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Pumpkin Palooza coming to downtown Plymouth this Sunday, October 23, from noon to 4:00!

Games, crafts, entertainment, a “haunted alley” and candy — of course — will hit the streets of downtown Plymouth next weekend for the debut of a one-day Halloween party for children.

Pumpkin Palooza, a free event being organized by downtown retailers, will combine elements the Great Pumpkin Caper (downtown trick-or-treating) and summertime’s Kid Palooza, the two events it replaces. The first-ever Pumpkin Palooza is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.

“We wanted it to be more of an event instead of the normal trick-or-treating,” said Lindsey Lebovitz, the owner of Creatopia and chairwoman of the Pumpkin Palooza committee.

“It’s more fun for the kids instead of just walking around in a circle on the sidewalk, in a big, huge crowd,” Lebovitz added.

The Great Pumpkin Caper, which drew kids to downtown businesses that were passing out candy, was popular, said Teri Fry, events manager at the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, but the spirit of Halloween — and fun — was lost in the crush of people.

Pumpkin Palooza, while offering trick-or-treating at some businesses (and at candy stations at three major intersections), will also feature a variety of activities that should be more in keeping with the Halloween theme, she said.

“They wanted to do something better,” Fry said of the retailers.

Pumpkin Palooza will take place downtown on Main, Forest, Ann Arbor Trail and Penniman — the streets will be closed to vehicles — and at Kellogg Park and The Gathering.

Games, with prizes, will include pumpkin bowling (pumpkins as bowling balls, gourds as the pins), witch-hat ring toss, pumpkin bocce ball and “ghost” waiter races. There will also be Halloween-themed crafts, a strolling magician and a strolling balloon sculptor, a 2:30 p.m. hula-hoop demonstration in Kellogg Park, and a noon pet costume contest and 1:30 p.m. children’s costume contest both at The Gathering. (Registration for the pet contest is at 11:30 a.m.; entrants to the kids’ contest can just show up).

Pumpkin Palooza will also feature a “haunted alley” (the passageway between Main and the lower part of the downtown parking deck) and a “pirate singer” who will be doing his swashbuckling on Forest between Wing and Ann Arbor Trail.

Jack Demmer Ford is the event’s major sponsor, but Fry said upwards of 35 businesses are participating. Some 20 to 25 of those, said Lebovitz, will have candy for trick-or-treaters.

It’ll be the only downtown Plymouth event designed especially for children, the two said.

“Most of the events that go on in town are for adults, except for Fall Festival,” said Fry. “So this is strictly a children’s event.”

For updates on Pumpkin Palooza offerings, check the chamber’s website,, and click on the “events” tab.

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Chili Cookoff Winners Crowned in Downtown Plymouth

Freshly made chili was a hot item Sunday in downtown Plymouth as thousands visited Kellogg Park for the Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff.

Cooks from around the country descended upon downtown Plymouth with hopes of taking home a plaque for their prized recipes.

The event also featured live music from Steve King and the Dittilies, children’s games and an abundance of flashy motorcycles.

Winners, as selected both by attendees and judges, included:

•Best Booth: Leo Buk, Nuclear Chili
•People’s Choice: Ron Smith, Motor City Harley Davidson
•Best Salsa: Bill “Gumby” Donovan
•Chili Verde: Richard Chauvin
•Red Chili: Diane Lentz
Richard Chauvin of Windsor, Ontario, winner of chili verde, said the Plymouth event likely was the most work he’s done for a chili cookoff, because of “the support the town gives.”

Chauvin said chili verde, or green chili, has a fresher taste than red chili.

“A mediocre green chili is better than a great red,” he said.

He said his recipe is “a little on the hot side,” and that he uses all fresh ingredients.

Chauvin, a retired accountant, said he cooks chili “just for fun,” but hasn’t ruled out going into the food business.

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Restaurant Crawl to Benefit Penn

Good eats from some local eateries will be on tap at the 6th Annual Penn-Taste-Tic Downtown Plymouth Restaurant Crawl.

The event, which benefits the Friends of the Penn Theatre and the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, will kick off Wednesday, and run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are only available at the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, 850 W. Ann Arbor Trail, and Sun & Snow, 388 S. Main St.

Adult tickets are $20 each, and children 10 and under are $15.

