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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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Published March 16, 2015

A car with chipping, scratches, fading or worse cannot hide under winter grime forever, but repainting options exist just in time for a spring makeover. 

Allan Edwards, owner of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting in Shelby Township, said drivers get their cars repainted for a number of reasons, such as collision work, corrosion restoration or a simple refreshing.

“A lot of times, they’ve just got older cars looking pretty bland,” he said. “Sometimes they want to do a totally different color.”

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Published March 11, 2015

ROYAL OAK — What started out as a lesson in recycling, repurposing and reusing turned into a collaborative art project to beautify the hallway of Addams Elementary School.

About 450 kindergarten through fifth-grade students participated in an art project that used decorated pieces of recyclable water bottles. The students decorated the pieces and attached them to a frame in the shape of a tree.

“I think it’s really creative and cool,” said third-grader Anna Waterstredt, pointing to a green, glitter-covered tree branch she created.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A few years ago, when Jason Davidson’s hair was completely shaved off during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation cancer fundraiser, a young girl battling the illness came up to him and said “thank you.”


Touched by her words, “It was hard to come up with a response,” Davidson said.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — They have a certain austere beauty and create remarkable sculptures when they begin to thaw and refreeze around trees, bushes or just the ground, but those large icicles growing from your roof could be an indication of a larger problem — ice damming on the roof.


An ice dam is a buildup of ice on roofs caused by melting snow that refreezes around the eaves of a house; it is usually quite easy to spot, experts say, because of the large icicles and pieces of ice that form on the edge of the roof of the house.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Bored with barbells and sick of stair climbers? You’re not the only one. More and more people are making dance a part of their regular workout routine — and they’re having a great time doing it.


Ivy Mitchell, of Clawson, knows how effective it can be to take exercising out of the gym and onto the dance floor. She teaches Zumba fitness classes in Clawson and Eastpointe, guiding students through interval-style full-body workouts masked as upbeat dance routines.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The legal team of the lesbian couple from Hazel Park challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage have filed their briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court. So have plaintiffs in similar cases out of Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

“Regardless of what happens in the next few months, we’re confident these are the briefs that represent the right side of history,” said Dan Canon, one of the counsel for the Kentucky case, during a conference call with legal teams for all four states Feb. 27.

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Published March 10, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When the Hennessey clan started marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, there were about seven of them.

Matriarch Carol Hennessey has seen her group expand and grow for many years, constructing a float to pull along with them during the big event.

“It’s something special, especially to the Irish,” Hennessey said.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians Norman O’Brien Division will present the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11:30 a.m. March 14 in downtown Royal Oak.

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Published March 9, 2015

Even if you haven’t felt that sinking feeling on the road yet, two county road agencies say you can expect to drive over some potholes soon.

According to Road Commission for Oakland County spokesman Craig Bryson, potholes form when rain or melting snow gets inside road cracks. As temperatures dip, that moisture freezes and expands, creating a cavity under the road. When the frozen water thaws, the road’s structural integrity is compromised, causing the affected portion to collapse into a pothole when a vehicle rolls over it, he said.

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Published March 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A few years ago, when Jason Davidson’s hair was completely shaved off during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation cancer fundraiser, a young girl battling the illness came up to him and said “thank you.”

Touched by her words, “It was hard to come up with a response,” Davidson said.

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Published March 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Do you have what it takes to be a World War II paratrooper?

Wait, back up. Let’s not even get into the fighting they encountered. That’s a separate issue, one you’re certainly not prepared for.

The same goes for their basic training. Suffice it to say it was grueling, agonizing and spread over weeks. It wasn’t for the faint of heart, mind, body or spirit.

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Published March 4, 2015

One of the best parts of parenthood, for many, is that for a few precious years the refrigerator will never be lacking in color.

Artwork created by little ones is not only a point of pride for caregivers and educators — it’s also an important part of a child’s early learning and development.

Pam Rush, owner of The Learning Experience daycare and preschool center in Shelby Township, has been integrating art into the curriculum for 25 years.

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Published March 4, 2015

Right now, there are likely several inches of snow piled up on at least a portion of your deck or patio.

But what will you find when it melts?

Flaking paint chips and nail pops on your wooden deck, moss and weeds starting to grow between brick pavers, or worse.

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Published March 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The cost to park in the garage near Fourth Street and Lafayette Avenue is going up following the City Commission’s late February decision to raise the fee primarily on weekends.

The $2 parking increase only impacts the Fourth Street parking garage when it operates on a flat-fee basis, which is during weekend nights or other times when larger events take place.

The garage, on Lafayette Avenue just north of Fourth Street, used to charge $3 for a night of parking. The increase, which went into effect March 1, brings the fee to $5.

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Published March 4, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Rob Young’s passion for cars took on a new meaning when it turned into a father and son bonding experience.

Young’s latest acquisition — a brown and cream 1963 Lincoln Continental — was purchased at the urging of his 16-year-old son, Robert, after the teen fell in love with the car during a spring break trip to southern Illinois last year.

Young said he has owned various sports cars in the past, but never something as big as a Continental.

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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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