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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — The chill of the season is in the air, but we’re still a few weeks off from the feasting frenzy of the holidays. It’s a culinary condition that calls for something comforting, quick and still nutritious — you guessed it, soup.

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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — A natural woodland holiday theme brings the outdoors inside for a cozy, charming and modern effect.

“Each year, when we go to the buyers shows, we look for new trends,” said Casey Thomas, vice president of Sherwood Forest Garden Center in Oakland Township. “New this year are more natural looks with a woodland theme.”

The popular movie “Frozen” has also become a decorating trend, Thomas said.

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Published November 5, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Feel like you haven’t been getting enough Zs lately?

It’s not just you.

According to experts, the shift in seasons can change more than the color of leaves — it can change our sleep patterns.

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Published June 4, 2014

Paul Cannarella said he was lucky as he spoke about his service in the U.S. Army’s 2nd Armored Division during World War II.

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Published May 6, 2014

ROSEVILLE — The world has changed substantially in the past century, and a Roseville woman has been there to see it all.

Susan Berardinelli celebrated her 100th birthday April 22 and received proclamations commemorating the day from both the city of Roseville and from the state of Michigan in a short ceremony as the City Council — and her granddaughter, Councilwoman Colleen McCartney — looked on.

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Published March 19, 2014

FRASER — The Roseville Fire Department and the Fraser Public Safety Department will be taking to the ice March 30 to help kids with cancer.

The two cities have assembled hockey teams to play a charity game with the aim of raising money to send kids with cancer to Camp Quality, a children’s camp set up specifically for cancer patients.

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Published March 5, 2014

Starting plants like marigolds and tomatoes indoors from seeds helps beat the winter blues.

“It is nice to see things grow,” said Joni Makowski, store manager of Allemon’s Landscape Center in Detroit. “It is a good activity for the family. The longer the winter, everybody thinks about it. I have four kids. We always plant different seeds in eggshells.”

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Published February 19, 2014

The old saying goes that a little sugar and spice make everything nice. Well, there’s no doubt we’ve got the sugar thing down pat; but are we really taking advantage of the amazing flavors that spices can add to our cooking?

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Published February 17, 2014

WARREN — Taking time to showcase how business in Macomb County is excelling, a half-dozen companies were honored at the 2014 Home in Macomb Business Awards at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Feb. 11.

Stephen Cassin, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, said this is the second year of the awards, which they give out as part of their Home in Macomb Program to retain and attract businesses to the county.

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Published November 29, 2013

ROSEVILLE — Plans to put an Emagine Theatre in Roseville hit a dead end, as the company decided not to move forward with its proposed multimillion-dollar plans at 13 Mile Road and Little Mack Avenue.

Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins said he received a phone call from Emagine CEO Paul Glantz in late August informing Adkins that the project was not economically feasible and that the company would be withdrawing its proposal.

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Published November 26, 2013

The lights, the songs, the anticipation! No, it’s not everyone tearing into their presents on Christmas morning as the holiday music plays in the background — it’s one of the many festive shows you’ll find around town.

And after all of the preparation, stress, spending, wrapping and running around, what better gift to give to yourself than an evening to sit back, relax and be entertained?

Here are just a few of this year’s highlights:

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Published November 21, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The staff and students at Bellview Elementary School kicked off a green initiative at an assembly Nov. 18 and have plans to fit the “three Rs” — reduce, reuse and recycle — into everyday classroom life.

Principal Nichole German said that the school’s teachers were the ones who brought up the idea originally, with fourth-grade teacher Brooke VanRhee being “very instrumental in getting the effort off the ground.”

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Published November 20, 2013

ROSEVILLE — A plan to close St. Athanasius Catholic Church and merge the nearby Sacred Heart Church and Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church has been scrapped by Bishop Michael Byrnes, as of Nov. 6.

A transition team consisting of members of all three churches was tasked with finding a way to merge the three parishes together by June 30, 2014, and the team submitted a plan to the bishop Oct. 15 that would close St. Athanasius.

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Published November 6, 2013

ROSEVILLE — On Oct. 20, Roseville High School Principal Pete Hedemark completed a half marathon, 13.1 miles, in Detroit.

The 47-year-old Hedemark was not the only person from the school system or the area to participate in the Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon, which also includes half-marathon, relay and 5k races, though he is the first to admit he does not look the part of a runner. Hedemark said in the four or so years he’s been running, he has been able to do one important thing: improve his health.

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Published November 6, 2013

ROSEVILLE — On Oct. 20, Roseville High School Principal Pete Hedemark completed a half marathon, 13.1 miles, in Detroit.

The 47-year-old Hedemark was not the only person from the school system or the area to participate in the Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon, which also includes half-marathon, relay and 5k races, though he is the first to admit he does not look the part of a runner. Hedemark said in the four or so years he’s been running, he has been able to do one important thing: improve his health.

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Published October 23, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The annual Big Bird Run through Roseville returns for its 35th year Nov. 10 with the aim of raising money for Eastpointe- and Roseville-based community organizations.

According to Anthony Lipinski, Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe director, the run will follow the same route as in past years for its one-mile, 4k and 10k courses — starting from the recreation center on Sycamore Street, participants will head toward Gratiot Avenue and split off on different streets.

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Published October 16, 2013

ROSEVILLE — The principal and a fifth-grade teacher at Connor Creek Academy East in Roseville have each been selected as finalists in their respective categories for statewide charter school honors.

Principal Karen Smith has been named one of five finalists for the Michigan charter school administrator of the year award through the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA). Teacher Kristen Allen is one of the five finalists for the MAPSA Michigan charter school teacher of the year award.

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Published October 16, 2013

ROSEVILLE — For the second year in a row, the Recreation Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe is planning a Halloween Trick or Treat Trail from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 26.

According to authority Special Events Coordinator Frank Heinrich, local individuals, businesses and organizations are setting up booths at the Veterans Memorial Park so kids can come through and get candy in a safe environment.

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Published October 16, 2013

EASTPOINTE — An Eastpointe resident with some unusual animals has been given an ultimatum under a city ordinance: get rid of his chickens, or face a fine and/or possible jail time.

Elmer Hurd currently owns five chickens — three hens and two roosters — and has kept them in his yard as a source of fresh eggs. However, an Eastpointe city ordinance expressly forbids residents from keeping chickens and other poultry on their property.

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Published October 9, 2013

EASTPOINTE — The anti-domestic violence organization Handbags of Hope held an awareness party Oct. 1 in a bid to gear up for the “paint the town purple” event it is running Oct. 16.

The party provided attendees the chance to pick up purple ribbons, car decorations and posters to help bring more visibility to the fact that October is domestic violence awareness month. Attendees could also connect with resources for victims and talk to survivors.

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