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Free tax service changes locations

TRENTON TIDBITS Winter fitness classes available

The free tax preparation service that has been provided at the Westfield Center each year since 2006 is on the move to a new location — in Southgate. Organized each year by the American Association of Retired Citizens, the tax service for anyone 60 or older, lowincome and disabled people previously set up shop at Westfield each Friday during the tax preparation season from about mid-January through the April 15 filing deadline. Trenton Senior Citizen Coordinator Carol Garrison said the change was initiated as part of a regional reorganization by AARP, which had been serving the Downriver area with three or four satellite locations See Page 6

Trenton’s cutest pet?

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A Folly good time!

Mario Garza Jr., 13, and Stephanie Liakos, 14, head a youthful cast of singers ranging from ages 5 to 11 in an updated tap-dancing version of “Rudolph,” featuring Rudolph and girlfriend Clarice. The song-and-dance routine was part of Frosty Follies, staged last month at the Trenton Village Theatre. Participants included about 100 members of the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center, who performed Christmas classics and new renditions of songs intended to bring holiday joy.

Educational Foundation tries to fill void BY RICK SCHULTE

For as good a reputation the Trenton Public Schools have in the area, it’s still not an easy task making everything happen. Budgets are limited and the schools themselves simply cannot provide everything needed to enhance the school experience for all. That’s where the

Trenton Educational Foundation (TEF) comes into play. Established in 2008 by a group of community leaders, the organization has provided extras not within the budget. One of the ways students and teachers can benefit from the organization is through mini-grants. “A lot of times, a teacher might get a good idea for something to do

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in the classroom, but the budgets are so tight,” said Tom Dickman, chairman for the TEF. “But this allows the teachers, for instance, to go above and beyond and to really do something. The mini-grants do things to help the students learn.” All levels of education are helped by the TEF. For instance, a recent mini-grant was used for

Winter may be the season of frostbit fingers and slush-filled boots, but the good news is that it’s also the season when many residents get special recognition through a variety of awards presented at a couple of events that have become city traditions.

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Winter awards programs offer diversion from cold BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.

This month’s issue includes a new feature called “Trenton’s Cutest Pet,” which replaces the “Who’s Pooch?” monthly contest. Meet January’s Cutest Pet and find out how to submit your nomination on Page 5.

the creation of takehome bags that can be used to improve reading and writing skills. Similar to the concept of checking out materials from the library, these bags offer lowerelementary students a chance to do some extra learning. Some elementary students were also provided cameras to borrow for class projects.

Several hometown organizations are giving out special honors at the City Awards Banquet in January and the State of the City program in February. The City Awards Banquet, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Jefferson, will include the naming of See Page 6

Cast your vote for city’s top business The Trenton Business Association will conduct an online vote Jan. 10-21 to determine the city’s Business of the Year for 2011. Visit the TBA Website at to view the list of nominees and make your selection.

Memorial group looking for help The city’s Veteran’s Memorial Committee is looking for help finding the relatives of Trenton residents who died at war. See the list on Page 3 and get in touch with the committee if you know someone’s whereabouts.

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Looking to burn off some of those holiday calories? Registration is now open for several winter fitness classes being offered through the Trenton Parks and Recreation Department. Online registration is now available at parksandrec, as well in person at the Recreation office located in Trenton City Hall.

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Foundation helps fund school ‘extras’ From Page 1

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 5 Founded September 2009 The Trenton Trib in an independent newspaper published monthly by Trenton Trib LLC in Trenton, Mich.

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At Boyd Arthurs Middle School, a method of using blocks to help create a learning tool for algebra was funded. And at Trenton High School, the annual Challenge Day (which gives students and adults a chance to assess how they accept others) is a moving experience that isn’t funded from the general budget, but through the TEF. To be eligible for a grant (of up to $750), applicants must be able to provide a well-stated case for why their request is unique and will be affective. A series of grants were provided for the first semester of the school year; another will be awarded this spring. The Foundation funds six integral areas of education — cultural enrichment, scholastic enrichment, arts and education, technology and learning, continuing education and professional development. Approximately $7,500 in funding was awarded in the TEF’s first year, with that number growing each year. To fund this ambitious program, the organization has made public appeals for assistance and is looking

A Note From the Publishers We are continually striving to make improvements to the Trenton Trib print and online editions, so your feedback is import to us. Please email us at or call our main number at 676-0850 to let us know what you think. You also are welcome to post your comments to our fan page on Facebook. Due to space limitation we have opted not to publish letters in the print version of the publication at this time. However, we are posting reader comments on our Web site when appropriate and also welcome you to comment on any of the articles appearing on the Website, Also, please note that there are tips throughout the paper on the types of information and photos we are encouraging readers to send us for possible publication. We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you, our readers, a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011. Thanks for reading, and we very much appreciate your continued support and encouragement. Happy New Year!

Trenton Educational Foundation photo The Trenton Educational Foundation provided $7,500 in funding for “extras” during its first full year, and hopes to see that amount grow from year to year. to create ways people can donate on a continuous basis. There’s one big goal

the group is swinging toward – creating something similar to the Kalamazoo Promise. In

that program, graduates from each Kalamazoo public high school are eligible for funding of their college tuition. “That would be a real stretch goal,” Dickman said. “As the Foundation continues to grow, we want to aim for something big like that. It would be exciting.” For now, the TEF is working hard to help all students have a more well-rounded educational environment. Dickman, who has been involved with the program even after having his children graduate from Trenton High School, knows the value of having quality schools in his community. “In our family, my wife and I have always considered education to be important,” he said. “All four of our children got a good education here and went on to get college degrees and good jobs. Education is important for a community. I’ll support the schools for as long as I’m here.” To learn more about the TEF, go to www.trentonfoundation. org.

