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a journeyman welder and mechanic. He worked for McLouth Steel from 1958-96. Between them, Coffey and Trombley have 60 years of experience on the council. Newly elected Chuck Norton, 49, is a volunteer chaplain and addiction counselor for the U.S. First Responders Association, and a volunteer firearms training facilitator for his wife’s business, Liberty Defensive Training LLC. He was a production supervisor with GKN Sinter Metals until he was injured in a 2003 accident and forced to take a medical retirement. O’Neil, 45, works as a supervisor in a medical office, and her husband works for the city’s Police Department. Blanchette, 71, a former optician, has been on the council for 28 years.

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Think about others, help Kiwanis, Goodfellows First let me be the first to say “Happy Thanksgiving.” November brings us so much to be thankful for. The leaves on the trees are bursting with color, there is a crispness to the air, and we start to prepare for the Christmas holiday season. The month ends with the Thanksgiving holiday where families get together to share a bountiful dinner. That’s how it is for most families, but not all. This is where civic groups like Andrew Swift the Goodfellows and Kiwanis come into play. The Kiwanis will be providing an entire Thanksgiving dinner to 10 families that may not normally have one. And then there’s the Riverview Goodfellows. The motto of this group is “No Child Left Without Christmas.” The Goodfellows will provide Christmas gifts for the children of about 100 families this year. They also provide gift cards to the families to purchase food for the holiday. If you’d like to make a donation to one of these groups, send your donation to: The Kiwanis of Riverview, P.O. Box 2057, or The Riverview Goodfellows, P.O. Box 2245, both at Riverview, Mi.

48193. By the publishing of this article the city council election will be over. I will be working with up to two new council members or the members I’ve worked with for years. Either way it is exciting to know the people of the community have spoken and trust us to continue to work to make Riverview the best it can be. The focus over the term will be a dual track of preparing for the next expansion of the landfill and taking steps to prepare for its potential closing. One area in which I will continue to be working is promoting Riverview to potential businesses and welcoming the ones who do come here. Please welcome one of our newest businesses, “Fat Daddy’s” on northbound Fort Street. They specialize in Hot Chicken and Waffles. The council has also voted to invest in some infrastructure improvements to the golf course. A new indoor golf-practice facility opened earlier this month which has proven to be very popular. A new cart path will be in before the end of the month. We’ve also discussed some new ways to get people out to our golf course that may not normally do so. I can’t discuss them yet, but I think it’s pretty exciting that we are thinking a little outside of the box. Our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place

on Saturday, Nov. 23, starting at 4 p.m. All activities will take place at the Community Center and behind the library at Young Patriot’s Park. The actual “lighting of the tree” will happen at 6:45 p.m. Please see the ad in this paper for the extensive schedule of activities. Santa Claus is scheduled to appear from 4 - 6:30 p.m. to have the children tell him what they’d like for Christmas. As I wrote last month, if you’d like to have your elementary age child be one of two children who will “Throw the Switch” to light the Christmas Tree, have them send a letter to Mayor Swift, 14100 Civic Park Drive, Riverview, Mi. 48193. Have them write what they love about the city of Riverview in 150 words or less. Please include your child’s name and age. All letters must be postmarked by Saturday, Nov. 16. The winners will be announced at the ceremony. I’d like to close this article with saying how proud I am of all those who work for the city. I believe we’ve got some of the best and dedicated employees an employer could ask for. Some work long hours in not-so-ideal conditions. From our public safety employees, to the DPW and office workers, library, recreation and landfill, all do a great job and are much appreciated by the residents of our fine city.

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Help the Goodfellows make a child’s Christmas merry Take a look around your home. Do your children have lots of toys to play with? Is your pantry pretty full of food and treats? Well, for a large number of your fellow neighbors that’s not the situation. We have several families amongst us that need just a little bit of help, especially during the holidays. “No Child Left Without Christmas” is the motto of The Riverview Goodfellows. The group of volunteers will be selling their annual paper the “Riverview Razzberry” early next month. The sale dates are set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 - 7. The tradition of selling newspapers started over 60 years ago. With funds raised from the sales of this paper combined with the financial assistance from several Riverview businesses the Riverview club assists about 100 needy families that live within its borders every year. The funds are used to purchase Christmas toys for nearly 150 children. Each child 10 years old and younger will get a toy or two, while those older receive a gift card to purchase a toy or clothes of their choice. Meijer has been a fantastic support of the Goodfellows for many years by providing huge discounts and cash donations. A team of several volunteers do the shopping for the families that are recommended by the applications received by the club. For more than 25 years students from the Riverview Community Schools have been conducting food drives to supplement the holiday meals to local food pantries. All schools in the Riverview Community School District will be collecting canned goods as part of the campaign this year. The class at each school that collects the most canned goods will receive a pizza party paid for by the Goodfellows. If you’d like to be part of the shopping for the children please email Sue Kowalski at sazzkow@aol.com for details. All we need is an hour of your time Thursday, Dec. 19. Then join your fellow elves for a pizza party at city hall. Also, if you’d like to help sell the Riverview Razzberry please email Doug Drysdale at ddrysdale@cityofriverview. com. Send your donation to: Riverview Goodfellows, P.O. Box 2245, Riverview, MI 48193.

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RIVERVIEW SCHOOLS

What’s going on at Seitz? Just take a look Plenty has been happening at Seitz Middle School. Builder’s Club members collected donations to benefit local animals. With drive, which concluded Nov. 1, the group hoped to raise $150 in the dogs container to purchase an outdoor doghouse that will protect an animal in Detroit this winter. In the cat container, the Builder’s Club hoped to raise another $150 to donate to the Wyandotte Animal Adoption Center. The boxes are meant for donations of food, food dishes, leashes, collars, toys, etc. After Halloween, Builder’s Club had a drive for candy (discounted Halloween candy is the best) that will be donated to the troops in active duty service. Riverview Kiwanis and Builder’s Club will be packing Thanksgiving baskets at 9 a.m. in the middle school cafeteria on Saturday, Nov. 23. SCHOOL HAS NEW CHROMEBOOKS Seitz Middle School is implementing new initiatives to focus on continuous improvement and student achievement. We are encouraging teachers to develop a more personalized, proficiency-based learning model in their classrooms. In order to better assist with this process, all content area classrooms now have 15 Chromebooks. Teachers are utilizing this technology to develop more studentcentered learning. Our district believes the workshop instructional model will serve as a necessary structure for redesigning a more differentiated learning environment for students. The workshop model minimizes lecturing and maximizes learning. This structure empowers our students to work at their own pace and make choices in their learning pathways toward proficiency. Riverview Community School District is providing resources to support the implementation of studentcentered learning practices. Teachers are receiving job-embedded coaching to

