Features/People

Published September 26, 2017

By Kara Szymanski
C & G Special Writer

CLAWSON — There’s an age-old notion that Clawson is a closely-knit web connected in a way in which many residents know each other through a friend of a friend.

Melissa Daffron, Ashley Orban and Emily Cassell are three friends who met 21 years ago on South Bywood Avenue in Clawson, where their families lived, and they grew even closer as time went on. It just so happens that they were all born in 1992, and they all gave birth to boys within six months of each other this year.

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Published September 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League 12U team can add another honor to an already full shelf of them.

This year’s team — which was named the 2017 State of Michigan Little League Champions and won the 2017 Regional Championship Tournament in Westfield, Pennsylvania — enjoyed the rare distinction of going all the way to the 71st Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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Published September 25, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The Franklin Cider Mill in Beverly Hills recently played host to a celebration of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

The holiday is an ancient tradition that serves many purposes for Jewish people, including marking the new year on the Jewish calendar, reaffirming God as their king and ridding themselves of past sin.

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Published September 25, 2017

WARREN — For some, it’s a burning passion. For others, it’s a relaxing hobby.

For all of them, keeping up their remarkable properties adorned with beautiful annual flowers, lush gardens, greens, trees and shrubbery, and perfectly placed perennials is a feat worthy of recognition.

That’s just what this year’s winners were invited to enjoy Sept. 27, at a dinner set to be held at the Gazebo Banquet Center and hosted by the Warren Beautification Commission.

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Published September 22, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, was recently awarded the first Michigan Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership promoting libraries in Michigan.

Brandenburg was recognized during a reception held at the Chesterfield Township Library on Sept. 8.

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Published September 19, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — Addiction is here, and it’s not going away, and many locals want to help.

That’s a big part of CARE of Southeastern Michigan’s annual Ride 4 Recovery event, which is being presented by Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith and St. John Providence Ascension Sept. 23 at Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway in Harrison Township.

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Published September 18, 2017

FRANKLIN/BIRMINGHAM — Cranbrook Realtors, a broker that has served Oakland County for more than 45 years, recently announced that it will join Howard Hanna Real Estate Services this fall.

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Published September 18, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jennifer Miles, a rape aggression defense-trained instructor, showed some easy moves women can make that are surprisingly effective in deterring unwanted physical touching — even if in settings where someone is not ready to be verbally aggressive — during a recent seminar.

Miles also showed aggressive moves against an attacker in which the victim should shout “no,” alerting anyone nearby that the attention the victim is receiving is not welcome.

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Published September 15, 2017

WARREN — Viewing the images and hearing stories about those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma had an impact on the students at Regina High School.

Thinking about how they could help the residents of Texas, Florida and other locations, the students decided to hold a fundraiser.

Regina Principal Ann Diamond and Director of Marketing Colleen Reaser suggested that the students coordinate a Penny War, which the school has used as a fundraiser in the past.

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Published September 13, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Dating back to 1960, the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce’s Salute to Excellence dinner honors individuals, youths and businesses in the community. This year’s awards will be at Eastpointe Manor, 24611 Gratiot Ave., Sept. 21.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner following at 6:15 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person for adults and $16 for children ages 4-16. Tickets are free for ages 3 and younger.

The awards recognize recipients in Eastpointe and Roseville in the following categories:

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Published September 13, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Chippewa Valley High School graduate Hassan Musselmani stood in New York earlier this year, having poured his heart into a makeshift dessert, when he heard the three words he hoped wouldn’t be attached to his name.

“You’ve been Chopped.”

Musselmani, who attended culinary arts courses at Dakota High School and grew up in Clinton Township, was one of four contestants on the latest episode of “Chopped” on the Food Network. While the episode was filmed in the spring, it aired Sept. 5.

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A first responder answers an “uncommon calling,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said during a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at the city’s Fire Department.

“This is the place where our community honors the events of Sept. 11,” Barnett said, standing near a World Trade Center steel beam placed near the American flag on Horizon Court. “It is a constant reminder of those that lost their lives, but also of those who risked their lives.

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Published September 12, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Thomas Francis is a Vietnam veteran who wants to make life easier for people near and far.

The 68-year-old Clinton Township resident received a gold medal at InventHelp’s INPEX — America’s largest invention trade show — in June in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for his Shark Tooth Edger invention. It was part of the lawn-garden category. Awards were presented in 45 individual categories.

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Published September 7, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Growing up in Mount Clemens, Hope Cole never dreamed that the beautiful yellow house on Lincoln Street that she passed by on her way to school would someday be her home.

“I would look at it and think how beautiful it was,” said Cole, who attended Trinity Lutheran School. “I would stare at it and just think how amazing it was.”

And still is.

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Published September 5, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — Ten years ago, a group of local soccer dads decided to gather for weekly Saturday morning bike rides.

When the first email went out, a typo listed the meeting time as 7:39 a.m., instead of 7:30 a.m.

“That became our name,” Ron Wheelock, co-founder of the 7:39’ers Bike Club, said.

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Published September 5, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A group of 10 local residents enjoyed the trip of a lifetime earlier this summer.

On July 14, the travelers boarded an approximate 14-hour flight to Japan’s Nagoya Airport, as part of the Sister City exchange program between Clinton Township and the Japanese city Yasu. This year marked the 24th anniversary of the program.

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Published September 4, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Oakland University associate professor Karen Miller will discuss the 1943 Detroit race riots as part of the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society Fall Lecture Series at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the museum at 16600 Stephens Road.

Admission to the event is by donation.

MMTHS went into further detail about the riots in a press release Aug. 21.

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Published August 30, 2017

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SOUTHFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — David Wujczyk, a 61-year-old Novi resident, received another chance at life after going into cardiac arrest while golfing Aug. 4 at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield. 

“I fainted — passed out. Unconscious,” Wujczyk said Aug. 22 at his insurance agency on West 14 Mile Road, at the corner of Farmington Road. “I woke up seven hours later wondering where I was, and they told me I missed the whole thing.”

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Published August 29, 2017

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Amid cheers, handmade signs and chants of congratulations, the Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League team returned to a hometown welcome Aug. 23 after its run in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Although the Great Lakes regional champions — ages 11 to 13 — were eliminated from championship contention in Game 2, a celebratory mood continued in the community. The Little League World Series was scheduled for Aug. 17-27, and was covered by ESPN and ABC.

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Published August 28, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 12 and 13, three neighborhood girls came together during a garage sale to raise money for a good cause.

Natalie Jeris, 10, and Katie Hermiz, 7, joined 2-year-old Samantha Briguglio to hawk lemonade and iced tea from a plastic picnic table in the Briguglios’ driveway. At 10 cents a cup, and with a lot of generosity, the girls ended up donating $23 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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