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Published February 13, 2019

METRO DETROIT — As we age, many come to realize that what’s truly valuable in life is stored within our hearts, not within our walls.So when the kids fly the coop and the exciting and restful days of retirement approach, who wants to spend that well-deserved free time dusting a big ol’ house full of stuff that’s been acquired over the years?

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Published February 6, 2019

METRO DETROIT — When they started out, it was all about advocating for low-income housing during the Great Recession. But as the economy grew, so did the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, said Brian Rakovitis, the manager of financial empowerment initiatives at the Lansing-based CEDAM.

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Published January 30, 2019

METRO DETROIT — At the age of 55, Paul Chatlin could not walk more than seven steps without having to stop and take several breaths. He also found out he had three blocked coronary arteries and was a candidate for bypass surgery.

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Published January 23, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Increased problem solving, better listening, mastery of memorization and enhanced coordination. All with a built-in family for the four years of high school. How can students take advantage of a program that gives them all that? Join the band.

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Published January 16, 2019

METRO DETROIT — What does it take to make the perfect chili? Is it the spice? Could be. Even the experts aren’t sure. Michelle Weiss, the marketing and events coordinator for the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, organizes the DDA’s annual chili cook-off. Creating “a chili they can be proud of” is the magic ingredient in a cook-off contender, she said.

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Published January 9, 2019

METRO DETROIT — What do you do when the weather outside is not so frightful and there is no snow on the ground to be found? Go outside and frolic in the nothingness of winter’s chill, of course. From local skating rinks to sprawling hiking paths, these activities don’t depend on wintry weather, according to Farmington Hills’ Heritage Park programmer, Carol Fink.

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Published December 28, 2018

METRO DETROIT — William Hill doesn’t just make small talk. What began as a throwaway conversation for the Farmington resident with his neighbor became a transformative idea that has changed the lives of many people in the Farmington area and beyond.

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Published December 28, 2018

METRO DETROIT — Shelly Kemp, the executive director of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, likes to lend her hand in the kitchen at Mirepoix Cooking School in Holiday Market.

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Published December 17, 2018

METRO DETROIT  — There’s no place like home for the holidays — with family gatherings, stories of yesteryear and delicious meals. But for some, it’s another day at the office, whether that office is in a squad car, inside an emergency room or behind a snowplow.

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Published December 12, 2018

METRO  DETROIT — During Christmastime, Birmingham resident Rita Dunker, 63, doesn’t have to look far to find what takes her back to her childhood growing up in post-war Germany in the small country town of Weseke. Dunker frequents the annual Birmingham Winter Markt, described as a European-themed wonderland in Shain Park in Birmingham.

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Published December 5, 2018

METRO DETROIT — From our décor to our lattes, it seems that as soon as the calendar flips to December, our hearts go out in search of candy canes. There’s something about the taste of peppermint that’s not only indicative of the season, but also serves as sweet nostalgia of cozy holidays gone by. So why not load up on some sugary, minty, red-and-white goodness while you can?

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Published November 27, 2018

METRO DETROIT — There aren’t many things in life that are as exciting as opening a gift. The anticipation of what might be, the crunch of the wrapping paper, the reveal as the box opens and the excitement of seeing that special something meant just for you.

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Published November 19, 2018

METRO DETROIT — If your holidays are more hectic or ho-hum than happy, there’s nothing like toe-tapping seasonal tunes and timeless tales to get you in the spirit, so grab your coat and head out to one of the many festive productions brightening local stages this year.

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Published November 13, 2018

METRO DETROIT — It was Sept. 23, 2013. He can tell you the exact day when he felt there was “no way out,” and he knew he needed to get serious about recovery from his addiction to heroin and alcohol. “I was in treatment five different times,” said David Clayton, of Macomb Township. “I had been using for 11 years before I got sober, from the time I was 17 to 28, starting with prescription pills and marijuana and drinking, then heroin at 23.”

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Published November 7, 2018

METRO DETROIT — Quilts are made painstakingly, with love, for warmth and comfort. Quilts of Valor mean even more than that.

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Published October 31, 2018

METRO DETROIT — Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, and those improvements trickle down into almost every facet of everyday life, including medical care for senior citizens.

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Published October 23, 2018

METRO DETROIT — Detroit is about three and a quarter centuries old, with countless landmark buildings standing — almost untouched — for a majority of that tenure.

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Published October 17, 2018

METRO DETROIT — When Sarah Yi thinks of fall, family and flavors readily come to mind, along with robust soups at her family gatherings. In particular, kimchi jjigae, a Korean soup that brings back the memories.

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Published October 10, 2018

METRO DETROIT — Grooming trends for dogs change a bit for colder months, with longer cuts, special tools and even outfits that are as helpful as they are fashionable.

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Published October 3, 2018

METRO DETROIT — Financial institutions store more valuables than money; they also store valuable financial data.

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