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Published April 15, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP — A major renovation project for the MJR Theatre in Chesterfield Township was announced by the theatre company on March 23.

Work will begin in August on the theater, located at 23 Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue.

“We’re going to do a complete update with the new recliner seats,” said Dennis Redmer, vice president of operations for MJR Theatres. “We’re doing what’s necessary to bring the theater up to today’s standards.”

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Published April 15, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — “A hero is a person who risks something of his own welfare for the sake of others.”

That’s the definition of hero that Mike Goeddeke gave while discussing the aim of the cycling team he helps coach, “Johnny and the SuperHeroes.”

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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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Published April 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —  Clinton Township resident Patricia Bellomo has been writing novels since she was 13 years old, but the 1978 graduate of Chippewa Valley High School didn’t publish her first novel until 2010.

On April 1, Bellomo released “The Prince of Mafia Princes,” her fourth novel since her first release.

The novel is set in South Florida and is told from the standpoint of Bellomo’s infamous mobster, Louie Morelli.

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Published April 13, 2015

Whether it’s for planning a long road trip or to have some backup wheels while their main ride is in the shop, securing a rental car will likely become a favorable option for most drivers sooner or later.

However, businesses that loan vehicles to drivers often have their own requirements and guidelines for renting vehicles and taking care of those vehicles.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.

Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Most people don’t notice awnings until they decide to buy one.

The main reason most homeowners decide to purchase an awning is for shade. Also, they wish to cut the cost of cooling their home and keep the patio cool in the summer, said Lorraine Strachan, office manager for Signature Awning in Livonia, which serves all of metro Detroit.

“The biggest reason is shade,” Strachan said.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.

The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Waving goodbye to the snow and ice of winter isn’t hard for most people to do come spring, but county officials want residents to know that as the temperatures increase, so do the chances for severe weather.

Last year, there were 112 storm-based warnings issued in southeast Michigan, three of which were recorded tornadoes. County officials said the recent tornado that touched down in Rochester Hills serves as a reminder of how destructive tornadoes can be and why it is vital to have a severe weather plan.

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Published April 8, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — More than 100 Macomb County schools were recognized by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners for their efforts in “going green” at the seventh annual Macomb County Green Schools program on April 1.

The Green Schools program began statewide in 2006, and the Board of Commissioners has facilitated the program for seven years. With 120 schools being recognized this year, board Chair Dave Flynn said Macomb County’s participation is probably growing at the fastest rate throughout the state.

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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 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP— The case of a 76-year-old Macomb Township resident charged in a fatal shooting has been bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court.

Donald Miller faces charges of second degree murder in the Feb. 16 death of a 31-year old Pontiac man. Miller’s preliminary exam ended April 2 at Shelby Township District Court 41-A on April 2.

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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 April 1, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Jake Hill’s grandparents lived it, and now he’s going to be acting it.

Hill, a junior at Dakota High School, will be playing the character of Tony Wyzek in the school’s production of “West Side Story.”

The musical is centered around a pair of rival teenage gangs, a Caucasian gang called the “Jets,” and a Puerto Rican gang called the “Sharks.” The production is set in the upper west side of New York City in the 1950s.

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Published March 31, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — During the clerk’s comments section of a Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting on March 25, Township Clerk Michael Koehs discussed the expiration of a six-month moratorium on oil and gas well drilling in Macomb Township.

The moratorium expired on March 10, and Koehs recommended that the board take action to address the issue.

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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 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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