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•Weddings •Showers •Communions •Birthdays •Retirement •Funerals OCTOBER JUNE 2017 2017CHALDEAN CHALDEAN NEWS NEWS3


In Loving Memory of

Brandon Kallabat April 5th 1991-September 3rd 2017


ur beautiful son Brandon left this earth on September 3rd, 2017. We take our son by the hand and lead him to you. Dear God, here is Brandon. We offer up our hurt and pain to you Lord as we entrust him in your care. We ask that you will be in our loving presence in all the lonely moments until the day we rejoice with him in paradise. To some, Brandon’s life would appeared to have been short lived. However, in those that he touched, they understood only too well the quality of his existence in that it exceeds the quantity of time spent with him. Besides his unbelievably humble soul, Brandon was also physically beautiful. With the most perfect hair, long eyelashes and gentle smile; he was truly radiant. What a God-fearing individual he was. He would often recite verses from the Bible. The strength and belief he had in God was truly inspiring. Brandon is survived by his two siblings Raquel and Rebecca. Although he was not perfect, he was perfect in our eyes. Brandon was intelligent, resourceful, ambitious and determined with larger than life goals. Brandon was proud of his Chaldean heritage. On traditional holidays you could always find him with a bowl of pacha in his hand. Brandon was very much his father’s son. The resemblance between them is uncanny. They were inseparable and worked side by side. His mother will take comfort in knowing that when she looks at her husband she will forever see her son. With Brandon, there was never a dull moment. His mother is going to miss his sweet kisses, hugs, picking her up, and wrapping her in his arms. Our sweet boy is with God now; wrapped in His loving arms. Rest peacefully our sweet angel. Love, Mom, Dad, Raquel and Rebecca

“You come into this world born naked, you die leaving naked. Nobody will remember or care about the money you have, what car you drove, or anything in that nature. But they will remember what type of person you are and how you treated others as a human.. Always remember that because I think about it all the time and will never harm another intentionally. GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO DOES GOOD!” – Brandon Kallabat




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A Mark in Fashion


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Pieces that should probably be in the Fall wardrobe

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he day before our photo shoot for Ink clothing materials. Sean Jonna sells a variety of Detroit, I read a local column in a local fabrics that his customers transform into a variety paper posing the question: How many tof pieces including wedding dresses, pillows and shirts does Detroit need? The premise was that drapery. Detroit t-shirts have outlived their purpose and Ashourina and I visited Fabric Land on stopped being clever or endearing. Woodward to take photos and hear his story. She I found it oddly timed for our cover shoot. We writes that piece for this issue. Women are makwere excited to feature Steve Mansour’s line of ing their mark in the fashion industry as well. clothing, which is a production proudly promotMonica George co-owns a quaint shop in VANESSA ing Detroit. At first, the column made me feel Franklin Village that features an array of accessories a little deflated but then I reminded myself that DENHA-GARMO and Bridget Sagmani has held shop in Birmingham her piece was her opinion and not our opinion EDITOR IN CHIEF for years featuring her own fashion items. CO-PUBLISHER and knowing a local Chaldean guy has been Our fashion spread also includes our Chalquite successful with his busidean on the Street question and a ness project since he launched piece on teen fashion from Renna in 2005, was worth featuring on Sarafa. the cover story as we focus on Fashion is really about exfashion in this issue. pressing oneself. I have never reWe always challenge ourally had my own fashion identity. selves to look for different anI usually take photos of clothes gles to already told stories both and text to my sisters for approvin mainstream media and in our al. My fashion statement is more publication. Whenever I travel about comfort than flare. in and outside the country, I buy Although not a fan of body something with that city’s name piercing and tattoos, they are on it. In every city I have gone becoming more common among to, there are shirts for sale prothe millennials. Our own millenmoting the city. I have t-shirts nial Ashourina Slewo with her and sweatshirts from Las Vegas, own tattoos and piercing pens the New York, Chicago, Charleston, piece on tattoos. Cancun, Mackinac Island and If I ever get one myself, it will that is only a few. be of a cross when I visit the Holy I am still wondering if I missed Elayna and Oreo Land. It will be my official fashthe writer’s point in that particuion statement – marking me as a lar piece but I move on happy Christian. with our spread on Ink Detroit displaying photos by Alex Lumelsky. We staged them at Eastern Market. Thanks to all of our local models, including CN’s Christen Jamoua, Nick LaFave, Dominic Kassab, Alexa Shaba and Zena Samaan. Day two of our photo shoot took place at a local Alaha Imid Koullen school’s playground. In that session, we feature five kids (God Be With Us All) and two dogs. Miré and Zander Manna with Pasha and Vanessa Denha-Garmo Gustav Lumelsky and dog Liam and Elayna Garmo with her puppy Oreo. Follow her on Twitter @vanessadenha Steve is not the only entrepreneur finding success in Follow Chaldean News on Twitter @chaldeannews

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A Letter to the Chaldean Community To my community, I feel an urgent need to reach out to our community leaders and the entire Chaldean community! Last week I buried my nephew, only 26 years old.  His life ended too soon due to a drug overdose.  My family is devastated by the tragic loss of our loved one. I wanted you to know that this problem has not only touched our family, but has become a problem throughout our community.  The Opiate/narcotic crisis in our community is as real as it gets. Our children, young adults, and adults are starting to experiment with drugs like never before. They’re starting with prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, to name a few.  When those drugs become pricey and unavailable, they move on to street drugs such as Heroin, Meth, Crack, Cocaine, and synthetic Molly. These drugs are causing deaths in our community

at a higher rate than ever. Just this week I have heard that more young adults have lost their lives due to drug overdose. Unfortunately, due to fear of shame or embarrassment from our community, most parents maintain their silence. Therefore actual numbers of death due to overdose is unknown.  The only real shame and embarrassment there should be is by not speaking out and helping others to understand that this is real. This is an epidemic.  We need to speak out and help others recognize the patterns and signs of addiction.  Our community needs to WAKE UP and see that this problem is REAL. Lives are being lost. Families are being shattered, and no one is speaking out. Denial is only hurting our community. Families need to ask loved ones and our community for help, and they should not be ashamed to do so. It is only through support and love that we can fight this epidemic that has claimed so many of our children’s lives.   So I ask this of you, my Chal-

dean community, to use all of our resources to promote awareness to this problem. We need hotlines for drug users that want to seek help, and more importantly some sort of Crime Stopper line for the individuals to help find where and how they are obtaining these drugs. If we don’t at least try and figure out solutions with regards to this epidemic, we will all have failed our community. Please use resources such as the Federation/News and spread the word to all organizations such as CALC and our Chaldean Church to help people understand and report to the community that this problem is real and is not just going to go away unless we help each other and speak up. I would like to thank all of our community in advance for your help in this matter and spreading the word.      God bless,  George Abro  On behalf of the Kallabat family 

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Freep columnists drub Kid Rock issue to death BY MICHAEL SARAFA


he guy’s been around town for a long time, whatever you might think about him or his music. He received an award from the NAACP and he played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a fundraiser that netted more than $1 million. He’s kibitzed with mayors, business titans and community activists. All of sudden when the powers to be selected him for the opening concert series at Little Caesars Arena (LCA), Kid Rock became an issue. By the way, I don’t buy the redneck routine. Well, I mean, that’s what it is—a routine. Kid Rock was born Robert James Ritchie, the son of Bill Ritchie, as in Ritchie Chevrolet. He grew up on a six-acre estate with horses and apple trees. While he did run away from home and sell drugs, in essence, Rock grew up as a rich kid. On September 2, Free Press columnist Stephen Henderson published an article titled Kid Rock opener at Little Caesars Arena is a middle finger to Detroiters. He accuses Rock of getting rich “off crass cultural appropriation of black music” and takes exception to his trashing of Colin Kaepernick. Rock is hardly alone in his criticism of Kaepernick though his has a much bigger stage (literally) from which to express his views. But Henderson’s biting critique of Rock as a racist misses the point. Rock is an entertainer and, as such, has his own following. Rap artists that use expletive filled lyrics to pump up their crowds have their own following as well. Let us remember that LCA is essentially a hockey arena, as another Free Press columnist, Rochelle Riley, aptly points out. If somebody thought the Illitch’s wouldn’t play to that crowd, well, that would be a misunderstanding of the Illitch’s. On September 5, Riley posted a column calling the Kid Rock issue a distraction from the real work of improving race relations and the lives of Detroiters with more and better jobs and teachers, etc. She was basically coming out on the opposite side of Henderson on this issue. She also

decried, correctly so, the lack of renaissance going on in the neighborhoods and beyond Downtown and Midtown. But she then writes seemingly inexplicable things such as “we just commemorated a 50-year old civil disturbance and moved on, like nothing happened” which is a curious if not trite observation. First of all, that was a long time ago. Secondly, life is busy and goes on. But thirdly, it’s just plain wrong that this anniversary was ignored. The Free Press itself had expansive coverage of the 1967 riots. Detroit premiered a movie that was

