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Published October 14, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Like a family reunion, the Grosse Pointe Art Center’s annual Members Show brings the gang together once a year.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — You and your dog probably had a lot of fun together this summer, right? Long walks as the sun went down, exciting trips to the park and maybe even a dip in a nearby lake.

But brace yourself: Winter is coming.

The options for keeping your pup occupied seem to drop right along with the temperatures, since dog parks and long jaunts around the neighborhood are more difficult in the cold. So what’s a pet parent to do?

Get creative, that’s what. 

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There are few better ways to gear up for Halloween than attending a haunted house. 

The spooky music, the dark and the fear of the unknown — was that your friend or a creature of the night breathing on your neck? 

A haunted house is sure to get you in the mood, and quickly.

Local venues offer the Halloween gamut, from over-the-top mayhem and panic to family-friendly entertainment and fun.

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Published October 14, 2015

As a victim of domestic violence, Kelly Mays, 40, said she felt she had no voice and that she wasn’t beautiful.

She said poetry helped her to find her voice and reassure other domestic violence survivors that there was help for them to leave dangerous situations. 

Mays, a therapist with Starfish Family Services, is currently pursuing her doctorate in counseling from Walden University. She was the keynote speaker at a ceremony held at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, to honor victims of domestic violence.

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Published October 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — For Thomas Oppat, the life events leading to his appointment as Shrine Catholic High School and Academy principal were filled with sequential divinity.

“It just all fell into place for me,” he said. “When I sit back now, I think, ‘God, you knew what was happening.’”

Walking the hallways of the seventh- and eighth-grade academy and ninth- to 12th-grade high school on 13 Mile Road, Oppat feels at home while he continues to learn about and appreciate the institution’s history and people.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In October 1911, Ty Cobb was named one of the first baseball MVPs, the first public elevator was installed in London and Orville Wright stayed aloft for nine minutes and 45 seconds in an air glider.


That same month, on October 23, 1911, Josephine DiMaggio was born.


Raised by her grandmother and aunts in Detroit after her mother died when she was just 11 months old, she learned meticulous cleaning skills and helped keep the house when relatives from Italy would come to Michigan in search of a new home.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — She had been a volunteer for decades, but 15 years ago, Peggy DeHaven decided she wanted to do more.


DeHaven, who has lived in St. Clair Shores for three years had been a volunteer working with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since she lost her mother to the disease 31 years ago. When she heard about the ACS Cancer Action Network, she realized that was the work she wanted to do.

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Published October 14, 2015

A rebranded annual Halloween party in Sterling Heights has gotten over its first-time jitters and is ready to build on its success, according to city officials.

On Oct. 24, the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department will hold its second annual Sterling Frights Halloween party at Dodge Park.

Parks and Recreation Supervisor Troy Nowotny said the city has hosted a Halloween party for many years, but officials decided to rebrand the event to Sterling Frights last year and make some changes to the event.

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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The North End St. Clair Shores Village Fire Department gathered at the station located on Jefferson Avenue and Avon Street for a photograph with their mascot dog on October 28, 1928. Standing by the left fire truck, from left, were Ken Bell, Norm Whiting and Chief James Stapleton.  On the left truck were, from left, Harvey Burke, John Koepsell, Captain Jim Bell, Ed Bell and Dave Meldrum.

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Published October 14, 2015

UTICA — Utica High School theater students are counting down the days until they perform a unique play based on the characters from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

The school will perform “Dracula,” by Utica alumnus and playwright Jake Feeman, Nov. 5-7. The production will be an additional time that an original Feeman composition has been presented at the school, with another being “Lovely Lovely Valentine” last school year.

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Published October 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — An Eastpointe teenager is planning to replace five worn-out signs along Kelly Road for his Eagle Scout project this fall.


According to Alex Fisette, 15, the signs — which run from 10 Mile Road down to Eight Mile Road — were built to let community organizations, churches and the schools advertise their events and programs. The wooden signposts have degraded over the years to the point where some have started falling apart.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For decades, making video games was the sole domain of people trained to speak the arcane languages of computers and the major companies willing to publish those titles.


In the past few years, however, the Internet has opened the door for new creators, new audiences, and new, socially aware and personal video games made by people who never learned a line of BASIC, according to video game journalist and critic Leigh Alexander, who spoke at a talk presented by the University of Michigan School of Information Oct. 1.

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Published October 13, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — If there’s one thing that Cranbrook Institute of Science wants visitors to know, it’s that even learned scientists know how to have fun.


Make that spooky fun, because the institute is putting the final touches on its Halloween events, which will be sure to entertain and even educate crowds of all ages.

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Published October 13, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Transgender actress Laverne Cox is best known for her role on the television program “Orange Is the New Black.”

But as an advocate to the transgender community, Cox is dedicated to a message that asks society to move beyond gender expectations to an authentic life.

“I am not just one thing,” Cox said to a packed audience Oct. 8 in the Oakland University O’Rena. “And neither are you.”

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Published October 14, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Oakland Community College Culinary Institute is whipping up some special events to usher in the cooler months ahead.

The institute, located in Tirrell Hall, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, will serve up its first event of the school year at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 with the Alumni Guest Chef Dinner.

For $55, the dinner will include an American farm-to-table experience with a strolling cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, signature drinks and a five-course meal that will reflect the season’s flavors.

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Published October 14, 2015

FARMINGTON — Fifty years ago, music majors Paul and Fern Barber, who play trombone and clarinet, respectively, graduated from the University of Michigan, got married and started their careers as music teachers for Farmington Public Schools.

They were dismayed to see that there were no music classes offered through the adult education program.

So they went to the director of adult education and said they wanted to start a group for musicians. They got some coverage for their initiative from a local newspaper and started the Farmington Community Band one week later.

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Published October 14, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For much of his 35-year tenure as Huntington Woods mayor, Ron Gillham rarely faced competition during his re-election bids. Instead of thinking people just weren’t interested, Gillham said he took it as a vote of faith from the residents.

During the Nov. 3 election, however, Huntington Woods voters will not see Gillham’s name on the ballot. After a lengthy career at General Motors Co. and as mayor, Gillham has decided it is time to retire at the age of 80.

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Published October 13, 2015

FERNDALE — There isn’t one street in Ferndale that Jim Pool hasn’t seen.

What about Shasta Place, a road that isn’t even a block long and is only accessible from Fox Street before it dead-ends before Marshfield Street? Pool has been there.

Or how about the portions of roads like Brickley and Coy streets that are on the Hazel Park and Ferndale border, near the freeway, and are as far as possible from Pool’s home and work? Yes, he has been there too.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — There are no other homes in Shelby Township like the one owned by Myrna Mazure on 21 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke Avenue.

Gardner Hunt Runyan, a carpenter and farmer, built the structure in the 1870s near Van Dyke and Canal Road, a site behind the current BP gas station in Utica. He died in 1919 inside the home and is buried in the Utica Cemetery, along with his wife, parents and brothers.

In 1955, the house was moved to a farm near Hahn Road so that a local business could expand its parking lot.

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Published October 12, 2015

This year might not hit the target, but state and national agencies are looking forward to a time when they won’t have to count traffic fatalities on Michigan’s roads.

Since 2012, the state of Michigan has committed to the campaign known as Toward Zero Deaths. The campaign, which goes by #TowardZeroDeaths on Twitter, aspires to one day prevent traffic fatalities altogether.

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