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Published December 23, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Christmas spirit filled more than 1,200 hearts last week as select individuals were invited to shop for food and gifts inside the Salvation Army of Metro Detroit.

Held Dec. 16 and 17, the annual event helps provide a Christmas celebration for those in southeastern Oakland County who may otherwise not be able to have one.

None of the available gifts are wrapped and no children arrive with their parents.

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Published December 22, 2015

FRASER — More than two months after Fraser first delved into the topic of commercial pet breeding, the city unanimously approved an ordinance to provide stability in the future.

The decision, which was made Dec. 10 by City Council, comes on the heels of an October presentation made by Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan, which came to fruition in 2008.

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Published December 22, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — If pain is weakness leaving the body, the participants in Henry Ford Macomb Hospital’s 2015 ‘Faces of Recovery’ calendar have acquired plenty of strength.

In partnership with CARE of Southeastern Michigan and Project Vox, Henry Ford has produced its annual calendar that includes personal messages of hope from 12 people in addiction recovery.

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Published December 22, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Fraternal Order of Police Southwestern Oakland County Lodge 128 held its Cops and Kids event to help local children Dec. 9.

Partnering with Lakes Area Youth Assistance, Novi Youth Assistance and the Meijer at 49900 Grand River Ave. in Wixom, officers from several different departments were paired with 30 local kids and shopped with $200 gift cards.

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Published December 22, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s hardly looks like it’s the holiday season with little to no snow hitting the ground in Michigan.

Once the snowflakes finally start falling hard on local streets, residents will have to grab their shovels and clean up their driveways and sidewalks.

But E. Kamal Sansom, clinical manager at the Oakland Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Institute, said be careful not to put too much strain on your back when shoveling out the snow.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 22, 2015

Setting up and maintaining a Christmas tree requires more than ornaments, garland and a star on top — it requires a commitment to safety, according to the Sterling Heights Fire Department.

According to a list of the Fire Department’s safety tips, Christmas trees might not be the most common cause for fires, but they can be dangerous when they happen. Electrical mishaps and proximity to heat sources are listed as two of the most common threats.

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Published December 21, 2015

“I’ll be home for Christmas” doesn’t always ring true for everyone.

So local students want troops stationed overseas to know that they’re remembered, wherever they are, by those at home.

Mike Chmielewski teaches a fourth/fifth-grade split class at Elmwood Elementary School in South Lake Schools. He has become friends through coaching sports with Lt. Col. Michael Zahuranic, the product manager for self-propelled Howitzer systems and armored fighting vehicles at TACOM in Warren.

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Published December 23, 2015

Charity starts in the community at Utica Community Schools this holiday season as students offer their gifts of resources, time and services, according to school officials.

UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy said the school district’s students have planned to participate in more than 200 charitable activities during the holiday season. Examples include caroling at local senior centers, setting up hat-and-mitten trees on which they hang donated winter clothing, stocking up food banks and assisting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Published December 21, 2015

For another year, Sterling Heights police officers’ annual Cops and Kids event was on target in helping low-income families afford some presents this holiday season.

Officers from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 118 and from the Sterling Heights Police Department teamed up with the Target store at Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre Road to host a Dec. 12 shopping spree for a preselected group of young people.

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Published December 21, 2015

This year’s version of Sterling Heights’ “Project Runway” amateur fashion contest will focus less on style and more on absurdity according to organizers at the Sterling Heights Public Library.

The library will hold its “Project Runway: Ugly Sweater Edition” Dec. 29.

According to Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, the event’s timing with the end of the year was intentional.

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Published December 24, 2015

Out of nearly 50 applicants, eight people and teams have been selected for entry into the first St. Clair Shores Sports Hall of Fame.

Announced earlier this year, the St. Clair Shores Sports Hall of Fame will honor athletes who have lived in the city, played sports in high school in St. Clair Shores or played with a youth sports organization in St. Clair Shores.

The first inductees are:

• Mark Wells, part of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic gold medal winning U.S. men’s hockey team;

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Published December 24, 2015

You can see the excitement on the children’s faces as they wait in line to give Santa their wish list. This photograph was taken in December 1954 in the ballroom of the St. Clair Shores Recreation Center. The Blossom Heath roadhouse, located at 24800 Jefferson Ave., was originally built in 1911 as the Kramerhof. The property was purchased in February 1946 by the Village of St. Clair Shores and renamed the St. Clair Shores Civic Center. Over 150 gallons of paint were used to restore the main floor rooms. The Blossom Heath sign across the driveway was also taken down at this time.

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Published December 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — More granite suppliers worldwide and increased local competition have lowered the price of the popular kitchen countertop material. 

“A lot of suppliers from India came up in the market,” said Charmain Fazzalari, general manager of Preferred Marble and Granite in Fraser. “I’ve been doing this for 23 years. Over the years, the prices have come down.” 

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Published December 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, there’s no limit to the variety of libations you could treat your guests to this holiday. But it’s a celebration, so we already know what you’re going to choose: Champagne.

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Published December 21, 2015

The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park recently acquired a painting of Dr. Ebenezer Raynale. It was donated by the Oakland County Medical Society. The description on back of the painting reads as follows:

“There were three generations of physicians in the Raynale family. This portrait is of Dr. Ebenezer M. Raynale, born in Vermont, 1804. He was a doctor of the old tradition — his medical education consisted of reading medicine in New York State and Pennsylvania.

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Published December 23, 2015

BERKLEY — Barrett Henson knew when he started growing his hair nearly three years ago that he wouldn’t fit back into his professional corporate world.

Henson, who did construction consulting, decided a few years ago that he needed to take a sabbatical from his career, a move that took him to Central America to study the Spanish language. It was there that Henson took the opportunity to start growing out his hair.

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Published December 21, 2015

The start of a new year signals the green light for the start of a new season at the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit.

The auto show season will start Jan. 9 with an event at MGM Grand Detroit called “The Gallery.” Then the media will be invited Jan. 11-12 to tour the exhibits at Cobo Center. 

Industry professionals will convene Jan. 13-14 for their own preview, and a charity preview will take place Jan. 15. Finally, the general public is invited to personally see the displays Jan. 16-24. 

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Published December 18, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Becca Garfinkel always wanted to be able to travel around the world.

Now, as part of a volunteer program, she gets to do that and help many young people in the city of Lod, Israel.

Garfinkel is in Lod as part of Masa Israel’s Yahel Social Change Program, which is a nine-month program that is part learning experience, part volunteer effort.

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Published December 18, 2015

DETROIT — Once the holiday gatherings have subsided, you might find yourself with some down time. The kids are home from school, you have a break from work — now what?

How about spending a day in the D? Downtown Detroit offers plenty of family-friendly fun with some seasonal cheer to boot.

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