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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 9, 2015

ROSEVILLE — From Midas north of 10 Mile Road to Hooters at 14 Mile Road, the Roseville Gratiot Cruise is planning a number of car shows, cruise-ins and other activities along Gratiot Avenue on June 20.


Judy Warren-Wright, cruise event coordinator, said that the opening ceremonies for the cruise will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Erin Presbyterian Church, 30000 Gratiot Ave., and will consist of recognizing local dignitaries — such as City Council members and state Rep. John Chirkun, D-Roseville — and the blessing of the cruise.

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Published June 9, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The four-day RoseFest festival is set to kick off at Veterans Memorial Park on June 18, and organizers are planning for a full plate of activities, games and special events.


“Everything right now is fast and furious,” said City Manager Scott Adkins, who is one of the organizers of the event. “All the major events are locked in, but the little bits (have seen) changes, and they’ve all been positive.”

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Published June 8, 2015

Roseville Police are investigating a shooting involving a man and a teen who were in front of Athena Hall on Gratiot Avenue the evening of June 7.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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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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