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Published May 9, 2016

Construction work will not deter the city of Sterling Heights from paying its respects to fallen members of the armed forces this Memorial Day.

According to city officials, this year’s Memorial Day Parade will be the city’s 37th annual one. Memorial Day falls on May 30 this year, and the parade activities will start at 10 a.m. that day.

Officials say residents can expect to see Mayor Michael Taylor at a 9 a.m. pre-parade ceremony event that will take place near City Hall.

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Published May 11, 2016

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Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 9, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS/UTICA — Some local high school students will be able to see their work used in the real world thanks to a partnership between Jimmy John’s Field and Henry Ford II High School.

Brian Berryman, executive director of baseball operations for the United Shore Professional Baseball League, said he reached out to the school with the idea of a storage space for bats and helmets at the ball field. Staff and students took a rendering of the project and ran with it.

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Published May 10, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The eighth annual Shelby Farmers Market will roll back into town Saturday, May 14, at the Packard Proving Grounds. The market is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through October, rain or shine.

This year, the popular Amish booth will expand to three booths, and a new chef will serve up samples of items available at the market and hand out recipes.

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Published May 9, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Downtown Development Authority has announced its theme for this year’s Art Challenge: “This Is Home.” And this time, it’s about designing functional art in the form of bike racks that will be built by a local businessman and installed by the DDA around town.

Students from the Madison and Lamphere districts, as well as Bishop Foley Catholic High, are invited to submit designs for bike racks that reflect local businesses, neighborhoods or the city itself.

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Published May 9, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park Public Schools are full of talented young artists. Now they will have a place to share their creations with the community.

The Wilfred Webb Art Gallery will open Monday, May 16, in the district’s administrative building at 1620 E. Elza Ave. The grand opening will be held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. There will be an ice cream social in the courtyard at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

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Published May 9, 2016

With winter well in the past, the bikers are back on Michigan’s roads, and more people are looking to shop for a motorcycle, according to motorcycle dealers.

Frank Blowers, customer and community manager from Wolverine Harley-Davidson in Clinton Township, said his store had good business during the winter months, but he called April’s customer traffic “incredible.” He said customers on average tend to be buying two new motorcycles for every used one.

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Published May 6, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In their third year of existence, the South Lake High School Mighty CavBots are taking to the seas — or at least a pool.

The robotics club has earned a spot to compete in the sixth National SeaPerch Challenge, to be held May 20-21 on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. 

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Published May 6, 2016

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This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, and whether you’re delving into comics for the first time or you’re a seasoned collector, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit your local comic book store.

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Published May 6, 2016

WARREN — As Mental Health and Foster Care Awareness Month gets underway, one local agency that assists people with mental health issues and foster care has a new home.

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Published May 6, 2016

WARREN — Judging by the eloquent remarks offered by three generals in attendance at the Detroit Arsenal as command officially changed hands May 2, the U.S. Army continues to be every bit as professional as it is combat effective.

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Published May 11, 2016

METRO DETROIT — When it comes to renovating a rental, what options are available to tenants who want to make changes without losing their security deposit? 

Local professionals in the world of rentals — such as Michael Jordan, founder and CEO of Livonia-based Strategy Property Management, and Warren-based Total Construction and Renovation LLC owner Jason Szymborski — discussed in interviews what is best left to them, and what you may do when it comes to renovations. 

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Published May 11, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — The average child in the U.S. spends seven hours a day in front of a screen.

This excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

So what can you, as a parent or caregiver, do to help minimize your child’s screen time during those school-free months? One option, local experts say, is to have them explore nature. 

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Published May 6, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of North Star Sailing Club are getting the season afloat with a series of events planned along the shores of Lake St. Clair.

North Star Sail Club Director Nickie Kowal said things will set sail with a Boater to Boater Sale, a sort of swap meet for boating enthusiasts, May 14-15.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, shoppers will be able to peruse an array of used boating equipment for sale. Table rentals are still available for $25.

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Published May 5, 2016

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1. Celebrate mom with flowers
Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7 • Lake Orion  |  Sunday, May 8 • Royal Oak

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, and if you’re looking for a gift for mom, you can’t go wrong with flowers. Here are a few places to buy bouquets, baskets, plants and more.

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Published May 4, 2016

GROSSE POINTE — Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony for officers and board members of the newly formed Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods branch of the NAACP on April 28 at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade drew some wisdom from University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh. 

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Published May 4, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The last time Grosse Pointe Theatre staged “Hello, Dolly!” in 1978, a then-teenaged Theresa Selvaggio played the show’s ingénue.

For the 2016 reboot of the classic musical, Selvaggio, of Grosse Pointe Farms, occupies the starring role, playing New York City matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi opposite Ron Otulakowski, of Eastpointe, as her challenging client, the stubborn widower Horace Vandergelder. 

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Published May 4, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The  Clinton-Macomb Public Library’s fifth annual “Taste of the Town” was its biggest event yet.

Library Director Larry Neal said the fundraiser, which took place April 22 at the Main Library, was part of a record-breaking year that drew more than 350 estimated guests and raised about $12,500.

Last year’s event was attended by a little more than 300 guests and raised about $12,000.

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Published May 4, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite tough cuts elsewhere, City Council members said they want to make sure the library has enough money to continue to buy new materials in 2017. 

During the April 27 city budget hearing, Library Director Rosemary Orlando told City Council that they had zero capital requests listed in the budget — which meant that no materials were budgeted to be purchased in 2016-17. 

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