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Published March 10, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day is on Thursday, March 17, and no matter what your background may be, it’s still fun to put on your green and be Irish — at least in spirit — for the day.

Festivities around metro Detroit begin this weekend. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate:

• Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, Royal Oak

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 3, 2016

1. Tap into an early-spring tradition
March 5, Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center, Troy
March 6, Farmington Hills Nature Center

In the late winter and early spring — particularly when temperatures are around 40 degrees during the day and 20 degrees overnight  —  it’s time to start tapping maple trees for their sap.

You can learn more about the process during a few tree-tapping events happening this weekend.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published February 26, 2016

Monday, Feb. 29, is a leap day — a day that you'll only see on the calendar every four years. But do you know why?

Here are some interesting leap year facts from the Old Farmer's Almanac, timeanddate.com and leapyearday.com.

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Published February 25, 2016

1. Celebrate Leap Year
Feb. 28, Southfield

A day that only happens once every four years calls for a celebration.

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Published February 18, 2016

Berkley American Legion Post 374
2079 12 Mile Road, Berkley

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Published February 11, 2016

1. Embrace the cold with frozen fun
Feb. 12-14, downtown Utica

Dipping temperatures might not seem like good news — unless, of course, you’re hosting an ice festival.

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Published February 10, 2016

The John D. Dingell Detroit Medical Center staff is getting ready for the National Salute to Veteran Patients week, which this year is set for Feb. 14–20. The veterans medical center is located at 4646 John R St.

The National Salute to Veteran Patients week, which began in 1978 as a way to honor veterans, was designed to increase community awareness of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ role in providing medical care. It also encourages U.S. citizens and community organizations to become more engaged in volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

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Published January 28, 2016

1 - Listen to the blues
Now through Feb. 6, Ferndale

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Published January 28, 2016

1. Ice, ice maybe?
Feb. 5-7, downtown Mount Clemens

Temperatures are predicted to be warmer than usual, but hopefully that won’t stop the frozen fun at the annual Downtown Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show Feb. 5-7.

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Published January 22, 2016

1- Check out the Auto Show
 Now through Jan. 24, Cobo Center, Detroit

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Published January 12, 2016

Chrysler, Ford and General Motors all attempted to wow the world in different ways during the North American International Auto Show’s first media day Jan. 11 at Cobo Center.

Chrysler officially kicked off the event at 7:35 a.m. Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands, gave the keynote presentation.

The message was one of simplicity: Chrysler changed the auto game with the inception of the minivan, and decades later it’s doing it all over again.

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Published January 11, 2016

It was a media metropolis at the beginning of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

A daylong event open to media members kicked off around 7 a.m. and concluded at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at Cobo Center. Those associated with various car brands made keynote presentations: Chrysler, Chevrolet, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda, Hyundai and Kia.

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Published December 28, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Beginning Monday afternoon, Oakland County, as well as a greater part of the state, was hit with an ice storm that meteorologists said will cause hazardous road conditions and possible power outages.

The forecasts from the National Weather Services’ Grand Rapids Office state Oakland County might be hit with around one tenth of an inch of ice on the ground.

NWS meteorologist T.J. Turnage said, by itself, the ice might not be a big deal, but with strong winds coming from the east, from 20 to 30 mph, it could cause accidents and power outages.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

Macomb County

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published November 11, 2015

A strong storm system moving through the Midwest is to blame for strong winds and scattered thunderstorms that local forecasters predict will hit Michigan hard tomorrow.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the entire region from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. A high wind warning, according to the NWS, means a hazardous high-wind event — with sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more, leading to property damage — is expected to occur.

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Published November 3, 2015

Voters across metro Detroit are heading to the polls today to make their selections in various municipal elections. Check back later for results, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for coverage throughout the day and evening.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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