BY JOHN ROBERT
Trenton recently welcomed another unique business to West Road, and this one is truly making the street shine.
All That Glass moved to Trenton from its previous location on North Line Road in Southgate, and owner Karen Birdwell said she was glad to bring the business to Trenton because of her attachment to the city.
“It’s Trenton,” she exclaimed with a smile and arms out as if to ask, “What isn’t there to like?” “My whole life, my grandmother lived in Trenton, and I’ve always had a soft spot for Trenton,” she said.
BY JOHN ROBERT
Since hockey is a sport that had a major international presence long before most other sports started staging games in London or creating “classics,” the job of being an anthem singer for a hockey game seems to have taken on a special significance.
Given this, many NHL teams have also adopted using a single anthem singer, rather than finding someone different for each game.
Karen Newman, the “Voice of the Red Wings,” has been the franchise’s anthem singer for 14 years, and recently visited Legends 1926 Bar & Grill as part of the owner’s plan to bring in one celebrity a month to help generate new followers for the new family oriented nightspot situated high above the ice at Kennedy Recreation Center.
By John Robert
The story of Community Bible Church, now located at 3700 Benson Road, where Taylor Elementary School used to be, begins nearly 12 years ago.
Pastor Ken Brown and his family, along with three other families, were sent out from a Flat Rock church to found a new congregation. The congregation, which only amounted to 11 people, focused immediately on getting its name out. [Read more…]
By John Robert
Throughout its history Trenton Rotary Club has organized numerous events and activities — some more memorable than others.
One event held last year to help kick off the PNC Roar on the River still has people talking. The club transformed its annual Taste of the Races preview party into “Pirate Night,” with many revelers dressing in pirate garb and participating in pirate-themed events and contests.
The success of the event even earned the club some special recognition at its recent district conference. Rotary District 6400, which includes about 50 clubs from southeast Michigan and Southern Ontario, honored the club with a Club Service Award for its “Innovative Social Event.”
“They recognized Trenton Rotary for adding a new component to a long-running event,” said Ronnie Ruelle, a longtime member who takes over as club president July 1.
But for those who enjoyed the pirate theme of last year’s Roar kickoff evening, the really good news is that the club intends to do it again when the next Taste of the Races is held Friday, July 19.
Previously, “Hawaiian attire” was the principal wardrobe feature of the evening. The pirate theme has opened up several new avenues for creativity — as demonstrated by last year’s most enthusiastic participants.
“We were surprised by the amount of people who got into it,” Ruelle said. “It exceeded our expectations. And that includes the restaurants that participated.”
The change in theme generated new excitement because it allowed people to really dress up and show off their costume. With the pirate craze that is still occurring, in films and elsewhere, it invited families to have fun while they spent a summer evening in Elizabeth Park near the waterfront.
For the restaurants that provide the food for the event, the theme also resulted in added creativity in the menu and the serving table decorations.
“Restaurants like it because it gives them a theme, and they can work on that instead of having to figure out which direction they want to go,” Ruelle said. On top of that, it makes all the hard work more fun. They decorate their booths with pirate gear, and many dressed up themselves to be part of the theme. Some even customized their menus to reflect the pirate theme.
All of that adds up to a good time for both the restaurants and the partygoers alike.
Ruelle, who has coordinated restaurant participations the last several years, finds that once restaurants have participated in the event, they are typically eager to return. Encouraged to bring any coupons or information they want to hand out, such as menus, the businesses have a great opportunity to make many more people aware of what they have to offer.
This year, Ruelle is predicting there will be more than 35 restaurants. This is more than have participated in the last few years, and makes the $35 ticket price seem like a real value at about $1 (or less!) per restaurant.
“There is always a good variety, so you can try what you like — and we’ve never run out of food,” Ruelle said.
Taste of the Races will run from 6:30-9 p.m., and a ticket also includes two drinks.
Tickets can be purchased all around the city, including Trenton City Hall, 2800 Third St.; Jocks & Associates at 3630 West Road; Drs. Jackson, Snider & Parker at 254 West Road; and Mans Lumber at 3300 W. Jefferson Ave.
