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Published November 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Only about two dozen votes separated Grosse Pointe Shores City Council contenders from the winners on Election Day.

Five candidates were vying for three four-year terms on the council, with Shores City Councilman Robert Gesell the only council incumbent; City Council members Kay Felt and Daniel Schulte didn’t seek re-election.

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Published November 11, 2015

FARMINGTON — Underneath the lights adorned in downtown Farmington, once again the city will host the second annual Light Up the Grand: A Holiday Lighted Parade.

Presented by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and will travel along Grand River Avenue, beginning at Warner Street and ending at Wilmarth Street.

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Published November 9, 2015

FRASER — The residents of Fraser voted for change in 2015.

In a crowded eight-person field vying for three four-year spots on Fraser City Council, newcomers Patrice Schornak and Yvette Foster were the top two vote-getters.

Schornak finished first, claiming 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent.

“I’m in shock,” Schornak said shortly after results were finalized. “It’s kind of like a ‘pinch me’ moment.”

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Published November 10, 2015

FERNDALE — What started as a small show in Siouxsan Miller’s home has grown into a local artists showcase each year, as the 17th annual Ridge Fine Art & Handmade Wares Show will return to Ferndale Nov. 21.

Miller, who has been creating art and doing art shows in the metro Detroit area for years, said the show, which started in Pleasant Ridge but now resides at the Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2441 Pinecrest Drive in Ferndale, gives Michigan artists a way to get their items out there, and the show also embraces the local art community.

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Published November 9, 2015

FRASER — Joe Nichols seemingly came out of nowhere to run against City Councilman Paul Cilluffo for mayor.

But the voices of nearly 3,000 residents on Nov. 3 cemented a new era in Fraser politics, as Nichols defeated Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent to succeed Doug Hagerty. The final count was 1,431 votes to 1,280.

Nichols, who later said he knocked on 75 doors on the eve of Election Day, said his campaign consisted of listening to residents and what they desired to move the city forward.

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Published November 9, 2015

On Oct. 29, Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, was one of six contemporary and four historical women in the 32nd class of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Miller joined the ranks of more than 285 women who have been honored for wide-ranging and lasting achievements by the Michigan Women’s Historical Center in Lansing.

Emily Fijol, executive director of the Historical Center, said the Michigan Women’s Studies Association receives more than 100 nominations each year, which then filter through two rounds of judges.

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Published November 11, 2015

UTICA — You may have seen Ted Zimmerman, a six-year resident, zipping around the streets of Utica and surrounding municipalities on his motorized scooter.

Over time, city workers have formed a partnership-turned-friendship with Zimmerman.

“We see him all the time,” said Rick Smith, a jack-of-all-trades at the Utica Department of Public Works. “He lets us know, when he’s cruising around town in his wheelchair, if there’s an issue here, an issue there, if we have a pole that has an issue and different things.”

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Published November 10, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts is once again giving gift givers the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind creations for their loved ones while supporting local artists.

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Published November 9, 2015

The giving spirit at a local auto dealership is hoping to provide warmth to the needy over the next few weeks. 

Elder Ford in Troy is hosting a coat drive this holiday season, and the donated coats will go to The Salvation Army. C & G Newspapers is also an event sponsor, and Signarama in Troy donated some signage for the campaign. 

According to Elder Ford, coats of all sizes and for every age group will be accepted, but they should either be new or gently used.

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Published November 11, 2015

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TROY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A singing piano man, a group of dancers chasing their dreams, and a peaceful, easy feeling set the tone for three upcoming shows.

On Nov. 15, Warren resident Marcello Rossi will perform live at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road in Troy. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show opens at 5:30 p.m. with music from Black Satin.

Rossi’s show begins at 6 p.m., and singing with him will be Broadway singer Nancy Ingles. There will be one intermission, and the show should last until 8 p.m.

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Published November 6, 2015

WARREN — Less than three hours after the polls closed on election night, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts was singing the praises of his administration at Andiamo, surrounded by his own supporters and the candidates for city office he supported himself.

Fouts, who wrapped up his 34th year of public service on Nov. 3, a stretch that also included 26 years on the Warren City Council, secured his third term of office as mayor with a landslide win over challenger Karen Spranger. The incumbent mayor won re-election to his third four-year term by a margin of 84.7 percent to 15.3 percent.

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Published November 7, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is planning to widen and improve Interstate 75 from Hazel Park to Auburn Hills, and city officials in Madison Heights are very concerned about the project’s accelerated schedule and the way it’s being funded.

“The city has been generally supportive of the project, but council and staff feel the need to object to how it’s being handled,” said Madison Heights City Manager Ben Myers. 

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Published November 4, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate their bookstore’s upgrade to the main floor of the library, the Friends of the Southfield Public Library held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala recently.

Library supporters enjoyed food, drinks and entertainment Oct. 22. Proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit the group. 

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — London after World War I is a place of grief and pain. Eager to escape the gloom, two housewives recruit two other ladies to join them in a monthlong vacation at a sunny northern Italian seaside castle they’ve rented.

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Author Kyle Prue has a way with words.

As part of his everyday routine, the 19-year-old Naples, Florida, resident makes sure he writes 1,000 words per day. 

Prue is the author of  the young-adult fantasy novel, “The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy.” He talked about his writing process and much more when he visited Parcells Middle School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System Oct. 30. 

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Published November 4, 2015

CENTER LINE — Center Line voters re-elected two City Council incumbents Nov. 3, but one of them, Bob Binson, said he’d elect to decline a new four-year council term to stay on in the appointed position of mayor.

Binson, appointed in September after the passing of Mayor David Hanselman, had previously filed to run for City Council this year. He was the top vote-getter in the council election with 47.4 percent of the vote in the race for two seats, and as a result, he said he would exercise his option to remain in the appointed position as mayor.

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The University Liggett School Players will present the American dark comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” Nov. 5-8 in the school’s auditorium.


Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, and 2 p.m. Nov. 8. To purchase tickets, visit seatyourself.biz/uls. The school is located at 1045 Cook Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.


Liggett’s theater program is entirely student-run. Students are doing everything from building the sets to sewing the costumes to managing the box office.

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Published November 4, 2015

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial will once again honor veterans with a Veterans Day breakfast starting at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 11 that will feature a presentation from retired Brig. Gen. Richard S. Miller, who was most recently deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 and whose honors include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

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Published November 4, 2015

The Troy Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Troy Veterans Plaza in front of City Hall at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

The Troy Veterans Memorial Committee hosts the event. VFW Post 4037 Cmdr. Mike McHale will introduce the various speakers during the event. McHale served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years, attaining the rank of gunnery sergeant when he retired in 2006. He served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

McHale noted that there are 600,000 veterans in Michigan.

“It really is an honor to participate,” McHale said.

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Published November 4, 2015

Ever wonder why you can only buy Better Made chips and snacks in Michigan?

Local author Karen Dybis’ book, titled “Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit’s Best Chip,” delves into the history of potato chips in Detroit, which includes the 85-year-old Detroit-based, family-owned Better Made Snack Foods. She tells how Cross Moceri and Pete Cipriano worked during the day and made the chips in their kitchens at night in the ’20s, selling them door to door, on streetcars and in parks, including Belle Isle.

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