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Published January 20, 2016

The groom gamely drinks Turkish coffee laced with a liberal amount of salt without complaint to show his future wife that he will “tolerate anything that comes from her.”

Sumeyra Yildiz explained this and the Henna Night ritual that takes place the night before a wedding when the Turkish American Society of Michigan presented a live demonstration of a traditional Henna Night ceremony, henna tattoos and Turkish cuisine at Turkish Henna Night at the Balkan American Community Center in Troy Jan. 16.

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Published January 20, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Emergency medicine physician James Larkin has been named chief of staff at McLaren Macomb Hospital through 2017.

Larkin replaced former Chief of Staff Andrew Staricco, M.D., whose term ended at the end of 2015 and to whom Larkin served as vice chief of staff.

Additionally, Larkin has previously served as emergency medicine residency director and is currently chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

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Published January 19, 2016

The community is mourning the death of former resident and music icon Glenn Frey by reflecting on his life.

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Published January 13, 2016

DETROIT — One of the most enduring stereotypes about artists is that they’re depressed, and their work comes out of the darkness in their lives. That couldn’t be less true of Linda Allen.

“Most of what I make is colorful and happy,” said the Grosse Pointe City artist, whose first Detroit solo show — titled “CHEERS!” — is on display through Jan. 28 at the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit. “I seek out the beauty.”

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Published January 13, 2016

FERNDALE — Pleasant Ridge resident and Ferndale School District parent Jackie Hart was named the newest Ferndale Board of Education trustee Jan. 4 after a selection process following the departure of former Trustee Raylon Leaks-May.

Leaks-May was elected in November to the Ferndale City Council, and despite state law allowing her to serve on both the council and school board, she stepped down at the end of 2015. 

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Published January 13, 2016

FERNDALE — On a normal evening, Martha Potts turns off her television after “Jeopardy!”, the one show she enjoys watching because of the education aspect, and picks up some fabric.

Potts has been sewing since the age of 5, when her small build made it hard for her parents to find clothes that fit her correctly. And just as she grew up wearing hand-sewn garments, so did Potts’ children, at least until the age at which they were able to protest, she joked.

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Published January 13, 2016

BERKLEY — After a year of uncertainty in the Berkley Parks and Recreation Department, the city has selected Theresa McArleton as the permanent Parks and Recreation director following the restructuring of the department and a resignation.

In February 2015, former City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa shuffled the department by placing then-Director Tom Colwell in the deputy director position and moving McArleton, who had previously been the deputy director, into the interim director position.

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Published January 13, 2016

WARREN — New Van Dyke Public Schools Board of Education member Amber Brace is settling into her new role on the board.

Brace was recently appointed to fill a vacancy when previous board member Jim Brinkey resigned his position effective Oct. 19. She is married to Chris Brace and is the mother of four children.

Brace’s term expires Dec. 31, 2016. Brace was “excited” when she learned that she had been  appointed to the board.

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Published January 13, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Dakota High School sophomore Brendan Markwood had quite the week to kick off the new year.

On Jan. 7, he celebrated his 16th birthday. Two days later, he participated in a Court of Honor ceremony to officially be named an Eagle Scout, and also on Jan. 9, Macomb Township commemorated his accomplishments by recognizing that date as “Brendan Markwood Day.”

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Published January 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Louise Rallis-Wibbelman has been named director of the McLaren Macomb Healthcare Foundation.

She had held the same position on an interim basis since the spring of 2015.

“It’s a pleasure and great honor to be named director and lead an incredible organization,” Rallis-Wibbelman said. “Having been with this organization for several years, I am very proud of all the work we’ve accomplished in the past and excited for all the possibilities and opportunities the future holds.”

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Published January 12, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Dominic Miller is doing his part to make the world a better place.

The six-year-old just completed his second year of gathering donations of books and pajamas to give to individuals who need them.

In 2014, Miller collected about 50 pairs of pajamas and 60 books, and his effort grew this past year to 150 books and 110 pairs of pajamas.

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Published January 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— For Clinton Township native and 2008 Chippewa Valley High School graduate Hassan Musselmani, competing in “Hell” isn’t a bad thing at all.

Musselmani will be competing in this winter’s season of “Hell’s Kitchen,” which begins airing Jan. 15 on Fox.

He will bring a unique background to the show. Having roots on his father’s side in Lebanese and Arabic food, and an urban influence from his mother’s side, Musselmani has a versatile culinary background.

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Published January 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Jack Novak was sitting in the parking lot of his favorite restaurant when he received arguably the best news of his academic career. 

At 6:28 p.m. Dec. 16, Novak, who will never forget that exact time, opened a message on his phone that told him he was accepted to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

“I cried. I read the first sentence of the letter and I started crying,” Novak said.

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Published January 9, 2016

WARREN/CENTER LINE — When it came time to honor a fallen officer or to collectively remember those who fell in the line of duty, Kevin Sommers was there.

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Published January 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — After a conversation with Scott Newport, it is clear that great loss never goes away, but how you live your daily life following that monumental moment will define your being.

Newport experienced that moment the day after Thanksgiving in 2009 when his 7-year-old son, Evan, died.

It was a miracle his son lived as long as he did — at least that is what the doctors said — but it didn’t make the loss any easier.

His son was diagnosed with Noonan syndrome and related heart disease at birth.

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Published January 6, 2016

FERNDALE — Following the recommendation of school district administration, Coolidge Intermediate School Principal Eric Bruner was selected for the Saginaw Valley State University Gerstacker Fellowship for 2016.

Bruner, who has served as principal at Coolidge for four years, is one of nine Michigan K-12 educators to be selected for the fellowship. As part of the program, Bruner will have the chance to meet with other professionals once a month, as well as travel to Japan in April.

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Published January 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Growing up in St. Clair Shores with a musical father, it’s no surprise that local twins are devoting their lives to making music and sharing it with others.

Mark and Jon Lebiecki are 24-year-old twin brothers who graduated from Lake Shore High School in 2009. The next year, they got together with their friend Brian Fraser to form an alternative/punk band called Undesirable People.

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Published January 6, 2016

UTICA — At approximately 1:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, calls to the Utica Police Department for suspicious activity turned into calls for service.

Utica police officer Vincent Ranelli responded to the area of Hall Road and Northpointe Boulevard to check on an individual who was asking drivers for money. The 61-year-old woman was standing on the easement with a sign.

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Published January 6, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The holidays are at an end, but the giving spirit will continue on in the form of a small community library located in the front yard of one Shelby Township resident’s home.

In April, Pamela Pscheidl stumbled upon a Little Free Library while on a trip to New Orleans with college friends. In October, her family’s own registered Little Free Library stood beside the sidewalk in front of her home in the Spring Lake subdivision.

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Published December 31, 2015

WARREN — It wasn’t easy, but Lauren Lilley made it to her high school graduation.

She’d been bedridden at times, in near constant pain since her health really started to deteriorate at age 15. There’d been various treatments and therapies. Opinions from doctors? There were a lot of those. There were many consultations, which resulted in a battery of prescriptions.

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