Waterfront comes alive for GM River Days, June 20-23

BY ERIN CHAN DING • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • June 19, 2008

If last year was about celebrating Detroit's rejuvenated riverfront, then this year is about continuing -- and enhancing -- the outdoor party.

If last year was about discovery, then this year is about pleasure.

Detroit's river celebration, renamed GM River Days, returns this weekend for its second incarnation. The organizers, who changed the event's name this year to reflect the financial sponsorship of General Motors, have melded what worked last year (live music and lighted boats on parade) with new activities they're hoping will lure people back (hydroplanes and heaps of fine art).

Again, GM will partner with two nonprofit organizations, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and the Parade Company, to put on the free soiree. Again, the festival literally ends with a bang -- 24 minutes of bangs -- when the Target Fireworks display launches from barges on the river.

And once again, the festivities star the spirited Detroit River, made even more shimmery by the multitudes of people who will stroll its banks.

Here's what to see and do during this year's GM River Days.

New activities
Though the Boblo boat won't be making a trip upriver during this year's River Days, festivalgoers will see a gorgeous 84-year-old topsail schooner.

The 154-foot-long Highlander Sea tall ship will sail the Detroit River and dock at Rivard Plaza so visitors can hop aboard for a free tour. First launched in October 1924, the Highlander Sea was originally used to race harbor pilots out to meet visiting ships at Boston Harbor. From there, the ships could be steered to safety. The water vessel, now based in Port Huron, features a pilot house, a salon with a small library, a galley and several bunk beds.

The Coast Guard has limited the tours -- 46 people at a time -- to the deck, according to Ben Hale, captain of the Highlander Sea. But festivalgoers will be able to get great looks at the hatches, deck hardware and rigging and can peek through skylights at the accommodations.

Says Hale, of the schooner: "She's an original!"

Also new on the river this year will be an exhibition of hydroplanes, offering something like a preview of the APBA Gold Cup race scheduled for next month. The exhibitions will run 4-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Artists are also getting in on the river-based fun. A new Art on the River celebration will feature more than 20 emerging and professional artists, including painters, woodworkers, photographers and jewelers.

When the sun graces the RiverWalk, joggers often follow. This year, they'll have a chance to race beside the water during the first 5K Saturn Fun Run, which will take runners on the RiverWalk and through parts of downtown. The run, which starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, follows a route between Hart Plaza and Chene Park. Registration begins at the GM Plaza at 8:15 a.m., and participants can register early at www.riverdays.com/funrun.html. Parking for race participants is free at the Beaubien Street Parking Deck at Beaubien and Atwater.

New day
This year's Target Fireworks event is on Monday, not Wednesday.

Organizers shortened GM River Days from six days to four because "we wanted it to be really crisp," says Matt Cullen, who is cochairman of the boards for the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and the Parade Company. (He was also the general manager of economic development and enterprise services at GM before leaving this month to become president and chief operating officer of Rock Enterprises.) Last year, the festival "was great fun, but it kind of wore out those of us who were involved in it," Cullen says.

Joan LeMahieu, president of the Parade Company, adds that the highest concentration of people came between Friday and Monday last year and that it made sense to condense the event.

The Parade Company will hold its Official VIP Rooftop Party from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday atop the Miller Parking Garage, just west of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

The lineup for the party includes Melissa O'Neil and Ben Mingay, who are both performing in the Toronto production of the musical "Dirty Dancing." Tickets, which cost $175 each and benefit the Parade Company, are available at 313-432-7831.

Music
There'll be an eclectic lineup Friday on the Bank of America National Stage, including a return to the '80s with Rick Springfield, who may never escape being associated with his hit "Jessie's Girl." Preceding Springfield will be the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which will offer a free concert titled "Music That Changed Music" featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Wagner, George Gershwin, John Williams (of "Star Wars" theme fame) and John Philip Sousa. Energetic band Taproot is scheduled to close out Friday night after Springfield.

On Saturday, there's '90s alt-rock group the Verve Pipe -- remember "The Freshmen"? -- which has reunited after a seven-year hiatus. Before the Verve Pipe performs, Michelle Branch, best known for singles like "Everywhere" and "All You Wanted," brings her pop-rock to River Days.

