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Published March 10, 2015

City officials, first responders and members of the general public paid their respects to the infant found in January at the ReCommunity Recycling Center during a memorial service at the Kaul Funeral Home on Gratiot March 10, and at the Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township March 11.

People left stuffed toys, flowers, balloons and other items for the baby, named Henry Alexander Macomb by the Roseville Police Department, who lay inside a small casket.

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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 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

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Local kids ages 2-10 will have the chance to find Easter eggs and get some candy — and prizes — when the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe holds its annual Easter Egg Hunt March 28 at Roseville’s Huron Park.

RARE Assistant Director Bobbie Wilson said the event will begin at 10 a.m. sharp and take place in the park’s four ball fields. Each field will be split into a specific age division: The first is for kids ages 2-3, the second for ages 4-5, the third for ages 6-7, and the final one for kids 8-10.Read More

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

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

Voters in Hazel Park and Eastpointe decided to approve the 14-mill public safety millage on the ballot during the special election Feb. 24, which will raise money for both cities under the South Macomb Oakland Regional Services Authority.

Eastpointe voters approved the measure 1,602-1,025, while in Hazel Park, 616 voters approved the measure and 227 opposed it. Under Michigan law, the total number of votes between both cities determined if the measure passed, so the total vote was 2,218-1,252.

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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

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council issued a proclamation during its Feb. 17 meeting to thank the Semrau family for owning and operating Semrau Garden Center, following the sale of the long-standing store after nearly a century of business.

Co-owners Jim Semrau and Karen Regan were on hand to accept the proclamation — their brother Dan Semrau did not attend — in a ceremony that Regan said was special for them.

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Published February 24, 2015

As temperatures recently fell below zero across metro Detroit, the arctic air has taken a toll on some vehicles too, according to AAA.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said her association has seen an increase in service calls during a particularly cold night and morning following the Valentine’s Day weekend and culminating on Presidents’ Day, the Monday afterward.

“We had a 154 percent increase in the morning for service calls compared to the same time period last week,” Hiltz said.

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Published February 20, 2015

The Eastpointe woman who allegedly left her newborn in a garage and found the child dead a few days after the child’s birth in December has been bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court following an examination Feb. 20 at the 38th District Court.

Angela Alexie, 24, is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the death of an infant discovered at the ReCommunity Recycling Center in Roseville Jan. 14, and she will have a pre-arraignment hearing at the circuit court March 2.

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Published February 18, 2015

In the last decade, Safe Kids Worldwide Director of U.S. Programs Tareka Wheeler said that there has been a 31 percent increase in the number of children who have been killed or injured by TV tip-overs.

“We know we can prevent these things. Many families just don’t think about it. It’s an emerging issue — we call it a hidden hazard — in homes, but there are simple things families can do,” Wheeler said.

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Published February 18, 2015

Heavy layers of clothes, heavy layers of snow and heavy layers of blankets.

It’s no wonder that when it comes to food, many diners are longing for something that’s anything but heavy.

As soon as temperatures begin to take a dive in September, restaurants start pulling out their repertoire of comfort food recipes chock full of spices, rich flavors and hearty ingredients designed to keep your tummy full and your body warm.

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Published February 18, 2015

EASTPOINTE — A Pleasantview Elementary School fourth-grader won accolades for her rendition of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Drum Major Instinct” sermon last month in a countywide oratory event.

Alajah McGee, 10, was selected as the elementary grade winner of the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration of Macomb County, an event that took place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 19 at Dakota High School in Macomb Township. The Interfaith Center for Racial Justice judged the contest winners.

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