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Published April 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County residents are leading healthier lives, ranking No. 2 in the state for a second year in a row for health behaviors among 82 counties, according to a County Health Rankings Report.


​“We measure up well for many key factors that affect health,” Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager/health officer, said in a press release. “These results reflect our commitment to improving the overall health and quality of life for our residents.”

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published April 1, 2015

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — New Township Manager Warren Brown believes his job is to serve the residents.

“The constituency is the ultimate employer,” he said. “It is about the taxpayers.”

Brown — a former Sandusky County, Ohio, administrator — replaces Ann Capela as Oakland Township manager. After just two weeks on the job, Brown said he welcomes the challenges of the growing community.

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Published March 31, 2015

ROCHESTER — The $12 million parking platforms being built in downtown Rochester will not have surveillance cameras when they open later this year, and some Rochester residents and business owners aren’t happy about that.

Rochester Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson said the City Council has debated the issue twice, and each time, has opted to leave surveillance cameras out of the equation.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the temperature fluctuates between freezing and above freezing, officials are reminding residents to stay off the ice this time of year.


Freeze-thaw cycles can weaken the ice and cause accidents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. The cycle produces “frazzle ice,” or ice that contains air pockets and has an appearance of frozen slush. Frazzle ice can appear milky white or black in color. And because the ice is dangerous, officials are offering ice safety tips in the event of a dangerous ice situation.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Although just a few weeks old, guide dog puppies are already in training.


“We hold them up and hold them down and go in between their toes,” said Betty Crowder, a Leader Dogs for the Blind volunteer breeding stock host. “Things that give them a little stress so they learn coping skills.”


A structure made of hanging tin cans and other objects teaches the small dogs how to maneuver around and between barriers.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROCHESTER — Local high school students are turning their grief into action, following the death of Rochester High School student Gage Garmo — who died in January after a lengthy battle with cancer, just one day after The Rainbow Connection granted his final wish to meet Eminem.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROCHESTER — Stoney Creek High School students recently received eight medals in the National Scholastic Art Awards, which art teacher Diane Heath said was the most in the state.


“It really is an incredible honor. We are just thrilled to have so many students be recognized. It’s pretty unprecedented. Between the last two years, we’ve had 20 National Scholastic Award winners, which saying that aloud just blows my mind,” Heath said.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts recently opened its new exhibition, “4 x 4,” which runs through April 11.


“4 x 4” features the work of four women — Candace Law, Patrice Erickson, Toby Millman and Rachel Gervais — in honor of March as national Women’s History Month.


“It’s a really unique exhibition in that it does engage and it is very educational,” said Rana Edgar, director of exhibitions and the art market.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 24, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 10 years since Jennifer Shields first began training law enforcement officers to spot signs of mental illness. Though it’s been a decade, Shields said she still encounters police who are “blown away” by what they learn from her.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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