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Published December 18, 2015

DETROIT — Once the holiday gatherings have subsided, you might find yourself with some down time. The kids are home from school, you have a break from work — now what?

How about spending a day in the D? Downtown Detroit offers plenty of family-friendly fun with some seasonal cheer to boot.

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Published December 23, 2015

WARREN — It wasn’t what they expected to be doing after second hour on Oct. 20.

On their way from Cousino High School to the Warren Consolidated Schools Career Preparation Center at Dodge Park and 15 Mile Road at about 9:30 a.m., four senior students, all 17 and residents of Warren, saw their day take a serious turn when they were left dealing with the aftermath of a two-car crash.

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Published December 18, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE —  Every year, as holiday decorations go up and Christmas shopping begins, students, teachers and support staff at local schools always reach out to those in need.

The Center Line High School Community Outreach Adopt-A-Family program will again help Center Line Public Schools families that otherwise would go without. CLHS students, staff and parents have “adopted” 13 families in need this holiday season.

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Published December 23, 2015

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/FRASER — Until the last month, 20-year-old Macomb Academy student Sarah Miller, of Fraser, has helped the local running community from the sidelines, cheering on her older sister and helping serve refreshments.

Recently, she decided that she not only wants to participate, but also start a running group for other students with special needs at her school.

Miller has since trained with her older sister, Danielle Miller, a member of the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project, and completed three local events.

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Published December 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the past five years, the Shelby Township Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 142, the Shelby Township Senior Center and local businesses have partnered together to bring Christmas baskets to seniors in need.

Retired dispatcher Bonnie Bowman started the initiative and is back on board this year after overcoming some health complications. After loading up a bus full of presents, volunteers — along with Santa Claus — personally delivered the goods Dec. 16.

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Published December 19, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When 6-year-old Cameron Skwier saw more than a dozen uniformed police officers enter a back meeting room at the Wal-Mart at 23 Mile Road and M-53 for the Shelby Township Police Department’s Shop with a Cop program Dec. 16, he said he felt nervous.

However, not too far into his holiday shopping experience, he said he thought the smiling men in blue who helped children pick out Christmas gifts were nice.

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Published December 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Mount Clemens restaurant owner will be offering a free breakfast buffet on Christmas Eve in an effort to raise money to feed the hungry.

Mark Lleshi, owner of John’s Family Grill, said everyone in the community is welcome to enjoy the free breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 24. He said no donations are required, though any donations that are given that day will benefit local churches and their year-round efforts to aid the homeless.

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Published December 17, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Sue Coats, CEO of Turning Point in Mount Clemens, said the outpouring of support that the nonprofit organization receives on a regular basis never ceases to impress her.

After an accidental fire displaced more than a dozen women and children at the domestic violence shelter this past June, financial support from people and businesses across Macomb County and metro Detroit came swiftly, and they were all able to return within a week.

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Published December 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE PARK — After 44 years, some might think Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Chief David Hiller would be eager to retire. But for Hiller, who will hang up his badge Jan. 3, his work is something he enjoys.

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Published December 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Two Grosse Pointe Woods public safety officers that protect and serve the community were recognized at the Dec. 7 City Council meeting with the Department of Public Safety’s lifesaving awards.

Officers James Thompson and Jeff Martel were each acknowledged for saving the life of a man who was unresponsive after suffering a possible heart attack this summer at a local business.

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Published December 16, 2015

BERKLEY — For Anderson Middle School seventh-grader Elise Essenmacher, finding out that there are veterans who struggle with everyday activities in their homes was jarring.

“I was touched to know these veterans don’t have homes to go to that suit their needs,” she said. “I saw that, and we decided we wanted to help.”

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Published December 16, 2015

FERNDALE — Does everyone in your household want a dog? And if you get a dog, do you really have time to give it the exercise and attention it needs?

These questions, and more, were discussed by FIDO Personal Dog Training during a free dog adoption informational event held Dec. 9 at the Ferndale Area District Library. The presentation was meant to educate families on the questions they should ask before deciding which dog to adopt, or any dog at all.

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Published December 16, 2015

FRASER — Claude Woods is 97 years old but still sharp as a tack, talking about trekking through Normandy as if it happened last week.

Woods grew up on the east side of Detroit — on Monclair Street, near Shoemaker and Lemay streets — with his mother, father and older brother, and it wasn’t until after he graduated from high school in June 1936 that his family moved to Fraser.

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Published December 16, 2015

Schroeder Elementary School students Anna Swencki, 8, and her sister Emma Swencki, 7, waited with their mother, Theresa, for their turn to Shop with a Cop at the Walmart store on Maple Road Dec. 8.

The sisters said they planned to purchase gifts for their mom, dad and cousins.

Theresa Swencki, a single parent, said she recently moved into the Troy School District and was pleased with the support the family has received from the district.

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Published December 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Wrapping up a first-year partnership, St. Clair Shores Police Community Resource Officer Kevin Kimm called the Stuff a Bus toy and food drive a “huge success” for St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids.

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Published December 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As the temperatures outside continue to drop in Michigan, homeowners across metro Detroit are looking to keep the temperatures inside at comfortable and warm levels.

Much of that work falls on a home’s furnace, but if the furnace isn’t maintained properly, it can result in high energy bills, low heating efficiency and, ultimately, replacing a furnace before the end of its intended life span.

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Published December 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the slices of pie, the glazed ham and the extra glass of eggnog, what are the odds that any of us will be able to fit into those new duds Santa delivered Christmas morning?

Holiday food is notoriously unhealthy, but does it really have to be? That’s certainly not the case at chef Robert Hindley’s house. As the manager of culinary wellness at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, he’s used to making healthy food delicious, and vice versa.

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Published December 16, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Commission for the Arts is sending out its fourth annual call for artists  for the 2016 summer Art Explored program.

Carrying on its mission of encouraging and supporting arts and culture in Royal Oak, the Commission for the Arts is extending the Art Explored program and is seeking applications from those interested in displaying their works throughout the downtown. You do not have to be a Royal Oak resident to apply.

The application deadline is Feb. 15, and the winners will be announced March 15. The artwork installation deadline is June 6.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police Department has teamed with a local PetSmart to help distribute stuffed animals to children in the township.

The department is working with PetSmart, 7260 Orchard Lake Road, which is asking customers to purchase stuffed animals to donate to children at hospitals or for police to give out in public, with some of the proceeds given to charity. 

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Published December 16, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — From candles on the Christmas trees to the hand-embroidered ornaments to hang them on, the holidays looked a bit different during the Victorian era.

The Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, will celebrate the season with Christmas cheer by bringing back the festivities and traditions of old, during special holiday tours 1-5 p.m. Dec. 16, 20 and 27. The event costs $3, or $1 for children ages 9 and younger.

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