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Published July 23, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe South is taking on a challenge that no other school in Michigan has tackled — traveling across America’s Southwest with a student-designed and constructed solar car.

While the car left for Texas July 18, the Dell Winston Solar Car Challenge was scheduled to get underway July 23, after press time. The team, which is calling themselves the GPS Sun Devils, was planning on tweeting real-time race updates. Teams will travel 884 miles through multiple cities and end eight days later in Los Angeles.

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Published July 23, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In its first year under the auspices of the Grosse Pointe Village Downtown Development Authority, the event formerly known as the Village Sidewalk Sale and Street Festival has returned to its roots and is strictly a sale this year.

From 3-9 p.m. July 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27, stores and restaurants will be offering specials on everything from clothing, to home décor, to artwork, to pet products during what is now being simply called the Village Sidewalk Sale.

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Published July 3, 2013

For many homeowners, remodeling their kitchen is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“People are really thinking it through,” said Barb Baker, of Elder Living Construction in Farmington Hills. “They are investing in a little higher quality. They are taking the time to understand the different wood qualities, and they are spending the money to make upgrades.”

Baker said her customers want new cabinets that will look good and last for a long time. They are also looking at new ways of hiding electrical outlets for a smooth, uninterrupted backsplash.

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Published July 3, 2013

METRO DETROIT — Next weekend, metro Detroiters will follow their noses to Romeo for the 11th annual Michigan Lavender Festival July 12-14 at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill.

There’s just something about the sight and scent of lavender that can evoke the excitement of summer and instill a feeling of serenity. And like so many seasons before, many Michiganders are once again on the hunt for the herb to use for cooking, cleaning or just plain sniffing.

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Published June 26, 2013

DETROIT — Do you watch reality entertainment shows and think, “I could (sing/play music) better than those people”? Do you crank up the stereo at home and play air guitar? Do you sing along to your favorite songs in the car?

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Published June 25, 2013

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Grosse Pointe Shores Improvement Foundation is adding a “cool” new feature to Osius Park.

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Published June 7, 2013

GROSSE POINTE PARK — The Full Circle Foundation is more than an upscale resale shop or a garden project.

It’s an opportunity.

Full Circle Foundation and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools work together on a program that provides educational experiences for students with special needs who are ages 18 to 26, but Full Circle also provides support and opportunities for adults with special needs of all ages.

Those programs and opportunities are growing as Full Circle offers more to its students and additional partnerships with the community.

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Published June 5, 2013

As kids anxiously await the arrival of summer, parents are weighing their summer child care options. From day camps to sitters, there’s a lot to consider when choosing who your youngster will spend their summer break with.

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Published May 29, 2013

Impatiens, a top choice for homeowners planting colorful annual flower displays, will not be available at most nurseries this year.

“There is a downy mildew problem with impatiens,” said Carl Eckert, owner of Eckert’s Greenhouse on Ryan in Sterling Heights. “We didn’t grow them this year, and most other nurseries also didn’t.”

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Published May 29, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Farms will be embarking on what City Manager Shane Reeside acknowledges is a “pretty aggressive” road-resurfacing program starting this summer.

“The orange barrels will hit Grosse Pointe, which is a good thing,” City Council member Louis Theros said during a May 13 City Council meeting, when the council unanimously approved a low bid from Novi-based Nagle Paving Co. to undertake work on a number of streets in the 2013-14 fiscal year, which starts July 1.

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Published May 22, 2013

Michigan Week is in full swing, giving residents just one more excuse to revel in all the wonderful things there are to do and see in the Mitten State.

Whether you’re a beer buff or a beach babe, there’s a place for you in Michigan. But with so many regional specialties, it’s hard to choose which area of the state is best for the stay- or play-cation of your choice.

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Published May 21, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — He could have celebrated the occasion at a restaurant or with a party, but instead, Taurus Burns marked his birthday — May 17 — at an art opening.

And the artist wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Published May 15, 2013

DETROIT — For those who are passionate about all things nautical, one place has special significance: the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

Just in time for boating season, a completely renovated Dossin — located on the Detroit River on Belle Isle — is reopening May 18, after undergoing a $2 million facelift that includes upgrades and new installations aimed at adults and kids alike.

Historical cannons and anchors still surround the exterior of the iconic blue brick building, but inside, the Dossin is refreshed.

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Published May 8, 2013

GROSSE POINTE PARK — This year marked the Park’s 30th year as a national Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA, and officials celebrated the occasion by honoring some talented young artists for their creative visions.

During an April 22 City Council meeting, leaders honored winners of the annual Arbor Week Poster Contest. Pat Deck, vice chair of the Beautification Commission — standing in for Beautification Commission Chair Bob Ramsey, who was ill that evening — said the 164 participants included about 85 percent of the city’s fourth-grade students.

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Published May 8, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The show may be called “The Drowsy Chaperone,” but there’s nothing sleepy about the exuberant musical that closes out Grosse Pointe Theatre’s 65th anniversary season.

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Published May 7, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — During his long career in law enforcement, Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department Captain David Loch has squared off against some pretty dangerous criminals.

But nothing has terrified him as much as the four words he heard in a doctor’s office this February: Your daughter has cancer.

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Published May 1, 2013

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Fourth-grade teachers at Ferry Elementary engaged their students in activities geared toward bringing out the writer in them during a “Wild About Writing Blitz” April 24.

Teachers were working to help their students get ready for the Grosse Pointe Writing Test, which is given in the spring. 

The students spent half of a day on the program, which included moving from station to station to work on generating ideas, refining word choice, editing and more.

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Published May 1, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — One of the most buzzed-about new businesses in years will be bringing the French fine dining experience to the Village.

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