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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 14, 2015

CLAWSON — If you’re a fixture in Clawson then there is a good chance you have bumped into Max and Madison Siwak.

The brother-and-sister team currently host and produce the “Awesome Clawson” and “Awesome Clawson Kids” local television shows, hold charitable collection drives for the Clawson Food Pantry and local animal shelters, intern at the Clawson Chamber of Commerce, and run the Acting Out Kids Community Theatre.

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Published April 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — With the series tied at two wins for the Police Department and two wins for the Fire Department, the rubber match will take place Saturday night when the puck drops in the fifth annual Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game.

Since the annual game between the departments began in 2010, each department has accumulated two wins (there was no game in 2012), but the ultimate winner of bragging rights will be determined at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd.

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Published April 13, 2015

Whether it’s for planning a long road trip or to have some backup wheels while their main ride is in the shop, securing a rental car will likely become a favorable option for most drivers sooner or later.

However, businesses that loan vehicles to drivers often have their own requirements and guidelines for renting vehicles and taking care of those vehicles.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 9, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — For over three years, Terri and Sean Compton, both of West Bloomfield, tried to conceive.


During that time, Terri had two miscarriages, two ectopic pregnancies and lost their son, Patrick, when she was 17 weeks pregnant.


“I was one of those people who could get pregnant very, very easy. … I just couldn’t carry,” Terri said.


Four-year-old Brin was Terri and Sean’s sixth pregnancy and their little miracle.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAK PARK — After the news that the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park will close, members of a local grass-roots group are taking it upon themselves to raise money to keep the building open.


The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced in a community briefing March 5 that the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will cease programming and services at the Oak Park facility after Aug. 31.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.


Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Most people don’t notice awnings until they decide to buy one.


The main reason most homeowners decide to purchase an awning is for shade. Also, they wish to cut the cost of cooling their home and keep the patio cool in the summer, said Lorraine Strachan, office manager for Signature Awning in Livonia, which serves all of metro Detroit.


“The biggest reason is shade,” Strachan said.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.


The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Waving goodbye to the snow and ice of winter isn’t hard for most people to do come spring, but county officials want residents to know that as the temperatures increase, so do the chances for severe weather.

Last year, there were 112 storm-based warnings issued in southeast Michigan, three of which were recorded tornadoes. County officials said the recent tornado that touched down in Rochester Hills serves as a reminder of how destructive tornadoes can be and why it is vital to have a severe weather plan.

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Published April 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Construction to add about 90 more spaces to the Farmers Market parking lot is expected to begin this week with a target completion date in September.

The $621,904 parking addition is scheduled to be open for vehicles before Labor Day weekend, in time for Arts, Beats & Eats.

City of Royal Oak Community Engagement Specialist Judy Davids said WCI Contractors Inc. will begin work to extend the existing parking lot at the market, located at 316 E. 11 Mile Road, further south.

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Published April 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — There are some givens when Evan Gulock steps behind the lens.

He will approach his latest film with the maturity of an old soul, the final project likely will receive an award, and his Royal Oak High School film teacher and mentor, Mike Conrad, will cheer Gulock on while giving sage advice.

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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 March 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Local leaders are supporting Michigan’s Proposal 1, which they say has a direct impact on government and education, while others raise questions about the plan.

Members of the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution March 12 showing that the district supports a Proposal 1 “yes” vote during the special statewide election May 5.

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Published March 30, 2015

CLAWSON — The City Clerk’s office is putting the finishing touches on necessary paperwork and signage for residents interested in keeping solicitors off of their front porches.

Deputy City Clerk Michael D. Smith said the final revisions are being made to stickers for display on residential homes and on registry documents banning solicitors from approaching houses. He expects the non-solicitor list, or no-knock registry program, will roll out in the next couple of weeks.

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Published March 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The city recently achieved a status only two municipalities in Michigan have earned — maintaining the Tree City USA designation for the past 37 years.

The Arbor Day Foundation recently granted recognition to Royal Oak as a 2014 Tree City USA, extending its run as a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority.

Royal Oak and Adrian are the only two communities in Michigan that have been recognized with the Tree City USA award every year since the beginning of the Michigan program in 1976.

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