Erin Rose
Positive Detroit

The Detroit Tiger's are in the midst of a media frenzy over Opening Day 2009 falling on Good Friday.

Roman Catholics are especially upset because the home opener is scheduled during holy hours, with the belief that Jesus was hung on the cross from noon until 3 p.m. The game is schedule to begin at 1:05 p.m. against the Texas Rangers.

Ron Colangelo, Tigers Vice President of Communications, said Major League Baseball has a “monumental task” putting together a season’s schedule. Detroit’s climate makes a night game unrealistic this time of year.

“Fans have come to know that our home opener is always a day game,” states Colangelo.

I personally find all this mayhem to be quite comical, especially after reading this article stating Pontius Pilate should throw out the first pitch. I am looking forward to John Stossel covering this tale during his "Give Me A Break" segment on 20/20.

Below are a couple of points that I would like to make about the fuss being made over Opening Day falling on Good Friday:
  • All 30 American and National League teams play April 10, not just the Detroit Tigers.
  • We are currently living in The United States of America during the 21st Century, not in a 16th Century European Papal State.
  • Our President is Barrack Obama, not Pope Benedict the 16th.
  • Religious Freedom is one of the foundations of our Country. We are a melting pot of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Agnostics, and Atheists. We set our clocks by National Holidays, not Religious Holidays.
  • Good Friday is not Easter Sunday.
  • And my personal fave, Jim Leyland's brother Tom is a priest.
Yes, I am a huge Tiger's Fan and have absolutely no issue whatsoever about this year's season opener. I would also like to note that I was raised Catholic and attended 13 years of Catholic School. My great-aunt is a Catholic Nun.

There are bigger things going on in the world and Detroit that we should focus on and be concerned with. The Detroit Tiger's Opening Day falling on Good Friday is not one of them.

I'll go ahead and take the liberty to state the obvious here: The Detroit Tiger's Season Opener is a great thing for Detroit no matter what day it falls on.
Although traditionally closed on Easter, Olga’s Kitchen will be open at 17 locations on Easter Sunday to serve loyal fans and help our community.

Olga’s Kitchen will donate to Gleaners Community Food Bank 20% of the net proceeds from the business on Easter Sunday. For every $1 raised at Olga’s Kitchen on Easter Sunday Gleaners will be able to provide 3 meals.

“We are building on our commitment to help our community”, said Matt Carpenter, President & CEO, Olga’s Kitchen. “Beginning with providing a free OriginalÒ Olga on April 8-10 to anyone presenting their used Jan Leno ticket stub, to our support of Gleaners Community Food Bank from our Easter Day proceeds, we are committed to make a difference in our home state.

As a Michigan based business with almost 30 years of serving Michiganders, we have a great interest in making sure that food banks such as Gleaners are able to properly feed the people of our state during these difficult times.”

Gerry Brisson, Senior Vice President of Advancement, Gleaners Community Food Bank, said “With more people seeking emergency food than ever before, we are grateful to Olga’s for their generous efforts. On behalf of the children, seniors, families and individuals who need help, thank you so much to everyone who enjoys Olga’s this Easter! You are truly making a difference.”

Olga’s Kitchen will be open on Easter from 11am-6pm on Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 17 locations throughout Michigan including:

Allen Park – Fairlane Green

Ann Arbor – Plymouth Green Crossing

Auburn Hills – Squirrel & Walton Rds.

Birmingham – Old Woodward South of Maple Rd.

Bloomfield Township – Telegraph North of Square Lake Rd.

Brighton – West Grand River at Challis

Clinton Township – Garfield & 19 Mile Rds.

Dearborn Heights – The Heights Shopping Center

East Grand Rapids- Gaslight Village, Wealthy & Bagley Streets

Lansing – Frandor Shopping Center

Lathrup Village – Twelve Mile & Southfield Rds.

Novi – Grand River & Beck Rd.

St Clair Shores – Harper at 9 1/2 Mile Rd.

Sterling Heights – Van Dyke at 14 1/2 Mile Rd.

Troy – Big Beaver and John R. Rds.

West Bloomfield – Orchard Lake & Maple Rds.

Woodhaven – Allen & West Rds.

Detroit Connection: Glenn Frey of The Eagles

The Eagles played at The Palace over the weekend, luring fans from far and wide. While the band was formed in southern California back in 1971, Detroit is hometown to one of the band’s long-time members: Glenn Frey.

Frey was born and raised in Royal Oak. At Dondero High School, Frey wrestled, attended “gifted” classes and learned to play the piano and guitar. He was also voted “most likely to inhale” by his classmates.

Even so, Frey managed to form several bands while in high school and college in the 1960s, including the Disciples, the Hideouts (after a local club), The Subterraneans, The Mushrooms, The Four of Us and Heavy Metal Kids.

It was through The Mushrooms in 1966 that Frey cut his first single, Such a Lovely Child. The song was co-written by Bob Seger. The Michigan chapter of Frey’s music career ended in the late 1960s when he moved out west. The rest, as they say, is history….
Associated Press

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods and new homes sales both rose unexpectedly in February.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for durable goods — manufactured products expected to last at least three years — increased 3.4 percent last month, much better than the 2 percent fall economists expected.

