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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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Published April 14, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It all started a little over half a century ago, when the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit decided to form a branch in Farmington Hills in 1965.

Since then, thousands of families and youth have called the Farmington Family YMCA home, including longtime member Grant Anderson.

The 28-year-old Bingham Farms resident, who has been a member for over a decade, said while eating lunch April 9 at the Y that having a closed-head injury in 2007 never stopped his love of attending his YMCA.

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Published April 13, 2015

Whether it’s for planning a long road trip or to have some backup wheels while their main ride is in the shop, securing a rental car will likely become a favorable option for most drivers sooner or later.

However, businesses that loan vehicles to drivers often have their own requirements and guidelines for renting vehicles and taking care of those vehicles.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 9, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — For over three years, Terri and Sean Compton, both of West Bloomfield, tried to conceive.

During that time, Terri had two miscarriages, two ectopic pregnancies and lost their son, Patrick, when she was 17 weeks pregnant.

“I was one of those people who could get pregnant very, very easy. … I just couldn’t carry,” Terri said.

Four-year-old Brin was Terri and Sean’s sixth pregnancy and their little miracle.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.

Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Most people don’t notice awnings until they decide to buy one.

The main reason most homeowners decide to purchase an awning is for shade. Also, they wish to cut the cost of cooling their home and keep the patio cool in the summer, said Lorraine Strachan, office manager for Signature Awning in Livonia, which serves all of metro Detroit.

“The biggest reason is shade,” Strachan said.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.

The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Waving goodbye to the snow and ice of winter isn’t hard for most people to do come spring, but county officials want residents to know that as the temperatures increase, so do the chances for severe weather.

Last year, there were 112 storm-based warnings issued in southeast Michigan, three of which were recorded tornadoes. County officials said the recent tornado that touched down in Rochester Hills serves as a reminder of how destructive tornadoes can be and why it is vital to have a severe weather plan.

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Published April 7, 2015

FARMINGTON — Decreased major crime in Farmington has left city officials feeling safer and sleeping easier after a recent Farmington Public Safety Department report March 16.

“I’m just so proud of our department and everything you do for us to keep us safe,” City Councilwoman JoAnne McShane said to Public Safety Director Frank Demers during the City Council meeting. “I know I can sleep better at night. … Thank you, from all of us.”

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Published April 7, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS/ WEST BLOOMFIELD — The ubiquitous orange barrels are making their debut again this spring in Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield.

Fourteen Mile Road — at the west side of the 14 Mile/Orchard Lake intersection, on the Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield Township border — is scheduled to be closed April 6 during the construction of a new roundabout under the Road Commission for Oakland County.

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Published April 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County residents are leading healthier lives, ranking No. 2 in the state for a second year in a row for health behaviors among 82 counties, according to a County Health Rankings Report.

​“We measure up well for many key factors that affect health,” Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager/health officer, said in a press release. “These results reflect our commitment to improving the overall health and quality of life for our residents.”

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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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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