help them move towards the workshop model. As teachers begin to grapple with the concept of “learning as the constant, time as the variable,” we must recognize the need to provide reliable, yet flexible class structures that offer diverse opportunities for students to work at their own pace. Many of our teachers have added a blended learning component to these practices. They are using technology tools such as Big Ideas and Imagine Learning in Math, Frontier Writing and Lexia Power Up Literacy in ELA, Discovery Education in Science and Newsela in Social Studies. Students who have been absent, are moving at a faster pace, or those who need some re-teaching can view the online video lessons anywhere, anytime. Our schools are committed to reimagining teaching and learning in the twenty-first century to better Seitz spiders - Learning is fun at Seitz. Here, prepare students for college and careers in a new global students compete in the final round of the spider economy. race. Using a plastic spider and a straw, the NO VAPING PLEDGE On Friday Nov.1 representative from the American Heart Association came to Seitz to do a school-wide presentation on the dangers of vaping/E-cigarette/ JUUL use among students. In addition to attending the presentation students were asked to register for the American Heart Challenge and make the commitment to no vaping. The goal is to have 100 percent of Seitz students take the pledge of No Vape November. Students and staff join us in celebrating the success of No Vape November by going red for Seitz’s wear Red Day for Heart Health Awareness on Friday, Nov. 22. Want to help your student register and take the challenge? Visit: www2.heart.org/goto/seitzmiddle. Register and take the No Vaping Challenge today.

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An unbelievable experience for an admitted ‘space nerd’ Amy Farkas

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On Friday October 25th, I went on an adventure that most people only dream about...well, at least, nerds like me. This is how it began, with a letter: Congratulations! Recently you applied for social media credentials to attend the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) with us and visit NASA Headquarters after the event for a behindthe-scenes experience. We are pleased to let you know that your application has been approved to attend the event! I almost had a heart attack! This would be my second NASA Social this year, with the first having taken place in March at Langley Research Center when the #MoonToMars Initiative was announced! I embraced this opportunity because I knew it would enable me to bring back priceless first-hand information about space exploration to my STEM students. During the event, I was able to attend the IAC with a behind-the-scenes look at

NASA’s work, speak with subject matter experts from NASA after the IAC at NASA headquarters, meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media and meet members of NASA’s social media team and chief scientists and engineers. When I arrived at the IAC, I realize that my initial planned purpose of attending deepdive sessions to learn about current space efforts was not something that would be as valuable for my students as what I was looking at before me. I saw a room the size of four football fields filled with space agencies from all over the world! You see, this is the first time that the IAC has been back in the United States in 17 years. Even I, a self-proclaimed space nerd, was floored at the

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vast number of countries that were present and showcasing their current efforts in space. I made it my mission to meet delegates from as many countries as possible, recording with photos or video information from all of the scientists and people that I interacted with. My logic is simply this, if I had no idea about the width and breadth of the global

involvement in space exploration, I guarantee that my students aren’t either and I would like to remedy that. You can follow my IAC journey on my YouTube Channel dedicated to these trips at FarkasSTEM. When the end of the day at the IAC rolled around, all the NASA social participants were rounded up and we took the Metro to NASA headquarters. Here we were able to hear from the following experts about the current status of NASA investigations in their chosen fields: Kevin Metrocavage, International Space Station Operations Manager Jim Green, NASA Chief

Scientist Sarah Noble, Planetary Geologist Lindsay Aitchison, Space Technologist Paul Wizikowski, Special Advisor to the Administrator As a part of our agreement to attend, we also agreed to publicize the event as much as possible using social media while the event was taking place. Feel free to check out my Twitter @FarkasSTEM or my YouTube Channel FarkasSTEM to see the multitude of videos that I have uploaded for educators around the world to use in their classroom. I am beyond grateful for this amazing experience, and can’t wait to adapt all of the new things that I learned into our space exploration unit!


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Teachers Sara Heise, Audrey Hunter are STEM Maker Leaders Sara Heise and Audrey Hunter were chosen to represent Riverview school district as STEM Maker Leaders through Wayne RESA. With this program, they will be collaborating with other districts about new STEM ideas they have or ones they would like to bring back into their own classrooms. This program is meant to spread awareness of the possibilities in STEM not only in their own personal classrooms. They will be working with other teachers within the Riverview Community District to help them integrate more STEM into their programs as well. Through the completion of this year-long leadership program, Sara and Audrey will be receive a $3,800 grant to purchase new maker, engineering and tech supplies for their classrooms. Some new supplies they plan are purchasing include: green screen kits, 3D printer, cardboard cutting materials, engineering blocks and robots. These supplies will give the students ample opportunities to be exposed to all areas of STEM! Some exciting projects happening in Heise’s STEAM class currently include: 2nd-3rd grade watercraft designing and 4th-5th Halloween Decoration Maker competition. Students collaborate as a team to design one project that meets a specific set of goals and then

must be presented to the class. The 4th and 5th graders were given a challenge to create the best Halloween decorations using a set

number of makerspace materials. They then held a “Halloween Wars” competition to see who had the most creative decoration.

Learning about the Constitution

To celebrate Constitution Week - Sept. 16-20, students in Ms. LaBeau’s thirdgrade social studies class made their own constitution. Students worked together to make their own classroom Constitution as a book and signed it. They then created a classroom flag. Volunteers Mrs. Shugarman and Mrs. LaBeau came in to help students create the classroom flag with each student’s painted handprint applied.


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When Riverview educator Bethany Tomasek heard about people on social media berating, belittling and harassing U of M receiver Ronnie Bell after Bell dropped an important pass in a game against Penn State University, she was appalled. Tomesek a Riverview native who has taught in the community for five years and is a University of Michigan graduate, also thought it was a chance for a teaching moment. On the Monday after the Penn State game Tomasek returned to her fifth grade class and told her students about the incident. The students understandably we’re horrified.

The class decided to do something about it. What they did was write letters, lots of letters. “I told the kids that everyone makes mistakes,” said Tomasek. “And they thought it was awful the way he was being treated. I told them to think about if you did bad on a math test, how would you feel if some people told you you should never do math again? They understood the inherent unfairness of it.” Like a lot of people Tomasek was amazed that so many people could attack a player who was still, after all, just a teenager. “I can’t believe there were people out there that would say these kinds of things, especially people who claim to be fans. You could tell no one felt

worse about the play than Ronnie Bell. Thomas’ class was featured in a Detroit Free Press article and talked about by the ABC broadcast crew on national television during U-M’s next game, a blowout win over Notre Dame. It was a little overwhelming, Tomasek admitted. “It’s not every day they talk about you on national TV,” she said. Thomas forwarded her classes letters of encouragement to the U of M athletic department. She has not heard back, but even if she doesn’t she knows her fifth grade students I have learned a lesson about how to treat people.


