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Published September 30, 2015

BERKLEY — When Phil O’Dwyer came to America from Ireland, he did so for an education and never fathomed it would lead to him being a vital part of the Berkley community some 40 years later.


But it is the work that O’Dwyer has done as a city councilman, and now mayor of Berkley, that saw him inducted into the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame Sept. 19.

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Published September 30, 2015

FERNDALE — With art programs in schools being some of the most underfunded programs in many districts, Michigan Youth Arts is looking to help those teachers and students by bringing back the Arts Equipment and Supplies Grant.


In collaboration with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Youth Arts is offering up to $2,500 to any kindergarten through 12th-grade classroom in the state of Michigan that has a focus on a fine or performing art, whether it be a traditional art class or a music program.

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Published September 30, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For nearly 40 years, Huntington Woods resident Steve Thorpe has backpacked the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula, always going for time and distance.


Now, however, Thorpe has the opportunity to stop and take in his surroundings at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, as he was named an artist-in-residence as part of a program put on by the Friends of the Porkies organization.

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Published September 30, 2015

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP— “Accept what you signed up for.” That was the key message delivered by John Underwood, the founder of the Human Performance Project, to student-athletes from Chippewa Valley schools the week of Sept. 22.


Underwood previously visited the district in 2010, and his return trip focused on the effects of drug and alcohol use on athletes, along with diet and sleeping patterns.

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Published September 30, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Classic cars are not the only things a Roseville teacher has kept going for decades.


The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education held a presentation honoring Paul Tregembo Sr. for his 48 years as an auto shop teacher during its regular meeting Sept. 21. Tregembo started teaching in the district in 1967 and helped lead the auto shop program to numerous car competitions and awards.


“When Mr. Tregembo started here, Lyndon Baines Johnson was in office,” Superintendent John Kment said.

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Published September 30, 2015

CLAWSON — Tradition is a strong sentiment in the city, and this weekend will usher in the community’s Fall Festival.

The Clawson Parks and Recreation Department’s Fall Festival will take place 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Clawson City Park, which is located off of Elmwood Avenue between Main Street and Crooks Road.

“It’s been going on as long as I’ve been here,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “It’s a lot of fun.”

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A rainy start didn’t dampen spirits at the 2015 Made in Michigan Festival at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center.


“We like the idea of all the made-in-Michigan products,” said Candace Schuver, of St. Clair Shores. “It’s a great time to spend with my best friend on my day off. It’s great to see something like this in our city, in our own backyard.”

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Published September 30, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A new festival is coming to town this October when Veterans Memorial Park will be transformed into a biergarten paradise for Shorestoberfest.


Hosted by the St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee, Shorestoberfest will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 17 at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard. With music from a German band and a disc jockey, games, food from Craft Grille and beer from Atwater Brewery, the event is for those 21 years and older who want to enjoy fun in the community.

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Published September 30, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, in conjunction with the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary and the city of Orchard Lake, will offer residents a chance to explore the changing seasons during the Autumn Nature Walk at 2 p.m. Oct. 18.


Guided by Naturalist Carol Fink, the free hike is part of a nature series held twice a year at the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary — on Pontiac Trail, just west of Old Orchard Trail — in celebration of spring and autumn.

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Published September 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The fall chill is in the air, which means Old Man Winter is right around the corner.


Now, experts say, is the right time to get your home prepared for the colder weather.


“This is our busy time of the year, getting geared up for the winter, replacing windows or replacing doors,” said John Palazzolo, president of American Door Systems Inc. in Rochester Hills. “Everybody’s trying to get it done before the cold and winter snow starts coming in.”

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Published September 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In a time of escalating environmental consciousness, folks can rest easy knowing they can reduce their carbon footprint when choosing their final resting place.


Russ Burns, director of All Saints Cemetery in Waterford, explained that the prevalence of green funerals and burials has been gaining momentum in the United States in the last 10-15 years.


The concept, however, is certainly nothing new, he said.

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Published September 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Artists from eight counties across the state can enter an online art competition through Oct. 9 for the chance to be named the fourth annual MI Great Artist winner.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, along with Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione, launched the contest in 2012 as a quality-of-life initiative to identify and support up-and-coming artists. Now in its fourth year, the program’s cash awards have grown to a total of $3,000, with additional prizes bringing the total to more than $16,000.

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Published September 30, 2015

ROCHESTER — For the past 34 years, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve has proven that Halloween events don’t have to be spooky to be spectacular.

Dinosaur Hill’s Halloween Hoot is one of the area’s oldest family-friendly Halloween events — one that has turned into a tradition for many in the Rochester area.

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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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