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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.


New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.


Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 16, 2015

FARMINGTON — Farmington Hills twins Jacqueline Leonard Labadie and Elizabeth Leonard Labadie, 17, have come a long way from dancing in the aisles of North Farmington High School’s auditorium during plays and musicals as children.

They are now dancing on the streets of Hollywood and back after landing lead roles in the upcoming independent film “Crowning Jules,” produced by Miles Media.

“That is where everything started,” Elizabeth, an NFHS junior, said in her home near her twin sister and mother, Michele Labadie, June 11.

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Published June 16, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s time to get out the sunglasses and sunblock. The longest day of the year — and the official start of summer — will soon take place during the summer solstice celebration from 1-3 p.m. June 21 at Heritage Park.

“This was our first event last year, and it went really well, and we decided to make it an annual event,” Farmington Hills Nature Center Supervisor Ashlie Smith said. More than 80 people attended last year.

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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 11, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — What started as an end-of-the-semester celebration turned into a tribute to a Warner Upper Elementary School student who died.


Nicholas Ambrose, a sixth-grade student, died May 21 after dealing with a very rare immune disease called CARD9, or caspase recruitment domain-containing protein 9.


“He was the sweetest child, always smiling, just happy all the time,” his mother, Ebony Ambrose, said recently.

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Published June 11, 2015

FARMINGTON — It’s time to put your iPods down and back away. Slowly.


It’s for your own good: The annual Rhythmz in Riley Park will soon descend upon Farmington with 11 performances from acts new and old, guaranteed to keep your attention tuned.

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Published June 11, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s time to take a bite out of the greater Farmington area at the annual Taste of Two Cities 2015 Grub Crawl.


The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce event will offer a selection of restaurants in the Farmington-Farmington Hills area from 6-9 p.m. June 16.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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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 8, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Lew Brookins knows that raising a family is no small task.


Brookins, who has been married to his wife for 31 years and has two grown children, wants to help other fathers in the metro Detroit area better themselves during a barbecue from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 20 at  Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Road.

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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 3, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Abhijay Kumar, a soon-to-be Harrison High School graduate, didn’t expect to discover his dreams of becoming a doctor by volunteering in the Dominican Republic as a freshman four years ago.


But through Farmington Public Schools’ International Baccalaureate Programme, he did just that.

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Published June 3, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Experience the thrills of summer with campfire songs, hot dogs, s’mores and a whole lot more during the ninth annual Great Farmington Hills Campout from June 6-7 at Heritage Park.

“That is what the event was developed for, to get people who aren’t sure about camping a place to go out with their kids,” Special Services Deputy Director Bryan Farmer said recently. “This is one easy way to do it.”

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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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