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Published April 27, 2016

Stephanie Suszek spends part of her days directing the programs for adults at the Troy Historic Village.

And she spends the other parts of her days and nights running — up to 16 miles on weekdays and up to 24 miles on the weekends.

On her “resting” days, she swims 500 to 1,500 meters and does yoga. She also rides her Mongoose fat tire bike to work some days.

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Published April 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — She’s a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, a choreographer, an actress and a TV personality, and she’s about to add public speaker to her repertoire.

Paula Abdul is slated to speak  in Southfield at the annual Lois Linden Nelson Woman’s World event  May 6 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road.

Hosted by the Sisterhood of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, the event will feature a boutique show, a luncheon, a speech and a question-and-answer session with Abdul.

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Published April 27, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — During the last century, the smallpox vaccine was produced on the skin of calves.

“We painted the heifers’ bellies with smallpox,” said Tom Janicki, of Almont, who worked at Parke-Davis laboratory facilities for 36 years, beginning in 1960. “Then we scraped it off and made the vaccine.”

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Published April 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 30, the Shelby Township Police Department honored many of its members and several residents for quick thinking, heroic actions and professionalism.

“This is a very exciting day for many of our officers,” Police Chief Robert Shelide said during the annual awards ceremony at the township municipal building. “Our heroes are acknowledged on this day.”

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Published April 25, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Ed Cox lived on Rivenoak Street in Birmingham for 32 years, and his children went to Derby Middle School and Seaholm High. These days, he’s a resident of Bloomfield Hills.

He’s also the original co-owner of Carmco in Bloomfield Hills, a business now run by his daughter and her husband. But Cox’s story isn’t limited to just this neighborhood — he’s got ties to the very founders of the United States.

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Published April 25, 2016

EASTPOINTE — For the past 25 years, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association has been advocating nationally for those suffering from illnesses like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, right from their offices in Eastpointe.

According to Patricia Barber, assistant executive director, AARDA got its start when founder Virginia Ladd — a lupus sufferer — was volunteering with a local lupus organization before going to Washington, D.C., to work with the Lupus Foundation of America.

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Published April 23, 2016

CENTER LINE/WARREN — Groups of the faithful will come together in Center Line and Warren on May 5 to commemorate the 65th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.

In Center Line, a group of residents, city employees and community leaders have made a tradition of gathering near the flagpole at City Hall, on 10 Mile Road just west of Van Dyke, at noon on the first Thursday of May, where they offer prayers and sing songs that celebrate their freedom to worship. 

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Published April 21, 2016

DETROIT — Country Club of Detroit/Schoolcraft College Executive Chef Executive Chef Brian Beland — with help from with Sous Chef Amy Knoles — won the third annual East vs. West Competition during the Spring 2016 Food and Wine Event at Eastern Market April 6.

Chefs from the east side of the state competed with peers from the west side, where they faced judges such as Pete Loren, director of culinary development for Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace.

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Published April 20, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Karen Spica, 62, has seen the rise of women in the public relations field since her own journey began as a freshman at Central Michigan University with Journalism 101 in 1973.

Forty-three years later, the public relations guru has been honored as one of this year’s recipients of the Headliner Award from the Association for Women in Communications Detroit Chapter’s Matrix Awards.  

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Published April 20, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — “He’s afraid of dying.”

That’s what Daniela Richard said of her 6-year-son, Gabriel, who was diagnosed at age 5 with pilomyxoid astrocytoma — or brain cancer — in March 2015.

Gabriel has a tumor in the front of his brain. He has undergone 12 months of chemotherapy and has another nine months ahead of him. His body is so fragile that he has no immune system. He could have a heart attack from something as simple as a slight bone break.

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Published April 20, 2016

Troy resident Tom Lias, CEO of Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design, admits he sells a few recliners through the deal he offers each winter — write a $50 check to The Arc of Oakland County and get a $200 discount on a chair.

However, he said the real payoff from the TV, newspaper and radio publicity is the awareness it brings to Arc and the people the organization helps.

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Published April 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Focus, drive and just plain believing you can do anything is the secret behind Judy Davids’ success and what ultimately attracted Hollywood executives to her quirky, suburban life story.

Davids learned late last year some exciting news that Alcon Entertainment recently made public — the option to a book she wrote, “Rock Star Mommy: My Life as a Rocker Mom,” was purchased for adaptation into a screenplay by Karen McCullah, co-writer of “Legally Blond” and “10 Things I Hate About You.”

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Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In the last seven months, 12-year-old Emma Ritzrow’s health has rapidly declined.

Emma, who was slated to begin seventh grade at Shelby Junior High School, has a rare, degenerative and unspecified genetic brain disorder that causes lesions and hemorrhaging in her brain, seizures, and muscular atrophy.

Darcy Fromm — a close friend of the family whose daughter, Emma, has been friends with Ritzrow since kindergarten — described Ritzrow as funny, witty, caring, loving, strong and courageous.

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Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 15, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Michigan honored a Shelby Township police officer in observance of National Crime Victims Week.

Lisa Radtke, program coordinator for MADD Michigan, explained that her organization has a three-pronged mission statement: eliminate drunken driving, prevent underage drinking and serve victims of serious crimes — drunken driving and otherwise.

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Published April 19, 2016

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ROCHESTER/BIRMINGHAM — The community will come together April 30 to enjoy a magical evening out at The Rainbow Connection’s Dream Makers Ball.

Rainbow Connection Executive Director Mary Grace McCarter said her staff is thrilled to host the second annual Dream Makers Ball, a black-tie gala benefiting the charity’s mission to make dreams come true for Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses.

“The sole purpose of the Dream Makers Ball is to raise awareness about The Rainbow Connection to help make dreams come true,” she explained.

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Published April 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The Boy Scouts of America are giving residents across metro Detroit a chance to give their bulging closets a much-needed spring cleaning during the second annual Scouting for Clothing drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul.

“Part of our mission is to help others, and we want to showcase that to all of our boys and girls that are in our program,” said Kerrie Mitchell, of the Boy Scouts of America, Michigan Crossroads Council.

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Published April 19, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Fire Battalion Chief Edward Cary has been named acting fire chief following the retirement of acting Chief Barry White.

City Administrator Fred Zorn appointed White to the position April 11.

White was appointed acting chief in August following the death of Chief Keith Rowley.

Although he said he will only be with the city for two more years, Cary was pleased to be named acting chief.

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Published April 19, 2016

UTICA — Amanda Accica, 24, and Daniel Moreno, 23, of Utica, who were married in February, swept the competition at the U.S. Argentine Tango Championship in San Francisco, California, March 24-28.

They won first place in the U.S. Stage Tango Championship, one of two official categories sanctioned by the Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup, and automatically qualified for the World Cup semifinals in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this August.

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Published April 18, 2016

HAZEL PARK — For the second year in a row, a group of students from a church in Indiana came to Hazel Park to volunteer alongside like-minded do-gooders at CityEdge Church and its new partners at Youth for Christ Detroit. They worked both indoors and outdoors, at the parks and the “Blue Building” — once the administrative building for Hazel Park Public Schools, and now jointly used by CityEdge and YFC Detroit.

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Published April 16, 2016

WARREN — For book fans who prefer the romance genre, there’s a new author in town.

Former Warren resident Tara Eldana is the writer behind several new romance novellas guaranteed to satisfy serious romantics with a bit of spice, some contemporary themes and a some paranormal activity on their pages.

Eldana has written seven books, published by Black Opal Books, with two of them — “Reclaiming Lexi” and “Under the Riptides” — currently available for purchase. The other four are under contract, with a seventh title pending.

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