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Published June 29, 2015

The urge to hurry can put a driver at risk of a speeding ticket or even a traffic accident. But even if a speed limit seems like an inconvenience, there is often a carefully considered reason behind the numbers, according to road and safety experts.

According to a document from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning called “Establishing Realistic Speed Limits,” speed limits are designed to keep all drivers as safe as possible while staying within realistic boundaries of “reasonable and proper” public driving habits.

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Published June 26, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — The music, the smell of everyone’s favorite carnival fare and the vibrant colors and lights of the carnival rides are prevalent along Main Street in downtown Mount Clemens today as the Summer Magic Festival moved into second gear.

Trina Blackman and her daughter Melanie of St. Clair Shores spent the second day of the four-day festival on June 26 trying their luck at some of the myriad games (Melanie won a puzzle ball), and enjoying the popular carnival treat, the funnel cake.

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Published July 1, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — From movie discussions to guitar lessons, the West Bloomfield Township Public Library’s July calendar is filled with events for residents of all ages.


Although the library hosts a variety of activities for teens and kids, adults can enjoy programs offered, too. A program called Berry Gordy and Super-Powered Motown Records will take place in the meeting room from 7-9 p.m. July 9. Registration is not required.

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Published June 25, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Driving down Southfield Road on any given Wednesday in the summer, it’s pretty hard to miss the Lathrup Village Farmers Market, thanks to its new location.

The Lathrup Village Farmers Market, located at the Lathrup Village Municipal Complex, 27400 Southfield Road, runs from 2-7 p.m. Wednesdays and is followed by a free concert in the park.

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Published June 24, 2015

TROY — The themes of the gardens featured on the Troy Garden Club walk this year — “Artful Contemplation,”  “Blooms and Butterflies,” and “Woods, Water, Whimsy-Wow!” — are as varied as the plants and flowers growing along the garden paths.


This year’s walk is titled Splashes & Flowers and features seven gardens — five in Troy, one in Royal Oak and one in Clawson.

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Published June 24, 2015

BERKLEY — With nine parks spread across Berkley, residents might not visit other parks that are farther from their homes.


For the fourth consecutive year, the Berkley Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting SummerFest, a series of events that span June 24-Aug. 25, and inviting the community to visit several parks for free activities.

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Published June 24, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Portrait painting is a time-honored tradition in art that stretches back centuries, and while it may not be as common now as it was before the advent of photography, many artists still specialize in this area.

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Published June 24, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Tick bites can have long-lasting consequences.


A specific species of the bloodsucking arachnid, the blacklegged tick — also known as the deer tick — can spread Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can cause issues for months or years after the initial bite.

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Published June 24, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — The housing market in metro Detroit is still flooded with buyers and sellers, but things may get a little more difficult for sellers as interest rates have started trending upward and more buyers are looking to get into new builds.


Keller Williams real estate agent John Kurczak, based in Sterling Heights, said that just as things have changed in the types of homes that buyers are looking at, so too has the way that homes are sold.

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Published June 24, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Hot, humid days spent sizzling under the summer sun are one of the few antidotes to a long Michigan winter.


Soaking up the heat is fine, of course, as long as it’s not your food that’s doing the sweating.


The Oakland County Health Division recently released a list of food safety reminders as residents get ready to head out for summer picnics. Tony Drautz, environmental health administrator for the division, said they like to give cooks a brush-up on the basics this time of year, when meals tend to migrate outdoors.

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Published June 24, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Aren’t we lucky?

The 33rd annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition — which draws talent from across the state and as far as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin — will again be shown right in our own backyard at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

The annual juried competition opened to the public last Friday and will remain on exhibition at the Art Center through Aug. 28. This year’s show features 104 works created by 95 artists in 57 cities across five states.

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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the YMCA helped set a Guinness World Record last year for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, you’d think they’d take a year off.

Think again.

Last week, the nonprofit teamed up again with World’s Largest Swim Lesson — a coalition of national water safety experts and trainers — to try to set the record for the world’s largest swim lesson in 24 hours. Currently, Team WLSL holds the Guinness record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, with 36,564 participants in 22 countries around the world.

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Published June 22, 2015

CLAWSON — Carrying on a lengthy tradition of revelry, the city is kicking off its weeklong-and-then-some Fourth of July celebration beginning June 24 with an ice cream social and band concert.

Members of the Clawson Lions Club will begin serving ice cream sundaes at 7 p.m. June 24 at the Clawson City Park pavilion followed by a 7:30 performance by the South Oakland Concert band.

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Published June 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Stony Creek Metropark’s annual fireworks display over its 500-acre lake is set to take place at approximately 10:05 p.m. June 26. Organizers are requesting that the public show up a couple hours early, since the event consistently draws thousands of spectators.

The fireworks blast off from the shore near Baypoint Beach, but Huron-Clinton Metroparks Eastern District Superintendent Mike Lyons said patrons would get a good view from anywhere along the lake.

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Published June 22, 2015

A stretch of Van Dyke Avenue in Warren is seeing signs of redevelopment as General Motors and a local dealership have committed to investing in the area.

In May, GM announced that its Warren Technical Center in Warren is poised to undergo an estimated nine-figure investment toward renovation and expansion.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the automaker opened the Tech Center in the 1950s, and it has served as a core hub of vehicle development and design as well as research and development.

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Published June 21, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — As it gets closer to the Fourth of July, a local state representative has drafted proposed legislation to curtail the use of consumer fireworks in Michigan.

State Rep. Henry Yanez, D-Sterling Heights, said in June that he wants to repeal Michigan’s relaxed fireworks laws. His proposal consists of two bills: One repeals changes made by the Michigan Legislature in 2011, and the other bill cleans up technical language.

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Published June 19, 2015

RoseFest started its four-day run at Veterans Memorial Park June 18 and, by that evening, already had drawn people interested in dancing, carnival games, rides and food.

Though the Rose Parade, car show, fireworks and most musical acts were not scheduled until later in the event’s run, visitors found a number of things they liked. Keisha Susko, of Roseville, said her daughter was enjoying the rides.

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Published June 20, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — There will be music, fireworks and magic in the air this weekend as two events — one new and one a long-standing tradition — join together to offer what is expected to be a memorable Independence Day celebration in Mount Clemens.

The Summer Magic Festival will be held June 25-28 along three square blocks of downtown Mount Clemens, while the Riversight and Sound Concert and the Fireworks at Dusk on the Riverfront are set for June 26.

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Published June 17, 2015

WARREN — Auto dealer Gregory Jackson looked like a happy man, brimming with pride and a sense of accomplishment, as he stood in Warren before a line of new Cadillacs shimmering in the hazy late-morning sun.

Fittingly, the backdrop was the General Motors Technical Center, to the west directly across Van Dyke. Bookending the scene was Warren’s City Hall complex to the east, where the groundwork to bring Jackson and his anticipated $8 million investment to the city’s downtown district was laid by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and his administration.

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Published June 17, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — School might be out for the summer, but library officials want both children and adults to know that reading is a yearlong, lifelong endeavor.


That rings especially true during the dog days of summer.


The Clinton-Macomb Public Library is an active proponent of keeping minds fresh in multiple ways, so for another year, the library is offering its Summer Reading Club to people of all ages.

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