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LOOK INSIDE: Sale Dates: Sept 6 Thru Sept 12, 2009 of St. Joseph Schroeder Furniture (Pg 11) CLASSIFIEDS (Pgs. 14-18) Postal Customer PRSRT. STD. U.S. Postage PAID Benton Harbor, MI PERMIT NO.225 THISWEEK’S HOTTEST Can Be Found Today Your Good News Paper. POSTMASTER: Please deliver on Saturday, September 5, 2009 AHome Buyers Guide to Local Real Estate Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Dog Gone Dog Days of Summer Britty relaxes in the sun with a good book. Submitted by Maria Shacalli Benton Harbor We Want Your Colorful and Exciting Pictures! Please send your favorite horizontal photos with a brief description to MailMax at 2202 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 or email attached photo to Photos@FarAhead.com ATTN: MAIL SUBMISSIONS: If you would like your photo(s) returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your photo submission. Moody on The Market Pat Moody Looks like even the landlord wasn’t sure what style of restaurant was coming to his Scottdale Crossings business center in Royalton Township. Based on his indicators, I was incorrect regarding the nature of the restaurant that is being readied for the space formerly occupied by Passero’s Pizza. In reality, the owners, Jose Serna and Jose Estrada will be opening up an all American breakfast and lunch café by the end of the month. What had originally been planned to be called Morning Glory Breakfast House, has now been re-named Joe’s Café and Breakfast House. A third partner who is no longer a part of the equation had been telling friends and acquaintances that it would be called Morning Glory…but the two remaining investors have elected to change that as they get ready for an opening planned in the last week of September. You will find Joe’s Café & Breakfast House open seven days a week once they are up and running, with service from 6am until 4pm each day. It had been incorrectly reported that the café was going to feature Mexican fare, but both Serna and Estrada say that no such plans had ever been considered. Joe’s will be in the center of the business strip just off the corner of M-139 and Miners Road, across the street from Pater’s True Value Hardware Store at the Scottdale Crossroads. While work in Royalton continues for that new eatery, the doors have been opened in downtown Benton Harbor on the new Expressions Gallery and Café at 213 East Main Street. Owner Julie O’Malley offi- cially opened for business on August 24th, once construction on her new property was complete. She tells me that she is absolutely excited about being back open and ready for business and welcoming returning customers and new ones as well. Inasmuch as it’s still a bit tough to get to the gallery and café with Main Street under major reconstruction, Julie is offering free delivery for customers with a minimum $10-order. You can find her entire menu online at www.expressions-gal- lery.net. The café is open for business from 7am until 3pm and the gallery is open from 8am until 5pm. You can reach them at 926- 7185. Kim and Rod Curley have been battling the road graders and dump trucks all summer long, too…and now that the road has been decimated in front of their Harbortown Café, they have tossed out the offer of free delivery Continued on page 10 Treatment & Care for Eye Disease Provides Glasses? Contacts? We are here for all your vision needs Dr. Robert Flood, O.D., P.C. Eye Injury - Glaucoma Dry Eyes - Infections Competent, Dependable, Highly Respected Care IT’S ALL ABOUT CHOICES Dr. Flood’s Vision Center 269-926-7277 www.govision.com 1380 E. Napier Benton Harbor Caring for Southwestern Michigan Families for Over 25 Years. inside OPEN SAT &SUN

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Looks like even the landlord wasn’t sure what style of restaurant was coming to his Scottdale Crossings business center in Royalton Township. Based on his indicators, I was incorrect regarding the nature of the restaurant that is being readied for the space formerly occupied by Passero’s Pizza. In reality, the owners, Jose Serna and Jose Estrada will be opening up an all American breakfast and lunch café by the end of the month. What had originally been planned to be called Morning Glory Breakfast House, has now been re-named Joe’s Café and Breakfast House. A third partner who is no longer a part of the equation had been telling friends and acquaintances that it would be called Morning Glory…but the two remaining investors have elected to change that as they get ready for an opening planned in the last week of September. You will find Joe’s Café & Breakfast House open seven days a week once they are up and running, with service from 6am until 4pm each day. It had been incorrectly reported that the café was going to feature Mexican fare, but both Serna and Estrada say that no such plans had ever been considered. Joe’s will be in the center of the business strip just off the corner of M-139 and Miners Road, across the street from Pater’s True Value Hardware Store at the Scottdale Crossroads.