Features

Published August 22, 2017

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Summer is drawing to a close, but local residents will have one final opportunity to enjoy live music, food, entertainment and activities in Grosse Pointe Park’s Kercheval Avenue business district before the season’s end.

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Published August 22, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Hundreds of local residents presented a united front against white supremacy and in favor of peace, tolerance and justice as they gathered for a vigil Aug. 17 at The War Memorial to remember the victims in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The group We GP — also known as Welcoming Everyone Grosse Pointe — quickly assembled a vigil at The War Memorial that it billed as “a peaceful, nonpartisan, nondenominational Charlottesville-Grosse Pointe solidarity vigil.”

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Published August 22, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Alissa Sullivan describes herself as a tireless volunteer who feels she could make a difference on the Hazel Park City Council.

“I have a long history of volunteering for ample causes and programs,” Sullivan said.

“Public service is a fundamental part of my life. I want to seize every opportunity to learn and to better represent every voice in our community. I want to be an educated advocate for the city and for all of my neighbors.” 

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Published August 22, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Aaron Flanigan has been a resident of Madison Heights since moving in with his wife (then girlfriend) in 2010. He says that since moving to town, he’s really come to appreciate the kind of people who live there.

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Published August 20, 2017

HAZEL PARK — The ever-growing Hazel Park Art Fair is gearing up for its sixth year, promising a wide variety of physical art and performance art from creative talent around metro Detroit.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. The venue is Green Acres Park, behind the Hazel Park Community Center at 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd. Admission and parking are free. Parking is available in the lot at the park, along the street and at the Community Center.

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Published August 21, 2017

It had been almost 40 years since the last solar eclipse, and the public was ready for another one.

On Aug. 21, community members from the Grosse Pointes and surrounding areas took to the skies at the Grosse Pointe Public Library Woods Branch, in Grosse Pointe Woods, and Ewald Branch, in Grosse Pointe Park, to watch the much-talked-about solar eclipse.

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Published August 21, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Close out Labor Day weekend by getting some exercise and supporting a good cause: This year’s Walk4Friendship will take place Sunday, Sept. 3. 

The 12th annual Walk4Friendship is a charity event hosted by West Bloomfield-based nonprofit Friendship Circle. The walk began in 2005 as a way to fundraise for the organization and bring the community together. 

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Published August 21, 2017

FERNDALE — Maxim Vinogradov always imagined having a conversation with Tennessee Williams, and what Vinogradov, as a young writer, could learn from the famous playwright seemed endless. 

That was the thought that inspired Vinogradov, a West Bloomfield High School graduate and University of Michigan junior, to write “A Night of Stars with Tennessee Williams.” 

The play brings the audience into Williams’ life and is being produced by the Slipstream Theatre Initiative in Ferndale.

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Published August 21, 2017

NOVI — Holly farmer Jackie Scramlin, 65, the Michigan State Fair livestock and agriculture director, doesn’t easily give up on her passion.

Maybe it’s her lifelong agricultural background — having grown up on a dairy farm near Grand Rapids — or her love of family that bring everything together at the Michigan State Fair, which she has been a part of for 49 years. But she didn’t lose hope on her fair, even after it shuttered eight years ago. 

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Published August 21, 2017

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Leaders at Way Elementary School, in Bloomfield Township, want the community to “go way back” with them as they celebrate their 50th anniversary with a festival full of games, attractions and refreshments.

Opening in 1967, the school has taught thousands of young students in the Blomfield area. The event will take place 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, on the school grounds. Current and former students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community members are invited.

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Published August 21, 2017

LANSING — It seems that these days, there’s a national holiday for just about everything.

And if July 19 can be dubbed National Hot Dog Day, then a month after that we can certainly recognize the sad dogs. Cats too, of course.

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Published August 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Knitting a beautiful scarf would be sure to keep one person happy, not to mention warm.

But knitting a piece of artwork to wrap around a lamp post or drape over a park bench could bring happiness to countless people.

That’s the idea behind Birmingham in Stitches, a biannual public art installation that “bombs” the city’s downtown in colorful, large-scale knitting and crochet projects that is coming back this fall.

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Published August 21, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The village of Beverly Hills is warning residents to prepare for a road closure on Evergreen Road, between 13 Mile Road and 14 Mile Road.

Repairs are planned in the area to maintain several culverts under the Evergreen bridge beginning Monday, Aug. 21. This project will repair the spillway of the Erity Dam that was damaged in the spring of 2015 from heavy rain. Several residents have voiced concerns since that time, calling for these repairs to take place.

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Published August 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — It was sunny skies and a perfect 79 degrees on Woodward Avenue as thousands of cars lined the stretch last Saturday for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Birmingham and Bloomfield Township both welcomed revelers with car shows and family-friendly festivities.

Just off Woodward Avenue, on South Old Woodward, the Birmingham Cruise Event offered visitors a more relaxed vibe with around 300 classic vehicles on display throughout the day.

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Published August 21, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Visitors to the 2017 Shelby Township Art Fair, located on the township municipal grounds, cast a record 1,035 votes for their favorite recycled art entries during the weekend of Aug. 12-13. Last year, the contest yielded 625 votes.

Solid Waste and Recycling Committee Chairwoman Marietta Crabtree said she was once again impressed by the time, thought and talent that entrants poured into their submissions. The contest offered four categories — youth, teen, adult and school — with cash prizes.

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Published August 20, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Millions of people from around the world helped Selfridge Air National Guard Base celebrate 100 years of history during its Open House and Air Show Aug. 19-20.

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Published August 18, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — “As it has been since the beginning. When we get old, we move as slow as turtles. The sunflower represents our sunny dispositions. The fish? Because there’s always fish to catch.”

It’s the motto of The Old Crowd, a social club that, on Aug. 17, gathered in downtown Mount Clemens for its 137th reunion, as well as for good-natured fun and camaraderie.

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Published August 18, 2017

CENTER LINE — Six days after Center Line voters made their selections for City Council in the primary election, candidate Jane Lapham, who missed the cut by just two votes, officially filed a recount request with Macomb County election officials.

Lapham finished fifth in a race that featured six candidates. The top four finishers are set to contend in the November election for two four-year seats.

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Published August 17, 2017

DETROIT — How much would you pay to see a concert by a jazz great like Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Miles Mosley, Regina Carter, Danilo Pérez or Stanley Clarke? How does free sound — and not for just one of those artists, but for all of them?

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Published August 17, 2017

KEEGO HARBOR — Drivers in Keego Harbor should expect delays and even detours as construction workers repair Cass Lake Road between Orchard Lake Road and Otter Avenue. 

The Road Commission for Oakland County, along with contractor Cipparone Contracting, is replacing concrete slabs along Cass Lake Road that have begun to deteriorate. The work started Aug. 14.

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