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Don’t forget Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday This is the third time I’ve picked up the gauntlet and accepted the challenge of encouraging the support of small, local and independent in these publications. The weekend that serves as a focal point comes up fast. “Shift your Shopping” weekend this year is Nov. 29-30 and I encourage you to Peter Rose get out and support Downriver’s local and independent businesses. Nov. 29 is Plaid Friday and Nov. 20 is the more well-known Small Business Saturday. I encourage you to participate. While many spread their shopping for gifts out over more time than just the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, many use the muchhyped Black Friday to kick it off. The weekend after Thanksgiving sees a spike in shopping activity everywhere. Small enjoys the surge as

well, but the marketing tsunami from national chains and internet options takes an inordinate amount of the pie as the season gets into higher gear. It takes an enormous amount of money to advertise like that, money that only publicly traded companies can spend. At a time when it matters a great deal, BIG gains huge advantage over SMALL, through the expenditure of surreal monies to buy our business, and in so doing, to divert as many dollars as possible from independent and locally owned businesses everywhere. Independent businesses are benefitted tremendously by the increased traffic that comes at this time of year. The stakes at this time of year cannot be overstated. Every transaction matters a great deal to indies. We all do a great deal of work to prepare and ready ourselves, and as the year rushes to a close, time gets compacted. We run out of year; we run out of time to make the year a winner. Shopping during the holiday season

can be exactly as we all remember it, and as it should be - not a ball of stress, not the insane traffic and crowds and lousy service that the malls promise. Nothing like that at all, as a matter of fact. We simply have to choose the places to shop that offer smiles and warmth and service and uniqueness. While I write from a vantage point of Wyandotte’s independent businesses, the downriver region is loaded with choices that are guaranteed to make you a happier person this holiday season. It is more than safe to say that we can all do with anything at all that makes us happier, less stressed, and more grateful. Independent businesses deliver an experience that is just not available elsewhere. I write these columns to remind of that truth. American Express created Small Business Saturday. We Indies were thrilled to have all that airtime devoted to small, local, independent. Indeed, it worked exactly as American Express planned it for themselves, and it also

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Riverview Kiwanis again backs Dictionary Project The goal of the Dictionary Project is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade. The sponsoring organization for the Riverview Community School District is the Kiwanis of Riverview. Since 2007 the Kiwanis of Riverview have provided every third grader in the district with their very own dictionary. Because of the increase in cost of these dictionaries the Kiwanis starting selling sponsorships to fund this well received project. Letters are sent to local area businesses, parent clubs, and politicians asking for support of effort to provide these knowledge hungry students with a dictionary they can call their own. Supporters are provided with a window decal showing they proudly support the program. The Kiwanis put a label on the front of each

dictionary that lists the supporters of the program. “Labeling these dictionaries is a lot of fun,” said Kiwanis President Diane Kinlen. “We work together as a group and the many hands that we have make the work light.” This year the club delivered almost 200 copies of “A Student’s Dictionary” printed specially for the Dictionary Project. These dictionaries contain 540 pages of definitions, facts, information on planets, and the American Sign Language chart. The children actually look forward to receiving their dictionary, especially if they have an older sibling who has received one in the past. With this delivery complete the Kiwanis have delivered 3,432 dictionaries to the students of the school district. The sponsors of The Dictionary Project this year were: C. E. Raines Company, Deanna Boone Agency, Mayor Andrew Swift, Riverview Animal Hospital, Full Moon Bar & Grill, Pentiuk, Couvereur and Kobiljak PC, Riverview Towing, Nancy and John Colina, Nancy and Tom Holloway, Neubecker Power Washing, Kim and Elio Zeppa and Kathleen and Charles Skupin.


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FROM THE LIBRARY

Read local this holiday season with a little help from the Riverview Library!

November is a time for all of us to reflect upon the things that we are thankful for and spend time celebrating those we love. The staff at the Riverview Veterans Memorial Library is very thankful for the residents of Riverview, and the larger Downriver area, who take advantage of the free resources and events that we are able to provide on a daily basis. It is our mission to offer our community a collection of materials and a roster of events that meets the needs and wants of residents in a meaningful way. One of our favorite ways to do this is by curating materials written by local authors or written about the interesting places that make up the Mitten state. “Thinking Local” includes inviting in presenters who live in the cities that we visit on a daily basis and patronizing businesses that are shaped by the unique characters and characteristics of Riverview, the Downriver area and/or Michigan. We hope that this holiday season you will “Think Local” too! After you have shopped local at Warp Zone Comics & Collectibles for a new Funko Pop! or Serendipity Cakery for a cake-in-a-cup, make sure to swing by your local Riverview Library for a new book to read, an evening of crafting or for a welcoming place to relax and reflect on all of the things that make you most thankful! Wishing you a wonderful November and we hope to see you soon and often! UPCOMING EVENTS November 6-December 19 | Storytimes with Ms. Z & Mrs. K! Wednesdays Toddlers (2-3 years old) @ 11 a.m. Thursdays Preschoolers (3-5 years old) @ 11 a.m. Toddlers and Preschoolers (and their adults) will enjoy stories, songs, games, crafts and a yummy snack each week. Registration appreciated. November 8 – Open Mic Night | 6:30 p.m. Come & share your one-of-a-kind writing, art, song, or dance with a welcoming audience. Participants & attendees will also enjoy a delish nacho bar. Registration appreciated. November 11 – Library Closed | In Observance of Veterans Day November 12 – Art Night: Paper Leaf Wreaths | 6 p.m. Used book pages have never looked so festive! We will be painting and arranging paper leaves to make wreaths perfect for any fall holiday celebration! All materials provided. Registration required. November 16 – Family Puzzle Competition | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Families have three hours to complete a jigsaw puzzle. The family that finishes their entire puzzle first will win a prize basket! Snacks and puzzles supplied to each participating family. Limited to 10 families. Each team can have up to four adult members. Registration required. November 19 – Drop-In Tech Help | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Get help with eBooks, eReaders, laptops, smart phones and personal tablets. All questions welcome. Patrons are helped in the order that they arrive. November 19 – Family Storytime: Yoga with Ms. Prusak! | 6:30 p.m. No special materials required to practice yoga and hear stories with Ms. Barbara Prusak. Pajamas are optional but are encouraged. Registration required. November 23 – Turkey Tales Storytime | 11 a.m. Join us in celebrating Thanksgiving with turkey-themed stories, games and a keepsake craft. Fun activities for participants of all ages. Registration required. November 27 & 28 – Library Closed | In Observance of Thanksgiving This month’s book club selection is The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans. Plenty of copies are available at the Circulation Desk. December 9 | 6:30 p.m. Author Presentation: Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City by Jeff Morrison Spend an evening with author Jeff Morrison and his book about the remarkable collection of architectural sculpture found in the Motor City. Registration required. December 13 – Open Mic Night @ 6:30 p.m. Come & share your one-of-a-kind writing, art, song, or dance with a welcoming audience. Participants & attendees will also enjoy a delish nacho bar. Registration appreciated.

