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March 2019 | Vol.2 | Issue 3

Northville’s News and Lifestyle Magazine

Living and Learning Empowering a Forgotten Population


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A View From The ‘Ville

Ending Our Plastic Addiction I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day, which is always a dicey affair. While a lot of social media has become a cesspool of political griping, misinformation, and vulgarity, there are occasional posts that remind me why I check in. One of my friends posted something interesting. Instead of giving up sweets for Lent, she decided to give up plastic. It seemed particularly relevant since I had just read a story about how GFL Environmental is starting to inform local communities, including Plymouth Township and Westland, the cost of recycling is increasing, largely due to the fact that China is starting to refuse to take our recyclables. “What you’re seeing is twofold here. There’s a glut in the market because there’s no place to take it,” GFL‘s Joe Munem is quoted in a letter the City of Westland sent out to residents, explaining how the city’s price to recycle has risen from $18 per ton to $80 per ton. The other problem, he said, is how too many people are recycling. In

other words, adding contaminated items like greasy pizza boxes, bowling balls, and plastic bags with normal recyclables. When this happens, it can result in an entire haul of mostly recyclable items getting sent to the landfill. Those of you who live in Northville Township, like me, are probably familiar with GFL because it is the contractor the township uses for its solid waste program, including recycling pick up. The City of Northville uses Waste Management. Those of us who do recycle (and I hope that includes everyone reading this) need to be vigilant in what we put into our recycling bins. That’s the least we can do. I think it’s time to admit we have a plastic problem. Most of us have seen the images of massive floating garbage patches in the ocean, which is making its way into the marine food web, killing whales, fish and birds. Don’t think for a moment that we aren’t seeing the same issues here locally. The Rochester Institute of Technology released a sobering

report a couple years ago claiming nearly 22 million pounds of plastic flow into the Great Lakes annually. Environmental Defence, one of Canada’s leading environmental organizations, issued its own report that indicates plastic comprises roughly 80 percent of litter found in the Great Lakes, posing a major threat to the drinking water supply for 40 million people. I’ve been participating in the annual Rouge Rescue event for nearly 20 years, so I’m accustomed to seeing plenty of plastic – mostly water and non-returnable bottles, fast food cups and other liquid containers–in our rivers. I had a real eye-opener, however, when we were doing a clean-up on a nearby hillside located next to a large parking lot. As I picked up plastic wrappers,

bags and cups along the hill, I realized there was layer upon layer of plastic debris mixed in with the leaves and soil. The more I dug, the more plastic I found. And the deeper it went, the more it had broken down into micro plastics, making me wonder how much it is impacting the food chain in that area. We have to start thinking about the impact our reliance on plastic is having on the world around us. Much of the plastic is single-use, disposable and unnecessary. Think straws, plastic cups and especially those dreaded water bottles. It is estimated Americans go through 50 million water bottles every day. Most end up in landfills or, even worse, discarded as litter. That’s why my friend’s Facebook post struck a chord with me. The best place to start tackling this problem is in our own homes and by changing our own habits. Kurt Kuban is the editor and publisher of The ‘Ville. He welcomes your comments at kurtkuban@gmail. com.

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Empowering a Forgotten Population


Postcards from France

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ON THE COVER: Living and Learning founder Rachelle Vartanian (seated) with Silvia Robazza-program mentor, Delaney Sheridan, behavioral tech Alessandra McBroom, Jared Lonnerstater, and Garnett Tomasi.

‘Extremely challenging’ winter strains services 6 Recreation offices relocate to Township Hall 12 Past Tense: Remembering Main Street School 14 Village Workshop pulls plug on maker space 24 Out and About 26 It’s Your Business: Terri O’Brien – Realtor 30 Dishin’ With Denise 36 The ‘Ville 3

Your Voice Great Issue

I just finished reading every single page of the February issue of The ‘Ville. It’s an outstanding issue featuring some of my favorite people. Mark Menghini is a tireless volunteer in our community despite some challenges in his life. I think he should be Citizen of the Year. Great story on the lovely Casterline women on continuing the family tradition at Casterline Funeral Home. Rick Cox, who was featured in Past Tense, is making a huge improvement to the historic Phoenix Mill and I am glad he was recognized. It was thoughtful to share both sides of the development of Hines Park. Thank you for taking the news reins to provide us with a publication that is truly focused on Northville, its residents, business owners and our interests.  Michele Kelly 

Selling mills is good move

Your February issue featured back to back stories, presenting opposing views. The first reported plans for the old Ford Phoenix plant. Wayne County owned this building for 70 years, during which time they let it deteriorate to what has been an eyesore for as long as most can remember. Rick Cox’s plans to renovate the building while honoring its history is indeed welcome. What was once a blight will be transformed into an asset open to the general public for the first time ever. I would think that most would cheer this effort but the next story opposes such plans. The ex-Ford Wilcox and Newburg plants were built on Hines Drive in the 1920s and 1930s. They, like the Phoenix plant, were elements of Henry Ford’s historic Village Industry experiment. The second story advocates against county sale of these buildings on the premise that it would constitute sale of park land. It’s a tenuous argument, as these buildings are park land in name only. They have never been amenities open The historic Phoenix Mill for use of park visitors. Further, over the past 70 years of county ownership, they have clearly been neglected just like Phoenix. Recognizing this, the county proposes to sell the two buildings to someone who will restore them and open them to the public for park compatible use such as restaurants, bike shops, etc., while also including historical interpretive displays. One should consider what’s in the best public interest, these two historic structures remaining in Wayne County hands, closed to park goers and left to further deteriorate or passing to private ownership, to be restored and opened to the public similar to the plans for Phoenix. Seems like an easy choice. Bill Sivy 

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Studio should’ve been recognized

As a relatively new Northville resident, I enjoy all of the information that I get from your publication. I was especially excited to see the “Just Breathe” yoga article about some of the Northville studios. I was disappointed, however, that Hot Yoga Detroit-Northville was not listed among the other studios at the end of the article. That studio is one of the reasons I moved into the area; Mazaris it is owned and operated by Melissa Mazaris, one of the kindest, most compassionate and generous business owners I have ever known. I understand that space is an issue in any publication, and hope it was just an oversight. Please know that as a place for serenity and healing, this studio deserves to be highlighted and recognized among the others. Kristen Farkas

To ‘Anonymous’

As a parent of a student at one of Northville’s elementary schools, I was truly disheartened to learn for the second year in a row that the act of giving random Valentines has unfortunately become the status quo. To my dismay I have come to discover that nowadays elementary school teachers (at least in Northville) instruct children to leave the “to” field blank when they pass out Valentine’s Day cards to schoolmates during the classroom celebrations on Feb. 14. This was not always the case. I have vivid memories of being a student in Mrs. Miller’s 1986 Winchester Elementary School kindergarten classroom and not only did we write the names of fellow students on Valentine’s cards, but we carefully matched the spelling to the magic-marker lettering on the cardboard milk-carton makeshift mailboxes that lined our tables. They even had a flag attached with a brass round-head fastener, so the flag could swivel up and down indicating those were “ready for delivery” and it was that student’s turn to act as the postman and deliver their cards to the other eager awaiting recipients. When I inquired as to why the kids were instructed to leave the “to” field blank the response I received was “because it takes too much time to distribute.” Too much time? A thoughtless, heartless card selected by random draw is the antithesis of what the very holiday is celebrating. Are we really living in a society where we are teaching our children it takes too much time to write 20 names on a piece of paper? Why must everything be sped up and streamlined? On a day that’s supposed to be a celebration of love, there is absolutely no care put into an anonymous random selection of who gets what card. Maybe we should be teaching them to put the heart back in Valentine’s Day. Or perhaps next year we can speed it up even more and just send a mass group text. Laurie Boloven

