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Published November 24, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY/FARMS/PARK — An upside-down Christmas tree, a beautifully decorated Cleminson Hall and Ralph Lauren-style ornaments will be among the many festive adornments to see on this year’s Mothers’ Club of Grosse Pointe South High School Holiday Walk.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and should get people in the Christmas spirit. The club puts on the Holiday Walk every two years. Six families have volunteered to open their homes for the 2015 walk. 

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Published November 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Experts say it’s “back to basics” when it comes to decorating for the holidays, both inside and out of the home.

Minimalistic décor featuring natural elements like pine cones and live greenery, and rustic fabrics like burlap and plaid, are popular. Many people also are opting to purchase pre-decorated, grab-and-go items to add instant flair without the hassle.

“Less is more,” said Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design.

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Published November 24, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Christmastime is as good as any to recognize those who have permanently left families and friends.

Wreaths Across America is inviting the public to share in the remembrance of veterans for the sixth straight year at Resurrection Cemetery, in Clinton Township.

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Published November 24, 2015

Looking to celebrate Christmas close to home?

The Troy Historic Village and the city of Troy will offer holiday fun in your own backyard.

The Troy Historic Village will celebrate A Classic Christmas, offering a taste of the past  with hot mulled cider and — new this year — a make-your-own hot cocoa bar.

“You can still get a taste of the past at a homey, warm, Christmas event,” said Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village. “It’s an alternative to the mall crush.”

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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As families sit down this holiday week, heaping plates with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and more, the unfortunate truth is that not everyone can experience this bounty.

That’s why Chef Darrel Shepherd, his family and some of his students in the South Lake High School culinary arts program took time a few weeks early to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for hundreds of people in need in the city of Detroit.

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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The corner of Nine Mile and Mack in St. Clair Shores was bustling with business activity in the 1940s, but in different places than today. The Shores Theatre marquee can be seen through the covered driveway of Tremper’s Service Station. The theater today is currently closed. Johnson Milk Depot was next door to the theater on the left. Sunoco gasoline was sold at Tremper’s three-pump station. In the photograph, automobiles are parked behind the building, possibly awaiting service, which included tire and battery repair.Read More

Published November 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Eastpointe and Roseville will hold tree-lighting ceremonies and celebrations during the first week of December, with both cities including in the festivities visits from Santa Claus, activities and songs.

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Published November 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Local teenagers will bring in the holiday season in December with themed plays at Eastside Teen Outreach and East Detroit High School.


The outreach organization has a rendition of “It’s a Wonderful Life” set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5. According to Eastside Teen Outreach co-founder Deena Trocino, the play will not only feature local teens, but also former members of the defunct Eastpointe Players community theater group.

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Published November 25, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For 40 years, the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary has kicked off the holidays with its famed Holiday Tables event, with a variety of elaborately adorned tablescapes displayed throughout the historic Booth home.

But the group decided that such a milestone anniversary can’t be observed with the same old celebration. That’s why this year the auxiliary will present for the first time Holiday Splendor: Tinsel and Trees.

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Published November 24, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, the city of Birmingham is boasting a new logo to brand its popular downtown district.

Following a strategic planning project conducted last year, the Birmingham Principal Shopping District has launched a new name for itself along with a new logo and motto, called “It’s All IN Birmingham.”

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Published November 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Not quite finished with your holiday shopping at the end of Black Friday? Well, there’s more time, as well as more deals and even some fun to be had on Small Business Saturday Nov. 28.

In Mount Clemens, many of the small business owners that operate in the downtown area agree that while Small Business Saturday gives them that extra boost in revenue, it’s simply just a fun day.

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Published November 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — William S. Donaldson established a blacksmith shop on Front Street in Mount Clemens in 1862. This business is what grew into the Donaldson Bros. Foundry in 1865 when William partnered with his brother, Andrew.

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Published November 23, 2015

Drivers can keep a thief from taking away their Christmas cheer through proper safeguarding of vehicles and their contents this holiday season, according to police.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said thieves tend to smash into car windows to reach inside and grab anything valuable that they see. He warned people to never leave their holiday packages exposed in a vehicle. If possible, lock gifts in a trunk or in a covered hatchback trunk, or at least hide the valuables under objects on the vehicle floor.

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Published November 25, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — When he was in fifth grade, Adam Majestic wrote that one of his goals was to become an Eagle Scout.

The following year, in 2009, he began to pursue that goal by joining the Boy Scouts.

Nearly 30 merit badges and 52 nights of camping over the past six years led him to accomplish his goal this fall.

“This was my ultimate goal,” said Majestic, who is also using the honor as an edge in applying for colleges.

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Published November 24, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Parks and Recreation Department for Macomb Township is preparing to host its 11th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony.

The free event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Township Hall building, as well as at the Recreation Center.

“We encourage families to continue this tradition or start a new tradition, and kick off their holiday seasons with us,” said Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda.

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Published November 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — The holiday season is upon us, and the city of Rochester is doing its part once again to spread some cheer.

Downtown Rochester will transform into a European holiday market next weekend for the eighth annual Kris Kringle Market.

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Published November 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — The lobby of the Royal Park Hotel was abuzz Nov. 11 as families and children anxiously waited for hotel executive pastry chef Mark Slessor to unveil this year’s giant gingerbread house, which Slessor said is his team’s “biggest and best” candied confection to date.

This was the eighth anniversary of the event. The 8-foot-tall gingerbread structure was once again created for a sweet cause — to support The Salvation Army’s 2015 Red Kettle Campaign.

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Published November 20, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield theater has received a $15,000 grant from the state of Michigan for its general operating budget.

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, was awarded the grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as one of more than 550 applicants for a grant.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Development Director Linda Ramsay-Detherage said the grant was one the theater had to match, meaning it had to prove it could generate $15,000, which it already has done.

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Published November 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township’s hometown Christmas event, Christmas Aglow, which has been a community staple for more than three decades, will return at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

The free event will feature a multitude of elements designed to provide family fun, spread cheer and promote Shelby Township recreation.

New this year is the addition of a costumed Minion character from the movie “Despicable Me.”

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Published November 19, 2015

Black Friday is coming, and a majority of Michigan retailers are not expecting a black mark on their economic forecasts for the holiday shopping season, according to a recent survey.

An Oct. 26 press release from the Michigan Retailers Association revealed that its Michigan Retail Index shows respondents predicting an average sales increase of 2 percent this holiday season.

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