The Deadline

Apostle partners Denis Leary and Jim Serpico have come aboard as executive producers of Burn, a feature documentary about the city of Detroit seen through the eyes of its firefighters.

The pair behind the FX firefighter drama Rescue Me have launched a campaign on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter to seek finishing financing for the docu, which centers on the struggle of the men and women charged with the task of saving a city many have written off.

Burn will be co-directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez and is targeting the 2012 festival season.

“This film will help raise the public’s awareness to the work firefighters around the country do, as well as the sacrifices they make, particularly in these times of severe budget cuts,” Leary said.

The filmmakers are offering products and experiences to entice Kickstarter donors, including a Boardwalk Empire set visit and an autographed helmet signed by the Rescue Me cast. So far, Burn has been funded via grants and donations from the likes of GM and Apple. A portion of the film’s proceeds will go to The Leary Firefighters Foundation to purchase equipment for the Detroit Fire Department.
Achatz Catering and Soup is partnering with The Detroit Lions to Do the Most Good in metro Detroit by helping to collect clean, new and gently used coats in support of the 21st annual Lions Coat Drive, benefiting The Salvation Army, on Thanksgiving Day.

 From now through November 24, collection bins will be at Achatz Catering and Soup, in Casco, MI, as well as eight Achatz Handmade Pie Co. retail locations in Armada, Chesterfield Township, Shelby Township, Oxford, Sterling Heights, Beverly Hills, Ann Arbor and Troy. Bins can also be found at Achatz Burgers in St. Clair Shores, and Achatz Riverview Restaurant in St. Clair, MI. For a listing of addresses, please visit,, or Achatz Burgers at 24605 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.

For each coat donated at an Achatz Handmade Pie Co. location, participants will receive a free slice of pie; for donations made at Achatz Catering and Soup, participants will receive a free pint of soup. All donations to Achatz Burgers will receive a Free Mini Burger, and all coats donated to Achatz Riverview Restaurant will receive a free homemade cookie.

“Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how much we all have and appreciate the gifts we have been given,” said Steve Achatz, owner of Achatz Catering and Soup. “We are participating in the Lions Coat Drive this year in this spirit of giving and encourage everyone to join with us to help keep our neighbors warm.”

All coats collected will be delivered by Achatz representatives to the Detroit Lions’ 72nd Thanksgiving Day game in a 32-foot Lions Fan Bus.

 This year’s Lions Coat Drive is sponsored by Pepsi in association with The Salvation Army, WXYZ-Channel 7 and 97.1 The Ticket.
Deck the halls, the hearth, and the home with Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery this holiday season. The annual Earthy Treasures holiday show, which is open now through Dec. 30, will showcase the Snowflake Collectible Ornaments series and work from over 100 ceramic artists.

Pewabic also offers other great holiday items such as their hand painted star tiles, pinecone vases, 12 Days of Christmas ornaments and much more.

“This is a perfect exhibit to find one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones.” said Terese Ireland, executive director of Pewabic Pottery. “We especially have some great gifts for Detroit supporters, near and far.”

 Pewabic will also host a Holiday Shopping Evening on Dec. 14. Guests will enjoy an evening of shopping, refreshments, gift giveaways, new additions to Pewabic’s giftware collection and works by more than 80 ceramic artists. Additional specials for Pewabic Society members will be available.

Metro Detroiters can also pick up Pewabic gifts at the Christmas Wonderfest in Campus Martius Park from Nov. 18-27 and at downtown Rochester’s Kris Kringle Market on Dec. 2-3. A limited selection of Pewabic gifts will be available at both events.

 Pewabic Pottery is a non-profit arts and cultural organization and National Historic Landmark which is dedicated to engaging people of all ages in learning experiences with contemporary ceramic art and artists while preserving its historic legacy.

Pewabic is a historic working pottery which is open to the public year round and offers classes, workshops and tours to children and adults. Pewabic creates giftware, pottery and architectural tile, showcases more than 80 ceramic artists in its galleries, and operates a museum store that features pottery and gift tile made on-site.