Things will get appropriately spiritual on Sunday afternoon with "Gospel on the River II" featuring the Detroit Revival Choir, Lydia Wright, Breath of Praise and other choirs and singers. Closing out that night will be R&B crooner BrianMcKnight.

On Monday night, indie band Shirock, which will release its debut album this year, takes the stage at 6 p.m. The band has already had a couple of its songs played on MTV's hit show "The Hills."

Favorites
Several favorites from last year's River Days will be back: Typhoon Tommy Nuttall and the Typhoon Ski Freestyle Team, Diamond Jack's River Tours (discounted at $10 for adults and $5 for kids), the Second Annual Pooch-A-Palooza Pet Walk (9 a.m. Saturday with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.), the Ultimate Air Dogs and the DTE Energy Parade of Lights (10 p.m. Saturday).

Free food tickets
A tip: Two places offering parking will give you free food tickets. Try the River East and Franklin garages. Parking is $10 at each lot, but each car can receive $5 of free food tickets. You must request the food tickets upon entering the garages.

Accessible via Jefferson, River East is at the corner of Rivard and Atwater Franklin is at Franklin and St. Antoine .


GM River Days
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.,
10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.,
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.,
10 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.
Detroit International Riverfront by the GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit
Free

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Tim Russert, 1950-2008

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As most of you already know, NBC's Meet The Press Host Tim Russert passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack last Friday. I am a huge Russert fan because he did not practice "safe questioning" as do most journalists during interviews. He always asked the tough, probing questions and never had any qualms about doing so. That makes him a hero in my history book. I will truly miss seeing him host Meet the Press, especially during an election year. I am completely in awe over the below clip of a rainbow that showed up in the sky just after the ukulele version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" was preformed at his Memorial Service. In this case, I highly doubt that Fox News orchestrated any "trickery" to distort the broadcast below. Just to forewarn you, it may give you a couple of goose bumps and become a tad verklempt like Linda Richman.


Tim Russert's Rainbow
TURNING NEGATIVES INTO POSITIVES
Investing in foreclosures = investing in communities
Woodward Talk June 18, 2008


