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Published April 22, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — “It’s a long time coming,” Farmington Public Schools Superintendent George Heitsch said after a Jan. 13 unanimous school board vote approving a $131.5 million, two-series bond proposal for May 5.


The proposal came from a Capital Planning Advisory Committee recommendation. CPAC members include parents, community leaders and others.


The bond proposal comes in the wake of two bond issues that voters shot down in November 2014 and August 2013.

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Published April 22, 2015

EASTPOINTE — While the series of guest speakers and talks at the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum may be finished for the moment, its administrators still have some plans for the spring and summer months.


Chris Causley, president of the museum, said on-site activities are limited to two in June. The museum is hosting a rummage sale June 6, and Causley said the museum will hold a car show June 12.

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Published April 22, 2015

Driving on Nine Mile Road during the flood of May 1948 was a challenge. In this image, two automobiles of various vintages are trying to pass each other in the middle of the road near the Dairy Bar. Without curbs and storm sewers to handle the water, the stores and houses were in the path of the wake left by passing vehicles.

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Published April 21, 2015

DETROIT — Local leading jazz musicians will be sharing a famous stage with some aspiring jazz greats of tomorrow when the University Liggett School Jazz Band opens for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra on April 30 at the Music Hall Jazz Café.

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Published April 21, 2015

ROYAL OAK — There is nothing ordinary about resident William Allen.

Allen, 68, competes in powerlifting competitions as a deadlifter, traveled the world while in and out of the military, was a successful businessman, is a former marathon runner who still competes in a couple of half-marathons here and there, and recently added “author” to his résumé. Allen possesses a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

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Published April 20, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.


The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.


The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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Published April 22, 2015

Pictured is the front page of Warren Woods Tower High School’s The Legend student newspaper published in October 1984. The issue’s top stories — written by students — covered the approaching homecoming festivities, a feature on newly hired teachers at the school, and an update on the WWT yearbook staff.

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Published April 20, 2015

With the right frame of mind, drivers navigating a roundabout in metro Detroit can turn going in circles into a positive experience, according to road and driving safety representatives.

Construction recently began on an upcoming roundabout at 14 Mile Road at Orchard Lake Road at the border of West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills, according to Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County. The RCOC expects the project to be finished this autumn.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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Published April 15, 2015

DETROIT — For many families, one of the highlights of spring and summer is growing a garden. But what if pollution so badly damaged the world around us that it could no longer sustain even a simple plant?

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Published April 15, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — From catching criminals on horseback in the 1820s to using helicopters today, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has maintained the same values it was founded on nearly two centuries ago, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.


“It has really evolved, but the mission is the same: to have honorable men and women do all they can to make this a great community,” Bouchard said.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Starting April 16, water heater manufacturers must comply with mandatory new standards issued by the U.S. Department of Energy geared toward conserving energy.


The new water heaters will be larger in size, due to increased insulation, and will have more expensive price tags, but they will save more energy.

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Published April 13, 2015

Whether it’s for planning a long road trip or to have some backup wheels while their main ride is in the shop, securing a rental car will likely become a favorable option for most drivers sooner or later.

However, businesses that loan vehicles to drivers often have their own requirements and guidelines for renting vehicles and taking care of those vehicles.

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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Most people don’t notice awnings until they decide to buy one.


The main reason most homeowners decide to purchase an awning is for shade. Also, they wish to cut the cost of cooling their home and keep the patio cool in the summer, said Lorraine Strachan, office manager for Signature Awning in Livonia, which serves all of metro Detroit.


“The biggest reason is shade,” Strachan said.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.


Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.


The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— Since 2010, James Pecar has used the power of music to help raise awareness for autism.


As a student at Stetson University in Florida, he began an a cappella group called Hat Trick, which began hosting “A Cappella for Autism” events in 2010. The group raised funds for the Macomb and St. Clair affiliate of the Autism Society of America, and it continues to do so today.

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Published April 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — As they enter the final stretch of the school year, students at East Detroit High School and Roseville High School are practicing and rehearsing for their respective spring plays.


Roseville students will be performing the drama-comedy “42nd Street” April 16-18, while East Detroit students will be performing “Cyrano de Burgershack” May 1-2.

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