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Published March 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Need help shoveling your sidewalk? Babysitting your children? Walking your dog?

The Royal Oak High School Interact Club is at your service.

Service for Service is the name of a program underway now through the club as a way to raise money for the group’s second international service trip to Costa Rica this June.

More than a dozen students will be spending a part of the summer working in an orphanage and in wildlife preservation during their two-week trip.

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Published March 4, 2015

CLAWSON — Before Jimmy Marvin passed away from cancer 12 years ago, he had a discussion with his parents from his hospital bed about establishing a scholarship fund in his name.

“He wanted to be a teacher,” said Jimmy’s mother, Maggie Marvin. “So, he and his dad talked about having a scholarship.”

Saturday, March 7, marks the 12th annual Jimmy Marvin Spring into Life Benefit from 5:30-midnight at the U.F.C.W. Hall, 876 Horace Brown Drive in Madison Heights.

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Published March 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In an effort to help get the Clinton River watershed off the Great Lakes Area of Concern list, the Environmental Protection Agency has pledged $20 million to fund 11 projects throughout the watershed over the next three years.

“This is a big deal for the watershed,” said Jennifer Tewkesbury, of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes.

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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Residents and small businesses in Michigan can once again take advantage of a free, mail-in mercury collection program through Sept. 30.

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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  Road Commission for Oakland County officials will give educational presentations about the upcoming May 5 ballot initiative that would increase the state’s sales tax and provide additional funding to fix roads throughout the state. 

The educational presentations will be free to any group or organization in Oakland County.

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Published March 2, 2015

While millions of Michiganders shiver through the winter, other people have temporarily fled for warmer climates down south.

But auto experts say those who choose to travel to more affable temperatures by car should pay attention to the challenges that both colder and warmer weather may bring to the road and to the vehicle.

According to AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, Michigan has quite a few “snowbirds” who dwell in the southern states during the winter months.

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Published February 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — By now, schools should be putting the final topping on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new nutritional standards in the national school lunch and breakfast programs.

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Published February 26, 2015

You know, not all beloved pets let out a woof or a purr.

Some of the very best friends have scales, tails or even eight legs. The world of small pets is vast, and it can also be pretty darn convenient for on-the-go animal owners who don’t have tons of time to devote to a little pal.

Mike Palmer, owner of Premier Pet Supply in Beverly Hills, said there can be lots of benefits to owning a smaller animal like a hamster, a gerbil or — believe it or not — a rat.

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Published February 25, 2015

NOVI — Coming in on the heels of the Detroit Boat Show, the eighth annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show taking place this week in Novi will reinforce the belief of many Michiganders that the state’s spring and summer months are the best in the country.

The Great Lakes State offers almost unending choices of outdoor recreational activities during the warmer months — though ice fishing during the winter also has a huge following — and that especially holds true for those who live or own a cottage on one of those great bodies of water.

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Published February 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called for civil rights supporters to meet in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965 for a peaceful march, Detroit homemaker Viola Liuzzo didn’t hesitate.

The white activist felt so strongly about the Civil Rights Movement that she left her five children and husband, got in her Oldsmobile, and made the trip to demonstrate for the rights of black Americans.

It ultimately cost Liuzzo her life when she was gunned down by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Published February 25, 2015

ROYAL OAK/FERNDALE — A lawsuit filed against the cities of Ferndale and Royal Oak alleges that both municipalities are responsible for injuries that a man sustained after hitting potholes in both communities.

Legal documents state that Hazel Park resident Michael James Rowan fell to the pavement, sustaining broken and bruised ribs, a broken left elbow and right shoulder, injuries to his arms and chest, and negative aftereffects from the crash.

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Published February 25, 2015

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners agreed last week to begin a dialogue on how to manage unclear sidewalks throughout the city.

The decision came after resident Amanda Klein spoke before council during the Feb. 16 meeting about the snow-covered sidewalks along 11 Mile Road. Klein is a public transit advocate and uses public transportation every day from her Royal Oak home.

Klein said the sidewalks near the transit center and along 11 Mile Road are blocked, and she doesn’t feel safe walking along that route.

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Published February 24, 2015

As temperatures recently fell below zero across metro Detroit, the arctic air has taken a toll on some vehicles too, according to AAA.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said her association has seen an increase in service calls during a particularly cold night and morning following the Valentine’s Day weekend and culminating on Presidents’ Day, the Monday afterward.

“We had a 154 percent increase in the morning for service calls compared to the same time period last week,” Hiltz said.

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Published February 23, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Longtime Royal Oak resident Ernie Misch is a local celebrity to those who follow his public access television shows.

He hosts three series consisting of about 35-40 programs each, totalling about 120 programs, with the assistance of CMNtv.

By tuning in to WOW! or Comcast xFinity channel 18, residents of participating communities may watch “So Far, Safari,” “Every Thing Great Lakes,” and “Great Waters Wonderland.”

Misch said his experience with CMNtv has been rewarding.

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Published February 18, 2015

In the last decade, Safe Kids Worldwide Director of U.S. Programs Tareka Wheeler said that there has been a 31 percent increase in the number of children who have been killed or injured by TV tip-overs.

“We know we can prevent these things. Many families just don’t think about it. It’s an emerging issue — we call it a hidden hazard — in homes, but there are simple things families can do,” Wheeler said.

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Published February 18, 2015

Heavy layers of clothes, heavy layers of snow and heavy layers of blankets.

It’s no wonder that when it comes to food, many diners are longing for something that’s anything but heavy.

As soon as temperatures begin to take a dive in September, restaurants start pulling out their repertoire of comfort food recipes chock full of spices, rich flavors and hearty ingredients designed to keep your tummy full and your body warm.

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Published February 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Crispelli’s managing partner Mark Artinian said he was blindsided last week when what he thought would be a straightforward pitch for a new downtown bread bakery turned into a threatened lawsuit over a parking lot.

“This is a surprise to me,” Artinian said. “The agreement that I had through the owner of the building was that (parking) was attached.”

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Published February 16, 2015

A Detroit man’s hours-long walking work commute is over now that he can put his foot on the accelerator of a new Ford Taurus, courtesy of Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights.

James Robertson, who regularly walked more than 20 miles when he ventured out to his Rochester Hills employer and back to his Detroit home because he owned no car, recently shared his story to local media.

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Published February 9, 2015

The North American International Auto Show’s exhibits and displays have left Detroit’s Cobo Center until next year, but some local dealerships say the intense public interest has made an impact on selling award-winning vehicles in the showroom.

At the most recent auto show in January, the Volkswagen Golf won the award of 2015 North American Car of the Year, and the Ford F-150 took North American Truck/Utility of the Year. The announcement was made at a Jan. 12 press preview day.

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Published February 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Many adults probably remember coming home from school in their youth, slinging their backpacks on the kitchen table and then getting a start on their homework.

While some children and adults still do that today, it’s not as prevalent as it used to be.

It really comes down to how a house is divided. Older homes are notorious for not offering the abundance of space that new homes today have, especially in the form of cabinets and countertops.

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