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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

FARMINGTON HILLS — Pavement repairs are coming to 12 Mile Road, between Haggerty and Farmington roads.

The project, which will be completed in mid-November, involves fixing the aging, dilapidated road, according to the Road Commission for Oakland County.

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Published August 15, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Before winter hits, Consumers Energy is fixing the portion of a 16-inch gas main — which runs throughout the county — located on 13 Mile Road, between Haggerty and Inkster roads, in Farmington Hills.

In late July, Consumers Energy inspected the gas main and discovered that parts of it needed to be repaired. Some of the repairs will include excavation to facilitate pipe replacements, according to a press release. This will cause lane closures and possible traffic delays in that area.  

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Published August 15, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Marsha Koet, Farmington Hills Special Services’ senior services supervisor, wants people 50 and older to find their niche at the Farmington Hills Center for Active Adults inside the Costick Center. 

Swimming, volunteering, dining with friends — the Costick Center has it all, and Farmington and Farmington Hills residents 50 and older can find out all about it at the Newcomer Welcome Tour 10-11 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

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Published August 15, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Holistic health practitioner Sonja Ozog is ready to take today’s tea drinking back a couple of centuries.

Ozog specializes in herbal medicine and wants to show tea-drinking aficionados and newbies alike how to use medicinal teas, herbs and spices to their benefit. 

Ozog will share her knowledge at the Herbal Tea Party 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Longacre House.

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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 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

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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Published August 9, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — In the 15 years that Oakland Community College Public Safety Director Terry McCauley has protected college students, he has noticed a dramatic increase in the number of students who need protection, sometimes from themselves: students who have suicidal ideations and mental health-related issues. 

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Published August 9, 2017

PONTIAC/FARMINGTON HILLS — Dr. Theodore Ruza doesn’t often come across patients who tell him that they are psychotic or hallucinating, or that they have an inclination to kill themselves or someone else — but it’s still up to medical personnel to ask those questions, the Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills, psychiatrist said.

“If you don’t ask the questions, people are not going to tell you,” he said, adding that medical staff also have to ask questions about patients’ access to firearms.

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Published August 9, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Dennis Carlson recently face-planted while riding his bike along the Mississippi River Trail in Minnesota. His injuries were evident on the bridge of his nose, his elbow and even his teeth. The pastor of Faith Covenant Church continued riding, however, with partially broken front teeth. He finished his over 300-mile journey with his brother to raise money for the 108 medical clinics in the Ubangi region of northwest Congo July 26-31.

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Published August 9, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Katherine Massey recalls a moment when a young man who planned to take his life in the summer of 2015 changed his mind. 

The unnamed man, a Farmington Hills city employee, chose not to take his life after attending a Farmington Suicide Awareness for Everyone softball tournament and picnic at Founders Sports Park that year, said Katherine Massey, the wife of Farmington Hills Mayor Ken Massey. 

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Published August 2, 2017

FARMINGTON — Gentlemen, dust off your three-piece suits, and don’t forget to curl those mustaches.

Ladies, ready your pleated-skirt evening gowns and fitted bodices — it’s time to celebrate 1860s style with a 150th anniversary gala at the Governor Warner Mansion.

“Men have had pretty much the same style over the years, except that from time to time the number of buttons on the jacket changed, and sometimes the length of the jacket changed,” Warner Mansion Volunteer Coordinator Jean Schornick said via email.

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Published August 2, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Greencastle subdivision resident Melanie Williams has a message for whoever left a deathly ill kitten near her doorstep: Shame on you.

Williams and her husband, Justin, were greeted with an unpleasant surprise the morning of July 7 after Justin — heading out for work around 6 a.m. — noticed the small black animal right at the front doorstep of their home on Greenmeadow Circle, near Middlebelt Road.

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Published August 2, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — The multicolored neon lights advertising cappuccinos and espressos to Farmington Community Library Main Branch guests will stop glowing pretty soon for good.

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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Published August 1, 2017

It was in the middle of an impassioned speech from her longtime boyfriend about the 2017 solar eclipse when Robin Udell, of Silver Spring, Maryland, thought about taking the next step in their relationship.

“So, he was talking about how cool the eclipse is, how awesome it is that it’s happening in our lifetime, and I thought, ‘OK. So let’s get married,’” said Udell, formerly of Ann Arbor.

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Published August 1, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Succulents, plants that store water in their leaves and stems, have been popping up across the United States with the same heat as their desert roots.

Amelia Oke, of St. Clair Shores, said that succulents generate a cheerful and positive atmosphere for her household.

“My succulents at home are very healthy and happy,” she said in a Facebook message, explaining how they sit on counters and dresser tops with a lifelike happiness.

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Published August 1, 2017

When it comes to driving simply for the fun of it, many car enthusiasts turn to modern-day sports cars, but for Jon Albert, of Bloomfield Hills, nothing beats the driving experience of the 1940s.

Albert owns a 1946 MG TC roadster, the third model in the “T” series manufactured by the MG Car Co. in England. It’s a car that Albert has had his eye on since he was a kid, and now that he has one, he takes it out on the road “for the sheer enjoyment of driving.”

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Published July 28, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Yard and garage sales fill the neighborhood as summer carries on.

There are various reasons to host a sale. For example, nonprofit organization Tigerlily Cat Rescue hosts an annual sale in Sterling Heights to raise money for feline rescue services.

Others put on sales in relation to moving, to create more space in their homes or simply to remove the burden of neglected items.

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