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Published April 20, 2016

UTICA — The Utica Public Library has slimmed its hours, staff and services in recent years, and Director Marsha Doege said she plans to submit more reductions in her next budget, including taking a salary cut herself and slashing hours further.

“The 2008 debacle hit the library hard, along with the erosion of mills and loss of personal property taxes — just a whole lot of things that made us struggle,” Doege said. “We’ve been in survival mode, but now it’s to the point where we need to request help from the taxpayers.”

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Published April 19, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville Community Schools currently is taking registrations for its third annual Dream Dash, with this being the second year that the event has been dedicated to the late Joe Manfreda.

According to Kaiser Elementary Principal Teresa Tomala, the event is scheduled for May 7 and will see participants starting at Roseville High School — located at 17855 Common Road — before following a 5K route along Common and residential streets. New this year is a section for participants to take photos.

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Published April 18, 2016

HAZEL PARK — For the second year in a row, a group of students from a church in Indiana came to Hazel Park to volunteer alongside like-minded do-gooders at CityEdge Church and its new partners at Youth for Christ Detroit. They worked both indoors and outdoors, at the parks and the “Blue Building” — once the administrative building for Hazel Park Public Schools, and now jointly used by CityEdge and YFC Detroit.

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Published April 18, 2016

Many days, weeks and months of the year have an awareness campaign tied to them, but an April campaign to celebrate National Car Care Month hopes to remind drivers that auto parts can wear out or malfunction if not maintained.

According to car maintenance professionals, many drivers take advantage of this time of the year to get a fresh vehicle inspection or maintenance. 

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Published April 16, 2016

WARREN — For book fans who prefer the romance genre, there’s a new author in town.

Former Warren resident Tara Eldana is the writer behind several new romance novellas guaranteed to satisfy serious romantics with a bit of spice, some contemporary themes and a some paranormal activity on their pages.

Eldana has written seven books, published by Black Opal Books, with two of them — “Reclaiming Lexi” and “Under the Riptides” — currently available for purchase. The other four are under contract, with a seventh title pending.

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Published April 17, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The American soldiers who served overseas during World War II loved receiving anything that reminded them of home.

Such items included the knitted scarves, sweaters, socks and caps that were stitched with care and shipped to foreign lands to U.S. military members.

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Published April 20, 2016

WARREN — If you live in Warren, you won’t have to go far to see what a masterpiece painting looks like up close.

Reproductions of classic works of art are on display now at 11 locations in Warren, as part of the 2016 Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out exhibit.

Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman told members of the City Council last month that eight businesses and three public buildings were selected to host weather-proof reproductions of priceless works through July 16.

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Published April 14, 2016

HARPER WOODS — On April 12, the Harper Woods Public Library celebrated its history and the history of the city as, in conjunction with National Library Week, the library commemorated the 40th anniversary of the founding of its Heritage Room.

Founded by Mary Duchon and Lorry Balchunas, the Heritage Room is a museum of sorts, with artifacts on display ranging from a library card catalog to an old-style piano to the house nameplate of Harper Woods’ first settler, Casper Salter.

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Published April 14, 2016

Kirts Boulevard north of Crooks Road was closed after contractors doing directional drilling to install a fiber optic line hit a 2-inch natural gas line just before 4:30 p.m. April 13.

Contractors called Troy firefighters to the scene, on northbound Crooks Road, at Kirts Boulevard. Firefighters determined the extent of the leak, checked storm drains and water lines to see how far the leak went, and checked buildings to determine the amount of natural gas present, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.

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Published April 14, 2016

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1. Bacon Bash
Saturday, April 16 • Royal Oak Farmers Market

Bacon lovers rejoice. Your favorite food will take center stage during Bacon Bash 2016 at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road.

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Published April 14, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Looking to retain his position as Macomb County public works commissioner, Anthony Marrocco officially filed to run for re-election on April 4.

The Democrat’s challengers in the Aug. 2 primary election are Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, and Warren Republican Joseph Hunt.

A lifelong Macomb County resident, Marrocco, 67, has held the elected position for six terms (24 years) after former Commissioner Thomas Welsh’s retirement.

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Published April 14, 2016

“Winds in the east” are heralding the arrival of Stevenson High School’s musical rendition of “Mary Poppins,” which will run April 29-May 1.

Stevenson theater director Mark Johnson said the musical will offer some variety both to the student actors and to the audience.

“We picked it because we wanted to be sure that, as the years go by, we rotate through different types of shows, and it was time for us to do a family show,” he said.

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Published April 14, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A local author held a discussion recently on a new book that examines what she said is a lack of media attention on black women as victims of homicide.

Author Cheryl Neely, of West Bloomfield, held a discussion on her book, “You’re Dead — So What?: Media, Police and the Invisibility of Black Women as Victims of Homicide,” at 6 p.m. April 6 at the Southfield Public Library.

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Published April 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — If you find yourself cursing the potholes as you drive down the Northwestern Highway service drive, you could have a hand in making them disappear.

Public Works Operations Manager Larry Sirls said the city is participating in the Pothole Patrol, in which residents and visitors can report a pothole to the city.

Once the pothole is reported, Sirls said public works employees will fill it within 48 hours.

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Published April 13, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Inside the Farmington Community Library, Barbara Fern and Anne Greenstein opened up the pages of their past.

The Farmington Musicale members dug into a row of teal boxes neatly labeled and organized by date. Inside were scrapbooks full of pictures, program fliers and decorations from past events.

“The glue has been on there since 1977,” Fern, the group’s president, said April 5 of one of the scrapbooks.

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Published April 13, 2016

Nearly 70 penguins made an appearance April 13 during a sneak peek of the $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center inside the Detroit Zoo.

The 33,000-square-foot center is scheduled to open to the public April 18.

Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan expects the new attraction to draw heavy attention, as it is the largest penguin habitat in the nation.

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Published April 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A summer tragedy last year made it obvious for Royal Oak Police Sgt. Patrick Stanton that his annual charity hockey game would benefit the family of a fallen officer.

“It was one of those things, heading into winter once it happened — as sad as the whole thing is, and seeing the wife and the kids — I pretty much knew from that moment who we were playing for this April,” he said.

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Published April 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — White Lake resident Lisa Ash, 51, received the gift of life last summer. 

The wife and mother of two received a kidney transplant in July through a three-way kidney swap via a collaboration with three southeast Michigan health systems.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Renee Arrington-Johnson is legally blind, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her resume.

The General Motors engineer has worked for the company in various capacities for more than 35 years and is now working at the GM Technical Center in Warren.

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Published April 13, 2016

FERNDALE — In 1995, Atom Kaiser was involved in a car crash when a driver fell asleep at the wheel going 50 mph and rear-ended Kaiser’s vehicle.

It left him with a traumatic brain injury that caused him to struggle to do things, such as read. But after learning that the drugs he was taking actually led to the side effect of blurred vision, he started to wean himself off them, and that led to withdrawal.

During this time, Kaiser felt a sudden urge to paint.

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