michigan Council of Cooperative Nurseries. Their goal was to create a quality preschool environment for their children, with direct parental involvement. The preschool offers classes for children 18 months to four years of age. Parents can visit the school and see what it has to offer. Garden City Co-op Preschool is at 1841 Middlebelt, south of Ford, Garden City. For more information, call (734) 2612838 or go online to www. gardencitycooppreschool. org.

Mom2Mom Sale

Spring cleaning is here. Time to clean out your kids’ closets and drawers. Don’t know what to do with the things they’ve outgrown or never even got a chance to wear? Sell them at the Garden City High School’s Spring Mom2Mom Sale or, come shopping at more than 75 tables to find great deals on new and gently used baby and kids clothes as well as maternity clothes, toys, shoes, games, videos/DVDs, books, bikes, strollers, cribs, swings, bouncers, etc. The sale is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 21. A concession stand will be open throughout the day as well as a bake sale. Admission is only $1, strollers welcome. All proceeds go to the GCMS PTSA. Garden City High School is located at 6500 Middlebelt Road (between Ford Road and Warren) in Garden City. Tables are $25 for an 8foot table, including space for a standard size clothes rack or small shelf that you provide. For a table agreement or more information, e-mail Sheryll at or call (734) 3670898 and leave a message.

Charity bowl

The Garden City Lions Club is holding a bowling benefit 6-11 p.m. Saturday May 19, at Town & Country Lanes, 1100 S. Wayne Road, Westland. The cost is $15 per person and includes three games of 9 pin no tap, pizza, pop, raffles and shoe rental. For more information please contact Cindy at (313) 407-0239, Larry at (734) 660-0920, Terry at (734) 686-8786 or Vicky at (734) 502-7951. Call now to reserve your team of four or come by yourself and they will team you up. Either way it’s a night of fun entertainment.

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The first day of spring came in Tuesday feeling the first day of summer with temperatures in the 80s. According to the Wayne-Westland Federal Credit Union sign on Wayne Road, the high was 84 degrees, at least 40 degrees warmer than the normal high for mid-March in Michigan.

‘It’s just perfect’

Jalen Wells and Chance Pollock, both of Wayne, play a little one-on-one at the outdoor basketball courts beside the Bailey Recreation Center.

First day of spring feels more like summer By Sue Mason Observer Staff Writer

Lakeisha Bell had to admit that temperatures in the 80s on the first day of spring were kind of scary. The Westland resident was at the PlayPlanet in Tattan Park with her son Nathan, 3, enjoying the first day of spring that was more like the first day of summer. “I love it, I really love it,” she said. Bell and her a son are regulars at the park in the summer, cooling off at the nearby splashground. It’s a feature she hasn’t seen at other parks. “We like it,” she said, adding that the sultry start to spring 2012 “definitely makes up for last year.” “It could stay like this,” she added. “It works for me. It’s not too hot and there’s a breeze.” Dominica Banks agrees. The Westland resident was at the park with her three grown children — Mari, Erik and Rachel, Erik’s friend Jason Thomas, daughter-in-law Lauren Banks and granddaughter Isabella, 10 months old. “It’s a treat to go outside with kids and my granddaughter,” she said. “I can’t complain about Michigan weather this year. We were due for this.” Lauren Banks agrees. She’s in town on spring break from her teaching job. Her husband ins in the Army and the family is stationed at Ft. Riley. “We’re having the same weather in Kansas,” she said. “It’s weird. I was here two years ago and it

was snowing.” Dominica Banks is from Guam and is in love with Michigan springs. “Michigan springs are beautiful, I’m from the tropics and for me, spring is beautiful. I hope we get a little this year.” Seven-year-old Aimee Nemeth disappeared and reappeared as she ran around the PlayPlanet while grandmother Karen Muhavetz watched from under a picnic shelter. “This is the best park to come to,” she said. “We started out going to Garden City Park, but she outgrew that. She won’t let me take her home after school, it has to be to the park.” Muhavetz, an Inkster resident, said she doesn’t really like warm weather, but then again she’s no a fan of hot weather. “I miss having a little bit of spring, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we don’t have any more freezing cold,” she said. Rebecca Eller of Westland was enjoying the warm weather with 5year-old son Aiden. “We’re loving this,” she said. “We come her regularly. We’re here almost everyday after school and not just because of the weather. Coming here gets my son to have a great day in school. This is my bribe.” The string of summer like days is about to end, but the cooling off will mean temperatures that are above the normals highs for this time of year. “This is just perfect,” Eller said.

It was a full house on the swing set at PlayPlanet in Westland’s Tattan Park Tuesday afternoon.

Nevaeh Authier and her aunt Shauna Authier enjoy the swings in Tattan Park on the first day of spring. (313) 222-6751

Garden City resident Amy Fougerousse’s dog Bella is petted by Kamryn Nowry of Livonia and Trevor Krupin of Westland during their visit to the park.

Tyler Dreier from Westland gets a helping hand on the slide.

Amanda White of Westland texts her sister while on the slide.

Lamees Abuali of Canton, with her mom Iman, spins on an elevated seat at the PlayPlanet.



Candy store goes ‘old school’ variety Observer: Tell us about your business, including the types of services and/or products you feature? Candy Trail: We sell candy in bulk or by the piece. We do candy buffets for weddings, graduations, and showers. We offer birthday parties in the store. Children decorate cupcakes with candy, face painting, candy bingo, and a goodie bag to go! Many birthday parties include pizza and beverages. We sell toys and books (written by local Michigan authors who come in on Saturday’s and read their books to children), stuffed animals, puzzles, webkinz, jewelry and beverages. Recently, we have added homemade caramels from Jo Jo’s treats and sweets in Old Village. Observer: How did you first decide to open your business? Candy Trail: I retired from DTE Energy in 2001 with plans to start another career. A month later 9/11 happened and our world started to change. After job searching and realizing going back into the corporate world didn’t interest me I decided to open a retail store. I felt candy was the direction God was taking me. It’s fun and people are always happy in a candy store. Observer: Why did you choose Plymouth? Candy Trail: I live in Plymouth and wanted to be near my business. Plymouth didn’t have an old-fashioned candy store where kids can stop by on their way home from school and buy a couple pieces of candy. Candy stores were all over when I was growing up but there are very few today. We wanted to create memories for kids that all of us had as a child. The old-fashioned candy



Sandi McGrew opened Candy Trail in downtown Plymouth in April 2009.

store fit well in Plymouth, where it feels like an oldfashioned town. Observer: What makes your business unique? Candy Trail: We carry candy people have not seen since their childhood days. I always hear people saying visiting us is “a blast from the past.” Remember the ice cube? Freshen up gum? Candy cigarettes (now called candy sticks), sen sen, cinnamon toothpicks and whirly pops? We have 5lb gummy bears, the largest in the world. We make candy bar bouquets, gift baskets and are always looking for unique ideas. Observer: How has it changed since you opened? Candy Trail: Business has increased, word of mouth is the best adver-

tising. If people like your store and you (I know how important customer service is) they will support your business. We’ve added more products and will be adding pinatas and balloons this year. Observer: How has the recent economy affected your business? Candy Trail: We opened in 2009 when the economy was at its worst. I knew after the first year things could only improve, which they have. People told me when I first opened that the businesses that made it through the great depression were confectionery and entertainment. We’re going into our third year this March. Observer: Any advice for other business owners? Candy Trail: I think

SERVPRO: Be ready for spring storms The announcement comes over your TV or radio: there’s a storm headed your way. What can you do to help protect yourself, your family and your home? According to owners of SERVPRO® franchises in the Detroit area, the answers to those questions lie in understanding the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning; in knowing where to seek shelter, if you’re caught by a storm; in taking precautions as storm season approaches to minimize the potential for storm-related property damage; and finally in knowing where to turn for prompt, professional help if your home or property does sustain damage. “While violent storms can strike anytime, the return of warmer weather typically marks an increase in the threat of sudden, severe storms with their accompanying wind, rain, lightning and even hail,” said Rick Isaacson, executive vice president of Servpro Industries, Inc. “Authorities issue a storm ‘watch’ when there is the potential for severe weather. A storm ‘warning’ means that the danger is imminent.” “We hope that the following tips, provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), will give homeowners the information they need to help keep themselves, their family and their property safe when the first storm warning hits the airwaves,” he said.

The Basics

• Put a family communication plan in place and prepare an emergency supply kit, including a battery-powered NOAA Weather radio. • Remove dead trees

and branches that could fall on your property or home. • Repair roof leaks, clear clogged gutters and fix broken or loose doors and windows.

Before storm hits

• Postpone outdoor activities and secure outdoor objects that could become airborne. • Seek shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile. The steel frame of a vehicle — not the rubber tires — can help protect you from a lightning strike, if you avoid touching metal or other conductive surfaces. • Close shutters, if available, and secure outside doors. Close window blinds, shades or curtains. Unplug electronic equipment, including appliances, air conditioners and computers.

During the storm In your home:

• Don’t use corded phones or any appliances that are “plugged in.” Use cell or cordless phones instead. • Avoid contact with plumbing. Don’t wash your hands, take a shower, or do dishes or laundry. Minimize contact with bathroom fixtures. • Avoid windows and doors, don’t lie on concrete floors or lean on concrete walls, and stay off of porches

If caught outdoors • Seek shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid small, isolated structures in open areas and steer clear of hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water. • Avoid natural lightning rods, like tall, isolat-

ed trees, and contact with anything metal, like tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles. • If you’re driving, pull off the road, put on your emergency flashers, avoid touching any metal or other conductive surfaces inside the car and wait for the storm to pass.

After the storm

• Avoid storm-damaged areas. Stay away from downed power lines and never try to drive through a flooded roadway. • If possible, assemble your family and others at your agreed-upon meeting place and listen for further instructions from NOAA or your local radio and TV stations. Keep your pets under your direct control. • Replenish your emergency supplies and repair property damage promptly, before the next storm strikes. “If your home, property or furnishings sustain damage from wind, water or fire, a professional disaster mitigation and restoration specialist like SERVPRO® can help set things back to normal, ‘Like it never even happened,’” said Isaacson. “Our cleanup professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the immediate response and advice that helps limit secondary damage and potential health risks.” For more information on severe storms or other emergency situations, visit the FEMA website at For more information about SERVPRO® in the Garden City-Westland area, contact Gary Gasser, SERVPRO of Westland, at (734) 721-5699 or by email ggasser9357@yahoo. com.

Business name and address: The Candy Trail, 942 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth Your name: Sandi McGrew, owner Your hometown: Plymouth Business opened: March 7, 2009 Number of employees: 3 Your business specialty: Old fashion candies, mary janes, squirrel nut zippers, zotz, war heads, laffy taffy, salt water taffy, scorpion and cricket suckers, 24 flavor of jelly belly’s, 21 colors of M&M’s, pucker powder machine, bulk candy, licorice, chocolates. Hours of operation: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (hours and days increase to 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday in the summer). Phone and website: (734) 73sweet (79338),

more and more people are opening a business due to the lack of jobs. I think it’s great. The more products offered, the more customers you will have. Observer: What’s in store for the future of your business? Candy Trail: We plan on being in business a long time, that’s the plan. Candy makes people happy and when you’re happy you’re healthy. Candy can be healthy for you, look at all the benefits of dark chocolate. Let me know what your favorite candy is and if we don’t sell it, we’ll get it.


