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1 TALK ABOUT IT: Join in cjiscussing our stories online vio Slory Chat at novinews.com THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2007 W W W. N 0 V I N E W S. C O M VOLUME 52 #31 50 CENTS E p i c u r e a n e x p e r i e n c e photo by JOHN HEiDEfVNovl News Chef Andrea George sautees some chlclten in tlie ldtchen of Novi's lassos Epicurean Culsine. By Tracy Estes-lWlshler SPECIAL WRITER Tilings iire looking up in ihc way of quality food in the city of Novi as Tassos Epicurean Cuisine introduces new ways to welcome healthy and ta.sty Epicurean food into your home. Located off Meadowbrook, Tassos is celebrating six years in die city and more than 17 years in business as die calendar changes to 2008, offering quality specialty foods to markets, restaurants and hotels across die country. From hors d' oeuvres, seafood specialties and dips to their famous twice baked potatoes, walnut meatballs ^nd gourmet sprealstlmsoseplcuf^aircuisine has it all. -.-t^i,.'...,,. Owned and operated by Farmington Hills-residents and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Tasso and Carol Bozadzis, and their son, Christopher, Tassos believes in quality food following the Greek Epicurean philosophy. Tasso Bozadzis said Epicurean is a way of life; something more than just fine, exceptional food. "Epicurean comes from Epicurus, a Greek philosopher who taught die young people of. Athens to live their lives in die highest quality as far as living their lives and even the food they eat," he said. "It's about body care and mind care. Il's an overall way of life." According to Greek history, Epicurus was an ancient philosopher, founder of Epicureanism, a popular. school of: thought In.Hellenistic Philosophy: Epicurus' philosophy was io live a happy, continued on 2A two kidneys'rcmovcd "The cysts ate'so large they Fifteen'yftlts separate halfbroil'"'! Michatl nd Phil mh father Leonard Stachowski half to take out one kidney," i'stachow*«jaf lnic.'next ^jnonth. *'-TT1e doctor said it was the' ize of a watemielon and weighed ' U pound The other kidiiey-i tju t8s large''). i ' iie-iwdowjiii^ lie aid At My^oiaest ^jfjmsjila.. e'(n&^«w'niontjl*!''t io\iai fofitbsl 1n Taylqf,'f8'aid thci,, Lt ni^l 'h n'! WIS I tnli-r" h t^- plmngllcfev'-j lj\ if elin "a..tln.ib iltiti si'i ml-i J^ lhiti^iui.'t'icl--.j,' ayearago" " ' " Wt"in the" kidiiey We wcilf' home ai\d he was pcang blood History Of illness I V ' " " " " ^ M Polycysutkidiieydi easehas <^Theinhentcd trait<;^^p.^b k ln.\ e\ I ten ft ano mj a history 1n lhe family as their mother who died ffom the j J-T >. ^, 1 '", > f,,jt ^^^tjs^^^^^^'j'' «rere younger ' \ Ti...'...'r ASIilTt,."',-t->!L*ir annoriitsq/ pkmuii^rc <itf rl contlnued on 2Af O u t o f t l i e c i t y a n d i n t o t h e By Chris Jackett With the holidays upon us, most people will be filling up UIeir vehicles al the gas pumps before traveling to family gatherings. Aldiough many would be quick io assume dieir fuel is coming from die Middle East, some could be coming from much closer to home. West Bay Exploration Co. has been puiliping oil out of Novi reservoirs for nearly two decades, according to operarions manager Tim Baker. "There's two pumping units behind the new fife stalion," Baker said of die city's largest site, soudieasl of 10 Mile and Wixom roads. The third oil pump is behind Novi Middle School - off 11 Mile, cast of Wixom. "We try to seek out public areas," Baker said. "Parklands and nature arc appealing because there's enough room to run." The oil pumps are positioned just east of die underground reservoirs so die oil can be drawn out at a diagonal.- Baker said the three Novi sites produce about 500,000 barrels of oil to be sold at about $90 a barrel, varying as the global economy for the natural resource changes. The all-time record high price for oil occurred about a mondi ago when Uie market hit $99,29 per barrel on Nov. 21, leaving gas prices hovering within a quarter of $3 for die past few s. 'The overseas situation consols the price of oil. l don't look for it to go below $75, but it may drop below $.80. We get a good share of our oil from South America," Baker said. Novi's neighboring municipalities also operate a few underground "black gold" mines through West Bay Exploration Co., helping to keep ihe state's economy rolling and everyones' contlnued on 2A Signs warning about flammable gas are near the gate to West Bay Exploration Company's oil and gas reservoirs in Novi off lolulile. Photo by JOHN HEI DER/Novl News For show times, call ( ine-entertainment.com. FRIDAY Stop in at Emagine Novl, W. 12 Mile, to catch Uie last films of The final group include Christmas Day releases of "Alien vs. Predator - Requiem," "The Great Debaters" and "The Water Horse; Legend of the Deep." or visit SATURDAY Local writers unite from 10 a.m.-noon at the Novi Public Library's Meeting East, W. 10 Mile, for a chance to collaborate, critique and create literary masterpieces with other writers. Local writer and Novi Historical, PUBLIC LIBRARY irat J <ciai<<> tf IMW M,.. *f d i«<li Commission Chair Kathy. 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2 2A NOVINEWS-Thursday, Decembef Novi Oil SOURCE: City oi Novl P u m p s O u t Of t h e city g r o u n d continuedfromfront vehicles running. "TJiere are iwo wells on the Northviile Psychiatric Facility property. One has produced 750,000 barrels and the other about 200,000 barrels," Baker said. "We have five wells in Kensington Metro Park. One's under Lake Kensington. We drilled two wells behind Bahama: Breeze in Livonia." PhotobyJOHNHEIOEFVNovlNews Baker said the size of die oil Kelll Douglass, operatlons manager assistant for West Bay Exploration, walks by Comerica well 1-29 and 2-29 In Novi, near Wlxom and 10 Mile roads. The wells collectively lescrvoir is hard to detcnnine even wiih this eras advanced equipment. The reservoirs' size is also misleading supply about 60,000 cubic feet of natural gas and 50 because Uiere is no telling how much of it may be water or gas. barrels of oil a day for West Bay. The oil and gas are "Sometimes Uie anomalies we partially fdlcd with water of gas. It could pumped to a facility In Novi off Wixom and are then trucked to a refinery or are put into the natural gas systern. be half oil, half gas or half oil, half Douglass said that West Bay expects to get about water... or one-third of each," he said 15 more years of use out of the two wells. Tassos Epicurian Cuisine chef Andrea George joins Tasso and Chris Bozadzis, right, inside their Novi catering kitchens and display a dish of eel and stone crab claws. E p i c u r e a n continuedfromfront tranquil life, characterized by Uie absence of pain and fear, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. Tas.sos Epicureim Cuisine follows the Greek philosopher's (cachings, and makes sure all food distributed from its facility is of die up most quality. Christopher Bozadzis, chief operating officer and executive chef for Tassos, said the business currently ships products to larger PhotobyJOHNHEIDER/NoviNews distributing companies tike Kroger, HEB in Texas, Lipari Foods and Sam's Club in Mexico.-: "Wc also go up and down Uie Sibling s p a r e s l<idney continuedfromfront son Daniel is 27 and Jonathan is 24. Phil Stachowski, a 2000 alumnus of Novi High School who now lives in Wixom wiui his brouier Dan, said it was an easy decision for him to donate one of his kidneys 10 his brother. "(I decided to do it) to save his life, pretty much, l was the best donatof. We let the doctor pick. Dan would donate to anyone, but Jon was the next best iiiatch," he said. "We knew his kidneys were falling. He was an Dpbeat kind of east coast," he said. "My dad just wanted to supply good, quality healuiy food. It's like feeding UIe world." In your home Tassos first opened in 1991 as a take-out gourmet facility. Today, aside from distributing food to different markets and coinpanies across die countty, Christopher said die business has grown leaps and bounds offering catering services and dieir newest feature. La Table Du Chef. Widi Chrisiophcr and newest' Tassds Executive Chef Andrea George, also a graduate of Le Michael StachowskI shows the 10-inch scar on his right abdomen where his 14-pound ailing kidney was removed less than two s ago. PhotobyJOHN HEIDER/Novi News game, and we had some In Lansing, Hafiland, Howell. "He was actually a really good brodier now that I think of it." Widi dleir fadier and oldest brouier Leonard StachowskI Jr. bodi living hours away and dleir brodier Jonathan fathering a baby bom two weeks ago, UIe family plans to work UIrough die hard dmes togeuier as best Uiey can. "I can't lift more Uian 10 pounds for six weeks," Phil Stachowski said of Uie time following Ule Jan. 23, 2008 tfansplani. "I had to quit my real job because I had to keep going to Uie hospital. I had to go in four times in diiee weeks. I was building houses. Now I woric at AIby's for $7 an hour. I live widi my older brouier, Dan, so he's going to put in overtime to help me out wiul rent." The final outcome Michael Stachowski, who still referees hockey as he recovers, can't wait until evefyuling's done and he can get back to playing hockey and Softball. This fall was Uie first time in sbt yeafs he wasn't able to put iogeuier an "all-star" team of guys ftom guy. Now he just sits around. We talk a lot more. We talked before, but he only lives a couple miles die Novi tecreational league to away." travel to die Independent Softball Association's Fall World Series in Las Vegas. Family bonds Phil Stachowski said his brother "We're looking forward to getting back to Uiings and having a Michael Suchowski, a 1985 normal life again," said Michael's idumnus of Novi High School, wife, Karen Stachowski. "II makes had always been there for him growing up. you i^alize what's more important in life, material Uiings or family. "He was diere until he got Michael Stachowski said his married 12 years ago this family dad, brodiers, wife and Decembef. He taught me eveiything I know - hockey, golf, baseball," he said. "He was my baseball coach siiice I was 5. I was on the high school hockey team. He did not miss a single daughters Taylor, 9, and Kelsey, 8 - have been as helpful and supportive as possible during UIis rough patch of a few monuis. "They've just been diere for me," he said. Cordon Bleu Paris, as your hosts, residents looking for a home Epicurean experience can have an entire meal prepared for six to 20 guests. The event commences wiui a culinary demonstration and concludes widi a gounnet meal prepared by a 'ftssos executive chef. "it's all customized and it's better Uian going out," Christopher Bozadzis said. "I'm sure there are people who have an intefest in learning these kinds of dudgs. The idea is to make a night out of it. It's dieir party." He said Tassos also docs small catering events, whedicr it be simply providing food or preparing UIe food on site. "I'm not really satisfied wiui die food we have in Uiis area," he said. "So if someone wants somedung a littie different, food they might find in LA of New York, Uiis is definitely for them." Christopher said in UIe coming 2008 year, interested clients will be able to order food from dieir Web site and possibly a new take-out gourmet location wiu be in die works. "We're already booked up for New Year's Eve, but there's plenty of time in die new year to try La Table Du Chef," he said. "If (clients) want die most exclusive evening, we can do it." Thursday,December 27,2007-NOVINEWS 3A qja STORY IDEA? Contd^tthe Noll News to spread the word about what's going on in.novl; victoria Mitchell, eilltar (248) ,6x1,102 M Y N O V I C O M M U N I T Y Thufstlay, December 27, fax: (248) T r o y b a r b e r s h o p o p e n s N o v i l o c a t i o n JJ's B a r b e r S t i o p in f o r m e r Phyl's Styling By Kelly Murad STAFFWRITER B a r b e r facility As one barber shop closed its doois, anodier one opened. After almost 20 years of serving the Novi community, the owner of Phyl's Barber Styling at 10 Mile and Meadowbrook roads, retired, closing Uie shops' doors in November. By Dec. 1, JJ's Barber Shop of Troy opened its second location. In the former Phyl's facility. "We wanted 10 keep the doors open," said Joel Johnston, partowner of JJ's Barber Shop. "That was one of die determining factors in opening (in this particular location.)" Another factor was Jeannine Chrzanowski, a former long-time employee of Phyl's who had also worked for Johnston at the JJ's Barber Shop in Troy "We had shared our vision of expansion with her," Johnston said. "So when Phyl decided to retire and none of the staff was. able to carry-on the business, Jeannine connected with us." The idea of opening a shop in Novi was appealing lo Johnston. "Novi has a good reputation," he said. "It's always been a city dial's attractive and it's up aiid coming.". JJ's is a full-service shop employing five service providers, Chrzanowski being the only former Phyl's employee. "Our flavor is we appeal to young men, but also service women," Johnston said. "We're all about family. Not just limiting it to young or old, or just men." During llic the building was closed, die shop underwent interior renovations. "It was a total remodel. It's (now) got an industrial look," Johnston said. "We wanted something more trendy, so we gave it a masculine, but modem look." JJ's Barber Shop is a familyoriented business, which began with Joel's father James in "We want to keep the old-time skill, but we expand our knowledge to learn the latest trends, latest techniques," Johnston said. Having an educated staff is one of the four values die business focuses on. "One of the other values-we have is ministry," Johnston said. JJ'S Barber Shop Location: W.lOMle Phone number: (248) WebSite: Walk-In and appointment hours: Monday,.- Wednesday: i a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday: 8,a.m.-6 p.m.. Saturday: 7 a.m.-.i p.m. Sunday: Closed "We look to care for our clients and try to help every client that comes through our doors. "That's what gets me out of bed in the mornings. A greater purpose than just making money." Excellence and consistency are ihe other two values implemented at JJ's Barber Shop. Novi News slajf writer Kelly Murad can be reached at (248) 349- J700, ext 103 or Photo \yjohn HEIDER/NovlNews Joel Johnston cuts the hair of customer Anthony Randazzo in JJ's Barber Shop on 10 Miie near IMeadow/brook. Joel Johnston is part-owner of the shop, which opened its second location In Novi, in December. Bright House adds Disney on Demand; photo contest Just in time for Ule holidays. Bright House Networks of Michigan is adding a litue Disney magic wiul die launch of Disney on Demand to its On Demand lineup. Bright House's Disney on Demand ofifers die most popular Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney series and original moves that children love and parents trust. The new On Demand chan- My Novi, nel includes series and episodic premieres each of^select popular shows such as "Hannah Montana," "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," "Disney's Little Einsteins," "My Friends Tigger and Pooh"-and Disney Channel Original Movies Disney on Demand is available as a subscription service for $3.99/ and can be found in the On Demand menu under Premium on Demand. Digital equipment is required. Photo contest deadline Time is running out to enter the Novi Historical Commission's My Hometown Novi photo competition. The contest runs through tomorrow and contestants may submit as many as five photographs at $5 per entry. Eligible photographs may not be altered and will be judged as a single form. group. Top finishers could receive $100, $50 and $25 prizes, or the distinction of "People's Choice," an award, voted on by those attending the post-competition photo exhibition in January. Call (248) or visit for more information and to obtain an entry T h e N o v i H i g h Class o f 1978-f^ ends Relay for Life Novi is ready to celebrate: remember and fight back against cancer. Teams are forming for tiiis year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Novi. This year's event will be held on June 7-8 from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. A n n o u n e e s o u r 30 year Class R e u n i o n Saturday, J u l y 19,2008 Celebrate tiie season o n g r e a t t e r m s. The NoVi High Class 0 of our 30 yr. Glass Rt attherockfinanci This is a great wa old friends and enjo reacquainted. ->»-,g*-,s January 2008 we to help get all of us ^ited^al^..;^^^^ -. le details We are still in search of several classmates that We Would like '(torcontact or have them contact us, so We can get them updated - with all the details With hopes they Will be able to join us and, 'ei^joy th'is eyening of fun. -i. vmany.families :of; our ^classmates still reside Within the NoVi 'area aa^ fben'^n^ eim^esome of our classmates or their {f^eii^whp We are asking for help, locating the following i9i8i!d^^^^ N e w Branch N o w Open: Grand River Ave. (Beck Rd. & Grand River Ave.) Novi. 