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Thank You Sponsors! Dear Friends, On behalf of the Northville Township Firefighters Charity Fund we thank you for making our 2019 Fireman’s Ball another incredible night. The overwhelming generosity and support of our donors, sponsors and community partners has allowed for the continued success and tremendous growth of our Fireman’s Ball. We are proud to say that our 16th annual event was attended by over 700 friends, family and guests; selling out for the seventh straight year. Our organization was founded on three simple values: Tradition. Service. Community. With those guiding principles, we continue to make an impact in a variety of ways. Over the last sixteen years, we have developed a TRADITION of working with local organizations to better serve the Northville community. With your help we have raised over $410,000 for various causes, including: injured and fallen firefighters, police officers and their families, MDA, Northville Civic Concern, Leah’s Happy Hearts, the Salvation Army, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Northville Goodfellow’s, Main Street League, New Hope Grief Center, and countless others. We have big plans for 2019 including the completion of an inclusive playground at Maybury State Park that will allow kids of all abilities to play together. Like you, we continue to commit time to the SERVICE of the Northville community. We realize the importance of giving back and the Charity Fund allows us to make a direct impact on those in need. We, the Northville Township Firefighters Charity Fund are committed to continuously making a positive impact in the COMMUNITY and enhancing the lives of others. Your generous support and encouragement drives our organization to work even harder to make a difference. None of this would be possible without the generous support and commitment of local businesses and donors. Please help support these businesses by using this as a guide to shopping, dining and doing businesses in the area. For more information please visit us at or follow us on Facebook With sincere appreciation,

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Davis Auto Care Owner Jim Davis says potholes wreak havoc with tires, rims and alignment of vehicles during the winter months.

Red Dot Coffee Company Manager Chad Ibach says Northville residents are loyal to their favorite drinks year around. His family opened the Center Street coffee shop in July 2016.

Assistant Public Works Director Mike Domine mans one of the city snowplow trucks and DPW Director Loyd Cureton.

Potholes, Snow Days Plow Trucks and

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‘Extremely challenging’ winter takes toll on local services Story and Photos By Scott Daniel


rom battered vehicles and icy roads to a large number of school closures, this winter season has taken its toll on Northville. And whether you’re talking about keeping drivers in one piece or student safety, cold weather puts a strain on most everyone. The bad news? It isn’t over. If you put stock in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the remainder of March will be a few degrees colder than average in southeast Michigan. The chance for snow will carry through the end of the month and linger through early April, too. While those thoughts may send a chill down your spine, residents can relax a little.

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Northville Department of Public Works Director Loyd Cureton says his battletested team remains ready to keep roads, streets, and neighborhoods clear of snow.

“The winter started out fairly easy but the end of January and early February, it really got cold,” said Cureton. He oversees a staff of seven responsible for snow and ice

Northville DPW Director Loyd Cureton and Assistant Public Works Director Mike Domine discuss the city’s road salt reserves.

removal around the city. “The lower temperatures made up for the lack of overtime at the beginning of winter. We’ve had to put down a lot of extra salt because of the icy conditions.” As of March 1, the city had used about 750 tons of salt or about 60 percent of what was budgeted for the season. In all, Cureton and his crew service some 25 miles of roadway. Northville’s major streets like Main and Center draw top priority, where the city has a “bare pavement” policy. Weather conditions, of course, dictate how the city responds. The longer it snows, the more difficult staying ahead becomes. “The longer duration storms are the toughest for us

to attack,” said Cureton. “After 16 hours, it’s a lot more difficult to remain effective. We want to make sure our people remain able to respond, to be alert.”

school has on our students and families,” Gallagher said. “We strive to make the best possible decisions based on the information available, and ultimately want our parents to know that they have the option to keep their student home in the event that they feel weather conditions are impacting the safety of their student.”

who warned of other issues caused by the missing chunks of road. “If you hit a real nasty one, it’s time to take a look at your alignment.” While you can’t always avoid potholes, Davis said minimizing damage to your vehicle as a whole might be counterintuitive. Breaking

JAVA JOLT Just like vehicles need oil to operate, Northville residents require a different kind of dark liquid to function during the winter. Thankfully, the Red Dot Coffee Company, 505 N. Center Street, has plenty of varieties. Manager Chad Ibach said Cafe Miel, a cinnamon and

CANCELLING SCHOOL Snowstorms and freezing temperatures also cause headaches for Northville Public Schools. Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher said this winter has been “extremely DAMAGED TIRES challenging… with so many AND TIE RODS inclement weather days so close Weather together, including four days in conditions have one week.” certainly impacted The state allows six school drivers this winter days to be canceled each year season. According for bad weather. An additional to Davis Auto Care three days can be granted on a owner Jim Davis, case-by-case basis by the state tires, rims, and superintendent. As of March 1, related systems the district had canceled seven have taken the days of classes. biggest hit. Many “We do not anticipate the A City of Northville DPW truck is loaded with salt in anticipation of a recent snow event. need to add days honey creation, has been a top should be done to our school seller this season. The PB Chai, before hitting the calendar at this a blended drink with vanilla and hole. point in time,” peanut butter, is a favorite cold “You want to said Gallagher. drink, especially among student take your foot off “Northville Public patrons. the brakes while Schools has always While Red Dot certainly sells you’re driving over had at least 180 lots of hot drinks when the the pothole,” said days of school temperatures tank outside, the Davis. “As you apply scheduled each sale of cold beverages don’t drop the brakes, more school year, and as much as one might think. downward force is our total number “There’s not a huge difference being transferred of instructional Employee Grace Gray and Manager Chad Ibach share a laugh between winter and summer,” into the tires.” minutes while working on a recent winter day at Red Dot Coffee Company in said Ibach. His family opened The result? exceeds state Northville. the shop in July 2016. “It’s Additional requirements.” pretty similar. People are loyal damages. Tie rods and control of those hits come from a very Gallagher and other school to their favorite kind of drinks.” arms are often the victims. well-known source -- potholes. officials are involved in making Business has also remained Besides potholes, Vehicles equipped with the call to cancel classes. The steady overall, he added. temperatures of 10 degrees and newer tires, especially with amount of snow, ice, and Patrons flock to Red Dot’s less cause numerous problems, 20-22-inch rims, actually don’t freezing rain, as well as the front and rear decks during Davis said. Take motor oil. handle potholes as well as timing of storms, are all factors. warmer months but enjoy the Regular motor oil can actually their predecessors, Davis said. Wind chills greater than -19 also cozy inside atmosphere during crystallize. Davis recommends While blowouts are typical, ply can close schools. winter. using a fully synthetic oil during separations also cause tires to “We do not make a decision “It’s very consistent all year winter months to help vehicles fail. to close school lightly. We round,” Ibach said. operate better and ensure easy “Potholes tend to do their value learning, and recognize start-ups. damage right away,” said Davis, the impact that canceling

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France NHS grad Symone Abbott playing professional volleyball along Mediterranean By Brad Emons | Photos by Greg Capeliez


ymone Abbott has found the ultimate vacation spot, continues to play the sport she still loves and gets paid while doing it. Not a bad gig for the former Northville High All-Stater and volleyball All-America at Northwestern University. The 6-foot-1 outside hitter plays professionally in the southeastern France resort town of Saint-Raphael on the Cote d’Azur where its famous beaches line the Mediterranean coast between Saint-Tropez and Cannes. And the postcard-type view never gets old. “Yes, it’s such a beautiful place, palm trees and shops, and creperies all over the place,” Abbott said. “It is a huge upside to have the sun wake you up every morning and enjoy the drive to practice because of the tropical area. Whenever there’s a problem with the different aspect of being overseas, I always say, ‘Well, at least it’s beautiful here.’”

