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Published September 14, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — If you’re looking to stretch your summer festival legs one last time this season, you’ll get your chance this weekend at the annual Birmingham Street Art Fair.

The 41st annual sendoff to summer will be held in the streets of downtown Birmingham Sept. 19-20. The fair, which is often one of the last seasonal art events in metro Detroit, usually draws more than 80,000 visitors to see hundreds of jury-selected artists and their work.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sometimes, as summer slips into autumn, the transition in our cuisine is a little less gradual than the seasonal temperature change. We tend to go from sunny fruit smoothies to pumpkin spice lattes almost overnight.


It doesn’t have to be that way, though. According to some local chefs, there are different ways you can ease into cool-weather cuisine and make the loss of summer a little easier to swallow.

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Published September 9, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Mix, mingle, sip, savor, repeat.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce’s 12th annual Vine and Dine will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and according to chamber Executive Director Joe Bauman, guests can expect this year’s event to be bigger than ever.

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Published September 8, 2015

PONTIAC — Just as Haven of Oakland County wraps up its 40th year of service, the group is packing up and getting ready to move into its nearly completed new facility in Pontiac.

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Published September 5, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For those eager to welcome the cooler months, pull on your boots, button up your sweater and head on down to Bowers Farm for two special events this month.

On Sept. 16, the Friends of Preservation Bloomfield are inviting members of the community to become a piece of history with the Hand on the Wall luncheon event.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 4, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — When Weatherly Stroh made an offer to purchase her home on Bloomfield Court, just north of downtown Birmingham, she was living in Colorado. She bought the property without having stepped foot inside.

“I found it online, and the description said it was an older home that was remodeled by an architect. It was marketed as kind of an ‘artist’s’ home,” said Stroh, a professional painter.

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Published September 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sixteen-year-old Samantha Noles, of Northville, is no stranger to the ins and outs of the high school scene.


As a junior at Northville High School, she knows what administrators expect of her as a high-achieving student and athlete — and that includes what they expect her to wear down the hallways.

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Published September 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — As summer comes to a close, foodies eagerly await harvest season and its flavorful bounty.

On Sept. 12, The Community House will bring the best parts of summer and fall together in downtown Birmingham when it hosts the third annual Farm to Table Block Party Food Fest.

The outdoor celebration of Michigan agriculture will feature well-known restaurants, artisan food vendors, local breweries and wineries, and other edibles along the streets surrounding TCH.

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Published August 31, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Sure, we might be heading into fall, but that hardly means that we have to take the play indoors.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation has a calendar chock-full of fresh-air fun throughout September and into October.

Terry Fields, chief of recreation programs and services for Oakland County Parks and Recreation, said the county’s 13 parks sometimes draw even more guests during autumn than in the summertime.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Hiding beneath the excitement of shopping for clothes, towels and new bedding, students going off to college might also be feeling a bit of anxiety leaving home for the first time.


No doubt their parents are.

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Published August 26, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Exercise is important at every stage of life.

For seniors looking for a place to start, or a way to switch up their current workout regimen, one option worth exploring may be the local senior center.

Bloomfield Township Senior Services will offer Fitness Week from Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 for township residents to enjoy complimentary classes to see which fits best.

Seniors need about 30 minutes of exercise a day, according to Maggie Barclay, fitness coordinator at BTSS.

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Published August 25, 2015

AUBURN HILLS — These days, 1700 Brown Road is looking more like MI6 thanks to some new, high-tech facial recognition technology.

About a month ago, the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center became a member of Finding Rover, a website and smartphone app that uses recognition software to identify lost dogs. Finding Rover claims the technology has 98 percent accuracy.

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Published August 25, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The time has come. 

Neither Old Man Winter nor Mother Nature — with their floods, bitter temperatures and record-breaking snowfall — could knock construction off track at the new Bloomfield Hills High School.

According to Shira Good, director of communications for Bloomfield Hills Schools, crews are moving a million miles a minute in the final phases of construction.

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Published August 19, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Are you the master of your domain? Can you see yourself in your silverware? How about the mirror, at least?

We asked some experts how often our environment should really be cleaned. Take a look to see if your home passes the test.

How often do you clean?

It’s not often that you can say quantity is better than quality. But that’s really the case when it comes to cleaning your home, experts claim.

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Published August 19, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Those on the waiting list for plots at Greenwood Cemetery might not have to wait much longer.

The Birmingham City Commission voted 6-1 during its regular meeting Aug. 10 to make 200 new sites available for public purchase in the historic cemetery. That should be plenty to accommodate the waiting list of less than 200, City Clerk Laura Pierce said.

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