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Published October 14, 2015

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DETROIT — A group of Glen Peters School students got front row seats of a Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance when they attended a practice Sept. 24 at Orchestra Hall.

The event not only gave the special-needs students the opportunity to see the DSO front and center, but it honored classmate Nathan Suida, who died in June. The Macomb Township resident was 18.

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Published October 12, 2015

WARREN — The jobs that St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital employees perform on a daily basis have stretched beyond the medical center and into the community.

Since Sept. 9, hospital staff have been opening their hearts and wallets to help students at Westwood Elementary School in the Warren Woods Public Schools district. The hospital is located at 12 Mile and Hoover roads.

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Published October 13, 2015

WARREN — Justin Stokes didn’t expect to find someone in extreme distress when he went to investigate what sounded like children crying on the afternoon of June 9.

For his calm actions to aid a 68-year-old woman who later died after she was crushed by her own vehicle in a parking accident on Streefkerk, Stokes, 20, now a resident of Shelby Township, was officially named in a civilian citation from the Warren Police Department in June. On Oct. 6, he received a proclamation from Mayor Jim Fouts.

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Published October 10, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A lot of tricks and even more treats are in store for those planning to attend this year’s Halloween festivities in downtown Mount Clemens next week.

Kicking off the day on Saturday, Oct. 24, is the Mount Clemens Optimist Club’s annual trunk-or-treat in the parking structure adjacent to the courthouse. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Optimist Club Treasurer Jerry Kuhl said an impressive 4,200 people enjoyed the event last year, and members are anticipating exceeding 5,000 this year.

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Published October 9, 2015

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Members of the Harrison Township Firefighters Union Local 1737 have “adopted” an 8-year-old girl who’s battling leukemia for the third time, and they hope the community will support her and her family through an upcoming childhood leukemia fundraiser.

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Published October 10, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — Oakland County Parks is planning a new event this year where guests will carve pumpkins, see live bats and creepy-crawlers, go on fall color hikes, work on arts and crafts, and go trick-or-treating on a path lined with the jack-o’-lanterns they made.

There will also be cider and doughnuts to enjoy during the day, and hot cocoa and marshmallows around a campfire at night. It all takes place Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Published October 7, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD  —  According to event organizers at The Berman, “Hey, you guys!” is not only one of the most famous quotes from the 1985 movie “The Goonies,” it’s also a call to all those looking for a little bit of nostalgia in their life.


Starting Oct. 15, The Berman Center for Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Road, will host a movie series called Throwback Thursdays, featuring screenings of some of the most beloved films from yesteryear.

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Published October 6, 2015

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DETROIT — Global trade is so normal now, we take it for granted, but the transportation and sale of goods over long distances might have never been a modern reality were it not for a couple of men with local ties.

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Published October 7, 2015

Bemis Elementary School Principal Jeremey Whan was selected from among principals named the best in their state as the top principal in the country.

Staff at the school Whan served at in the West Bloomfield School District and from Bemis nominated Whan for the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association award, and he was selected as the top principal in the state in 2014.

\Whan said that those winners are encouraged to apply for the national award through the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the national component.

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Published October 7, 2015

Troy resident Rhonda Hendrickson has a strong background in volunteerism.

Leadership Troy selected Hendrickson as the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award.

Jim Cyrulewski, president of Leadership Troy, said via email that the group comprises representatives from various community organizations, businesses and individuals who strive to promote Troy community improvement programs. They recognize volunteers and corporate citizens that positively impact the quality of life in Troy.

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Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — At the corner of Catalpa Drive and Coolidge Highway in Berkley sits Berkley High School, where a senior class of nearly 300 students is working through its last year of high school and thinking about the future.


Across the street, however, Blackmon School was the one-room schoolhouse that started the Berkley School District in 1840 with about 30 students. In the 175 years since, the district has grown into a nine-building district that educates about 5,000 students every year.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When Jonathan Steinberg began proton therapy 32 years ago, he had to move to Boston and face protesters against the then-experimental treatment in an effort to save his life.

“It wasn’t easy being in a strange town and being told that you had less than a year to live,” he said.

The Birmingham resident eventually brought his fight for proton therapy to Michigan, championing the cause until Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed restrictions blocking who could provide the treatment in 2008.

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Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — At the corner of 12 Mile Road and Robina Avenue in Berkley, patrons used to line up around the block to get inside the Berkley Theater and see the latest show. Even the theater’s last showing in 1993 — of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” — was by invitation only.


While the large sign with the city’s name and marquee still stands, the theater is now occupied by Rite Aid, and the grand entrance is used as storage for the business.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLAWSON — Looking back at the past eight years that Penny Luebs has been mayor, she reflected on the growth of the community.

During her four terms, the city has secured grants for road reconstruction, kept and maintained the Clawson Police Department, maintained and improved parks, built relationships with community groups and supported new and existing small businesses with initiatives like the One Stop Ready program.

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Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — Even in the third grade, Clawson resident Brittney Mattson could tell that art would be a part of her future.


A painting she had done in art class was entered into a show of work from all elementary grade levels, and that proved to be just the beginning of her foray into the art world.

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Published October 7, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority board and the city have selected the next person to lead the downtown as the new DDA executive director.


Barry Hicks, who has a background in planning and economic development with Sterling Heights, Jackson and Albion, was selected from a pool of 40 applicants. Hicks comes in after former Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius stepped down May 27.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When you look at the ingredients that create one box of Yumbitz, you’ll notice that the first ingredient is “LOVE.”


That is the mission maintained by Monica Martin, the Clinton Township-based owner of a growing cookie company.


Yumbitz comes in resealable white packages that give individuals a glimpse of the deliciousness waiting inside, and since the business officially took off, success has taken Martin by storm.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — C.J. Barrymore’s owner Rick Iceberg said his Clinton Township-based entertainment venue must “change or die,” leading to plenty of change within the next couple of years.


This is due to the Sept. 21 unanimous approval by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees to grant a special land use expansion to C.J. Barrymore’s in terms of new entertainment within the community business district on Hall Road.

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Published October 7, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — In retrospect, he should have seen it coming.


Frank Leone grew up in St. Clair Shores, graduating in 2003 from South Lake High School and then in 2008 from Wayne State University. Trying his luck in the big city, he bounced from New York to Los Angeles trying to start his career as an actor.


When a mentor suggested he create a web series as an outlet to showcase his work, he decided to give it a try, never dreaming it would grow into the project it is now.

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Published October 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Spending a small amount of money to stage your home for sale can deliver big returns, according to local real estate professionals.


“Statistics have shown if a seller invests 1 percent (of the home price) on staging, they will get 8 to 10 percent of their money back and sell their house 75 times faster,” said Corie Conroy, owner of First Impressions Home Staging in Bloomfield Hills.


Staging is mostly a matter of decluttering and making your home look its best.

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