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3 4A NOVl NEWS-Thursday, December 27,2007 Thursday, December NOVI NEWS 8A liport CRIME: C E L E B R A T E : Let us tell everyone y o u r b i g n e w s : engagements, anniversaries, births, / M > * ^ ^ w e d d i n g s... Victoria Mitchell, eilltor (248) ,0x1.102 vemitchellsgannelt.com / K m P U B L I C S A F E T Y Thursday, December 27, fax:(248) Victoria Mitchell, eilil0r (248) , ext. 102 D thursilay, December 27, fax: (248) i Molloy elected president of Oakland County Board By Kelly l\aurad Chief David Moiioy, of tiie Novi Police Department is milking the community proud. Moiioy, 40, WIS elected president of the Oakland County As.sociation of Chiefs of Police for Of the i20 men and women in Ihc association, representing more lhan 60 iaw enforcement agencies, Molloy feels honored to serve ihe one-year term!is president. "If you wani io slay curreni H a l l t o t h e C h i e f ' and know what's going on in other communities it's really importani to be involved with this," he said. "We'll be at ihe forefroni of any new infoiroaiion, new issues." Almost three years ago Molloy began service on ihe board as ihe sergeani ai arms, before becoming vice president. Moiioy said if no one seeks presidency in 2009, the possibility exists that his term could be extended. Moiioy began as a uniform police officer wiih the Novi Police Department in He weni on lo become a detective, sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief before his promotion io chief in "I just enjoy being a public servant for Novi government," he said. Among the many accomplishments during his 18 years in Novi, Molloy was appointed to the national Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the U.S. Departjneni of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. Molloy also serves as the Immediate Pa-st Executive Board President of the Fraternal Order of Police of Southwest Oakland County and sits on the Novi Youth Assistance General Advisory Board. Detective promoted to sergeant Detective Jerrod Hart, of the Novi Police Department was promoted to Training and Standards Sergeant last Friday. "I'm proud lo be able to promote Jerrod to this key leadership position," Molloy said. M i s s i n g handgun, shotgun According to recent police reports, a Clock model calibcr liandgun was stolen from a vehicle between 8:.30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 7:30 a.m. Dec. 19. The white Ford Explorer was parked in the driveway of a residence on Kingsley Court. According to the owner, the handgun w,is loaded and contained one 10 Round Magazine. It was left in a black holster in the driver-side front door pocket overnight. Atabout7:30a.m. Dec. 19, the owner's wife noticed the interior dome light on in the vehicle. As the owner investigated his vehicle, he observed the tailgate was latched, but not closed completely, reports said. There were no signs of forced entry, but the owner believes the doors were locked, reports said. POLICE BRIEFS Suspect seif-served and forgot to pay At about 2:15 p.m. Dec. 20, a middle-aged woman pulled oul of a gas station on 12 Mile without paying for the gas, reports.said. According to the owner of the ga.s station, the woman pumped $26.19 worth of gas into her blue Volkswagen before departing. The owner obtained a possible plate number, but could not provide police with further information, reports said. The owner said the woman did not appear to have stolen the gas on purpose because she did not W a n t speed out of the parking lot, reports said. Snowman stabbed A 13-foot blow-up snowman was cut by an unknown suspect between 11:30-11:35 p.m., Dec. 20, near Llewelyn, reports said. The resident said he heard a small engine vehicle leave the front of his house at a high rate of speed and looked outside and noticed ihe snowman. According to the man, ihe snowman cost $110. The resident observed one set of small tennis shoe footprints r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s for a p e d i a t r i c i a n near y o u? Michigan Moms will help you find one on your side of town. Log on today and save time searching for a doctor ~ asl< local moms. Hart began his career with the Novi Police Department 16 years ago as an officer in ihe uniform division. He went on to become the first School Resource Officer ai Novi High School, before becoming a detective. "Jerrod's a very hard-working police officer who gives his absolute best everyday," Molloy said. "He's gone above and beyond every expectation we've had." Hart is currently working toward a master's degree in police administration through Ferris Slate University. Novi News slajf writer Kelly Murad can be reached at (248) ext 103 or leading from the road to the snowman, which was in the front yard, and back lo the road, reports.said. If the suspeci(s) can be determined, the resident intends to press charges, reports said. Police on a hunt Between Dec. 10 and Dec. 15 an unknown suspecl(s) stole $3,000 worth of hunting equipment from a residence on Deer Run, reports said. Photo by JOHN HEIDEfVNovi News Nov! Chief of Pollce Davld iviolloy, elected president of the Oalcland County Assoclation of Chiefs of Police. The equipment, which included an H & K 12-gauge shotgun wiih ammunition and compound bow and arrows, was stored in bags and cases in the garage, reports said. According to the report, the complainant believes the suspecl(s) entered through an unlocked gariige door. Car keyed A car was keyed while parked J. iii:iif<ii\ar()\.\m).ws.s K E F O R D ^ in the loi near the Emagine cinema at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain.Walk, reports said. A woman parked her red Dodge at about 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and when she returned from a movie ai about 11:15 p.m., the vehicle had been damaged, reports said. According to ihe report, the passenger-side of the vehicle, from the rear to ihe froni, had been keyed. Over "iil \i-iiis I \pt-ru-iu'c <> C.iillisinn Uriiair SpcciuIi'.is it llum- I, itviil.d.mil i ii.im-i.\v;iit;iiilc 1 lii-liiiiv \>:iiiuiiiv 5')iK<» (.laud Hiit-r. Novi. MI 4Hl7 ijotly Sliop (248) All InMiraiicc (iimpaiiic's,\mpn(l I FREELOANER; 24 llimr Itnviilji i-8lu)-4-ro\vin(i Kiisn/<»ii mni/ii/'iliiv I.. I.' W'iiti (,.it i>'n 1 vi>ii.-..'i;,l ilv'.1 l.i.i(2-t8)-l7ki)5j'0 t J Calling all Proud Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers & Sisters! Don't nliss your chance to be a part of 2007 "Oh Baby I" Babies bora in 2007 will be presented March 6,2008. Subnlil your baby's plloto today! Gavin Schonfeld Wyandotte Hospital Bryce & Angela BIRTH MILITARY ENGAGEMENT Natalie Rose Holmberg John and Leslie (Reinke) Holmberg of Howell proudly announce ihe birth of iheir daughter Natalie Rose Holmberg on Nov. 9 in Howell. She weighed in 7 pounds. 13 ounces at the time of her birth and was 19.5 inches long. She is welcomed by her 3- year-old brother, Kyle. Proud griuidp.m;nts include Evelyn and tlie late La Verne Reinke of Novi and Ann and John Holmberg of Clinton Township, and great-grandparent Alice Redwanz of Reese, Vincent Slovan Vincent Slovan received a professional commission into the U. S. Navy in July Ensign Slovan, a Novi High School class of 2002 graduate, received his degree in bio-physlology from the University of Michigan in 2006 and is cun'ently attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation in 2010, Slovan will fulfill a three year commitment as a Navy dentist. Rabahy-Brandon T l i e A r t lnstitute o f l V l i c h i g a n n a m e s The Art Institute of Michigan, a school that offers academic programs in design, fashion and culinary arts, has named Ted Blashak president. In this position, Blashak has operating responsibility for the school. He also Ted Blashak resource departments. Prior to joining The Art Institute of Michigan, Blashak served as vice president of business research & effectiveness for Apollo Group Campus Services. His responsibilities included analyzing student data related lo the retention of more than 100,000 online undergraduate and graduate students, identifying opportu-,,pit,i jfor,improved student reien- -tion afiaexpldnhl''various partner B A S I C A L L Y NAMES IN THE NEWS opportunities and acquisition targets. Blashak graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in organizational communication and a master's degree in adult educalion/traiiiing & development. He is currently a siudeni at the University of Phoenix pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Blashak is a member of the Detroit Economic Club, American Management Association and Leadership Detroit. Blashak currently resides in Canton. The Art Institute of Michigan is a branch of The Illinois Insiiiute of Art - Chicago and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT), and by ihe Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and is a member of ihe North Central Association, The Art Institute;, of,; Michigan is one of. 405 Main St., Milford, Ml HARVEST MINISTRIES CHURCH OF GOD Drake Rd.. between Grand Rivet end Freedom roods. Forminglon (246) Sundoy WorsMp 10:30 a.m. Wednesday BiUe Study 7 p.m. Ctilldcore Every Service Sr. Pastor Ed Chondlet Office Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.mondoy-fridoy FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE On Haggerty Rd. North of 8 Mile Rd. Sunday Sctiool 9:30 a.m. Sunday Celebration 10:60 a.m. & 6 p.m. (248) Dr. Ron Blake, Pastor MEADOWBROOK CONGBEGATIONALCHl^RCH Meadowbrook Rd. in Novl at 81/2 t^iie Wrr.BnrmnrtdM.blz Sundav Worship 10 a.m. For further Infamatlon. osk lor Denlse Pon. Chairperson. The Boad ot Deocon! Rev. Arthur Ritter Senior Minister HOLY CROSS EPISCOPAL 10 Mie between MeodtMtoook & Haggerty FTlone Sat. 5 pm. Sun. 7:45 & 10 am Hoty Eucharbt Sunday School 8c Nursery 10 am Rev. Kaen Henry Pastor FAITH COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH W. 10 Mile, Novl, /2 mile west of Novl Rd. Sunday 9:00 a.m. 8i 10:30 a.m. Senfl'ce Dr. Richard J. Henderson. Pastor ST. JAMES ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH NOVI Mile Rd. Novl. Mi Saturday 5:00p.nn. Sundoy 8.9:30 &I 1:30 o.m. Reverend Geage Ctarnlej/^ Postor CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY Meadov*rook Rd., Novi. Ml Masses: Sot. 6 pm; Sun 7:30 o.m. 8:46 cm. 10:30 am. 12:15 pm Ho^ Days; 9 am, 5:30 pm. 7:30 pm Fr.limothy Hogon, Pastor Rev. Ivlr. William Woidmonn. Deacon Rev. Mr. Timothy J. Won. Deocon NATIVITY OF THE VIROIN MARY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH Five Mte Rd (6 8i Hoggerty) Plymouth. Ml Phone Sunday Servtees Matins (Orthros) 9:00 am., Uturgy 10:00 a.m. Rev. Fr. George M. XtaporK Pastor WARD EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ax Mile Rood - Norttiville. Ml ) Tiodltlonol Services 9:00 ond 10:20a.m. Cdnlemporory Service 9:00a.m. Sunday School & Nursery Provided Evening Worship 7:00 p.m. Radio Broodcdst 1 lam. Sundoy WRDI660 AM FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NORTHVILLE 200 E. Main SI. ol Hutton - (248) Worstilp 8( Church School - 9:30 om & 11 am Chlldcare Available at Ail Services Voutli Logos Prog.-Wed.4:16Gr. 1-5:5:00 M.S/S(. Hi Singles Place Ministry Thurs. 7:30pm Rev W. Kent Clise. Senior Postor Rev Janies R Russell. Associate Pastor OUR LADY OF VICTORY CATHOLIC CHURCH 770 Thayer. Northvllle WEEKEND UTURGIES Saturday 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 7:30.9 AM, 11 AM. 12:30 PM Church School Religious Education 349'2559 Rev Denis Theroux. Pastor GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH 9 Mile & Meadovirbrook Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod Sunday School and Adult Bibie Class 8:45am Viforship 10:00am Thomas E. Schroeder. Pastor FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF NORTHVILLE Mile8i Toll Roods Services: 8:00.9:15 & 11:00 a.m. Rev John Hice Rev. Uso Cook wv,w.fumcnorthville.org OAK POINTE CHURCH W.Ten Mile Novl Sunday 9:15a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Casual, contemporary, live txind (248) v,rww.oakpolnte.org PLACE OF CHANGE CHRISTIAN CENTER Meeting at Fire House Community Center Grand River Ave.. Farmington Hlls, Ml Phone: (248) at 10 a.m. Pastors Brkin and Gall Lane ST. JOHN LUTHERAN, ELCA Farmington Nils 23225GUI Rd Between Grand Rii«& Freedom Saturday VVtta* 5:30 pm SUKfoy Wwr* 4 Sundoy School «Oom.IradBio<iat/Ctiorat 11;15ani Contemporary SundoySctxxjI-olagesmiSOT Nursery Avoioble FELLOWSHIP PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Servfces held at: ModoiTO University's Kiesge Hoi, Your Church Schootaolt Rood-Uvtrto Pakhgtot IsNW Comer ol tewm & Schoolcrati Sunday School 9.30 am.: Worship 10:30 o.m. could be here. Call Dt James N.McGulre ext The Art Institutes ( a system of over 35 education insiiiuiions locaied ihroughoui North America, providing an imporiani source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Vargas becomes consultant with Tastefully Slmpje Susan Vargas of Novi has become an independeni consuliani with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring easy-to-prepare gounriet products. As a consultant, Vargas offers the company's gourmet foods and beverages to guests ai home iasietcsting parlies. Guests receive samples, easy meal ideas, recipes and.serving suggestions. For more information about Tastefully Simple products, tasieiesiing parties or the business opportunity, contact Susan Vargas at (248) , ^ Garage Doors & Entry Doors Automotive Industry appointment NxtGen Emission Controls Inc, with offices in Detroit and Vancouver, British Columbia, announces Jeremy Holt of Novi has been appointed president, CEO and a director of the board. NxtGen is a developer and supplier of emission control devices and systems io address diesel emissions challenges related to NOx and particulate matter in lightand heavy-duty diesel engines. Citizens Bank names vice president Citizens Bank nanied Mark Machala vice president and Uixisury management salesrepresentative ai ils Novi offices. In this role, Machala is responsible for dehvering efficient Ueasury management solufions to help business clients in Oakland and Washtenaw counties. He works with clients io ideniify inefficiencies in their current UT:asury management operations and makes recommendations lo improve efficiencies and profitability. Machala, of Washington Township, most recently worked in!, coipmercial banking for Beckway.Garage Door Inc. Beckway Steel Structures LLC jj Operators Steel Buildings & Staictures Residential & Commercial Agricultural & Aviation Jeff Bury DOOR Ceil Phone: Ten Mile Rd South Lyon, Ml T H E H O S T N O M I I J A T E D M O T I O N P I C T U R E OF T H E Y E A R! iilgoldfn GLOBE AWARD NOMINATIONS f; 7 b E S T P I C T U R E! BEST DIRECTOR - jor;wr15ht BEST ACTOR - JAME-; l-li AVO» BEST ACTRESS - KEIBA KNIGHIEV BEST SUPPoBTING ACTRESS -SAOIRSFOONAN BEST SCREENPLAY - CHRISIOPHEB HAMP70K BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - DAUlO MAP.ANELI OF RAVISHING R O r ^ N C H ^ l f e i A vision that will be talked ab3ut,for?vears. i:.? n Keira Knightley is sensational.\rames(meavjp^^ nails every nuance." ' 'fjfif-\ MICK LASALLE. 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Law & Poliiics ideniified qualified candidates by using a multi-slep evaluation process that incorporated peer recognition and professional achievement. Alexander is also a member of ihc Million Dollar Advocates Forum. John T. Alexander graduated from the University of Michigan- Dearborn. B.A., 1983 and ihe University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., He devotes his practice exclusively to the representation of people injured by auto and truck accidents, medical and nursing home malpractice, police brutality, constructioir accidents Calif, to Matthew Jacques Brandon of Twcntyiiine Palms, Calif., son of Roderick and Susan Brandon of Livonia. The bride-eleci is a 2003 graduaie of Mercy High School, Famiingion Hills, and a 2007 graduaie of Michigan Siate University. She works ai The Cheesecake Faciory, Rancho Mirage, Calif. The groom-elect is a 2004 graduate of Churchill High School, Livonia. He is currently employed by the United States Marine Corps,.stationed at base in Tweniynine Palms, Calif. A Febniary 2008 wedding is planned. p r e s i d e n t and wrongful death cases. John T. Alexander resides in Novi. Award winning Northwood University students Lance Suttle, a graduate of Novi High School, and Rachel Lilly of Walled Lake Western received the 2007 Best of Show Award for their Dodge automotive display that they co-captained for the 44lh annual Northwood University International Auto Show in Midland. The event featured more than 500 new domestic and import vehicles. It is the largest outdoor auto show in North America and one of the largest shows of its kind in the world. DePauw University Senior Dawn Elizabeth Wilfong, a 2004 graduate of Novi High School, was recently involved in a DePauw Theatre Production of Medieval Tales. The production was a collection of three plays not intended to fit together as a single theatrical piece. 