December 14 – Winter Storytime | 11 a.m. Join us for snow-themed stories, frosty fun games and a make-and-take craft. Registration required. December 16 – Family Reading Night: A Visit with Santa! | 6 p.m. Ol’ St. Nick is stopping by the Riverview Library to listen to holiday wishes. We will read a few stories and participants can make a keepsake Christmas tree ornament. Registration required. December 17 – Drop-In Tech Help | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Get help with eBooks, eReaders, laptops, smart phones and personal tablets. All questions welcomed. Patrons are helped in the order that they arrive. December 17 – Art Night: Upcycled Gift Tags and Paper Ornaments | 6 p.m. Spend a relaxing evening with us making some one-of-a-kind Christmas gift tags and paper ornaments. All materials provided. Registration is required.

Riverview Recreation Department Winter Holiday Wreath Class Sunday, November 17th 6:00 - 8:00 Riverview City Hall/Recreation Dept Senior Activities Room 14100 Civic Park Drive, Riverview 734-281-4219 Adorn your home, door or gift an easy to make stunning grapevine, evergreen, frame or hoop holiday wreath that you made yourself. This beautiful wreath is full of holiday flowers, ribbons, bows, pine cones, ornaments and winter embellishments. Many colors to choose from and good quality supplies will make this stunning wreath brighten the home on a cold wintry day. All crafting materials provided. Wreath forms are limited to one choice and what is on hand. Please bring a ruler, scissors, wire cutters and hot glue gun with glue sticks. Don’t have these, that’s ok we have some to borrow. Class Fee is $10 and you must preregister by Thursday, Nov. 14th in person, by mail or the drop box located in the police department. A printed registration form may be found online at cityofriverview.com Supply Fee is $25 cash payable to the instructor at the class.


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A recent health scare for a Riverview man has resulted in a greater degree of safety for the city’s young football players. Dr. Mustafa Hashem and Dr. Qaiser Shafiq from the Downriver Heart & Vascular Specialists recently donated a defibrillator in honor of Chuck Singleton to the Riverview Junior Football Association, making a halftime presentation at the junior varsity game at Riverview Community High School on Saturday, Oct. 26. All three RJFA teams won their games that day. Singleton, 45, is a warehouse manager for Roush Industries in Allen Park. He has devoted much of the past nine years to coaching in the RJFA, an ages-8-to-13 league that all four of his children have participated in at one time or another. But he and his family got a scare in the wee hours of July 26 when he suffered a massive heart attack and public safety personnel arrived at their house to find him unresponsive. Police and firefighters were able to revive him and get him to Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and its catheterization laboratory, an examination room containing diagnostic imaging equipment that is used to visualize heart arteries and chambers and then treat any stenosis or abnormality found. It was there that Shafiq initiated lifesaving interventions.

Doctors put in a stent, but it immediately closed, causing Singleton to have a second massive heart attack. After further treatment for the two attacks, he then spent five weeks in the intensive care unit. “(Hashem and Shafiq) were amazed by Chuck the whole time and they developed a great relationship,” said his wife, Lina Singleton. “Some parents on our board worked at the hospital and knew the doctors. They told them we don’t have a defibrillator for the program, and (the doctors) were happy to donate it.” Lina Singleton said doctors might not have had the opportunity to save Chuck’s life if they hadn’t had their house alarm repaired the day before the heart attacks. “For some reason the alarm went off at 4 a.m., so I was awake and I heard a chair fall over in the kitchen and knew something was wrong,” she said. “Chuck doesn’t remember why he was there.” But Hashem and Shafiq saw how Singleton has been there for his hometown and wanted to get involved. “This gesture was because of the huge impact that was felt by all who were involved in Chuck’s care, and the positive impact he has had on the community,” Lina said. “We eat, breathe and sleep Riverview,” Lina said. “Chuck has been a coach for five years and we’ve never needed a defibrillator, but we’re glad to have one just in case. “You never want to be without one. I hope we never

Dr. Mustafa Hashem (left) and Dr. Qaiser Shafiq (right) from the Downriver Heart & Vascular Specialists present Riverview Junior Football Association coach and board member Chuck Singleton with a defibrillator unit that now will be on hand at all RJFA games.

do need it, but it was a huge donation, a very kind and generous donation.” Chuck is slowly recovering and still goes to the games every Saturday, even though he still has trouble walking. He’s also been to several doctors, including an ophthalmologist, and is undergoing physical therapy. “It’s a long road, that’s for sure,” Lina said.

FOR THE BIRDS

Edible Birdseed Wreath Class Sunday, December 8th 6:00 - 8:00 pm Riverview City Hall/Recreation Department Senior Activities Room 14100 Civic Park Drive, Riverview 734-281-4219 Don’t forget about our fine feathered friends and a few pesky squirrels this winter! Come make several types of edible birdseed wreaths/hanging feeders at this fun and easy class. We will be using many different types of seeds, berries and dried fruit topped off with a ribbon for hanging to feed our hungry chirpers. This would be a great class for ages 10 - 100. 10 - 12 year olds may need adult supervision. These would make great holiday gifts or party/shower favors ideas or simply to hang at your home. All crafting supplies provided. Class Fee is $10 and you must preregister by Thursday, December 5th in person, by mail or the drop box located in the police department. A printable registration form may be found on line at cityofriverview.com Supply Fee is $15 cash payable to the instructor at class.

CLASS DETAILS WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:00 to 6:45 PM DATES: 11/12/19 to 12/17/19 WHERE: Riverview Recreation Center 14100 Civic Park Drive Riverview, MI 48193 COST: ONLY $40 FOR THE ENTIRE 6 WEEKS! A RESPONSIBLE ADULT MUST REMAIN ON SITE DURING CLASS

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Kiwanis Coats for kids much more than its name The Kiwanis of Riverview recently took 23 needy children from the community to J.C. Penney shopping for new clothes. “Our program is called Coats for Kids, but it is really much more than that,” said Kiwanis President Diane Kinlen. “Years ago the Kiwanis sponsored a Coats for Kids program but now we take the children to the mall ourselves to buy new clothes.” Because transportation can be a problem for some of these families the Riverview club hires the bus from the Woodhaven Kiwanis to transport the families to J.C. Penney for an evening of shopping. To maintain some anonymity the children are selected by the Riverview Community School District. Once they agree to participate in the program each child is given a budget of

around $80 to $90 per child. That amount doesn’t sound like much. But with the heavy discounts provided by the store, each child gets about $125 worth of clothes. President Kinlen said, “The children and parents are always very appreciative of the help especially at this time your year.” Director Andy Swift said, “This year will stand out as one of my favorites. Several of the children gave all our members a big hug with a bigger smile and said thank you.” After all the children had their new clothes wrung up, the very helpful cashiers waited while the receipts printed as they were several feet long. This is one of the most expensive events the Kiwanis sponsor each year. This year the total value of the program was just over $3,000.