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promised for the LCA were not realized. But she gives the Illitch’s a pass. all about the uprising. There were dozens of forums and memorials that offered some treatment of that very important and historical event in the life of the city. This was then followed by another article on September 12 taking to task a small group of protesters that were picketing the Kid Rock concert. Here again, Riley’s point was that this was a “poor use of valuable civil rights time and energy” as the headline pointed out--that Kid Rock, like Trump’s tweets and antics, are a distraction from more important issues. She presses the

protesters on why they would bother turning out to demonstrate at the Kid Rock concert as opposed to coming out “every month for the last 30 years to protest discriminatory high insurance rates in Detroit that may be illegal, definitely are immoral and wouldn’t happen anywhere else.” I’m for insurance reform in Detroit but I could easily find some insurable actuaries to pick that previous hyperbolic statement apart. Henderson and Riley are part of the media elite in Detroit. They have tremendous exposure and access to the political and business elites. Riley laments that the minority jobs promised for the LCA were not realized. But she gives the Illitch’s a pass. The two Detroit’s theme—which is constantly recurring in both Hen-

derson’s and Riley’s columns—is not the result of a choice of performer. It is the result of intentional interplay at the highest levels of political and economic power in the city. Let me suggest a few names that intersect at these levels. Duggan. Bing. Kilpatrick. Gilbert. Karmanos. Cummings. Detroit Business Leaders. Detroit Chamber. Unions. You get the point. These are big socio-economic issues that have nothing to do with Kid Rock or what he represents. But they have everything to do with political and economic power which are social structures of which big media, including the Free Press and its columnists, are a part. These columnists, and others, should look behind the curtain. OCTOBER 2017



Melody Arabo to be Lead Fellow for Department of Education

OU School of Music, Theatre and Dance Approved The Oakland University Board of Trustees voted at its August formal meeting to approve the creation of a School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This move follows a consistent expansion and transformation of programs offered by the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance over the past 32 years. Theatre and Dance began as extra-curricular programs at Oakland University. Then, in 1985, the theatre and dance programs joined the existing music department, forming a Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. The department has flourished since that time, leading up to the announcement of the formation of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Melody Arabo, a teacher at Keith Elementary School in West Bloomfield Hills, will be this year’s lead fellow for the U.S. Department of Education’s School Ambassador Fellowship in Washington, DC. Previously, Arabo was a part time teaching ambassador for the fellowship program, but has chosen to take on the role full time and will commute from Michigan to DC. Arabo and other educators who take part in the fellowship program are pivotal in bringing educators’ voices to federal policy.

An Update on the Detainees When the story began with the detainment of dozens of Christian Iraqis this past June, it was evident it would be an on-going story. Much has transpired since then including several protests and the release of about 10 detainees. Some have upcoming court dates and others are on a list to to be considered for pardons by Governor Snyder. Most of the detainees came to the United States legally but never became citizens and now have criminal records. The rally late August at the The-

Believe in Yourself Donates to Girls Around the World This Fall, brand new back to school clothing was provided to girls around the country by the Believe in Yourself Project. Clothing donations are tied to the girls’ progress in achieving goals. Each girl who wants to receive a dress is entered into a system where they are then tracked to see their progress, whether towards improving their academics or pursuing an extracurricular interest such as music, dance, sports, etc. and Believe in Yourself provides the girls dresses for any upcoming events they have during the school year. The charity brings in mentors and speakers to motivate the girls to believe in themselves.




odore Levin Court U.S. Court House was not as widely attended as previous ones. There were less than 100 people in attendance on August 31.   Some of the detainees are on hunger strikes.  Following the mass arrests, the ACLU stepped in with a class action lawsuit, arguing the Christian Iraqis detained would face persecution if deported back to Iraq. This past July, the federal courts sided with the ACLU and ordered that each case be re-examined. That has been ongoing since the judge’s order.

Community members recognized by dBusiness: 30 in their Thirties Class of 2017 Community members Simon Jonna, Andrew Dickow and Derek Dickow have been recognized by dBusiness in this year’s “30 in their Thirties”. Each year, dBusiness recognizes 30 individuals from across Metro Detroit that have achieved notable success in their fields. This year, dBusiness has recognized three of our very own and their successes.

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Friday, September 22 – Tuesday, October 31 Fall Festival: Head on over to Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill now through the end of October for their annual Fall Festival. Enjoy fall activities, from picking your own fruits and vegetables to 10 acres of Blake’s famous Barnyard Funland! Also, join us on the weekends at Blake’s Big Apple for Blake’s Zombie Paintball Safari! For more information and ticket pricing, visit Friday, September 22 – Tuesday, October 31 Haunted House: From September 22 through October 31, you can pay the HUSH Haunted Attraction in Westland a visit. One of Metro Detroit’s most unique haunted attractions, HUSH is ranked among the Top 13 in the nation. You’ll have the most terrifying mutants, monsters, and zombies in your face that even nightmares can’t compete with. New and expanded for 2017! General admission tickets are $18 and VIP admission tickets are $30. For more information and scheduling, visit Sunday, October 1 Charity: Wear your favorite tutu and join us at Hudson Mills Metropark on October 1st for Ballet Chelsea’s fourth annual Tutu Run. Participants of all ages can compete in the timed 5k race – $25 per adult, $20 per child – or a 1-mile Fun Run – $20 per adult, $15 per child. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each age category. For more information and to register, visit Wednesday, October 4 Charity: Join us for the sixth annual St. Nicholas Institute Awards Gala! The sixth annual Gala will take place at the Sacred Heart Banquet and Conference Center on Six Mile just east of Middlebelt. The Gala is the culmination of the St. Nicholas Institute, a weeklong retreat and seminar for faith-based people who seriously take on the role of Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and his wife Candy, will be in attendance and will receive an award for a nationwide scholarship program that supports students with great academic and humanitarian achievement. Seats are $60 each. For more information visit Thursday, October 5 Adopt a Refugee: In celebration of their tenth anniversary, the Adopt a Refugee Family Program is hosting an event at the Shenandoah Country Club at 7:00 p.m. To date, Adopt a Refugee has been able to send 10 million dollars to refugees in need, helping 400,000 individual refugees. The hope for this event is to help an additional 208 refugee families. For more information about the event and tickets, call (248) 406-2052. Thursday, October 5 Charity: Join us for the fourth annual Dancing with Survivors charity event at 6:30 p.m. An evening of dancing to celebrate breast cancer survivors who are thriving in their recovery. The event features local breast cancer survivors paired with Fred Astaire professional dancers, performing ballroom style dances, while raising money for The Pink Fund’s mission. The Pink Fund provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients




in treatment so they can focus on healing, raising their families, and returning to the workplace. Tickets are $150 each. For more information contact Lynn Munroe at Thursday, October 5 Barktoberfest: Join the Waggin’ Tails Dog Rescue at 7:00 p.m. at Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center for a night of wines from around the world, locally crafted beers from Witch’s Hat Brewery, full dinne, door prizes, live and silent auctions and a wine pull. You won’t want to miss the fabulous, locally-donated goodies in our live and silent auctions from Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, The Foundation Hotel in Detroit, or go as far as The Bahamas to The Atlantis Hotel. All proceeds from the evening’s festivities will go directly to the care of our dogs to help pay for veterinary care, kibble, and supplies like collars, leashes, ID tags and microchips. Tickets are $50. Tickets can be purchased online at www. Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8 Zoo Boo: Join us for Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo at 5:00 p.m. The event will include live entertainment, magic acts, acrobats, jugglers, and pumpkin carving demonstrations. Visit the Haunted Reptile House and the trick-or-treat trail, which consists of 13 stations. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at events/zoo-events/zoo-boo/ Tuesday, October 10 Food: Join us at 5:00 p.m. for the annual Taste of Southfield (TOS) event at the Southfield Town Center. Presented by the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the TOS showcases a great sampling of local restaurants and banquet facilities. This year’s event will include samplings from 20 local restaurants, music, an edible creations contest, and a best restaurant contest. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at http:// Wednesday, October 11 Charity: Join Sisters HOPE for their 10th annual Pretty ‘n’ Pink Fashion Show and Luncheon 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Shenandoah Country Club. The event begins with exciting shopping and high-end raffles. Lunch is served at noon, followed by a fashion show featuring Closet NV. All proceeds from Pretty ‘n’ Pink benefit local women attending the HOPE Retreat for breast cancer survivors. Individual tickets can be purchased for $50 and tables for ten can be purchased for $450. Purchase tickets online at Thursday, October 12 Fashion: Join fashion expert Stacy London at the fifth annual FashionSpeak conference on October 12 at One Woodward in Detroit. FashionSpeak brings together nationally recognized experts in fields crucial to the success of the fashion industry, conducting interactive workshops with plenty of Q&A. Attendees will include fashion designers, photographers, bloggers, wardrobe stylists, fashion retailers, students, and more. Breakfast and lunch are included. Tickets can be purchased at http:// for $49.

Tuesday, October 17 Charity: Join us for BRAvo: Mammograms are the Girls’ Best Friend fundraiser 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at The Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. This year’s BRAvo features dazzling dance performances by breast cancer survivors. Cheer the dancing pairs as they step into the spotlight and perform center stage. This evening includes a delicious plated dinner, raffles, and an artwork display sponsored by Lilly Oncology. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at Friday, October 20 Halloween Hoot: Join us for Halloween Hoot the Dinosaur Nature Hill Preserve in Rochester! The familyfriendly Halloween Hoot will be a scary good time for young ghosts and ghouls. The event will start in the nature center for crafts and then head outdoors for a series of short interpretive skits while the children collect treats. There will be a mini-fair with Halloween themed carnival games. Tickets sell for a specific time with groups leaving every 10 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at for $7. Thursday, October 26 Fundraiser: Join the Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center (ECRC) for their annual Gather and Give Fundraising dinner. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be taking place at the Shenandoah Country Club. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in a live auction as well as a raffle. Visit for more info or contact the ECRC office for tickets and sponsorship opportunities at (248) 538-9903. Sunday, October 29 Treats in the Streets: Children ages 12 and younger will be able to trick-or-treat at Detroit Historical Museum’s “Streets of Old Detroit” at the Detroit Historical Museum at 12:00 p.m. The event will include free refreshments, Halloween crafts, magic by the Amazing Clark, and comedy with Richard Paul’s “Ha Ha Halloween Show.” The Halloween history hunt will test sleuthing skills. Halloween costumes are strongly encouraged. The event is free of charge, children must be accompanied by adults. Thursday, November 2 Charity: St. Jude Iraq is hosting their 2nd Annual Charity Gala on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at Penna’s of Sterling Heights. The theme of the night is an Evening of Hope. Individual tickets are $100 or a table is $700. The event will benefit the war-affected children in Iraq. For tickets, sponsorship or ads, please call Noreen Mika (586)-388-2506 or email  Thursday, November 16 Charity: The Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers (AFPD) have teamed up with The Youth Connection to host Chiefs Cooking for Kids. The event will be hosted at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center at 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201. VIP event time will be from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. and regular event time will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Chiefs Cooking for Kids will bring together police and fire chiefs as they cook to raise money for The Youth Connection, a non-profit dedicated to helping our local youth. For more information visit and