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4 OA NOW t-jews-thufsday. Decembef 27, 2007 Thursday, Docembor 27,2007-NOVI NEWS 7A My N o v i N e w s AT 2007 My N o v i S p o r t s BEST OF 2007 By JeffThelsen SPORTS WRITER Retiring director of the Novi Public Library, Brenda Lussier, greets her friend Roland Heaton at a farewell reception honoring her many years of service. Heaton was the founder of the Friends of Novi Library. In November, the library's SI 6 million bond proposal for a 60,000-square-foot new building was approved by 64 percent of voters. Novl Meadows instructor Lisa LaPorte, gesturing to iier students. Is named Novi School District Teacher of the Year in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 23. LaPorte was recognized not only for her efforts in the classroom, but also in being a part in shaping the school's curriculum and teaching methods. The Novi girls soccer team rolled dirough playoffs and won an unprecedenied third straight state title. The Wildcats beat former No. 1 ranked Rochester 2-1 June 16 at Troy Adiens. Novi (22-1-2) pressured the Falcons (21-1-2) furiously laie in the first half, but it appeared as diough the half was going to end in a 1-l tie. Stephanie Crawford alertly headed die ball back toward the net, and Fratto blasted a shot off the right post that careened into the net about die same time as the hom sounded. In soccer, a ball must be completely over die goal line before the hom goes off to signal the end of die half. The head official signaled a goal. Rochester head coach Todd Heugh came storming onto the field in protest, but the goal remained and turned out to be the game winner "What a heads up play by iwo people," Novi head coach Brian O'Leary said. "Crawford got it widi like seven (seconds left). A lot of people would just quit or settle the ball a very heads up play to knock it in blind. "Jamie had die piece of mind to know, 'Hey, I've got to shoot this diing fast.' If she would've taken anything more than a tum-andshoot it probably wouldn't have counted." Crawford didn't care about the controversy, she loved die play. 'That was die coolest goal I think I've ever seen in my life," she said widi a big smile. "I look up at die clock and I see zero, and I UiihkvjDid diat really just hap- The Novi Wlldcat soccer team celebrates lts third consecutive state championship. Photo by JOHN HEIDER/Novi News "I've never seen a goal like diat before. It was so cool." Novi goalkeeper Erin Zerio kept die ball out of die net die rest of the way, and five Wildcats capped dieir career witii a diirdsiraight state title: Crawford, Stephanie Janssens, Emily Esbrook, Kristine Chaklos and Jessica Bamdt. Tapper's Diamonds' Deanna Kleinman holds a strand of Tahitlan black pearls at Tapper's Bloomfield store. The new Tapper's Novi location helped Twelve Oaks Mall celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Novi saw a fair turnout during the May $26.4 million bond proposal and board member election. The bond passed by more than 60 percent of voters. Juile Farkas took over the duties as Director of the Novi Public Library on Nov. 12. The Wixom Assembly Plant is shown on one of its last days of operation last week. The 4.7-minion-square-fbot assembly plant on Wixom just north of Interstate 96 built FOfd and Lincoln care for flie last 50 years. Tin Wixom plant employed 1,200 workers. Shoppers try on and check out shoes attvvelve Oaks Mall's Nordstrom department store on its first full day of operation. Nordstrom began in 1901 in Seattle as a shoe store and its Novi location will feature five different shoe departments. PHOTOS BY JOHN HEIDER Novi Meadows siicth grade teacher Dr. Katharine Ellis hands out blue ribbons to her class in honor of its selection by the Michigan Department of Education as an Exemplary School for its academic achievements. InvesHgatore from the Nolri Fire and Oakland County SherlfTs departments look at the remains of the former WhKehail Nursing Center. Martin ciaims pair of state titles Cadiolic Central's Mike Martin capped off an amazing 2007 widi a pair of state dtles. His first came in wrestling, despite never competing in the sport before the season. Martin's friend, Stephen Gatt, persuaded him to come out for the team to help fill the heavyweight slot. Martin claims he didn't want to, but did it anyway to stop his friend's nagging. Martin initially struggled before putdng die pieces togedier late in the year. He roared through die bracket and wound up in die state title match against Port Huron's Aaron Robinson. Martin earned a takedown and an escape point in the second period to lead 3-2 heading into die diird. MaItin started in the down position and earned an escape point. He fought off all of Robinson's shoot attempts and went on to win die championship. "I didn't like it... but coach talked to me after practice," Martin said. "1 couldn't quit. 1 wanted to help die team as much as 1 could. I love my school. "I'm starting to love diis sport now." In die spring, Martin handled die dirows for die track team. Entering die state meet, he was Catholic Central's Mike Martin looks at his opponent during the heavyweight state finals. Photo submitted by Jeff Gait 4^ Photo by JOHN HEIDER/Novl News As her teammates rise behlnd her, Novi's Hayley Miller screams as the Wlldcats notch a point early in a match against Bloomfield Hills Marian. one of die top shot put throwers in die state and proved as much with a launch of (a new slate record), beating Lansing Sexton's Matthew Armstrong in second place by more than iwo feet. "Mike hates losing and that fuels his determination to win," said Eugene Grewe Jr., Cadiolic Cental shot put coach. "He is extremely strong; but in throwing, strength is only one factor, albeit a big one..* "Timing, coordination and control are also significant elements. He exhibited all of diose." A run like never before Novi volleyball had never reached the statefinals,until now. Riding die crashing hits of All- Area Player of die Year Stephanie ami 1 Cripps and Paige Janer and a defense diat refused lo let the ball hit the. floor, the Wildcats started knocking off playoff teams one by one. What appeared to be a major hurdle in the road never appeared as defending champion Livonia Churchill was derailed in district play by Milford. The Wildcats disposed of Milford in four games and had the regional championship and first trophy of the postseason. Next up for the Wildcats was Wyandotte. Novi raced out to a big lead in die first game and eventually won Wyandotte won the next game, but Novi won 25-16, 25-17, advancing to the semifinals. The Wildcats pushed Marian to die brink, but lost 20-25, 25-17,.9 ^ 25-21,20-25, "I've always wanted to take a team there," said Novi head coach Julie Fisette of slates. "I've always told different teams how cool it is to be diere and how it feels. "From the onset, this leiim had that belief Uiat they were going to get there, and they were going to do it. Frozen Four Wildcat hockey proved it isn't how you start, it's how you finish. After starting 3-8-1, the Wildcats started to click toward the end of the year under firstyear head coach and former NHL player Todd Krygier The playoffs started with a 5-0 win against Livonia Franklin and a 5-2 win versus PlymouUi in preregional play. The Wildcats won the regional dtle wiui a 3-2 win agiunst KVC foe Lakeland. Another KVC foe, Milford awaited the Wildcats in the quarterfinals. Novi again stayed alive widi a 2-1 victory. Muskegon Mona Shores ended die run widi a 3-0 win at Uie Frozen Four at Compuware Arena. "Coming from 3-8-1, to actually finish.500 and in the semifinals, we have a lot to be proud of," Krygier said. Novi's biggest winning streak of tiie year was a du«e-gamer Inidway dirough die season. The Wildcats bettered Uiat when Uie games mattered most Uie playoffs. "l told die guys I've been proud Photo by JOHN HEIDER/Novi News Novi's Scott Eberline looks to make a pass in a Novi home game against Lakeland. of their work ethic, their attitiide, their commitment and there's no one diat expected us to be where we got," Krygier said. Siiamroclcs roli The Catholic Central football team faced a possibility of not making the playoffs midway through the season. On a twogame slide, they faced Orchard Lake St. Mary's, who was unbeaten. Cadiolic Cenu-al (lo-3) buckled down and won 21-lO, starting a winning streak dial wouldn't stop undl die final four of Uie playoffs. The Shamrocks won to start the playoffs. The Shamrocks dropped Lansing Everett 21-7 in die second round to claim the district title. Cadiolic Central traveled to Holt in the regionals, but left town with a 21-7 win and a trophy Eventual state champion Macomb Dakota ended die run with a 17-7 win in diefinalfour, Fresiiman success Catholic Central freshman Joseph DM has an honor diat very few first-year players can claim: He has yet to lose in the postseason. Dah&, playing at No. 2 singles, came into Uie final tournament as the No. 4 seed. He faced the toughest road possible for himself, beating boui die No. 1 and No. 2 seeds along the way Dubi came back to beat No. 1 seeded Ryan Dushane of Holland West Ottawa 6-3,2-6,6-4, despite falling behind 3-0 in the final set. No. 2 seeded Eric Hubbard of Ann Arbor Pioneer also made the finals, but Dub^ dispatched him in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5 to claim the state tide. "It's pretty remarkable that someone can have diat kind of poise as a freshman," CC head coach Joe Stafford said. "He played some incredible tennis. "He never gets too up, and he never gets too down. He's very relaxed under pressure. You never see him sweat." Other 2007 higliligiits Novi football rode into the playoffs after starting 0-2. Things didn't look good for die Wildcats, but a forfeit gave Novi a 1-1 record and the season took off from diere. The Wildcats were able to get Uiings done on the, ground and Uirough Uie air, while die defense buckled down and kept the opponents at bay. The Wildcats faced four su-aight tide-implicauon games in ihe KVC and came away 4-0, eventually tying Howell for die final KVC championship. Novi didn't stop there. The Wildcats started Uieir playoff run with a 13-9 victory against Livonia Churchill before losing to eventual runner-up Livonia Stevenson in Uie next round. The Novi girls basketball team didn't have a marquee player, but Uiat was fine with head coach Bill Kelp. Teams weren't able to try and stop one player, and die Wildcats used a balanced attack to break down die opposition. It all came together when die Wildcats knocked off Canton to claim the district tide, somediing Uiat hardly anyone would've beueved at the beginning of die year. For fall sports, Uie KVC is now history. The eight-team league is combining wiui teams from die WLAA and adding two more for a 24-team league that will be broken into sbt divisions. Final Wildcat KVC champions for Uie fall Included soccer, giris swim and dive and football in a tie witil HoweU. Jeff Theisen can be reached at or at (248) ext. 104.

5 BA NOVl NEWS-ThufSday, Decotnbef 27,2007 Thursday, December 27,2007-NOVI NEWS 9A TALK A B O U T it: Join in discussing our stories online via Story Chat at hdvinews'.com i^tcjctltli^movi News'to spread the word about wiiat's going on in Novi Victoria Mitchell, editor (248) , ext. 102 veniiichell gannett.com M Y N E I G H B O R S Thursilay, December 27, fax: (248) Victoria lyiltcliell, eilltor ^(248) , ext. Thursday, Deceinber 27, fax: (248) S i s t e r a c t : S h e ' s m y t r u e h o l i d a y h e r o F a r e w e l l j p o n y t a i l s By Jessie Ellis Elizabeth Willi.s has a lot to be thankfui for this hoiiday sca.son. For the past i4 years, Wiiiis has suffered kidney failure. In July, her sister Linda Whitfield of Novi donated one of her kidneys to Wiiiis. "Siie's my hero," Wiiiis said. Wiiiis' kidney began to fail late in By early 2006 she was on the transplant list and facing years of dialysis. On a spring day iast yew Whitfieid, wife of City of Novi Police Sgt. Terry Whitfieid, and Wiiiis went out for lunch. Tcary-cycd, Whitfield looked at her sister. "Would you consider tiiking one of my kidneys?" she asked. "It w:is out of left field." Willis said. "I never even suspected she was going to tell mc that. For the first time I had a feeling of hope for my future." Willis was first diagnosed with kidney disease 14 years ago and was placed on ihc transplant list. There is a five year wait for a kidney transplant in Michigan.'Thrce days a week for four years she went to dialysis, but her kidneys began to scar and lose their ability to function properly After four yciu-s of dialysis Willis was ncaring her limit. "That last year was tough," Willis said. Then one day she got a call saying that a cadaver kidney was available. "I had mixed feelings," Willis said. "I was happy about getting a kidney, but saddened too. I was amazed that someone thought of me in their grief" The cadaver kidney was far from a perfect match for Willis. There is a factor called an "antigen" which determines the quality J of the match. A perfect match is 2005 the kidney was in failure. six antigens, but the cadaver kidney had only one antigen. After When Willis was first diagnosed Whitfield had considered her surgery, Willis suffered near donating one of her kidneys, but rejection issues. She was very sick for about six s, but slowly getting better every d>iy. For another six s Willis felt better, but then she began to feel ill iigain. A nagging backache persisted, despite visits to the doctor. Willis was diagnosed with Stage IV Lymphoma, and an the timing was not right. "I didn't have the support system." Whitfield said. "1 didn't feel like 1 could niiike a good decision." Though she decided not to become a donor at the time, Whitfield carried the idea in the back of her mind. Sitting down to lunch in 2006, knowing that the enlarged tumor was causing her back pain. kidney was failing, Whitfield Willis went through chemotherapy and has been in remission for nearly eight yeais. However, the chemotherapy damaged Ihe kidney and doctors told Willis that il would fail in about eight weeks after she stopped taking chemotherapy. She would have to go biick on dialysis. Instead of taking eight weeks for the kidney to fail, it took six years of graduiil decline. At ihe end of finally felt ready, and began the long process of testing which started in September and lasted through November. The best test result news came when Whitfield found out her antigen numbers. "I remember lhat day," Whitfield said. "1 w.is driving and I pulled off to the side of the road. (The counselor) told me I was six antigens. She was crying and I was crying." With six antigens there could not be a more perfect match. "It's like winning the lottery," Willis said. She knows people on dialysis who have several siblings who dt not match at all. In July surgery day finally came. Whitfield's kidney was described as pristine by doctors, however they accidentally nicked Whitfield's spleen, causing internal bleeding. They repaired the nick, but Whitfield lost some blood. Willis' surgery went perfectly and her doctor described it at as the perfect football pass. Because of the internal bleeding, Whitfield received blood transfusions. A lifelong blood donor, she suddenly found herself as the one in need. "It kind of hit me in the hospital when 1 was getting the blood transfusions," she said. "I thought about how importani it is to give that pint of blood. 