Thursday, December 27, 2007



Join SUBWAY® restaurants in the fight against childhood obesity! In the coming months we will be launching RANDOM ACTS OF FITNESS™, an exciting new program for the 2007-2008 school year to help America's youth get fit and have fun.Sign up now to become a member of the SUBWAY® T.E.A.M and receive your RANDOM ACTS OF FITNESS™ starter kit.

We invite you to join the SUBWAY® team and help us in the fight against childhood obesity. By registering on, you will receive at no cost an activation kit which includes:

-Motivational posters for use in the classroom;

-An informational and instructional brochure;

-A tote board for tracking activity points;

-Meal Reward Certificates uniquely coded, with “For Teacher” validation area; each certificate is good for the purchase of one SUBWAY FRESH FIT FOR KIDS™ meal;

-A Page-a-Day Calendar for use in class as a daily reminder to embrace activity and good nutrition;

-A Classroom Connection program designed topartner classes from different parts of the country so they may share how they have incorporated activityand good nutrition into their school day…and much more!

So log on to and enroll your class today!

Although these materials are protected by copyright, you have permission to make copies for educational purposes. Please feel free to share this program with your colleagues.

Here’s to making the choice to FUEL UP ANDPOWER ON!™

Friday, December 21, 2007

DEAL The Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

The Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (DRFC) is offering a unique gift of history that will last for a lifetime - a brick or paver on Detroit's riverfront. The bricks and pavers will be placed at the two new riverfront plazas located at Rivard St., just east of the GM Renaissance Center, and at Gabriel Richard Park, just east of the Belle Isle (MacArthur) Bridge.

A 4 x 8 brick costs $100 and can have an inscription of 28 characters on two lines. An 8 x 8 paver costs $500 and can have an inscription of 70 characters on five lines. Purchasers will receive a paper replica in the mail and are also enrolled as official members of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is offering a special deal for GreatStuff readers: Get 20 percent off the purchase of a brick or paver. This is offer is good for purchase on the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy's website only, at Select the Great Stuff link on the home page and enter the promotional code: "GreatStuff1." (THIS DEAL HAS EXPIRED)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Diversity Essay Scholarship Competition DEADLINE 2/1/2008

For High School Students,
Write an Essay (1000 - 1,200 Words) on: Freedom of Conscience in Contemporary Society

For Complete Rules,
$250 - $1000

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

32 AA batteries for around $5 - WATCH THIS VIDEO

32 AA batteries for around $5

Just open a 6V battery and you will find 32AA batteries inside.

Watch this video to find out how

FREE MP3- Alicia Keys - "No One"

Many free MP3's including Alicia Keys "No One".

Each MP3 has a short "40 second commerical" at the beginning and end...

Click on the Alica Keys MP3 link next to the headphones and do a "Save" to your hard drive.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Steps to College Newsletter

Steps to College

Steps to College is NACAC's online newsletter for and about students in the school-to-college transition. New stories are added to this page throughout the year, so come back often!

The newsletter includes topics such as


Airport Information Airport Guides

"Stuck at the Airport" writer, Harriet Baskas, reports on the facilities and services at more than 65 airports worldwide.

Click on this link to find information on what to do if you are stuck in any major airport:

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Macy's Offers 11% off Savings to Out-of-Town Visitors

Macy’s welcomes visitors from outside the Detroit area with a special 11% Welcome Savings Pass valid for 5 days, with qualifying identification. Exclusions apply. For more information, visit

This deal works the other way too. If you are traveling outside of Detroit and visit a Macy's store, you can get the 11% discount...

Friday, November 2, 2007

Oakland County FREE Online service offers deed fraud protection

Oakland County Online service offers deed fraud protection

The Oakland County Clerk's Office is launching a free online service today to help homeowners protect themselves from mortgage and deed fraud. FRAUDCHECK will allow homeowners to go online and see if any unauthorized documents have been recorded with the clerk/register of deeds in the last 12 months. The program will be available through

End your Phone Support Frustrations

Ever get frustrated when you call Customer Support and you have to go through an endless series of automated voice recording before you speak with a REAL person?

End your frustrations and always speak with a human. Get Human is a source listing of all the customer service numbers that link you directly to a live person.

Check it out:

1-800-NUMBERS is a pro consumer website that contains toll free 800 numbers for many different companies. The numbers are accompanied by written transcriptions of the company phone menus so that users can get what the help they need quickly.

