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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As families sit down this holiday week, heaping plates with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and more, the unfortunate truth is that not everyone can experience this bounty.

That’s why Chef Darrel Shepherd, his family and some of his students in the South Lake High School culinary arts program took time a few weeks early to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for hundreds of people in need in the city of Detroit.

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Published November 24, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The corner of Nine Mile and Mack in St. Clair Shores was bustling with business activity in the 1940s, but in different places than today. The Shores Theatre marquee can be seen through the covered driveway of Tremper’s Service Station. The theater today is currently closed. Johnson Milk Depot was next door to the theater on the left. Sunoco gasoline was sold at Tremper’s three-pump station. In the photograph, automobiles are parked behind the building, possibly awaiting service, which included tire and battery repair.Read More

Published November 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Eastpointe and Roseville will hold tree-lighting ceremonies and celebrations during the first week of December, with both cities including in the festivities visits from Santa Claus, activities and songs.

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Published November 23, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Local teenagers will bring in the holiday season in December with themed plays at Eastside Teen Outreach and East Detroit High School.


The outreach organization has a rendition of “It’s a Wonderful Life” set for 7 p.m. Dec. 5. According to Eastside Teen Outreach co-founder Deena Trocino, the play will not only feature local teens, but also former members of the defunct Eastpointe Players community theater group.

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Published November 25, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For 40 years, the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary has kicked off the holidays with its famed Holiday Tables event, with a variety of elaborately adorned tablescapes displayed throughout the historic Booth home.

But the group decided that such a milestone anniversary can’t be observed with the same old celebration. That’s why this year the auxiliary will present for the first time Holiday Splendor: Tinsel and Trees.

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Published November 24, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, the city of Birmingham is boasting a new logo to brand its popular downtown district.

Following a strategic planning project conducted last year, the Birmingham Principal Shopping District has launched a new name for itself along with a new logo and motto, called “It’s All IN Birmingham.”

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Published November 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Not quite finished with your holiday shopping at the end of Black Friday? Well, there’s more time, as well as more deals and even some fun to be had on Small Business Saturday Nov. 28.

In Mount Clemens, many of the small business owners that operate in the downtown area agree that while Small Business Saturday gives them that extra boost in revenue, it’s simply just a fun day.

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Published November 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — William S. Donaldson established a blacksmith shop on Front Street in Mount Clemens in 1862. This business is what grew into the Donaldson Bros. Foundry in 1865 when William partnered with his brother, Andrew.

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Published November 23, 2015

Drivers can keep a thief from taking away their Christmas cheer through proper safeguarding of vehicles and their contents this holiday season, according to police.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said thieves tend to smash into car windows to reach inside and grab anything valuable that they see. He warned people to never leave their holiday packages exposed in a vehicle. If possible, lock gifts in a trunk or in a covered hatchback trunk, or at least hide the valuables under objects on the vehicle floor.

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Published November 25, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — When he was in fifth grade, Adam Majestic wrote that one of his goals was to become an Eagle Scout.

The following year, in 2009, he began to pursue that goal by joining the Boy Scouts.

Nearly 30 merit badges and 52 nights of camping over the past six years led him to accomplish his goal this fall.

“This was my ultimate goal,” said Majestic, who is also using the honor as an edge in applying for colleges.

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Published November 24, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Parks and Recreation Department for Macomb Township is preparing to host its 11th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony.

The free event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Township Hall building, as well as at the Recreation Center.

“We encourage families to continue this tradition or start a new tradition, and kick off their holiday seasons with us,” said Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda.

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Published November 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — The holiday season is upon us, and the city of Rochester is doing its part once again to spread some cheer.

Downtown Rochester will transform into a European holiday market next weekend for the eighth annual Kris Kringle Market.

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Published November 20, 2015

ROCHESTER — The lobby of the Royal Park Hotel was abuzz Nov. 11 as families and children anxiously waited for hotel executive pastry chef Mark Slessor to unveil this year’s giant gingerbread house, which Slessor said is his team’s “biggest and best” candied confection to date.

This was the eighth anniversary of the event. The 8-foot-tall gingerbread structure was once again created for a sweet cause — to support The Salvation Army’s 2015 Red Kettle Campaign.

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Published November 20, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield theater has received a $15,000 grant from the state of Michigan for its general operating budget.

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, was awarded the grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as one of more than 550 applicants for a grant.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Development Director Linda Ramsay-Detherage said the grant was one the theater had to match, meaning it had to prove it could generate $15,000, which it already has done.

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Published November 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township’s hometown Christmas event, Christmas Aglow, which has been a community staple for more than three decades, will return at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

The free event will feature a multitude of elements designed to provide family fun, spread cheer and promote Shelby Township recreation.

New this year is the addition of a costumed Minion character from the movie “Despicable Me.”

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Published November 19, 2015

Black Friday is coming, and a majority of Michigan retailers are not expecting a black mark on their economic forecasts for the holiday shopping season, according to a recent survey.

An Oct. 26 press release from the Michigan Retailers Association revealed that its Michigan Retail Index shows respondents predicting an average sales increase of 2 percent this holiday season.

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Published November 25, 2015

TROY — Good grief.

It had been 40 years since the 1975 production of Lincoln High School’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and it was time to reunite the cast.

On the evening of Nov 17, the cast members — some who haven’t seen each other since the mid-1970s — gathered for a 40-year reunion at Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria.

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Published November 24, 2015

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SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 25, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — A recent donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars will help Post 1407 stay up and running, even when power outages threaten to shut it down.

The post received a $5,000 grant from AT&T that will pay for an auxiliary power generator. Perishable goods meant for veterans in need will no longer be at risk of spoiling when power is lost. Likewise, the post will be able to continue hosting functions, a needed revenue stream alongside state VFW-regulated charity gaming in the future and other fundraising activities.

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Published November 21, 2015

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HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park is a small town with a big heart. For more than 30 years, the community has pulled together each holiday season to assemble goods for struggling families in the Hazel Park school district, which includes parts of Ferndale. And this year will be no different.

From now through Nov. 30, those in need can fill out applications for the Holiday Baskets at the Hazel Park District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, near John R, or at any of the school buildings.

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