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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-04-03

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46 Friday, April 3, 1987

and Jewish youths on Or-
chard Lake Road. According
to reports, Chaldean gangs
were involved. Councilmen
and others dispute the idea
that the fighting was moti-
vated by ethnic tensions.
Says Alkateeb: "The Chal-
deans were mostly from
Southfield and the Nevada
area in Detroit. They came to
the nightclub spots along Or-
chard Lake Road to cause
trouble out of their own
neighborhoods. When I spoke
to Chaldean families whose
children were involved, they
said that they didn't even
know that their children
were a part of such groups."
Marks says swift police re-
sponse to the problem, includ-
ing ten arrests on Jan. 16,
has pushed troublemakers
out of Farmington Hills.
However, the city was caught,
off guard without an anti-
loitering ordinance. One was
quickly passed by council as
a protective measure against
possible future incidents.
Both Marks and Alkateeb
have strong feelings about
their ethnic background.
Marks exhorts "more Jews to
get involved in public affairs
in the Detroit suburbs. We
have so much to offer as a
people because of our appre-
ciation for what this country
gives its citizens. People join
the country club but they
don't even turn out for an
election."
In council races, when no
other state offices are being
filled, no more than 15 per-
cent of the electorate votes.
Marks wants to combat such
malaise. He also wants to
continue Alkateeb's list of
achievements in expanding
the city's parks and rec-
reational facilities, especially
after the outbreak of youth
violences.
Born in Detroit and a
graduate of Central High
School, Marks married
young. He was in the U.S.
Army in Europe during
World War II with anti-
aircraft units, and partici-
pated in the battles of
Antwerp and Bastogne. He
started out as a carpenter,
became a contractor and fi-
nally went into business for
himself. Today he and his
wife Shirley live in Churchill
Commons. They have four
daughters and six grand-
children.
Marks credits Central High
for giving him his "leg up in
the world. It taught me my
priorities," he emphasizes. "I
learned that what you think
of yourself is more impoitant
than -what anybody else
thinks about you."
It was in the late '60s that
Marks began mobilizing
Farmington Hills neighbor-
hoods to push to incorporate,
becoming a'key figure in the
Council of Homeowners Asso- -

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Dearborn 12850 Michigan Ave. at Oakman
Detroit 20,000 Plymouth Rd. at Evergreen
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Drayton Plains 4764 Dixie Hwy. (next to Pontiac State Bank)
Pontiac 1903 North Perry Road (Pontiac Plaza)
Pontiac 3360 West Huron (M-59 near K-Mart)
Taylor 11006 Allen Road at Goddard (across from A&P)
Port Huron 3750 Pine Grove Ave.
Ann Arbor 4563 Washtenaw•Rd. (V/2 miles east of U.S. 23)
Ypsilanti 328 E. Michigan Ave. at South Prospect
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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

ciation. He made a name for
himself from his work on the
commission that wrote the ci-
ty's charter. Marks calls that
"one of my biggest achieve-
ments."
He has served on numerous
commissions since then, but
he had to wait until 1984 to
get elected to city council.
Marks smiles as he recalls
the recount in 1984. "You
see, everyone's vote really
does count. I still consider it
a personal triumph to get
elected, being Jewish." Marks

Marks credits
Central High for
giving him his "leg
up in the world. It
taught me my
priorities," he
emphasizes. "I
learned that what
you think of
yourself is more
important than
what anybody else
thinks about you."

estimates that only about ten
percent of the city's 70,000
residents are Jewish.
Remembering the fight
over his becoming mayor pro
tem, Marks states, "There
was a big brouhaha. It went
down to the 11th hour. I
fought tooth and nail for it. I
won by one vote."
In . this mostly Republican,
upper middle-class bedroom
community, some suspected
Marks of being a shade too
liberal. Others had not for-
gotten that he ,had been a
leading proponent of mid-rise
development for the city,
which turned out to be un-
popular with voters who
wanted to keep Farmington
Hills' residential character.
Explains Donn Wolf, coun-
cilman and former mayor, "I
'was - on the other side of the
fence from Ben, but now I am
a full-fledged supporter. I
think that he is going to be
one of the finest mayors that
we have ever had."
William Costick agrees.
"Both Joe and Ben are hard
workers and .very good men.
Ben is . going to be a real
asset as mayor."
In fact, Marks is a Republi-
can, though maybe not as
conservative as other Repub-
Beans on the council. He sup-
ports Howard Baker and ad-
mires Harry Truman. He
says that he had considered
running against Jack Faxon
for the area's state senate -
seat, but decided not to "be-
cause the postiire of the partY
wan't 'right for me at the
time,

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