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October 2019 | Vol.2 | Issue 10

Northville’s News and Lifestyle Magazine

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Introducing our Family Law Team

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We are here for all your family law needs, whether it be divorce, custody, child support, adoption, guardianship, pre-divorce planning, prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, and post judgment matters. We live and work in the community. We are your neighbors, attend community events and your places of worship, and coach your children right here in Northville. Fausone Bohn, LLP has gained the reputation as one of the

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leading family law firms in Michigan. Our family law team has been recognized for their hard work, dedication, and successful results, including former associates and partners of Fausone Bohn, LLP being elected and appointed to the judiciary. We practice throughout Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties. We apply our years of experience to guide our clients through difficult and unexpected life events involving

all aspects of family law. When you hire Fausone Bohn, LLP you get the entire family law team working on your case to manage all of your individual needs and to work toward the outcome that you deserve. Please contact Fausone Bohn, LLP to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss any of your family law matters. In addition to regular business hours, evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.


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Kurt Kuban is an award-winning journalist, having served as a reporter and editor for several local newspapers and magazines, including The Northville Record, over the course of a career spanning more than two decades. Kurt lives in Northville with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, who all attend Northville Public Schools.

CRAIG WHEELER – Creative Director

Craig has been in the creative industry for over 25 years. He has developed a diverse background in that time, but publication design has been his passion during the past 16 years. Craig enjoys cycling, running, wine tasting, his beloved Boston Terrier and an unhealthy addiction to movies.


Michele Fecht is a longtime journalist whose first post-college reporter position was at The Northville Record before moving on to The Detroit News. A 30-plus year resident of the City of Northville and historic (old) house owner, she is an author, researcher, local history enthusiast, and community activist/advocate.


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Over the course of his four decades with the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, Brad established himself as one of the preeminent prep sports reporters in the state, winning many journalism awards along the way. His greatest joy is interviewing local athletes and coaches, and reporting on their efforts.



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Lonnie graduated from EMU with a degree in creative writing. He is a longtime newspaper reporter, including two stints with The Northville Record. He is now a freelance reporter for a number of publications, including The Sun Times News in Dexter, where he lives with his wife and two young children. He is glad to be back covering the Northville community.

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Bill lied his way onto his high school's yearbook staff in 1971 and has worked as a photographer ever since. He recently retired after 39 years with Hometown Life, a newspaper group that includes the Northville Record. He's won many journalism awards for his work, and taught photography at Madonna University. According to Bill's wife, he's too young to retire, so he's happy to be part of The 'Ville.

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Jenny has been in the design and print industry for more than 20 years, holding various positions in graphic design, large format and trade show graphics, print buying, production and print management. One of her favorite memories is working for Colorquik Graphix in the historic Water Wheel building in downtown Northville.

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Journalism’s Next Generation I ’ve been a journalist for much of my adult life. While it’s never paid all that well, being a reporter/editor has afforded me a front row seat to a lot of joy, a lot of pain and plenty of the mundane. I’ve worked elections, covered sporting events, rode along with police officers, interviewed people after a loved one has passed, and been to more council and board meetings than I care to recall. I’ve always approached the job with seriousness, because I consider the role of the press one of the most important in our society. Journalists help tell our collective story – our successes, our failures and everything that defines who we are. There is a reason the founding fathers of this nation included freedom of press in the very first amendment of the U.S. Constitution, right alongside freedom of speech and religion. America has always relied on its journalists to help us see the whole picture. Would

our nation be what it is today without the work of writers like Thomas Paine, whose pamphlets challenged the crown and helped pave the way for American freedom? Journalism is just as important on the local level. Our local newspapers have always been a beacon, telling us how our taxes are spent, and reporting on all the things that make us who we are and unique from other places. Unfortunately, we are living in an age of great change. Corporations have taken over many of our journalistic institutions, including here in Northville where our local newspaper, with such a proud legacy, has been watered down to such a degree it’s no longer recognizable. That corporation, Gannett, will soon be taken over by another massive media company that I’d bet doesn’t even know where Northville is. Despite all these changes, I don’t think the need for

journalists has changed one iota. That’s why I founded this publication two years ago. It is also why The ‘Ville is now The Stringers -- Maria Cowden, Chethan Magnan, Navya sponsoring a Meka, Audrey Zhang and Maggie Kuban. Lauren Sprow is new Northville not pictured. High School journalism club called The enjoy their work as well, because Stringers, which is made up of it will provide a window into the students Chethan Magnan, high school experience. Lauren Sprow, Navya Meka, If they learn anything I hope Maria Cowden, Audrey it is this. Telling a decent story Zhang and Maggie Kuban is important to being a good (yes – my daughter). They reporter, but nowhere near as will be producing a monthly critical as getting at the truth and feature called High School being accurate. Yes, the world of Confidential, which will journalism they are inheriting examine topics at the high school is changing rapidly, but that will and student life. Check out their always be the bedrock of good first story on Page 22. journalism. I’m very excited about their efforts, and proud to be helping Kurt Kuban is editor and them learn a craft so important publisher of The ‘Ville. He it is mentioned in the First welcomes your feedback at Amendment. I hope you will

Your Voice: Letters to the Editor 4 Post Office looking for a new home 6 Mayor, Council candidates make their case 12 High School Confidential: Mustang Makeover at NHS 22 NHS grad Roberts on football odyssey 24

Donnelly a MSU Hockey Legend


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ON THE COVER: Mike McDonald of Begonia Brothers with a couple of his creations. He builds the skeletons each year that appear in downtown Northville each October. Photo by Bill Bresler

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Your Voice Thanks for support

On behalf of the Northville Rotary Club, I would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to run the Entertainment Tent on the Saturday night of this year’s Heritage Festival. Whilst it initially was a daunting prospect, we had a really successful evening and I know from talking with many of the customers, they really enjoyed it. The band, Northville Folk, rocked the crowd all evening, supported by a few local acts. We would also like to thank our sponsors -- First Merchant Bank, Orange Theory and Gazelle Sports -- who supported the cost of the band and other overheads. Guy Bardsley Northville Rotary

Re-elect Price

I confidently recommend Marilyn Price for re-election to Northville City Council. Marilyn has served as a community leader since she moved to Northville 26 years ago, taking on roles such as Moraine Elementary PTA president, Northville Youth Network Commission president, and Northville Board of Education president, as well as City Council member for the past four years. During her four years serving on council, Marilyn worked with council members to take steps to address legacy costs that support Northville retirees and protect our ability to provide services. Marilyn also supported improvements in communication through updates to the city website and the initiation of social media outreach through Facebook and Twitter.

I most admire Marilyn for her selfless service to the Northville community. As a 35-year resident of Cabbage Town, it is with proud enthusiasm that I support Marilyn Price’s re-election to Northville City Council. Christine Fankell

A trustworthy candidate

I wholeheartedly support Barbara Moroski-Browne for Northville City Council. Barbara is a careful listener and believes in community involvement. We can trust her to seek community views, to listen, and to ask thoughtful questions. By profession, Barbara is adept at analyzing a problem and pulling together all available data. She looks at questions from multiple perspectives and doesn’t come to quick conclusions. She sticks with

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a problem or issue until she really understands it. Those skills will be critical as city leaders contemplate future development. Last, Barbara combines her interest in listening and her strong analytic skills with a deep love of our community. Like many of us, she values the uniqueness of our city. I trust Barbara to work collaboratively with city officials and citizens to thoughtfully plan for and execute the changes ahead, and I believe she will bring significant insight to that task. Joan Wadsworth

Turnbull has right skills

I have known Brian Turnbull for 30 years, both personally and professionally. I can vouch for his dedication to the city. I have worked with Brian on various church projects where I’ve seen firsthand how he can “get things done.” He is a great motivator and team builder. His success in business will translate well for Northville. All of these attributes will ensure that Brian’s mayorship would allow Northville to develop and evolve with input from residents, with clear communication and with thought and purpose. I’m looking forward to seeing what he will do to move Northville forward as mayor using all the skills that I have come to appreciate in him. I’d ask all residents to consider voting for Brian Turnbull for mayor this November. Tom Good

City needs Roth

There was just one person running for mayor in many past elections. Times were different then. Northville was still a sleepy, quaint town with the pace of change a little slower. That’s not the case now and it is good to see that there is another candidate that has stepped up to throw his hat in the ring. This

does, however, require city residents to compare the candidates’ backgrounds in order to pick the representative that will best support the current needs and challenges the city faces today.   Ken Roth is a person who leads often by consensus. I see a smart attorney who wants to keep the city safe from legal issues. I see a person who cares deeply about our community and its future. I see a person who has trouble blowing his own horn. I see a person whose motivations are properly grounded. Our community has been ‘discovered’ again, and the challenges are daunting. The struggle to balance the needs of the old and the desires of the new are in conflict. The City of Northville needs an experienced person to help guide us through these times. I believe in Ken Roth.   Thom Barry 

