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Published December 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, there’s no limit to the variety of libations you could treat your guests to this holiday. But it’s a celebration, so we already know what you’re going to choose: Champagne.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 21, 2015

The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park recently acquired a painting of Dr. Ebenezer Raynale. It was donated by the Oakland County Medical Society. The description on back of the painting reads as follows:

“There were three generations of physicians in the Raynale family. This portrait is of Dr. Ebenezer M. Raynale, born in Vermont, 1804. He was a doctor of the old tradition — his medical education consisted of reading medicine in New York State and Pennsylvania.

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Published December 21, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Police hope a suspicious incident that took place last month involving a lost elderly woman with dementia is just a misunderstanding.

But until contract workers spotted on the scene that day at her residence speak up, no one will know what really happened.

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Published December 21, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — This past summer, an Oakland County judge sentenced three children under the age of 15 to juvenile detention after they refused to spend court-ordered time with their father as part of a custody dispute.

Now, Oakland County 6th Circuit Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca could face consequences of her own after the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed a complaint against her for her conduct during the case, which dates back to 2009, when the family lived in Bloomfield Hills.

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Published December 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After the slices of pie, the glazed ham and the extra glass of eggnog, what are the odds that any of us will be able to fit into those new duds Santa delivered Christmas morning?

Holiday food is notoriously unhealthy, but does it really have to be? That’s certainly not the case at chef Robert Hindley’s house. As the manager of culinary wellness at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, he’s used to making healthy food delicious, and vice versa.

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Published December 15, 2015

Chris Barnett and his family are breathing a huge sigh of relief this morning now that they have their dog back at home where he belongs.

According to Bloomfield Township police Cmdr. James Gallagher, Barnett had walked his dog Kodi  up to the Kroger on Telegraph just before 7 p.m. Dec. 14. He made the trip nearly every day, and like always, he tied the dog’s leash to a pole out front and then went inside the store to shop for around 20 minutes.

When he came back outside, Kodi was gone.

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Published December 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the flakes fall in Oakland County, you can count on a few things: Some schools will close, roads will get a bit slippery, and the roar of snowblowers will fill the air.

But you can also count on throngs of nature lovers heading to the county’s parks for a little cold-weather fun, according to Independence Oaks Park Supervisor DJ Coffey. Despite the warmer-than-normal temperatures we’ve enjoyed so far, Coffey and his staff are gearing up for one of Oakland County Parks’ most popular seasons.

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Published December 14, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a library is defined as a place where books, magazines and other materials are available for people to use or borrow.

But is a library still a library if you take away the books?

That’s the direction many libraries are headed, particularly in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area. More schools and municipal libraries are revamping their formats to become less about physical books and more about connection — connection to learning resources worldwide and connection to peers face to face.

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Published December 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Real tree or artificial? Traditional ornaments or contemporary designs?

O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum — how versatile are thy branches.

There’s plenty to think about when it comes to selecting the perfect family Christmas tree, and the truth is no two homes will likely have the same display.

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Published December 7, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Officers are still investigating a credit card skimmer that was found on a Birmingham gas station pump last month.

A skimmer — according Detective Todd Gustke, of the Troy Police Department, which is currently in charge of the investigation — is a device that is installed inside a pump that intercepts transmissions of payment data before it reaches the credit card reader inside the machine. While the transaction still processes, the skimmer collects the data to be used or even sold to other parties for fraudulent purposes.

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Published December 2, 2015

WATERFORD — Shopping local has never been more popular with consumers. But small businesses can’t always stay open as long as their big box competitors, and customers sometimes choose between conscience and convenience.

Luckily, the Oakland County Market will host its popular Holiday Shopping Nights again this year, so busy buyers can shop from local farmers and artisans during special evening hours.

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Published December 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Why just deck the halls when you can “put on your dazzle?”

That’s what’s happening at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center these days, according to President and CEO Annie VanGelderen, as the nonprofit art center gets ready to open its seasonal holiday shop, loaded with unique handcrafted gifts made by local artists.

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Published November 30, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Like so many of us, Joanne Ewald has been busy planning a holiday party. But her gathering, to be held on Friday, will be more than just a celebration of the season — it will be a celebration of hope for those who have gone without.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 25, 2015

Identity theft schemes are so rampant in an increasingly high-tech world, it seems like we’ve all been solicited at one point or another.

No one is safe from the thieves looking to take your personal information, according to Sgt. James Gallagher, of the Bloomfield Township Police Department. Not even the officers in his station.

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Published November 25, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For 40 years, the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary has kicked off the holidays with its famed Holiday Tables event, with a variety of elaborately adorned tablescapes displayed throughout the historic Booth home.

But the group decided that such a milestone anniversary can’t be observed with the same old celebration. That’s why this year the auxiliary will present for the first time Holiday Splendor: Tinsel and Trees.

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 24, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, the city of Birmingham is boasting a new logo to brand its popular downtown district.

Following a strategic planning project conducted last year, the Birmingham Principal Shopping District has launched a new name for itself along with a new logo and motto, called “It’s All IN Birmingham.”

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