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Foreclosures hurt the economy: Not only has a family lost their home, but cities lose tax revenue and neighborhoods lose value due to vacant homes and the ensuing blight, not to mention the safety of a community.
"We've all seen the houses with notices posted on the doors and windows, papers and phone books collecting on and around the porch, uncut and/or weed-filled lawns, and worse. Because the homes are empty, they invite thieves, vandals, rodents, etc.," said Joanna Darmanin, a Realtor with Century 21 Town and Country.
To that end, the negative chain effect of foreclosures is intensified: As more neighborhoods experience a decline in value, more homeowners are left with upside-down home values, and both the housing market and the economy continue to suffer.
"We've kind of been hit doubly hard.
We've been affected by the bad economy and also affected by the abuses of the mortgage industry. Property was over-appraised. Money was lent irresponsibly," said Gregg Wysocki, a Realtor with The Fairway Realty Team and Emporio Casa Real Estate.
"Now, underwriters and appraisers are fearful of making a bad loan. In the past, they would go back one to two years for comps - now, it's three months. In the past, foreclosures were not weighed in - now, they're being weighed. ... Foreclosures are artificially lowering the value of other homes in the neighborhood," Wysocki said.
The only way to reverse that trend is to fill those vacant homes.
"Sellers are getting hit hard in the private sector. We have to continue to sell these bank owned properties. Until they are sold, it will keep the market in a decreasing mode - the private sector won't increase in value until these are sold. It all comes down to supply and demand," said Frank Barket, a Realtor with Century 21 Campbell Realty.
The good thing for potential homebuyers, both investors and those looking to purchase their own home, is that interest rates are low and many homes can be picked up for just a fraction of the true value.
"If you put on an investor's hat, as for buying foreclosures, it's a great thing. As in investor, you can look at the mathematics and you can see the potential profit," said Furhad Waquad, a Realtor with Max Broock Realtors and the current president of the Metropolitan Consolidated Association of Realtors.
"If you're buying a home for 40 or 60 cents on the dollar and spending 10 cents on the dollar fixing it up to bring it up to par, it's a good investment then, as an investor, leasing it out at least for a year, it's gravy - nothing else can make that kind of money," Waquad said, noting that in this market, investors need to wait at least a year, if not longer, to make a good profit.
Not only are investors getting a great deal, said Barket, but they are also "improving the values of neighborhoods by fixing them up to look more desirable and changing the neighborhood aesthetics."
"For the neighbors of a foreclosed home, it's a relief to have new owners in a home that may have stood empty for many months, and slowly deteriorated with nobody taking care of it. ... For other sellers in the neighborhood, it's good to get these homes sold and off the market, to eliminate the competition," Darmanin said. "For buyers, the obvious benefit is the opportunity to get a great deal."
"First-time homebuyers can benefit if the home is in good shape. The hardest part is getting a mortgage on a home that needs a lot of work. FHA (Federal Housing Administration) is about the only resource for these types of loans," said Barket, adding that "you have to have good credit or cash" - with a minimum down payment of 8 percent - to purchase a home now.
According to Waquad, homebuyers have a tendency to offer about 60 percent below the asking price, which is already "a great price, a great deal on that home."
"What one should do when looking at foreclosed homes is have the Realtor tell what it would sell for under normal circumstances. You can't look at the price with regard to a home's value," said Waquad.
"There are two kinds of foreclosures: one, where banks want what is owed on the home; and two, the bank says a value and will hold onto that house until it gets that value."
It's important to note that depending on the circumstances surrounding the foreclosure, the home may need a lot of work; however, the cost of repairs tends to be a drop in the bucket compared to the overall value of the investment.
"There are foreclosures out there that are beautiful; however, there are others where the previous owners completely ruin the home," said Wysocki.
"One of the most common problems is that most homes are sold as is, so the risk is there, and you have to evaluate that. When looking at a home, imagine everything you think is wrong is wrong and make your bid based on that - assume the worst," said Barket.
To avoid any problems, the experts agree it's essential to get an inspection done prior to making an offer.
"When there's damage, having an inspection is ever so important.
Water damage is a big problem with foreclosures - get a release from the bank to have the water turned on and make sure there are no leaks or burst pipes," said Wysocki, adding that "it's just as important to get a release from the bank stating that you are not responsible if there are problems."
With foreclosures, it is also important to act quickly, and have patience, especially with more desirable properties.
"Once an offer is presented to the bank, it can sometimes take weeks to get a response. If you're lucky, you will get a response right away, but if the home is priced way below market, you may have to compete with multiple offers," Darmanin said.
Another potential drawback includes removing occupants from the home. Experts recommend getting an attorney in these cases, as sometimes the tenants retaliate, destroying the property.
Purchasing a short-sale home is one way to avoid some of these potential problems, said Wysocki, as those who are going through a short sale are less likely to destroy the home - they would be held responsible - and have come to terms with losing it.
However, said Waquad, buyers must be aware that short sales tend to take more time than traditional sales, and both foreclosures and short sales involve a lot of extra paperwork.
"There is a lot of fine print. You really need to go through the paperwork line by line - there may be fees and charges that are normally paid by the seller that the buyer will be expected to pay," said Darmanin, adding that the buyer's agent can help, but it's also a good idea to have "an attorney review the details of the purchase agreement and addenda."
"Buying a foreclosure isn't for the faint of heart, but if you are patient, and willing to take some risks, you can land a really great deal," said Darmanin. "Like everything in life, there are pros and cons."

Erin's Favorite Real Estate/Investment Books

Missed Fortune 101: A Starter Kit to Becoming a Millionaire by Douglas Andrew
Stop Sitting on Your Assets by Marian Snow
Rich Dad's Guide to Investing by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Real Estate Investing Loopholes by Diane Kennedy
Real Estate Tax Secrets of the Rich by Sandy Botkin
Rich Dad's Real Estate Advantages: Tax and Legal Secrets by Sharon Lechter
What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know about Cash Flow by Frank Gallinelli
The Insider's Guide to Tax-Free Real Estate: Retire Rich Using Your IRA by Diane Kennedy
Wealth Protection Secrets of a Millionaire Real Estate Investor by William Bronchick
Property Management for Dummies by Robert Griswold

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For the past 10 years, Men's Health Magazine publishes a list of the "Fittest" and "Fatest" cities across the United States. Great news Detroit, we are no longer members of the Top Ten! According to the 2008 Report, Detroit is now listed at #13. That's a great improved, moving up 4 notches from last year's #9 ranking. The obvious goal is to get off this list completely. Below are a few helpful health links to keep your mind and body in shape:

2008 The Fittest and Fattest Cities in America

15 Foods that Help Burn Fat

5 Tummy Trimmy Tips from Dr. Oz

Free Fitness Tips and Workout Videos from the Trainers on Bravo's "The Workout"

How To Get Smarter One Breath At a Time

FitDay.Com: Free Diet & Weight Loss Journal
Lights, Camera, Action In Downtown Royal Oak

Downtown Royal Oak has turned into Hollywood.
Film crews began shooting a movie for the Lifetime network at Washington Avenue and City Hall in Royal Oak on Tuesday.
More than a thousand people showed up at 7 a.m. for their chance to be an extra in the movie "Pray for Bobby."
The movie is based on the suicide of Bobby Griffin. His mother, Mary shot a segment with producers talking about the issues her son faced as a homosexual.
She hopes the movie brings awareness.
"It is hard to put into words to see my life flash before my eyes," said Griffin.
Sigourney Weaver will play Griffin in the movie. Other actors expected to be in the movie are Henry Czerny and Dan Butler.
The downtown area looks quite different. Around 400 rainbow flags and banners were hung around the city, which are the symbol of gay pride.
Washington will remain closed from Lincoln to Fourth Street until midnight on Tuesday to film scenes.
Washington businesses will remain open.
Film crews will also be at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the areas of Fourth, Main, Third and Center streets will be shut down for more filming.
The movie will be released next February.

Copyright 2008 by ClickOnDetroit.com
The Pursuit Of Happiness Little Denmark, with its five-and-a-half million people, is the happiest country in the world, says a study done by an English University. Morley Safer reports why the Danes are so happy and explores why the U.S. is way down the list.
Creative genus: $50 million plan seeks to grow wide variety of businesses

