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Published August 28, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Public School District is heading into the new school year with several changes and improvements to its facilities, thanks to funds approved by voters through bond measures.

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Published August 23, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Students aren’t the only ones getting ready to head back to the classroom in a few weeks. 

Teachers are gearing up for a new school year too, but there aren’t many shoe sales or backpack promotions aimed at the ones standing in front of the blackboard day after day. 

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Published August 21, 2017

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Leaders at Way Elementary School, in Bloomfield Township, want the community to “go way back” with them as they celebrate their 50th anniversary with a festival full of games, attractions and refreshments.

Opening in 1967, the school has taught thousands of young students in the Blomfield area. The event will take place 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, on the school grounds. Current and former students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community members are invited.

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Published August 21, 2017

LANSING — It seems that these days, there’s a national holiday for just about everything.

And if July 19 can be dubbed National Hot Dog Day, then a month after that we can certainly recognize the sad dogs. Cats too, of course.

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Published August 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Knitting a beautiful scarf would be sure to keep one person happy, not to mention warm.

But knitting a piece of artwork to wrap around a lamp post or drape over a park bench could bring happiness to countless people.

That’s the idea behind Birmingham in Stitches, a biannual public art installation that “bombs” the city’s downtown in colorful, large-scale knitting and crochet projects that is coming back this fall.

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Published August 21, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The village of Beverly Hills is warning residents to prepare for a road closure on Evergreen Road, between 13 Mile Road and 14 Mile Road.

Repairs are planned in the area to maintain several culverts under the Evergreen bridge beginning Monday, Aug. 21. This project will repair the spillway of the Erity Dam that was damaged in the spring of 2015 from heavy rain. Several residents have voiced concerns since that time, calling for these repairs to take place.

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Published August 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — It was sunny skies and a perfect 79 degrees on Woodward Avenue as thousands of cars lined the stretch last Saturday for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Birmingham and Bloomfield Township both welcomed revelers with car shows and family-friendly festivities.

Just off Woodward Avenue, on South Old Woodward, the Birmingham Cruise Event offered visitors a more relaxed vibe with around 300 classic vehicles on display throughout the day.

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — If you just can’t look at one more water park this season, even though there’s still plenty more warm weather and sunshine to be enjoyed, there are things to do outside with the family that make for a great transition into fall.

Or, better yet, a great ride into fall.

Horseback riding is a sometimes forgotten pastime in an age when screens and team sports are king. Sharon Hake, owner of Rochester Hills Stables and boarding, said riding lessons can give students of any age a great sense of discipline, patience, joy and even exercise.

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 15, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Residents of two local school districts will have the chance to learn about the districts and to express their concerns at an upcoming question-and-answer seminar.

Each year, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce hosts a question-and-answer session with the superintendents of the Birmingham Public Schools district and the Bloomfield Hills Schools district.

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Published August 14, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Did you know there’s an Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition?

The group partners with the Oakland County Health Division and the Women, Infants and Children program to honor World Breastfeeding Week with an annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Place awards ceremony.

If you didn’t know, you’re not alone. And that’s exactly why the county is doing its part to bring awareness to breastfeeding and reducing stigma behind feeding in public places.

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Published August 14, 2017

METRO DETROIT — A new academic competition is kicking off — open to all students who will be attending a Michigan school in the fall — called the Future Mobility Creativity Contest.

The competition is organized by the Michigan Youth Empowerment Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math education.

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Published August 14, 2017

BINGHAM FARMS — Residents from Bingham Farms, Franklin and Livonia came to the rescue after two kittens were dumped from a moving car onto Telegraph Road, near 13 Mile Road, Aug. 7.

The two kittens were believed to be between 8 and 10 weeks old. One of the pair died in the street, but with the bravery and kindness of a police officer and a passerby, the other was rescued and is now in foster care.

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Published August 14, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Ever wish you could get inside the head of a brilliant interior designer for some home décor inspiration?

Next month, the Michigan Design Center will give you an opportunity to do the next best thing: tour the homes of some of the area’s finest interior designers.

The second annual MDC Home Tour will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, and will include the actual homes of local design masterminds Amy Miller Weinstein, Marianne Jones and Richard Ross, along with homes designed for clients by Corey Damen Jenkins and Ian Hartwell.

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Published August 14, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It’s hard to imagine a garden that’s more beautiful or lush with natural color than the grounds at the Cranbrook estate.

But when a dozen florists add even more flowers to the grounds for a special exhibition Sept. 8-10, that’s exactly what guests will see, according to Laura Daluga, of the American Institute of Floral Designers.

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Published August 14, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Not all of the cars cruising Woodward this weekend will be classics.

Many of them will be police cruisers, out to make sure everyone has a safe and legal time at the huge event that can sometimes draw speedsters, drinkers and even a few crooks.

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Published August 11, 2017

A woman was killed while crossing Woodward Avenue at Square Lake Road early in the morning Aug. 11, according to police.

Sgt. Kim Comerford, of the Traffic Investigations Unit of the Bloomfield Township Police Department, said the woman was crossing the road around 5:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 when a 2014 Dodge Caravan traveling northbound on Woodward struck her in the roadway.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 9, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Marian High School will play host for Angels’ Place Friends and Family Fun Day later this month.

Angels’ Place is a nonprofit based in Southfield that provides assisted living and other resources for children and adults living with mental and developmental disabilities. It has hosted its Friends and Family Fun Day event for the last 16 years as a way to raise funds for its programming.

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Published August 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — One of the many opportunities that going away for college provides is an outlet to establish your own décor style. Whether you prefer a beach-bum style with “hang loose” and ocean posters or hope to create a bohemian temple with sunshine pillows and tapestry-draped walls, dorm rooms and college residencies are an open canvas. 

Michigan State University sophomore Elise Tomaszewski, of St. Clair Shores, said that the most important thing to do when moving into your new home is to just be yourself. 

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