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Published April 19, 2017

UTICA — On April 11, the Utica City Council voted 5-1 to block traffic from traveling northbound on Brownell Street from Auburn Road, effective April 17.

Mayor Thom Dionne said the city has struggled recently with traffic cutting through the downtown area to avoid the Hall Road congestion that is due to the M-59 reconstruction project.

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Published April 14, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Seven locations in downtown Mount Clemens are currently harboring high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the Detroit Institute Arts’ collection.

Through the Inside|Out program, now in its eighth year, the art reproductions will be on display for the next three months, said Jillian Reese, the DIA’s community relations program manager.

The first piece of art, titled “View of Le Crotoy, from Upstream,” by Georges Seurat, was installed outside the Anton Art Center on April 10.

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Published April 14, 2017

DETROIT — For 37 years, “This Old House” on PBS has been showcasing how to take run-down or dilapidated houses and turn them into fresh, livable homes. This spring, the show is featuring Detroit.

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Published April 13, 2017

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This week’s Friday 5 list is all about Easter, and with so much happening, we have more than five events to share. Here’s a rundown of what’s hopping into town this weekend.

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Published April 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — People in charge of auto and road repairs expect a bumpier ride this time of year as sections of metro Detroit’s roads crumble due to newly formed potholes.

The seasonal freeze and thaw cycle is commonly blamed for the spread of potholes in late winter and early spring. The resulting pits may damage vehicles’ suspension systems, tires and more.

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Published April 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When was the last time you took a good look at the Milky Way?

If you’re reading this article in your newspaper at home, that means you likely live in Wayne, Macomb or Oakland counties, and the answer to the above question is: not recently.

That’s because southeast Michigan is bustling with people and commerce. Where there’s life, there’s light. The stars in the night sky get washed away by the glow of city life most evenings.

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Published April 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When outdoors this spring and summer, you don’t have to be in the dark when the sun goes down.

There are plenty of outdoor lighting options for your backyard, front yard, patio, driveway, walkway, deck or flagpole.

The national chain of Lowe’s Home Improvement offers several options.

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Published April 11, 2017

TROY — Using 2016 data provided by the Michigan State Police, Michigan Auto Law, auto accident attorneys, compiled a list of the “Top 20 Most Dangerous Intersections,” ranking the Interstate 75 interchange in Troy fifth. 

According to the group’s website, www.michiganautolaw.com, the stats include any accident that occurred within 250 feet of an intersection, including turnarounds and highway on/off ramps.

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Published April 12, 2017

TROY — Did you know it is illegal to walk on the freeway? 

But if you break down on the freeway and are forced to pull over onto the shoulder, it’s best if you can safely get out of your car — away from traffic — and move as far away from moving vehicles as possible, maybe to a grassy embankment, then call police, said Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman. 

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Published April 12, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS/ ROCHESTER/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The magic of books will be highlighted throughout the community this month as part of the Rochester-based Authors in April program.

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Published April 11, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Casting their lines into the water at the Blossom Heath pier, local fishermen are divided.

“I just like catching them. I don’t eat very much of it,” said Chet Muraszewski, of St. Clair Shores.

His wife, he joked, won’t cook what he catches, so he mostly practices catch-and-release fishing off the pier. When the weather warms, however, he fishes for walleye in the Detroit River. 

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Published April 11, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the changing of the seasons, it’s one step closer to this year’s Music on the Lake summer concert series at Veterans Memorial Park.

Sponsored by Petitpren Inc. and put on by the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, the concerts have been coming to St. Clair Shores for nearly three decades, said Mayor Kip Walby.

“It’s a great time of year,” he said April 3. “We are grateful to Petitpren for 27 years of bringing wonderful concerts to St. Clair Shores.”

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Published April 12, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Make plans to hop on over to Veterans Memorial Park April 15, the new site of the annual St. Clair Shores Easter egg hunt.

The event, which has been going on longer than most firefighters can remember, has moved to a larger location this year after increased participation in 2016. 

“We planned for more people just because last year we had such a big showing,” said firefighter/paramedic Ian Griffin. 

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Published April 12, 2017

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DETROIT — Growing up in Lansing, Oakland University graduate Devin L. Price remembers singing along to Motown classics on the radio.

“I would ride in my grandparents’ car and listen to the soul station,” recalled Price by phone from Indianapolis.

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Published April 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — One University Liggett School student will give his regards to Broadway.

ULS junior Antonio Cipriano, a member of the school’s Troupe No. 5253, has been selected to participate in the 2017 International Thespian Festival June 19-24 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He reportedly is among a select group of 28 students — representing 13 states and Canada — chosen as the cast and crew.

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Published April 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Like many of his neighbors, William Rapai enjoys spending time on Lake St. Clair. But the 19-year Grosse Pointe City resident found himself puzzling over changes in the lake over the last decade — most noticeably, an increase in water clarity.

While most people would assume that clearer water is a sign of a healthier lake, it’s more complicated than that.

“Something happened, and it was really quick,” Rapai said. “But what and why?”

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Published April 12, 2017

GROSSE POINTES/HARPER WOODS — Services for Older Citizens, which provides programs and assistance for seniors in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, is getting a boost from Community Development Block Grant funds.

SOC, located at 158 Ridge Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, will receive nearly half of the roughly $280,000 that the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods have been awarded this year, thanks to a new effort introduced by Wayne County to encourage municipalities to pool their CDBG funds to have a bigger impact.

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Published April 11, 2017

ROYAL OAK — From recycling to gardening to renewable energy, Earth Day events in the city will provide knowledge and know-how this Saturday.

Earth Day in Royal Oak, presented by the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board, will take place 7 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22 in the west porch of the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road. 

Rain barrels will be available for $60, and the event will serve as a sneak peek of the new 65-gallon recycling cart for residents.

Information will be provided during the event on what can and cannot go into the new bins.

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Published April 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — When Fadi Francis put out a call to the community to help promote autism awareness, he never imagined the magnitude of positivity and partnership that would come his way on behalf of the Judson Center.

Francis works at the Judson Center’s Royal Oak location as a development associate and was tasked with kicking off the Bring Autism to Light campaign.

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Published April 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Brooke Wilson Vitale’s love for baking goes beyond buttercream.

She began her admiration for baked goods as a teen creating recipes from scratch while blogging her way through the process.

Vitale fondly mixed ingredients and flavors to hone her passion and connect with her late grandmother.

Her blog is no longer online, but her craft and grandmother’s legacy are vibrantly shining at Vitale’s two Love & Buttercream locations in Royal Oak and Birmingham.

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