Check it out

FREE TRAVEL ADVICE: Kids Airport Diversion Guide

Flying with kids can be a challenge. Cooped up in a confining aluminum tube for hours, herded through security, and generally cranky, they crave entertainment and

Here’s Cheap Flight News’ guide to help you provide precisely that. We’ll take a look at some of the country’s key connecting airports, and what they have to offer. Interestingly, some otherwise wonderful airports are all butbereft of things to keep kids entertained.
Others, such as Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and San Francisco (SFO) offer places to either blow off steam,or engage in flights of childlike fancy.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

FREE TRAVEL ADVICE: Disney World Secrets Revealed

Before you take your family to Disney World, you have to read this website:
All Ears Net, Deb's Unoffical Walt Disney World Information Guide.

It is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about Walt Disney World. Deb has been to Disney World countless times so it is all here.

Before I went to Disney World in September, I did a search on this site for Animal Kingdom Lodge. I found out that every night at that hotel behind the pool, you can get Night Vision Goggles to see the animals. And you don't have to stay at the lodge to use the goggles. That piece of information was no where to be had on the Offical Disney World site. My son loved seeing the animals with the goggles. The site also informed me that animal face painting was available in Harambee Village and I made sure my son got his face painted like a zebra before we left Animal Kingdom.

This is a wonderful source of little known Walt Disney World info

Monday, October 29, 2007

Secret Shoppers

Mystery Shoppers:
Secret Shopper® is accepting applications for qualified individuals to become mystery shoppers. It's fun and rewarding, and you choose when and where you want to shop. You are never obligated to accept an assignment. There is no charge to become a shopper and you do not need previous experience. After you sign up, you will have access to training materials on our site.

Apply now to become a mystery shopper.
Consult our Frequently Asked Questions for applicants section for answers

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Resume Templates to help with Your Job Search

If you need help with your resume, here is a link to templates for sample resumes for many different professions.

FREE TRAVEL ADVICE: Ride roundtrip from Detroit to Chicago for $2.50

Do you love to shop in Chi-town or have friends there that you would love to visit? Do you know about Megabus? Megabus is a bus line that has been in business in Detroit since Spring of 2006. They only operate in Detroit between Detroit and Chicago. On every Megabus are 4 seats that are $1 each way. With a 50 cents processing fee, that total roundtrip price for these seats are $2.50.

My son and I took Megabus to Chicago for a vacation in August 2006 and I only paid $4.50 total for both our roundtrip seats. To get this great price, you have to book the trip when the exact day and time you want is first entered on the website: which means you must start checking the website well before when you want to take your trip. I started checking for my August trip in May. Also, be sure to keep your confirmation number with you at all times. Without this number, you will not be allowed on the bus.
Megabus has two pickup stops: Wayne State and Grand Circus Park. Once in Chicago, the dropoff point is Union Station where you can take the bus, a cab, or walk to your hotel. Goodluck!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Detroit Water and Sewerage Employment - GET YOUR RESUME

Detroit Water and Sewerage Employment -

Water and Sewerage Dept has a new meter program starting this fall and are currently hiring technicians and bilingual customer services representatives for the new call center in Detroit. Starting pay is $11.50 per hour.They are also hiring water meter installation technicians immediately, previous maintenance experience, helpful but not necessary-they will train. Contact person is Brian Roberts 1-866-2359 or 313-372-2100 to schedule an appointment. The contract company is VSI Meter Services and the project lead is Damond Warren. Email resumes and cover letter to These positions are for three years.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

For Teachers - Get the Detroit Free Press delivered to your classroom for FREE

Detroit Free Press 100% sponsored Yakademic Team literacy program

Order the Tuesday edition of the Detroit Free Press with Yak's Corner for up to 37 weeks during the 2007-2008 school year -- September 11, 2007 to June 10, 2008 -- at no cost to you or your school!

Get more details
Order online now

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

For Teachers - Airborne Teacher Trust Fund

Why the Airborne® Teacher Trust Fund?

Times are getting tough for many educational programs. The facts can be daunting:
In 2007, $3.5 billion will be cut from the Department of Education, a 4% decrease in funding from last year. Less than 2 cents on the dollar spent on education support the critical elementary and secondary education programs that help our schools.

Surveys show that teachers believe arts education programs are endangered because of the No Child Left Behind Act, which focuses primarily on math, science, foreign-language programs and standard tests. Research shows that the 3 to 6 p.m. is the peak period for juvenile crime and drug & alcohol experimentation, a time slot that could be filled with extracurricular school programs if they existed. As district budgets become tighter, schools are faced with the difficult decision of having to cut important programs, particularly art and music.

