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Published December 9, 2015

WARREN — The annual Robotics, Engineering and Technology (RET) Days held at the South Campus of Macomb Community College continues to grow year after year.

Now in its 10th year, this year’s event on Dec. 2-3 gave approximately 3,100 middle and high school students the opportunity to perform hands-on activities in renewable energy, mechatronics, underwater robotics, solar power, 3-D printing, virtual welding and more. Electric vehicles were set up, and students could participate in an electric model vehicle race.

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Published December 9, 2015

CENTER LINE — Homes and businesses that shimmer with seasonal splendor, convey Christmas cheer and “Light Up the Sky” for the New Year are being sought in Center Line.

Nominations can be submitted by phone to City Hall at (586) 757-2800 before Dec. 20, when members of the city’s Beautification Commission will take to the streets in search of the best and brightest residential and commercial properties.

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Published December 8, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Now under new leadership in their 42nd season, the men and women of the Madison Chorale are preparing for their annual holiday concerts this Saturday and Sunday.

They’re also in a “rebuilding year,” with their membership having dipped from around 30 members earlier this year to around 20. But they say their sound will be as robust as ever.

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Published December 2, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Health experts from Beaumont Children’s Hospital gathered Nov. 24 to offer guidelines for keeping children out of the emergency room during the holiday season.

The press conference, held at Safety City U.S.A. in the Northwood Shopping Center, was presented in conjunction with the release of “Trouble in Toyland” — the 30th annual survey of toy safety from the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan’s Education Fund.

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Published December 2, 2015

CLAWSON — Mayor Penny Luebs hasn’t missed attending the Clawson annual tree lighting, and this year will be no different.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Santa to Clawson and give Santa the key to the city,” she said. “I enjoy seeing and meeting with the kids as they line up to see Santa. The joy, innocence and anticipation surrounds us, and the outcome is smiles all around.”

On a personal note, Luebs attends each year to have her photo taken with Santa to put on her father’s refrigerator as an ongoing tradition.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The winter blast has already arrived in metro Detroit, one month before the actual season commences, and where there’s snow, there’s an individual trying to do away with the mess.

Many experts seem to agree on one thing: As long as you rid your property of snow, it doesn’t really matter how you do it.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The National Retail Federation estimates that almost half of all holiday shopping this year will be done with a click of a button rather than a trip to the mall, but while buying gifts online is convenient, it also comes with a few risks that could make your season not so merry and bright.

“So many people get so busy that they don’t think about the what-ifs,” said Melanie Duquesnel, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan in Southfield.

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Published December 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hanukkah is a season of fun and presents for many of metro Detroit’s Jewish families, but over in the Middle East, it has recently become a sizzling topic among archaeologists who are trying to discover the holiday’s historical roots.

The timing of the Hanukkah season moves around the Western calendar from year to year because the eight-day festival’s beginning is tied to the lunar Jewish calendar. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec. 6 and lasts until Dec. 14.

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Published December 2, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The holiday lights will again be shining brightly on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, but the third year of the Winter Wonderland outdoor strolls will also feature the handiwork of local elementary school students.

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Published December 2, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It was standing room only in the council chambers as the city of Southfield welcomed its newly elected officials in an inauguration ceremony recently.

People spilled out into the lobby of City Hall to watch the ceremony on TV monitors Nov. 16.

WRCJ radio personality David Wagner hosted the ceremony, which included oaths of office, remarks from each newly elected official, and the election of council president from among the council members.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER — The sidewalks were filled to the brim Nov. 23 as downtown Rochester was set aglow with 1.5 million points of light for the first time this holiday season.

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Published December 1, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Holiday shoppers can support local artists selling their earthenware and pots during the Potters Market Dec. 4-6.

This year’s Potters Market will be held  9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road. Parking and admission are free. Those who want first dibs on the wares can hit the preview sale, which costs $10 at the door, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Tablescapes of rarely seen china, glassware, linens and silver are the focus of the 44th annual Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk.

It’s about “showing respect for your guest — honoring them,” said MBH curator Madelyn Rzadkowolski. “Putting out your best things for them to enjoy. We did that in every room.”

The exhibit also features information about the proper etiquette and protocol of hosting, when entertaining appropriately was of great importance for Gilded Age elite.

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Published December 1, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will make its way through the streets of downtown this weekend, marking the 64th anniversary of what has become a cherished holiday tradition for many.

“You can’t come to the parade and not see people that you know that are going down Main Street,” Parade Chair Tim Crawford said.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, the 2015 Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will roll down Main Street, from the corner of Tienken and Rochester roads south to Third Street.

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Published December 1, 2015

BERKLEY — The holiday season is in full swing, as Hometown Holidays and the Holiday Lights Parade will return Dec. 5 to downtown Berkley.

Hometown Holidays is entering its third year as a daytime event that sees the Berkley Downtown Development Authority and local businesses collaborate to offer specials, treats and activities throughout the day leading up to the Holiday Lights Parade.

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Published December 1, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Looking to have an activity to do with her daughter, Huntington Woods resident Judy Bruttell began working in pottery nearly three decades ago in a class at the Huntington Woods Recreation Center.

After expanding her pottery scope with classes at Oakland Community College, Bruttell got interested in raku, a Japanese technique of firing and cooling pottery to create various colors on pieces.

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Published December 1, 2015

FRASER — As Sue Bertolini-Fox continues to work in her fourth decade of making pottery, there seems to be no end in sight.

The Fraser resident became in tune with her craft in the early 1980s while attending Oakland Community College, when her children were still relatively young.

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Published December 2, 2015

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WATERFORD — Shopping local has never been more popular with consumers. But small businesses can’t always stay open as long as their big box competitors, and customers sometimes choose between conscience and convenience.

Luckily, the Oakland County Market will host its popular Holiday Shopping Nights again this year, so busy buyers can shop from local farmers and artisans during special evening hours.

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Published December 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Why just deck the halls when you can “put on your dazzle?”

That’s what’s happening at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center these days, according to President and CEO Annie VanGelderen, as the nonprofit art center gets ready to open its seasonal holiday shop, loaded with unique handcrafted gifts made by local artists.

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Published November 30, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Like so many of us, Joanne Ewald has been busy planning a holiday party. But her gathering, to be held on Friday, will be more than just a celebration of the season — it will be a celebration of hope for those who have gone without.

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