Vital experience

Northville is on the cusp of a time of great transition and change. As a mother of a young family in Northville, I have a vested interest in the outcome of decisions made by our leadership. We need an experienced team who can honor our city’s history and what we love about Northville while also appropriately managing the inevitable growth, development, and change upon us. Accordingly, I support reelection of Marilyn Price for Northville City Council. Marilyn has been serving the residents of Northville since she was first elected to the Northville Board of Education in 2003. She has served on numerous boards and commissions since that time, including the last 4 years on Northville City Council. She has the background, experience, and knowledge to play a vital role in managing the challenges and opportunities in the city. Megan Johnson

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Deep roots

The Brian Turnbull that we have come to know will: consult widely; listen attentively; look backward historically; look forward clearheadedly; reflect thoughtfully; plan collegially; communicate articulately; advocate forcefully; lead passionately; and all the while, care deeply. Brian has deep roots in our rich Northville soil. We know him, and have yet to see him tackle anything at which he could not excel. Now he’s running for mayor. How lucky does one town get? We have only known Brian a few years, but it feels like he has been a friend forever. We heartily endorse him for mayor. Bill and Kristine Ritter

Hands-on experience

In November I’m voting to retain Mayor Ken Roth. To be effective, our mayor must have hands-on experience with public sector leadership (very different than private industry) and this experience cannot be gained by observing a few meetings. Ken was an active public servant prior to becoming mayor and his leadership experiences in the public sector allow us to continue a forward trajectory rather than waiting for a lessexperienced person to get up to speed. At this critical time in our history we can’t afford the well-intentioned missteps that inevitably come with being a novice in civic leadership. I’ve lived in Northville since 1979 and I want a mayor who represents not just a few “heritage families” but all citizens. This race is not a single-issue referendum regarding the Downs; it’s about who has demonstrated effectiveness in the public sector. The candidate whose credentials meet my criteria is Ken Roth. Donna Tinberg

‘Tested leadership?’

I know there are many issues in the mayoral race this fall, but the issue of how Mayor Ken Roth’s “tested leadership” campaign is somehow bolstered by his prior decision to file a lawsuit against our award-winning Northville Public Schools remains most disturbing. As a former member of the NPS Board of Education, the Mayor should understand the financial pressures of NPS. When NPS could not financially maintain both the Old Village School and Main Street Elementary, it chose to restore and save only the Old Village School. Nevertheless, the mayor and the city then unanimously voted to sue NPS and challenge its decision. The city’s lawsuit against NPS was dismissed and thrown out of court, awarding a complete and total victory to NPS. If the current Mayor is proud of his decision to use taxpayer dollars to sue our award-winning NPS, and also force NPS to use its resources on legal fees to defend itself against the city, then maybe it’s time for everyone to reexamine exactly what “tested leadership” really means. Larry Jensen

Leadership needed

Every work day, I drive through the Sheldon and Seven Mile intersection. And all year, I’ve read about, and patiently listened to others talk about the proposed roundabout at Seven Mile and Center. What’s happening? For those residents who commute in and out of city each day, the long-standing traffic issue at this intersection remains a mess. We haven’t handled this thus far and there seems to be no clear traffic plan once the Northville Downs site takes on hundreds of new residences. Where was (and is) the leadership on this? The concerns that have been strongly expressed in the open-forum Planning Commission meetings, which have proven an excellent venue for comment, should be eliciting dramatic leadership actions from our mayor. Clayton Drake

Strong, consistent leadership

My wife has had her business in downtown Northville for 36 years and we have lived in this wonderful city for 19 of those years. Our mayor, Ken Roth, has shown strength, wisdom and consistency in his decision making abilities. These are hard earned qualities that have come from vast experience over the last 20 years. During this time Ken’s fingerprints have touched each one of us in a positive way. Our city is in the midst of huge change. Ken knows how to lead our boards and commissions through the difficult times ahead. He is the right leader at the right time for our city. We encourage each one of you to vote for Ken Roth this November. Bob and Margene Buckhave

Dedicated public servant

I recommend we re-elect Marilyn Price to her seat on the Northville City Council.  I’ve lived in Northville for 30 years, and I know Marilyn well. We’ve served together on the Northville Youth Commission for over 10 years. Marilyn has a long service record with the NPS Board of Education, Rotary Club, DDA, various boards and commissions, and now, four years on City Council. I find Marilyn is always knowledgeable, thoughtful, deliberate, enthusiastic, and dedicated to the community. We need Marilyn to continue the work she’s done with City Council. Chuck Murdock

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The Northville Post Office (left) looks to be moving. Two possible spots being discussed are the Foundry Flask property on E. Cady Street (top) and the old McDonald Ford site on Seven Mile (above).

Post Office Looking for a New Home Downtown locations limited for USPS expansion needs Story and Photos by Maria Taylor


he age of Amazon isn’t just bringing more packages in the mail; it’s also affecting mail delivery itself. “Back in 2000, we were heavy on letters and flats,” said Karlette Gilbert, Detroit district manager with the United States Postal Service (USPS). “In this environment, we need a footprint for parcels. And parcels are our future.” Packages need more space and, therefore, bigger trucks. Bigger trucks need more space to park and to load. So wherever packages are delivered, the need for space becomes an issue. That includes Northville, where the post office is looking to expand — at a location yet to be determined. NEED MORE SPACE Northville’s post office, at 200 South Wing Street, has a convenient downtown location

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just one block south of Main Street. Since the early 2000s, “it has been a stated goal of the City Council to retain the Post Office within the Central Business District as it generates hundreds of trips a day to Downtown Northville,” reads a post on the City of Northville’s website. That may change. This February, a USPS study indicated the current site doesn’t provide enough space for efficient operations, leading to overcrowding on the workroom floor and space deficiencies to the tune of 141%. Approval was given from USPS headquarters to seek alternatives, with the recommendation of moving to a 15,845-square-foot new construction building on a 102,000-square-foot parcel. That recommendation is 50% larger than the current building,

with an overall site that is 66% larger. “That’s to address the concern about traffic and trucks and circulation,” said Bruce Adams, postal facility services architect and engineer at USPS, speaking during a public hearing at the Sept. 3 Northville City Council meeting.

“Basically, cramming it into a site because it was convenient is not in our best interest, as well as your best interest, as well as the public’s. We all know that yes, you’re getting a lot more junk mail, as everybody says. But parcel delivery has gone through the roof. So operating space ... in terms of parcels is

where the deficiency comes into after which USPS will move sign petitions,” she related. play.” forward with carrying out that “I’m opposed to [an expansion In response to an inquiry verdict. at Wing Street], and I will do from USPS, City Manager Area resident John Webster everything within these 30 days Pat Sullivan provided three spoke at the public hearing to stop it.” suggestions for sites available or and has been following the Tim Borthwick, who on the market: (1) the Foundry discussion with his neighbors. witnessed that effort, didn’t Flask site on “I’ve yet mince words. East Cady to encounter “Putting a distribution WHAT DO YOU THINK? Street, near anybody who facility in the middle of our Do you think Northville’s post office Tipping Point is in favor of town ... it’s ludicrous, frankly,” is correct in wanting to move or Theatre; them doing he said. “If you’re going to run expand? If so, what would you like (2) the old it where they UPS-sized trucks in and out all to see happen? Please send your opinions to Editor Kurt Kuban at MacDonald currently day long and deliver parcels, it Ford site on are,” he said. doesn’t belong here.” Seven Mile, Cindy across from Custard Time; and Dillan, on Wing Court, is one of CONTROVERSY (3) the current site plus the them; she said getting in and out Webster thinks the former adjacent city-owned property, of her driveway on Wing Court McDonald Ford site would be secured by a previous council is already a challenge. “We go, ideal. to accommodate potential on a regular basis, through a lot “I don’t think [not having a post office expansion. In fact, of gymnastics with the postal post office] would take away the city purchased that parcel trucks already,” she said. from the downtown; I think to safeguard the post office’s building some downtown location. However, monstrosity at the hearing, USPS reps said with huge it’s not enough space unless parking lot the city-owned Art House would take and dog park are included as away from the well — which was news to local downtown, decision-makers as well as way more residents in the audience. than moving According to the USPS, its the current current search is within one post office,” mile in every direction from the he said. current post office. He’s also Dog park users oppose the city selling the property to the USPS, as evidenced by a letter hung on the gate imploring the “We are working to keep it worried city to look elsewhere. within the city parameters; about losing that’s our game plan right now,” Candice Lynn echoed the the Art House and dog park; he Adams said. “If we can’t find concern. said USPS might use eminent anything in that radius, we “On Wing Street, we’ve domain buy them from the city default to the city limits.” If had a problem with trucks — in a non-negotiated deal. that fails, the search area will be the big semi-trucks that are “I don’t have any faith that expanded further. delivering mail come through the city would then replace our residential street, and it either the dog park or the Art ‘DOESN’T BELONG HERE’ disrupts the peace,” she said. House,” he said. “I don’t think Members of the public “We have backup traffic now that the city fathers would were given a 30-day period at rush hour.” Lynn was part of be altogether heartbroken ... to give input (Sept. 3 to Oct. the effort that shut down a post because I think the city fathers 3), after which comments office expansion in 2000, and would love to see the post office and site information will be she’s gearing up for round two. stay in the heart of downtown, sent to USPS headquarters in “We went around the and could unload a parcel of Washington, D.C. Headquarters neighborhood, we did land that they’ve held on to for will issue a final decision letter, canvassing, we had people 10 years.”