1 never thought I would be the one in need, l'lu so grateful lhat it's there." The very next day WiWis was out of bed. She gathered her pole of IVs and walked down to see her sister. "1 called il my pole dance," Willi.s joked. "Il took all my strength to do it." When the sisters saw each other they cried and hugged. "I thought a lot about when we lost (dad)," Whitfield said. "He never had the opportunity to have a life." Whitfield is completely recovered from her surgery and is back to her busy life. Willis is better than she's been in more than a decade. She takes seven pills a day and she'll be taking them for the rest of her life. Willis is thinking about her possibilities; school, work and volunteering. "She's my hero," Willis says of her sister. "I know it was scary for her too." L a s t i n g t r a d i t i o n s : S p r e a d i n g h o l i d a y c l i e e r T r o o p 2131 d o n a t e s cliarity. By Kelly Murad hair to Once a mondi, dlroughout ihe course of last year, troop leader and parent. Dawn Bluga measured the girls hair of Brownie troop Eachf girl needed her ponyiail io. be at least 6-inches long before she could get ii cui. Eight of the 10 girls in the Deerfield Elementary School ti'oop earned a Locks of Love patch by donating anywhere from 6- to 12-inches of hair io Locks,of.. Love or Children wiih Hairless. Boih non-profit organizations provide hairpieces io financially challenged children suffering from hair loss. "1 am so happy of the unselfish act thai ihese 8-year-old girls decided io do," Bluga said. The idea for such a selflesrtfit" came from third-grader. Mackenna Seraeyn. "Ai the beginning of die year, one of the girls in ihe troop suggested that all die girls donate their hair to ihese charities," BllfgS'said. "So none of die girls got haircuts for almosi a year." Alihough the idea of losing 8- inches of hair may tie h'aumaiic for some girls, Semeyn feli proud of her contribution. Since Locks of Love requires hair donations io be a minimum of 10-inches in lengdi, most of die girls donated their hair to Children with Hairloss, a Michigan-based organizadon thai accepis contributions of shorter lenguis of hair "A loi of the giris wanted to do ii, but didn't have long enough hair," Bluga said. "This organization Children widi Hairloss) will lake hair as short as 6-inches, some of ihe girls' hair was not as long as Locks of Love requires which is 10-inches." ' In total, ihe girls of troop 2131 donated inofe than 70-inches of hair, with Shannon Murphy makingtte longest donation. '^SJas sort of scared," she said. "I got 12-inches cut off." rnterested In making a donation? Visit the Locl(s of Love and Children Willi Hairloss Web sites for Information regarding donation requirements;,.fundraisers and events; contact information; ar)dvolunteer opportunities,' Loci(s of Love visit Children with hiairloss Visit \ Even widi die donations going to a good cause, adjusting io shorter hair was difficult for most of ihe giris. "I didn't like it because I couldn't put my hair in a ponytail," said Jackie Dolin, who donated 8- inches. Sarah Patton, who donated 10- inches, said even though she doesn't like her hair too long, she didn't like when it was first cut and up io her ears. The four ouier Brownies who donaied iheir hair were Alissa Submitted pholo Jacide Dolin, left, lvlaclienna Semeyn, Samantha Bluga and Emlly lvlayoras spent a day at the salon together, getting thelr hair cut. Sweeney, 6-inches; Claire Ffankowski, 10-inches; Samantha Bluga, 10 1/2-inches; and Emily Mayoras, 8-inches. "1 take my hat off to ihem," Bluga said. "Their hair donations are going to great causes." Novi News staff writer Kelly Murad can be readied at (248) 349-J700, ext. 103 By Tracy Estes-Mlshlef SPECIAL WRITER Katie Brown is a true believer in Iradilions. And she's proved this by carrying on a holiday tradition she started 12 yews ago by bringing together mothers and daughters for some memorable and meaningful holiday cheer. Brown, of Novi. and her daughters, S;u-ah. 14, and Nicole. 9, who allcnd Northville schools, each year host a mothcr-and-daughler holid:iy brunch with a seasonal play or musical to follow. "It's a special event for mothers and daughters." Brown said. "It sl;irtcd off small, but now about 50 moms and daughters have joined us in our tradition." Aside from good food and friendly faces. Brown also selects a charity of organization to suppart each year with past organizations including Civic Concern, Haven, in Pontiac and the Sweet Dreams Foundation. This year. Brown decided it would be a good ide:i lo honor a neighbor who attends Ihe holiday branch and w.is recently diagnosed with breast cancer. As a holiday craft, the daughters made more than 20 colorful centerpieces and ihe mothers wrote inspirational messages for breast cancer patients ai Novi's Providence Hospital Infusion Center. Lee Ann Adam, of Northville. and her business. Flower Alley, in Novi, donated all supplies for the arrangements. 'This rwilly hit home this year," Brown said. "Not a single one of us has not been, or will be, touched by someone with breast cancer. "When I was a kid, (breast cancer) wasn't as prevalent. Now, 1 do think there is a huge awareness, and it's important for the kids to know this is a beatable disease." Lasting traditions This ye>ir, after brunch and holiday music orchestrated by Brown's son, Kyle, 16, and University of Detroit friends Patrick Lcvandowski and Justin Malkowski. the women attended Northvilie's Tipping Point Theater production of "Forever Plaid: Plaid Tiding.s." "We've seen everything from the Nutcracker and Christmas Carol lo the Radio City Rockellcs on our i 0-year anniversary," Brown.said. "We love our day together, but 1 think even more, we love the opportunity to traiy spread some good cheer during tlic holiday season." Lissa Chattier, of Farmingion Hills, attended the brunch wiih her two daughters, Diana, 14, and Elizabeth, 9. Chattier said the brunch reminds her of the days when women would gel together once a year or more and knit blankets or.scarves while talking and spending time together. "I'm one of diose U-aditional people, and we.ill look forward to this day every year." Chattier s.tid. "We've watched our children grow up together, and Uiis is a great way of bonding and catching up." The Submitted pholo daughters from this year's lvlother and Daughter brunch dlsplay their centerpieces created for cancer patients at Novl's Providence Hospital lnfuslon Center. Chattier said over the years, all the luothcrs iu-e able to.see.each other in the different stages of mouierhood. "It's comforting," she said. 'To me, the charity support is a wonderful influence, but the neatest part is the women being together and helping each other in the different stages of life." Carrying on traditions Brown said she hopes her daughters, Sarah and Nicole, continue to cany on the holiday m'other-and-daughter brunch in the future. She said many kids might think certain traditions are silly, bul as an adult they might look back and realize how impottant those traditions were. "My daughter said to me the ^otlicrday, ;Bpyj momtiwedoihftvl; a lot of traditionjj.f B,TO>VI} iim4-it'il hope they do continue to cairy on this tradition. Now they think it's special, and I'm hoping they still do years from now." Sarah Brown said she looks forward to having all the mothers and daughters over to her house every ye.u. "It's not jusi another party," Sarah said. "It's part of our life. Ji's something 1 know will happen every year." Sarah said she looks forward to seeing all her friends she normally doesn't get to see on a regular basis due to traveling distance. 'There's meaning behind (diis tradition).".she said. "She (mom) did it when she was younger, and I'd like to see it keep going as well." Sarah Brown, Katie Brown and Nicoie Brown. Submitted photo Higli Scliool talies band honors; alumni hockey game Novi High School is fortunate io^be represented in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association AU-Siaie High C l a s s School Band by five ouistanding siudents: junior Matt Baker, trumpet; senior Alyssa Kochyan, principal N O T E S clarinet; junior Jessie Si^ie-Band will perform as part of Linton, alio saxophone; Janioi^ UlB*Wichigan Music Conference Erica Qiao, principal bassoon; on Jan. 26 in Grand Rapids, and senior Erica Shadwell, principal bass clarinet. This 91 piece band was selected from more than 1,850 live audiiions and is represented by 55 Novl alumni hockey game Hie sevendi annual Novi Wildcai GIeeh and Whiie Game will be held high schools from ihroughoui from 8:30-10:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. Michigan. Novi High School is die only school widi five siudenis 30 at ihe Novi lee Rink (Blue Rink). Adnlission is free. - &>'Former 'coaches Dan Phelpsj,!llfe'"6ttl^s^oollhathas''iiIffliffhffi'^'f''WhnrSmIth, Dave Zarem and one principal player. The All- Denms Gagnon will be joining A C T N O W l l l U m Donate before the end of the year to returning alumni, who include: Dan Morrison, John Murray, Bryan Vigna, Curt Russell, Zack Flavin, Sean Hogan. Matt Quay, Brian Jaussi, Brett Jaussi, Dan Szalaga, Chaz Bulbeck, Robert Lewis, Scott Eberline, Mark Eberline, Brian Eberline, Kyle Mouch, Tom Ciaverilla, Mike Berger, Anthony Nyugen, Phil Stachowski, Jerod Jenso, Justin Ruccolo and Nick Karaisz. Martin Luther King Day The community is invited io attend die nindi annual Dr. Martin Ludier King, Jr. Day Celebration ifroni-5-8 p.m'. Monday, Jan. 2l at Walled Lake Northern High (248) Peoples Choice Independent Dealer of the Year GUARANTEE the 2007 FAIR M A R K E T VALUE for your donated School, 6000 Bogie Lake, Commerce Township. The community event celebrates ihc message of peace, equality and unity that Dr. King advocated for all people. This year's theme is "All Abroad the Freedom Train." The celebration will include a multicultural polluck dinner from 5-6 p.m., viewing of student projects from 5-6:30 p.m., a program from 6:30-8 p.m. in the school's auditorium featuring performances by student choirs, the Walled Lake Schools "Friend of Diversity" awards and diis year's main performance by professional storyteller LaRon Williams and Walled Lake siuderits.i-' ' AdInissiori'is free iiiiii attciidfe are requested io bring a di.sh io share representing their cultural heritage. For more information, call Alec Bender at (248) Walled Lake Western graduates are hockey champs Walled Lake Western graduates, Colin Sipperiey and Jason Yokubison wen: chosen to represent die United States in die first ever Inline Hockey Junior Men's World Championships held in Dusseldorf, Germany The conipeduon included teams from Germany, Australia, Mexico and die Czech RepubUc. The team seized the Gold medal over die Czechs widi a score of 5-2 W'tH(;'^firiiil--gaine..SjppeHBj' and 'YokuW"'iaro''pl'ayed'oR flirtlits't Inline Hockey team at Oakland Sunday Communil.y College where diey won die Midwest Collegiate Robber B division tide for die season. Bodi also received first place medals in St. Louis for die NCAA Frozen Four tournament. Parenting fair The 16ai annual Walled Lake Schools ParenUng Education Fair will be 8:30 a.m.-2:3q p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Walled Lake Nordiern High School. Parents and community members from dlroughout the Detroit area.u-e invited to attend. This year's keyii6te''''^spedk4r-will tie''* Y4Mlida-''pgfiHiIg expffi"dn'd best-selling audior, Jim Fay S a l e D e c. 1 7 t h t h r u D e c. 3 a t h 1 0 : 0 0 a i n - 8 p m F a r m e r F r a n k e n m u t h G a l l e r y & G i f t S h o p A L L I T E M S A r e a c h u r c h ' s n e w n a m e a fateful c o i n c i d e n c e By Alison Bergsiel<er Coincidence: Tlie occurrence of events tiiat happen at the same time hy accident but seem to have some connection. When Novi resident Dana Corbit. 41. began writing her inspirational romance.series ba.sed on the Milford community, she had no idea what kind of coincidence W.XS in store for her. Recently, a church on Hickory Ridge in Milford decided it was time for a new name, so Rev. Rich LaBelle came up with Hickory Ridge Community (Thurch in place of Milford Assembly of God. Milford resident Joy Golicz, an avid fan of Corbit's novels, drove by the church's new sign <ind knew she had come across an interesting coincidence: The church had changed its name to one that Corbit had fictionally used in her novels since And even more interesting the church changed dieir name without ever reading any of Corbit's books. "We had no idea," said Linda LaBelle of Hickory Ridge Community Church. "It's almost like a prophetic thing. It's just a Confirmation from us that what we have done is truly from God." Corbit agreed that the name change must be enfirely coincidental. "I used to live in Milford from 1995 to 1999," she said. "And when I started die series, I set it in a place 1 Icnew. The church 1 used at die time was fictional. It seems like a very odd coincidence." Linda and Rich had an opportunity to meet Corbit last Wednesday at the church, where they were brought together by what seemed like fate. Corbit donated her entire series to the church, which will be ihe start of the church's first library. Her books "A Blessed Life," "An Honest Life," "A New Life" and "A Hickory Ridge Chrisimas" are known as die Hickory Ridge series. They are currently out of print, but used copies can be purchased ai or dley can be checked oui at Milford Public Library. Corbit's fifdi book, "Homecoming at Hickory Ridge," will debut in July vehicle to: CHARITY MOTORS. N o other car donation program in Michigan can make that guarantee-perjod.'.' Your driveable vehicle may be dropped off at: C o l o n i a l M o t o r s L T D 211 S. Main St. (comer of GM ), Milford, Ml % O F F BVERvmrn mst eo B Y DECEMBER 3om» Collectibles by Giuseppe Armani, Enimett Kelly Jr. and more! O r i g i n a l P a i n t i n g s & P r i n t s Collectible, Gifts, Sculptures, Flowers, Trinkets & Christmas Decorations! 568 S. 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6 Thursday, December 27,2C07-NOVI NEWS 11A 10A NOVI NEWS-TMurscay, December 27, 2007 C e l e b r a t i n g l i f e : H o n o r i n g h o s p i c e a n d h o m e h e a l t h c a r e C A L L I N G A L L S E N I O R S : Check out your section of our community calendar on p a 9 ^ ^ ^ = - ' ^ ^ victoria IVIiiciiell, edii0r (2-18) , ext. 102 liirsilay, December 27, fax: (248) vemilclieliagannett.com N I O R L By Tracy Estes-Mishler SPECIAL WRITER Alice McKcnzie w.inled tioliiing but the best I'or iier iiiotiier, Rose. Diagnosed with temiinai cancer in 2005, McKenzie. 57, of Novi, said her family wanted to inalie her mother as comfortable as possible in the hist few days of her life. "1 came to terni.s with my mom's passing long before it got really bad," McKenzie.said. "I'd never been in this.situation before and a friend told me to call ho.spice lo assist. "1 know, from their help, my mom went in peace and she's up there looking down on us smiling now. And that makes me feel happy." McKenzie said her mother wasn't a fan of hospitai,s or nursing homes and knew she wanted to die in the home she and her husband lived for 48 years in Farmington Hills. She said bringing in hospice to help with her request wasn't a problem. "In that type of situation, you'll do just about anything to ensure the people you love are happy," McKenzie said. "After my dad died, my mom was never the same. She missed him a great deal, it was oniy right that she die in tiie home where ihey shared so many memories." Liiie McKenzie many people are choo.sing ho.spice care to help with a loved one passing away. According to the Center to Advanced Palliative Care, the first U.S. hospital-based paiiiative care programs began in the iate 1980s al pniy a handful of institutions such its the Cleveland Clinic and Medical College, of Wisconsin. The modem hospice is a relatively recenl concept that originated and became popular first in the United Kingdom after the founding of St. Christopher's Hospice, in 1967, by Dame Cicely Saunders, who is regarded as the founder of the modem hospice movement. Julie Richards, vice president of communiiy and provider relations for Arbor Hospice, with locations in Northville, Ann Arbor and Trenton, said not everyone iinows or understands the concept of hospice and what it's for. "Only about 35 percent of the deaths that occur in the United States occur with the benefit of hospice care." Richards said. "There are a lot of people who don't understand (hospice ciiie) or know how to access hospice care." Whyhospfce? Richards said Arbor Hospice's main objective is to make services availiible to people who would benefit from them. She said hospice is part of the Medicare health insurance benefits, but it is also covered by many private insurances. "Wc treat pediatric patients up to seniors," she said. "People think old people die and that's nol the case." Hospice, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians is a program designed lo care for the dying and their special needs. As staled by the Academy, all hospice programs should include control of pain and other symptoms through mediciilion, environmental adjustmeni and educa-' lion; psychosocial support for both the patient and family, including all phases from diagnosis through bereavement; medical services commensurate with the needs of the patient; an inlerdiscipliiiaiy approach to patient care, patient and family support, and education with physician leadership; integration into existing facilities where possible and -specially trained personnel with expertise in ciue of the dying and their families. "The primary thing we do is talk to the patient and understand