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"Operation Opening Day" is intended for transplanted Detroit Tigers fans currently on military duty at home and abroad.

The DVD presentation of Opening Day 2009 is a gift from Mario Impemba that features the game telecast of the Detroit Tigers defeating the Texas Rangers, 15-2 and all the festivities surrounding the annual Detroit holiday.

This project is also made possible through the cooperation of the Tigers and Major League Baseball Productions.

To receive this special gift, click here. Must provide a valid military address -- APO address, SPO address, FPO address, military base or ship address.

"Operation Opening Day" will be mailed solely to valid military addresses as the gift is intended for the men and women currently serving our country.

"Operation Opening Day" will be shipped within 4 business days of receipt of request.
Quantities are limited. Requests will be fulfilled as received.

Should you have any questions, please email peter.wendzinski@detroittigers.com


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The Dequindre Cut is Now Open to the Public!

A Detroit railroad line that has been abandoned since the 1980s has now been turned into a 1.2 mile biking and walking path, and Detroit officials assure us that this is only the beginning, part of a grander vision.

"The Dequindre Cut is the latest in a growing network of greenways -- nonmotorized community links -- that eventually could encompass 100 miles of such trails throughout Detroit."

They even kept some of the best graffiti, and to make the Cut safer, it has security cameras and boxes.

Kudos, Detroit. Now keep going.

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During Michigan's beautiful summer months, Westborn Market is encouraging customers to munch on local "grillables" while they do their weekend shopping.

Westborn Market's three stores are all hosting outdoor grills from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, now through the summer season.

Grill selections range from as low as $1 for a Dearborn sausage hot dog, up to $5.50 for a grilled Michigan Amish chicken breast or pulled pork sandwich, each served with Westborn's new cherry barbeque sauce, famous slaw and killer brownie bite. Other popular selections include cherry turkey burgers, Westborn's famous 1/2 lb. handmade ground round burgers, Better Made potato chips, Cherry Republic sodas and Faygo pop.

"We began our outdoor grill several years ago by serving hot dogs, chips and pop," said Mark Anusbigian, one of three brothers who manage the family-owned gourmet grocer. "Because of the grill's growing popularity and our efforts to promote Michigan produced items, we've greatly expanded the menu. These selections also help customers make purchasing decisions for their own summer grills and picnics."

Westborn Market has stores in Dearborn, Berkley and Livonia.

Store locations, hours of operation and weekly specials are available at www.westbornmarket.com or by calling 313-274-6100.
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Construction on a $15 million public dock and terminal along the Detroit River in downtown Detroit is moving forward and the facility is expected to be ready for Great Lakes cruise ships next year.

The two-story terminal is located near Renaissance Center. The Detroit Free Press reports Monday that ships holding up to about 420 passengers will be able to dock and unload visitors.

The dock also will be used by tour boats, water taxis, tall ships and possibly recreational boaters making day trips to Canada. Inside, the terminal will have a waiting area for 100 to 200 passengers.

Largely dormant since the 1960s, Great Lakes cruises began a revival in the mid-1990s. Plans for the terminal have been in the works for years.
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Whether you’re the pit boss of an award-winning competition team or just an aficionado of fine barbeque, you’ll want to mark your calendar and be sure to attend the City of Auburn Hills Barbeque Cook-off, June 26 - 27, 2009.

The Auburn Hills Barbeque Cook-off is sanctioned by none other than the Kansas City Barbeque Society and includes $5,000 in total cash prizes.
Judging activities are on June 27 when winners of four barbeque categories will be announced:

Chicken (noon)

Pork ribs (12:30 p.m.)

Pork shoulder (1 p.m.)

Brisket (1:30 p.m.)

The event culminates when judges add up the individual scores to determine the Grand Champion, who receives $1,500, a trophy and, most importantly, major bragging rights. So, if you have a seasoned barbeque team, are new to competition but want to see how your ”Q” compares to the area’s best, or if you just want to experience the fun of a sanctioned barbeque competition, this event in Auburn Hills is for you.

The barbecue cook-off is part of the City of Auburn Hills annual Summerfest, June 25 – 27, in the Village Center and Riverside Park. SummerFest includes several events, like the Taste of Auburn Hills, an ice cream social and a car show, called “By the river." All three days are filled with fun for the whole family!
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On Sunday, minutes after rapper Eminem announced that he would be giving a free concert in Detroit tomorrow fans began lining up at a record store in the city.

The free concert is a promotion for his new album, Relapse – the rapper’s first new studio album in five years.

He’ll be headlining a performance at the Sound Board theatre, located in the city’s Motor City Casino.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! is expected to air portions of the performance when Eminem makes two separate appearances on the show this week, on Tuesday and Friday.

MySpace Music had the privilege of announcing the show on Sunday night, just after Eminem made an appearance on the animated sitcom Family Guy the same night.

Record Time in Roseville, Michigan won’t begin passing out tickets until 5pm today, but fans set up camp outside the shop last night in anticipation of obtaining the first-come-first-serve tickets.
Hot Topic stores, MySpace Music, and local Detroit radio stations will be giving out tickets through lotteries as well. Opening for the rapper is DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Relapse will be out tomorrow.

The rapper hasn’t released an album since 2005’s compilation Curtain Call: The Hits, and has only appeared since on Akon’s 2006 single “Smack That.”
Andiamo Restaurant Group has announced the introduction of Andiamo Lean Menu, which features items where healthy living and fine dining meet, available at all 11 Andiamo restaurants.

A selection of health-inspired menu items for Andiamo Restaurant have been developed through a collaboration with Andiamo's Corporate Chef, Jim Oppat and Board Certified Physician Nutrition Specialist and Medical Director Dr. Tom M. Rifai of St Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital.

Using the science of low calorie density they have created generously portioned, full-flavored meals, including appetizer and gourmet fruit dessert, for less than 600 calories. Andiamo Lean selections contain minimal saturated and no trans fat, no gluten, no soy or nut products and are low in sodium.

“This addition to our menu is reflective of a greater emphasis on wellness, said owner Joe Vicari. We are fortunate to be able to combine the talents of Chef Jim Oppat with the depth of knowledge provided by Dr. Tom M. Rifai to create additional health conscious items for our Andiamo menu. Our guests with special dietary needs can choose from an inspired menu that has combined the great taste they have come to expect from our chefs with sensitivity to numerous health issues.”

The menu will include 3 starters, 6 entrees including Bisonte Con Insalata Di Portabella, a 6 oz hand cut Bison sirloin, char grilled and topped with a portabella mushroom slaw on a bed of balsamic braised swiss chard, and Petto Di Pollo Arrostito, pan roasted chicken breast with roasted tomato fillets and fresh herbs accompanied with roasted peppers, mushrooms and onions and 4 other delectable dishes. Chef Jim Oppat and Dr. Tom Rifai have also developed a Fruit Infused Panna Cotta surrounded by fresh cut fruits and berries as the perfect dessert accompaniment to the meal.

In addition to creating the new menu items, Dr. Rifai and Chef Oppat have scheduled a series of free and informative Health and Nutrition Seminars at each Andiamo location.
The Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Detroit) announces a call for entries for its 8th annual IMPACT Awards, honoring commercial properties with a positive impact on Southeast Michigan.

The IMPACT Awards, considered to be among the most prominent honors in the Detroit area commercial real estate community, recognize three recently completed, multi-disciplinary projects in Southeast Michigan that demonstrate a significant, positive impact on the communities where they are built: a new development, a redevelopment and a special impact project.

2008 award winners were the Detroit East Riverfront (new development), Detroit Institute of Arts (redevelopment) and Whitdel Apartments (special impact). According to CREW Detroit member and IMPACT Awards Chair Susan Cook, a Senior Project Manager with ATC Associates Environmental Services in Novi, the 2009 awards program will have special meaning.