The Northville Arts Commission does not have the financial means to relocate if that were to happen, noted Sue Taylor, chairperson. However, city officials have made it clear, despite the rumors swirling around, they have no intention or plans “to relocate either the Art House or the Dog Park in order to facilitate Post Office expansion,” according to a city newsletter. With local elections on the horizon, the post office has escalated to a political question. At a Sept. 17 League of Women Voters forum, current mayor Ken Roth suggested splitting the post office’s retail and distribution sites. (Vee Spikes, HQ real estate specialist at USPS, said at the Sept. 3 hearing that USPS was not considering this option, as it would require double the staff.) Mayoral challenger Brian Turnbull spoke in favor of the McDonald Ford site. Ultimately, the decision on the post office rests with USPS. “You can’t fight city hall,” Webster said, “and city hall can’t fight the postal service.”

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Mike Donnelly scored an NCAA record 59 goals in one season while leading Michigan State to the 1986 National Championship. Courtesy of MSU Sports Information

Donnelly takes up new residency in MSU’s Athletic Hall Fame By Brad Emons


ike Donnelly would be the first to tell you he’s had quite a few Kodak moments during his hockey playing career. The longtime Northville resident logged a total of 11 seasons and 465 games in the NHL, which included a trip to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. He was Wayne Gretzky’s teammate during his days with the Los Angeles Kings and scored a total of 121 goals and added 114 assists during his pro career. But something that will never be forgotten were his playing days at Michigan State, where he went from preferred walkon status to NCAA champion (1986) and first-team AllAmerican honors while setting a single-season record in the collegiate ranks that may never be matched with 59 goals. Those four years were definitely some of the best in Donnelly’s career and the memories will all come flooding back when he’ll be inducted on

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Oct. 24 into MSU’s Hall of Fame. as the season went on. It The honor was a long time was just scary how good our coming for Donnelly, who team became and to win the scored the game-winning goal championship when we weren’t with just under three minutes expected to do much at all.” remaining to beat Harvard, And although Donnelly lost 6-5, to secure MSU’s secondout on the prestigious Hobey ever NCAA Baker Award championship given annually in 1986. to college During hockey’s top Donnelly’s player (to junior year Harvard’s Scott the Spartans Fusco), he did went 38-6, earn the NCAA losing just five Tournament’s regular season Most games before Outstanding being upset Player award in in the NCAA 1986. tourney by “I really Donnelly during his MSU days. Providence. enjoyed Courtesy of MSU Sports Information The next my time at season, Michigan Donnelly’s senior year, came State,” Donnelly said. “Love the with some uncertainty. University and love the hockey “The next year we were not program. I felt very fortunate supposed to be that great,” he being able to play there and in said. “We had a lot of incoming an elite hockey program that freshman. We just got better Ron (Mason) was running.”

ALMOST A WOLVERINE Ironically, the plan coming out of his senior year at Livonia Franklin was to play at Michigan and coach John Giordano. A full-ride scholarship offer was on the table, but circumstances changed when Donnelly went through the process of being accepted into the school. “When we got accepted, me and my dad (Mike, Sr.) went there to sign my letter-of-intent to Michigan,” Donnelly said, “but when I got there they had said with them waiting, they had to give me a partial scholarship, so my dad just said, ‘Hey, we need to talk,’ so my dad said, ‘I don’t trust this at all. You were supposed to be getting a full-ride and only getting a half-scholarship.’ I ended up not going. I was pretty close to going to Michigan, real close. It’s funny how things happen.” Donnelly spent the next year playing for the Waterford Lakers, a Junior B team, before

enrolling at MSU where he developing under the program.” caught the recruiting eye of Spartans’ assistant coach Shawn UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT Walsh. After breaking into the NHL “He (Walsh) came up to as an undrafted free agent with me and said, ‘We like you, but the New York Rangers (1986we don’t have any money for 87), Donnelly went on to play you. Are you going to take it?” for Buffalo (1987-90), LA (1990Donnelly recalled. 95), Dallas (1995-96) and the The 5-foot-11, 185-pound New York Islanders (1996-97) winger, a who had a knack for before retiring. scoring goals with a wicked leftHis five seasons in LA, handed shot, gradually worked however, were the most his way up the ladder at MSU memorable when he was a before eventually landing a teammate of Gretzky, who scholarship his sophomore year. stands atop Mt. Rushmore He went from seven when it comes to hockey. goals (freshman year), to 18 “He is the ‘Great One,’” said (sophomore) to 26 ( junior) Donnelly, who remains a part before exploding as a senior. of the Kings organization in All told, he scored 110 total a player development role. goals during his illustrious “He’s the best player I ever MSU career, which ranks fourth played with or ever seen. He all-time. was awesome, great player, a lot “I would have never of fun to be around. He made developed into the player that everybody around him better. I am or what I was if it wasn’t “We had an unbelievable run. going to I’ve been very Michigan fortunate State,” with the Donnelly said. guys I played “I honestly with. I played believe with (Rob) that. ‘Mase’ Blake, who was a great is our G.M. coach and I now. I played learned a lot with Luc there. And (Robitaille), the players who is our they brought president. I in that they played with recruited Tony Granato, in were Larry really good Robinson, Donnelly remains a part of the Kings organization in a player development players and Jari Kurri . role. I think just . . so many practicing against each other for Hall of Famers. We had a great four days every week was really run and a great team and competitive with high-end unfortunately we couldn’t guys. That made a difference. win a Stanley Cup and lost to Great coaching, good practices Montreal in the finals in ’93.” and a lot of really good talent With the three-hour time surrounding the program. I was difference in LA, Donnelly and just a hard worker and ended up his Kings teammates had a pre-

Mike Donnelly enjoyed some of his best seasons in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings.

game ritual that they followed religiously each Saturday night watching CBC’s ‘Coach’s Corner’ with Ron MacLean and Don Cherry. “Then we’d have our team meetings after,” Donnelly said. “It was funny. We’d have the TV in the locker room and watch that because we always played Saturday nights at home and we’d start at 10:30. The media part of it is crazy in today’s game . . . the media, social media. The game is a lot different. I can tell you this the guys back in my era had a lot of talented hockey players, a lot. The skill level was very, very high.” POWER SHOT ACADEMY In addition to his duties with the Kings, Donnelly has owned and operated for the past 15 years the Power Shot Hockey Academy on Wayne Road in Livonia, which is located a half-mile from Edgar Arena in Livonia. The academy focuses on off-ice skill development in shooting, puck-handling and hockey strength training. Since he retired, Donnelly has seen a startling evolution of the game of hockey. “It’s changed a lot,” he said. “The game itself is really fast. It’s not as physical, no more clutching and grabbing like when we played. You can’t do that stuff. No penalties in the

playoffs. In the third period anything goes . . . hooking, holding -- anything you could do to obstruct someone – unless you cut someone or tackled them. That’s the only way you’d get penalties. Now the game is so more wide open, more skill and speed. The athletes are in a lot better shape. There’s just more training available, there’s more coaching available, more video. We hardly did any video when I played other than you might do a little on the power play or penalty kill on the opposition.” Donnelly and his wife, the former Debbie Dickerson who met in high school, have three daughters – all Northville High grads. They include Micaela, 23, a recent Western Michigan University grad who now works in social media for the school’s football program, along with twins Paulina and Alexa, both 21, attending Oakland University. The family will be with him for the Oct. 24 induction ceremony. “I’m just real excited about what is going to happen,” Donnelly said. “My family is going to be able to witness it and be a part of it. It’s going to be an exciting three days, that’s for sure, going back to college for the weekend with my family and kids.”

