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2012 Nissan Leaf

August 2011

Reservations for the 2012 Nissan LEAFTM have now been opened in more states across the country. They include, CA, WA, OR, TN, HA, TX, AS, MS, AL, IL, FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, MD and Washington D.C. If you live in any of these states, you can just go to the Nissan LEAFTM website and click “reserve”. Once you reserve, you’ll automatically be able to request a quote from a Nissan dealer and place your order. the 2012 Nissan LEAFTM features upgrades based on feedback from early LEAFTM drivers, such as making quick charging and cold-weather features standard. to find out about all the markets the Nissan LEAFTM is expanding to, and to learn more about the various feature upgrades.

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Wildcats Football Wins Showdown

After making it to the Division 1 state championship last fall, the Plymouth Wildcats football team opened the 2011 season Saturday with a 47-13 win over Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central.

The match was a part of the Big Day Prep Showdown at Eastern Michigan University, a three-day event run by the nonprofit Detroit Sports.

Senior running back Dante Fox started the team on the right track, running 59 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the first possession.

“That got me hyped up,” Fox said after the game Saturday. “I was dreaming about it all night. I could’t sleep because I was thinking about the game. The one thing I wanted to do was, on my first run, score to set the tone for the team.”

Plymouth held Catholic Central scoreless until the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats’ next game is Thursday at Howell High School.

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Crowds expected for inaugural Hines Drive cruise

Don Nicholson has done his share of car shows and cruises, but he has to admit that he’s “blown away by the day” by the response to next Sunday’s inaugural Cruisin’ Hines Drive.

“I’ve been told that this will be the Dream Cruise of Wayne County,” the Westland resident said of the Aug. 28 event. “I’ve had more hits to print the registration form on the website that there should be 5,000 cars bumper to bumper from Ann Arbor Trail to Outer Drive.”

Hines Park will be closed Sunday, Aug. 28 to “normal” traffic from Westland to Dearborn, and that section of roadway will be limited to classic cars and hot rods. A classic is any car that is 25 years and older, while a hot rod is anything that is modified, said Nicholson, the cruise organizer.

The event is drawing interest from in and around the metropolitan area as well as outstate and out of state. Inquires have come from Lansing, London, Ontario and Ohio.
“People seem to really like it because it’s the only cruise where you’ll see just classic cars and hot rods,” Nicholson said.

Nicholson is asking cruisers to download the registration form at and fill it out in advance to make registration move faster at the Nankin Mills pavilion on cruise day. All cars will have to enter and register at the Ann Arbor Trail entrance. There is no charge for registration.

Spectators will enter at Merriman, Telegraph and Warrendale. All three of the pavilions in those areas will be free to spectators during the cruise. Vendors will set up in those areas, and several car clubs have rented locations “to do their thing,” said Nicholson.

“The bike path will be open so people can still ride their bikes,” said Nicholson. “There will be cars along the route so we ask people to be kinds to the cars, if they’re on their bikes.”

There will be parades of one brand or model of car in single file on the hour and Henry’s Field in the Nankin Mills area is reserved for all pre-1931 vehicles. The Motorsports Hall of Fame will have Kenny Bernstein’s top fuel funny car on display and the original Monkeemobile and Ghostbuster car will also be there.

The Six Foot Poles will perform from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the band stand in the Nankin Mills area. It’s sponsored by Gordon Chevrolet. WOMC will be doing live remote feeds from the same stage from 2 to 6 p.m.

“Six Foot Poles was the cruise band for Cruisin’ Michigan Avenue and for my Wayne Skills Center car show,” said Nicholson. “I think they’ve become the official car show and cruise band.”

Mixed in with the vendors will be charitable groups like the Wayne Rotary Club, which will be doing fundraising for Fallen Soldiers. They’re being sponsored by Tennyson Chevrolet.

Nicholson wants to see the public come down and watch what he says will be a “moving car show.” He would love to see 15,000 cars come for the cruise, While he doesn’t think he’ll see that for the inaugural event, he “would like to make Hines Drive into one big traffic jam.”

“The park lends itself to this; it’s so natural,” he said. “I wish I had done this sooner.”

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Tuesday’s Earthquake in Virginia was felt all the way in Michigan

WASHINGTON — A 5.9-magnitude earthquake rattled a wide swath of the eastern US Tuesday, forcing at least partial evacuations of the US Capitol building and White House in Washington, D.C. as well as the Pentagon in Virginia.

The earthquake’s epicenter was 87 miles (140km) southwest of the capital near Mineral, Va., the US Geological Survey said. It struck at 1:51pm ET at a depth of 3.7 miles (5.6km). There were no tsunami warnings issued after the quake.

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The earthquake, which was originally reported as a 5.8-magnitude, could also be felt as far away as New York City, Michigan and Toronto, reports said.

Flights out of John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports were halted after their control towers were evacuated by the Federal Aviation Administration as a precaution, a Port Authority spokesman told The Wall Street Journal. FOX News Channel reported that New York’s LaGuardia Airport remained functioning.

Cell phone service in and around Washington, D.C., was reportedly disrupted after the tremor. The rattling was strong enough that pictures hanging in the Capitol building reportedly fell from the walls, FOX News Channel reported.

The quake was also reportedly felt on Martha’s Vineyard, the island off Massachusetts where President Barack Obama is vacationing with his family.

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, posted on Twitter a description of the strength of the quake as felt from his building at the university.

“I thought the Pavilion would collapse — seriously,” he wrote. “At first I thought it was an explosion. Pavilion IV on Lawn was swaying. Cracks here and there, broken window panes.”