Teri Fry, the events manager for the Chamber, said the event will provide a donation to the Penn and provide restaurants with an opportunity to rope in new customers.

“It’s a good event for the business community because it brings traffic downtown,” she said. “And we enjoy helping out the Penn, which has been a longtime fixture downtown.”

Ellen Elliott, president of Friends of the Penn, which operates the theater, said the assistance from the chamber is a big help for the theater.

“We’re happy to get the help,” she said. “It’s great that the business community continues to support us.”

Elliot also said the monies will be used for the theater’s renovations.

This year, crawlers can walk around downtown Plymouth enjoying samples and treats from many restaurants, including the Box Bar & Grill; Cellar 849; Compari’s; E.G. Nicks; Ironwood Grill; Jimmy John’s; Nico & Vali; Panera Bread; Perfectly Sweet/Boule Artisan Bakery; Sweet Afton Tea Room; Sweets 21 and Yogurt Palooza.

Though food lovers, or those want to support the Chamber and the Penn, will get their choice of treats, the restaurants will also win because they get an opportunity to familiarize more people with their offerings, said Frank Agostini, the owner of E.G. Nicks, which will provide samplers of their award-winning ribs and artichoke dip.

“Any time that you can your food into people’s mouths, it’s a good opportunity,” he said.

Agostini also said it’s important for locals businesses to support others, like the Penn, to preserve the downtown area.

“The Penn is a landmark, and it’s still here because of the support it gets,” he said. “A lot of landmarks that used to be here are gone.”

Craig Turk, the co-owner of Yogurt Palooza with his business partner, Chris Tomei, said his business will offer two-ounce cups of frozen yogurts, of which 14 flavors will be available.

“It’s self-serve, so they will be able to choose what they want,” he said.

Some of the flavors are likely to include Island Banana, Pistachio, Country Vanilla, Chocolate, and many others.

Yogurt Palooza, which sells frozen yogurt by the ounce, opened in Plymouth this past July. Turk said he hopes the event will create additional awareness for the fledgling business.

“I’m hoping it allows more people to know we’re here,” he said.

In addition to enjoying many types of food, participants will also get a chance to vote for their favorite taste and restaurant.

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3rd Annual Charity Ride AND Chili Cook-Off in Downtown Plymouth!

September 28 is the 2011 Downtown Restaurant Crawl in Plymouth!

The Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, in a joint effort with the Friends of the Penn, announce the 6th Annual PENN-Taste-Tic Downtown

Plymouth Restaurant Crawl on Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30 – 8:30pm. “Crawlers” can walk around downtown Plymouth enjoying delicious samples and treats from many of their favorite Plymouth restaurants and sweet shops.

This year’s participants include: Box Bar & Grill; Cellar 849; Compari’s; E.G. Nicks; Ironwood Grill; Jimmy John’s; Nico & Vali; Panera; Perfectly Sweet/Boule Artisan Bakery; Sweet Afton Tea Room; Sweets 21 and Yogurt Palooza. Attendees will get a chance to vote for their favorite taste and restaurant!

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are only available at the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce (850 W. Ann Arbor Trail) and Sun & Snow (388 S. Main St.) in downtown Plymouth. Adult tickets are $20 each, and children 10 & under are $15. All proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Penn and the Chamber of Commerce.

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Passport Day Arrives TOMORROW, Saturday September 17th!!

Saturday will make securing a passport easier for aspiring travelers who normally can’t get away from their day jobs during the week.

Local passport offices across the nation are offering Passport Day on Saturday, the only non-weekday of the year where offices will be open to process passports.

According to an email by Plymouth Township Deputy Clerk Eric Bacyinski, this is significant because when minors apply for passports, both the parent and the applicant must be present, meaning the parent would have to take time off work.

Bacyinski said in the email that Saturday is the rescheduled date from an original date scheduled in April, but was canceled because of a possible government shutdown.

Bacyinski wrote that more information can be found at the state’s travel website.

The hours will run from 10 a.m,-3 p.m. Saturday.

Locally, passports can be processed at Plymouth Township Hall, 9955 N. Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township and Plymouth City Hall, 201 S. Main St.

