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Published August 30, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your kindergarten teacher taught you well: When you’re done playing, you need to clean up after yourself.

Well, now that summer is winding down, the beautiful shores that meet Michigan’s Great Lakes need to be picked up after months of enjoyment. The Alliance for the Great Lakes is hosting several Adopt-a-Beach cleanup events around Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and other states on the borders of the Great Lakes. 

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Published August 23, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — For many families, a night out at the movies is a fun way to get in some good quality time.

But for families of a child with a disability, an evening at the cinema can be quite difficult.

That’s why Easterseals Michigan will host a free movie night at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 26 on the Miracle League of Michigan’s Miracle Field, 26000 Evergreen Road.

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Published August 23, 2017

Labor on the lanes of metro Detroit’s roads is paying off, but more work is yet to be done during this year’s road construction schedule, according to representatives from two county road commissions. 

Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson commented on some of his organization’s recent activity.

“First and foremost, things are going well, very busy, lots of stuff going on,” he said.

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Published August 23, 2017

C&G Newspapers

DETROIT — The city is coming back to life.

Abandoned buildings are being transformed into luxury lofts, and new construction is move-in ready in hot neighborhoods like midtown, downtown, the Riverwalk and more.  

The second annual Downtown Living Tour, hosted by Hour Detroit and Detroit Home Magazine Aug. 11, delivered a first look at six new developments. Each is currently under construction or renovation, or recently completed. 

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Published August 23, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Students aren’t the only ones getting ready to head back to the classroom in a few weeks. 

Teachers are gearing up for a new school year too, but there aren’t many shoe sales or backpack promotions aimed at the ones standing in front of the blackboard day after day. 

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — The Troy Youth All Star Chess Club has set up shop at the Troy Public Library — with the blessing of library staff. 

Christopher Hausner has helped to organize the club for a number of years. The club started out at the Troy Community Center. 

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Published August 23, 2017

FERNDALE — Parts of Eight Mile Road will be undergoing resurfacing work over the next couple of months.

The Michigan Department of Transportation resurfacing work on Eight Mile, which began Monday, Aug. 14, will take place between Woodward Avenue and the Southfield Freeway, or M-39, and is expected to last until October.

MDOT communications representative Diane Cross said in an email that the project begins westbound at Woodward Avenue and eastbound at M-39, and the two ends will work toward each other until the resurfacing work is completed.

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — More than 100 juried painters, potters, photographers, woodworkers, fiber and stained glass artists, and authors will bring their best to the 43rd annual Northfield Hills Art on the Lake. 

 “Some of our artists are like our family,” said Connie Kohn, who coordinates the show with Kathleen Deburghgraeve. “Most of our artists have been with us for many years,” Kohn said. 

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Published August 23, 2017

TROY — Troy Public Library patrons of all ages read books; downloaded music, magazines and e-books; and attended library programs as part of the summer reading program June 17-Aug. 12. 

Constance Doherty, head of adult information services for the Troy Public Library, said 109 patrons registered in the adult program and a total of 324 activities were logged to qualify for prizes — activities like book reviews, attendance at programs, and downloads of e-books, magazines and music.

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Published August 22, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — About eight Farmington Hills-area residents between the ages of 46 and 70 were recently diagnosed with hepatitis A, Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division, said.

The Oakland County Health Division reported the eight new cases of hepatitis A in the last two weeks, which were concentrated in the Farmington Hills area. 

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Published August 22, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — It was mommy-and-me time on steroids.

On Aug. 15 at the Farmington Community Library Main Branch, about 13 kids and nine moms met downstairs in the children’s area, where some “dined” on plastic bologna sandwiches, others read to their tots, and babies squealed. The group of mothers belong to the Farmington Area Mother’s Club - Michigan, a group of about 70 moms — and their roughly 150 children — who go on playdates and outings.

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Published August 22, 2017

FARMINGTON — Two children in southeast Michigan were recently diagnosed with elevated blood lead levels after taking Indian-based Balguti Kesaria/Kesaria Balguti Ayurvedic medicine, according to Dr. Dilli Ramesh, a pediatrician at Beaumont hospitals in Farmington Hills and Royal Oak.

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Published August 22, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Thanks to a $2.2 million Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park will be expanded, adding trails and a park entry.

“It will provide for a trail network and greatly gain visibility by having an entry on Snell Road,” Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Director Mindy Milos-Dale said. “There are wetlands and uplands we will be protecting.”

The currently 60-acre Stony Creek Ravine Nature Park will be expanded by an additional 209 acres with the grant funds and a local match.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — The history of Avon Township’s fire department began in 1946, when residents of the Brooklands neighborhood realized that Rochester’s fire resources were too far away.

“We forget how rural these areas were,” Rochester Hills Museum Director Pat McKay said. “Twenty-five men got together. The guys had come home from the war.”

The Brooklands men — who lived off of Auburn Road, near John R — held chicken dinners to raise funds and volunteered their time.

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Published August 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council introduced and gave first reading to an ordinance Aug. 15 that would regulate the conditions required for tethering a dog.

Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Klinefelt, Councilwoman Sarah Lucido and Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. all voted to go forward in the process to amend the previous ordinance.

The council scheduled the ordinance for second reading and consideration for adoption at its Sept. 5 meeting at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROYAL OAK — There are a couple of subjects weighing on author Dan Calabrese’s mind.

“I would say there are two things that I really know a lot about,” Calabrese said. “One is spiritual warfare and the other is baseball.”

The Royal Oak resident and lifelong writer recently combined both subjects in his latest book, “Backstop,” a spiritual thriller based in Lakeland, Florida.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROSEVILLE — A local family is calling their son a hero after he found his younger brother unresponsive in their family pool and performed chest compressions July 25.

It was an ordinary day at their nana’s house for Jacob O’Connor, 10; Gavin Hawkins, 8; and Dylan Meadows, 2 — filled with time in the sun and playing in the family pool.

Ellen Viau was babysitting her daughter’s three sons and thought the day would be like most days when her grandsons are over.

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Published August 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Get ready for a party.

The Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise returns 5-9 p.m. Aug. 30 on Harper Avenue, between Old Eight Mile Road and Bayside Street, with parties, entertainment, contests and, of course, classic cars.

“We have the largest number of open parties in the history of the cruise,” said Carl Papa, president of Shorewood Kiwanis. “There are 33 open parties. There are 11 private parties, which is a lot of parties.”

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Published August 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It’s right in the name of the event — the Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise — and along with classic cars, charities are the focus of the annual event.

“We just finished ... Sunday, where we had 41 kids over at Kmart for our Christmas in August,” said Shorewood Kiwanis President Carl Papa. “If somebody says, ‘Where does this money go?’ That’s where it goes.”

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Published August 22, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — When Bob Aitchison was born on Aug. 15, 1917, the maximum speed limit was 10 mph, the average worker in the United States made $200 to $400 per year, coffee cost 15 cents a pound and only 18 percent of homes had a phone.

Oh, and the average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

But Aitchison has never been the average guy, as his many friends and family can attest. His 100th birthday was celebrated in style with dozens of friends and relatives Aug. 15 at Services for Older Citizens in the Farms.

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