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Published December 14, 2016

ROCHESTER — Just in time for holiday travel, the Rochester Hills Public Library is offering a new streaming media service called Hoopla Digital that allows library patrons to download free content at home or on the go.

With Hoopla Digital, library patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free movies, television shows, music, e-books, audiobooks or comics. All content is accessible via Hoopla Digital’s mobile app and online at www.hoopladigital.com.

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Published December 14, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Model trains transport Brad Jones on a trip back in time.

“I bought my first Lionel train in 1950, when I was 14, with paper route money,” Jones, 77, of Oakland Township, said. “I’ve always been interested in trains. When I went to college, the trains went into storage, but when I went to work, I brought them back out.”

Jones said model trains take him to another era.

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Published December 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The upcoming new year is a time for reflection, and auto safety experts are asking older drivers to honestly evaluate their driving skills for the sake of everyone on the road.

AAA recognized Dec. 5-9 as Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, a campaign by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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Published December 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — According to local real estate agents, the past year has shifted the balance away from favoring sellers more to leveling out the playing field.

While property values continued to rise in 2016, interest rates remained low, so both buyers and sellers won, said Kathy Coon, owner and broker of Real Living Great Lakes Real Estate in Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield and Clarkston.

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Published December 14, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Something warm, rich and sweet certainly sounds tantalizing, doesn’t it?

And no, we’re not talking about your date to the office holiday party. 

Hot chocolate is a cold-weather favorite for families around the world. And for every cup of sugary joy poured, there’s a different secret for creating the chocolatey treat.

In Clawson, Kahve House owner Ana Bureau has been brewing up holiday favorites like peppermint mocha lattes for weeks now.

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Published December 13, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — In efforts to prevent drug abuse, addiction and overdoses, Families Against Narcotics formed Operation Rx, a program to educate the Macomb County community about proper drug disposal.

According to the Operation Rx website, www.operationrx.com, the organization’s mission is “saving lives by empowering individuals and communities to eradicate prescription drug and narcotic misuse and abuse.”

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Published December 13, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Lighthouse Outreach Center on Gratiot Avenue, south of 12 Mile Road, was established in 1984 and continues to help people who need food. 

The Lighthouse Outreach Center, part of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, distributes food for two programs, Macomb Commodity and Focus: Hope.

“Commodity is through Macomb County, and you have to have low income and live in Macomb County to receive it,” said Lighthouse Outreach Center Warehouse Supervisor Rose Blackford.

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Published December 14, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — 2016 should go down in Grosse Pointe Yacht Club history as both a memorable nod to the club’s past and a positive nod toward its future.

The GPYC just learned that it has been ranked as the third-best yacht club in America by Platinum Clubs of America, which issues a list of the top clubs in the United States every two years. A spokesperson for the GPYC said that it is the only Michigan private club to be named to this list of top yacht clubs. Platinum Clubs of America also ranks athletic clubs, city clubs, country clubs and golf clubs.

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Published December 14, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — This holiday season, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial is once again teaming up with the Wins for Warriors Foundation to give veterans and their loved ones a memorable gift.

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Published December 14, 2016

As long as your holiday shopping list may be, there’s an even longer list of ways that criminals can spoil your celebration.

The holiday season means that families are spending more money than they typically do during other times of the year — on party supplies, charitable giving and, of course, gifting. Increased spending means increased opportunities for thieves to take advantage of your jolly generosity.

One of the most common scams to hit neighborhoods in recent years is to swipe packages off doorsteps once they’re delivered to customers.

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Published December 13, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Adonai Alexander, a 12-year-old Shelby Township resident, celebrated the launch of her beauty line, Fruitti Tutti Beauty, at a launch party Dec. 3 at Better Life Fellowship Hall in Eastpointe.

Alexander, who’s always wanted to be an entrepreneur, explained why she likes the concept of working for herself.

“I like the concept of being an entrepreneur because a lot of people don’t enjoy what they do. I like that I can create my own things and enjoy what I’m doing,” said Alexander.

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Published December 13, 2016

As the days whittle down to Christmas, woodworking high school students have been acting like real-life versions of Santa’s elves to construct toys for local children.

At Henry Ford II High School, woodworking classes teamed up with the Michigan Woodworkers’ Guild to make wooden vehicle toys, particularly cars and trucks. Those toys will be distributed to young patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit this month.

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Published December 13, 2016

The outgoing mayor of Sterling Heights’ smaller neighbor to the north had a chance to accept praise for her legacy recently.

During a Dec. 6 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council unanimously passed a resolution congratulating Jacqueline “Jackie” Noonan for being Utica’s mayor for 29 years and for her accomplishments. Noonan is wrapping up her mayoral career in Utica, her 14th term.

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Published December 13, 2016

She may no longer dance, but a Sterling Heights woman is telling her life story after recently celebrating a century of living.

Zenobia “Zen” Nester turned 100 years old Nov. 16, and her 100th birthday party was held Nov. 5 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Nester called her birthday celebration wonderful, adding that the party was beautiful and everyone was happy. She said she received many gifts — too numerous to mention — including personal items, clothing, candy and money.

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Published December 13, 2016

The city of Sterling Heights is issuing a reminder on the best way to manage recent coyote sightings so that “howlidays” stay happy.

Sterling Heights Animal Control officials report that they have taken multiple reports from residents who say they have spotted coyotes in the city. They said the main area for sightings is within the area of 14 Mile, 15 Mile, Dodge Park and Schoenherr roads.
City officials said animal control personnel have checked out the coyote incidents and said the animals have not acted unusually; the coyotes tried to flee from people.

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Published December 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK — This weekend, Santa Claus will park his sleigh and reindeer on the rooftop of the Hazel Park District Library and come inside for one-on-one time with the kids.

The free event, Crafts with Santa, is one of the most popular events at the library, located at 123 E. Nine Mile Road. It will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 17.

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Published December 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Have a pair of gently used shoes you no longer need? Donating them to Pet Adoption Alternative of Warren (PAAW) will not only help support the rescue animals in their care, but also entrepreneurs trying to make a living in third-world countries.

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Published December 13, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — With only 10 days until Christmas, shoppers are going to be pouring into stores in order to make their last purchases for family and friends.

Local police want shoppers to be wary when exiting stores, as criminals might be looking to snatch up whatever presents shoppers bought.

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Published December 12, 2016

BERKLEY — The Berkley City Council at its Dec. 5 meeting unanimously approved a contract with John of All Trades for the business to remove snow from the properties of senior citizens in the city.

The program is part of the Senior Home Chore Snow Removal Service, which is funded through Community Development Block Grant funds. The total cost is not to exceed $5,000.

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Published December 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A holiday tradition that began last year will return to the lobby of the Shelby Township municipal building, located at 52700 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road.

Donation bins will surround the township’s Christmas tree, which also will serve as a “giving tree” decked with tags noting desired items for the Samaritan House in Washington Township, which serves needy families in northern Macomb County.

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