Visitors are welcome, free of charge, Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. To learn more about Pewabic Pottery call (313) 626-2000 or visit

Pewabic Pottery is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit across the street from Waterworks Park.
Join Us for our 8th annual pre-Holiday shopping event taking place Saturday, November 26th! in Detroit.  Shop Detroit is an event that encourages shoppers to purchase products, services and gifts at Detroit retail locations.

Detroit Synergy member-volunteers created Shop Detroit eight years ago specifically to promote the often-overlooked retail attractions available to shoppers in Downtown Detroit and surrounding neighborhoods. This event is designed to appeal to shoppers from all over the Metro Detroit area. The project also strives to educate the growing numbers of downtown retailers in how important it is to have a coherent merchant community.

This year, Detroit Synergy is partnering with Small Business Saturday.  Small Business Saturday, which falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, is a national movement to drive consumers to shop at local merchants during the heaviest shopping weekend of the year. American Express, the founding sponsor of Small Business Saturday, created the movement in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. Small Business Saturday started in 2010 in response to small business owners most pressing need: more demand for their products and services. There will be giveaways and a lot of fun in the city! Support local and shop small!

Small Business Saturday
You can pre-register to let us know you are joining us here, Shop Detroit pre-registration. Day of registration will take place at the Inside Detroit Welcome Center from 9:30am - 4pm.  Shoppers will receive a full list of retailers, specials and other products that will make this shopping experience a happy one.

Participating Merchants

    Avalon International Breads
    Bob's Classic Kicks
    Byblos Cafe & Grill
    Canine to Five
    Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Museum Store
    City Bird
    Curl Up & Dye
    Detroit Artists Market
    Detroit Community Acupuncture
    Detroit Historical Museum Store
    Detroit Institute of Arts
    DJenne African Imports
    Donna D
    Flo Boutique
    Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes
    Good People Popcorn
    GoodWells Natural Foods Market
    Hilal Books & Imports
    Hockeytown Café and Gift Shop
    John King Books
    Jos. A. Banks
    Leopold's Books
    Little Foxes Fine Gifts
    Marian's Market
    Marwil Bookstore
    Motor City Brewing Works
    Park Shelton
    Peacock Room
    People's Records & Collectibles
    Pure Detroit Downtown
    Pure Detroit GM Collection
    Revolution Books
    Rosa's Fashions
    Showtime Detroit
    Simmons & Clark Jewelers
    Sinful Sweets
    Sole Sisters
    Spiral Collective/Dell Pryor Gallery
    Spiral Collective/Source Books
    Spiral Collective/Tulani Rose
    The Big Book Store
    The Black Dress
    The Hub of Detroit
    The Majestic Cafe/Sgt. Pepperoni's
    The Max M. Fisher Music Center
    The Nest
    The Runaway (Mark England Showroom)
    The Woodhouse Day Spa
    Traffic Jam & Snug
    Utrecht Art Supplies
    WSU Bookstore/Cafe/Barnes & Noble

Volunteer Needed
DSG is gearing up for the 2011 Shop Detroit. Shop Detroit gives you the experience of shopping in the city while at the same time supporting city merchants.   If you are interested in volunteering in the development of the 2011 Shop Detroit, please email OR


 Sporting News

The fans have spoken and Detroit has been voted the Best Sports City of all time in Sporting News’ fan bracket, with a monstrous victory over Chicago.

Fifth-seeded Detroit did not have an easy path, but it did knock off fourth-seeded Montreal in the quarterfinals in a battle of hockey towns.
Tigers ace Justin Verlander won the Cy Young Award this week and Detroit has been voted the Best Sports City of all-time in the Sporting News' fan bracket.

Then the Motor City pulled the big surprise, upsetting Sporting News’ Best Sports City and the No. 1 seed, New York, before dusting off the Windy City in the final.

The Red Wings are the team Detroit is best known for nowadays, but the city that brought us the Motown sound has much more than just hockey.

The Pistons were a force in the NBA's Eastern Conference in the 1990s and won a title in 2004.

The Tigers made the World Series in 2006 and lost in the American League Championship Series this year. Detroit is also the home to one of the most dominant pitchers in the game today in Justin Verlander, who won the American League Cy Young this week and could possibly win the AL MVP award next week.

The Lions look like an up-and-coming NFL team with the Matthew Stafford-Calvin Johnson duo.

And of course, the Red Wings are perennial contenders.