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AROUND TOWN Upcoming Events Jan. 3 — It’s back to school for Trenton Public Schools students. Jan. 3 — Registration begins for Parks & Recreation Department swimming lessons, skating lessons and Zumba. Jan. 8 — Annual winter workshops organized by the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center begin. Youngsters ages 5-14 are welcome. Sessions held at Trenton Village Theatre. Visit for details. Jan. 10 — Regular meeting of City Council, 8 p.m. Jan. 10 — SEMCOG Executive Director Paul Tait will be the featured speaker at the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Legislative Forum at Crystal Gardens in Southgate; $15 a person; registration begins at 11 a.m.; lunch served at 11:30; call (734) 284-6000 to reserve a seat. Jan. 10-21 — Vote online on the Trenton Business Association Website for the 2011 Trenton Business of the Year; visit Jan. 15 — Nature Nook Winter Wonders at the Trenton Cultural Center Art Barn, 10 a.m.-noon; demonstrations and crafts for ages 4-12; presented by the Wayne County Parks naturalist staff; $4 residents, $5 non-residents; call 675-7300 for info. Jan. 17 — Registration begins for Daddy Daughter Date Night; call 675-7300. Jan. 18 — Phone line for the annual free tax service to start accepting calls for tax appointments. Location has been moved to Southgate City Hall. Call (734) 258-3037. See article on Page 1 for additional details. Jan. 15 — 41st annual City Awards Banquet at the Trenton Knights of Columbus Hall on West Jefferson; awards presented in numerous categories; doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m.; tickets are $30 and available at City Hall; call 675-1162 for info. Jan. 27 — Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber “After Business, Ours” at the Kennedy Recreation Center, hosted jointly by the Trenton Business Association, the Motor City Metal Jackets hockey team and the City of Trenton; 5:30-7 p.m.; $5 for TBA and SWCRC members and $15 for non-member; display tables available for $45 when reserved in advance; call (734) 284-6000. Jan. 31 — Parks and Recreation Department registration opens for golf lessons and Pilates. Feb. 7 — State of the City program at the Westfield Center. Program features a talk by Mayor Gerald Brown and award presentations by the Trenton Business Association and Trenton Rotary, the co-hosts of the event; call 676-9561 to reserve a seat. $10 admission cost includes a buffet lunch.

SAVE THE DATE! Feb. 26 — Trenton Rotary Winter Beach Blast at Crystal Gardens in Southgate; annual fundraiser for Trenton Rotary charities; chairperson is Timber Baun-Crooks; co-chair is Laurie Stanley.

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Solumn march

Continuing an American Legion Post 426 tradition, members last month marched from their hall on West Jefferson to the Harrison Boat Ramp to pay tribute to veterans who lost their lives at war. “We do this every year so as not forget what happened at Pearl Harbor and all of the wars, and to honor all of our fallen comrades,” Legion member Larry Rossi said.

Committee trying to track relatives of deceased Trenton veterans who will be honored on new library memorials BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.

The city’s Veteran’s Memorial Committee is looking for help locating relatives of the 58 Trenton residents who died at war. The committee is planning to recognize those veterans on new monuments expected to be installed in front of the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library on West Road. The group is planning a ceremony to unveil the monuments on Memorial Day. “We are working hard to identify and contact as many relatives as possible — at least one per veteran,” said John Craven, a Vietnam War veteran who is heading a drive to raise the funds to pay for the monuments and other enhancements. The names of the deceased veterans who will be listed on the monuments appear at right. Relatives or those who may know of a relative are asked to contact Cra-

ven through his Website,, or by emailing The committee is planning to expand and enhance the war memorials it maintains both outside and inside of Trenton Veterans Memorial Library on West Road. The entire project is expected to cost about $33,000. Brochures detailing the scope of the improvements are available at the Trenton VFW Post 1888, American Legion Post 426, and at Trenton City Hall. Craven said the brochures also include a donation form. Articles detailing the project also are archived on the Trenton Trib Website, Donations to help pay for the projects can be sent to Trenton VFW Post 1888, 2763 Veterans Parkway, Trenton, MI 48183. Organizers request that donors indicate War Monuments Project on the memo line on their checks.

Residents who died at war Spanish-American War 1898 Earl R. Bates William Dimmick World War I 1914-1918 Clarence F. Deno William H. Dusablon Alfred W. Fuller Joseph Kalaska Fred Labo Claude E. Mathewson John O’Neil Arthur Sanders Albert E. Smith World War II 1939-1945 George Amiot Jr. Edward J. Batten Cloyse A. Bennett Charles R. Blackman David M. Brown Richard M. Brown Harold J. Chatell Nelson S. Cline Lawrence J. Davis Bernard M. Erne James L. Guichard Arthur E. Hertel Russell T. Holland Richard W. Kinney Walter F. Kohler Joseph Krafcik Harry Mazo

James M. McClurg Claude F. McTaggart Raymond Morris James R. Patterson Louis E. Rapin Joseph J. Ricci Maxium D. Schenavar Horace L. Shaul Ralph A. Shavkey Robert V. Smith Todd G. Stone William A. Sutherby Clayton C. Taleen Alfred L. Venier Harold F. Whelan Donald W. Zellers Jr. Earl G. Zimmer Korea 1950-1953 Rollin J. Isler Vietnam 1959-1975 Walter W. Cunningham Louis W. Cussins Robert J. DiPietro James E. Fowler William D. Gouger Jr. Theodore L. Gyulveszi Gary W. Holbrook Patrick J. McKinley Franklin H. Raub Elwood C. Sovey Jr. Charles B. White Garry Wright Robert L. Wunder

Historical Society keeps tabs on city’s past BY LINDA VORVES PASTOR

Founded in 1834, and recorded as a city in1957, the community of Trenton has a population of more than 19,000 people. And like many other cities that have been around for a long time, it has accumulated a multitude of historical materials. In 1987, the Trenton Historical Society was

incorporated as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of Trenton artifacts and history. The Historical Society currently has nine board members, all of whom are volunteers. With the Internet — Google, and other search engines— you may wonder why is there a need for a historical society? Board member Carol

Hendricks says it can be difficult to trust the accuracy of information out in cyberspace. So, what kind of things are preserved, and where are they stored? Items such as... •The Lucy Shirmer Collection housed in the Archives contains papers used by Shirmer in the writing of the book, “Snug Harbor,” as well as various books, photos,

and maps donated by the Shirmer estate. •Obituary Collection is housed in the Local History Room of the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library. •Trenton High School Yearbooks, 1900 to Present. •Trenton Times microfilm, 1912-1973, at the Archives in Trenton High School as well as See Page 6

