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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published April 1, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.


For 60-something-year-old retired Farmington Hills resident Dianne Long, one man’s weed is this woman’s meal.


Long prides herself on regularly ripping out invasive garlic mustard plants throughout Heritage Park. She decided last year to make a pesto out of it.

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Published April 1, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills, get ready to be energized.


The annual Festival of the Arts is coming back, and it’s bringing an artsy punch April 16-18 at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road.


“It definitely brings the community together,” Cultural Arts Coordinator Rachel Timlin said.


Many activities are planned that weekend. The festival runs from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. April 16-17 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 18.

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Published March 31, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Could LED lights, flexible furniture and ubiquitous high-tech gadgets be the future of Farmington Public Schools?


District officials hope so, if a $131.5 million bond proposal passes May 5.


During a model classroom tour March 25 at Power Upper Elementary School, roughly 40 attendees learned how current classrooms compare to a model one.


Built in 1968, Power has served thousands of students, Principal Jim Anderson said before the tour.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the temperature fluctuates between freezing and above freezing, officials are reminding residents to stay off the ice this time of year.


Freeze-thaw cycles can weaken the ice and cause accidents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. The cycle produces “frazzle ice,” or ice that contains air pockets and has an appearance of frozen slush. Frazzle ice can appear milky white or black in color. And because the ice is dangerous, officials are offering ice safety tips in the event of a dangerous ice situation.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Murder will be on the menu at Oakland Community College’s Culinary Studies Institute’s whodunnit dinner party April 16.

“In the dining room, the skit all comes together,” OCC chef Athena Bolger said March 18 at the Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road. “At the end, they have to come up with a guess of who did it.”

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Published March 25, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Oak Park resident Kenyatta Mack, 43, put her college plans on hold after she became pregnant at 19 years old. Tragedy struck two years later, when her daughter’s father was murdered in 1994.

“I was a single parent overnight,” Mack said to a large crowd during the Oakland Community College Foundation’s 23rd annual scholarship luncheon March 19 at the Orchard Ridge Campus.

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Published March 25, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS  — Longtime Farmington Hills resident Steve Kaercher practically resides at Orchard Lake Road and 10 Mile Road.

From visiting his dentist and eye doctor to getting his morning cup of joe at the Shell gas station, he knows his way around, so it was only fitting that the 18-year resident tell city officials and representatives what was on his mind regarding potential intersection redevelopment.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 25, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — Since the death of 19-year-old Emily Stillman, a foundation  named for her has been raising funds for both meningococcal disease and organ donation, as well as spreading awareness.


The Emily Stillman Foundation — started by Alicia and Michael Stillman — has taken busloads of people into Canada to be vaccinated for serogroup B meningococcal disease as part of its awareness campaign.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 24, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 10 years since Jennifer Shields first began training law enforcement officers to spot signs of mental illness. Though it’s been a decade, Shields said she still encounters police who are “blown away” by what they learn from her.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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Published March 18, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Tim Taylor, Oakland Community College Auburn Hills campus president, is looking forward to the future of OCC’s auto servicing, collision repair, medium/heavy truck and commercial driving programs, especially after receiving a cool $4.5 million to purchase training equipment.

Taylor said the grant is timely because the commercial driving career is in desperate need of workers.                     

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