“My first thought was that a plane had crashed into the Lawn,” he wrote. “It was that violent. But it went on too long.”

New York City Hall was also evacuated, the New York Post reported.

The Wall Street Journal reported lamps shaking, computer monitors bouncing and other furniture moving for roughly 10 seconds at its headquarters on Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

The Journal reported that there have been no reported disruptions to New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority service as a result of the earthquake. Washington residents, however, were reporting delays to DC public transportation as well as Amtrak service.

Also in New York, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. had just opened a press conference to speak about the dismissal of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sex assault case when the quake hit. Officials flanking the top prosecutor appeared to lose their footing and, along with members of the press, began to evacuate the briefing room.

Aftershocks were reportedly felt in New York City and Boston shortly after the initial quake.

Officials could not immediately confirm reports that two Virginia nuclear plants were undamaged, but taken offline, after the earthquake.

The quake epicenter is reportedly just 13 miles (21km) from the North Anna nuclear facility, on shores of Lake Anna, in central Virginia.

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THIS Friday and Saturday the Victory Demo Truck is HERE!

The Nissan LEAF IS Here today!!

The Nissan LEAF will be on display TODAY, Tuesday, August 23 at
Dick Scott Nissan
42175 Michigan Ave, Canton, MI 48188

Come by for this
ALL DAY Nissan LEAF Event*
From 10am – 6pm!

Come see the Nissan Leaf in-person! You will have an opportunity to explore it from the inside out and see all the LEAF has to offer!

Despite Storm, Crowds Still Come Out to Woodward

Fans of the Woodward Dream Cruise weren’t deterred by the strong storms that rolled through Saturday afternoon, as hundreds of cruise fans packed the sides of Woodward Avenue Saturday night, watching the increasing number of cars still cruising despite the official closure of the Dream Cruise.

Birmingham Police Sgt. Michael Albrecht, the officer in charge of Cruise shutdown for Birmingham, said he called nine of his regular officers back in after the storms cleared up. Combined with the 12 auxillary officers, the police will continue to patrol Woodward Avenue on foot and bike.

Albrecht said Birmingham police aren’t encouraging anyone to go home, despite the closure of the Cruise after massive power outages struck Royal Oak, Berkley, Beverly Hills and parts of Birmingham after the storm. By 9:30 p.m., 950 DTE customers in Birmingham were still without power, though most were clustered in the southwestern corner of the city. Most of the homes without power borders Beverly Hills, where the majority of the outages occured.

Glen and Laurie Heuer and Barbara and Frank Carlesimo, all from Sterling Heights, were parked in their chairs in the 555 triangle around 7 p.m. Saturday. As Chevrolet packed away their classic and new car displays behind them, the Heuers and Carlesimos were ready to watch the cruisers rain or shine.

“We arrived right after the storm, but we come every year,” said Laurie Heuer.

As for whether they would be out cruising Woodward, Barbara Carlesimos said they could only wish.

“We’d love to have one of our (classic car),” she said. “We haven’t won the lottery yet.”

Another group of die-hard Cruise fans were the members of the Seaholm High School swim team, who were still selling water to passing cruisers for $1 to raise funds for their team. Caroline Filips, wearing a star costume, said they ran under cover when the storm hit but came right back out afterward.

The folks from Advanced Screen Printing, with a T-shirt booth south of Lincoln Avenue, also said they weren’t deterred by the closure of the Cruise.

“We’ll be out until 10,” said Jodi Williamson, who was working the booth.

Though a large portion of the Saturday night cruisers were hotrods, Tom Thomas from Lake Orion, who was watching from the back of his pick-up with his wife Kathy, said the rain drove many of the classics away.

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Chrysler Debuts ‘No Payments for 90 Days’ Program

Chrysler has launched a new “no payments for 90 days” promotion to make room for NEW Inventory.

The program will end on September 6 and covers all 2011 and 2012 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck models financed through Ally Financial.

Other special deals announced on Wednesday include zero-percent financing for 36 months or $2,000 cash back on the 2011 Dodge Charger.

Customers who purchase a 2011 Chrysler 300 or 300C may be eligible for financing as low as zero-percent for 36 months or $2,000 cash back.

Deals are also in place on certain 2012 models, including the 2012 Chrysler 200. Qualified customers who purchase a 2012 Chrysler 200 may get $500 cash back, while 2012 Jeep Liberty buyers may get $1,000 cash back. The $500 cash-back incentive also covers the 2012 Dodge Avenger and 2012 Dodge Journey.

2012 Ram Truck buyers may be eligible for $500 cash back plus an additional $1,000 in “bonus cash.”

Health Care Training/American Red Cross

Where: 20319 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia, MI 48152
Date: Daily
Time: 9:00am–4:00pm
Next on: Tomorrow, August 18, 2011

The American Red Cross, a non-profit organization, is currently offering Nurse Assistant, Home Health Aide and Patient Care Tech Training Classes at multiple classroom sites. All of our proceeds after expenses, go to Chapter services, such as Emergency Services in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair and Monroe Counties.

The addresses are as follows:

1. Livonia 20319 Middlebelt Rd. Livonia, MI 48152.

2. Macomb 13260 11 Mile Rd. Warren, MI, 48089

3. Waterford 5144 Highland Rd. Waterford, Mi 48327

4. Riverview 20950 Grange Rd. Riverview, MI 48193

5. Detroit – Palms Building 2111 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI, 48201

6. Port Huron 615 Pine Street, Port Huron Michigan 48060

For further information, as well as class dates and times, please contact the American Red Cross at (313) 576-4130 or (313) 576-4120.

Phone: 313-576-4120

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Help stock the Family Impact Center food pantry!