In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from the Week (Feb. 21-25)

A mental health activity center opens in Southfield, Ukrainian Americans in Michigan react to Russia’s attacks, local chefs and restaurants make the James Beard Award semifinalist list, and Michigan Central names CEO
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Danielle Cato, pictured above, is the founder of 1:11 The Collective, a new mental health activity center in Southfield. // Photograph courtesy of 1:11 The Collective

A new mental health activity center offers axe throwing and plate breaking rooms.

1:11 The Collective, founded by licensed clinician Danielle Cato, is now open in Southfield. The facility also offers couples’ activities, yoga, and virtual reality therapy.

Ukrainian Americans in Michigan react to Russia’s attacks.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began Wednesday night. There are over 39,000 Michiganders of Ukrainian descent, making the state one of the largest Ukrainian communities in the U.S.

Fox 2 anchors Huel Perkins and Monica Gayle announce their retirement.

The longtime anchors will retire from the station on March 25. Perkins joined Fox 2 in 1989 and Gayle came on in 1997.

2022 James Beard Award semifinalist list includes several local chefs and restaurants.

Omar Anani of Saffron de Twah and Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere of Baobab Fare are on the shortlist for Best Chef, while Mudgie’s Deli is nominated for Outstanding Hospitality.

Pizza Papalis’ Greektown location is permanently closing.

The co-owner of the eatery, which has been open since 1986, confirmed its closure, citing struggles due to the pandemic. The chain will focus on its five other locations.

Watch the closing arguments in the Oxford shooting suspect’s pre-trial hearing.

The 15-year-old suspect appeared before a judge on Tuesday regarding whether to keep him housed in Oakland County Jail or move him to Children’s Village.

Michigan Central names its new CEO and launches a public art initiative.

Joshua Sirefman, co-founder of New York City’s Sidewalk Labs, will lead the physical development of the district and oversee its philanthropic arm.

Detroit event space The Eastern may become the city’s latest music venue.

The Eastern Market venue will host Nashville-based indie rock artist, Soccer Mommy, on April 1.

U-M basketball coach Juwan Howard gets in altercation with Wisconsin coach.

The incident between Howard and Badgers coach Greg Gard took place during the handshake line following the Badger’s 77-63 victory over the Wolverines on Sunday evening.

Taqueria El Rey is taking up residency at Batch Brewing Co.

As the business recovers from last month’s fire, it will sell its popular tacos and other menu items from the Corktown eatery every Monday and Tuesday starting March 1.

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