In response, Airborne, Inc., has developed the Airborne Teacher Trust Fund program to help school communities across the nation revive these ever-important learning programs.

FREE Home Depot Kids' Workshop every first Saturday of the month

Home Depot Kids' Workshop

Children ages five to Twelve and their accompanying parent or adult learn about tool safety while building fun and educational projects from pre-fab kits. Each child also receives a kid-sized Home Depot orange apron and project pin. Visit the website to find a location near you.

Monday, October 22, 2007

For Teachers of Low Income Students - The Storehouse

The Storehouse provides essentials for neighbors in need

This community store helps meet basic needs of children by offering school supplies for teachers in low-income schools, from pencils and paper to books and backpacks.
During the 2004-2005 school year, more than 12,900 teachers visited sites for the Storehouse across the United States and placed valuable school supplies into the hands of more than 577,700 school children.
The Storehouse is part of the World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice

In Detroit, contact Dan Rorrer, Manager of The Storehouse


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Free GM Renaissance Center Tours

Free Tour Schedule :
Monday through Saturday 10 am, Noon, 2pm and 4pm

The free one-hour tour takes visitors through the landmark GM Renaissance Center and outlines the rich history that General Motors shares with the city of Detroit.
Tours depart from the Customer Service Desk located in the GM Wintergarden. No advance registration is required.

Private tours are suggested for groups of 10 or more. To make group tour arrangements, contact Kim Rusinow at 313.568.5624. Appropriate for school groups and reunions.

Ren Cen Tour Highlights:
>GM Wintergarden - a tropical atrium overlooking the Detroit River
>GM Lobby and Pavilion - the glass-and-steel Jefferson Plaza entrance
>GM World - an eclectic display of vintage, new model and concept vehicles
>GM Collection - a unique collection of GM souvenirs and historical books
>Circulation Ring - 288 pieces of suspended etched glass panels connecting the building's four towers
>"Borealis" Glass Sculpture - the tallest vertical glass sculpture in the world
>Ren Cen Shops - a showcase of boutique shopping unique to Detroit
>Restaurants - the expansive food court and the world-class, white-linen restaurants of Andiamo Riverfront, Seldom Blues and Coach Insignia
>Riverfront Plaza and Promenade - features a world map carved in granite
>Detroit Riverfront Conservancy - an overview of the "Bridge to Bridge" vision and Riverwalk

The one-hour tour concludes with a glass elevator ride to the 72nd floor of the Detroit Marriott Hotel for a breathtaking view of the Detroit and Windsor skylines. - Bring Your Cameras!

For more information:

For Teachers- DNIE will offer teachers free E-editions of the Detroit News and Free Press

Coming Soon!

This fall, DNIE (Detroit News in Education) will offer teachers E-editions -- exact electronic replicas of The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press that readers access through their computers -- in addition to the current print editions!
E-edition users can:
View all text, photos, and advertisements exactly as they are printed in the daily paper
Flip through pages and skim headlines - same as with a traditional newspaper
Change screen layout and move easily through pages and sections
Use keywords to research any topic, person or event instantly
Save, print and send articles with a click of a button

For more information,

Liberty and Justice for All, including the economically-disadvantaged

"With Liberty and Justice for All"
The Henry Ford has an exciting exhibit entitled With Liberty and Justice for All. This exhibit explores the evolution of American freedom through four key eras—American Revolution, Civil War, Suffragette, and Civil Rights. This exhibit is significant due to its educational opportunities and marks a major change for The Henry Ford, as it explores a social innovation rather than a technological innovation. It is also the permanent context for the Rosa Parks bus.

Through the generous support of the Knight Foundation, The Henry Ford is able to offer free admission to Detroit families that are economically-disadvantaged and/or otherwise would not be able to visit the museum and see this exhibit. The Henry Ford is partnering with Mayor’s Time to provide you this opportunity. If you know of an econonmically-disadvantaged person or family interested in free tickets, please contact Jannice King at Note: This is not to be used for school field trips.

To learn more about the exhibit, visit:

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Detroit Public Library is participating in the Museum Adventure Pass (MAP) program!

Beginning October 25, free passes to 25 metro area museums will be available for check-out at Main Library and every branch library in Detroit. DPL customers in good standing will be able to check-out a free admission pass, good for 7 days, and admitting either 2 or 4 people depending on the museum.

Participating museums include :
>Detroit Institute of Arts,
>Detroit Historical Museum,
>Ford Rouge Factory Tour,
>Henry Ford Estate,
>Cranbrook Museums for Science and for Art,
>University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History,
>Howell Nature Center,
and many more.

