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Published May 20, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Several new requirements have been made law in Madison Heights regarding the tethering of dogs — changes that local officials generally agree are for the best, although some wonder if the new rules are necessary and not a bit intrusive.

In a 6-1 vote at its meeting May 9, the Madison Heights City Council approved on second reading a set of revisions to the ordinance currently in code.

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Published May 20, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Last year, an estimated 17,000 people attended Hazel Park’s Memorial Weekend festivities, with about 3,000 in attendance for the parade alone. This year aims to repeat that success by bringing back everything everyone loved.

“Last year’s attendance was record-breaking,” said Sareen Papakhian, director of recreation for the city of Hazel Park. “This remains a profitable and fun venture for the city as we continue to increase in revenue sales.”

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Published May 25, 2016

WARREN — Fitzgerald High School band director Brian Roelandt has hit the right notes again.

For the third consecutive year, the music teacher has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the Music Education Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. More than 3,300 nominations were submitted nationwide, and Roelandt is one of 290 educators in the country to qualify. Fourteen educators from Michigan were selected.

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Published May 25, 2016

WARREN — Roaming bands of “professional actors” bent on bilking seniors out of their nest eggs are the subject of a new law enforcement crackdown in Warren and neighboring communities.

Mayor Jim Fouts said earlier this month that he had directed the Police Department to spearhead a new task force dedicated to thwarting senior scams and the traveling bands of thieves known to prey on the elderly.

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Published May 23, 2016

WARREN  — The smallest things can tell a big story.

Members of the Warren Historical Commission and the Warren Historical & Genealogical Society are looking for items  — whether simply submitted on loan from Warren residents or their families, or through a donation to the society —  to be showcased in the hallway display windows on the west side of the Warren Community Center complex, near the auditorium and next to the city’s historical gallery.

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Published May 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Officials with Macomb County Habitat for Humanity want your unwanted working push mowers.

Habitat President and CEO Helen Hicks said that with the spring season in full swing and summer just around the corner, they are in desperate need to maintain the landscaping at the two main properties, as well as at the 22 Habitat homes currently under construction.

Push mowers are specifically desired, as they easily fit in the group’s trailers.

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Published May 21, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Though it’s still 15 months away, anticipation for the 2017 Team Selfridge Centennial Open House and Air Show is palpable.

Dozens gathered May 17 outside the base’s Military Air Museum to hear Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum announce the plethora of events planned for next summer and leading up to the open house and air show Aug. 19-20.

“This is an event 100 years in the making,” said Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. “It’s an exciting time here at Selfridge.”

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Published May 19, 2016

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1. Visit your local farmers market
May 21-22 • Metro Detroit

There’s nothing like spending a spring morning browsing fresh produce and locally made products at one of metro Detroit’s farmers markets — and with new markets popping up every year, there are more locations than ever to choose from.

This weekend, in particular, a number of local markets will officially open for the season:

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Published May 19, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Surrounded by paints, laser printers and yarn, 21-year-old Akiva Pollock, of Oak Park, focuses his creativity on transforming a quote by John Green into a personal masterpiece. 

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Published May 19, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Growing up in Iraq in the 1940s and ’50s, West Bloomfield resident Salma Ajo said, the country was safe and children were innocent.

“Iraq … was the most beautiful country, and they had everything. We had any fruit you wanted … and we had the oil. We had everything, and it’s destroyed,” she said.

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Published May 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — During the spring and summer months, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and local nature centers receive an increase of calls from people across the state about helping baby animals that appear to be in trouble. 

But despite our instinct to help, experts say it’s important to leave wild animals in the wild.

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Published May 19, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Kari Willard was on her way to pick up her son from school the afternoon of May 16 when she noticed a lone female duck at the side of South River Road.

Willard said it appeared as if the duck was in distress, possibly looking for something, simply by the way she was standing.

“Her neck was stretched,” she said. “It didn’t look right.”

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Published May 18, 2016

FARMINGTON — Relay for Life of Farmington/Farmington Hills is ready to honor cancer survivors — and their caregivers — during its upcoming annual event from 10 a.m. May 21 to 10 a.m. May 22 at Shiawassee Park, 32340 Shiawassee Road.

“We all come together for the same cause,” Shannon Trent, a Relay for Life of Farmington/Farmington Hills committee member, said recently.

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Published May 18, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington resident Betty Poole is proud of the shrub that sits just beyond the edge of her rock-encircled pool.

The Farmington resident and green-thumb’s small lilac topiary was planted by her husband about 15 years ago in their front yard. The bush originally came from a seed that she picked up after attending a local gardening event.

“I got (that) at the very first plant swap,” she said. “It’s about 7 to 8 feet tall.”

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Published May 18, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/CANTON — World-renowned author, spiritual leader and social change agent Radhanath Swami is coming back to Michigan for a three-city book tour for his new book, “The Journey Within.”

His sophomore book discusses Swami’s journey toward bhakti yoga, a worship to a deity, which is part of the way to salvation in Hinduism. He answers questions about what love is, what a soul is and who God is. 

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Published May 18, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Sharon Valenti’s life changed forever on Dec. 10, 2012.

The Clinton Township woman with a Polish upbringing was given tragic news that no spouse ever wants to hear: Her husband, Ciro, had succumbed to gastric cancer.

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN — Warren’s weekly Farmers Market will open for the season at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, with a flurry of events to follow that day and throughout the summer. 

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Published May 18, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield residents will decide the fate of the Parks and Recreation Commission’s millage renewal in the Aug. 2 election. 

If the millage is renewed, West Bloomfield will be authorized to continue levying up to 0.3892 mill for a 10-year period, from 2018 to 2027. For a household with a taxable value of $100,000, it would cost the homeowner $38.92 per year. 

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Published May 18, 2016

CLAWSON — Although the weather may not have necessarily felt like spring during weekends past, that will all change Sunday when the city of Clawson welcomes the Farmers Market 2016 Flower Day.

The annual event, sponsored by the Clawson Chamber of Commerce and the Clawson Farmers Market, will bring picked, potted and perfectly propped plants and flowers to City Park 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 22.

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Published May 18, 2016

CLAWSON — Excitement is bubbling over for the 11th annual Claws & Paws event happening this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clawson City Park.

The 2016 event, brought to the public by Guardians For Animals and the Clawson Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate everything and anything pet- and owner-related and will include all of the excitement attendees have come to expect in the past, along with some interesting additions.

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