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Published July 20, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — It’s cool. It’s green. And it may not be long before consumers can find Birmingham resident Virgil Heil’s machine on store shelves.

At the 26th annual four-day Invention & New Product Exposition’s Invention Show, Heil, 39, took the first-runner-up Grand Prix Award of $3,000 for his Cool Green Machine.

But more valuable than Heil’s award, perhaps, is the attention his invention has received since the show.

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Published July 13, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — July 23 should be a pretty busy day for downtown Birmingham.

For the second year in a row, The Community House’s Green Breeze eco-friendly vendor expo will jump on the coattails of the Principal Shopping District’s Day On The Town sales event, bringing both green education and bargain shopping to the streets of downtown.

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Published July 1, 2011

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Supervisor Dave Payne announced his plans to retire Aug. 1 after 41 years of working for the township.

Payne, 60, has been the supervisor since January 2001. He announced his plans during the June 27 Board of Trustees meeting.

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Published June 27, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Building robots and Lego submarines doesn’t have to be reserved for competitions anymore.

Beginning June 1, The Robot Garage is opening for dexterous and creative builders of all ages.

The 4,000-square-foot warehouse — completely renovated into a colorful retail shop and lab of classrooms — can also serve as a venue for a kiddie birthday bash.

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 24, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — A Seaholm High School student could face two years behind bars for allegedly writing a racially charged message on a bathroom wall at his school last month, suggesting a handful of fellow black students be lynched.

Courtney Thomas, a Birmingham resident, was arraigned in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township May 18 on charges of ethnic intimidation, a two-year felony.

Thomas, 18, supposedly admitted to the racist graffiti May 11, after an investigation pointed to him as being responsible

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published April 6, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Roughly 30 new businesses opening within a year’s time in a lively downtown such as Birmingham isn’t too much of a surprise.

But in this economy, officials are heralding that figure.

Not to mention, said John Heiney, director of the Principal Shopping District, that while the city normally sees almost as many businesses moving or closing as it sees opening or expanding in a year, over the course of the past year, fewer than 10 have closed or moved out.

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Published March 8, 2011

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — This month the Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library will celebrate their $1 million milestone of giving.

For the entire month of March, the Friends are also holding a membership drive in hopes of growing their support base.

“Our Friends are worth a million bucks,” said Library Director Karen Kotulis-Carter. She said that in the 23 years she’s worked for the library, she’s noticed that each new “Friend” has given his or her weight in gold toward enhancing the library’s services.

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Published February 21, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — The work of award-winning abstract expressionist painter James Adley and a juried show of art created by adult students are on display at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center as part of two new exhibits.

“The great thing between the gallery missions is that most every time you come in to see an exhibition, you get to see the full range of what art can mean in someone’s life — whether it’s a pastime or whether it’s a full-time profession,” said BBAC President and CEO Addie Langford.

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Published February 16, 2011

FRANKLIN — People have been turning out in droves this winter to glide across the ice on Franklin’s new outdoor community ice rink.

Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream owners and Franklin residents Mark and Angela Hanke donated the rink, which has been open for more than a month now on the Village Green, behind the Franklin Library, at Franklin Road and Wellington.

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Published February 16, 2011

Whether it’s an Oldsmobile or a Batmobile, every car junkie has an automotive preference.

But regardless of what they fancy, local enthusiasts will once again come together at this year’s Meguiar’s Autorama, presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, at Cobo Center Feb. 25-27. 2011 marks the event’s 59th year.

This year’s show will feature a Hollywood Legends area showcasing the famous rides of old TV characters from classic shows like “The Green Hornet” and “The Monkees.”

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Published February 2, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — With the dramatic downturn of the economy, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra had to cut its concert season from six shows to four, a move that BBSO board Chairman Richard Tropea said had to be made.

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