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Navy vet celebrates 102nd birthday in style Recently Navy veteran Paul Colosimo, a resident of Atria Kinghaven, celebrated his 102nd birthday. Along with the support of our local VFW, Paul had multiple celebrations! He was invited and attended the 2019 Navy Ball for the second year, where he was honored by the Navy and senator

Gary Peters. Back at the community, Paul’s celebration was continued by our local VFW, Atria residents, staff and Riverview Mayor Andrew Swift, family and friends! Mayor Swift awarded Paul with an official city of Riverview pin in recognition of his achievement.

Your decorated house could be a winner The Riverview Beautification Commission will again be hosting its annual Home Christmas Decoration Contest. The official dates of judging will be Thursday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 6. On these dates members of the Beautification Commission will be riding around town looking for those homes that have gone the extra mile to brighten up the neighborhood. “We have to have early judging dates in order to have time to notify the winners and recognize them at the second council meeting of the month,” said Recreation Director Todd Dickman.” That meeting will be Monday, Dec. 16th, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. This year the Beautification Commission will be selecting their

six favorites and Mayor Swift will be selecting his favorite. Each winner will receive a beautiful wreath from the Kiwanis of Riverview to be displayed on the home owner’s front door. Each member of the commission is assigned a section of the city looking for their favorites. This event is popular amongst the commission because you get to drive around and see hundreds of decorated homes. You really get the feeling of community when you see the effort put in by so many residents. The Recreation Department is planning a little twist this year to the contest. Please look for an announcement on the Riverview Recreation Facebook page for more details later this month.

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May 9 date set for opening of Wildlife Refuge Gateway Earlier this month Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced that on May 9, 2020, there will be an event to mark the Grand Opening of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway and visitor center. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is the first and only international refuge in North America and stretches along the shoreline of the Detroit River and western Lake Erie. The refuge focuses on conserving, protecting, and restoring habitats for 30 species of waterfowl, 117 kinds of fish, and over 300 species of birds, while providing quality opportunities for people to connect with nature. It is home to a variety of ecologically important bird species, including bald eagles, osprey, peregrine falcons; fish species including whitefish, sturgeon, salmon, perch, and walleye. “This refuge and conservation mattered so much to John. It was his vision for a place to gather, learn and protect the wildlife and natural resources that make our region unique,” said Dingell. “After decades, and the incredibly hard work of many, I look forward to celebrating the Grand Opening of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway and visitor center in May. Being at the refuge truly reinforces one’s appreciation of the outdoors, and I hope everyone can join us for the occasion.” “This visitor center will provide a place for all to develop a love of the great outdoors through education and exploration,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.

THE DETROIT RIVER INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IS THE FIRST AND ONLY INTERNATIONAL REFUGE IN NORTH AMERICA AND STRETCHES ALONG THE SHORELINE OF THE DETROIT RIVER AND WESTERN LAKE ERIE. “We are proud to announce that we will be opening the new John D Dingell Jr. Visitor Center to the public on May 9, 2020,” said U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regional Director Charlie Wooley. “We appreciate our partner’s and the community’s patience as we near completion of this beautiful, new facility. “This will be a wonderful gathering place and beginning of a new chapter for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge in the Downriver community and we hope everyone will come out and help us celebrate this spring.” In the early 2000s, then-Representative John Dingell joined then-Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Herb Grey to form a group of local, regional, state, and federal agencies to establish a wildlife refuge along the lower Detroit River ecosystem.

Dingell grew up hunting and enjoying the outdoors in these same areas and made it his mission to establish the refuge. The process formally began in 2001 when President Bush signed legislation written by Dingell to create the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. Since that time, the refuge has grown from a couple of small tracts of land into a 6,200-acre refuge that spans 48 miles of the lower Detroit River and western Lake Erie. The Refuge Gateway embodies the vision of the refuge. Co-managed by Wayne County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it includes restored native habitat on the site of a former factory, a 700-foot fishing pier into the Detroit River, and a state-of-theart LEED-certified visitor center and offices. The Refuge Gateway will provide public access to the river in Trenton and is the gateway into the hiking trails of the refuge’s Humbug Marsh, the last undeveloped mile along the U.S. side of the river. In 2017, the visitor center was named after John Dingell as a tribute to his decades of service in establishing and expanding the refuge. In early October Congresswoman Dingell (D-MI) and Margaret Everson, Acting Director of US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), toured the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. “Seeing the area and work being done matter to me, the community, and the whole region,” said Dingell. “After decades, and the incredibly hard work of many, I look forward to celebrating the Grand Opening of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway and visitor center in May.”


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Each year, the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce presents its Women of Achievement Awards to Downriver residents who are affiliated with a nonprofit organization or a business that belongs to the chamber. And sometimes the honorees are both businesswomen and nonprofit volunteers. Winners were chosen by a chamber selection committee from member nominations and were judged solely on content with names removed from the forms. Sarah Kew of Southgate is this year’s winner of the chamber’s Unsung Heroine Award. She’s devoted to Kiwanis, a global nonprofit group of volunteers who provide community service in many forms, focusing particularly — but not exclusively — on the needs of children. Kew isn’t just involved with Kiwanis, she is governor of the group for the entire state of Michigan. She leads 160 clubs and their 4,500 members. She also works from home for online retailer Ruby Ribbon and, with her husband, cares for her 5-yearold son Maxwell. “I love volunteering and helping to make the world a better place,” Kew said in her award speech. “My biggest motivation is my son.” Creating a better future for children like Maxell inspires her in all that she does, she said. She also volunteers with the Kiwanis Key Leader program, which offers activities and workshops for teenagers, and with the Michigan Young Professionals group. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell offered a special Congressional recognition for Kew on Oct. 18. The formal recognition talked of Kew “working quietly behind the scenes” to ensure that Kiwanis continues its work for children and the community. “Known amongst her peers and colleagues for her high degree of professionalism, compassion and ambition, she is well-loved and cherished by so many within the Kiwanis organization and beyond,” the Congressional Record states. “Sarah truly embodies all the qualities of an admirable leader. She humbly strives for excellence without seeking praise

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Sarah Kew, Kimberly Kramer, Anita Twardesky and Ann Rudisill were award winners at the SWCRC Women of Achievement Awards last month. They were joined on stage by SWCRC President and CEO Ron Hinrichs.