Rose Ermete, a research coordinator at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia has been published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, February edition. Her article, Clinical Trials and Communicating Safely, highlights the imporErmete tance of communication to prevent errors in clinical trials, who team members are, Oddo and the use of tools to assist in discussing research requirements with non-research personnel. This is her second published work. The first was a chapter in The Manual for Clinical Trials Nursing, 2nd edition (2008) published by Oncology Nursing Society. Also at St. Mary Mercy, Dr. Jose L. Evangelista, Cardiology, has been certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Sleep Medicine. He also is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. Dr. Evangelista has been on staff at St. Mary Mercy since 1974 and served as Chief of Staff in 1999. Dr. Evangelista received his medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, He is also Honorary Consul General of the Philippines. He has offices at the Livonia Diagnostic Center, 10475 Farmington Road, Livonia. New medical staff members at St. Mary Mercy are: • Dr. William K. Johnston, Urology, of North-

ville. He received his degree at Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y. He completed his residency at University of California Davis, Davis, Calif., and fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is board certified in Evangelista Urology and a member of the American Urological Association, Endourology Society, and editor of the Johnston Journal of Endourology. Dr. Johnston’s office is in the Michigan Institute of Urology at 14800 Farmington Road, Suite 103, Livonia, and at 20952 Twelve Mile Road, Suite 200, St. Clair Shores. • Dr. Anthony J. Oddo, Pain Management. He received his degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa. He completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency and Pain Management fellowship at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit. Dr. Oddo is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Oddo is located at Mendelson Orthopedics, 14555 Levan Road, Suite 215, Livonia, and Mendelson/Kornblum Orthopedic and Spine, 11900 E. 12 Mile Road, Suite 110, Warren.


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New policy continues district’s proactive stance On Monday the Wayne-Westland school board invited the community to comment on its proposed bullying policy. Only one person, a student at John Glenn High School, responded to the board’s invitation. The teen thanked the board for the new policy, pointing out that many people think bullying is a rite of passage for teens, but she personally knows how hurtful what is said and done can be. She also told board members that she has witnessed and has been a victim of bullying. She and members of the school’s True Colors Club have been working so school can be safe for all students. A bullyi ng policy isn’t new to the Wayne-Westland school district. There is one in the district’s Student Code of Conduct. This new policy brings the district in compliance with the state’s new Matt’s Safe School Law signed into law last December. Michigan schools have six months to develop their anti-bullying policies and then turn them into the State Board of Education. It would be naive to think that the law and a new policy will do away with bullying. It has been around so long that it is a part of the fabric of our lives. To remove that thread, we - parents, children, their friends, educators, law enforcement, the court and others - have to work together to stop it. We have to put the people who perpetrate it on notice that bullying will not be tolerated. The bullying statistics for 2010, the most current year available, reveal that bullying is a crime that is not going away anytime soon. There are about 160,000 children that miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. The statistics show that bullying is still a problem among children and teens and is taking on a new approach with cyber bullying becoming more rampant in school and after school among teens and children. Social networking has provided an entirely new environment for bullying to take place. According to 2010 bullying statistics, there are about 2.7 million students being bullied each year by about 2.1 students who take on the role of the bully. According to, about one in seven students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade is either a bully or has been a victim of bullying. Over half, about 56 percent, of all students have witnessed a bullying crime take place while at school. The statistics also showed: • That 15 percent of all students who don’t show up for school report it to being out of fear of being bullied. • About 71 percent of students report bullying as an ongoing problem. • About one out of every 10 students drops out or changes schools because of repeated bullying. • Some of the top school years for bullying include fourth- through eighthgraders in which 90 percent were reported as victims of some kind of bullying. The statistics are alarming and should be a wake-up call to adults who need to step up to stop bullying. There is no room in our schools or our home for the attitude that bullying is part of growing up. It is mean, it is nasty and it can kill. We are glad to see the Wayne-Westland Community schools to move quickly on the requirements of Matt’s Safe School Law. We are also glad to hear that the district will continue to be proactive and thoroughly investigate any and all complaints about bullying. Schools, however, can’t do everything. Parents need to open a line of commu nic ation with thei r ch i ldren. If they suspect bullying, they need to investigate and then involve the proper authorities. If it is happening in the schools, involve school officials. If it involves an electronic device, get the police involved. Students also need to get involved by reporti ng a ny bullyi ng they see. Standing by and doing nothing won’t help anyone. Let’s make 2012 the year we just say no to bullies.

Sue Mason,

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Executive Editor

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Police, fire cared

On Feb. 11, 2012, I rushed to my daughter Crystal’s apartment. She had stopped breathing. I had moments with her. The Westland police and paramedics were right there on the scene, trying to save my little girl. I have to commend the Westland police. They were caring, kind and very thoughtful. Through this, they were right on the job, getting involved, investigating quickly and still on the case, calling about my Crystal. My Crystal is gone, and I need to say a big thank you to the Westland police, especially thank you to the officers and paramedics who were there at my little girl’s apartment. A special thank you to Sgt. Miller who got right out there to investigate my daughter’s passing. Thank you so much. Susette Lehtimiki Inkster

Thanks for support

On behalf of the Wayne-Westland Community Schools Board of Education, administration, students and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep sense of gratitude to the residents of this community who supported our Feb. 28, 2012, Sinking Fund. Your continued support will provide our students with the educational opportunities they deserve and a learning atmosphere necessary to increase achievement. The long-term impact of this successful Sinking Fund will allow the district to effectively upgrade our educational programs and enhance our entire school community. The amount of pride this community has in our students and schools is clearly evident and your role as citizens is extremely important to the Wayne-Westland team. Please be assured that I am looking forward to working with you and providing the very best for our students and community. I am hopeful that you will continue to share in my excitement and enthusiasm about the Wayne-Westland Community Schools. As a community, you have entrusted us with your children and now the resources to continue to improve our schools. Since assuming the superintendency and during the many Sinking Fund presentations, I pledged to you that my administrative team and I will deliver on the promises made. I personally will direct all my energies and abilities toward continuing to enhance the reputation and quality of education in this fine district. Working together, we can provide the very best possible educational programs for all students within the WayneWestland Community Schools district. Gregory J. Baracy, superintendent

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Citizen’s view

After reading the guest column by Commissioner Joan Gebhardt, I thought a citizen’s view on county business might be in order. I’m not claiming to have any great knowledge of the inner workings of Wayne County government. This is just how an average citizen sees it. Ms. Gebhardt, this is not just about a severance scandal, which uncovered more scandals at the airport involving more political appointees. This is about county employees who game the system with accumulated sick and vacation pay so they can retire with pensions that we average slobs can only dream of. These same employees then come back to work for the county as paid “consultants.” All with Bob’s blessing, and all with our tax dollars. Do the commissioners agree with these policies? This is about personal drivers for Bob Ficano, who seem to be the highest-paid drivers in the country. This is about “Trade Mission” vacations all over the world, paid for by the Friends of Bob slush funds. How much new business and new tax revenue have these trips brought back to Michigan? Who contributes to these funds and how do they benefit? This is about the “Friends and Family Plan” that Bob uses to fill positions of county government. This is about the Ficano PAC donating thousands of dollars to our own commissioners’ re-election campaigns. Are these the same “neutral” commissioners guarding our tax dollars? Although I can’t possibly cite the numerous scandals reported in the news, I would think the average taxpayer could see a pattern here. How this pattern can be explained as taking one’s “eye off the ball” is really beyond my imagination. That quote had me scratching my head. Maybe I

truly don’t have a basic understanding of how government is supposed to work. I do understand incompetence, and what we seem to have here is a level of incompetence raised to an art form. So, Ms. Gebhardt, you believe Bob did know about the severance package, which violated several internal policies and procedures. For quite awhile, he said he didn’t know. Do you blame Bob’s deceit on Bob, or do you blame Bob’s deceit on his appointees? Bob Ficano is ultimately responsible here, and the commissioners should speak out for his resignation. As far as I know, only Laura Cox and Bernard Parker have called for Bob to resign. That’s two out of 15 who did the right thing. A dismal record. What the taxpayers are left with are promises of more transparencies, stricter ethics policies, new fraud units, less government waste, and on and on and on. How trite. Hopefully, when election time rolls around, the voters will throw him and his enablersbuddies-cronies out. Unfortunately, if they are booted out, they laugh at us every time they cash their taxpayer-funded pension checks. We seem to lose whether they stay or go. Alan Malecki Livonia

Looking for relative

Many thanks again for the help you gave me at the end of last year in my attempts to trace any descendants of my father’s cousins. As no one has contacted me through my e-mail address I wonder if you would please publish my appeal again this time with my home address? I am researching my family tree and have discovered that my father’s cousin, John Patrick Gunn, lived in Westland, Wayne, Mich., until his death on 16th May, 1987, age 76. John Patrick Gunn was born in Scotland on 27th Feb., 1911. I have found entries in the 1930 Census of the United States for him, his parents, Patrick and Margaret, and 5-yearold sister Ellen M. Gunn when the family were living in Detroit City, Wayne, Mich. Patrick and Margaret were born in Scotland and married in 1909. I believe they arrived in America in 1923 with John. Ellen was born in Michigan in 1925 approximately. I have been able to trace this family back to 1834 and would love to add their descendants to my tree. Please send information to Pauline Miller, 19 The Lindens, Loughton, Essex IG103HS, England, United Kingdom. Or e-mail me at Pauline Miller London, England

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Ferris coach eyes NCAAs

Dolinski lifts WSU tankers

Wayne State University freshman Kaylee Dolinski (Livonia Stevenson) helped Wayne State University earn the NCAA Division II National Women’s Swimming and Diving championship by one point over Drury University (Neb.) last weekend in Mansfield, Texas. Dolinski swam the third leg of WSU’s first-place 800-yard freestyle relay team and also scored points with a 13th in the 1,000 freestyle (10:17.2) and a 14th in the 1,650 freestyle (17:21.97). Dolinski, who attends WSU on an academic scholarship, also competed in the 200- and 500-freestyle events.

Livonia roots planted firmly By Brad Emons Observer Staff Writer

Bob Daniels has stood the test of time when it comes to NCAA Division I hockey coaches. The Livonia native and Churchill High grad is in his 20th year Ferris State’s head coach and is enjoying one of his most productive years as the 23-11-5 Bulldogs Milam enter NCAA Tournament as the second seed in the Midwest Regional. Ferris takes on third seed Denver (25-13-4) in the first round beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. Top seed Michigan and No. 4 Cornell fill out the Midwest Regional bracket. Daniels guided Ferris to Central Collegiate Hockey League’s regular season title and earned CCHA Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career. Not bad for a guy who has over 300 wins. “It’s funny how that happens,” Daniels said. “You arrive one day, you start working … you don’t even think much about it. You blink your eyes and it’s 20

years later. I guess for me it just seems like I started yesterday. It probably has as much to do as how I enjoy being here at Ferris State and what a wonderful place it is to work. I guess when I take time off in the summer and look back … 20 years is a long time to be here. “I’ve appreciated the fact that it’s not your own program. You have so many different people that are involved in building it that you look back and say, ‘Wow, we’ve built a really strong and reputable hockey program here at Ferris State.’” Daniels was a three-time Coach of the Year in the North America Junior Hockey League (1983-86) for the Hennessey Engineers. He broke into the CCHA as an assistant at the University of Illinois-Chicago (1987-89) before serving stints at FSU under John Perpich (1989-90) and John Mancini (1990-92) before being hired as the Bulldogs’ sixth head coach in school history. “I always knew ultimately that’s what I wanted to do,” Daniels said. “I did get a degree in accounting at Michigan State, but in the back of my mind I knew I would like to coach. Pretty much at a young age I knew (coaching) college hockey would be awesome experience if I could ever land a job in it.”


