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Published June 6, 2015

HAZEL PARK — During her day job as a vet technician at the Animal Medical Center of Troy, in Rochester Hills, Marjorie Sapp finds time to feed baby birds she brought with her in an incubator. Baby birds need to be fed on a regular basis from dawn to dusk, so it’s a lot of work. Her co-workers will help out, nursing the frail little creatures that fell out of their nest or were abandoned.

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Published June 3, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Raise your hand if you love exploring nature.

Located behind the Recreation Activities Center is a new outdoor Natural Play Area complete with a sensory garden and interactive stations created from natural and found objects.

Parks and Recreation Commission Naturalist Lauren Azoury explained that she wanted to create a space that encourages families to let kids explore on their own, as well as to create an outdoor classroom where she can teach nature programming.

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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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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

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 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 28, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Since Michigan’s seat belt law went into effect 15 years ago, the number of motorists using seat belts has decreased from 98 percent in 2009 to 93 percent in 2014, according to a press release from the Office of Highway Safety Planning.

Last year, West Bloomfield had 42 seat belt violations, and in 2013, the township had 58 violations. Though Police Lt. Curt Lawson said that is not a large number of violations, motorists should be concerned about their safety and wear their seat belts at all times.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.

Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Art fans can immerse themselves in watercolors at the 68th annual Michigan Water Color Society exhibit on display at the Janice Charach Gallery through July 16.

The exhibit opened May 17, and anywhere from 300-400 people attended the opening reception, according to Kelly Kaatz, Janice Charach Gallery director.

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Published May 27, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and litter can all pollute the waters, according to West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission naturalist Lauren Azoury.

And depending on the day, and factors like rain and wind, “we have more pollution or less pollution,” Azoury explained to a group of Scotch Elementary fourth-graders May 18. 

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?

For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT  — While pizza is a favorite dish for many people, one local pizzeria has found a way to feed man’s best friend while at the same time helping other animals in need.

About a year ago, Buddy’s Pizza and the Michigan Humane Society teamed up to create a dog treat called Buddy Bones. The dog biscuits are made from leftover multigrain Buddy’s Pizza dough that otherwise would be tossed away.

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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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Published May 21, 2015

Furry friends who are going for a ride need to stay cool and buckled up just like other passengers, according to pet safety advocates.

Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said the No. 1 thing that pet owners need to remember as the weather starts getting hot is to not take their animals with them on unnecessary trips.

“The best thing to do is leave them at home where they’re safe,” he said. “Temperatures can climb really high (in a car) even on a relatively cool day, even if you crack the window.”

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Published May 20, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees voted 6-0 May 19 to allow the director of the Development Services Department to explore possible changes to the township’s fertilizer ordinance and to create a proposal for reinstating the township’s lake study program.

Development Services Director Marshall Labadie is expected to present the results to the board at a future meeting.

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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.

But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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Published May 19, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s the time of year when the fish begin biting at Marshbank Park for the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s annual fishing night from 4-6 p.m. June 14.

In the past, the fishing event has been tailored to a father-and-son excursion, but this year, commission officials have transformed it into a family outing.

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Published May 18, 2015

KEEGO HARBOR — Local students will hear the sounds of the past ringing out from a 30-inch historic bell now hanging in a new tower installed in front of Roosevelt Elementary.

The bell is believed to be from Keego Harbor School, which was built in 1914.

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