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In Their Own Words Candidates make their case to local voters


he election is right around the corner. Between now and Nov. 5, voters in the City of Northville will decide who they want to represent them on city council and as mayor. Many have labeled this the most competitive Northville mayoral race in a generation. It pits two-term incumbent Ken Roth against Brian Turnbull, a political novice who hails from a multi generation Northville family with deep roots. The winner will serve a two-year term. There are two council seats up for grabs, and three candidates

running to fill them. The incumbent in the race is Marilyn Price. She is being challenged by local attorney Joseph Corriveau, who narrowly lost in his first attempt at council a couple years ago, and Barbara Moroski-Brown, who is running for the first time. The two winners will serve four-year terms. The mayor earns a $600 annual salary, and the council members are paid $500. The ‘Ville asked each candidate to answer a few questions. Here are the candidates in their own words. We hope you find it informational and a help as you decide who to vote for this election.


Why do you think you are the right person for mayor? I have the experience, expertise, and commitment to do the job. I have a thorough understanding of municipal processes and finance. I listen, while keeping an open mind, to all parties. As mayor, I have met with every resident who has asked to meet to discuss any topic, and I will continue to do so.

Age: 59 Family: Married to Amy Political Experience: Mayor, City of Northville (2015-present); two terms Northville Board of Education (20022014); Northville Parks and Recreation Commissioner (2002-2008, 2015-present); Northville DDA liaison and board member (2009-2014, 2015-present); Northville Youth Assistance Commissioner (2015); Northville City Budget Committee (2010); Northville Downtown Steering Committee (2004-2005); Chair, Board of Directors 35th District Court (2015-present); Board of Directors Northville Plymouth Fire Advisory Board (2015-present) Professional Experience: Practicing attorney. Areas of practice: currently public arbitrator for financial disputes. Other areas have included small business transactions and trusts. Former prosecuting attorney. Small business owner (family bowling centers). What are the three main issues impacting the city now? Northville Downs development; management of

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city finances; and preserving neighborhood integrity Do you see a need to make changes to deal with those issues? If so, what needs to be done? The Northville Downs development. We are already diligently working to re-open the master plan. This will allow us to incorporate everything we learned through the process and from our community during the last application process. We will be able to collect even more resident input. Residents will be able to provide input via on-line surveys, open houses, e-mail and written submissions. Everyone who wants to will have multiple ways to participate. City’s finances. It’s important that we stay focused on fully funding our pension and healthcare costs. In the long term this will free up hundreds of thousands of dollars which we can use to improve City services and infrastructure. Preserving neighborhood integrity. We need to address the number of houses being torn down and replaced by big footprint houses. We need to implement the floor area ratio plan which is currently in development. This will lead to home construction more compatible with existing homes.


Age: 58 Family: Wife Ann; children Katelyn Drake and Jasen Turnbull; granddaughter Eliza Lyn Drake Political Experience: I’ve been involved civically on non-partisan committees my entire life. Professional Experience: 40 years problem-solving experience in domestic and global businesses; managed community development projects, incorporating greenspace and integrating retail businesses into their community; owned and directed Detroit-based data and marketing organization; executive positions at Ford Motor Company and Ford Credit

What are the three main issues impacting the city now? 1. Northville Downs development 2. Resource sharing 3. Bolstering our strengths Do you see a need to make changes to deal with those issues? If so, what needs to be done? 1. We need to defend Northville’s small town charm, and deliver a future with compassion in a transparent and collaborative way. The Downs development is an extremely important opportunity. We need to ensure thoughtful development, reducing residential density and the overall size of the planned Downs development. I want to see the Master Plan re-evaluated with increased green space and infrastructure improvement, including expediting the bonded road improvement projects, and ensuring greenspace for all individual buildable parcels. 2. Resource sharing is another opportunity for Northville. When financially feasible, I want to save resources for the city by working collaboratively with surrounding communities on logical shared services, similar to the previous initiatives with

the senior center, library and recreation. 3. I want to see Northville further bolster our strengths and promote our outstanding schools, downtown business and green spaces. We should be supporting our schools and not wasting resources by suing them (as was the case in the Main Street School issue). We need to support more accessible parking and conduct more events at Ford Field to increase commerce and use of green space. Why do you think you are the right person for mayor? I have prepared for this opportunity my entire life. My parents always instilled in me and my siblings to first learn, then do, and, most importantly, then give back. It is now my time to give back to the community, and I know there is no one that can match the love, respect and enthusiasm I have for Northville. I believe I have a unique perspective through my past experience working for Northville recreation, running and coaching track at NHS, being married to an educator, and being part of my family’s intimate involvement for the century. My personal background, tied with my professional experience, make me the ideal mayor for Northville. I know my authentic, collaborative and thoughtful approach can lead to an even better Northville. I pledge to work the rest of my life to serve the community I love. It’s time to move forward... together.


Age: 49 Political Experience: I come from a long line of political

involvement beginning at an early age. My family has also stressed to me and my four siblings that civic involvement is an obligation for every citizen. In 2006, I was appointed to the Northville District Library Board of Trustees. I was re-elected in 2008, 2012, 2016. During that time, I have served as chair, vice chair and secretary. During that time, we have passed two millages, oversaw a national search a new director, expanded the library, successfully negotiated new labor agreement with the union; and negotiated a shared agreement with Parks and Recreation for the construction and use of a new parking lot. In addition to the library, I served for four years on the Schoolcraft Foundation Board of Governors. Professional Experience: I am an attorney of a general practice law firm within the historic district of downtown Northville since 2001. Corriveau Law represents both individual and corporate clients. It is the skills that I have developed both as a business owner and lawyer which separates me from the other candidates. I am an analytical thinker; independent voice; and zealous advocate who is committed to serving Northville’s best interests. What are the three main issues impacting the city now? I will name five issues. 1. Future development. 2. Future development. 3. Future development. 4. Improving the communication and engagement between city

government and the talented citizens of Northville. 5. The City finances, which include pension plans, retiree healthcare, ad labor agreements. Why do you think you are the right person for City Council? I promise to work hard. I promise to be accessible. I promise to be approachable. I promise to be held accountable. I promise to be trusted. I promise to leave Northville a better place.


Age: 63 Family: Widow, married to Dan Browne for 33 years. Three children, all Northville Public School grads and successfully launched. Three grandchildren in NPS. Political Experience: More than three decades working with federal, state and local governments, and Northville Public Schools, to improve efficiency , effectiveness and good governance. Professional Experience: Bachelor of Public Affairs (Policy Analysis), Wayne State University. Fourteen years with the GAO (Government Accountability Office), U.S. Congress, where I evaluated the effectiveness and efficiency of federal, state, and local programs, and I was a Certified Government Financial Manager. Consultant for public and private sector clients, including a management study for the Northville Township Trustees. Senior data analyst at a forensic engineering firm in Novi, primary client focus is risk analysis and public sector

consulting. What are the three main issues impacting the city now?Practicing good governance, always. Doing that, we can tackle anything—fixing what’s amiss and forwardthinking to seize opportunities and avoid problems. The redevelopment of the Downs is on everyone’s mind, and rightfully so. This will impact our charming town immensely -- for better or worse. Thankfully, this is once again under our control and we can fix what’s amiss and forwardthink. The USPS plan to expand or relocate their current sorting and retail facility, while not a game-changer, is important. The last are looming fiscal challenges. Do you see a need to make changes to deal with those issues? If so, what needs to be done? We dodged the bullet on the Downs redevelopment, temporarily. After the recent developer’s PUD withdrawal, our Planning Commission promptly reopened the Master Plan’s Racetrack District and Cady Street Overlay. Redevelopment is coming, likely sooner than later. We have a narrow window of opportunity to get it right this time -- aligning our plans and processes as a win-win for the City and a future development. Done right, the redevelopment of this area will enhance, not detract, from our charming town. This is possible with sensible, factbased, and descriptive not overly prescriptive parameters. Also, the Planning Commission needs access to all development puzzle pieces. That needs to

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change. Early and on-going community input is critical. The USPS facility expansion or relocation is a dilemma. A 33% expansion imposes additional impacts on adjacent residential and CBD areas. Alternate locations are inappropriate (Foundry Flask, entertainment area) or not optimal (7 Mile-Main Street, alternate entryway). Splitting retail and sorting seems ideal, though USPS thinks not. More information and community input is needed. The looming fiscal challenges require Council’s attention (e.g. fees/contracts for water/sewer/ waste/recycling). This impacts everyone’s pocket book and working on this now is critical for future planning. Why do you think you are the right person for Council? I will preserve what’s great about Northville while making the best decisions for tomorrow. I have the skills, experience, and leadership style to help make that happen. I know our town and I am adept at recognizing opportunities, facing challenges, and finding solutions. My toolbox is well-stocked: 33-years in the Northville community, six years in Historic District; decades of involvement in local organizations, governments and public schools; a seasoned public policy analyst, performance auditor, and risk analyst. I will find common ground on tough issues, keep us focused on shared goals and make sure we do what’s best for this town we love. I will bring a strong, collaborative voice to our City Council.

