Posts by Joyce Wiswell

Dr. Andrea Nakisher uses an iTero scanner that is moved over the teeth to take fast, accurate digital impressions for Invisalign braces.

A Bite Of The Future

Orthodontists talk of technological advances and braces. We’re not there yet, but in the not-too-distant future it may be as common to see a 3D printer churning out retainers in an orthodontist’s office as it is to see a spit sink today. Technology is constantly advancing in the science and art of straightening teeth and…

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Ira Goldberg of Farmington Hills with his Iron Man medal in 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Iron Man

Vegan diet, determination, support and training lead to healthy lifestyle. At nearly 400 pounds, Ira Goldberg was lying on the floor one night, watching TV. When he tried to stand up, he wasn’t sure he’d make it. “It was a complete struggle to get off the ground, and I had a very sobering thought: If this…

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Now: Members of 2015 citizenship class celebrate.

Impacting Lives

For 90 years, Jewish Family Service responds to the needs of the community. For a 90-year-old, Jewish Family Service (JFS) is pretty darn nimble. While its mainstay is providing services for older adults, mental health and substance abuse counseling, coordination of health care access and ensuring basic needs are being met, the agency can also…

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Run Strong Project founders Sara Plumstead and Amy Haenick.

Run Strong

Two women bond over running and beating anorexia and launch a business. Upon meeting at work, 40-something fitness instructors Amy Haenick and Sara Plumstead soon realized they had a lot in common, including supportive husbands, great children, college life at Michigan State, a commitment to physical fitness — and triumph over anorexia nervosa. Each woman…

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With Love, Alexa

Local writer Alexa Randolph publishes her first novel. Alexa Randolph loves binge-watching reality shows like The Bachelor and The Real Housewives, as well as the “cheesy love stories” on the Lifetime and Hallmark channels. She took inspiration from both genres for her first novel, With Love, Ella. “I have always loved romance and the happily-ever-after,” the…

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Cropped shot of a group of colleagues using their smart phones in synchronicity

Social Media Pressures

Overuse can make teens more prone to anxiety and depression. Like many of her peers, 17-year-old Julie Abramson is rarely without her phone. “I try not to look during class, but sometimes I do,” admitted the senior at West Bloomfield High School. “I check it a good amount so I can keep up with what…

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Repairing The World

Theme for Emanu-El’s Spring Festival offers diverse takes on Tikkun Olam. “Repairing the World” — from respecting nature to honoring justice and sexual equality to celebrating the joy of music — is the theme of Spring Festival 2018, a month-long series of events presented in April by Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park. Sponsored by the…

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Image of a dictionary defining the word "anxiety"

Unmasking Anxiety

Program to feature film and panel to raise awareness of anxiety disorders. Anxiety has become as much a part of teenage life as going to prom and learning to drive, and mental health professionals say it’s essential to raise awareness. That’s the mission of a movie night and panel discussion presented by the Jewish Community…

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Philip Handleman at his airport near Oxford with his Cub Crafters Sport Cub.

Flying High

Philip Handleman’s love of aviation is but one facet of this Renaissance Man. It was 55 years ago, but Philip Handleman can clearly remember his first time in an airplane — a classic Piper J-3 Cub he rode with his parents. That short flight in 1963 would prove to have a major impact on his…

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Students from Florida traveled to Washington, D.C., Feb. 21 to demand change on gun laws from legislators.

Reactions To The Latest School Shooting

Teens and community leaders want to see change come from the latest tragedy in Florida. Huntington Woods native Zach Shanbom was surprised when the fire alarm at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., went off for the second time on Feb. 14. “We’d already had a fire drill earlier, so it was odd,” said the junior.…

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