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Published June 20, 2017

C&G Newspapers

HAZEL PARK/MADISON HEIGHTS — Nursing assistance is available to low-income women who are pregnant with their first child and who enroll in Oakland County’s Nurse-Family Partnership, or NFP, program. The program recently expanded to include residents of Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Oak Park and Southfield.

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Published June 19, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Even living within steps of Lake St. Clair, there are still many people who don’t know how to swim or aren’t comfortable with the water, said St. Clair Shores Aquatics Manager Jason Harms, and that’s something that’s easy to change this year.

“A lot of people grow up in Michigan and Lake St. Clair but yet still do not know how to swim, and it’s so crucial to get young children comfortable with the water at an early age,” he said. 

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Published June 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BEVERLY HILLS — Cris Braun, executive director of Birmingham Next, isn’t telling the members of the over-50 community that the center is moving to another building to make way for eight weeks of renovations. 

She’s telling senior center patrons they’ll be “summering in Beverly.”

“You know how they say ‘summering in the Hamptons,’” Braun said with a laugh. “That’s what we’re doing.”

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Published June 21, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the first time since 2008, Shelby Township will host its own fireworks show Monday, July 3, presented by the Shelby Township Downtown Development Authority.

The fireworks themselves will be shot off from Ford Field around 10 p.m., but organizers invite the public to watch the fireworks display and enjoy fun, food and music at the Packard Proving Grounds starting around 6 p.m. Parking at the site will cost $5 per vehicle.

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Published June 20, 2017

UTICA — Utica’s bicentennial celebration is right around the corner June 22-25. The 200th birthday bash will be chock full of fun family events, as well as historical presentations, artifacts and tours.

The concluding event will be a guided tour of the historic Utica Cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Organizers estimate that the tour will last approximately two hours.

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Published June 21, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 6, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Treasurer’s Office’s request to solicit proposals for Shelby Manor, a township-owned senior apartment complex located on Lakeside Boulevard.

Supervisor Rick Stathakis said he tasked Treasurer Michael Flynn with finding the funds to construct a new building on the municipal campus that would house the library and senior center, as recommended by the Community Center Advisory Board.

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Published June 21, 2017

WARREN — Worry not. Summerfest is coming back stronger and more focused this year.

The event, founded by Liberty Family Outreach 14 years ago, will be held at the Liberty Foursquare Church, on 11 Mile Road west of Ryan, on Aug. 26. Participants will be asked to register in advance for an opportunity to receive a bevy of back-to-school necessities, including sports physicals, haircuts and backpacks full of school supplies at a scheduled time on that day.

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Published June 21, 2017

CENTER LINE — Food, fun, fireworks and entertainment will be on tap June 23-25 as the Center Line community comes together for a second year to celebrate what organizers hope will become a lasting tradition.

Building on lessons learned from the inaugural Center Line Independence Festival in 2016, planners with the newly established Center Line Festival Foundation said they sought input from city officials, business leaders and residents ahead of this year’s three-day event.

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Published June 15, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — It feels like summer in the greater Farmington area community with activities to keep you busy, ranging from cool, sweet treats to the sweet sounds of music. A number of events are on tap in the area this week. Read on to discover what you might want to get involved in.

Rhythmz in Riley Park to feature Creole Du Nord
Creole Du Nord, a Cajun and zydeco-style band, is set to perform 7:30-9 p.m. June 16 for the Rhythmz in Riley Park concert.

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Published June 15, 2017

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In honor of Father's Day, June 18, we asked readers to submit essays about why their dad is their hero. Here are this year's winners:

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Published June 21, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Every summer, just days before the Fourth of July holiday, tens of thousands flock to Mount Clemens for the annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks.

The 2017 Downtown Mount Clemens Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks will commence on June 23 with the River Sight and Sound Concert at the gazebo in Clinton Riverfront Park at 8 p.m.

The concert will feature the music of the Groove Council and Kathleen Murray and will be immediately followed by the fireworks show at dusk, which is about 10 p.m.

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Published June 15, 2017

The week leading up to the 19th annual Cruisin’ Gratiot is filled with classic car shows throughout Eastpointe that allow attendees to display their vintage vehicles.

St. Clair Shores resident John Ripullo is a member of the United Street Machine car club and enjoys being a part of the annual event.

“The car club brings me to Cruisin’ Gratiot. This is my second year with (Cruisin’) Gratiot,” said Ripullo, while attending the classic car show at First State Bank June 14.

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Published June 15, 2017

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June 17 •  Eastpointe

Eastpointe is the place to be for car lovers this weekend, as the 19th annual Eastpointe Cruisin' Gratiot returns June 19.

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Published June 15, 2017

Bigger, better and “off the charts” is how organizers of the 20th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats describe the 2017 Labor Day weekend festival.

Organizers, sponsors and others involved with the Sept. 1-4 event gathered inside Fifth Avenue June 14 in downtown Royal Oak to offer a preview.

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Published June 14, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization is combating the underrepresentation of women in office by educating women on what it takes to get elected.

A handful of women met for an all-day training session June 11 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 80, 17100 12 Mile Road, for Vote Run Lead’s Run As You Are program.

According to Shannon Garrett, co-founder and board chair of Vote Run Lead, the nationwide event was the fourth of its kind in Michigan.

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Published June 14, 2017

FERNDALE — In recent years, Ferndale’s Downtown Development Authority has worked to install public art in an effort to beautify the city.

That work will look to continue with the fourth annual Art of the Cocktail event, which raises funds to install public art in downtown Ferndale, from 6 to 9 p.m. June 15 at two neighboring venues: M-Brew, 177 Vester Ave., and Valentine Distilling Co., 161 Vester Ave.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s prime recreation season for children and adults.

The Clinton Township Parks and Recreation summer schedule is kicking into full swing, and it’s offering another full lineup of programs and activities.

The annual fireworks event is July 5, sponsored by First State Bank. Pre-show activities will kick off at 6 p.m., with fireworks beginning around 10 p.m.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLAWSON — Don’t be alarmed if you happen to see a stormtrooper or Stay Puft Marshmallow Man walking the streets this weekend. There is no world domination or paranormal activity happening, and the only thing your P.K.E. meter will detect is fun.

The inaugural Craftcom, presented by Black Lotus Brewing Co., will take place 5-11 p.m. June 16 and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 17 in downtown Clawson. Main Street will be closed from 14 Mile road to Broadacre Avenue for the event.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLAWSON — Members of the Clawson City Council unanimously voted June 6 to amend the city’s existing animals ordinance and add a new section that will declare certain actions as a nuisance with a punishment for humans of up to $500.

Elected officials said the intention of the new law is to allow a resident the opportunity to file a complaint for processing through the office of the Clawson prosecutor.

City Attorney Jon Kingsepp reiterated that residents will play a crucial role in enforcing the newly adopted law.

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Published June 14, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Living life in the fast lane on a Michigan highway can sometimes be against the rules of the road, though drivers often are unaware of the law’s specifics, according to Michigan State Police traffic safety experts.

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