Ferris State men’s hockey coach Bob Daniels, a Livonia native, stands next to Miami University Senior Associate A.D. Steve Cady after receiving the CCHA Coach of the Year award recently in Detroit.

Daniels finished 21-16-4 in his first season and has remained a fixture ever since in Big Rapids. “Early on I had an (another job) opportunity, but I made a promise here that I would stay a minimum of five years,” Daniels said. “The first offer came within that five-year window. When I got the job, the thing they really emphasized — No. 1 — there

was stability in the program and not continue to roll coaches over. And two — they’d be willing to put resources in to match that. They said, ‘OK’ and they made the promise. They put in the resources and I tried to add the stability for them.” In 2002-03, Ferris was the first Please see DANIELS, B3

Table hockey enthusiasts eye weekend By Brad Emons Observer Staff Writer

weightlifters. His father, Dante, is a former AAPF and APF record holder who also competed as a body builder and now serves as Livonia Franklin High’s strength and conditioning coach for football. Mother Loni once squatted 380 pounds in the 148-pound divi-

Kevin Williams played table hockey as a kid, but then took a 25-year hiatus before he launched his own league in 2007 out of Livonia which is called CAGA, an acronym for Cheap Ass Goal Artist. He tried to make his comeback in the Detroit Table Hockey League, but found himself out of his element. “I got wiped out in that because when you haven’t played in 25 years, you get a little rusty,” said the 48-year-old Williams, who began playing during the 1970s with his cousins and brothers. “It (CAGA) was like a developmental league initially, which developed into a more competitive league.” Detroit remains a hotbed for ice hockey with one of the most successful NHL teams, the Red Wings, in the sport’s history. Now hockey fans will get a chance to play a miniature version of the game in Hockeytown, USA. Players from four countries will participate in table hockey fun this weekend as the U.S. Table Hockey Association, CAGA and the Detroit Table Hockey League will cohost a pair of tournaments at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Livonia. There will be two tournaments this time around — a Friday evening session played on restored old-school table hockey game followed by a Saturday all-day event played on games made by Stiga, the Swedish manufacturer of ping pong tables. What is table hockey? It’s the same fun game you might remember playing as a kid, with miniature hockey players attached to rods that you control with your hands, trying to score as many goals as you can while preventing your opponent from doing the same. Table hockey has made a comeback in the past decade thanks to the web. Approximately 46 players ranging in age from 14 to 60 from the U.S., Canada, Norway

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Joe Fortin, an eighth-grader at Livonia’s Emerson Middle School, set three national records recently at the APF and AAPF Michigan State Championships in Taylor.

Heavy duty Middle school pair set lifting records By Brad Emons Observer Staff Writer

When it comes to doing the heavy lifting, a couple of eighthgraders from Livonia’s Emerson Middle School have no peers. Joe Fortin, 14, broke three national 13-15 age-group records in a meet sponsored by the American Powerlifting Federation and Amateur American Powerlifting Federation Michigan State Championships held recently in Taylor. Classmate Nick Tilley, also 14, added another national mark in the same meet. Fortin, who weighed in at 200 pounds, was scheduled to compete for lifters under 198, but had to be moved up a class. It didn’t matter because he squatted 405 pounds and bench pressed 250 — both national marks — and deadlifted 410. His combined total was 1,065 pounds, also a record. “I was hoping to break some national records,” Fortin said. “I was pretty confident. I was looking up the records at the school and felt I could go for them. Originally I was supposed to be in a lower class, but I got put up one more class. But I still

Livonia Emerson Middle School eighth-graders Joe Fortin (left) and Nick Tilley (right) each set APF and AAPF national records at the Michigan State Championships held recently in Taylor.

beat some records. “I was really excited about my bench (press) when I did that lift.” Tilley, meanwhile, competed in the 165-pound class and deadlifted 405 to set a new national standard. “That’s the one lift he’s really good at and we push each other in that lift,” Joe Fortin said. Fortin comes from a family of

Madonna University junior shortstop Jackie Barley (Tecumseh) was named Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week after batting .538 with two homers, a pair of doubles and eight RBI as the Crusaders went 3-1 at the Lindsey Wilson/Campbellsville (Ky.) Classic. She leads the 12-9 Crusaders in batting average (.493), doubles (nine), triples (two), RBI (22) slugging percentage (.753) and on-base percentage (.500).

Dynamo 1st

The Livonia YMCA Dynamo, an under-10 girls soccer team, captured first place with a 7-0-1 record recently during the second session at High Velocity Sports in Canton. Team members include Andrea Abramson, McKenna Coury, Allie Fulton, Alexis Gibbons, Mandy Laiacono, Jenna McCann, Olivia Pelles, Julianna Racette, Jada Sabir, Jade Sabir, Abby Woods and Emily Woods. The Dynamo is coached by Laura, Don and Lesley McDougall.

Cole earns tennis honor

Grinnell (Iowa) College senior Michael Cole (Livonia) was named Midwest Conference Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week after winning all four matches last weekend against Augustana (Ill.) College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Cole teamed with Elliott Czarnecki to win twice at No. 1 doubles, and also posted a pair of wins at No. 6 singles. He is now 7-2 in singles play and 6-4 in doubles as Grinnell improved to 8-3 overall.

Rooney eyes homecoming

Mount St. Mary University (Md.) men’s lacrosse co-captain Brendan Rooney (Livonia/University of Detroit Jesuit) will return for a match beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday against the host University of Michigan in the first meeting between the schools. He has appeared in five games this spring for the 2-4 Mountaineers.



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Kyle Gillies John Glenn

Dan Martinez Franklin

Ben Griffin Canton

Gabe Martinez M. Govantes Franklin Farmington

Andrew Fialka Harrison

Zachary Francis Chase Kallil Luth. Westland Plymouth

Jesse O’Neal John Glenn

Alec Pantaleo Canton

Said Youssef Plymouth

Zach Marsh Canton

Travis Mann John Glenn

Anthony Long John Glenn

Tyler Gross Salem

Kevin Miller N. Farmington

D. Renfroe Wayne

O. Haymour Franklin

M. Haddad Churchill

Steve Vasiloff Coach of Year

Danny Croft John Glenn

Jacob Range Stevenson

All-Area grapplers tough to pin down FIRST TEAM Kyle Gillies, Jr., Westland Glenn (103): The junior was a state placer for the second straight year earning a fifth in the MHSAA Division 1 finals after placing runner-up at the regional and winning the district. Gillies, who sported a 49-7 record, also won Observerland, the Kensington Lakes Activities Association and Salem Elks titles. “Kyle has dedicated himself to the sport of wrestling for a few years now,’’ Glenn coach Bill Polk said. “He is a two-time state medal winner that has one more chance to win a title. “He is only the third Jr. to have two medals going in to his senior year in John Glenn history. We look forward to another exciting year from Kyle in 2012-13 as he approaches his 150th win. He is also a great student and is the type of kid coaches love sending out in big matches.’’ Danny Martinez, Jr., Liv. Franklin (112): The junior posted a season record of 59-4 en route to a fifth-place finish at the Division 1 state finals. Martinez, the first Franklin junior to reach 150 wins, also captured the district, KLAA, Observerland and Livonia City titles. “Danny is every coach’s dream,’’ Franklin’s Dave Chiola said of the academic all-stater. “He’s a very hard worker, an all A student, a super nice kid, and has the maturity and composure of an adult. “Danny has been one of the more talented kids I’ve ever coached. He was good as a freshman and has improved steadily since. Danny had a great year this year, but through it all he kept himself grounded. You would ever know that he is successful by talking to him. He just has a very good sense about him. I’m glad we get him for another year.’’ Ben Griffin, Soph., Canton (112): At the Division 1 individual regionals, Griffin battled through grueling matches despite a groin injury and qualified for the state finals. At the Palace, all he did was wrestle his way to the championship bout at 112 before finally being subdued. The sophomore proved a tough opponent all season, finishing with a 47-7 record and already passing the 100-win mark for his young career. “Ben Griffin is one of the toughest wrestlers around,” coach Cory Mancuso said. “He is an absolute technician on the mat.” Gabe Martinez, Sr., Liv. Franklin (119): The senior finished with a career record of 172-35, including a third-place finish this year in the Division 1 state finals to cap a 58-4 season. Martinez also captured the regional, district, KLAA, Wayne County and Livonia City titles. He also broke the school record for most career pins and winning percentage. Martinez also ranks second all-time in career wins. “Gabe is a unique individual,’’ Chiola said. “He is a perfectionist in everything he does. In 30 years of coaching, he is the most polite, nicest kid I’ve ever met. Other coaches and opponents have a hard time believing how he’s so intense on the mat, and so mild mannered off the mat. “His hard work will be missed in the room, but it’s going to serve him well in whatever he does. He’s a great student, a great teammate, a great leader. It has been a pleasure coaching him for four years.’’ Mannie Govantes, Jr., Farmington (125): Govantes had a successful state meet and fine finish to his junior season, taking fourth place (highest among non-seniors) in Division 1. He also placed second at Lakeland, fourth at Observerland, sixth at Oakland County, third in the district and fourth at the regional. His season record was 36-14. Govantes also led the Falcons with 27 pins, putting eighth on the team’s all-time list. “His biggest attribute is he’s never out of match at any time,” coach Al Beyar said, adding Govantes trailed two opponents by seven and 11 points at the state meet and pinned both. “He could always come back and win it. He’s one of those kids, if he catches you, he can put you away. “Mannie is a happy-go-lucky kid outside the wrestling room, but he’s completely different when he’s on the mats. He’s all business when he’s wrestling; he does not like to lose. “(Assistant coach) Courtland (Bartlett) has a great rapport with Mannie and has helped him develop into an all-state wrestler.” Andrew Fialka, Jr., Farm. Harrison (125): Fialka finished seventh in the Division 1 state meet and ended the season with a 35-17 record and 18


103 pounds: Kyle Gillies, Jr., Westland John Glenn; 2. Brandon Harris, Fr., Plymouth; 3. Mohamad Youssef, Soph., Plymouth. 112: 1. Danny Martinez, Jr., Livonia Franklin; Ben Griffin, Soph., Canton; 2. Nimantha Herath, Sr., Farmington; Trey Berry, Jr., Plymouth; 3. Josh Perez, Soph., Livonia Churchill. 119: 1. Gabe Martinez, Sr., Franklin; 2. Cody Korpus, Jr., Salem; 3. Richard DeMarois, Jr., Canton. 125: 1. Mannie Govantes, Jr., Farmington; Andrew Fialka, Jr., Farmington Harrison; Zachary Francis, Soph., Lutheran High Westland; Chase Kallil, Jr., Plymouth; 2. Quinn Dupraw, Jr., John Glenn; 3. Caleb Richter, Fr., Lutheran Westland; Jon Locklear, Jr., Churchill; Austin Pilmer, Jr., Canton. 130: 1. Jesse O’Neal, Sr., John Glenn; 2. Jon Conn, Soph., Plymouth; Alec Breckenridge, Jr., Plymouth; 3. Larone Mack, Jr., Harrison. 135: 1. Alec Pantaleo, Soph., Canton; 2. Kody Roy, Jr., Livonia Stevenson; 3. Kienuwa Davis, Sr., Farmington. 140: 1. Said Youssef, Sr., Plymouth; 2. Jordan Atienza, Soph., Franklin; 3. Allen Parker, Jr., Wayne Memorial. 145: 1. Zach Marsh, Sr., Canton; 2. Ryan Derry, Sr., Franklin; 3. Mike Rankin, Sr., Farmington; Marcus Shepherd, Sr., Harrison. 152: 1. Travis Mann, Jr., John Glenn; Anthony Long, Jr., John Glenn; 2. Nick Frazier, Soph., Franklin; Avery Opperman, Sr., Franklin; 3. Kyle Lake, Sr., Harrison; Martin Kemp, Jr., Lutheran Westland. 160: 1. Tyler Gross, Jr., Salem; 2. Allen Steele, Jr., Franklin; 3. Sam Ekanem, Jr., Wayne. 171: 1. Danny Croft, Sr., John Glenn; 2. Sultan Hubbard, Sr., Harrison; 3. Colin Rankin, Jr., Redford Union. 189: 1. Kevin Miller, Sr., North Farmington; 2. Jacob McCabe, Sr., Salem; 3. Devin Korzetki, Sr., Wayne. 215: 1. Dimitrus Renfroe, Sr., Wayne; Jacob Range, Sr., Stevenson; 2. Jordan Brandon, Soph., John Glenn; 3. Adam Drucz, Jr., Garden City. 285: 1. Omar Haymour, Sr., Franklin; Manny Haddad, Jr., Churchill; 2. Majd Mokbel, Sr., North Farmington; Dylan Morantes, Jr., John Glenn; 3. Ali Ajami, Sr., Salem.