“The 2009 IMPACT Awards will not only recognize successful commercial real estate projects, they will reflect and honor companies who are committed to the future of Southeast Michigan,” explains Ms. Cook. “We look forward to showcasing significant examples of how the commercial real estate industry is partnering with vital organizations to invest in our local communities.”

Judges for the 2009 Impact Awards entries are: Lawrence Marantette, Taktix Solutions,
R.J. King, DBusiness, Helen Dennis, CBRE, Bob Washer, MICCO, Susan Harvey, Ashley Capital, Delia Rodi Barczys, Niagara Murano, and Katherine Banicki, Testing Engineers & Consultants.

IMPACT Awards Criteria and Details

· Projects entered for consideration must have involved at least one company with a CREW Detroit member (membership list available at www.crewdetroit.org/memlist.htm)

· Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2008 and June 29, 2009

· Project criteria is broad and may include innovative design and/or construction, environmental consciousness, creative use of existing materials, sensitive land use and social/economic significance

· A 2009 call for entries brochure is available at http://www.crewdetroit.org/

· The entry fee is $100 and the request for entry package and fee are due June 1, 2009

· Completed entry packages are due on June 29, 2009; winners will be announced on September 4, 2009

CREW Detroit Contacts for IMPACT Awards

· For entries: Lynn Trevor, ltrevor@campbell-manix.com, 248.354.5100

· For sponsorship or general questions: Susan Cook, cook39@atc-enviro.com, 248.358.7645; or Mary LeFevre, mlefevre@tcco.com, 313.596.0516

The IMPACT Awards will be presented on September 24, 2009 at Oakland Hills Country Club and awardees will receive additional publicity through CREW Detroit.
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"Good Morning America's" Jobs Expo is headed to Michigan to help the hard-working residents of the Motor City and the surrounding area on their journeys toward a new career.

Tory Johnson, "GMA's" workplace contributor and CEO of Women for Hire, is traveling to different cities across the country, helping people who are looking for work brush up their resumes, learn how to get noticed when applying online, network in their communities and much more.

We'd love for you to be a part of it on Tuesday, May 19 when Robin Roberts will broadcast live from the GMA Jobs Expo in Detroit.

You'll have the opportunity to meet dozens of employers in all different fields.

The address of the GMA Job Expo is below. The expo will run from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Address:

COBO Conference/Exhibition Center Wayne Hall (Street Level 1)
One Washington Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Parking Information:

The City of Detroit Workforce Development has generously agreed to cover the parking fee at the Cobo Center for "GMA" Jobs Expo attendees.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP HERE with a contact number and the names of people who will be attending with you. Hope to see you there!
By Warren McLaren

DTE Energy previously came to our attention when we noticed that had a bunch of their power plants ‘wildlife certified’ by the Wildlife Habitat Council. Turns out they are still doing rather unusual stuff with those power stations.

Would you believe community gardens? Yep. DTE Energy have offered over 100 acres (40 hectares) of land to the Gleaners Community Food Bank for use as garden plots or allotments, so “one of the oldest food banks in the United States” can grow food to feed the hungry.

The land DTE have released is buffer property or property being held for future substation sites. And productive land it appears to be.
“In 2008, the two pilot gardens at the Auburn Hills and Plymouth Township substations yielded 5,304 pounds of produce.” But they are ramping that up for 2009 with eight DTE Energy Gardens set to increase the yield marketedly.

The people who volunteer to work the plots are drawn from farmers, community groups, religious institutions, schools, corporations, and individuals. Looking at the smiles in the photographs of the teams getting they hands dirty, it would seem they also benefit greatly.

Although we wonder about the health implications of working so close to high voltage electric power plants, this seems otherwise a fantastic model of business-community-charity co-operation. Three cheers to all involved.

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Since 1977, Gleaners Community Food Bank has grown from distributing just one or two million pounds of food a year to more than 28 million pounds annually, equivalent to over 60,000 meals per day.
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Relocate America last month included the Rochester Hills on its 12th annual list of “Top Places To Live.” Rochester Hills made the 2009 ranking with a couple of other Michigan towns — Plymouth and Hudsonville. The city of Rochester was on the 2008 list.

Although lists of this sort — which are derived from nominations — can be touted or dismissed depending on one's tolerance for what essentially amounts to self-recognition, there's no denying that the community has plenty of positive traits and is worthy of being called a great place to live.

And it's not as if a nomination alone guarantees recognition. Judging factors in such things as education, environmental “greenworthiness,” economic opportunity, parks and recreation choices, and real estate and homeownership options.

Rochester Hills reflects those areas well and there's nothing wrong with drawing attention to your city's upside.

Beyond some hometown pride, however, it's reasonable to guess that having a “top place to live” designation can be leveraged in other useful ways. For example, it certainly can't hurt to have this status in your pocket when the city's economic development folks are trying to recruit or retain a business. And with most municipalities competing for good jobs, any extra edge is a good one.

So congratulations to Rochester Hills on its latest honor. This a reminder that the community remains a special place.

Relocate America's entire listing can be viewed at http://www.relocateamerica.com/.
PR Web

A new job seekers' service is raising the bar for quality, innovation and affordability -- and catching the attention of media outlets in the process.

"Job Seekers and employers are really struggling in the current employment environment, getting yourself noticed on the standard job boards, as well as attracting qualified candidates is difficult for employers" says Daniel Lord, V.P. of Recruitmentfactory.com.

"The tools we provide Job Seekers, Employers and Recruiters cut through the mess, and enables a much higher success rate. Job Seekers have the free basic membership and the Premium membership available to choose how they wish to present themselves to our employers and recruiters. Premium members have the ability to elevate their resumes above the rest and use our tools to achieve greater attention."

RecruitmentFactory.com's revolutionary approach has drawn praise from media personalities such as radio host Murray Feldman of WWJ News 950 in Detroit, who devoted a recent segment to RecruitmentFactory.com.

To hear the news segment, click on http://www.recruitmentfactory.com/.

RecruitmentFactory is "jumping into the job-search field in a different way from those who have been there before," Murray explains.

Murray points out that RecruitmentFactory features a "pay per click" rewards program that pays job seekers every time their resume receives a click from an employer. Not only do job seekers get cash, they also have access to valuable data about who has viewed their resume, and what keywords recruiters use to find them.

Another revenue-sharing opportunity for job seekers is through the site's People Helping People (PHP™) feature, a tool that lets candidates present open jobs from their current workplace or a friend's business to RecruitmentFactory.com. As soon as the position referred by the candidate is posted and paid for, RecruitmentFactory.com credits the job seeker's account with one-third of the revenue generated.

http://www.recruitmentfactory.com value doesn't stop with benefits for those searching for employment.

Employers pay less than $200 per month for full access to a database of resumes from qualified candidates.

"The cost is lower than its well-known competitors," Murray notes. For employers seeking to tighten their belts, these cost savings are significant.

In addition to affordability, RecruitmentFactory.com also offers a range of powerful tools to employers, including a database of corporate candidates verified and approved by professional recruiters.

Another powerful tool is the ability for employers to include screening questions in each job application, allowing smarter selection of qualified candidates. Because manpower remains the most expensive resource for companies, finding the perfect match of skills, aptitude and attitude is crucial.

Other job-seekers Web sites offer some of these tools individually, but only RecruitmentFactory.com integrates them into one system.

RecruitmentFactory.com is the result of years of industry experience, conceived by a team of specialists in recruiting and workforce management.

