Posts by Ronelle Grier

Brainstorming solutions: Deanne Ginns Gruenberg, owner of the Self Esteem Shop in Clawson and child and adolescent therapist; Jodie Jacobs, table leader; Sara Kraft, social worker in private practice; Orly Kennet, Bloomfield Hills parent; Onisia Martin, school social worker.

Resilience Documentary

Childhood trauma spurs far-reaching mental and health consequences. Ronelle Grier Contributing Writer What is the greatest predictor of health issues such as obesity, smoking, heart disease, depression, alcoholism and other addictions? While genetics and family history may seem the most obvious factors, the answer may come as a surprise: childhood trauma. The devastating effect of…

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Function, Adorned

Claudaycious Designs beautifies bookmarks, food picks and more. Ronelle Grier Contributing Writer After styling hair for clients across Metro Detroit for more than four decades, Claudia Drilich hung up her scissors and turned her talent toward a different kind of artistic endeavor. Through her new company, Claudaycious Designs, Drilich has created an exclusive line of…

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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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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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