what their goals are," Richards said. "We do a lot of work in discussing with the patient things like social goals, favorite meals, maybe they want lo reunite with a high school friend before they go. "We help facilitate those goals, helping them work through issues if there are unresolved family issues... we tiy gelling Ihe things done the patient wants before they leave." Richards said hospice personnel helps discuss the progression of the disease and what the patient and family can expect. "A lot of times people think that going into hospice care is about giving up," she said. "Thai's absolutely wrong. It's about making that choice about how you want to live out the last s of your life." In order lo be certified or approved for hospice care, patients must h;ive a physician declare a six- life expectancy if the disc'ise follows a noniial course. Know your hospice provider Richards said in an ideal world, people.would do their advanced directives and choose a hospice provider, But that is nol always the case. She said people rely on referrals from friends and family as a trusted source. "it could be a friend or family member with a positive experience, someone in their faith-based community or their physician. The easiest way (to find a hospice location) is through a trusted source." Elizabeth Edenshoni, executive director for Waitonwood al Twelve Oaks, in Novi, said Waitonwood has an esliiblished relationship with several hospice agencies in order lo make referrals for residents in need. "We want our residents to know, especially because v/e're a continuum of care, that if they want to die peticefuily, they can sign up for hospice care," For more information on Arbor Hospice, contact (800) or visit For more information on Hospice of Michigan, visitwww.hom.org. Edenslroni said. "We feel it's important to have that option iivailable and our staff can provide that care or we can conlaci a hospice agency in ihe community." Edenstrom said it's important for residents and ill patients lo know they should go oul and do their research on who c;in help them. According lo Hospice of Michigan, hospice is a paiiiative care that.seeks to comfort rather than cure. Today, there are more than 3,000 hospice programs across Ihe country and about 100 in Michigan. "People shouldn't be afraid to call and ask for help," McKenzie said. "1 love my mom, and all I wanted was Ihe best. "Hospice made sure she left us peacefully, and 1 couldn't ask for anything more." Thank You for your patronage In 2007 For breaking news on the Web: We wish you a Happy & Safe New Year! Llnda Colwell checl<s out some of-the offerlngs from the Novl Public Library's bool< moblle as It vlslts the Novl,,_, i,,,...^ ^.., - Senior Center.The book mobile, complete with a healthy Fox Run fitness coordinator Tony Logan, center, heads off with some residents on a quick walk. Fox Run chal- selection of popular books and those requested by lenged soine of its Erickson affiliates to a fitness effort and won by walking the most amount this past summer and. readers, makes Its way to the senior center on the third fall and for that received a free lunch from their Dearborn facility. Tuesday of each. PHOTOS BY JOHN HEIDER Audience members applaud the Novi Middle School choir during the Novi Rotary holiday paily. OBITUARIES- OBITUARY POLICY The first seven lines of an obiluary arc published free of charge. After thai, there is a fee of $.1 a line. Pictures may be published for $25. Deadline for obiluaries is Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. for publication in Thursday's newspaper. For more inforaiaiion, call ^83, or contact your funeral home. 'Holiday deadlines arc snbjccl to change. THINKING ABOUT... ARM^BROm 361 N. 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OevS^capabRte Ackfl darges i cor*m apply. Network detajs and outage maps al ^m^m. CMVWKNiWittiess ^^'^ CITY OF NOVI NOTICE OF ENACTMENT ZONING MAP AMENDMENT THE CITY OF NOVI ORDAINS: Part I.That Ordinance No , known as the Zoning Ordinance of Ihe City of Novl Is hereby amended as indicated on ZONING MAP NO attached hereto and macje a part of this Ordinance. Part II. CONFLICTING PROVISIONS REPEALED. Any Ordinance or parts of any Ordinance in conflict with any of the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repiealed. Part III. WHEN EFFECTIVE. The provisions of this ordinance are hereby declared lo be necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safely and is hereby ordered lo lake effect fifteen (15) days after final enactment. The effective date of this Ordinance is January 2, MADE AND PASSED by Ihe City Council of Ihe Cily of Novl, Michigan this 17th day of December, 20O7. Copies of the Ordinance Amendment may be purchased or inspected at the Office of Ihe City Clerk, Novi, Michigan, weekdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, local time. REZONE TO B S-476-0O6 aist rs zonina I ^ i.m.. ii.se. S. UNE src JSi mml-y'^ arrofmv, tpl'bght Mlli ROAD ^ lo reztvjb a port of the Sootheoal 1/4 of Section J6, ItH., R.8., City of Novi, OoklanO County, Wchigan. boing parcti 22~X~47S-0O6 more particularly desorlbrkl os follows: Bethning ot a pom oa f/>«fost Hot of SKtion X, joitf point tmhi) OT/WeXKir/iOO loet from tha SootfJOOst comor of Seclioo.Jfi; ihooce N86V4'J5'W foot; thonco SlwrsS'W, 94.S7 fkt to tt» osteriy rlght-of-woy iht ot Haggerty Haad: thertce fi27-!2'll-,!95.s7 leet dang said rl^l-ol-ky line: Ikertce NWX'25Z feel to the East line of Sectlof}.36; thence S0f52'04% M2.54 leet along said section line to the point of beginning. Containing 0.46 oaes mou: rs FKEEmr SERVICE asmct TO: fl-jgej4eral BUSINESS DISTRICT ORDINANCE NO ZONING MAP AMENDMENT NO. 670 ( NN ) CITY OF NOVI, MICHIGAN DAVID B. LANDRY, IVIAYOR MARYANNE CORNELIUS CITY CLERK

7 12A NOVI NEWS-Thursday, Docembef 27,2007 Thursday, December 27,2007-NOVI NEWS 13* T A L K A B O U T ITs Join in discussing our stories online via S t o r y C h a t a t n q v i r i e w s. ^ o h n ) ' ^Vssing'o^O^Pilf^nIffi^^^^ S t e r y C K a t at'novinews:cohi('via^:* < victoria Mitchell, edlt0r (248) , ext. 102 M Y O P I N I O N Thufsilay, Deceiiiber 27, fax: (248) Victoria Itlltchell, ailitar (248) , ext. 102 ~ " " " " 0 E Thursday, December 27, fax: (248) victoria Mitchell EDITOR Richard Perlberg EXECUTIVE EDITOR Grace Perez Perry GENERAL MANAGER E d u c a t i o n a l s y s t e m d o e s n ' t n e e d c l i a n g e s, j u s t m o r e s u p p o r t Education is a valuable tool. Lucky for Novi residents, Novi Conlmuiiity Schools and the surrounding districts have great classroom and extracurricular pfogriinls. Also lucky for Novi, most of Ihe district's students are highly motivated and involved with iheir school and community. Chris Jaciteii With the increasing pressure on today's youth to perfonll well and get a modern, high-paying job while remaining in Michigan, a lot of changes have lieen made to set a higher bar for students. Curriculums are shifting, collegiate acceptance is more dirilcult and slandard- Ized tests are including additional and tougher material. One hot debate item is whether any single subject should be sacrificed lo free up time to focus on traditionally harder subjects. Highly technical jobs are requiring sharp math and science skills. Some believe cuts to other programs are an accept- ;ible sacrifice to improve in those two areas. 1 disagree. I know I've said "What good is math or science going to do me as a journalist?" when 1 was growing up (yes, I had this picked out long ago), but they really are useful subjects. Many of the other subjects in jeopiu-dy are just as important to forming a well-rounded person and ;in employee worthy of any field, maybe more so..students should be extremely proficient in as many subjects as possible. Everyone needs writing skills, so we belter not cut back on English language arts. Those are some of the most crucial skills of any job. Without the ability to convey written messages to a coworker or client, professionalism and credibility could be at stake. Text message lingo will not be acceptable in the business world, even if it is just a quick c-inail across the office. In the increasingly global economy, foreign language courses are vital. Not just French and Spanish, but German, Chinese, Japanese and others are all relevant in a business world without borders. As companies move from one country lo another, outsourcing and insourcing jobs, there will be language barriers. Students, and future potential employees, in olhet^''.i:ohntries commonly learn three languages duitng-theirchildhood. Our schools needto keep up so our stildents have at least two languages to draw from and compete for jobs in an international.selling. Social studies is important becau.se il teaches about culture, history and civics. The phrase "History is doomed to repeat itself' didn't just appeiir. It c:ime from events reoccurring because similar occasions were ignored, rather than learned Irom. Also, with a belter grasp on the denlocracy we call government, it's amazing how much of a voice taxpayers would have, even if it's not used as often as il could and, possibly, should. Business education is important in the same manner as all of the above-mentioned. Il applies to everything, has no borders and repeals itself on a daily basis. Every job ties into business in one way or another. Something is being sold or someone is gelling paid, usually both. Cutting any of these programs in any way would be harmful. Just la.sl, an elementary student plead to the Novi school board to bring back Spiuiish classes. Students do have an interest in these subjects. The final key subject, one that I defend most strongly becau.se of my background as an athlete, is physical education. In a recent letter to the Detroit Free Press, I read something incredible. A reader wrote, "I believe an easy cut in speilding in.schools is to eliillinate physical education in high school... To require a high school student to run a mile in gym is ludicrous. Something more ludicrous is how Detroit has consistently been listed as one of the most overweight and obese cities (number one in 2004 and ninth in 2007, according to Men's Fitness magazine) in the U.S., which is often listed as one of tlie most obese countries in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Luckily, the United States falls ninth in the 2007.statistics despite 74.1 percent of the population is overweight. I guess those citizens of Nauru have us beat there. However, World Health Organization notes the United Stales "is by far the largest country among the top 20." I hate my powers of deduction sometiilles. They tell me things like Detroit may be one of the most overweight cities in the world! To take away one of the last "required" physical fitness outlets, or to put less of an emphasis on health education for dlat matter, would only worsen things. High school was only five years ago for me. But when I look at the fellow star athletes and gym class heroes of then and see how the lack of motivation and fewer fitness outlets as a young adult has effected them, 1 wonder how cutting such a program would help. Maybe it would save a few bucks, but the health implications could also knock a few years off a child's life. Just like how cutting the other programs will hurt students in an international business world. As adults, overall education importance is the message we should convey to younger generations before they lose inter-- est in their own health and education. What do you think? We wetcome your Letter to the Editor. Please include your letters t>e 400 words or less. We may edit for clarity, space and corltent Mall: Novl News, Letters to the Editor, 104 W. Main Street Suita 101, Northviile, Ml be I tnttlkvemrcheliegannetlcom 10«idiina:LeABif5.mu^ tie rec^ by 5 p.m. Monday to Photo by JOHN HEIDER/Novi News Congratulations! Novi Police Officer Jerrod Hart is hugged by a supporter after he is promoted from detective to sergeant during a Friday afternoon promotion ceremony at the police training center. Passing the war debt onto the our children Since President Bush has steadfastly opposed lax incrrases of any kind during the past year, it makes one wonder how Congress can continually support the President's ongoing requests for additional dollars to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without imposing.some sort of tax 10 heip pay the bill. Representative McColler T o m W a t k i n s : brags about his record of not voting for any new taxes while continuing to support the war, and yet 1 have not heard of any plan lo pay off this growing expense. My biggest fear is that our children and our grandchildren will be burdened with this huge debt. 1 appreciated Tom Watkins editorial "Where is Our Christmas Present to America?" (Dec. 20, 2007) because I had been drinking some of the same thoughts. Where is the shared sacrifice? What is the average citizen being asked to conuibute on a daily basis? Sure many of us make one time contributions to provide favorite snacks, reading materials, essendal toiletries, or money to call home during Ihe holidays; but all of that is soon forgotten as we go about our busy lives. As an average citizen, I am appalled when I read of returning service men and women not receiving the physical and emotional health care they need to achieve sonic semblance of a normal life after serving on die front lines. These young people should have world class healdi. care for die remainder of their lives, they have eamed it and we owe il to them! Maybe we could be asked to purchase "War R e s o l u t i o n s, r h e t o r i c o r r e s u l t s It's new year resolutions time again. You loiow those promises you make to yourself that are often forgotten or not acted upon until, well, untl1 it is time for Ule following year's resolutions. According to Wlkipedia, "a New Year's Resolution is a commitment 01at an individual makes to a project or habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous." During a recent Presidential debate, the moderator aslted the Democratic candidates to tell the audience their new year resolutions. Predictably we heard more campaign rhetoric from most of them. Gov. I^lchardson got the laugh line of the evening When he said, "I am going to lose weight - again, this year!" As Wildpedia indicates, "many resolutions go unachieved and are often brolcen fafrly shortly after they are set." Promises, priorities and persistence ' Here are some promises or resolutions that I hope defy the odds and are not on1y made for 2008 but are lmptemented: The GoVemor wi11 ca11 for a "shared Vision and common agenda" conference. Tliis meeting W111 consist of the diverse interests that comprise our state, lnctuding Republicans and Democrats; business tabor and acadefnia; nonprofits and those struggling to malce a profit; city, suburbs and rural from Saugatuck to St. Clair and from Monroe to Menominee. The Henry Ford should be used as the conference setting, using the backdrop of Henry Ford, Edison, Firestone and other Innovative entrepreneurs as inspiration for us to build a new Michigan. We need leadership that has us rowing in the same dfrection if we expect to move forward in the future. Are their political risks of such a gathering? Of col1rse. But the risks to all of us by not coming together and taking action are far greater. The rhetoric in our state capitol about reforming and restructuring government will be more than Hp service and reat change will be acted upon. This will mean putting the needs of citizens,, the people that pay the taxes, above the special Interests that are wellrepresented in Lansing. The structure and overhead of our governments at the state and local levels exist as if notliing has changed When the contrary, that eve1ytl1ing has changed, is true. The statement that "1 will go anywhere and do anytfing" to bring Jobs to Michigan Will include China, Ru^la and India, countries With more than thlree bi11ion new capitaiist/consumers With the fastest-growing, iargest economies in the World. Here We are at the beginning of the eighth year of the 21st centuiy and no statewide elected ofbclal has traveled to these coi1n- tries to "bring home About Tom Watkins Healthcare Bonds" to support ongoing care for our returning troops. As we, average citizens of America, look ahead to 2008; maybe we ought lo be pushing our elected officials to find meaningful and creative ways for all of us to contribute lo this effort to preserve freedohi at home and throughout the worid, to begin to pay down the debt being incurred on a daily basis, and to make every effort to end this war and bring our troops home. Karen B. Zyczynskl Novi Tom Watkins is a business and education consultant. He served as state superintendent.of schools from Read his Inter: nationally recognized report: The New