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Living for this City

By Courtney Conover – He’s known as a husband to his wife Sue, dad to his three children, and to the residents of Wayne, he has long been known as councilman. “Some people call me Al, but those close to me know that I prefer Albert,” says Albert Damitio, who, after 22 years...

He Remembers When…

By Courtney Conover – If you live and work here in Wayne, then you can most likely picture in your mind’s eye how the northwest intersection of Wayne Road and Michigan Avenue in Downtown Wayne looks right now. But in the early 50s, the main drag, as it was easily referred...

More than Words

By Courtney Conover – Individualized speech therapy isn’t cheap. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: Just one private 60-minute session can cost around $80. So imagine the delight of parents when they learned that the total cost to enroll their child into Oakwood Hospital’s...

He’s Got a Rock and Roll Heart

By Courtney Conover – “If I keeled over tomorrow, I’d like to do it performing,” says self-taught drummer Tim Cosher, whose career highlights include playing with the likes of Mel Tillis, Eddie Rabbitt, and The Kingston Trio. But Cosher’s love affair with performing music...

The DQ Team

By Courtney Conover – If you want to know where Jenn Petrou’s priorities lie, look no further than the front passenger seat of her minivan. “[You’ll find] the next Blizzard of the Month poster, an employee schedule, and some Sesame Street and Spider-Man DVDs,” Jenn says....

Tackling Fatherhood

By Courtney Conover – Before my husband Scott became a father, he lived a very different life. He was a Detroit Lions offensive lineman who blocked for Barry Sanders – and used his hands to tackle 300-plus-pound men in the process; next, he used his hands to write out plays...

You’ve got job security, Mom

By Courtney Conover –  To moms everywhere, Your day might be over and the house may finally be calm and quiet as you read this, but we all know your job is far from done. You’re probably the first one up in the morning, yet you’re the last one in bed at night. You can’t buy...