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Published July 8, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — More than 60 volunteers from throughout Macomb County were honored by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners on June 25.

In order to be recognized, volunteers were required to donate at least 150 hours toward organizations throughout the county and region.

“As we all know, volunteers are the heart of our community. Contrary to many aspects of our lives, volunteers do not have to do anything. Instead, they offer their time, their talent and their resources because they want to help others,” board Chair David Flynn said during the event.

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Published July 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Noise pollution could be a contributing factor for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and hypertension, but regulations are limited to what local municipalities have set up and can enforce.


Richard Neitzel, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, said that while most people would think of hearing loss as the first, and possibly only, health impact from noise pollution, there have been a number of studies linking it to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems.

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Published July 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Not many Royal Oak residents knew what a sharrow was before last month. And even if they did, they weren’t talking about them as much as they are now, since the markings started popping up along the greater downtown roadways.

Confused? According to city leaders, there is no need to be.

Roadway markings like sharrows and dedicated bike lanes are part of the city’s nonmotorized transportation plan, which was adopted into the city’s master plan in the spring of 2012.

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Published July 7, 2015

CLAWSON — The community once again will define the word “local” when it opens its annual farmers market this weekend.

The 2015 Clawson Farmers Market season will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays from July 12-Sept. 27 at Clawson City Park. The market will not open on Labor Day weekend.

The market has fresh fruits, vegetables, flora, food and gifts, but what makes this community’s market unique is its local angle.

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Published July 7, 2015

CLAWSON — When Mary Dooley married in 1928, she was adorned in a moire satin gown with beaded shoulder detail.

The skirt was held out with panniers worn on the hips, and her netted veil was decorated with handmade shell flowers.

The dress was donated by the Dooley family and is featured in the Clawson Historical Museum’s exhibit, Forever a Bride — Wedding Gowns of Clawson Women.

Generations of wedding gowns are carefully placed and purposefully styled throughout the museum for attendees to view throughout August.

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Published July 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Do you have what it takes to win a rose?

If the answer is yes and you are single and 21 or older, then head downtown to Fifth Avenue Sports & Entertainment, 215 W. Fifth St., from 5-9 p.m. July 9 and participate in a casting call for ABC’s reality TV show, “The Bachelor.”

The television series entering its 20th season is looking for men and women for “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” series.

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Published July 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  To prevent storm sewer catch basins and roadside ditches from clogging, officials are reminding residents, businesses and mowing contractors to keep grass and tree debris out of the roadways and ditches.


Catch basins and roadside ditches provide stormwater drainage, but when they become plugged, the debris can cause the roads to flood. Water can have an impact on the condition of the roads and cause premature deterioration, said Craig Bryson, Road Commission for Oakland County public information officer.

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Published July 6, 2015

When temperatures climb into the 90s and triple digits, prepared drivers with properly maintained cars are less likely to lose their cool.

According to Al Laity, service director at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, auto owners should make sure that they or a qualified mechanic check several car components in order to keep the vehicle humming through the summer.

First of all, to prevent the car engine from overheating, make sure the cooling system is in good shape. Check the condition of the engine’s belts and hoses.

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Published July 3, 2015

The Royal Oak Police and Fire departments are continuing their investigations into what or who caused two vehicles to erupt in flames last week.

No one was injured in either incident, police said.

“We do not know if they’re related at this point,” said Lt. David Clemens, of the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. “They were roughly a mile and a half, 2 miles apart on different nights.”

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ah, the lazy days of summer.

That means afternoon dips in a pool, camping trips, outdoor activities and bonfires to close out the night.

But with the onset of summer, it’s important to remember the various ailments that can arise from a day of fun in the sun. Local doctors have several tips for children, adults and senior citizens to help them stay safe and healthy.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In a landmark decision June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry — a successful outcome for one of the largest civil rights movements in recent history.

The ruling will reverse laws in 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage, Michigan included. Same-sex couples will now be able to marry in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. 

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Published July 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.  

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Published June 30, 2015

With summer heating up, local experts offered advice to save money on energy bills by maximizing efficiency in the home.

“There’s a lot of very simple measures to be more energy-efficient that don’t have to cost a lot of money,” Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said. “You don’t necessarily have to buy new windows or (energy-efficient appliances).”

One measure, Dodd said, is a programmable thermostat, which can reduce air conditioning costs while a home is unoccupied.

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Published June 30, 2015

The fellow in the cubicle next to you has been coming in each morning with red, tired eyes. He’s rubbing his throbbing temples throughout the day and always has a stash of Ibuprofen on hand.

There’s a good chance your cube pal isn’t an all-night partier, but rather, a daily sufferer of seasonal allergies. And he’s not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States are affected by nasal allergies.

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Published June 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK —  A new micro development targeted at the millennial generation could be heading to East 11 Mile Road after receiving Planning Commission approval.

The June 9 vote recommended that an Amber Properties development consisting solely of luxury studios — or micro apartments — at the northeast corner of East 11 Mile Road and Rembrandt Avenue be supported by the City Commission.

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Published June 29, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Bringing what officials say is millions of dollars to the community, the 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival will return Labor Day weekend in downtown Royal Oak.

Event producer Jonathan Witz gathered with local politicians and business sponsors June 24 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties in Royal Oak to announce that this year’s event will be bigger, better and feature more community give-back, and that the event will continue for at least three more years.

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Published June 29, 2015

The urge to hurry can put a driver at risk of a speeding ticket or even a traffic accident. But even if a speed limit seems like an inconvenience, there is often a carefully considered reason behind the numbers, according to road and safety experts.

According to a document from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning called “Establishing Realistic Speed Limits,” speed limits are designed to keep all drivers as safe as possible while staying within realistic boundaries of “reasonable and proper” public driving habits.

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Published June 27, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Although their eyes were stinging a bit and the smell wasn’t the most appealing, Rochelle Niemiec and Justin Updyke got the job done.

The pair chopped up a tray full of onions on the morning of June 23 as they prepared a delicious lunch from scratch alongside their classmates in the culinary/pastry arts summer teen academy at Macomb Community College’s Center Campus.

Every summer, the school offers a number of week-long academies in different fields to give local teenagers the opportunity to explore various careers.

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Published June 26, 2015

According to researchers, the annual bloom of harmful algae on Lake Erie is on track to be on par with the 2009-10 blooms, though still smaller than last year’s bloom that saw the shutdown of the Toledo water system.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its preliminary report June 15 on what it expects from Erie’s bloom this year, with a more accurate one coming in early July.

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Published June 24, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When Randy and Jan Hunt first saw their Orchard View Drive home, it was the wraparound porch that drew them in.

“My favorite part of the house is the front porch. We love it,” Jan said. “We sit out there all the time, and it was one of the reasons we looked at the house.”

But the couple decided after purchasing the home in 2011 that they really wanted to put their stamp on the inside. From there, they embarked on a three-year remodeling project.

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