New year, improved you

The new year is finally here and many people are digging within to find the motivation to become the best versions of themselves in the upcoming year. While social media feeds are inundated with sentiments that the new year will bring forth a different person, a different person is hardly necessary.

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It's legal: now what?

Marijuana is big business and it was long before the law passed to legalize it on a recreational basis. On December 6, Michigan became a green state, making it the 10th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. Even before Michigan’s recreational marijuana law went into effect, grow houses, dispensaries and medical marijuana licenses existed. The law is officially known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

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Infertility: breaking the stigma

With so many couples strug­gling silently with infer­tility, three women in the community shed some light on what they went through with having chil­dren – the ups, the downs, and every­thing in between. In a Mom to Mom show hosted by Lisa Denha brought by the Eastern Catholic Re-evange­lization Center (ECRC) and shown live on the Chaldean Moms of Metro Detroit Facebook page, these women shared their stories of infertility and how they each managed to find their way through faith.

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Helping the homeland

Most everyone with ancestral roots outside of the United States feels some sort of a connection to his or her homeland. Some go back to visit. Others, go back to help.

The Shlama Foundation was created to do just that in the ISIS ravaged ancient city of Nineveh in northern Iraq.

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Special liaison appointed for Iraqi Christians

According to Al Monitor, fol­lowing pressure from Vice President Mike Pence, dis­placed Iraqi Christians now have their own liaison to the U.S. aid agency. Max Primorac has been appointed as the new representative “for minority assistance programs to oversee the dis­tribution of US aid for Iraqi Christians and Yazidis as they seek to rebuild their lives,” reports Al Monitor.

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New CFO to give Chaldean Eparchy a boost

As the Chaldean Ep­archy of St. Thomas the Apostle grows in size and moves steadily into the 21st century, the Bishop and church leaders face in­creasingly complex and time consuming financial responsi­bilities. To smoothly facilitate these changes, Bishop Francis Kalabat and the Diocese’s Fi­nancial Council hired Walter Nevolis as its chief financial officer.

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Bishop creates Diocesan Finance Council

With the massive growth in the Chaldean Diocese and ongo­ing financial management needs, Bishop Francis moved earlier this year to formally create a Diocesan Finance Council. They mulled over the idea of the Council over the years but it has not taken hold in the long run until now. The need is not only there but the Council is an actual requirement of the Code of Canon Law.

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Destined to be born

I write this story in first person in­stead of a feature story because I was indirectly involved. I was driving my daughter home from ice skating one early evening when I answered a call from an unknown number which is not typical of me. I usually let those calls go to voicemail. Something com­pelled me to answer and when I did a woman on the other end of the line asked if I was Vanessa Denha Garmo from the Chaldean News. Speaking to her on Bluetooth in my car, I answered that I in fact was she. She proceeded to say, “so, you are anti-abortion?”

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Marketing on the next level

Most mornings Trevor George wakes up at 4:15 a.m., heads to Starbucks, and is in the office by 5:00 a.m.

This “go-get-’em” attitude is part of what has made his marketing company, Birmingham-based Blue Wheel Media, a success. It is also what allows him to give equal attention to the family business, Trevco, a wholesale licensed apparel manufacturer located in Madison Heights.

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