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Published January 25, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Officials in Madison Heights are feeling relief after the state Legislature passed and Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 1068, effectively sparing the city from paying a hefty local share for the upcoming expansion of Interstate 75. This follows the governor’s previous veto of a similar bill.

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Published January 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With gray days the norm and temperatures flirting with freezing or below, it’s tempting to start making spring garden plans, and local experts say now is a good time.

The Michigan State University Extension is offering a plant propagation class from master gardener Karen Burke Jan. 26 to teach various ways you can start growing your outdoor plants now. 

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Published January 25, 2017

METRO DETROIT — One local family turned tragedy into treasures for others recently after the loss of their daughter and granddaughter, Temperance Partyka.

“She was a happy baby,” her father, Kyle Partyka, said of his daughter, who died Oct. 31, 2016, at 10 weeks old from congenital heart disease; she was born Aug. 22, 2016.

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Published January 25, 2017

DETROIT — Amid a heavy focus on U.S. manufacturing and jobs in recent political debate, some Japanese automakers emphasized their American investments and labor force during speeches at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Toyota was no exception. During Toyota’s Jan. 9 presentation at the auto show, Toyota President Akio Toyoda introduced the new 2018 Toyota Camry’s XLE and XSE variants to the media. In doing so, he also promoted his company’s hiring of U.S. workers and investments in manufacturing.

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Published January 25, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — It’s a new year and a new administration. 

But will either of those have much of an impact on southeast Michigan’s economy in 2017? Experts say it’s too early to tell — but they’ve got some predictions.

During an annual economic forecast hosted by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, investment strategist Daniel Haines, of Greenleaf Trust in Birmingham, discussed a mixed bag of outcomes that could be tied to the policies proposed by President-elect Donald Trump. 

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Published January 25, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — An upcoming park event will combine cooking, history, crafts and romance.

Romance Through the Ages will be held Feb. 9 in the historic Axford Coffin farmhouse at Cranberry Lake Park, presented by the Oakland Township Historic District Commission.

“We’ve found a wonderful chef that will show us how to make cream puffs,” Barbara Barber, historic preservation planner, said. “And we’ll talk about historical courting rituals around marriage, with a theme of Valentine’s Day.” 

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Published January 25, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS —Anxiety and depression are on the rise among college students, according to American College Health Association officials.

Thanks to a grant from the Flinn Foundation, Easterseals Michigan has installed a new free mental health tool in the Oakland University Kresge Library lobby.  

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Published January 25, 2017

ROCHESTER — Those who frequent the duck pond at Rochester Municipal Park to go ice skating can soon warm up with some cool treats.

Once the weather cooperates, staff from the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority plan to open a concession stand inside the Rochester Lions Club warming shelter, near the west end of the pond.

RARA Recreation Supervisor Billy Cribbs said the ice rink and the concession stand will most likely open around Jan. 27, depending on the weather.

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Published January 24, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Complaining about the weather in Michigan is virtually a statewide mandate. It’s always either too hot or too cold or too rainy or too snowy or too windy.

That’s one of the reasons why Winterfest on the Hill is such a welcome event. For at least one day, inclement weather is an asset, not a detriment.

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Published January 23, 2017

FARMINGTON — Like to ice skate to music or strobe lights? People can have their pick of one or both experiences during two events at the Riley Park Ice Rink, 33113 Grand River Ave.

The rink’s first Glow Skate is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Jan. 28, and a Skate and Date event will celebrate Valentine’s Day 2-4 p.m. Feb. 12.

Melissa Andrade, Downtown Development Authority president and chair of the Riley Park Ice Rink Committee, which leads ice rink fundraising efforts, hopes people lace up their skates for both events.

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Published January 23, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Families in Oakland County are on alert after two students at Pierce Elementary School in Birmingham contracted whooping cough shortly after the start of the new year.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly infectious bacterial disease. It can range from a mild annoyance to being deadly in young children, and is often misdiagnosed due to having symptoms similar to the common cold.

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Published January 25, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Cranbrook campus is known for its educational resources, from art to science and everything in between.

But even scholars need to kick back and have some fun every now and then.

Since early January, the Cranbrook Institute of Science has been hosting guests of all ages in its famed Archeson Planetarium at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for showings of “Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon.”

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Published January 25, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — State Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, recently had two bills signed into Michigan law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The bills do away with bond and time requirements for retrieving seized property and instate a civics test about the U.S. for high schoolers, respectively.

Public Act 418 of 2016 removes the requirement that property owners must post a 10 percent bond — not less than $250 or more than $5,000 — within 20 days of seizure by law enforcement officials to start the process of potentially returning the property to its owners.

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Published January 24, 2017

UTICA — With the focus on Utica’s bicentennial celebration this summer, city officials almost scrapped the Utica Ice Festival, but ultimately they decided to continue the family tradition.

From Feb. 10 to 12, ice sculptures will line Auburn Road and Cass Avenue. On Saturday, Feb. 11, a large fireworks show will light up the city’s winter skies. The city opted to scale back on its entertainment and vendors this year.

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Published January 25, 2017

WARREN — Twenty years after retiring from Ford as a sheet metal journeyman, Ron Housley found another calling.

For the past seven years, the 76-year-old has been a tutor at McKinley Elementary School in the Van Dyke Public Schools district.

Housley spends one hour two days a week inside Jill Silos’ third-grade classroom working with students on various school assignments, engaging them and encouraging them.

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Published January 19, 2017

Apple Island is a place that matters. Formed during the recession of the region’s last ice-age glacier 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, the 35-acre island has always been considered a special place. It is a geological rarity: Inland bodies of water as small as Orchard Lake rarely have islands as big as Apple Island. From its earliest aboriginal visitor to today’s casual tourist, the island’s undeniable allure endures. 

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Published January 19, 2017

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1. Fire and Ice Festival
Jan. 20-22 • Downtown Rochester

There might not be snow, but Rochester’s Fire and Ice Festival still promises to provide plenty of outdoor winter fun this weekend.

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Published January 18, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Traffic and law enforcement officials have told Macomb Township residents that the normal speed limit of 50 mph on Heydenreich Road near Dakota High School will remain, but plans to change driver and pedestrian behavior in that area are in the works.

Jim Santilli, the CEO of the Transportation Improvement Association, and Michigan State Police Lieutenant Gary Megge presented data to residents and the Macomb Township Board of Trustees during a Jan. 11 meeting that show a speed limit change is not needed on Heydenreich.

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Published January 18, 2017

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — It is still early in the new year, but Eastpointe and Roseville already have packed schedules of events for people to attend.

Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon, best-selling author of “Battling the Storm Within” and founder and CEO of Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment, will present “A Victim No More: From Trauma to Triumph.” Shannon will tell her story of struggle, healing and restoration at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society, 16600 Stephens Road. Admission will be by donation.

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Published January 18, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe resident D’Adra McHenry, 11, has dreams to compete in the Olympics, and after scoring first place with 38.05 points out of 40 in her latest competition, McHenry is well on her way to achieving her goals.  

Attending Jefferson Middle School, the preteen has learned to handle a demanding four-days-a-week practice schedule while keeping a 3.78 GPA with accelerated classes in math and science.

Practicing in Warren at Extreme Gymnastics USA, McHenry began her life as a gymnast at the gym’s Flip Out Fridays.

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Upcoming Events

The events in our calendar were submitted prior to the coronavirus crisis. As efforts have increased to contain the spread of the coronavirus, many events have been canceled. Read More... On March 13, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order to cancel all events statewide that involve more than 250 people. It is recommended that you call ahead if you still intend to attend one of these events.

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