Churchill: Ben Leck, Justin Baker, Jake Hale; Franklin: Jack Newa, Matt Horne, Ryan Simmons; Stevenson: Samer Shebak, Corey Davis; John Glenn: Rod Watts, Ed Maya, Kevin Huynh, D’Andre Moore, Donovan Reilly, Keven Wacker, Chris Donaldson; Wayne: Devon Adams, Michaeil Hood, Sharif Hegazi, Kyle Szalai; Nick Wagnitz; Lutheran Westland: Jacob Richter, Alex Reardon, Brad Hura, Matt Sankey, Nic Wisner; Livonia Clarenceville: Mikey Weiss, Ian Bunker, Joe Walker, Aaron Bibik; Farmington: Eric O’Neill, Brandon Schulz, Wesley Kuuttila, Ryan Southerland; Harrison: Michael Volyanyuk, Bobby Mathieson, Austin Jarvis; North Farmington: Mike Williams; Salem: Matt Lang, Alex Brown, Tony Agostini, Riley Doxtader, Alex Arble; Redford Union: Tristin Styles, Jayson Walton, Roderick Howard, Carl Keeney; Plymouth: Hussein Youssef; Canton: K.J. Wooley; Garden City: Rob Doane, Nick Doane, Brian Spehar, Brendan Spehar, Matt Wisniewski. pins. He was the district champion at Hartland and regional runner-up at Davison. He also placed second in the OAA and fourth in Oakland County. Fialka’s career record is 71-40. “Andrew is a great all-round athlete,” coach Jim Stuef said. “He plays varsity lacrosse and, if he was a little bigger, he would play football. He’s definitely tough enough; he loves the physical part of contact sports. “He is the strongest guy pound for pound on our team and loves the weight room. He is a leader in our room and in the classroom with a 3.75 GPA. I look forward to next year, to see his senior season. I’m sure it will be filled with great things.” Zachary Francis, Soph., Luth. Westland (125): The sophomore finished 44-4 and captured five of six tournaments including Observerland (MVP), Romulus Summit Academy (MVP), Madison Heights Bishop Foley, Franklin and Division 4 district. Francis was also undefeated in duals. “As a coach it was nice to watch Zachary mature on-and-off the wrestling mat,’’ Lutheran Westland coach Joe Schmidt said of the state qualifier. “His dedication and love for the sport shows every time he wrestles. Zachary is the hardest working young man in the room and I’m glad he will be around for another two years. He is nothing but a pleasure to coach.’’ Chase Kallil, Jr., Plymouth (125): The junior and third-year varsity wrestler went 40-17 this season, with stellar showings in the KLAA tournament (third), districts (second), regionals (third) and state finals (eighth). With the team district title on the line, Kallil pinned Salem’s Cody Korpus in the third period, an indication of his ability to rise to the occasion. “Chase has been a very hard worker in the off-season since he came in to high school as a freshmen who was forced into the varsity lineup,” noted coach Quinn Guernsey. “He handled himself well then and has constantly been working to improve ever since that year. “It was great to see all of the hard work finally pay off for him by achieving an eighth place finish this year at the state tournament. (But) placing this year isn’t enough, he’s already hard at work to improve his placing next season because that is the type of hard worker he is.” Jesse O’Neal, Sr., Westland Glenn (130): The senior finished 27-22 this season earning a berth in the state finals after a fourth at both the regional and district tourneys. “Jesse finished the season with some of the most exciting matches of the year,’’ Polk said. “He had a bit of a slow start, but was peaking at the right time.

“When he wanted to – and believed it – he could beat anyone we sent him out against. We often bumped him up and down the lineup to take on the stronger opponents at 130 and 135. Because of this he suffered several losses against some of the best wrestlers in the state. He was much better then his record would indicate. I stress to our kids that it is all about being ready at the right time, and Jesse was. I was very pleased that he had an opportunity to wrestle at the Palace.’’ Alec Pantaleo, Soph., Canton (135): The talented sophomore comes from a wrestling family and his dad is an assistant coach for Canton. But it was all his talent and determination on the mat that carried him through to the D1 championship at 135. Pantaleo defeated Novi-Detroit Catholic Central nemesis Malik Amine in the title bout; the two wrestlers also squared off in the district and regional finals — each prevailing once. Also champion in the KLAA and districts, Pantaleo finished with a 53-3 record and team MVP honors. “Alec Pantaleo is lightning fast on his feet,” Mancuso said. “He is fun to watch wrestle. Explosive is an understatement.” Said Youssef, Sr., Plymouth (140): The senior capped an outstanding prep career with a fourth-place finish at 140 at the Division 1 state finals — earning the honor of being Plymouth’s first-ever state placer. Guernsey said Youssef’s 12-5 win over Ryan Foley of Brighton clinched fourth place. His record of 43-11 included championships at the Observerland Invitational, D1 districts and regionals. He also was third in the KLAA. “Said has been quietly working for his four years setting records across the board at Plymouth and graduates as certainly their most accomplished wrestler,” Guernsey said. “He currently has set the career and single season records for takedowns and wins. “Always a unassuming hard worker and team leader he sets a great example for all the members of the team on how to behave both on and off the mat. His leadership and talents will be greatly missed on next year’s Wildcat team.” Zach Marsh, Sr., Canton (145): There were a number of excellent performers and leaders for Canton in 2011-12, and the senior 145-pounder topped the list. Marsh was a standout, with a record of 40-13. Season highlights included winning the regional championship at Saline High School after defeating Franklin’s Ryan Derry 8-6; and finishing in seventh place at the D1 individual final.

“Zach is one of the best technical wrestlers in the history of Canton wrestling,” Mancuso said. “He was our only senior on the team. The team looked to him for leadership.” Travis Mann, Jr., Westland Glenn (152): Posting a 43-7 record, the junior placed fourth in Division 1 after being regional runner-up and capturing a district. Mann also took home an Observerland crown. “Travis is one of the toughest kids pound for pound I have ever coached,’’ Polk said. “He shows no fear of any opponent and is always ready to wrestle. We put him up against the best 152 and 160 pounders in the state and he battled with all of them. “Travis is a product of what can be accomplished if you put time into this sport; he has wrestled for a long time. He drills harder then anyone in our room and his wrestling successes display that. His senior class should be very tough to beat next year and he will be a front runner in 2013.’’ Anthony Long, Sr., Westland Glenn (152): The senior state placers (eighth) finished 34-19 which also included a runner-up finish at the district and a fourth at the regional. Long was a Wayne County finalist and took third at Observerland. “Anthony was the character in our wrestling room everyday,’’ Polk said. “He was an extremely hard worker, but always knew how to make everyone laugh. Anthony was very dedicated to our program and his teammates. He was a light 152pounder that was often bumped up to 160 to wrestle. “He didn’t care what weight her wrestled and made no excuses win or lose. He was that kid the always stayed after practice to study and get better for his next match. I am very proud that he is leaving our program with all-state honors.’’ Tyler Gross, Jr., Salem (160): The Salem captain continued to improve in his junior season, registering a 3912 record. He had plenty of success, reaching the district championship match at 160 before falling 9-5 to Catholic Central’s Nick Mason. Then at the Saline-hosted regionals, he qualified for the state meet thanks to a fourth-place finish. “Tyler’s work ethic not only got him to improve from last year, but the team as well,” coach Pete Israel said. “Even though the state meet didn’t turn out like Tyler planned I see that as a motivating factor for him for this off season. “It’s young men like Tyler that making coaching exciting and if he puts his mind to it I see even better things for him for his senior year.” Danny Croft, Sr., John Glenn (171): The junior placed eighth in Division 1 after taking third at the regional and first at the district. The two-year captain was also the Salem Elks champ and runner-up at the Wayne County meet. “Danny will be missed in our wrestling room,’’ Polk said. “He was a leader in many ways. His family has been around our program for several years. It was fun to watch Danny develop over the years into the all-state wrestler he is today. “He was always that kid that wrestled the best kids in practice when he was younger and got beat up. Well, it didn’t take him to long before he was the one putting out the beatings in practice. He is also a good student that has worked hard in the classroom as well. He has been the ‘kid brother’ of our program since the early 2000s when his uncle Eric (Schambers) was wrestling for us (now my assistant coach). I’m sure Danny will do great things with his future.’’ Kevin Miller, Sr., N. Farmington (189): Miller had an outstanding senior season, posting a 46-6 record and placing fifth in the Division 1 state meet. He won the Garden City Christmas, West Bloomfield and Observerland tournaments, and he was a district and regional champion, too. All six of his losses were to wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in the state, and two were to the eventual state champions in Divisions 1 and 2. Miller, who has a football scholarship to Michigan Tech, ends his career with a 118-33 record. “Kevin has the fourth most wins in the history of our program at North,” coach Tom Seremet said. “He is a three-sport athlete and a fantastic student with a 3.86 GPA. “Kevin is a great young man, and he has been a fantastic ambassador