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COMMUNITY Volunteer enjoys taking an active role in city’s big events

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Motivational Moment

The way businesses market to you is constantly changing When planning for the upcoming year for my marketing business, I research trends and try to figure out what will be hot and valuable to businesses. It is always fun to go back a year later and see what worked and what didn’t. Facebook was a big hit and profitable in 2010 for my clients. Twitter, not so much. When I first started my business in 1995 my main work was telemarketing and direct mail. If I wouldn’t have changed with the times, I most certainly would not still be in business. I have not met one person who really enjoys telemarketers or know of anyone who bought immediately from one direct mail piece. Not only are businesses finding new ways to market to you, they have to track their results differently, too. In the past my clients were happy with the ratio of one new sale per 20 phone calls. If, after a series of six postcards, they got a 2 percent return, they were also happy. With social media they now can see more immediate results but have to measure results in number of “hits” or number of fans or followers. I think it is really interesting that companies can build integrity with clients event before they do business together. Most consumers search for a product or service first online. Their first impression normally is obtained by viewing the company Website and then all the links to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn accounts if they are serious about getting a better feel for a business. Even if companies don’t have time to use all these venues, it’s a good thing to at least have an account so consumers know you are out there. My marketing predictions for 2011 are that videos on You Tube will continue to gain attention and significance. Businesses that blog and participate in social media, especially Facebook, will continue to get better search results and build customer loyalty. Those businesses that partner with charitable groups also will succeed in public relations efforts. And, even though it’s considered “old-fashioned,” direct mail is not going away. The real question every good business needs to ask its customers is what do YOU pay attention to? And how would you like to be marketed to? Are customers responding to the phone, television, radio, mail, email, social media or in person? How do YOU get information before you buy a product or service? Your comments and opinions are always welcome. Kathy Kane is co-publisher and business manager of the Trenton Trib. Contact her by email at If you would like to keep tabs on Trenton news and events online, please sign up to follow us on Facebook or bookmark and visit frequently for regular news updates.

I have worked with Scott Barr for the last six years on the Trenton Mid-Summer Festival committee. He has done a great job coordinating our art and craft booths and he did the same for a while on the Scarecrow Festival committee, too. He is one of those interesting neighbors in Trenton that is always behind the scenes making sure the big event happens … with style. KK: You volunteer for many events and committees. What are they? Barr: I have worked on the Civic Commission for the past eight years and, for those that don’t know, that is the group that puts on the (city) parades, annual awards banquet, citywide garage sales, shred day and other events. I have served on the festival committee for six year with last year serving on the art and craft committee and as festival chairman. Recently the Trenton War Memorial committee asked if I could assist on their group and it is such a worthy cause, I joined that, too. KK: Weren’t you also involved with an animal rescue in the past? Barr: Yes, we were involved with HEADS and all of our animals are rescued animals. We have Sassy, A Poojack; Allie, a Jack Russell Terrier; Buster, a pug; and our cats, Max and Gordon. KK: I understand you have been married to Maureen for 22 years?

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Kathy Kane photo Scott Barr can be seen working on a variety of city events. Barr: Yes, and still going strong! We met through a friend who had set her up with two “potential” candidates at a party. She obviously picked the right “candydate.” I worked at Lloyd’s (restaurant) on Grosse Ile for 11 years and that is actually where I proposed, by sticking a note in her meal. I’m glad it went to the right table and that she didn’t eat it — and she even said YES that night. KK: What do you do for fun? Barr: We enjoy hanging out with our friends, Tim and Karen. Our favorite treat is Mancy’s (Steakhouse in Toledo, Ohio) and the movies. We also started Zumba classes at the YMCA,

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Shout Outs To Savannah’s restaurant, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary. To Officer Don Ward at the Trenton Police Department, who has taken on the task of finding local funding to help pay for Honor Guard uniforms worn at the funerals of fallen officers. To the Arthurs Middle School students for collecting the most cans in the competition with the high school and earning an early release on the last day of school before Christmas vacation. To all the volunteers who helped out with the many fundraising and food and clothing collection efforts prior to the holidays. To the Crosby family, which recently welcomed a new little girl to the family. To Trenton Rotary’s Salvation Army Bell Ringers, who raised nearly $18,000 just prior to the

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holidays. To the THS Interact Club, for another successful Jingle drive. Also to club advisors Chad Clements and Bruce Jocks. To the three interns for the superintendent position for the Trenton Public Schools: Stephanie O’Connor, Arthurs Middle School principal; Vince Porecca, Hedke Elemetary School principal; and Rodney Wakeham, assistant principal at Trenton High School are all in the running for the position to be awarded in 2012.

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and I am really enjoying that. KK: What is Zumba? Barr: It is aerobics to Latin music. Maureen talked me into it and at first I could only do a half hour at a time. Now I can do 45 minutes and I am walking better and feel great. KK: Of everything you do with the city, what is your favorite activity? Barr: I have to say the Trenton MidSummer Festival. Even though there are many meetings, many hours and many headaches at times, I really enjoy everyone in our group and I get to socialize and ride in a golf cart all weekend. What’s not to like about that?

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Award-winning Chevy Volt is going to put a charge in GM’s comeback story Kelly Self Our Stories

Ever since GM’s Chevrolet Volt was first unveiled to the public at Detroit’s 2007 North American International Auto Show, the world has been blogging and speculating about what this vehicle will deliver and what it will mean for the future of not only General Motors, but the automotive industry as well. As the winner of the 2011 Green Car of the Year and 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year, the wait for the Chevrolet Volt seems to have been well worth it. GM’s forward-thinking green technology is highlighted in this hybrid electric vehicle, and its production puts the spotlight Downriver for the mass production of its innovative lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack as well. The GM Brownstown Battery Pack Assembly Plant is located at 20001 Brownstown Center Drive, and provides advanced technology employment to approximately 100 people for assembly of the lithiumion battery packs used in the Volt. The plant is part of GM Subsystem Manufacturing LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors. They began mass production of the battery

