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Vol. 12  No. 2         Spring 2006

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Ford Plant Establishes Parking Ban Against Non-Ford Vehicles

    The Detroit News

    Dearborn, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. is drawing a line in the asphalt. After the manager of the company's Dearborn Truck plant exiled non-Ford vehicles to the far side of the parking lot, similar restrictions are being enforced at Ford factories around the country.     

    Chevrolets, Toyotas and almost anything else not built by Ford are no longer welcome in the prime parking areas at Batavia Transmission LLC in Ohio, Woodhaven Stamping or at any of the factories in Ford's Rouge complex in Dearborn. Similar policies are being considered at the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake and the Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky. The parking lot at the Ford plant in Hapeville, however, still allows non-Ford products, said Steve Stephens, president of UAW Local 882.

    And, at General Motors's Doraville factory, drivers also do not face discrimination if they drive non-GM vehicles, said plant spokesman Michael Merrick. "The majority of our plants now have such parking policies," said Ford spokeswoman Anne Marie Gattari, adding that many of these policies had been on the books at plants but were ignored. "What Dearborn Truck has done has reignited the enforcement of those policies."

    While the parking rules may not make a major impact on Ford sales, they show that workers are rallying behind the automaker's effort to stop its market share slide and stanch North American losses. Ford says plant management and union leadership are working together on the parking restrictions.

    Rob Webber, the manager of the Dearborn Truck plant, announced the new parking rules on January 23. Word of Webber's rules spread to other plants after the ban hit the news. The day after learning about the Dearborn Truck, security at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri began enforcing an existing ban on non-Ford vehicles in its prime parking areas. According to UAW Local 249, which represents workers at the plant, the company will place a sticker on any car or truck parked in those areas reserved for only Ford vehicles and record the license plate number. If those workers parked in the Ford areas a second time, their vehicles would be towed.

    "Ford is serious," said Jim Stoufer, the local's president. "We support buying Ford products. It's our livelihood. It's going to be a fight for survival." However, he said the union would like to see the ban applied to all foreign-made vehicles, including foreign brands owned by Ford such as Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo. Since Ford owns controlling interest in Japan's Mazda Motor Co., its vehicles also are exempt at most facilities. "The union's stance is union made, American made," Stoufer said, noting that only American made cars and trucks can park at the union hall. "We don't want to tell our members they can't buy another vehicle that's made by the UAW." Gattari stressed that there still is no official, corporate-wide policy against non-Ford vehicles. "It's truly a grassroots initiative," she said. Webber's parking restrictions have also spread to the rest of Ford's Rouge complex, where his factory is located. He is happy to see the campaign to get Ford employees to buy what they build grow, adding that most of the workers at the Rouge are enthusiastic about it. "Ford employees are definitely fighting back," Webber said.

    But not everyone at the Rouge is applauding the new restrictions. Rex Nagy, a veteran skilled trade worker at Dearborn Truck, says he has taken to driving his son's Ford F-150 pickup to work because the rules require him to park his Chrysler in the back of the lot. Nagy said he bought a Chrysler because he got a better deal through a relative who works for DaimlerChrysler AG, adding that Ford should not tell him how to spend his money. "It's kind of hard to swallow," he said.    

Rev. Chavier Honored For Being City Leader For Nearly 60 Years

The Standard Times

We at Giammalvo’s are honored to reprint these recent high accolades about our customer, Rev. Manuel Chavier of the International Church of the Nazarene.

NEW BEDFORD — The Rev. Manuel Chavier recently walked through the chapel of the International Church of the Nazarene and down a hallway to his office, decorated with donated clocks, artwork and furniture from friends and members of the local Christian community he founded more than a half-century ago. He pointed to the carpeting, the brick masonry, even the electrical work and vinyl sidings as the tangible fruits of divine grace, which he unabashedly attributed to the church's phenomenal growth from a small house gathering to a thriving church with more than 800 members and 22 active ministries throughout New Bedford. "This is all a product of God's mercy and grace," said the Rev. Chavier, who at 84 years old expected to be retired, but yet finds himself preaching nearly every Sunday and immersing himself in the church's ministries to the young, old, sick and impoverished.

"I'm just thrilled to be in his service," he said. "Wherever I turn, I can say this is a result of God's goodness. No matter what I do, I have to say 'It's the Lord.' I take no credit for all this."

To understand the Rev. Chavier requires the observer to view him from the perspective of his interior life, nourished by prayer and reflection of the Scriptures. It was his openness to the "still and small" voice of God that led him to decide against becoming a foreign missionary in 1948 and "planting" a church in New Bedford.

The World War II veteran began his local ministry by preaching with a megaphone at Joseph Monte Park and along the waterfront and docks as a chaplain for fish companies. After meeting at the old Odd Fellows Hall on Sixth Street, he rented space on Acushnet Avenue for what was originally a predominantly ethnic church community of Cape Verdeans.

