DECEMBER 2017

New Home for a Local Law Firm

Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) has relocated their Livonia office to Livonia’s College Park Development. This move comes as CMDA has outgrown their previous office, in which CMDA occupied all three levels of the building. While this building holds a special place in the lives of the attorneys that occupy it, it also serves as a testament to their hard work. “The continuous and steady growth of CMDA, in its more than 50 years of existence, is a true testament to the hard work our attorneys and support staff put into our Firm and the superb level of service we offer clients.  This growth and longevity only occurred because of the outstanding clients that we have been blessed to serve,” CMDA.


Donating Water

A water main break in Oakland County resulted in a boil water advisory that left thousands of people without water for nearly a week. Many residents were left to their own devices as they had to make arrangements for everything from showering to cooking. Value Wholesale Distributors donated several pallets of cases of water bottles. Through St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church, Value Wholesale was able to distribute two cases of water per family.


Joining the Research Team

Michelle Tomasino is the newest member of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she will serve as the Manager Clinical Trials Office of Sponsored Programs. In this position, Michelle will review, process and transition research studies from the university of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine to UNLV. Previously, Tomasino worked for a cancer hospital in Michigan for 11 years.


Appointed New Superintendent

Kevin Kijewski has been has been chosen to serve as the new Superintendent for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Kijewski’s appointment as superintendent will become effective December 4. With the approval of Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Kijewski has been hired in this role to lead the Office of Catholic Schools within the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Schools.


Pharmacist Honored

Hanadi L. Thomas-Gallozi Salamey has been selected to receive the Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists (MSCP) Pharmacist of the Year Award by the Michigan Pharmacist Association. The award is presented annually to a member who displays professional excellence and/or exemplary service to the profession and toward advancing patient care in the community setting. Hanadi will be presented with an award for this achievement during the MSCP Annual Meeting and Luncheon, held during MPA Annual Convention and Exposition in February at The GM building.


A Plum Place and the Pistons

Michigan-based grocer Plum Market announced in a joint press release with the Detroit Pistons that they will be opening a café and retail store in the Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Detroit. The café is set to open in June 2019. Plum Market will also become the primary food service provider for the Pistons.


Honored as Scholar-Athletes

Andrew Jonna, who recently was recognized as a scholar-athlete by the Detroit Country Day Athletic Department, signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and swimming career at Albion College. Andrew is excited to join the 2017 MIAA Championship Swim Team and follow in his dad’s — Matt Jonna, ’94, footsteps while studying in the nationally recognized business program. 

Harrison George is a senior at Detroit Country Day. He’s captain of the varsity sailing team. He just won nationals in New Orleans. He is ranked 14th in the country. He also won the scholars athlete award in sailing from Country Day. He had an amazing season. The last 12 weeks he has sailed every weekend - New Orleans, LA, Charleston, SC, Culver academy in Ohio where he came in first, and Lake Minnetonka, MN where he also came in first. He has travelled to Chicago and Traverse City many times this season.


Sharing the Chaldean Culture

Mercy High School’s Human Relations Council, which works to display and appreciate the many diverse cultures at Mercy High School hosted their annual Ethnic Bazaar. Chaldean students delivered a speech about Chaldeans before their performance. Fellow members of the student body, parents, students and even Mercy High School alumni had the opportunity to watch their performance.


Chaldean Crowned Miss Malta

Nearly 27 years ago, Stephanie Acho Tartoni won the title of Miss Malta for the United States and Canada. Following in her footsteps, Stephanie’s daughter, Annie Tartoni, also won the title of Miss Malta. Miss Malta is a national beauty pageant. 


Donating Thousands of Turkeys

More than 200 local Chaldeans benefited from AFPD’s 37th Annual turkey Drive. Dr. Jacoub Mansour and Mark Nigara picked up the Turkeys and other food items and distributed to local Chaldeans, mainly refugees. AFPD gave out thousands of Turkeys this year. Since 1980, they have donated more than 85,000 Turkeys to families in need.


Brewing a New Location

Following their investment of $1 million dollars to get new equipment and create a new look for its downtown restaurant, Frankenmuth Brewery has announced tentative plans to expand its brewing operations off their main site. This new residence would be a 36,000-square-foot facility located in the Frankenmuth Business Park. Anmar Sarafa, president of Frankenmuth Brewing, attributed the need for a new, larger facility to the increase in demand for their craft beers.