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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

CLAWSON — Resident Gregg Phelps will have his design work displayed throughout the city as an integral part of Clawson’s 75th anniversary celebration.

“It is surreal,” Phelps said. “It is exciting.”

Phelps was honored last week during the City Council meeting for his winning entry.

“This is one of the fun things we, as council, are able to do: to present the winner of the city of Clawson 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee logo (contest),” Mayor Penny Luebs said.

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Published March 25, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Members of the Police Department have not entered a time warp, nor have they channeled their inner Magnum P.I.

Mustache March is wrapping up this week, and the mustaches — with accompanying mutton chops on some participants — are catching eyes for a good cause.

“We have had interesting feedback from the community,” said Detective Matthew Murray. “People are starting to notice.”

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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

ROYAL OAK — Resident Barbara J. Rebbeck’s first young adult novel involved more than placing pen to paper.

Rebbeck’s 30 years as an educator laid the foundation for her first young adult novel, “NOLA Gals,” which weaves together research, classic literary references, grammar lessons and characters she designed as relatable for today’s tweens and young adults.

The novel focuses on Essence LaFontaine and Grace Woodson, two strangers occupying the same space following Hurricane Katrina.

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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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Published March 18, 2015

City Commission members added the topic of coyotes to the commission’s March 16 meeting agenda following public concern over a trapped animal in a residential backyard.

A video from WXYZ-TV showing a trapped coyote in a yard near Tenhave Woods, at Lexington Boulevard and Marais Avenue, caused an influx of phone calls and emails to City Hall on March 16 questioning the humane treatment of the animal.

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Published March 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Paula Messner is calling all hipsters and their families to the Royal Oak Farmers Market this Saturday for the fourth annual Bestest Concert Ever.


The family friendly, live music event will take place from 5-8 p.m. March 21. Messner said that 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Royal Oak Optimist Club.


“It’s an annual thing that I do and it’s really a lot of fun,” Messner said.


The idea for the Bestest Concert Ever came from a couple of shows Messner played with her band, Candy Band.

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Published March 18, 2015

CLAWSON — The “little city with a big heart” has a lot going on, according to Mayor Penny Luebs, who gave the annual State of the City address last week.

“We are the place to be,” Luebs said. “If you think nothing happens in Clawson, think again.”

The breakfast gathering held March 11 at City Hall brought together local dignitaries, residents and members of the business community for the annual look back at the previous year.

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Published March 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When physical education teacher Keith Doody had the opportunity to bring a favorite childhood program to Northwood Elementary School, he was all in.

That the Jump Rope for Heart program surpassed expectations — it raised $8,261 for the American Heart Association — made the happening even more fulfilling.

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Published March 18, 2015

CLAWSON — Volunteers and leaders in the business community were honored last week at the annual State of the City address March 11 at City Hall.

Renee Niewolak, branch manager of Diversified Members Credit Union, was awarded Business Person of the Year.

A Rotary member, Chamber participant and volunteer, Niewolak is known for continually giving her time, talents and funding. She was hailed for her enthusiastic work ethic.

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Published March 17, 2015

Lego lovers rejoice.

Michigan’s first and only attraction based on the world-famous Lego brick is coming to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills next year.

The schedule calls for construction to begin this summer on Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and for the project to be completed in spring 2016, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainment, which operates Legoland attractions worldwide.

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Published March 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — After years of fading into the background, the sounds of bells, whistles, digitized music and flippers hitting pinballs are coming back.


That old arcade mainstay has seen breaths of new life during the past few years, and enthusiasts around metro Detroit are helping put pinball machines back into the spotlight with local leagues running throughout the year, and a four-day annual event — the Michigan Pinball Expo — scheduled for April.

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