By Amy Whitesall and Maureen McDonald

Graphic artist Todd Ridley moved to Detroit in 1995 because he wanted to be part of the vibrant community he'd discovered as a college student — and because his family thought it was a terrible idea.
“I was raised in kind of a backward community, and anything to do with Detroit was frowned upon,” Ridley said. “I remember my mother lying to my father so I could go to Tigers games with our neighbors. His perception was that you'd cross Eight Mile and get shot in the head.”
Ridley, 35, lives with his partner, Bryan Waldecker, 36, an accountant for Quicken Loans, and their two dogs in a diverse, upscale Indian Village community that's just three miles from a bustling downtown Detroit.
Yet he's so close to the riverfront that he can walk out to the end of his quiet, tree-lined street and see the water.
“All our friends are architects, writers or graphic designers,” Ridley said. He is vice president of NeoSynergy, a Bloomfield Hills-based software and Web services firm for car dealers and runs a graphic-design company, G2Graphics, on the side to subsidize repairs on his nearly 100-year-old house.
“We're here because this is the type of place where people like me and creative people are attracted. This is the kind of place we seek.”
This is not your father's Detroit.
It certainly isn't the Detroit maligned in late-night TV monologues. It's the Detroit imagined by the most intriguing, influential and invested residents of the region, a Detroit where ideas happen and creative businesses grow.
According to a report by Austin, Texas-based AngelouEconomics, there are more than 33,000 people working in the region's creative sector — advertisers, architects, writers, designers, film and music producers, and graphic, visual and performing artists. And their industries are growing twice as fast as the service sector and four times as fast as manufacturing.
Creative-industry jobs pay well, too, particularly in fields such as advertising, design and digital media. According to AngelouEconomics, creative industry jobs in Detroit pay an estimated 50 percent more than the U.S. average wage for the industry ($64,768 vs. $42,535).
And dynamic, creative communities attract businesses and talented, energized people. They in turn generate economic development. What's not to love?
The numbers were compelling enough to persuade Detroit Renaissance Inc., an organization of local CEOs, to focus one of six Road to Renaissance initiatives on the creative economy — on growing it, connecting it, and harnessing its vibe to create jobs and change the way the world sees Detroit.
“We know it's a tough time to be doing something like this, yet on the other hand I can think of few other opportunities that we have to not only diversify our economy but also to kind of rebrand our image,” said Detroit Renaissance President Doug Rothwell. “That, to me, is what's exciting about this.”
Detroit Renaissance's $50 million plan to grow the creative economy includes a marketing and branding campaign, a Web site (DetroitMakeItHere.com), business incentives, a business accelerator-incubator and establishment of a creative corridor that will run along Woodward Avenue from the New Center area to the river. Most of the funding will come from foundations, but no one's flinching at the idea or the price tag. Crain's Detroit Business has a contract with Renaissance to develop the Web site, which launched last week. (See story, this page.)
“If we grow a critical mass here, we can be a world center of engineering and design related to the auto industry, related to the design of products, related to the design of buildings and landscapes,” said John Austin, executive director of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, which helps the region's biggest givers make their philanthropic dollars count.
“It's an exciting opportunity for us to raise that reality up and focus on specific moves that can help grow that whole empire in Southeast Michigan.”
Much of Detroit Renaissance's plan builds on initiatives and projects that are already in the works — redevelopment of Harmonie Park's restaurants and galleries along with Sugar Hill, a planned artisans park and residence in Midtown. The Downtown Detroit Partnership is making street improvements to attract business and pedestrians, while sweeping plans are under way to redevelop the old General Motors Argonaut Building in the New Center area for the College for Creative Studies.
A recent $200,000 planning grant by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched the Design Detroit initiative to attract up to 1,000 creative professionals to live in Detroit.
The creative business accelerator, then, becomes the “If you build it” to Design Detroit's “They will come.”
Rothwell describes the accelerator as the initiative's anchor, a space on the creative corridor that's expected to occupy 10,000 square feet of office space within three years and twice that by year five. It would provide not only facilities and services, but also networking and mentoring opportunities for creative entrepreneurs and growing small businesses. The plan includes a second accelerator in the redeveloped Argonaut Building.
Projections put the creative corridor's impact at 50-100 new businesses and 800-1,200 new jobs after five years. The accelerator alone is expected to have a $56 million economic impact after five years.
“Particularly as the state is successful in attracting film business here, there are lots of ancillary businesses — there are good sound stages here, lots of good lighting techs,” said Bonnie Folster, executive creative director at Brogan & Partners Convergence Marketing. “I think within the trade publications, Detroit has always been acknowledged as one of the top production communities outside of New York and L.A., but that's just telling the choir.”
Thanks to a long history of automotive advertising, the area is rich with quality talent. The accelerator, along with Detroit Make it Here, creates a connecting point for a community of workers who are otherwise isolated and spread across the whole metropolitan area.
“I don't think the (creative) community has seen itself as a resource,” Folster said.
“There's a huge advertising club that's been merging people for a long time. The Adcraft Club is one of the largest in the country, so the advertising community has always had that sense of all of us. But outside of us, we could look at architects, city planners, furniture makers. ... There's a lot more than anybody's own discipline.”
E.B. Starr knows how important a little acknowledgement can be to creative work, especially in a region where so many relate to work in factory terms. Starr is director of the Motor City International Film Festival, a six-year-old festival that celebrates the work of filmmakers of color.
She grew up in Detroit. Her father worked as a laborer in a Chrysler plant. After several years working in the television industry in Los Angeles, she came home to Detroit, happy to be a big fish in a small pond. She still does independent film work — she's currently in pre-production on a film called “I Wanna Dance.”
Her life here is more balanced and family-oriented than it was in California, but Starr says her mother is still apt to ask, “Now, what is it you do?”
“When you take that camera and you have a dream and you start planning that film, if you have all this goodness and nobody believes in what you're doing, that's hard,” she said.
But Starr also sees an undercurrent that many miss. Her father was a novice filmmaker himself, albeit one who needed that factory job to feed his family. Creativity runs deeper than many people realize.
“A lot of creativity comes out of those factory people,” she said. “They all have something else they do that keeps them going during the day.”
Detroit's authenticity is one of the things that cuts to the heart of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau's D Brand campaign, and it's one of several parallels with Detroit Renaissance's creative initiative.
“At its essence, the personality of Detroit is vibrant, urban, real,” said Jim Townsend, executive director of the Tourism Economic Development Council, an arm of the Convention & Visitors Bureau. “That personality is very attractive and interesting to creative people. ... It should be a natural draw for creatives. We've got the right raw materials to work with.”
Townsend says the D Brand already is having an impact.
In just three months last summer, almost 100,000 new travelers from Ohio and Indiana came to Detroit. An independent research company was able to trace those visits directly to D Brand materials. Those visitors pumped $70 million into the local economy. In 2006, the number of large conventions in the region grew by 50 percent, and the amount of business generated by those conventions grew 40 percent.
“The way we like to look at it, changing a perception is a long-term, complex initiative,” Townsend said. “But one of the things that really contributes is that when you have a hundred thousand new people coming into the region and have so many new conventions, those people are going to contribute to a change in the perception of the region.”
Give Jeanette Pierce a few hours and she will work to shift that perception one doubter at the time. As co-owner of Inside Detroit, the 27-year-old conducts tours of bars, restaurants, public art and noteworthy buildings.
Part of Crain's 2007 class of 20 in their 20s and a fancier of everything Detroit, especially Foran's Irish Pub, Pierce said that “people have a chance to make an impact here quicker than any other city because it has all this passion, this great street community.”
When the rest of the world figures it out, Todd Ridley will be here waiting for them.
When Ridley's old company was purchased in 2004 by Autobytel Inc., his new employer wanted him to move to its Irvine, Calif., office. Autobytel made a great offer, but Ridley and Waldecker decided to stay in Detroit.
“We thought pretty long and hard about it, but we just didn't want to leave,” he said.
“There's this continual feeling that something great is going to happen, and I want to stick around for it.”