With the help of his wife Betty, an accomplished musician and organist, the community grew despite prejudices from some parts in the community; and the Rev. Chavier secured the assistance of several benefactors to construct the present facility. He said the church experienced a turning point during the race riots that tore New Bedford apart in the early 1970s. A female church member and mother of a young man who was shot in the riots publicly forgave the men who killed her son, striking a poignant moment among many observers.

"From that moment forward, the church took on a different posture in the community,'' he said. "We started drawing in a more diverse crowd and changed the name of the church to the International Church of the Nazarene to reflect that." The Rev. Chavier drew from the faith's roots when he retraced the steps of the Apostle Paul during a 1973 trip through Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Italy.
Along with his son J.R., who is a fellow minister at the church, he continues to plan various retreats and spiritual revivals for a flock that he said is united by a common sentiment. "Love is the dominant concern here," he said. "We always greet each other with, Has anyone told you they love you today?"

Too Many Questions?


By Mark Giammalvo , (Printed in the Journal of The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, AASP)

It all started innocently enough with a trip out for lunch. I had ran out for a sandwich at a local chain sub shop. While walking out to my car with my food, a woman approached me and asked for help. The frantic lady stated that her daughter's car had ran out of gas and would not start. I agreed and while approaching the mid 1990's Ford Explorer with her, noticed a small red gas jug on the ground. The woman stated that her daughter had ran out of gas and although she just added a few gallons, the Explorer would still not start.

While sitting in the driver's seat I cranked over the Ford. The vehicle cranked well but would not start. Having my share of faulty ECM relays, I made sure that the check engine light came on while cranking and it did. The only thing odd was that the factory red "Theft" lamp would flash quickly when cranking. Knowing that this may be related to a faulty VATS ignition key, I took the key out for a quick examination. Much to my surprise, I noticed that the ignition key was the simple plain metal blank type. This seemed strange to me as Ford's with the VATS system have a large black key head, which encases the anti-theft microchip.

I questioned the woman as to where this key came from. The woman stated that it was her spare key and not the original one her daughter normally uses. I asked the woman if she knew which key was used when the car ran out of gas. She replied that the truck was being driven by her daughter yesterday when it died out and that her daughter has the other key that was being used at that time. I advised the woman that this spare key was never going to start the vehicle since it did not have the VATS chip and that it would only unlock the doors. I also advised the woman that the car probably had run out of gas yesterday and now that she has added some fuel the car should start as long as a correctly programmed VATS key is used. The woman thanked me for the advice, but stated that it might be a while since she could get her daughters key. When I asked why this was so, the woman went on to state that when her daughter ran out of gas yesterday, she waved down a passing police cruiser for help. The officer agreed to help and during the course of his assistance ran the daughter's name in the local system and discovered she had an open warrant for her arrest. The daughter was subsequently taken to the local police station, booked then transported to the county jail, with the other key and her belongings.

Sometimes I have the annoying habit of asking too many questions. Nevertheless, the questioning did prove to find a resolve to the Fords starting problems.

In Passing.

(Obituaries Courtesy The Standard Times)
Note: Due to recent requests, we will be adding family survivors to our customer’s obituaries as space allows.

Arthur M. Martin, 83, of New Bedford died Monday Jan. 23, 2006, at New Bedford Rehabilitation Hospital after a long illness. He was the husband of Rosaria T. "Sadie" (Giammalvo) Martin; they recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. A lifelong resident of New Bedford, he was the son of the late Antone F. and Hortense (Medeiros) Martin. He was a communicant of Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Mr. Martin owned and operated A-1 Auto Driving School, which was one of the first commercial driving schools in the area to offer driver's education in a classroom setting. He co-sponsored legislation with Rep. Edward Coury to allow foreign-born applicants, who so request, to be permitted to take written examinations in connection with the issuance of a license in their native tongue. An Army veteran of World War II, he received the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater campaign Medal, the American Theater Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He enjoyed working for Sam Giammalvo Auto Sales and the Union Street Bus Co. in his retirement. He was a member of the National and State Auto Driving School Association. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Ann Lemieux and her husband Robert, of Acushnet; a son, Charles Martin and his fiancée Pam Picaro, both of Dartmouth; a brother, Antone Martin Jr. of New Bedford; four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Charles M. and Edward Martin.

 Christos N. Psichopaidas, 68, of New Bedford died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at Massachusetts General Hospital after a long illness. He was the husband of Maria (Papageorgiou) Psichopaidas; they were married 33 years. Born in Pardali, Sparta, Greece, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Eugenia (Pandos) Psichopaidas. He lived in New Bedford 31 years; he previously resided in Stamford, Conn., for 13 years. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Bedford. Before coming to this country at age 25, he served in the Greek army for two years. For more than 30 years, Mr. Psichopaidas owned and operated Everybody's Pizza in East Freetown. He was family-oriented, and enjoyed having family and friends over to visit as often as possible. Survivors include his widow; two sons, Nicholas C. Psichopaidas and Demetrios C. Psichopaidas, both of New Bedford; three brothers, Konstantinos "Gus" Psichopaidas of New Bedford, and George Psichopaidas and John Psichopaidas, both of Stamford; three sisters, Anastasia Skrepetis, Panagiota Vlahakis and Georgia Eliopoulos, all of Stamford; and many nieces and nephews.

