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Published October 6, 2015

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DETROIT — Global trade is so normal now, we take it for granted, but the transportation and sale of goods over long distances might have never been a modern reality were it not for a couple of men with local ties.

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Published October 7, 2015

Bemis Elementary School Principal Jeremey Whan was selected from among principals named the best in their state as the top principal in the country.

Staff at the school Whan served at in the West Bloomfield School District and from Bemis nominated Whan for the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association award, and he was selected as the top principal in the state in 2014.

\Whan said that those winners are encouraged to apply for the national award through the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the national component.

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Published October 7, 2015

Troy resident Rhonda Hendrickson has a strong background in volunteerism.

Leadership Troy selected Hendrickson as the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award.

Jim Cyrulewski, president of Leadership Troy, said via email that the group comprises representatives from various community organizations, businesses and individuals who strive to promote Troy community improvement programs. They recognize volunteers and corporate citizens that positively impact the quality of life in Troy.

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Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — At the corner of Catalpa Drive and Coolidge Highway in Berkley sits Berkley High School, where a senior class of nearly 300 students is working through its last year of high school and thinking about the future.


Across the street, however, Blackmon School was the one-room schoolhouse that started the Berkley School District in 1840 with about 30 students. In the 175 years since, the district has grown into a nine-building district that educates about 5,000 students every year.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When Jonathan Steinberg began proton therapy 32 years ago, he had to move to Boston and face protesters against the then-experimental treatment in an effort to save his life.

“It wasn’t easy being in a strange town and being told that you had less than a year to live,” he said.

The Birmingham resident eventually brought his fight for proton therapy to Michigan, championing the cause until Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed restrictions blocking who could provide the treatment in 2008.

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Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — At the corner of 12 Mile Road and Robina Avenue in Berkley, patrons used to line up around the block to get inside the Berkley Theater and see the latest show. Even the theater’s last showing in 1993 — of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” — was by invitation only.


While the large sign with the city’s name and marquee still stands, the theater is now occupied by Rite Aid, and the grand entrance is used as storage for the business.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLAWSON — Looking back at the past eight years that Penny Luebs has been mayor, she reflected on the growth of the community.

During her four terms, the city has secured grants for road reconstruction, kept and maintained the Clawson Police Department, maintained and improved parks, built relationships with community groups and supported new and existing small businesses with initiatives like the One Stop Ready program.

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Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — Even in the third grade, Clawson resident Brittney Mattson could tell that art would be a part of her future.


A painting she had done in art class was entered into a show of work from all elementary grade levels, and that proved to be just the beginning of her foray into the art world.

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Published October 7, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority board and the city have selected the next person to lead the downtown as the new DDA executive director.


Barry Hicks, who has a background in planning and economic development with Sterling Heights, Jackson and Albion, was selected from a pool of 40 applicants. Hicks comes in after former Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius stepped down May 27.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When you look at the ingredients that create one box of Yumbitz, you’ll notice that the first ingredient is “LOVE.”


That is the mission maintained by Monica Martin, the Clinton Township-based owner of a growing cookie company.


Yumbitz comes in resealable white packages that give individuals a glimpse of the deliciousness waiting inside, and since the business officially took off, success has taken Martin by storm.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — C.J. Barrymore’s owner Rick Iceberg said his Clinton Township-based entertainment venue must “change or die,” leading to plenty of change within the next couple of years.


This is due to the Sept. 21 unanimous approval by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees to grant a special land use expansion to C.J. Barrymore’s in terms of new entertainment within the community business district on Hall Road.

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Published October 7, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In retrospect, he should have seen it coming.


Frank Leone grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduating in 2003 from South Lake High School and then in 2008 from Wayne State University. Trying his luck in the big city, he bounced from New York to Los Angeles trying to start his career as an actor.


When a mentor suggested he create a web series as an outlet to showcase his work, he decided to give it a try, never dreaming it would grow into the project it is now.

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Published October 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Spending a small amount of money to stage your home for sale can deliver big returns, according to local real estate professionals.


“Statistics have shown if a seller invests 1 percent (of the home price) on staging, they will get 8 to 10 percent of their money back and sell their house 75 times faster,” said Corie Conroy, owner of First Impressions Home Staging in Bloomfield Hills.


Staging is mostly a matter of decluttering and making your home look its best.

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Published October 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — We’ve all heard those too-good-to-be-true fitness tidbits, like how chewing gum burns 11 calories, and eating celery burns more calories than you take in. And those are the fun facts that make dieting seem oh-so-easy, right?


Well, as it turns out, they are too good to be true.


While many everyday activities do help contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle, it takes a little something extra to count as part of a workout routine, according to many trainers.

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Published October 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Police officers, firefighters, teachers, students, businesses and other residents received Salute to Excellence awards during the annual Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Sept. 28.
Winners

were nominated by other members of the community, or in the case of police and fire officers of the year, by their peers in their respective departments. The winners were announced earlier in September before receiving their awards at the dinner, which took place at Eastpointe Manor.

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Published October 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The recreation authority and the East Detroit Public Schools are planning Halloween activities for kids to trick-or-treat and show off their costumes in safe environments.


Wristbands are now on sale for children who want to participate in the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe’s annual trick-or-treat trail Oct. 24. The wristbands cost $3 each and are available at the recreation center at 18185 Sycamore St. in Roseville.

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Published October 6, 2015

PONTIAC — Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins was recognized recently for his efforts in deterring domestic violence.


In a ceremony held at noon Oct. 1 in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium in Pontiac, Hawkins was among seven other people and groups to be awarded for their efforts.


Judge Derek Meinecke, of the 44th District Court in Royal Oak, presented the awards to the recipients.

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Published October 7, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A nature program about bats and a new Little Library will be offered at two township parks this fall.

Lost Lake Park will host Bats of the World at 7 p.m. Oct. 26, and Cranberry Lake Park will open a new take-a-book, leave-a-book service.

Bats of the World will feature five live bats — an Egyptian fruit bat, an insect-eating bat, a straw-colored fruit bat, a dog-faced bat and a Jamaican leaf-nosed bat.

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Published October 6, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A nonprofit organization has taken extra measures to improve the safety of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department’s K-9 officer, Xander.


The department has been awarded a ballistic vest through Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a nonprofit organization located in East Taunton, Massachusetts. The charitable group’s mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs in law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S.

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Published October 7, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — For three decades, The Community House has brought together the state’s finest artists for its annual juried Our Town art show and sale. And during that time, the show’s momentum has only gotten greater.

The 30th Our Town show will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15-17 at TCH in downtown Birmingham. The juried all-media art event provides a forum for Michigan artists to show and sell their work, while 35 percent of the sale’s proceeds go to fund TCH’s outreach programs for children and families in need.

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