pacts on Jan. 7, 2010, in preparation for Volt production. Dave Kaczala of Rodgers Chevrolet, located at 23755 Allen Road in Woodhaven, said the Volt will be arriving on their showroom floor within the month. He said there’s been a lot of positive curiosity and intrigue in this vehicle from the public, and they’re gearing up to get this vehicle into the hands of everyone who wants to take advantage of the innovative, fuelNot yet in showrooms, the Volt already has nabbed two major awards. efficient technology. “We’re excited and enthusiastic about this car,” Kaczala said. He expects battery pack, simply plug the Volt into a standard 120 that interest and demand for the Volt will increase as volt household outlet for 10 hours, or plug it into a 240 more people learn about the volt supply to fully recharge it in four hours. benefits of the car and bePreviously, electric-only vehicles had a very short gin seeing it on the road. range of driving capability before needing to be reThe Volt is a revolutioncharged by plug-in, which wasn’t practical for long ary series plug-in hybrid drives; but GM delivers the solution with the Chevrovehicle, driven only by its let Volt series hybrid. A/C 3-phase electric motor Aerodynamically-styled, the Volt seats four passenwhich is powered by the gers and is touted as being an extremely strong and lithium-ion battery pack. quiet drive with a responsive torque, capable of a After the first 25-50 miles sporty attitude by switching from “Normal” driving of driving (dependent upon mode to “Sport” mode. The dashboard boasts an interdriver efficiency, temperaactive display that gives real-time feedback to the ture and terrain) a gasoline-powered generator kicks driver to show driving efficiency. in to continue to power the electric motor for approxiGM first introduced the Chevrolet Volt in Michigan mately 344 miles on a full 9.3-gallon tank of gas. Like and six other states in December, and is continuing to other hybrids, the Volt also introduce it nationwide over the next 12 to 18 months. has regenerative braking, According to the Website, the base which means that during MSRP is $40,280 and it has a federal tax savings of braking process, kinetic up to $7,500 not to be overlooked. To learn more about energy is recaptured as the Volt’s arrival at Rodgers Chevrolet, call the dealerelectricity and stored in the ship at (866) 468-5067 or visit battery pack. To fully recharge the

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each year. “It’s getting regionally consolidated in Southgate — which is a good thing for the whole program,” she said. “As a tax preparation service it’s going to be a 1,000 percent better.” The downside, however, is that Trenton residents who utilize the service will have to drive an additional 10 minutes to get there. “The good thing is that they will have a completely dedicated tax preparation center,” Garrison said. Garrison said the center, which will be located on the second floor of Southgate City Hall, 14400 Dix-Toledo, also will offer hours four days a week instead of just one. Plans right now call for the office to be open Mondays through Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. The office, which is expected to open Feb. 1, will have a dedicated phone line that will start accepting appointments beginning Jan. 18. The phone number is (734) 258-3037. Garrison said the AARP service is provided by volunteer tax preparers who are well trained for the position. Eight or nine preparers are scheduled to share duties at the Southgate office. “(AARP is) very stringent on how they train people,” said Garrison, who noted that preparers who have worked at Westfield in the past “prepare taxes for just about anyone in need” and typically go “above and beyond” to help residents utilizing the service.

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Planning ahead Lisa Porcalla shares information about working in the nursing profession with students at Arthurs Middles School during a Career Day held last month. Porcalla was one of several local professionals who volunteered their time to talk to the students about career options.

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the Trentonite of the Year, the Outstanding Young Man of the Year, the Outstanding Young Woman, as well as the police officer, firefighter and city employee of the year. The Trenton Business Association will utilize that occasion to name its Member of the Year, while the Trenton Veterans of Foreign Wars will name a Trenton high school student as the winner of its annual Voice of Democracy award. The Trenton Sports Hall of Fame also is expected to get two new inductees in a special ceremony that will be held at the City Awards Banquet as well. The City Awards Banquet is sponsored by the Civic Commission. Tickets, which include a buffet dinner, are $30 and are available at the Mayor’s Office in City Hall. Created by the Trenton Jaycees in the late

1960s, the City Awards Banquet was taken over by the Civic Commission five years ago. “We didn’t want the banquet to end when the Jaycees folded, so the Civic Commission took it over,” said Scott Barr, the chair for this year’s event. Last year’s gathering saw Ilene Flanagan take home the honor of Trentonite of the Year, while Genesa Wegienka and David McDonald were named the Outstanding Young Woman and Young Man. More awards will be handed out on Monday, Feb. 7, the day that Mayor Gerald Brown is slated to deliver his State of the City address in a lunchtime gathering at the Westfield Center. Sponsored jointly by the Trenton Rotary Club and the Trenton Business Association, this State of the City has been held each year since 2003. Rotary annually utilizes the event to announce the winner of its Service Above Self

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the Local History Room of the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library. And even more facts and photos, including... •Photo Collection at the Archives in the High School as well as the Local History Room of the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library. And a massive collection of Trenton photographs from the earliest times to the present. •Family Biography Collections are stored in the Archives at Trenton High School — containing genealogical and biographical information on noted Trenton residents. Many family names have extensive genealogical information. •Trenton School Board meeting minutes are also stored in the Archives. Hendricks said the Trenton Historical Soci-

ety is committed to using technological resources to give greater accessibility to the collections and is currently working toward getting more archives online. This will help ancestry studies and genealogy searches as well as with keeping ongoing records of Trentonites. Twice a month they work in cooperation with the library for genealogy searches. The society exists through membership fees, donations and their main fundraiser, the sale of a historical calendar. The 2011 calendar is available for $10 at the City Treasurer’s office, the Framery and WestGrange Pharmacy. The organization’s Website, is a collaboration of The Trenton Historical Society and the Trenton Historical Commission.

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How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you … so far? Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” — Mark Twain For some odd reason it seems mildly comforting that Mark Twain recognized the dilemma of those of us choosing to make New Year’s resolutions. The unsettling thing is that so many of us keep making them and breaking them more than a century later. It’s even crazier to think that the origins of New Year’s resolutions has been traced back to the ancient Babylonians (I saw it on the Internet, so it must be true). I resolved a few years back to stop making resolutions an annual thing. Surprisingly, I discovered that they are much less intimidating when dealt with on a daily basis. (Come to think of it, it’s probably the only New Year’s resolution that actually stuck). So, if you’ve broken your most important resolution already, don’t feel bad about starting over today…OK, tomorrow... • We’re glad to see that so many people have been discovering our Facebook fan page, both commenting on our posts and making their own posts with feedback and suggestions about both the print and online editions of the Trib — and even offering some great tips on possible articles. Keep it coming … and, if you haven’t stopped by the Website or searched for us on Facebook, please do when you get a chance, and let us know what you think.

