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Published February 23, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Eugene Williams had plenty to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving.

Williams, a 10th-grader at Chippewa Valley High School, had just been told earlier in the month that he was going to the Super Bowl.

Better yet, an MRI later in November showed that he was cancer free after a nearly two-year battle with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a cancer that typically attacks the nose and throat area.

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Published February 23, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Allen Rodgers had taken a routine day off from work when fate seemingly came his way.

Rodgers, 64, of Macomb Township, said he took the day off a few years ago just to get some computer parts when he saw a pair of hot rods and a custom classic car parked in front of a restaurant on Van Dyke.

He initially didn’t stop to check the vehicles out, and when he drove by on his way home, only the classic car remained. Still intrigued by the car, Rodgers stopped to take a look.

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Published February 23, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Jennifer Wilson has been keeping a secret for quite some time to conceal the whereabouts of where her father’s 1964 Chrysler convertible will be the weekend of Feb. 27.

Wilson, a Macomb Township resident, has been telling her father — Jim Klein, 71, of Troy — that his car has simply been undergoing some minor adjustments in the same shop that her classic truck is being worked on in preparation for Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama at Cobo Center starting Feb. 26.

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Published February 23, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Marian-Rice Players will once again hit the stage this spring, bringing along some Disney magic with them.

Composed of students from Marian High School and Brother Rice High School, the Players will perform their stage adaptation of the fairy tale and Disney film “Beauty and the Beast.”

The musical opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17,  and will be staged at 7 p.m. March 18-19 and at 2 p.m. March 20 at Marian High School, 7225 Lahser Road.

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Published February 23, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s been just about two months since many people resolved to stick to those skimpy diet plans to shrink down in 2016.

Are you bored yet? Good, because The Community House in downtown Birmingham is cooking up a brand-new event that will satisfy the appetites of even the most discerning food and drink aficionados.

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Published February 22, 2016

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FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 22, 2016

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Although there have been no confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus locally, the Oakland County Health Department said it has a plan in place to help prevent an outbreak, should the mosquito make its way to Michigan. 

According to Dr. Christopher Carpenter, chief of infectious disease for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, mosquitoes carrying the virus are expected to reach the U.S. sometime this year or early next year, and pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant are at greatest risk for the adverse effects of the Zika virus. 

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Published February 23, 2016

UTICA — A Shelby Township artist who has been rooted in the community for more than 50 years decided to create a 58-by-72-inch painting of Utica to donate to the city after undertaking a similar endeavor for Shelby Township last year.

“It’s a labor of love. (My husband, George, and I) have lived in Utica (now Shelby) since 1960. George taught at the schools here, so we feel like we’re really a part of this community,” said 81-year-old Margaret Glinke. “I had the materials. It isn’t costing me any material time or cost.”

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Published February 22, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Originally pitched by a Shelby Township resident at a Utica Community Schools Board of Education meeting, the idea to use the vacant Ewell Elementary School building has been gaining momentum as a solution to the problem of the overcrowded Shelby Community Center.

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Published February 22, 2016

Miniature pits of despair will soon mar roads and commutes in metro Detroit, but some road officials and experts say they will do what they can to make the season as tolerable as possible.

According to Bob Hoepfner, roads director at the Macomb County Department of Roads, the pothole situation has been about the same as last year, though he added that problems might have arisen a bit earlier due to generally milder weather. Frequent transitions between freeze and thaw damage roads at a faster rate, he explained. 

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Published February 22, 2016

WARREN — It’s February, and that means it’s crunch time for car buffs putting the finishing touches on this year’s dazzling entries headed for Autorama.

For some of them, this has been going on for years.

“I’ve been putting one in every year since 1984,” said Bill Kellogg, a Warren resident of 16 years, who will roll into Detroit’s Cobo Center for the 64th annual Meguiar’s Autorama Feb. 26-28 with his “barn find,” a 1940 Willys coupe.

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Published February 19, 2016

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WARREN — Holy demolition, Batman, the Great Lakes Comic-Con is coming up.

The comic book and toy convention will delight collectors 5-9 p.m. Feb. 26 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 27 inside the Sports & Expo Center at the South Campus of Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road.

The Great Lakes Comic-Con is an annual comic, toy and collectible event in the metro Detroit area. The goals of the GLCC are to provide a venue for collectors and dealers to get together and buy and sell some of their favorite merchandise.

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Published February 23, 2016

Karleen Beaupre relays for her son, and in memory of her best friend.

“My son is a cancer survivor,” said the St. Clair Shores mother. “He’ll be 13, (but) he was diagnosed at 5” with Wilms tumor, a kidney cancer.

“We definitely need to find a cure.”

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Published February 21, 2016

With organizers joking that it will be your fault if you leave hungry, plans are underway for this year’s Shorian Taste Fest, a fun time with an important purpose — making sure kids stay safe on the football field.

The seventh annual Shorian Taste Fest will be held 1-5 p.m. March 6 at Barrister Gardens, 24225 Harper Ave., with more than 30 restaurants and caterers offering up tastes of their cuisine, from Andiamo and Applebee’s to Hooters, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks and G. Willie’s.

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Published February 24, 2016

Choosing a firm that’s done similar work in the area, City Council approved Partners in Architecture, of Mount Clemens, to design the plans for a $1.7 million project to renovate and expand the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.

“You want the best person for the job, not necessarily the cheapest,” said City Manager Michael Smith. “One group really stood out.”

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Published February 18, 2016

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WARREN — For newborns and young children, a warm and loving home where they are nurtured and cared for is the foundation for healthy physical and emotional development early in life.

That certainly wasn’t what Gabby and Duncan Smith experienced when they were born, or as they grew as infants and toddlers in Russian orphanages.

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Published February 18, 2016

DETROIT — Bruce Kimmen doesn’t fool around when it comes to building a car for the dragway.

Known around the country for his supercharged Chevys, Kimmen, owner of Heads Up Racing in Mount Clemens, set a record in Memphis in 1999 by driving the quarter-mile in 6.83 seconds at 211 mph with his 1969 Camaro, earning him a Flowmaster listing and jacket for having one of the quickest “street legal” cars in the country.

The Harrison Township resident is also known to impress at Detroit Autorama.

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Published February 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — For more than 20 years, low-risk inmates at the Macomb County Jail have helped staff the county’s Animal Control Division by cleaning kennels.

The inmates were part of the county’s trustee program, which allowed for two inmates to be transferred to the shelter for about eight hours a day, seven days a week.

In the first week of January this year, the trustee program was suspended after a sweep of the prison found contraband that was concerning to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.

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Published February 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT/WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield resident Larry Filipczak is well-immersed in the automotive world.

An automotive engineer for General Motors Co. by day, Filipczak dedicates his free time to traditional hot rods.

Filipczak has been attending Detroit’s Autorama since he was a kid in the 1970s, and what he enjoys most about the event is the community friendships that have been built over the years, he said.

“You go to see your friends; you go to see ... people you haven’t seen in sometimes a year,” Filipczak said.

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Published February 20, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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