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Mopar Announces Details of Ram Runner Kit for Off-Road Enthusiasts

Turn Your Ram Truck into a Desert Racer

– Mopar® Ram Runner kit offers performance on par with off-road race trucks
– Suspension and shocks included in the Mopar Ram Runner kit are superior to the competition
– Mopar Ram Runner kit boasts aggressive, attractive styling that will also turn heads on the street
May 26, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Ram Truck owners may now transform their truck into a Mopar-powered desert racer.

Just a little more than one year after Mopar debuted its Ram Runner image vehicle to much acclaim at the 2010 Moab Jeep® Safari, the brand today announced details of its new Ram Runner kit for off-road enthusiasts.

“At Mopar, our image vehicles showcase potential directions that we may take and the new Ram Runner kit is a good example,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “We saw the reception that Ram Runner received last year and quickly moved to offer kits that will allow off-road enthusiasts to transform their stock Ram 1500 into a desert racer.”

The Mopar Ram Runner Kit, developed with successful Baja off-road racer Kent Kroeker, includes the following: Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit, off-road front bumper, off-road front and rear fenders, off-road rear-tire carrier, sport performance hood and cat-back exhaust. Each element of the kit may also be purchased separately. The street-legal kit may be installed by do-it-yourselfers or in a Ram dealership.

The Mopar Ram Runner Kit is equal to or better than its competitors on a number of fronts. The heavy-duty suspension system can handle practically any abuse the off-road dishes out. Front upper and lower control arms, which are three inches longer than production arms, provide added width and allow greater wheel travel over rough dirt trails.

Front lower control arms are constructed of 4130 chrome moly steel in order to withstand off-road punishment. Upper control arms include rebuildable high-angle ball joints. Both inner and outer tie rods are substantially strengthened and contribute to the rugged, off-road steering characteristics and capabilities. Outer tie rods, constructed of forged steel, measure 1-inch in diameter. Inner tie rods also are nearly 20 percent beefier, increasing from 0.62 inches to .75 inches.

At the rear, a 5-link coil spring rear suspension is utilized and helps provide a 30-degree departure angle.

The Pre-Runner Stage II kit offers a boost in suspension travel, 14 inches both front and rear, which is superior to the suspension travel on the Ford Raptor. The Ram Runner kit, which includes Fox 3-inch internal bypass shocks, offers performance on par with that of an off-road Baja race truck and outperforms the 2.5-inch shocks of the competition.

Ground clearance is approximately 13 inches at the center of the front cross-member and 16 inches at the rocker panels.

Body parts included in the Mopar Ram Runner Kit, created with Trophy Truck inspiration, feature a tough-yet-stylish look built to handle the rigors of the off-road while turning heads on the street. The front bumper is constructed of steel with an integrated aluminum skid plate. With a 41-degree approach angle, ample clearance is assured over the deepest off-road obstacles.

Front and rear fiberglass fenders are lightweight, tough and durable with wider wheel wells that allow for tremendous suspension articulation with zero tire-to-body interference. The three-inch wider track also provides an imposing, aggressive look.

The stamped aluminum, dual-scooped sport performance hood adds even more to the forceful appearance of the Ram Runner kit. The spare-tire carrier is located in the bed of the pickup and enables easier access and provides the ability to transport a larger spare tire, contributing to the overall appearance and “Baja truck feel”.

Ram Truck and Mopar are joint sponsors of The Off-Road Championship (TORC) Series in 2011. Both brands will share sponsorship of the Traxxas Racing team fielded by Mike and Mark Jenkins along with the Menzies Motorsports team owned by Steve Menzies. Ram will be the official vehicle of the TORC Series and the Mopar Ram Runner will serve as the official pace truck. The Mopar graphic that appears on the Mopar Ram Runner pace truck will also be made available to consumers.

Here’s more information on the Mopar Ram Runner kit, which is available for owners of 2009 to 2011 model-year Ram 1500 models:

MOPAR RAM RUNNER KIT (Each part of kit may be purchased separately)

Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit: 5-link coil-spring rear suspension, 4130 chrome moly lower control arms, upper control arms, rebuildable high-angle ball joints and forged steel, high-angle tie rods. Fourteen inches of suspension travel in front and rear, 3-inch internal bypass Fox shocks. (MSRP: $13,270, Part No. P5155662)

Off-Road Front Bumper: Steel construction with integrated aluminum skid plate, high approach angle of 41 degrees provides greater clearance over off-road obstacles. (MSRP: $1,250, Part No. P5155663)

