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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 1, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You know the drill: You hop online to order tickets for the whole family to that great theme park you’ve been dying to visit.

Two adults, three kids. But there’s no option for Fluffy?

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Published May 31, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — On May 24, the blacktop at Beverly Elementary became a bustling business where entrepreneurs sold items like pop can planters, Harry Potter-style wands and handcrafted jewelry.

These entrepreneurs were students and alumni of Beverly Elementary who participated in school’s first DIY Festival. Seventy-four student artists preschool age and older created goods in six categories: jewelry, painting, drawing, 3-D sculpture, photography and miscellaneous.

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Published May 30, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The big parade has passed and Memorial Day is behind us. Finally it’s summer in the city.

One of Birmingham’s favorite summer traditions returns this weekend with the 53rd annual Birmingham Village Fair in Shain Park June 2-5. The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce will host the four days of entertainment, carnival rides, games and food — for a cause.

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Published May 27, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s no easy job being a dad to little girls. Unconditional love and a gentle heart are a must — and good tea party etiquette is helpful too.

But perhaps the toughest task of all is when Dad has to brave the tangles and tears that come along with styling his daughter’s hair.

George Nikollaj, co-owner of 6 Salon in Birmingham and Royal Oak, really feels for his fellow fathers.

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Published May 27, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham City Commission voted unanimously not to set a public hearing on a street name change for Millrace Road May 23.

But James Rosseau, a resident on Millrace who was one of five homeowners to petition for the change, said he’s not done fighting to live instead on Lakeside Court.

“That’s disappointing that they didn’t take it to a public hearing,” Rosseau said when the Eagle informed him of the commission’s decision. “But we’ll be back. We’re not going to drop it here.”

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Published May 27, 2016

LANSING — Since he was first elected to the 40th House District in 2012, state Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, said he has promised city commissioners in Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills that he would take on what they saw as a growing problem in the area: panhandling.

The House Committee on Criminal Justice approved two bills he sponsored to curb aggressive panhandling May 24.

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Published May 27, 2016

Birmingham Seaholm High School abruptly called off its senior dinner after students in the senior class left a mess of silly string, syrup, water balloons and soap in the hallways May 26.

“I’m saddened to share that today, a very large portion of the senior class crossed boundaries with their fun that led to not just a mess, but a safety hazard,” Seaholm Principal Rachel M. Guinn said in an email to parents. The email was co-signed by Seaholm assistant principals Ali Hamka, Kyle Hall and Verynda Stroughter.

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Published May 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — For some seniors, the idea of leaving their home — the place where they raised their children and built their life — is unthinkable.

For others, the prospect of never again having to worry about shoveling snow, mowing a lawn or fixing a leaky roof is too good an opportunity to pass up.

There’s a right fit for every individual, and Dr. Mike Coury aims to help families find that right fit for their older loved one.

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Published May 25, 2016

FRANKLIN — Since its move from Scenic Drive to Franklin’s village green in December 2008, the historic Kreger Farmhouse has long been envisioned as a centerpiece of the community.

Eight years later, the vision is a reality. The 1850s Greek revival farmhouse is restored and can be rented out. The property’s pigsty is now public restrooms.

Now the Franklin Historical Society is moving on to phase three: repurposing and renovating the barn.

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Published May 23, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Eating al fresco is about to be taken up a notch.

The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research will host a second helping of its popular Edible Landscapes event Sunday, June 5, at Cranbrook House and Gardens.

According to CCCR Director Gregory Wittkopp, the pilot version of the dinner — which featured a locally sourced dinner prepared by chefs from Detroit’s Selden Standard restaurant — was such a hit that organizers were waiting for another opportunity to host a second one.

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Published May 23, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The design for the new Chesterfield fire station seemed to be a win on all sides when it was presented to the City Commission May 9.

Fire Chief John Connaughton said the station will meet the functionality needs of a modern fire department, and the commission was pleased to see that the new building will meet those needs with an aesthetic that meets the city’s standards.

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Published May 23, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Like many municipalities in the Eagle’s coverage area, Bloomfield Township’s violent crimes and robbery incidents were down in 2015, while fraud causes climbed, according to the annual report.

But when officer Kelly Marthen presented the report to the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting May 9, he noted that something else was on the rise last year: agitation with police.

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Published May 23, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — By the time you read this story, Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt will have cleaned out his desk and taken his photos off the walls in preparation for his departure Friday, May 27.

But the 42-year department veteran is hardly headed straight for the golf course. He’s heading down the road to Beier Howlett, in Bloomfield Hills, to use that J.D. from Wayne State University he earned during his tenure with the BPD.

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Published May 18, 2016

This pamphlet, titled “Facts Regarding the City of Birmingham,” from the Birmingham Museum’s collection, was published by the city of Birmingham in September 1939.

The pamphlet was distributed to residents, and it provided phone numbers and information for city management, departments, cultural institutions and city history. Birmingham had technically been a village until only shortly before the pamphlet was published, when the municipality took the big step to incorporate as a city.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 16, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — If you’re one who enjoys shopping, sipping cocktails and socializing with friends, raise your hand.

Wow, that’s a lot of hands.

The nonprofit Michigan Women’s Foundation is bringing more than 40 female entrepreneurs to the Townsend Hotel Monday, May 23, for a unique shopping and networking event that can only be described as a “win-win,” according to MWF Chief Community Engagement Officer Peg Tallet.

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Published May 16, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The staffers at the Bloomfield Township Public Library pride themselves on developing a variety of programming options so there’s a little something for everyone.

Everyone, and every ability.

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Published May 16, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Do you remember the first gift you gave to your mother?

If it wasn’t a macaroni necklace, there’s a good chance it was a freshly picked bouquet of bright dandelions.

So at what point did we decide while growing up that those happy, yellow flowers were actually an unsightly weed? For nature lovers like Dan Badgley, manager of the E.L. Johnson Nature Center in Bloomfield Hills, dandelions are a welcome lawn guest.

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Published May 16, 2016

Police say a mix of alcohol and speed are likely to blame for a fatal car crash that occurred Sunday night, killing one person and injuring another.

The incident took place just before 10 p.m. Sunday, May 15. According to Sgt. Kim Comerford of the Bloomfield Township Police Department, 24-year-old Travis Walls, of Ortonville, and his 22-year-old female passenger from West Bloomfield struck a tree in a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee after leaving the roadway while traveling eastbound on Long Lake Road, from Telegraph.

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