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Published June 21, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Looking to kick this summer break off with a creative bang? You’re in luck, because ParkArt is back again this Friday night for a third year of crafty fun for the whole family.

The Community House will host the event 5-8 p.m. June 24 throughout Shain Park, where kids can create a variety of expert-led projects in a range of mediums, from drawing and painting to sand art and puppetry.

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Published June 20, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — An email sent out by the village of Beverly Hills June 15 detailed an incident in which two residents were scammed by a man and a woman who claimed to be repairing cement driveways.

On June 14, police received a complaint from the victims, an 81-year-old woman and an 86-year-old man, who live on Robinwood. Two suspects, a man and a woman, went to their house and claimed to be repairing cement driveways, according to the email. The male resident believed the suspects were from the same company that had done work for him in March.

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Published June 20, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A 17-year-old Cranbrook Schools student was allegedly the victim of an anti-Islam attack late last month, according to reports.

The Dearborn-based American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Michigan released a statement June 9 detailing the incident involving a female student who said she was verbally then physically assaulted on the school’s grounds.

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Published June 20, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Seem like there’s nothing on television these days?

Good. Because Birmingham is bringing back two of its signature summer events to entertain families al fresco.

Last Friday kicked off Birmingham’s In the Park summer concert series. The Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition hosted its annual Teen Summer Concert June 17, giving students the chance to enjoy an end-of-school celebration without the pressures of drugs or alcohol. 

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Published June 15, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — After receiving the Birmingham Education Association’s Teacher of the Year award, Birmingham Seaholm High School teacher Leisa Passarelli asked herself, “Why me?”

Five years ago she was asking herself the same question, but for a very different reason.

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Published June 15, 2016

Law Enforcement has gone through many fascinating changes over the last 170 years in Birmingham. 

In 1846, Birmingham elected its first marshal, as required by law. At that time, Birmingham was only a small village with some outlying farms. Marshals had few responsibilities, and besides the occasional chicken thief or vagrant, crime was almost nonexistent. When needed, a back room at the National Hotel was used as a jail cell, but criminals would serve out their sentences in a Pontiac prison.

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Published June 14, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Sometimes, there are just no good options.

The Birmingham City Commission voted unanimously May 23 to move forward this summer with a repaving project on Villa Road, which residents requested by petition last fall.

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Published June 14, 2016

UTICA — You know how the song goes: “Root, root, root for the home team.”

But on June 23, the crowd will be cheering for the rivals at the old ballgame when the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers take on the Eastside Diamond Hoppers at Utica’s new Jimmy John’s Field.

The new minor league ballpark will host residents and fans from the west side for Birmingham Night, beginning at 7:25 p.m. Guests can enjoy the game and special entertainment for $14.50, which includes a grandstand ticket, a hot dog and a soft drink.

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Published June 14, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Baldwin Public Library is one step closer to having a revamped adult services section.

At its June 6 meeting, the City Commission voted 6-0 to approve the final plan for the renovation, which is the first of a long-term renovation plan for the library building overall. Mayor Rackeline Hoff was absent.

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Published June 8, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There are so many childhood joys we let go of as we get older: playing tag, drinking juice boxes, building forts.

But kicking back with a comic book or watching a good superhero flick is pretty much awesome at any age. That’s why the Cranbrook Institute of Science is basing its next installment of the popular After Dark adult event series on all things super.

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Published June 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is almost here. Before you run out and get that annual bottle of his favorite cologne, think about what scent Dad would enjoy more than anything else.

Charcoal. Hickory. Eau de grill.

It’s a fragrance Steve Coddington knows well. The former construction worker turned pitmaster fell in love with craft barbecue 16 years ago, and he’s been cooking ever since.

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Published June 6, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Sometimes in life, the best advice comes not from professionals or leaders, but from regular folks who have walked the same path you’re on.

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Published June 6, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Remember that old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”? Well, it’s never been more true.

Child and adolescent therapist Jessica Cortez has been making monthly stops at the Baldwin Public Library to share helpful parenting tips with frazzled moms and dads. From teen anxiety and depression to behavioral issues, Cortez said even the best parents could use a bit of advice from time to time from pros and peers.

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Published June 6, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Technology has made its way into nearly every aspect of our lives, especially shopping.

With resale sites like Craigslist, eBay and Facebook sale groups, the bargain hunt is always on. Until, that is, a deal turns sour.

“Caveat emptor” is especially true these days, when the news is sprinkled with tales of scams — even assaults — from ill-intentioned sellers online.

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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 1, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You know the drill: You hop online to order tickets for the whole family to that great theme park you’ve been dying to visit.

Two adults, three kids. But there’s no option for Fluffy?

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Published May 31, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — On May 24, the blacktop at Beverly Elementary became a bustling business where entrepreneurs sold items like pop can planters, Harry Potter-style wands and handcrafted jewelry.

These entrepreneurs were students and alumni of Beverly Elementary who participated in school’s first DIY Festival. Seventy-four student artists preschool age and older created goods in six categories: jewelry, painting, drawing, 3-D sculpture, photography and miscellaneous.

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Published May 30, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The big parade has passed and Memorial Day is behind us. Finally it’s summer in the city.

One of Birmingham’s favorite summer traditions returns this weekend with the 53rd annual Birmingham Village Fair in Shain Park June 2-5. The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce will host the four days of entertainment, carnival rides, games and food — for a cause.

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Published May 27, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s no easy job being a dad to little girls. Unconditional love and a gentle heart are a must — and good tea party etiquette is helpful too.

But perhaps the toughest task of all is when Dad has to brave the tangles and tears that come along with styling his daughter’s hair.

George Nikollaj, co-owner of 6 Salon in Birmingham and Royal Oak, really feels for his fellow fathers.

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Published May 27, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham City Commission voted unanimously not to set a public hearing on a street name change for Millrace Road May 23.

But James Rosseau, a resident on Millrace who was one of five homeowners to petition for the change, said he’s not done fighting to live instead on Lakeside Court.

“That’s disappointing that they didn’t take it to a public hearing,” Rosseau said when the Eagle informed him of the commission’s decision. “But we’ll be back. We’re not going to drop it here.”

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