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in January of 2018 with Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena of the Serie A1 League in Italy, arguably the best in the world. But after a brief stint, she was released, a victim of the foreign player limit rule, which has become a power struggle between domestic leagues around the world and its country’s own home volleyball Symone Abbott in France with her parents, Krystal and federations. Anthony Abbott. “It was a whirlwind to say the least,” Region, First Team All-Big Ten, Abbott said. “I was very young, and All-American Honorable 21 years old, playing alongside Mention honors as one of the girls who were 30 plus and true, top attackers in the nation, seasoned professionals. I didn’t Abbott signed her first pro deal After concluding her senior season at Northwestern where she earned 2017 AVCA All-

get playing time at all because of my inexperience, but I learned so much during those four months. It was invaluable.” In June of 2018, she signed contract with Saint-Raphael Var Volleyball club, which has won multiple French Ligue A championships, the most recent in 2016, while also earning a spot in the Champions League play “The French league is a great league, but a step down from the Italian league,” said Abbott, who has become a starter. “I chose St. Raphael because it gives me the opportunity to play a more important role on the team than I did in Italy.” ‘LIGHT YEARS BEHIND’ Abbott played four years of volleyball at NCAA Division I level in arguably the nation’s toughest league (Big Ten) where she led the team in kills 22 times and registering more than 20 on four different occasions. (She became the Wildcats’ first All-Conference pick since 2013.)

It is a high level, a lot of girls on my team have played professional for five or more years,”

Symone Abbott

She finished her career tied for second in program history with an average of 3.71 kills per set and fourth in career kills with 1,616. But despite all her success at Northwestern, playing in Europe became an eye opener for Abbott. “It didn’t prepare me enough,” Abbott said with a ‘haha.’ “When I got overseas to play, I felt like I was light years behind. Collegiate sports don’t exist overseas, so after high school all the girls go straight to the professional level. So, girls that were the same age as me had four more years of professional experience than I had.” Through its first 18 matches in the 14-team Ligue A, SaintRaphael sat in seventh place at 8-10. “It is a high level, a lot of girls on my team have played professional for five or more years,” Abbott said. “And it’s a very experienced atmosphere.

I’m still very young compared to everyone else, but we’re a bit closer in age and the caliber of play than in Italy.” Playing for Northwestern, however, had its benefits for Abbott, who graduated from there with a degree in Communication and Media Studies in the summer 2018. “My four years were so awesome,” Abbott said. “It was a very comforting family environment and I’ll always cherish it, but it’s not comparable to professional volleyball.” Abbott, one of five children, comes from a family of accomplished athletes. Her father Anthony was a jumper on the Eastern Michigan University track and field squad from 1982-86. Her oldest sister Alexa was a three-time captain of the Northville track team who graduated from the Ross School of Business at Michigan and is currently a consultant in

Atlanta. Another sister, Chloe, is a junior transfer at Kentucky who earned first-team NCAA All-America honors in 2018 at Purdue in the 400-meter dash (outdoor) and in the 4 x 400 relay (indoor and outdoor). As a senior, Chloe was a Division 1 state champion in the 200, 400 and 4 x 400 relay. Her brother A.J. is a red shirt freshman wide receiver on the Wisconsin football team and was an MHSAA Division 1 long jump champion as a senior at West Bloomfield High. (Symone’s youngest brother Shawn, a senior who will graduate this spring at Northville, is not involved in sports, but is charting a different path as he plans to join the Navy.) Meanwhile, mother Krystal is the glue that keeps everything together and the engine that keeps everything driving forward in the Abbott household.

NHS STANDOUT Symone credits her success to her parents, who stuck by her during her formative volleyball years before becoming Northville’s all-time leader in kills where she led the Mustangs to back-to-back district titles (2012 and 2013) and the Class A semifinals (2012). “Because without their genetics, I wouldn’t have the abilities that I have, but also for believing in me when I was really bad as a middle school and high school player,” said Abbott, who lettered in volleyball four times and was a team captain. “I would have quit if they didn’t support me and always tell me I could do anything.” Abbott practices twice a day, but cherishes her free time in Saint-Raphael. “Unlike a regular job it requires a lot of energy, so it’s important to not to do more Abbott continued on page 10

Abbott’s view from her home in the French resort town of Saint-Raphael on the Cote d’Azur where its famous beaches line the Mediterranean Sea.

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physical activity in my off time between practices,” she said. “Between practices I watch my favorite shows, practice my cooking skills, hang out at the pool with my good friend on the team, go to the beach or work on applications for summer internships so that I can get work experience in my communications major to have for whenever I decide to retire. If we ever have two days off, I often go to Milan, which is a four-hour drive to hang out with my good friends that I met playing in Italy last year.” As far as Abbott’s volleyball future, she doesn’t envision herself playing professionally for more than three-to-four years. “I do have some shoulder problems and being away from home isn’t easy, so I don’t see

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myself playing for 10 plus years like a lot of professional players do,” she said. “After the season I will spend a couple of weeks at home with my family, which is the most amount of time I’ve been able to spend at home in four years. After that I will move out to Chicago for the summer to train with my weight training coach and work at the internships I’ve applied to. I’ll also spend time having a great summer with my friends that all live in Chicago.” Symone had some most welcome visitors arrive in January. “My parents absolutely love Saint-Raphael and they got to meet my friends here and get a glimpse of my completely different life overseas,” Symone said. Despite the awesome beach view, Abbott still yearns for the comforts of home. “Northville is where my parents and my best friend (Cassidy) are from and I always miss them so much,” she said. “But I also miss my Northwestern family in Chicago where I spent the best four years of my life. And my siblings are similar to me and are always traveling to different places, so I miss them, too, always.”

