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Published July 12, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Recently, Birmingham Police Chief Mark Clemence traded in his badge for a pen to author an article about playing nice with pets in the city.

The article, published in various local newspapers and websites, was inspired after officers were called twice within a year to respond to incidents involving unleashed dogs.

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Published July 12, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — If you’re into themed works of nature, it’s time to get excited about the event that rolls around only once every other year: the Shelby Garden Club’s flower show.

This year, the show will take place Thursday, July 13, through Saturday, July 15, at the Shelby Township Library — the usual staging grounds. Garden club members will create and showcase floral expressions centered around the theme “Made in Michigan.”

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Published July 12, 2017

UTICA — Mayor Thom Dionne hopes to put a spotlight on the city’s downtown area with its first food truck rally July 15.

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Utica Public Library, 7530 Auburn Road, from 5 to 9 p.m. It is sponsored by the city of Utica and the Utica Downtown Development Authority.

The Metro Detroit Food Truck Association will be presenting Mean Weenie, Marconi’s Pizza and Imperial House at the event. The trucks will be joined by an ice cream truck and Detroit classic rock ensemble the Real Deal.

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Published July 7, 2017

DETROIT — Tour de Troit, a nonprofit that organizes bike rides through Detroit and advocates for nonmotorized transportation options in the city, is welcoming cyclists to join it for its annual Bike the Bridge ride.

Bike the Bridge began in 2013 and is the only bike ride that includes both the Detroit and Windsor sides of the Detroit River. It also is the only time the Ambassador Bridge is open to bicycle traffic. This year, it will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22.

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Published July 7, 2017

Construction crews will soon direct their attention to roads and bridges in Sterling Heights, according to city officials.

During a June 20 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool warned residents that work crews will soon embark on another round of road construction in Sterling Heights.

“Everyone can enjoy the peace and quiet for now, for a few more weeks,” he said. “But suffice it to say, it’s going to be a very busy summer and fall for road activity.”

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Published July 12, 2017

WARREN — There have been many a moose sighting along the Red Run. Well, sort of.

A big, decorative steel moose is part of the creative landscape found in the garden of Pat and Jim Gentry. Thankfully, it doesn’t consume plants, unlike the deer and other wildlife that frequent the yard on the banks of the creek.

The Gentrys’ property will be one of six gardens open for all to see during the Warren Garden Club’s 2017 Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15.

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Published July 12, 2017

DETROIT/WARREN — On a somewhat cloudy morning on the Detroit River July 6, a group of seagulls gathered to look for food while several feet away, a Canadian police boat made its rounds.

Not far away, swimmers raced each other at the Belle Isle Park beach while the Ambassador Bridge hovered in the distance.

That was among the many sites the Warren Woods Public Schools School Age Child Care Summer Program students saw when they enjoyed a field trip last Thursday as they cruised the Detroit River via Diamond Jack’s River Tours.

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Published July 11, 2017

WARREN — What can you get for a buck these days?

If you’re 13 and younger, $1 will get you into the Friends of the Warren Public Library’s Kids Club. And that means access to 12 free children’s books at one of the city’s true hidden gems.

Tucked away in the old Warren Village Hall on Beebe Avenue east of Mound Road and just south of Chicago Road, the Friends’ Bookstore offers a constantly rotating selection of books, magazines and recorded media at bargain basement prices.

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Published July 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Claire Wyckoff was like any other fifth-grader.

She loved playing outside, riding bikes, roller-skating and more.

But one day in the beginning of December 2016, she came home and told her mom that her arm really hurt. Amy Wyckoff said nothing looked wrong, so they iced it and chalked it up to growing pains. Three days later, however, “we go to take her shirt off and she’s screaming like I pulled her arm out of the socket.”

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Published July 7, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The 2017 Aqua Fest will take over Blossom Heath Park and the Nautical Mile July 14-16 with fun for all ages.

