March 15, 2019 
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The Russian Five to Play at Phoenix Theatres
Documentary about the Detroit Red Wings "The Russian Five" sparks Michigan 
movie theatre in Livonia  to host multiple events to celebrate the movie's release.
Already a multiple-award winner, The Russian Five documentary chronicles the story of five Russian hockey players, their teammates and Detroit Red Wing's leadership. It will hit movie screens only at select locations - including Phoenix Theatres in Livonia, Wayne and Monroe - March 22.

  One of the country's most dynamic examples of the fight for human freedom - merged with perhaps the biggest story to change the course of American hockey culture - played out right before our eyes across Michigan and the world in the 1980s and '90s as five Russian hockey players were snuck into America, and one-by-one became part of the historic Detroit Red Wings Hockey Club.

  Through a plot that sounds like a James Bond spy novel, the Red Wings organization brought on one Russian after another, sneaking them out under cover of night and whisking them to the Motor City. They found freedom in Hockeytown, and a big place in hockey fans' hearts.
The Russian Five Sweepstakes

  Starting March 8th through March 31st in celebration of the movie, Phoenix Theatres is giving one grand prize winner a chance to have a steak dinner with Darren
 McCarty, sponsored by Johnny's Italian Steakhouse. Along with a complementary dinner the grand prize will consist of an autographed copy of "The Russian Five", an official Russian Five movie poster, and autographed shoes from Darren McCarty's new custom line. For more information on the details of the sweepstakes and how-to-enter visit:

  Guest Appearances

  On Saturday, March 30 th former Red Wing, Darren McCarty and other members of the cast and crew of the movie "The Russian Five" will be making special guestappearances at Phoenix Theatres Laurel Park in Livonia at 10:00 a.m. - and at 5:00 p.m. at the Phoenix Theatres Mall of Monroe.

  Charity Screening

  Phoenix Theatres will hold a special fund-raiser for the non-profit organization Champions of Wayne at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 3 rd . Tickets are available for the private party fundraiser on-line at or at the State-Wayne theatre. Guests of the event will enjoy music, hors d'oeuvres, and have a chance to meet key members of the production team that helped create the film.

  Champions of Wayne is an innovative and unique educational program for students that involves adult mentoring, customized academic goals and financial incentives at Wayne Memorial High School. Champions started in 2009 with 50 students and a handful of mentors.  The program's popularity has rapidly expanded with more than 700 students and nearly 100 mentors participating. Due to the benefits of the mentoring program, the number of at-risk youths dropping out of high school has decreased significantly. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Phoenix Theatres State-Wayne in Wayne, MI or on-line at

  Private Screenings Available for Groups

   Hockey teams, school groups or any other interested organizations may work directly with Phoenix Theatres management to schedule private screenings at special group rates. The events can be fund-raisers or simply friends gatherings to share the passion and memories of that special era when the Detroit Red Wings won the first two of several Stanley Cups with the help of their new teammates from behind the iron curtain. If you are interested in special group rates for your team, please visit for more information.

  "Watching "The Russian Five" movie trailer with an audience this past weekend was simply an experience, said Phoenix Theatres Cory Jacobson President, Cory Jacobson. "The audience lights up the room with excitement just watching the historic scenes of the Red Wings in the championship years."        

"It's a perfect movie for people in Michigan who love their Red Wings and love a great story of five players on their road to freedom. We immediately knew that we wanted this film to be showcased in our theatres and are very happy to bring a wide variety of options to customers to have private screenings, get some autographs and to help kids through Champions of Wayne. Like the Red Wings showed us all, it's a win-win for everyone."

  The Russian Five is the true story of immigrants that became American heroes, teammates that became family, and a scrappy, resilient city that became a world champion, twice. It's a story about hopes and dreams becoming reality, and the harsh reality of dreaming big. The names Federov, Larionov, Fetisov, Kozlov, and Konstantinov are legend in the Motor City and their influence on the game is still felt throughout the National Hockey League today.
Five Star Professional Names Arthur Cole, Managing Partner, of Cole, Newton & Duran CPAs, 
a 2019 Five Star Professional Award Recipient for the Fifth Time

Arthur Cole an inductee in the 1835 Livonia City Hall of Fame, managing partner, of Cole Newton & Duran CPAs has received the Five Star Professional award for the fifth time in the last six years.

Five Star Professional conducts market research to define and promote professional excellence. The Five Star designation assists consumers in selecting a service professional that other consumers say provides exceptional client satisfaction and service.
"This is a great honor being named a Five Star professional", said Arthur Cole. "I take pride in providing clients with valued added business advice. My banking background combined with my accounting, tax, and financial expertise allows me to analyze the full picture of a client's situation and provide value that helps them achieve their business and/or personal goals."
Five Star Professional conducts market-specific research to identify outstanding service professionals. Founded in 2003, the Five Star award program is the largest and most widely published award program in North America, covering more than 45 major markets. Professionals recognized as award winners are published by Five Star Professional and its partners. The award is based on a multifaceted research methodology, which incorporates input from peers and firm leaders along with client retention rates, industry experience, and a thorough regulatory history review.

