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Published September 3, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Some new faces will greet students in the Avondale Schools district when the school year starts Sept. 8.


Carmen Kennedy was recently named the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, a position that Superintendent Jim Schwartz said is new in the district this year.

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Published September 1, 2015

ROCHESTER —  For 50 years, the Art & Apples Festival has been bringing many of the nation’s finest artists to Rochester Municipal Park — a milestone that the Paint Creek Center for the Arts is thrilled to celebrate this year.


“It’s nice to carry on the legacy that the founders started 50 years ago. We are very excited about that,” said Tami Salisbury, executive director of the PCCA, the nonprofit art center that organizes the festival.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 26, 2015

ROCHESTER — Thousands of fresh New England lobsters will make their way to Rochester next month for an event that many in the community have looked forward to annually for the past 17 years.

Each September, the Rochester Junior Woman’s Club flies in more than 1,500 live lobsters — ranging in size from 1 to 1 1/4 pounds — from New England for its annual Lobster Boil fundraiser.

“It’s a well-oiled machine at this point, since we have been doing it for so many years,” said RJWC member Lynn Marie Oates.

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Published August 26, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Back-to-school activities for college students should not include tragedy, local police say.

Underage drinking, drinking and driving, and binge drinking are “real concerns” of university officials, Nancy Schmitz, Oakland University assistant vice president for student affairs, said Aug. 21.

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Published August 25, 2015

ROCHESTER — As of next month, Rochester Avon Recreation Authority Executive Director Ron Jewell said, the recreation authority’s 36,000-square-foot faciltiy will be completely built out.

“With just a couple of years of being in the building here, we are really excited to be just about complete with the build-out,” he said.

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Published August 19, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Royal Park Hotel is saying goodbye to its fine dining Brookshire Restaurant, which closed in July to make way for a more modern concept called Park 600 Bar+Kitchen.

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Published August 19, 2015

ROCHESTER — St. John Lutheran Church is hosting its Family Praise and Picnic in the Park this weekend, giving families and residents a chance to enjoy one of summer’s last celebrations.

The 17th annual event — St. John Lutheran’s free community songfest, family-friendly worship, picnic and celebration — will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23 in Rochester Municipal Park.

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Published August 19, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS —  Meadow Brook Music Festival will present the 15th annual Wine and Food Festival on Aug. 22 and 23, showcasing more than 150 award-winning wines from Michigan and across the globe. 

“It is all a big tasting,” said Patrick Mulrenin, of participating vendor Fieldstone Winery of Rochester.

“We talk to customers about the wines and offer suggestions. We try to bring something that makes us unique.” 

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Published August 19, 2015

ROCHESTER — As motorists travel through Rochester, they will notice a few new signs that city officials hope will encourage them to remember the sacrifices that have been made for our nation’s freedom.

The city of Rochester was named the state’s second Purple Heart City in September 2014, an honor bestowed by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Warren was named a Purple Heart City in August 2014, and many other communities — including St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights and Detroit — have since followed suit.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 12, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — After just six months on the job, Township Manager Warren Brown resigned his position Aug. 5.

“I have come to the conclusion that I am not a good fit for the township, not the other way around,” Brown said in an email. “There is no logic in prolonging a decision such as this, and it is better for all involved to cut ties earlier rather than later.

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Published August 12, 2015

ROCHESTER — Rochester’s Festival of Trees, the Downtown Development Authority’s largest fundraiser for the Big, Bright Light Show, is looking for creative individuals and businesses to artistically decorate a number of holiday items this fall.

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Published August 12, 2015

ROCHESTER — Thousands of people will soon step out to help raise money for children with life-threatening illnesses.

The Rainbow Connection, a nonprofit organization based in Rochester that’s dedicated to granting wishes to Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses and support for their families, will host its 13th annual Walk-Run for Kids fundraiser Aug. 22 at Kensington Metropark, 2240 W. Buno Road in Milford Township.

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Published August 12, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Enjoy learning the art of stand-up paddleboarding while surrounded by nature this summer.

Park officials have announced four separate paddleboard clinics Aug. 29 at Lost Lake Nature Park, located off Predmore Road east of Rochester Road.

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Published August 11, 2015

ROCHESTER — When Rochester police officer Merlin Taylor approached a young skunk in distress, he wasn’t thinking about the possibility of getting sprayed.

“It never dawned on me that the skunk was going to spray me,” he said.

On Aug. 2, Taylor responded to a call from dispatch regarding a baby skunk with a yogurt container stuck on its head that was making circles in the road in the 400 block of West Third Street.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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