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Published February 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite the general lack of frozen weather this winter, organizers are hoping that St. Clair Shores residents will still come out to have a great time at the 2016 Aqua Freeze Festival Feb. 19-21 at Blossom Heath Park.

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Published February 11, 2016

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1. Embrace the cold with frozen fun
Feb. 12-14, downtown Utica

Dipping temperatures might not seem like good news — unless, of course, you’re hosting an ice festival.

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Published February 10, 2016

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The John D. Dingell Detroit Medical Center staff is getting ready for the National Salute to Veteran Patients week, which this year is set for Feb. 14–20. The veterans medical center is located at 4646 John R St.

The National Salute to Veteran Patients week, which began in 1978 as a way to honor veterans, was designed to increase community awareness of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ role in providing medical care. It also encourages U.S. citizens and community organizations to become more engaged in volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

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Published February 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Imagine having to flee your homeland in the middle of the night, able, at best, to pack a scant few belongings in a single bag. What would you bring with you? What cherished family mementos would travel with you on this arduous journey?

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Published February 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — One of the city’s most distinguished late residents is being remembered in a very public way.

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Published February 10, 2016

ROYAL OAK — When Kelli Dobner first interviewed with the Judson Center, it was more of a formality.

Dobner said she was contacted by a recruiter and she wasn’t really interested because she felt satisfied with where she was employed. After some additional thought, she decided to just go to the interview.

“And then it was done after that because I got to learn more about the organization and what they do and some of the people that make it possible,” she said. “And then I was all in, and I’m always going to be all in.”

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Published February 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — With the cold weather has come higher electric and gas bills, but both Consumers Energy and DTE Energy have a variety of tips and rebate programs to entice homeowners to purchase energy-saving appliances and upgrades.

At DTE Energy, Manager of Residential Energy Efficiency Programs Luis Salas said that in total, the company offers 11 programs for rebates and energy savings.

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Published February 10, 2016

BERKLEY — In 2003, Berkley resident Mark Ish purchased a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, black in color with a T-top for style. After driving it for a few years, however, Ish recognized that the vehicle needed some work to really get it in top running condition.

But life happened. In the years that followed, Ish said, he just didn’t have time to get the work done to his standard. The car continued to sit in storage.

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Published February 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It’s fascinating to look at today’s generation of kids. Growing up in the age of technology, the resources available to youngsters these days seem limitless.

But there’s something to be said for today’s generation of seniors. Aging in the age of technology has given seniors access to the services they need to live independently for longer.

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Published February 10, 2016

FERNDALE — Almost anywhere you go now — restaurants, coffee shops and retail stores — the Internet is available.

However, at the Ferndale Area District Library, staff realized that not everyone has access to the Internet at home, and patrons are using the library’s computers for everything from searching for a job to connecting with loved ones to watching movies.

So when approached by T-Mobile to be part of the company’s Wi-Fi hot spot pilot program, Executive Director Jessica Keyser jumped at the opportunity.

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Published February 10, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — One student’s trash is another student’s treasure.

With that mentality, five art students at Southfield Regional Academic Campus recently transformed hundreds of discarded milk cartons into a 16-foot sculpture of an alligator.

The students created the sculpture for and took first place in the Evergreen Packaging Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest. The students won $5,000 for their school.

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Published February 10, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —Meadow Brook Amphitheatre is the new name of Meadow Brook Music Festival.

“The venue has great history and has played host to some of the best emerging superstar talent,” Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports and Entertainment president, said in a statement. “This rebrand further defines its true identity as one of the premier, intimate venues in the region.”

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Published February 10, 2016

EASTPOINTE — After being dormant since 2012, the local variety show “Eastpointe Puts on the Ritz” will return March 12 at East Detroit High School.

“It’s composed of adults and kids,” said Suzanne Pixley, co-chairwoman and Eastpointe mayor. said. “It’s put on by the Eastpointe Community Chest Networking Forum, and (the majority) of the money raised is for scholarships for Eastpointe residents.”

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Published February 9, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Longtime resident Welda Felber celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 31 with a massive party that saw about 174 guests.

Felber was born Welda Gorlitz on Jan. 31, 1916, at her grandmother’s house on Holcomb Avenue in Detroit. At the time, she said, children were typically born at home and not in hospitals. Felber said her family continued to live with her grandmother until the woman’s death when

Felber was 4 or 5 years old, at which time they moved in with her paternal grandmother at Canton and Mack.

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Published February 9, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Township officials have approved a consent judgment allowing the Blossom Ridge senior housing development and the rezoning of an additional piece of property near Adams and Silverbell roads.

Under the terms of the consent judgment, Blossom Ridge — to be located at the northwest corner of Dutton and Adams roads — will hold 189 senior housing units of a variety of sizes and types.  

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Published February 9, 2016

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Royal Oak resident Jarod MacNeill, 40, was always obsessed with hot rods.

His nickname is J-rod, and his father called him “hot rod.”

“It’s all I liked,” he said of hot rods.

MacNeill owns and operates The Hot Rod Shop in Troy and plans to bring his 1986 Buick Grand National and silver 1992 Camaro to this year’s Autorama.

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Published February 9, 2016

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BEVERLY HILLS — Viral video star Trevor Sullivan raised his selfie stick high as hundreds of students shaped their hands into hearts Feb. 2 at Berkshire Middle School to kick off their annual Hoops for Heart fundraising campaign for the American Heart Association.

Sullivan, 15, of Southfield, was the subject of a video showcasing him waking up from heart transplant surgery in November. The video has gained national attention and has garnered over 1 million views on YouTube.

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Published February 9, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Many people know the story of Anne Frank.

That understanding inspired Maureen Mansfield, of Farmington Hills, to tell others a message she has held dear since her youth.

As the director of an upcoming drama, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” Mansfield said she wanted to do a fresh take on the classic story of courage.

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Published February 8, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — There’s no time to waste at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. As the gallery prepares to close one exhibit, it’s gearing up to open a new, highly anticipated show.

Since Jan. 22, the art center has welcomed visitors to enjoy its annual student works exhibition. The collection, juried by local artist Laurie Tennant, features pieces from about 125 current BBAC students across all of the center’s available mediums.

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Published February 8, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s only February, but already 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for the Birmingham Historical Museum and Park.

Or should we say, the Birmingham Museum.

The historical museum in downtown Birmingham asked residents and business owners in the city to share their input on the attraction’s name last month. An online survey drew only a couple hundred participants, but that was enough to gauge the public’s thoughts, according to museum Director Leslie Pielack.

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