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Published June 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the YMCA helped set a Guinness World Record last year for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, you’d think they’d take a year off.

Think again.

Last week, the nonprofit teamed up again with World’s Largest Swim Lesson — a coalition of national water safety experts and trainers — to try to set the record for the world’s largest swim lesson in 24 hours. Currently, Team WLSL holds the Guinness record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, with 36,564 participants in 22 countries around the world.

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Published June 22, 2015

CLAWSON — Carrying on a lengthy tradition of revelry, the city is kicking off its weeklong-and-then-some Fourth of July celebration beginning June 24 with an ice cream social and band concert.

Members of the Clawson Lions Club will begin serving ice cream sundaes at 7 p.m. June 24 at the Clawson City Park pavilion followed by a 7:30 performance by the South Oakland Concert band.

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Published June 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Stony Creek Metropark’s annual fireworks display over its 500-acre lake is set to take place at approximately 10:05 p.m. June 26. Organizers are requesting that the public show up a couple hours early, since the event consistently draws thousands of spectators.

The fireworks blast off from the shore near Baypoint Beach, but Huron-Clinton Metroparks Eastern District Superintendent Mike Lyons said patrons would get a good view from anywhere along the lake.

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Published June 22, 2015

A stretch of Van Dyke Avenue in Warren is seeing signs of redevelopment as General Motors and a local dealership have committed to investing in the area.

In May, GM announced that its Warren Technical Center in Warren is poised to undergo an estimated nine-figure investment toward renovation and expansion.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the automaker opened the Tech Center in the 1950s, and it has served as a core hub of vehicle development and design as well as research and development.

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Published June 21, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — As it gets closer to the Fourth of July, a local state representative has drafted proposed legislation to curtail the use of consumer fireworks in Michigan.

State Rep. Henry Yanez, D-Sterling Heights, said in June that he wants to repeal Michigan’s relaxed fireworks laws. His proposal consists of two bills: One repeals changes made by the Michigan Legislature in 2011, and the other bill cleans up technical language.

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Published June 19, 2015

RoseFest started its four-day run at Veterans Memorial Park June 18 and, by that evening, already had drawn people interested in dancing, carnival games, rides and food.

Though the Rose Parade, car show, fireworks and most musical acts were not scheduled until later in the event’s run, visitors found a number of things they liked. Keisha Susko, of Roseville, said her daughter was enjoying the rides.

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Published June 20, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — There will be music, fireworks and magic in the air this weekend as two events — one new and one a long-standing tradition — join together to offer what is expected to be a memorable Independence Day celebration in Mount Clemens.

The Summer Magic Festival will be held June 25-28 along three square blocks of downtown Mount Clemens, while the Riversight and Sound Concert and the Fireworks at Dusk on the Riverfront are set for June 26.

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Published June 17, 2015

WARREN — Auto dealer Gregory Jackson looked like a happy man, brimming with pride and a sense of accomplishment, as he stood in Warren before a line of new Cadillacs shimmering in the hazy late-morning sun.

Fittingly, the backdrop was the General Motors Technical Center, to the west directly across Van Dyke. Bookending the scene was Warren’s City Hall complex to the east, where the groundwork to bring Jackson and his anticipated $8 million investment to the city’s downtown district was laid by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and his administration.

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Published June 17, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — School might be out for the summer, but library officials want both children and adults to know that reading is a yearlong, lifelong endeavor.


That rings especially true during the dog days of summer.


The Clinton-Macomb Public Library is an active proponent of keeping minds fresh in multiple ways, so for another year, the library is offering its Summer Reading Club to people of all ages.

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Published June 17, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.


New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.


Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 17, 2015

Looking to taste, smell, hear and see the Greek isles close to home for a couple of bucks or three cans of food?

Opa! Fest once again will bring all things Greek to the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

Kessie Kaltsounis has helped with and organized the event that has been held on the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church for the last 23 years. She said the festival gives the church members the chance to share their Greek culture with the community.

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Published June 17, 2015

While the last national holiday did not cause a spike in police or fire calls for service due to fireworks-related issues, police and fire officials want to make sure that residents stay safe for the Fourth of July.

Benjamin Neims, crime data analyst for the Troy police, said that during Memorial Day and the day before and the day after, police received one call regarding fireworks during the permitted times that fireworks may be ignited. One call was received May 22-23 during a restricted time, and no calls related to fireworks were received from May 27-28.

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Published June 17, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Memorial Library has trivia contests, art discussions, courtyard teatime and face-reading events set up for adult visitors as part of the library’s summer programs.


The library also has solidified its youth summer reading program events, which are scheduled to take place throughout late June and the month of July.

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Published June 17, 2015

ROSEVILLE — This month’s historical photo is from around 1950 and features the Eastgate Shopping Center in Roseville under construction. The shopping center’s architect is listed as Charles M. Agree, and it still stands in use today at Frazho Road and Gratiot Avenue.


Prior to the shopping center, the location held the Hartung Airport, also known before that time as Packard Field; the airport opened in 1919 and closed in the 1950s so that the shopping center could be built.

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Published June 17, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The plans are in place for fireworks to light up the shores of Lake St. Clair at the end of the month, when the annual St. Clair Shores Fireworks Extravaganza comes to Veterans Memorial Park.


Dennis George Karwoski, of the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, said a change in vendor for the fireworks means the city is getting more bang for its buck.


“For the same amount of money, they are providing us over double what we’ve been getting in the past years,” he said of Wolverine Fireworks in Saginaw.

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Published June 16, 2015

FARMINGTON — Farmington Hills twins Jacqueline Leonard Labadie and Elizabeth Leonard Labadie, 17, have come a long way from dancing in the aisles of North Farmington High School’s auditorium during plays and musicals as children.

They are now dancing on the streets of Hollywood and back after landing lead roles in the upcoming independent film “Crowning Jules,” produced by Miles Media.

“That is where everything started,” Elizabeth, an NFHS junior, said in her home near her twin sister and mother, Michele Labadie, June 11.

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Published June 16, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s time to get out the sunglasses and sunblock. The longest day of the year — and the official start of summer — will soon take place during the summer solstice celebration from 1-3 p.m. June 21 at Heritage Park.

“This was our first event last year, and it went really well, and we decided to make it an annual event,” Farmington Hills Nature Center Supervisor Ashlie Smith said. More than 80 people attended last year.

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Published June 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Attendees of this year’s Fairy Tale Festival should be ready to go on a high-flying adventure.


The fifth annual festival — which takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 27 on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores — is titled “Things with Wings: Fairy Tales at Ford House.” Along those lines, organizers plan to introduce creatures, characters and creations that fly, from planes to fairies to birds to caped superheroes.

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Published June 16, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A few months ago, artist Nick Cave caused a stir of excitement when he returned to his native Detroit to photograph a series of dramatic art installations.

Now, his fans will finally be able to see the results of that effort when his exhibition “Nick Cave: Here Hear” opens at Cranbrook Art Museum this weekend.

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