THE DIOCESE OF ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE IN THE UNITED STATES St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Diocese 25603 Berg Road, Southfield, MI 48033; (248) 351-0440 Bishop: Francis Kalabat Retired Bishop: Ibrahim N. Ibrahim HOLY CROSS CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 32500 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334; (248) 626-5055 Rector: Msgr. Zouhair Toma Kejbou Mass Schedule: Weekdays, noon in Chaldean; Saturdays, 4:30 p.m. in English; Sundays, 10 a.m. in Chaldean and Arabic, noon in English, 6 p.m., in Arabic HOLY MARTYRS CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 43700 Merrill, Sterling Heights, MI 48312; (586) 803-3114 Rector: Fr. Manuel Boji Parochial Vicar: Fr. Andrew Seba Bible Study: Mondays, 7 p.m. in Chaldean; Thursdays, 8 p.m. Seed of Faith in English; Saturdays, 7 p.m. Witness to Faith in Arabic Youth Groups: Wednesdays, 7 p.m. for High Schoolers Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 9 a.m. in Chaldean; Saturdays, 5 p.m. in English; Sundays: 9 a.m. in Chaldean and Arabic, 10:30 a.m. in English, Morning Prayer at noon, High Mass at 12:30 p.m. in Chaldean; 6 p.m. in English MAR ADDAI CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 24010 Coolidge Highway, Oak Park, MI 48237; (248) 547-4648 Pastor: Fr. Stephen Kallabat Retired Priest: Fr. Suleiman Denha Adoration: Last Friday of the month, 4 p.m. Adoration; 5 p.m. Stations of the Cross; 6 p.m. Mass; Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Bible Study: Fridays, 8-10 p.m. in Arabic and Chaldean Youth Groups: Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Jesus Christ University High School and College Mass Schedule: Weekdays, noon; Sundays, 10 a.m. in Chaldean and Arabic, 12:30 p.m. High Mass in Chaldean MOTHER OF GOD CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 25585 Berg Road, Southfield, MI 48034; (248) 356-0565 Administrator: Fr. Pierre Konja Retired Priest: Fr. Emanuel Rayes Bible Study: Mondays, 7-9 p.m. in English; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. for college students in English Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 10 a.m.; Tuesdays, 8:45 p.m. in English; Saturdays, 4 p.m. in English; Sundays: 8:30 a.m. in Arabic, 10 a.m. in English, noon in Chaldean, 7 p.m. in English OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 11200 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48093; (586) 804-2114 Pastor: Fr. Fadi Philip Parochial Vicar: Hermiz Haddad Bible Study: Thursday, 8 p.m. for ages 18-45; Friday, 8 p.m. in Arabic. Teens 4 Mary Youth Group: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Confession: 1 hour before mass or by appointment. Adoration: Thursday, 5-7 p.m. Chapel open 24/7 for adoration. Mass Schedule: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. in Chaldean; Thursday, 1 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Chaldean; Friday 7 p.m. in Chaldean; Sunday, 10 a.m. in Arabic and 12:30 p.m. in Chaldean. SACRED HEART CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 30590 Dequindre Road, Warren, MI 48092; (586) 393-5809 Pastor: Fr. Sameem Belius Mass Schedule: Sundays, 10 a.m. in Arabic, 12:30 p.m. in Chaldean ST. GEORGE CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 45700 Dequindre Road, Shelby Township, MI 48317; (586) 254-7221 Pastor: Fr. Wisam Matti Parochial Vicar: Fr. Matthew Zetouna Youth Groups: Disciples for Christ for teen boys, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Circle of Friends for teen girls; Thursdays, 6 p.m.; Bible Study for college students, Wednesdays 8 p.m. Bible Study: Wednesdays, 8 p.m. in English; Fridays, 8 p.m. in Arabic Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 10 a.m. in Chaldean; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Adoration; 8-10 p.m. Confession; Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. in English (school year); 6:30 p.m. in Chaldean (summer); Sunday: 8:30 a.m. in Chaldean, 10 a.m. in Arabic, 11:30 a.m. in English, 1:15 p.m. in Chaldean; 7:30 p.m. in English Submission Guidelines The Chaldean News welcomes submissions of obituaries. They should include the deceased’s name, date of birth and death, and names of immediate survivors. Please also include some details about the person’s life including career and hobbies. Due to space constraints, obituaries can not exceed 300 words. We reserve the right to edit those that are longer. Send pictures as a high-resolution jpeg attachment. E-mail obits to, or through the mail at 30095 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 101, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.




ST. JOSEPH CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 2442 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48083; (248) 528-3676 Pastor: Fr. Rudy Zoma Parochial Vicar: Fr. Bryan Kassa Bible Study: Mondays, 7 p.m. in Arabic; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. in English; Thursdays, 7 p.m. Chaldeans Loving Christ Youth Group for High Schoolers Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 10 a.m. in Chaldean except Wednesdays, 10 a.m. in Arabic Saturdays, 6 p.m. in English and Chaldean; Sundays, 9 a.m. in Arabic, 10:30 a.m. in English, noon in Chaldean, 2 p.m. in Chaldean and Arabic, 7 p.m. in Chaldean Baptisms: 3 p.m. on Sundays. ST. PAUL CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 5150 E. Maple Avenue, Grand Blanc, MI 48439; (810) 820-8439 Pastor: Fr. Ayad Hanna Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 6 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 p.m. ST. THOMAS CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH 6900 Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48322; (248) 788-2460 Administrator: Fr. Bashar Sitto Parochial Vicars: Fr. Jirgus Abrahim, Fr. Anthony Kathawa Retired Priest: Fr. Emanuel Rayes Bible Study: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. in Arabic Youth Groups: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Girls Challenge Club for Middle Schoolers; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Chaldeans Loving Christ for High Schoolers; Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Boys Conquest Club for Middle Schoolers Other: First Thursday and Friday of each month, 10 a.m. Holy Hour; 11 a.m. Mass in Chaldean; Wednesdays from midnight to Thursdays midnight, adoration in the Baptismal Room; Saturdays 3 p.m. Night Vespers (Ramsha) in Chaldean Mass Schedule: Weekdays, 10 a.m. in Chaldean; Saturdays, 5 p.m. in English; Sundays, 9 a.m. in English, 10:30 a.m. in English, 12:30 p.m. in Chaldean, 2 p.m. in Arabic; 6 p.m. Grotto is open for Adoration 24/7 for prayer and reflection ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ CHALDEAN SISTERS/DAUGHTERS OF MARY OUR LADY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ORDER Superior: Benynia Shikwana 5159 Corners Drive West Bloomfield, MI 48322; (248) 615-2951 CHALDEAN SISTERS/DAUGHTERS OF MARY HOUSE OF FORMATION 24900 Middlebelt Road Farmington Hills, MI 48336; (248) 987-6731 ST. GEORGE CONVENT Superior: Mubaraka Garmo 43261 Chardennay Sterling Heights, MI 48314; (586) 203-8846 EASTERN CATHOLIC RE-EVANGELIZATION CENTER (ECRC) 4875 Maple Road, Bloomfield Township, MI 48301; (248) 538-9903 Director: Patrice Abona Daily Mass: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. Thursdays: 5:30 Adoration and 6:30 Mass First Friday of the month: 6:30 p.m. Adoration, Confession and Mass Bible Study in Arabic: Wednesdays 7 p.m. Bible Study in English: Tuesdays 7 p.m. ST. GEORGE SHRINE AT CAMP CHALDEAN 1391 Kellogg Road, Brighton, MI 48114; (888) 822-2267 Campgrounds Manager: Sami Herfy ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ST. MARY HOLY APOSTOLIC CATHOLIC ASSYRIAN CHURCH OF THE EAST 4320 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48092; (586) 825-0290   Rector: Fr. Benjamin Benjamin Mass Schedule: Sundays, 9 a.m. in Assyrian; noon in Assyrian and English ST. TOMA SYRIAC CATHOLIC CHURCH 25600 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48335; (248) 478-0835 Pastor: Fr. Toma Behnama Fr. Safaa Habash Mass Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 6 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. All in Syriac, Arabic and English CHRIST THE KING SYRIAC CATHOLIC CHURCH 2300 John R, Troy, MI 48083; (248) 818-2886

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Editor’s Note: With the recent reports of community members dying from drug overdose, we share with you a novena for drug and alcohol addiction.

A Novena to Saint Maximilian Kolbe for the Grace to be Freed from Addiction Saint Maximilian Kolbe, your life of love and labor for souls was sacrificed amid the horrors of a concentration camp and hastened to its end by an injection of a deadly drug. Look with compassion upon (NAME OF PERSON) who is now entrapped in addiction to drugs/alcohol and whom I now recommend to your powerful intercession.  Having offered your own life to preserve that of a family man, I turn to you with trust, confident that you will understand and help. Obtain for me the grace never to withhold my love and understanding, or to fail in persevering prayer that the enslaving bonds of addiction may be broken and that full health may be restored to him, whom I love. I will never cease to be grateful to God who has helped me and heard your prayer for me. Amen. Saint Maximilian Kolbe OFM Conv. was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II.