Education (R)evolution at He can be reached at the bacon" for Michigan. With an unemployment rate of nearly 8 percent and good paying Jobs fleeing our state, a Job reconnaissance mission seems in order. Budgets are statements of priorities. Politicians on both sides of the political aisle make the claim that education is the most important Investment our state can make to help prepare our people for the transformational, technologlca11ydrlven, global, know1edge economy. Yet funding for education at ail 1evels has been cut and mcreases have not kept pace With rising costs for several years In a row. Voters need to hold our elected 1eaders accountable. Don't just "read their lips" when it comes to educational funding; "Watch their hips." The bulk of ai1 new resources invested in our schools go to pensions and health care for employees. Actions do speak touder than Words and the actions have not caught up to the rhetoric when it truly comes to fi1ndlng education. Efforts that have been made to diversify our state's economy Will continue and intensify. Tapping life sciences, alternative energy, homeland securlfy and other 21st century knowledgeeconomy Jobs like Google and E-Prize hold promise for Michigan. U of M, MSU and WSU, together with our other Wonderful universities, can and should be utilized to help Jump start new, creative, iimovative and entrepreneurial ventures. Our system of community colleges will be recognized for the value they add to help prepare our traditional and nontraditlonal students for this fast-paced, ever-changing world economy. A summit should tie held with the leaders of the 28 community colleges, from the Western edge of the UP to Monroe, to stimulate their thinking on ways their talents can be better utilized. Change is the most talked about and least acted upon concept In Michigan today. As a new year begins We have the opportunity to embrace and lead change. Will we auow another year to pass Without making commitments With the corresponding action for real change? Resolutions, rhetoric or results - Which will pre- VaU in 2008? W i x o m s o c c e r c o m p l e x t a k e s N o v i b y s t o r m, o p e n s s e c o n d l o c a t i o n By Chris Jackett STAFF WRtTER Total Soccer of Wixom has taken over die former SoccerZone facility in Novi, hosdng large volumes of acuon in itsfirstmondi. The facility, located near die northwest comer of Grand River Avenue and Meadowbrook, has seen a lot of revisions since Total Soccer leased die space in August. The Novi SoccerZone had featured two boarded 6v6 carpeted soccer fields, a larger turf field and a whirlyball court operated separately as Whirlyball Novi. The Total Soccer in Wixom featured two boarded 6v6 carpet fields and two beardless llvll turf fields. WidI Total Soccer's revisions, the 77,000-squaIe-foot Novi location now boasts diree boarded 6v6 turf fields and the 300,000- square-foot Wixom locadons features two boardless llvll turf fields, a smaller boardless 6v6 turf field and a roller hockey rink. It also features 12 batdng tunnels and diiee batdng cages in die basement and a domed softball field on die east side of die building. "We took out all our boarded fields," said David Yotic, soccer manager and scheduler for Total Soccer, of die Wixom facility. "We are one of die few facilities diathave Uvlls." He said die full-sized indoor llvll fields are uncommon, drawing a large demand. "We do a lot of rentals to Michigan Rush, Novi Jaguars, Waza, Ann Arbor Arsenal, Livonia Hawks and Wolves, Plymouth Soccer Club and others," York said. "Saturday and.sunday we play games. Novi has games five to seven nights a week." He said 375 teams are currently signed up In Novi and 500 kids are in UIe instrucdonal classes. York said upcoming touma- Total Soccer lingo The tenns 5v5,6v6 and 11v11 refer to the number ot players on the field/court at a time. For soccer, this includes one goalkeeper and either five (similar to ice hockey) or 10 (similar to professional soccer) other players. Whiriyball's 5v5 is' similar to a professional basketball amangement ments should bring a large draw to Novi and Wixom. "We've got indoor regionals at Novi Dec. i-2 and die last week of February we'll have nauonals," he said. "In Wixom, we have a tournament every weekend. It's new this year. We also have a high school combine Dec. 8-9." Quarter comer Total Soccer also benefits and conhibutes by sharing die Novi facility with Whirlyball Novi. Aldiough the two businesses have separate entrances side-by-side and patrons must go outside to get from one place to anodier, many do exactly diat. Whiriyball Novi -occupies the nordiwest quarter of the budding. "We have communicauon between us. Our customers go fliere (and theirs come here)," YoIk said, noting cross-promotions between the two are likely in die future. The 20,000-square-foot Whirlyball Novi relocated from West Bloomfield about one year ago and features a Festaurani, two fully-stocked bars, pool tables, 20 fiat-screen televisions and a lounge widi couches and private rooms for business meetings, holiday outings, award ceremonies and birthday parties. "They have business over diere where diey refer people over to Photo by JOHN HEIDER/Novl News SoccerZone in Novi employee Jen D.'annunzio dribbles a ball around one of its three Indoor fields recently. Total Soccer of Wixom took over operations of the fields near Grand River Avenue and MeadoiMbrook In Novi. our food and bar," said Shannon Graves, office manager at Whirlyball Novi, who said die restaurant and bar are open as long as Total Soccer is, and many people come over to watch sports events on TV "It's just something different dian bowling," she said, noting Whirlyball Novi plans to start leagues in die spring. Whiriyball is a sport played 5v5 on a 4,000-square-foot court similar to a basketball court. except players ride a high speed, navigational bumper car (a WhirlyBug) and use Jai-Alai sticks (a lacrosse face wiih a shortened tennis racket grip) to dirow a softball-sized Wiffic ball dirough a 15-inch hole in die center of die tworimlessbackboards about 10 feel above die ground. Novi News staff writer Cliris Jackett can be readied at (248) , ext. 122 or cja. nett.coni ' M o v i e s a t t h e M a r q u i s ' s e r i e s b e g i n s Free tici<ets avaiiable Jan. 3 By Ram Fleming Those who love classic movies won't want to miss a new series about to begin in downtown Northvilie. "Movies at die Marquis," presented by die Northviile Downtown Development Audiority and die Northvilie Chamber of Commerce, will showcase 10 select classic movies each Saturday night firom Jan. 19 (except March 22) UIrough March 29. The historic UIeater is located at 135 E. Main Street. The series is being sponsored by Tom Holzer Ford and several participating downtown merchants.. Hiefe is no charge for die tickets, which will only be available at die particular business sponsoring each movie. Tickets aie limited since UIe UIeater seats only 375 people. Any tickets not distributed will be available at die UIeater prior to show time. Everyone has a list of favorite classic films diey could watch over and over again, so why not see a few of diem die way diey were meant lo be seen on die big screen at die Uieater. The theater invested about $25,000 to upgrade its equipment so that the DVDs can be shown. Movie lovers can Ielive some of Uie timeless films featuring many of the greatest movie stars of all time - including Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Cafy Grant, James Stewart, James Dean, Judi Deoch. GwyneUI I^tiow, Glenn Photo by JOHN HEIDER/Novi News Northvilie DDA director Lori Ward looks at the marquis of Northville's Marquis Theatre which wfill soon host a classic film series starting with ''Breakfast at Tiffany's." Close, William Hurt and Geofifrey Rush. Show time is 7:30 p.m. for all vicwings. The "Movies at the Marquis" series is open to guests age 5 and older. Following is the film schedule: Jan. 19, "Breakfast at Tiffany's," sponsored by Orin Jewelers, 101 E. Main St. Ohe business plans to have a special breakfast UIe morning of UIe show.). Jan. 26, "The Big Chill," sponsored by Scottie's Kitchen, 149 N. Center St. Feb. 2, 'To Kill A Mockingbird," sponsored by Northviile Candle & Gift. 124 N. Center St. Feb. 9, "Shakespeare in Love," sponsored by gg Resort Boutique, 133 W. Main St. Ste. 243 Feb. 16, "Rear Window," sponsored by Margo's of Northvilie, 141 E. Cady St Feb. 23, "Sabrina," sponsored by Swearingen Fine Portraits, 120 W. Main SL, Ste. 301 March 1, 'To Catch A Thief," sponsored by Sherrus Gallery of Fine AIL 133 W. Main St., Ste. 201 March 8, "Some Like It HoC sponsored by Lorla's, 142 N. Center St. March 15, "Rebel WidIout A Cause," sponsored by Poole's Tavern, 157 E. Main St. and March 29, "Casablanca," sponsored by Starring: The Gallery, 118 W. Main St For more information and updates on "Movies at die Marquis," visit C o m e c e l e b r a t e N e w Y e a r ' s E v e w i t h f a m i l y By Pam Fleming STMT WRTTER As 2007 comes to a close, area families may enjoy a night close to home on New Year's Eve at die l ldi annual NtHthville Nile at die Recreation Center at Flillside Middle School llje event, wganized each year t)y NortlIville PaIlts and Reoeation staff, is an aimual tradition for area families and will lake place at Uie school at 700 W. Baseline UIe souuiwest comer of Eight Mile and Center Street The event will feature a variety of carnival games, a band and coffee house from Oak Pointe Church in Novi, woodcrafts from Home Depot art projects from Abrakadoodle, face-paisting from Oddzin Ends, entertainers, huge Inflatable games and more. Make sure you stay until 8 p.m. because you can't miss die event's special New Year's Eve countdown. The event wiu take place from 4:30-8 p.m. Tickets for UIe event are $2 for tots, Uiose ages 1-2; $10 for children ages 3-17; and $5 for adults, age 18 and older. The office, which Is located by the back of Hillside Middle School, will be open for ticket sales today and Friday from 7 a.ra.^:30 p.m. Tract Sincock, director, said tickets often sell out ticfore die event But if any tickets are available, Uiey wiu be sold at UIe door. 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8 14A NOVI NEWS-Thursday. December 27, 2007 NOVI BULLETIN4B0ARDS For a complete listing of c o m m u n i t y events, visit w w w. n o v i n e w s. c o m Victoria Mitchell, editor (248) , ext. 102 vemitchehsgannett.com EVENTS Hats, Scarves, Gloves Collection LOCATION: Providenl Dentistry, Grand River, Suite 1 DETAILS; Doctor's Angelocci, Kessler and Nielsen and their staff are collecting hats, scarves and gloves for needy school children, grades Kindergarten-five, in the Novi area. Please bring items to the dental office; call for further information (248) Art Van Community Events Art Van Fumiture Store, Novi, Novi, (248) Sesame Street Livel Ticket Giveaway DATE: Jan DETAILS; The Sesame Street Live! Show - Elmo Makes Music is coming to the Fox Theatre Jan. 25-Feb.10. Art Van guests can register to win a family four pack of tickets to the Jan. 25 show including a meet and greet session with the characters. One winner per store. Sponsored by Art Van and WJBK FOX TV2. Kids Caslle Craft DATE; Saturday, Jan. 12 DETAILS; Kids Castles are supervised play areas for children where they can participate in a special project to create their own growth chart while parents shop. Tlie Second City's "Dysfunctionai lioliday Revue" TIME; 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, $15; 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays, S20;7and9p.m. (11 p.m. in December) Saturdays, $20; and 8 p.m. Sundays, SI 5 LOCATION; The Second City, Grand River Ave., Novl DETAILS; Get a healthy dose of seasonal satire with The Second City's 31st revue; directed by Mark Levenson of Novi. CONTACT; For tickets or information, call (248) or visit Improv and Comedy Writing Classes TIME/DATE; Class begins Jan. LOCATION; The Second City Training Center, Grand River DETAILS; Classes meet once per v/eek (8 weeks) for 3 hours. Tuition is S200, due in full upon n;- 'ii.i'ion (no refunds, non -Icriible). VIACT; Visit (248) Pancai(e Supper Fundraiser TIME/DATE; 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 LOCATION; Novi High School Cafeteria DETAILS; This fundraiser is entertaining for all ages. Sponsored by the Novi Neighbors and Nev;comers, come out for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, OJ and coffee. Watch the fastest pancake flipper from Chris Cakes of Michigan and duck for flying pancakes. Cost is $6, children under 3 are free. Proceeds benefit NHS student scholarships. Afterwards watch the Boys Varsity basketball game. Scrap the Niglit Away TIME/DATE: 3-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 DETAILS: Novi High School Senior All Night Parly Fundraiser; $25 per person includes pizza, snacks, beverage and door prizes; registration required; visit ty.aspx for information or to register. Silent Hands 3rd Annual Valentine Dinner Dance TIME/DATE: 6 p.m.-12a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 LOCATION: Baker's of Milford DETAILS; Silent Hands charity provides short-term assistance to those affected by adversity; advanced tickets are S50 or $60 at the doon raffle tickets are $20 each for a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas including seven nights, air fare and $1,000 cash. COIVTACT: For infonmafion, contact (248) Winter Stonefly Searcil TIME/DATE; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Jan. 26 LOCATION; Environmental Interpretive Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen, Dearborn DETAILS; Stoneflies are a sensitive aquatic insect and trout food. Their presence in the creek indicates good water quality and good fishing. Volunteers are assigned to teams, led by a trained volunteer, and travel to the headwaters of the Rouge River Watershed to sort through samples collected fram the stream by team leaders for stoneflies; results are given the Michigan Department of Environmental Duality, and others; no experience necessary, children welcome when accompanied by one adult per child. Registration required by Jan. 18 by calling (313) or e- mailing SCi-Novi CiIapter Annual Fundraiser Banquet TIME/DATE; Doors open 4 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 LOCATION; Laurel Manor, Schoolcraft, Livonia DETAILS; Featured items include hunting and fishing adventures all over the world, jewelry, artwork, home decorating goods, vacations and sport memorabilia; also numerous raffles. Tickets are $65 each, including $25 in free raffle tickets, when purchased by Jan. 31; and $75 each after Jan. 31 with no free raffle tickets. Special table purchase programs also available. Purchase tickets by visiting or calling Wendy at (248) Seating is limited to the first 1000 tickets sold. Hovi Rotary Club TIME/'DATE: Noon every Thursday LOCATION; Novi Methodist Church W10 Mile DETAILS; Lunch Is $10 at. meeting, visitors welcome, check website for speaker information, viww.novirotary.org. C H A M B E R S O F C O M M E R C E Greater Novi ClIamber of Commerce We're about business. We're about networking. We're about creating excitement in business and networking! Everyone is welcome to attend any of our events. For more information call Whitney, executive director at (248) or Also visit Experience West Oakland TIME/DATE: 3-4 p.m. Today LOCATION: Compuware Ice Arena, M14 and Beck s DETAILS: Join this group In their quest to bring more visitors and conventions to the area; free. Sales Lead Group 1 TIME/DATE: 7:30-9 a.m. Tomorrow LOCATION: Hooters of Novi DETAILS: Pass and receive business leads (one business per catagory); free. Arts Round Table DATE; Tuesday, Jan. 8 LOCATION: Mixx Lounge on Main Street DETAILS: Discuss art. Network with local artists. Economic Forecast Lunclleon Sponsored by Lotus Bank and Shindel Rock & Associates TIME/DATE: 11:30 a.m. registration; lunch at noon; speaker to follow; Wednesday, Jan. 9 LOCATION: Hotel Baronette DETAILS: We wiill vote for our board members; cost is $25 per member and $30 per non-member. Novi Chamber of Commerce The chamber is celebrating 40 years of business, representing over 500 members. Our mission is to be a responsible, proactive advocate of business interests in the greater Novi area. We are business and professional people working together to enhance the life of our community and the businesses in it. For more Information, visit or contact the chamber office at (248) lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Since 1963, the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has proudly served as West Oakland's Regional Chamber, servicing the communities of Commerce Township, Union Lake, Walled Lake, Waterford, Wixom, Wolverine Lake and White Lake. Our purpose Is to improve the quality of