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Published November 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — As families are preparing to gather and express thanks for what they have, two local groups hope that residents will spread their blessings to others in time for the holiday season.

The St. Clair Shores Cool City Committee and the Luella M. Harden Foundation, run by the owner of Butter Run Saloon, have teamed up to “stuff a bus” with brand new toys and nonperishable food to be distributed through St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids and local food banks this Christmas.

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Published November 16, 2015

If your newer vehicle didn’t come with a spare tire, there is no reason to despair so long as you make plans well ahead of a flat tire event, according to AAA and tire experts.

According to AAA, a spare tire has become a less common feature in newer vehicles due to it being removed in order to reduce vehicle weight and increase fuel efficiency ratings. Instead, some newer vehicles come equipped with a tire inflation kit. 

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Published November 17, 2015

LANSING — While Gov. Rick Snyder and members of the state Legislature seem pleased with the road funding package signed into law Nov. 10, local leaders are cynical regarding whether it will provide any helpful financing to deal with crumbling infrastructure.

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Published November 13, 2015

ROSEVILLE — This month’s photo is of the old Roseville Recreation & Youth Center, located at 18185 Sycamore St. — the current location of the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe. This photo is dated April 24, 1969, and shows the nearly complete $25,000 addition to the recreation center. The addition was scheduled to open in May of that year.

Pictured in the photo are Recreation and Parks Director Dennis Versele, department secretary Juliet George and Mayor William McDonald.

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Published November 13, 2015

WARREN — Tears formed in Robert Ostrowski’s eyes when remembering his military stint during the Vietnam War.

“I lost a lot of friends over there,” said the U.S. Marine Corps cook, who served from 1968 to 1970. “I still think about them.”

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Published November 13, 2015

CENTER LINE — An American flag that flew over the Al Anbar Province of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom will now be displayed inside a Center Line High School hallway.

During the school’s second annual Veterans Day ceremony held the evening of Nov. 10, U.S. Navy veteran Mike Sharples, who served in Iraq, donated the flag to the staff and students.

The school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Panther Battalion, along with instructor Sgt. 1st Class Janet Verlinde, organized last week’s ceremony.

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Published November 13, 2015

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CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools’ performing arts program has quite a treat in store with its upcoming production of “Mary Poppins” Nov. 20-21.

Director Kirk Erickson said the show is so large and entails so much “magic” that they began preparing for it at the start of the school year.

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Published November 13, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — On the morning of Nov. 11, 1918, after four years of war, Allied and German powers met in Rethondes, France, to sign an armistice that halted the hostilities of World War I.

The agreement was signed and went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that year, bringing to an end the carnage of what has been referred to as the Great War (the war that many thought to be the war to end all wars).

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Published November 16, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — A new date for the Macomb County Santa Parade means the event will be a little bit longer this year and there will be more new floats and participants, one organizer said.

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Published November 12, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Kenneth Poynter will serve another two years as Harper Woods mayor.

Poynter ran unopposed for the position in the general election held Nov. 3. According to the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, he received 1,497 votes at the polls.

Also on Election Day, incumbent Cheryl Costantino was re-elected to the City Council with 1,372 votes. Newcomer Tom Jenny received 1,146 votes, according to the Wayne County Clerk’s Office.

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Published November 18, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With Americans doing more shopping online, as evidenced by the advent of Cyber Monday, the holidays are an especially busy time for package deliveries.

But one of the difficulties for online shoppers is knowing that their packages may arrive on their porches when no one is home, leaving those packages vulnerable to thieves.

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Published November 18, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Michelle Weiss, marketing coordinator for the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, said she’s noticed something surprising over the past few years. In her neck of the woods, there seems to be more excitement about the Saturday after Thanksgiving than Black Friday.

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Published November 12, 2015

FARMINGTON — Parents who might be having trouble with unruly children and how to deal with them can find help at a parenting fair this weekend at Oakland Community College.

The Parenting Education Fair will take place 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, on the Orchard Ridge Campus of OCC, 27055 Orchard Lake Road. The event costs $15 at the door, and there will be on-site child care if parents wish to peruse without the children. Child care costs $3 for one child and $5 for two or more children.

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Published November 12, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — For many, gifts under the Christmas tree and the joy of unwrapping them are among their most cherished childhood memories.

But consider yourself fortunate if you have such memories — there are many kids who come from struggling families where a merry Christmas is no guarantee.

That’s where the Goodfellows come in. Their motto is “No child without a Christmas,” and they honor this by raising money to purchase Christmas gifts for the kids of families just barely getting by.

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Published November 11, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Efforts to unify and beautify the appearance of the City’s small but important business district along Fisher Road are moving forward.

The Grosse Pointe City Council unanimously approved the creation of a special assessment district Oct. 20 at a cost not to exceed $222.22 per lineal foot over a five-year payback period for property owners to help pay for the project, which is estimated at $611,686, not including project management and engineering costs. 

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Published November 11, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — A Grosse Pointe South High School alumna is showing her jazzy side. 

Emma Aboukasm, who graduated in 2014, is a finalist in the annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition to be held Nov. 15 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Published November 11, 2015

CLAWSON — Resident Ann Daly has been thinking about white elephants for more than a decade.

One white elephant to be exact.

Daly, 91, has played an active role in making sure that the annual Clawson Senior Center White Elephant Sale remains a success.

“It’s a fun day,” Daly said. “I really love it. I love all the people. And it goes to a really good cause — us old folks.”

The event will take place this year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Hunter Community Center, 509 Fisher Court.

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Published November 11, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Director Edward Nahhat is mad about the Royal Oak High School Drama Club’s upcoming fall production.

“It’s going really well,” he said. “I’m crazy about it.”

The extremely busy and talented group will present “Crazy for You” Nov. 13-15 inside the high school auditorium on Lexington Boulevard.

The Tony Award-winning musical comedy stars senior Michael Miller and junior Kristen Dubicki.

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Published November 11, 2015

It’s still more than three months away, but plans are taking shape for the 2016 St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival, set for Feb. 19-21 in Blossom Heath Park.

The musical lineup is set and plans are progressing ahead of schedule, said Dave Rubello, musical director of the festival.

“We have a wonderful lineup of people,” he said. “We have music for all ages.”

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