The 1990 Trenton High graduate played hockey for the Trojans and is now involved wearing many hats for the Motor City Metal Jackets.
The team, a member of the North American Hockey League, is now playing in a new home, the Kennedy Recreation Center. The Jackets previously called Yack Arena in Wyandotte their home, but have moved to Kennedy this season.
“We know what Trenton is about, how the high school program and the youth program is organized,” Ward said. “And it gives us a better opportunity to succeed in that kind of environment.”
The NAHL consists of players ages 16-20 hoping to play hockey either professionally or collegiately. Other Michigan teams from Alpena, Flint and Traverse City play in the league’s North Division (along with one from Janesville, Wis. The Jackets also step outside of their division to face teams from Alaska, California, Washington and Texas.
The Jackets play five games on home ice in October and four in November.
Aside from being a true national league, it’s also the oldest Junior-A league in the country. Current Detroit Red Wings Jimmy Howard, Brian Rafalski and Brent Lebda are NAHL alumni, as are many others throughout the NHL.
The team also has some homegrown flavor, too, with seven players calling Downriver their home. But the rest of the roster includes players from across the country and one (forward Mitsuyoshi Konno) from Japan.
Because hockey is so popular locally, and because the Metal Jackets are grateful for the chance to play out of Trenton, they are providing every player from the Trenton and Grosse Ile youth hockey associations free season tickets.
“We think that’s the least we can do,” Ward said. “Even though we’re Motor City, we’re a Downriver team. We invite everyone out to see us, and to expect a high level of hockey.”
A Japanese businessman who recently relocated to the Detroit area, Yamada is a big hockey enthusiast, having supported the sport internationally for many years.
Games can also been seen on the B2 Sports Network, a pay-per view-network offering viewing access to anyone with a computer.
Sure, I loved the Bucket List. But to me that story was really about doing things rather than accomplishing things. So I put together a list of things that I thought would be great if they came true — hopefully long before the bucket is kicked!
Wouldn’t It Be Great If…
1. Because of a newspaper, someone decided to move their family or business to town?
2. Your child made someone’s day?
3. You built it and they came?
4. Something you said, did or wrote positively motivated someone?
5. You inspired someone’s belief in God?
6. Your kids felt it was their duty to help others?
7. You shared an idea that helped someone else succeed?
8. Your friends were happier because you listened?
9. Your laughter was infectious?
10. You moved someone by your art, talent or craft?
11. Your words healed someone?
12. Every day you could enjoy your job?
Sure I’d still like to get to Australia, and maybe the Czech Republic one day, but for now, wouldn’t it be great if I got 100 percent on my WIBG list? I’d love to hear what might be on your list! www.facebook.com/trentontrib .
Kathy Kane is co-publisher and business manager for the Trenton Trib. Email her at email@example.com.
The description on their Facebook page says The Respectables are, “Four guys who write cool songs, complete with catchy hook-filled guitar riffs that stick deep into your brain.
“Oh, and they really rock!”
And this homegrown Detroit band is getting its fair share of respect as well with its 2008 CD “Sibley Gardens” on five “Best of 2008” lists, with the song “When You Come Back Around” featured on NBC’s hit show “Mercy” last November.
The Respectables features the talents of Nick Piunti (vocals, guitar), Joey Gaydos (lead guitar, vocals), Dan Oestrike (bass guitar, vocals) and Donn Deniston (drums, vocals). As Piunti puts it, they’re a local band grounded here in the Detroit area with families and other commitments, and they find that their music offers them a great outlet because they have “something to say” through their music.
Though they all come from different backgrounds musically, Piunti stressed that “Everybody brings something to it, and it works.”
He says that coming together as The Respectables produces a unique powerpop, rock, classic rock sound, combined with their own fresh elements and melodic perspective that they wouldn’t otherwise have on their own.
They released their self-titled debut album “The Respectables” in 2005, followed by the release “Sibley Gardens” in November of 2008. That album title is named after Trenton’s restaurant of the same name, owned by Piunti’s family, and suggested by band member Joey Gaydos.
Piunti notes that the band spends hours in the studio together recording and playing as one, producing a sound that is real; this old-school process “captures the heart and soul of the music,” he said, and it translates into something authentic for the listener. In addition, Piunti gives credit to Geoff Michael of Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor, who works his magic and makes the final product really “come to life” as a recorded piece.
