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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2010, John Cummings began talking to residents in the neighborhoods of southwest Detroit. He estimates that he had around 200 one-on-one conversations with the people in the community, developing a feeling for their passions, their interests and concerns.

Conversation led to collaboration, and five years later, there are two groups: Grace in Action, the church community with Cummings as pastor, and Grace in Action, the entrepreneurship arm and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Published June 6, 2015

HAZEL PARK — During her day job as a vet technician at the Animal Medical Center of Troy, in Rochester Hills, Marjorie Sapp finds time to feed baby birds she brought with her in an incubator. Baby birds need to be fed on a regular basis from dawn to dusk, so it’s a lot of work. Her co-workers will help out, nursing the frail little creatures that fell out of their nest or were abandoned.

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Published June 5, 2015

Police agencies on the local, county, state and federal levels came together June 3-4 for “Operation Smack Down,” an anti-heroin effort to arrest users and bust dealers.

Agencies from Armada and Richmond to Detroit and the FBI worked together to make more than 150 arrests and seize thousands of dollars worth of heroin, cocaine, pills and marijuana, according to Roseville Police Chief James Berlin.

“This is the culmination of several months of work,” Berlin said. “It was an unprecedented event to have so many agencies working together.”

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Published June 5, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Police removed 14 dachshund dogs from a house in the 29000 block of Legion in Roseville on June 4 following a complaint about possible animal cruelty.

According to a press release by Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon, all animals were found alive and were taken to the Roseville Petco location to be cleaned and examined. The overall health of the dogs had not been determined as of June 4.

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Published June 3, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe farmers market has a new location, new management and new availability for state Bridge card benefits this year.

The Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe has taken over management of the market, according to Recreation Office Assistant Amanda Hughes, who is one of the people working on it this year.

“It’s going to run from June 6 through Oct. 31. It is a longer market (this year), running from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday,” Hughes said. “There are no skip dates.”

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”

It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.

Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 29, 2015

EASTPOINTE — During a special meeting May 21, the East Detroit Board of Education unanimously selected Randy Wilson to fill the vacancy left by former member Deena Trocino’s resignation.

Wilson, a Warren resident who resides within the East Detroit district, was the sole applicant for the opening. The board still required that he go through the standard interview process and be subject to a vote despite being the only candidate.

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Published May 27, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Several members of the Heritage Foundation Board of Directors — the organization behind the Roseville Gratiot Cruise — have resigned, though board Vice President Jack Jacobson said that the cruise is still going forward.

Jacobson said former members Amelia Hinds, Nick Booras, John Johnson and Dee Lindroth have all left the board, on top of former board President Bill Shoemaker, who quit in April for work reasons. Johnson also was a sponsor with the Gratiot Avenue Business Association.

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Published May 27, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The budget for fiscal year 2016, which the Roseville Community Schools Board of Education adopted May 18, predicts a grim outlook on revenues and a dwindling fund balance.

The district is projecting revenues of $53.8 million, which is comparable to this year’s $53.1 million. Expenditures are expected to be closer to $57.7 million, however, which will require Roseville Community Schools to dig into its general fund balance — effectively its savings account.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.

Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Construction of the new Kroger store planned for the former Kmart property on 13 Mile Road near Flora Street should begin soon in the hopes of opening the store by Thanksgiving.

Ed Boutrous, CEO of Boutrous Development Company, said that while he cannot promise that they will make that target, Thanksgiving is the goal. The company has taken steps to get construction underway within the month.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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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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