The media attention RecruitmentFactory.com has already generated sends a message that the resource's innovative approach is gaining a significant edge in the employment industry.
By Kyle Austin

Twenty baseball and softball fields throughout Michigan will be renovated courtesy of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, which is awarding more than $200,000 in grants to 15 organizations.

The grants were presented in a pregame ceremony prior to Sunday's game between the Tigers and the Oakland Athletics.

In addition to the renovations, the grant money will help expand a summer T-ball program and the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship, a youth baseball and softball tournament. The money will also help provide training to more than 100 Detroit-area youth coaches, and will assist nearly 6,000 Michigan youth in all.

The grant money will also go toward constructing a barrier-free baseball field to serve special-needs children, and to produce and distribute a baseball-themed health education supplement for more than 68,000 students throughout the state.

"We are thrilled to touch the lives of so many children and are honored to support youth baseball programs not only in the city of Detroit, but in all of Michigan," Tigers foundation director Jordan Field said in a press release.

Grant recipients include:
Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan
Youth Development Commission
Bridgeport Charter Township Tri-Valley Miracle League
Think Detroit PAL
Regina High School
Michigan K.I.D.S.
Chelsea Recreation Council
Royal Oak Sandlot League
Don Bosco Hall
Boys and Girls Republic
Judson Center
Padres Baseball Organization, Inc.
Special Olympics Michigan
Escanaba Cubs Baseball Club
Camp Sancta Maria Trust
By John Hahn

The Red Wings have joined forces with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 38 and the Blue Star Mothers of America in creating care packages for U.S. troops in Iraq.

On Saturday, the eve of the Western Conference finals opener at Joe Louis Arena, the Wings' players autograph Red Wings lunchboxes, which will be filled with goods by the Blue Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military.

The cost of shipping the care packages is being picked up by the Local 38 stagehands who work out of Joe Louis Arena.
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Dining With the Stars will close out the 2009 spring season with George Blaha, a familiar voice in the broadcast and sports world in metro Detroit.

Tell us in 100 words or less why you want to have lunch with Blaha at Buddy's Pizza in Farmington Hills. E-mail your entry to BuddysDiningStars@gmail.com by 5 p.m. Thursday, June 4.

Dining With the Stars is sponsored by Buddy's Pizza and the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers.

The contest winner will be treated to a limo ride from Class Plus Limo, a makeover courtesy of Christine from Beauty Salon in Birmingham, a $100 gift certificate from Reaver Diamond Co. in Southfield and a dance exhibition by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills.

A local broadcasting icon and one of the most recognizable personalities in Detroit and the NBA, Blaha recently completed his 33rd consecutive season as the television and radio play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons. The “Voice of the Pistons” is the longest tenured play-by-play announcer in the state of Michigan following the retirement of legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell.

Blaha brings a high-energy style to go with his extensive basketball knowledge and demonstrates a true passion for Pistons basketball. His trademark colloquialisms such as, “two and 22 to play” and “a high glass gun that goes” have thrilled Pistons fans of all ages for three decades.

Blaha handles play-by-play duties on either television or radio for all 82 regular-season games plus pre- and postseason games on FSN Detroit and WDFN — the Pistons' flagship stations. He also hosts the Pistons Weekly television program, which airs Sunday nights on WDIV TV4 at midnight, and has handled play-by-play duties for Michigan State football since 1971. In 2002, he was made an honorary alumnus of Michigan State University.

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The 2010 Frozen Four will be unlike anything we’ve seen before in our game and with that opportunity comes distinct advantages and disadvantages.

What do we look forward to about the Frozen?

Ford Field is going to work for a number of reasons: Huge event experience partnered with a knowledgeable planning committee, growth and exposure in a non-traditional manner, affordability and access to tickets, geography, and proud local residents.

This stadium has hosted the NCAA men’s basketball final four, a men’s basketball regional, a Super Bowl and even Wrestlemania within the last five years. Any unusual issues with traffic, parking, concessions and other fan amenities have certainly been dealt with and are planned for by now. The CCHA and organizing committee has been actively researching and following these events and will know of any potential issues that might arise. It’ll be a great fan experience.

It is expected that the 2010 Frozen will set attendance records, simply because of the size of the venue. Some tickets for games are priced as low as $10. While they might not be the greatest seats in the house, they’ll give fans a chance to see our game at a fantastic price and help boost the expected record-setting numbers. It’s certainly the best option for Frozen newcomers to see the event, as many fans retain their tickets from year to year and travel no matter what teams are involved. Those reasons will draw greater media attention on national networks and create a spectacle that all sports fans will remember.

The city of Detroit takes its knocks, but the people of the Motor City and surrounding areas take great pride in putting on a good event and giving visitors positive reasons to come back. The fact that many major Canadian cities are a relatively short drive away, and Detroit’s airport is a major hub that serves most cities in the United States will make it easy to get in and out of town. Strong college hockey ties through the CCHA and elite programs could draw in alumni bases if any of the conference’s schools make it to the event.
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Dolly Parton says she's expanding her philanthropic work with children through a partnership with the United Way of America.

The entertainer says her Imagination Library and the United Way have set a goal to provide free books monthly to 1 million children by 2014.

That's double what the literacy initiative now serves.

She joined Brian Gallagher, chief executive of the national nonprofit, to make the announcement at a conference in Detroit today. Parton also performed her hit "9 to 5."

The program founded by Parton in her home state of Tennessee in the mid-'90s operates in the U.S., Canada and Britain.

She recently spent several weeks in New York working on "9 to 5: The Musical," a stage version of the 1980 movie in which she starred.
Panera Bread of Southeastern Michigan will officially open its first drive-thru in Michigan on Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30 a.m. at the Roseville bakery-cafe, located at 31960 Gratiot Ave.

Panera is asking the community to celebrate the drive-thru grand opening by “driving thru for a cause” and donating $1 to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Roseville, taking place June 6-7 at Veterans Memorial Park in Roseville.

Anyone who donates $1 on May 19 will receive a free small beverage or coffee courtesy of Panera Bread. “We chose Panera’s Roseville bakery-cafe as Michigan’s first drive-thru location because we felt confident it could accommodate a drive-thru and we want to provide more convenience to the many customers who visit this location,” said Lee Carmona, area director for Panera Bread of the Great Lakes Region.

“We hope everyone will join us in celebrating this new drive-thru venture by stopping by and donating $1 to support Relay For Life of Roseville.”

For more information about Relay For Life of Roseville, visit www.relayforlife.org/rosevillemi

Annual Brunch Benefits Hundreds of Homeless Pets


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The Michigan Humane Society's 20th annual Bow Wow Brunch attracted 550 to the Ritz-Carlton for auction bidding, brunching, viewing video glimpses of 1989 and stroking the six pets looking for new homes. Three of them succeeded.
Funds raised by the brunch, which was co-chaired by Denise Lutz and Linda Axe, will improve the lives of at least 1,750 animals in need.
by Keith Langlois

Chuck Daly, the coach who guided the Bad Boys to NBA titles and the Dream Team to gold medals, died at his Jupiter, Fla., home early Saturday morning.

Daly, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February, was 78. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Daly came to the Pistons in 1983 when they were a franchise awash in a history of mediocrity, playing before thousands of empty blue seats in the Pontiac Silverdome, and left them nine seasons later firmly established among the NBA’s most respected and successful franchises.

Daly’s No. 2 – representing the two NBA titles he won in 1989 and ’90, at the height of the NBA’s competitive best and bracketed by dynasties on both sides – hangs from The Palace rafters alongside the retired numbers of many of the players he coached, including Hall of Fame guards Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. Daly was voted to the Hall of Fame in 1994.

