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Published May 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Brian Bobek joined the United States Army in 1966 and found himself in the jungles of Vietnam one year later.


Now, as the president of Chapter 154 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, or VVA, Bobek said those days were instilled with fury due to the rousing anti-war sentiment from those back home.

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Published May 13, 2015

FRANKLIN — Summer: when the dull task of grocery shopping at the supermarket is transformed by taking the action outside.

Farmers markets are popping up all over metro Detroit, and Franklin residents will be the first to tell you they’ve got one of the most unique weekly open-air shopping experiences in town.

Market on the Green opened up two weeks ago, boasting more vendors than ever, with 15-20 produce, prepared foods, spice and giftware makers selling their goods under the shady canopy of Franklin Park.

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 10, 2015

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts will face just one challenger, resident Karen Spranger, in his run for a third four-year term as Warren’s top administrator.

The withdrawal of two other candidates and the death of a third — career journalist Hawke Fracassa passed away suddenly April 30 — means there will not be a mayoral primary in August.

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Published May 7, 2015

The 1930 Berkley High School marching band, shown in this photograph, won the state championship that year. The success of the 1930 band led the school to have a variety of musical groups to this day, including choir, jazz band and orchestra.
James Tong, with the Berkley Historical Museum, came across this photo while compiling it as part of “Images of America: Berkley,” which is available at the Berkley Public Library, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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Published May 6, 2015

Michigan voters crushed Proposal 1 with 80 percent of voters against it and 20 percent for it. In Macomb County, the percentages were even more lopsided — 87.2 percent against it and 12.8 percent for it.

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Published May 6, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — If dancing and singing Nazis sound like the makings of a terrible musical, that’s exactly what Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom, believed.


After realizing they can make more money from a flop than a hit, the men come up with “Springtime for Hitler,” which they’re certain will be the biggest disaster in theatrical history. But when the show turns out to be a smash, they find themselves facing prison time.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Embarking on the search for a new home can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers, so C & G Newspapers asked several experts, including real estate agents and a representative from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, for guidance.


John Kurczak, a Keller Williams Realtor, said the best way to start is to find out what you can afford.

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Published May 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — An anniversary celebration and tribute will be held Friday in honor of the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day.

V-E Day signifies the end of World War II in Europe. World War II had two major fronts — one in the Pacific and one in Europe — and May 8, 1945, was the end of the war in Europe.

The 70th anniversary celebration will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 8 at Memorial Park, the future home of the World War II Legacy Memorial at the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Mother’s Day is just around the corner. But when a special lady in your life has given you cherished memories or sage advice to take with you through the years, isn’t every day Mother’s Day just a little bit?

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Published May 5, 2015

Voters in the Farmington Public Schools district took to the polls May 5 to decide a $131.5 million, two-series bond proposal, with the measure passing by 58.38 percent, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division.

“We are very grateful and very pleased they (the community) supported us with the volume of the ‘yes’ votes we got,” FPS Superintendent George Heitsch said after the polls closed.

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Published May 5, 2015

Michigan roads are a disaster. That’s no surprise, as residents in C & G Newspapers’ coverage area have voiced their concerns about the dilapidated roads and growing potholes.

Voters were asked to decide on a proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution, increasing the sales/use tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. And on May 5, 80 percent of voters turned down Proposal 1, 1,405,716 votes to 349,813 votes, according to the state of Michigan’s unofficial election results.

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Published May 5, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It was all pomp and circumstance, with an accordion to boot, April 30 at the grand opening of The Riviera, 30170 Grand River Ave.


Local dignitaries, including Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner, cheered during the ribbon cutting as droves of attendees filed in to watch the first showing, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

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Published May 5, 2015

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DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.


The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published May 4, 2015

The Ford-Peabody Mansion is one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings. Frank Ford built this beautiful house in 1878 using his wife’s money. The house was designed by Almon C. Varney, a famous Detroit architect. Ford and his wife lived in the house until their daughter, Alta, and her husband, J. Bert Peabody, took over the property after they were married in 1893.

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Published May 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Military service is a distinct area of American life, and local veterans are doing their best to make sure they are being honored the right way.


At Clinton Township’s April 20 board meeting, Commander Larry Pretzer, adjutant Joseph Didia, Chaplain Charles Larsen and John Smeekens presented Supervisor Bob Cannon and the Board of Trustees with a Purple Heart plaque and a flag to be placed inside the Civic Center.

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Published May 6, 2015

Spring in Michigan today means pothole and orange barrel season. But 100 years ago, around when this photo of a stretch of 22 Mile Road in Shelby Township was taken, spring meant axle-deep mud and sunbaked ruts in the many miles of dirt road. In the 1840s, some roads were paved with planks of wood to help make them passable in most weather. Romeo Plank Road and Utica Road were both plank roads. But plank roads were difficult and expensive to maintain, requiring nearly constant replacement of rotten, warped and cracked boards. Most local roads remained unpaved well into the 20th century.

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Published May 4, 2015

WARREN — Like many veterans of World War II, Steve Scarsella speaks little about his military service, other than to say he did the job he was asked to do.

He was born in Italy and came to the United States in 1937. He was made a citizen when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Eight months later, he landed in northern France to fight the Germans on D-Day.

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Published May 4, 2015

Warmer weather means it’s more likely for bikers to take their prized possessions for a ride on Michigan’s roads. And that means everyone on the road needs to be cautious, whether on two wheels or four.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said drivers should never tailgate a motorcycle or abruptly change lanes in front of one.

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Published April 30, 2015

Michigan’s no-fault insurance law, which has existed for around four decades, could face significant changes if the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder pass through pending legislation, according to activists on both side of the debate.

Senate Bill 248 passed the Senate April 16, and a state House version passed in a House committee April 23. A full House vote is expected to take place soon.

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