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Published October 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With beer, food trucks, bands and competitions, the St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee is hoping the second annual Shorestoberfest will be an even better time than the first.

“The event is bigger, so bigger tent, more music, we have two food trucks and a caterer, and the food is a la carte so you buy what you want,” said organizer Stephanie O’Brien, of the Cool City Committee.

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Published October 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Six months of work has been incorporated into an amended animal control ordinance that melds county regulations into St. Clair Shores’ current ordinance.

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Published October 12, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Do you have a carbon monoxide detector in your house?

When was the last time you replaced the batteries or the entire monitor?  

Chances are, your monitor or batteries may be expired or, depending on the age of your home, you may not even have a detector.

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Published October 12, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Forget about what the kiddos are wearing this Halloween — trick-or-treating fashion is going to the dogs. And cats.

The pet supply industry is a big business, with more than $62 billion in annual spending. From food and treats to shampoos and even apparel, pet owners are throwing down big bucks on items that make their furry friend feel more like part of the family. 

And that, of course, includes holidays. 

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Published October 12, 2016

WARREN — A marker mounted outside at the Fitzgerald Recreation Center now pays homage to the building’s history as a place where members of the armed forces and their families gathered for special events, socialized and danced during World War II.

The Fitzgerald facility, built by the United Service Organizations and originally dedicated on Feb. 6, 1942, was one of three places in the Warren area where the USO hosted events. Local historians said it’s the only one that remains around here, and may in fact be one of just a few left anywhere in the state.

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Published October 12, 2016

C&G Newspapers

MOUNT PLEASANT — Macomb County sheriff’s deputy Jason Conklin received the Outstanding Deputy award from members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving during a MADD MI Lifesavers Award Luncheon held in Mount Pleasant Sept. 29.

Conklin was recognized for his accomplishments and effectiveness in the fight against drunken driving.

The award is given annually to officers/deputies who “make a difference” in the areas of education, prevention, policy or enforcement that reduce impaired driving deaths and injuries.

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Published October 10, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS — Now is the time to make that ever-important decision: what to dress up as for Halloween. Both Harrison Township and Mount Clemens will be hosting family-friendly fetes in the coming weeks.

Harrison Township Trustee Frank Kapral said members of the Parks and Recreation Committee will be once again holding the much-anticipated Hallow Palooza outside the Tucker Senior Center Oct. 15.

There will be Halloween-inspired games for children, cider and doughnuts, as well as trunk-or-treating.

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Published October 6, 2016

KEEGO HARBOR — Cass Lake Road in Keego Harbor will be closed through Oct. 21 while a walking bridge is built to connect two Magnolia by the Lakes buildings. 

Councilman Rob Kalman said during a Sept. 15 City Council meeting that during this time, the construction equipment will be placed on the Magnolia premises, taking up most of the parking spots there. As a result, the city agreed to make modifications to the parking area to permit the construction equipment at Magnolia on a short-term basis. 

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Published October 12, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield resident Mary Wood is living out her sister’s dream. 

Wood’s sister, Cathy Schulze, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 1999 at the age of 37. A mother and wife, Schulze’s treatment days were filled with support from family and friends who sent flowers, cards and dinners. 

In July 1999, Wood said, her sister’s treatments and countless doctor appointments ended, leaving Schulze with a void in her life. 

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Published October 5, 2016

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is closing out its “Women Who Motor” exhibition on a fashion-forward note.

“Women Who Motor” — which has been on display in the garage since 2014 — will conclude with a period fashion show and gourmet dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15. 

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Published October 5, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — It only takes four to six minutes — the time it takes to order a cup of coffee or take a walk around the block.

If CPR and defibrillation are not performed, brain death starts to happen four to six minutes after someone goes into cardiac arrest.

According to the American Heart Association, about 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but if more people knew cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, more lives could be saved. 

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Published October 5, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Potholes and sidewalk cracks don’t fix themselves.

Nearly every Michigander shares a common disdain for road conditions throughout the state, and Clinton Township is putting some control in the hands of its residents.

A citizen advisory committee was recently formed to get first-hand opinions on which township roads and sidewalks need more attention.

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Published October 5, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Lynne Smyles is back where it all began.

The Clinton Township resident retired in 2005 after teaching first- through third-graders for 37 years in Lakeview Public Schools in St. Clair Shores. She continued substitute teaching until 2010.

“Then it was like, OK, now what am I gonna do?” Smyles said.

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Published October 5, 2016

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1. Columbus Day Parade
Saturday, Oct. 8 • Downtown Mount Clemens

The local Italian-American community will host its annual Columbus Day Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in downtown Mount Clemens.

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Published October 5, 2016

HARPER WOODS — November is quickly approaching and that means Election Day, Nov. 8, is on the horizon. Among the candidates and issues that Harper Woods residents will get to weigh in on will be a millage renewal for the Harper Woods Public Library.

B. Kristen Valyi-Hax, the director of the Harper Woods library, wants to ensure that voters know this proposal would be a continuation of a previous measure, not a new measure or an increase.

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Published October 5, 2016

DETROIT — This year marks the 75th anniversary of St. Jude Catholic Church on Detroit’s east side. The parishioners of St. Jude will mark this anniversary with a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The Rev. Shafique Masih, the parish’s current pastor, said this is an important event for the church and the people of the east-side community. He hopes it reminds people what St. Jude’s mission is and will serve not only as a celebration, but a call to action.

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Published October 5, 2016

DETROIT — Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the United States and has devastated many families. To help curb the problem, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan has partnered with Mercy Primary Care Center to provide their “My Choice … My Health” diabetes prevention program. 

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Published October 5, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — Orchard Lake voters will decide the fate of three charter amendments in the Nov. 8 election. 

Currently, Chapter 6, Section 6.6 (D) of Orchard Lake’s city charter prohibits standing committees of the council. The first proposal placed on the ballot would permit standing committees — such as personnel or finance committees — and the committee members would be selected by the City Council. Committee meetings would be open to the public. 

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Published October 5, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — One of the aspects of Michigan that attracted filmmakers during the state’s film incentive years — aside from the financial incentives — was the state’s rich and varied landscapes, from sandy beaches to rugged forests to skyscrapers.

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Published October 5, 2016

ROCHESTER — Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve is once again inviting families to celebrate Halloween, without the fright, by visiting the center’s Halloween Hoot event.

The 35th annual event, held the evenings of Oct. 14-16, invites Rochester-area families to traverse down a wooded trail lit by luminarias for a guided walk through the nature preserve to view a series of short, family-friendly skits.

Ellen Witz, Dinosaur Hill’s office coordinator, said the event is a popular Rochester tradition.

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