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Published May 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Residents will notice something different appearing in Macomb Corners Park and the Township Hall building starting May 31.

Through a partnership with the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, Macomb Township will receive eight sculptures to place in outdoor gathering spaces.

“We are very lucky. We are the first city or township in Macomb County to have anything of this type, so we’re very excited about it,” said Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK — When Randall Porterfield began building a nearly 11-foot replica of the Titanic four years ago in the privacy of his bedroom, he knew something special was happening.

“Practice makes perfect, but I believe I have a gift,” he said.

The Detroit resident’s inspiration to try such a project was born from his tenacity and belief that he could accomplish anything.

The process began with studying hundreds of photos, books and movies to design the ship to be as historically accurate as possible.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON  —
The public is invited to gather and show respect for fallen military men and women at the Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. May 30 in downtown Royal Oak. The route will travel from South Main Street and Harrison, head north to Second Street, then east to the Veterans Memorial Plaza, where the annual memorial service will be held. A shuttle service will be available in front of City Hall for those in the parade. The shuttle will take participants to the start of the parade.

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Published May 24, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights is hoping for a picture-perfect beginning to its upcoming activities in Dodge Park with the introduction of the new Art in the Park series.

The city, in conjunction with Painting Sensations in Shelby Township, will hold Art in the Park painting sessions at 6 p.m. one Thursday a month — June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8. The painting events will overlap with the Dodge Park Farmers Market, as well as the Music in the Park concert series.

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Published May 23, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Heights man who served in World War II and shook hands with Winston Churchill celebrated a century of living May 11 when he turned 100 years old.

Fred Kreiser followed up his birthday with a party among family members at his home at Oakmont Sterling Assisted May 14.

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Published May 23, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Eating al fresco is about to be taken up a notch.

The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research will host a second helping of its popular Edible Landscapes event Sunday, June 5, at Cranbrook House and Gardens.

According to CCCR Director Gregory Wittkopp, the pilot version of the dinner — which featured a locally sourced dinner prepared by chefs from Detroit’s Selden Standard restaurant — was such a hit that organizers were waiting for another opportunity to host a second one.

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Published May 25, 2016

FRANKLIN — Since its move from Scenic Drive to Franklin’s village green in December 2008, the historic Kreger Farmhouse has long been envisioned as a centerpiece of the community.

Eight years later, the vision is a reality. The 1850s Greek revival farmhouse is restored and can be rented out. The property’s pigsty is now public restrooms.

Now the Franklin Historical Society is moving on to phase three: repurposing and renovating the barn.

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Published May 23, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — By the time you read this story, Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt will have cleaned out his desk and taken his photos off the walls in preparation for his departure Friday, May 27.

But the 42-year department veteran is hardly headed straight for the golf course. He’s heading down the road to Beier Howlett, in Bloomfield Hills, to use that J.D. from Wayne State University he earned during his tenure with the BPD.

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Published May 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — While Veterans Day is a time to celebrate, Memorial Day is a more somber occasion to pay tribute to the heroes who died in the line of duty.

Shelby Township’s annual Memorial Day service is set to take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the veterans memorial located on the municipal grounds, 52700 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road.

Phil Randazzo, the township’s veteran events coordinator, said he chose to dedicate this year’s Memorial Day service to Ed Young, who passed away April 28 at the age of 85.

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Published May 25, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe currently has science and art classes for kids ages 4-10 planned for the summer months, to be held in the authority’s building at Spindler Park.

The art class, Creative Kids, will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays from June 21 through July 26 — with no class July 5. The other class, Little Scientists, will run 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays from June 30 through July 28.

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Published May 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On May 17, Supervisor Rick Stathakis presented two former Shelby Township residents who manifested their hometown pride in a unique way with an official Shelby Township flag that had flown over the township’s veterans memorial.

Matthew Abdo, 31, of Ferndale, and Jordan Corsetti, 24, of Sterling Heights, grew up as neighbors in Shelby Township. They created a homemade Shelby Township flag and took it on their various travels.

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Published May 24, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council voted 4-0 at its meeting May 17 to end animal control veterinary services with East Detroit Animal Hospital and Eastpointe Animal Hospital and return to using the Animal Care Hospital of Sterling Heights.

Public Safety Director John McNeilance said that the city had previously used Animal Care Hospital after the Macomb County Animal Shelter raised its fees beyond what the city had wanted to pay. The city ran into the same problem with Sterling Heights, however.

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Published May 23, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Public Library has announced its summer programs for kids, teens and adults alike, with the aim of keeping residents tuned in to the library.

Teen Librarian Sarah Marsack said there are a variety of events — some requiring registration — that will run from June 17 through Aug. 12. At the center of all this is the library’s summer reading program, which has different prizes and requirements for each age bracket.

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Published May 25, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — If you head into the Clinton-Macomb Public Library this spring, you might learn a thing or two about war or organized crime.

The library, located at 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township, is setting the stage for a couple of new programs.

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Published May 23, 2016

Classic car culture has developed its own set of classic events, as proven by a packed calendar of auto expos and cruises in metro Detroit.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which spans along its namesake avenue in multiple Oakland County communities, tends to get the lion’s share of publicity, people who want to view some of the finest vehicles in automotive history won’t have to wait until August to do so. For instance, June will usher in auto events in Roseville, Eastpointe, Shelby Township and Grosse Pointe Shores.

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Published May 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — For some seniors, the idea of leaving their home — the place where they raised their children and built their life — is unthinkable.

For others, the prospect of never again having to worry about shoveling snow, mowing a lawn or fixing a leaky roof is too good an opportunity to pass up.

There’s a right fit for every individual, and Dr. Mike Coury aims to help families find that right fit for their older loved one.

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Published May 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Once the oak wilt fungus enters an oak tree’s system, an infected tree can be dead within a month. 

“Even the biggest trees,” said David Roberts, senior academic specialist at Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

Roberts has been studying the oak wilt fungus for the past 30 years. 

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Published May 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With military members and vehicles, local bands and even Clydesdales taking to Harper Avenue May 29, the 64th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will be a sight to see.

“Every year we say it’s the largest, but I think this one really has a good chance of being the largest,” said Parade Committee Chair Cheryl Furdos. “We have something for all interests, in addition to all the veteran entries.”

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Published May 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A few days before the country remembers those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States, students at Kennedy Middle School will take time to thank veterans with a flag raising in their honor.

Lake Shore Public Schools Superintendent Joe DiPonio, who helped start the tradition about five years ago when he was principal of the school, said that with all the curriculum focus trained on reading and math, “The history of this country gets lost.”

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Published May 20, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Several new requirements have been made law in Madison Heights regarding the tethering of dogs — changes that local officials generally agree are for the best, although some wonder if the new rules are necessary and not a bit intrusive.

In a 6-1 vote at its meeting May 9, the Madison Heights City Council approved on second reading a set of revisions to the ordinance currently in code.

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