To learn more about the “The Respectables” or to purchase their music, visit their official Website at www.myspace.com/therespectables, or follow them on Facebook. To contact them, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former player George Ghindia’s tribute to Jack Castignola,
Elizabeth Park, Trenton, MI. 48183
The Trenton City Council recognized the positive achievements of the members of the Trenton Community Garden group at its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 20.
District Judge James Kersten congratulated the group on a job well done. “This is a great community project,” Kersten said. “On behalf of the 33rd District Court, nice job!”
The Trenton Community Garden yielded 2,511 pounds of produce, and donated all of the proceeds to the Trenton Food Pantry and St. Philip Food Pantry. The garden is 100 percent organic.
Councilwoman Timber Baun-Crooks recognized the Round House, a new Trenton business, as being a fantastic barbecue restaurant. “The Round House is a great place to eat; I really hope they make it,” she said.
“Victory Day” at the Trenton High School football field also was discussed at the meeting. “Victory Day” provided 48 physically and mentally challenged children with the opportunity to score touchdowns on the football field. The council congratulated Parks & Recreation Director Pat Hawkins on doing such a great job on announcing for the event.
Hawkins said Victory Day “was all about community. This was something totally different, no one knew what to expect out of the day. If you didn’t have a good time, you had nobody to blame but yourself. In fact, I don’t know anyone who didn’t have a good time. Victory Day was certainly one fine example of something that makes us such a great community.”
Hawkins added that Trenton Rotary was a huge part of the event, providing funds to sponsor medals for everyone who participated.
At the Oct. 4 meeting, the Council discussed alcohol license approval at the Kennedy Recreation Center. The measure approved by a 5-2 vote with councilwomen Baun-Crooks and MaryEllen McLeod casting the dissenting votes. Mayor Gerald Brown said he was upset the two council members for voting “no” after previously voicing support for the action.
Also, the use of a grant of $26,000 for shoreline improvements and habitat planning at Ellias Cove was approved by the council.
TRIB NOTES/ Tell a good friend you’re starting up a new business in Michigan and you’ll usually get a concerned look that in most cases should probably be interpreted as a highly skeptical, “Good luck with that.”
Tell someone you’re working on project that involves expanding and enhancing a fledgling community newspaper and the look of concern often turns to one of disbelief.
“Really. Are you serious? … Good luck with that.”
Trust me, there were times when I too thought the idea of starting a hometown newspaper — amid a climate of shrinking daily newspaper editions and declining ad dollars directed toward print — sounded, well, frankly, kinda nuts.
Enter Kathy Kane, who, a little over a year ago, had an inspiration to start a newspaper because she thought it would be nice for Trenton to have its own hometown publication.
Eschewing the critics and naysayers who said it “couldn’t be done” or, at the very least “wasn’t a real bright idea,” Kathy said, simply, “I’m doin’ it.”
And she did, launching the Trenton Tribute last September. With virtually no newspaper career experience and limited knowledge of the industry, she had managed to get her first issue on the streets within a matter of a few months of making her bold pronouncement.
Admittedly being one of the people from the “not-a-bright-idea” camp, I couldn’t help but be impressed by Kathy’s determination to find a way to make it work.
Whatever she lacked in general newspaper background she made up for with her Internet marketing skills and her expertise on how to effectively utilize Web-based social media such as Facebook , Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn, expanding newspaper’s reach well beyond the more old-school, stand-alone print editions.
It was no longer about rehashing an old idea and reviving a relic from the past. It was about taking a great tradition and molding it into something new and vibrant — with the help of all the interface options the Apple/Google New World Order of Communications has to offer.
It was actually starting to sound like fun — a new twist on something I had always loved to do. So, after months of discussions on what the potential could be if we teamed up, we came up with a way we could pool our efforts to enhance the product and bring it to you monthly instead of every other month — plus online at the freshly launched trentontrib.com, and with regular updates via our email list, our pages on Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as through posts to our Twitter account.
Will it survive long-term? Will it make money? While I hope the answer to both is “yes,” I really don’t know for sure. No one does. But, if knowing the answers to those questions were a prerequisite to starting a business, probably the large majority of the businesses operating today would never have opened their doors in the first place. For a venture such as this, those are really the wrong questions to ask. The proper questions should be, “Will it add value to the community?” and, “Will I enjoy doing it?”
As Michigan moves forward, if we hope to attain that elusive “diversified economy” we keep talking about in largely hypothetical terms from one recession to the next, we need more people like Kathy Kane, who are willing to take the calculated risk to do something new and creative even if it doesn’t necessarily come with any guarantees. You call that, “The right thing to do.”
Email Joe Hoshaw at email@example.com