Features

Published October 4, 2016

Slab replacement and upgrades to subdivision and major roadways will stretch farther than planned after the Troy City Council approved an additional $2.6 million for this year’s projects.

The council unanimously approved $1.8 million for local and major road concrete slab replacement, and $800,000 for major road asphalt overlays at its Sept. 26 meeting.

Last spring, the council approved $2.4 million for improvements to local roads as part of the 2016-17 city budget, renewing DeLisio Construction’s contract for two years at current pricing levels.

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Published October 5, 2016

ROCHESTER — Furniture and graphic design have come together for the Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ latest exhibition.

“Midwest Furniture and Design,” a contemporary exhibit featuring 2-D and 3-D artists from the Midwest, opened at the PCCA Sept. 24 and is free and open to the public to view through Oct. 29.

PCCA Exhibitions Manager Megan Stone said she came up with the idea for the show last year and has spent the last six months researching and hand-picking some of the best furniture and design artists for the curated show.

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Published October 5, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Four Rochester-area seventh-graders have teamed up to promote literacy in the community by stewarding a Little Free Library at the Village of Rochester Hills.

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 70430 members Sydney Buchanan, Jillian Carosella, Caroline Herman and Haley Smith recently installed the Village’s first Little Free Library, at Fountain Park.

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Published October 5, 2016

The city of Troy will clear county roadways of ice and snow again this winter.

The City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Road Commission for Oakland County Sept. 19 as part of the consent agenda.

The council has approved contracts with the Road Commission to plow county roads since 2001.

City crews and contractors clear 80 miles of county roads.

The city will maintain nine county roads under the contract:

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Published October 5, 2016

METRO DETROIT — From buying a car to getting that dream job, our credit scores play a larger role in our lives than we may think — or maybe want to admit.

The ratings that credit bureaus give us all to indicate our reliability in repaying our debts can decide how much we pay for financed purchases, whether we’re eligible for certain housing and so much more. But how we can build good credit seems more like a secret code that many customers have yet to crack.

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Published October 3, 2016

FARMINGTON — Demented chainsaw-wielding hooded figures? That’s old news. Blood and gore? Not needed.

The Governor Warner Mansion, the historical Victorian Italianate home of Michigan’s 26th governor, Fred Warner, will soon take visitors to the late 1800s to reveal the true frights that a Victorian funeral could bring. Coffin in your living room, anyone?

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Published October 3, 2016

C&G Newspapers

DETROIT — About a year ago, Flower House was in full bloom.

Lisa Waud, owner of Pot & Box floral design, launched a large-scale floral installation that brought leading florists from across the state together to fill an abandoned Detroit home from floor to ceiling with gorgeous fresh flowers.

But the experience, Waud says now, was something of a whirlwind.

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Published October 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, Weekend Warrior Runfest, the first country music-themed running event in the area, will take place at River Bends Park in Shelby Township.

A 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run will begin and end in the parking lot, and participants are invited to bring coolers, folding chairs and dogs to tailgate after the race while listening to country music.

Country music station 99.5 WYCD will be broadcasting live from the finish line during the event.

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Published October 4, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The second annual Fall for Nature Craft Show at the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center is fast approaching and heralding in the turn of the season.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, both inside and outside the nature center. Many new crafters, as well as some returning favorites, will set up shop beneath the changing autumn leaves.

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Published October 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Tammy Hilliard said that when her daughter, Anna, was a baby, Tammy and her husband, Rob, heard Anna hum herself to sleep before she could talk.

Now at age 10, the Crissman Elementary fifth-grader has been booking local gigs around the metro Detroit area with the dream of becoming a professional singer. On Sept. 30, she performed as the opening act for singers Aaron Caruso and Eva Evola at the Andiamo Showroom in Warren.

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Published October 3, 2016

BERKLEY — Cars can come in all different shapes and sizes, but it was the make of one particular vehicle that caught the attention of judges at the Frankenmuth Autofest.

Jon Murrell’s unique 1930 Ford Model A pickup, designed as a mini fire truck, placed in the top 25 at the festival when it was held Sept. 9-11. As the highest position that an owner can place, owners of the vehicles chosen for the top 25 are awarded a beer stein and a jacket.

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Published October 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Beneath a clear blue sky, a group of approximately 100 people gathered to dedicate St. Lawrence Catholic Church’s newly finished veterans memorial, located in the historic St. Lawrence Cemetery.

The initiative started when Rick Lumetta, president of the St. Lawrence ushers ministry, attended a military funeral at the cemetery and noticed that there was nothing at the cemetery to memorialize veterans.

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Published October 3, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc., located in Taunton, Massachusetts, donated bullet- and stab-protective vests to the Roseville Police Department’s K-9s, Chase and Corporal, and now the department has the vests, according to a press release from Police Chief James Berlin Sept. 26.

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Published October 3, 2016

ROSEVILLE — During the Roseville City Council meeting Sept. 27, 17 winners were presented with a Leonard Haggerty Beautification Award.

According to the city’s website, the Roseville Beautification Commission was created to encourage and recommend the placing, planting and preservation of trees, flowers, plants, shrubbery and other objects, and to promote public interest in the general improvement of the appearance of the city.

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Published October 1, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Maria Iafrate, 78, a permanent resident of the United States for 61 years who has lived in Roseville since 1960, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the United States Federal Courthouse in Detroit Sept. 29.

Before Iafrate could become a citizen, there were several things that she needed to do — she had to sign in and trade in her green card for her certificate of naturalization.

Judge Gershwin Drain swore in Iafrate and other new citizens.

“Today is a great day for you all,” he said.

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Published October 3, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Vision screenings for kids, child identification kits and pumpkin painting will be some of the activities held at this year’s Harvest Festival, which the Eastpointe Lions Club will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at the East Brooke Commons shopping center, located on the southwest corner of Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.

Randy Lewis and Paul Hemeryck, co-chairs of the Harvest Festival, expect about 500 children to attend.

“We love doing this; the kids have fun and it’s a way we can give back to the community,” Lewis said.

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Published October 3, 2016

The family of a teen with special needs is hoping their recent fundraiser will be a springboard toward paying for a unique kind of first vehicle.
The Sept. 29 Jump for Noah fundraiser at AirTime Trampoline and Game Park in Sterling Heights helped raise money toward buying a customized golf cart for Noah Mathews, who has autism, as well as other physical and cognitive conditions.

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Published October 3, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Public Library’s two-part series on murder in Michigan continues Oct. 18 with guest author Steve Miller discussing his book chronicling the murder of Jane Bashara.

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Published October 5, 2016

For many months out of the year, 2001 Cousino High School graduate and wheelchair basketball player Mike Paye can be found on the court.

Paye travels the world with the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team participating in international competitions, including World Championships and Paralympics designed for disabled athletes. It’s where Paye, who wears jersey No. 5, shines as a guard.

It’s also how the one-time Warren resident met his wife, Lena, a native of Germany, where the couple resides in the town of Giessen, located north of Frankfort.

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Published October 5, 2016

CENTER LINE  — An effort by Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers to provide senior citizens and disabled adults with one-on-one transportation to and from important medical appointments is getting a big lift from the Detroit-based Metro Health Foundation.

The foundation — dedicated to meeting community health care needs and ensuring access to medical care for the uninsured, underinsured and those without access to transportation — has awarded a grant of $22,700 to support the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers “Driven to Good Health” project.

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