Off-Road Rear Tire Carrier: Rear placement allows for easier access and ability to carry larger tires needed for the off-road. (MSRP: $1,010, Part No. P5155664)

Off-Road Front Fenders: Tough, durable fenders feature wider wheel wells allowing for tremendous suspension articulation, zero tire-to-body interference, and provide an imposing, aggressive look. (MSRP: $1,020, Part No. P5155665)

Off-Road Rear Fenders (6’4″ bed): Tough, durable fenders feature wider wheel wells allowing for tremendous suspension articulation, zero tire-to-body interference, and provide an imposing, aggressive appearance. (MSRP: $1,020, Part No. P5155665)

Sport Performance Hood: Stamped aluminum, dual-scooped hood with molded bezels adds to the forceful appearance of the Ram Runner Kit. (MSRP: $978, Part No. 82211065AD)

5.7L Cat-back Exhaust: Dual exhaust with chromed tips for bumper with cut-outs. (MSRP: $1,135, Part No. P5155280)

Mopar-First Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
– Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
– Vehicle-information smartphone apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
– Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
– Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to introduce new vehicle tracking system that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on set parameters
– 2011 Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
– WiFi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
– Brand-specific customer care telephone lines: first to offer Sunday service hours for customers
– WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat North America vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered and tested with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat North America vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at

More than 70 Years of Mopar
When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s – the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

Spring Clean-up in Plymouth is coming in May!

Start your “Spring Cleaning” now and take advantage of this unique service to help you get ride of all the stuff you don’t need anymore!

On Saturday, May 14, 2011 Plymouth, Michigan will have a “Spring Clean-up” day! Read below to see how you can participate!

*** This will NOT interrupt your regular weekly trash and recycle pick- up ***


1. DO NOT place your brown, automated, trash cart out to the curb for Spring Clean Up; the non-automated trucks cannot empty them.

2. NO recycle or compost pick up will occur on Spring Clean-Up Day.

3. Each household is allowed eight (8) trash cans or the equivalent, plus two (2) “large items” (i.e. washer, dryer, couch, desk, etc.)

4. All small refuse must be placed in containers strong enough to hold the weight; (i.e. plastic bags, cans, and/or boxes; but must weigh less than 50 lbs.)

5. Appliances containing FREON; such as refrigerators, freezers, water coolers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers, must have a valid certificate of FREON removal attached to the appliance. Contact any heating and cooling company for this service. It is against the law to place a refrigerator at the curb without removing the doors.

6. All items to be collected must be placed at curb in a neat and safe manner as not to pose any danger to the collectors or others.

7. DO NOT place materials at the curb prior to 24 hours in advance. (The Friday before Saturday Spring Clean-Up).

8. All trash MUST be at the curb by 7:00A.M. on collection day – OR IT MAY NOT BE PICKED UP.

9. PROHIBITED ITEMS: Tires; concrete or major construction debris; auto parts; piles of dirt and/or sod; extremely large items including, but not limited to: boats, cars, engines, motorcycles, and snowmobiles; hazardous materials including, but not limited to: gasoline, fuel and motor oil, paint thinners, pesticides, medical waste, etc.

10. Any questions, please call 734.455.1392 (Solid Waste) or 734.453.7737 (Office).

** The Spring Clean-up is for household disposal, NOT contractor disposal. **

Diva Day 2011 is April 2nd!

Saturday, April 2, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Come and do some spring shopping and get pampered. Over 30 shops, boutiques, salons and restaurants will present special offers, unique refreshments, and chances to win Diva Day prizes. Bring your mother, daughter, aunt, sister, and all of your friends.

Come and enjoy this special day of shopping and pampering.

Downtown Plymouth Road Closures

Several streets in downtown Plymouth are anticipated to be closed to traffic in order to accommodate the Chamber of Commerce downtown Pumpkin Caper trick or treating. This event is scheduled to take place on Today, Thursday, October 28th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. There will be costume judging and dog costume contest as well.

The following streets will be temporarily closed on Thursday, October 28th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

MAIN STREET – From Fralick to Wing Street

ANN ARBOR TRAIL – From Harvey Street to Union Street PENNIMAN – From Harvey Street to Union Street

FOREST AVE. – From Ann Arbor Trail to Wing

For more information or any questions about this event or the road closures please contact the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce at 734-453-1540 or by going to their web site at