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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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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 20, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The men and women who patrol the city’s streets every day would say they’re just doing their jobs, but city leaders say they do so much more than that.

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Published March 20, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The crowd will again be roaring at Grosse Pointe South High School.

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Published March 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The reflection in a self-portrait, the artistry that goes into crafting an African pot and the intensity of building a mystical Indian-inspired sculpture from raw metals are just some of what students poured into this year’s ArtFest.

South students view their annual ArtFest as their showstopper — their time to shine.

“It’s a big thing,” senior Amelia Rennell said. “My whole family comes. It’s like my sports games.”

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Published March 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — “The Heiress” — the latest Grosse Pointe Theatre production — has to do with passion, and director Michele Karl, of St. Clair Shores, knows about that subject, herself.

She was so enthused with the play that Karl has been trying to convince GPT’s selection committee to stage “The Heiress” for the last 25 years.

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Published March 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — This year, local residents are invited — in the words of American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Grosse Pointe Vice Chair Colleen Hasten — to “get creative” in the battle against cancer.

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Published March 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In its last exhibit in its current home, the Grosse Pointe Art Center is going out with a big bang.

“SIZE Matters,” which opened with a public reception March 8, lives up to its title and theme by showcasing several large paintings and other pieces, as well as a number of tiny ceramic works, paintings and more. Juried by Craig Paul Nowak, of Detroit, the exhibit features 75 works by 51 artists, GPAC Director Amy DeBrunner said. It’s on display through April 6.

“The art is phenomenal,” DeBrunner said.

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Published March 6, 2013

Dads and their daughters are invited to get dressed up and take part in a special evening of fun and memory making.

The third annual All Pointes’ Daddy Daughter Dance will take place from 7-9 p.m. March 16 in Grosse Pointe South High School’s main gym. Each girl will be given a flower during this semi-formal event, and light refreshments, beverages and dessert will be served. The cost is $8 per person or $16 per couple, and registration is being accepted through March 13.

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Published February 27, 2013

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — When the Grosse Pointe Theatre launched its black box production arm, the Purdon Studio Theatre, three years ago, it was with the goal of producing newer, edgier plays than the ones typically staged by GPT.

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Published February 13, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The prospect of a 9-foot rotating radar attachment being added to a 60-foot border security tower on the grounds of the Grosse Pointe Club at 6 Berkshire has more than a few residents and officials questioning its safety.

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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 16, 2012

Musician, vocalist and songwriter Carolyn Striho’s work has included elements of rock, pop, punk, jazz and even cabaret, but for a St. Patrick’s Day show March 17 at Dylan’s Raw Bar and Grille, she’ll also be adding Irish music to the mix.

In addition to her own material and songs by her guitarist, Scott Dailey, Striho said she and her band plan to perform a few Irish songs, as well as a Celtic tune or two, and some “neat surprise covers,” she said.

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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 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 December 28, 2011

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Starbucks on Mack in the Woods was where Evonne Stevenson Schott and her husband, Mike Schott, stopped daily for coffee. It was close to their home and quickly became “their” spot.

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