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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 17, 2015

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester is recruiting new members for its Citizens Emergency Response Team, which helps assist first responders in the event of a major disaster or emergency.

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Published June 16, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Twenty-four lucky Oakland University chorale group members will be participating in an upcoming Rolling Stones concert in Detroit. 

“The Rolling Stones have a booker, and she contacted me in April,” said Mike Mitchell, OU director of chorale activities, during a June 12 rehearsal at OU’s Varner Hall. “Obviously, I said yes.”

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Published June 16, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — The 26 kittens recently abandoned outside the Michigan Humane Society’s Rochester Hills facility is an occurrence that shelter officials say is unfortunately all too common during the warmer months.

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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 10, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS —This year’s Museum Garden Walk promises to take visitors off the beaten path into some charming backyard wonderlands.

“We have a lot of unusual art in our gardens this year,” said Lee Peters, garden tour coordinator. The 16th annual walk is always a challenge to plan — with an ongoing goal of topping last year’s tour. “And we did it again,” Peters said.

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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 10, 2015

ROCHESTER — The work of artists of all ages and experiences will come together in the Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ annual Student Faculty Exhibition this month.

The show, which runs through July 24, will open June 13 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. that is free and open to the public.

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Published June 9, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Water, wetlands, animal habitats and a full array of wildflowers are available for viewing by kayak at Lost Lake Nature Park this summer.

“We have kayak rentals available every weekend,” said Becky McLogan, Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Department recreation manager. “We have nine kayaks, and two of them are tandems, which allows for two people. If you wanted your child to go with you, that is a good opportunity.”

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Published June 8, 2015

Four Stoney Creek High School seniors lost the chance to walk at graduation after vandalism occurred at their school the morning of their commencement June 4.

Oakland County Sheriff's Office Rochester Hills substation Capt. Michael Johnson said police arrested two 17-year-old males, an 18-year old male and an 18-year-old female during their practice graduation ceremony at the Oakland University O’Rena June 4.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2010, John Cummings began talking to residents in the neighborhoods of southwest Detroit. He estimates that he had around 200 one-on-one conversations with the people in the community, developing a feeling for their passions, their interests and concerns.

Conversation led to collaboration, and five years later, there are two groups: Grace in Action, the church community with Cummings as pastor, and Grace in Action, the entrepreneurship arm and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Published June 6, 2015

At 2 years old, before most children even know what school is, Simon Sun already knew where he wanted to go to college, the one his mom said was the best: Harvard University.

What he didn’t know was that he would face many obstacles along the way.

At the age of 8 Simon was diagnosed with leukemia and was told he needed intensive chemotherapy to battle the disease. Just two months into his treatment, his body experienced a negative response, causing stroke-like symptoms.

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Published June 6, 2015

HAZEL PARK — During her day job as a vet technician at the Animal Medical Center of Troy, in Rochester Hills, Marjorie Sapp finds time to feed baby birds she brought with her in an incubator. Baby birds need to be fed on a regular basis from dawn to dusk, so it’s a lot of work. Her co-workers will help out, nursing the frail little creatures that fell out of their nest or were abandoned.

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Published June 3, 2015

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency say a small-scale hazardous material spill into the Clinton River Monday is nearly cleaned up.

“We think the spill is over,” EPA on-scene coordinator Jeff Lippert said. “I’m 99 percent confident.”

An unhealthy sheen that covered a nearly five-mile stretch of the Clinton River, from downtown Pontiac to the Oakland-Macomb border, was first reported in Auburn Hills at approximately 3 p.m. June 1.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”


It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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