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Sale Dates: April 4 Thru April 10, 2010 of St. Joseph Sale Price Effective Monday, April 5 through Sunday, April 11 CLASSIFIEDS Pages 14-18 Celebration! Cinema. . . . . . .pg 11 Moody on The Market Pat Moody There are undoubtedly many among us who thought it would never get here, but Spring Break has finally arrived. The last vestiges of our winter detritus are slowly being washed and swept away, and we’re making progress on turning things green again. If you are traveling for the break, please take it easy… we want to see you back on the home front safe and sound again real soon. Our State Legislators are taking a spring break time-out along with the rest of us for a couple of weeks, but there are detractors who say that perhaps they are the ones who should have stayed on the job to get the work of the budget accomplished along with a whole lot of other things. Whirlpool CEO Jeff Fettig invited Doug Rothwell, who heads up the Business Leaders for Michigan, to address a small contingent of local businessmen and women late last month, and I had the opportu- nity to sit in on that event. I have to tell you that it was a true eye opener for many of us in the room, even those who have relatively close access to the flow of information regarding the current state of affairs in Michigan. Rothwell’s group has put forth what they are calling The Michigan Turnaround Plan. Arguing that they have been forced to come up with some sort of solution for the condition that the state has found itself in, the business group has issued a 5-Step Plan to Transform Michigan’s Economy & Create Jobs. From what I was able to discern, the local business community seemed to be very much in tune with the plan as it was rolled out to them that morning at Shadowland. The turnaround plan is a com- prehensive strategy to transform our economy. It lays out the case for change, sets achievable goals, identifies specific action steps and Continued on page 10 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Tiger Tamer Angelo Costanza enjoys the Silver Beach Carousel riding on his alma mater Benton Harbor Tiger. Photo by Don Ames Submitted by Sharon Costanza Please send your favorite horizontal photo with a brief description to MailMax at 2202 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 or email attached photo to Photos@FarAhead.com ATTN: MAILSUBMISSIONS: If you would like your photo(s) returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your photo submission. INSTITUTE OF FINANCIAL EDUCATION Estate Planning & Roth IRA Conversions Presents Classes In Living trusts, wills and how to avoid probate We will provide you with an IRA/Roth IRA conversion worksheet with tutorial CLASS SCHEDULE TUESDAY, April 20th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm or THURSDAY, April 22nd from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Finally an Estate Planning and Roth IRA Conversion Class that you can understand LEARN PRACTICAL WAYS TO: 1. Avoid probate and court appointed guardians 2. Save substantial attorney fees and costs 3. Save thousands in taxes using the “stretch option” for your heirs, and take advantage of new Roth IRA tax laws 4. Convert your IRA to a Roth IRA, is it right for you? What you get The comprehensive class contains practical exercises and examples to help you learn and remember everything covered during the course. A complimentary workbook is included. It is a valuable reference tool designed to help you understand the concepts and nuances of estate planning and ROTH IRA conversions. The classes are taught by practicing CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP)TM professionals, tax advisors and/or attorney’s. CLASS SCHEDULE STEVENSVILLE LOCATION 5762 James Drive Stevensville, MI 49127 TUESDAY, April 20th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm or THURSDAY, April 22nd from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm SEATING LIMITED. RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY! 1-269-235-0664 or register online at www.InstituteOfFinancialEducation.org Lowest Private Duty Home Health Care Rates in the area. 269-985-0700 St. Joseph www.caringpeopleinc.com See Page 12 for more info April 3, 2010 Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 3, 2010
Moody On The Market
Pat Moody<br /> There are undoubtedly many among us who thought it would never get here, but Spring Break has finally arrived. The last vestiges of our winter detritus are slowly being washed and swept away, and we’re making progress on turning things green again. If you are traveling for the break, please take it easy… we want to see you back on the home front safe and sound again real soon.