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Published February 3, 2016

FERNDALE — Cooking hasn’t always been Jared Bobkin’s calling, but ever since the Oak Park native got in a kitchen, he hasn’t looked back.

The constant pressure to produce, the never-ending list of things to accomplish and the chance to try new things is what appealed to Bobkin, he said.

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Published February 2, 2016

ROCHESTER — Looking for a cure to your midwinter blues? The Adams High School Booster Club, in support of the athletic department’s 22 sports and over 50 teams, is hosting its fourth annual Comedy Night fundraiser this weekend. 

“We use a Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle-quality comedian right here in Rochester, so it provides the opportunity for people to come out in February, when the midwinter blues hit, and see a good show right here in town,” said Adams High School Athletic Director Jason Rapp.

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Published February 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Lions Club International Foundation has given a $100,000 matching grant to Leader Dogs for the Blind.

The funds are aimed at sponsoring the advanced training bay in the new Leader Dogs Canine Development Center.

“Internationally, Leader Dog and Lions share a joint mission to serve,” Sue Daniels, president and CEO of Leader Dogs, said in a statement.

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — This spring, thousands of daffodils will pop up around Rochester City Hall, thanks to the help of some “Good Neighbors.”

The Stoney Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was recently honored with a Good Neighbor Award for volunteering to plant over 1,000 daffodil bulbs around City Hall last October. The Rochester City Beautiful Commission presented the group with the award at the Jan. 25 City Council meeting.

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Published February 2, 2016

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FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — New York City resident Jeff Stolzer walked into a Los Angeles barbershop in the spring of 1991 needing a haircut and walked out with a play idea.  

“It’s one of those things (where) you sit in the chair, he cuts your hair and you talk, and there is this strange type of intimacy,” Stolzer said.

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Published February 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The military is its own world, and even those who don’t see combat still sacrifice much being away from home. Yet despite national slogans such as “Support Our Troops,” many servicemen and women feel abandoned once they leave the military. Some suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and slip through cracks in the system, unable to get the help they need.

That’s why Madison Heights United Methodist Church, 246 E. 11 Mile Road, is trying to do its part to help those who served the country.

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Published February 2, 2016

At the request of the Troy City Council, a police service aide and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources representative presented a program at the Jan. 25 council meeting about the coyotes in Troy.

Troy Mayor Pro Tem Ed Pennington said that a coyote attacked his neighbor’s dog.

“It’s a problem we’ve never had before,” Pennington said. 

“This has been a topic in the city,” Mayor Dane Slater said.

Troy Police service aide Steve Vaillancourt estimates that there are 40-50 coyotes in Troy.

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Published February 3, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Dakota High School senior Bethany Moses was feeling a little stressed out during play rehearsal Jan. 27.

Having just completed midterms, she was now turning her full attention to her lead role in Dakota’s musical production of “Mary Poppins.”

“It’s been a little insane, but it will all come together. I know that definitely. It always does,” Moses said.

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Published February 1, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It’s about that time when cabin fever starts to kick in for many metro Detroiters, and they’ll do just about anything for a taste of spring, even if it’s for just a few minutes.

In the Cranbrook House and Gardens greenhouse, it’s a balmy 80 degrees year-around. On Feb. 12 and 13, the public can enjoy the warmth for themselves during the winter greenhouse sale.

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Published February 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Exams can be “ruff.”

To ease the tension from final exam preparation, West Bloomfield High School students shook paws and relaxed with therapy dogs in the school’s iCenter Jan. 21.

The Paws and Relax program, organized by information and technology specialist Julie Abeska, originated after Abeska began researching how therapy dogs can benefit students. 

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Published February 1, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Sip. Sparkle. Repeat.

That’s the plan for the fourth annual Vintage Jewelry Sale and Tea at The Community House Feb. 6.

More than 40 vendors will be on hand for the popular event to sell new and vintage jewelry, along with some handmade, repurposed items and other accessories.

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Published February 3, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The Birmingham Groves High School auditorium will play host to a special film presentation and talk with the people behind the documentary “PlantPure Nation.”

The talk and screening takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the auditorium of the school, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road.

The film features Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD., professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University; his son, Nelson Campbell; and Kentucky state Rep. Tom Riner as they try to spread the message of the benefits of a plant-based diet.

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Published February 3, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High School’s next musical is right around the corner, and this year’s performance looks to Broadway for inspiration.

The school’s musical is based on the Broadway adaptation of the Tim Burton film “Big Fish” and the novel it’s based on, “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.”

Musical Director Laurie Frick said the rights to the musical just became available to perform when they were deciding what to put on, and she was looking for a show with a large chorus.

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Published February 1, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — It’s been a year since the state of Michigan enacted reforms that now require parents to meet with a health professional before they can receive a nonmedical immunization waiver for their child.

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Published February 2, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — Sometimes people balk at the cost of adopting an animal. A rescue may charge $200 for a dog, but they might have already spent hundreds more on spaying or neutering, dental care, food and more. Treating heartworm alone can cost $400. And then there are cases where an animal has mange, broken limbs or other ailments that require immediate treatment.

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Published February 3, 2016

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Known around the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology for her leadership, innovation and compassion, teachers said they were not surprised when the White House recognized Christina Li, 17, of Macomb Township, as a computer science education “champion of change” Jan. 26.

Li single-handedly planned and executed a weeklong computer science camp, called “Hello World,” for 30 middle school girls in the district during spring break last year. She plans to hold the camp again this midwinter break and has received about 36 applications.

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Published February 2, 2016

UTICA — Utica’s premier cold-weather festival will take place Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14, with illuminated ice sculptures along Auburn Road and Cass Avenue and a jam-packed schedule of events. The theme this year is “Love and Ice.”

New features include an opening night acoustic performance by 10-year-old musician Sophia Avocado, followed by the crowning of an ice king and queen Friday night and a life-size Candy Land game on the municipal grounds Saturday.

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Published February 1, 2016

Whether the vehicles were blue, silver, green or purple, hues were huge at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, which took place at Cobo Center in Detroit in January.

Violet vehicles dazzled at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles exhibit. A Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger showed off a paint color called Plum Crazy, and a Jeep Wrangler was painted in a similar purple color.

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Published February 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Feeling stressed? Want to meet new friends?

Then grab your markers and head over to the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.

The Coloring Social Circle meets at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays at the center, located at 20000 Stephens St. The group was formed to help members experience the health benefits of adult coloring: “By engaging multiple parts of the brain while coloring, focusing on the lines, movements and colors, we can de-stress,” according to its newsletter.

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Published January 31, 2016

WARREN  — The J.L. Hudson Co. and its iconic Detroit department store will be the focus of a special presentation hosted by the Warren Historical & Genealogical Society on March 2.

The program, to be held in the cafeteria at the Warren Community Center on Arden, will feature memorabilia from the legendary retailer and a presentation by author Michael Hauser, marketing manager for the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Opera House.

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