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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  Road Commission for Oakland County officials will give educational presentations about the upcoming May 5 ballot initiative that would increase the state’s sales tax and provide additional funding to fix roads throughout the state. 

The educational presentations will be free to any group or organization in Oakland County.

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Published February 25, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Last year was another successful year for Oakland County Parks and Recreation, according to the department’s annual report.

The recently released 2014 wrap-up detailed information on the county’s 13 parks, facilities and amenities, and mobile initiatives and countless recreation programs.

Last year’s summary doesn’t look all that different from the one before it: Attendance stayed at right around 2 million visitors, according to Dan Stencil, executive officer for the Oakland Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Published February 25, 2015

PONTIAC — Amber Frampton and Krissy Putansu are welcoming the community to enjoy a night of talent at the Lafayette Grand Ballroom in Pontiac.

On March 14, the ladies will host their annual Spotlight on a Cure talent show. The show — now in its sixth year — serves as a fundraiser for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, which aims to promote awareness, research, programs and support for those with the disease and their families.

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Published February 25, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Annie VanGelderen, president and CEO of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, has obviously seen plenty of art shows in her day. But each year, there’s a certain one she always looks forward to: the “Current Student Works” exhibit.

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Published February 10, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The community is invited to the Bloomfield Township Public Library at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 to share in the storytelling of Amy Elliott Bragg. The program is a presentation of the Bloomfield Historical Society, in conjunction with the library.

As an author and historian, Bragg, of Ferndale, is also the co-founder of the Detroit Drunken Historical Society and president of Preservation Detroit.

It was Bragg’s love of local history, as well as libations, that led to the creation of the Detroit Drunken Historical Society nearly three years ago.

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Published February 3, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — For thousands of years, the differences between the many religions of the world have created barriers between cultures and people.

But sometimes, there are pieces of each faith — from stories and symbols to even ceremonies — that can actually bring people together and show just how similar sacred beliefs are at their core.

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Published November 19, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — After the scraps of leftover turkey and mashed potatoes have been tucked into the fridge, it’s like you can feel the seasons instantly shift: Thanksgiving is over, and the time for holiday shopping has begun.

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Published October 22, 2014

After ages of inactivity at the desolate 87-acre complex known as Bloomfield Park, things are happening.

Plans for the original development came to a screeching halt years ago due to a decline in the economy, and the property has sat deserted since 2008.

The complex — which is located on the east side of Telegraph Road, north of Square Lake Road — straddles the border of Bloomfield Township and Pontiac.

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Published February 13, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring a workshop for Oakland County lakefront property owners to create, restore and manage natural shorelines at the Cranbrook Institute of Science 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8.

“This is an educational program to help homeowners that live along lakes … to understand the importance of a natural shoreline,” said Bindu Bhakta, extension educator with the MSU Extension.

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Published August 29, 2013

FRANKLIN — All good things must come to an end. In Franklin, the close of summer will once again be celebrated with the village’s annual Round Up festivities this Labor Day.

Now in its 69th year, the Round Up will offer families more fun than ever to enjoy as students prepare to head back to school and fall makes its grand arrival. With midway games, a petting farm, pony rides, a classic car show and much more, there’s a little something for everyone at the annual fair.

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Published June 3, 2013

BIRMINGHAM — Jeanne Hackett wants people to know just two things about her: She’s 94 years old, and she’s having a wonderful time.

“I’m just thoroughly, thoroughly enjoying life,” said Hackett. “I just keep very busy. I love my little apartment. I have old friends, I have made new friends, and the days just go by so quickly.”

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Published March 27, 2013

BIRMINGHAM — Some would say that Michigan has only two seasons: snow and orange barrels.

In downtown Birmingham, one season has already begun to transition into the other as the city breaks ground on its plan to improve the street and sidewalks at Pierce and Merrill near City Hall. The project, which was approved early last year, will update and repair the street, adjacent sidewalks, underlying septic systems and street lights in hopes of avoiding more severe restoration projects down the road.

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Published March 27, 2013

From puppets to poetry and folk songs to fairy tales, the StoryTellers Guild is pulling out all the stops to bring smiles to the faces of local children.

In April, the Birmingham-based nonprofit is inviting the public to celebrate its 20-year anniversary.

The guild, founded by the late Helen Southgate Williams, promotes literacy and storytelling in classrooms around metro Detroit. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children through art and storytelling.

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Published May 21, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center will once again present Art Birmingham, its annual fine art fair, May 26 and 27 in Shain Park. The juried art show, now in its 31st year, has been a favorite among artists and art enthusiasts alike since its inception, according to BBAC President and CEO Annie VanGelderen.

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Published May 8, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — At 20 years old, Rebecca Rosen was sure she was going crazy. She was depressed, and as a sophomore in college, found herself battling an eating disorder. She struggled for two years with her deep unhappiness, and after doctors and medications failed to help her, she was desperate. She prayed for help, and one evening she said, her cries were answered by her grandmother, Babe — who had passed away more than a decade earlier.

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Published May 1, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS — Jon Bloom is an exemplary student. The Groves High School senior is the technical director of the school’s theater program, an Advanced Placement student at Groves in computer science and other programming courses, and he’s preparing to start classes at Grand Valley State University in the fall — all while keeping a 3.2 grade point average.

As a college-bound student, the 17-year-old considers it a top priority to keep track of his grades. So when it comes to monitoring his assignments, Bloom prefers to take a hands-on approach. Literally.

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Published May 1, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Pianist Marina Arsenijevic has lived a fascinating life filled with tragedy, triumph, and most of all, an exceptional musical talent. On May 14, the world-renowned artist will share her story and her tremendous gift at a concert performance to benefit The Community House.

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Published April 23, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Move over, Harry Winston. Groves High School senior Ellie Schreiber has been named the winner of the 2012 Jewelers of Birmingham Scholarship Competition, and her unique eye for design is sure to earn her a place among the most elite jewelry designers.

“It was the first time for me (in the competition). It was exciting. I didn’t really know I was going to enter the piece until my teacher told me about it. It was fun,” she said.

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Published April 3, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — While many students around the United States sit in classrooms learning about civic engagement, 16-year-old Rachael Stein is living it. The Groves High School junior recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where she met with legislators to discuss two bills that could help put an end to the bullying epidemic that’s been plaguing schools across the country for years.

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Published February 21, 2012

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It took a few weeks and a clarification before the final vote, but the seventh- through 10th-graders in Bloomfield Hills Schools have decided what their new school mascot and colors will be.

Students and district officials gathered Tuesday afternoon at the Doyle Center to announce the decision from a weeklong online student vote. The new mascot will be the Black Hawks, and the new school colors will be black, silver and purple.

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