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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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Published April 18, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Retirement just isn’t what it used to be.

There was a time when turning 65 meant a quiet life confined to a checker board in a retirement community down South. But now that the baby boomers are getting ready to punch the time clock for the last time, that just won’t do. The over-65 cohort will make up nearly 20 percent of the nation’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and their retirement needs are unlike any in our nation’s history.

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Published April 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The days of fishing a slippery can of beer out of an icy cooler are so over.

Well, maybe not totally over. There’s still a place for easy libations during backyard barbecues, according to Royal Oak drink blogger Nick Britsky. But these days, he said more hosts are opting to ramp up their outdoor entertaining with exciting — and sometimes complex — cocktail options.

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Published April 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — According to a 2013 report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, there could be about 55 million job openings by the year 2020 available to young people entering the workforce.

That sounds like good news, until you read further in that same study to see that it’s likely that our economy will fall short of filling those positions by 5 million workers by 2020.

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Published April 13, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Amigas del Busto are used to attention.

In fact, they aim for it — for a good cause.

Originally comprising a group of Zumba instructors, the Amigas del Busto have since evolved to include Zumba students, friends, children, parents and friends of friends. The group participates yearly in the Shades of Pink Foundation’s annual walk at the Detroit Zoo, which takes place April 30 this year. Members don pink wigs, tutus and clothing to dance their way to a cure for breast cancer.

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Published April 13, 2016

The runways of New York might say florals are on trend this spring, but in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area, green is what’s in style.

This weekend, the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority will celebrate Earth Day by opening the doors of its Troy facility to the public.

SOCRRA is a municipal corporation that oversees trash and recycling collection for Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak and Troy.

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Published April 12, 2016

Three elementary schools in the Birmingham Public Schools district were on lockdown for a brief period last week, but now police say it may have all been for nothing.

According to Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt, lockdowns at Beverly Elementary, Greenfield Elementary and Pierce Elementary schools were prompted by an investigation on Birmingham Boulevard, near 14 Mile Road. The three schools are located two miles or less from Birmingham Boulevard.

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Published April 12, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Donald Zelazny is a dentist who runs a private practice in Franklin, with a number of patients in Madison Heights. But for years he’s been visiting places much farther away, hoping to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate by providing dental care to those in substandard living conditions.

He’s been to Bolivia, and he’s worked at a children’s clinic in Jerusalem. He’s been to Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico — twice each. And recently he went to Vietnam.

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Published April 11, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — A selection of 74 entries from the 2016 Regional High School Art Competition is currently on display at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

As you might expect, talented young students from the Birmingham-Bloomfield area impressed the judges with their creations this year and took away some notable scholarships.

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Published April 11, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — In 1966, Oakland County Parks and Recreation launched a parks system in a somewhat rural county with a menial budget supported in part by a new 0.2415-mill tax.

The system had one employee, and he was borrowed from the Detroit Office of Civil Defense because the county couldn’t afford him full time.

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Published April 11, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — At 16, Donna Gross took the stage in her small Ohio town and danced the coveted lead role of Princess Aurora in the ballet “Sleeping Beauty.”

It wasn’t a big production, and the dancers were hardly at the level of a professional company, but the performance was memorable. Her parents watched excitedly from their seats as their star dazzled the audience.

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Published April 6, 2016

Shetland ponies were once big business in Birmingham. From the 1890s to the mid-20th century, Watkins Shetland Pony Farm supplied Shetland ponies to pony lovers, farmers and businesses in the Birmingham area and all over the country from its 120-acre property east of what is now called Quarton Lake.

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Published April 5, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — One Seaholm High School teacher is changing the “when will I use this?” mentality that students often have in math classes.

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Published April 4, 2016

Green thumbs in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area got the green light this week to start hauling their winter yard waste to the curb.

Lauren Wood, Birmingham director of public services, said the city usually doesn’t start picking up Mother Nature’s mess until the first full week of April. But she gave crews the go-ahead to start last week following an unseasonably mild winter.

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Published April 4, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It doesn’t take a fancy award to recognize that Jen Taggart is an advocate changing the lives of countless families in Bloomfield Township.

But she got one anyway.

Taggart, the assistant department head of youth services at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, was recently honored with an Advocate Award in Library Journal magazine’s 15th annual Movers & Shakers campaign. The national award was given to Taggart for her extensive work growing the library’s collection for children with special needs.

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Published April 4, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Many consider orange barrels to be the unofficial state flower of Michigan, because once the weather breaks they seem to pop up everywhere.

And while we might huff and puff at the traffic delays that construction season brings, there’s one group that almost certainly hates this time even more: retailers.

At the moment, there are at least two sizable roadway projects happening in downtown Birmingham. Businesses in the area lament the inconvenience and inevitable drop in customers, but they do their best to keep going.

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Published March 30, 2016

METRO DETROIT — A while back, a patron at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham went to the reference desk to ask a few questions about what the library had to offer besides books.

She was considering canceling her costly cable package and hoped the library might have some entertainment options, like DVDs of movies or TV shows she could borrow. And she was in luck, because Head of Adult Services Maria Williams happened to be behind the desk that day.

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Published March 30, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Obtaining fresh drinking water might seem like it would be simple, but sixth-grade geography teacher Jennifer Caylen wanted to show her students just how difficult it is for some.

As part of her Water Walk for Geography project, Caylen, a teacher at Detroit Country Day Middle School, started this project a couple of years ago to show her students what people in parts of Africa go through every day to obtain drinking water.

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Published March 30, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Village Council recently passed a new master plan for the town, with changes to take up new ordinances and refining zoning tools.

The plan was unanimously passed by the council at its March 15 meeting. It features plans to adopt a woodland ordinance to preserve trees, new zoning ordinances, refine zoning tools for redevelopment, streamline the site plan review and application process for development, market the village center to more developers, and consider adoption of flexible street design standards.

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Published March 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — To get elementary students more involved with the books they’re reading in class, the Birmingham Education Foundation is bringing in an author to discuss the themes of her books with students.

Author Maria Dismondy, who’s written “Spoonful of Sweetness” and “The Juice Box Bully,” is scheduled to speak to eight of the elementary schools in Birmingham Public Schools this week  about the themes of her books, including self-esteem and bullying, as part of BPS’ Author & Artist in Residency program.

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