“The Daly family and the entire Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment family is mourning the loss of Chuck Daly,” family spokesman and Pistons vice president Matt Dobek said. “Chuck left a lasting impression with everyone he met both personally and professionally and his spirit will live with all of us forever.”

Though Daly already had three decades in basketball when he came to the Pistons, it will be his time with them for which he will be most remembered despite his three other NBA stops and his college head coaching stints at Boston College and Penn. In 14 NBA seasons, Daly went 638-437, including 467-271 with the Pistons.

Daly’s greatest gift was his ability to manage egos and personalities – and there was no shortage of them with the Bad Boys, as the Pistons came to be known for their hard-nosed, blue-collar defense.

“It’s a players’ league,” he once said. “They allow you to coach them or they don’t. Once they stop allowing you to coach, you’re on your way out.”

Jack McCloskey, the man who brought Daly to the Pistons, assembled a deep and talented roster by the time the Pistons were ready to compete with the dynastic Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. It took Daly’s deft touch to keep all of those sometimes volcanic personalities in check and manage the playing time of a team that had eight or nine players who were talented enough to start for most teams.

It was Daly’s achievement with the Pistons – both his winning and his hand at managing egos – that led USA Basketball to tab Daly to coach the 1992 “Dream Team” at the Barcelona Olympics. It proved to be a perfect fit.

“There were some huge egos there,” Palace CEO Tom Wilson said. “You never heard a bit about them. Somehow you had to manage all that stuff with a goal toward winning and managing minutes for guys who all felt they were the best player in the world. It was perfect. Plus the persona – Daddy Rich, the smooth operator. The image was perfect for that group of guys. The best coach in the world and the best group of players.”

That “Daddy Rich” nickname was bestowed upon him by John Salley for Daly’s affection for stylish suits. Daly’s wardrobe – he favored double-breasted suits, mostly in dark blues and grays – and perfectly groomed hair were the subject of constant media references as the Pistons rose to prominence.

But Daly never took himself seriously. Dubbed the “Prince of Pessimism” by Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan, whose relationship with Daly went back to his Boston College days, Daly would say he was an “optimist with experience.”

Daly was born in Kane, Pa., and graduated from Bloomsburg State in 1952. He coached at Punxsutawney, Pa., High School from 1955-63, but networked throughout the East at coaching clinics and finally landed a job as an assistant at Duke in 1963, where he stayed until taking the head coaching job at Boston College in 1969.

After three years at BC, Daly went to Pennsylvania in 1971 – McCloskey, after a decade as Penn’s coach, had left five years earlier – and won four straight Ivy League titles, posting an overall record of 151-62 as a college coach.

He left Penn and college basketball after the 1977 season to join his longtime friend, Billy Cunningham, on Cunningham’s Philadelphia 76ers staff.

His first NBA job came in 1981 when Cleveland owner Ted Stepien hired him. The Cavs were a notoriously bad team, and badly run franchise, under Stepien. Daly knew it would be a tough job. He never even signed a lease, choosing instead to take a room at the Holiday Inn near the old Richfield Coliseum. He lasted 41 games – spending 93 nights at the Holiday Inn – and didn’t get his next chance for another season and a half, when McCloskey came calling.

That call not only launched the richest chapter in Pistons history, it established Chuck Daly as one of basketball’s all-time great coaches.
The first truck delivery to help Michigan families in critical need was distributed to 400 families of Orchards Children’s Services in Flint this morning starting at 10 a.m.

The money was raised by the 2009 Pistons Care Telethon in support of Feed The Children (FTC).


“For more than 46 years Orchards Children’s Services has remained committed to its mission of strengthening the community through programs and services. As a native of Flint and a leader of the organization providing services in this community we are excited to be a part of the city’s revival,” says CEO of Orchards, Michael Williams.

“With the support of the Pistons, Fathead and Rock Financial we are truly able to have a direct positive impact on Flint families by supplying them with needed food and valuable personal care items. This is truly a collaborative initiative and Orchards is blessed to be part of this outstanding effort in the city of Flint.”

Volunteers from Rock Financial and Fathead including Fathead CEO, Patrick McInnis and the Mayor of Flint, Michael K. Brown, will be on hand to help distribute free food and personal care items to pre-identified needy and foster families of Orchards Children’s Services. Each family is receiving a 25 pound box of food and a box of personal care items.

“It’s a great feeling to come back home to Flint and lend a hand to those who could use some help,” McInnis said. “I know I speak for all Rock Financial and Fathead team members in saying we are very proud to have been involved in helping so many families right here in Michigan.”

The funding for the food and supplies came from the Pistons Care Telethon, which culminated in a 17-hour telethon day and telecast of the team’s game on March 11, raised more than $450,000 in pledges to benefit FTC, with proceeds going to families in critical need of food and basic necessities throughout the state of Michigan.

Proceeds were raised with the help from fans, schools, churches, businesses, Pistons Care Telethon sponsors, Palace Sports and Entertainment employees and the generous support of the media. Fathead and Rock Financial supported the telethon with enough money to stock two trucks with enough food and supplies to feed 800 families. Truck deliveries will take place through December 2009 feeding and helping to sustain over 25,000 families across the state.

Orchards Children’s Services is located at 225 East 5th Street, Flint, MI 48502. Orchards can be reached at (810) 239-3264.

Feed The Children was founded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones and is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support.

Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters.

In FY 2007, Feed The Children distributed more than 135 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing almost 800,000 meals each day. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in 118 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit http://www.feedthechildren.org/.

The following products will be sampled during the day:

Throughout the day: Asiago breads
Mid-morning and afternoon (9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.): Strawberry, mango and caramel frozen drinks.

During lunch and dinner (11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.): Mini-versions of the Panera favorite ‘You Pick Two’ combo including the Asiago Roast Beef sandwich and Forest Mushroom soup

Known as the nation’s “bread expert,” Panera offers a variety of artisan breads, along with bagels, pastries, baked goods and hot and cold espresso beverages. Bakery-cafes are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving up hearty soups in edible sourdough bread bowls, hand-tossed salads, signature sandwiches and more.

To find the Panera location nearest you, visit www.panerabread.com.
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Detroit residents always get asked why they stay. 13 locals answer that question - and reveal their favorite treasures of the Motor City.

Ara Howrani

Ara Howrani, owner of Ameen Howrani Photography, likes to cruise Michigan Avenue in his "old school red hot" Cutlass Supreme.

Lived in Detroit: Almost my whole life
Favorite spot: Michigan Avenue

I love to drive around in my old-school hot rod, a Cutlass Supreme, and blast Jaydee, a local hip-hop producer. His music really represents Detroit, and I feel like I'm in a music video because I'm literally seeing what he's saying - especially on Michigan Avenue.
Michigan Avenue is one of the five major avenues that shoot out of the harbor, and it's my favorite because it's littered with little gems along the way: Campus Martius Park, Tiger Stadium, churches, cool underground galleries, liquor stores and more.

My favorite spot on the avenue is Lafayette Coney Island, a real greasy spoon with four items on the menu. It's a place for everyone who knows and loves the city: sports stars, firemen, the mayor.

Why I love Detroit: Personally, I love the creative potential as an entrepreneur. It's not oversaturated like New York or L.A. We have a lot more freedom here.

The city is raw and industrial, and that's made me who I am. I feed off it. I'm a free, open-minded person who's open to diversity and realness and rawness. Detroit made me this way.

Frankie Darcell

Frankie Darcelle, a Detroit radio/television personality (right), seen on stage at Chene Park Amphitheater with Kem, a Detroit-based R&B singer on the Motown Records label.

Lived in Detroit: 15 years
Favorite spot: Chene Park Amphitheater

I've hosted more than 300 concerts at Chene Park, but the magic never goes away. The whole city buzzes with excitement the night of a show. The amphitheater is situated right on the river, so people can park their boats right next to the stage. The front-row seats are so close that fans can almost reach out and touch the artist.

