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Published May 13, 2015

FRANKLIN — Summer: when the dull task of grocery shopping at the supermarket is transformed by taking the action outside.

Farmers markets are popping up all over metro Detroit, and Franklin residents will be the first to tell you they’ve got one of the most unique weekly open-air shopping experiences in town.

Market on the Green opened up two weeks ago, boasting more vendors than ever, with 15-20 produce, prepared foods, spice and giftware makers selling their goods under the shady canopy of Franklin Park.

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Published May 13, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — As the old tune goes, “Fish gotta swim, and birds gotta fly.”

Third- and fourth-graders at Birmingham Covington School did their part last week to make sure that there will be fish swimming in Michigan lakes and streams for years to come.

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — May is Asthma Awareness Month, and local doctors and the American Lung Association are urging the approximately 25 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma to learn how to take control of the disease.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Embarking on the search for a new home can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers, so C & G Newspapers asked several experts, including real estate agents and a representative from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, for guidance.


John Kurczak, a Keller Williams Realtor, said the best way to start is to find out what you can afford.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Mother’s Day is just around the corner. But when a special lady in your life has given you cherished memories or sage advice to take with you through the years, isn’t every day Mother’s Day just a little bit?

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Published May 6, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — By now, most residents know that the Birmingham Hometown Parade is just a couple of weeks away on Sunday, May 17.

What some may not know, though, is that a special guest is slated to be at this year’s event to meet and greet fans of all ages.

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Published May 5, 2015

Michigan roads are a disaster. That’s no surprise, as residents in C & G Newspapers’ coverage area have voiced their concerns about the dilapidated roads and growing potholes.

Voters were asked to decide on a proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution, increasing the sales/use tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. And on May 5, 80 percent of voters turned down Proposal 1, 1,405,716 votes to 349,813 votes, according to the state of Michigan’s unofficial election results.

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Published May 5, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.


The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published May 5, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Beverly Hills’ own Molly MacDonald has a million reasons to celebrate this month.

MacDonald is known in the community not only as a breast cancer survivor, but as the founder of The Pink Fund, a nonprofit that provides 90 days of nonmedical financial assistance to breast cancer patients in active treatment. It’s been nearly 10 years since she founded the organization, after experiencing financial hardships during her own cancer treatment.

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Published May 4, 2015

The Ford-Peabody Mansion is one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings. Frank Ford built this beautiful house in 1878 using his wife’s money. The house was designed by Almon C. Varney, a famous Detroit architect. Ford and his wife lived in the house until their daughter, Alta, and her husband, J. Bert Peabody, took over the property after they were married in 1893.

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Published May 4, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A group of local students is inviting the community to walk hand-in-hand for a cure at the fourth annual Mind Over Matter 5K Walk/Run.

The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. May 10 at Bloomfield Hills Middle School.

Involved in the event planning are the Pilibosian sisters, of Bloomfield Hills — Mary, 18; Susie, 17; Emilie, 15; and Maggie, 12 — and the Grombala sisters, of Beverly Hills — Colleen, 17; and Emily, 12.

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Published May 4, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There were lots of calm, thoughtful comments during the open forum on race and diversity April 28 at Bloomfield Hills Schools’ Booth Center.

There were also some more fiery opinions shared that evening. But all of the speakers, young and old, had one thing in common — they wanted to develop solutions that would work for all BHS kids.

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Published May 4, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY —
Last year’s magic number was 300,000.

That was approximately how many pounds of food Macomb County residents donated during the National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive held in 2014.

Macomb Food Program coordinator Linda Azar said the donations fed more than 140,000 Macomb County residents and that without the Postal Service’s food drive, “I don’t know what we would do.”

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Published May 4, 2015

Warmer weather means it’s more likely for bikers to take their prized possessions for a ride on Michigan’s roads. And that means everyone on the road needs to be cautious, whether on two wheels or four.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said drivers should never tailgate a motorcycle or abruptly change lanes in front of one.

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Published April 30, 2015

Michigan’s no-fault insurance law, which has existed for around four decades, could face significant changes if the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder pass through pending legislation, according to activists on both side of the debate.

Senate Bill 248 passed the Senate April 16, and a state House version passed in a House committee April 23. A full House vote is expected to take place soon.

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Published April 30, 2015

The eyes of the nation were on the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 as it heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage. The cases were brought forth by Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.  

The first issue, directly involving Michigan, is whether it’s constitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The other issue is whether all states must recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

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Published April 29, 2015

Walking into a home without wall art would be almost as jarring as stepping inside an observatory and seeing no telescopes, or eating at a Mexican restaurant and not being served chips and salsa.

People sense the ambiance when standing inside a building. And no matter what the setting is or what is taking place in that particular environment, people often expect to see aesthetically pleasing and visually stimulating art.

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Published April 29, 2015

It’s so easy to honor a new graduate’s accomplishment with a gift card, a fancy tech device or even just some cash tucked into an envelope.

But there are other gifts you can give that student starting a new chapter in his or her life that involve a bit more thought and creativity. Those gifts, of course, mean so much more than their monetary value.

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Published April 29, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — If the sunny, warm temperatures — quickly followed by windy, overcast skies — weren’t enough of an indication that spring has arrived in Birmingham, there’s one more sure sign of the season.


The annual Art Birmingham fair will return May 9-10 to Shain Park in downtown Birmingham. The Mother’s Day staple will bring more than 150 artists to the heart of the city to show off their work in ceramics, painting, photography, jewelry, wood, fiber and more.

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