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Friday. The office phone numbers and emails will remain the same. Not all recreation activities will halt at Hillside during construction, however. “We will continue to offer programs in the RCH gyms during the entire construction/ renovation process,” Gasche The Northville Parks and Recreation staff at their new Township Hall home. Pictured, from left, are Alyssa Golles, recreation said. “However on-site parking specialist, Mark Gasche, director, Shannon Coker, recreation superintendent-operations, and David Lesmeister, recreation will be limited. The primary superintendent-programs. new parking location will be on the north side of Eight Mile, so program participants will have to use the pedestrian bridge Move to Township Hall temporary as Hillside is renovated across Eight Mile to access the building.”  Northville residents for many Plans for Hillside Middle ig changes are coming to Some programs will be years to come,” Gasche said. School include a new school Hillside Middle School and moved to the The project building, as well as renovation the Northville Recreation Northville is expected to to a part of the existing Center. So big that the Community be completed school, most of which will be Recreation Center offices have Center, 303 by the spring demolished. The Recreation been moved – temporarily – to W. Main of 2021. Center at Hillside (RCH) is Northville Township Hall. Street. In the in the portion of the building The big change is the As plans meantime, that will be renovated, which is renovation project taking place are solidified, Northville forcing the temporary move to at Hillside as a result of the New Address: 44405 Six Mile Road more specific Township Township Hall. voter-approved bond in 2017 Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. information has set up the The Recreation Center will to pay for facility upgrades Monday through Friday on program Parks and see some major improvements for Northville Public Schools Phone: (248) 349-0203 schedules, Recreation and changes, including a (NPS). Website: Hillside offices on separate entrance on the east Mark Gasche, director access, the first floor side of the building.  of Northville Parks and parking, etc. will be posted on at Township Hall that will be “The main purpose is to Recreation, said they officially the department’s website at “convenient for residents to improve school security, but opened their offices for business www.northvilleparksandrec. access our services,” Gasche RCH will benefit from that as at Township Hall, located at org. Also look for information said.  well,” he said. “With a separate 44405 Six Mile Road (Six Mile on social media and email blasts “We will have a staff person entrance, we will have a new and Sheldon), on March 11, through the Constant Contact located at the information front desk area and a more giving staff time to “work out distribution list. desk as you walk into the main controlled access point to the any wrinkles before our spring/ Gasche said the Hillside entrance, and our offices will Recreation Center.”  summer registration begins on project is an example of the be the first ones to the right of There will also be March 26.” great partnership they have the information desk, near the improvements to the roof, Northville Parks and with NPS. Finance Department,” he said. lighting, and HVAC, and offices Recreation, a shared service “We look forward to a strong Customers can utilize will be renovated to meet “our of the City of Northville continued relationship with the this location for program customer service and staffing and Northville Township, is school district as we provide registrations, facility and park needs.”  overseen by a commission programs and services to the or athletic field rentals, and dog “When the project is comprised of elected officials community from this highly park memberships.  complete this will be a very from the Township Board and used facility,” Gasche said. Office hours will be 8 a.m. nice, state-of-the-art facility City Council, as well as a NPS to 4:30 p.m. Monday through that will continue to service the representative.

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Memories of Main Street Elementary District seeks memorabilia for history exhibit By Michele Fecht


he former Main Street Elementary School may be coming down, but the memories remain. Northville Public Schools officials are creating an exhibit to recognize the school’s rich history, and they are seeking help from the public. They are looking for class composites, photographs of activities and events, old report cards, mementoes and other memorabilia, as well as stories and memories for the permanent exhibit that will be housed at the newly renovated

schools). In the year following its closure as an elementary school, the Main Street building was leased to the Michigan Montessori Center and Calvary Baptist Church of Plymouth. It was also a field office for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources from 198690. The district is seeking materials and memories from all time periods in the building’s history. Donors can submit items — by mail or drop off — to Janet Naughton in the Superintendent’s Office

Demolition of the former school began this month.

Old Village School. Opened in 1937, Main Street Elementary served as a district elementary school until 1975. It also housed the district’s administrative offices on the second floor. It was the home base for the district’s Early Childhood Center (the program also utilized additional classrooms at other elementary

at Old Village School, 405 West Main Street, Northville 48167. To arrange a donation drop off or for questions, contact Janet (or Meghan Irving) at (248) 344-3507 or via email at naughtonja@northvilleschools. org. For those who wish to loan items, the district can photograph or scan donations

One of Main Street Elementary School’s earliest images is the photo of May Babbitt’s Fourth Grade Class (1937-38) taken on the building’s front steps.

May (Holcomb) Babbitt and return them to donors. attended Northville High All donations should include School as Novi did not have a information about the item’s high school at that time. She history and a date (if available). drove a horse Donors and buggy to also should SHARE YOUR MEMORIES Northville include If you have mementoes and other High School their names memorabilia from Main Street on Sunday for credit School, including photographs and old report cards, that can be used evenings, purposes. for a new exhibit on the building, boarded at the Stories and contact Janet at naughtonja@ school during memories the week, and by students then returned and teachers home on Friday afternoons. are also encouraged. Written She was a 1914 Northville High submissions may be forwarded School graduate. May Babbitt to Janet Naughton at the Old and her husband, Kurnal Hugh Village School address or by Babbitt, built the home at 306 email. Rogers in Northville. May’s One of Main Street teaching career lasted nearly Elementary School’s earliest four decades. She died in 1993 at images is the photo of May the age of 97. Babbitt’s Fourth Grade The school is currently being Class (1937-38) taken on the demolished to make way for building’s front steps (at top). single family homes. Though she lived in Novi,

SHARE IT. If you have a great memory you would like to share with our readers, email Editor Kurt Kuban at

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f you live or work in Northville and would like to learn about what’s happening in town, you won’t want to miss the upcoming State of the Community Luncheon. Gallagher The annual Northville Chamber of Commerce event will take place at 11:30 on Wednesday, April 17 at Schoolcraft College’s VisTaTech Center. The event will feature three presentations – one each by Northville Township Supervisor Robert Nix, City of Northville Mayor Ken Roth and Northville Schools Superintendent Mary

Kay Gallagher – plus a great lunch provided by Schoolcraft College. Chamber Executive Director Jody Humphries said attendees will learn about hot topic issues impacting Roth the city, township and school district, including updates on new developments that are in the works or will take place on the near horizon. More than 100 people attend the annual event, including many of Northville’s political and business leaders.

Humprhries said she always looks forward to the State of the Community Luncheon because it puts on display the collaborative efforts that exist between the city, township and school district. “It represents what this community is all about,” Humphries NIx said. “All the groups in Northville work so well together. Sure, they all have their own goals and objectives, but most everything they do has some kind of impact on the others. That’s why it’s great to see them work so well together.

State of the Community Luncheon When: Noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 Where: Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Road Cost: $40 per person (RSVP by April 4) Reservations: Call (248) 3497640 or email LindseyButzin@ More info: Visit This event is a great example of that teamwork.” Tickets for the luncheon are $40. Reservations may be made by contacting the Northville Chamber of Commerce at (248) 349-7640 or by email at


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A sign at the corner of E. Cady and Griswold shows the mixed use building planned for the corner.

Cady Street just north of the racetrack will soon look very different.

A Vibrant Corridor Array of developments planned for downtown’s E. Cady Street By Lonnie Huhman


lot of eyes are focused on Northville Downs and what its future development will be – and when. However, actual construction of buildings could soon begin closer to downtown. Planning of development on East Cady Street has been taking shape in recent years and it looks like that important stretch of land, which sits between downtown and The Downs, will play an integral part in how downtown Northville grows. Proposed developments for East Cady point to a vibrant future, which is what city officials and planners are hoping to see. “Our master plan envisions we want density closer to our downtown,” Northville City Manager Patrick Sullivan said about development on East Cady.

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“We think that helps the downtown, but we want to do it in a way that is consistent with the master plan and make sure our infrastructure and street system can handle the development properly,” he said. One location proposed to be developed is at 335 East Cady Street, located at the northwest corner of Cady and Griswold streets across from Tipping Point Theatre. The developer and applicant are listed with the city as Tech LLC and D.J. Maltese Construction Corporation. They are proposing a mixed-use project. Sullivan said 335 E. Cady is under an acre in size. He said the developer plans to build a three-story, 17,000 square feet building that has commercial on the first floor and residential above. The project recently received approval from city council for

parking credits. The Northville City Council directed city staff to sell eight parking credits ($6,250 each) for a total cost of $50,000 to the developer of the property at 335 E. Cady. The additional parking spaces meet requirements for parking spaces of commercial properties and factor in adjourning parking spaces. The parking lot of the planned three-story office building with first-floor retail will have 30-34 spaces. When developers within the Central Business District (CBD) are unable to provide on-site parking, city policy allows the purchase of parking credits in accordance with the City Zoning Ordinance. Sullivan said the developer has submitted plans for the building, so if things move forward properly they should begin building soon.