Everyone comes together at Chene Park. It's a lot of diversity right in the heart of the city. It's boosted by a lot of pent-up energy, because we have such long and gruesome winters. We love any opportunity to do something outside, and trust me, this is a music town. Motown was just the start of it.

Why I love Detroit: I was planning to stay three years for a job, and instead I've been here 15. Detroit gets a bad rap; media find the one burned-out house or the one guy with no teeth. I'm not in denial; we have a lot of issues. But some of us are middle-class and well-educated, and we stay.

I love this community. There are people here trying to save the city. I stay here for them, because I know I have a big voice here. Someone needs to speak for the people who are excited about the future of this city. That excitement is infectious.

Patricia Nemeth

Patricia Nemeth, an attorney, sits with her daughter, Sophina, at the Coach Insignia restaurant.

Lived in Detroit:
6 years
Favorite spot: Alice in Wonderland-esque chairs at Coach Insignia

The bar is located at the top of the General Motors building, almost 75 floors up. In the corner, where it's a bit darker, are the most glorious chairs you've ever seen. The four chairs are covered in red velvet, exactly like I'd imagine a queen's throne.

The chairs' backs are about six feet high, and I almost have to climb into them since I'm short. Then I look out the large windows, gazing over the city lights. It's so meditative; I just lose myself and forget about what's happened during the day.

Why I love Detroit: The view reminds me that everything I love to do is here in Detroit - my daughter Sophina's school, MGM casino, my neighborhood in the central business district - and I can walk to it. It's a very simple life for me, and I like that.

Those people are the reason I call Detroit home. They have a never-say-die mentality. If there is anything that can be said of Detroit, it's that we are survivors. Thanks to this city, that's how I think of myself, too.

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Tease your hair, put on some shades and, like, totally, get pumped for ‘80s Night.

The Detroit Tigers travel back in time to celebrate the 1980s on Monday, May 4 as they take on the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 p.m., the first game of a two-game series.

Sponsored by Belle Tire, ‘80s Night will feature awesome live music, giveaways, a rad car display and costumed characters pulled directly out of the ‘80s to entertain fans.

The first 7,500 fans will receive a Jack Morris Replica Jersey T-Shirt, courtesy of Belle Tire, in honor of Morris’ 1984 no-hitter. Other giveaways during the game include Cabbage Patch Dolls, autographed Def Leppard CDs, and concert tickets for upcoming Leonard Cohen and Pat Benatar concerts.

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with “The Delivery,” an ‘80s cover band provided by 89X Radio, performing fan favorites behind section 121 near the Big Cat Court until 6:45 p.m. Cal Cagno of 89X will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Witherell St., fans can check out eight DeLorean vehicles, courtesy of DeLorean Motor City, and a Ferrari 208 GTS and a Testarossa, courtesy of the Ferrari Owners Club. The DeLorean vehicle is most known for its role in the “Back to the Future” trilogy while the Ferrari 208 GTS and Testarossa are modeled after vehicles from the Magnum P.I. and Miami Vice television shows, respectively.

Cowabunga, dude! Fans can interact, take pictures and play video games with two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Van, the original van from the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. These fighting reptiles from the 80s will be at Columbia Plaza from 5:30 p.m. until the bottom of the fifth inning.

If you were a fan of creatures from another galaxy – rather than mutant turtles – you won’t be disappointed as 30 various Star Wars characters will be walking throughout the concourse from 5:30-8:00 p.m. and available for pictures.

For more information, visit http://www.tigers.com/.
Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at http://www.tigers.com/, by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437), at Detroit-area Meijer stores and at Hockeytown Authentics, located at 1845 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy.

Hop on Twitter and Tweet about the game this evening!

Positive Cities Detroit will be hosting another live Detroit Tiger's Tweet Up from the Press Box.

Just add #+Detroit to see your tweets LIVE on Positive Cities Detroit website!

Stephen L. Betts

John Rich says they're 'Shuttin' Detroit Down,' but Toby Keith doesn't seem too worried.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the entrepreneurial Oklahoman has chose the Motor City as the location for his sixth I Love This Bar & Grill restaurant and entertainment center.

Taking the name from his 2003 hit 'I Love This Bar,' the franchise already has locations in Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Mesa, Ariz., and at a Cherokee casino in Catoosa, Okla.

Items on the menu include Honky Tonk meatloaf, Freedom Fries and Southern-fried Twinkies. One of the restaurant's specialties, the American Soldier Burger, is served free of charge to any military personnel with valid military ID.

Construction on the new complex will begin soon, and the restaurant is expected to employ about 200 people.
By Erin Branstner
Metromix

While most of us may not know the real reason behind celebrating Cinco de Mayo (note: it's surprisingly not Mexican Independance Day), the fact remains, who really needs a reason to consume massive amounts of tequila on a Tuesday. So put on your poncho and select a destination for what promises to be a Cinco celebration to remember!

Gator Jake's Bar & Grill - 36863 Van Dyke - Sterling Heights
May 5 : 9 p.m.
Sterling Heights may never be the same after today. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Gator girls while you throw down on $2 Coronas and $2 margaritas. Enjoy live entertainment and shake what your momma gave ya.

Cactus Jack's - 7636 Auburn - Utica
May 5 : 1 p.m.
This Utica mainstay is kicking off Cinco de Mayo early this year. The party sets off at 1 p.m. featuring two big tents holding one giant celebration. Music will be provided by DJ Godfather on the 1's and 2's along with live entertainment by the Strangers. Drink specials include $1 one o'clock specials, $2 two o'clock specials and $3 three o'clock specials, so be prepared to drink all day.

17th Street Bar & Grill - 3905 17 Mile - Sterling Heights
May 5 : 1 p.m.
Prepare to party all day at this festive Sterling Heights hangout thanks to great drink specials like $1 1 o'clock specials, $2 2 o'clock specials and you guessed in $3 3 o'clock specials. $100 goes to the best dressed festive female in the house. This celebration is free all day and features the sounds of DJ Simon in the booth.
The Post Bar - 42875 Grand River - Novi
May 5 : 3 p.m.
Join the fun this year as Craig Jelinek and Kevin Cermak bring you this special Cinco celebration titled, "Corona & Margarita Madness". Complete information is available at cincobash.com or call 248-543-1000. Live band Collision 6 will be performing in the greenhouse while DJs Tom Keeling and Victor V get things moving on the patio.

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina - 21091 Haggerty - Novi
May 5 : 4 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Mexico's victory over the French than at On the Border in Novi. Don't miss this huge all day tent party featuring great live entertainment by the Killer Flamingos. Get in on $4 drafts and margaritas while you chow down on authentic Mexican cuisine. Tequila, anyone.

Main Street Billiards - 215 S. Main - Downtown Rochester
May 5 : 4 p.m.
With warmer weather on the way, what better way to celebrate this festive day than outside in one of Main Street's comfy cabanas. Take advantage of great drink specials all day like $2 Coronas and $5 margaritas, along with a complimentary taco bar for those late night cravings. Early arrival is suggested cause this party promises to be packed with sexy singles partying hard - Mexican style.

Orleans Billiards Cafe - 100 Macomb Place - Downtown Mount Clemens
May 5 : 5 p.m.
This local watering hole may be named after a city in Louisiana, but think a little more South for this special celebration. Enjoy authentic (meaning strong) margaritas and a tasty Mexican buffet from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. while you take in the sounds of the season.

