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Published April 1, 2015

(This story was updated April 3)

Bloomfield Hills — Residents could soon hear the whir of chainsaws again as DTE Energy makes its way back to the city to resume its tree cutting program.

After an impromptu meeting last Thursday, DTE and Bloomfield Hills City Manager Jay Cravens came to an agreement that would allow the utility to pick up its vegetation management cutting program April 6 following a nearly four-month hiatus.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published April 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Though Mother Nature can’t quite seem to make up her mind, the calendar assures us that spring has indeed arrived in Birmingham.

Some of the city’s favorite signs of the season have also arrived, including the opening of spring golf and the call for volunteers for the annual Birmingham Hometown Parade.

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Published March 31, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — For those staying in town, options abound to keep students occupied while school’s out next week.

Assistant Director Tera Moon explained that the Bloomfield Township Public Library will have a host of special programming available during spring break.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the temperature fluctuates between freezing and above freezing, officials are reminding residents to stay off the ice this time of year.


Freeze-thaw cycles can weaken the ice and cause accidents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. The cycle produces “frazzle ice,” or ice that contains air pockets and has an appearance of frozen slush. Frazzle ice can appear milky white or black in color. And because the ice is dangerous, officials are offering ice safety tips in the event of a dangerous ice situation.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 27, 2015

About 13 students have been told to stay home from school until the middle of April due to a chickenpox outbreak that hit the Birmingham Public Schools district.

According to BPS Community Relations Director Marcia Wilkinson, three cases were reported in the district last week, with one case each confirmed at Pierce Elementary, Derby Middle School and Seaholm High School. The district immediately contacted families to make them aware of the illness

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 25, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/DETROIT — Although National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month is recognized in the fall, people looking to help won’t have to wait until November to spring into action.


According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. It is also one of the nation’s deadliest cancers, with a five-year survival rate of just 7 percent. An estimated 72 percent of patients will die in the first year of diagnosis.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 24, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 10 years since Jennifer Shields first began training law enforcement officers to spot signs of mental illness. Though it’s been a decade, Shields said she still encounters police who are “blown away” by what they learn from her.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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Published March 18, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — In a districtwide collaboration, Bloomfield Hills Schools students are dabbling in the arts for a good cause.

Children of all ages had a hand in creating a unique piece of art that will be donated to a local hospital.

“Collaboration and student ownership is a big part of what makes Bloomfield Hills Schools so special. The more students care about their work, the more they learn. This is a great example of that process in action,” said Shira Good, director of communications for Bloomfield Hills Schools.

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Published March 18, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/BIRMINGHAM/PONTIAC — A group of local teens are teaming up to make a difference, and they’re giving it everything they’ve got — including the shirts off their backs.


Local drive
Recently, Trends for Teens celebrated its grand opening inside the International Technological Academy — a public school in Pontiac that serves 440 students in grades six-12.

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Published March 17, 2015

Lego lovers rejoice.

Michigan’s first and only attraction based on the world-famous Lego brick is coming to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills next year.

The schedule calls for construction to begin this summer on Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and for the project to be completed in spring 2016, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainment, which operates Legoland attractions worldwide.

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