The next area on East Cady has been in the works for some time now and is called the Cady Project, which is being proposed by Andrew Dailey. His site plan for the project recently received an extension from the city. Sullivan said Dailey has told the city he might begin work on his project soon as well. It’s proposed to be another mixed-use building, but a bit bigger at four-stories with commercial on the first floor as well as an indoor parking area. In June 2016, city records state, “The Cady Project and the City agreed to grant an option to purchase the westerly 24 feet of the City parking lot on the south side Cady Street, east of Center Street, to be used as part of a mixed-use development on that property. That option agreement stipulated that the option would expire in two years if not extended by City

Council.” The future development of the racetrack property looks like it will begin along Cady. Hunter Pasteur Homes, which has a purchase agreement in place for the entire 50-acre Downs site, and its partner Watermark Residential have decided to move forward on the 13 acres along Cady, as they continue to negotiate a planned development agreement with the city for the bulk of the property. Their preliminary plans for the portion of the property where the racetrack is located call for a mix of residential and commercial buildings, daylighting the Rouge River, and constructing an area for the Northville Farmers Market. But that is on hold for now. “We are working in tandem with Watermark Residential

and focusing our current efforts on the northern portion of the site,” said Randy Wertheimer, president and CEO of Hunter Pasteur Homes. “Our goal is to move forward on the southern portion of the Downs site once we can work out the details with the city. After the December planning commission meeting, however, it is clear we have some issues to work out. So right now we will focus on Cady Street, where our plan needs zero variances from the city.” Watermark Residential, which is based in Indianapolis, will construct two buildings near the intersection of Cady and Dunlap. The first is a 306-unit apartment building. The other building will be a four-story, 18,700 square foot commercial structure that will include retail space. They are also building a parking

There has been interest in the old Foundry Flask location at 456 E. Cady.

structure and some surface parking on the site. The project calls for extending Hutton Street south and adding an extension of the pedestrian connection between Cady and the downtown. And finally, in what could be another positive development might happen at the old Foundry Flask location, which has sat unused for years and is

located at 456 East Cady. Sullivan said Singh Development, which created the MainCentre apartments in downtown, has an interest in that nearly five-acre site. Sullivan said the city expects to soon see proposed plans for the location. He said at this point it looks like the plan would be primarily for apartments, but also some mixed-use as well.

A 306-unit apartment building is planned for E. Cady at Dunlap.

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Bursting Seams

at the

Living and Learning Director Rachelle Vartanian hopes that the Massey property can serve as an anchor for the center's future.

Center for autistic teens eyeing Massey Estate for expansion

By Maria Taylor | Photos by Bill Bresler


n Griswold Street, just north of Mill Race Historical Village, is a greenish-blue farmhouse that dates back to the 1920s. Look inside on a Friday or Saturday night, and you might think there’s a party going on. Teens and young adults are coming and going. They’re dancing in the front room. It is a party -- of sorts. The house is home to Living and Learning Enrichment Center, a nonprofit that specializes in working with teens and young adults with autism and related challenges. The hangouts are social groups, bringing together some 30 kids for an evening of kicking back with friends. Or for pottery class, or jewelry-making class, or cooking class. Nine months into its current location, the center is already

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looking to expand its Northville footprint. “We have people who come every night from Grosse Ile, Allen Park ... they’re traveling great distances,” said Rachelle Vartanian, president and founder. “We’re just bursting at the seams. There’s not enough room.” A FORGOTTEN POPULATION Living and Learning started with a personal experience for Vartanian. “My youngest son was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, and I’d never heard the word,” she said. So she went back to college and got a second master’s degree, to better understand his challenges and be an advocate. She worked as a special ed

teacher at Farmington Public Schools and at the Boys & Girls Republic in Farmington Hills. And she started running social skills groups at the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile, every Sunday at 1 p.m.

The groups grew and grew. Two years later, she took a big step. “I decided I had to really commit myself if I was going to see change,” she said. Vartanian quit her job at FPS,

Program Mentor Silvia Robazza explains the Living and Learning's vision board, explaining the comprehensive plans for the center's growth.

loneliness?’” Rachelle met the young man, and he went to a Friday night hangout at Living and Learning. “When he left, he was smiling and said to his dad, I never knew a place like this existed,” Manecke said. “It’s just life Working on their cooking life skills, from foreground, Jared Lonnerstater, Garnett Tomasi, and behavioral changing. tech Alessandra McBroom. Now he comes here sold her house, dug into her and has a retirement fund, and opened girlfriend.” up a little center in a storefront The at 150 Mary Alexander Court in hangouts downtown Northville. It took are basically just three years to outgrow a social the facility, and she moved the skills group, headquarters to the house on although Griswold, which they rent from that’s not how Mill Race. it’s presented. Vartanian’s son is 18 now. Some of Most of her clients are around the 17 staff his age and are grappling with members, autism or challenges like ADHD who have and severe anxiety. Vartanian degrees and calls them the forgotten training, are population. on hand, “Everyone else is focused on along with young kids. And then they grow mentors from up,” she said. “Parents say to Northville me all the time, ‘Once my kid’s High (who done with the school system, it’s Rachelle Vartanian don’t have like they fall off a cliff.’ There’s special needs) to serve as role parents. I hate to say it, but nothing out there.” models. they’re living in their parents’ Kirt Manecke is PR director “Like if they notice two basement. They’re depressed. for Living and Learning. people live near each other, they “It’s depressing when you’re “Most of these young adults, might say, ‘you should exchange sick in bed for two days, let they don’t have any friends,” phone numbers,’” Vartanian alone your whole life,” he he said. “They’ve never been said. “They give up every single continued. “One teenager in invited to a birthday party. weekend to be here, and some Northville asked his dad – and Social skills aren’t intuitive, like of them come home weekends it’s sad to talk about what they are for us. They get bullied from college. Northville should he said – ‘Can you die from a lot; their friends are their

be proud.” Along with the hangouts, young people at Living and Learning can attend classes and make products like pottery, jewelry, bath bombs, and art. Vartanian kept the storefront on Mary Alexander Court, and she’s turning it into an eclectic artisan boutique called Mod Market, where her clients can sell their products. It’ll open in May. The Red Dot Coffee Company will have a pop-up onsite, and there’ll be live music. Mod Market will also help Living and Learning clients gain job skills and employment. Vartanian has been able to secure employment for 19 people now; none of the others have jobs. “So they’ll have something to put on their resume, too,” she said, “because most of them don’t have that now.” A VISION OF INDEPENDENCE About half a mile down the street from the house at Mill Race is a huge, 14-acre property called the Massey Estate, formerly owned by Cadillac dealer Don Massey. It’s been on the market for three years; its Zillow listing says $3.5 million. From the road, it’s a huge, old white house with a big black fence around it. To Vartanian, it’s a vision of a better world. “We’d be able to house everything there,” she said. “There’s the main house, where we’d be able to house all our programs ... and across the street are apartments that could be made into independent living. I swear, it was meant for us to do this.” There’s also a guest house, Bursting continued on page 20

