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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?


For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT  — While pizza is a favorite dish for many people, one local pizzeria has found a way to feed man’s best friend while at the same time helping other animals in need.

About a year ago, Buddy’s Pizza and the Michigan Humane Society teamed up to create a dog treat called Buddy Bones. The dog biscuits are made from leftover multigrain Buddy’s Pizza dough that otherwise would be tossed away.

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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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Published May 21, 2015

Furry friends who are going for a ride need to stay cool and buckled up just like other passengers, according to pet safety advocates.

Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said the No. 1 thing that pet owners need to remember as the weather starts getting hot is to not take their animals with them on unnecessary trips.

“The best thing to do is leave them at home where they’re safe,” he said. “Temperatures can climb really high (in a car) even on a relatively cool day, even if you crack the window.”

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Published May 21, 2015

EASTPOINTE — A Clinton Township woman was charged May 18 with first-degree child abuse for allegedly causing a 14-month-old child’s injuries.

Hilary Ulp, 36, was arraigned in 38th District Court. She pleaded not guilty and is retaining a lawyer, William Bieke.

According to Eastpointe Police Detective Neil Childs, officers were called to a house in the 23000 block of Schroeder Avenue on May 15 for an unresponsive child.

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Published May 20, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Archdiocese of Detroit has announced a proposal to close two of the three buildings that make up the Roseville-Fraser St. Pio of Pietrelcina parish, including the former Sacred Heart Church at Utica Road and Gratiot Avenue.

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Published May 20, 2015

A jewelry store in the 27000 block of Gratiot was robbed at gunpoint May 20 with unknown items stolen.

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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.


But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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Published May 18, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The city is planning to form a Downtown Development Authority as part of its ongoing effort to turn the area of Utica Road and Gratiot Avenue into a destination spot.


The proposed downtown area would be between 12 Mile Road to the north and Martin Road to the south on Gratiot Avenue. Along Utica Road, the northern border is Birmingham Street, while Martin Road is the southern border.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 15, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Joseph Manfreda Dream Dash 5K brought out 173 runners May 9, raising what is expected to be a substantial amount for the Roseville Community Schools Scholarship Foundation.


Diane Rogers, assistant to the superintendent, helped organize the event. She said last year’s Dream Dash brought in $3,000, but with double the amount of participants in 2015, Rogers believes the event will end up having brought in at least $4,000 for the fund.

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Published May 13, 2015

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Libraries throughout the state are preparing for their annual slates of summer events, from one-off programs to the summer reading clubs.


The summer reading club theme this year for children in Eastpointe and Roseville is “Every Hero has a Story.” The teen theme is “Unmask.” Roseville’s adult reading club  will have a theme, too: “Escape the Ordinary.”

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.


Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A 27-year-old Eastpointe man who worked as a substitute teacher at South Lake High School is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female student.


St. Clair Shores police received information of a possible assault involving the substitute, Curtis Michling, and arrested him May 4, following authorization of a warrant from the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For both the interiors and exteriors of homes, customers are opting to go back to classic color schemes and neutrals, according to experts in the field.


The return to basics is, in some cases, a nostalgic choice and, in other cases, a more strategic move to increase home value and appeal to a wider audience.

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Published May 13, 2015

EASTPOINTE — This month’s Looking Back is a drawing of the Gaukler General Store, which was located in what is now Eastpointe at the southwest corner of Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue. Owned and resided in by Jacob Gaukler, the store was located in the former Erin Township from 1850 to around 1895. Gratiot was a plank road at the time, with wooden planks covering half the street going toward downtown Detroit. The road was used for horse-and-buggy transport of vegetables from local farms to Eastern Market.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Once upon a time, there were just a few types of summer camps: sports for the jocks, Scouts for the adventurers and math camp for those who would just rather be back in the classroom.


How times have changed. Now, there’s a daytime summer escape to suit every child and any taste.

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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 8, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Since its completion at the start of the year and its official ribbon-cutting in March, the dog park at Eastpointe Memorial Park has seen its attendance grow.


Dog park attendance is limited to families that complete an hourlong etiquette class, according to John Marion, of the Michigan Dog Owners Group, the group that came together to establish the dog park. About 60 people have taken the etiquette class so far.

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