About Cole, Newton & Duran CPAs (

Cole, Newton & Duran CPAs (CND) has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses for more than 50 years. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning. CND is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience, and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve.
Madonna Unviversity has set their next production - GODSPELL is upcoming.
And check out the Madonna University Summer MT Intensive for High School Students. 

The Madonna University Lyric Theatre is set to present Godspell on April 5th, 6th and 7th.

This 1970's popular musical will take place during the 2001 Boat Lift evacuation, at the south harbor of NYC on  9/11.  Witness the characters coming together to find harmony and hope in spite of the tragic events of 9/11.  

Ticket sales:

AND Madonna University is ready to hold their Summer MT Intensive auditions on April 11 or April 27. 

The Madonna University Summer MT Intensive for high school performers will run July 20-August 3.

If you are interested in the Summer Intensive you should Contact for an application and to schedule an audition time.

The Annual, Maybe this year, Sometime every year, Whenever I feel like it, So let's do it this year Bake Sale on April 13 @ 9:00 - 1:00 
@ 19514 Bainbridge

Check out some of the celebrity bakers 
who have signed up already to bring baked goods for the sale benefiting the 
Livonia Civic Chorus

Gail McKillop     Lonna Baum
Conrad Schwartz     Kathy Bilger
Alan Helmkamp     Susan Nash
Kathy Ventittelli          Dennis Nazelli
Andrea Oquist and her daughter
Laura Toy      Liz Jarvis (gluten free)
Joe Neussendorfer     Laurie Pohutsky
Kathleen McIntyre     Dan MacIver     
Virginia Bosak & the VAAL Bakers
Sister Nancy Marie Jamroz

Two orders are in for special baked goods. Jack Engebretson has ordered a Geraldine Joyner Rum Cake and is donating $100. Not to be beat, Conrad Schwartz also ordered the Geraldine Joyner Rum Cake and is donating $110.

Add your name to the list of bakers. Simply drop a dime to

United States Congress

  Local: 43155 Main Street Suite 2300B
Novi, MI  48375 

Washington: 227 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC  20515

State Senate
5400 Binsfeld
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI  48909-7536
Fax:  517-373-9228

Terry Marecki R-9th District)
7th Floor, 500 Griswold
Detroit, MI  48226

Phone: (313) 224-0946
Fax:  (313) 967-1235


Diane L. Webb (D-8th District)
7th Floor, 500 Griswold, Suite 725
Detroit, MI  48226

Phone: (313) 224-0930


Send your calendar notices to
March in Livonia
Bennett Civic Center Library all Month

March 9 - April 14
Unity of Livonia Food Drive

March 18 @ 7:00 - 8:00
Panera Bread, 28551 Schoolcraft

March 21 @ 9:30 - 5:00

March 21 @ 7:00 - 8:30
Spring Town Hall on Ford Contamination Issue

March 23
Kirksey Recreation Center

March 29 - 30
Clue the Musical presented by 
Livonia Community Theatre @ 
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church

March 31 @ 4:00
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church

April in Livonia
April 5-7, 12-14
presented by Barefoot Productions

April 6 - 7
Clue the Musical by 
Livonia Community Theatre
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church

April 12 @ 6:30
Livonia Democratic Club Membership Mixer
UAW Hall on Plymouth Road 
Open to the public

April 13 @ 11:00
Brunch with Bunny at Civic Park Senior Center

April 13 @ 9:00 - 1:00
The Annual, Maybe this year, Sometime every year, Whenever I feel like it, So let's do it this year Bake Sale @ 19514 Bainbridge

April 13 @ 6:00
Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights 
Mardi Gras @ Joy Manor

April 13 @ 2:00
Livonia Youth Symphony Orchestra
Kresge Hall @ Madonna University

April 20 @ 8:30 - 2:30
Toy and Comic Books Show @ 
Livonia Elks Hall

April 26 @ 6:30 @ Burton Manor
10th Annual Anna Bonde Murder Mystery

April 26 @ 6:30

April 27 @ 6:00 @ Burton Manor
Livonia Jaycees 3rd Annual Murder Mystery

April 27
Alexander Blue House @ 
historic Greenmead Village

April 29
Livonia Rotary Club Roll Down Raffle
Laurel Manor Banquet Center

May in Livonia
May 3
Clarenceville Education Foundation Reverse Raffle
Corsi's Restaurant

May 11 @ 4:00
Stop Drop & Bowl
Livonia Firefighters Charity Fund @ 

May 19
Spring Concert at Churchill Performing Arts Center

May 23 @ 7:00 - 8:45
45th Annual Livonia Prayer Breakfast
Burton Manor

June in Livonia
June 1 @ 7:00 am - 10:00
Livonia City Hall Campus
Save Our Youth Run

June 8 @ 10:00 - 2:00
Livonia's Annual Passport to Safety
Livonia Police Department
Safety stations where children learn about safety 
in a fun, family setting.

