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ummer 2003 will go down in
the American history books as
the summer of the great black-
out, with millions of homes and busi-
nesses losing electrical power on
Thursday, Aug. 14.
For the Jewish Community Center
of Metropolitan Detroit, history
repeated itself on Tuesday, Aug. 26,
when, at about 2:30 p.m., the JCC in
West Bloomfield was plunged once
again into darkness.
This time, the JCC was one of no
more than 100 electrical users affected,
said David Sorkin, JCC executive
"Probably, some lightning hit a
power source at Maple and Drake
roads," Sorkin said. "We called Detroit
Edison at about 2:30, and they got
there at 6:30 or 7 p.m. At 2:30 a.m.
[Aug. 27] the electricity went on."
Throughout Michigan, about
10,000 Detroit Edison customers lost
power Aug. 26 due to thunderstorms.
Usually, the JCC in West Bloom-
field is protected against power out-
ages because it has two power sources
from different electrical grids, Sorkin
On Aug. 14, lines serving the build-
ing's primary source were destroyed,
so, when the power came back on
Aug. 16, the building went to its sec-
ondary source. Detroit Edison had not
repaired the primary source. So there
was no back-up Aug. 26.
Detroit Edison contractors began
repairing the primary source on Aug. 27.
It was deja vu "all over again" for ,
Marilyn Wolfe, JCC travel coordinator
and educational director of the Jewish
Parents Institute. When the power
went out Aug. 14, she had just fin-
ished.meeting with Bob Kimsal, JCC
chief administrative officer. When the
power went out Aug. 26, she was
again meeting with Kimsal.
Wolfe concluded the obvious:
"We've got to stop meeting like this."
On her way home, Wolfe, who lives
off Drake near the JCC, stopped to
buy new flashlights. However, she did
not lose electricity at home.
"Maybe I should bring them to
work," she said. ❑