or recognition for any of her significant accomplishments.” Kimberly Kramer of Lincoln Park, founder of Your Look Logos LLC, was honored with the chamber’s Entrepreneur Award. Kramer’s company, based in Lincoln Park, offers promotional products— everything from pens to leather-bound journals — imprinted with brand names, and also prints T-shirts. She helps the chamber with networking events, and is an active volunteer with the Downriver West Kiwanis Club and Mimi’s Mission. Kramer said, “I’m grateful to do what I love every day and this recognition is very appreciated!” Ann Rudisill of Wyandotte, founder of nonprofit Downriver for Veterans, was awarded the chamber’s Inspiring Achievement Award. In 2018, Rudisill and her enterprise were featured on the Facebook-based reality show “Returning the Favor” featuring TV personality Mike Rowe. The episode has been viewed millions

of times, and inspired donations for Downriver for Veterans and raised awareness for those in need of its help. Rudisill, a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran, was serving in the Downriver Regional Veterans Treatment Court in Southgate a few years ago when she realized that many Downriver veterans were without basic needs — food, clothing and more —and had no way to get to Detroit for VA services. She formed DFV in 2017, and it’s been going strong ever since. Rowe donated $30,000 to the group, which enable it to purchase a handicap accessible van to get veterans in wheelchairs to medical appointments or where they need to go. The DFV warehouse in Wyandotte is stocked with food, clothing, furniture and hygiene products, and Rudisill and her volunteers box up food and other sundries to make regular deliveries to veterans in need to can’t get there. DFV also help veterans with housing, transportation and paperwork. “Everything we do here is out of the

heart,” Rudisill said during the awards ceremony. “How do you not help somebody that helped our country?” Members of DFV’s advisory board include Dingell and Wyandotte Mayor Joe Person, a Vietnam veteran. Rudisill is known as a “spitfire” who never takes no for an answer. If a veteran has a problem, she will work until she finds a way to solve it. Anita Twardesky of Trenton, community outreach and public relations manager for Wyandotte-based Riverside Kayak Connection LLC and president of Downriver Linked Greenways was honored with the chamber’s Leadership Award. Twardesky, who also serves on the Healthy Trenton Coalition, has been a leader in the fields of outdoor recreation and economic development Downriver for many years. She is a founding member of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Alliance, led the development of Huron River SEE WOMEN, Page 22

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Background on how currently configured Fort Street came to be Mr Perry, My dad used to have a gas station on Old Fort Street (now Quarry Road) near Sibley. Sometime in the 1930s or 1940s they did some major construction on Old Fort. It seems in the design of that construction someone decided that Old Fort should be routed from somewhere near Leroy in Southgate west to a road called Strong Road. Do you have any information on why they did that? Wayne Sorry Wayne, I don’t have a good answer for you as to why they rerouted Old Fort Street, other than if they tried to run the new double lane down Quarry Road they would not have had enough room. Plus, Old Fort dead ended at the Sibley Quarry. Rerouting from Leroy in Southgate Gerald Perry west through all of the farmland - like Singer Farm and others - was probably the easiest and cheapest way to go. Before the 1940s construction, Old Fort Street used to run straight to the Sibley Quarry to accommodate the quarry and the trucks that used to haul limestone to the Solvay Company, located somewhere in Delray. Solvay would crush the stone and make cement. Follow closely now, because this is where it gets confusing. Before the reconfiguration, Old Fort Street was a double lane highway that came from the Rouge bridge in Detroit and went south through Lincoln Park and Wyandotte and Southgate (then known as Ecorse Township). It terminated at Leroy into a single two-lane road that then went south on Quarry to Sibley. The newly configured, paved double lane Fort Street (then called Super Fort) was rerouted west to the intersection of Pennsylvania and Strong Road (now Fort Street) and then south through Riverview to Sibley Road. At Sibley, Fort was reduced to a two-lane road and continued to West Road. I am sure your dad was disappointed (to put it mildly) with the move. It seems your dad had only opened his

station for a few years before state road commission re-designed the streets around him. The sad turn did not get your dad down, however, Instead, he brought property on the corner of Pennsylvania and the new Super Fort Street and by the early 1940s had built a brand new Mobil gas station. Your dad rebuilt the station at least two more times, once in 1967 and once in 1979. I have a lot of memories of your dad. He was a real “self-made” man. There were stories that your dad never threw anything away, especially cement blocks from other construction jobs. He saved them and when it was time, he had you and your brother clean the mortar off the old blicks to build the new station. He also built many other buildings around town, many of which are now gone. He once cut short a visit with me because they were renovating a house he had built to turn it into an American Legion hall. He said he had to get over to talk to them because they were going to eliminate interior walls. He said there probably wasn’t a 2x4 more than four feet long in the whole house and he had to warn them that if they weren’t careful it could collapse. I remember talking to him when he was out of the hospital and recovering from pneumonia. “Jerry,” he said with a wry grin, “I was so sick I thought I was going to die and all I could think about was leaving all my money to my kids. I had to get better to avoid this from happening.” But your dad was a generous man. He built a ranch-style house for his mother and father on the corner of Vreeland and Quarry, he was a member of the Riverview school board and also a member of the Riverview Planning Commission for many years. Rest in peace, old friend, Ed Westlow. Note: When I-75 was constructed the state highway commission constructed another two-lane road on the west side of the old two-lane M-85 at Fort Street and Sibley, so there was a northbound two-lane and a southbound two-lane all the way through Trenton to I-75. It is the configuration we recognize today.

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Trail Town and founded Destination Downriver. For Twardesky, it’s all about bringing people and communities together to get more people Downriver outside for recreation, education and exercise — and promoting the area in the process. She’s an active chamber member, and has served as parks and recreation director for the cities of Woodhaven and Flat Rock. She chairs the Trails Committee for the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association, and is a member of the State Wide Advisory Group Michigan Water Trails. “We have a great community Downriver and are very fortunate to have so many parks, hiking and biking trails, rivers, and other waterways,” Twardesky said. “Access to our natural resources is key to our region for both economic development benefits and recreation use.”

In 2013, the chamber honored her with its Image Award in recognition of her promotion of the Downriver area. Winning the Leadership Award this year prompted this Facebook comment from her: “Thank you seems hardly enough. Congratulations to all the women who were honored! You all are amazing women doing amazing work in our community. What an inspiration! Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber — thank you for making this an unforgettable experience from start to finish!” The Women of Achievement Awards were presented during an Oct. 18 luncheon at Crystal Gardens in Southgate. Women’s health care advocate and philanthropist Karen Colina Wilson Smithbauer, a Trenton native who now lives in Monroe, served as guest speaker. Christy McDonald of Detroit Public TV served as master of ceremonies.


