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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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Published April 15, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — From catching criminals on horseback in the 1820s to using helicopters today, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has maintained the same values it was founded on nearly two centuries ago, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.


“It has really evolved, but the mission is the same: to have honorable men and women do all they can to make this a great community,” Bouchard said.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Starting April 16, water heater manufacturers must comply with mandatory new standards issued by the U.S. Department of Energy geared toward conserving energy.


The new water heaters will be larger in size, due to increased insulation, and will have more expensive price tags, but they will save more energy.

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Published April 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts invites the public to the kickoff of a photographic collaboration focusing on the Grand River on April 25.

“reDiscovering the Grand,” which will be on display at the PCCA through May 30, includes the work of Nathan Abramowski, of Grand Rapids, and Jason Rutter, of Allendale.

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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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Published April 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — The massive green festival that has taken over downtown Rochester annually for the past 10 years is moving to the parking lot near the south entrance of Rochester Municipal Park this year.

“We have a larger area than we had last year, so we are going to have more exhibitors and more room for programming, and also we are connected very nicely to the natural features of the park, the trail and the park, so it’s a beautiful setting,” said festival manager John Batdorf.

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Published April 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — Cold weather has delayed construction on the Rochester Hills Public Library’s 6,600-square-foot addition, pushing the project completion date into May.

The work began on the $1.6 million addition in September, and officials had initially hoped to wrap the project up by the end of April. But frigid temperatures delayed the exterior brickwork by about three weeks, Library Director Christine Lind Hage explained.

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Published April 15, 2015

ROCHESTER — Through the magic of books, the Rochester-based Authors in April program has been connecting children with famous authors and illustrators for over 30 years.

This year’s Authors in April program will take place April 20-24, bringing four nationally acclaimed authors to the Rochester area — Daniel Kirk, Lynne Jonell, Chris Grabenstein and Nora Raleigh Baskin. 

Authors in April executive board member Lisa Wattai said the program has been important in the community for 32 years.

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