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Age: 67 Family: Married to Don; sons Daniel and Will Political Experience: Northville City Council (2015-present); Northville Board of Education (2003-20012); Northville Youth Network Commissioner (2003-present); Northville DDA Executive Committee (2017-present); Northville Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee (2018-present); Northville City Liquor Control Board (2015-present); Northville City Boards and Commissions Selection Committee (2015-present); Northville Senior Services liaison (2015-2017) Professional Experience: Assistant Director and Staff Psychologist at Binghamton University, 1981-1993 What are the three main issues impacting the city now? Northville Downs development; managing city finances; and preserving the character of Northville’s neighborhoods. Do you see a need to make changes to deal with those issues? If so, what needs to be done? Concerning development, re-opening the Master Plan for the racetrack and Cady Street areas will allow the Planning Commission, and ultimately City Council, to re-examine the guidelines developers are required to follow. We’ll have the opportunity for even more citizen input, using open houses, on-line surveys, email and written submission.

Concerning City finances, we must continue our successful management of pension and health obligations to be at a level higher than the state requirement. These legacy costs will impact city budgets in communities that are not prepared. We want to ensure that the City of Northville will continue to provide the services and quality of life that our residents value and expect. We will meet our obligations to those who have worked for and given so much to our community and eventually save hundreds of thousands of dollars that can become available for infrastructure and services. Concerning our neighborhoods, we need to add to the tools available for controlling development, so the

size of “big-foot” houses being built in existing neighborhoods can be modified. Study of the evaluation tool called ‘Floor Area Ratio” indicates that it will be a very fair way to reduce the size of new builds so that new homes are more compatible with existing houses and more appropriately sized to existing lots. Why do you think you are the right person for Council/ Mayor? I have 16 years of elected-office experience in Northville and also the qualifications to help guide Northville toward creative, positive solutions to the unique challenges we face. I am a consensus builder and work effectively in groups and on teams. I will continue to work hard on behalf of everyone in Northville.

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No Bones About It October comes alive in The ‘Ville By Wensdy Von Buskirk


ake no bones about it, Halloween is huge in The ’Ville. Families come from miles around to trick or treat in the historic district, with its legendary reputation for over-the-top decorations (and rumors of homeowners who hand out fullsize candy bars). But festivities start long before All Hallows’ Eve and creep beyond the boundaries of Cady, Rogers and Randolph. From Parmenter’s Cider Mill and Maybury State Park, to the Farmer’s Market and local businesses, everyone is in on the fun. “Halloween has always been a big event here in Northville,” says Northville DDA Director Lori Ward. “It used to be primarily in the neighborhoods but now there’s a lot going on downtown. All of us are doing

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something to make that a funfilled month.” SKELETONS ARE ALIVE The first sign of the witching season was when Northville’s infamous skeleton crew hit streets October 1 as part of Skeletons are Alive. The scary, yet whimsical sculptures, created by Mike McDonald of Begonia Brothers, are sponsored by local businesses in a variety of vignettes. Outside Orin Jewelers you’ll see a skeletal groom on one knee, proposing to his bony bride with a spider ring. At Edward’s Cafe, a skeleton chef toils over his cauldron. For the first time this year, the bones of iconic painter Bob Ross will haunt Dancing Eye Gallery’s door. There are 120 skeletons in all, according to Ward. Most popular, she says, are canine

creatures like the one outside NextHome All Pro Realty, a major sponsor of Skeletons are Alive. “They have a custom skeleton dad with his little girl walking a skeleton dog. Everyone loves the dogs,” Ward says. GREAT PUMPKINS Skeletons are Alive is just one of many special events that draw visitors to Northville, Ward says, but no one quite remembers when Halloween grew to Great Pumpkin proportions. Some say it was when the Northville City Fire Department

started opening its doors to offer popcorn and cotton candy to trick-or-treaters. The Open House has since grown to include pizza, pop and a popular costume contest. Fire Chief Stephen Ott says he expects 2,000 people to pass through Station 1 on Main Street this Halloween, but he can’t remember when it started. “The tradition goes back so far into the mists of time, we’re

not going to be the ones to let it go,” Ott says. “Over time, the residents of the downtown historic district and others embraced Halloween. We started closing the streets and basically inviting all comers. Creative residents would put on elaborate shows. It was all part of making Halloween a big deal.” THRILLER IN NORTHVILLER Some say it was historic district residents who put Halloween in Northville on the map. For 20 years, Marlene and her late husband Terry Danol dressed up and created elaborate scenes in the front yard of their Linden Street home, with themes ranging from Alice in Wonderland to the Wizard of Oz. This, in part, inspired neighbor Architect Greg Presley, his wife Lois, and an ever-growing group of local friends to launch a show of their own on nearby Dunlap Street, which grew over 14 years to a large stage with lighting, music, costumes and makeup. Themes ranged from the Ed Skullivan Show, Dancing with the Scars, and Northviller, which saw participants reenact Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance. “The Danols did a great job,” Presley said. “Their show was mainly geared for small kids, while our show was for older kids and adults.” The shows inspired other residents to ramp up their decor and brought local TV coverage. In 2000, Northville started closing streets in the historic district to keep it safe. “It didn’t take very long for kids who lived outside the historic district to realize they

could maximize the candy return by going to houses close together, without any cars to deal with,” Presley recalls. As a new generation of homeowners find their own ways to celebrate the spooky season, thrill-seekers keep coming. And local events organized by Northville Parks & Rec, Mill Race Village, the Northville Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations, ensure Northville is a Halloween destination all month long. Here is a listing of all the great Halloween-themed events happening around town as October takes over The ‘Ville: Northville Farmers Market Pick up Michigan-made and grown pumpkins, gourds and goodies 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 31. Sheldon Road & 7 Mile, across from Northville Downs. Great Pumpkin Fest 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 12-13 Maybury Farm’s most popular event of the year includes wagon rides, live music, pumpkin decorating, games, candlemaking, food trucks, bonfire, s’mores, and more. $12 includes corn maze, Halloween Hysteria 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 The Northville Historical Society presents an afternoon of family fun with trick or treating, a Halloween craft, spooky history, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, refreshments and more at Mill Race Village. Tickets, $10 for children; $8 for members. Adults free.

Streets of Treats 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 Kids parade steps off from the Community Center at 10 a.m. Trick or treat stations are open through Downtown Northville. Free,

Trick-or-Treat Trail 4-5 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 Kids preschool through 3rd grade are welcome to walk Northville Community Center’s Haunted Hallway, complete with treats, crafts and scary (not scary) fun. $8 per child (adults free). Register by Oct. 18, The Michigan Philharmonic @ The Marquis 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 Wear your favorite costume and join in the fun as the orchestra presents “Phantom Philharmonic” at The Marquis Theater in downtown Northville. Music includes selections from Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Dark Knight and The Phantom of the Opera, conducted by Nan Washburn, who is known for her own creative costumes. For tickets and information please call 734 451-2112 or online www. Tiny Pumpkins 4-5 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 Wee ones ages 0-5 are invited for pumpkin decorating, dancing, coloring and Halloween fun at the Northville Community Center. $8 per child (adults free). Register by Oct. 21,

Dog Park Costume Contest 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 According to the National Retail Association, 29 million Americans plan to dress their pets for Halloween. Northville Dog Park members are no exception. Compete for best dog/owner costume. $5 per owner and dog. Register by Oct. 28, HALLOWEEN NIGHT Thursday, Oct. 31 Trick-or-Treating officially occurs in Northville 6-8 p.m. Streets throughout the historic district will be closed for safety during this time. Northville Fire Station 1 at City Hall will host an Open House with popcorn, cotton candy, pizza, Faygo, cider and donuts from 6-8 p.m. The fire department also presents Northville’s Annual Costume Contest at the Community Center. Starting around 7:30, kids and adults compete in five different age groups/categories. Everyone is welcome.

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Drew Newell uses the track chair at Maybury State Park with his mother Laurie (left) and therapist Stephanie Costyk.

Back on Track Maybury track chair opens the park to special needs visitors By Lonnie Huhman


ost locals know that Maybury State Park is a great place to visit and spend some time connecting with nature. The park draws all kinds of different visitors. With the introduction of a specialized track chair the park can now be enjoyed by visitors who have been paralyzed or have other special needs that prevent them from getting around on their own. Maybury is one of five state parks in Michigan to offer the off-road, electronic chairs, which can easily travel along trails, and through snow, sand and up to 8 inches of water. They are available on a firstcome, first-served basis at no cost to visitors.

