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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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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 23, 2013

Art Center nourishes Full Circle Foundation

GROSSE POINTE CITY — With “Food for Thought,” the Grosse Pointe Art Center has fittingly teamed with another nonprofit, the Grosse Pointe Park-based Full Circle Foundation.

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Published April 17, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Forget the robins and tulips: A true sign of spring is the annual arrival of Tau Beta’s Spring Market.

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Published April 17, 2013

DETROIT — Whether working in film, video or still photography, artist Shirin Neshat has a remarkable eye for composition and creating images that speak volumes.

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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 8, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Supporters of local artists have had to put their navigation and tracking skills to good use over the last decade; the Grosse Pointe Art Center has relocated three times and is about to make a fourth move, to its third Village space.

But the good news is that, this time, the GPAC is expected to stay put — at least for the next several years.

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Published April 2, 2013

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Mason Elementary students are gearing up for a big fundraising event — an activity geared to raise money and heart rates. 

It’s a Fun Run presented by The Get Movin’ Crew — Your Fun Run Experts LLC. The school held a kickoff assembly last week, and students will be raising money through the big event April 18.

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Published April 2, 2013

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — With more than 80 wooded, squirrel-filled acres, Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s estate was a happy haven for many dogs while the family lived there from 1929 until the 1970s.

But the grounds — now open, along with the historic home, for public tours as the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House — have long since been off-limits to people with pooches, with a few exceptions for special events. A new exhibit, however, is about to change that — at least for this spring.

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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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