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Published August 17, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/MARQUETTE — You may have heard of the former Holy Family Orphanage.

Some say it’s haunted, others see dilapidation, while some use the historic landmark as content for the blogosphere.

For Farmington Hills-based Home Renewal Systems, a redeveloper of historic properties, they see an opportunity to turn blight into beauty by creating the Grandview Marquette, a 56-rental-unit affordable housing space come 2017.

Shannon Morgan, of HRS Communities, said that the building has quite a bit of history.

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Published August 17, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD/ROCHESTER — The Art & Apples Festival wants Farmington Hills to come and check it out.

The 51st annual festival, produced by Paint Creek Center for the Arts, is advertising to cities such as Farmington Hills — and others throughout metro Detroit — to visit its Sept. 9-11 event at Rochester Municipal Park, 400 Sixth St. in Rochester.

The festival will have some local flavor, with Farmington Hills mixed media artist Ann Marie Fischer bringing her Halloween items to the mix.

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Published August 17, 2016

CLAWSON — U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Glenn Kramer loved his wife.

“My buddies would say they took more heat from their wives because they couldn’t have a relationship like ours,” Kramer said. “We were together for 37 years, and I loved her deeply.

“She was more than my wife; she was my friend and somebody I looked forward to seeing every day.”

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Published August 17, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Classic cruisers are more than muscle and metal for many couples. The smooth leather interiors and revved-up engines also bring back thoughts of yesteryear.

Hagerty Insurance is bringing back that sense of nostalgia once again this year with its drive-through marriage vow renewal event.

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Published August 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 1920s and a young, Irish woman with a good mind for business set the tone for the musical comedy “Irene,” which the Heart of the Hills Players bring center stage this month.

The theater group, which consists of about 100 members age 50 and older, will perform the Broadway show Aug. 18-21 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township. Joanie Rizzo, of Troy, was cast in the lead role as Irene and can’t wait for opening night.

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Published August 17, 2016

ROCHESTER — Case’s Hardware is ready for customers Aug. 23, 1931. An advertisement from Sept. 22, 1939, shows items for sale. Case’s Hardware was located on Main Street, near Fourth Street, in downtown Rochester. The building was built in 1890 by Harvey Taylor, and it was destroyed in a fire in 1968. 

— Photo provided by the Rochester Hills Museum

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Published August 17, 2016

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to attend the 18th annual Family Praise and Picnic in the Park — St. John Lutheran Church and School’s community songfest, and family-friendly worship, picnic and celebration — beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 28 in Rochester’s Municipal Park.

Event coordinator Roger Guetzkow said the event began as a fellowship and worship outing, and soon expanded into an outreach event for the community.

Today, the event draws over 1,000 people each year, Guetzkow said.

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Published August 17, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — As kids head back to school, the Rochester Area Neighborhood House will also experience a change this September.

The local human services organization is moving its headquarters to 1720 S. Livernois Road in Rochester Hills and plans to be fully operational there by Sept. 6.

The organization was previously operating its client services from a 1,600-square-foot space on the campus of St. Andrew Catholic Church, which donated the space for over 45 years.

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Published August 17, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The two spacious shelves of the city’s newest Little Free Library are packed with books for adults and children.

The wooden structure, located in a neighborhood near Brewster and Livernois roads, opened for business Aug. 12, offering a lending library of books donated by nearby residents.

“It is a huge movement,” said Diane Winham, who initiated the new Little Free Library effort. “Really quite remarkable — 10,247 (Little Free Libraries) in the country; 40,000 worldwide.”

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Published August 17, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Local moms Betsie Brodbeck and Barb Rill want to make sure every child in the city has a bike and a helmet.

They’ve teamed up with the city’s Fire Department and a local PTA council to collect and refurbish used bikes and helmets for local children.

“We heard about a need and jumped on it,” Brodbeck said.

“And from an emergency medical service point of view, we want (children’s) heads to be protected,” said Nancy Butty, Rochester Hills Fire Department public education specialist.

