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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Neighborhood Service group collecting clothes for men

Neighborhood Service group collecting clothes for men

The Neighborhood Service Organization recently re-opened its Clothes Closet for men involved in its programs and The Shirt Box at 32500 Northwestern Hwy. in Farmington Hills. The group is collecting gently used men’s professional clothing and customers are encouraged to bring in used garments, including suits, dress shirts, slacks, ties and sport coats to help the nonprofit’s clients dress for success when applying for new jobs and making the transition back into the workforce. The Shirt Box is a permanent drop-off location for clothing donations. “People have been hit hard by this economy and we need to do all that we can to help,” says Ron Elkus of The Shirt Box. “We’ve been hosting various clothing and fundraising drives for local charities for over 25 years. We are very happy to continue.”

Fresard Buick GMC collects for U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots

Fresard Buick GMC of Ferndale has a truck loaded with toys collected for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots program. The dealership is at 21800 Woodward Ave. Donations are accepted during regular business hours.

Automation Alley welcomes 13 new members in November

Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, announced that 13 new members joined the organization in November. For more information, go to

New members in November include:
  •  J.S. Clark Agency, Inc., Southfield
  •, Birmingham
  •  l33t labs LLC, Warren
  •  Azure Dynamics, Oak Park
  •  DornerWorks, Commerce Township
  •  MDS International, Inc., Burton
  •  Detroit International Auto Salon, Waterford Township
  •  MetalFab Sales, Novi
  •  Synaptin LLC, Ann Arbor
  • Traxx Mobility Systems, Farmington
  •  Fleet Enterprises, Troy
  •  J& J Truck Bodies and Trailers, Warren
Robotics and Automation
  •  Lightware USA/High Resolution Systems, Clarkston

Macomb residents offered free ‘becoming a homeowner’ workshop

Macomb County residents are being offered a free, two-hour workshop designed to help them decide about becoming a homeowner from 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Dec. 13,
at the VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Road, Entrance E, Clinton Township. Participants will learn about renting versus buying, budgeting, credit, affordable neighborhoods, loans and down payment requirements and special home buying assistance programs. To register, call 586-469-7614.

‘Bacon, Eggs & Resumes!’ workshop is Saturday

Bacon, Eggs & Resumes! 2010 Resume Workshop Series by is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at Hilton Garden-Inn, 26000 American Dr., Southfield. There will be a continental breakfast served, and participants will receive a professional written resume and interview instruction. is a Premier design studio and one-stop shopping site for resumes of any kind. The cost is $50.

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