Citizen Fire Spotter
Robert A. Sklar
Jonah Stiennon receives a civilian
oy Scout Jonah Stiennon, a West
Bloomfield High 12th-grader, was hon-
ored Sept. 18 as a Citizen Fire Spotter
for helping prevent potential danger in the
Farmington Hills area.
On June 21, Jonah was in a car headed for an
Upper Peninsula canoe trek when he spotted
a wisp of smoke from a telephone pole along
Orchard Lake Road. He informed the driver,
Miriam Foner Gould, summer camp adult leader,
and encouraged her to turn the vehicle around.
That's when he discovered the pole was actually
He called 911 and stayed on the scene until the
Farmington Hills Fire Department arrived, closed
the road and called Detroit Edison. The fire soon
burned through the pole, causing it to snap and
drop electrical lines to the ground.
Jonah, 17, soon will earn the rank of Eagle
Scout. He is a member of Troop 364, chartered
by the Men's Club of Adat Shalom Synagogue,
"Had it not been for you observing the haz-
ard, confirming your suspicions, notifying
emergency responders and remaining nearby to
warn bystanders, this situation could have easily
resulted in serious injury or loss of life',' read the
civilian citation from the Farmington Hills Fire
citation from Farmington Hills Fire
Chief Richard Marinucci.
Be Joyful r Not Drunk
Be A Star! Buy A Star,
he Detroit Jewish News and the Janice Charach Epstein
Gallery at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield
invited Jewish artists to give their interpretations of Jewish
stars. Fourteen area artists responded with 18 Jewish stars in various
media. Their donated stars appeared in the Sept. 13 Rosh Hashanah
issue of the IN and have been on display at
On Oct. 7, the stars will be auctioned as
part of the IN's ongoing campaign against
hunger. Proceeds will benefit Yad Ezra in
Berkley, Michigan's only kosher food pan-
try, and Gleaners Food Bank of Southeast
The auction is open to the community,
and many of the artists will be in attendance.
A preview of the art will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the JCC gallery, followed
by the auction at 4. All donations are tax-deductible. Mark Lit, execu-
tive director of the JCC, will serve as auctioneer.
Terri Steam, gallery director, coordinated the exhibition and auction.
For information, call Stearn at (248) 432-5448.
List of contributing artists:
Eileen Aboulafia, West Bloomfield
Joyce Brodsky, West Bloomfield
Jacqueline Goldstein, West Bloomfield
Sandra Gross, Troy
Lori Halberstadt-Zuroff, Southfield
Margaret Kelly, Grosse Pointe
Arlene Kingston, West Bloomfield
Cynthia Leven, Huntington Woods
Mark Lit, Commerce
Lynn Halper Rosen, Bloomfield Hills
Deborah Schultz, Plymouth
Lesley Serri, West Bloomfield
Rachel Siegel, West Bloomfield
Edie Simons, West Bloomfield II
It's a day to rejoice.
Tonight and tomorrow, Oct. 4-5, as we celebrate Simchat Torah,
the end of the annual Torah cycle and the beginning of the next
cycle, let us enjoy dancing with the Torah and all the other festivi-
ties associated with honoring the most sacred of our texts, while
The Orthodox Union's anti-drunkenness efforts are part of its
"Safe Homes, Safe Shuls, Safe Schools" campaign. The initiative
seeks to ensure that Jewish youth can find a safe environment in the
main intersections of their lives.
"The reality is that no one should overindulge in alcohol on
Simchat Torah as it is not conducive to the spirit of the day:' says
the OU in a letter to synagogues, parents and teachers within the
Orthodox community. "Even adults should be careful that their
celebrations do not go counter to the appropriate decorum of our
synagogues. But when it comes to our youth, we must be extra zeal-
ous for additional matters of safety and law."
It's a simple message but one that should resonate throughout the
Jewish community always. It's not just an Orthodox issue.
- Robert A. Sklar, editor
Legal Topics To Air
Birmingham attorney Henry Baskin and the Oakland County Bar
Association will air legal issues on Detroit's longest-running public
affairs program, Due Process, which is broad-
cast 5:30 p.m. Fridays on WTVS-Channel
56/PBS Detroit Public Television.
Due Process' 40-week run will embrace such
topics as immigration, foreclosure, elder law,
Social Security, divorce, wills and trusts, debt-
or/creditor, health insurance, foreign trade
issues, veterans rights and benefits, privacy
issues, bankruptcy, intellectual property, real
estate, homeowners law and more.
For 20 years, Baskin hosted Due Process on
WDIV-TV Channel 4 and was rebroadcast on public TV stations
"I'm delighted for the opportunity Detroit Public TV has extended
to present Due Process during a prime access time Baskin said.
- Keri Guten Cohen, story development editor
10 October 4 0 2007
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