life for businesses and residents In the Lakes area. We act as a unified voice on behalf of the business community, provide a forum to discuss and review topics of Interest, serve as a source of Information and develop programs that are responsive to the needs of the communities we serve. For more information visit or (248) Spotlight Lunch TIME/DATE: 11:30a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 LOCATION: Coffee 'N More, Pontiac Trail, Wixom DETAILS: Members receive complimentary soft drink with purchase of a meal. Gala Meeting TIME/DATE: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 LOCATION: Huron Valley-Slnal Hospital (Feb. meeting at Chamber Office) Make 2008 Your Best Year Ever TIME/DATE: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday Jan. 17 LOCATION; Walled Lake Central High School Auditorium, 1600 Oakley Park DETAILS: Presentation by author and International speaker Michael Angelo Caruso; reception, networking, hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks; $35 per person. Home-based Business Roundtable TIME/DATE: 11 ;30a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 LOCATION: Chamber Board DETAILS: Discussion topic "Show Me the Money" Including lunch, $10 per person; pre-reglstration required. BUSINESS Females in the Famiiy Business Affinity Group TIME/DATE: 8-9:30 a.m. Third Thursday of every LOCATION: Walsh College Troy Campus DETAILS: Walsh Business Leadership Institute invites women who own, are partners In, or work for family businesses. Items discussed will be common issues, and women can share solutions In a nonthreatening, noncompetitive, non-sales roundtable. Registration is required. CONTACT: Jan Hubbard, C L A S S E S Providence Center for the Heaiing Arts LOCATION: Assarian Cancer Center, Grand River Ave., Novi CONTACT: (248) Wanted: One-Time Art Workshop instructors DETAILS: We are looking for people who have an art or craft that they would like to share in our series of one-time workshops. Colored Pencil Workshop TIME/DATE: 1-3 p.m., second Tuesday of every DETAILS: Beginners welcome. Express Yourself with Art and Color DETAILS: $5 materials fee; call for times and registration. Ceramics Class TIME/DATE: 10a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; Friday by appointment DETAILS: $10 materials fee. Knittln' Yarns TIME/DATE: 1-3 p.m. Wednesday DETAILS: Join others and N create hats and shawls for those In need. Creative Moments with Scrapbooking TIME/DATE: 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday DETAILS: $3 materials fee. Meditation TIME/DATE: 11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m., Thursday DETAILS: Learn proper breathing techniques that can be used at home or on the job to help reduce stress; class held In reflection space. Cancer Center. Therapeutic Yoga TIME/DATE: 6-7 p.m. (for backs) Monday; 11 a.m.-noon (mixed level) Tuesday; 12:15-1:15 p.m. (gentle yoga for cancer) and 5:30-6:30 p.m. (mixed level) Wednesday; 12:30-1:30 p.m. (for backs) and 6:45-7:45 p.m. (prenatal) Thursday; 9:30-10:30 a.m. (beginner/intermediate) Friday; 10:45-11:45 a.m. (intermediate/advanced) Saturday DETAILS: $10/walk-in; $80/10- class card; $45/5-class card; Lunch and Leam Yoga 7-week session Is $60; registration required. Classes also held at Providence Hospital, Southfield; call for details. Massage Therapy TIME/DATE: By appointment DETAILS: Therapeutic massage is effective for stress and tension, chronic fatigue, pain and headaches. Everyone Is welcome. Patients undergoing treatment should bring physician's referral; $50/50-minutes. Gentle Tai Chi TIME/DATE; 10:15-11 a.m. Thursday DETAILS: This ancient Chinese exercise promotes flexibility, balance and strength; an easy introduction to Tai Chi and for everyone; $5 per session. Line Dancing DATE: Monday and Friday TIME: 6:30-7:30 p.m. beginners; 7:30-9:30 p.m. intermediate LOCATION: Novl Civic Center, W. 10 Mile DETAILS; No partner needed; pay-as-you-go; Novl residents $5, non-residents $6. S C H O O L & G O V E R N M E N T Novi Community Schooi District Board of Education [fleeting TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 LOCATION: Educational Services Building, Taft CONTACT: (248) Novi City Council IVIeeting TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. first and third Monday of LOCATION: Novi Civic Center, W. 10 Mile CONTACT; (248) Novi Youth Assistance General Citizens Meeting TIME/DATE: 6 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 8 LOCATION: Novl Civic Center, W. 10 Mile CONTACT: (248) LIBRARY U N E S Novi Public Library LOCATION: W. 10 Mile HOURS: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday CONTACT: (248) Unless noted below, all programs take place at the library. Knitters and Knotters TIME/DATE: 6:30-8 p.m. second and fourth Monday of each DETAILS: Drop In for informal needlework group in Youth Area; all levels welcome: Senior Book Discussion TIME/DATE: Noon-1:30 p.m. second Thursday of each DETAILS: Book discussion group for older adults facilitated by librarian; please call to join. Crafl-a-palooza TIME/DATE: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Today List your event in our calendar! To be Included in My Bulletin Board, please send event name, date, time, location, details and contact. IMall: Novl News, My Bulletin Board, 104 W. Main Street, Suite 101, Northvllle, Ml lls Fax: (248) E-mall: vemitcheil gannett.com DETAILS: Join us In making a mystery craft while cleaning out the craft closet; kindergarten and older welcome. Novl Writers' Group TIME/DATE: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 29 DETAILS: An inspirational environment for writers to collaborate, critique and create with each other, facilitated by local writer Kathy Mutch. Writers of all genres are encouraged to participate provided they are 18 or older. Register online of call the library. English Conversation Group TIME/DATE: 11a.m. every Tuesday In Jan. DETAILS: Forages 18 and older; practice your English while you make friends; no registration required. Library Closed Tuesday, Jan. 1 for New Year's Day Introduction to the Internet for Adults TIME/DATE; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 DETAILS: Hands-on class provides basic instruction on the Internet; registration required. Friends Board Meeting TIME/DATE; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 LOCATION: Local History room Seasonal Affective Disorder and Depression TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 DETAILS: With Pam Oehmke from St. John Health. lvlost Common Tax lvlistakes TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 Using the Internet for Job Search TIME/DATE: 7 p.m.-thursday, Jan. 17 DETAILS: For ages 20 and older, registration required. Library Closed Monday, Jan. 21 Newspapers in the New Millennium TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 Reference USA Class TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 DETAILS: Learn how to look up Information on businesses; registration required. Ancestry Library Edition TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 DETAILS: Discover how to navigate this genealogy database. Novi Writers Group TIME/DATE: 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan.26 LOCATION: Meeting East DETAILS: Provides an inspirational environment for writers to collaborate; facilitated by local writer Kathy Mutch; ages 18 and older; registration required. Wailed Lake City Library LOCATION: 1499 E.West Maple, Walled Lake HOURS: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Closed Friday CONTACT: (248) Classical Music Series TIME/DATE: 2 p.m. first Tuesday of each Friends of the Library Meeting TIME/DATE: 1 p.m. second Tuesday of. Boole Discussion Group Thursday, December 27, fax: (248) Deadline: Must be received by noon on Monday to be published in the Thursday edition Call (248) for additional information. TIME/DATE: 12:30 p.m. third Tuesday of each DETAILS: Drop in for Informal discussion; bring a bag lunch; check library for current book selection. Evening Pre-schooi Story Time TIME/DATE: 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Thursday DETAILS; Stories, crafts and music for the independent listener, ages 3-5; drop-in, registration not required Story & Snacks Family Tlme TIMB'DAY: 6:30 every Thursday Library Board of Trustees Meeting TIME/DATE: 1 p.m. second Friday of every Wixom Public Library LOCATION: Pontiac Trail, Wixom HOURS: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday CONTACT: (248) ESL Cafe TIME/DATE: 3:30 p.m. every Thursday DETAILS: Coffee and conversation-improve your English speaking skills by speaking with people from other countries trying to Improve their English; no tests; Instructor help; free. CONTACT: Karin ai the...information Desk. ; :"*f. NOVI SENIORS Novi Senior Activities Center LOCATION: Located In the Meadowbrook Commons Senior Complex, Meadowbrook. CONTACT: (248) Massage by appointment: 12:30-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday Thursday 9 a.m.: Line Dance-int. 11:15 a.m.: Line Dance-Beg. Noon: Lunch 12:15 p.m.: Contract Bridge 1 p.m.: Computer Lab 2:30 p.m.: Line Dance Friday 10 a.m. Body Recall Noon: Lunch 12:30 p.m. Dupl. Bridge 1 p.m.: Bingo Monday Closed. Tuesday Closed. Happy New Year! Wednesday 9 a.m.: Stretch artd Strength 10 a.m.: Body Recall 11a.m.: TOPS; Blood Pressure 11:30 a.m.: Beg. Clogging Noon: Lunch 12:30 p.m.: Club Clogging 1-2:30 p.m. "Talk It Over" 6:30 p.m.: Beg/Easy/lnt. Clogging 7:30 p.m.: Clogging Club Waitonwood atlwelve Oaks Independent Living Residence, Licensed Assisted Living, Licensed Memory Care LOCATION: Huron Circle (adjacent to Twelve Oaks Mall) CONTACT: (248) Open House TIME/DATE: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. dally or by appointment. S U P P O R T G R O U P S Adoptive Parent Networking DATE: Last Wednesday of each TIME: a.m. LOCATION: Holy Family Catholic Church, Meadowbrook DETAILS: This Informational meeting Is open to all adoptive families In Oakland County. There Is no charge. Child care is available; registration required. CONTACT: Lisa Molloy (248) Bereavement Support Group DATE: Third Tuesday of each TIME: 7:30-9 p.m. LOCATION: Novl Civic Center, W. 10 Mile DETAILS: The meeting provides the opportunity for those in grief to share their story and to learn about the phases and tasks of grief. All are welcome; no fee. CONTACT: Michael U. Meyer, Doctorate of Ministry Angela Hospice Groups DETAILS: Grief support groups Include general grief, loss of a spouse, women's grief, parents who have lost a child and a grief support quilters group. All groups are led by bereavement professionals and trained volunteers. LOCATION: Angela Hospice Care Center, Newburgh, Livonia CONTACT: Joan Lee (734) General Grief Support Groups TIME/DATE: 1 p.m, and 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of DETAILS: Open to all losses. Loss of Spouse/Slgnlficant Other Support Group TIME/DATE: 6:30-8 p.m. first Tuesday of Men ln Grief TIME/DATE: 6:30-8 p.m. fourth Monday of Suicide Loss Support Services DETAILS: Individual and family services offered free for those who have lost a loved one through suicide; call (734) for more information. Heartstrings: Parents Who Have Lost a Child TIME/DATE: 7-8:30 p.m. first Thursday of Grief Support Quilter's Group TIME/DATE: 1-3 p.m. first and third Wednesday of DETAILS: Register by calling (734) DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital Support Groups LOCATION: 1 William Carls Drive, Commerce Al-Anon Support Group TIME/DATE: 10 a,m. every Sunday DETAILS: Al-Anon is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous; intended for the famiiy and friends of someone with an alcohol problem, helping them N o v i / N o r t h v i l l e M E D I C A L S E R V I C E Your Ad Could Be Here! Chiropractor to recover from the effects of living with a problem drinker CONTACT: (248) Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group TIME/DATE: 10 a.m. every Sunday DETAILS: Support group to attain and maintain sobriety. CONTACT: (248) Journeys Cancer Support Group TIME/DATE: 7-8:30 p.rrl.,the first and third Monday of each LOCATION: Lobby of the Charach Cancer Treatment Center, off the hospital's South Garden Entrance DETAILS: The Charach Cancer Treatment Center hosts a support group for anyone dealing with a cancer experience or who know someone living with cancer. CONTACT: (248) Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group TIME/DATE: 2-3:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each LOCATION: Krieger Center (South Garden Entrance) DETAILS: Designed to allow caregivers to share tips and offer support to each other; for questions or directions cair(248) , New Parents Support Group TIME/DATE: 10 a.m. second and fourth Wednesdays of each LOCATION: Hospital Conference Center DETAILS: A supportive environment for families to share their struggles, learn how to resolve issues after the birth of a child; discuss concerns such as sleep deprivation and coping with the emotions of parenting. CONTACT: (248) Support for SmokeIs Group TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. first and thlrd.tuesdayof each DETAILS: Provides education and support to quit smoking; no fee and no pre-reglstration required. CONTACT: (248) Breather's Club Support Group TIME/DATE: Noon the third Wednesday of the DETAILS: Free year-round program for persons afflicted with lung disease; provwes support and information; pre-registration no required; for information call (248) Psychotherapy & Counseling Services Northvllle Counselling Center Anxlety/Agoraphobla/Panic Attack Support Group TIME/DATE: second' Wednesday of each DETAILS: Call (734) for more Information. Neighborhood Baby-sitting Co-op DETAILS: Using the co-op, you and your children can make friends and get what you need.in.q r-.fiitfeftsrrr'i^xina-viit NICHOLAS DOINIDIS D.C IVleaclowbrool< Rd. Peachtree Plaza, S. of 10 Mile IN Novi FOR 28 YEARS Call for an appointment ' S A M E DAY APPOINTMENTS PAIN l? LiEf= AND PREVENTATIVE CARE;.-^!c:;*' CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR THE ENTIRE^^MII'V" -V H a n d and Wrist M I C H I G A N H A N D & W R I S T, P.C. Arthritis of tlie hand,'wrist, SIIMW smd shoulder ' C:arpal tunnel, nen'e cnnapments Tendonitis Dupuytren'sDisease -. Fracnires and disiocations of the upper extremity Ganglion cysts, hand nimors Tennis Eibow jfrottn shoulder and totator cuif tears Totai joint replacement Jean-Paul Guiboux, M.D. Jeffrey Placzek, M.D. Ophthalmology Grand River A222. Novi, Ml 'Plione (248) ; Fax (248) OPHTHALMOLOGY OPTOMETRY OPTICAL David M. Shepherd, M.D. L Martin B. Rudick, O.D. Board Cerlifial Opiillialiniilnuis Doctor of Optometry Gl.aucoiiin-.idvnna'd testing, B Routine eye examinations diabetic eve t>.\ams,. contact lens expert l.'iscr since no needle-ne slilcl t.: Styk-Eyes Optical, k Fashionable glasses r at affordable prices W Twelve Mile Rd., Novi Just East oftwelve Oaks Mall Physical N o r t h v i i i e Therapy P h y s i c a l R e h a b i l i t a t i o n, P. C. a Fully Licensed & Accredited staff traditiof^ofmcellence 215 E. Main & 300 E. Cadir, Downtown Northvllle accomplished without the little ones in tow. Also enjoy a mom's night out and other social events. CONTACT: Sue Tracz (248) Friendship Circle TIME/DATE: 1 p.m. second Thursday of each LOCATION: St. James Catholic Church, Mile, between Taft and Beck roads DETAILS: Social group for all widows and widowers, CONTACT: Norbert Monson (248) , Florence Voight (248) , Joy lovaldi (248) MOMS Club of Novi TIME/DATE: 10 a.m. first Thursday of each LOCATION: Novl Civic Center DETAILS: Moms Offering Moms Support (WIOMS) Is a non-profit support group for mothers who choose to stay at home with their children or work out of their homes. CONTACT: Kensington Valley Mothers of Multiples TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. second Thursday of each LOCATION: Witch's Hat Depot, 300 Dorothy St., South Lyon. DETAILS: This group provides Information, support and social Thursday, December 27,2007-NOVI NEWS 15A Urology activities for mothers of multiple birth children and their families. Mothers of multiples living In and around the Kensington Valley school conference are all welcome. CONTACT: (248) for more Information. Breast Cancer Support Group DATES: Second and fourth Tuesday of each LOCATION: Huron Valley- Slnal Hospital (Classroom C) Commerce TIME: 10-11:30 a.m. DETAILS: No registration needed. CONTACT: (248) Crohn's & Colitis Support Group TIME/DATE: 7-9 p.m. first and third Wednesday of each LOCATION; Providence Park ' Hospital and Medical Center DETAILS: Enter facility through southeast entrance. Meeting in Conference A, Immediately to the left. CONTACT: Al Biggs (313) or Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (888) Heartland Hospice Volunteers Needed TIME/DATE: Day and evening continued on I6A Take Back Your Life! Tired ol the embarrassment of your uncontrolable bladder? Don't SUFFER In silence - Talk to your doctor todayl Sam Rosernbers, M.D., F.A.C.S Chief of Urology, Huron Valley Hospital One OlMldilsan's Most Respected Urologists. New Clinic tfeatlns all forms of iiiale and female Incontinence. Novi ttmmerce Twp wtvw.srosemberg.com New I'aiicnis Wckome Sanic Ouy iippolnlnicnls.iviiikiiilc Obstetrics/Gynecology Walnut Lake 0 3 / G Y K F l i C 2300 Haggerty. Suite 2070 West dhommd. Ml 4S Fax: 246, Alan Goldsmith, MP Lon Katz, MD J^'j^chael^alesiri,)^ lydmimc;'msn 'iai /ladternitii Cdr«Gijnecologij Care for All Ages Alternatives to Hifsterectomii " TOWNig^COUNTRV Optometry Focusing on Your.Family's Total Eye Health ' high-tecfi eyecare unique eyewear', specialty contact lenses No Incision Sterilization Botox and facials Laser Hair Removal Novi at Nine Mile Family Doctors That Are Closer Than You Think Grand Rlvar Ave., Suite 100 Niivl.MiClilgaii CaH.ltaran appointment (248) wwiw.bratemanmeilical.cam Family Practice Care.. Practice Early Morning & Saturday Hours M-F 6 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.. 