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Published February 4, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — She may not have been performing opera yet, but Angela Theis began singing for audiences as a young girl.

As a member of the Blue Jean Babies, the Grosse Pointe Woods native said she and her cousins used to perform songs from “The Sound of Music” and holiday favorites in the living room of her late great-uncle, Dr. Vito Ciaravino, each Christmas Eve.

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Published February 3, 2016

Have you thought about brewing your own beer but have no idea how to get started?

The Troy Public Library will offer a program presented by Nicole van Schagen and Matthew Kris, owners of Michigan Brew Supply in Midland, at 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

Connie Doherty, head of adult information services at the Troy Public Library, said another library recommended the program.

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Published February 3, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Henry Tanaka, academic dean of art, design and humanities at Oakland Community College, recently took the trip of a lifetime to Japan.

“This first visit to Japan for me was an amazing personal experience. I was brought up in post-World War II, and growing up, my Japanese heritage was an important factor,” Tanaka said in a press release.

As a fourth-generation Japanese-American, Tanaka said connecting with his cultural roots, among other things, was a highlight of the trip.

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Published February 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The military is its own world, and even those who don’t see combat still sacrifice much being away from home. Yet despite national slogans such as “Support Our Troops,” many servicemen and women feel abandoned once they leave the military. Some suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and slip through cracks in the system, unable to get the help they need.

That’s why Madison Heights United Methodist Church, 246 E. 11 Mile Road, is trying to do its part to help those who served the country.

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — This spring, thousands of daffodils will pop up around Rochester City Hall, thanks to the help of some “Good Neighbors.”

The Stoney Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was recently honored with a Good Neighbor Award for volunteering to plant over 1,000 daffodil bulbs around City Hall last October. The Rochester City Beautiful Commission presented the group with the award at the Jan. 25 City Council meeting.

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Published February 3, 2016

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Known around the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology for her leadership, innovation and compassion, teachers said they were not surprised when the White House recognized Christina Li, 17, of Macomb Township, as a computer science education “champion of change” Jan. 26.

Li single-handedly planned and executed a weeklong computer science camp, called “Hello World,” for 30 middle school girls in the district during spring break last year. She plans to hold the camp again this midwinter break and has received about 36 applications.

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Published February 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Feeling stressed? Want to meet new friends?

Then grab your markers and head over to the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.

The Coloring Social Circle meets at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays at the center, located at 20000 Stephens St. The group was formed to help members experience the health benefits of adult coloring: “By engaging multiple parts of the brain while coloring, focusing on the lines, movements and colors, we can de-stress,” according to its newsletter.

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Published February 1, 2016

LANSING — U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Township Association during a ceremony held in Lansing on Jan. 21.

Miller is a former Harrison Township supervisor, Macomb County treasurer and Michigan secretary of state. This was only the fourth Lifetime Achievement Award given in the association’s 63-year history.

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Published February 1, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — As Macomb County undersheriff, Elizabeth Darga has become the highest-ranking woman in the department’s history.

Darga was chosen by Sheriff Anthony Wickersham to succeed Kent Lagerquist, who recently retired after 41 years in the department.

“Obviously we have a lot of qualified people here, and I truly believe in hiring from within,” Wickersham said. “Elizabeth Darga has the qualifications, the ability and the mindset to keep the Sheriff’s Office operating when I’m not around.”

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Published January 30, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Five years ago, Adam Wit began experiencing symptoms that he chalked up to stress.

He was to be married soon, so there were many big life changes in store.

“I was having night sweats, shortness of breath, and I had started losing a lot of weight,” said Wit, 33. “Like a guy, I just blew it off and didn’t do anything about it.”

The wedding went off without a hitch, and four months later, during a regular eye exam, the ophthalmologist found something peculiar with the blood vessels in Wit’s eyes.

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Published January 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Longtime Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mary Chrzanowski on Jan. 19 accepted an appointment as a federal administrative law judge.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Chrzanowski. “It has been a privilege serving on the Macomb bench for over 23 years, and I cannot think of a better way to continue my career in public service. I am honored to have been chosen for this post.”

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Published January 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — More than 5,800 miles separates Detroit from Aleppo, Syria, but the refugee crisis in the Middle Eastern nation will soon be brought to the fore locally.

A devastating civil war in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 children — more than the entire population of Grosse Pointe Farms — and displaced 3 million children, with another 1.1 million now living elsewhere as refugees, according to a United Nations report.

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Published January 27, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Grammy-winning pianist Richard Goode will perform some of the last music ever composed by Ludwig von Beethoven at a special concert in Beverly Hills.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile Road.

Sonata in E major, Op. 109; Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 110; Bagatelles, Op. 119, Nos. 6-11; and Sonata in C minor, Op. 111, were composed from 1820 to 1822, a time after Beethoven already had been rendered completely deaf.

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Published January 27, 2016

BERKLEY — From the time Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle entered the Anderson Middle School hallways filled with sixth-graders waving American flags Jan. 20 through a ceremony in his honor and on to a meeting with six Berkley students who helped him, the Mio native never lost his smile.

In 2011, while on patrol in Afghanistan, Eberle lost both of his legs and his right hand due to an improvised explosive device. The past four years have been challenging, Eberle said, but he, his wife and two children never lost hope.

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Published January 26, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — With a wheelchair ramp, widened doorways and a handful of other improvements, longtime Southfield resident Dennis Bee proudly describes his house as “whip-around-able.”

After losing both of his legs to a seven-year series of infections, Bee found his home on Plum Hollow not only in serious disrepair, but in need of a wheelchair ramp and wider doorways.

Not knowing where to turn, Bee’s sister, Diane Johns, of Bloomfield Hills, spent countless nights on the computer searching for options.

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Published January 26, 2016

HARPER WOODS — For anyone who has a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, Debra Dawson would like to offer some encouragement.

“It’s not all hopeless. A lot of people lose hope as soon as it happens,” Dawson, of Harper Woods, said. “Keep them active. I think that is so important. Be aware of the legalities you have to know and do.”

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Published January 26, 2016

OAK PARK — It’s been 40 years since Jonathan Wolff arrived in Hollywood as a 17-year-old musician fresh from Louisville, Kentucky.

Wolff became one of the most active musicians and composers in Hollywood, composing theme songs for 44 television shows, including “Seinfeld” and “Will & Grace.” He has worked on still more shows to bring his total number of shows to 75.

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Published January 22, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — When Fnu Shifatunnoor moved with her family from Bangladesh to the United States three years ago, she noticed one thing about the American people.

“Most of the people are helping each other,” the 22-year-old Warren resident said.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — “What are you doing to make a better now?”

That’s a poignant question, even for an adult. It was asked by 16-year-old Jeremiah Howard, of Detroit, a youth member at Warren’s Life Application Ministries, during a spoken-word introduction before a crowd of about 400 people Jan. 18 gathered for the third annual observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at City Hall in Warren.

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Published January 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — One of Grosse Pointe City’s veteran officers has finished his last shift in the community.

Lt. Michael Seidel retired after his final shift on Jan. 17, just months shy of what would have been his 30th anniversary with the department on Aug. 11.

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