Bucs throttle Carlson in first-round playoff game Hank Minckiewicz Riverview Register

On the scoreboard it was a close, tense game all night long. When the final stats were tallied, the totals were relatively close. But, in truth, Riverview totally dominated Carlson in its 22-8 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state playoff win on Nov. 1. Want proof? Here it is. Riverview ran 62 offensive plays to just 34 for the Marauders. That is an amazing stat. The Marauders had just eight possessions all night as the Bucs took the ball and kept it for long stretches of the game. Riverview’s first possession of the night resulted in a 14-play, sixminute drive that resulted in a Jacob Puma touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Early in the second half, Riverview put together a 12-play, five-minute march that ended with the Bucs scoring on a fumble recovery. But the grandaddy of the game was a 13-play, 94-yard beauty that ended with a Christian Lopez one-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion that gave the Bucs a 22-8 lead with just 5:52 to play in the game and sent a big Carlson crowd heading for the exits. Carlson had 251 total yards in the game - to Riverview’s 285 - but 197 of the Marauders’ yards came on just four plays. There was a 72-yard run, a 49yard pass, a 48-yard pass and a 28-yard pass, none of which resulted in points. That means Carlson’s other 30 plays in the game netted just 54 yards, an average of just 1.8 yards a play. Carlson’s highly-touted quarterback Ian Stewart, who is committed to Michigan State University as a receiver, was largely ineffective. He did have a 14-yard run that resulted in his team’s only touchdown and then he completed a pass on the two-point play afterward. But the rest of his night was pedestrian. He passed for 125 yards, but completed just three of nine passes and most of the yardage came after his receivers caught short passes and ran long distances. The game may have turned in the closing seconds of the first half.

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Riverview running back Christian Lopez had 79 rushing yards in the playoff win over Carlson

Riverview had a 12-play drive (another one!) that ended on downs at the Carlson 7-yard-line. The Marauders seemed content to run out the final 51 seconds and take an 8-8 tie into halftime, but then a Marauder running back got loose on the first play of the

series and ran 72 yards to the Riverview 21 and suddenly Carlson was in a position to score and grab an unlikely lead. But the Riverview defense rose up in the form of sophomore Cal Lockhart, who broke through the line

on first down and sacked Stewart for a nine-yard loss. On second down, the Marauders tried to sweep the right end and again Lockhart sniffed it out and threw the running back for another fiveyard loss. Carlson coach Jack Giarmo had seen enough and on third down the Marauders ran into the middle of the line for no gain and went to the locker room. Carlson fumbled on its first play of the second half and Riverview took over at the Marauder 42 and shoved its way down the field. The Bucs scored on a “fumblerooski” kind of a play, whether it was intentional or not. On Carlson’s next possession a 49yard pass play and a facemask penalty tacked onto the end put the Marauders on the Riverview 10-yard line, Again, it was “defense to the rescue.” After holding Carlson to runs of one and two yards, the Bucs forced a pair of Stewart incompletions and got the ball back. The offense said thank you by driving 94 yards for the game-clinching score. The Bucs offense was run by committee on this night as Puma had 92 yards on 22 carries, Lopez had 79 yards on 18 carries and quarterback Brandon Maher had 37 yards on four carries. Jimari Moultrie and Ben Johnson also added valuable rushing yardage. Riverview does not throw the ball much and they did not against Carlson, but when they did, Maher went out and made important throws and completions He was 3-of-5 for 47 yards. Lockhart caught two of Maher’s passes for 35 yards. With the victory, Riverview advanced to the second round on Nov. 8 against Allen Park, a 39-15 winner over Trenton in its first 2019 playoff game. The victory was the fifth in a row for Riverview (8-2). Since losing backto-back game against Huron League runner-up Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central and league champ Milan on weeks four and five, the Bucs have reeled off wins over Airport 14-13, Jefferson 26-2, Grosse Ile 24-10, Redford Thurston 43-25 and Carlson.

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Gabriel Richard wins playoff game on late field goal Hank Minckiewicz Riverview Register

Just by the nature of the Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoff system there are sometimes bad mismatches in first-round playoff games. But sometimes the system works out just right. That happened on Nov. 1 in Clinton when Gabriel Richard hooked up with the host Redskins in a terrific ball game. Richard scored first in the opening quarter and Clinton tied the game. Clinton scored first in the third quarter and Richard tied it. It was 14-14 down to the wire when Richard placekicker Ivan Hernandez won the game for the Pioneers 17-14 with a 25-yard field goal at the end of regulation time. It was a thrilling end to game between evenly matched foes. Clinton, the Tri-County League champion, came into the game with a 9-0 record. The Redskins had not been held to fewer than 34 points in any

game this year and were averaging 47 points per outing. But the Pioneers - 7-2 coming into the contest - had the defense to hold the Redskins down. Richard scored on the first possession of the game. The Pioneers went 68 yards in four plays to get on the scoreboard. Nathan Palumbo, who is usually the battering ram in the Richard offense, this time got loose and sprinted 46 yards to the end zone to put his team up early. But Clinton returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to the Richard 40 and before you knew it, the Redskins were celebrating a score of their own. After a gash run by Clinton got the ball to the Richard two, Noah DeShano carried it in. It was 7-7 at halftime, but Clinton took the ball to open the second half and wound up scoring the go-ahead touchdown. The touchdown was set up by another good kickoff return, this one of 29 yards. The Clinton drive covered 64 yards and lasted nine plays with Brayden

Randolf going the last 26 yards to the end zone. Richard answered a minute and a half later when quarterback Joe Wisniewski fired a 60-yard touchdown pass to Nick Szczechowski. The game then developed into a defensive struggle with neither team able to put any points on the board until Hernandez delivered his decisive kick. The winning field goal capped a six-play march from the Clinton 45 to the Clinton 8-yard line. The key play on the drive was a 30-yard, third-down completion from Wisniewski to Quinn Hess. Hess finished the night with four catches for 80 yards. Wisniewski was 9-for-16 for 141 yards. Michael Holdsclaw was Richard’s leading rusher with 63 yards on 14 carries. The Pioneers finished the game with 238 yards of total offense and Clinton had 263. The victory was a salve for the Pioneers who came into the game fresh off a 27-6 loss to Everest Collegiate Academy in the Catholic League Intersectional championship game at

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Rynearson Stadium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. Playing in a cold and constant downpour, Richard scored on its first play of the game, an 83-yard run by Holdsclaw and then never sniffed the end zone again. The Pioneers had few answers for Everest junior quarterback Giovanni Mastromatteo. Mastromatteo hit receiver Joey Thibodeau for an 8-yard score for Everest’s first points in the second quarter and then found Thibodeau again with an 85-yard touchdown bomb in the third quarter. He scrambled nine yards for a score made it 20-7 and a 3-yard run by Jack Laceski capped the scoring. It was the second year in a row that Richard was defeated by Everest in the CHSL championship game. The Pioneers faced Jackson Lumen Christi in Jackson in the district round of the playoffs on Nov. 8. Lumen Christi came into the game with a spotless record and fresh off a 42-14 first-round playoff win over Homer.