The Box Sports Bar & Grill - 41570 Garfield - Clinton Twp.
May 5 : 5 p.m.
Red Bull is sponsoring this special Cinco celebration at one of Clinton Township's favorite sports bars. Get there early and take advantage of the free taco bar from 5-8 p.m. DJs Pannos and Thomas Etchenburg will be joined by percussionist Jared Sykes as they deliver all the best booty shaking grooves to move ya.

Tijuanas Mexican Kitchen - 1679 Dix Hwy - Lincoln Park
May 5 : 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Moyocoyani Izel Dancers. The colorfully costumed dancers ranging in age from eight to thirty years old, will perform traditional regional Mexican dances outside the restaurant. Food and beverage service will continue all day.

Dooley's - 32500 Gratiot - Roseville
May 5 : 9 p.m.
Take a crack at the pinata and get your chance to take home some very exclusive prizes. Enjoy free roving Mexican hors d'oeuvres while you toss back a few cervesas including $2.50 Coronas and $2 Labatt's. So don your sombrero and prepare to party Cinco style at both Dooley's locations.
Metro Parent Magazine and Henry Ford Health System are proud to present two special events, "Tea With Kate" and "Moms' Night Out with Kate" on Thursday, May 14, 2009.

Kate Gosselin, the star of a top-rated cable show and author of the best-selling book Multiple Blessings, shares her story of the challenges that come with raising 8-year-old twins and a set of sextuplets.

The Gosselins' life is a whirlwind, with the book and show reflecting the fast-paced, no nonsense approach they take to raising their twins and their miracle sextuplets. Her message: If she can balance the demands of parenting, so can all parents. Kate's second book, Eight Little Faces, was released in April 2009, and her family cookbook, Love Is in the Mix: Making Meals into Memories, is due to be released in October 2009.

"Tea with Kate Gosselin" is an intimate meet and greet with Kate and a small group of special fans. This event will be held at the new Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital (6777 West Maple Road) at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $150, and include your choice of one of her best-selling books plus an opportunity to get it signed by Kate.

"Moms' Night Out with Kate Gosselin" will give Metro Detroiters an opportunity to hear how Kate copes with her big brood. She'll share her "Six Lessons Learned" and "Tips for a Stress Free Home."

This evening event at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy (37635 Dequindre Road) begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38 for general admission gold seating (includes book signing opportunity) and $27 for general admission silver seating. It's the perfect Mother's Day present for Metro Detroit moms, letting them know that no matter how tough and demanding parenting can be sometimes, they can find the right balance to ensure a happy home.

The event is presented by Metro Parent Magazine and Henry Ford Health System. It is sponsored by The Henry Ford museum and 96.3 WDVD-FM.

To purchase tickets or for additional information, visit MetroParentEvents.com or call 248-398-3400, ext. 128.
By Dan Shine
Preservation Magazine

Businesses flourishing along Michigan Avenue in Corktown include O’Connor Real Estate and Development and the adjacent Slows Bar BQ. Owners Ryan and Phil Cooley recently purchased two more buildings down the block and hope to open an entertainment venue there.

Susan Mosey and a cadre of indefatigable Detroit residents gathered for a fundraiser at a historic bowling alley downtown. Meeting within earshot of the Garden Bowl's crashing pins and techno rock were dozens of the city's biggest believers—visionaries who look at abandoned warehouses and see glittering loft apartments, dreamers who drive past weed-choked lots and imagine busy playgrounds. These residents live, eat, and shop downtown despite urban blight, homelessness, high crime, and the absence of major grocery stores. They lead the cheers for the city when so many others offer only boos.

Mosey has an apartment and works nearby in Midtown, a thriving neighborhood anchored by Wayne State University, the Detroit Medical Center, and most of the Motor City's cultural institutions. Often called the district's unofficial mayor (she's president of the University Cultural Center Association, which works to develop and improve the neighborhood), she gestures proudly to the crowd.

"These are all the people who actually do the work," she says. They saved neighborhoods such as Midtown and inner-city Corktown, predicted to die after the Tigers left Tiger Stadium in 1999. They helped rescue historic Brush Park, renovating 1870s mansions so that they no longer provide an enticing backdrop for out-of-town photographers looking to contrast crumbling relics against gleaming glass towers. "These are the people responsible for Detroit's transformation," Mosey says.
Locals like to say that when the country catches a cold, Detroit gets the flu. The city ranks near the top nationally in unemployment, home foreclosures, and crime—as well as in magazine and website rankings of the unhealthiest, fattest, or least livable places (though Detroit gave up the laurels as Forbes.com's "most miserable city" in this year's survey; thank you, Stockton, Calif.).

Automakers and suppliers, vital employers here, face an uncertain future. Thousands of abandoned homes and buildings—estimates range from 60,000 to 85,000—dot the city. And last season the metropolis once dubbed The City of Champions, watched its NFL Lions fumble their way to an 0-16 record, the first time that's ever happened in the league.

Yet despite a fourth-and-long outlook, there are just as many—if not more—reasons to be hopeful.

At the top of the list is the recent $200 million renovation and reopening of the 1924 Book Cadillac Hotel. Shuttered since the early 1980s, it stood downtown—along with the still-abandoned train station—as a symbol of Detroit's downfall.

Now it is often held up as Reason #1 to believe in the city's comeback. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Italian Renaissance-style hotel has more than 60 luxury apartments on the upper floors and elaborate public spaces below.

"All of us hope that this will encourage more responsible renovations in the immediate area," says Karen Nagher, executive director of Preservation Wayne (which will change its name to Preservation Detroit later this year). "There is enormous potential for the adjacent buildings and streets clustered nearby, and this restoration can drive more successes."

Around the same time the Book Cadillac opened, another shuttered hotel on the National Register was reborn. The Fort Shelby, originally opened in 1917, was restored and reopened late last year.

"With the addition of almost 2,000 new luxury hotel rooms to our downtown inventory, Detroit is now in a position to compete for business that we didn't have the capacity to handle before," says Larry Alexander, president and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"This levels the playing field for Detroit against some of our key competitive cities in the Midwest, such as Cleveland and Chicago."

This is an excerpt from Preservation magazine.

Dan Shine, a longtime resident of Detroit's east side, works at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan
By Mike Pomranz

A weekly look at the draft selection in beer-friendly bars across the country.
If your definition of summertime doesn't include barbecue, beer and baseball it's time make some serious corrections to your agenda -- like, with a bright red pen.

In Detroit, those properly schooled in brews amble on over to Slows Bar BQ a joint that caters to fans of all three types of fanatic.

Just a mile or so down the road from Comerica Park and in the shadow of the old Tiger Stadium, Slows is a popular pre- and post-game stop for Tigers fans.

Manager Terry Perrone notes that its primary appeal is the food: "We're a barbecue restaurant first and foremost." Terry isn't stopping suds snobs with a nose for microbrews from slipping through the door, too, though.


With renowned Michigan names like Bell's, Founders and New Holland, Slows has no shortage of local breweries to draw from and stocks as many as possible: of 20 taps Perrone says they try to keep "no less than 14 from Michigan or the region."

Some, such as Great Lakes Grass Roots Ale and Dragonmead Corktown Red, aren't readily available anywhere else. So though Slows puts eats first, Peronne admits, "We see more and more [beer lovers] as the notoriety gets out that we are a great destination to find these local beers."

Check out yesterday's complete draft list after the jump. (Got a fave on the list? Let us know what we should be sipping this summer).