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Memories Of Christmas In Trenton (2010 style)

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Santa and Mrs. Claus made their traditional visit to the Trenton Christmas Parade, where they accepted the key to the city. The brightlywrapped marching packages at right were one of several interesting sights along the West Jefferson parade route. Â

Children again got an opportunity to skate with Santa at Kennedy following a skating exhibition at the KRC. At left, Myah Greene drops a very important letter in Santa’s Mailbox, which was stationed downtown prior to Christmas.

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Dentist brightens smiles around the world BY KATHY KANE

Mike McCarthy and his son Michael are frequent visitors to Comerica Park.

Former teenage publisher going into fourth decade in newspaper business BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.

We’re keeping our eye out for former Trenton residents online just to touch base ask them what they’ve been up to since they left town — as well as what they miss about Trenton since leaving. Each month we’ll use this space to share some of our more interesting “finds.” Remember Mike McCarthy? Would it surprise anyone to learn that a teenager from Trenton who started publishing his own magazine as a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association back in the early 1970s at the age of 15 would end up as the publisher of a community newspaper? That’s exactly what happened to McCarthy, a 1975 graduate of Trenton High School who also attended St. Timothy Catholic School. As a young sports buff McCarthy created a magazine about the Detroit Tigers called Stars in Stripes. He wrote the articles, sold some ads and did much of the production work himself at an area print shop where his father was co-owner. He then sold them door to door, donating the profits during the MDA telethon. Earlier this year, McCarthy celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Maumee Mirror, a Toledo, Ohio-area newspaper he and his family founded. “We just published our 1,289th issue,” he said. For old Trenton friends who are concerned his favorite colors might now be scarlet and gray, there are no wor-


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ries. “I am still a Michigan and Michigan State fan.” He is also still an avid Tigers, Lions and Red Wings fan. McCarthy met his wife, Carol, in Maumee in 1981, got married in 1987 and started a family. They have two sons, Denny, 18 and Michael, 10. “My oldest son wants to study photo journalism at Ohio University,” he said. “My wife works with me at The Mirror along with five full-time employees and 10 parttime employees. This year he marked his 30th anniversary as editor and owner of the paper. He also has served as the publisher and advertising director since 1989, the year his father, Dennis, passed away. “Maumee is very similar to Trenton in its residential and business makeup and also enjoys the benefits of the Maumee River, which feeds Lake Erie and is known nationwide for its abundant walleye fishing,” he said. McCarthy said he has many fond memories of his time here. “I enjoyed attending St. Timothy and Trenton High, and had many positive experiences living in Trenton,” he said. “I love baseball and I enjoyed playing pick-up games with the kids in the neighborhood. If I weren’t living here, I would have no qualms about raising my family in Trenton. Plus, it’s a lot closer to the Tigers, Red Wings and Lions.”

When it comes down to putting his money where the mouth is, Dr. Noel Jackson has shown that he is willing to step up, direct change and take action to pursue the Dr. Victoria Cusino (right) from Russia and an unidentified technician aspath of giving — and sist Dr. Jackson (center) with an in-plant surgery during a recent trip to inspire others to do the Cartagena, Columbia. The vocational trip was organized by BiCon Dental, same. a specialty implant group. Not only does he spend his own resources situations in only a to help others, he is conweek.” Jackson said. stantly updating his “The pace was rapid, but Trenton dental practice the patients were so to incorporate the latest grateful. It was such a technology and impleheart-warming experiment comfortable and ence.” appealing improvements Manuel O. had a front for his patients. tooth missing since he Recently he took part was 6. At age 35, he rein a trip to ceived his Cartagena, new tooth and “The pace Columbia, for the first was rapid, which was his time could second mission but the pa- smile without trip this year. feeling selftients were conscious. The other was to India on a Maria V. had so gratepolio inoculafour upper ful.” tion mission teeth imwith Rotary — Dr. Noel planted. International. “For this Ilene Flanagan photo Jackson 42-year-old This vocational trip was woman who organized by BiCon Denhad never smiled much, tal, a specialty implant the room seemed to light group. Joining Jackson up with her bright smile were two other dentists: after her surgery.” Jackthe program leader, Dr. son said. Marrow, from Rome, and Jackson’s mission is Dr. Victoria Cusino, from to make his patients’ Russia. inner smile a reality. He Marrow visits Columdoes this through conbia three times a year to stant training and recheck on patients and search of the latest and Cusino joined the staff greatest tools available along with her 14-yearfor proactive, gentle and The object above can be found somewhere old daughter, who inpersonalized dentistry. within the city limits of Trenton. Do you think terned on the project. His state-of-the-art facilyou know what it is? If you do, please email your While the group was ity is often used for answer to All correct anin Cartagena, it pertraining other dentists swers received by Jan. 15 will be entered into a formed more than 60 and interns. He enjoys random drawing for four tickets to a Motor City free implant surgical helping others and Metal Jackets game. Last month’s winner was procedures in a five-day works to achieve change Nancy Benson, who correctly guessed that our period. in the world and his own Mystery Location was part of the Veterans Me“It was like a year of community. For more morial in front of the library. experience of all kinds of information visit

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BUSINESS Maintenance firm is ready to offer help

Trenton Village Theatre recently welcomed Scott Galeski for his second movie preview of “Protangeline,” much of which was filmed Downriver. The Lighthouse of Trenton will hold its annual New Light for a New Year sale this month. Academic Avenue offers tutoring services for students that may be struggling with a particular subject. Stop by the store at 2140 West Road, next to Keck Hardware, for details. For a special winter treat, check out TVs Deli & Diner for a fresh-baked waffle with vanilla bean ice cream, caramel and Saunders Hot Fudge. Congratulations to DTE Energy for earning a Keep Michigan Beautiful plaque and to Chrysler Engine plant for its increased environmental standards.