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This season Riverview junior Eric Pickell established himself as the Pirates in top cross-country man. Running at Lake Erie Metropark in the Division 2 state regional on Oct. 26 Pickell placed 15th in 17:05 and with the effort qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state meet at Michigan International Speedway. Pickell’s run helped spark the Bucks to a seventh-place finish at the event. Chelsea won the event with a mere 46 points and Dearborn Divine Child was second with 60. Following Pickell home were Jack Lendon, Gavin Shelton, Ethan Rucarean and Luke Lendon. On the girls side of the ledger, Paige Beaudry did even better for the Bucs. The 11th-grader was a top 10 regional performer. She finished ninth with the time of 20:16. At the state finals, held in Brooklyn Michigan on a cold and dreary day on a muddy course, Beaudry ran 72nd with a time of 20:05. It was a solid finish considering there were 247 runners in the big race. Pickle finished 137th in 17:34 in the 246-runner boys race. At the Oct. 17 Huron League meet hosted by Monroe Jefferson High School at Willow Metropark the Riverview boys were a solid third as a team. The Bucs scored 77 points to finish behind first-place Milan, which had 40, and New Boston Huron, 45. Pickell was the third-place runner in that meet, running 17:02. Only two Milan runners finished ahead of him. Luke Lendon was 16th in 17:55, Jack Lendon was 17th in 18:03, Rucarean was 19th in 18:06 and Gavin Shelton concluded the Riverview scoring, finishing 22nd in 1812. The girls were fourth at the league

The Riverview boys cross country team ran third at the Huron League meet. Photo by Larry Caruso

South Lyon East, Allen Park, Trenton and Huron. South Lyon, South Lyon East and Allen Park we’re state meet qualifiers. RIVERVIEW KICKERS PART ON MELVINDALE’S FINALS RUN Riverview’s stay in the Michigan High School Athletic Association state soccer tournament was fairly short this season. The Bucs opened tournament play by shutting out Southgate Anderson 2-0, but fell in the second round of districts at Trenton to Melvindale 3-1. Melvindale had earlier beaten Detroit Cesar Chavez and after beating Riverview the Cardinals went on to beat Allen Park to win the district championship. It was the start of something big for the Melvindale team, which went all the way to the Division 2 state finals before finally losing.

meet with 95 points. Grosse Ile won the meet and the league championship. Beaudry was sixth in the race with a time of 20:43. Grace Godlewski was 14th in 21:24, Alyssa Brooks was 23rd in 22:33, Emma Small was 24th in 22:56 and Callie Felice was 31st in 24:10. GOLFERS WRAP UP GOOD CAMPAIGN The Riverview girls golf team finished a solid season with a sixthplace finish at the Division 2 state

regional held at Pineview golf course in Ypsilanti in early October. The five Buc golfers recorded a score combined of 424. The team was led by junior Paige Beaudry, who was 11th overall in the tournament with a round of 96. Freshman Megan Rogers shot 107, junior Nicole Kormos shot 110, senior Emma Bain shot 111 and freshman 7 Cadence Kaminske shot 130. As a team the Pirates finished behind Regional champ South Lyon,

RIVERVIEW SPIKERS AGAIN IN DIVISION 1 Riverview High School rarely finds itself outside of Division 2 when it comes to Michigan High School Athletic Association state tournament action, however the volleyball team has found itself as one of the smallest teams in the Division 1 tournament each of the past few years. It’s true again this season. The Bucs played first-round tournament action in Woodhaven. Riverview opened district play Nov. 6 against Carlson. Trenton, Woodhaven and Anderson are the other teams in the district. The district winner moves on to regionals in Dearborn.

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Richard has two cross country state-meet qualifiers Gabriel Richard freshman Alexander Meszaros and senior Lily Green each had state-meet qualifying performances at the Division 3 regional at Willow Metropark. Meszaros ran 17:37 and placed ninth in the regional meet. Green finished 12th in 21:29. As a team, Richrd scored 209 points and finished eighth in the 11-team field. Clinton (83) was the champion, while Dundee (88) and Erie Mason (88) also qualified as teams. Finishing first in the 86-man field was Hunter Assenmacher (16:32.6) of Ida. John Borowicz (18:34.1) was next for Richard in 35th place. On the girls’ side, Richard (229) was also eighth out of 11 teams. Blissfield (59) was the team champion and it had the top overall finisher with Mari Cueto (19:50.6), who led a field of 76 runners. Ida (70) and Clinton (102) finished second and third. At the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 state meet, held at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Meszaros finished 137th

with time of 18:13. Green was 159th in 22:06. At the Catholic League meet at Kensington Metropark, Meszaros ran 19:00. His 11th-place finish was the best among Richard runners, girls or boys. The boys finished fifth as a team. Green ran 23:15 to finish 14th in the girls race. PIONEERS FALL IN DISTRICT SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP Guided by a hat trick from Kaleb Chelli, including two overtime goals, host Inter-City Baptist came away with a 4-2 victory over Gabriel Richrd in a district title game and collected the district trophy on its home field. It was Chelli who opened the scoring with a goal about 10 minutes into the first half. The Pioneers (7-6) tied the game 10 minutes later when Asher Cousino found the back of the net. Early in the second half, Ethan Lividini scored on a header, after a throw in by Carson Fowler, and put the hosts up 2-1. The Chargers had multiple opportunities to pad their lead but

couldn’t get another ball across the goal line in regulation. Soon after the Lividini goal, his teammate Micah Wright just missed on a shot. With 21 minutes remaining, Lividini had a header sail just over the crossbar. In addition, Richard keeper Kyle Paoletti stood up to the pressure and played well. With 15 minutes left in the second half, Krzysztof Szymczuk netted a goal for Richard that evened things up at 2-2 and ultimately forced overtime. Inter-City regained the lead when Chelli cashed in on a header with exactly 1:58 left in the first overtime period. Chelli capped off his hat trick late in the second overtime period and all but secured the Chargers’ 4-2 victory and district championship. For the Pioneers, the loss closed out what was another winning season, despite playing with a young roster and dealing with some key injuries. “I love my guys and today that bond that we have grew even more,” said Richard coach Eric Perilla. “I’m really

excited for where the future is (headed). We really want to build a powerhouse soccer program at GR, that’s something we’re aiming to do and we’ve just got to keep working at and trusting the process. The seniors on the 2019 Richard club were Gabe Parks, Tyler Paoletti, Zachary Pousak and Mark Nakad. Inter-City went on to beat Plymouth Christian in a regional semifinal game before being shutout 4-0 by Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett. RICHARD IN CABRINI VOLLEYBALL DISTRICT The Gabriel Richard volleyball team found itself in the Division 3 Michigan High School Athletic Association volleyball district tournament at Cabrini this season. The Pioneers opened play Nov. 4 against the host school. The other teams in the district are Ecorse, Taylor Prep and Dearborn Heights Star International. The district championship was played Nov. 9 with the winner advancing to regionals at Petersburg-Summerfield.

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Residential, Family Trust & Estate, Commercial, and Vacant Land 23861 Greenwood Dr Flat Rock

18512 Yorkshire Ct. Riverview

23462 Park N Dr Huron Twp

$132,500

$330,000

$207,500

932 River Ct. Wyandotte

13900 Sibley Rd. Riverview

$260,000

$310,000

18551 Country Club Ct. Riverview

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$325,000

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