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Published March 16, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — For some, it’s a rite of passage. For others, a family tradition.

But if your child has special needs, does that mean summer camp is out of the question? 

No, according to local experts, who say summer camp has a lot to offer children who develop differently than their peers.

The Judson Center’s Autism Connections program offers summer programming for children ages 4-21 in Southfield and Royal Oak.

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Published March 16, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — During World War I, 90 percent of the eligible men who lived in Stony Creek Village traveled to Europe to fight for their country. A service flag honoring those brave men was dedicated during an April 1918 service in the Stony Creek schoolhouse yard.

The original service flag has been re-created by Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm officials. The flag currently flies in the front yard of the Van Hoosen farmhouse — paying tribute to the soldiers who represented their small farming settlement in World War I.

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Published March 15, 2016

Students in Christopher Schoonover’s and Andrew Shipp’s history classes at Athens High School read about the Korean War in their textbooks, but Robert Charbonneau brought it to life when he visited the school March 11.

“When you hear it from a veteran, it’s more real. It’s cool listening to his experiences,” said sophomore Jacob Brantley. “I know how he fought for our country and how strong we are (as a country) today.”

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Published March 15, 2016

Those who waited until after work to take a walk to their Troy polling place in the unseasonably warm weather were more likely to have to wait to vote in the March 8 Michigan presidential primary than those who voted earlier in the day.

“Some lines formed at the end of the day with the after-work crowd,” said Troy City Clerk Aileen Dickson. “Until then, we were pretty steady all day.”

Dickson said that while usual voter turnout for presidential primaries is in the mid-20 percent range, 41 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this primary.

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Published March 15, 2016

CLAWSON — Although it may only be mid-March, the Easter Bunny is getting ready to hop into town this weekend for a couple of popular community events.

“Yes, Easter is early this year,” said Clawson Mayor Penny Luebs.

Easter falls on March 27 this year, bringing the festivities to the community earlier than in years past.

The annual Clawson Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. March 19 in City Park, located at 935 N. Custer Ave. at Bywood Avenue.

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Published March 15, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Voters across Michigan hit the polls March 8 to vote in the U.S. presidential primary.

While Donald Trump claimed another victory among Republicans, Bernie Sanders won narrowly over Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.

Statewide, Sanders, a senator from Vermont, claimed 49.8 percent of the vote, just ahead of Clinton, who finished at 48.3 percent.

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Published March 16, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Numerous Macomb Township Fire Department personnel were recognized during a March 9 township Board of Trustees meeting for their efforts in either saving a life or bringing a new life into the world.

Five individuals were given lifesaving awards for performing CPR on and reviving a man who had a heart attack Aug. 7. Those involved were Deputy Chief Adam Munro, Capt. Gary Ross, Sgt. Ken Bartz, Sgt. Ryan Gierman and firefighter Vince Pozzuoli.

On Aug. 14, firefighters Joe Warne, Carly Mocny and Jason Krozek were involved in helping deliver a baby.

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Published March 16, 2016

FERNDALE — Fresh out of graduate school, Rick Pruckler had the opportunity to work at Pewabic, a nonprofit ceramic design studio in Detroit. And ever since that day in 1986, Pruckler has been in and out of the historic studio.

Now Pruckler, a Ferndale resident, has a chance to show how Pewabic helped shape him as a ceramics artist as part of the “Abiogensis: From Clay to Community” exhibit at the Janice Charach Gallery to celebrate 25 artists with Pewabic backgrounds.

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Published March 15, 2016

FERNDALE — At the beginning of 2015, the FernCare Free Clinic was able to open its doors one day a week to assist patrons with no medical insurance. The clinic had previously only been open three days a month.

Because the clinic offers free medical services to people ages 19-64 who have no medical insurance, many of its services are able to exist because of grants and donations. And thanks to a partnership with a local business and two artists, the clinic will be looking to bolster its general fund.

