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Published October 16, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 14, a steady line of umbrellas snaked along the paved walking path at Stony Creek Metropark as part of the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s third annual Out of the Darkness walk.

Organizers estimated that approximately 600 people who were either touched by suicide or are sympathetic to those at risk came out, despite there being no respite from the rain.

Co-chair Lisa Matway said the goal was to raise $25,000; at press time, participants had raised more than $50,000.

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Published October 16, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A local Eagle Scout project should have a lasting effect on the environment in the Middle Straits Lake area in West Bloomfield.

Charles Garrity, 15, a sophomore at Walled Lake Central High School, has been a Boy Scout since he was in first grade. For years he’s been active in his troop, and recently he was able to begin to advance toward becoming an Eagle Scout. 

To do so, he needed to complete a community service project to move forward in Troop 54, based in Novi. Eagle Scout projects have to benefit the local community. 

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Published October 13, 2017

WARREN — A suspect in a spate of commercial burglaries in Warren, Center Line and at least four other metro Detroit cities has been arrested by Warren police.

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Published October 10, 2017

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GROSSE POINTES — When she was growing up in Royal Oak, Elizabeth Weigandt, of Grosse Pointe Farms, fell under the spell of quest books like “Watership Down,” “The Hobbit” and “The Last Unicorn.”

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Published October 10, 2017

DETROIT/GROSSE POINTE SHORES — A local connection is bringing Pampered Chef founder and Chair Doris Christopher into town to headline a pair of fundraisers for Forgotten Harvest.

Christopher will be addressing two events for women that will benefit Forgotten Harvest Farms, a 125-acre farm in Fenton where the nonprofit grows fresh produce to supplement the food it collects for children, adults and seniors in need in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Published October 10, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — From perfectly manicured lawns to pretty gardens, many Grosse Pointe City residents demonstrated their green thumbs and an eye for landscape design this summer.

A few stood out even more than the others. During a ceremony Oct. 4, the Grosse Pointe City Beautification Commission honored winners of this year’s Beautification Awards. Eight homes and one business — Hunchback LLC at 718 Notre Dame St. — received honors this year.

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Published October 10, 2017

DETROIT — They say there is no “I” in team, and those who have gathered around a young girl facing medical issues certainly have exemplified that sentiment.

When Riley Slattery was diagnosed earlier this year with an inoperable mass on her brain stem, it didn’t take long for those around her to become Team Super Riley in an effort to provide support for the 7-year-old and her parents, Heidi and Ryan Slattery.

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Published October 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Beautification Committee recently honored those who labor lovingly to provide the aesthetic portion of the “terrific township,” as Supervisor Rick Stathakis is prone to saying at Board of Trustees meetings.

Committee co-chair Erika Zoller narrated a video presentation at the Oct. 3 Board of Trustees meeting, honoring five residential properties and one business. The committee toured gardens nominated by the public through the Clerk’s Office to determine the winners.

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Published October 6, 2017

WARREN/CENTER LINE — Sean Milich said he started abusing prescription drugs after a sports injury in high school. He eventually graduated to heroin and spent years running from addiction.

But on Sept. 24, Milich, 32, and a dozen other recovering addicts at Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac, ran in a different direction. The team of seven women and six men, each carrying their own burden through recovery, completed the 13.1 miles of the 10th annual McLaren Health Care Brooksie Way’s half-marathon in Rochester. 

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Published October 6, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — When Sonya Keel heard on a local radio station last year that there was an open casting call for the popular, long-running game show “Family Feud,” she knew her own close-knit family would be the perfect contestants.

“We heard the announcement in August (2016), so we immediately made two videos,” said Keel, a native of Mount Clemens who now lives in Sterling Heights.

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Published October 4, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Members of the Southfield Chamber of Commerce and local cuisine connoisseurs are inviting residents to dig in to a Taste of Southfield.

The annual event will take place 5-8 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Southfield Town Center Atrium, 1000 Town Center, and will feature a sampling of local restaurants and banquet facilities, plus music, dancing, shopping with local vendors, and a restaurant contest.

New this year, local nonprofits will be on hand at the event to provide information for eventgoers.

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Published October 3, 2017

TROY — Want to make the most of a short trip to the Big Apple? 

Travel writer Ellen Creager, who wrote a travel column for the Detroit Free Press for 14 years, will share her know-how and will welcome audience tips when she presents a program called “Best of New York” 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Troy Public Library. 

Connie Doherty, head of adult information services at the Troy Public Library, said the program will appeal to people who have been to New York City a million times and people headed there for the first time. 

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Published October 3, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Local law enforcement officers capped off a home renovation project for a family in need by presenting one of the residents with a customized fire helmet.

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Published October 2, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 26, the sun shone bright and hot on a local first-grader’s big day — the unveiling of a larger-than-life photo of herself smiling between two Shelby Township firemen in Gene Shepherd Park.

The 6-by-10-foot photo board — attached to the door of the new fence obstructing the park’s dumpster — will greet families as they enter the parking lot and turn the corner to the location where the township plans to install a splash pad next year.

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Published September 29, 2017

WARREN — When a police car rolled up to Cristien Quarterman’s 12th birthday gathering, the kids and the adults weren’t sure what was up.

That is, until officers Zachary Lemond and Daniel Rose asked if they could jump into their game of football.

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Published September 29, 2017

WARREN — In the time it took for an aspiring Eagle Scout to show his project to city officials, a flurry of butterflies flit and fluttered by, landing on plants selected to attract them in the new butterfly garden at Licht Park.

Justin Gabris, of Warren, turns 17 on Oct. 4. He said he hatched the idea to build a butterfly garden as a service project in his quest to become an Eagle Scout after a discussion with Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman.

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Published September 29, 2017

WARREN — Construction has begun on the first phase of the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum coming to Veterans Memorial Park on Campbell.

With a $20,000 grant and volunteers from the Home Depot Foundation, a “victory garden” has been constructed at the park, the first step in creating the museum’s new home in Warren.

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Published September 29, 2017

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council allotted part of its meeting Sept. 26 to honor a Roseville boy with a Lifesaving Award for saving his younger brother’s life.

Jacob O’Connor, 10, found his younger brother, Dylan Meadows, 2, unresponsive in a pool July 25, then used chest compressions to treat his younger brother. Meadows was transported to St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, and he was there for observation for one day.

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Published September 27, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce honored residents and businesses for their contributions to the community during its 2017 Salute to Excellence awards dinner Sept. 21 at Eastpointe Manor.

Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce ambassador Lawrence Morris said this year’s focus was making sure the community was able to know one another.

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Published September 26, 2017

By Kara Szymanski
C & G Special Writer

CLAWSON — There’s an age-old notion that Clawson is a closely-knit web connected in a way in which many residents know each other through a friend of a friend.

Melissa Daffron, Ashley Orban and Emily Cassell are three friends who met 21 years ago on South Bywood Avenue in Clawson, where their families lived, and they grew even closer as time went on. It just so happens that they were all born in 1992, and they all gave birth to boys within six months of each other this year.

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