S&S website, and young Marcello arrived with the money his mother had borrowed. He started out in Detroit in the cement business, family members said, and moved on to building garages and home additions, and then to larger projects, such as the Carriage House Apartments, the Atrium office building, and Suburban Cadillac of Plymouth (formerly Don Massey Cadillac).
Early on, Mr. Scappaticci was able to bring over family members from Italy, including a brother, Silvio, who joined his business.
Diana Scappaticci said her father “knew everybody” and treated everyone with respect, from public officials to the clerk at the building department. He was community minded, she said, and saw himself as playing a role in improving the community.
“He had a vision of seeing what a piece of land needed, what the community needed, what the town needed,” she said.
Some of his projects involved restoring local treasures, such as work on the Wilcox House in Plymouth and a one-room schoolhouse in Westland. “He was very giving to the community,” Diana Scappaticci said.
A niece, Gina Scappaticci, said her uncle was “generous to a fault” and liked to reach out to those in need.
She recalled that when someone once asked Mr. Scappaticci for 20 cents to make a call from a pay phone, he handed over $20 in change, emptying his pockets. He liked to treat people, she said, whether it was buying coffee or picking up the tab for someone he happened to meet while out for breakfast.
Mr. Scappaticci never retired, Gina Scappaticci said, and had a strong work ethic.
“He was one of those that worked all the time. Work was his pleasure,... http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/plymouth-township/2015/12/29/plymouth-township-developer-lived-american-dream/78015008/
DETROIT (AP) — In what may be the city's most ambitious ecological project ever, Detroit plans to plant tens of thousands of trees in two quarter-square-mile patches to show how greening strategies can improve life for everyday Detroiters.
Maurice Cox, the city's director of planning, told the Detroit Free Press ( http://on.freep.com/1XS183I ) the project will target two districts: the Fitzgerald neighborhood and the area in and around the old Herman Kiefer hospital complex.
Cox said every vacant lot within those quarter-square-mile districts would be either planted with trees or given some other "green" or "blue" treatment — rainwater gardens, fields of sunflowers, urban farms and more. It would be paid for largely with money from philanthropic foundations. The city will team with the nonprofit Greening of Detroit to get the work done.
The project represents a big bet that embracing green and blue strategies on a major scale will convert Detroit's vast expanses of vacant and abandone... http://www.ourmidland.com/news/state/detroit-plans-to-plant-thousands-of-trees-to-go-green/article_c87cfd4a-bcdd-5f8c-8d39-0ee74f8a12bc.html
Tiffany Florist owner Bob Kupfer said. “Florists throughout the country seek us out to deliver flowers on their behalf in the metro Detroit area because of our reputation for delivering quality arrangements at any price point.”
Located at 784 S. Old Woodward, Tiffany Florist been in business for 42 years. Customers can place their flower orders for delivery to anyone worldwide by contacting Tiffany Florist at 248-646-0333 or by visiting their website at www.tiffanyflorist.net.
Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber President Joe Bauman said Tiffany Florist always delivers when it comes to arrangements and centerpieces.
“Bob and his staff do an amazing job and their flowers are of the absolute best quality,” Bauman said. “We have provided many referrals to Tiffany over the years, and have received many compliments and never once a complaint.”
In the meantime, Kupfer talked with the Birmingham Eccentric about what makes his florist shop one of the best in the country:
Q: What’s the best advice for customers who can’t tell the petunias from poinsettias?
Kupfer: Trust your florist and just give them some direction, whether you want to send a plant or a floral arrangement. Let the professionals do what they do best.
Q: Any other advice?
Kupfer: Don’t order from a mass marketer such as ProFlowers, FTD, 800Flowers or Just Flowers. Make sure the florist is a real brick and mortar store located near the destination.
Q: What’s the most challenging part of the job?
Kupfer: Guessing what the public will want and making sure we have enough in stock to fill all the orders.
Q: Where do you buy your flowers from?
Kupfer: Our flowers are shipped in daily from all over the world. We get lots of flowers from Europe and... http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/birmingham/2015/12/09/birmingham-florist-named-one-best-shops-country/77060276/