for the wrestling program and North Farmington in general. He is what we want our graduates to be like when they leave our school. I could not be more proud of him.” Dimitrius Renfroe, Sr., Wayne (215): The Division 1 state runner-up won 49-of-52 matches his senior year including titles at Observerland, KLAA and Wayne County. Renfroe racked up 153 career victories. “I couldn’t be happier with the way Dimitrius wrestles, and for all his achievements over the last four years,’’ Wayne coach Steve Vasiloff said. “He is the most coachable wrestler we have ever worked with, and it showed at the ‘states’ this year and last year. We had a plan for each one of his matches, and he wrestled accordingly. “I am sad that I will not get the privilege of coaching him anymore, but it eases my mind to know that what we have taught him will be used in the future in college. Because for this young man, his wrestling career has only just begun.’’ Jacob Range, Sr., Liv. Stevenson (215): The senior wound up the season 44-12 overall en route to a sixth-place finish in Division 1. Range was also runner-up at the district and regional, as well as taking third in the KLAA meet. “Jacob leads by example and has done everything that has ever been asked of him,’’ Stevenson coach Dan Vaughan said of the three-year varsity member and captain. “If the team needed him to bump up and wrestle a tough heavyweight, he would. “He does all the right things to be successful on the mats. When you combine Jake’s love for the sport and year-long dedication, his success is not surprising. His Spartan family looks forward to watching him grow into a fine college wrestler.’’ Omar Haymour, Sr., Liv. Franklin (285): The senior finished with a 48-10 record including titles at Observerland and the Livonia City tournament. “Omar is one of the more gregarious characters you’ll ever meet,’’ Chiola said of the regional qualifier. “He’s one of the most popular kids in the school, and one of the most wellknown kids on our team. Omar never wrestled before getting to Franklin, and took some beatings early on. By the time he was a junior, he was one of the better heavyweights in the area. “He got hurt his junior year and I think it derailed his ultimate goals, but he was a great kid to have on the team. He supported everyone else, was a very vocal leader, and showed great determination.’’ Manny Haddad, Jr., Liv. Churchill (285): The junior finished the year 25-16 after taking fourth at both the district and regional tournaments. Haddad also earned a runner-up finish at Observerland. “Manny’s year started slowly, but as the season progressed he just kept getting better and better,’’ Churchill coach Marty Altounian said. “By the end of the year he was beating people he was not supposed to beat. He was a great competitor winning many matches in sudden death overtime and competing in many of these matches with numerous injuries. He was great to have on the team, and the best thing is he is coming back next year.’’ COACH OF YEAR Steve Vasiloff, Wayne: The seventhyear coach led the Wolfpack to one of their most successful seasons sporting a 14-2 dual-meet record and a co-title with Westland John Glenn and Livonia Franklin in the KLAA’s South Division (it’s first divisional crown since 1996). Under Vasiloff’s direction, Wayne was also runner-up at the Wayne County and Wyandotte invitationals, while taking firsts at the Garden City Christmas and Lincoln Park tournaments. Wayne started the season with an 84-0 victory over Romulus to tie an MHSAA record for most points scored in a dual-meet win. Wayne added team academic allstate honors for the fourth year in a row and boasted its first KLAA champion (Dimitrius Renfroe) along with four regional and two state qualifiers. “Dimitrius was my first state finalist, and it felt good to put on that suit,’’ Vasiloff said. “I remember my first three years coaching, when I never once had a wrestler in every weight class or had a winning record. We took a lot of lumps over those years, but the hard work we put in got us where we are today. And I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve done, and how we have turned this program around.’’

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Crusaders can’t stand prosperity Aquinas salvages split The Madonna University baseball team opened its home and Wolverine-HooCOLLEGE sier AthBASEBALL letic Conference schedules this past week by splitting four games against Aquinas College. The four-game split left the Crusaders with a 17-11 overall record and 2-2 mark in the WHAC. Aquinas left town with marks of 8-10 and 2-2,

respectively. Defensive miscues and a dearth of timely hitting haunted the Crusaders on Sunday when they were swept, 4-1 and 3-1, by visiting Aquinas. In the opener, Aquinas pushed across the only two runs it would need in the first inning against MU starter Matthew Cook, who dropped to 4-1 despite allowing just five hits and zero earned runs in seven

innings. Cook struck out seven and walked three. The Crusaders’ lone run came in the sixth when Alex Charles tripled and scored on a passed ball. MU committed six errors in the nine-inning contest. Garrett Rebain (Plymouth) was the lone MU player with two hits. Aquinas out hit Madonna, 5-4. Kaleb Ort notched the win for Aquinas after limiting the Crusaders to three hits and one run in 6.1 innings. Ort fanned

12. Aquinas used a strong pitching performance from Jake Ritsema to win the nightcap, 3-1. MU grabbed a temporary 1-0 lead in the fourth when Spencer Sarel knocked in Dan Harder. However, Aquinas scored once in the fifth and twice in the sixth to seize the victory. Tyler Cotter (Livonia Churchill) led MU’s fivehit attack with a pair of safeties. In contrast, the Crusaders’ bats were boom-

MU women clip No. 15 Nazarene Madonna University’s softball team offered further proof Saturday that COLLEGE it can play SOFTBALL toe-to-toe with the best NAIA teams in the land. On Saturday in the Campbellsville/Lindsey Wilson Classic (Ky.) the Crusaders nationallyranked Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), 5-4, before thumping host Campbellsville, 8-3, in the nightcap. Madonna, which

improved to 12-9, had its Sunday double-header wiped out by poor weather. Senior starting pitcher Hallie Minch (Garden City) earned the gameone victory after yielding just one earned run in 6.2 innings of work. Minch, who battled through a first-inning jam to improve to 6-8, yielded just four hits and three walks while striking out a pair. Angela Pavilanis earned the save after registering

the final out. Jackie Barley and Kristen Drabek both knocked in a pair of runs for the Crusaders, who made efficient use of their five hits. Designated hitter Caitlyn Keuvelaar knocked in the fifth MU run. Bethany Holaway accounted for half of Olivet’s four hits. Pavilanis (5-2) scattered seven hits in a completegame victory in game two. The freshman didn’t

walk or strike out a batter. Offensively, the Crusaders were spearheaded by Barley, who drove home three runs with three hits, including a home run. She also scored twice. Arielle Cox (2-for-4, two RBI) and Erin Mayes (2-for-4, two RBI) also swung productive bats for the winners. MU chased Campbellsville starter Martina Riney (1-4) during a six-run fourth-inning uprising.

Squeaky clean While school was not in session for Livonia Public School students, over 30 Churchill football team members were hard at work volunteering their time to help clean up the high school and adjoining and Rosedale Elementary campus. Assistant coach Allen Feigel coordinated the effort as the players were given a day off from weightlifting. The players picked up over 100 garbage bags of debris and trash in just over an hours’ worth of work. The Chargers participate in community service projects throughout the year, including volunteering their time to April 14 to benefit Wayne County Special Olympics.

SPORTS ROUNDUP Pom Pon clinic A clinic for the twotime state champion Livonia Middle School Pom team will be from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at Faith Lutheran Church, 30000 Five Mile Road, Livonia. Included in the $25 cost is a pom clinic T-shirt. Girls currently in grades 3-8 residing in the Livonia Public School district will learn pom basics, kick line and a full pom routine taught by the current Livonia Pom team members. For more information, e-mail livoniapom@gmail. com.

WYAA baseball

Registration for Westland Youth Athletic Association baseball will be from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays at the WYAA Compound Building, 6050 Farmington Road (north of Ford Road). The WYAA offers leagues for T-Ball (ages 46), Coach-Pitch (7-8), Mustang (9-10), Bronco (1112), Pony (13-14), Colt (1516) and Palomino (17-18). Opening day is Saturday, May 12 with practices starting in early April for all teams except Colt and Palomino, which begins in June. For Colt-Palomino information, call Keith DeMolay at (734) 722-1251. For other information, call (734) 421-0640.


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team in NCAA hockey to break the 30-win plateau going 31-10-1 as Daniels earned CCHA Coach of the Year honors. Daniels sees many parallels between his current squad and the 30win team. “Both teams were topheavy with leadership,” he said. “This team, this year — the juniors and seniors that are leading the team — are eerily similar to the team we have in 2002-03. They’re great kids. They’re great in the classroom. They’ve put in four years of really good hockey and they’ve done a great job in terms of leadership. “But there are some things that aren’t so similar — the ‘02-03 team — we had a real star in Chris Kunitz (now with the Pittsburgh Penguins). We had a great supporting cast, but maybe the best player in college hockey that year. “This year’s team we don’t necessarily have that one. Chad Billins made first-team allleague as did (goalie) Taylor Nelson. We don’t have that one offensive threat were you say, ‘OK, that’s the best offensive player in college hockey.’ “What this team has this year is real depth in scoring. We have eight players with 20-plus points and we can run

three lines deep … a little deeper offensive talent pool with this team, but not the one headliner.” Westland’s Nate Milam, a Churchill grad like Daniels, has also figured in the Bulldogs’ success appearing in 32 of 37 games while scoring two goals and adding four assists. Milam was an allstater at Churchill and was recruited by Ferris after spending two seasons in the North American Hockey League with the Topeka (Kan.) Roadrunners. Last year, Milam tallied 23 goals and 29 assists in 58 games in Topeka, but has had to adapt to a slightly different role in his first season with the Bulldogs. “I think his time will come when he’s going start showing up more offensively,” Daniels said of the 6-foot, 170-pound right winger and center. “He would have had even better offensive numbers this year if we didn’t have such great depth in our forwards. It’s kind of he’s got to wait his turn in terms of being on the power play. “However, he has been quite often one of our top penalty killers. He’s kind of got a fourth line role, but a top-end penalty killer for us. I see him down the road blossoming into more into an offensive force. But, then again, it’s going to have to be when it’s his turn and his time.” The time is now for the

Bulldogs, who earned an at-large bid despite being upset a week ago in best two-of-three CCHA quarterfinal round playoff series by upstart Bowling Green. “Last year, we finished fifth in the league, the year before we finished third,” Daniels said. “This is our third straight year with a bye in the first round of the (CCHA) playoffs because of how well we did in the regular season. We’ve averaged over 20 wins a year in the last three years. It’s a group that’s pretty used to success on the ice. “Certainly our region is wide open. I can make a strong case, from the top seed Michigan, to the fourth seed Cornell. I can really make a strong case and it’s impossible to handicap our region.” Of the 16 teams vying for the NCAA title, Daniels believes it’s anybody’s for the taking. “When I look at the entire tournament, I think it’s wide open, I really do,” he said. “There’s parity in college hockey like I’ve never seen before. I think there’s parity because you see better and better youth hockey players coming up. And all teams have access to some real quality hockey. And when you’re able to secure that high of talent level, anyone can step up and win.” (313) 222-6851

ing on Saturday when they swept Aquinas, 6-5 and 10-7. In Saturday’s opener, MU built up a 6-0 lead through four innings before withstanding a five-run Aquinas assault in the sixth inning. Junior All-American Jeremy Gooding (Livonia) earned his second win of the season for MU, going seven solid innings (seven strike outs, eight hits allowed). Randall Stempek retired Aquinas in order in the ninth to earn his third

save. Josh Deeg hit his second home run of the season for MU while Spencer Sarel and Drew Adamiec each drove in two. Nick Kissane and Michael Wood each drove in a pair of runs for Aquinas. Deeg starred in Saturday’s nightcap, throwing a complete-game to earn his second win of the season. He struck out seven and excelled at the plate, ripping four hits and driving in three runs.

