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Published July 1, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.  

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Published July 1, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s just not quite summer until you’ve sipped a lemonade and taken a spin around the Ferris wheel at an old-fashioned community fair.


And Oakland County Parks and Recreation does not disappoint. This year’s county fair is set to kick off July 3 with more than a week’s worth of events to draw families to Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg.

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Published July 1, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Dozens of visitors pass through the main room of the Grosse Pointe Public Library’s Central Branch each day, but unless they happened to glance at the ceiling, they might never have realized that they were standing beneath a modern art masterpiece.


Since the library opened in 1953, a large, colorful mobile by famed artist and engineer Alexander Calder has been suspended from the ceiling. Commissioned for the library, the mobile has long been free to move and alter its shape according to the airflow patterns created by library traffic.

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Published June 30, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Where there’s smoke, there’s fireworks — at least around this time of the year — and city officials want to make sure people light up the night with caution and care.


“We’re not going to stop people from doing it. We just want it to be supervised and (people to) have common sense,” Farmington Hills Fire Lt. James Neufeld said. “The main thing is people should be aware before, during and after (lighting fireworks) for safety. And not (be) under the influence of anything.”

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Published June 30, 2015

With summer heating up, local experts offered advice to save money on energy bills by maximizing efficiency in the home.

“There’s a lot of very simple measures to be more energy-efficient that don’t have to cost a lot of money,” Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said. “You don’t necessarily have to buy new windows or (energy-efficient appliances).”

One measure, Dodd said, is a programmable thermostat, which can reduce air conditioning costs while a home is unoccupied.

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Published June 30, 2015

The fellow in the cubicle next to you has been coming in each morning with red, tired eyes. He’s rubbing his throbbing temples throughout the day and always has a stash of Ibuprofen on hand.

There’s a good chance your cube pal isn’t an all-night partier, but rather, a daily sufferer of seasonal allergies. And he’s not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States are affected by nasal allergies.

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Published July 1, 2015

AUBURN HILLS — Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge chef Susan Baier never made a turkey burger until her daughter requested them for her wedding reception in 2011.


“I said, ‘OK,’ and I made up these turkey burgers, and they’re loaded with all this stuff — red peppers, spinach, feta and all that good stuff — and everybody loved them,” she said.

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Published June 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As the bombs burst in the air, people of all ages should enjoy the fireworks and festivities July 8 at the Clinton Township Civic Center.


This year is the eighth time the township has put on the show, with help from multiple sponsors, vendors and entertainers that make the evening a wide-reaching event.

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Published June 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Get your popcorn ready because a local cinema is trying to bring big crowds back to the movies.


Clinton Township’s Board of Trustees recently approved an $8.5 million remodeling of AMC Star Gratiot 21, located in the Regional Shopping Center at 35705 South Gratiot Avenue.


On June 15, the board also approved a liquor license for a bar area that will serve alcoholic beverages inside the theater, which opened in 1990.

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Published June 30, 2015

FARMINGTON  — Two countries are joining forces to celebrate a three-term Michigan governor who was born 150 years ago — three months after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.


To honor the late Gov. Fred Warner’s birthday, the Governor Warner Mansion is throwing a birthday bash from 7-9 p.m. July 9. The event precedes a July 20 celebration at his birthplace in Hickling, Nottinghamshire, England.

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Published June 29, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Bringing what officials say is millions of dollars to the community, the 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival will return Labor Day weekend in downtown Royal Oak.

Event producer Jonathan Witz gathered with local politicians and business sponsors June 24 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties in Royal Oak to announce that this year’s event will be bigger, better and feature more community give-back, and that the event will continue for at least three more years.

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Published June 29, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Before Vanessa Chambe began competing in local Miss America’s Outstanding Teen preliminary competitions, she was shy and somewhat insecure, her mother said.


But now, the 17-year-old former Miss Teen St. Clair Shores walks with poise, has no problems speaking to large groups, and was just crowned Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen at the state competition in Muskegon on June 17.


“It’s been a really exciting week for me,” said Chambe, who will begin her senior year at Lake Shore High School this fall.

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Published June 29, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Kacy Wyman, 13, is a competitive swimmer and an aspiring doctor.

She has never seen herself as different.

“She really lives her life like a normal kid,” said Kacy’s mother, Jen Wyman, explaining that normal daily life currently consists of washing down nearly 50 different medications with gallons of water. “We are constantly living by the clock, but we get through it, and nothing gets her down.”

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Published June 29, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Fire Department’s message on fireworks has been the same since 2011: The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a professional show.

Fire Marshal Pat Riney said professional fireworks displays are regulated and monitored, and the Fire Department is on-site for every show. In addition, he said, a safety zone is established for the use of professional fireworks, but residents may not be establishing a safety zone when using consumer products.

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Published June 30, 2015

WARREN — You’ll find more than just fresh produce, healthy activities and good times this summer at Warren’s weekly farmers market at City Square. You’ll also find a sense of community.

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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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Upcoming Events

St. Clair Shores
Ukulele jam session
1-3 p.m.
Lake Shore Presbyterian Church
Farmington Hills
Summer nature programs
2 p.m.
Heritage Park
Bloomfield Township
Night Sky Paint Along
3-4:30 p.m.
Bloomfield Township Public Library
Harrison Township
Trivia night at the library
6:30-8 p.m.
Harrison Township Public Library
Clawson
Wednesday Afternoon Book Club
1-2 p.m.
Blair Memorial Library

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