Features

Published June 27, 2015

Freedom Hill is counting on a banner year for its annual pre-Independence Day event, the Stars & Stripes Festival June 25-28.

Joe Nieporte, co-owner of festival organizer Funfest Productions Inc., said the festival, now in its third consecutive year at Freedom Hill after a stay in Mount Clemens, features a new layout.

“It takes a few years to kind of see the flow of people,” he explained.

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Published June 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s official. Leisurely Sunday train ride season has begun.

The Michigan Transit Museum began its weekly summer historical train rides — for the 42nd year — on June 7, and some of those longtime volunteers say it’s off to a fine start.

Karl Joist, who has been a volunteer with the museum since he was 15, said it’s a positive sign that the first day attracted a lot of passengers, as MTM needs to replace the roof on its museum located in Mount Clemens, and then some.

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Published June 11, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 11, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s time to take a bite out of the greater Farmington area at the annual Taste of Two Cities 2015 Grub Crawl.


The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce event will offer a selection of restaurants in the Farmington-Farmington Hills area from 6-9 p.m. June 16.

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Published June 11, 2015

FARMINGTON — It’s time to put your iPods down and back away. Slowly.


It’s for your own good: The annual Rhythmz in Riley Park will soon descend upon Farmington with 11 performances from acts new and old, guaranteed to keep your attention tuned.

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Published June 10, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Changes to the 21st annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show this weekend include a new location and more interactive opportunities for the expected 15,000 attendees.

The show is moving to Fourth Street between Main and Knowles in downtown Royal Oak this year because of construction at its usual location on South Washington Avenue, and Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Director of Events Jennifer Clark said the change is building additional excitement for the event, which will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 13 and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 14.

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Published June 10, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Emma Islands is about to take the music world by storm. And she’s well-prepared to keep her fans happy with an arsenal of self-written and composed songs for future albums.

A resident of Mount Clemens and a seventh-grader at Richards Middle School in Fraser Public Schools, Islands, her stage name, has just released her debut album, “Echo.”

“It’s folk and a bit of indie,” said Islands, 13. “That’s the type of music I like to listen to.”

And so do many others.

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Published June 10, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For the first time since Westacres’ 75th anniversary in 2011, the community is unlocking its fences and welcoming the public to tour residential gardens.


The Westacres Community Association will host the garden tour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 27. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Westacres clubhouse. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to restore the clubhouse, which was built in the late 1970s.

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Published June 10, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

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METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 10, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Woods is bringing back its popular farmers market after a successful first year last year, and the city has launched a new trolley service this summer, as well.


The farmers market starts June 14 and will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 11.


The market will offer residents a chance to pick up locally grown produce, handcrafted items, jams, jewelry and more. 

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Published June 9, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Your dad may not need, or want — another tie — but a day of admiring some of the most fabulous and iconic vehicles in the world could make for an ideal Father’s Day gift.

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Published June 10, 2015

This photo illustrates members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Schools Parent-Teacher Organization performing a lively skit for the parents to begin the new school year.

IC first opened in Hamtramck in 1936 with an enrollment of 18 students in two classes. According to the school’s history, new pastor Father Joseph Schmondiuk several years later proposed a new school building to accommodate the growing enrollment. A “dollar-a-Sunday” campaign was created to fund the new school, which eventually opened in September 1951 in Hamtramck.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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Published June 3, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Experience the thrills of summer with campfire songs, hot dogs, s’mores and a whole lot more during the ninth annual Great Farmington Hills Campout from June 6-7 at Heritage Park.

“That is what the event was developed for, to get people who aren’t sure about camping a place to go out with their kids,” Special Services Deputy Director Bryan Farmer said recently. “This is one easy way to do it.”

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Published June 3, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe farmers market has a new location, new management and new availability for state Bridge card benefits this year.


The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe has taken over management of the market, according to Recreation Office Assistant Amanda Hughes, who is one of the people working on it this year.


“It’s going to run from June 6 through Oct. 31. It is a longer market (this year), running from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday,” Hughes said. “There are no skip dates.”

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Published June 3, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Summertime means summer concerts in the Shores, and this year a plethora of acts will bring their sounds to the city.


“Petitpren has sponsored it for 25 years; we’re very fortunate to have that partnership with them,” said St. Clair Shores Activities Committee Chair Maureen Antushevich.


The Michelob Ultra “Music on the Lake” concerts at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard begin June 10 with The Pros Big Band, an act new to the series.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.


Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”


It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Music is a great way to relax and add “a little culture to your summer,” according to West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission Recreation Coordinator Nancy Keener.


The Parks and Recreation Commission will once again present two concert series this summer. Kids Komotion concerts will take place at 11 a.m. June 25 and Aug. 20, and at 7 p.m. July 23. The Hot Music, Hot Nights Summer Concert Series will run from 7-8:15 p.m. every Wednesday from July 8-Aug. 5.

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