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Published August 17, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After not facing any competition in the Democratic primary for the 33rd District state House seat, Yani Warda is moving on to the general election this November.

Warda, 28, of Macomb Township, is the owner of a commercial cleaning service that has been family-owned since 1996, and he also works for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in its human resources division.

Warda attended Macomb Community College to study fire science and law enforcement, and he is continuing his education in emergency management at Madonna University.

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Published August 17, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Late-season road construction is coming to Macomb Township.

A pair of cost-sharing agreements for two road projects in Macomb Township were approved by the township’s Board of Trustees during an Aug. 10 meeting.

The construction of a roundabout located at the eastern leg of the 25 Mile Road and Romeo Plank intersection is set to proceed, along with the paving of Hayes Road between 25 Mile and 26 Mile roads.

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Published August 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The summer concert series is going out with a pedal and push this week as the Arts Commission partners with Detroit Cycle Pub in offering art tours this Thursday.

Art Explored Cycle Tours will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 18 during the final performance of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts summer concert series.

The 20-minute six-seater bike tours will pedal past eight of the latest installations of the Art Explored series, which are located throughout the downtown.

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Published August 17, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — You might think if police spot a 13-year-old boy driving his mother’s car along Woodward Avenue, that boy is probably up to no good.

But that’s just what Javon Taylor did on July 17, and now Bloomfield Hills public safety officers are calling him a hero.

Taylor, of Detroit, received a Civilian Bravery Award from the Bloomfield Hills City Commission last Tuesday after he took the wheel and guided his mother’s car to safety after she suffered a sudden medical emergency while driving on Woodward with her son.

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Published August 15, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Interstate 75 modernization project — an effort more than 20 years in the making — is scheduled to finally kick off this week with construction between South Boulevard and Coolidge Highway.

But Bloomfield Township residents who live alongside the freeway are anxious about more than just the orange barrels that will come with the work. They’re upset about the fact that noise walls aren’t on the to-do list for the Michigan Department of Transportation.

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Published August 17, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Summer is winding down, but it’s not over until motor heads along the Woodward corridor meet up to celebrate metro Detroit history at our signature event: the Woodward Dream Cruise.

As always, organizers in Birmingham and Bloomfield Township have big plans for revelers willing to brave the heat and check out some cool rides.

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Published August 17, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Volunteers with the Packard Proving Grounds are planning an evening filled with 1920s glitz, glam, dinner, drinks and dancing for a good cause.

The “Great Gatsby”-themed gala will take place 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Packard Proving Grounds, located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave., between 21 Mile and 22 Mile roads.

Mary Anne Demo, event coordinator for the Packard Proving Grounds, said the opportunity to throw an in-house bash and fundraiser arose when a wedding scheduled for Aug. 27 was canceled.

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Published August 15, 2016

Paul Mitchell surpassed four opponents to clinch the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives District 10 race in the Aug. 2 primary election with 30.6 percent of the vote.

He will compete with Democratic nominee Frank Accavitti Jr., Libertarian Lisa Lane Gioia and Benjamin Nofs, a member of the Green Party, in the Nov. 8 general election for a two-year term in Congress.

The 10th Congressional District includes all of Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac and St. Clair counties, as well as portions of Macomb and Tuscola counties.

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Published August 15, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Around the country, it seems voters on opposing sides of the political spectrum are at odds over a myriad of issues — voter identification laws being just one.

That argument reared its ugly head in the Eagle’s coverage area during last Tuesday’s primary election when at least two incidents highlighted the controversy surrounding whether voters should provide photo ID at the polls — or be denied a ballot completely.

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Published August 15, 2016

Although the heyday of the hot rod drifts further into the past, local car enthusiasts say they are doing what they can to preserve the legacy of classic car cruising and to keep the dream alive for the next generation.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is returning to Woodward Avenue Aug. 20. According to cruise Executive Director Tony Michaels, the enthusiasm for the nostalgia-fueled car event isn’t running on empty.

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