<br /> <br /> Our State Legislators are taking a spring break time-out along with the rest of us for a couple of weeks, but there are detractors who say that perhaps they are the ones who should have stayed on the job to get the work of the budget accomplished along with a whole lot of other things. Whirlpool CEO Jeff Fettig invited Doug Rothwell, who heads up the Business Leaders for Michigan, to address a small contingent of local businessmen and women late last month, and I had the opportunity to sit in on that event. I have to tell you that it was a true eye opener for many of us in the room, even those who have relatively close access to the flow of information regarding the current state of affairs in Michigan. Rothwell’s group has put forth what they are calling The Michigan Turnaround Plan. Arguing that they have been forced to come up with some sort of solution for the condition that the state has found itself in, the business group has issued a 5-Step Plan to Transform Michigan’s Economy & Create Jobs. From what I was able to discern, the local business community seemed to be very much in tune with the plan as it was rolled out to them that morning at Shadowland. The turnaround plan is a comprehensive strategy to transform our economy.<br /> <br /> It lays out the case for change, sets achievable goals, identifies specific action steps and Explains the impact of the changes being proposed.<br /> <br /> Comprised largely of the CEO’s of the 75 largest companies in the state, the Business Leaders for Michigan have detailed the following five steps to a better Michigan: 1] Changing the way we manage our finances in the state. 2] Right-sizing and enacting structural budget reforms. 3] Getting Michigan competitive to attract and retain jobs. 4] Making investments that create a great job environment, and 5] Accelerating job growth through innovation and entrepreneurship. Rothwell told our local business community that Michigan has lost more private sector jobs since the year 200 than any other state with nearly 60% of all U.S. job losses since then taking place in Michigan. He also noted that job providers in Michigan rank the state’s business climate as 48th in the 50 U.S. states.<br /> <br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce will be working with Rothwell and others in the coming weeks and months to share the turn around plan with as many business people as possible so that solutions to the state’s ongoing problems can be reversed and we can get the state back on track.<br /> <br /> To learn more, point your internet browser to www.michiganturnaroundplan.com. A definite bright spot in the local economy for the second straight year has been downtown St. Joe’s Port 412 Restaurant. The hot spot at 412 State Street is celebrating its second year in Michigan’s Great Southwest. As a “thank you” gesture to all of their customers the restaurant has lowered menu prices by 25% for the entire month of April. They invite you to join in for the same great food and memorable experiences you have come to enjoy and let them thank you with the big discount. Their actual birthday celebration itself is tonight, Saturday, April 3rd with an over the top dinner and Todd Ohme of the Detroit Piston’s Drum Line with DJ Greg Knott of Grand Rapids. Stop by the upscale urban bar and grill and join John Havenaar, Tom Welke and Peter Lamberta for a great birthday celebration!<br /> <br /> Remodeling work continues this week on the newest member of Michigan Pizza Hut’s WingStreet collection. Monday, April 12th will be a super star day for General Manager Nora Cossel and her crew at 1940 M-139 in Benton Harbor. That’s the day that the work is slated to be complete and the 24th WingStreet in the local collection swings open the doors onto the newly remodeled restaurant as they celebrate their Grand Opening. WingStreet products are being added to the M-139 Pizza Hut menu with traditional, crispy bone-in and bone-out options. Combine those with the 8-different sauces at WingStreet and you’ve suddenly discovered 162 different ways to Wing-It! Keep an eye out for Wednesday’s, too…since every Wednesday they will be offering up 50-cent wings. Congratulations to the Michigan Pizza Hut crew on another successful conversion to the WingStreet lineup!<br /> <br /> For those who missed the news and are now missing the building as well, McDonald’s Pipestone and I-94 restaurant has successfully been demolished to ground level and work has begun on a brand new McDonald’s at that same location. I thought most people had heard that news, but a number of folks have been asking me what happened to the restaurant and what the construction crews are building in its place. Stay tuned…they’re working to get the restaurant back up and operating as quickly as possible this spring.<br /> <br /> A number of local Realtors from the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors will be conducting open houses next weekend, April 10th and 11th during the Realtors Nationwide Open House Weekend. The goal of the weekend event is to showcase a very large number of houses available for buyers to view prior to the approaching deadline for the federal tax credit. Hundreds of sellers will open their doors with local Realtors throughout Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties locally, in addition to the huge number of open houses scheduled to take place all across the nation. With home prices low, a substantial variety on the market, and interest rates near a 50-year low, there are multiple financing options available. The expanded first-time homebuyer’s federal tax credit is still available until April 30th, so it should be an interesting weekend ahead. To see which houses are participating in the open house weekend, go to www.swmric.com. Good luck in your quest for a new home this spring.