Guinness
Dogfish Aprihop
Arcadia Sky High Rye
Atwater Pilsner
North Coast Brother Thelonious
Great Lakes Burning River
Celes White
Dragonmead Corktown Red
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
Great Lakes Grass Roots Ale
Arcadia Hop Rocket
New Holland Golden Cap
Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA
Motor City Nut Brown
Bell's Oberon
Arcadia Wit Sun (hand pump)
Ommegang Abbey Ale
Ommegang Hennepin
Uncle John's Perry Pear Cider
Victory Prima Pils
Stone Ruination
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Today, festival organizers announced the lineup for the 30th Anniversary of the Detroit International Jazz Festival, Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7, in downtown Detroit.

At a challenging time in Detroit, this year's jazz celebration will serve as a reminder of the greatness of Detroit and its musical soul. Subtitled “Keepin' Up with the Joneses, “ the Detroit Jazz Fest will give a nod to Thad, Elvin and Hank Jones, feature other great jazz families, and continue its recognition of the richness of Detroit's jazz history. “In this case, 'keepin' up' means 'living up' to the greatness of Hank, Elvin and Thad Jones - these important musical giants, and their incredible sense of swing, “ says Detroit Jazz Festival executive director, Terri Pontremoli. “In no way is this your typical family reunion!”

First, there are the “family guys”: 91 year-old Hank Jones, the Clayton Brothers, Dave Brubeck & sons, John & Bucky Pizzarelli, Larry & Julian Coryell, the Heath Brothers, Pete & Juan Escovedo, and Brian Auger and his family. Then, there are the “heirs” (musicians who represent strong family traditions): T.S. Monk with a “tentet” performance of Monk on Monk, and Chuchito Valdes - son and grandson of brilliant pianists Chucho and Bebo.

The homecoming of Detroit's greats brings to the stages vocalist Sheila Jordan, known for her heartbreaking ballads and improvisational lyrics; pianist Geri Allen in a quartet featuring tap dancer Maurice Chestnut as an additional “voice” in the band; Louis Hayes (Cannonball Adderley's original drummer) with his Cannonball Legacy Band; Charles McPherson, known for his work with Mingus; the adventurous Bennie Maupin's Dolphyana--a tribute to Eric Dolphy; drummer Karriem Riggins' Virtuoso Experience with Mulgrew Miller and DJ Madlib; Dee Dee Bridgewater (okay Flint, close enough) with the Michigan State University Big Band; and Marcus Belgrave's Allstar Jazz Ensemble--a reunion of his proteges including Bob Hurst, Geri Allen and Karriem Riggins. Last, but certainly not least, the indefatigable Gerald Wilson, conducting his commissioned work for the festival's 30th anniversary.

Add to that a special treatment of Detroit trumpeter Donald Byrd's jazz-gospel recording A New Perspective - which also gives a festival nod to Blue Note on their 70th, and showcases Sean Jones and other artists from the Mack Avenue label, led by Detroit native Rodney Whitaker. The festival will close with a commissioned “concerto grosso” by John Clayton, written for and performed by the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra and the Clayton Brothers Quintet.

The Clayton Brothers will open the performance with material from their CD Brother to Brother, which honors the amazing brother teams of the Burrells, the Heaths and the Adderleys, to name a few. Detroit Jazz Fest and John Clayton were awarded a prestigious grant from the Joyce Foundation for this special project. Out of the four 2009 Joyce grant recipients in the Midwest, the Detroit Jazz Fest was the only music organization to receive the honor.

“Not everything will be Detroit or family-centric,” says Pontremoli. “We're thrilled to have Chick Corea and his fabulous trio with Stanley (Clarke) and Lenny (White) on opening night. And then, of course, there's Wayne Shorter with John Patitucci, Brian Blade and Danilo Perez...it just doesn't get much better than that!” Festival fans will also be treated to a performance by vibraphonist Stefon Harris, and recently signed Mack Avenue artist Christian McBride will make a return appearance with his new quintet, Inside Straight.

Other cool presentations include a 100th birthday celebration for Benny Goodman by clarinetist extraordinaire Eddie Daniels and the WSU Big Band a; Bottoms Up!, a “superbass” performance by John Clayton, Christian McBride and Rodney Whitaker; and a piano tribute to Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Barry Harris and Milt Jackson by pianist Antonio Ciacca. Outside of jazz, audiences will be treated to appearances by Irma Thomas, the soul queen of New Orleans, Detroit's own gospel sister act, The Clark Sisters, and Motown's very own Contours featuring Sylvester Potts.

Rising star artists in 2009 include vocalist Gretchen Parlato (2004 Thelonious Monk award winner); Alfredo Rodriquez, the stellar pianist recently discovered by Quincy Jones; and vocalist Jose James, who blew the audience away last year as a special guest in the Marvin Gaye tribute.

The Detroit International Jazz Festival will continue to encourage young talent not only by inviting college and high school ensembles to showcase, but by giving them opportunities to perform with jazz veterans.

The Wayne State University Big Band will perform the music of Benny Goodman with clarinetist Eddie Daniels and the Michigan State University Big Band will perform the works of John Clayton with Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Other visiting schools include the Berklee (Boston) Jazz Ensemble, North Carolina Central University Jazz Ensemble and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quartet. Jazz Fest continues its partnership with MSBOA by showcasing outstanding Michigan high school jazz ensembles. And back by popular demand is the KidBop area for the wee-boppers and their parents, with stories, songs and other fun activities.

The Pepsi Jazz Talk Tent will also be full of laughs and stories, with Hank Jones, Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, Bennie Maupin, Louis Hayes and Sheila Jordan. Topics will range from remembering Cannonball to discussing the genius of Elvin Jones, Eric Dolphy, Donald Byrd, and the special piano trademark of Detroit. The tent will also feature a gallery of historic festival photographs in honor of DJF's 30th anniversary.

“As is always the case with this festival, the musicians will be having wonderful reunions, and the ever-hip and amazing Detroit audience will be joining the family in their uniquely enthusiastic and respectful way.”

The festival has been celebrating its 30th anniversary since February through its series, Another Great Day in Detroit. Through collaborations with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Arts, Midsummer Nights in Midtown, the Guardian Building, the Rowland Cafe, and area jazz clubs, the festival is treating Detroit music lovers, showcasing Detroit musicians, and building momentum toward Labor Day Weekend.

The Detroit International Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in North America. It has become a major tourist attraction, with 23% of its audience coming from out of state. It has a $90M economic impact on Detroit and showcases the city in its most positive light.

The festival has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), the Joyce Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. Major corporate sponsors include Chase, Carhartt, Absopure, Mack Avenue Records, DTE Energy, Whole Foods, Citizens Bank, Detroit Medical Center, Solaire, Pepsi, Comcast and Fox 2. In addition, there is a growing base of individual support. “We are extremely grateful to have the support of these institutions and individuals, “ adds Pontremoli. “They are our life blood.”

Nightly after-hour jam sessions will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, the official festival hotel.

New to the festival this year are Phase I of a Greening Program sponsored by DTE Energy and the DJF Maiden Voyage Cruise, presented by Citizens Bank on August 26.
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A knack for journalism and a commitment to the success of minorities in the media are qualities that earned a Detroit high school senior a full-ride scholarship to Central Michigan University. Darnell Lyndon Gardner Jr. of Detroit has been selected to receive CMU's most prestigious journalism scholarship -- an award worth nearly $80,000.

As the 2009 recipient of CMU's Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship, Gardner, a student at Davis Aerospace Technical High School, receives a four-year scholarship covering tuition and room and board. The Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship is named for CMU alumnus and Saginaw native Lem Tucker, who graduated in 1960. Tucker worked for three major television networks and earned two Emmy awards before his death in 1991.

Gardner will be honored May 14 during the Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship and Media Leadership Speaker Series event at the Atheneum Hotel in Detroit's Greektown. The event will feature four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Michele Norris, host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," as keynote speaker.

