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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.

Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 16, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A few months ago, artist Nick Cave caused a stir of excitement when he returned to his native Detroit to photograph a series of dramatic art installations.

Now, his fans will finally be able to see the results of that effort when his exhibition “Nick Cave: Here Hear” opens at Cranbrook Art Museum this weekend.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.

From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.

But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.

We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.

But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?

Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.

How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?

Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 3, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/FRANKLIN — This month, opportunities abound to cultivate garden inspiration if your green thumb is feeling a bit blue.

On June 17, the Franklin Branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association is welcoming the community to embark on a tour of six private gardens in its 30th annual garden walk.

The annual event will also feature an artisan market offering goods for sale, as well as local artists displaying their work.

Member Roberta Cornwell said the event can serve to spark creativity.

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Published June 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — There’s a reason graduation ceremonies are such a big deal. Making it through the homework, the social pressures, the grueling tests and the hectic schedules can be tough.

Imagine how tough it would be then to complete high school — with honors — in a country and culture that’s not your own. That’s just what 18-year-old Maame Boatemaa did this past Sunday when she joined her classmates at Seaholm High School’s commencement exercises.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.

Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 25, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — It’s one of the community’s favorite summer traditions, and it’s back again this weekend for four days of family fun.

The Birmingham Village Fair returns to downtown May 28-31 with entertainment, carnival rides, games, prizes and food for all. The celebration will be the 52nd annual event for the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, which hosts the fair every year with help from sponsors to benefit local nonprofits.

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Published May 23, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — During its regular meeting June 9, the Bloomfield Hills City Commission is expected to hear a presentation from representatives of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation.

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Published May 20, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — In the summer, there’s usually a day camp to be found to suit any youngster’s tastes and interests.

There’s one camp, though, that’s even more special, since it welcomes kids 5 to 15 years old who’ve experienced the pain and stress that come when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer.

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Published May 18, 2015

PONTIAC — There are a few new additions in town, and just like you’d expect, they’re cute, cuddly and need lots of attention.

Two goats at the City Girls Soap urban dairy in Pontiac had baby goats recently, and the dairy owners are inviting the community to come out and welcome the little ones into the world with a baby shower.

But instead of the mama goats coming away with goodies for their newborns, the City Girls Soap team is donating gifts to mothers in need through the Lighthouse of Oakland County Path Program.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  With the defeat of Proposal 1, voters sent a clear message to the Legislature that a better solution is needed to fix Michigan roads.

But until that solution is found, drivers will continue to battle growing potholes.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.

Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

FRANKLIN — Summer: when the dull task of grocery shopping at the supermarket is transformed by taking the action outside.

Farmers markets are popping up all over metro Detroit, and Franklin residents will be the first to tell you they’ve got one of the most unique weekly open-air shopping experiences in town.

Market on the Green opened up two weeks ago, boasting more vendors than ever, with 15-20 produce, prepared foods, spice and giftware makers selling their goods under the shady canopy of Franklin Park.

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Published May 13, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — As the old tune goes, “Fish gotta swim, and birds gotta fly.”

Third- and fourth-graders at Birmingham Covington School did their part last week to make sure that there will be fish swimming in Michigan lakes and streams for years to come.

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Published May 6, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — By now, most residents know that the Birmingham Hometown Parade is just a couple of weeks away on Sunday, May 17.

What some may not know, though, is that a special guest is slated to be at this year’s event to meet and greet fans of all ages.

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Published May 5, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.

The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published May 5, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Beverly Hills’ own Molly MacDonald has a million reasons to celebrate this month.

MacDonald is known in the community not only as a breast cancer survivor, but as the founder of The Pink Fund, a nonprofit that provides 90 days of nonmedical financial assistance to breast cancer patients in active treatment. It’s been nearly 10 years since she founded the organization, after experiencing financial hardships during her own cancer treatment.

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