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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.

New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.

Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.

Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 17, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — As Jessica Boza arrived in Debra Groth’s Foundations of Art class as a quiet sophomore more than two years ago, she was just starting to explore her interest in creative art.

The daughter of a professional photographer, Boza, a 2015 Dakota High School graduate, grew up in an artistic house, but Groth’s teaching helped elevate Boza’s interest and ability in art and photography.

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Published June 16, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — For three years, the Run the Plank 5K has grown in terms of runners participating and the amount of proceeds that have been donated to charities from the event.

According to, the event started with 918 runners or walkers in 2012, and last year the number rose to 1,669 participants, with $55,000 being donated to local charities.

This year’s Run the Plank event will take place on June 27.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.

From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.

But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.

We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.

But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?

Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.

How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?

Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 10, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Four students from high schools in the Chippewa Valley Schools district received scholarships from the Clinton Township Kiwanis Club at a club breakfast meeting on June 3.

The students awarded at the event were Alexandra Manus, of International Academy of Macomb, Maiya Hulin, of Chippewa Valley High School; and Kristen Osaer and Courtney Schwartz, both of Dakota High School.

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Published June 3, 2015

RAY TOWNSHIP — When Oscar Aponte began researching high schools to attend, Austin Catholic High School was nowhere near the top of his list.

In fact, it didn’t even make the list, mainly because it didn’t exist yet.

However, the advice of his parish priest convinced him and his family to be a part of Austin’s inaugural class in 2011, and as one of two four-year students in Austin’s first graduating class, he has no regrets on the decision.

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Published May 27, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — More than 7,000 walkers and supporters gathered at the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan’s annual kidney walk on May 17 at the Detroit Zoo.

Two families from Macomb Township participated in the event to support a loved one battling kidney disease.

Eli Rost, 2, has been on dialysis since he was 3 weeks old. Currently living with no kidneys, Eli is set to receive a kidney in June from his mother, 31-year-old Macomb Township resident Rachel Rost.

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Published May 27, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families honored Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon with its Community Partner Award on May 12.

The coalition has been in operation for 21 years, and Cannon is the fifth recipient of the award.

Referred to as “Mr. Clinton Township” by Chippewa Valley Superintendent Ron Roberts during the award presentation, Cannon expressed his support for the coalition.

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Published May 27, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County’s melting pot continues to be mixed with more ethnic and cultural diversity.

That growth is due to the perseverance of local leaders, as well as immigrants who search for brighter futures.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.

Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 26, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of free car and truck shows will make this weekend an eventful one for car lovers in and around Macomb Township.

On Saturday, May 30, the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department will host its 16th annual Tons O’ Truck event. The free event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the St. John Medical Center on 23 Mile Road.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.

Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 12, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Fraser man was arrested on May 9 after a break-in and domestic violence incident in the 45000 block of Heatherwoode Lane.

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Published May 5, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Two band members from Dakota High School have been selected to play with some of the top high school musicians from across Michigan.

Senior Meggan Pape and junior Allison Dettloff will be participating in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival from May 7-9 at Western Michigan University.

“It’s great to have two students from our school going,” Dakota band director Rob Abend said. “There’s not many schools that send anybody, let alone more than one person, especially with Allison going two years in a row.”

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Published May 5, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.

The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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