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Monsignor Sulaiman Denha It is with great sadness to inform The Chaldean faithful about the passing of Monsignor Sulaiman Denha. He was born in Telkaif Iraq, on July 24, 1932 and entered into his eternal reward on September 10, 2017. He began his priestly studies in 1951 in Mosul, Iraq and was ordained in 1959.  He was sent to Lebanon in that same year for further studies.  Monsignor Denha taught in Telkaif until 1961, Then was appointed pastor in Basra, Iraq in 1966.  After Immigrating to The United States in 1979, he was appointed to serve Chaldeans in the Virginia area.  Returning to Detroit in 1980, He assisted Fr. Yasso at Sacred Heart Church, then appointed to serve St. Joseph Church in Troy Michigan in

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The Ink print on Detroit Community member creates Detroit inspired pieces BY ASHOURINA SLEWO


uilt on graphic t-shirts and track jackets emblazoned with Detroit inspired designs, Ink Detroit has the goal of returning Detroit to its former glory as the Paris of the Midwest, one nostalgia inducing piece at a time. What started out simply as an idea to create a brand, ended with a trademark and an ever-growing wonder that continues to expand. “Many people don’t realize that Detroit was once called “Paris of the Midwest” for its architecture and streets designed as Parisian Boulevards by Augustus B. Woodward,” said coowner Steven Mansour. “Ink Detroit’s design “Detroit Paris of The Midwest” has become a top seller and by spreading this message to our followers, fans, and the world it helps educate people that Detroit has a rich history.” Founded in 2005, Ink Detroit has more than a decade of experience in providing De-




troit themed products ranging from magnetic bottle openers and track jackets for men and women to skateboards and apparel for dogs. Following soon after the launch of their website in 2009, Ink Detroit expanded exponentially as their products were carried in more than 25 retail stores. “At inception, we only carried graphic tshirts and track jackets,” said Mansour. “We wanted to separate ourselves from other competitors and started creating other categories of Detroit inspired products that have proven to be successful.” With previous experience in the world of retail, Mansour is able to work with his partner, Paul Marcial, to keep Ink Detroit ahead of the curve and constantly moving forward. According to Mansour, working for a family retail business from a young age, paired with

his partner’s own experience in graphic design, coming up with ideas and products is easier than one would think. In staying ahead, Ink Detroit introduced a new platform, The Great Lakes State, to the company with the doggie line, I Ruff Detroit, following soon after in 2014. The success of both of these platforms has allowed for Ink Detroit to continue expanding. “The Great Lakes State started with a few products similar to the creation of Ink Detroit,” said Mansour. “As we started to market the products and do trade shows statewide, we realized there was a demand for Michigan themed products. It was a new market for us that we started tapping into and now have retailers carrying our products statewide.” As Ink Detroit continues to progress, major milestones have been reached. In April of this

year, Carson’s, a national retailer, has started carrying Ink Detroit’s products in all of their Michigan locations. Ink Detroit has also been met with quite a bit of support from the Chaldean community. The dog apparel line is carried in all Premier Pet Supply locations, which are also Chaldean owned. “We receive a lot of support from the local owned Chaldean retailers,” said Mansour. “In addition, with pictures circulating through social media and tagging us, we’re thankful for the support of numerous Chaldean individuals representing our product.” Through their designs, Ink Detroit makes it a goal to keep their company rooted in the city of Detroit and its history. “To keep Ink

Detroit rooted in Detroit, we strive to create products that provide a nostalgic feeling about the history of Detroit, as well as reflect the new Detroit,” stated Mansour. “This allows our product to reach the appeal of all ages. With my partner Paul’s background as a graphic designer and my background in the garment industry, it has not been a challenge creating new Detroit inspired designs.” Mansour notes that the overall response to Ink Detroit has been positive, “Customers that have purchased from us directly and our retail stores that carry our product have informed us that the design and quality of our t-shirts are excellent.” OCTOBER 2017



Land of Fabric Gas station owner ventures into unlikely industry BY ASHOURINA SLEWO


rom gas stations to fabric stores, Sean Jonna, owner of Fabric Land Outlet in Royal Oak, brought an arsenal of knowledge about both business and fabrics when he decided to open Fabric Land in December of 2015. After 15 years of owning and operating a gas station with his brother, Jonna decided that his time as a gas station owner was over and a new venture slowly formed. This venture, however, only came after Jonna took a job at a manufacturing warehouse in Troy. Jonna was thrust into a world of fabric without any prior knowledge of the ins and outs of the fabric industry. “They made all special event linens; for weddings - anything you would see at weddings - table cloths, dinner napkins, the backdrops,” said Jonna. “I was hands on with all these materials. It was very overwhelming when I first walked in, but I had a great boss and he taught me everything about fabrics.” Through the help of his boss, Jonna was able to quickly learn all there was to learn about the world of fabrics. His time at the manufacturing warehouse allowed for Jonna to nurture an ever-growing love for the fabric industry, sparking a drive that would continue on to the inception of Fabric Land Outlet. “It was some very good hands on experience and I started falling in love with it,” said Jonna. “Cutting fabric, watching them come to life was so exciting for me because you’re looking at fabric and it’s laid out on the table and then after the cutting and sewing, it’s now a table cloth or now it’s a dress and it’s just really cool.” In preparation for opening Fabric Land Outlet, Jonna pushed himself to become familiar with other aspects of the industry by going to different vendors from all over the country. Equipped with this knowledge, Jonna has been able to grow his business substantially, with hopes of continuing with the growth. Jonna aspires for Fabric Land Outlet to be a “one stop shop” in which he will have anything his 20



customers may need, going above the call of duty to make sure customers leave his store satisfied. As well, Jonna plans to begin sewing lessons, designed around both adults and children. “Prior to working at the special event linens manufacturing warehouse, I hadn’t had any experience with fabric and, believe it or not, I still don’t know how to sew,” said Jonna. “I plan to take advantage of our sewing classes that will be starting in the near future. Anyone at any sewing level can rest assured they’ll receive the best advice and guidance in their next project.” Jonna is dedicated to providing a service that not only has been lacking in Michigan, but also a service that is different than that of the scarce fabric stores currently present in the state. His commitment to exceptional customer service and low prices for quality products is what sets Fabric Land Outlet apart. “Our pricing and selection definitely sets us apart from other fabric stores,” said Jonna. “We’ve been getting great reviews on social media. I’m re-

ally, really big on good customer service. We treat everyone that walks in like family.” For a number of reasons, Jonna firmly believes that fellow members of the Chaldean community should give Fabric Land Outlet a try. “The most important thing is supporting one another. If we want to keep building our community we have to shop at and support our businesses,” said Jonna. “I always go out of my way to shop at and support Chaldean owned businesses. Another reason is saving money. My fabrics are high quality and a fraction of the price of competitors. Another reason for shopping at my store is the selection. You won’t find most of the things in my store anywhere else in town. You don’t have to fly to New York to get great fabric.” With almost two years under his belt, Jonna is positive that Fabric Land Outlet has a bright future as he brings lower prices and higher quality to the table. “Every week we’re bringing in new fabrics; our store is growing and getting busier,” said Jonna. “We’re trying to make it a one stop shop for everyone and for every need.”






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ressing age appropriate is as important for men as it is for women, but for women, this is a more complex issue. Girls are expected to look pretty, and as they grow to womanhood, looking good might require extra effort as their weight fluctuates and body shape changes through pregnancies and menopause. It’s estimated that a woman wears only ten percent of her wardrobe. One of the problems women have is shopping by size, not by fit, or keeping clothes that no longer fit them in the hopes that they’ll fit into them one day. One reason is that some women want to feel emotionally connected to their youth through their clothes, and getting the size or style they once wore confirms that they have not let themselves go. Another reason is due to society, through beauty magazines, telling us that smaller is better. “Women like to wear something that makes them feel young and happy, but they also need to put on what makes them look good,” said Aida Monteith. Monteith’s mother, Linda, opened Iris Fashion in Ferndale more than 38 years ago. As a kid, Monteith went to the boutique with her mother and watched thousands of women walk in and out looking for that perfect dress that suits their body type and personality. She credits the secret behind her mother’s success to her honest feedback, which has generations of women coming back to her. “My mother doesn’t beat around the bush,” said Monteith. “She’s in the business of making people look good, so she’ll pretty much tell you, ‘Honey, that doesn’t look good on you. Your hips or chest or whatever is too big for it.’” Her mother will then suggest a dress that would be a smoother fit or redesign the dress for that particular woman’s body. “You want to wear something that will enhance what you have instead of distort your body,” said Monteith. Growing older and more mature naturally brings along with it a new wardrobe that fits men’s and women’s personalities and bodies. The way one dresses will evolve with their taste,

and over time, one develops a sense of what best suits their body, personality, and lifestyle. For women, they usually transform from pretty girls to classy women with a sophisticated look. That means they’re no longer confined by the fashion trends that belong to the younger generation. Generally, no woman in her 40s or 50s wants to seem like she’s desperately trying to stay in her 20s. Over the years, the dress code in western culture, including inside churches, has become less strict. While for the most part it’s a matter of taste, in schools and churches, people are still required to dress modestly. In the Chaldean Catholic Churches, for example, the parish is asked not to wear tank tops or spaghetti straps. Long shorts are allowed. Skirts a few inches above the knee are acceptable, but there have been rare incidences where women have dressed in very short skirts and were therefore politely pulled aside and informed of the proper dress code. In most of these cases, it’s simply a matter of the person not having thought out the situation. They dressed a certain way because they were going somewhere else after church and wanted to avoid having to return home to change. While brides and bridesmaids with strapless dresses are required to wear shawls during the wedding ceremony, sometimes this code falls on deaf ears. “It’s the House of God and everyone is welcome so people can wear whatever they want,” said a volunteer at one of the Chaldean churches. “But the outfits also have to be respectful.” Some American churches are more slack about the dress code, while others, including the Vatican, are much more strict for both men and women. Fashion should be fun, even for midlife and older women. Because there are fewer models and clothing ads aimed toward that age group, women sometimes have difficulty figuring out what looks good on her and might imitate the much younger models. However, there are still plenty of opportunities for women to stay true to their age – in a trendy way!