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Its impact on those who need and want a chair like this is clear after listening to the experience of Stephanie Costyk, a recreation therapist, and her client Drew Newell, who is wheelchair bound after falling out of the back of a pick-up truck two years ago and suffering a catastrophic head injury. Despite two years of therapy, Newell, 26, requires full-time assistance from a parent, therapist or caregiver to maneuver his wheelchair. Costyk learned about the track vehicle and felt it would be a great opportunity for Newell, who was an Eagle Scout growing up and always loved the outdoors. “This track chair allows

individuals to enter areas that guided hikes. The volunteers they would otherwise not be are knowledgeable about able to access and allows them natural features and history of to do things that they maybe the park. thought they would never do Each hike takes one hour to again,” Costyk said. “Being able one and a half hours and utilizes to ride on the track chair was a both paved and unpaved trails. big moment for Drew and his “This chair can go pretty family. His mom said that she much anywhere in the park. It would love for Drew to have his can drive through sand or over own track chair someday.” tree roots,” Sincock said. The mission of Maybury Costyk, a therapist for State Park’s track chair program the Ann Arbor-based Home is to provide accessibility to and Community Recreation the park’s 26 miles of trail Therapy, works with a variety experiences and forested areas. It’s working. “When using the track chair, Drew was able to maneuver the wheelchair on his own and he took us on Maybury's track chair is available June 1-Oct. 31. a trail ride,” she said. “He was able to make the decisions. of populations, including It was a very happy moment for mental health, substance him that I think provided him abuse, memory care, spinal a new sense of hope. I think he cord injury and traumatic brain felt that it opened up new doors injury patients. She said the fact for him.” that Friends of Maybury offer Traci Sincock, Maybury the guided tours is a special supervisor, said the track chair bonus for someone like Newell, has been funded by a generous because he can really enjoy all grant from Kali’s Cure for the park has to offer. That was Paralysis, which donated the apparent the first time he tried six chairs to the state parks it out. system. She said the track Laurie Newell, Drew’s mom, chair is free to use, but must agreed, encouraging others to be reserved by contacting the take advantage. Maybury office. “It’s been so good for Drew. “It’s a phenomenal option to We really want others to know help those who want to see our this resource is available,” she unique trails,” Sincock said. said. The Friends of Maybury The program is now available volunteers, she said, have been through the end of October at a big help with the program, as Maybury. For more information well. They are available to take or to make a reservation, call those using the track chair on Maybury at (248) 349-8390.

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Construction workers put some finishing touches on the windows in the training center.

NHS Tony Koski is excited about all the changes including the new training center.

The main entrance has a new shelter area, as well as improved security measures.

A Mustang Makeover Construction nears completion at NHS


orthville High School has changed quite a bit in the last six months. Presummer: bricks strewn about; clouds of sawdust billowing in the wind; cranes, bulldozers, and dump trucks chugging around the site. Post-summer: looming walls of modern glass panes; students streaming through the newly-sheltered front entrance; boys kicking soccer balls on the evergreen turf. Call it a Mustang makeover. Built in 2000, NHS is nearing its 20th birthday, and was in need of some updating. The NHS construction project kicked off in early June of this year as a result of a 2017 bond for Northville Public Schools renovation. Of the approved $105 million about $9 million was dedicated to NHS. Since early June, the Auch Construction Company, known for its school renovations, has been hammering away to create additional facilities and conveniences for NHS staff and students to enjoy. Auch has altered the front entrance of the school, stretched the cafeteria to

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nearly 1.5 times its original size, replaced the natural grass of the soccer field with artificial turf, and built a 9,000 square foot training center. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of October. NHS Principal Tony Koski said two major goals of the project are increased security and better learning areas for students. The front entrance now has a sheltered area and three sets of doors instead of two. “This is for safety and security reasons,” Koski noted. A two-buzzer system was installed: the first gate will allow visitors to enter the foyer. Once visitors get buzzed into a middle section, they have to wait to be buzzed in again. NHS Athletic Director Bryan Masi, who put off his retirement until the end of this month so he could see the renovation project completed, was thrilled to see the facelift of the track and field. “Turf is pretty consistent,” Masi said. “On the grass, you would have a divot or a hole, but turf is softer because of the carpeting and sand.” Turf allows for more flexibility and

sturdiness in its use. It is able to withstand cross country, marching band, and soccer practice all in one day. Many staff and students, alike, have reported feeling impacted by these changes already. “I appreciate the added security at the front of the building. Guests will now have a more direct access to checkingin and they will not have the option to walk upstairs without [permission] first,” said math teacher Lindsay Foldesi. Sophomore Grace Lenox was excited that the expanded lunchroom “will give us more space to eat and sit with our friends who we might not see any other time.”  There have been challenges along the way. According to Dennis Smith, Auch Construction superintendent, the main inconvenience in the springtime was the perpetual rain. More recently operating in an active building has been another hurdle for the more

than 70 construction workers on site. It may have become a little chaotic at times when trying to coordinate with weather and student life, but what’s a little mess and mud when a rejuvenated school will emerge at the end? As this construction project concludes, thoughts are turning toward future developments. One major aspect of the bond to be implemented in 2021 is “flexible furniture” -- desks and chairs on mobile wheels that allows for easier class collaboration. Meanwhile, students and staff are brainstorming innovative ideas of further improving NHS. Students we spoke to have lots of great ideas. “I always dreamed of having an outdoor classroom,” Junior Ashna Khetan said. Sophomore Eshani Shedge suggested “newer and nicer bathrooms for both genders.” We look forward to the changes yet to come.

EDITOR'S NOTE: High School Confidential is a collaborative effort by the Stringers Journalism Club made up of Northville High School students Maria Cowden, Maggie Kuban, Chethan Magnan, Navya Meka, Lauren Sprow, and Audrey Zhang.

School Funding & Why Supporting the NEF Matters In spite of the fact that the Northville Educational Foundation (NEF) has been around for almost 20 years, most Northville residents do not know much about it or that it even exists. Those that do, often ask why, in a comfortable community such as Northville, do we even need an educational foundation? The short answer is yes! School funding in Michigan is complicated and challenging. It is easy to assume that because we live in a comfortable community that our schools are comfortably funded. That is not the case. NEF exists to help fill the gaps. Below are some of frequently asked questions about school funding:

Doesn’t our property taxes pay for our schools?

In fact, last year, Northville’s per pupil foundational allowance was:

We just passed a big bond, shouldn’t that cover it?

Before 1994, property taxes were solely used to fund schools. When Proposal A was passed, that changed. The state now funds Michigan’s school districts through a “foundation allowance.” Instead of local property values dictating the funding level for the individual districts, a combination of funding sources are collected by the state and redistributed as a per pupil foundation allowance. Therefore, a rise in taxable values of properties in Northville, all else being equal, does not generate additional operating dollars for the district because they are no longer related.

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While the district is incredibly thankful to the Northville community for passing the bond in 2017, the money from a bond can only be used for what was outlined in the ballot language, in this case, for upgrading our facilities. By law, none of that money can be used for operating costs, i.e. staffing, books, utilities, etc.

Considering there are about 7,400 students in Northville Schools, that is a $2 to $27 million deficit.

Doesn’t the lottery cover the costs for schools? There is a perception that lottery revenue significantly funds schools. In 1995, lottery revenue contributed only 5%. In 2018-19, it was estimated to contribute 7% of the School Aid Fund.

Why do economically comparable district get more money per pupil? When the state passed Proposal A, there were districts where the new funding model would have resulted in a much lower per-student funding amount. In order to guarantee that those districts would sustain their funding level, they were designated as “Hold Harmless” districts. These districts were allowed to tax their community to make up the difference in their operating budget. Northville is not a “Hold Harmless” district and therefore is not legally able to tax its citizens to provide addition funds for their operating costs.

Can’t we just repeal Proposal A? or ask the State to reconsider our foundation allowance? Changing Proposal A or asking the state to reconsider our foundation allowance would require changing the Constitution—not an easy task. School funding would have to be completely reconsidered.

Is this why Northville has an Educational Foundation? Yes! NEF helps fill the gaps where school funding falls short. With contributions from donors, NEF has helped fund programs such as International Baccalaureate, Leader in Me, Project Lead the Way, Innovative Teaching Grants and Student Aid Grants and so much more. But NEF can not do it without donors like you. Please consider donating now! To learn more about school funding and the Northville Educational Foundation, go to and click on the “Why Support” tab. *excludes Enhancement Millage revenue

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Florida State right tackle Ryan Roberts takes on two Virginia defenders in the ACC opener on Step. 15. Courtesy of Florida State Athletics Communications

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After transfer NHS grad Roberts starting for Florida State


ith one season of eligibility remaining in his college football career and a degree already in hand from Northern Illinois University, Ryan Roberts found himself at a crossroads. The 2015 Northville High grad was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Huskies while helping NIU to the 2018 Mid-American Conference championship last December at Detroit’s Ford Field. But when NIU head coach Rod Carey left to take the Temple job, Roberts wondered about his future under a new coaching regime.