“We have a lot of activities, a lot of events taking place, mostly in Blossom Heath Park, our beautiful park,” said Donna Flaherty, president of the Nautical Mile Merchants Association.

A major attraction at the event is the Ultimate Air Dogs show, which will be in St. Clair Shores for the fourth time. Shows will be in Blossom Heath Park at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 15, and 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. July 16.

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Published July 7, 2017

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1. American Polish Festival and Craft Show
July 7-9, American Polish Century Club, Sterling Heights

The 37th annual American Polish Festival and Craft Show will return to Sterling Heights this weekend. The event will run 4 p.m.-1 a.m. July 7, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. July 8 and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 9.

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Published July 6, 2017

Troy resident Bill Norris’ historic Jeep came into his life before he was old enough to drive it.

Norris has been a “car guy” for as long as he can remember, working on cars with his dad when he was just 4 years old. So in 1984, when he was 14, his dad enlisted him for a special father-son project — restoring a 1947 Willys Jeep CJ2A, the first civilian model built after World War II.

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Published July 6, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Maureen Papsdorf said her talents in the garden were inspired by her father-in-law.

She said Henry Papsdorf once had an immaculate garden at his Clinton Township home, the focal point being a large outdoor fountain.

“I inherited the fountain from him,” Maureen Papsdorf said from her Harrison Township home last week. “I definitely think he was my inspiration (for gardening).”

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Published July 8, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — For the first time, peregrine falcons Hathor and Nick were unsuccessful at producing young atop the old Macomb County Administration Building in Mount Clemens.

And there are many possible reasons as to why.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said several factors have been considered by wildlife officials, from the continued construction work being done to the 13-story building to the cold and wet spring.

“They’re saying it could have been complicated by the construction,” Hackel said.

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Published July 5, 2017

The popular Summer Sensation free concert series returns this year.

People can bring lawn chairs or blankets and head to Boulan Park to grab a bite to eat and hear music tuned to a wide range of tastes.

This is the second year the outdoor concerts will be held at Boulan Park. The two previous years, the concerts were held on the grounds of the Troy Civic Center.

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Published July 5, 2017

In response to a number of requests for outside events, such as weddings, to be held at the Stage Nature Center, a large tent will now be available for rental on-site.

The Troy City Council unanimously approved a 10-year agreement with the Troy Nature Society, which took over operations and funding for programs at the nature center five years ago, at a June 19 meeting.

“The (Troy) Nature Society agreement has worked out really well for the city and the residents,” Recreation Director Elaine Bo said to the council.

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Published July 5, 2017

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How can you wish upon a star if the stars are hard to see?

Light pollution in large metropolitan areas such as Detroit can limit what’s visible in the night sky, but luckily for stargazers, better viewing options aren’t far away.

Several Michigan parks now have state-designated dark sky preserves that aim to restrict artificial light, preserve natural darkness and provide spectacular views for visitors.

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Published July 5, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe resident D’Adra McHenry, 11, has dreams to compete in the Olympics and recently was named the 2017 state champion for level 4 vault.

McHenry practices in Warren with Extreme Gymnastics USA and was recognized at a recent banquet.

“She received an award for level 4 state vault champion out of her group. I was really proud of her,” said McHenry’s mother, Aja Craft.

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Published July 5, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — More than 130 fire hydrants in Madison Heights were recently restored to peak visibility when the Madison Heights Men’s Club organized a group of volunteers to give the hydrants a fresh coat of paint.

The project started June 10. The city’s Department of Public Services (DPS) divided the city into 22 districts and listed the hydrants in each district that were most in need of painting.

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Published July 5, 2017

HAZEL PARK — A variety of goods will be available for sale when the Hazel Park Growers and Makers Market reopens to the public.

The market will be at Green Acres Park, located at Woodward Heights Boulevard and Lenox Avenue, on the border of Hazel Park and Ferndale. It will be open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting July 9 and running through Oct. 22.

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