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College Fashion 2017 BY RENNA SARAFA


t’s​ ​finally​ ​here!​ ​The​ ​summer​ ​heat​ ​has​ ​come​ ​to​ ​ an​ ​end​ ​and​ ​we​ ​have​ ​entered​ ​the​ ​school​ ​year. For​ ​many​ ​college​ ​students,​ ​this​ ​means​ ​putting​ ​away​ ​the​ ​swimsuits​ ​and​ ​bringing​ ​the​ ​books​ back out.​ ​College​ ​is​ ​not​ ​only​ ​a​ ​place​ ​where​ ​ students​ ​learn​ ​new​ ​things,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​where​ ​they​ ​ find themselves​ ​and​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​discover​ ​their​ ​true​ identity.​ ​With​ ​that,​ ​many​ ​students​ ​express themselves​ ​through​ ​how​ ​they​ ​dress.​ ​So,​ ​here​ ​are​ ​some​ of​ ​the​ ​upcoming​ ​trends​ ​and​ ​tips​ ​for college​ ​students​ ​this​ ​year. What​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​to​ ​class:​ ​You​ ​always​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​ comfortable​ ​in​ ​class​ ​so​ ​you​ ​can​ ​learn​ ​without being​ ​distracted,​ ​but​ ​not​ ​too​ ​comfortable​ ​that​ ​you’re​ ​ falling​ ​asleep​ ​during​ ​a​ ​lesson.​ ​A​ ​pair​ ​of jeans​ ​or​ ​ leggings,​ ​some​ ​sneakers,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​t-shirt​ ​would​ ​be​ ​the​ ​ perfect​ ​classroom​ ​look.​ ​Don’t forget​ ​a​ ​sweater​ ​or​ ​ jacket​ ​in​ ​your​ ​bag​ ​just​ ​in​ ​case​ ​it​ ​gets​ ​cold​ ​in​ ​the​ ​ classroom! What​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​to​ ​a​ ​tailgate:​ ​Tailgate​ ​season​ ​is​ ​the​ ​ best​ ​season!​ ​You​ ​definitely​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be wearing​ ​your​ ​ school​ ​colors​ ​when​ ​your​ ​team​ ​takes​ ​on​ ​the​ ​field.​ ​For​ ​ the​ ​girls,​ ​hand-painted​ ​jeans and​ ​jean​ ​shorts​ ​with​ ​ the​ ​mascot​ ​on​ ​the​ ​back​ ​pockets​ ​are​ ​super​ ​in​ ​fashion.​ ​ Even​ ​a​ ​cute cheerleader​ ​skirt​ ​would​ ​be​ ​perfect​ ​to​ ​ show​ ​your​ ​school​ ​pride.​ ​Take​ ​any​ ​old​ ​school​ ​t-shirts​ ​ and cut​ ​them​ ​to​ ​match​ ​your​ ​style!​ ​And​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​ forget​ ​about​ ​accessories.​ ​​ ​Wear​ ​some​ ​cute​ ​socks​ ​or 24



face​ ​stickers​ ​to​ ​show​ ​your​ ​school​ ​spirit!​ ​For​ ​the​ ​guys,​ ​ jerseys​ ​and​ ​sweatshirts​ ​are​ ​the​ ​way​ ​to​ ​go. Even​ ​guys​ ​ can​ ​accessorize​ ​with​ ​a​ ​baseball​ ​or​ ​flat​ ​cap! What​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​at​ ​night:​ ​Even​ ​at​ ​night,​ ​your​ ​ outfit​ ​can​ ​be​ ​creative​ ​and​ ​trendy!​ ​Guys​ ​can​ ​never go​ ​wrong​ ​with​ ​a​ ​button​ ​down​ ​or​ ​polo​ ​with​ ​some​ ​ nice​ ​jeans​ ​or​ ​khakis.​ ​As​ ​for​ ​the​ ​girls,​ ​a​ ​cute jean​ ​or​ ​ leather​ ​skirt​ ​and​ ​top​ ​with​ ​some​ ​booties​ ​is​ ​great​ ​for​ ​ a​ ​night​ ​out.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​even​ ​wear​ ​your hair​ ​in​ ​a​ ​fun​ ​ ponytail​ ​or​ ​up-do​ ​to​ ​highlight​ ​your​ ​jewelry!

If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​planning​ ​on​ ​rushing​ ​a​ ​fraternity​ ​or​ ​ sorority, ​ ​don’t​ ​forget​ ​to​ ​pack​ ​a​ ​few​ ​snappy​ ​casual items​ ​as​ ​well. Although​ ​what​ ​you​ ​wear​ ​helps​ ​express​ ​who​ ​you​ ​ are, ​ ​college​ ​is​ ​not​ ​just​ ​about​ ​what​ ​you​ ​wear​ ​to a​ ​ party. ​ ​It’s​ ​about​ ​finding​ ​yourself, ​ ​making​ ​friends,​ ​ and​ ​creating​ ​memories.​ ​Oh​ ​yeah,​ ​I​ ​forgot – it’s also​ ​ about​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​getting​ ​a​ ​college​ ​degree! So​ ​in​ ​this​ ​2017-2018​ ​school​ ​year, ​ ​work​ ​hard,​ ​be​ ​ safe,​ ​have​ ​fun​ ​and​ ​don’t​ ​forget​ ​to​ ​dress​ ​to impress!


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Accessorize It Pieces that probably should be in the fall wardrobe BY VANESSA DENHA GARMO


t’s not about how many accessories you have in your closet as much as it is about what kind you have in your repertoire. When it comes to fashion in the fall and all year around, those accent pieces can enhance a look or completely change it all together. “Don’t over accessorize,” said Monica George, co-owner of Zieben-Mare in Franklin. “Take the last thing you put on off, chimed in her business partner Mary Ann Liut. The general rule is that the last thing you put on, may be too much.” Monica and Mary Ann help clients choose the right pieces for particular outfits. “Layering jewelry can be really pretty but you have to know how to layer pieces,” said George. “You can do that well with the little black dress,” said Liut. That proverbial cocktail dress is not the only item every woman should own. “Scarves can really bring an outfit together,” said George. “Don’t discount a good pair of jeans and high heels” said Liut. They stock a variety of items including stylish jeans, comfy cashmere sweaters, leather jackets that nicely accent a dress or shirt, boots for the fall, slip dresses and hair pieces. You don’t have to color coordinate purses with shoes. ““It is absolutely not necessary,” said Liut. “You can wear blue with black or brown.” Zieben-Mare opened about 15 years ago and the two owners are world travelers as they personally hand-pick items they display inside their store nestled in the quaint Oakland County Village. An accessory can change a dress from appropriate business attire to a cocktail party ensemble by just adding a piece of jewelry. “A sweater jacket is something a woman should have in her closet,” said George. “Parajumpers, Herno Coats are also important and so are Baker Boots, and Heather B. Moore pieces.” “Start with a simple white top and a pair of jeans and go from there,” said Liut. “And, add a 26



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Jompesh purse from France.” A new handbag line made in Italy and designed in Detroit are the walker+olson bags. “Every woman has the right to have access to highend designer bags at a reasonable price,” said Kevin Walker, founder. “The majority of the high-end luxury handbags costs anywhere from $1,800 – $5,000 plus and are often only affordable by the wealthy,” he said. “This is a large divide and many women want high-end bags but can’t afford the high-end prices”.” While working for one of the licensees at Calvin Klein, Kevin learned a lot about the design process and the many steps and layers that went into this iconic brand. “The final key ingredient was to find the right manufacturer and not go to China or other countries that don’t pay attention to quality,” he said. “The only thing that made sense was to go to Italy and find the right manufacturer that understands what goes into making a Prada, Gucci, Valentino or Chloe bag, and the list goes on. It was critical we find a manufacturer that saw and understood our vision of the new business model and what we are trying to accomplish; to make high quality Italian leather handbags avail-

able to every woman at a fair price.” His bags are available online. “Our handbags let women make a statement with any outfit for any occasion,” said Walker. “A beautiful well-crafted handbag is an extension of a woman’s personality.” Still in her 20s, Bridget Sagmani relied on her own fashion-statement when she opened Lola B Couture. Tucked inside a strip of buildings in Birmingham, Sagmani has made accessorizing her personal art-form. “Must have accessories include a fabulous handbag, belt, shoes and sunglasses,” said Sagmani. “These key pieces can turn a boring white tshirt and jeans into a chic, glamorous effortless look.”  Like Zieben-Mare, clients at Lola B are advised not to over accessorize. “It really is the biggest mistake women tend to make,” said Sagmani. “If you think it’s too much, it probably is.  Always remember less is more!” Sagmani is also on the look-out for latest trends and the hot items for every season. This fall a must have is “some sort of studded handbag, a fabulous over the knee boot which can be paired with anything and everything,” she said. “A statement piece of jewelry to give you

that pop of life and glamour. A velvet shoe to keep on the velvet trend and something furry like a fabulous bootie or heel.   And my absolute number one MUST have is a leather biker jacket.  This isn’t so much an accessory but definitely a must in every fashion forward women’s closet.  This jacket can be worn with jeans and a t-shirt, a cute little dress, or even a cocktail dress.”   Her clothing retail journey started in 2004.  She owned several stores including a children’s boutique, a resale shop, and of course a women’s clothing and accessories store. “Women’s fashion is definitely my passion,” noted Sagmani.  “Our clientele at Lola B are busy women of all ages seeking something unexpected and fabulous.”  Owners of both shops emphasize that the most important accessory can’t be bought. “Many people often forget is their attitude and confidence,” said Sagmani. “If you’re wearing something that’s two sizes too small and are unhappy in it, it will show.  You have to feel good to look good.” “Most importantly, have fun with anything you do and be confident,” said George. “Don’t wear everything everyone else is wearing,” said Liut.

