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Published April 21, 2015

ROYAL OAK — There is nothing ordinary about resident William Allen.

Allen, 68, competes in powerlifting competitions as a deadlifter, traveled the world while in and out of the military, was a successful businessman, is a former marathon runner who still competes in a couple of half-marathons here and there, and recently added “author” to his résumé. Allen possesses a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Wayne State University.

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Published April 20, 2015

CLAWSON – High School graduate Jim Bowerfind fondly remembers the first football game played on the field of Clawson City Park.

The Class of 1953 graduate said he played on the field in the fall of 1952.

“The field was dirt the first year,” Bowerfind said. “It wasn’t turf or greens like you have now.”

The former Clawson resident said he remembers playing only about three home games that year. He remembers taking on teams from Berkley, Center Line, Roseville and Romeo.

“We did OK,” he said.

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Published April 20, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.


The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.


The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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Published April 20, 2015

With the right frame of mind, drivers navigating a roundabout in metro Detroit can turn going in circles into a positive experience, according to road and driving safety representatives.

Construction recently began on an upcoming roundabout at 14 Mile Road at Orchard Lake Road at the border of West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills, according to Craig Bryson, spokesman for the Road Commission for Oakland County. The RCOC expects the project to be finished this autumn.

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Published April 17, 2015

C & G Newspapers Staff Writer Kevin Bunch is one of 10 journalists nationwide selected for the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s 17th annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. Bunch writes about Eastpointe and Roseville for the Eastsider, and he has carved out a niche as C & G Newspapers’ science writer.

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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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