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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — George Bailey and Tiny Tim know the meaning of Christmas, and they want to share it with the world.

“A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” offer holiday cheer at Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon Players during November and December.

The annual favorite “A Christmas Carol” has been entertaining area playgoers for 34 years.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 37-year-old Independence Township woman is in critical condition after her car struck an overpass abutment off  of M-59, at Rochester Road, at 7 a.m. Nov. 15.

According to a police report, the woman drove off the freeway and into the median, traveling approximately 1,000 feet before striking the cement abutment supporting the Rochester Road overpass.

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Published November 17, 2015

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to bring trees, tablescapes and a host of other items home for the holidays this weekend during the second annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees fundraiser.

The event kicks off with a cocktail preview 7-11 p.m. Nov. 20, where the items will be up for auction for the first time.

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Published November 17, 2015

ROCHESTER — With its 1.5 million points of holiday light, The Big, Bright Light Show may look like something that can only be found in a dream. But this year, it’s also turning dreams into reality for Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Big, Bright Light Show, downtown Rochester has partnered with The Rainbow Connection, a nonprofit organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses across the state.

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Published November 17, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the Nov. 17 stabbing of a township man outside his home on Lyndon Circle, police said.

The man told police he was leaving his house to go to work and found two men and two women inside his car. When the homeowner confronted the suspects, they began to fight with the man. One suspect stabbed the resident approximately 12 times in the stomach and back with a screwdriver, a police report states.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 12, 2015

Hundreds of people braved the gusty winds and rain waiting in line to be some of the first inside Rochester Hills’ newest discount retailer, Stein Mart.

The Jacksonville, Florida-based discount clothing and housewares store is located at 1122 Rochester Road, a former Borders location, in Rochester Hills.

As the masses waited in line for the doors to open the morning of Nov. 12, the Rochester Hills Fire Department was on hand with emergency personnel to assist a couple of people who passed out. 

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Published November 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In almost any room of the house, a feature wall delivers major impact as a contemporary addition to a remodeling project.


Design manager Dean McQuade, of Transitions Remodeling, received a gold award from the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan for a recent whole-house remodel in Canton.


“We did lots of feature walls,” McQuade said. “In the bathroom, we did one whole wall in slate tile with an embedded mirror and glass shelves. The other walls were just painted. It was very cool.”

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Published November 11, 2015

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to Sip, Savor and Shop to support academics, the arts and athletics in the Rochester Community Schools district.

The fourth annual event — sponsored by the Rochester Community Schools Foundation — allows guests to sip wine, soda or beer; savor appetizers from local restaurants; and get some early holiday shopping done at one of the many vendor booths 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Forestre Event Center.

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Published November 10, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts is once again giving gift givers the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind creations for their loved ones while supporting local artists.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

ROCHESTER — It’s that time of year again. As the temperature falls, so do leaves — to the aggravation of homeowners.

Those who live in Rochester can rid their lawns of pesky leaves by simply raking them to the curb this fall.

“Rochester is one of the few communities that is still doing curbside leaf pickups, and we are very proud of that fact,” said Rochester Department of Public Works Director David Anason.

Deputy City Manager Nik Banda said the service is important.

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Published November 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — Patrons of downtown Rochester, rejoice. The city has completed its final parking platform, a three-level deck at University and Fourth, on the west side of Main, behind Mr. B’s.

Deputy City Manager Nik Banda said the west platform added approximately 297 spaces downtown in an area that needed it the most. He noted that the east parking platform, completed in June, added 235 spaces.

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Published November 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — The owners of local homes decorated lavishly for the holidays will welcome visitors inside during the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s annual Holiday Home Tour Nov. 15.

Included on the tour, which runs noon-5 p.m., are colonials in Oakland Township and Rochester Hills, a Craftsman-style ranch in Rochester Hills, a condominium in Shelby Township, and the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm — all of which organizers said will feature holiday décor, and unique architectural and decorating styles.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 28, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Be on the lookout for deer this fall, according to members of the city’s Deer Management Advisory Committee. 

“This is the peak season for deer to be moving around,” Jim Kubicina, DMAC chair, said during an Oct. 21 presentation to the Rochester Hills City Council.  “Please watch for them, for safety’s sake.

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Published October 28, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — For over 40 years, Oakland Township has actively preserved and protected its natural areas, an action that most recently caught the attention of the Oakland County Trail, Water and Land Alliance.

Oakland Township has earned the Trail, Water and Land Alliance’s Oak Land Award in honor of the township’s dedication to preserving and protecting its woodlands, wetlands, slopes, streams and open spaces.

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Published October 28, 2015

Whether it’s an email offering money for nothing or a cyber attack resulting in a breach of data, we hear about people from all over the world falling victim to Internet scams almost daily.

Just this year, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $20 million to cyber criminals, with the average loss per victim being $4,500, according to data from the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, said people’s lives today are more connected than ever before.

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Published October 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Many children look forward to Halloween each year, but with all of the frightening costumes, eerie decorations, loud noises and flashing lights, it can also be a very overwhelming experience.

Melissa Almanza, a board-certified behavior analyst with the Macomb Oakland Regional Center in Troy, said Halloween can offer a number of challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders. But with the proper preparation and planning, she said, children of all abilities can enjoy the holiday.

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Published October 27, 2015

ROCHESTER — Three high school seniors are teaming up to unite the students of Rochester High School next month to raise money for breast cancer research.

RHS senior Garrett Perozich, who serves as president of the school’s Spanish National Honor Society, came up with the idea to host Walk in the ROC last summer and quickly enlisted the help of fellow seniors Trisha Gupte and Rashna Soonavala to organize the event.

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