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Published June 1, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You know the drill: You hop online to order tickets for the whole family to that great theme park you’ve been dying to visit.

Two adults, three kids. But there’s no option for Fluffy?

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Published May 31, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Rochester Hills Public Library is gearing up for a summer of reading and entertainment for people of all ages.

The library is offering a summer reading program for children, teens and adults in an effort to keep all ages engaged in books over the summer.

Community members can sign up for the eight-week summer reading program June 11 and start logging their reading points online for a chance to win a number of prizes through Aug. 6.

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Published May 31, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Police Department will conduct its annual open house June 4 with activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

The free event — to be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the department, 400 Sixth St. — will feature tours, demonstrations and a number of other attractions.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said the event is a full experience of everything that happens on a daily basis at the police station.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to see all the different facets of the Police Department,” he said.

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Published June 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Visitors to the Eastpointe Memorial Library will see primarily fitness and health-themed programs and events this summer as part of its summer reading schedule.

Assistant Library Director Sue Todd said that for adults, the centerpiece is the summer reading club that starts June 20. Visitors are encouraged to review the books they read — either by writing a review or simply giving it a star rating — which will enter them into a weekly raffle for one of three prizes each Monday, such as free DVD rentals or a gift card.

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Published June 1, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Thousands of people will lace up their running shoes and hit the trails June 4 to support the Older Persons’ Commission’s Meals on Wheels program.

Matthew Spierling, head of health and wellness at OPC, said the purpose of the 5K Run or Walk for Meals, now in its 10th year, is to encourage the community to get active while raising money for Meals on Wheels.

“This year is kind of special because we are making a special announcement on the day of the event about OPC’s future,” Spierling said.

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Published May 31, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —  A new veterans tribute will feature clear glass-etched markers rising skyward and encircling the American flag, lighted at night, on Adams Road, at Silverbell.

“We envision a tribute that is not made of granite and brass,” said Timothy Reese, one of three Oakland Township residents heading the tribute plan. “We wanted to do something a little different.”

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Published May 31, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The newly formed Downtown Development Authority in Roseville already is preparing for one of its first events — a classic car show to be held July 23.

According to Eric Lafata, event organizer and owner of Lafata Auto Body, the Jammin’ at the Junction show will run from noon until 5 p.m. on Utica Road between Gratiot Avenue and 12 Mile Road. Utica will be completely shut down to vehicle traffic during that time, being instead dedicated entirely to the event and the vehicles brought in for it.

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Published May 31, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A pair of iPads in bright blue cases rest on desks in the children’s section of the Roseville Public Library.

Loaded with free educational apps from Khan Academy, PBS Kids and others, the iPads are similar to those that kids — and adults — may be familiar with from operating a smartphone or tablet, Assistant Library Director Annamarie Lindstrom said.

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Published May 31, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS —  The crowd that gathered the morning of May 30 at the Circle of Honor, at Vernier Road and Mack Avenue, came away with a piece of American history from Grosse Pointe Woods resident Eugene Ignasiak.

The U.S. Navy petty officer first class was one of the courageous United States military members who defended the nation as World War II raged on. 

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Published June 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In its sixth year, there are some big changes coming to Emily’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand event June 4.

Emily Broadbridge, a fifth-grader at Cherokee Elementary, is bringing on board her brother Michael, a kindergartner, to help run the lemonade stand to raise funds for the Homeless Education Project.

Because of Michael’s addition to the team, the event is now called Emily and Michael’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand.

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Published June 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — With warmer weather seemingly here for good, the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department is set to unveil several new recreational programs while hosting its annual 10 free township events.

The first of the department’s 10 free events is scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, June 4, as Tons O’ Trucks returns to St. John’s Medical Center on 23 Mile Road.

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Published May 31, 2016

From Memorial Day weekend on, many metro Detroiters will seek out a natural retreat during their summer excursions. But even on a camping trip, people aren’t out of the woods in terms of motor safety.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist at AAA Michigan, said a combination of factors like warmer weather and kids finishing the school year will mean more traffic on roads and at travel destinations, including campsites. 

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Published May 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The 64th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade took place Sunday, May 29, along Harper Avenue.

The parade, one of the largest around, included military members and vehicles, local marching bands, floats and more.

This year’s celebrity guest was former Detroit Red Wing and Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay.

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Published May 27, 2016

FARMINGTON — Over 100 artists throughout the country will head to Farmington to present their work during the city’s seventh annual juried fine arts fair, Art on the Grand.

The June 4-5 event on Grand River is presented by the Farmington Hills Special Services Department’s Cultural Arts Division in partnership with the Farmington Downtown Development Authority. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 4 and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 5.

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Published May 27, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s no easy job being a dad to little girls. Unconditional love and a gentle heart are a must — and good tea party etiquette is helpful too.

But perhaps the toughest task of all is when Dad has to brave the tangles and tears that come along with styling his daughter’s hair.

George Nikollaj, co-owner of 6 Salon in Birmingham and Royal Oak, really feels for his fellow fathers.

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Published May 30, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The big parade has passed and Memorial Day is behind us. Finally it’s summer in the city.

One of Birmingham’s favorite summer traditions returns this weekend with the 53rd annual Birmingham Village Fair in Shain Park June 2-5. The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce will host the four days of entertainment, carnival rides, games and food — for a cause.

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Published May 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 21 and 22, the Shelby Township Relay for Life celebrated its 10th year in a row of striving to raise awareness and fund research for all types of cancer through the American Cancer Society.

More than 1,000 people participated in the 24-hour event at River Bends Park, including 41 teams and 90 registered cancer survivors. The event had raised approximately $137,000 at press time. The ACS will accept funds through Aug. 31.

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Published May 30, 2016

WARREN — Veterans, business owners, government officials and residents who have dedicated themselves to public service will be among those recognized in September at the city’s annual Honors Banquet.

The dinner, to be held at the Gazebo Banquet Center beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15, will mark the 10th time that members of the Warren Historical Commission and the Warren Historical & Genealogical Society have honored a select group of people who either live or work in Warren, and who all have affected the community in a resoundingly positive way.

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Published May 29, 2016

CENTER LINE — Beginning on June 4, Center Line’s municipal offices will officially bear the name of the longest-serving elected public official in the city’s 80-year history.

The David W. Hanselman Municipal Complex will be formally rededicated at 10 a.m. on that day in a respectful nod to the late Mayor David Hanselman, who died in August 2015 after more than 30 years of service on the City Council, as mayor, and as a member of many Center Line boards and commissions.

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Published May 27, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — Change is coming to part of the Clinton River this year, and kayakers, fishers and others who use the waterway for recreation should keep the impact in mind, according to city officials.

Last year, the Sterling Heights City Council agreed to a plan with Utica to secure $4.5 million in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant money — with no local matching funds needed — for restoration and cleanup improvements to an estimated 9-mile portion of the Clinton River.

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