THE WEEK AHEAD GIRLS SOCCER Thursday, March 22 N.B. Huron at Glenn, 4 p.m. Lakeland at Wayne, 4 p.m. Thurston at Franklin, 5:30 p.m. L’wood at G.P. North, 6:30 p.m. BOYS-GIRLS TRACK & FIELD Thursday, March 22 Thurston at C’ville, 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24 Huron Relays at EMU, 10 a.m. GIRLS TENNIS


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sion, while older brother David, a former standout football player at Franklin now attending Grand Valley State University, also competed as a 14-year-old and won competitions as a 148-pounder. But Joe, the baby of the family, is considerably bigger. “He’s been working out for a solid two years,” Dante Fortin said of his son. “His weight training, in terms of squatting … we really don’t squat a whole lot. We do a lot of leg presses, and all that, because I want to make sure he develops. And I don’t want to put all that pressure on his back or spine. When he first started lifting weights he didn’t do any squatting whatsoever. He just started squatting about six months ago.” Joe Fortin also plays football and baseball and is an avid outdoorsman where he hunts birds and deer (shooting a doe last fall). “He (Joe) was doing the training to get ready for football,” Dante said. “With his dad being there


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and Denmark will compete for medals and ranking points in different skill groups as part of the North American Table Hockey Tour. Two husband-andwife teams from Russia were also expected, but couldn’t get their visas on time to travel, according to Williams. “The Russians won’t be coming,” he joked. In addition, the president of the International Table Hockey Federation, Bjarne Axelsen, will once again defend the title he has won two years running. The Livonia tournament has been organized for several years by local businessman Paul Brotz of Canton. This year, he’s helping out with one of the tournaments along with lead organizer Eric Krol, a newspaper editor from Chicago and president of the USTHA. “I suspect there are players throughout the Detroit area just waiting to have their interest rekindled in this fun sports-related hobby,” Krol said. There will be three or four groups divided by a blind draw for round robin play. The top players will then play another round-robin in an Elite Division and the other entrants will play round-

Saturday, March 24 Monroe Invitational, 9 a.m. COLLEGE BASEBALL (all double-headers) Saturday, March 26 Madonna at Siena Hts., 1 p.m. Sunday, March 27 Madonna at Siena Hts., 1 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL (all double-headers) Saturday, March 26 Bethel at Madonna, 1 p.m.

all the time … he pretty much needs to do this to be competitive in any sport you go to. You’ve got to do the weightlifting. He’s taking it more serious now, especially after this competition. He just realized just how good he is.” The AAPF does drug testing for all its competitors and Joe Fortin’s national records were accomplished under RAW rules, which means no lifting suits or knee wraps. The only supportive gear is a lifting belt. Joe, who has acquired a taste for weight training, will remain in the same age division next year as a 15-year-old where he’ll try and establish some new marks. “I personally like it a lot because it helps out in other sports that I play,” said Joe Fortin, who plans to plays center and defensive end this fall for the Patriots. Added Dante: “He was absolutely thrilled. He’s a quiet kid, but he told me he was very happy. But he knows he can do better and that’s a good attitude because he’s never satisfied.” (313) 222-6851

robins in the B, C and D divisions. Medals will go to the top three finishers in each group. Action begins at 5 p.m. Friday and continues from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 7 p.m. Saturday at the Embassy Suites, located at 19525 Victor Parkway. So what is the key to being an accomplished table hockey player? “Being a kid at 18 or 20 doesn’t hurt anymore,” said Williams, who also dabbles as a videographer and has aired CAGA games on Brighthouse’s Local Access 12 channel. “Sometimes it’s just having some key plays and trying to keep your wits about you with respect to having some grit in your hockey playing. Defense doesn’t hurt. I call it perseverance and enjoyment of the game for me personally. “I’ve peaked and sort of ebbed and flowed the past year, but I enjoy it because you can still knock off some top players when they’re not on their game.” Williams, who works on military vehicles for General Dynamics, calls the Livonia stop “the biggest table hockey event in Michigan for sure.” For more information about the tournament, visit; or to learn more about CAGA, e-mail



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Two-year search for priest ends for church

The Rev. Manisha Dostert has been named as priest-incharge of Advent Episcopal Church, ending a nearly two-year search for a new priest. “I am excited and a little terrified that God has called me to Advent,” she said. “But we will find our mission and where we’ll be called to do that.” The church, located at 3325 Middlebelt in West Bloomfield, draws worshippers from Farmington Hills and the Birmingham-Bloomfield areas, as well as other communities. Dostert, who is married and has a son, will focus on children, youth and youth-adult programs as well as adult faith and pastoral care. A graduate of both Penn State University and Duke University, Dostert was ordained in 2002 and previously spent six years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Troy.

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Theater is a family affair for three Livonia sisters

What: Motor City Youth Theater presents the musical, “Annie Jr.” When: 7 p.m. March 23-24, and 30-31; 2 p.m. March 25 and April 1 Where: Grantland Street Playhouse, 27555 Grantland, west of Inkster Road, south of I-96, Livonia Tickets: $10, all seats reserved Contact: (313) 535-8962

Megan Troost (left) of Livonia, Jesse Williams III of Redford, and Chloe L’Ecuyer of Dearborn rehearse a scene from “Annie Jr.”

their dad, Russ Facione, who coaches daughters Sophia, Alyssa and her twin, Bella, in softball for the Hurricanes team, part of Devonaire Softball League. All four sisters have taken workshops at MCYT, although Bella is more involved in athletics. The three others say there’s no rivalry between them. They’ve never auditioned for the same roles.

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Christie Facione of Livonia says she’s “one proud Drama-Mama.” Three of her daughters auditioned for Motor City Youth Theatre’s (MCYT) upcoming musical, Annie Jr. and all of them landed roles — including the lead. Brianna, 14, a ninth grader at Franklin High School, plays Grace Farrell, Daddy Warbuck’s secretary; Alyssa, 11, a sixth grader at Cooper Upper Elementary, is Annie; and Sophia, 8, a second grader at Grant Elementary School, plays an orphan named Punky. All three have taken workshops at MCYT and the two older sisters have performed on stage. Punky is Sophia’s first role. “When we stumbled across the summer workshop four years ago we had finally found a youth summer theater program that we could afford and get all the kids involved in,” said Christie Facione, crediting MCYT founder and director, Nancy Florkowski, for the pro-

Supportive sisters

Brianna Facione, center, works through a scene from “Annie Jr.” with other actors on the Motor City Youth Theatre stage in Livonia.

Alyssa Facione (right) portrays Annie in “Annie Jr.” That’s her sister, Sophia (far left) along with Lauen Coin and Natalie Wilson, both of Livonia.

gram’s success. “She is so patient and loving to all the children, I knew in an instant we found one of the best kept secrets

in Livonia — the MCYT group. “I think theater is something that children can use in every aspect of

Alyssa Facione takes on her first lead role in Motor City Youth Theatre’s production of “Annie Jr.”

their lives even if they do not go into acting. It has helped build confidence, good character and team building. It has been a great experience to see

all the kids work together and grow into wonderful actors.” “It’s great. It’s really rewarding and they like it so much,” noted

“It has been a lot of fun being with my sisters and being able to share the experience with both of them. We all can help each other in some way,” Brianna said, adding that seeing Alyssa in the lead role has been rewarding. “I love it because she put so much time into it and it shows so much with all the practicing she has done. I was so excited for her and she’s been that same way for me all the way through it.” Brianna has logged 13-14 plays and is juggling rehearsals for High School Musical, which goes on stage in late April at Franklin, and Annie Jr at MCYT. “There really isn’t any Please see SISTERS, B6



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April 21; tickets $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under Contact: (313) 537-2560


Time/Date: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, through April 13 Location: In the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile, Farmington Hills Details: Unique, edgy paper dress creations made of entirely recycled materials by artist Matt Richmond. Richmond’s materials vary from plastic Kroger bags to Target holiday wrapping paper. The exhibit also features a wide array of fashion images by various photographers, starring Richmond’s designs Contact: (248) 473-1856


Time/Dates: 2 p.m. Sundays Location: 5200 Woodward, Detroit Details: Target Family Sundays, storytelling, performances, free with admission Exhibits: Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010, an exhibit of 50 photos through April 8; Gift of a Lifetime: The James Pearson Duffy Collection of drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs through March 18 Contact: (313) 833-7900,


Time/Date: Through March 24 Location: 215 W. Cady, Northville Details: Anarchy of the Line; Drawing Comes of Age features works by 14 artists Coming up: All-media, juried show from the Ann Arbor Women Artists runs April 6-21, with an artist reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 6 Contact: (248) 344-0497 or e-mail to arthouseoffice@


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other way I’d want to spend my time. I love it so much. I’ve tried a lot of other things before and nothing was the same as theater. As soon as I found it I was hooked. And I’ve stayed. I’ve been there (MCYT) for four years.”


Matt Boonstra, an artist with work on exhibit at Northville Art House, created “Drill Bit” with used motor oil and charcoal on paper. Susan Tobocman will sing at Jazz @ The Elks March 27 in Plymouth. Location: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State, Ann Arbor Details: “Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life,” includes more than 100 works by major artists, such as Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik and George Maciunas; admission is free Contact: (734) 764-0395


Time/Date: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 Location: Michigan Firehouse Museum, 110 W. Cross, Ypsilanti Details: Fifth annual jam features Rex Havens in his one-man comedy, “Bidding You A fond I Do” and benefits the museum. Tickets are $25 for general seating and $35 for premium seating Contact: (734) 547-0663


Time/Date: Various show times Wednesdays through Sundays Location: 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale Details: Improv most nights. Open mic/jam session show for improvisers is 10 p.m. Wednesdays Contact: (248) 327-0575;


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Landing the lead

Alyssa got her start at MCYT playing a flower in Alice in Wonderland. Since then she has appeared in several MCYT productions in both speaking and ensemble roles. She knew all of the song lyrics to Annie Jr., — Annie, the original and longer version is among her favorite plays — but didn’t anticipate winning the lead role.

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Time/Date: 8 p.m. Mondays, open Mic; 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Local Legends; 8 p.m. shows Wednesdays, Thursdays; 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays Location: 36071 Plymouth Road, Livonia Details: Horace HB Smith, March 21-24; Dave Landau, March 28-31 Contact: (734) 261-0555,


Time/Date: Tom Papa, March 22-24; Gary Valentine, March 29-31; Jay Black, April 5-7 Location: 269 E. Fourth, Royal Oak Contact: (248) 542-9900,


Time/Date: 9 p.m. Friday, April 13 Location: Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser, Detroit Details: Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, popular for their roles as Jay and Silent Bob in “Clerks,” “Mallrats,”

“The director, Nancy, kept making me sing this song. I had to sing Maybe a lot of times,” she said, recalling auditions. “I never really sang by myself before or anything. “It’s a big step from where I was at. It’s really fun being the character. She’s so determined and I love it.” Sophia, who said her first audition was a little nerve-wracking, is happy her sisters are involved in the play. “I think it’s very supportive and it makes me

“Dogma,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” and “Clerks 2,” will perform live, recording their comedy podcast “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old.” Presented by The Crofoot, tickets are $45, $25, and $20 Contact: www.thecrofood. com or


Time/Date: Beginner instruction at 12:30 p.m.; dance starts at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 22 Location: American Legion Hall, 31775 Grand River Ave., Farmington Details: Farmington Contra Dance; cost is $10, $5 for students, with all proceeds benefitting a charity Contact: American Legion at (248) 478-9174


Time/Date: 8:30-11:30 p.m. every Saturday; dance lessons 7-8 p.m. Location: Livonia Civic Center, 15218 Farmington Road, Livonia Details: Singles and couples dance to music of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s; free refreshments. Dance lessons cost $6; dance and lessons are $11; dance only is $7 for guests, $6.50 for associates and $6 for Moon Dusters members Contact: Joe Castrodale, club president, (248) 9685197

feel safer,” she said. All three sisters hope the audience will leave the theater this weekend smiling and feeling uplifted. “I think in the story line of Annie, there’s one of the best lessons,” Brianna said. “She goes to live with a billionaire and he realizes that even though he has money, that if he doesn’t have someone to share it with, he can’t be happy. That’s a lesson some people forget, especially today. “I think this production does a good job of conveying it.”