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Ink across the Chaldean community BY ASHOURINA SLEWO


or a while in the Chaldean community, tattoos were considered taboo and in some cases, even looked down upon. As time has gone on, however, more and more members of the community have warmed up to the idea of bearing art on their skin. Tattoos are no longer exclusively for bikers and sailors as they have worked their way into the mainstream, proving to be a way to express everything from religious views to musical tastes. Tattoo artist Faisal Al-lami, who is better known by his clients as Sal, believes that tattoos in the Chaldean community have always been accepted, but only to a certain degree, having gained more approval in recent years. Even with this newfound approval, though, many Chaldeans were eager to showcase their tattoos, but did not want to be featured in an article or publication. Sal, who is not Chaldean, but was raised in the Chaldean community, started tattooing in 2013 after he won an award for one of his drawings in Istanbul, Turkey from Sabanci University of Istanbul. Sal, has noticed the change in perceptions from both his work and his own experiences regarding his family’s reactions to his tattoos. “I happen to have lost count of my tattoos there might be more than 30, for I have so many small spontaneous tattoos that I had gotten done,” explained Sal. “My mother wasn’t so happy at first about me getting random tattoos. But I was born in an artistic family, so they started accepting them in time, now they find them very amusing to look at.” Sal finds that in many cases, when members of the Chaldean community come to him for a tattoo, it is almost always a religious one. He believes that for some, getting a religious tattoo means expressing their 28



faith. For others, though, getting a religious tattoo is just for the sake of getting a tattoo and not being judged harshly. “Basically, they want a tattoo, but in order to not be judged so harshly, they get a religious one,” explained Sal. “I believe when it’s religious, it’s more meaningful, though.” Tattoos have grown beyond their original stigma, becoming popular across a variety of demographics and moving on to become a way in which people commemorate a certain time in their life. “My grandmother has

the small and simple cross that she got [when she was in] Jerusalem,” said Sal. “[It is] the same one that I do multiple times on people from our community here.” As more members of the community adorn their body with tattoos, it is important to keep a few things in mind before ever walking into a tattoo shop. One of the first things

one can do before getting a tattoo is research. While tattoo infections are relatively uncommon, there is still a risk. These risks are easily preventable by doing a little research. Researching both the tattoo shop and the tattoo artist are some of the easiest things one can do in our Google-driven world. Pay attention to reviews and look out for red flags

when in the shop. A dirty shop seldom means clean needles and should be the first sign that one is in the wrong place for a clean tattoo. Whether the point is to express a message, religious or otherwise, or to simply have a piece of art on your body, research is imperative because tattoo removal is expensive and painful.

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Brother Rice Mission Trip BY ASHOURINA SLEWO


en Brother Rice students took part in a mission trip to Peru over the summer, led by Spanish teacher, Kairos leader and 2002 Brother Rice High School alumnus, Andrew Ciesielski. While most took the opportunity to embark on the mission trip for the mere fact that it was a break from the everyday routine, they were met with lifechanging experiences. “It’s not usual for someone to go to Peru on a mission trip and help the poor,” said senior, Julian Karim. “Especially in the Chaldean Community, most are afraid to step outside of their everyday lives and take these opportunities.” Having led five of the seven trips to Peru that Brother Rice has participated in, Ciesielski knew what to expect and brought an invaluable amount of knowledge and experience to the trip. “It is a unique trip since it has the power to radically change the meaning of “poverty” for our young men,” said Ciesielski. “This is important that they understand the bubble of Brother Rice and their communities is not the center of the world.” The majority of the trip was central to service, with the first three quarters allocated to immersing, engaging and helping the community. The first half of the trip was spent in Lima, while the second half was spent in Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo. “We engaged in many small services such as helping a lady peel beans for small amounts of cash, playing with kids at the local school, and cementing/painting a house in Jicamarca, a small village,” said Karim. “The largest task for service was building a house.” It was through the carrying out of these services that the perspectives of the students changed. The mission trip was no longer about getting away from the monotony of everyday life, but about helping the people of Peru. The students quickly learned that their views of the world didn’t come close to matching the views of the locals they were helping. 30



When the students were tasked with building a house for a family in need, they came to realize that what the people of Peru lacked in material possessions, they made up for with their immense spirit. “We built a house for a family that lived in a home that us Americans would call garbage; their cardboard walls hung by string and poles,” said Karim. “A family of five that shared one bed. We knew these were not safe conditions for a family with children to live in. We were very happy with the final product of a nice, green-colored home. They now have one of the nicest homes in their village. Still, this home that seemed like a mansion to them was

something that no American would feel comfortable living in.” The trip allowed for the students to view the world around them differently, forever changing their perspectives on everything from the homes they live in, to the air they breathe. “It is one thing to read and see pictures of situations like those in Peru; going there, we saw the reality up close,” said senior Macallan Kizy. “We breathed the same dusty air the people of Peru breathe every day. We experienced the different types of work people do to earn a living. We stood next to those in poverty. The trip opens the heart and lights a fire to help not only Peru and other

countries, but our own nation.” The last quarter of the trip was spent exploring Peru, stopping to visit various archeological sites in the Inca Sacred Valley. Each student kept a journal, recording their experiences as they went along and reflecting. Logs of the trip can be found on Brother Rice’s website. “You walk into the trip not knowing what to expect,” said Karim. “You have a small idea and a general background of what will be going on; but once you are there, it is not what you imagined. Just being there was something I’ve never experienced or seen before. I experienced a whole new way of life.” The mission trip to Peru is highly recommended by both students and leaders. “It is a humbling experience but the result is one that pierces the heart and can forever change a person,” stated Ciesielski. “I believe it is a great experience, especially as our young men prepare to go to college, that they have this experience and can hopefully stay grounded and become an advocate for others.”

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Bishop’s New Position Bishop Shaleta heads the Eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego BY WEAM NAMOU


he Vatican announced Wednesday, August 9, that Pope Francis named Bishop Emanuel Hana Shaleta as head of the eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans. “The [new] appointment was unexpected,” said Bishop Shaleta, who not long ago — in January 2015 — had been appointed to serve Mar Addai Eparchy of Toronto. “I was working in Toronto, trying to bring more priests to the eparchy. Things were moving forward there.” He described when he first arrived in Canada; there was no order, no organized eparchy (the official term for the Eastern Catholic church, although most people use diocese). The church in Toronto had no priest at all, just the bishop. When Bishop Shaleta took over, he started putting things in order. He had a meeting with the clergy, selected deacons, choir members, and put into place some policies and regulations. There are nine parishes and two missions in Canada and, at the time, there were only six active priests. This made it impossible to keep up with the work. “I was doing various work by myself,” he said. “After six months, I was able to ordain a priest. He served with me and that was a big relief because I was then able to visit other parishes for our eparchy.” Within a year, Bishop Shaleta brought four priests from various places to join the Mar Addai Chaldean Eparchy in Toronto. This gave the eparchy greater possibilities to work for the estimated 40,000 Chaldeans that live in Canada, the majority of which are in Toronto and Windsor. One of the priests ended up getting into trouble involving money issues and has been suspended until the matter is cleared. “Life in Canada is different than here in the U.S.,” said the Bishop. “It’s more expensive and people can hardly cope financially. They don’t have businesses, are mostly newcomers, and cannot help the church too much. But I hope that people will 32



stay there and continue to have places of worship.” Once a month, Bishop Shaleta drove from Toronto to Michigan because he still had many of his belongings there. This visit was also an opportunity to seek help and guidance from the well-established diocese in Michigan.

he suspects one of the factors may be due to him having served there previously for 14 years — in Los Angeles and Orange County. “I know a lot about California,” he said. “The demographics are different than Michigan. In California, we have a lot of Assyrian Catholics.” The Assyrian Catholics who at-

They also never say they’re Chaldean. They call themselves Assyrian Catholics. “They have a different mentality and you have to understand where they come from and what they want so you can serve them,” he said. “They belong to our rite and liturgy and that’s why they come to us. When we pray, we don’t speak the same dialect. But it’s all the same church.” One of the things Bishop Shaleta hopes to do in California is help settle some of the misunderstandings and disagreements that people have amongst each other. “Our people are good people and most love the church but sometimes they are deceived into ways that are not church ways,” he said. “It’s not their fault, but they think it’s the right thing to do and so they go in a different direction. We are human beings and we have our own weaknesses and troubles, including myself, but with God’s grace we will do our best to serve our people.” He emphasizes that the only way to do this is through the grace of God, and by people putting aside their personal interests and hidden agendas; it will not be done through strength, intelligence, or authority.