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9 Thursday, Oocamher 27,2007-NOVI NEWS 17A 1SA NOVl NEWS-Thursday, Decemiaw Continued from ISA Classes LOCATION: Northwestern Hwy., Suite 475, Soiitfifield DETAILS: Caring and compassionate Individuals needed to register for Heartland Hospice Volunteer Training. We serve individijals and their families during their end of life journey in the Tri-County area. Office support is also needed. CONTACT: IVtary at (800) Nov! Toastmasters TlfHE/DATE: 7-8:45 p.m. first and third Tuesday of each LOCATION: Novi Civic Center Activities, W. 10 l^ile DETAILS: Toastmasters will help you improve your communication sl<ills, voice your opinion, polish your presentations and practice leadership. CONTACT: Amy (248) Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter TIIVIE/DATE: 11 a.m. weigh-in and 11:30 a.m. meeting every Wednesday LOCATION: I\/leadowbrooi< Commons, IWeadowbrook, Novl DETAILS: $24 per annual membership. Includes handbook; $1 per meeting. New members welcome. CONTACT: Rebecca Boyke (248) F A I T H ivieadowbrook Congregational LOCATION: Meadowbrook CONTACT: Rev Arthur P. Ritter, Senior H/llnlster (248) or visit or Sunday Worsiiip TilVlE:10a.m. * First Baptist Church of Novi LOCATION: W.11 ivie CONTACT: (248) or org Sunday Scheduie Family Bible Hour: 9:45 a.m. Family Worship: 11 a.m. Bible Study: 6 p.m. Family Movie fjight: 5:30 p.m., fourth Sunday of every. Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross LOCATION: W. loiwile CONTACT: (248) or TIIVIE: 7:45,10 a.m. Sunday Sciiooi TIIVIE: 9 a.m. Adult Bible Study; 10 a.m. Worstilp Center forages 3-7; 10 a.m. All ages Youth Worship TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. second and fourth Sunday of every montil DETAILS: All youth welcome. Alzheimer's Support Group TII\4E/0ATE: 10 a.m. second Saturday of DETAILS: Offering support and open discussion for all those dealing with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Church of the Holy Family LOCATION: Meadowbrook CONTACT: (248) or visit iviass Scheduie TIME/DAY: 7:30,8:45,10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. Wednesday-Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday Adoptive Parent Netl«ori(ing ivieeting TliyiE/DATE: a.m. last Wednesday of each DETAILS: This free Informational meeting is open to all adoptive families In Oakland County. Child care Is available. Registration Is required. CONTACT: Lisa Molloy (248) interested in the Catholic Church? CONTACT Call Maria at (248) or F E A T V R E D D A I L Y $PE(IAL$ Gourmet Omelets A Cathoiic Update TIME/DATE: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 LOCATION: Family Center DETAILS: Fr. Denis Theroux from Our Lady of Victoiy wiii present "Lent Preparation." Everyone is welcome. Oak Pointe Church LOCATION: W. 10 Mile CONTACT: (248) or visit v/ww.oakpolnte.org TIME: 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. St. James Catholic LOCATION: Mile CONTACT: (248) iviass Scheiiuie TIME/DAY: 8,9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. Monday- Tuesday; 7 p.m. Wednesday; 5 p.m. Saturday Novl United Metliodist L0CATI0N:41671 W.I 0 Mile CONTACT: (248) or visit vww.umcnovi.com TIME: 9:45 a.m. Heaiing Service and Hoiy Communion TIME/DATE: 9:45 a.m. first Sunday of every Peace Vigil TIME/DATE: Noon, first Sunday of every LOCATION: In from of the church DETAILS: Members of the congregation and the community will stand united in prayer for peace; not anti-anything, pro peace. Artists and Crafters Wanted DETAILS: Tiie church is hosting an arts and craft show Saturday, June 21,2008. Vendor space will be available indoors and out. CONTACT: Pam Davis, First United Methodist of Northville LOCATION: 777 W. Eight Mile, Northville CONTACT: (248) or visit DETAILS: 8,9:15 and 11a.m. Heaiing Service TIIVlE/DATE:4p.m.first Monday of eveiy ivien's Bibie Study Tlf\/IE/DATE: 6:30-7:30 a.m. eveiy Wednesday LOCATION: 10 Sharing Hearts Women's Bibie Study TIIVIE/DATE: 12:45-2:30 p.m. every Tiiesday LOCATION: Chapei upstairs DETAILS: Child care available; cost is $11 for materials. Disciple One Bible Study TliVIE/DATE: 6-8 p.m. every Sunday; or 9:30-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday DETAILS: Course lasts 34 weeks; covers 70 percent of the Bible. Disciple Three Bibie Study: Remember Who You Are TliVlE/DATE: 9:30-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday Discipie Bibie Study: Jesus and the Gospeis TIME/DATE: 3-5 p.m. every Sunday Tiie Faith Ciub TIME/DATE: 9:30 a.m. every other Thursday DETAILS: This Interfaith group will be reading "The Faith Club"; register at (248) Radicai Joy TIME/DATE: 6-8 p.ni. first and third Thursday of each. LOCATION: Chapel Lounge DETAILS: For women looking to connect more closely with their faith, community and other women. Registration required. Suicide Loss Support Group TIME/DATE: 7 p.m. second Thursday and fourth Monday of each DETAILS: New Hope Center for Grief Support is offering this support group to those who have lost alovedoneto suicide. CONTACT: New Hope Center for Grief Support (248) or LOGOS Youth Ciub TIME/DATE: 5:15-8:15 p.m. each Wednesday DETAILS: Program includes recreation, dinner, bible study and music; grades IVIen's Ciub TIME/DATE: 8-9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 Story Party! Photo by JOHN HEIDER/Novi News Novl library employee Phyllls Weeks reads the book "When You Take a Plg to a Party" to a group of youngsters on a recent morning. The library offers two free, drop-ln story tlmes on Thursday mornlngs at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. DETAILS: People, pancakes and praise in the Fellowship Hall. Crosspolnte Meadows LOCATION: Meadowbrook Elementary School, Meadowbrook (south of 13 Mile ) CONTACT: (248) ,9 a.m.-2 p.m. or visit TIME: 9 and 10:30 a.m. Ward Evangelical Church LOCATION: Six Mile, Northville CONTACT: (248) t h i s a d a n d g e t a l O % d i s c o u n t. A V T H E N T I C TIME: 9 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. Traditional, 9 a.m. Contemporary Single Point lvlinistries For single adults 40 years and older CONTACT: (248) Every Sunday: 11:30 a.m. Fellowship and refreshments, Knox Hail Every ivionday: 7 p.m. Learner's Bibie Study, A101 Second and Fourth ii/londay: 7 p.m. Study of Ephesians, C309 Send your calendar items to Novi News, 104 W. Main Street, Suite 101, Nortliviiie, Ml 48167; fax to (248) ; or to C R E E K ( O O K I N C AiyC^ikr me to ^ your mnes for your New Years Parties Wodiscomi I 2 Bottle minimum snclftls! 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10 Home Owners It's The Time Of Year To Check: ADVERTISEMENT Smoke Detectors^ Carbon Monoxide Detectors! Have You Oieclied Your Home For Levels PfRadon? Ensure your famiiy's hcaiiii and safe ly by icsting your Smoiic Aiamis and Carbon Monoxide Delectors. This is good time to ensure your Smol:e Aianns and CO delectors arc in woridng order Replace Ihe batteries and test lo ensure dicy are funcljon ing and the aiami c.in be heard throughout the house. If your units are over 10 years oid then we recommend repiacing tiiem with new ones Ensure there is no dirt or dust on Ihe cover of Ihc monitors. If you hear a chirping sound this i.s a signai that die battery requires replacing for maintaining proper operations of the unit ti> Smolie & Carbon iuonoidde Detectors BencDis: To Waite You and your famiiy when sleeping. This wiii allow your fanii iy io safeiy exit from Ihe property in an emergency situation. Eariy Warning. Smoke Aianns provide an early warning for fires. Carbon Monoxide delectors has digitai displays dial can show levels on an ongoing basis to delemiine if there is an issue with CO in your home. Ensure Uie Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Delectors are installed per manufacture insialialion instructions diat come with Uic units. We recommend dial you have one Smoke Aiami on each floor and in ecndoliwtonon each bedroom. Carbon Monoxide delectors are recommended in Ihe main iiving area and sieeping areas of your home to provide family protection.. CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) Your famiiy couid be at risk of accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The symptoms of CO poisoning are - dizziness, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Often symptoms are mistaken for Ihe flu. Cartjon Monoxide is an odoriess, tasteless, and coloriess gas. The source of Uie CO is usuaiiy fauily fuei-buniing (any combustible fuel such as oil, gas, propane, wood or coal) appiiance such as a furnace, water healer, space heater, wood stove, gas range, or gas dryer, itis. - eiisenti'ai dial your hiiiflc has a Carbon Monoxide detector inslaiied in the main living area and sieeping areas of your home. Issues io understand about CO are: heat exchanger cracks - CO is produced in the combustion process. CO is produced when there is nol enough air suppiied lo a combustion appiiance - or when there is an insufficient or restricted air opening into Ihe space in which Ihe appliance is located. properiy adjusted equipment wiii produce very iillie CO - regardiess of Uie amount, it is important lo have Ihe CO properiy vented oulside the dwelling. Levels of Radon in your home: More Uian 20,000 deadis annuaiiy have been conuibuled to Radon Gas. Radon is odoriess, coioriess, and tasteless. Radon is not caused by Ihe age of Ihe home, or style of house. Il comes from a decay of uranium in Uie ground. IVpicaiiy Radon Gas enters die iiome through Uie foundation, around fioor drains, sump pumps, and waii cracks. A Condnuous Radon Monitor is piace in the iowest livabie ievei of the home. A test requires a minimum of 48 hours. You can live in die home during Uie measurement process. The windows and doors must remain ciosed. Normai entry/exit is fine. Norm,ii use of the Heating & Cooling is recommended. If your home has elevated levels of Radon Gas il is a simple fix. A ventilation stack wiui a fan dial runs 24 hours a day is instaiied. This wiii puii die gas fiom under your foundation and safeiy vent il to die exterior where Uie wind blows it away. Professional Radon Mitigation Companies provide a guarantee dial the levels of Radon wiii be reduce lo a ievei in accordance wiui EPA safe guideiines. Photos by (MICHAEL J. PILOTn The coloilul atmosphere of La Casa Del Rio Grande, plus outstanding authentic Mexican fooci and a full bar, await hungry shoppers who wish to avoid the long lines at other area restaurants. Locally owned Rio Grande doesn't disappoint By Michael J. Pilotti SPECIAL WRITER the lieart of a sleepy one-goat town like New Hudson, you'd figure a fast meal for a great price and taste would be hard to find, but that just isn't the truth. To find this out for yourself just remember "Go West!" - Just a tad west of New -Hudson, on Griind River AvehiIe, you'll fiiid a restaurant setting the standard for all otlier restaurants to follow. A standard that respects quality, service and taste at Uie highest level yours, Contraiy to the slow pace and long wait at other restaurants that survive on franchise recognition, La Casa Del Rio Grande is operated in a customer-focused, family-friendly manner which owner Dawn Salvali pours herself into. Being the business owner and operator for more than six years has been hard work, but it's what she believes in and what her loyal customers have come to expect when their delicious authentic Mexican meals are served to them piping hot. NO CORNER CUTTING Dawn will not sacrifice taste and quality or cut comers that's not her style. Her goal is lo maintain a high standard of great tasting food that brings you back over and over and has you telling your friends about her food. As restaurants go there aie differences that stand out once you get past the menu items that seem familiar. At Dawn's restaurant the things that create recognition for La Casa Del Rio Grande from the others include special touches like locally owned and operated with a lot of TLC. How does that make a difference you ask? Dawn is the owner and she is there to answer any question, or listen to suggestions, you might have along with her great team of servers. Fresh ingredients are prepared on-site, not trucked in frozen, fi-om some coiporate kitchen out of state. What this allows Phone Web sits Hours 11 a,m.to9p.m. iwonday through ThurstJay 11 a.m. to 10p.m. Friday Noon to10 p.m. Saturday Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday for is that each and every customer can order food exactly how he or she likes it, whether it be mild or extra spicy. Fresh also means that you will have exceptionally good tasting food and the peace of mind knowing your meal was prepared for you that day, not weeks before. NO LONG WA8TS Some of us may find that it is really annoying and degrading when, after shopping for hours and being fairly hungry, are given one of those blinky-light pager thingies in an attempt to appease a 40-minute wait for over-priced food. Having the option to take a quick drive 5 minutes down the road to get better food, better service, save 40 minutes and some money, wouldn't you radier do just that? That is exactly what Dawn and her staff have been offering over the yeais. Customers have been responding positively to the service and selection at Dawn's, restaurant. Surveys submitted have consistently reported that diners have had gieat service, excellent food and an awesome value for their money. That's why they come back and that's what Customers appreciate the short drive from New Hudson's shopping district to La Casa Del Rio Grande, where authentic Mexican food is served minus the long wait for a table. Dawn finds rewarding. PARTY PLAMf^ING To make your football, business or other-party memorable and simple, you can count on L,a Casa Del Rio Grande to help set the banquet table at your home or office with fantastic menu items that will rock your party wiui all its eating essentials at affordable prices. CaU Dawn and discuss your party plans and let her offer you some awesome ideas. Just diink about it no 40-niinute lines, fresh food fast, family-friendly atmosphere and an owner who is out talking to her customers asking them how they liked their meals now that's refreshing. Regardless of your choice of chimichanga, burrito, taco, tamale or house special, evc^ savory moudiful will have you wondering what you'll come back to try next time. This writer can say from personal experience diat the food at La Casa Del Rio Grande is two tamales way-way up! Dawn, her staff and her family want to wish all of you a Happy New Year "Alegre Nucvo Alios!" Come on out and heat up your winter at La Casa Del Rio Grande just a mile west of Milford on Grand River Avenue, only minutes from Wal-Mart and Lowes shopping center in New Hudson. Before coming by for lunch or dinner" you can print a Web coupon and check out the menu Items at Call us lo have your home tested for elevated levels of Radon Gas or Carbon Monoxide, to ensure yourfamly's health and protection. Randaii Patterson Certified Pillar lb Pest NAJB-CRI Home Inspector (248) Randall Patterson is a Certified Home inspector with Pillar To Post and a NAHLCm serving Western Oakland and Livingston Counties.'' Fbr additional information please visit our web site al W)m.Dli>home.com/wesloakLmdUvinrstnn (q'eit the 'iumwt We also pro ttsshgttnicafor! Kakn,Mold, fm.wettisephe, % AiriVaterQuiStjUtSiig. Spe(Giiall ^-S pm W-o OFF - '...ix-.,1v'.. \ i'airfairiita SpiefGiiall ( '-cc'ailll lot 'troiiirsr - v V ^ t - ^ ' 1/2 price witli purghase of 2 drinks. ntiiof '^ol l.tliti on Fii v\ Silt -.iift'ei J 'cm ot to 1\ coi-'b lod th m\ 'othei?cel : AITVERTISEMENT