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» BBYO Spirit
New branding and emphasis on pre-teens strengthens youth
organization. See page 16.
> Healthy Hearts
Max and Debra Ernst support Beaumont Hospital's cardiac testing
of high school athletes. See page 35.
>> Green Living
DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Young Oak Park woman learns about sustainability on an Israeli
educational farm. See page 28.
Teen skier Max Goldman and his aunt,
Dr. Nancy Cutler
>> cover story
Go Ahead, Be Silly
Norman Klegman — aka Mr. Silly —
greets Oak Park JCC-goers
with a wave and a smile.
Robin Schwartz I Contributing writer
Mr, Silly inside
the lobby of the
JCC in Oak Park,.
Jon Koller started
the nonprofit Friends
of Spaulding Court to
revitalize his North.:
One man is helping to bring a block
in North Corktown back to life.
STORY ON PAGE 8
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rom his jester's hat with jingle bells to his unique
way of layering ties, Norman Klegman, 85, of Oak
Park — better known as Mr. Silly — is a colorful
character with a spry sense of humor and a twinkle in
his eye. Every weekday morning from about 8 a.m.-noon,
Klegman parks himself (and a few puppets) on a bench
at the entrance to the Jewish Community Center in Oak
Park and greets people coming and going from the build-
ing with a wave and a smile.
"Hello; Sam;' he says to one passerby; "Hi, sweet-
heart!" to another.
"Hi, handsome!" one woman says in return.
Klegman knows dozens of JCC patrons and staff
members by name, and he knows many of their stories.
But, he truly lights up every time he sees a child. He has
no grandchildren of his own, so he considers the various
children who visit the Center his adopted grandchildren.
"I love you, I love you, I love you:' he calls out to each
Some children laugh or smile at the sight of Mr.
Silly; others shy away.
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