Martha Ann (Wardick) Maloney, 76, of Fairhaven, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, unexpectedly in St. Luke's Hospital. She was the widow of Arthur G. Maloney Jr. Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Gladys (Burgess) Wardick. She was a lifelong resident of Fairhaven and a member of Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford. She was a 1947 graduate of Fairhaven High School. Mrs. Maloney enjoyed playing piano and attending her grandchildren's sporting events at Fairhaven High School. Survivors include two sons, Arthur G. "Mickey" Maloney III and Patrick Maloney, both of New Bedford; two daughters, Ann M. Ponte of Fairhaven and Kathleen "Kay" Frates of New Bedford; a sister, Nancy Murdy of Oxford, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Henry Wardick Jr.

James C. Lynch, 68, of Mattapoisett died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at Massachusetts General Hospital after a long battle with heart disease. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Gaspar) Lynch. Born in New Bedford, the son of the late John C. and Julia A. (Harrington) Lynch, he lived in New Bedford before moving to Mattapoisett in 1983. Mr. Lynch was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett, where he was a Eucharistic minister. He was a yard foreman at Sturtevant & Hook for many years until he retired. Mr. Lynch was an avid golfer and a member and former executive director of the ParTee Golf Association. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, travel and gardening. Survivors include his widow; two sons, Mark Lynch and his wife, Erika, of Wallingford, Conn., and Scott Lynch and his wife, Amy, of Norwood; a sister, Margaret M. Dixon of New Bedford; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late John C. Lynch.

Lucien O. Lavoie, 81, of Marion, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, peacefully at home. He was the widower of Georgette (Girouard) Lavoie. Born in St. Basile, New Brunswick, Canada, he was the son of the late Medard and Alphonsine (Daigle) Lavoie. His family moved to Gardner during the Depression, where he attended the Holy Rosary School, then entered the Order of the Marist Brothers in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. from ages 14 to 21. He taught for one year at St. Ann's School in Lawrence, where he had Robert Goulet as a student in the sixth grade. He enlisted in the Navy for four years during World War II. He attended the U.S. Naval School of Photography in Pensacola, Fla., then served aboard the aircraft carrier USS F.D. Roosevelt as a photographer. He toured most Mediterranean countries including Portugal, Gibraltar, Italy, Sicily, Malta, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, France and Greece. His ship also visited Trinidad, Haiti and Guantanomo, Cuba. Mr. Lavoie met many celebrities, such as Pope Pius XII. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, majoring in art education. In 1954, he began his teaching career at Tabor Academy in Marion, where he stayed for 40 years. He also coached hockey, soccer, lacrosse and was a dorm master for 23 years. In 1964, he studied in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In the 1990s, he traveled to Arizona and New Mexico. Much of his artwork, including paintings, weldings, wood carvings, photos and aluminum projects have been exhibited in Boston, Providence, Las Vegas, Hyannis, Falmouth, New Bedford and Marion. Survivors include a daughter, Monique Lavoie and her husband, Paul Corbeil, of Thornton, Colo.; a son, Regis Lavoie and his wife, Joyce, of Mattapoisett; a brother, Roger Lavoie of Worcester; two grandchildren; his good friend, Bob Mogilnicki; and many in-laws, nephews and nieces. He was the brother of the late Roland, Gil and Doris Lavoie and Therese Manseau.

Mary Elizabeth (Wellman) Magnan, 59, of New Bedford died Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at home after nearly a seven-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was the wife of artist John Magnan. Born in Marquette, Mich., she was the daughter of Elizabeth Wellman and the late Robert Wellman of Marquette. She lived in New Bedford for 35 years. She and her late husband, Allen Scott, were the first homesteaders in the Waterfront Historic District after its restoration in the early 1970s; they purchased the Caleb Spooner house on Centre Street. They operated a scrimshaw business. In 1976, she founded and for five years coordinated the Centre Street Summer Festival, for which she received a commendation from the city. She was a founding member of AHA! nights and later served on its steering committee. She was a founding member of Arts New Bedford. She participated regularly in New Bedford Historical Commission discussions. She twice restored her home, for which she received the Delano Award in 1997, granted by the Waterfront Historic Area League. In 2005, the city planted five trees in her honor at the corner of Water and Elm streets. Her cancer diagnosed in 1999, she promoted a sculpture exhibit created by her husband. She became a national voice for ovarian cancer awareness. She served with the Ovarian Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense. Her advocacy led to the naming of Mary Magnan Boulevard in her honor in Madison, Ga. The boulevard and the art exhibit at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C., will live on in her name. Ms. Magnan graduated from Graveraet High School in Marquette, Mich., in 1964, and in 1994 received a bachelor's degree in psychology, cum laude, from UMass Dartmouth. Survivors include her widower; her mother; a son, Travis Scott of Key West, Fla.; two brothers, Robert Wellman of Marquette and William Wellman of Dumfries, Va.; and two sisters, Margaret Turcotte of Milwaukee and Gwenyth Berryman of Weidman, Mich.

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