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Published March 23, 2016

The Sterling Heights City Council recently clicked “on” for a proposal that officials say will fund new city customer service software to make handling resident concerns more efficient.

During a March 15 meeting, the council voted unanimously to fund the SeeClickFix software and its accompanying app for three years — starting July 1 — at an annual rate of $18,696. The proposal was part of the city’s consent agenda, and City Council members did not discuss the issue during the meeting.

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Published March 23, 2016

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The study of bringing senior alternative housing options into Huntington Woods will enter its second phase after the City Commission approved funds March 15 to hold two public forums on the matter.

In August of last year, the commission approved phase one of the study, headed by City Planner Hank Berry, after the Senior Advisory Committee had been using subcommittees to review the needs of the city’s senior population, including housing alternatives.

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Published March 23, 2016

TROY — Unleash your inner comedian during a program on the art of improvisation at the library.

Karen Bell-Brege has managed the house troupe at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle for 13 years, and holds programs for corporations and teens. She held a program for teens at the Troy Public Library last year, and Connie Doherty, head of adult information services for library, thought Bell-Brege would be a good fit for adults in April, which is National Humor Month.

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Published March 23, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although residents have approved a similar millage every few years since 2003, the proposal facing St. Clair Shores this August will have a few notable changes: namely, a higher millage rate and a lack of a guarantee of staffing levels in the ballot language.

The proposed language being put before voters Aug. 2 will call for up to 5 mills to be levied on residents for the next three years, beginning in 2017, to pay for police and fire operations in the city, an increase from the previous 2 mills levied.

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Published March 23, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ford was just beginning to ramp up production of personal vehicles in 1946, after a break to make tanks and military vehicles during World War II, when Roy O’Brien Ford opened its doors on the corner of Nine Mile and Mack.

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Published March 23, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — State law says that all shelter animals must be spayed and neutered before they can be adopted out. For the Madison Heights Animal Shelter, this can be quite expensive, and in the past the shelter has had to lean on local rescue groups to pick up the cost. But those rescues aren’t made of money either, so it’s been tough all around.

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Published March 23, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park District Library has made many cuts in recent years, such as reducing hours and staff, and slashing the materials and programming budget. With the exception of the replacement of its heating and cooling system, the library hasn’t spent any money from fund balance either. On the contrary, it’s been adding money. 

But it still hasn’t been enough to restore the library to its former self.

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Published March 23, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Among the volunteers at the Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan (AWS) is Theresa Gorelick, of Madison Heights. Since 2012, she has been a driving force at the no-kill rescue, finding homes for the animals there and educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering.

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Published March 23, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A local hospital is one of the first institutions in the country to test a new technique of treating heart attacks.

Providence-Providence Park Hospital, 16001 W. Nine Mile Road, announced recently that it is the first hospital in the U.S. to enroll a patient in a study of a system that uses oxygen to reduce the damage caused by heart attacks.

Called the Evaluation of Intracoronary Hyperoxemic Oxygen Therapy study, it will involve 100 patients at up to 15 centers across the country.

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Published March 23, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Nick Britsky is something of a connoisseur of cocktails. The bar blogger has been following trends in Detroit drinking for years, and has been sharing advice on how readers can create their own libations at home.

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Published March 23, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Confucius once said that the journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step.

But taking that first step is easier said than done when you’re a person who just plain doesn’t like walking. Or jogging. Or lifting weights.

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Published March 23, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library will be holding several programs and events over the course of the next several weeks.

The library, 19601 Harper Ave., will host a book sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, sponsored by the Friends of the Harper Woods Library. People can purchase a book bag for $10, which they then can fill to the top with books.

Library Director Kristen Valyi-Hax said all the books come from outside donations from the community. 

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 71, Shelby Township resident Marika Vorosmarty-Blumerick does not let anything slow her down. Last year, she was inducted into the Michigan Senior Olympics Hall of Fame and, recently, she received recognition from the National Senior Games Association.

In 1945, a bomb blast destroyed her hearing as an infant while her parents were fleeing Hungary during World War II. Her father, a high-ranking government official, opted to emigrate to protect his family.

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Published March 23, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit recently received a grant from the Jewish Federations of North America for new programming for Holocaust survivors. 

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Published March 23, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Clergy members from a variety of denominations will come together for a public procession called Stations in the Streets this Good Friday, March 25.

Participants will use the nonvehicular portion of Kercheval Avenue from Fisher to Neff roads between 3 and 4:30 p.m. that day, where they will stop 15 times for a few minutes apiece to read from scripture and reflect, explained the Rev. Andrew Kowalczyk, pastor of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park. 

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Published March 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS  — Times are a changin’ at the Rouge River — and the Friends of the Rouge in Dearborn have been there to see it.

The organization has 30 years under its belt, enhancing the quality of life at the Rouge River watershed since 1986.

FOTR Board President Michael Darga said the community is more aware of the Rouge River and has become interested in taking proactive efforts.

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Published March 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — They met in late 1945.

Simon Ruder, 39, a survivor of several German concentration camps as a Polish Jew, met Marile Hasul, then 17, a German Catholic and former member of the Hitler Youth.

Marile was caring for Simon in a hospital as a volunteer nurse at the time in 1945. The two fell into a romantic relationship that would last for the next six decades.

Rudolf Ruder, a Macomb Township resident and son of Simon and Marile, continues to tell the story of his parents through his book, “The Long Journey to Cleveland.”

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Published March 21, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Ella Mae Lyons is something of a regular over at Next.

Better known just as Mae, she can be found every week over at the Birmingham senior center with her cohort of knitters and quilters.

She considers the group’s members good friends, but sometimes Lyon admits she wonders what her pals think as they pull out skeins of yarn and she pulls out plastic shopping bags.

“They probably think I’m a little crazy. But they’re all so nice, they would never let on. They just let me do what I do,” said Lyons.

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Published March 21, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The ornate and delicate art of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysanky, is a tradition that one Shelby Township resident of Ukrainian heritage holds dear.

Cathy Wandrei learned how to decorate pysanky from her family and passed on the tradition to her two daughters, ages 25 and 26. Every year since 2007, Wandrei has displayed her large and varied collection of pysanky at the Shelby Township Library.

Wandrei said both of her parents share a Ukrainian background, and one of her grandfathers came from Ukraine to Ellis Island.

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Published March 21, 2016

When it comes to traffic safety, experts are nodding in agreement over the importance of reminding drivers not to nod off while they’re on the road.

AAA Michigan brought attention to the dangers of drowsy driving in light of the March 13 start of daylight saving time. A University of Colorado Boulder analysis concluded that the springtime time switch correlates to a 5 to 7 percent increase in risk of a deadly car crash.

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