© 2007 Crain Communications Inc.


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The 2008 Wedding Season is officially here and for those who are "sans relationship," choosing between chicken or beef fairs to be a much easier decision to make compared to whether or not you should bring a date. When you are in a relationship, it is a given that you bring your significant other. When you are single, the choice to bring a date is not so easy. All kinds of questions start to arise when doing the mental pro and con list, unleashing a bit of anxiousness. It may even lead you down the path of declining the event all together. For myself, I have started to wonder if "Erin + Guest" will eventually replace my real name of "Erin Rose," since it obviously has become part of my identity as of late.

The Single Solvent Has Finally Arrived

In the summer of 2007, my good friend Roni Leibovich and I were discussing websites, computers, you know really exciting stuff over a few beverages on my back deck. He mentioned to me that he was working on a website and all he would reveal was that it was some kind of social network, like Facebook and Myspace. I was intrigued to say the least and tried to pull more details out of him (by offering him more beverages of course ;), but my attempts failed and he was tight lipped about his "project."

Fast forward to early March of this year, and an email shows up in my inbox from Roni with a link to http://www.weddingsingles.com/. In seconds, that top secret project officially unveiled itself before my very eyes! I went to the site and I was truly amazed by what he had created. "Genius," "Brilliant," and "About Damn Time" just scratch the surface when describing http://www.weddingsingles.com/. After navigating the site for a bit, it was blatantly obvious as to why he kept this on the DL before its official web debut.

Below is a description of site:

About WeddingSingles.com

The Reception: WeddingSingles.com is a revolutionary new site catering to single guests at weddings. It is a social networking service that allows its members to set up personal profiles that can be linked together through connection requests. WeddingSingles.com members can view each others' profiles, communicate with one another, and register new weddings. Users of the Website can search WeddingSingles.com for the wedding to which one has been invited, and meet other singles prior to the event.

The Toast: With the spotlight being on the bride and groom, every guest at a wedding should enjoy the joyous occasion equally and have a great time! Often, the best relationships stem from mutual friends. Instead of limiting yourself to a couple of hours with someone you may have met the evening of the event, socialize as long as you want prior to arriving at the wedding. You may not know one another personally, but you’re certainly not strangers!

The Celebration: Next time you receive an invitation with the formerly dreaded “+ guest” and do not have a date, need not worry! Are there cute and interesting singles already attending? Maybe you want to attend solo. Perhaps another Wedding Single intrigues you. In any case, you’re better informed, and the decision is up to you.

Finally, relief for us single folk! The site is very user friendly, super duper easy to set up a profile and navigate, oh and the best part:

The Membership to www.weddingsingles.com is FREE!

Roni and his site have received quite a bit of media buzz since its unveiling early this spring.

Below is the link to his official site along with the press the site has received:

Official Site

WeddingSingles.Com

Social Networks

Facebook

Myspace


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Singled Out? Not Anymore!

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According to CNN Money, Metro Detroit is one of the best places to purchase a home. NOW!


The best place to buy a home these days
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