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Published June 3, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe farmers market has a new location, new management and new availability for state Bridge card benefits this year.


The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe has taken over management of the market, according to Recreation Office Assistant Amanda Hughes, who is one of the people working on it this year.


“It’s going to run from June 6 through Oct. 31. It is a longer market (this year), running from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday,” Hughes said. “There are no skip dates.”

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Published June 3, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Summertime means summer concerts in the Shores, and this year a plethora of acts will bring their sounds to the city.


“Petitpren has sponsored it for 25 years; we’re very fortunate to have that partnership with them,” said St. Clair Shores Activities Committee Chair Maureen Antushevich.


The Michelob Ultra “Music on the Lake” concerts at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard begin June 10 with The Pros Big Band, an act new to the series.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.


Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”


It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Music is a great way to relax and add “a little culture to your summer,” according to West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission Recreation Coordinator Nancy Keener.


The Parks and Recreation Commission will once again present two concert series this summer. Kids Komotion concerts will take place at 11 a.m. June 25 and Aug. 20, and at 7 p.m. July 23. The Hot Music, Hot Nights Summer Concert Series will run from 7-8:15 p.m. every Wednesday from July 8-Aug. 5.

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 28, 2015

FARMS — Residents can again get ready to eat, drink, be merry and raise money for charity.

The latest installment of Dabble in the Farms will take place from 6-10 p.m. May 30 on the Hill. It’s a craft tasting event that will feature beverages from local breweries, wineries and alcohol producers, along with music and popular food trucks. A portion of the funds will support Camp Casey, a nonprofit organization that offers horseback riding programs to children with cancer and their families.

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Published May 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — Each summer, the library offers a summer reading program to keep children and teens, as well as adults, engaged in books while school is out.


Community members of all ages can sign up for the 10-week summer reading program June 5 and start logging their reading points online for a chance to win a number of prizes through Aug. 8.

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Published May 27, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The scene at the city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony was nothing short of picturesque as the sun cascaded over a group of residents, veterans and city officials who congregated to remember the nation’s fallen soldiers.

At 9 a.m. May 22 on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road, attendees took an hour out of their day to celebrate Memorial Day — the federal holiday designed to remember the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

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Published May 27, 2015

FARMINGTON — From a Farmington fiber artist to a California leather hatmaker, over 100 hundred artists from around the country will descend upon Farmington to show off their goods during the city’s sixth annual juried fine arts fair, Art on the Grand.


The June 6-7 event on Grand River is presented by the Farmington Hills Special Services Department’s Cultural Arts Division in partnership with the Farmington Downtown Development Authority.

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Published May 27, 2015

Like the men and women who served in World War II — who often didn’t call attention to their sacrifice or service — a plaque with the names of J.L. Hudson store employees who served hangs in a quiet spot at Oakland Mall that could be easy to miss.

The plaque had been displayed inside the Macy’s store at Northland Center until the center’s closure in April due to lack of success and customer trends, according to Macy’s officials.

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Published May 31, 2015

The Star Ballroom, which is now known as the Vintage House, was on Utica Road and was the Fraser hot spot. This photo shows people dancing at a celebration of outdoor gardens in May 1941. The entertainment varied, as some nights would feature an orchestra and others a band. Sometimes dancing was done to the jukebox, which can be seen in the upper right-hand corner. Standing by the jukebox was the photo’s owner, Albert Grambo. Dancing was done not only inside on a handsome wood dance floor, but also outside under the stars, hence the name.

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Published May 27, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the Summer Reading Club kicks off in June, the St. Clair Shores Public Library will be spreading the news that heroes are all around us, as well as in storybooks.


“The theme this year is heroes ... ‘every hero has a story,’ so we’re focusing on our community heroes as well as superheroes, because kids love superheroes,” said Youth Librarian Liz Drewek.

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Published May 29, 2015

A spectacular fire damaged Jefferson Beach Amusement Park 60 years ago on the morning of Friday, April 20, 1955. The damage was estimated at $40,000. According to the St. Clair Shores Herald news report, the blaze started in the fortune teller’s concession. The tower on top of that building collapsed on the fire hose, and the wind helped spread the flames to the pop-gun concession, the archery range and the funhouse. Firefighters from nine communities responded to the alarm. The St.Read More

Published May 27, 2015

This photograph takes us back to sometime between 1916 and 1918 at the old Leader newspaper office that stood at 61 N. Walnut St. in Mount Clemens. The staff was small at this time, and the location later became the home of Nunnley’s Shoe Store. Albert J. Tufnell, pictured far left, operated the print shop with his father, Harold Tufnell, and Arthur West. The others pictured, from left, are Charles D. Straight, editor; Samuel Norton Price, publisher; Maybelle Russell, women’s editor; Bert Lorway; Alan Straight; and Red, otherwise known as the printer’s devil.Read More

Published May 27, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.


Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Art fans can immerse themselves in watercolors at the 68th annual Michigan Water Color Society exhibit on display at the Janice Charach Gallery through July 16.


The exhibit opened May 17, and anywhere from 300-400 people attended the opening reception, according to Kelly Kaatz, Janice Charach Gallery director.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?


For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.


According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

With cheers ringing out for the local weatherman, the 63rd annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade sailed down Jefferson Avenue under dry skies.

“It’s a great day,” said Navy Medical Corp Ensign Amol Kamat, of Grosse Pointe Shores. “We thought we’d come out and show our support for fellow military members.”

And Julie Schaefer, of St. Clair Shores, said this was the best Memorial Day Parade she’d seen in 23 years.

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