A passion and strong commitment to excellent customer care is what fueled Adam Grewe to go into business for himself in 2008. After spending several years working in a hardware store, Grewe decided it was time to leave the corporate world and move forward with starting his own business. The notion of being able to complete projects for people, instead of just providing them with instruction on how to do it, is what sealed the deal for Grewe, leading to the formation of AG Maintenance and Home Improvement. “Helping people at the store, and the fact that people came back to me for advice is what really sparked my interest to start AG Maintenance,” Grewe said. “And by having my own business, instead of telling customers how to do something, I could actually complete these projects for them. “Serving my customers, and having them come back over and over again, as a result of our services, is singlehandedly the best, and favorite part of my job,” he said. In addition to working in Trenton, Adam and his wife, along with their two daughters, live in Trenton. “Trenton is a wonderful place to raise a family,” he said. “We own a

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Matthew Daddario became the owner of Czar’s Pizza and Sub Shop last fall. Samantha Esparza is a Trenton High School student who works parttime at the shop. Daddario said the purchase of the shop fulfilled his longtime goal to own his own business.

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Brothers Matthew and Leonard Daddario bought Czar’s Pizza and Sub Shop this past September after following a few words of wisdom from their late brother, as well as a stroke of luck with the lottery. Leonard won the lottery with four other Chrysler workers in June, and decided to invest some of his winnings in the Trenton business. The lottery earnings, along with their brother’s particular liking for the restaurant, strongly influenced their decision to invest in the pizza and sub shop. “After Leonard won the lottery, we decided to buy Czar’s because our

brother always talked about how much he loved that place,” Matthew Daddario said. “His love for Czar’s was a huge reason we looked into investing here.” The Daddarios grew up in Trenton, and have always worked together at some point during their careers; whether it was in the food industry, or in other business endeavors. “I’ve worked in the food industry a long time,” said Matt Daddario, who used to manage the American Bar and Grille of Woodhaven. “Even as a teenager, I served and cooked pizza,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to run my own business, so I’ve very grateful for this

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always been my goal, and I’m proud to have achieved that.” “I enjoy talking with my customers,” Daddario said. ”We have a lot of great people who come into Czar’s, so it’s a pleasure to meet and talk with them.” Czar’s Pizza and Sub Shop is located at 1851 King Road in Trenton. The shop is open Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.



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MORE NEWS Horse farm owner developed new insurance specialty

Deb Mihaloff Kirshner and her husband, Alan (left), celebrate with the winning jockey following a horse race.


fected by events that take place in the Middle East.” Kirshner said. “So Deb Mihaloff to be invited to go there Kirshner combined what by Sheikhs is something she learned at her parI’ve never imagined doent’s insurance business ing with my humble upand her love of Arabian bringing.” horses into an interestShe has also met ing career that has seen Princess Diana and her both run a major Prince Charles and other horse farm and travel to royalty throughout the the Middle East as the years. She has been able guest of Saudi Sheikhs. to hobnob with some of Kirshner, a 1971 the world’s most influenTrenton High School tial people due to her graduate who worked for knowledge of horses and several years at the insurance. West Road insurance She was a bit anxious agency on recent owned by trips to the parents Jim “This is such an Internaand Marian educational extional FedMihaloff, left Trenton perience for me eration of Horse Racat age 23 to in these times ing in travel, Paris. when so much breed Libya was horses and of the world is trying to sell equesget a horse affected by trian insurance all events that take approved (with all over the place in the the terrorcountry. ist probShe now Middle East.” lems), and resides in the tenDoswell, — Deb Mihaloff sions and Va., (near Richmond) Kirshner security were high with her at the husband, event. Her sister Sandi Alan, where she runs a accompanied her on a prestigious Arabian trip to Abu Dhabi for a horse farm Cre Run. global Arabian Racing Her mother is proud that Conference. she is living her dream Through these enlife. counters she has spoken “Deb has always loved with many folks who Arabian horses and it is wish that the Middle wonderful that she is East wasn’t thought of able to lead a life that “as a bunch of terrorist.” includes her passion and They want to convey to her family business,” the world the good Mihaloff said. things that they do as a In her early career culture. she set industry stan“They want people to dards by meeting with realize they are good underwriters to help people and they did just change ratings of coverthat through our culage from “miscellaneous” tural exchanges,” to specific “Arabian Kirshner said. “With horse” coverage and pretheir culture being inmiums were ultimately bred with the Arabian lowered on foals. horse and with our team She is enjoying travelbreeding and selling ing and selling horses in these wonderful creathe Middle East as well tures for their use, we as learning Middle Eastern heritage and culture. “This is such an educational experience for me in these times when so much of the world is

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SPORTS Young Trojan wrestling squad sets sights high for new season

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If you were waiting for some kind of drop-off from Trenton’s wrestling team, keep waiting. Sure, the Trojans graduated their four state qualifiers (three of them, medalists) from last season’s 32-5 team. The 32 wins marked a school record as Trenton won the Downriver League championship. That’s called setting the bar high, perhaps even unreachable for a team that is forced to lean on its youth this time around. But, relax. The names may change, but the Trojans always find a way to be successful year after year. This year, the formula is a little different (five sophomores and six juniors among the regulars), but the results are familiar. The Trojans walked away with the first-place trophy at their first two tournaments of the year, ringing up 13 consecutive victories. “I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Trojans Coach Tom Bluhm, who

has spent the vast majority of his 40 years of coaching with Trenton. “We don’t have the same number of stud guys as before, but a lot of the young guys have stepped up. “We’ve been pretty fortunate. But we don’t have a lot of big guys.” That may be true, but there’s one thing that Trenton does have, year in and year out – true student athletes. It may sound cliché to hear that, but there’s tangible proof that having athletes who put forth the effort in the classroom are ultimately helping their team on the mat. “I don’t know what it is this year, but there seem to be a lot of teams around we’ve run into who are having academic problems. I’m seeing one school after another. I don’t get it.” Teams that don’t make the grade often aren’t getting the grades in the classrooms, as some have had to bench a good part of their lineup due to low grades. In a sport with only 14 weight classes, some

teams have had to sit at least four or five wrestlers. That leaves coaches scrambling for ways to fill their lineup. About the only scrambling Bluhm had to do this year was to coax a senior into coming out for wrestling. “I had to drag a senior from the hallway this year,” joked Bluhm, who has 27 athletes on the roster. But it’s no joke that because Trenton athletes (and wrestlers, in his instance) take their academics seriously, Bluhm can concentrate on coaching up his kids, rather than waiting for weekly reports. “That’s why I’ve stayed here all these years,” Bluhm said. “I don’t have to worry about academics. Trenton doesn’t have any special 2.0 (grade-point average) policies. We don’t need one. It’s not an issue.” The other big help this year, as it is with most seasons, is having wrestlers willing to put in the extra time to improve. Summer camps

