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Published November 9, 2015

The giving spirit at a local auto dealership is hoping to provide warmth to the needy over the next few weeks. 

Elder Ford in Troy is hosting a coat drive this holiday season, and the donated coats will go to The Salvation Army. C & G Newspapers is also an event sponsor, and Signarama in Troy donated some signage for the campaign. 

According to Elder Ford, coats of all sizes and for every age group will be accepted, but they should either be new or gently used.

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Published November 11, 2015

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TROY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A singing piano man, a group of dancers chasing their dreams, and a peaceful, easy feeling set the tone for three upcoming shows.

On Nov. 15, Warren resident Marcello Rossi will perform live at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road in Troy. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show opens at 5:30 p.m. with music from Black Satin.

Rossi’s show begins at 6 p.m., and singing with him will be Broadway singer Nancy Ingles. There will be one intermission, and the show should last until 8 p.m.

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Published November 6, 2015

WARREN — Less than three hours after the polls closed on election night, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts was singing the praises of his administration at Andiamo, surrounded by his own supporters and the candidates for city office he supported himself.

Fouts, who wrapped up his 34th year of public service on Nov. 3, a stretch that also included 26 years on the Warren City Council, secured his third term of office as mayor with a landslide win over challenger Karen Spranger. The incumbent mayor won re-election to his third four-year term by a margin of 84.7 percent to 15.3 percent.

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Published November 7, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is planning to widen and improve Interstate 75 from Hazel Park to Auburn Hills, and city officials in Madison Heights are very concerned about the project’s accelerated schedule and the way it’s being funded.

“The city has been generally supportive of the project, but council and staff feel the need to object to how it’s being handled,” said Madison Heights City Manager Ben Myers. 

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Published November 4, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate their bookstore’s upgrade to the main floor of the library, the Friends of the Southfield Public Library held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala recently.

Library supporters enjoyed food, drinks and entertainment Oct. 22. Proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit the group. 

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — London after World War I is a place of grief and pain. Eager to escape the gloom, two housewives recruit two other ladies to join them in a monthlong vacation at a sunny northern Italian seaside castle they’ve rented.

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Author Kyle Prue has a way with words.

As part of his everyday routine, the 19-year-old Naples, Florida, resident makes sure he writes 1,000 words per day. 

Prue is the author of  the young-adult fantasy novel, “The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy.” He talked about his writing process and much more when he visited Parcells Middle School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System Oct. 30. 

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Published November 4, 2015

CENTER LINE — Center Line voters re-elected two City Council incumbents Nov. 3, but one of them, Bob Binson, said he’d elect to decline a new four-year council term to stay on in the appointed position of mayor.

Binson, appointed in September after the passing of Mayor David Hanselman, had previously filed to run for City Council this year. He was the top vote-getter in the council election with 47.4 percent of the vote in the race for two seats, and as a result, he said he would exercise his option to remain in the appointed position as mayor.

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The University Liggett School Players will present the American dark comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” Nov. 5-8 in the school’s auditorium.


Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, and 2 p.m. Nov. 8. To purchase tickets, visit seatyourself.biz/uls. The school is located at 1045 Cook Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.


Liggett’s theater program is entirely student-run. Students are doing everything from building the sets to sewing the costumes to managing the box office.

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Published November 4, 2015

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial will once again honor veterans with a Veterans Day breakfast starting at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 11 that will feature a presentation from retired Brig. Gen. Richard S. Miller, who was most recently deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 and whose honors include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

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Published November 4, 2015

The Troy Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Troy Veterans Plaza in front of City Hall at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

The Troy Veterans Memorial Committee hosts the event. VFW Post 4037 Cmdr. Mike McHale will introduce the various speakers during the event. McHale served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years, attaining the rank of gunnery sergeant when he retired in 2006. He served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

McHale noted that there are 600,000 veterans in Michigan.

“It really is an honor to participate,” McHale said.

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Published November 4, 2015

Ever wonder why you can only buy Better Made chips and snacks in Michigan?

Local author Karen Dybis’ book, titled “Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit’s Best Chip,” delves into the history of potato chips in Detroit, which includes the 85-year-old Detroit-based, family-owned Better Made Snack Foods. She tells how Cross Moceri and Pete Cipriano worked during the day and made the chips in their kitchens at night in the ’20s, selling them door to door, on streetcars and in parks, including Belle Isle.

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Published November 4, 2015

Go within to find your true self and become more focused, effective, joyful and happy, and learn the practice of meditation at the Troy Public Library during a four-part series in November and December.

All you need is a chair.

This is the second time James Joseph and Anjani Tiwari have presented the meditation program at the library.

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Published November 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The growth and requests to use the city’s farmers market prompted officials at their regular commission meeting last month to discuss the purpose of the destination.

The topic was listed as a discussion item during the commission’s Oct. 26 meeting, following the commission’s Aug. 17 denial to host an Octoberfest event in the market’s parking lot.

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Published November 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Growing up with a cousin who has autism, Chippewa Valley High School choir director James Pecar has always had a place in his heart for students with the condition.


As he grew into his musical career as a student and now an educator, Pecar has seen the positive impact that a good tune can have on a child with autism.


He has integrated his teachings and performances to help those with the condition, and for his efforts, he received the 2015 Stephen Tsai award from the Autism Society of Michigan in October.

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Published November 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Wayne Bibbs is a creative tour de force.

The Clinton Township resident owns his own photography company, has written a screenplay that he hopes turns into a film, and has written random inspirational snippets for coworkers at his full-time customer service position at DTE Energy. He has also acted on local stages for 30 years with the Warren Civic Theatre and the Algonac Community Theatre.

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Published November 4, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — In a world stricken by poverty and disease, the importance of something like Meals on Wheels can never be understated.

The program, which is part of the Office of Senior Services within the Macomb County Community Services Agency, is designed to feed senior citizens who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to mental or physical impairments.  

Distribution is pretty simple: Volunteers deliver hot and fresh food to seniors five days per week on a year-round basis.

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Published November 4, 2015

While Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen, it is on Veterans Day that all veterans are remembered and thanked for their service to the country.

The VFW Bruce Post 1146, at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, will pay tribute to all veterans with a ceremony featuring guest speakers Brig. Gen. Doug Slocum from Selfridge Air National Guard Base and retired Lt. Col. John Walus, the mentor at the Macomb County Veterans Court, along with other local lawmakers.

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Published November 4, 2015

With student musicians, a coffee bar and enough vendors to kick off your holiday shopping, the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center’s Jamz & Java Night will allow visitors to check out the center and raise money for its programs as well.

The Jamz & Java Night will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Senior Activities Center, 20000 Stephens St.

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Published November 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The brown marmorated stink bug really does stink, but the feared impact of its continued invasion goes much further than olfactory repugnance. 

“There is a major concern over the damage that the brown marmorated stink bug could do to our agricultural production, as well as concern for the damage to backyard gardens,” said Mary Gerstenberger, a consumer horticulture educator with the Michigan State University Extension in Macomb County. 

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