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people, they’re stuck in their homes. I was showing my son this and he said, ‘oh my god, where clients could “pilot – stay that’s going to change my life.’” a week there, so we would know The scooter project would they are ready [for independent be a partnership with one of living],” and two other buildings Vartanian’s friends, who’s in the that could house Living and industry. She and Manecke are Learning’s IT academy and actively looking for other lead a huge workshop, Vartanian corporate sponsors and lead said. “Plus the property: we donors, and holding meetings want a lavender farm, we want every day. Neither of them are an alpaca farm, we want to too keen on the alternative for grow vegetables and sell the that property: likely a subdivision, and the current structures would be torn down. “For 60 bland homes,” Manecke said. Everything hinges on when the funding rolls in. Living and Learning has already secured a Jared Lonnerstater says the best part of the Living and $50,000 Learning Enrichment Center is the friends he has made. He verbal likes the art programs, too. commitment to pay for the farm, once the products to the restaurants land is acquired, along with here. We want a honeybee farm several pledges to contribute and a doggie daycare.” All the once a certain threshold is products would be sold at Mod reached. Market. “We’re looking for one or The proximity, both to the two lead gifts, so we can start a apartments and to downtown, capital campaign,” Vartanian is key because 95 percent of the said. “I feel like everyone’s people at Living and Learning waiting for the first person do not drive. Vartanian has met to write the check. Honestly, with Ford about piloting their if we had it, we would start autonomous vehicles there, and tomorrow.” she has plans for bike racks as well as electric scooters. THE HOLY GRAIL “There’d be a docking station Having more space would at Mod Market and the house, allow Living and Learning and an app on their phone, and to help hundreds of people. it charges them like 75 cents “Probably 50 times the number to ride around,” she explained. of families we’re helping now,” “People don’t realize ... our

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Behavioral tech Alessandra McBroom and Garnett Tomasi working on cooking skills.

could only happen here. It’s safe Manecke said. “There’s such a here, everything’s walkable. I’m demand.” blown away how supportive the Take, for example, the city has been to us: the mayor, cooking class on Saturdays. It’s the Chamber. Who would have maxed out at eight, because known?” the little 1920s kitchen/dining Silvia room area Robazza, can only one of the fit so many Director: Rachelle Vartanian high school people. The mentors, waiting list is Address: 315 Griswold Street could tell you a mile long, Phone: (248) 308-3592 why. She’s a Vartanian Website: junior at NHS said. and involved “This is with the like the holy Smiles Club, which works to grail,” she said. “It gives the full build bridges between students life: it gives the independent who have special needs and living, it gives employment, those who do not. and it gives a social life. Every “I feel like working with this parent, and I’m one of them, population brings out a side worries ‘what’s going to happen of someone that everyone has [to my child] when I die?’ It’s inside of them,” she said. “They what keeps us up at night. This just need to figure out a way to solves that problem. And the find it.” crazy thing is, Northville ... it



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The Village Workshop will continue to host events, including Northville Rotary’s Tour de Ville.

A ‘Heartbreaking’ Decision Village Workshop owners pull plug on maker space after four years By Scott Daniel


ne of Northville’s most popular businesses is making a major change at the end of March. The Village Workshop will close its “maker spaces” while ramping up the co-working and event hosting portions of the business. Since opening four years ago, Village Workshop, located at 455 E. Cady Street, has been an incubator for inventors and entrepreneurs, giving them the tools and the space to make their visions and dreams a reality. Changing that formula wasn’t a decision partners Brian Donovan and Dennis Engerer took lightly. At the time they started the Village Workshop, few maker space businesses were around. Not having a lot of examples or a blueprint to follow made for a tougher road, Donovan said. “This is kind of a new thing,” he said. “There’s a need there, but the business model is still something that needs

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factory, which manufactured school desks and church pews. In 2013, when Donovan purchased what was known as the “Bellanger” building, it was in rough condition. “I was told that it had been unoccupied for about 15 years prior. It was in really, really bad shape,” said Donovan. “The whole building was Northville resident Joseph Hoffman was one of the sagging. We Village Workshop’s first members. He said he will miss the camaraderie of working with other people in the craft did a lot of community. structural work.” He soon started chatting with though it wasn’t successful Engerer, who owns Northville from a business standpoint, a Physical Rehabilitation, about lot of really magical things were transforming the building into happening here,” he continued. a maker space. The Village The building housing the Workshop opened its doors two Village Workshop dates back years later in March 2015. to the 1870s and was originally “Brian really initiated it,” said part of a Globe Furniture refinement. I’m confident there will be public-private partnerships in the future that address all the shortcomings of the business model. “It’s heartbreaking. Even

Engerer. “He had been around other maker spaces and liked the concept. When he shared it with me, I really liked it, too. I always had my eye on this building. I thought it would be a great use of this property.” The two-story Village Workshop has approximately 25,000 square feet with the bulk of space dedicated to maker space. Wood and machine shops, sewing studio and welding equipment all reside on the first floor along with a cafe. Northville resident Joseph Hoffman was one of the first members of the Village Workshop, and has been a regular ever since. “As an engineer, designer, administrator, and teacher, I could see the excitement from day one of a space where young and old, novice and expert, might come together to be inspired, to design, and to create. I have enjoyed the Village Workshop community over the past four years, and will

miss my daily access to a great variety of tools and mostly the people.” WHAT’S NEXT? A pair of co-working suites, currently occupied by digital media and engineering firms, are located on the second floor. There are also 10 “cubicles on wheels” spaces on the second floor, which they lease. Increasing and enhancing coworking space as well as hosting events will become the focus of the Village Workshop moving

space has a very cool vibe.” One such event is Northville Rotary’s Tour de Ville, the club’s largest annual fundraiser. The Village Workshop has been the perfect location for the event, and will be again this year – on June 15. “The venue is perfect, providing room for our morning registration and breakfast, afternoon lunch with beer, wine, and a band,” said Rotarian Lindsey Dogonski, co-chair of the 2019 Tour de Ville. Dan Coats, the owner of Pulse

transition,” he said. Dozens of patents were born from work done at the Village Workshop over the last four years, Guider said. It also led The wood shop featured state-of-the-art equipment for craftspeople to create a variety of art pieces. to numerous on monthly membership fees business start-ups. from patrons using the maker spaces. Engerer said they simply ‘SADDENED BY THE NEWS’ didn’t generate enough revenue Partnerships with the

The Village Workshop has been such a special place to connect and create. While we are disappointed to lose this resource, we look forward to staying connected with all of the great friends we made here.” Bobby Johnson, owner of Colors of The Wood Electronics, has utilized the Village Workshop co-working space since 2015. He occupies one of the Village’s 10 cubicles on wheels spaces. “It has given me a place to get out and fully involve myself with the work, and meet some other engineers,” said Coats. His company works Dan Coats, the owner of Pulse Electronics, has utilized the with the Village Workshop co-working space since 2015. marine and automotive industries. “I do “We hold them regularly,” mostly the software design and he said. “From corporations some fabrication, as well.” having events here for their Coats has no plans on leaving clients to small businesses that the Village Workshop despite are promoting themselves. We its transformation. “I definitely do a lot of community events, plan to stick around for a while wedding receptions, birthday and see how it works after the parties, and baby showers. This forward. Carter Guider, who handles business development and community relations, said the café is a natural for events.