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Planning efforts pay off with great feedback for Silver Stick Tourney Brown, District Court Judge James Kersten and Councilman Bill LeFevre. The International Silver Stick Regional B Hockey Tournament made its debut at the Kennedy Recreation Center last month, and it appears that all the planning and effort put into the event by local organizers was well worth it. “We had nothing but positive comments about how the tournament was run, even from teams who did not win,” Trenton Hockey Association President Bob Howey said. “In the hockey world, that is often hard to come by.” The tournament was held Dec. 9-12 and provided residents with an opportunity to watch 32 youth hockey teams featuring players ranging from age 7 to 14 compete for trophies and bragging rights. “Unfortunately, our Trenton teams couldn’t pull out a win — but maybe next year.” Cochair Keith Kloock said. Lori Adams, who has sung the National Anthem for both the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions on numerous occasions, was on hand to sing the Anthem on the final day of competition. The weekend also featured honorary “puck droppers” Mayor Gerald

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The Trenton Motor City Metal Jackets, (above), a bantam team, made it to the finals in their bracket. On hand to sing the National Anthem on the final day of competition was Lori Adams, who has sung the Anthem for both the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions.

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40 teams to square off in Showcase Forty of Michigan’s best high school hockey teams are gearing up for next month’s Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League Prep Hockey Showcase, which will take over the Kennedy Recreation Center the weekend of Feb. 10-12. The MIHL Prep Hockey Showcase that began in 2001 as a twoday, two-rink, 12 team event in Troy has grown into a three-day, threerink exhibition of some of the best hockey action the state has to offer. And to show how far it’s come over the past decade, while the 2001 event attracted only a few scouts from junior teams, there were more than 60 scouts in Trenton for last year’s Showcase. Every USHL and NAHL team was represented, as were several Division III college hockey teams. Many of the leading Division I college hockey programs had one or two representatives in attendance and there were seven NHL teams represented. “If we look at where we started and where we are today, the MIHL is very proud of what has

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been accomplished,” MIHL President Andy Weidenbach said. “We’ve met our goals as a league and as a co-sponsor of the event. All teams, players and coaches of high school hockey in Michigan have benefitted.”

Weidenbach said one of the key missions of the MIHL was to promote quality hockey, strong competition and good sportsmanship. “The Showcase is one of the results of that mission,” he said. Several changes over the years have benefitted the fan experience: free off-site parking made parking a less challenging experience and alleviated the congestion in the lots at the rink, online live updates to the scores of each See Page 15

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Frozen Detroit River was a hot spot for alcohol bootlegging during Prohibition BY RYAN HOSHAW

As the Detroit River freezes a lot of transportation through its waters comes to a halt. Well, in the 1920s, the transportation action on the river was just heating up around this time of year. During Prohibition, a period that lasted from 1920 to 1933, the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol was illegal in the United States. During that time period the frozen river became a roadway for smuggling alcohol into the state from nearby Canada, which didn’t have such a ban. Back then, if you were attempting to smuggle booze from Canada into Michigan you had to be heavily armed for many reasons. In the era of organized crime, the Detroit area was virtually controlled by the Purple Gang, which began as a loose group of juvenile delinquents who grew up on the east side of Detroit. The Purple Gang net-

River Current ted millions of dollars from bootlegging alcohol during Prohibition. They created numerous strategies to get the alcohol into Michigan. Their main strategy involved using automobiles with

secret compartments to hide the alcohol bottles. They ranged from using false floorboards to second gas tanks or even fake suitcases. Michigan had a head start on its creative ways to bootleg alcohol as it was prohibited here three years previous to it being prohibited nationwide. After the booze made it across the frozen river

it usually went straight to a bootlegging safe house. Safe houses lined the shore of the river. Mostly in secret, these houses stored the alcohol until it was needed, which was usually not too long after it arrived. Wayne County was one of the largest areas for bootlegging in the United States during Prohibition. Nowadays

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when the river freezes it becomes a pretty inactive place where people rarely go. Thanks to some of the interesting tales from the days of Prohibition, though, we know that wasn’t always the case.

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Hockey Showcase set to make 10th visit to Trenton next month From Page 14

game provided results to outstate fans and the addition of AJM Catering to the food service facilities not only eased the long lines at the concession areas but added a new line of barbecued items to the food fare. The game schedule will be completed in January to ensure competitive matchups, Weidenbach said. The 40 teams that will compete include Trenton and several Downriver League foes, as well as most of Michigan

schools noted for having great hockey programs. The 2010 Showcase will mark the 10th time that it has been held in Trenton. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available to fit all marketing plans. From exclusive sponsor to silent auction donations, the showcase offers an opportunity to reach thousands of people from all around the state. Businesses interested in learning more about the sponsorship opportunities can contact Parks and Recreation at (734) 675-7300.

The defending Class B State Champion Trenton Trojans, seen here taking on Marquette last year, will be among 40 prep teams competing for bragging rights at the Michigan High School Hockey Showcase, Feb. 10-12, at the Kennedy Recreation Center.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to “New Year’s Baby” Mike McCullough, who turns 62 Jan. 1 and remains as young as he looks.

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“Helping Education Grow Our Kids” CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VITALE FAMILY on the birth of Gabriella Vitale, it makes 5 generations in her family. Rose Zerelli, great grandmother, her great great grandmother who celebrated her 90th birthday recently Tanina Eacopelli, her dad Vince Vitale and grandmother Maria Zerelli Vitale.

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Trenton Business Association 2010 Annual Report Promote Your Business For Only $125 a Year

What is the TBA?