<br /> <br /> Shore Magazine continues to recognize the substantive value of many of our neighborhood businesses, and is inviting readers to vote again on favorites in their annual “Best Of” Competition. Last year the entire central business district in St. Joseph was voted as the Best Downtown in the entire region, beating out the likes of Grand Rapids and Chicago. Apparently that has spiked considerable interest in a whole host of our area businesses, because now you can Vote for more than 40 local businesses in a variety of categories and let the rest of the region know how good they are. By way of example, The Livery has been nominated for both “Best Bar for Meeting People,” and “Best Live Entertainment Venue,” as well as “Best Microbrewery.” The Epicurean Classic and the Venetian Festival are both in the running for “Best Festival.” The City of St. Joseph itself is nominated for “Best Downtown,” “Best Place to Live,” “Best Public Art Display,” and “Best Weekend Getaway.” Our friends at Harbor Shores garnered nominations for both “Best Golf Course,” and “Best Residential Development.” Chefs Ryan Thornburg at The Bistro and Tim Sizer at both Timothy’s and Tim’s Too are going head to head for “Best Chef” among the others in the region nominated. There are many, many more local nominations on the list for places like Schu’s, Kilwin’s, The Boulevard, La Dee Da, Forever Books, Perrenial Accents, FORM, Port 412, Moxie’s, DK Boutique, Lambrecht’s, The Krasl, Silver Beach, Tabor Hill, Round Barn and Karma Vista Wineries, and on and on. To vote for your favorites, log onto www.nwi.com , scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and under “Other Publications,” click on “Best Of.” You can even write in your own favorites if they haven’t been nominated.<br /> <br /> My friend Angela Jones is the current President of the MOMS Club of St. Joseph- South/Stevensville, and they are conducting a membership drive to help alert families new to the area that might be unaware of what they offer.<br /> <br /> MOMS is an acronym for Moms Offering Moms Support. They are an international nonprofit group created specifically for mothers who have chosen to stay home with their children.<br /> <br /> They plan monthly meetings with interesting speakers, park play dates, outings for moms and their children, age-related playgroups and holiday parties. If you live in South St. Joseph (south of Glenlord), Stevensville, or Baroda and you’d like to learn more you can go to www.sjssmc.org. Or, you can call Angela at 277-<br /> <br /> 0689. It’s your chance to meet other at-home mothers in the community, get engaged in their cooking club, book club, or their MOMS Night Out, among other things. There is also a MOMS Club of North St. Joseph, and Angela can point you in the right direction if you live there.<br /> <br /> Lakeshore Rotary President Stacey Stephens tells me that her club is hosting their Annual Senior Night on Thursday, April 15th.<br /> <br /> This will mark more than 35 years of partnering with Lakeshore High School for the free, fun, and exciting event. All area senior citizens are invited for a Cabaret style choir performance staged by the Lakeshore High School Choirs in the school’s auditorium, complete with door prizes and refreshments. Showtime is 7:30 that night, and tickets are available by contacting your local senior center. A limited number will also be available at the door that evening. Get it on your calendar, folks. It’s free!<br /> <br /> A little further south, a Bridgman High School Softball fundraiser is slated for April 17th from 10am until 2pm. It will be the First Annual Hit-a-Thon and Home Run Hitting Contest. The homer competition is open to any and all ages with a cost of $10 for 10 pitches.<br /> <br /> Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two finishers.<br /> <br /> Even if you’re unable to attend, Varsity Coach Steve Copeland will gladly accept your donation at 269-313-2304. The event will take place at the Bridgman High School Softball Field.<br /> <br /> It’s getting close to Relay for Life season, and one of the first events I’ve been asked to tell you about is the Team Township Terminators of Lincoln Township’s 4th Annual Rummage and Bake Sale. Mark Saturday, May 8th on your special events calendar and head for the Lincoln Township Fire Station at 2130 W. John Beers Road between 8am and 1pm that day. Donations are being accepted for items you can offer to be sold that day or if you’d like to join the bake sale.<br /> <br /> Contact Jacquie at 429-1589, ext 11. The Terminators appreciate it. Coloma is hosting a Community Sock Hop on Friday, April 16th at the Alwood Gymnasium at Coloma Middle School. It’s a night of rock n’ roll excitement and free family fun, sponsored by the Coloma- Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce.<br /> <br /> Showtime is 6 until 9pm with hula hoop and costume contests, raffles and more. Classic cars are invited and food and drink will be available for sale. Check it out!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week. Happy Easter! See you Saturday, right here in MailMax!