Northville and Novi school districts is another of the Village Workshop’s achievements. Programs have given engineering and other students a chance to gain hands-on experience in the shops and complete capstone projects, Guider said. “We are saddened to hear about The Village Workshop closing, for our students, teachers and the entire Northville community,” said Northville Public Schools Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher. “The Village Workshop has been an incredible, forward-thinking, innovative space where new ideas have been hatched and bonds formed. We will forever be grateful for the many opportunities it has given our young people to expand their horizons, experience a modern workplace, and explore new ideas.” The Village Workshop relied

to keep maker space going. “The maker movement throughout the country is a tough (business) model,” he said. “You get some members, you lose some members. There aren’t as many young people today wanting to get into the trades.” The demand for co-working spaces is surging, however. Engerer believes young people like the mobility such spaces provide. “There are a lot of co-working spaces popping up,” he said. “A lot of young people don’t want to own their own space, their own building. They just want to go to a place, do their thing and then move on. We’re trying to adapt to that.” The Village Workshop is now open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the Village Workshop and its co-working space, visit www.

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out & about Your Guide to What’s Happening in Northville This Month Middle School Pom Tryouts

An Evening with Mark Twain

March 25, 27-28 Northville Middle School Pom, a club team comprised of 6th-8th grade girls from Hillside and Meads Mill Middle Schools, will host three days of tryouts at Cooke School, 21200 Taft Road. Times will be 6-8 p.m. March 25 and 27, and 6-8:30 p.m. on March 28. A routine will be taught and reviewed March 25 and 27. Tryout performances for a judging panel will occur on March 28. The team promotes physical fitness, teamwork, leadership, and social skills. The 2018-19 team of 30 girls just finished a successful competition season, and also performed at some NHS freshman athletic events. For more information, email juliesilberg@

April 1 Local historian Russ Doré will take guests back to 1900 to interact with Samuel and Livy Clemens, who will tell all about their views on human nature, politics, travel, and fame. The presentation will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Northville Community Center. Registration is required by visiting or calling (248) 349-3020.

Drugs 101 March 25 Educators from Saint Joseph Mercy Health System will be at Northville High School from 6-7:30 p.m., to educate parents, grandparents, guardians, coaches, teachers and administrators about the signs, symptoms and current trends in teen drug use. The presentation is titled Drugs 101: What’s Important to Know and is sponsored by Northville Public Schools. Any adult can register online at For more information, call (734) 3987518.

‘Vintage Theatres’ Presentation March 27 The Northville Historical Society’s

Learn How to Make Maple Syrup Have you ever wondered how delicious maple syrup gets made? Well, it’s not too late to take a Maple Syrup Tour at Maybury Farm. The tours, which take place every Saturday and Sunday in March, include a wagon ride out to the ‘Sugar Bush’ where you will learn to tap trees, and then back to the ‘Sugar Shack’ where you will watch the sap converted into syrup. The tours are held at 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. The cost is $8 per person (children 2 and under are free). To schedule a private Farm Tour for groups of 15 or more, call (248) 374-0200. For more information, visit www.

lecture series will feature guest speaker Ellen Elliott, executive director of the Penn Theater in Plymouth, who will present “Vintage Theatres and their Importance to Communities” at 7 p.m. in the New School Church at Mill Race Village. Elliott will talk about how vintage theatres played a role in shaping community culture and what continued value they bring to the towns they serve today. There is no charge for the lecture, but reservations are encouraged by calling (248) 348-1845 or emailing

AAUWNN Fashion Show March 30 The American Association of University Women – Northville

Novi, whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and philanthropy, will debut the Michigan Fashion Designer Showcase Luncheon from 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Schoolcraft College’s VisTaTech Center. Elizabeth Johnson, Miss Michigan USA 2018, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies, and the show will feature the work of five Detroit-area designers. A buffet lunch prepared on-site by Johnson renowned chefs is included. Tickets are $45 per person, or reserve a table for eight for $360. To purchase tickets, visit www. For more information, contact AAUWNNFashionFund@gmail. com or call (734) 718-3341.

SAHS Dinner/Auction April 6 Tickets are now available for the Salem Area Historical Society’s 2019 Annual Dinner and Auction at 6 p.m. at Fox Hills’ Classic Log Cabin Fox Club House. Cost of this pre-paid event is $37 per SAHS member or $42 per non-members (or a Table for 8 for $275). The evening includes a buffet dinner, silent auction, and live auction. All proceeds will be used to maintain the South Salem Stone School and the Dickenson Barn. Tickets can be purchased at or via an email to Salem_Area_HS@yahoo. com. For more information, call (248) 486-0669.

NHS Boosters Craft Show April 13 Vendors are still needed for the 2nd Annual Northville Boosters Spring Craft Show. Organizers are looking for handcrafters to participate. For more information please contact or northvillemustangboosters@gmail. com.

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The Northville High School Competitive Dance Teams excelled during the recent UDA National Dance Team Championship held Feb. 1-3 at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL. The varsity and junior varsity teams both made the trip, competing with nearly 6,000 dancers from 35 states. The varsity team, making their third nationals appearance, competed in the Small Varsity Jazz and Hip Hop categories, making it to the finals round and earning a 6th place finish in Hip Hop – and setting a new school record in the process. The junior varsity team made their first appearance at Nationals, and they finished 5th in the Jazz category. Varsity team members include (* indicates captains): Erin Brown, Alison Fegert, Jordan Grizer*, Allison Heemer, Kacey Howley, Camryn Humpert, Jenna Kamsickas, Sophia Lack*, Kaitlyn Moilanen, Natalie Orlando, Anjali Petrucci*, Michelle Shipp and Ryleigh Snelling. The varsity coach is Sarah Benish. Junior Varsity members are: Seher Basi, Tori Brown, Addison Coyle*, Caroline Esposito, Ava Foresi*, Anya Gustafson*, Sophia Kazarian, Erica Kruszewski*, Alena Manske, Elizabeth Rollins, Annie Rush and Meg Simonte. The JV coach is Katy Pop. To view their performances, visit or www.

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It’s Your Business Terri O'Brien-Realtor “I don’t just put up a sign on the said. In addition to the Northville front lawn and expect a sale. There’s market, she’s also had listings in way more to it for me,” O’Brien Plymouth, Novi, Wixom and many said. “I’ve been able to utilize other communities in southeast my marketing and advertising Michigan. background to reach the target That success has resulted in a market for my listings. But I also lot of referrals for her, as more and work hard to cultivate relationships more people have entrusted her to with my clients, because we have list properties. One of those she is to work together to get to the finish pretty excited about is a sprawling line.” 15,000 square foot villa-type home O’Brien calls at 19460 Via herself very Piazza backing “down to earth” up to Maybury Company: Coldwell Banker / Weir and believes State Park that Manuel her “personal just went on the Address: 201 Cadycentre, touch” is market. While Northville why she the approach Phone: (248) 347-3050 (office) or develops great for selling such (248) 390-9555 (cell) relationships a home is a little with her clients. unique because Email: She also creates there is a Website: a marketing limited market plan for each listing, utilizing social for such a home, her focus remains media and other outlets, and hosts the same. an open house for local agents “I put the same effort and before the home goes on the market. attention to detail in every home She also stages each home herself, I sell – from the 1,100 square and gives regular reports to clients foot condo to a 15,000 square on the selling process. foot home,” she said. “I take very Her approach has been very seriously that I’m being entrusted successful. Her listings sell on with one of the biggest decisions in average between 7 and 11 days, she people’s lives.”

