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Published March 14, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There’s a new movie coming out next month called “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

Much of the highly anticipated superhero flick was filmed right here in metro Detroit. To commemorate that and draw attention to the real nighttime crusaders, Cranbrook Institute of Science is turning March into Bat Superhero Month with new opportunities to learn about bats and their contributions to the environment.

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Published March 16, 2016

The first schoolhouse in Birmingham was constructed in 1822, but it wasn’t until the Hill School opened in 1869 that the city had a public secondary school as well as a primary school.

Until that point, students who wished to further their studies past the eighth grade had to pay tuition at an academy run by local minister Samuel N. Hill.

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Published March 14, 2016

FERNDALE — The March 8 primary election saw higher than anticipated turnout across Oakland County, as just over 40 percent of registered voters showed up to the polls, up from 20 percent in the 2012 presidential primary election.

In Ferndale alone, nearly 46 percent of registered voters submitted a ballot, with 7,194 of the 15,641 voters voting. About 15 percent of the votes were done via absentee ballot, but City Clerk Marne McGrath said the high turnout allowed the city to properly evaluate the new precinct layout.

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Published March 14, 2016

FRASER — It was difficult to find a dry eye March 10 at Twain Elementary.

The entire K-6 student body, along with teachers and Principal Ed Skowneski, were packed into the school’s gymnasium to watch students from another school perform jump rope tricks as part of the Jump Rope for Heart initiative to benefit the American Heart Association.

After nearly a half hour of entertainment, Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark English, dressed in his fatigues, snuck into the gymnasium through a door facing the students’ backs.

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Published March 14, 2016

The trouble in River City will make its way to Sterling Heights when Henry Ford II High School presents “The Music Man” March 17-20.

Ford theater director Kirstin Carolin said the students have been doing a great job learning the roles and putting the show together. She said the students’ strong talent has made the show possible to present.

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Published March 15, 2016

Sterling Heights has done some of the heavy lifting in arranging options for senior citizens and other residents who live in the city who have difficulty with shoveling snow or mowing lawns by themselves.

During a March 1 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool reminded residents that some people are eligible to receive assistance in the areas of grass cutting, snow removal or odd household jobs.

According to Vanderpool, one group that offers such help for seniors is Macomb Community Action, through the Senior Citizen Chore Service program.

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Published March 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Tastefest event is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 16 at Athena Hall in Roseville, and new food vendors are just one of the additions this year.

According to Director Linda Weishaupt, the event will feature a variety of local chefs, restaurants and vendors providing samples of food for people to try in exchange for food tickets — each ticket costs $1, or visitors can purchase 25 for $20.

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Published March 15, 2016

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Voters in Roseville approved renewing the city’s emergency medical ambulance service during the March 8 presidential primary election, while voters countywide gave Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the most support.

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Published March 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Christy O’Sullivan has never been one to sit still. So when she learned that she has multiple sclerosis — a progressive disease that can happen to anyone at any time, where the immune system attacks the body and causes lesions on the nerves, leading to a variety of debilitating issues — she didn’t want to wait for it to get worse.

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Published March 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Students donned obis and kimonos, learned to use chopsticks and make origami, received a crash course in hiragana, and more during Japanese Cultural Day March 3 at Four Corners Montessori Academy in Madison Heights.

Around 140 first-, second- and third-graders moved between five different exhibits that morning, alternating every 25 minutes.

Representatives from Toyoda Gosei North America (TGNA), an auto supplier headquartered in Troy, gave them a glimpse into the Land of the Rising Sun. 

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Published March 14, 2016

It can be a pain to look through a windshield pane that gets cracked or chipped, and auto repair professionals say it’s best to fix small flaws before they become a bigger problem later on.

Mark Sykes, who owns Showcase Collision and Auto Care Center in Warren, said, this time of year, along with the start of spring, is when people start taking a closer look at their car for repairs. He also said this season is a common one for getting windshield damage from stone chips and other hazards.

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Published March 13, 2016

WARREN — When Walter Kmiecik was 19 years old, he took a trip by ship across the Atlantic to visit family in Poland.

Of course, the photos from that journey have faded over the years, and Kmiecik’s memories of it maybe aren’t quite as sharp as they once were.

After all, he turned 105 years old on March 6.

The day before, family members gathered around him at the St. Clair Shores Moose Lodge on Harper to celebrate his tremendous milestone birthday.

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Published March 10, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Columbus Township family is leaping for joy after welcoming their second child to be born on a Leap Day. 

Evelyn Croff, daughter of Chad and Melissa Croff, was born at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township at 3:06 a.m. Feb 29. She was 6 pounds 9 ounces. Evelyn shares a birthday with her big sister, Eliana, who was born at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital at 3:33 a.m. Feb. 29, 2012. The family lived in Commerce Township at the time of Eliana’s birth.

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Published March 10, 2016

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1. Shave your head for a good cause
Saturday, March 12, Romeo

Nearly 200 people will have their heads shaved this weekend in downtown Romeo, and it’s about much more than changing their hairstyles.

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Published March 11, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will liven up the skies around Harrison Township next year when they come by to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Next year’s Selfridge Open House and Air Show will be held Aug. 19-20, 2017.

The Thunderbirds are headlining the two-day centennial event.

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — City leaders are remembering the life and accomplishments of their longest-serving mayor, Palmer T. Heenan.

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — About four years ago, Pete Campbell was sitting on a hospital bed at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, getting ready for treatment to beat cancer a second time.

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — While the stage production of “Steel Magnolias” has an all-female cast, director Amy Ricker, of Sterling Heights, said the fact that almost every member of the Grosse Pointe Theatre crew also is a woman is purely accidental.

“It was not something I had planned,” she said. “It just happened to work (out) that way.”

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is marking St. Patrick’s Day in a classical way.

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Published March 10, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Looking for Easter events in the Farmington area? Then hop over to several activities coming up that are sure to be “egg-cellent” for young and old alike, including adult egg hunts and children’s games.

An adult flashlight egg hunt, for ages 21 and up, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. March 18 at the Longacre House at 24705 Farmington Road. Bring your own flashlight and search for eggs, and also win prizes from golf outings to dinner at local restaurants, according to a press release.

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