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Published July 29, 2015

BERKLEY — The Berkley Public Library is looking to find out what residents are interested in. Or, rather, what they “geek.”

In May, the Berkley library joined the Geek the Library campaign to raise awareness for the library and everything it can offer residents. The nationwide campaign is supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

By joining the campaign, Berkley Public Library Director Matt Church said the library received a $2,500 grant from the Gates Foundation.

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Published July 29, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — With 13 parks in the city of Huntington Woods, as well as a community center with a pool, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has its work cut out for it in addressing improvements and resident concerns.

This year, however, the department is looking to make that job a little more structured, as the department recently completed a new five-year parks and recreation plan that includes resident input and suggested park improvements.

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Published July 29, 2015

FERNDALE — Thanks to a grant from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the Michigan Department of Transportation, bicyclists in and around Ferndale will have a more precise biking route to get to neighboring communities.

The city of Ferndale was awarded a 2016 Transportation Alternatives Program grant in the amount of $194,227 to create the Woodward Corridor Neighborhood Bicycle Network, which would bring a more visible route for bicyclists through Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak.

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Published July 29, 2015

OAK PARK — In March, the Ferndale School District Board of Education made a decision to restructure the district over the next couple of years, a decision that included moving the adult and alternative education programs from the Jefferson Center and closing the building.

Now, the district is working with the city of Oak Park, where the Jefferson Center is located, and Community Housing Network, a Troy-based nonprofit organization that provides housing for those in need, to turn the Jefferson Center into a mixed-income development with 60 one- to four-bedroom apartments.

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Published July 29, 2015

BERKLEY — The Berkley School District Board of Education has named longtime Berkley resident Keith Logsdon as its new member, filling the seat left empty following the death of former board President Paul Ellison.

Logsdon is a 15-year resident of Berkley and has worked with the district on several projects in the past few years, including the Vision 2020 project in 2013 and the infrastructure bond proposal last year.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While the invasive gypsy moth has not been a major problem in the metro Detroit area for years, the Macomb County Michigan State University Extension office is asking residents to keep an eye out for signs of the insect’s resurgence.

The gypsy moth is an invasive species from Europe that, in years past, has torn through tree populations in North America, defoliating trees and, in high enough numbers, causing their deaths. Previous outbreaks were handled using pesticides, and every fall, MSU does inspections to see how many egg masses it can find.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Prostitution is real in metro Detroit. There are men and women who work the streets out of desperation and become trapped by it. But one group is trying to earn their trust and help them find another way.

All Worthy of Love (AWOL) was founded in Detroit in 2012. The group became a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2013. The same year, a second chapter opened in Austin, Texas.

The group has no paid staff. Everyone is a volunteer, including the founder, Lindsey Fischer. AWOL averages 40-50 volunteers, with 20-30 volunteers at the Detroit chapter.

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Published July 29, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last May, Mahesh Lunani left his position as vice president of a large corporation to pursue the goal of starting his own company.

It was a gamble, but one that is paying off.

Lunani was among five business owners named as recipients of the inaugural round of awards from the Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For bargain hunters, there’s nothing quite like a garage sale. The search for an oh-so-good deal — that needle-in-the-haystack item that was barely used and is priced to sell — is about as thrilling as it gets.


Many people are now realizing that the same thrill can be found without even leaving the couch. Thanks to secondary market websites like Craigslist and eBay, along with online resale groups on Facebook, the clearance rack is always open.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With some of the most popular weeks for American travel upon us, local law enforcement agencies say there are simple steps to take to protect your home and property while you are away.


St. Clair Shores Police Lt. David Centala said that, while putting lights on timers inside your home and making sure the outside of your home is illuminated is always a good idea, 99 percent of home invasions actually occur during the day.

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Published July 28, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Michigan Senior Olympics is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year and invites the public to an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in Rochester Municipal Park.

The free event will include a torch lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., free ice cream, face painters, balloon artists, music, mini-olympics for children and more.

“We want people to know that we are here in the Oakland County area, so we are just trying to spread the word and make it a fun event,” said MSO Executive Director Becky Ridkey.

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Published July 28, 2015

“Keep your eyes on the road” is a maxim so common that it has become a cliché, but fewer things have been said about clearing away objects that can obstruct a driver’s vision of the road.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist from AAA Michigan, said state law forbids people from obstructing the windshield’s field of view.

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Published July 22, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — In Good Hart, Michigan, Huntington Woods resident Patrick Wise would go on hikes during the summer with his wife around a nature preserve. As an artist, Wise said he could really enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

So he decided to paint it.

After a couple of weekend trips to the area, Wise was able to complete his piece that depicts a tree in the center with other foliage surrounding it in the background. And 30 miles up the road, Wise’s piece took first place in a competition on Mackinac Island.

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Published July 22, 2015

PLEASANT RIDGE — Pleasant Ridge residents spent five days this month meeting with representatives of livingLAB, a landscape architecture and design firm, to create a vision for improvements to Gainsboro Park in the coming year, but the city is also doing its part to improve the park.

During the July 14 City Commission meeting, city officials discussed and established a public hearing regarding the purchase of a property on Kensington Boulevard to connect the dog park north of Kensington to the community garden and Gainsboro Park.

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Published July 22, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Huntington Woods City Commissioner Jeff Jenks has been named the chairperson of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments for the upcoming fiscal year of 2015-16.

Since 1968, SEMCOG has been a support organization for local planning, including regional water and transit issues, as well as economic development. SEMCOG is open to all counties, cities, villages, townships, intermediate school districts and community colleges in the seven counties in southeast Michigan.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money.


Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a year, which included the fourth Tuesday in February.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Things were going so well.


You started your seeds on time indoors or had luck finding gorgeous heirloom plants at the local greenhouse. Everything went into the ground on schedule, and the plants really took off when the weather turned from late spring to early summer.


But now the leaves of your once-lush cucumbers are yellow and brown. Your zucchini is turning to dust. Your cabbage and broccoli plants look like Swiss cheese.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets.

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Published July 21, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.

“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

It might seem like common sense to ensure that people with disabilities have access to businesses, employment, transportation, government facilities and other everyday amenities. But making that common sense the law of the land was a long, uphill battle. Or, if you ask political advocate Elizabeth Bauer, who joined the fight for the ADA, it was more of an uphill crawl.

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