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fter a successful career in marketing and advertising, Northville’s Terri O’Brien decided to change directions in the fall of 2016. She sold her company, Street Marketing, got her license to begin selling real estate, and joined the team at Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Northville. A little more than two years – and many sales -- later, it’s clear that O’Brien made the right decision. She was recently named a Rising Star for Wayne County, and is already in the top 20 agents for Coldwell Banker in Michigan. That’s a group that includes more than 700 agents. More importantly, however, O’Brien absolutely loves what she’s doing. “I’m having the time of my life,” said O’Brien. The longtime Northville resident also loves living in town, having lived in both the city and township during her time here. Both of her daughters graduated from Northville High School, and she

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often supports local causes. And for the last two-plus years she has listed and sold many houses in Northville, which makes that connection even stronger. “I’m entrenched in this community from a professional standpoint, and also a personal standpoint,” she said. O’Brien’s decision to get into real estate stems from her years producing a home and lifestyle show at Eastern Michigan University, which featured a lot of home builders, mortgage companies, and others in the business. She found herself growing more and more intrigued by the idea of selling real estate, and felt she could be successful. Of course, thinking about something and doing it comes down to the details, and that’s where O’Brien thinks she is able to set herself apart from others. She does it her own way, free of any “preconceived notions” about how things should be done.

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Diane SiegelDivita offers yoga classes at the historic American Legion post located in downtown Northville at 101 W. Dunlap Street. Diane, who has been teaching yoga since 1986, offers classes of Iyengar style yoga, Yin yoga, and two strength classes with light weights and yoga stretching. Her classes are small and mostly for seniors. She offers five 90-minute classes a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Diane said she offers introductory classes as well as scholarships, and the first class is complimentary. For more information, visit her Facebook page at www. You can also contact her at (248) 219-9546, (248) 344-0928, or via email at

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Attorney Katherine Krysak was recently recognized by Lawyers of Distinction. Krysak practices family and divorce law at Northvillebased Fausone Bohn LLP. Krysak has been practicing family law since 2011, and is a graduate of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is chair-elect of the Macomb County Young Lawyers Section of the Macomb County Bar Association, and is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. For more information, visit

Burn Boot Camp Grand Opening

After receiving clearance to finally open their new facility, Burn Boot Camp Northville was excited to announce its grand opening on Sunday, March 24. One of the fastest growing fitness franchises in the nation with more than 200 locations, Burn Boot Camp offers 45 minute ladies-only and co-ed camps at multiple times throughout the day. Workouts take place on a proprietary floating floor with personalized attention in a group fitness setting. The Northville location in Ridgewood Plaza (at Ridge and Six Mile) is owned by Northville residents Monica and Dan Dressler. Monica said they offer 45 minute high intensity workouts at eight convenient times throughout the day, as well as 1:1 nutritional guidance, and complimentary childcare. They are also offering a 30-day opening trial if you register at Burn Boot Camp Northville is located at 16855 Ridge (next to Piazza Dance Co.). For more information, call (248) 491-8380. The Grand Opening begins at 2 p.m.

NCBC to Celebrate Anniversary

North Center Brewing Company, which is located at 410 N Center Street, is hosting its 4-Year Anniversary Bash on April 13. The event will run from 10:30 a.m.midnight, and feature 20 different beers on tap and specials throughout the day. There will be live music and an extended outdoor seating area. “This event is celebrating our four years in Northville. Over these four years we have tried our best to deliver a product that the community needs and that goes way beyond beer,” said owner Kevin DeGrood. “Creating an establishment that is welcoming, family-friendly, and cozy is a microcosm of what Northville does when people come into our little town.” DeGrood NCBC is also in the planning stages of its 2nd Annual Party in the Ville event, scheduled for Saturday, June 1. DeGrood is trying to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event, which he called a celebration of “all things Northville.” If interested, contact him at kevin@ or (248) 470-5700. “Our involvement here in Northville is just a small way to repay what the community has given to us,” DeGrood said. “We’re excited to host yet another event in which we can say thank you to all of the Northville community that has supported us over these last four years.” For more information, visit

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A copy of The ‘Ville also got to help with a little ice fishing, when Northville resident Terry Heaton headed to Put-In-Bay, Ohio. Here Terry is pictured with his grandson, Caleb, and a beautiful 7-pound walleye. Great catch! The next time you head out of town, take along a copy of The ‘Ville, snap a photo, and let us know where your travels take you. Our readers would love to know! Please email the photos to We’ll feature the photos every month.

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March is for ‘madness’–and reading “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” From The Lorax by Dr. Seuss


f it’s March, there’s ‘madness’ – on the basketball court, that is. It’s the only time of year I watch (or am interested in) basketball. I admit it’s all about the brackets. It’s also Reading Month and the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Seuss. He would have been 115 years old this year. He is one of my favorite quirky writers. If you haven’t read The Lorax lately, I suggest you do. It’s either madness or prophetic. Decide for yourself. You are reading a magazine, in paper form – good for you and for all of us who regard The ‘Ville as something very special. I am currently working on the Short on Words writing contest that is part of the Northville Arts & Acts festival. I am passionate about it because I truly am concerned about the future of reading and writing. The question in my mind remains – is there a literacy problem because we can’t read, or do we not read because we can’t write. David Kibbey is 13 years old and one of my trusted volunteers at the annual David Kibbey 4th of July Parade and the Holiday Lighted Parade in downtown Northville. He’s willing to do whatever task is assigned, including carrying a flag or a flashlight. He lives

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in Northville but attends St. Michael’s Catholic School in Livonia. David is the grandson of the late Greg Marrs of Northville – a man known for his service to our community. The 2019 Livonia Outstanding Youth Award, which recognizes outstanding community service contributions by a student, was awarded to David Kibbey on Feb. 21 at Laurel Manor. David and his mom, Jennifer, attended the sold-out dinner event. He accepted his award and spoke to the crowd that responded with a standing ovation. In his speech he highlighted the PB & J Outreach Ministry, just one of his volunteer efforts. (Yes, PB & J stands for Peanut Butter & Jelly.) The group was founded in 2002, and has grown from seven volunteers to 50 plus and serves over 250 people every weekend. David gets up at 5:30 a.m. on Saturdays to join other young people from our area, making sandwiches and distributing them in downtown Detroit. Last year one of the most outstanding community projects in our hometown was the Northville Chamber of Commerce Military and Veteran Banner Program. I am still so very proud of the banner I had made for my dad, who served in the Navy during WWII. The Chamber will once again present the opportunity for folks to recognize and honor those who are serving

My dad, Peter Mrakitsch – Military Banner

or have served in the United States Armed Forces. The banners will once again line the streets of downtown during the months of May and November. Applications are available at the Chamber office (195 S. Main Street) or you can call (248) 349-7640. A portion of net proceeds will be donated to the local VFW and American Legion. The deadline for May 2019 installation is April 12.

From L to R: Emaline and Madeline Kara from Northville lunching at the Igloo

If you missed out on igloo dining at Deadwood Bar & Grill on Northville Road, plan ahead for next year. I went for an early dinner on a Thursday and a Saturday lunch – because I was too late making reservations for an

actual dinner. It was a lot of fun and the igloos were comfy and cozy. The ambiance of an outdoor lodge complete with fire pit and toasty blankets was charming. Keep an eye on their website for more details, and to get in line when they begin taking reservations for next igloo season. Best wishes to Amanda Barnett, who is leaving the helm of Northville’s Art House. There are new familiar faces in leadership roles. The new team in charge is Erin Maten as executive director and Ryan Kaltenbach as creative director. Both Erin and Ryan have been involved with the Art House for many years. Congratulations to all.

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