“Life in Canada is different than here in the U.S. …“It’s more expensive and people can hardly cope financially. They don’t have businesses, are mostly newcomers, and cannot help the church too much. But I hope that people will stay there and continue to have places of worship.” “The idea of switching from Canada to Sand Diego never crossed my mind,” he said. “In the beginning, I thought, I just started here. But my responsibility is not to country or family members but whatever the church asks of me. I always worked for the community. That’s my personal family.” While he doesn’t know the reason he was chosen to serve in California,

tend the Chaldean church in California don’t speak Chaldean or Arabic. They speak Assyrian and are mostly from Iran. They use Persian words. “It was a big challenge for me to understand these people in the beginning until, little by little, I was able to communicate with them,” he said. “Now I can communicate with them easily.”

“We want our next generations to know who we are and what our heritage is,” he said. “We are very proud to carry the name of this church that started from the time of the apostles and through many persecutions it persisted because we kept our faith and interest in our church. Nothing stopped the church from going forward because it’s built and founded on the rock and faith of Jesus Christ.”

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Honoring Iraqis in film and television BY WEAM NAMOU


n Sunday, September 10, the Iraqi Canadian Artists Federation (ICAF) gathered with a number of Iraqi American organizations at Ali Baba in Sterling Heights to present the Amanuel Rassam Award to actor, director, and author Abed Alsenad. The award will be given annually to two artists, one in Canada and one in the United States, who worked in television. “We decided to commemorate the first anniversary of the departure of Amanuel Rassam by allocating an annual gathering in his name because he is the most notable television director of the history of Iraq,” said Muhammad Jurany, president of ICAF. Rassam, who passed away last year, was an advisory member on the board of ICAF, a nonprofit organization established in 2008. He was born on July 7, 1940 in Mosul near the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, famous for its leaning minaret which collapsed recently during the battle of Mosul. His mother died when he was only 8- years-old and his father, Afram, was an English teacher. Both parents were talented in the arts. His mother had a beautiful voice and sang hymns in the church choir. His father played several musical instruments and every summer he directed and acted in church plays, taking his son, Amanuel, for the rehearsals and plays. Yet, when Rassam wanted to enter the Academy of Fine Arts, his father refused. He explained that in Iraq, artists would not have any worth for another ten decades. In this refusal, Rassam became more adamant about pursuing this path. In 1958, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts, the Department of Drama. Upon seeing a television for the first time, Rassam fell in love with it. He returned home and wrote a play about his father, who’d loved his mother dearly and had kept her hair locks for decades. He presented this play, The Memory Album, to the television station and acted in it as well. After graduating in 1961, Rassam was appointed as a teacher in Mosul, but he refused the job and instead entered the Academy of Fine Arts, the Department of Film. He gradu34



Above: The Amanuel Rassam Award was given to Abed Alsenad. Right: The Iraqi Canadian Artists Federation honored Iraqis that have worked in either film or television.

ated in 1964 and was summoned to compulsory military as a second lieutenant, spending his service in the Armed Forces Radio. Rassam was famous for his three-letter abbreviated name, ANR. He’d used this abbreviation when he once had to substitute for a director. He had initially chosen it to make the matter quick and simple, but the initials created a buzz among audiences, many coming to see who this ANR was. The abbreviation gave his name extra value in the television industry and he enjoyed the responses. The name grew and he wasn’t able to change it after that. Discharged from the army in 1967 and given employment in radio and as a TV director, Rassam’s work thrived. He directed tens of songs, dozens of episodes, more than 30 documentaries, 500 television commercials, and he participated in over 20 conferences and festivals.

He became the president of the Department of TV Drama for more than seven years, worked as a consultant in the Ministry of Information, was appointed as an expert in the Department of Cinema and Theater, and in 1988, was asked to retire due to financial pressure on government production because of the Iraq-Iran War. He therefore established a television station, Ishtar, which continued operation until 2003. In 2000, he received the best director award at the festival of Cairo for his episode The World of Miss Wahiba. He never pursued fame, tried to network, or even put much

effort preserving his works, something he later regretted. His first and only television interview was in 2012. “I feel that the soul of my father was fluttering this evening, blessing this award,” said Aseel Rassam, a radio host at Voice of the Future. Aseel is one of Rassam’s four daughters, all who were born in Baghdad, Iraq but today live in different countries. She’s in Michigan, her sister Abeer lives in the United Kindgom, and Rend and Rana are in Canada along with their mother Suad. The Amanuel Rassam Award was given in Canada in August to Emad Bahjat, a former student of Rassam in Iraq. In the United States, it was given to Abed Alsenad, a man who’d worked with Rassam in the past. In 1984, Alsenad received a master of Theater Arts degree from the University of California and the Best Director of Theatrical Award for his play. In 1988, he completed his doctorate in theatrical arts from the University of Colorado — Boulder. He has a long list of publishing credits for articles and books and his play performance won him the Best Actor Award in Baghdad in 1974. Mr. Alsenad, currently confined to a wheelchair, was so moved by the “humanitarian gesture” of the award ceremony, he said, “I feel as if I’m standing on my feet.” Present were his wife, Hinda, his two daughters, Hadeel and Sarah, and his son Saif was not able to attend due to his work obligations. Alsenad had once stated in an interview that the secret to his greatness and his great reward was his closeness to God, adding, “My aspiration is that Iraq and our people live a dignified life that is governed by a system led by responsibility not favoritism.” The evening ended with a surprise appearance by a Syrian folklore band, Yasmine Al Sham, sent to the event by a listener and fan of Aseel Rassam.

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Talking generational diversity in Livonia BY VANESSA DENHA GARMO


artin Manna has talked about diversity issues for years as the president and CEO of Chaldean Chamber of Commerce and Chaldean Community Foundation, but this year at the Livonia Chamber of Commerce Connecting Cultures to Business Luncheon the focus was on the diversity of generations in the workplace. He was representing Gen X. The other panelists included: Peter Ventura, the CEO of Principal Associates and a Livonia planning commissioner Kellen Winslow Sr., assistant to the president for community relations at Madonna University and a National Football League Hall-of-Famer Van Nguyen, director of trustee development for the Beaumont Health Foundation and former executive director of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce The theme for this year’s luncheon derived from research on the millennials. “There is a lot of intrigue of millennials yet, there are many interesting trends of the other generations in the workplace,” said Dan West, president and CEO of the Livonia Chamber. “We are working with people of many cultures and backgrounds and in those multigenerational workplaces. In order to succeed in business, we need to have good relationships with colleagues and customers. We need to invest time and learn about each other.” Ron Fournier served as the moderator of the event held at Schoolcraft College. Fournier, the editor and publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business began to focus on the “millennial” generation when he was writing a book several years ago. He realized back then that he needed to pay more attention to to those in the millennial generation. Working with students at Harvard University back in 2005, he noted that it was clear millennials — those born in the 1980s and into the early 2000s — would play a huge role in shaping the world. “We really had to understand them if we want to understand where the future of politics was going, where the future of business was going,” he said. “We were surrounded by the future.” As Fournier pointed out, millennials have their own set of attributes as all generations that are shaped by the times in which we live. “They (the millennials) want to give something back,” he said. “They want to be part of something bigger than themselves.” The millennials are also purpose driven and 36



are globally connected more so than the generations before them. “My neighborhood was 7 Mile and Gratiot,” said Fournier. “I grew up in the same neighborhood my parents grew up in. That was my world until I went off to college. It was a threeblock radius where I grew up and where my parents grew up. My kids, your kids – the millennials are globally connected. They are global citizens.” The Livonia Chamber event was designed to bring awareness about each generation, including that millennials are also the first generation that do

not see politics as a way to effect change. There are also many misconceptions about each generation and for the millennials, it would be “that we are lazy and entitled,” said Nguyen. “This generation is the MTV generation,” said Manna from the Gen X group. “It is a generation known to be cynical, slacking and as having a dislike of their parents. None of that, however, resonates with me.” For the baby boomers, Winslow noted that misconceptions include that, “they are selfish, and that we are only caring about ourselves.” Ventura, a member of the “silent generation,” those born right before World War II, said the misconception is the name itself, “that we are silent. We really have a lot of thoughts and a lot to say. Our sensibility was raised in believing that you, ‘don’t hurt someone else’s feelings. Don’t say something you know will offend somebody.’ When we get into sensitive situations, we are careful in what we say and sometimes that includes saying nothing. We have to be in a very comfortable group like this one to really open up.” Along with generational diversities, the panel-

ists talked about cultural diversities. The phrase “multiculturalism” is something Ventura experienced through his entire life. He said it can be a misconception that those in his age and demographic don’t see the world as a multicultural place. “When I grew up here in Livonia a long time ago, all of my classmates and my friends, we used to say, were other nationalities. We didn’t say anything about race,” he said. “We all talked about nationalities, where we were from.” Meanwhile, Winslow has experienced living among various cultures in his life, going from a high school where a majority of students were black to another school that was majority white to dealing with the cultural factions within athletics.  He said he agreed with how Ventura said he grew up in that he was told to always be respectful of others’ way of life, even if it was different. “I was taught the same way: let people be people. Don’t judge people. Don’t do things to hurt other people. Be respectful,” he said. “Those are the things I grew up with, so I can understand exactly what he’s talking about.” The panel was also charged with thoughts on changing perceptions. When it came to Asian Americans, Nguyen said, the struggle of dealing with the “model minority” image can be daunting and commenting how she in fact is very outgoing. “Here, we’re not quite seeing it as much,” she said. “But I’m sure in due time, the misconception of us being ‘model minorities’ and being quiet and proper will probably go down a little bit.” Manna said Chaldean people are typically stereotyped as just owners of party stores, something that he and others are working on changing when it comes to perception. Today, Chaldeans are business owners in various industries, including hotels, restaurants, and other retail; the perception is one that continues to change, Manna said. “It’s often believed that, Chaldeans, they’re just party store owners and immigrants in general who don’t pay taxes,” he said. “People in general have a hard time understanding the pathway of how this community came to America.” The Chaldean Chamber holds several diversity training seminars for anyone or any group wanting to learn about the community. Manna noted that many groups do the same in their own communities. “We have always talked about diversity and inclusion within our own staff,” said Manna. “There is a lot of diversity training that exists. We have been doing that training. Many organizations require corporate competency training. I recommend people look into those training opportunities.” The Livonia Chamber will post a video of the luncheon on their website at

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What is a staple item in your closet? BY HALIM SHEENA

With this issue being our Fall fashion guide, we wanted to know what community members absolutely needed in their closet. So we posed the question, what is a staple item in your closet?

