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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

CLAWSON — City Council members April 7 unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance created to head off graffiti in the city.

“This is a very proactive, very aggressive ordinance,” City Attorney Jon Kingsepp said. “And we want to send a message out that the harsh hand of the law, not the gentle hand, will be coming down on those who are caught.”

The city attorney said this ordinance is different than being charged with malicious destruction of property.

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Published April 15, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Local leaders gathered last week behind the common cause of stopping drug abuse and misuse through the proper disposal of prescription drugs.

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison, Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin, Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue and Royal Oak Community Coalition Executive Director Diane Dovico composed a panel at the Royal Oak Police Department April 8 to discuss the ongoing issue of prescription drugs getting into the wrong hands or being disposed of improperly.

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Published April 15, 2015

CLAWSON — Residents are invited to take a trip back in time on Saturday with a guided bus tour of the city.

The Historic Clawson Bus Tour will take place at 1 p.m. April 18 and will feature a tour of some of the city’s kit houses, the history of its streets and early settlers, and other local tidbits.

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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

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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