Posts by Ronelle Grier

Gabriel Leland

Bribery Charges

Detroit Councilman Leland indicted on three counts. Detroit City Council Member Gabriel “Gabe” Leland was indicted Oct. 4 on one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of bribery, according to court documents and a statement from U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider. The charges resulted from an FBI investigation. The federal grand jury indictment…

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A family dedicated to inclusion: Janice Fialka and Richard Feldman with their children Michah and Emma.

Intelligent Lives

Sponsored by our community partners Pain Free Life Centers Film featuring Michah Fialka-Feldman tackles what “intelligence” really means. Huntington Woods native Micah Fialka-Feldman and his family have faced challenges that only other parents of atypical children can begin to understand. From a young age, he was labeled “neurologically impaired” and told that his “low I.Q.”…

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Rabbi Josh Bennett of Temple Israel with Solomon Kaplan, 6, at the Special Person event at Lone Pine Elementary School

Special Friends

Training and fast action allowed Rabbi Bennett to save his buddy. When Rabbi Josh Bennett accepted an invitation to have lunch with his 6-year-old friend, Solomon Kaplan, he expected a pleasant hour of food and conversation. He did not expect to end up saving the boy’s life. Excited to be spending time with his rabbi…

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Ethan Bean

Too Much To Bear – Teen Suicide

Despite his wonderful qualities, Ethan Bean’s sadness and isolation led to suicide. Ethan Bean was funny, quirky, bright and inquisitive. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling around the country or taking local excursions to Greenfield Village and Downtown Detroit to explore restaurants and art venues. He relished jazz concerts with his family, and…

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man walking between two seas 12 steps to recovery, 12 steps, recovering addicts, high holidays, rosh hashanah, yom kippur, sukkot

12 Steps On The Spiritual Path

High Holidays provide inspiration for recovering addicts. The High Holiday season has a special meaning for most Jews, regardless of their level of observance. For those who are recovering from addiction, these holidays, especially Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, have a distinct significance. The 12 Steps, which serve as the guiding tenets of recovery…

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Dr. Steven Pitt Steven Pitt & Associates

Native Detroiter Murdered In Arizona

Psychiatrist gunned down near his office. Dr. Steven Pitt, 59, native Detroiter and renowned forensic psychiatrist, was shot to death outside his Scottsdale, Ariz., office on Thursday afternoon, May 31, 2018. Pitt, who was known for his work on prominent cases such as JonBenet Ramsey’s murder in 1996 and the mass shooting at Columbine High…

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Casa Valentina JET Theater cast.

Casa Valentina Crosses Gender Lines With Humor And Heart

As it leaves its longtime home in the Aaron DeRoy Theatre, the JET theatre company will be remembered for many things — not the least of which will be its season finale production, Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina. Fierstein, a Tony Award-winning playwright (Kinky Boots, Torch Song Trilogy and the libretto of La Cage Aux Folles)…

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College Blues

Sponsored by our community partners Pain Free Life Centers The difficult transition can spark some problems, but here are tips for coping. The car is loaded. The trunk is filled with clothing, bedding, storage units, shower shoes and wall decorations. The checklist is complete. The prospective freshmen are nervous but eager to begin their new…

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Young girl scratching arm in frustration self abusing. Self harm. self-harm. self-harming

The Unkindest Cut

Sponsored by our community partners Pain Free Life Centers Some teens resort to self-harming behaviors to cope with life and to release the pain. Alana’s parents knew something was amiss with their daughter. She seemed sad, more withdrawn than before, but whenever they tried to talk to her, she said things were fine. When winter…

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Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Getting To Know You

Above: Elena Shaddow as Anna with the Royal Children in The King and I. A West Bloomfield native returns home as stage manager of a touring production of The King and I. As a young child seeing The Lion King for the first time, Jenn Jacobs literally screamed with delight as the procession of life-sized…

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