SN's final Great Sports Debate will be held in December: the all-125th anniversary teams by sport.

Click HERE to see the final results!
The Independent  

Long regarded as a synonym for urban decay, the battered city of Detroit has begun to flex its economic muscles again. But the process of regeneration is only just beginning, reports David Usborne

Anyone who thinks Detroit will never again be anything but a synonym for urban decay need only read the minutes of a recent City Council meeting, where members authorised the repair of 5,000 street lights at a cost of $750,000 (£475,000). There are thousands more such lights in need of repair, yes. But something is underway. The headline practically writes itself: the lights are coming back on in Motor City.

It is crime, often conducted under cover of darkness, that more than anything else has hollowed out Detroit, home of the Model-T and Motown. Between 2000 and 2010 its population fell 25 per cent, according to census numbers. Entire blocks became derelict and strewn with weeds. Add corruption, joblessness and poverty and it seemed there were no depths Detroit could not plumb.

Detroiters are leery of come-back boosterism. Ten years after the 1967 riots that more than any other event set this city on the path to purgatory, they said the building of the shiny Renaissance Centre by the Ford Company on the river front would provide a boost. Hopes rose again when the Super Bowl came here in 2006, but then the Big Three car companies hit a wall only to be saved by a controversial bailout from Washington and new rounds of plant closures and lay-offs.

There are still plenty of frightening statistics. Of the 702,000 now living here – from 2 million in 1950 – a third exist below the poverty line and unemployment runs above 14 per cent. But there are better numbers too, in the economy, changing demographics, even in sports. The car makers are profitable again and in baseball, football and ice hockey, Detroit has had a thrilling few weeks of winning – a big deal because all the major teams play downtown. All of this leads to a spurt in something much harder to measure: spirit.

"Are you kidding? We are in a huge upwards surge and it's because the people really want to support the city exactly because it has been through such hard times," insists Renee Adams Schulte, 57, who recently had dinner with her friend at Roast, a high-end eatery with décor and prices that would not be out of place in Manhattan. A native of the mostly upscale suburb of Grosse Pointe, she has long made a point of coming into Detroit's downtown to support it.

"When I was a kid I used to get on the bus with my friends to go shopping in Detroit," Ms Adams Schulte, who runs a women's rowing club, recalls. "Would I have put my (now grown-up) kids on the bus to downtown? I don't think so! But now new businesses are coming back. There are all the galleries and the stores and the restaurants and it's great."

Some of the new pride was captured in a Chrysler commercial in this year's Super Bowl broadcast. Featuring local rap king Eminem, it was a celebration of the city's grit. "What does a town that has been to Hell and back know about the finer things in life?" the narrator asks. "Well, I will tell ya... it's the hottest fires that make the hardest steel." The tagline read: "Imported from Detroit." A huge banner draped down the side of a downtown building today declares: "Outsource to Detroit". It's a not too subtle message that Detroit won't take it from Japan and Korea any more.

Click HERE the read the rest of this article.

This issue of Boat Magazine found us in Detroit, Michigan. The auto industry collapse and the housing crisis hit Detroit hard. In the last decade 25% of its population has left leaving about 60,000 houses standing empty. These houses are hotbeds for crime, vandalism, and arson, all of which cause the surrounding property values to plummet and the local schools to decline and eventually close which in turn causes more residents to leave the city. It’s a horrible cycle, one that has attracted the media in droves.
The thing is, they’re only telling part of the story.

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Issue Two - See it Through from Boat Studio on Vimeo.
Associated Press

Detroit's Justin Verlander has become the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to win a Most Valuable Player award, adding it to his Cy Young Award last week.

Verlander earned the American League MVP honor Monday, receiving 13 of 28 first-place votes and 280 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was second with 242 points, followed by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista with 231 points.

"It was such a relief to get that phone call," Verlander said in an ESPN "SportsCenter" interview minutes after the announcement. "Obviously, I want to say it's a dream come true, but winning the Cy Young was a dream come true."

Verlander went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts to take the AL pitching triple crown. He is the first pitcher to win MVP since Oakland's Dennis Eckerlsley in 1992 and the first starter since Boston's Roger Clemens in 1986.

"(The MVP) means so much, I couldn't have even dreamt of it," he told ESPN.