September in Livonia
September 15 @ 1:00 - 4:00
Good Old Fashioned Neigborhood Corn Roast

October in Livonia
October 3 @ 7:00
Hall of Fame 2013
Hall of Fame 2013 

Livonia State of the City Impresses

Always great to hear that the Livonia success story is being shared beyond our borders. The Livonia State of the City attended by over 500 business and community leaders impressed Tom Stroup of Northville. He posted the following on his facebook page:

"I enjoyed hearing all the great things happening in Livonia at the State of the City address on Wednesday. 

Unemployment at 2.2%
Industrial building occupancy rate of 97.2%
Chamber membership about to exceed 1000 businesses.
Violent crime down 15%
Non-violent crime down 40%
Housing prices up 8.5%

Michigan Shadowtowns Revisited" presented by the 
Livonia Historical Society

Gene Scott of the Livonia Historical Society will present his program "Michigan Shadowtowns Revisited" at the Livonia Historical Society meeting on Monday, Mar. 18 from 2 - 4 p.m. 

All are welcome to attend! 

The event will take place at the Alexander Blue House at Greenmead Historical Park, 20501 Newburgh Road. Membership information will be available at the meeting. 

For more information, please call (248) 477-7375.

Spring Break Camp at the Livonia YMCA

When school is out, fun is in at the Y. When you sign up for Spring Break Camp, you can trust that your child is in a safe, engaging environment while participating in enriching activities. School Break Camps are for children ages 3 to 14 and run April 1 to April 5 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
An update on State Representative Laurie Pohutsky

State Representative Laurie Pohutsky has introduced HB 4386. This is a bill that would repeal the "no stricter than federal" law currently in effect in Michigan regarding environmental standards that passed during last session's Lame Duck. 

"Michigan is facing unique environmental problems and we need to be able to respond accordingly. This bill is a step towards making that possible," writes Pohutsky in announcing HB 4386.

Ian Clemens Foundation Scholarship available.
Deadline April 13

Don't miss your opportunity to apply.....

The Ian Clemens Foundation Scholarsh ip applications are still being accepted. All applications must be received via USPS and postmarked by April 13th. 

This scholarship is open to all 2019 graduating high school student in the Livonia Community that are pursuing an engineering degree at any accredited public Michigan university. 

For more information click here.

Livonia pop-up office hosted by the staff of 
Congresswoman Haley Stevens

Congresswoman Stevens' office staff is coming to Livonia to assist constituents having issues with federal agencies. The office will arrange temporary pop-up offices all over Michigan's 11th district, to be as accessible as possible to all her constituents.

On Thursday, March 21st from 9:30 - 5:00 at 15218 Farmington Road.

 If you are having an issue relating to immigration, the Internal Revenue Service, Medicare, the Social Security Administration or Veterans Affairs, please stop by to chat with her team to see how they may be of assistance.

Schoolcraft College continues to support arts in Livonia.
Partnering as a part of the Livonia cultural experience

Plan Now for the 45th Annual Livonia Prayer Breakfast

Livonia Prayer Breakfast This year's Prayer Breakfast - the 45th annual event -  is  set for 7-8:45 a.m., Thursday, May 23 at Burton  Manor.

In addition to local musical talent, this year's breakfast will honor area veterans and first responders in prayer and music. Community and religious leaders joining the program include  Livonia Chamber of Commerce President Dan West, Livonia Mayor Dennis Wright, Pastor Don Sperling of  Clarenceville United Methodist Church, Sister Nancy Jamroz of  Madonna University and Dr. Scott McKee, senior pastor  of Ward  Church.

Delivering the featured message  at this year's breakfast will be  Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, pastor emeritus of The Moody Church and award-winning author. 

Dr. Lutzer  served as the senior pastor at Moody for 36 years. He holds a bachelor's in theology from Winnipeg Bible College, a master's in theology  from Dallas Theological Seminary, a master's in philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law.
Tickets - which include a full breakfast and program - are $20 for adults and $17 for students. 
Tickets can be purchased online on Eventbrite ( a service fee will be added for online purchasing) or by mail with a check payable to Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast sent to: Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast, Inc.  Attention: Sally Butler, 18858 Mayfield, Livonia, MI 48152. Tickets must be purchased by April 26. 

For more information visit or call Sally Butler at 248-476-9427.

The Livonia Prayer Breakfast is a version of the National Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington, D.C. Inaugurated in 1953 by some members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, these events are now held in many states and cities throughout our nation.

The Livonia Prayer Breakfast was initiated in 1975 by an ecumenical group of citizens and continues as a voluntary spiritual communion. Its focus has  been on bringing inspirational speakers to communicate positive, faith-filled principles that will inspire people to think globally and act locally

Let's go bowling with the firefighters.
Support their charity fund.