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Published March 15, 2016

FERNDALE — Mario Campbell was a 16-year-old Ferndale High School athlete looking to get a fast start to his junior track season when he collapsed on March 14, 2013, during an indoor practice.

Campbell didn’t know his heart wasn’t healthy, and neither did his parents. After collapsing, Campbell was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. He had myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that is difficult to diagnose and often caused by a virus.

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Published March 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The green thumbs of Oakland County can hardly wait to get down and dirty out in their yards.

With that in mind, the Oakland Conservation District has some exciting plans for nature lovers who want to make the most of their own green space.

It all starts with the OCD’s annual tree sale, where customers can order bare-root trees and shrubs at a lower cost than most big-box nurseries.

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Published March 14, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There’s a new movie coming out next month called “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

Much of the highly anticipated superhero flick was filmed right here in metro Detroit. To commemorate that and draw attention to the real nighttime crusaders, Cranbrook Institute of Science is turning March into Bat Superhero Month with new opportunities to learn about bats and their contributions to the environment.

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Published March 16, 2016

The first schoolhouse in Birmingham was constructed in 1822, but it wasn’t until the Hill School opened in 1869 that the city had a public secondary school as well as a primary school.

Until that point, students who wished to further their studies past the eighth grade had to pay tuition at an academy run by local minister Samuel N. Hill.

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Published March 14, 2016

FERNDALE — The March 8 primary election saw higher than anticipated turnout across Oakland County, as just over 40 percent of registered voters showed up to the polls, up from 20 percent in the 2012 presidential primary election.

In Ferndale alone, nearly 46 percent of registered voters submitted a ballot, with 7,194 of the 15,641 voters voting. About 15 percent of the votes were done via absentee ballot, but City Clerk Marne McGrath said the high turnout allowed the city to properly evaluate the new precinct layout.

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Published March 14, 2016

FRASER — It was difficult to find a dry eye March 10 at Twain Elementary.

The entire K-6 student body, along with teachers and Principal Ed Skowneski, were packed into the school’s gymnasium to watch students from another school perform jump rope tricks as part of the Jump Rope for Heart initiative to benefit the American Heart Association.

After nearly a half hour of entertainment, Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark English, dressed in his fatigues, snuck into the gymnasium through a door facing the students’ backs.

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Published March 14, 2016

The trouble in River City will make its way to Sterling Heights when Henry Ford II High School presents “The Music Man” March 17-20.

Ford theater director Kirstin Carolin said the students have been doing a great job learning the roles and putting the show together. She said the students’ strong talent has made the show possible to present.

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Published March 15, 2016

Sterling Heights has done some of the heavy lifting in arranging options for senior citizens and other residents who live in the city who have difficulty with shoveling snow or mowing lawns by themselves.

During a March 1 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool reminded residents that some people are eligible to receive assistance in the areas of grass cutting, snow removal or odd household jobs.

According to Vanderpool, one group that offers such help for seniors is Macomb Community Action, through the Senior Citizen Chore Service program.

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Published March 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Tastefest event is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 16 at Athena Hall in Roseville, and new food vendors are just one of the additions this year.

According to Director Linda Weishaupt, the event will feature a variety of local chefs, restaurants and vendors providing samples of food for people to try in exchange for food tickets — each ticket costs $1, or visitors can purchase 25 for $20.

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Published March 15, 2016

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Voters in Roseville approved renewing the city’s emergency medical ambulance service during the March 8 presidential primary election, while voters countywide gave Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the most support.

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Published March 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Christy O’Sullivan has never been one to sit still. So when she learned that she has multiple sclerosis — a progressive disease that can happen to anyone at any time, where the immune system attacks the body and causes lesions on the nerves, leading to a variety of debilitating issues — she didn’t want to wait for it to get worse.

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Upcoming Events

The events in our calendar were submitted prior to the coronavirus crisis. As efforts have increased to contain the spread of the coronavirus, many events have been canceled. Read More... On March 13, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order to cancel all events statewide that involve more than 250 people. It is recommended that you call ahead if you still intend to attend one of these events.

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