Archive for November 2nd, 2010

Dearborn School Board Race Decided by 21 Votes

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010


That’s the margin of victory for James Schoolmaster, who just barely defeated Roxanne McDonald for his third term on the Dearborn School Board.

With all of Dearborn reporting, Schoolmaster was ahead of Roxanne McDonald by just 137 votes. Schoolmaster finished with 8,838 votes to McDonald’s 8,701 in Dearborn.

In Dearborn Heights, Schoolmaster lost to McDonald, 759 to 643 votes. Had 22 more residents living around the River Oaks school in Dearborn Heights voted for McDonald, she would have won the election. A good example of why every vote does indeed count.

The final total vote tally was 9,481 for Schoolmaster, 9,460 for McDonald.

The question now is whether McDonald will seek a recount.

Darany Defeats Sareini for 15th District House Seat

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Woronchak Retains Commission seat

Dearborn Councilman George Darany Tuesday night edged Councilwoman Suzanne Sareini for the 15th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Despite being outspent by Sareini by a fairly large margin, Darany squeaked out a victory, defeating Sareini by 2,122 votes, 12,408 to 10,220.

Dearborn Councilman Darany wins State House seat.

Darany was very statesmanlike in his victory Tuesday night, crediting his win to the many friends on his campaign who helped go door-to-door.

“I think the 17,000 doors we knocked on really made a difference. You can’t discount that,” he told from his campaign victory party Tuesday night. “We went door-to-door and it paid off.”

The race between the two Dearborn council members turned ugly with just over a week to go before the general election.

Darany’s Democratic Party recently mailed a flyer to homes that labeled Sareini “Suzanne Chapter 7 Sareini,” claiming she had to file for personal bankruptcy twice. “And she thinks she knows how to fix Michigan’s economy?,” the flyer states.

On the other side of the ticket, Sareini’s Republican Party called out Darany for voting against a project in Dearborn (the Dearborn Town Center at Michigan and Schaefer that is nearly complete) “to keep and create over 500 jobs . . . Darany now claims that jobs are his top priority.”

While it’s difficult to determine just how much of an impact the attacks on Sareini from the Democratic Party really played in this election, the fact that a Republican candidate was unable to close out a victory in a year when Democrats are under fire suggests the mailings did indeed stick in the minds of voters when they went to the polls.

Following his victory Tuesday night, Darany said he only wanted to campaign on his credentials.

“I am sorry about the ugliness,” he told “Unfortunately, that is politics on the state level. When the two political parties got involved, it turned a corner that I didn’t like.”

An impressive 43.2 percent of registered voters in Deaborn cast ballots Tuesday.

In other races, Gary Woronchak was reelected, easily defeating J. Scott Saionz for the 13 District Wayne County Commission seat, 16,994 to 6,921.

In the Dearborn School Board race, it appears incubant James Schoolmaster could keep his seat. With all of Dearborn reporting, he was ahead of Roxanne McDonald by just 137 votes. Schoolmaster finished with 8,838 votes to McDonald’s 8.701 in Dearborn. It isn’t clear yet how the two did in Dearborn Heights. Residents living around the River Oaks school could determine the outcome of this race. As of 10 p.m., we did not have results for Dearborn Heights.

To see how Dearborn residents voted overall, click HERE.

2010 Arab Film Festival Dec. 3-5 at Arab American National Museum in Dearborn

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
(Source: AMNM press release)

They originated in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Algeria and Tunisia. They have garnered honors in festivals around the world. And they won’t be popping up on the marquee at your local multiplex anytime soon.

The 2010 Arab Film Festival at the Arab American National Museum, Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 5, presents a wide-ranging and thought-provoking selection of feature-length films paired with short films, in a variety of genres including stop-motion animation.

 Among the titles at this sixth annual festival is the crime drama Ajami, a 2010 Academy Award nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category which also earned a Golden Camera – Special Mention at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Co-directed by a Palestinian and an Israeli, Ajami interweaves several powerful tales of residents in the melting-pot Tel Aviv neighborhood for which the film is named.

In conjunction with the 2010 Arab Film Festival, the Museum staged its first-ever national Short Film Contest, offering cash prizes to U.S. filmmakers between the ages of 18-30 whose work best represented the theme of “Trans-Ubuntu”: Trans indicating movement and Ubuntu, an African philosophy which sees individuals through their relationship with the larger community.

 First prize, including a cash award of $1,500, went to Brooklyn, New York-based filmmaker Joel Fendelman; second prize, $750, went to Los Angeles film student Michaela Wagner; third prize, $500, went to film student Pablo Torroella of Pasadena, California. All three films will be screened at 6 p.m. Friday, December 3 to open this year’s festival. Descriptions of the winning films and filmmakers appear below.

 This year, the AANM’s Arab Film Festival has also expanded to embrace and support those trying to further their film careers. Professionals from the Detroit branch of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) will present a series of free workshops on Saturday, December 4 at the AANM, culminating with an Open Casting Call for actors on Sunday, December 5. Details of the workshops appear below. The workshops and casting call are open to the public.

 “The Detroit Branch of Screen Actors Guild is pleased to work with the Arab Film Festival because we have never worked with a local museum or cultural institution before,” says Marcia Fishman, SAG Detroit Branch executive director. “It is our hope that these workshops will offer benefits to filmmakers and actors alike. We also hope to introduce Arab Americans to SAG, and SAG members to Arab Americans making films.”

 The 2010 Arab Film Festival is made possible in part by The Kresge Foundation; DoubleTree Hotel – Dearborn; Screen Actors Guild, Detroit Branch; Wayne County Film Initiative; Detroit Film Think Tank; Arab Detroit; and MFC Magazine.


The Arab American National Museum documents, preserves, celebrates and educates the public on the history, life, culture and contributions of Arab Americans. It serves as a resource to enhance knowledge and understanding about Arab Americans and their presence in this country. The Arab American National Museum is a project of ACCESS, a Dearborn, Michigan-based nonprofit human services and cultural organization. Learn more at and

 The Arab American National Museum is a proud Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Read about the Affiliations program at

 The Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI, 48126. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday; Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for students, seniors and children 6-12; ages 5 and under, free. Call 313.582.2266 for further information.

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