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Published May 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Michael Schmidt didn’t have any previous experience in building construction or television production, but that didn’t stop him from building his own film studio in Macomb Township to get kids up and moving.

Schmidt, a Macomb Township resident, is the man behind the “Buddy Bigfoot” production, which sets out to make exercise fun for kids.

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Published May 4, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of detectives have a new task in Tony Aued’s third book in his local murder mystery series.

Aued, a Macomb Township resident, released “Motor City Justice” in early April as the third of a four-book series focused on fictional criminal investigations in Detroit.

In his most recent book, Aued again features his two main characters, Detective Amy Harper and Detective Don Frederickson, as they find themselves chasing after a drug cartel operating out of Eastern Market.

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Published May 3, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Similar to a Planning Commission meeting in early April, a host of residents spoke out during a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting April 27 to voice their displeasure over a proposed dog park.

The park would be located along 21 Mile Road, behind Fire Station No. 2.

Township Clerk Michael Koehs joined the residents in voicing opposition to the park by stating that there are other suitable locations within the township for it.

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Published May 3, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will be hosting its 20th annual Kidney Walk on Sunday, May 15, at the Detroit Zoo.

The foundation hopes to raise $600,000 to fight kidney disease.

The walk will commence at 8:30 a.m., with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. at the zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road. In its 20th year, organizers expect the walk to attract more than 8,000 participants.

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Published May 3, 2016

BERKLEY — Medical bills can take an expensive toll on families when one of their own is having health problems.

Berkley resident Danielle Pietraszewski has been going through such problems since her daughter Lucia, 8, was diagnosed with systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a rare form of the disease that not only causes inflammation of the joints, but attacks her organs too.

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Published May 3, 2016

FERNDALE — Jordan Gagnon is no stranger when it comes to stage fright. She isn’t afraid of it, but she does embrace it.

“It’s good. I look forward to it. The adrenaline gets me going,” she said. “It’s one of those things I like most about performing. It’s the risk of knowing that you might screw up and people might see, but that’s just kind of the thrill of live theater.

“I always try to take that nervous energy and channel it into the performance.”

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Published May 3, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley School District will be hosting its ninth annual Read in the Park event this weekend, with three authors presenting some of their works to the community and students.

The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Berkley High School Collaborative Center, 2325 Catalpa Drive, and is co-sponsored by the Book Beat.

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Published May 3, 2016

DETROIT — An iconic landmark on the Detroit River will be getting some much-needed repairs, thanks to an upcoming fundraiser.

The Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle, designed in 1923 by the George D. Mason Co., will be the focus of “Restoring the Grandeur: City Lights Gala” at 6:30 p.m. May 20 at the DYC. Put on by the DYC’s nonprofit arm, the DYC Foundation, this event will feature auctions and raffles, music, a strolling dinner and more. 

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Published May 3, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The second annual RoseFest is coming up June 16-19, and the organizers are busy finalizing entertainment and events.

Co-chairwoman Virginia Green said one of the changes that visitors might notice this year is more activities for small children. In the event’s inaugural year, Green said, many of the rides were only accessible to people taller than 42 inches, leaving toddler-age children out.

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Published May 4, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Macomb County park that hosts Sterling Heights’ largest musical venue plans to sustain its reputation for entertainment over the next few months.

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, located at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, has announced a host of performances as part of its 2016 schedule. The amphitheater — which is run through a recently minted agreement between Palace Sports & Entertainment and Luna Entertainment — holds an audience capacity of around 7,200 people, according to the venue’s website.

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Published May 3, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights officials and volunteers hope that May flowers will be accompanied by May followers of a monthlong campaign to make the city’s outdoor beauty shine.

At an April 19 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool introduced a presentation on the full schedule of May activities for what is now called Pride and Shine Month, or Sterling Pride Month. The council approved the activities unanimously in a resolution.

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Published May 4, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — For the third year in a row, Madison Heights City Councilman David Soltis is inviting seniors to join him on a bus trip to the Capitol building in Lansing, where they will have a chance to share their concerns with lawmakers.

The idea is to cut out the middle man. Rather than calling your representative and possibly being lost in the shuffle due to the sheer volume of calls, why not meet them face to face?

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Published May 2, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Whether you come for the flora or the fauna, Royal Oak in Bloom is a tradition for thousands who visit the downtown during the annual event.

Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Jennifer Clark said the happening began 23 years ago as a way to beautify the city. It has grown to the point that it attracted about 3,500 people last year.

“It’s just become this annual event that people plan for and mark their calendars for, and vendors set aside time for, on Mother’s Day,” she said.

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Published May 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition hosted its 11th annual Choices Youth-led Dialogue Day April 26 at the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham.

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Published May 2, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Somewhere in metro Detroit, there’s a donor who wants to give up to $50,000 to a Bloomfield Hills-based breast cancer support nonprofit.

But since that donor won’t reveal who they are, we can only call them a fairy godmother. With pink wings.

The Pink Fund, which offers financial support to patients undergoing breast cancer treatment, has until midsummer to raise $50,000. At that point, the anonymous donor will match its fundraising efforts.

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Published May 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s a sure sign of spring, a Mother’s Day tradition and a Birmingham staple: Art Birmingham returns to Shain Park this weekend.

The two-day outdoor art fair, presented by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, will fill downtown with more than 150 juried artists selling a huge array of work in mediums like jewelry, ceramics, photography, glass, fiber and more. Each artist was selected by an independent jury to ensure the quality of items — and not too many repeats.

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Published May 3, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — As if a mild winter wasn’t great enough in itself, now we get to enjoy the side effects: flourishing, early blooming plants.

“Lots of plants had a very good winter, so they’re looking very good,” said Rhonda Thede, a Cranbrook gardens volunteer.

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Published May 4, 2016

This photograph from 2002 was taken at the Utica Farm Bureau and shows one of the old seed cabinets. Jars of seeds line the shelves, and a scale sits ready to measure them out for the spring planting.

Established in 1919, the bureau supplied local farmers with all they needed for their farms, such as coal, kerosene, fertilizer and crop seeds.

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Published May 4, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Since the nonprofit Packard Motor Car Foundation acquired the approximately 14-acre historic Packard Proving Grounds in 2002, it has sought to erect a sign in front so visitors can find the grounds more easily.

“We could never get together on what it should look like or consist of, or the size and everything,” foundation Treasurer Bruce Blevins said.

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Published May 2, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Warren Consolidated Schools residents will head to the polls May 3 to vote on the district’s $134.5 million bond issue.

If the bond issue passes, it will fund a number of updates throughout the district, including technology, security, and facility upgrades.

“We’re optimistic,” Acting Superintendent Sharon Irvine said. “We certainly have been appreciative of the level of support from the community.”

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Library used book sale
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Clinton-Macomb Public Library
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Monthly food pantry
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tawheed Center of Farmington Hills
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Transgender empowerment workshop
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Orchard United Methodist Church
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Farmington Players present 'Ripcord'
8 p.m.
Farmington Players Barn Theatre
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Hoot N' Howl Hayride
7:30-9 p.m.
Bloomer Park

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