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Published July 5, 2017

CLAWSON — A night of hilarity, hijinks and happiness is heading to Clawson this weekend with the 10th annual Cinema in the Street.

Downtown Clawson will host the event Saturday, July 8, at the intersection of 14 Mile Road and Main Street.

Games and entertainment will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m., followed by the movie at dusk.

After public input was considered and social media votes were tallied, the winning film that will be shown this year is “Night at the Museum.”

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Published July 5, 2017

Come together under the stars in downtown Farmington for the annual Greater Farmington Founders Festival July 20-23.

Fireworks, hot air balloons and other activities are certain to have many attendees looking up, and living it up, at the festival, which will kick off 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 20 with a Kids STEAM  — science, technology, engineering, art and math — Heat event in Shiawassee Park. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum will provide STEAM-based activities, and  Farmington YMCA field games will also be on tap.

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Published July 5, 2017

CENTER LINE — Attendance and good vibes were up. Problems were down.

That was good news for everyone who attended the city of Center Line’s second annual Independence Festival, a celebration of the city’s history with entertainment, food, fireworks and family activities June 23-25 at Memorial Park.

The three-day festival was capped by a fireworks display at dusk on Saturday, and officials said crowd control measures implemented after the inaugural festival in 2016 kept things running smoothly.  

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Published July 5, 2017

These days, we take for granted having a fire department with the equipment to handle most any fire that might arise.

It might surprise people to know that until 1927, the Birmingham Fire Department was staffed by volunteers, and the force didn’t even have the necessary gear. As is often the case, it took a tragedy and the ensuing outcry for the then-village to realize it needed a professional staff and equipment.

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Published July 5, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — School has only been out for summer a couple of weeks, and already you’ve overheard your kid utter words like “ain’t” and “dunno.”

Before the summer slump fully sets in, why not head over to Baldwin Public Library July 10 for the “Build a Better World” spelling bee.

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Published July 5, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Enjoying Michigan from a bike is a pretty common pastime in the state. Doing it for 300 miles can take some extra incentive.

Yet for the last 30 years, hundreds of riders have done just that as part of the Wish-A-Mile Bike Ride, a 300-mile journey that benefits Make-A-Wish Michigan, a nonprofit that makes dreams come true for children battling debilitating or dangerous medical conditions.

Brad Zimmerman, a 62-year-old family man and executive coach from Beverly Hills, has taken part in the ride every year but one since 2000.

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Published July 5, 2017

FRASER — Time flies when you’re helping others.

That’s always been the self-described mission of CARE of Southeastern Michigan, headquartered in Fraser. On June 20, the organization recognized its 40th year of service to the surrounding community, celebrating with longtime allies and supporters at the General Motors Heritage Center in Sterling Heights.

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Published July 5, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — The company that has been the low bidder for the previous two seasons of roadwork will once again be tackling road repairs in Grosse Pointe City.

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Published July 5, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Grief is nothing like a balloon. It’s heavy and dark and devoid of the sheer joy associated with these simple symbols of celebration.

And maybe because of that, balloons became the perfect mechanism by which grieving families could let go of at least some of the burden associated with their profound loss and pain.

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Published July 5, 2017

ROCHESTER — An annual rotation of outdoor sculptural artwork will help beautify the exterior of the Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

Emma Boonstra, the PCCA’s manager of exhibitions, said two sculptures were installed outside the Paint Creek Center for the Arts last month. She said modern contemporary sculptures are a nice marriage with the older PCCA building.

“It brings a little bit of color and a little bit of life to the neighborhood. It looks really nice on the outside of the building and helps draw people into the art center,” she said.

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Published July 5, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Rochester Hills Public Library is giving patrons a fun way to beat summer boredom this year.

The library recently introduced take-home STEAM kits for youths and adventure kits for adults — STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Library Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley said the program is part of a growing trend among libraries to offer adventure kits, mobile hot spots and other nontraditional library materials along with standard book circulation.

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Published July 5, 2017

ROCHESTER — For over 60 years, shoppers have flooded downtown Rochester to find one-of-a-kind deals and to reconnect with friends and neighbors over the summer.

Rochester Downtown Development Authority Director Kristi Trevarrow said the sales have become a tradition for many, adding that pretty much everyone in town comes downtown at one point during the three-day event.

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Published July 1, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After being postponed one day due to weather conditions, the St. Clair Shores First State Bank Fireworks Extravaganza picked back up July 1 at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave.

Gates opened at 2 p.m., where an inflatable bouncer and obstacle course, the splash pad, musical entertainment and various food vendors were available to attendees.

Guests were welcome to swim in the open beach and were visited by party characters from films such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Star Wars.”

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Published June 30, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — While many east side residents agree that they wish they had a movie theater close by, whether they’d want that theater to be housed at The War Memorial is apparently up for debate.

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Published June 30, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Just as the grills and sparklers fizzle out at the end of Independence Day, the fun will just be getting started at Springfield Oaks County Park as the annual Oakland County Fair opens up July 7-16.

Grandstand entertainment, games, carnival rides, fair food, fireworks and so much more will bring Davisburg to life once again for the decades-old family event. But tradition is only half of the fun, according to Fair Manager L.C. Scramlin.

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Published July 5, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Ready to cut the cord?

The decision to keep a landline telephone, to use a landline along with a cellphone, or to just have a cellphone is one that many grapple with as cellphones and smartphones become ubiquitous. 

While ditching the landline may save money and cut down on calls from telemarketers, there are some things to take into consideration before making the jump.

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Published July 5, 2017

METRO DETROIT — There’s nothing better in the summertime than cooling off with a frozen treat.

Well, your dog happens to feel the same way.

But it’s tough to include Fido in summer sundae fun when ice cream doesn’t sit well with many dogs, according to Janet Platt, owner of Maestros Dog Haus in Bloomfield Hills and Ferndale.

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Published June 28, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Holocaust survivor Esther Nisenthal Krinitz wanted to show her children the story of her survival, but her visual artwork is now open for others to see in a new exhibit, “Fabric of Survival,” at the Janice Charach Gallery July 16-Sept. 19.

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Published June 28, 2017

Sterling Heights city officials hope to make a splash with a new event to entice people to pay a visit to the city’s distinctive waterway, the Clinton River.

The city will present its inaugural Canoe the Clinton canoe and kayak event July 8.

City Manager Mark Vanderpool described the event as a way for the city to celebrate the Clinton River’s reopening for recreational usage. Teaming up with Clinton River Canoe & Kayak Rentals helped make the new event possible, he added.

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Published June 28, 2017

CLAWSON — The Clawson Fourth of July Committee announced a lineup full of opportunities to celebrate the summer holiday.

“It’s that time of year, and we’re really excited to celebrate the Fourth of July here in Clawson, a long-standing tradition,” said City Councilwoman and Fourth of July Committee Chair Debbie Wooley.

The fun already began June 24 with the annual Clawson Kiddie Parade, but it will keep on going through the big show in the night sky on Tuesday, July 4.

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