Gardner, editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, wrote in his application essay, "Journalism, as part of the media, is the best way to further force prejudice out of the American zeitgeist and into the history books. Lem Tucker's work in journalism set a reputable standard for all journalists, minority and non-minority alike. Through print journalism, I hope to advocate for those whose voices are often silenced or overlooked..."

True to his philosophy, Gardner penned an April 2008 Detroit Free Press opinion piece about the state of Detroit's schools, neighborhoods and politics that led one Free Press editor to call him "one of the city's great literary hopes" and to say that Gardner's "voice -- clear, forceful, well reasoned -- was a clarion of sanity at a time of unprecedented craziness in Detroit." Several Detroit media outlets interviewed Gardner about the piece, which received national response.

He went on to serve as a summer apprentice at the Free Press, writing articles and guest blogs, as well as providing photographs, for the paper and its Web site.

"Darnell is a gifted writer and an extremely promising young journalist; he asks the kinds of questions that we all should be asking and will continue to ask them until they're answered," said Diane Krider, interim dean of CMU's College of Communication and Fine Arts. "He will be sure to carry out the Lem Tucker legacy and we are excited to see him excel as a student at Central Michigan University."

Gardner participated in Focus: HOPE's Excel Photography Program and "Focus on the Mission" diversity program, both from 2005 to 2008. He also has attended Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, participated in the Henry Ford Health System high school internship program and was invited to participate in a WXYZ-TV town hall meeting featuring Bill Cosby.

Among Garnder's charitable and philanthropic endeavors are volunteering with such causes as Habitat for Humanity and Motor City Makeover, participating in Health Alliance Plan's charity bowl-a-thon, and providing lawn maintenance for a neighbor.

"Darnell doesn't sit back; he takes action, and his writing is his gift," wrote one mentor in their letter of recommendation. "Very mature for his age, Darnell has a sense of responsibility to his community and given this opportunity he would continue to shine."
By Sheena Harrison
CNN Money

After David Mancini opened Supino Pizzeria eight months ago in downtown Detroit, he quickly came to appreciate a powerful source of word-of-mouth marketing: his fellow business owners. Even those who are potential rivals.

The owners of nearby Russell Street Deli, who sold the pizzeria space to Mancini last year, give Supino menus to their customers and allowed Mancini to test dough recipes in the pizza kitchen before he decided to go into business. Jerry Belanger, a partner with Park Bar in Detroit, has bought rounds of pizza for his patrons and frequently promotes Supino's to the bar crowd.

As a newbie entrepreneur trying to make it, Mancini finds the help essential.

"I don't know where I'd be without it," said Mancini, who has hired seven part-time employees. "We've done pretty well. I'm doing a lot better than I thought I'd ever be doing at this point."

Mancini is part of a community of Detroit entrepreneurs banding together to help each other weather the struggles of running a business. Such cooperation isn't exclusive to Detroit, but local entrepreneurs say having a support system is especially crucial.

"We really want each other to succeed," said Liz Blondy, president of Canine To Five, a dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility in Detroit's midtown.

Blondy is a co-founder of Open City, a small business networking group that gathers monthly. Around 100 people attended the April meeting, at which longtime business owners offered advice on how new companies can navigate Detroit's economy and achieve similar longevity. Among their tips: Keep your overhead low. Detroit's rock-bottom real estate prices help with that -- commercial space is inexpensive and homes can be had for less than $1,000.

"There is no place to open a business where your fixed expenses will be lower than Detroit," said Dave Muer, owner of Blue Pointe Restaurant.

Launching in Detroit
Muer's advice was a welcome tip for Open City attendee Torya Blanchard, the owner of Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes. Blanchard opened her creperie's first location nine months ago, where she now employs four part-time workers. She's planning to soon open a second Detroit outlet and a third in nearby suburb Grosse Pointe Park.

"When you get advice and insight from people who have done business in the city for 10 or 20 years, they can tell you from experience how they got through the rough spots and how to change with the times," Blanchard said.

Open City's co-founder believes Detroit's challenges make the small business community here particularly cohesive.

"Not a day goes by that I don't talk to another small-business owner in Detroit to say, 'Hey, how's it going,' or 'How's business? Is there anything that I can do to help you?'" said Blondy, whose company has 12 employees and had sales of $290,000 last year.

Belanger, who helped Mancini in Supino's infancy, has made it a personal mission to assist new entrepreneurs in town. Most recently, he helped create Detroit Cheers, a local currency circulating among Detroit businesses. Detroit Cheers trade at par with U.S. dollars and are backed up by money in a bank account. The bills, which come in $3 denominations, can be redeemed for cash if turned in to Belanger or his two partners in the currency: Tim Tharp, owner of Grand Trunk Pub, and John Linardos, owner of Motor City Brewing Works.

There are 4,500 Cheers in print, but Belanger said he and his partners are leaking the currency out slowly to keep interest up in the program. Belanger gives the bills out for free to Park Bar customers who promise to use the money at about 20 Detroit businesses that accept the currency.

"It provides new or struggling businesses with revenue they need, and exposes their products to a new customer base," Belanger said. "The point of the program is primarily awareness, togetherness and community. It is more of a social statement than anything."

Lending a hand
For some entrepreneurs, building the local business community means referring customers to potential competitors.

Slow's Bar BQ in Detroit has become a hotspot for regulars craving baby-back ribs or Texas-style beef brisket. The restaurant is so popular that diners wait as long as two hours for a table on a Saturday night.

While Slow's has a bar, co-owner Phil Cooley often refers people to nearby LJ's Lounge, where they can grab drinks until their table is ready. On some busy nights, he points hungry customers to El Barzón instead, a Mexican and Italian restaurant where Cooley frequently dines.

"We want businesses as competition, because in our minds it's about getting more people down here visiting and having a nice time," said Cooley, who expects sales of $3 million for Slow's this year.

Sharing customers is especially helpful in a city that has more than 900,000 residents but few national retail and restaurant chains. "We're so underserved in so many ways, but especially commercially," Cooley said. "So there's plenty of market to share."

When Claire Nelson's home accessories store Bureau of Urban Living doesn't have what a customer is after, she'll often pick up the phone and call Mezzanine or Design 99, two other design stores in town. Nelson, who created Open City with Blondy, says she'd rather steer a buyer toward another independent retailer than lose them to a chain store like Target.

Peer support can be a powerful motivator for new members of Detroit's business community, especially as the city struggles to gain an economic foothold.

"There has to be something that makes people live here, because you have to endure in this town," said Belanger of Park Bar, which opened in 2004. "You have to endure the economy, you have to endure blight. But there's something about Detroit that makes people say it's worth the struggle."

Cooley thinks that "something" is directly related to the struggle. Detroit's turmoil bonds together the entrepreneurs who choose to build their companies there.

"It's exciting to watch people to work together out of necessity to make things work," he said
by Joe O'Connor

The Wings brand is so powerful and the organization so impeccably run that players who could sign anywhere, for almost any price (think: Marian Hossa), take a pay cut just to play in Detroit. Among the many perks, is a fan base with a magic touch.

After Wings forward Johan Franzen scored a hat trick in last year’s Western Conference finals, he arrived home to find his driveway covered in hats.

"I still have them in my garage," the 29-year-old Swede stated. "It's a good healthy relationship between us and the fans."

Last year, during a television interview, goaltender Chris Osgood told the Free Press he had not had a beer in months. Twenty cases of beer miraculously appeared on his front step thereafter. Even head coach Mike Babcock is capable of eliciting kind and creative gestures from the team's supporters.

"I have one fan that sends me country songs all the time,” Babcock said. “He puts the tune it's to and then writes lyrics about the Red Wings. So that keeps me entertained. I read those. I have them piled up on my desk.”
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