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Published March 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — All lads and lassies are invited to attend one of Oakland County’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades happening this weekend through the streets of downtown Royal Oak.

“Bigger” and “better” are the words this year, along with carrying on the tradition of honoring some of the community’s Irish folk.

The 2016 Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade grand marshal is Josephine Dare, who will be accompanied by her son, Sean Dare.

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Published March 9, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Once again, the Bestest Concert Ever is returning to the Royal Oak Farmers Market and promising the bestest time ever for attendees of all ages.

“Age limit, people laugh, but I say zero to 99,” said event producer Paula Messner.

The fifth annual event will take place 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.

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Published March 9, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clintondale Community Schools officials are ecstatic that two millages — a non-homestead millage replacement proposal and a non-homestead operating millage proposal — passed overwhelmingly March 8.

The millage replacement proposal was approved by 2,101 voters in eight Macomb County precincts, or 63.6 percent. The operating millage proposal was approved by 2,064 voters, or 62.9 percent.

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Published March 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT — For some, it’s all about heritage and what their family has grown for generations. For others, it’s about taste and an abundant natural variety. 

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Published March 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT — There’s nothing like a wreath on the front door to meet your guests with a cheerful greeting.

But for some, Christmastime is the only season the door is treated to any kind of embellishment. And that’s a shame, because there are so many options to choose from when it comes to buying — or even creating — a springtime wreath.

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Published March 9, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The 10-year non-homestead millage proposal in the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools district passed voter approval during the presidential primary on March 8.

The proposal passed with just over 70 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results reported by the Macomb County Clerk’s Office.

“Were obviously thrilled,” said Superintendent Dr. Jackie Johnston. “We’re happy our community is supporting the district and more importantly the kids, programs and our staff.”

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Published March 9, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Harrison Township firefighters are breathing a sigh of relief after learning their latest two-year millage increase request has passed voter approval.

During the March 8 presidential primary, the millage, which means a 1.083 mill increase for taxpayers, passed with 59 percent of the supporting vote, according to unofficial results.

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Published March 8, 2016

The majority of residents who voted today — and there were lots of them — cast ballots against a proposed charter amendment dictating the lane configuration of West Maple Road.

Failing by 61 percent  -- with 4,447 votes against --   the citizen-initiated proposal would’ve amended the Birmingham City Charter to prevent a reconfiguration of West Maple Road from anything besides four lanes.

Just short of 39 percent of the ballots, or 2,820, were cast in favor of the amendment.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Junior Woman’s Club is giving the community a chance to welcome spring by viewing the latest in-season fashions, all while supporting local charities.

Club member Lynn Marie Oates said the organization hosts its annual Spring Highlights boutique shopping event and luncheon each March.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts will celebrate Women’s History Month with an exhibition featuring the work of the Birmingham Society of Women Painters.

“We are excited to have them, and the large following that they have to bring to PCCA,” PCCA Exhibitions Director Megan Gurisko said.

The show, which runs March 19 to April 30, will open March 19 with a gallery talk from 4 to 5 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

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Published March 8, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —With warm weather approaching, the whole family can enjoy kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, archery, fishing, exercise classes and much more at township parks.

Instruction sessions on a variety of activities are planned. “We have some really cool classes,” said Becky McLogan, township recreation manager.

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Published March 8, 2016

FRASER — As a wild and wacky ride plays out nationally in presidential politics, local voters had their chance impact the 2016 race Tuesday.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. for the Michigan presidential primary, which has 130 delegates up for grabs on the Democratic side, and 59 delegates on the Republican side.

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Published March 8, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — According to presidential hopeful John Kasich, economic growth and restrained spending are essentials to create a balanced budget.

“We need a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget,” said the Republican Ohio governor when he visited University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods for a Wayne County town hall meeting March 7, one day before the Michigan primary election.

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Published March 8, 2016

BERKLEY — The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major World War II battle that is now part of the history of the United States, and often a photo of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi is associated with the battle.

But after that flag was raised, it was another incident at Iwo Jima that was ingrained in the mind of Berkley native Edward “Mort” Denell.

Denell was a private first class in the 26th Marine Corps regiment and fought at Iwo Jima.

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Published March 8, 2016

This month’s Looking Back photo features the Roseville Florist shop as it appeared around 1947-48. The storefront was located at 27603 Gratiot Ave., between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads; that location is now home to Jasen’s Fine Furniture, which advertises itself as opening in 1951.
Gratiot itself was not paved until around 1947-48, dating this photo to some point after that work was completed.

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Published March 8, 2016

DETROIT — Restoration work at the 112-year-old Belle Isle Aquarium is continuing amid programs and new additions to its array of aquatic life.

Vance Patrick, co-chair of the Belle Isle Aquarium Committee, said workers are finishing up the restoration of the building’s skylights and should be finished restoring its glass ceiling tiles in April, if all goes well.

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Published March 9, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Dogs awaiting adoption in Macomb and Genesee counties should see an influx of fresh food thanks to the efforts of an Eastpointe resident who has organized the donation of 40,000 cans of dog food from Fromm Family Foods to shelters in both counties.

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Published March 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Robert Gracin spent plenty of time during his childhood going to camps at the Marvin Blank Senior Center in Macomb Township.

When the time came for Gracin, a member of Troop 349, to pick a beneficiary for his Eagle Scout project in the summer of 2014, he had an easy answer.

After talking with the director of the senior center, Gracin learned that the building was in need of a few different things, and that is how he came up with the ideas for his project.

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Published March 8, 2016

While headlines about Republican presidential candidates have mostly dominated the media as the country narrows down the field, St. Clair Shores residents are divided as to whether they love the fray or want the country to go another way.

“It’s been crazy,” said Dave Janisse, voting Tuesday morning at St. Clair Shores City Hall. “I particularly don’t like (Republican candidate) Ted Cruz ... although I’m not overly thrilled with anybody. I like to keep religion and politics separate and he has a problem with that.”

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Published March 9, 2016

The Sterling Heights Coffeehouse concert program has been brewing up its latest batch of musical talent for 2016.

On Feb. 28, The Swift Brothers, a Michigan-based folk duo, played at the Sterling Heights Recreation Center. On March 13, the Celtic music group Blackthorn is expected to perform its repertoire of Irish tunes at the Recreation Center.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois, this year is the first time in a while that the city has had more than one musical group perform during the Sterling Coffeehouse concert series.

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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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