ven before they bought their charming Cape
Cod-style home, Neal Alpiner figured his wife,
Tobye Stein, was already visualizing the
transformation of ugly under-utilized space into a
library of perfect proportion.
"A library wasn't a must have," she recalled, "but it
was something that would be nice to have."
"Nice" understates the quality of the space the
couple now enjoy after a phone call to Gittleman
Construction got them going on their home
improvement project. Meeting directly with Scott
Gittleman, Tobye shared her goals, among them,
It had to look like a real library and it needed more
light." And her design criteria, "I got hooked on an
idea of a castle."
Scott came through with well-lit, floor-to-ceiling
bookshelves plus dramatic castle-like arch accents
in a room that exceeds the couple's expectations yet
stayed withig their budget.
"We really liked their workmanship," said Neal. "They came when they said and when you
called them, they called you right back."
As to future projects, Neal's certain there will be more, and Gittleman number is nearby.
So next time you're dreaming of turning unattractive, under used space into something
spectacular, turn to Gittleman for help from start to finish.
College students may apply for inter-
est-free lOans for the 2006/2007 school
year through the Jewish Educational
Loan Service Program (JELS) begin-
ning April 3.
Administered by JVS, Hebrew Free
Loan Association, and the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the
program is available to metro Detroit
area Jewish residents.
Applicants must be full-time stu-
dents pursuing an undergraduate,
graduate, or professional education;
be able to document financial need;
attend- a Michigan educational institu-
tion unless a comparable education is
not available in Michigan; and dem-
onstrate academic progress toward a
JELS'is funded through a partner-
ship of more than 70 private funds
and philanthropic service organiza-
tions. ApprO)dmately 100 students are
assisted each year.
In addition to loans, JVS also .
provides counseling to parents and
students interested in other financial
aid options through state, federal and
For information and applications,
contact JELS Coordinator Marvin
Berman, (248) 233-4209.
JARC's family-friendly SpringElation
event will take place noon-4 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, at Joe Dumars
Fieldhouse, 45300 Mound, Shelby
- JARC will have exclusive use of the
facility and will feature entertainment
by D. Brown of StarTrax, basketball, in-
line skating, beach volleyball, carnival
and arcade games, high ropes course,
climbing wall, miniature golf, a giant
slide, face painting and laser tag. The
Matt Prentice Restaurant Group's Milk
& Honey of West Bloomfield will cater
Proceeds will support JARC's Harris
Children and Family Division, which
provides services to more than 300
families who have a child with a dis-
Event sponsorships are available.
Individual tickets, including all games
and food, are available for $20 by call-
ing the JARC SpringElation hotline,
(248) 538-6610 ext. 418. Children 4
and under are admitted free.
Chairing the event are Nathan Forbes
and Lindsay Gross, both of Franklin,
Barry Leshman of Huntington
Woods and Howard Luckoff of West
For college age through 30-
something. Send information to
Hillel Metro Detroit
April 2 Sunday, 1 p.m. Volunteer
to play and make matzah with
children with special needs from
the Friendship Circle at the West
RSVP by Friday, March 31, to Dina:
April 3 Monday, 7 p.m. Fitness
nhaiin at West Bloomfield JCC. Free
workout. RSVP to Dina: hillelpd@
wayne.edu or (313) 577-3459.
JUST ASK NEAL ALPINER AND TOBYE STEIN.
MSU Hillel, East. Lansing
March 30 Thursday, 7 p.m. Jewish/
Greek Night. Community service at St.
Vincent's Home for Children. RSVP to
SasJia: email@example.com .
March 31 Friday, 6 p.m. Shabbat
Services, 7 p.m. complimentary din-
ner. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org .
April 1 Saturday:24 Hours of Mitzvah
Service with Tzedek and Alpha Pi
Omega. RSVP to Audrey Bloomberg:
April 4 Tuesday, midnight. Broomball
at Munn Ice Area. Cost: $2 stick
U-M Hiller, Ann Arbor
March 30 Thursday, 8 p.m. Broomball
with Orthodox Minyan in Hillel's
March 31 Friday. "Sustainable
Shabbat" at Hillel with Tzedek and
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