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Time/Date: 7 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 23-24, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25 and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29 Location: 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth Details: “The Iron Lady,” $3 Coming up: “We Bought a Zoo,” 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1; “Joyful Noise,” 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. FridaySaturday, April 6-7; and “The Artist,” 7 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 13-14 and 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 15 Thursday classics: “Pride of the Yankees,” April 5; “Field of Dreams,” April 12; “Bull Durham,” April 19; and “For the Love of the Game,” April 26. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m., with screenings at 7 p.m. All seats $3 Contact: (734) 453-0870;


Time/Date: 8 p.m. March 30 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 31 Location: 17360 Lahser, just north of Grand River Ave., in Detroit Details: Shirley Temple’s “The Little Colonel,” and “The Poor Little Rich Girl,” tickets $5 Coming up: Mary Pickford in “Suds,” a silent film accompanied live by Dave Calendine” 7 p.m. Saturday,

Time/Date: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday Location: 315 E. Warren Road, Detroit Details: Regular museum admission is $8 for adults, 13-61; and $5 for youth, 312, and seniors, 62 and over. Members and children 2 and under are admitted free. “Moving to His Own Beat” celebrates the life and music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who fused traditional African high life music with classical jazz and funk, a unique sound he called “Afrobeat” The exhibit runs through April 1 Contact: (313) 494-5800


Time/Date: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday-Sunday; current exhibit runs through June 17 Location: 155 S. Main, Plymouth Details: “Ration Stamps & Bombers, WWll at Home” is the current exhibit. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students, 6-17 Contact: (734) 455-8940


Time/Date: The museum is open 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tuesday- Friday, and 1-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday Location: 434 S. State, Ann Arbor Details: Part II of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology’s special exhibition – “Karanis Revealed: Discovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egypt” – will run through Sunday, May 6. This special exhibition explores the story of the site’s excavation, which was initiated by the University of Michigan in the 1920s and 1930s Contact: www.lsa.umich. edu/kelsey; (734) 764-9304

Learn how to audition for musicals Toni Babineau, pretation, and will whose professioninclude vocal exeral theater expericises and critiques ence includes leadof individual pering roles on nationformances. Particual tours and Off lar attention will be Broadway, will lead given to the unique a series of master qualities of the perclasses, “Audition- Toni Babineau former, with song ing for the Musical suggestions for Theater Workshop,” future auditions. next month for Two Muses “It’s simply not enough to Theatre. have a good voice,” BabiTwo Muses Theatre was neau said. “The key to sucfounded by two Farmington cessful auditioning is findHills-based actresses and ing a way to differentistages its shows in West ate yourself from the othBloomfield. The workshop er performers in a posiwill run 1-3 p.m. Saturday, tive and intelligent way — April 7, 14, 21 and 28. Saturdirectors look for those perday in April at the Barnes formers that bring a unique & Noble Booksellers Two quality to the production.” Muses Theatre Space, 6800 Diane Hill, co-founder of Orchard Lake Road, south Two Muses Theatre, conof Maple, West Bloomfield. siders the theatre lucky to Enter the bookstore, and have Babineau. the theatre is on the left. “She’s very humble about Babineau has performed her experience. We are so the role of Audrey in The proud and grateful to be Little Shop of Horrors at the working with her.” Orpheum Theatre in New Interested adult performYork, and portrayed Perers and teens, age 14 and on’s mistress in the nationup, can register online at al tour of Evita, and ous other regional and local or call (248) 850-9919. Cost roles. is $30 per session or sign up The workshop will offer in advance for all four for a participants guidance in discounted price of $100 for music selection and interthe series.

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It’s time to spring clean the spice cabinet Spring cleaning kitchen cabinets and drawers this month? Don’t forget to check your spice collection for any outdated products.

Spice Islands offers these tips to help you assess and maintain freshness: 1. To determine if your spices are fresh, check the color. Green, leafy herbs will fade as they age. Red spices such as paprika, red pepper and chili powder will turn brown in color; so make sure your spices and herbs are still bright and radiant for the fullest flavor potential. 2. Take one of your ground spices and place a small amount of it in your palm and gently rub with your thumb to check the aroma. The aroma should be rich, full and immediate. If not, it probably lost potency. For whole spices, break or crush to release their full fragrance. Then scrape with a knife or grater to determine freshness. 3. If you’re in doubt about the freshness, throw them out. Herbs and spices are some of the least expensive ingredients in any entrée. If you question their freshness, it’s worth it to replace them. 4. To keep spices and herbs fresh store them in cool, dry surroundings, away from direct light, heat or humidity. Keep them in airtight glass jars and close tightly after each use. 5. Don’t shake over a boiling pot. Moisture from steam may diminish the potency of spices or herbs remaining in the jar. Instead, pour a small amount into your hand and then add to dishes. After you’ve cleaned and replenished your spice cabinet, try the rejuvenating spring recipe, Lemon Pepper Garbanzo Salad, along with Cracked Black Pepper Burger, Picnic Potato Salad, and Hibachi Beef Kabobs, all perfect for a perennial spring event — major league baseball’s opening day:

Cracked Black Pepper Burger 1 pound lean ground beef 1 tablespoon pepper, black cracked 4 hamburger buns Sliced tomatoes, onions and lettuce, as desired Blue cheese burger topping or horseradish burger topping

Form ground beef into 4 burgers. Sprinkle black pepper over both sides of the burgers, gently pressing in. Grill burgers over medium-heat for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once, until cooked to desired doneness. Place burgers on hamburger bun, top with tomato, onions and lettuce as desired. Add blue cheese or horseradish burger topping.

Lemon Pepper Garbanzo Salad

This low-fat, colorful salad is the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken, steak or burgers.

1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans — also known as chick peas — drained 1 cup canned reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained ½ cup celery, diagonally cut in ¼-inch slices 1 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped ½ cup red onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons cilantro 2 teaspoons Spice Islands Lemon Pepper Seasoning ½ teaspoon garlic, minced ½ teaspoon ground cumin 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons lime juice 1-½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Combine beans, celery, peppers and red onion in a large serving bowl. Mix cilantro, lemon pepper seasoning, garlic, cumin, vinegar, lime juice and olive oil in a separate bowl. Pour over bean and pepper mixture; stir to thoroughly combine. Cover; chill a minimum of 1 hour to blend flavors.

Picnic Potato Salad 2 pounds russet potatoes (about 6 medium) 1-¼ cups mayonnaise 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard 1 tablespoon Spice Islands Steak Seasoning, Spicy 1 cup thinly sliced celery ¼ cup finely chopped onion 4 eggs, hard boiled, peeled and coarsely chopped

Peel and quarter potatoes. Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, 12 to 15 minutes, or until potatoes are just tender. Drain, cool, and cut potatoes into ½-inch cubes. Combine mayonnaise, mustard, spicy steak seasoning, celery, onions and eggs in a large bowl. Add potatoes to mayonnaise mixture; stir to coat. Cover and chill for 6 to 24 hours. Recipe note: New red potatoes may be substituted for russet potatoes. Add more Spicy Steak seasoning to your taste, or for a mild version, replace with Spice Islands Steak Seasoning.

Hibachi Beef Kabobs 1-¼ pounds boneless beef top sirloin steak, 1inch thick 2 small colored bell peppers, cut into 1-½-inch pieces 2 small yellow squash, cut into ½-inch thick slices 4 ounces mushrooms 4 green onions, cut in 2-inch pieces 2 teaspoons sesame seeds Marinade: ¼ cup corn oil ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon onion powder ¾ teaspoon Chinese five spice ¾ teaspoon pepper, black medium grind

Trim fat from steak; cut into 1 to 1-½-inch pieces. Combine marinade ingredients in resealable plastic bag; add beef, turning to coat. Marinate in refrigerator 2 to 24 hours, turning occasionally. Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade. Alternately thread beef and vegetables onto four 12-inch skewers or eight 8-inch skewers. Grill over medium coals 8 to 11 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness. Sprinkle with sesame seed before serving. Recipe note: To broil, place kabobs on rack in broiler pan so kabobs are 3 to 4 inches from heat. Broil 8 to 10 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness.

Fresh springtime sautés Spring brings warming weather, more sunshine – and juicy vegetables. It’s the perfect time of year to incorporate garden-fresh favorites into your mealtime repertoire. Whether it’s peppers, onions, mushrooms or tomatoes that suit your springtime fancy, try combining them with your favorite protein, like pork, in a sizzling, simple sauté. Because pork chops are so easy to work with, they’re the perfect companions for fresh vegetables. You can cut and cook them up fresh, or repurpose leftover chops in many delicious sautés. If you’re looking to spice up your sauté skills, follow these simple tips: • Keep It Uniform: The high heat of a sauté pan causes meats and vegetables to cook quickly. In order for items to cook evenly, it is important to cut and slice items in a uniform size. • Keep It Juicy: Use tongs or a spatula instead of a fork when placing pieces in the pan or when turning. Piercing meat with a fork allows juices to escape. • Keep It Uncovered: Cook in an uncovered skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally. For more inspiration, tips and sizzling chop recipes to enjoy all year long, visit, “Like” the National Pork Board on www., follow them on Twitter @allaboutpork, and “Circle” them on Google+.

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Italian Pork and Vegetable Sauté

Makes: 4 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 large red bell pepper, cored and cut into 1⁄2 -inch dice 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced 1 pound boneless pork sirloin chops, cut into 1-inch cubes Coarse salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add red pepper and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until juices evaporate, about 5 minutes. Stir in scallions and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Transfer to a plate. Season pork with 1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet and heat. Add pork and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and meat is slightly pink when pierced to the center with tip of sharp knife, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and stir with wooden spoon to coat pork. Add wine and 1⁄2 cup water; and bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits in pan with wooden spoon. Return vegetables to pan and cook until sauce is nicely thickened, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot. Serving Suggestions: Serve sauté spooned over cooked orzo or corkscrew pasta tossed with green peas and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Nutrition per serving (pork and sauté): Calories: 230; fat: 11g; saturated fat: 2g; cholesterol: 55mg; sodium: 55mg; carbohydrate: 8g; protein: 20g — Family Features


Vegetarian seminar

PLYMOUTH — Better Living Seminars presents Vegetarian Nutrition and Cooking school 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Metropolitan Adventist Academy, 15585 Haggerty, north of Five Mile, in Plymouth. Participants will learn the latest scientific discoveries from the field of nutrition, how a plant-based diet can reduce risk of diseases, techniques for preparing quick and easy, healthful and nutritionally-balanced meals and why vegetarian eating can make the best waistlinefriendly diet. In addition to cooking demonstrations with recipes and other handouts, cookbooks will be available for purchase. The event includes a vegetarian buffet. Suggested donation is $15 for individuals and $20 for couples, payable at the door. Call (248) 446-9176 or (313) 5312179 to register.

Wine tasting

LIVONIA — Taste French wines from the Eric Solomon portfolio, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at d.vine fine wines, 17386 Haggerty. Cost is $20 per person; $15 for Wine Club members. Call (734) 432-3800 for reservations.



Local nonprofits make cut in ‘Aprons in Action’ Jewish Family Service’s Project Build! program, winner of the January Aprons in Action contest, The Home Depot Foundation’s yearlong Facebook voting program, will compete against 10 other monthly winners for $250,000 in the final round of the contest. Voting began March 1 and runs through March 31 at The organization with the most votes at the end of the month will win the $250,000 grand prize. Organizations with the second and third most votes will receive $150,000 and $100,000 from The Home Depot Foundation, respectively. During the Aprons in Action Contest, which began in April 2011, The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook fans have already helped 11 nonprofit organizations win $25,000 each to better their communities. In the March 2012 round of the competition, Jewish Family Service is competing against 10 other monthly winners from across the country. Competing finalists include: • April 2011: Great Falls Children’s Receiving Home (Great Falls, Mont.) • May 2011: Ronald McDonald House of Detroit (Detroit) • June 2011: Jerusalem House (Atlanta, Ga.) • July 2011: New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (New Orleans, La.) • August 2011: Northwest Hospital Fdn. (Seattle, Wash.) • September 2011: Taylor VFW Post #4422 (Taylor) • October 2011: Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (Wheaton, Ill.) • November 2011: Utah State Veterans Home (Salt Lake City, Utah) • December 2011: Lifebuilders of Detroit (Detroit) • January 2012: Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit (West Bloomfield) • February 2012: Veterans Guest House (Reno, Nev.)