Although it is $35 for a single ticket, tickets may be purchased in blocks of 10 or more for $30 each. Tickets will also be sold on the day of the event for $40.
Rotary is looking forward to providing a night that offers something for everyone — whether attired as a pirate or not. Along with the wide assortment of food, the evening includes a limbo contest and best pirate and wench costumes, plus live music on the riverfront. With all those ingredients, Ruelle and the Rotary expect to again kick of the Roar weekend superbly — or should that be sup-arrrrrrr-bly?
Trenton’s Parks and Recreation Department recently unveiled its new Master Plan, which will define the department’s goals for the next five years.
The plan was more than a project for a few isolated groups. The Parks and Recreation Department, along with the corresponding Parks and Recreation Commission, a volunteer resident board, called upon as many other residents as they could to get input.
Bud Ennis, one of the members of the commission, described the process that led to the final document as very involved. The commission, along with Joann Perna, head of the Parks and Recreation Department, organized a survey that could be taken online, or in written form upon request. [Read more…]
By John Robert
This spring, when the New Jersey Devils were down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals, young Liam Bazner, 6, drew up some pictures for Trenton native Devils defenseman Andy Greene. The pictures were of Andy sporting his “playoff beard.”
Greene’s mother, Linda, who was going on a flight to watch Andy play in New Jersey, took the drawings with her, and delivered them to her son. The Devils won that Game 5, and, though they lost the series, Liam and his parents believe his pictures were a lucky token.
Liam’s parents, Jim and Julie, are Trenton residents, and all three of their sons — Brayden, Liam and Patrick — are active in the hockey community, including participating in Greene’s summer hockey school at the Kennedy Recreation Center.
In fact, on Patrick’s birthday, he and Liam got to go golfing with Andy and their father. Though young, nothing stops the three boys from getting onto the ice: Jim Bazner said Liam went for his first skate at age 3. [Read more…]
By John Robert
For most people, the new year brings happy perspective and reflection on the year passed as well as exciting prospects for the coming 12 months.
However, for caregivers — especially to elderly family members — it can be a difficult time, as they wonder how much longer they might have with their family while also dealing with guilt for feeling overburdened and unappreciated for all they do.
It was for these people that a workshop and retreat was held last month at Trenton Veterans Memorial Library.
Nancy Coman, who works with the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency and has a background in gerontology and dealing with diseases like dementia, described the goal of the workshop: “I’m always an advocate of taking care of ourselves. We will go over some coping techniques, and take some time to get away and relax.”
It was held in December because the holiday season is often one of the most stressful times of the year for caregivers, and, thus, Coman felt it would be a good time to refresh caregivers’ memories that they have to make time for themselves.
She organized the event with funding from the Senior Alliance, a non-profit agency that aims to preserve independence for older adults as well as support caregivers. Gloria Miller, supervisor for the information services call center of the agency, said the center gets more calls from caregivers who find themselves overburdened and unable to continue than from other seniors. [Read more…]
By John Robert
For six years now the Beverage Express, 1637 West Road, has been building a reputation as a quality provider of a wide selection of beer, wine and liquor, as well as various food items.
A few people, however, may still remember the location under its former name and ownership, which had gained a reputation for selling to minors. Current owner Gus Azar said overcoming the perception left behind by Four Star Market was difficult, but tremendous progress has been made.
“It had a bad reputation,” he said. “They even sold to high schoolers from all over. [Read more…]
By John Robert
For Roy Parker, hockey equipment has become a way of life. As owner of Playmaker Pro Shop II in the Kennedy Recreation Center, he offers a full suite of services for nearly every piece of equipment a hockey player owns.
His services range from skate sharpening and stretching to pad and jersey repair to glove repalming, among others. The shop also sells high school varsity jackets, a particularly popular offering during the holiday season.
Parker has been in the business of hockey supplies and equipment maintenance for more than 25 years, beginning with a small storefront on Biddle Avenue in Wyandotte. However, he didn’t really immerse himself into the business until he opened his store in the Ice Box Sports Center in Brownstown Township. [Read more…]