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Thursday, May 13, 2010

TriMas executives will preside over NASDAQ closing bell

TriMas executives will preside over NASDAQ closing bell
The TriMas Corporation executive team will be in Times Square and will preside over the NASDAQ closing bell at 3:45 p.m. today. David M. Wathen, president and chief executive officer; A. Mark Zeffiro, chief financial officer; Lynn Brooks, president of Rieke Packaging Systems; Len Turner, president of Arrow Engine; Kurt Allen, president of Lamons Gasket; Tom Benson, president of Cequent Performance Products; John Aleva, president of Cequent Consumer Products; Jerry VanAuken, president of Norris Cylinder; Eli Crotzer, president of Precision Tool Company & Hi-Vol; and Tom Aepelbacher, vice president of global sourcing will attend. The event will be available via a live webcast at To listen to the live event, visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. TriMas, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, produces engineered and applied products and has 3,900 employees at 60 facilities in 11 countries. For more information, visit

Indianwood holds wine and beer tasting benefit
Orion Keg & Wine and Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan are holding their third annual Wine & Beer Tasting 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at Indianwood Golf & Country Club, Great Hall Facility, 1081 Indianwood Road, Lake Orion. The tasting will feature 150 wines and beers of the world, light appetizers and live entertainment. Advance tickets are $40 a person or two for $70. Tickets will be $45 at thedoor. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. For more information, call 1-800-825-2536 or visit

Economist to give free lecture on indicators that move markets
“Seven Indicators That Move Markets,” will be presented by Paul Kasriel, chief economist of economic research for Northern Trust of Chicago at 7 p.m. today  at The Community House, 380 South Bates St. in Birmingham. Kasriel identified early on the formation of the housing bubble and foresaw the economic and financial market havoc that would ensue after the bubble burst. The accuracy of his previous forecasts has been highly regarded by The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. To register for the free event, call 248-644-5832 or visit

America’s IRA holds Roth conversion workshop
An IRA Roth conversion workshop is 6-7:30 p.m. today at America’s IRA Center, 525 N. Main, Milford. This free workshop answers questions that could save money in tax-free income through special tax breaks available this year. For more information call 248-438-1010.

Law firm offers business property tax appeals
Churchill Legal Group, PLC, a Bloomfield Hills-based team of real estate attorneys, certified appraisers and valuation experts specializes in challenging high property tax assessments on behalf of commercial property owners.
Commercial property owners have until May 31 to file an appeal of their tax assessment with the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Churchill encourages owners of any type of income-generating property to contact them if they think their property is over-assessed. Therefore, nearly every commercial property owner can benefit from an appeal, said Paul DePorre, a Churchill principal.
Appeals are filed against the city or township where the property is located, and a hearing is conducted before an administrative law judge in Lansing, to determine whether tax relief is warranted.  This process usually takes about two years. Churchill works on a contingency basis and offers a complementary, preliminary analysis to determine whether a property is over-assessed. For more information, call 248-341-3774 or visit

Wine tasting benefits HAVEN Garden Project
Market Square Wine Tasting is 6-9 p.m. Friday at Goldner Walsh Garden & Home, 559 Orchard Lake Road, Pontiac.
Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at Goldner Walsh or any Market Square store.
The event includes a tasting of more than 40 wines and gourmet appetizers in a botanic setting. All net ticket proceeds will be donated to the HAVEN Garden Project. The event is presented by the Michigan Young Farmers Coalition. Those who attend must be at least 21 years old. For more information call
248-332-6430 or visit

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