<br /> <br /> While work in Royalton continues for that new eatery, the doors have been opened in downtown Benton Harbor on the new Expressions Gallery and Café at 213 East Main Street. Owner Julie O’Malley officially opened for business on August 24th, once construction on her new property was complete. She tells me that she is absolutely excited about being back open and ready for business and welcoming returning customers and new ones as well. Inasmuch as it’s still a bit tough to get to the gallery and café with Main Street under major reconstruction, Julie is offering free delivery for customers with a minimum $10-order. You can find her entire menu online at www.expressions-gallery. net. The café is open for business from 7am until 3pm and the gallery is open from 8am until 5pm. You can reach them at 926-7185.<br /> <br /> Kim and Rod Curley have been battling the road graders and dump trucks all summer long, too…and now that the road has been decimated in front of their Harbortown Café, they have tossed out the offer of free delivery ho downtown Benton Harbor and downtown St. Joseph areas comprising three or more orders at a time. Access has never been completely interrupted, but it can be tough to maneuver at times. As further enticement, Kim is offering a free dessert with every purchased entrée, Kim's Choice. Meanwhile, they are adding a few new items to their menu at the Harbortown Café Express inside the Box Factory, which suffers none of the construction headaches. Find the menus online at www. Harbortowncafe.net. You can reach them by phone at 934-9000, or at the Box at 983-7234.<br /> <br /> Harbor Isle Resort has relocated their downtown St. Joseph Sales Center to the site of their development. Yesterday, the center was relocated from 617 Broad Street to 143 Anchors Way on the island in St. Joe. The new sales center officially opens for business today, September 5th. That consolidation was made in anticipation of the start of construction for the first new building. You will have the opportunity to tour the brand new condo model for the resort along the St. Joe River. To schedule a tour, contact Ann Fetzer at 866-253-4440.<br /> <br /> The excitement was palpable as ground was broken last week on a brand new rehearsal hall alongside the Twin City Players Playhouse on Glenlord Road in south St. Joseph. The new $60-thousand dollar facility is made possible by a $40-thousand dollar grant from the Frederick<br /> <br /> S. Upton Foundation, and a $20-thousand dollar match from donors to the organization. Construction began immediately, and the entire cast and crew are looking forward to the day when one show can be readied for rehearsals while another is in full production on the main stage. TCP property housing all operations is at 600 West Glenlord Road.<br /> <br /> The entire team at Hanson Logistics is celebrating industry-wide recognition that places them among the Top 70 Third Party Logistics firms in the nation. Food Logistics Magazine, an industry publication that focuses on the movement of product through the food supply chain, unveiled their 4th annual listing of the Top 70 in their end of summer issue recently. Hanson President Andrew Janson voiced great pleasure over the selection, saying that their "growing footprint and scope of national distribution services positions" the company as a leading resource for end-to-end supply chain solutions. Congratulations to Hanson associates everywhere for bringing national recognition to the homefront.<br /> <br /> MailMax for Michigan's great Southwest<br /> <br /> Magnum Classic Limo Service is bringing another bit of Hollywood and Las Vegas style travel to the region with a new Tuxedo Edition 130-inch Stretched Cadillac Deville. They're billing it as "A Party Within a Party!" Located in St. Joe, the limo story can be found at www. Magnumclassiclimo.com. It's a beautifully appointed white limo with a black roof, capable of taking you and ten of your best friends on the ride of their lives. For information and reservations, call 983-6928.<br /> <br /> Holly Mantei has joined Lake Michigan Credit Union as a Mortgage Loan Officer. She is a native of St. Joseph who was previously with Bank of America. Holly will be based out of Lake Michigan Credit Union's Kalamazoo office. Congratulations on your new role in the financial services sector, Holly.