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Published May 24, 2017

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Memorial Day parades and services

SATURDAY, MAY 27

• Madison Heights
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Published May 24, 2017

BERKLEY — An ordinance that would allow Berkley residents to have chickens on their properties had more discussion at the City Council’s May 16 meeting.

Since the last work session on the ordinance in April, city staff made several changes to the document that would allow a resident to keep up to three chickens on their property as pets during a pilot program that would last up to 12 months.

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Published May 24, 2017

The city of Troy will pause to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country in a Memorial Day ceremony on the grounds of Troy City Hall May 29.

“We feel it’s very important to honor veterans and those who we have lost,” said Cindy Stewart, director of community affairs for the city of Troy. “Memorial Day weekend is a time for families to get together, the unofficial start of summer. We hope they take an hour out of the weekend to honor the men and women who gave their lives for us and for freedom.”

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Published May 23, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — As it’s done in recent years, the city of Madison Heights will hold its Memorial Day festivities the weekend before Memorial Day, saving on holiday overtime costs for city employees running the event.

This year’s parade and service are set for Saturday, May 27. The parade starts at 10 a.m., exiting the parking lot by the former Kmart at the northwest corner of John R and 12 Mile roads, before heading north on John R Road, turning left onto 13 Mile Road, and stopping a block over in front of the viewing stand at City Hall.

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Published May 24, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Community members of all ages can hit the trails this June to help provide meals to homebound seniors.

The Older Persons’ Commission will host its 11th annual 5K Run or Walk for Meals June 3.

The race and walk, which are open to people of all ages, begin at 8 a.m. at the OPC, 650 Letica Drive. The course starts at the OPC in the upper parking lot, goes down Letica, turns left on the Clinton River Trail almost to Dequindre, and then loops back and finishes at the OPC.

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Published May 24, 2017

ROCHESTER — E-cigarette usage has become a significant public health concern across the nation, especially among youth.

The battery-operated devices, also known as vaporizers, have surpassed traditional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth — with more than one-third of young adults having tried them, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Published May 23, 2017

Rochester Hills resident Steve Wolken describes his car as an “ostentatious, chrome-laden monster” — but he means that in a good way.

Wolken owns a 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special that he inherited from his great uncle, Ernest J. Netzhammer, who was the secretary/treasurer of the Bluff City Brewery in Alton, Illinois, near St. Louis. 

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Published May 23, 2017

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Members of the community will have many activities available over Memorial Day weekend May 27-29 to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces.

Memorial Day parade

The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade will step off at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Lincoln Avenue and Main Street.

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Published May 24, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Craft beverages and live music will again be on the menu for the annual summer Dabble in the Farms, which will take place on the Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms starting at 6 p.m. June 17.

The popular event — which has always included a nonprofit component — will feature local food trucks along with craft beer, wine and cocktails; because of the latter, these events are only open to those ages 21 and older. This year, musicians performing include the 1980s tribute band Square Pegz, as well as Yorg and Christina Criss.

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Published May 23, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Her peers might be listening to artists like Harry Styles and Katy Perry, but 13-year-old piano prodigy Naomi Yamaguchi doesn’t follow the pop artists of the moment.

“It’s just classical and jazz,” said Yamaguchi said of her listening habits, adding that she prefers to tune in to WRCJ-FM. “I don’t like pop music very much. My dad sometimes listens to (pop) in the car.”

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Published May 24, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Organization for Bat Conservation, which has been housed in the Cranbrook Institute of Science for 15 years, is about to take flight for a new home.

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Published May 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — With the summer season approaching, more Michigan drivers will be hitching trailers, boats and more behind them while on the road. And due to the challenges that come with towing such loads, both trailer owners and surrounding drivers are advised to take precautions.

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Published May 23, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The village of Beverly Hills is promoting some communitywide spring cleaning with its community garage sale.

Beverly Hills residents can register at Village Hall to have their address added to a list of homes taking part. People wishing to peruse the sales can pick up a copy of the list from the hall or on the village’s website, www.villagebeverlyhills.com.

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Published May 22, 2017

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WATERFORD — With temperatures climbing into the high 80s, it’s almost as if Mother Nature is trying to send a message: The frosts are done, and it’s time to plant.

If you’re ready to get going and get growing, you’re in luck, because the Oakland County Market’s annual Spring Flower Day is coming up Sunday, June 4.

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Published May 24, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The village of Beverly Hills will be showing its patriotic side for its annual Memorial Day parade and carnival Monday, May 29.

The parade and carnival have become a long-standing tradition in the community and are a point of pride.

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Published May 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With construction continuing on a large senior living facility on Jefferson Avenue, the developer returned to City Council with some requests for changes to the plan.

Mike Parks, of Cypress Partners, said that winter rains had pushed the project about three weeks behind schedule on the Lakeshore Senior Living project on the site of the former St. Gertrude Church on Jefferson Avenue, north of Martin Road. Nevertheless, he said that they anticipate finishing the project the first week of November.

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Published May 24, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When Joshua Lopetrone spotted a Little Free Library in his neighborhood, he was intrigued. 

He had been looking for a large project to tackle to earn his Eagle Scout designation, and the more he looked into the Little Free Libraries, the more he decided this could be the right fit for him.

“I’ve been planning this for a little under a year,” said Lopetrone, a 16-year-old sophomore at Lake Shore High School. “It’s been a long time planning all of this, researching ideas.”

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Published May 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — This year is the 65th anniversary of the annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade. Attracting tens of thousands of spectators, the parade is the largest in the area and possibly one of the largest in the Midwest. 

Originally organized by the American Legion, the Amvets and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the parade today is organized by the city of St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade Committee.

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Published May 24, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Preparing to sell a home can often seem like a daunting task. Many might balk at the thought. Where to even begin?

Local experts offered several easy and inexpensive tips to get the ball rolling that also could help homeowners sell their homes faster and at a higher price.

Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging, said the first things she notices as she walks up to a home are the walkways and landscaping, and whether or not they are well-maintained.

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Published May 24, 2017

METRO DETROIT — In December, Bloomfield Township resident Virginia Lee Smith will be 100 years old.

Closing in on such an impressive milestone means Smith moves a little slower than she used to, though she’s still moving just fine with a little help from a walker. And she’s not working full time at the library that employed her for decades and that she even helped to found, but she’s still there several times a week to help out as a volunteer.

Smith said she just can’t seem to let go of the things she’s passionate about.

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