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Published September 14, 2017

Children’s birthday parties weren’t always about cake, pizza, sugary drinks, and high-energy fun and games.

During the Victorian era, birthday parties were balls thrown by the rich to show off their affluence and to teach children etiquette lessons — which hardly sounds like something any 6-year-old would look forward to.

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Published September 13, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Karen Hart, of Southfield, is about as proud a grandmother as they come.

You can tell by the photos she shares of her happy towheaded granddaughters playing on the beach and posing in the backyard. 

But when it comes to interacting with those grandkids on Facebook, she takes a step back to look and not touch, so to speak. 

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Published September 11, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Stories and advice from a successful person are valuable, of course. But when you’re a woman, hearing directly from another woman who has blazed her own trail is priceless.

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Published September 11, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The annual Birmingham Street Art Fair will close out summer this weekend with more than 150 juried artists lining the streets of downtown.

But as you head out to enjoy the art and take in the last of the warm September air, look closely: The event is more than just an art fair.

“Every year we put on this event, and we do it to bring awareness to the fact that we’re here, we’re in the community doing everything we can to help the people we serve,” said Cyndia Robinson, marketing and communication specialist for Common Ground.

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Published September 11, 2017

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Public Library will host its own Oktoberfest celebration complete with German food, beer and music next month.

The celebration will serve as a fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Franklin Public Library. Tickets cost $35 prior to Monday, Sept. 18, and $40 after that until the day of the event. Tickets are available for purchase at the library. The ticket cost will cover the price of beverages, food and a complimentary mug.

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Published September 11, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The village of Beverly Hills is switching to an automatic aid agreement for emergency services pending the approval of the two participating communities: Berkley and Huntington Woods.

Beverly Hills already had a mutual aid agreement with both municipalities, meaning that each community could request help from the others. An automatic aid agreement would further pool resources and have the other two communities respond automatically during emergencies.

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Published September 11, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Next year, the city of Birmingham is turning the big 200.

A celebration two centuries in the making requires plenty of planning, so the Birmingham Museum is getting a head start with a special survey to ask residents what they’d like to see in next year’s commemorative publication.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 5, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Although he’s been living and working in the Los Angeles area for the last five years, the Grosse Pointes and Detroit hold a special place in Robert deMaine’s heart.

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Published September 5, 2017

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Grab your sneakers, your water bottles and your walker, if you use one. The first-ever 5K Compassion Walk to benefit Bloomfield Township Senior Services is just around the corner.

The family-friendly event aims to raise money for the center’s Meals on Wheels services, as well as the Friendship Club Adult Day Service program.

Bloomfield Township Senior Center Director Christine Tvaroha said she’s really excited for the event, which she hopes will become a fall tradition.

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Published September 5, 2017

METRO DETROIT — After 21 years of active duty in the military, Dari Pfeiffer knew a thing or two about what it takes to stay fit.

She also knew that she was ready to kick off her combat boots and find an exercise regimen that would benefit more than just her muscles.

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Published September 4, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Just because it’s almost time to close up the pools doesn’t mean the outdoor recreation season is finished.

In fact, according to Oakland County Parks and Recreation Executive Director Dan Stencil, now is the time when county residents come out in droves to enjoy the system’s most popular resource: its walking trails.

“The bugs are down, the air is crisp and the opportunities are bountiful to enjoy the 68 miles of trails in Oakland County parks,” Stencil said.

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Published September 1, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — There’s nothing like a good birthday party.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center will celebrate its own 60th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 10, during a special edition of the monthly free Sunday @ the Center event. The whole family is invited to come have some fun with all-ages art activities, giveaways and, of course, cake.

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Published September 1, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Renee Acho and her husband have built six homes in Birmingham since 1999.

But their current abode — a chic stucco-sealed mix of contemporary and traditional — is certainly a keeper.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 30, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your kindergarten teacher taught you well: When you’re done playing, you need to clean up after yourself.

Well, now that summer is winding down, the beautiful shores that meet Michigan’s Great Lakes need to be picked up after months of enjoyment. The Alliance for the Great Lakes is hosting several Adopt-a-Beach cleanup events around Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and other states on the borders of the Great Lakes. 

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 28, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The steamy, sunny summer made for great swimming conditions at various lakes around Oakland County.

But families weren’t the only ones enjoying the water. High levels of bacteria from algal blooms were found at a number of local lakes.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality notified the Oakland County Health Division earlier this month that harmful algal blooms, or HABs, had been detected in White Lake Township’s Sugden Lake and in Pontiac Lake, in Waterford and White Lake townships.

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Published August 28, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The village of Beverly Hills has added some traditionally indoor games to its outdoor parks.

New pingpong and chess tables are being installed in Beverly Park and Riverside Park for public use. Village officials said Beverly Hills is the only community in the area to have these kinds of games available outdoors, and they believe they will add a fun new dimension to the parks.

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Published August 28, 2017

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — A library card can now get you even more than limitless books and media rentals. It can get you some pretty sweet discounts around town too.

The Bloomfield Township Public Library has partnered with a dozen local businesses to offer discounts through the month of September in honor of National Library Card Sign-up Month. Library card holders can present their card at the participating businesses and receive various discounts, according to BTPL Assistant Director Tera Moon.

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