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Published March 8, 2016

While headlines about Republican presidential candidates have mostly dominated the media as the country narrows down the field, St. Clair Shores residents are divided as to whether they love the fray or want the country to go another way.

“It’s been crazy,” said Dave Janisse, voting Tuesday morning at St. Clair Shores City Hall. “I particularly don’t like (Republican candidate) Ted Cruz ... although I’m not overly thrilled with anybody. I like to keep religion and politics separate and he has a problem with that.”

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Published March 9, 2016

The Sterling Heights Coffeehouse concert program has been brewing up its latest batch of musical talent for 2016.

On Feb. 28, The Swift Brothers, a Michigan-based folk duo, played at the Sterling Heights Recreation Center. On March 13, the Celtic music group Blackthorn is expected to perform its repertoire of Irish tunes at the Recreation Center.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois, this year is the first time in a while that the city has had more than one musical group perform during the Sterling Coffeehouse concert series.

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Published March 8, 2016

Just as spring is the time for many homeowners to do some cleaning, the changing of the seasons is a good time to examine a vehicle’s condition and be mindful of driving practices. 

According to Gary Bubar, traffic safety and public affairs specialist at AAA Michigan, the early spring can still sometimes bring an unexpected reprise of winter driving and its challenges. This is especially true at night when the temperature cools, which can cause roads to freeze and produce patches of black ice, he said.

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Published March 7, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Man-eating plant monsters from outer space are set to invade Hazel Park High School this month, with the drama club’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” based on the Broadway musical best known for the 1986 film adaptation starring Rick Moranis.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 17-19, in the auditorium at the high school at 23400 Hughes Ave. Admission costs $5 for students, $6 for adults, and $20 for a family four-pack.

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Published March 7, 2016

HAZEL PARK — As Hazel Park’s art scene continues to flourish and the city makes efforts to improve walkability, more thought is going into serving bicyclists. The idea is to someday connect numerous art gardens and other destination attractions in Hazel Park with bike trails that could also link up with neighboring communities. 

Now the Hazel Park Arts Council is asking people to envision a piece of that future Hazel Park by designing a bike rack that would serve bicyclists in the area. Applicants are asked to be creative and think outside the box.

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Published March 9, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 1, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees renewed a five-year resolution to allow private landowners to apply for permits for Michigan Department of Natural Resources programs to destroy Canada goose nests and/or relocate birds.

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Published March 7, 2016

UTICA — For the first time, the sound of bagpipes will accompany runners as they dash through the starting line in front of Shamrock Irish Pub during Utica’s fourth annual Lucky Leprechaun Race March 12.

Runners can get into the Irish spirit with bagpipes and a DJ beginning at 9:15 a.m. The 5K run and “green mile” fun run will take place at 10:30 a.m., followed by the 5K walk and “green mile” walk at 10:33 a.m.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 4, 2016

WARREN —  If the voters like what Mayor Jim Fouts is doing and if they find value in the work being done with tax money generated through two special millages, they may get an opportunity to show it when they head to the polls in August. 

Most of the members of the Warren City Council met for a special meeting on March 1, where they collectively approved a series of requests that could give residents the right to vote on three separate ballot questions this summer. 

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Published March 4, 2016

WARREN — Presidential hopeful Donald Trump laid it out on the line during a campaign rally March 4 inside the Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center in Warren. 

One issue the Republican candidate addressed to an enthusiastic crowd of about 4,000 supporters was Michigan’s auto industry. He also touched on his personal disdain for how the United States does business with China and Mexico. 

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Published March 4, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A young shih tzu mix is reportedly recovering and in good spirits while in foster care after being thrown from a moving vehicle in Mount Clemens Feb. 29.

Macomb County Animal Control Chief Jeff Randazzo said the male dog broke his pelvis in the incident.

“He will be nursed back to health for a while; we’re hoping without a cast,” Randazzo said. “Right now we’re looking at cage healing. He’s been released from our veterinary clinic and is now in foster care.”

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Published March 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — During the winter months, the average child contracts about six colds, according to Dr. Irvin Kappy, service chief of pediatrics for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. 

And oftentimes, the cause of the cold is the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, Kappy added.

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Published March 3, 2016

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1. Tap into an early-spring tradition
March 5, Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, Troy
March 6, Farmington Hills Nature Center

In the late winter and early spring — particularly when temperatures are around 40 degrees during the day and 20 degrees overnight  —  it’s time to start tapping maple trees for their sap.

You can learn more about the process during a few tree-tapping events happening this weekend.

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Published March 3, 2016

Hundreds showed up to cheer on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at the Palazzo Grande March 2, the day after he won one out of 11 Super Tuesday contests.

Rubio took the stage a half hour late to the tune of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” saying his team was not used to Michigan roads and he would keep his message brief because he was losing his voice and wished to save it for the GOP debate scheduled the next day.

The delay did not deter the crowd. They interrupted him several times to chant his first name.

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Published March 3, 2016

SOUTHFIELD —  Whether you’re practiced or unseasoned, Park West Gallery is offering free art seminars each Sunday throughout March.

All are welcome to attend the free seminars. Topics include presentations on masters such as Picasso and Rembrandt, “Art Collecting 101,” and an informational session on emerging Israeli artists.

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Published March 3, 2016

DETROIT — Today it’s hard to imagine a world in which modern theatergoers might have never seen William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar” or “The Tempest,” but save for one book, those plays might have been lost forever.

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Published March 3, 2016

CITY — The Grosse Pointe Art Center has hosted beautiful art shows and edgy art shows, but it can now add “cuddly art shows” to that list.

“It’s Raining Cats and Dogs,” which opened with a reception Feb. 26, is a completely “aww”dorable exhibition dedicated to our four-legged best buddies. Open through March 18, the show was juried by Thomas Pyrzewski.

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Published March 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Anyone looking for a night out at the theater or to see a concert in the upcoming weeks might want to check some local shows that will take center stage in the Grosse Pointes and Detroit.

Some productions will include talented members from local theater groups, while other shows will feature students from neighborhood schools. Each show performer has rehearsed for weeks to get ready for opening night.

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Published March 2, 2016

Get your game on at Taste of Troy, an annual event where local restaurants serve their best to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Troy. 

This year’s theme is Tailgate Tastefest.

“It’s in its 24th year,” said event chair Cindy Stewart, who sits on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy.

“I think people will be excited for the food choices and decorations that go along with this year’s theme,” she said.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team’s jersey.

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Published March 2, 2016

In observance of Easter, the holiday Christians celebrate as the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society invites the public to partake in the ancient art of pisanki (or pysanky) — egg decorating — and to share the culture, food, folklore and customs surrounding the holiday.

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