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Published May 10, 2017

BERKLEY — A Berkley High School student took first place in a writing competition for a poem that she wrote with inspiration from Anne Frank’s words.

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Published May 10, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS/PLEASANT  RIDGE — A couple of local municipalities will be holding home tours to raise money for different charities and projects.

The Huntington Woods Women’s League is planning the 25th annual Huntington Woods Home Tour to take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, and the Pleasant Ridge Historical Commission will hold the 13th annual Home and Garden Tour of Historical Pleasant Ridge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.

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Published May 10, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — A longtime Huntington Woods resident is being featured in an international mosaic art show that currently can be seen in West Bloomfield.

Joan Schwartz, a 41-year resident of the city, will be one of 34 artists featured in the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition, which takes place from May 4 to June 15 at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, 6600 W. Maple Road.

The show features mosaic artists from all over the world and was timed to coincide with the American Mosaic Summit in metro Detroit May 2-6.

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Published May 10, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Most people’s lives have been touched by cancer in some form, either directly or indirectly. Raising money to research cures and help families battling the disease is a way that many choose to take action.

The Relay for Life of Greater Shelby Township, which also encompasses Sterling Heights and Utica this year, will return to River Bends Park from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, to 8 a.m. Sunday, May 21. 

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Published May 10, 2017

UTICA — The city of Utica is ramping up for its bicentennial celebration June 22-25 in the heart of its downtown district.

The four-day event will kick off with opening ceremonies — including a historical highlight video presentation, a performance by the Utica High School marching band, and old-fashioned and regular-season baseball games — at Jimmy John’s Field on Thursday, June 22.

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Published May 9, 2017

UTICA — Traffic flow has improved along Auburn Road in downtown Utica after the Macomb County Department of Roads adjusted the traffic signal facing eastbound Auburn Road at Cass Avenue.

Engineers conducted a traffic study and lengthened the green light exposure after Utica Mayor Thom Dionne contacted the department about the gridlocked state of Auburn Road during peak traffic hours.

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Published May 8, 2017

UTICA — Traffic flow has improved along Auburn Road in downtown Utica after the Macomb County Department of Roads adjusted the traffic signal facing eastbound Auburn Road at Cass Avenue.

Engineers conducted a traffic study and lengthened the green light exposure after Utica Mayor Thom Dionne contacted the department about the gridlocked state of Auburn Road during peak traffic hours.

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Published May 5, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Decades after her parents and others attempted to escape the former Soviet Union by diverting a flight in Leningrad in 1970, Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov shed some tears in the prison cell her mother had been held in for months.

In that cell in Riga, Latvia, Zalmanson-Kuznetsov’s mother, Sylva Zalmanson, 72, stood nearby her as that moment was captured on film in 2015 for the documentary “Operation Wedding.” 

The film about the arduous escape attempt is told from Zalmanson-Kuznetsov’s perspective.

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Published May 5, 2017

Police arrived just in time to save a resident’s dog from a burning home in the 600 block of St. Charles Court late Wednesday night.

No one was injured in the blaze, including the household pet, Abbie.

Abbie was home alone when police said they received a couple of 911 calls at about 11:46 p.m. from neighbors who were reporting the fire.

Police said that when they arrived at the address north of 11 Mile Road and east of Main Street, they saw that the front of the house was engulfed in flames.

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Published May 5, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Representatives from the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill say concertgoers can bet on an exciting season of musical acts.

This is the second year that Palace Sports & Entertainment has managed the amphitheater’s concert schedule, and it’s the first concert season under the amphitheater’s name change from Freedom Hill Amphitheatre to the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. The amphitheater, which can fit more than 7,000 attendees, is located at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

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Published May 9, 2017

HAZEL PARK — City officials for Hazel Park recently unveiled improvements to Scout Park and dedicated the ballfield in honor of a hometown hero.

Scout Park, adjacent to Hazel Park Junior High, 22770 Highland Ave. in Hazel Park, has had new player benches installed on new cement pads, a new fence installed around the player benches, repairs made to the backstop fencing, and a new Al Weston sign made and installed at the ballfield — all started in late fall 2016 and just completed in April 2017.

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Published May 6, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — What’s old is becoming new again.

That was a repeated sentiment about Selfridge Air National Guard Base during Brig. Gen. John Slocum’s May 1 town hall meeting at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library.

Phil Rode, of the Clinton Township Kiwanis, one of the sponsors of the town hall along with the Macomb YMCA, said that as a lifelong resident of Macomb County, he recalls the feelings of excitement he would get whenever he’d hear a Selfridge jet fly through the air.

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Published May 10, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — All things Michigan will be arriving in downtown Mount Clemens this weekend.

The Downtown Development Authority’s annual spring event is an open air show dedicated to all things Michigan.

“The goal of the Made in Michigan Show is to inform, educate and encourage Michiganders, organizations and consumers alike to support our local economy by purchasing products made in Michigan and from Michigan-based companies and vendors,” said DDA Director Michelle Weiss.

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Published May 4, 2017

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1. Macomb County Day at the DIA
Saturday, May 6 • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

The Detroit Institute of Arts is holding Macomb County Day May 6, offering free round-trip bus rides to the museum for all county residents.

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Published May 4, 2017

FRASER — Officials in the Fraser Public Schools district were all smiles May 3, one day after their bond proposal passed by nearly 17 percentage points.

Nearly 3,200 voters in the district’s nine precincts made it to the ballot box, with about 2,000 of them voting for the proposal. The final count was 58.6 percent for, and 41.4 percent against. Turnout, according to data accumulated by the Macomb County Clerk’s Office, was 15.3 percent.

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Published May 4, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A $89.9 million bond proposal issued by Chippewa Valley Schools failed May 2.

Nearly 14,000 district voters made their voices heard, with 58.6 percent of them voting against the proposal.

“My initial thought, to me, is it’s just very disappointing,” said Chippewa Valley Schools Superintendent Ron Roberts. “We looked at the bond package and kept it to basics: upkeep and technology.

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Published May 3, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s all about fashion.

And bringing together a community of history buffs, style aficionados and Warner Mansion supporters.

The ninth annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon will take place May 18 at Glen Oaks Country Club, 30500 W. 13 Mile Road in Farmington Hills. Doors open for the event at 10 a.m. and a pre-show will be held at 11:45 a.m.

“We do a little pre-show that is usually a lot of fun,” said Jean Schornick, mansion volunteer coordinator.

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Published May 3, 2017

ROYAL OAK — An even bigger rib festival is returning to the downtown this summer following majority City Commission approval to once again support the event.

Members of the City Commission approved 6-1 a request to host Royal Oak Rib Fest June 30-July 2 in the two Main Street municipal parking lots and adjacent areas between Fifth and Seventh streets.

The festival would take place from 1 to 11 p.m. June 30,  from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 and from noon to 9:30 p.m. July 2, with street closures beginning  at 8 a.m. June 29 to set up the event.

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Published May 3, 2017

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Mail carriers throughout the area are hoping that they will collect much more than they deliver next weekend.

Saturday, May 13, is the U.S. Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive day, when people can leave nonperishable food items near their mailboxes for pickup.

The drive takes place annually the second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and towns across the United States, and the initiative is led by the National Association of Letter Carriers with the help of other postal employees and volunteers.

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Published May 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It can happen when you’re walking along the sidewalk — all of a sudden, a dog runs up and wants to say hello.

Harmless, right? 

Not necessarily, and it’s against the law.

City Councilman John Caron said that residents have contacted him recently to complain about loose dogs as they are out walking their own canine on a leash. 

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