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Published May 3, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — As if a mild winter wasn’t great enough in itself, now we get to enjoy the side effects: flourishing, early blooming plants.

“Lots of plants had a very good winter, so they’re looking very good,” said Rhonda Thede, a Cranbrook gardens volunteer.

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Published May 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition hosted its 11th annual Choices Youth-led Dialogue Day April 26 at the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham.

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Published May 2, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Somewhere in metro Detroit, there’s a donor who wants to give up to $50,000 to a Bloomfield Hills-based breast cancer support nonprofit.

But since that donor won’t reveal who they are, we can only call them a fairy godmother. With pink wings.

The Pink Fund, which offers financial support to patients undergoing breast cancer treatment, has until midsummer to raise $50,000. At that point, the anonymous donor will match its fundraising efforts.

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Published May 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s a sure sign of spring, a Mother’s Day tradition and a Birmingham staple: Art Birmingham returns to Shain Park this weekend.

The two-day outdoor art fair, presented by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, will fill downtown with more than 150 juried artists selling a huge array of work in mediums like jewelry, ceramics, photography, glass, fiber and more. Each artist was selected by an independent jury to ensure the quality of items — and not too many repeats.

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Published May 2, 2016

It was just a couple of weeks ago that a resident in Bloomfield Hills overdosed on an opiate narcotic.

And thanks to some quick thinking and a sometimes controversial medication, that resident’s life was saved.

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Published April 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — After spending the winter in gridlock traffic, cooped up in a stuffy car, so many Michiganders are eager to trade in four wheels for two and hop on their beloved bicycles.

And now’s the time to pull the pedals out of the garage, because May is National Bike Month, and riding enthusiasts across the country are taking to the streets and trails to promote biking as an active, environmentally friendly pastime.

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Published April 27, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bowers Farm recently welcomed some new members to its animal family.

One-week-old lambs traipse in the hay under the watchful eye of their mother. One-month-old kid goats frolic in the barn and play with one another. Young calves arrived from Michigan State University in late February and early March, and they gaze at visitors through the barn’s fences.

These animals are not only adorable; they’re also educational.

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Published April 27, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bionic Black Hawks, Bloomfield Hills High School’s robotics team, will represent Michigan and the United States at the FIRST Robotics world championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis April 27-30.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 26, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Do good, feel good, be good.

On April 20, Birmingham Youth Assistance and the Birmingham Optimists honored 33 middle and high school students who follow this philosophy at the sixth annual Youth in Service Awards, held at the Birmingham Community House.

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Published April 25, 2016

WATERFORD — It’s always market season out at the Oakland County Market.

While the nearly 100-year-old farmers market is open year-round, things really ramp up during the spring and summer, when fresh flowers and locally grown produce pack the stalls.

Starting next weekend, the market will return to its warm-weather hours, open 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through December.

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Published April 25, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Despite heavy construction that’s been going on in Public Parking Lot 6 this month, leaders from the Birmingham Shopping District promised that the annual farmers market would open as scheduled May 1.

They kept their promise.

The 14th season of the Birmingham Farmers Market kicks off this Sunday at 9 a.m. with lots of fresh flowers, prepared foods and other goodies for shoppers to enjoy.

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Published April 25, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Ed Cox lived on Rivenoak Street in Birmingham for 32 years, and his children went to Derby Middle School and Seaholm High. These days, he’s a resident of Bloomfield Hills.

He’s also the original co-owner of Carmco in Bloomfield Hills, a business now run by his daughter and her husband. But Cox’s story isn’t limited to just this neighborhood — he’s got ties to the very founders of the United States.

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Published April 25, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — No boring uncontested races here.

It looks like it’s going to be an interesting election season in Bloomfield Township. Challengers have emerged for supervisor, treasurer, clerk and trustee positions — most of which had been unopposed for several years — according to Oakland County’s election filing records.

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Published April 25, 2016

A 6-year-old girl involved in an incident at the pool of Beverly Hills Club  passed away the morning of April 28.

“During this very difficult time for the child's loved ones, on behalf of the entire Beverly Hills Club family, I want to share my deepest condolences with the parents and sibling of this little girl,” Steven Satovsky, president of Beverly Hills Club, said in a statement.

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Published April 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you want to get a sneak peek at a future superstar — or even 11 of them — head to the Detroit Opera House next weekend.

Nearly a dozen children from the Birmingham-Bloomfield area will take the stage in a fully staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” as part of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus.

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Published April 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It’s a happy, hopeful day each year when we once again get to pull out our bright spring wardrobe.

But, alas, it’s Michigan. And when the weather doesn’t quite catch up with the calendar, it can be a challenge to make the choice between sundresses and snow boots.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROCHESTER/BIRMINGHAM — The community will come together April 30 to enjoy a magical evening out at The Rainbow Connection’s Dream Makers Ball.

Rainbow Connection Executive Director Mary Grace McCarter said her staff is thrilled to host the second annual Dream Makers Ball, a black-tie gala benefiting the charity’s mission to make dreams come true for Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses.

“The sole purpose of the Dream Makers Ball is to raise awareness about The Rainbow Connection to help make dreams come true,” she explained.

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Published April 19, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A row of tables sits on the side of a room, laden with stacks upon stacks of books for adults, teens and children.

Clothes, sporting goods and toys fill the middle of the room as shoppers browse for that one item they never knew they needed.

Women spend time at the boutique, admiring affordable antique jewelry and accessories.

Some shoppers stood in line for an hour beginning at 7 a.m., waiting for doors to open early so they could get their hands on the best products available.

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Published April 18, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — One person’s spring cleaning purge is another person’s treasure.

Or something like that.

The annual Friends of the Baldwin Public Library spring book sale will return next weekend with thousands of books and media items for sale at great prices — and to benefit a great cause.

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