<br /> <br /> Signature Automotive Group of Benton Harbor is taking up the mantle of community service once again with a major program on Saturday, September 19th. Bill Crowder tells me that his dealership at Napier and Union has invited DNA-Lifeprint to deliver a host of services designed to help give every parent peace of mind. DNA-Lifeprint is a national leader in child safety, and endorsed by John Walsh of America's Most Wanted. On that Saturday, from 9:30am until 2pm, the agency will be in to perform biometric fingerprinting, DNA swabs and pictures of kids in the community for parents looking for those forms of protection. The technology allows your child’s data to be immediately submitted into the FBI National Crime Information Database, and subsequently available to all law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. in the event of the unthinkable. Local law enforcement, emergency workers and the Red Cross will all be on hand to help assure the success of the program. Get it on your calendar.<br /> <br /> Tomorrow, Sunday, September 6th, The Veranda at the Whitcomb will play host to “Fashion with Compassion – Kids Helping Kids.” Event organizer Claire Knebl, a Senior at St. Joe High, tells me that it’s a fashion show for the benefit of Lory’s Place, a program of Hospice at Home. The show will feature youth from Berrien County Schools showcasing apparel from merchants in and around St. Joe. There will also be a musical performance and dance presentations, emceed by The Coast’s Robin Van Dyke. Donations will be raised by offering tables and seats for purchase to view the show, a silent auction, and the sale of light refreshments. To learn more, contact Clair at 269-519-4159.<br /> <br /> Speaking of young talented people in the community, another exciting Fall Season of the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra is getting underway very soon, including the Junior Prep Strings, Prep Strings, and the Youth Symphony Orchestra. Auditions will be held by appointment on Monday and Tuesday, September 21st and 22nd at Upton Middle School in St. Joe, by calling the SMSO Office at 982-4030.<br /> <br /> How’s this for being neighborly? Four local families recently hosted their Third Annual Cook Out and Bingo Night for the 50 tenants of the Vineyards Apartments at Shoreham. With mothers and mothers-in-law as tenants there, the Anserello, Vogt, Quardokus and Ewen families all reached out to a number of local merchants who donated great prizes to the big party. The families felt that the generosity in the current economic climate was exceptional, and they asked if I would share with you the names of those businesses that helped out. Happy to do so, and a big thanks to Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen, the Schwan’s Food Company, Walgreens at Glenlord, Kilwins, the Pump House Grille, Pizza Hut, Tim’s Too, Stephanie Baggett of Mane Street Salon, the Niles Avenue Quiznos, Qdoba, H&J Florists, Forever Books, Big Boy of Stevensville, Chili’s, Perennial Accents, Nick’s Restaurant, Jimmy Johns, McDonalds, G&M Variety, Dominos, Dale’s Donut Factory, Dairy Queen and Culver’s.<br /> <br /> A couple of local churches have teamed up for a $10-thousand dollar cash raffle on September 13th at Lake Township Park. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Bridgman and St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Berrien Springs are partners in the cash raffle with tickets just $10-each. Proceeds will be used for building and ground improvements. To learn more, call 269-465-6252. Second prize is $2-grand and third is $1,000.00. Check it out.<br /> <br /> Next Saturday the Village of Baroda celebrates their 9th Annual Barodafest. Festivities get an early launch with the Pancake Breakfast at 7am, followed by the 5k Run/Walk at 8:30 in Baroda Township Park. Lots of things for the kids from pedal pulls, to games, laser tag and rock climbing. There’s free live music, line dancers, beer and lots of great food. Its fun for the whole family…and it’s coming Saturday, September 12th. Get the whole scoop and schedule at www.barodavillage.org and click on Barodafest.<br /> <br /> Congratulations to Joan Walters of JR Walters Resources on her election to the Presidency of the Executive Professional Women’s Association for the next year. Elected 1st VP is Karen Halleckson, 2nd VP is LeAnna Koerner, and the slate is rounded out with Treasurer Julie Weurful, Secretary Judee Hopwood, and committee chairs Robin Maxson, Carol Brandt, and Pam Duffy. The group has a goal to network with other members and develop and encourage an exciting, fun, and inclusive atmosphere that values, supports and provides resources to members.<br /> <br /> Cornerstone’s Small Business Services unit is teaming up with 1st Source Bank’s Kim Richardson to conduct a session on Financing and Personal Money Management for Small Business. It is slated to run from 5:30 to 7pm on Monday, September 14th at the WMU Southwest Campus at LMC. Register by September 9th at 925-6100 or toll free at 866- 477-9WBC. Cost is $15-dollars.<br /> <br /> That’s all the time and space again this week. See you at the new Whirlpool Compass Fountain this morning, the Tri State Regatta or elsewhere around town this weekend. Happy Labor Day!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody is<br /> Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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