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Published March 11, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — All winter we’ve been stuffed inside, curled up in front of the glow of our televisions. Luckily, just in time for spring, local theater groups are giving us a reprieve from the tube with some new live shows.

With spring, of course, also comes tax season. So St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook will appropriately present “Love, Sex and the IRS” March 13-14, 20-22 and 27-28.

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Published March 9, 2015

Even if you haven’t felt that sinking feeling on the road yet, two county road agencies say you can expect to drive over some potholes soon.

According to Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson, potholes form when rain or melting snow gets inside road cracks. As temperatures dip, that moisture freezes and expands, creating a cavity under the road. When the frozen water thaws, the road’s structural integrity is compromised, causing the affected portion to collapse into a pothole when a vehicle rolls over it, he said.

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Published March 9, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — During an era of status updates, “self-destructing” photos, technology and tweets, experts are warning parents to educate themselves on advancements in smartphone and tablet apps.

“Social media is a pitfall for our children,” said West Bloomfield Lt. Curt Lawson, adding that many times, parents aren’t even familiar with the apps their children have downloaded, or parents think an app is merely what it appears to be.

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Published March 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A few years ago, when Jason Davidson’s hair was completely shaved off during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation cancer fundraiser, a young girl battling the illness came up to him and said “thank you.”

Touched by her words, “It was hard to come up with a response,” Davidson said.

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Published March 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Do you have what it takes to be a World War II paratrooper?

Wait, back up. Let’s not even get into the fighting they encountered. That’s a separate issue, one you’re certainly not prepared for.

The same goes for their basic training. Suffice it to say it was grueling, agonizing and spread over weeks. It wasn’t for the faint of heart, mind, body or spirit.

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Published March 4, 2015

One of the best parts of parenthood, for many, is that for a few precious years the refrigerator will never be lacking in color.

Artwork created by little ones is not only a point of pride for caregivers and educators — it’s also an important part of a child’s early learning and development.

Pam Rush, owner of The Learning Experience daycare and preschool center in Shelby Township, has been integrating art into the curriculum for 25 years.

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Published March 4, 2015

Right now, there are likely several inches of snow piled up on at least a portion of your deck or patio.

But what will you find when it melts?

Flaking paint chips and nail pops on your wooden deck, moss and weeds starting to grow between brick pavers, or worse.

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Published March 4, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — On March 20, the community is invited to celebrate with the Bloomfield Hills School Foundation at Pine Lake Country Club.

Festivities will commence at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a silent auction. A sit-down dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., followed by a keynote speech and a live auction. Live musical entertainment will be provided by students from the district.

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Published March 4, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — While Premier Pet Supply offers a slew of necessities for local residents, what they provide to the community as a whole stretches far beyond the bowl.

With a recent notable recognition and the upcoming grand opening of their second location, Mike Palmer and his team at Premier Pet Supply have a lot to be proud of these days.

As an owner of one of the highest-volume, independently owned pet stores in the Midwest, Palmer now has another accomplishment under his belt.

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Published March 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In an effort to help get the Clinton River watershed off the Great Lakes Area of Concern list, the Environmental Protection Agency has pledged $20 million to fund 11 projects throughout the watershed over the next three years.

“This is a big deal for the watershed,” said Jennifer Tewkesbury, of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Residents and small businesses in Michigan can once again take advantage of a free, mail-in mercury collection program through Sept. 30.

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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  Road Commission for Oakland County officials will give educational presentations about the upcoming May 5 ballot initiative that would increase the state’s sales tax and provide additional funding to fix roads throughout the state. 

The educational presentations will be free to any group or organization in Oakland County.

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Published March 2, 2015

While millions of Michiganders shiver through the winter, other people have temporarily fled for warmer climates down south.

But auto experts say those who choose to travel to more affable temperatures by car should pay attention to the challenges that both colder and warmer weather may bring to the road and to the vehicle.

According to AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, Michigan has quite a few “snowbirds” who dwell in the southern states during the winter months.

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Published February 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — By now, schools should be putting the final topping on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new nutritional standards in the national school lunch and breakfast programs.

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Published February 26, 2015

You know, not all beloved pets let out a woof or a purr.

Some of the very best friends have scales, tails or even eight legs. The world of small pets is vast, and it can also be pretty darn convenient for on-the-go animal owners who don’t have tons of time to devote to a little pal.

Mike Palmer, owner of Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, said there can be lots of benefits to owning a smaller animal like a hamster, a gerbil or — believe it or not — a rat.

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Published February 25, 2015

NOVI — Coming in on the heels of the Detroit Boat Show, the eighth annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show taking place this week in Novi will reinforce the belief of many Michiganders that the state’s spring and summer months are the best in the country.

The Great Lakes State offers almost unending choices of outdoor recreational activities during the warmer months — though ice fishing during the winter also has a huge following — and that especially holds true for those who live or own a cottage on one of those great bodies of water.

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Published February 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called for civil rights supporters to meet in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965 for a peaceful march, Detroit homemaker Viola Liuzzo didn’t hesitate.

The white activist felt so strongly about the Civil Rights Movement that she left her five children and husband, got in her Oldsmobile, and made the trip to demonstrate for the rights of black Americans.

It ultimately cost Liuzzo her life when she was gunned down by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Published February 25, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Last year was another successful year for Oakland County Parks and Recreation, according to the department’s annual report.

The recently released 2014 wrap-up detailed information on the county’s 13 parks, facilities and amenities, and mobile initiatives and countless recreation programs.

Last year’s summary doesn’t look all that different from the one before it: Attendance stayed at right around 2 million visitors, according to Dan Stencil, executive officer for the Oakland Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Published February 25, 2015

PONTIAC — Amber Frampton and Krissy Putansu are welcoming the community to enjoy a night of talent at the Lafayette Grand Ballroom in Pontiac.

On March 14, the ladies will host their annual Spotlight on a Cure talent show. The show — now in its sixth year — serves as a fundraiser for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, which aims to promote awareness, research, programs and support for those with the disease and their families.

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Published February 25, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Annie VanGelderen, president and CEO of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, has obviously seen plenty of art shows in her day. But each year, there’s a certain one she always looks forward to: the “Current Student Works” exhibit.

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