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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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Published August 19, 2015

Recently, the Birmingham Historical Museum and Park received a call from a woman asking about the Fort Morgan rock located on museum property, interested to see if it truly was from Fort Morgan in Mobile, Alabama.

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Published August 17, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Not everyone reached the finish line of the cruise event with smiles on their faces.

Two car fans reported classic cars stolen from the Birmingham-Bloomfield area during the 21st annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

The first incident was reported around 2 p.m. Aug. 15 when a Bloomfield Village woman returned to the Park Street Structure where she had left her prized red 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible — but the car wasn’t there. 

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 17, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The 21st year of the Woodward Dream Cruise brought steamy summer temps, sunshine, throngs of families and tons of classic cars down to ol’ M-1.

The annual Birmingham Cruise event boasted around 300 classic cars from around the country, lined up along Old Woodward Avenue near the triangle area.

John Heiney, executive director of the Birmingham Principal Shopping District, which organizes the cruise event, said he was out on the town all day Aug. 15 and noticed plenty of foot traffic.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT —  Grief is not an event; it’s a process.


Depending on age, explaining death to a child can be difficult. Although parents may want to protect their child from these experiences, experts say it is important for adults to find ways to guide children through the grief process.


If it’s the child’s first experience with death, it can be especially trying, said Corey Gut, a veterinarian with DePorre Veterinary Hospital in Bloomfield Hills.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 12, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking for a way to entertain the family during these last few days of summer vacation? We’ve got you covered.


Across metro Detroit, galleries and museums are hosting events and exhibitions to entertain and educate visitors of all ages.

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Published August 11, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Classic car lovers, unite.

It’s the time of year when residents can bask in the smell of the exhaust and the roar of the engine all up and down the Woodward corridor.

With many businesses and municipalities assembling festivities, opportunities abound for Dream Cruisers this Saturday.


Birmingham
It’s been 20 years since the Dream Cruise was launched, and Birmingham has celebrated with a day full of classic cars and family festivities every year since.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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