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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When you look at the ingredients that create one box of Yumbitz, you’ll notice that the first ingredient is “LOVE.”


That is the mission maintained by Monica Martin, the Clinton Township-based owner of a growing cookie company.


Yumbitz comes in resealable white packages that give individuals a glimpse of the deliciousness waiting inside, and since the business officially took off, success has taken Martin by storm.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — C.J. Barrymore’s owner Rick Iceberg said his Clinton Township-based entertainment venue must “change or die,” leading to plenty of change within the next couple of years.


This is due to the Sept. 21 unanimous approval by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees to grant a special land use expansion to C.J. Barrymore’s in terms of new entertainment within the community business district on Hall Road.

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Published October 7, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In retrospect, he should have seen it coming.


Frank Leone grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduating in 2003 from South Lake High School and then in 2008 from Wayne State University. Trying his luck in the big city, he bounced from New York to Los Angeles trying to start his career as an actor.


When a mentor suggested he create a web series as an outlet to showcase his work, he decided to give it a try, never dreaming it would grow into the project it is now.

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Published October 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Spending a small amount of money to stage your home for sale can deliver big returns, according to local real estate professionals.


“Statistics have shown if a seller invests 1 percent (of the home price) on staging, they will get 8 to 10 percent of their money back and sell their house 75 times faster,” said Corie Conroy, owner of First Impressions Home Staging in Bloomfield Hills.


Staging is mostly a matter of decluttering and making your home look its best.

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Published October 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — We’ve all heard those too-good-to-be-true fitness tidbits, like how chewing gum burns 11 calories, and eating celery burns more calories than you take in. And those are the fun facts that make dieting seem oh-so-easy, right?


Well, as it turns out, they are too good to be true.


While many everyday activities do help contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle, it takes a little something extra to count as part of a workout routine, according to many trainers.

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Published October 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Police officers, firefighters, teachers, students, businesses and other residents received Salute to Excellence awards during the annual Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Sept. 28.
Winners

were nominated by other members of the community, or in the case of police and fire officers of the year, by their peers in their respective departments. The winners were announced earlier in September before receiving their awards at the dinner, which took place at Eastpointe Manor.

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Published October 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The recreation authority and the East Detroit Public Schools are planning Halloween activities for kids to trick-or-treat and show off their costumes in safe environments.


Wristbands are now on sale for children who want to participate in the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe’s annual trick-or-treat trail Oct. 24. The wristbands cost $3 each and are available at the recreation center at 18185 Sycamore St. in Roseville.

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Published October 6, 2015

PONTIAC — Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins was recognized recently for his efforts in deterring domestic violence.


In a ceremony held at noon Oct. 1 in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium in Pontiac, Hawkins was among seven other people and groups to be awarded for their efforts.


Judge Derek Meinecke, of the 44th District Court in Royal Oak, presented the awards to the recipients.

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Published October 7, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A nature program about bats and a new Little Library will be offered at two township parks this fall.

Lost Lake Park will host Bats of the World at 7 p.m. Oct. 26, and Cranberry Lake Park will open a new take-a-book, leave-a-book service.

Bats of the World will feature five live bats — an Egyptian fruit bat, an insect-eating bat, a straw-colored fruit bat, a dog-faced bat and a Jamaican leaf-nosed bat.

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Published October 6, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A nonprofit organization has taken extra measures to improve the safety of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department’s K-9 officer, Xander.


The department has been awarded a ballistic vest through Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a nonprofit organization located in East Taunton, Massachusetts. The charitable group’s mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs in law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S.

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Published October 7, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — For three decades, The Community House has brought together the state’s finest artists for its annual juried Our Town art show and sale. And during that time, the show’s momentum has only gotten greater.

The 30th Our Town show will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15-17 at TCH in downtown Birmingham. The juried all-media art event provides a forum for Michigan artists to show and sell their work, while 35 percent of the sale’s proceeds go to fund TCH’s outreach programs for children and families in need.

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Published October 5, 2015

As the seasons go round and round, so do a vehicle’s tires. But in order to keep traction on the roads, drivers should monitor their tires’ condition and buy quality ones when it’s time to change them, according to local auto repair businesses.

Andrew McLaughlin, manager and service adviser at Mac’s Tire & Auto Repair in Center Line, said motorists should buy tires on an as-need basis, but he added that it’s a good idea to consider a purchase before the winter begins. 

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Published October 2, 2015

WARREN — Fall color, check. Autumn weather, check. Planning for Warren’s Harvest Treat festival, check.

The festivities will get going at 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at City Square next to Warren City Hall, on Van Dyke north of 12 Mile Road.

Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said the event will  feature something for everyone, including free pumpkins.

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Published October 6, 2015

WARREN — Since 2004, the Hive Colony has been a buzzing honeycomb for musicians looking to perfect their craft, and now even more music will raise the decibels.

Last month, the 10,000-square-foot one-stop rehearsal studio, equipped with 30 rehearsal spaces for seasoned musicians and those just starting out, was named a recipient of the 20 Mission Main Street grants from Chase Bank.

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Published September 30, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Local residents might assume PROST Pointe is named for longtime local cable TV show host John Prost, but it’s actually an Oktoberfest-themed beer tasting — “prost” is German for “cheers.”

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Published September 30, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Muriel Brock earned her reputation as a hardworking educator and coach at University Liggett School, but her influence reached far beyond those roles.


The now-retired Brock — who coached girls varsity field hockey and served as the girls athletic director for 36 years — was well-known for inspiring female athletes at a time when girls playing sports wasn’t very common.

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Published September 30, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts has a new director, but he’s no stranger to the museum or its art collection.

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Published September 30, 2015

BERKLEY — When Phil O’Dwyer came to America from Ireland, he did so for an education and never fathomed it would lead to him being a vital part of the Berkley community some 40 years later.


But it is the work that O’Dwyer has done as a city councilman, and now mayor of Berkley, that saw him inducted into the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame Sept. 19.

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Published September 30, 2015

FERNDALE — With art programs in schools being some of the most underfunded programs in many districts, Michigan Youth Arts is looking to help those teachers and students by bringing back the Arts Equipment and Supplies Grant.


In collaboration with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Youth Arts is offering up to $2,500 to any kindergarten through 12th-grade classroom in the state of Michigan that has a focus on a fine or performing art, whether it be a traditional art class or a music program.

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Published September 30, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For nearly 40 years, Huntington Woods resident Steve Thorpe has backpacked the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula, always going for time and distance.


Now, however, Thorpe has the opportunity to stop and take in his surroundings at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, as he was named an artist-in-residence as part of a program put on by the Friends of the Porkies organization.

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