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Published May 1, 2013

FARMINGTON — The 20th season of the Farmington Farmers Market is slated to begin this weekend, but not at the Sundquist Pavilion, which it has called home for the past eight years.

Due to construction on Groves Street, the farmers market will relocate into a pair of municipal lots on Orchard Street, just a block or two south of the pavilion, for the May and June markets. The market meets 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday, starting May 4.

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Published April 30, 2013

DETROIT — The Labor Day weekend is still a few months away, but already it’s promising to be another great one for jazz lovers and the city of Detroit.

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Published April 29, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — When disaster strikes, are you prepared to save not only yourself, but also your pets?

That was the question posed during an hour-long discussion April 24 at the Costick Center during an Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting featuring Christian Ast, a veterinarian from Plaza Veterinary Hospital in Farmington.

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Published April 24, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Botsford Hospital is a place many people go for medical emergencies, but thanks to some special training, the hospital’s staff is ready for a different type of emergency.

Police Sgt. Brian Bastianelli and training officer Larry Luttrell were recently honored for their work with Botsford, which started in October 2011, preparing hospital staff and administrators for the unlikely case of an armed intruder. The duo was given the hospital’s Safety Award March 20.

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Published April 16, 2013

FARMINGTON — Residents of Heritage Village West condominiums had a strange start to their St. Patrick’s Day last month, and the damage is still there as a reminder one month later.

At about 9:45 a.m. March 17, a resident in his 70s was taking his 67-year-old girlfriend’s silver 2011 Lincoln MKS to drive their small dog to the groomers in Livonia when he lost control of the vehicle, police said.

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Published April 10, 2013

After almost 21 years together, the Luddites still haven’t suffered the ubiquitous “creative differences” that have shattered bands less than half their age.

The 11-piece acoustic group will celebrate the release of their fourth CD, “Twisted In,” with a concert starting at 9 p.m. April 13 at PJ’s Lager House. Bass player David Giovannucci, one of the original Luddites from those early days in August 1992 when they started as a five-piece acoustic act, said friendship and mutual respect have kept them going all these years.

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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Published April 9, 2013

FARMINGTON — When employees and members arrived at the Farmington Tennis Club April 1, some may have thought a cruel April Fools joke was being played on them.

Without any prior announcement, the club at 22777 Farmington Road had closed its doors for business. The sign near the road read “Thanks for the memories …”

The club had been open for several decades, sporting seven indoor tennis courts used by regional tennis players. Patrons were still driving through the club parking lot April 4 trying to figure out what was happening.

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Published March 27, 2013

Though spring seems to have lost its way en route to Michigan, it won’t be long before temperatures finally rise and the ground thaws to welcome new plants and flowers into eagerly awaited gardens around metro Detroit.

Just like in fashion boutiques, there will be lots of trends that customers will be clamoring for at their local nursery this year as they plan their landscape design. According to Erma Rhadigan, co-owner of Ray Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb Township, this year’s most popular bloom choices are going to be bright, warm colors.

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Published March 27, 2013

With spring here — at least according to the calendar — many homeowners look to the state of their houses after the long, dirty winter and aren’t happy with what they see.

Carpets are soiled by salty boots; driveways start cracking from the months-long freeze/thaw cycle; and muddy messes are exposed in backyards that will be used for entertaining, come summer.

Now is the time to fix those problems, according to local contractors, before warm-weather fun beckons and the summer home- improvement rush begins.

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Published March 19, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — There are few things in life as meaningful or as appreciated as a heartfelt “thank you.”

On March 14, faculty, students and administrators gathered to share a meal and stories, and to celebrate the art of gratitude during the Oakland Community College annual scholarship luncheon. The 21st annual lunch, prepared by students enrolled in the college’s award-winning Culinary Studies Institute, honored the school’s many scholarship recipients and the generous donors who made the awards possible.

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Published February 15, 2013

Authorities are investigating a report of a man in a truck suspiciously interacting with local school children as they waited for the bus.


The incident occurred in the early morning Feb. 14 as a group of five Power Upper Elementary School children waited for the bus to arrive. The fifth- and sixth-grade students reported seeing a male driver in a black pickup truck slow down as he approached the bus stop and possibly make a gesture.

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Published August 8, 2012


Can do

Eileen Haraminac will teach several upcoming food preservation courses at the Macomb MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham, Assembly Room A, in Clinton Township:
• Aug. 18: hot water bath jams and jellies.

Published March 21, 2012

As pet lovers snuggle up with their furry friends, many may not think about where their animals came from before they found them listed online or at a pet store. But the Michigan Humane Society estimates that 99 percent of pet store puppies are bred by large-scale breeders, or puppy mills, some of which are known for their cruel and inhumane treatment of animals to maximize profit.

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Published March 14, 2012

An electronic sign on the wall reads “10 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes and 4.32 seconds.”

“That’s the countdown until the end of my life,” laughed Melisa Valentine, 25, of Ferndale, a bartender at the Blarney Stone Pub in Berkley.

She’s kidding of course. The countdown marks the time left before St. Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday many celebrate by bellying up to the bar. But for those tasked with handling the crowds and their beverage orders from behind the bar, it’s a far different experience.

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Published March 7, 2012

Bullying hurts.

It can make someone feel small, rejected, disrespected, stupid, ugly, unloved and unimportant.

While not a new concept — the bullies and bullied have been around for years — it seems to have entered a new realm as an alarming number of youth have responded to bullying in more dramatic ways than society has been accustomed to. Suicide. Violence. Murder.

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Published February 29, 2012

DETROIT — Prep your paws for a whole lot of petting as the annual two-day celebration of all things dog arrives March 3 and 4 with the annual Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows at Cobo Center.

More than 2,000 dogs representing 167 breeds will be on hand to interact with the public, demonstrate their skills and compete for top prizes.

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Published February 8, 2012

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — As part of the Farmington Family YMCA’s goal of being more visible in the community, two representatives appeared at the Farmington City Council meeting Jan. 17 to share what’s going on at “the Y.”

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Published January 25, 2012

Public schools keep religion out of the forefront of education, but many parents want to see religious education, traditions and beliefs at the center of their child’s learning environment.

Those parents can choose schools that keep faith the focus.

Religious schools take several steps to ensure faith ideals are conveyed inside and outside the classroom, including daily religious services.

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Published January 10, 2012

FARMINGTON — Just as people this time of year start filling in the dates on new calendars and day planners, the Downtown Development Authority has written down its important dates for 2012.

During the City Council’s Dec. 19 meeting, council members unanimously passed the DDA’s events calendar for 2012, and the temporary liquor licenses, street closures and sidewalk shopping approvals to go with them.

“The DDA is excited to bring another year of events to downtown Farmington for 2012,” said DDA events planner Janet Bloom.

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Upcoming Events

Farmington
Winter Artisans Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Farmington Masonic Temple
St. Clair Shores
Overeaters Anonymous meeting
10 a.m.
St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church
St. Clair Shores
'Breakerspace' program for kids
2 p.m.
St. Clair Shores Public Library
Clawson
Lego morning for adults
11 a.m.-noon
Blair Memorial Library
Farmington Hills
Community food pantry
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tawheed Center of Farmington Hills

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