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“I went through my four years at NIU, had a tremendous time, I graduated with my industrial and systems engineering degree,” said the 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman, “and when it came down to my last year, just kept praying about it . . . kind of felt uneasy, made the decision and I felt like the Lord ordained it, and decided to put my name into the (NCAA transfer) portal, and look at other options.” In February, Roberts made an official visit to Florida State University and signed to become a Seminole. And as it turned out, Roberts

would keep his same number – 56 – where he opened the season as a starter at right tackle. His faith would play a pivotal role in making the move as a fifth-year graduate transfer. “I wanted to try to make and prepare myself for the best last year of my career at Florida State,” Roberts said. “I just kept praying about it and Florida State came into my lap and that’s where I ended up choosing. And now I live in Tallahassee and loved every moment of it.” Ironically, Roberts played against the Seminoles in 2018

in a 37-19 loss, but more than held his own against former FSU defensive end Brian Burns, who was taken in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Roberts’ father Raymond was a four-year football letter winner at NIU and earned honorable mention All-America honors as a tight end in 1993, serving as team co-captain for the Huskies that season. Ray Roberts, however, was all on board with Ryan’s decision to transfer. “He fully supported me in every aspect, he had my back,” Roberts said. “We both kind of

had the same mentality, just pray for it, God will show us where I’m supposed to be, God will guide my steps.” During the preseason, Roberts quickly made an impression on FSU coach Willie Taggart and won the starting right guard job for the season opener against Boise State. “Mature and a great teammate,” Taggart said of Roberts during the ACC Kickoff media day in July to 247Sports. com. “He’s another kid who’s been around for about a month now, and it seems like forever. He’s been a great teammate and is bringing a little different mentality to our offensive line room. It’s been good to see.” After redshirting his first season at NIU, Roberts

beautiful campus, beautiful city. The transition has been very smooth. Everybody has been very welcoming. This fan base is so passionate. They care about their football team. They care about us as players and they want us to perform well and do well. What else could you ask for when you’re looking for a school? “We’ve got some characters, we’ve got some fun guys on this team, it’s a family here. Me, this being my last year of college football, I’ve tried to fully dive in, focus, watch more film than I ever had, dive deeper into the playbook than I ever had. That’s my primary focus that I’m doing right now . . . getting to know the guys, recovery and class. That’s my primary focus.”

Northville High grad Ryan Roberts is a fifth-year graduate transfer on the offensive line for Florida State. Courtesy of Florida State Athletics Communications

That’s been my dream since I’ve been a little kid. I love ball, I love football. I would love to make a career out of it. I still have a passion for the game and I want to play it as long as I possibly can.” Ryan Roberts, on prospect of playing professional football appeared in 36 games for the Huskies, who racked up 29 victories during his four years including three bowl game appearances. “Football is football, the terminology changes a little bit, but I would say the biggest difference is the heat and humidity,” Roberts said. “Florida is very different than Michigan or Illinois. I never got to consistently practice and play in these conditions.” And the adjustment to his new environment has proven to be seamless. “I’m here with about 100 brothers,” Roberts said. “The campus is just gorgeous,

Roberts is currently taking fall graduate classes in Sports Management. “Florida State has the best sports management program in the country, I wanted take advantage of that, learning as much as I possibly could maximize and the best course of options,” he said. After his final season of college football, Roberts would like the opportunity to play at the next level. “Of course, who wouldn’t?” he said of the NFL. “That’s been my dream since I’ve been a little kid. I love ball, I love football. I would love to make a career out of it. I still have a passion for

the game and I want to play it as long as I possibly can.” Roberts credits his ascent to being at starter at the NCAA Division I ranks goes all the way back to his days as a Northville Mustang where he earned All-KLAA honors twice as a blocking tight end with an occasional stint on defense. He was also a starter on the basketball team. It helped prepare him for the next level both on and off the field. “I would say first off, Northville’s academics are the standard bearers and are phenomenal,” Roberts said. “Coming into college I didn’t struggle with those courses. I

had a great baseline going for a lot of my core classes and core curriculum.” Roberts said his experience of playing football under varsity coach Matt Ladach was “tremendous.” “There’s not a high school coach in the country I would rather have,” Roberts said. “He poured into us every day. He gave us everything he had. He came to practice and was the same dude every day. He wanted the best for the team, but he wanted the best for each player individually. He’s always been in my corner.”

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Empowering Youth Growing Up 2020 summit coming to Northville


o you know kids who struggle with handling sticky social situations, standing up for themselves, or simply yearn for belonging? What about teens who grapple with the challenges of navigating the complex world of today’s middle and high school experience? Or adults who thirst for the resources to grow their children into happy, empowered, and thriving individuals in this fast-paced world filled with conflicts and competing priorities? Help - and inspiration - is coming to Northville. The non-profit organization Kids Empowered On The Move is bringing the Growing Up 2020 youth empowerment summit to Northville this year. The annual summit, which in previous years was held in and around Birmingham, will take place from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Ward Church campus, located at 40000 Six Mile Road. The event will include three distinctly different programs -- for kids, teens, and the adults who care about them. Kids in 3rd-6th grade will participate in seven fun, hands-on activity stations to learn skills for: solving conflict, shutting

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down sticky situations, self-regulating and calming emotions, and being a friendly classmate. Educators call this social and emotional learning. For more than 20 years, Kids Empowered On The Move has been doing this SEL work in every program they offer -- in schools and places of worship, on playgrounds and sports fields, with youth groups and individuals, through camps and private coaching sessions, and at conferences like GU2020. Teens will engage in a high-impact morning as well. Designed with the unique needs of teens in mind, the GU2020 teen track focuses primarily on two areas: physical and social self-defense, and their personal digital footprint for life beyond high school. Teen boys and teen girls will be in separate self-defense sessions, so the distinct issues of each can be addressed. An inspiring performance from “Unbreakable” singer/songwriter Ali McManus is also part of the program. While children are building their skills, the adults will engage in a morning of growth as well. National speaker, educator, and best-selling author Katey McPherson will provide a keynote address, followed by a diverse array of workshops on

highly sought-after topics which include: navigating the tween and teen years, calmer parenting, discipline and competition when raising boys, conscious communication, ADHD, raising resilient girls, transforming aggression, helping kids develop socialemotional and self-advocacy skills, and an “Anxiety, Unpacked” panel of experts featuring Northville’s own Dr. Reema Beri, PhD, of Great Lakes Psychology Group. All caregivers of youth are encouraged to attend, including extended family, educators, social workers, youth group leaders, and even coaches. Due to generous support from partners and sponsors, Growing Up 2020 is only $17 per person, and includes activity station take-aways and a nut-free snack for kids, and more. An additional afternoon session and lunch for educators is also planned. “This is a great way to be proactive. Invest one morning, for a lifetime of impact,” said Kimber Bishop-Yanke, who founded Kids Empowered On The Move to teach kids, parents and educators to effectively build communication skills and solve conflict in a friendly and confident way, and reduce the incidence of bullying. For more information, including how to register and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.KidsEmpoweredOnTheMove. org. Special thanks to Michigan Legacy Credit Union, Emagine Entertainment, Orlo Management, PKSA KarateNorthville, Anthem Advisors, Great Lakes Psychology Group, The ‘Ville, Graceful Communications, Kids Empowered, and Ward Church for making GU2020 possible.




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Genealogy Society Meeting Oct. 13 The Northville Genealogy Society will meet at 1 p.m. at the Northville District Library. A roundtable discussion on family search tips begins at 1:15 p.m., followed by a short member meeting and refreshments. At 3 p.m., Bernadette Bartlett from the Library of Michigan will speak about using Michigan documents including the Pioneer and Historical Collection. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Chamber Annual Meeting Oct. 15 The Northville Chamber of Commerce will host its 2019 Annual Meeting of Membership beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Genitti’s, 108 E Main Street, Northville. The program will begin at 6 p.m. Chamber staff will announce the winner of the John Genitti Citizen of the Year Award, named after the late Northville resident and businessman John Genitti. To attend the event, RSVP by sending an email to or register online at

Town Hall Meeting

Oct. 24 Citizens For Northville, formed in July by a group of local residents and business owners concerned about the Northville Downs redevelopment project, is holding a town hall meeting at the Marquis Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. The group hopes to encourage other stakeholders to participate in any current or future redevelopment projects, and will be making recommendations to the city in November.

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Jazz @ The Point

Branch will host this fundraiser beginning at noon at Cassel’s Family Restaurant, 43003 Seven Mile Road, Northville. The fundraiser will feature lunch and attendees will play Mah Jongg. There will be door prizes for getting Mah Jongg on certain hands. This event helps the AAUWNN pay for scholarships and local programs for women and girls. The cost of the event is $30 and is tax deductible. For more information, including how to register, contact jhecker101@ or call (734) 276-6160.