Want to be a part of the Social Online Media Programs Educational and civic events to help revolution and don’t want to manage it? New this members learn new methods or meet new people to promote themselves year, TBA tweets and posts on our members’ behalf on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn as one of Business Blasts Open houses to promote at many benefits. Membership also includes: member locations ■Quarterly events postcard, monthly e-mail comE-Blasts Lets members and residents know about member discounts & promotions munications and Website discount opportunity. Networking Doing busi■Monthly ness locally networking meetings and Web Links & Online Programs Another source to city communidrive traffic to member cations web sites ■Press coverage when Directories Our members are listed on all of our onappropriate and line and printed business promotion of directory in the Buzz TBA members at special Community We support local events that support events local business like the Mid ■Website Summer Festival, Taste of listing and link Trenton and more to your site. Get more traffic to Communication Our Trenton Business Association photo your site! Bullemembers get all the latest Trenton news & are featured The honorees at last year’s Business of the Year ceremony display their awards. tin Board free in local media. posts ■Discounts on promotional opportunities available through special Trenton City-sponsored events ■Listing in Trenton citywide Buzz directory (Discount for your ad copy in the directory) ■SWCRC affiliate. Your business name at all TBA President 2011 promoted TBA events, festivals, expos, Santa's mailbox, scarecrows, etc. In keeping with our campaign of “SHOP LOCAL, SAVE LOCAL, SUP■One free e-blast to TBA members/TBA public PORT LOCAL,” we at the TBA have a month, based on availability. Must provide high plans to host not only social and netresolution jpeg file. working events, but also educational ■Collective Business Issues presented at City programs. We will be partnering with Council Meetings other organizations to obtain a more diverse set of ■Opportunity to host a Business Blast to showcase activities, hoping to increase business as well as comyour facility. munity involvement. With increased membership, our Dues are directed right back into TRENTON by goal is to get our membership involvement up as well. sponsorship of TRENTON events that promote If you are currently a member or are considering joining, I encourage you to come out, participate and supTRENTON Business! port the local businesses. Thank you to the current PO Box 4, Trenton, MI 48183 Board of Directors who encouraged me to run for the (734) 676-9561 Ext. 3

A Note From Krishelle Kohler

position of president of the TBA. I am excited and very open to any suggestions or ideas. I am looking forward to a prosperous and healthy New Year for all!

2011 Board of Directors President: Krishelle Kohler (Coachstop Manor) Vice President: Valerie Dzagulones (5/3 Bank) Secretary: Carol Simmons (National City) Treasurer: Rob Bovitz (Bovitz CPA) Directors: Joe Hoshaw, Greg Genter, Noel Jackson, Mike McCullough, Joann Perna, Mark Slagle, Erin Shelton, Rick Williams

Vote for the 2011 Trenton Business Of The Year! at between Jan. 10-21 2011 Nominees Are …. 5/3 Bank, Jersey’s, Jocks & Associates Mom’s Restaurant Metro Shores Credit Union M&M Printing Savannah’s The Shirtery West Grange Drugs

Be A Part of The Buzz! The TBA and the Trenton Parks & Recreation Department work cooperatively to produce the annual Buzz calendar and City Directory. It is delivered to ALLTrenton residents. Please consider taking an ad for your business. April 1 is the deadline. Call Joann at 675-7300.

2010 Member Roster Aberdeen Rehab & Skilled Nursing Advisors Financial Group Arbor Hospice Apex Avon/Send Out cards Bovitz CPA PC Bronni Vision Boutique Buhl Agency City of Trenton Children with Hairloss Colors By Kim Comfort Keepers Counard & Heilmann Coach Stop Manor/Eldercare Creative Montessori Cyberbellum Dixon & Assoc Invest. DTE Energy Downriver & Detroit Business Assoc DYPAC Dollars Inside Dowmriver Community Federal CU Fritz Enterprises Elliott's Bakery Embroid Me The Framery Fifth Third Bank Frost Insurance Golden Glow Salon Harvest Financial Part. Holbrook Roofing Highlite Printers HPR Media & Promotional Services Jackson Snider & Parker Family Dentistry

Jet’s Pizza Josephine Ford Cancer CenterDownriver John McNally Law Office Key Concerns Labadies Casual Furniture Law Office of David Sims, PC Martenson Family of Funeral Homes M & M Camping Center M&M Printing Market Insights, LLC McNally Law Office Metro Shores Credit Union Motor City Metal Jackets Mr. Handyman Mr Nick's MI Home Health Care Partylite/Send Out Cards PC Guru Computers Inc Old's Flower Shop PNC Bank Riverside Financial Advisors R.J. Howey Inc Savannah's Shaklee ShirteryThe SWCRC Sudden Values Timber's Hair Salon The Perfect Dress Trenton Rotary Tolstyka CPA TVs Deli Diner/TVs Grand Event Trenton Trib West Grange Drugs Inc.

Mark Your Calendar! Jan. 27 — ABO with SWCRC Motor City Metal Jackets at City Of Trenton @ Kennedy Recreation Center 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 7 — State of the City/Trenton Business of the Year @ Westfield Center 11:30-1pm RSVP 676-9561, Ext. 3; $10/lunch Feb. 10 — Co-op Economic Development Seminar with SWCRC @ Trenton Village Theatre 8-10 a.m. $5 members non- $10. Panel discussion May — Lifestyles Expo with SWCRC June — Salute to Education Trenton High School Scholarship July 8-10—Trenton Mid-Summer Festival TBA booth Like to host a 2011 Business Blast? Contact Kathy, 734-676-9561, Ext. 3

Annual Report From Rob Bovitz TBA Treasurer

2011 BUDGET $6,000 -0$6,000

ACTUAL YEAR ENDED 12/31/10 $6,145 780 $6,6925

2010 BUDGET $6,000 -0$6,000

EXPENSES Donations and Sponsorships Promotion and Membership Costs Office Expenses TOTAL EXPENSES

2,000* 3,500 500 6,000

2,600 3,182 64 5,846

1,500 4,000 500 6,000


$ -0-


$ -0-


*DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS Trenton Mid-Summer Festival Taste of Trenton Other Trenton Activities TOTAL

$ 500 500 1,000 $2,000

Jim Jacek photo

TBA members Jim Beri, Teri Reinbolt and Leanna Bronni enjoy a joint luncheon with DADBA.

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