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Published June 22, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Thelma G. Spencer Park’s beach is ready for swimmers. The 13-acre park features a 38-acre lake with a lifeguarded beach.

“I call it a mom’s beach,” said Theresa Jones, who visited the park June 17 with her grandchildren Callie, 6, and Cooper, 4. “The water does not drop off quickly, and the park has shade. It has everything we need.”

Jones, who lives in Hazel Park, said the drive to Spencer Park is worth the effort.

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Published June 21, 2016

ROCHESTER — The historic Chapman House has deep roots in Rochester, which developer Geoffrey Dancik is hoping will continue to grow — this time, as a fine-dining restaurant.

For the past three years, Dancik, of Bentley Properties LLC, and his team have been renovating the historic home and converting it into a fine-dining restaurant featuring modern American cuisine inspired by French traditions.

The doors officially re-opened Friday, June 17, an event that was greeted with anticipation and relief from staff.

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Published June 22, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Rochester Hills Public Library cardholders can gain free or discounted access to a host of state parks, historic sites, museums, and other cultural and recreation destinations.

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Published June 22, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The third-largest fireworks show in the state will light up the night sky June 29 at Earl Borden Park.

“Just from the energy that revolves around the planning, I know it will be an incredible event,” said Rochester Hills Parks Director Ken Elwert. “Very safe and very well planned out.”

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Published June 22, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Memberships at the Older Persons’ Commission are rapidly expanding, according to OPC Executive Director Renee Cortright, who said that it’s become critical that the center find creative alternatives to expand its available parking.

Thankfully, Cortright said, the OPC can now rest at ease knowing that its parking will be able to meet the area’s growing senior demographic thanks to the recent donation of 2.36 acres of land to the east of the OPC’s upper parking lot that were owned by Par Pharmaceutical.

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Published June 22, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley Parks and Recreation Department will be kicking off its SummerFest programs with Tot Lot Night on Wednesday, June 22.

The festivities will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kiwanis Tot Lot Park, 1399 Cambridge Road, which will include activities such as face painting and inflatable waterslides, as well as snow cones.

The event is for all ages and is free for attendees.

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Published June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — With historically low interest rates, local real estate agents are encouraging those on the fence to list their homes, especially since a shortage of homes for sale is tipping the scale in the sellers’ direction.

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Published June 21, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council passed a resolution of condolence at its most recent meeting to remember and honor a significant Ferndale figure who passed away.

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Published June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — When your family heads out for a swim this summer, what will you pack in your beach bag? Swim trunks? Sunscreen? A course of antibiotics?

If the latter seems strange, you might want to think again, because in the last few weeks since temperatures have been warm enough to tempt families out to pools and lakes, doctors have noticed an uptick in common swim-related infections.

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Published June 21, 2016

BERKLEY — A local church is looking to raise money to build a free playroom for kids ages 5 and younger.

Cana Lutheran Church is looking to raise $7,000 to make renovations to the church’s old nursery room to make it a playroom with a backyard theme.

Cana Lutheran Church Youth Director Nathan Schleicher said the reason to make the playroom is to make a public space for the community so that young children have a place to play and parents have a place to connect as well — a sort of community hub.

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Published June 21, 2016

BERKLEY — Hundreds of Berkley middle school students were waving U.S. flags and chanting “USA” with glee Tuesday, June 14, at the sight of Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle’s new smart home in Alpena.

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Published June 22, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — “They really lived every day like it was their last.”

When Ella Lafata was 11 years old, she saw both of her parents die nine months apart from each other.

The attitudes that each of her parents had toward their illnesses left a lasting mark on Lafata, and that helped make her one of Chippewa Valley High School’s top graduates this spring.

“Both of my parents were the most full-of-life people ever,” Lafata said. “I have nothing but great memories for both of them.”

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Published June 22, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Speaking in front of a crowd of students, educators, parents and baseball enthusiasts in a theater at Seaholm High School June 13, Detroit Tigers Director of Baseball Operations Sam Menzin shared a quote from Michael Lewis’ book, “Moneyball.”

“When the numbers acquire the significance of language, they acquire the power to do all things which language can do: to become fiction and drama and poetry.”

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Published June 21, 2016

Thousands of metro Detroiters are expected to party the Polish way when the 2016 American Polish Festival and Craft Show comes to the American Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights July 8-10.

According to festival co-chairman Walter Ziemniak, the three-day event is full of activities that will appeal to all ages.

“We have craft shows, different vendors from around the area. We have a Polish pub, which makes all different types of unique drinks,” he said.

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Published June 20, 2016

With their own boat and specially trained officers, the Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Department is ready and capable of making aquatic rescues whenever necessary.

But on the afternoon of June 20, officers found themselves engaged in a different sort of water-related rescue.

A mother mallard duck’s nine ducklings tumbled down into a storm sewer in the parking lot of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, leading to a desperate effort to save the tiny, fuzzy birds, who could periodically be heard from below peeping for Mom.

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Published June 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A piece of iconic visual history arrived in Memorial Park Monday morning with the placement of a 25-foot statue replicating the Embracing Peace photograph.

The visual made famous in Life magazine of a soldier kissing a nurse on V-J Day, taken by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, arrived on a flatbed truck from artist Seward Johnson’s New Jersey studio to its temporary resting place in Royal Oak at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

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Published June 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville, let the games begin.

It’s time already for the second annual Guns ‘N’ Hoses softball game, set for 2 p.m. July 10 at Roseville High School, 17855 Common Road.

The game once again will have Roseville’s Police and Fire departments square off — with the Fire Department looking to defend its win.
Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. with a host of activities for children and adults alike; the game will take place at the high school’s softball diamond-east section.

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Published June 21, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Looking to kick this summer break off with a creative bang? You’re in luck, because ParkArt is back again this Friday night for a third year of crafty fun for the whole family.

The Community House will host the event 5-8 p.m. June 24 throughout Shain Park, where kids can create a variety of expert-led projects in a range of mediums, from drawing and painting to sand art and puppetry.

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Published June 22, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — There are plenty of television shows devoted to the excitement and tension of cooking competitions.

But nothing compares to seeing chefs go head to head right in front of you in real time.

That’s what visitors can expect when they head to the Birmingham Farmers Market on Sunday, June 26. The second annual Chef Clash will take place 10 a.m.-noon with some of the city’s hottest chefs battling it out for the title of 2016 BFM Master Chef.

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Published June 21, 2016

ROSEVILLE — When is a cruise not a cruise?

When’s it’s a cruise-in event billed as a way for classic car lovers to gather and appreciate automobiles from years past.

“The way we had it planned was that we were going to have a number of parked cruise-ins at certain locations,” said Jack Jacobson, president of the Roseville Heritage Foundation and a member of the Roseville Cruise Committee. “We opted not to use the word ‘cruise’ because of the expense involved.”

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G.I. Holiday Jukebox event
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Woods Gallery art exhibition
10 a.m.-9 p.m.
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'Star Wars' trivia for teens
6:30 p.m.
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