“Winning $25,000 from The Home Depot during the first round of Aprons in Action was such an honor, and we are so thankful for the recognition,” said Perry Ohren, CEO of Jewish Family Service. “If we actually win the grand prize of $250,000, we would be able to grow this essential program and help hundreds of people in Southeast Michigan live in safe and functional homes for many years to come. So we encourage everyone to go to Facebook and vote for us.” Working together, Jewish Family Service’s Project Build!, The Home Depot Foundation and the local The Home Depot Commerce Township store recently teamed up to complete an extensive home repair. It took seven days over a period of three weeks to replace rotted flooring, paint all of the walls, replace the lighting and oven, and repair the gutters outside. In the end, JFS’s Project Build! and The Home Depot turned the client’s house into a home. “Everyone at work tells me how happy and healthy I look these days,” said the client. “I tell them that every day I walk into a new home. I’m not worried about things anymore.” Across the country, The Home Depot Associates give back to their communities by volunteering their time and talents with local nonprofit organizations, like Jewish Family Service. The Aprons in Action Program recognizes these successful partnerships and gives each of the featured nonprofits the opportunity to do additional work with Team Depot volunteers to better their communities. “Aprons in Action is our $1 million effort to support the most active and engaged nonprofit organizations across the country,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation.

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Q: Can you tell me whether the Fair Housing Act applies to roommates picked through a website organization which is becoming an ever-increasing set of circumstances? A: At least based upon a recent decision from the United States Court of Appeals Ninth Robert Meisner Circuit, the anti-

Jewish Family Service recently renovated a Huntington Woods home. The agency is involved in an effort to win $250,000 from The Home Depot Foundation, to support its Project Build! program providing home repairs for those in need.

“Through Aprons in Action, we have already distributed $440,000 to 44 deserving organizations from across the nationwide Team Depot network, allowing them to continue their great work serving our communities.” Voting runs through March 31 at noon ET. Aprons in Action is on Facebook at

pot or homedepotfoundation. The final percentages of votes for each nonprofit will be posted on The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook pages. For more information and to view the program rules, visit The Home Depot on Facebook or go to www.

HOMES SOLD/REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS-WAYNE These are the area residential real estate closings recorded the week of Dec. 5-9, 2011, at the Wayne County Register of Deeds office. Listed below are cities, addresses, and sales prices. CANTON 43838 Applewood Rd 43860 Arlington Rd 427 Belvedere Ct N 2184 Cameo Ct 1836 Century Ct 41760 Creston Ct 41770 Creston Ct 39718 Deepwood St 39649 Dorchester Cir 44820 Geddes Rd 50070 Grant St 49135 Ivybridge Way 418 Merrimac Rd 48138 Picadilly Ct 46470 Polo Dr

$126,000 $167,000 $325,000 $390,000 $140,000 $85,000 $113,000 $80,000 $200,000 $125,000 $161,000 $313,000 $100,000 $332,000 $267,000

274 Shana St $130,000 GARDEN CITY 28945 Birchlawn St $26,000 32118 Block St $58,000 291 Brandt St $16,000 29020 Cambridge St $38,000 414 Lathers St $83,000 6303 Lathers St $55,000 6948 Venoy Rd $100,000 LIVONIA 36780 Six Mile Rd $66,000 14315 Auburndale St $140,000 14575 Bainbridge St $110,000 36265 Dardanella St $235,000 36332 Fairway Dr $30,000 18091 Floral St $59,000 34672 Grove Dr $180,000 32612 Lyndon St $153,000 32940 Lyndon St $176,000 36017 Lyndon St $149,000 20235 Maplewood St $35,000 9351 Merriman Rd $70,000 34966 Munger St $200,000 37486 N Laurel Park Dr $105,000 37677 Newburgh Park Cir $148,000

14353 Nola St $103,000 37805 Plymouth Rd $195,000 19209 Westmore St $84,000 NORTHVILLE 50615 Seven Mile Rd $175,000 17961 Beck Rd $177,000 19019 Bella Vista Ct $300,000 18165 Blue Heron Pointe Dr $290,000 18293 Blue Heron Pointe Dr $350,000 19572 Cardene Way $132,000 16743 Carriage Way $110,000 18717 Clover Hill Ct $465,000 16696 Dover Dr $118,000 39726 Muirfield Ln $245,000 725 Randolph St $70,000 43762 Wabeek Ln $535,000 PLYMOUTH 242 Elizabeth St $100,000 47578 Katherine Ct $445,000 9260 Oakview St $132,000 42467 Plymouth Hollow Dr $39,000 REDFORD 9992 Berwyn $65,000

11318 Brady 20567 Denby 15019 Fenton 26618 Glendale 19210 Negaunee 19737 Seminole 26925 W Davison 20525 Wakenden WESTLAND 31203 Cooley Blvd 38561 Deer Creek Blvd 741 Denice St 36512 McKinney Ave 5908 N Berry St 7895 N Hix Rd 8614 N Hubbard St 6200 N Newburgh Rd 32263 Parkwood St 7820 Randy Dr 7820 Randy Dr 1455 S Norma St 27664 Trailbrooke Cir 2355 Treadwell St 1667 Westchester St

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HOMES SOLD/REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS-OAKLAND These are the area residential real estate closings recorded the week of Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2011, at the Oakland County Register of Deeds office. Listed below are cities, addresses, and sales prices. BIRMINGHAM 16947 Kinross Ave $155,000 22166 Valley Oaks Dr $415,000 18451 Warwick St $225,000 507 Lewis St $195,000 1661 Maryland Blvd $350,000 635 N Old Woodward Ave $221,000 1890 Oak Ave $869,000 655 Pilgrim Ave $695,000 505 W Frank St $790,000 BLOOMFIELD HILLS 1963 Cragin Dr $285,000 1904 Pine Ridge Ct $270,000 5114 Woodlands Ln $130,000 1443 Ravineview Ct # C-14 $140,000 1012 Stratford Ln $165,000 571 Yarboro Dr $725,000

REAL ESTATE BRIEFS New location, good works RE/MAX Classic of Canton office has made the move to its new location at 42078 Ford

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP 4063 Cranbrook Ct 5096 Forest Way 1281 Fox Chase Rd 1791 Lone Pine Rd 1895 W Tahquamenon Ct 5118 Woodlands Trl 920 Yarmouth Rd COMMERCE TOWNSHIP 8039 Barnsbury St 4045 E Commerce Rd 5005 Fairgrove Ln 8633 Hibbing St 8228 Hummingbird FARMINGTON 24119 Saint Mary Ct Farmington Hills 21429 Archwood Cir 25476 Bridlepath Ln 31037 Cedar Creek Dr 33501 Colony Park Dr 38876 Country Cir 29321 Geraldine Ct 28014 Green Willow St 35501 Johnstown Rd 25533 Kilreigh Dr

$375,000 $775,000 $510,000 $645,000 $200,000 $275,000 $900,000 $149,000 $145,000 $170,000 $95,000 $223,000 $136,000 $127,000 $247,000 $178,000 $225,000 $72,000 $112,000 $83,000 $209,000 $130,000

Road from the previous longterm home at 43435 Joy Road. The new space has allowed the Classic office to expand their Realtor staff and the location is accommodating with close access directly from the I-275 freeway. “We are up, running and settled in and continue to actively

Website for roomies raises issues

21761 Middlebelt Rd $27,000 31807 Middlebelt Rd $75,000 30863 N Wendybrook Ct $175,000 29440 Pendleton Club Dr $42,000 21493 Riverwalk Ct $199,000 27971 Rollcrest Rd $30,000 25718 Skye Ct $160,000 24789 Springbrook Dr $190,000 35157 Valley Forge Dr $158,000 22026 W Brandon St $82,000 FRANKLIN 30550 Woodside Dr $1,100,000 MILFORD 990 Hickory Ridge Cir $83,000 891 Panorama Dr $95,000 974 Panorama Dr $100,000 127 Ravineside Dr $245,000 400 Riverbend St $230,000 488 Rowe Rd $160,000 3450 W Buno Rd $190,000 2145 W Commerce Rd $95,000 NOVI 123 Charlotte Dr $60,000 1667 Harbor Cv $150,000 27504 Harrington Way $218,000 25678 Island Lake Dr $430,000

sponsor the Cell Phones for Soldiers program,” said Carol Boji, broker/owner. As a supporter for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program, area residents and businesses can now drop off and donate their unused cell phones and accessories at the new Ford Road location Monday through Friday until 6 p.m.

40587 Lenox Park Dr $259,000 21937 Meridian Ln $208,000 31130 Seneca Ln $125,000 41709 Steinbeck Gln $80,000 SOUTH LYON 440 Second St $110,000 23511 Spy Glass Hl N $289,000 SOUTHFIELD 21001 Andover Rd $80,000 18519 Autumn Ln $145,000 20405 Brookshire St $99,000 26717 Franklin Pointe Dr $44,000 23337 Grayson Dr $26,000 27730 Larkmoor St $75,000 16256 Mayfair Dr $41,000 28715 Monterey Dr $101,000 21944 Murray Crescent Dr $100,000 16400 N Park Dr # 302 $29,000 30543 Shoreham St $126,000 18454 Westover Ave $20,000 WHITE LAKE 9387 Gale Rd $160,000 1919 Howland Blvd $170,000 588 Rumson Ct $310,000 8446 Strada Ct $135,000 315 Woodsedge Ln $225,000

and Saturdays until 5 p.m. “Calling cards are also available to those who have service personnel stationed overseas or in the states upon request,” said Boji. Families with friends or family n the military can visit RE/ MAX Classic in Canton or visit www.detroitmetrorealestate. com.

discrimination provisions of the Federal Fair Housing Act do not extend to the selection of roommates. The case at hand involved a website that was operated to help roommates find each other. Two local fair housing organizations sued the website alleging that the website violated the Fair Housing Act by requiring users to disclose their sex, sexual orientation, and familial status and then matching users based on those characteristics. In that case, the court found that their activities did not violate the Fair Housing Act in that finding same would interfere with the constitutional privacy rights of those that share living quarters. The court specifically said that it did not find it unlawful to discriminate in selecting a roommate. Q: I understand that they take American money in Ecuador and I am wondering whether or not there are opportunities to live there cheaper, particularly in Quito, than in other places such as Mexico? A: In discussing the residential environment in Quito, Ecuador, I am advised that there are many Americans who are moving there because it is relatively cheap and because of the problems in Mexico. Quito is one of the most Americanized cities in South America and the currency is actually the dollar. Since it is about 9,000 feet above sea level, and surrounded by mountains, the temperature is much cooler than other places in Ecuador and many parts of South America. The city is relatively clean and the people take pride in maintaining it as such. You can buy a good condominium in a high end area of Quito, say a two or three bedroom, for around $300,000 to $450,000. Again, you are advised to consult with a real estate professional and attorney in the local area, but you may well also be advised to have an attorney from the States overseeing the transaction. Robert M. Meisner is a lawyer and author of Condominium Operation: Getting Started & Staying on the Right Track, second edition, available for $9.95 plus $1 shipping/handling. He also wrote Condo Living: A Survival Guide to Buying, Owning and Selling a Condominium, available for $24.95 plus $5 shipping/ handling. Call (248) 644-4433 or visit bmeisner@

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