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Published September 13, 2011

PONTIAC — Franklin-Bingham Fire Chief Tony Averbuch was overcome with emotion during his speech at the Oakland County Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11.

Averbuch, who’s been in the fire service for two decades, was a part of a disaster response unit that deployed to ground zero in New York City in the days immediately following the terrorist attacks.

Only a few words into his keynote address during the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Averbuch broke down.

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Published August 24, 2011

DETROIT — There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a show on Broadway in New York, but for the last five decades, the Fisher Theatre has come awfully close to replicating that experience.

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Published July 6, 2011

Some people collect baseball cards as a hobby. Some people knit. And some people visit garage sales.

Some would say that Eastpointe resident Joy Yaklin has perfected her garage sale hobby. She uses Craigslist to search for specific items and her GPS to map out routes, and she’ll spend the day perusing sales to fulfill orders from her friends, family and co-workers.

“I’ve got everything I need at home,” she said. Yaklin no longer shops for herself. She now hunts bargains for others.

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Published June 7, 2011

After an extensive nationwide search, the Neighborhood Club has finally settled on a leader to take over the reins as the community center enters a new chapter in its history.

On June 6, officials announced that Stuart Alderman had been named the new executive director. Alderman will take over the post held for four decades by John Bruce, who retired earlier this year.

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Published May 18, 2011

A black Seaholm High School student is facing two years in jail for allegedly writing a racially charged message on a bathroom wall at his school last month, suggesting a handful of fellow black students be lynched.

Courtney Thomas, a Birmingham resident, was arraigned in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township May 18 on charges of ethnic intimidation, a two-year felony. Thomas, 18, supposedly admitted to the racist graffiti May 11, after an investigation pointed to him as being responsible.

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Published May 18, 2011

Yes, Michigan.

This week is for celebrating, for embracing all the state has to offer. It’s Michigan Week, held annually since 1954. So raise your hand, point to your favorite spots in the state, and reflect. Whether it’s taking a fall color tour, hitting the links, lounging on the beach, crossing the Mackinac Bridge or heading downtown to catch a Red Wings game, there’s much to love about Michigan.

For many, it’s the lakes that cause residents to swell with pride.

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Published April 1, 2011

Police are asking for local residents to help identify a man after he was caught on camera attempting to steal an ATM at a Roseville bank.

At approximately 3 a.m. on March 18, an unknown white male suspect attempted to steal the drive-up ATM from the Chase Bank at Groesbeck Highway and 13 Mile Road.

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Published April 1, 2011

A Detroit man is facing assault charges for firing two gunshots at a Ferndale man after his younger brother got in an argument with the man over a deal to trade cars.

According to Ferndale Police Detective Lt. Bill Wilson, “This (shooting) was the result of a deal through Craigslist that went bad. There are all different stories about why the fight started. We don’t really know why everything escalated as badly as it did, but we are still investigating the reasons behind that.”

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Published April 1, 2011

Tips quickly led to the arrest of a suspect March 29 after the media released news of an attempted robbery at an ATM in Roseville and a description of the man.

Michael Tomas Barbane, 27, was charged with assault with intent to rob while unarmed, a 15-year felony. He was arraigned in 39th District Court in front of Judge Catherine Steenland March 30.

The Roseville resident is accused of approaching a woman around 4 p.m. March 28 after she took cash out from an ATM at Charter One Bank at Frazho and Gratiot and demanding the money.

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Published March 9, 2011

Sticking your nose in a book doesn’t have to be a solitary activity, as more and more avid readers are banding together to share in their common interest.

Book clubs are ever present in today’s society, with readers young and old joining groups offered in their communities and forming their own tight-knit circles.

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Published March 9, 2011

DETROIT — A 209-pound Newfoundland rolled onto his back in the middle of an aisle at the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, held at Cobo Center March 5-6. He milked every pat he got from passers-by charmed by his gentle demeanor and fluffy brown coat.

He was among thousands of dogs of countless breeds that were also doing their very best to woo the public — in between competitions, that is.

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Published March 3, 2011

With help from a Hazel Park officer, Ferndale Police tracked down a group of teens that injured a pedestrian after hitting him with their car while he was walking.

According to Detective Lt. Bill Wilson, at around 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 28, Ferndale officers responded to a report from a man who said that someone had just intentionally hit him with their car door near Martin Road and Chestnut Street. The 21-year-old Ferndale man was walking northbound on Martin when he observed a green, early 1990s-model Mercury Cougar approaching from the opposite direction.

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Published March 2, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Celebrities, local actors and movie buffs will come together during the first annual Uptown Film Festival to celebrate an event organizers say will showcase the best films made in Michigan over the past year.

Established this year by leaders in the Michigan film industry, the Uptown Film Festival is a two-night celebration of productions created entirely or in part in the state to recognize the Michigan film industry.

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Published February 23, 2011

Although spring is nearly a month away, “kitten season” is gearing up this month, meaning that local shelters may soon be filled to the brim with fuzzy faces needing good homes?.

But until they can find their forever family, help is needed to nurture the babies in their first few weeks, making sure they get the care they need to become good pets.

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Published February 16, 2011

It’s a special group, the Heart of the Hills Players. There is one major qualification for taking part: You’ve got to love making people smile.

You also have to be over the age of 50. The organization is the largest community theater group in the region comprised solely of seniors.

Melanie Lee of Warren, who said she’s a “very vigorous 78-year-old,” feels that joining the group over a decade ago was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

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Published February 15, 2011

Police are still looking for two armed robbery suspects who hit the Sherwin Williams paint store at 19849 Mack around 4:22 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4.

Detective Kevin Bonk said they were still seeking tips and leads from anyone who might have seen the suspects or who might recognize them, and Crimestoppers is now offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to their arrest.

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Published February 14, 2011

A 19-year-old Detroit man was arrested for attempting to escape police following a routine traffic stop.

At about 4:15 p.m. on Feb. 11, a Ferndale police officer pulled over a Ford Explorer with defective equipment on East Nine Mile Road, near Romeo Street, said Detective Lt. Bill Wilson. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver, Brandon Williams, suddenly took off at a high rate of speed.

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Published February 11, 2011

A convenience store clerk fought off a pair of attackers in the early morning hours of Feb. 10 before police arrived to arrest them.

According to Detective Lt. Bill Wilson, at around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 10, three customers entered the 7-Eleven at 805 E. Nine Mile Road, at Hilton Road. One of the customers, 22-year-old David Downing of Hazel Park, was acting unruly and began yelling threats at the clerk.

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Published February 8, 2011

The Public Safety Department is seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man who they say thus far stole liquor on six occasions during the past three months from the downtown CVS on Farmington Road.

The man typically walks into the store, selects liquor from the shelves, leaves without paying and enters a dark, sport-utility vehicle that is waiting for him.

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Published February 1, 2011

Asked to reveal words of wisdom after 50 years of marriage, Ed Lewandowski was quick to reply in exactly the way his wife, Sharon, predicted.

“I don’t have any wisdom,” he quipped. “I’m married.”

But contrary to his claims, the St. Clair Shores resident and his wife, along with other local couples, recently shared some of what they’ve learned along the way as they’ve faced life’s challenges —together.
 

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