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February 19, 1988 - Image 46

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-02-19

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An artist's rendering of the Rosenberg Recreational Complex.

Bursting The Bubble

A new multi-purpose building will replace the Maple/Drake
Jewish Community Center tennis bubble this year


Sports Writer


here it sat, on the west
end of the Maple/Drake
Jewish Community Cen-
ter. The old tennis bub-
ble, covered in white
powder, possibly for the last time,
after a nightime snowfall. Soon, the
bubble will be gone.' In its place will
rise a long, low brick structure, a new
recreation building.
With the possible demise of Tiger
Stadium — and Detroit Mayor Cole-
man Young's expressed desire for a
new, multi-purpose stadium — so
prominent in recent headlines, one
wonders if any protesters have ac-
costed the JCC leadership, demand-
ing to save the old building. Apparent-
ly not, as plans are moving forward
toward a late-spring target date for
the start of construction.

Of course, the 13-year-old bubble
is not quite the historic treasure
which Tiger Stadium is. And the new
facility will have a great deal to offer
to current and future JCC members.
The JCC directors have long de-
sired a new facility, as executive direc-
tor Mort Plotnick explains. "We've
known of the need for the past couple
of years, as we felt the need for addi-
tional programs and services and the
need for a full, year-round facility."
Plotnick says the new building
will house five tennis courts, an in-
door walking/jogging track which will
be at least four lanes wide, and multi-
purpose space. Director of Building
Services Pete Rosenberg adds that the
track will be about one-sixth of a mile
long. The entire facility will measure
50,800 square feet, with 2,600 square
feet for multi-purpose activities.
Among the uses for the multi-purpose
space will be basketball, gymnastics,

volleyball and floor hockey. "The bers Edward and Shirley Rosenberg.
According to Plotnick, the Rosen-
facility will be able to service young
people and older adults," says Plot- bergs will donate $1 million to the
nick, "just a terrific multi-age kind of project. Total costs are not yet known,
but estimates are in the area of $1.25
The new programs serviced by the million.
The Rosenbergs, says Plotnick,
building, which will also include a
kitchen and snack bar, should allow "got interested because I think they
the JCC to increase its membership. wanted to do something for the com-
munity and were looking for a project
"We're hoping so," agrees Plotnick.
"We're short-spaced in our ex- that would fit into their needs. And
isting facilities;' Plotnick continues. this was one that fit in very well."
"So that this will just allow us some
The Edward and Shirley
additional capacity to have classes Rosenberg Recreational Complex is
and activities for young kids, for scheduled for completion in late fall
teens, for the young adult basketball or early winter of this year. JCC
leagues and so on."
members will have to find other ten-
Of course, the best laid plans of nis courts to use until the new
mice and men often go nowhere building is ready.
By the way, the old bubble may be
without money. "We were fortunate
enough this past year to have a donor sold, perhaps to rise again over some
come forward who had a commitment new tennis courts. Now if Mayor
to the kind of program we wanted," Young could only find a way to recy-
says Plotnick. Enter local JCC mem- cle Tiger Stadium . . . ❑


Detroit JCC
6th In Indy

The Detroit Jewish Com-
munity Center basketball
team placed sixth among
eight teams in last weekend's
JCC Midwest Team Basket-
ball Tournament in
Pittsburgh won the event
with a 66-55 victory over
Toledo Monday.
Detroit lost to Indianapolis
on Saturday, 66-60. They
dropped a 65-56 decision to
Canton (Ohio) Sunday. Tare
Wigod and Torn Sweeny were
Detroit's leading scorers.
Wigod was voted the team's

most valuable player.
Teams from Dayton, Cincin-
nati and Akron also com-
peted. Pittsburgh advances to
a national tournament in
Detroit has no games
scheduled until May when
they will compete in a Cana-
dian JCC tournament.

Hoffman Nets
23 In Win

Matt Hoffman scored 23
points and dished out six
assists on Feb. 9 as North Far-
mington edged Livonia
Stevenson, 62-61. The Raiders
were 5-9 overall, 4-4 in the

Western Lakes League, enter-
ing this week.
David Rothstein tallied 11
points and six assists as
Rochester Adams improved
its record to 12-1 with a 56-53
victory over Royal Oak Kim-
ball Feb. 9. The Highlanders
lead the Metro Suburban Ac-
tivities Association with a
10-0 mark.

Bulls Stretch
JCC Lead

The Bulls (6-0) beat the lone
Honey Berris League basket-
ball team with only one loss
last Sunday at the
Maple/Drake Jewish Corn-

munity Center. Dave Baxter's
25 points led the first-place
Bulls past the Pistons (2-2)
55-45. Aaron Fowler paced
the Pistons with 19 points.
The Knicks (3-3) outscored
the Mavericks (0-5) 8-4 in
overtime Sunday for a 73-69
win. Scott Oshinsky tallied
34 points for the winners in
the see-saw contest. Charles
Ballantine had 28 points for
the Mavericks.
The Knicks beat the 76'ers
(2-3) on Feb. 10, 70-45. Oshin-
sky had 29 for the Knicks.
Keith Tobin tallied 21 for the
76 'ers.
In the day's second game,
the Lakers (3-2) moved into a
second-place tie with the

Celtics in a 59-48 victory over
the Mavericks. Mike Reich
scored 20 for the Lakers, Ibny
Jenkins had 17 for the Mays.
The JCC's Kenny Goldman
Leagues will play their cham-
pionship tournaments on
March 13. Eight teams are
expected to compete in each of
the two youth leagues.

B'nai B'rith
Leagues Merge

The Z ager-Stone/Tucker-
Grant and Bloch-Israel bowl-
ing leagues have agreed to
merge next season. The com-
bined league will bowl at 8:15
p.m. Wednesdays at West

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