One of my staple items in my closet that I can’t live without is honestly my leggings. For a high school girl, these are CRUCIAL! Anytime I wake up late for school and am in a time crunch I throw on a pair of leggings and a sweater throw my hair in a bun and I’m out the door! – Chloe Maroke, 15, Troy

My number one staple item in my closet that I honestly can’t live without has to be heels! They can complete any outfit! And GIRL can they do something to your posture! If you’re not one who can walk in heals try wedges on for size! – Brittany Savaya, 24, West Bloomfield

I cannot live without my baggy sweaters! I love feeling comfortable and fashionable at the same. I think I have one in every color and style. They’re so versatile, you can dress them up or down. Especially being on the shorter side nine times out of 10 I can wear them as a dress. – Miranda Dako, 21, Sterling Heights

My staple item for the fall would definitely be a baseball cap. I usually wear my white or black baseball cap mostly because it’s very easy to just throw it on and leave the house. I am able to quickly get ready and also block out the sun when I’m walking across campus. It’s an easy fix and also looks very cute in the Fall. – Sara Mansoor, 21, Clinton Township

A solid color midi dress is definitely my staple closet item. With midi dresses, you can dress them either up or down. Simple colors can match most pairs of heels or sandals, which adds to the ability of something like this to be worn with many different things. I can throw it on with sandals and some basic jewelry and be ready for the day. – Monica Deza, 21, West Bloomfield

I guess I’d have to have my black leggings. They’re all I wear, they’re comfortable, and they match with almost everything. They can be worn any season of the year, and they last a while. They can make you look athletic even when you haven’t been to the gym in months and when you do want to work out, you can wear them too! – Miranda Barkho, 20, West Bloomfield




Steve Francis in Charge of HSI in Detroit


CN: Steve, remind our readers of your career path and what led you to your current position. SF: On August 6, 2017, I was promoted to the Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Detroit, Michigan.  I currently oversee all HSI enforcement operations in Michigan and Ohio.  HSI special agents have broad legal authority to enforce a diverse array of federal statutes.  HSI uses this authority to investigate all types of cross-border criminal activity, including:  Financial crimes, money laundering and bulk cash smuggling; Commercial fraud and intellectual property theft; Cybercrimes; Human rights violations; Human smuggling and trafficking; Immigration, document and benefit fraud; Narcotics and weapons smuggling/trafficking; Transnational gang activity; Export enforcement; and, International art and antiquity theft. I believe I am the first Chaldean American to hold a senior executive law enforcement position within the federal government.  I started my law enforcement career in 1997 in Detroit and have moved around the country and am now back home in the Metro Detroit area.  I believe my hard work, dedication and willingness to move throughout the country contributed to my career accomplishments.   CN: Why do you think you were selected for the job?   SF: I believe I was selected because of my experience, background and work ethic.  I have always volunteered and worked extremely hard to get positions and promotions I applied for.  I have always led by example with an exemplary work ethic 38




e was deputy special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit. We brought you that story in March of 2016. We now have an update on Steve Francis who has since been promoted to Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit. Mike Sarafa, with his Chaldean News co-publishers, posed a few questions to him for this issue’s One on One.

that I developed from my Chaldean parents. CN: Has your ethnicity been a net positive, negative or neutral in your mind in terms of career advancement? SF: My heritage has had a positive impact on my career.  As an Arabic speaking Chaldean American, I have had the opportunity to move around the country and have always been proud of my Chaldean culture and ethnicity.     CN: What is the most difficult part of your job? SF: The most difficult part of my job is always being on the job.  As you are aware, HSI special agents are “on call” 24 hours a day so therefore I have to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It’s a job that requires many personal sacrifices for both me and my family.  That being said, I still feel that I have the best job in the world and would not change anything. 

CN: What is the most satisfying part of your job? SF: The most satisfying part of my job is leading the brave men and women of HSI and being proud of the work that we do to serve and protect our communities.  This job has given me so many opportunities both within the federal government and outside the government and supporting the communities that we live in and protect.    CN: We cannot avoid the issue of deportations?  What is the best advice you can give to families with loved ones who face deportation? SF: This matter is in active litigation.  As a result, I cannot comment at this time.   CN: There must be a personal tension for you at times in your work. How do you handle it? SF: I rarely face any personal tension at work.  I must admit my job

can be highly stressful at times but I do everything I can to make sure that I remain fair and objective. I am extremely grateful to be in leadership position and am humbled by the great responsibility I have to the men and women of this agency and to the communities we serve.  As a native of Metro Detroit, I find it personally and professionally rewarding to be able to contribute to the national security and public safety of the community I was raised in.  I have witnessed first-hand the positive impact the work of our talented personnel have in ensuring the safety of our community.   CN: Many Chaldeans and others from the Middle East grew up in what could be described as police states.  There is an inherent mistrust of law enforcement in the community, as a general statement.  What should be done, in your opinion, to counteract these feelings? SF: I think the best thing law enforcement officers and agencies can do is become more engaged in their communities.  We need to work alongside community leaders and address any questions and concerns they may have and this is something I take every opportunity to do.  These efforts build trust among our youth by supporting programs that have a positive impact on our communities.    CN: How would you advise a young person considering a career in law enforcement at the federal level? SF: I would highly recommend that a young person considering a career in federal law enforcement career to maintain a good attitude; earn a college degree and be persistent in your career aspirations.  You may not get the first job you apply for but ultimately, through hard work and dedication, you will find the law enforcement profession you are seeking.    Just 20 years ago, I was a student doing an internship with the Michigan State Police never imagining I could reach the senior executive level in federal law enforcement.  But through hard work and the support of my family, mentors and so many supporters along the way, I have been entrusted to lead this great agency and this is a responsibility I proudly accept.



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oost Mobile is boosting its presence as a leading prepaid wireless service provider in Michigan and looking toward the businessminded to help it make the sprint to number one nationwide. Boost Mobile, the prepaid arm of Sprint, was acquired by the company in 2002. It’s currently undergoing a major transformation with the revamping of both its public image and its fast growing number of retail stores. Shawn Hanaee is a big part of the sprint to boost that process in Michigan. He’s the Indirect Sales Manager of Sprint/Boost Mobile Prepaid Group who works out of Sprint’s corporate office in Livonia. Part of the responsibilities of Hanaee and his group of eight is getting the word out about the new face and major player status of Boost Mobile. “The image and commercials when Boost Mobile first hit the scene were very urban, with rap music. It was more MTV and geared toward the younger crowd,” said Hanaee. The idea that Boost Mobile is only for Detroit or any specific demographic is a thing of the past. Now, it’s a totally different, more inclusive concept and its Next Generation stores and branding 40



reflect that change. “Boost has changed their target demographic and the way they do business. The stores are cleaner looking, sleeker and more corporate and retail looking,” Hanaee explained. According to a company press release, the goal of Boost Mobile’s Next Generation retail concept is about creating an atmosphere where people can better interact with staff in a modern, design-forward setting, while easily and enjoyably learning about all of the company’s latest products and services. The new branding message of Boost Mobile is focused on the freedom of prepaid service for not one specific demographic, but for all demographics, especially businesspeople who find the commitment of a long term plan to be stifling. “It’s for anyone who doesn’t want to be tied to any sort of a contract. It’s for people who don’t want to be locked into a plan. We want to give everyone that freedom,” Hanaee said. “It’s also important for people to know that Boost Mobile is powered by Sprint and not some weak, rinky dink network,” added Hanaee. Sprint has even acquired the “Can you hear me now?” character from the ads of one of its largest competitors to send home the message that Sprint’s

network reliability is just as strong as it major competitors. Boost Mobile also is working to shed the misguided preconception that both data and phone options are limited with prepaid deals. “Any phone that’s out right now that’s the latest and greatest from the Samsung S8 to the latest iPhone, you can get it with a Boost Mobile prepaid,” explained Hanaee. The prepaid options also are much more expansive than people might think. “We have a $35 plan that will get you three gigs of data and unlimited talk and text. Then, there is another plan that’s $50 with unlimited everything, Hanaee added. There are even ‘four for $100’ multi line deals for families. All offers come with new phones for those who make the switch to Boost Mobile. With all of the brand changes and new territory to conquer, Hanaee and his group are focusing on finding business-minded partners to expand the footprint of Boost Mobile in Michigan market. “That’s why I’m reaching out to the Chaldean community. There’s a lot of opportunity to be had,” he said. Hanaee currently has three major partners with up to two dozen locations each who are finding great success with Boost Mobile. “These guys are proof that it’s working,” Hanaee explained. In fact, his partners are looking to acquire even more locations. Hanaee is putting out the call for more potential partners. “My main goal right now is looking for partners to grow with, to purchase Boost Mobile stores and who understand the business,” said Hanaee. He also wants them to know that he and his team are there to support them every step of the way. “We visit the stores and train them on products and services. We make sure that they understand the current promos. We help them with systems, customers and advertising. We’re there for them,” explained Hanaee. Boost Mobile currently has 300 stores operating in Michigan with a goal of 500 in the near future.

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Chaldean News – October 2017  
Chaldean News – October 2017