The department also reported that new home sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 337,000 from an upwardly revised January figure of 322,000.

Last month's strength in durable goods orders was led by a surge in orders for military aircraft and parts, which shot up 32.4 percent. Demand for machinery, computers and fabricated metal products also rose.

Orders for durable goods excluding the volatile transportation sector rose 3.9 percent last month, easily beating the 2-percent drop that economists expected.

In areas of strength, orders for heavy machinery surged 13.5 percent in February, demand for computers rose 10.1 percent and orders for fabricated metal products edged up 1.5 percent.
Jake Sigal is 27 now, so you can't exactly call him a tech prodigy any more.

Still, the young man behind the Ion USB turntable and Delphi's coolest XM Radio products is back -- with his own company and his own very cool gizmo.

Sigal called GLITR Thursday from Hong Kong, where he was wrapping up a series of meetings with the developers and build partners involved in his latest device, the Ira.

That's an acronym for Internet Radio Adapter, and that's precisely what the device is.

What does the device do?
"If you have wireless Internet and a home stereo or boombox, you can get access to over 14,000 radio stations and podcasts from all over the world, from anywhere in the world, and the thing sets itself up in two minutes, automatically, without any computer needed and without any subscriptions," Sigal said.

The product was intentionally designed simply, without some extra bells and whistles that Sigal said a techmeister like himself might actually have liked.
That's the mantra for Sigal's Ferndale-based Myine Audio: "Get less." Sigal said it's meant to appeal to "people of any technological sophistication, any education level, any age."

The device has a suggested retail of $149 and is available now on the Myine Audio site and Sigal is expecting it to be available at the usual retail behemoths in time for the holidays.

Sigal added: "You're already paying 60 bucks a month (for Internet access). Why not get all that music, sports and talk you're already paying for?"

So how do you navigate through that huge list of 14,000 audio streams? Sigal said Ira searches -- by music genre, keyword, location, radio station call letters, etc. -- to get you where you want to go. The device also comes standard with all cables needed for a hookup to any audio system or boombox.

And its internal list of Internet audio streams is automatically updated over the Web, transparent to the user.

Sigal said Myine now employs four people in Ferndale, and plans on hiring two more within the next month and four more before the end of the year.

Sigal is a Columbus, Ohio native who went to Ohio University. From there he went to Cumberland, R.I.-based Ion Audio, where he invented the USB turntable and a few other products. Then he had the chance to go to Delphi Corp. in 2006 as product manager for XM satellite radio.

In January 2008, he and partner Massino Baldini, business line manager of XM for Delphi, started Myine.

"I had the opportunity to move to LA or the Bay area, but I found Michigan just had a lot to offer -- it's very affordable, and my wife and I are really happy with the Ferndale community," Sigal said.

He's been able to grab electronics talent from the auto industry, folks willing to trade stock for salary.

To request more information on the Ira Wireless Internet Radio or other products from Myine Electronics, contact PR representative Jenny Coleman at (305) 576-1171 x24 or
Earth Hour 2009 is taking off in a big way, globally and locally.

It's a one-hour voluntary statement of concern for climate change sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund in which supporters turn off all non-essential lights for one hour -- between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

Cate Blanchett's on board.

And so is Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr.

The Great Pyramids of Gaza in Egypt, New York City's Rockefeller Center, and the Acropolis in Athens, Greece will go dark.

So will The Emory in Ferndale.

This gesture may seem minor in the larger scheme of icebergs-melting, species-disappearing things. But gestures can add up.

And with 190 U.S. cities getting on board, it is symbolic gestures that maybe, just maybe, will grab the attention of the masses.

So, turn off your TV, your bathroom light, and that one you never shut off in the basement. Let your eyes adjust to that crazy thing called the dark.

See? It's not that scary!

Ann Arbor, Dearborn Heights, Detroit and Ferndale might be a little less bright on Friday night, but as participating cities, they are leading the way in promoting conversation about energy usage.

If you feel like celebrating the world's largest climate event ever, head to The Emory, where dollar-off drinks and candlelight will mark the occasion.

Source: Jennifer Harlan, The Night Move
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Detroit: City on the Move (1965 Video)

Joe Vicari, President and CEO of Andiamo Restaurant Group, has announced the opening of the Andiamo Champions Club on April 3, 4, 5, and 6th, 2009 during the NCAA Championships.

The Club will be open on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Noon-2am and on the 6th from 3pm-2am.

Mike Nowinski, general manager of Andiamo Riverfront, said, “The Andiamo Champions Club, in partnership with Bacardi, Budweiser, and Coca Cola will become the perfect headquarters for food and beverages as guests enjoy the Big Dance across the street, a free concert series with national recording artists on the Detroit Riverfront.”

The Andiamo Champions Club will provide complimentary admission with live entertainment. There will be nightly drink specials and a bar menu. And to make sure that sports fans don’t miss the action, there will be live HD broadcasts of the NCAA Tournament.

The Andiamo Champions Club will be located at Beaubien Place next to the Renaissance Center, the site of the former Asian Village.

For additional information please call 313-567-6700 or check the website at