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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

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Had it not been for a golf game, Palmer T. Heenan might have never become mayor of Grosse Pointe Park.


Heenan, 93, who retired from his elected post as of the March 23 Park City Council meeting and who had not been at the previous two council meetings, was first elected on Nov. 8, 1983. His nearly 32-year career of public service almost never happened, though.

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Published April 1, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Spring is often the time of year when people clean out their basements and garages, so it’s also the perfect time for the annual household hazardous waste collection.

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Published April 1, 2015

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — When it comes to garden sponsorships, Grosse Pointe Shores is having a banner year so far — and the ground is still in the process of thawing.


Shores Beautification Chair Helen Bai said that as of the March 17 City Council meeting, they’d already received 17 garden sponsorships from people who’ve never sponsored a garden before. She said the bitterly cold winter has “kind of helped” beautification efforts in the city.

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Published April 1, 2015

GROSSE POINTE CITY — In Michigan, there are said to be two seasons: winter and road construction. Grosse Pointe City leaders are gearing up for the latter.

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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 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

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 27, 2015

WOODS — Local residents are getting a bit of exercise on the courts in a game they describe as addictive.

That addictive game is pickleball — a tennis-like game played on a smaller-scale court with paddles and plastic balls.

Assumption Cultural Center’s pickleball program is in its second year and is continuing to attract new and experienced players.

“It has just grown,” Assumption Administrator Joan De Ronne said of the center’s pickleball program.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 24, 2015

DETROIT — Theirs was a tempestuous love story of two artistic greats who spent a pivotal year of their lives here, so it’s only fitting that the Detroit Institute of Arts is now hosting “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit.”

On display through July 12, the exhibition explores the period from April 1932 to March 1933, when Rivera created his signature “Detroit Industry” murals on the walls of the relatively new DIA, in what was then a garden courtyard. At the time, Rivera was an established artist, while Kahlo was still relatively unknown.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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Published March 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — University Liggett implements hands-on learning throughout the curriculum, which is why tackling the makerspace movement is right up its alley.


The popular makerspace movement, according to a school news release, involves “community-operated spaces for people to work on projects, learn new skills and experiment with new ideas.”

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Published March 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Like a football team gearing up for the big state final, art students at Grosse Pointe South are getting ready for their own culminating moment — ArtFest 2015.


In the days leading up to the artistic showcase, there’s a flurry of activity in the art wing, with Grosse Pointe South art students and their instructors hard at work putting those last-minute touches on their pieces.

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Published March 17, 2015

Lego lovers rejoice.

Michigan’s first and only attraction based on the world-famous Lego brick is coming to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills next year.

The schedule calls for construction to begin this summer on Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and for the project to be completed in spring 2016, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainment, which operates Legoland attractions worldwide.

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