MAP is a partnership between public libraries and museums in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw, Livingston, St. Clair and Macomb counties.The program is sponsored by Macy's, the Library of Michigan Foundation, and the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan. Macy's underwrites expenses for producing promotional materials used by and in DPL libraries as well as print and media advertising for the program.

MAP begins October 25, and continues through October, 2008. If successful, it will be considered for a second year.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Guaranteed Jobs Free Training Program for Detroiters

Mayor Kilpatrick on Thursday promoted two new Detroit Workforce Development Centers that provide free training directly linked to guaranteed jobs.
The Health Care Career Center, in downtown Detroit, has partnered with the Oakland University School of Nursing for 10-week training courses that will enable graduates to become certified nursing assistants at the Detroit Medical Center.
The city hopes to get 300 people through the program by year-end.
On the east side, the Hospitality/Retail Career Center, working with Wayne County Community College and Goodwill Industries, will train people to work at CVS pharmacies. The city hopes 500 people will move through that program by year's end.

For more information Detroiters interested in one of the new training programs should contact the Detroit Workforce Development Department at (313) 962-9675 or visit the Web site

Saturday, April 21, 2007

REVIEW: Suze Orman speaks at Detroit Free Press Money 101 Seminar

Today, I went to see finance guru Suze Orman. Suze was the featured speaker at the Detroit Free Press Money 101 Seminar in Livonia. When Suze took the stage, the entire place got an energy that was amazing. I had a seat in the second row dead center so I was up close and personal. This woman really loves what she is doing. She was able to field any question on any money subject that people had. It was amazing to see her in action.

She told the audience that she could have retired long ago, but she loves educating people on the subject of finances. She gave everyone the "secret code" that was available in her latest book to get a deal on setting up an online savings account at TD Ameritrade. If $100 is deposited in the account every month for 12 months, TD Ameritrade would give Suze Orman followers (with the secret code) a special $100 bonus in the 13th month. Now that's a deal that I am going to jump on. It is not everyday that someone gives you money for attending a seminar.

What I learned at the seminar:

1. Don't believe everything you see or read. The Michigan economy is not ALL bad.

2. Check your 401k to see how the investments are allocated. Only 15% of the total should be in your company stock. If you have more, move out at little at a time until you hit your target.

3. Have common sense. Trust no one. Scams are everywhere. Check for a list of recent scams.

4. Your child may be able to get financial aid for college. The formula your finanical aid is based on 22% of your income, 3% assets, 50% of the student's income, and 25% of the student's assets.

5. Invest in a 529 account to pay for college. They have no income restrictions, low impact on financial aid, and state tax advantages. You can have multiple 529 accounts. If your child does not go to college, you pay a 10% penalty on the growth, taxes on the growth, and you get back the principle.

6. A low FICO score is less than 600. A high FICO score is between 760-850.

7. Closing down accounts can negatively affect your FICO score since 30% of the score is based on debt to credit limit. Leave the zero accounts open.

8. Paying your bills on time will raise your FICO score because it accounts for 30% of your FICO score.

9. Adding someone with a good FICO score to your score will increase your score.

10. Dedit Cards don't report to FICO.

11. The 4 must have documents are (1). Will, (2). Living Revocable Trust, (3). Advance Directive, and (4). Durable Power of Attorney. The Living Revocable Trust must have a incapacity clause. The Will will cover anything that is not in the Trust. The Advance Directive gives instructions in case you are on Life Support. The Durable Power of Attorney is used in case you are in the hospital.

12. Real Estate values follow the job market. Other people's misfortunes will affect your home value. 3 Trillion in adjustable rate mortgages are coming due this year.

13. One extra mortgage payment a year changes a 30 year mortgage into a 24.5 year mortgage.

14. Rolf IRA's are best investment if you qualify. You have already paid taxes on the money so you can take the principle without penalty if you need to. After age 59 1/2, all the money is tax free.

15. A good financial plan to follow is 1. Invest in 401k up to the company match. 2. Pay down credit card debt. 3. Invest in a Rolf IRA. 4. Write a Will. 5. Open a Trust. 6. Do a Advance Directive. 7. Do a Durable Power of Attorney 8. Pay off your Mortgage 9. Buy Term Life Insurance (don't insure children).

16. To make $100, go to and use the password 701. This will open a TD Ameritrade accout where you can invest as little as $50 a month for the next 12 months. In the 13th month, $100 will be deposited into the account. The account is insured, has no fees, and gives a 3% return. (This is a limited time offer)

17. Custodial accounts should be setup for minors.