On November 3, Tipping Point Theatre and 2 Stones Events will kick off their annual series of one-nightonly concerts featuring area jazz musicians, a wine tasting and light finger foods at the intermission. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. for the wine tasting. The music starts at 7:30. The first show will feature guitarist Randy Napoleon, who tours with the legendary singer/pianist Freddy Cole and leads his own trios, quartet, and three-horn sextet. He is an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where he teaches jazz guitar. Tickets are $30, or $140 for the full series (five shows), and are available through the Tipping Point box office. For more information, call (248) 347-0003. For more information about the series, visit

Dog Park Costume Contest Oct. 30 The Northville Dog Park Costume Contest will take place from 5-6 p.m. at the Cady Street Dog Park. The contest will be held for the best dog/owner costume. All K-9 participants will receive a yummy treat. Please note you must have an active dog park membership to participate and register. The cost is $5. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 29. For more information, contact Northville Parks and Recreation at (248) 349-0203 or visit

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AAUWNN Fundraiser Nov. 1 The American Association of University Women Northville—Novi

Nov. 1 This popular event provides guests a unique evening filled with art, shopping and dining as they stroll along the streets of downtown Northville. Hosted by the locally-owned galleries and shops, the First Friday Experience runs from 6-9 p.m. with many of the establishments along the walk offering complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages for their guests as they browse or shop. For more information, visit www.

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Crime Scene By Lonnie Huhman


rom providing assistance and investigating retail fraud to checking on sounds in the night, the police departments for the Northville community were busy over the past month or so. APARTMENT FIRE On Aug. 29, Northville Township police officers gave a big assist to fire department personnel at an apartment fire on Silver Spring Drive. According to the township police report, the fire began in an apartment when a 40-yearold Northville man accidently took a nap while cooking potatoes. He told police he put on a second batch of potatoes and went to look over his phone when he fell asleep. He said he awoke an hour later to the smell of smoke and the fire alarm. Township police reported arriving and seeing smoke and flames. The first thing the three officers on the scene did was make entry into the apartment building to make sure everyone was evacuated. The township’s fire department soon arrived to the scene along with help from the city of Northville, and the Plymouth and Livonia departments. There were no reported injuries.

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SLOPPY RETAIL FRAUD Over at the Meijer store on Haggerty, township police witnessed a sloppy retail fraud incident in action. Police were called to the store by the Meijer asset protection team about a situation in progress. After setting up in the parking lot, the officers observed two suspects – both 29-year-old Detroit women -- exiting the store. One of the suspects was carrying a cake she hadn’t paid for through the exit door. The other woman exited, and officers noticed “nonanatomical bulges” around her waistline under her clothes. The bulges ended up being clothing and other merchandise from the store. A search of their vehicle turned up a stolen license plate as well as bridge cards with names different than their own. There were other items in the car that officers suspected were stolen as well. Both women were arrested for retail fraud. ‘GUN SHOTS’ WERE JUST FIREWORKS On Sept. 11, City of Northville officers responded to two calls from concerned citizens who thought they heard gunshots in in the area of Randolph Street.

Northville Township Fire Department gear and vehicles outside a recent fire. Photo by Matt Zmuda

Officers canvassed the nearby neighborhood and investigated the noises, and interviewed a woman standing outside, asking her if she had heard any noises. The woman informed them that the noise was her 29-year-

old son setting off a large, mortar-type firework. The police informed them that it was a city ordinance violation to be doing that and gave them a verbal warning.

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he ‘Ville found itself among the ruins of Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried by volcanic ash in AD 79. Northville’s Linda Schwelnus took us along during her trip this summer with friend and fellow Northville resident Janice Cantelon. Here Schwelnus is pictured (lower right) in an area that has been excavated. The stop was part of a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea aboard the Oceania Sirena. Schwelnus wasn’t the only one to take The ‘Ville to Europe. The ‘Ville traveled with the Atkinson family of Northville to Poland over the summer. Here (bottom left) Lauren Atkinson is pictured at Wawel Royal Castle, in Krakow. “Apart from Krakow, we also visited the Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines, which were amazing, with beautiful rock salt sculptures and definitely not what you would expect from a mine. There is even a cathedral underground,” said Susan Atkinson. They also visited the “sobering” holocaust death camps of Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim. The historic center of Krakow, the Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines and Auschwitz-Birkenau are all UNESCO World Heritage sites. “We all enjoyed our time exploring this fascinating part of the world,” Susan said. In September, Northville’s Marita Smith traveled to Ireland, taking in the sights on

the Emerald Isle. Among her stops were the House of Waterford where craftspeople blow and cut beautiful crystal, the Titanic museum in Belfast, where the ill-fated ship was built, and Blarney Castle, home of the Blarney Stone. Here Smith is pictured (bottom center) at Blarney Castle, where she walked the beautiful gardens, she said. After a week in Ireland, she and her traveling companion moved on to Scotland, which they also toured. Smith recently did a DNA test and learned she was 38 percent Irish, so she decided to go see “where I come from.” Caterina Sanchez took her copy of The ‘Ville with her on her recent trip to California. Caterina, who lives in Livonia but works as a dental hygienist in downtown Northville, spent time touring Los Angeles. Here she is pictured (right) with the iconic Hollywood sign in the hills behind her. She also took a stroll down the “star-studded” Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was thrilled to take a piece of Northville with her to the Hollywood Hills. 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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October and fall are ‘fantabulous’ “It’s a marvelous night for a moondance…’neath the cover of October skies…” -Van Morrison


t was 50 years ago, in 1969, that Van Morrison recorded the classic song Moondance. I was a teenager romanticizing about life. It was then that I fell in love with autumn and the word “fantabulous”. My friends and family probably think I over-use the word, but it’s a great word! If you don’t believe…read on…

Fr. Denis Theroux at the Sistine Chapel

In early September a group of Northville residents, along with Fr. Denis Theroux from Our Lady of Victory, went to Rome and the Vatican for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Corporate Travel organized a pilgrimage for the Michigan chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. The group enjoyed a private evening tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel followed by a candlelight dinner inside the museums. There was an after-hours private tour of the Papal residence and gardens in Castel Gandolfo (the summer home of the popes). There was a private reception hosted by the Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich (the wife of Newt Gingrich) at her residence in Rome. The true highlight was a visit to the restoration labs

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in the Vatican to see the Raphael Tapestry, a seven-year, 800,000€ restoration which is two years from completion. This is one of the most remarkable tours of Rome and the Vatican according to John Hale the owner of Corporate Travel: “It was a great privilege to organize this pilgrimage. It was a remarkable week of many private visits and experiences in Rome, the Vatican and the Vatican Museums. Our team was honored to serve the amazing group of Patrons who support the restoration and preservation efforts of the Vatican Museum.” There will be a similar tour offered in the fall of 2020. If you are interested you can contact Corporate Travel at (800) 7271999. Tickets went on sale Oct. 1 for the Holiday Home Tour. The event will be held Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23. The cost of each ticket is $25 when purchased in advance, and $30 if purchased the days of the event. The Holiday Home Tour is a fundraiser for the Northville Community Foundation (NCF). So many people tell me how they look forward to the tour year after year. It’s exciting for both the guests – who enjoy seeing the decorations, and the homeowners – whose talents are appreciated. It is a great way to kick off the holiday season. Diana Wallace, NCF executive director, is thankful

for those who open up their homes in both Northville and Northville Township: “Last year was one of our most successful tours, in spite of early snow. We sold more than 1,100 tickets.” She is hoping to meet that goal, or exceed it this year: “The money all goes back into our community,” she said. Girl Scouts at the Grand Hotel

Holiday Home Tour 2018

Funds go toward Maybury Farm, which has 20,000 visitors each year through tours, camps, events and by being open to the public for hands-on farm experiences. The NCF also awards annual grants to nonprofit organizations and groups serving our community. Tickets are available for the 2019 Holiday Home Tour by calling the NCF office at (248) 3740200, or visiting Gardenviews, Haven, Pear-Aphenalia or the Northville Chamber of Commerce. It was a “Girl’s Weekend” for Girl Scouts from Northville at the end of September. More than 20 mothers/daughters/ grandmothers enjoyed a

weekend exploring Mackinac Island, and visiting the many historic sites and the one and only Grand Hotel. There were campfires, free time for shopping and putt-putt, plenty of laughs and wonderful moments to remember for a lifetime.

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I’ve been waiting and watching. The downtown restaurant 160 Main is now open for lunch. I hope the fall weather cooperates so folks can enjoy the new outdoor seating area for a little while longer. It’s pretty neat. So, as you can see, there’s a whole lot of “fantabulous” going on here in Northville.



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