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Published March 7, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — DTE Energy continues its public relations efforts after the tree-trimming debacle that happened just over a year ago in the Bloomfield area.

Last week, DTE spokesperson Michael Palchesko appeared before the Beverly Hills Village Council to make leaders aware of the utility’s plans to trim trees in the area during 2016.

The work is part of the company’s obligation to improve service in neighborhoods with higher numbers of tree-related power outages, as ordered by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 2, 2016

FRANKLIN — The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or LARA, has issued a special report on Franklin Home, 24459 Bloomington Court, recommending its license be designated as a six-month provisional license.

The report comes after the home was found to have multiple fire code violations, uncovered during a Feb. 5 incident in which the home caught fire. The violations included a window screwed shut, an evacuation sign that labeled three exits to the home when there were only two, and an exit jammed shut by a chair that was screwed to the deck.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published March 2, 2016

Mother Nature hasn’t been her usual crabby self this season. But despite a remarkably mild winter, metro Detroiters are still ready to see some sunshine and beautiful buds in the flower beds.

If that sounds like you, you’re probably ready to get a jump on spring by starting a few seeds indoors. If all goes well, your seedlings will be mature enough to be transported into the ground by the time warmer temperatures make their way to town.

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Published March 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra will trade shamrocks for champagne this St. Patrick’s Day during its annual spring benefit.

The second-ever event will be held at downtown Birmingham’s BoConcept, where guests can enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music from the Irish band Jean Marie & the Lads.

“It should be ... a wonderful evening,” said Bill Close, president of the BBSO board of directors.

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Published February 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — This week, the Birmingham Village Players will continue their 93rd season with the opening of their latest show, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The cast and crew have been working for months to perfect their version of the timeless drama, and the excitement to present their work to audiences is palpable since the story is more poignant than ever.

“It’s reflective of many current issues and has a lot of parallels in today’s world,” said cast member Cathie Badalamenti.

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Published February 29, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bloomfield Hills High School will host basketball charity games to help raise money for the Class of 2016 and Bloomfield Youth Assistance.

The tournament, Battle of Bloomfield, will have two games, the first featuring students taking on the staff and the second between the Bloomfield Township Police and Fire departments. The event will take place beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 11.

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Published February 29, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has seen a huge uptick in heroin usage and overdoses, with case numbers spiking tremendously over the past two years.

To help combat the rise of heroin, as well as prescription drug abuse, Bouchard will join a panel discussion about the effects and harm of those drugs 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Brother Rice High School, 7101 Lahser Road. The event is open to students, families and members of the community.

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Published February 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — A commonly used Birmingham roadway is set to be closed this week, and it could stay closed for the majority of 2016.

According to Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission for Oakland County, Big Beaver Road should be shut down this week between Woodward Avenue in Birmingham and Adams Road in Bloomfield Township to accommodate utility relocation work.

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Published February 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — On Tuesday, voters will take to the polls to decide which party candidates should move forward in the race for president of the United States.

But in Birmingham, the more contentious issue will be on the right-hand side of the ballot. In response to more than 1,000 petition signatures submitted to the city, a proposal will appear on the March 8 ballot to amend the city charter to say that Maple Road between Cranbrook and Southfield and Woodward and Eton roads will not be changed to less than four through-traffic lanes.

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Published February 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — There’s nothing better for a true book lover than when their favorite story comes to life.

That’s just what happens each spring when readers across metro Detroit come together to experience Everyone’s Reading, a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 23, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Marian-Rice Players will once again hit the stage this spring, bringing along some Disney magic with them.

Composed of students from Marian High School and Brother Rice High School, the Players will perform their stage adaptation of the fairy tale and Disney film “Beauty and the Beast.”

The musical opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17,  and will be staged at 7 p.m. March 18-19 and at 2 p.m. March 20 at Marian High School, 7225 Lahser Road.

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Published February 23, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Once one of the most plentiful types of birds in the world, the passenger pigeon can now only be seen online or in a museum.

The Bloomfield Township Public Library will host a discussion from the Bloomfield Historical Society about the extinction of the passenger pigeon.

The talk will take place 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the library, 1099 Lone Pine Road.

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Published February 23, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — HAVEN of Oakland County celebrated a big move into a brand-new facility in Pontiac in mid-January.

Luckily, the causes for celebration keep coming. HAVEN team members announced last week that they have received a generous $15,000 donation, and they appointed new leaders to keep those dollars and all of their other resources working for local victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

The Oakland County Bar Foundation provided the gift so that HAVEN could provide a dedicated space for clients to meet with court advocates and attorneys.

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Published February 23, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s been just about two months since many people resolved to stick to those skimpy diet plans to shrink down in 2016.

Are you bored yet? Good, because The Community House in downtown Birmingham is cooking up a brand-new event that will satisfy the appetites of even the most discerning food and drink aficionados.

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

Berkley American Legion Post 374
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