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Published December 9, 2015

FERNDALE — Affirmations, a nonprofit community center in Ferndale that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, has hired its second executive director this year, with new director Susan Erspamer coming on board at the beginning of December.

The Affirmations board chose Detroit native Darrious Hilmon in February after a nearly yearlong search following the departure of former director Dave Garcia. Hilmon began the position in March, but stepped down in October.

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Published December 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As 2015 is winding down its final month, local Realtors are reflecting on the previous year in real estate, which was strong for people selling their homes.

Jan Hays, of Max Broock Realtors, said it was a very active market for all concerned in the housing market, but there was a shortage of inventory for buyers. 

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Published December 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Real tree or artificial? Traditional ornaments or contemporary designs?

O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum — how versatile are thy branches.

There’s plenty to think about when it comes to selecting the perfect family Christmas tree, and the truth is no two homes will likely have the same display.

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Published December 9, 2015

CLAWSON — Don’t tell artist Kenneth Hershenson that he doesn’t know Jack.

The artist is receiving acclaim for his most recent series of paintings, “I DO Know Jack!”

Five paintings in the series were accepted into ArtPrize and displayed in the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids before Hershenson’s work was named in the top 25 artists in the 2D ArtPrize category.

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Published December 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Health demographics are always changing, with different issues becoming progressively better or worse.

In an effort to keep services readily available to address different health concerns, the Macomb County Health Department is conducting a countywide behavioral health risk survey of 1,200 households.

The voluntary survey — which takes about 20-30 minutes — began in November and is currently underway, possibly continuing into January 2016 if the desired resident number has not been reached.

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Published December 9, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the past 16 years, Megan Tack has visited the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm with her family during the museum’s annual Santa and Mrs. Claus event.

“We started coming when I was 3 years old,” Tack, 19, said while baking cookies as a volunteer in the museum’s farmhouse kitchen Dec. 6. Nearby, Megan’s sister Laura, 21, handed out apple juice to museum guests.  

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Published December 9, 2015

ROCHESTER — When people are looking for ways to spread some holiday cheer, The Rainbow Connection is hoping they will help make dreams come true for local children battling life-threatening illnesses.

The Rainbow Connection is collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys and games for kids of all ages 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 23 at its headquarters, 621 W. University St. People can also make donations online at www.rainbowconnection.org.

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Published December 8, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With 50 percent of the city’s population over 50 years old and about 30 percent over age 65, an increasing number of residents are approaching the age when they may need assistance to stay in their home or are caring for someone in that situation.

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Published December 8, 2015

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STERLING HEIGHTS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — A Sterling Heights author hopes to add a new wrinkle to getting young people interested in reading with his book about a pug dog’s international adventures.

Author Daniel David Elles released a children’s book this fall called “The Adventures of Elvis the Pug: Lost in Canada.”

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Published December 8, 2015

DETROIT — When growing up on Kensington Street, Michael Smith always noticed the sparkling adornments that decorated two pine trees at Christmastime just across the street from the Alger Theater at Warren and Outer Drive. 

“The city of Detroit years ago used to decorate the trees with lights,” Smith said. “I used to come to the Warren and Outer Drive area with my parents and shop at the stores and dine at the restaurants.”

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Published December 7, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With the season of giving in full swing, the sixth annual Jingle Bell Run 5K will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to a record eight charities this year.

The holiday-themed run and walk will begin at 9 a.m. sharp Sunday, Dec. 13. The cost is $25 per person, and participants can register online at www.jinglebell5krun.com or in person on race day starting at 7 a.m.

The course will begin and end behind the Shelby community center, located at 51690 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.

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Published December 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In the upstairs lobby of the Shelby Township municipal building, staff transformed this year’s Christmas tree into a giving tree.

Along with the usual festive ornaments, the tree is adorned with tags listing the needs of Samaritan House, an independent charity in Washington Township that has provided assistance to low-income residents in northern Macomb County for the last 20 years.

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Published December 9, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Because temperatures are cooling and asphalt plants have closed, crews working on the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s 24 Mile Road project in Shelby and Macomb townships will resume paving operations in the spring of 2016.

Contractor Ric-Man Construction will continue to work on the road, however. There will be intermittent lane closures through the duration of the project, which is estimated to wrap up in July 2016. The whole project stretches across 7 miles.

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Published December 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — If the weather cooperates, the Geminid meteor shower should provide a stellar show this month.

Named for the constellation Gemini — where the meteor shower appears to originate in the night sky — the Geminids start to appear in mid-December and peak the night of Dec. 13-14 after midnight. The shower occurs when the Earth crosses the orbit of a rocky comet that is shedding debris while traveling around the sun; the debris then burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Published December 7, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Even if a new car doesn’t fit on your Christmas shopping list, local dealerships say they sell other items and merchandise that could please fans of certain automakers and brands.

According to staff at Dean Sellers Ford in Troy, the dealership offers vehicle accessories such as special floor mats and vehicle remote starters that can be activated by cellphone. 

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Published December 9, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Motorists in Eastpointe will not be seeing members of the local Goodfellows organization on the streets selling papers to raise money for kids to get gifts at Christmas.

Instead, the organization is working with Cloverleaf Bar & Restaurant in the city to raise funds Dec. 15, according to Goodfellows member Harvey Curley. The move was made due to safety concerns with traffic, he said.

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Published December 4, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Spirit of Grace Church, 2399 Figa Ave., will host a holiday concert 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, in West Bloomfield.

The concert will feature music from the Gratitude Steel Band and bugs Beddow & the Good STuFF, which performs rock and soul music from the past couple of decades, and the concert will be followed by a reception with holiday treats and refreshments.

Event organizer Louise Bugg said the church is really focused on providing a gift for the community with the concert.

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Published December 4, 2015

WARREN — Start spreading the news: The city of Warren will host a “Salute to Sinatra” on Dec. 12.

“The show will start at 8 p.m. It’s at the Warren Community Center,” Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said. “Tickets are only $10 and are still available. It will be a celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th year from his birth.”

The tribute will include a performance by Mark Randisi and his quartet. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and tickets are available by calling (586) 268-8400.

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Published December 9, 2015

WARREN — The annual Robotics, Engineering and Technology (RET) Days held at the South Campus of Macomb Community College continues to grow year after year.

Now in its 10th year, this year’s event on Dec. 2-3 gave approximately 3,100 middle and high school students the opportunity to perform hands-on activities in renewable energy, mechatronics, underwater robotics, solar power, 3-D printing, virtual welding and more. Electric vehicles were set up, and students could participate in an electric model vehicle race.

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Published December 9, 2015

CENTER LINE — Homes and businesses that shimmer with seasonal splendor, convey Christmas cheer and “Light Up the Sky” for the New Year are being sought in Center Line.

Nominations can be submitted by phone to City Hall at (586) 757-2800 before Dec. 20, when members of the city’s Beautification Commission will take to the streets in search of the best and brightest residential and commercial properties.

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Ferndale
'A Very Golden Girls Christmas' at Ringwald Theatre
3 p.m.
Ringwald Theatre (inside Affirmations LGBTQ+ Community Center)
Medicare plan reviews
12 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
Metro Detroit
Donate toys, clothing to kids
12 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
Neighborhood House
Royal Oak
'Wild Lights' at Detroit Zoo
5-9 p.m.
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