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Published January 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Chess might seem to be an unlikely topic for a musical, but as conceived by lyricist Tim Rice and ABBA musicians Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, this board game for intellectuals serves as a strong platform for a story about Cold War passion and political intrigue.

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Published January 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — One of Grosse Pointe City’s veteran officers has finished his last shift in the community.

Lt. Michael Seidel retired after his final shift on Jan. 17, just months shy of what would have been his 30th anniversary with the department on Aug. 11.

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Published January 20, 2016

The groom gamely drinks Turkish coffee laced with a liberal amount of salt without complaint to show his future wife that he will “tolerate anything that comes from her.”

Sumeyra Yildiz explained this and the Henna Night ritual that takes place the night before a wedding when the Turkish American Society of Michigan presented a live demonstration of a traditional Henna Night ceremony, henna tattoos and Turkish cuisine at Turkish Henna Night at the Balkan American Community Center in Troy Jan. 16.

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Published January 20, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — With winter well underway, hibernation is standard: Lock yourself indoors and get under the covers with a cup of hot cocoa. Fortunately for you, the Nature Center in Heritage Park has other ideas. 

“We just have a lot (of activities),”  Farmington Hills Nature Center Supervisor Ashlie Smith said recently. “I always want to make sure people know just because it is wintertime in the park, there is a lot to do and experience the outdoors — even in the cold wintry months.”

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Published January 20, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The upcoming Chili Golf Open isn’t scared of a bit of snow or cold.

In fact, the dozens of attendees that typically trudge through winter’s elements look forward to the outside. 

“It is meant to be a fun thing,” Special Services Deputy Director Bryan Farmer said. “It is really all about doing something sort of crazy and having fun.”

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Published January 20, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — The winding down of the Van Dyke Avenue reconstruction project doesn’t mean that the city is out of the clear for construction work in 2016.

During a Jan. 5 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said residents and motorists are not going to get much reprieve with road construction.

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Published January 20, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — While values, love and faith bind some families together, all things grim, grisly and horrible weave memorable pastimes and sentiment feelings together for the infamous Addams. The Addams family, that is.

During a Harrison High School presentation of a new musical comedy, “The Addams Family,” an opportunity will be had to delve a bit deeper into the familial lives that nightmares are made of.

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Published January 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You read that headline right. 

For the first time since the inception of its Color of the Year 16 years ago, Pantone chose the blending of two shades as the 2016 Color of the Year.

Pantone chose the combination of a warm rose tone and a cool, tranquil blue to promote balance, connection, order and peace.

With modern-day stress and an incessant stream of upsetting news, both global and domestic, Pantone sought to offer consumers reassurance and security through color.

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Published January 20, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — What was looking like a mild winter is beginning to show some bite, with temperatures dropping down into the teens.

Which is why pet owners need to take responsibility and minimize their pets’ exposure to the cold. Failing to do so can put pets in grave danger — and lead to legal troubles for the owner.

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Published January 20, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — Celebrating communities of “faith, knowledge and service,” local Catholic schools will highlight their efforts during National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31-Feb. 6.

“Each day we have special events planned ... celebrating who we are and why our school is special,” said Julie DeGrez, principal of St. Germaine Catholic School in St. Clair Shores. “We’re able to learn about and practice our faith every single day.

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Published January 18, 2016

The winning vehicles from the 2016 North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year Awards could receive additional publicity and prestige when they appear on the dealership floor, according to some automotive industry insiders.

Those awards — which were based on North American journalists’ opinions — were announced Jan. 11 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 

The 2016 North American Car of the Year distinction went to the Honda Civic. Other finalists in that category were the Chevrolet Malibu and the Mazda MX-5 Miata. 

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Published January 19, 2016

The community is mourning the death of former resident and music icon Glenn Frey by reflecting on his life.

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Published January 19, 2016

Newly released guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture are lengthy and may be hard to digest for those who are not health professionals.

However, Beaumont health experts helped to boil things down to basics — and eggs are OK.

Consumer-based 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines can be found online at www.choosemyplate.gov. USDA information more geared toward health care professionals is available online at www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015.

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Published January 19, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While you can easily catch them at the zoo or in a bird show, it still seems to surprise residents when they spot the symbol of the country hanging around a local field or backyard.

“We were driving down Jefferson and we looked at this bird. ... We ran back home and she got her camera. These pictures were amazing,” said Cathy Sitek, of St. Clair Shores. 

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Published January 19, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road, along with the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, held its monthly open house Jan. 10 and focused the day on the connection between two Sylvan Lake institutions.

“Our monthly open house is an opportunity for people to come in and see what we have,” Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society President Gina Gregory said. “We’re looking to highlight all the decades of history, because it’s fun to connect with the past.”

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Published January 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The Michigan Department of Transportation recently shared plans with affected municipalities for an approximately 2-mile Hall Road reconstruction project to take place in 2017, Shelby Township Planner Glenn Wynn said.

The project is slated to target Hall Road from Delco Boulevard, just east of M-53, to Hayes Road. The scope of the project will include complete pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, handicapped-accessible ramps, sidewalks and landscaping.

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Published January 20, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Emergency medicine physician James Larkin has been named chief of staff at McLaren Macomb Hospital through 2017.

Larkin replaced former Chief of Staff Andrew Staricco, M.D., whose term ended at the end of 2015 and to whom Larkin served as vice chief of staff.

Additionally, Larkin has previously served as emergency medicine residency director and is currently chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

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Published January 13, 2016

CLAWSON — Robert and Shari Kallmeyer have been providing the community with award-winning decorations for years during the Christmas season.

“I do it just because I enjoy it,” said Robert Kallmeyer. “It’s kind of my Christmas.”

The couple fills their Elmwood Avenue and Langley Boulevard corner lot with myriad decorations, including a lot of lights. Colorful lights fill their trees, home and garage, ranging from LED to icicle lights.

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Published January 13, 2016

DETROIT — One of the most enduring stereotypes about artists is that they’re depressed, and their work comes out of the darkness in their lives. That couldn’t be less true of Linda Allen.

“Most of what I make is colorful and happy,” said the Grosse Pointe City artist, whose first Detroit solo show — titled “CHEERS!” — is on display through Jan. 28 at the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit. “I seek out the beauty.”

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Published January 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Now that winter has arrived, it’s time to have some fun with the cold and snow.  

The Citizens’ Recreation Commission is inviting Grosse Pointe Woods residents and their guests to the city’s 15th annual outdoor Winterfest from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 30 at Lake Front Park, 23000 E. Jefferson Ave.

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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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