Features

Published September 29, 2015

By the 1920s, it was obvious that a wider Woodward Avenue was desperately needed. The 66-foot roadway was just not enough to sustain the increasing number of cars traveling between Detroit and Pontiac. The Michigan Legislature passed the Wider Woodward Avenue Bill in 1923 to increase the width of the road to 200 feet.

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Published September 30, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — For regular folks, the colors that fall brings might be enough. But for those with an artful eye, the change of season just serves as inspiration for even more dramatic shades and creations.

On Sept. 11, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center opened four new fall exhibitions, all of which are free to the public through mid-November. All of the shows feature local artists and friends of the BBAC, with different styles for visitors to enjoy.

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Published September 28, 2015

Fall has begun, but it’s still too soon for most cyclists to put away their bikes. So safety advocates are reminding metro Detroiters to watch out for bicyclists and to keep a close eye out for them at intersections, in neighborhoods and on the roads.

AAA Michigan public affairs director Susan Hiltz said that while cyclists are most frequently on the road during the summer months, the prevalence of cycling means that motorists cannot let their guard down.

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Published September 25, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The Demers, whose patriarch Gilbert Demers founded C & G Newspapers in Warren in 1981, were among five Macomb Foundation Hall of Fame inductees honored Sept. 24 at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights.

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Published September 23, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Although summer has come and gone, there’s still some fun to be had in Lathrup Village. The 20th annual Fall Family Festival will soon be underway.


On Sunday, Sept. 27, Lathrup Village residents and residents from surrounding communities will gather at Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road, to enjoy all things fall.


For a $7 admission price, people will be served lunch, cider and doughnuts, and can enjoy various fall activities such as a petting zoo, horse and pony rides, and train rides 1-4 p.m.

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Published September 23, 2015

BERKLEY — Jane Bais-DiSessa, who has served as city manager of the city of Berkley since August 2001, has been appointed the new deputy mayor of Pontiac.


Bais-DiSessa said the Berkley City Council agreed to allow her to shorten her mandated 45-day notice to 30 days, although a final date has not been set for when Bais-DiSessa will cease her Berkley city manager duties and start as the deputy mayor.

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Published September 23, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Henry David Thoreau once said that this world is but a canvas to our imagination.


There’s nothing in the course of humanity that quite compares to the richness of artistry, which may explain why events such as Clinton Township’s Festival of the Senses has appealed to so many over the past decade.

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Published September 23, 2015

Students line up outside the Halfway Schoolhouse in what is now Eastpointe in this month’s photo, taken on an unknown date in 1905. The schoolhouse itself was built in 1872 — the third such schoolhouse in the current city. An annex was built onto the structure in 1901 due to increasing enrollment, as the original structure could only accommodate 60 students. Along with its predecessors, the schoolhouse was located along Nine Mile Road, west of Gratiot, where it faced Grove Street.

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Published September 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library has a busy October scheduled for patrons looking for activities, with parties, trivia contests, talks and a media sale all on the horizon.


For teens, Youth Services Librarian Abby Bond said they have two movies planned. The first one will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and feature the film “Back to the Future.”

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Published September 23, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the turnout in its inaugural year exceeding organizers’ expectations, plans are already in place to continue the St. Clair Shores Farmers Market in 2016.


“The turnout has been phenomenal and has way exceeded our expectations,” said market founder Susan Bunte, of St. Clair Shores.


About 5,000 shoppers turned out for the first market at the end of July, and nearly 4,000 people came to the August market, she said.

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Published September 23, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Home designers and an antique collector talked about how to combine the old with the new and different textures and metals to create the home of your dreams at the Michigan Design Center in Troy Sept. 10.


Julie Byrne, of Julie Byrne Interiors in Birmingham, presented a program titled “Quick Fix Design Trends” as part of the Art of Design program at the center.

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Published September 23, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Motivating students to do their homework isn’t always easy, but local educators say they know how to make the process less painful.

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Published September 22, 2015

It’s Halloween fun for grownups.

The Troy Historic Village will host the second annual Scarecrow Glow Sept. 30.

“People loved that it was fun,” Loraine Campbell, executive director of the Troy Historic Village, said of last year’s event.

She noted that the event was held in October last year, but was moved up this year so it would be held in warmer weather and more daylight.

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Published September 23, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The city’s Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival is so popular there is a waiting list for workers.

“We have people who are disappointed they can’t get in on the volunteer list,” said Pat Hambleton, a Rochester Garden Club member who is in charge of the volunteers. “We think this is the most fun.”

The entire family is invited to attend the festival and carve a pumpkin after enjoying games, music, food and much more at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

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Published September 22, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After a one-year hiatus, Macomb Township’s Parks and Recreation Department is bringing its Fall Fun and Fitness Fest back to Macomb Corners Park Oct. 3.

The free, all-ages event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the phase two (east side) portion of the park.

“It’s two hours of nonstop fun for everyone,” Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda said. “All of the focus is on fun or fitness.”

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Published September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON — Did you know that people in Victorian times draped mirrors and portraits with black cloth after a death because they believed the dead spirit could capture a living person’s spirit?

Learn about Victorian mourning customs, take in a vintage vampire film made in the silent era, and see presentations from the Michigan Ghost Watchers at the Governor Warner Mansion Oct. 17 during Ghost Night at the Mansion.

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Published September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — There’s nothing like a few fallen leaves and a chill in the air to inspire some family time in the great outdoors.

Each year, Heritage Park plans plenty of events for visitors of all ages to get out and celebrate the season.

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Published September 21, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With an eye for sparkly jewelry, a penchant to say whatever she pleases and the ability to make those around her laugh, one resident at Shelby Crossing Health Campus approached her centennial milestone with gusto.

Mary Pompei turned 100 years old on Sept. 21. She engages in activities daily at the assisted living facility, such as morning exercises and crafts. If it is a bingo night, staff said she is sure to attend.

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Published September 21, 2015

Attentive driving means sharing the road with other vehicles and pedestrians, and around this time of year, it can also mean having to stop for animals like deer.

According to data compiled by insurance company State Farm with the aid of Federal Highway Administration statistics, the most recently tabulated odds of Michigan drivers having a deer-related auto accident are 1 in 97.

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Published September 21, 2015

WARREN — When your rock group opens up for Aerosmith and Bob Seger and your music videos receive airplay on MTV, you’ve definitely hit the right chords.

Homegrown rockers Adrenalin were at the top of their game in the 1980s. They toured the country and Canada, their song “Road of the Gypsy” was featured in the film “Iron Eagle,” and fans would crowd Harpos in Detroit, the Ritz in Roseville, and New York, New York in Warren to see them let loose on stage.

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