Holiday Happenings

Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

“I’ll be home for Christmas” doesn’t always ring true for everyone.

So local students want troops stationed overseas to know that they’re remembered, wherever they are, by those at home.

Mike Chmielewski teaches a fourth/fifth-grade split class at Elmwood Elementary School in South Lake Schools. He has become friends through coaching sports with Lt. Col. Michael Zahuranic, the product manager for self-propelled Howitzer systems and armored fighting vehicles at TACOM in Warren.

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Published December 21, 2015

For another year, Sterling Heights police officers’ annual Cops and Kids event was on target in helping low-income families afford some presents this holiday season.

Officers from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 118 and from the Sterling Heights Police Department teamed up with the Target store at Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre Road to host a Dec. 12 shopping spree for a preselected group of young people.

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Published December 21, 2015

This year’s version of Sterling Heights’ “Project Runway” amateur fashion contest will focus less on style and more on absurdity according to organizers at the Sterling Heights Public Library.

The library will hold its “Project Runway: Ugly Sweater Edition” Dec. 29.

According to Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, the event’s timing with the end of the year was intentional.

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Published December 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the past five years, the Shelby Township Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 142, the Shelby Township Senior Center and local businesses have partnered together to bring Christmas baskets to seniors in need.

Retired dispatcher Bonnie Bowman started the initiative and is back on board this year after overcoming some health complications. After loading up a bus full of presents, volunteers — along with Santa Claus — personally delivered the goods Dec. 16.

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Published December 19, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When 6-year-old Cameron Skwier saw more than a dozen uniformed police officers enter a back meeting room at the Wal-Mart at 23 Mile Road and M-53 for the Shelby Township Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program Dec. 16, he said he felt nervous.

However, not too far into his holiday shopping experience, he said he thought the smiling men in blue who helped children pick out Christmas gifts were nice.

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Published December 18, 2015

DETROIT — Once the holiday gatherings have subsided, you might find yourself with some down time. The kids are home from school, you have a break from work — now what?

How about spending a day in the D? Downtown Detroit offers plenty of family-friendly fun with some seasonal cheer to boot.

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Published December 18, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE —  Every year, as holiday decorations go up and Christmas shopping begins, students, teachers and support staff at local schools always reach out to those in need.

The Center Line High School Community Outreach Adopt-A-Family program will again help Center Line Public Schools families that otherwise would go without. CLHS students, staff and parents have “adopted” 13 families in need this holiday season.

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Published December 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Mount Clemens restaurant owner will be offering a free breakfast buffet on Christmas Eve in an effort to raise money to feed the hungry.

Mark Lleshi, owner of John’s Family Grill, said everyone in the community is welcome to enjoy the free breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 24. He said no donations are required, though any donations that are given that day will benefit local churches and their year-round efforts to aid the homeless.

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Published December 17, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Sue Coats, CEO of Turning Point in Mount Clemens, said the outpouring of support that the nonprofit organization receives on a regular basis never ceases to impress her.

After an accidental fire displaced more than a dozen women and children at the domestic violence shelter this past June, financial support from people and businesses across Macomb County and metro Detroit came swiftly, and they were all able to return within a week.

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Published December 16, 2015

Schroeder Elementary School students Anna Swencki, 8, and her sister Emma Swencki, 7, waited with their mother, Theresa, for their turn to Shop with a Cop at the Walmart store on Maple Road Dec. 8.

The sisters said they planned to purchase gifts for their mom, dad and cousins.

Theresa Swencki, a single parent, said she recently moved into the Troy School District and was pleased with the support the family has received from the district.

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Published December 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Wrapping up a first-year partnership, St. Clair Shores Police Community Resource Officer Kevin Kimm called the Stuff a Bus toy and food drive a “huge success” for St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Jackie Michaelson has been described as someone who is effective and very good at what she does, which is helping those in need.

Michaelson has been a part of Lighthouse of Oakland County’s Adopt-a-Family program for about 16 years, which helps support families in Oakland County by matching them to people with the means to sponsor a family.

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Published December 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the slices of pie, the glazed ham and the extra glass of eggnog, what are the odds that any of us will be able to fit into those new duds Santa delivered Christmas morning?

Holiday food is notoriously unhealthy, but does it really have to be? That’s certainly not the case at chef Robert Hindley’s house. As the manager of culinary wellness at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, he’s used to making healthy food delicious, and vice versa.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police Department has teamed with a local PetSmart to help distribute stuffed animals to children in the township.

The department is working with PetSmart, 7260 Orchard Lake Road, which is asking customers to purchase stuffed animals to donate to children at hospitals or for police to give out in public, with some of the proceeds given to charity. 

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Published December 16, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — From candles on the Christmas trees to the hand-embroidered ornaments to hang them on, the holidays looked a bit different during the Victorian era.

The Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, will celebrate the season with Christmas cheer by bringing back the festivities and traditions of old, during special holiday tours 1-5 p.m. Dec. 16, 20 and 27. The event costs $3, or $1 for children ages 9 and younger.

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Published December 16, 2015

WARREN — Carlson Elementary School Principal Tricia Huey-Rocheleau became a bit teary-eyed as the annual “Christmas with a Firefighter” tradition got underway the evening of Dec. 3 at the Meijer store located at 12 Mile and Mound roads.

“The Warren firefighters do this every year,” said Huey-Rocheleau, touched by their generosity. “To see the kids’ faces here tonight and just the parental support — they are just ecstatic to be here.”

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Published December 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — As the holidays swiftly approach and everyone scrambles to check off their cooking and shopping to-do lists, it’s easy to be forgetful.

“Christmas is probably one of the most widely celebrated holidays, so everyone is thinking about the holiday parties and friends and families coming over, but this is also the time of the year when we see an increase of fire risk,” said Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik. “Really, statistically, it has a huge jump, and a lot of it is caused by some of the things that we do on a regular basis.”

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Published December 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — Some new neighbors have moved into downtown Rochester over the past six months, giving shoppers — frantic to check off everyone on their holiday gifts lists in the next week — a chance to pop in and see the latest trends downtown.

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Published December 15, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Santa Claus had a message Dec. 10 for the young children receiving medical treatments at the St. John Hospital Van Elslander Cancer Center.

“I want everyone asleep when I get to your house in two weeks,” he said while spreading Christmas cheer with Mrs. Claus, as patients and their families gathered for a holiday party. 

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