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Published November 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the ground thaws this spring, contractors will be digging into the vacant space near the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office headquarters to construct a new $15.45 million home for Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 28, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — If you’re just itching to get out and enjoy the crisp fall air outside among the fallen leaves, that’s good — the city of Birmingham needs your help.

On Nov. 7, ReLeaf Michigan, an educational nonprofit dedicated to spreading awareness of the importance of tree canopies throughout the state, will come to Birmingham and help local volunteers plant 20 trees in Manor Park.

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Published October 28, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Last week, the Beverly Hills Village Council held its regularly scheduled meeting in the Groves High School Little Theater instead of the normal council chambers.

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Published October 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — So many of us look forward to the day we retire — when the curtain closes on our working life and we can finally take a bow and enjoy time with family and friends, sans the responsibilities of the daily grind.

But now that seniors are living longer, stronger and more independently than ever, lots of retirees are opting to step back into the spotlight to take on what some experts call an “encore career.”

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Published October 27, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS/FRANKLIN — Halloween always promises a fun time for guys and ghouls of all ages, but since the spooky holiday falls on a weekend this year, it promises to bring even more revelry this Friday and Saturday night.


But more revelry could mean more calls for local police, who said they’ll need to work a little bit harder to ensure that kiddos stay safe on the streets and inebriated partiers stay off the roads.

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Published October 22, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — During the overnight hours of Oct. 10-11, Oakland County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a Pontiac family who said their baby wasn’t breathing. By morning, authorities had determined that the 3-month-old boy had been sleeping improperly on a couch with his aunt, and the baby suffered an accidental “lay over” death.

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Published October 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s no secret that black cats and broken mirrors are universally known as bad omens.


And while people the world over may fear those spooky symbols, here in metro Detroit, we have our own superstitions to run from.


The unfortunate thing is that not many people know the local legends and scary stories that were conjured up right in our own backyard, according to Izzy Donnelly, director of education at the Grosse Pointe Historical Society.

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Published October 14, 2015

METRO DETROIT — You and your dog probably had a lot of fun together this summer, right? Long walks as the sun went down, exciting trips to the park and maybe even a dip in a nearby lake.

But brace yourself: Winter is coming.

The options for keeping your pup occupied seem to drop right along with the temperatures, since dog parks and long jaunts around the neighborhood are more difficult in the cold. So what’s a pet parent to do?

Get creative, that’s what. 

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Published October 14, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — When something isn’t broken, don’t fix it. But when it is broken, listen to the residents.


That seemed to be the overriding theme of the evening at the Birmingham City Commission candidate forum Oct. 6, hosted by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area. A packed crowd gathered at Baldwin Public Library that evening to hear what 11 of the 13 candidates running for four seats had to say.

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Published October 14, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — After lots of planning and much anticipation, the new Emagine Palladium opened Oct. 2 to rave reviews from customers excited about the luxury moviegoing experience.

But that very weekend, the theater made waves when it announced, following an incident involving a few misbehaving teenagers, that it would no longer allow guests under the age of 18 on the premises without a parent or guardian — unless they have a $350 Emagine Platinum membership.

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Published October 13, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — If there’s one thing that Cranbrook Institute of Science wants visitors to know, it’s that even learned scientists know how to have fun.


Make that spooky fun, because the institute is putting the final touches on its Halloween events, which will be sure to entertain and even educate crowds of all ages.

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Published October 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — We’ve all heard those too-good-to-be-true fitness tidbits, like how chewing gum burns 11 calories, and eating celery burns more calories than you take in. And those are the fun facts that make dieting seem oh-so-easy, right?


Well, as it turns out, they are too good to be true.


While many everyday activities do help contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle, it takes a little something extra to count as part of a workout routine, according to many trainers.

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Published October 7, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — For three decades, The Community House has brought together the state’s finest artists for its annual juried Our Town art show and sale. And during that time, the show’s momentum has only gotten greater.

The 30th Our Town show will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15-17 at TCH in downtown Birmingham. The juried all-media art event provides a forum for Michigan artists to show and sell their work, while 35 percent of the sale’s proceeds go to fund TCH’s outreach programs for children and families in need.

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Published October 7, 2015

LANSING — Last year, a bill was introduced in Lansing that would rein in irresponsible pet breeders to hopefully improve conditions for animals and pet buyers.

But that bill died in the Senate during a lame-duck session.

It’s a new year, and Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, is giving the effort another go by introducing the Large Scale Commercial Dog Breeder Act, also known as House bill 4898, sponsored by the Michigan Humane Society.

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Published October 5, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS - Finance and safety and character, oh my!

The nine candidates running for Bloomfield Hills City Commission may be different, but their goals for the city are largely the same: Keep the city's coffers on a sound fiscal track, maintain the high standard of services and public safety that residents enjoy, and make sure that Bloomfield Hills maintains its signature aesthetic character.

At least that was the takeaway from last week's candidate forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area Sept. 29.

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Published September 30, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — A piece of sage advice from a seasoned pro is certainly something worthwhile.

How about more than two hours’ worth of guidance from seven of the area’s most prominent and successful professionals? What’s that worth to you?

On Oct. 8, The Community House will host its first-ever Master Class Evening, featuring a diverse panel of metro Detroit’s top business leaders, who will share their secrets to navigating through different market conditions to achieve new levels of success.

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Published September 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In a time of escalating environmental consciousness, folks can rest easy knowing they can reduce their carbon footprint when choosing their final resting place.


Russ Burns, director of All Saints Cemetery in Waterford, explained that the prevalence of green funerals and burials has been gaining momentum in the United States in the last 10-15 years.


The concept, however, is certainly nothing new, he said.

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Published September 30, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — For regular folks, the colors that fall brings might be enough. But for those with an artful eye, the change of season just serves as inspiration for even more dramatic shades and creations.

On Sept. 11, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center opened four new fall exhibitions, all of which are free to the public through mid-November. All of the shows feature local artists and friends of the BBAC, with different styles for visitors to enjoy.

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Published September 30, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — We’ve all heard the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

But words really can hurt.

And with more avenues than ever before for teens to attack one another — in person, through social media and texting — it’s easier than ever for bullying behavior to have a severe impact on a student.

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