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Published April 29, 2015

Walking into a home without wall art would be almost as jarring as stepping inside an observatory and seeing no telescopes, or eating at a Mexican restaurant and not being served chips and salsa.

People sense the ambiance when standing inside a building. And no matter what the setting is or what is taking place in that particular environment, people often expect to see aesthetically pleasing and visually stimulating art.

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Published April 29, 2015

It’s so easy to honor a new graduate’s accomplishment with a gift card, a fancy tech device or even just some cash tucked into an envelope.

But there are other gifts you can give that student starting a new chapter in his or her life that involve a bit more thought and creativity. Those gifts, of course, mean so much more than their monetary value.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers.


Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy in Sterling Heights, said dozens of books and tens of thousands of pages have been written about Detroit’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” in World War II.

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Published April 29, 2015

Editor's note: This story about a local 'Rosie the Riveter' is one of a handful included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Click here for more V-E Day stories from our coverage area.

Connie Brown, 89, Rochester

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.

You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.

The work done and sacrifices made by women during the war are heroic in their own right, though those ladies aren’t always given the full credit they’re due.

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Published April 28, 2015

ROCHESTER — The vibrant colors and flavors of Michigan’s growing season will soon make their way to downtown Rochester, officially signaling the arrival of spring.

The Downtown Rochester Farmers Market will open for its 16th season May 2 at the corner of East Third and Water Street, a block east of Main Street. The outdoor market will continue from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 31.

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Published April 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day.

For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning.

Gone forever were millions of lives. Millions more were left grieving, homeless and hungry, struggling to pick up the pieces of their shattered world. Towns that had stood for centuries were obliterated. It was a cataclysm never before seen, the end result of maniacal nationalism and industrialized war.

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Published April 27, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoological Society is seeking $55,000 through online donations to construct a “biodigester,” a device that would collect the methane from animal waste and turn it into electricity.


The money is part of the final effort needed to construct the digester, Detroit Zoo Chief Operating Officer Gerry Van Acker said. The zoo already has raised $900,000.

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Published April 27, 2015

Several of Michigan’s traffic intersections with the most total accidents or related injuries or deaths in 2014 were found in Oakland and Macomb counties, according to top 10 lists recently compiled by a law firm.

Using data from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, the Michigan Auto Law firm’s website posted in March that the Michigan intersection with the most accidents last year was South State Road at West Ellsworth Road in Ann Arbor, with 170 accidents.

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Published April 23, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS/ROCHESTER — Police are investigating a case that ended with a 56-year-old Ferndale man jumping to his death from the third-story window of a local motel April 22.

Rochester police responded to a home in the 1600 block of Chase Drive at 1:30 p.m. after a woman reported that a man she was acquainted with was cutting cable and phone wires with a knife on the exterior of her home.

The man, according to police, was the subject of prior stalking complaints and was not allowed to be in the area due to a personal protection order.

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Published April 22, 2015

NOVI — Men, you might as well look away now.


There will be a lot to see and do during the 20th annual Michigan International Women’s Show from April 30-May 3 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.


“It has definitely grown,” Beth Anderson, executive show manager of Southern Shows, said. “It has changed, and we hope that everyone enjoys it as much today as they did 20 years ago when it first started at the Novi Expo Center.”

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Published April 22, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new hybrid scooter — developed with help from Oakland University market research students — aims to bridge the gap between golf carts and motorcycles for retired baby boomers.

A prototype F2A Berylline scooter debuted, complete with test drives, at the OU INCubator on April 16. Father-and-son development team Dennis and Mike Dresser said the scooter is aimed at people ages 50-60 in retirement communities. The hybrid scooter runs on gas, electricity or a combination of the two.

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Published April 22, 2015

ROCHESTER — Those who frequent the playground in the east side of Rochester Municipal Park or the nearby Paint Creek Trail will see an upgrade this summer.

The Rochester City Council recently approved plans to build a new pavilion and indoor restrooms just north of the existing pavilion and children’s playscape area, on the park’s east end, next to the Paint Creek Trail.

City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said the initial project was designed to serve the  playground known as the “tot lot” in the park, near the Kiwanis Shelter.

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Published April 22, 2015

ROCHESTER — There is strong evidence that eating fish at least once a week is good for your heart, according to the American Heart Association.

For many years, the AHA has encouraged people to eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week. Unlike fatty meat products, the AHA says, fish is a good source of protein that is not high in saturated fat. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which the AHA says have numerous health benefits.

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Published April 21, 2015

DETROIT — Local leading jazz musicians will be sharing a famous stage with some aspiring jazz greats of tomorrow when the University Liggett School Jazz Band opens for the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra on April 30 at the Music Hall Jazz Café.

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Published April 21, 2015

ROCHESTER — After nearly a year of research, discussion and deliberation, the city of Rochester has approved a zoning ordinance that allows for oil and gas drilling in certain areas of the city.

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Published April 20, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.


The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.


The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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Published April 20, 2015

With the right frame of mind, drivers navigating a roundabout in metro Detroit can turn going in circles into a positive experience, according to road and driving safety representatives.

Construction recently began on an upcoming roundabout at 14 Mile Road at Orchard Lake Road at the border of West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills, according to Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County. The RCOC expects the project to be finished this autumn.

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Published April 17, 2015

C & G Newspapers Staff Writer Kevin Bunch is one of 10 journalists nationwide selected for the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s 17th annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. Bunch writes about Eastpointe and Roseville for the Eastsider, and he has carved out a niche as C & G Newspapers’ science writer.

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Published April 17, 2015

Five members of the C & G Newspapers team took home awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter’s annual Excellence in Journalism competition at the San Marino Club in Troy on April 15. The awards recognized work from 2014.

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