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