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Published August 31, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Sure, we might be heading into fall, but that hardly means that we have to take the play indoors.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation has a calendar chock-full of fresh-air fun throughout September and into October.

Terry Fields, chief of recreation programs and services for Oakland County Parks and Recreation, said the county’s 13 parks sometimes draw even more guests during autumn than in the summertime.

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Published August 31, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Each year presents the Clinton Township Parks and Recreation Department with an opportunity to look outside the box and engage residents in clever ways they have not yet experienced.


This year fits the bill once more, with the department boasting new programs while adjusting some community classics in the process.


Youth sports are a vital aspect of the department’s schedule, and this year is no exception.

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Published August 31, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Since 1974, Rick Iceberg has tried to combine value with entertainment, offering the community a plethora of fun-filled adventures.


Iceberg owns C.J. Barrymore’s, located off of Hall Road in Clinton Township, known for its batting cages, miniature golf and go-kart tracks. Hoping to stay relevant and adapt, Iceberg is adding something that might throw people for a loop — literally.


He’ll begin construction on a 36-foot-tall roller coaster this fall.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning and police agencies statewide are in the middle of a Labor Day campaign to punish drunken driving and other irresponsible driving behavior.

From Aug. 21-Sept. 7, police promise to be on the lookout for people who appear to be driving drunk or who are not wearing their seat belts as part of a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

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Published September 2, 2015

HAZEL PARK — When award-winning author and playwright Frank Anthony Polito wrote his novel “Band Fags!” and set it in his hometown of Hazel Park, he didn’t know that one day it would be performed there as a play.

This is the third time that the novel, winner of the 2008 Best Fiction Award from the InsightOut Book Club, has taken the stage. The first time was when SNAP! Productions in Omaha, Nebraska, produced it in June 2012. Next, the play made its West Coast debut at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco in September 2013.

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Published August 27, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Hugh McLeod is a self-proclaimed “army brat” who learned the military lifestyle through his father.


McLeod, 41, is a physician assistant in the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion of the U.S. Army.


His career has taken various twists and turns in a figurative and literal sense, all starting with following in his dad’s footsteps.

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Published August 27, 2015

FRASER — In the digital age, something as mundane as a mailbox is often an afterthought.


But when it comes to one particular mailbox that is now representing a piece of Fraser history, the journey has been nothing short of interesting.


It started in the summer of 1972 when current city Councilman Paul Cilluffo was taken to a house in the city by Marie Rattee, his girlfriend at the time. The two eventually got married and are still wed to this day.

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Published August 26, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The American Legion Groves-Walker Post 346, of Farmington, along with the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, will honor and remember the fallen during the annual 9/11 Patriot Day ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Walter Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park, in downtown Farmington.

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Published August 26, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A Roseville boy fighting bone cancer is getting a boost thanks to fundraising efforts that his friends are putting together.


Eric Dean, 14, was diagnosed with bone cancer in his left leg July 17, according to his mother, Amy Dean.


“For the last year and a half, he was getting a lot of knee pain and we couldn’t figure out why,” Amy Dean said. “No X-rays or blood work were showing (anything) at all.”

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Published August 26, 2015

KEEGO HARBOR — The Keego Harbor Parks and Recreation Commission will host the third annual A Taste of Keego Harbor at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Santia Hall.


Adults are invited to join the commission in tasting appetizers, main dishes and desserts from 18 local restaurants, including Bachelor’s One, Bellacino’s, Bosko’s Coffee & Kitchen, Yard Bird and Paradise Cakes. This year, two new restaurants have been added to the list — Indo Indonesian Restaurant and Filo Fresh.

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Published August 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With a new school year approaching, it’s time to get back into the groove of studying and doing homework.


Several local educators have offered tips to help create the ideal workspace for students to do their homework at home.


A number of Macomb County educators through the Macomb Intermediate School District suggested that students should have a consistent place to study that the student and family members agree upon. That could be the bedroom, kitchen, basement or home office area.

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Published August 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hiding beneath the excitement of shopping for clothes, towels and new bedding, students going off to college might also be feeling a bit of anxiety leaving home for the first time.


No doubt their parents are.

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Published August 24, 2015

WARREN — The days are getting shorter. The nights are growing longer. Football is ramping up and the kids are getting ready to head back to school.

Summer’s almost gone and fall is nearly here. That’s as good a reason as any to party.

Warren’s Birthday Bash, scheduled over four days Aug. 27-30 in Warren’s Civic Center on Van Dyke north of 12 Mile Road, promises something for everyone. There will be live music every night, fireworks at dusk on Friday, activities for kids, a beer garden with local craft brews, and more.

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Published August 24, 2015

The arrival of a new school year means that many college students will be hauling their belongings in their personal vehicles in order to move into their dorms. But in doing so, police are advising people to store along some safety tips for the ride.

Sgt. Sam Marzban from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said people should be cautious and not stuff so many things inside their vehicles that they can no longer see what’s around them while driving.

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Published August 19, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Farmington Hills resident Chris Britts’ green thumb blossomed as a child growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her mother in their garden at home.

“I did things with her, and every place we’ve lived, I’ve worked on plants one way or another,” the 71-year-old said, adding that her English grandfather instilled a love of gardening in her mother.

The longtime Farmington Hills resident said that her love of gardening has come with highs and lows, such as nature’s pets munching on her plants.

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Published August 19, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Are you the master of your domain? Can you see yourself in your silverware? How about the mirror, at least?

We asked some experts how often our environment should really be cleaned. Take a look to see if your home passes the test.

How often do you clean?

It’s not often that you can say quantity is better than quality. But that’s really the case when it comes to cleaning your home, experts claim.

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Published August 19, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Painter Roselyn Palazzolo Rhodes has been working on canvases since she was a girl, but she said she’s really found her creative voice by painting outdoors.

Rhodes, whose work is on display through Oct. 16 at Services for Older Citizens in Grosse Pointe Farms, is a plein air painter, which means she works outside trying to capture the natural world around her.

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Published August 18, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Sir Bernard Gojira-Godzilla, also known as “Godzilla”, will speak at a free outdoor screening of the 1962 film “King Kong vs. Godzilla” at Lake St. Clair Metropark at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21.

The appearance is part of Detroit Film Theatre’s “Movies at the Metroparks” program.

Sir Gojira-Godzilla, who was knighted in 1998 for his services to film and urban planning, will speak about his career and future plans before the showing.

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Published August 18, 2015

Emma “Big Mama” Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, died at Heartland of West Bloomfield Aug. 16. She was 110 years old.
A mother of five, Didlake outlived her children and her husband.

On July 17, Didlake was escorted by members of Talons Out Honor Flight and her granddaughter, Marilyn Horne, of Farmington Hills, to Washington, D.C., where she met President Barack Obama and visited various national memorials.

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Published August 19, 2015

Recently, the Birmingham Historical Museum and Park received a call from a woman asking about the Fort Morgan rock located on museum property, interested to see if it truly was from Fort Morgan in Mobile, Alabama.

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