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Published December 24, 2014

Cars move on wheels instead of skis or ice skates, so safe driving tips are essential when navigating through metro Detroit this winter.

Shellie Simmons, co-owner of Alpine Driving School in Southfield, said one of the simplest things a driver can do to avoid a crash is slow down.

“You have to reduce your speed whenever there is any type of adverse weather conditions,” she said.

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Published December 17, 2014

Shoppers who are fine-tuning their gift-giving ideas for the holiday season may want to consider the drivers in their lives.

Bill Griffin, owner of Griffin’s Neighborhood Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, said his business offers a VIP voucher for $79.95 that covers more than $500 worth of services and discounts.

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Published December 17, 2014

With Christmas just days away, design experts want you to make the most out of your guest bedroom for visitors to enjoy this holiday season.

Christine Jackson, owner of Birmingham-based bedding store Scandia Home, who designs and makes decorations, said making guests feel pampered is one of many great ways to welcome them in holiday style.

“If you have people coming in and they’ve been traveling, by the time your guests get to you, it is nice to have a room that will facilitate a good night’s sleep,” she said.

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Published December 17, 2014

Whether it’s festive food or tree trimming traditions, many families practice their own holiday habits — the sure-fire signs that yuletide greetings are right around the corner.

For some people, these memories come in the form of Christmas villages — pint-sized  portrayals of peaceful villages, complete with residents, stores and homes.

The Christmas village tradition is something Cindy Roback understands well.

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Published December 10, 2014

’Tis the season for travel and merriment, but road safety experts are spreading the word that drivers need to be responsible during the holidays.

Susan Hiltz, public affairs director for AAA Michigan, said lower gas prices, which have hovered below $3 per gallon recently, could affect people’s driving decisions in the coming weeks.

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Published December 10, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Sometimes when you give a little, you can even get a little in return.

This holiday season, lots of nonprofit organizations around town are selling gift items — from cozy wool socks to teddy bears, stationery and more — with proceeds going to benefit the work they do throughout the year to make our communities a better place.

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Published December 10, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Somewhere among the glittering ornaments, the elegant tapers and the crystal champagne flutes, there’s a place for holiday revelry that’s a bit less — formal.

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Published December 3, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Many things can go wrong inside a house.

One of the scarier potential problems is carbon monoxide. It consists of one carbon atom and one oxygen atom, and is also known as CO.

Carbon monoxide causes fear because people don’t know it’s around in the first place. It is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that poses toxic effects when it goes undetected. The gas becomes prevalent in areas when fuel doesn’t burn as intended.

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Published December 3, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — For those who celebrate Christmas, December is a magical month when we haul out the holly and carefully unwrap each ornament, painstakingly untangle our Christmas lights and, if we decide on a live tree, spend hours in the cold to find the perfect one. 

A Christmas tree may be the symbol of the season, but if you forget to take proper care of it, you could be cleaning that symbol’s needles out of your carpet for months.

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Published December 3, 2014

Sure, you can hear holiday tunes at the mall or on your car stereo, but if you really want to relax, unwind and get caught up in the holiday spirit, there’s nothing like a live show to chase seasonal stresses away.

From concerts to plays, audiences have plenty of options locally that are sure to dazzle little tykes and seniors alike.

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Published November 25, 2014

Fresh Cranberry Chutney
By chef Jim Oppat


• 1/2 cup dried apricots, or other dried fruit
• 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
• 1/2 cup golden raisins
• 1 cup water
• 3 cups fresh cranberries
• 1 diced fresh apple
• 1 teaspoon lemon rind
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Published November 19, 2014

Tips for a perfect pie

From the culinary experts at Achatz Pie Co. and Crust Baking Co.

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Published November 19, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — After the scraps of leftover turkey and mashed potatoes have been tucked into the fridge, it’s like you can feel the seasons instantly shift: Thanksgiving is over, and the time for holiday shopping has begun.

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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — The chill of the season is in the air, but we’re still a few weeks off from the feasting frenzy of the holidays. It’s a culinary condition that calls for something comforting, quick and still nutritious — you guessed it, soup.

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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — A natural woodland holiday theme brings the outdoors inside for a cozy, charming and modern effect.

“Each year, when we go to the buyers shows, we look for new trends,” said Casey Thomas, vice president of Sherwood Forest Garden Center in Oakland Township. “New this year are more natural looks with a woodland theme.”

The popular movie “Frozen” has also become a decorating trend, Thomas said.

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Published November 5, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Feel like you haven’t been getting enough Zs lately?

It’s not just you.

According to experts, the shift in seasons can change more than the color of leaves — it can change our sleep patterns.

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Published November 5, 2014

ROYAL OAK — When Mayor Pro Tem David Poulton drove through neighboring communities recently and noticed protected construction sites, he quickly became disenchanted with his hometown.

“When I came back to Royal Oak, what I saw was a mess,” Poulton said.

He saw open holes, mounds of dirt with teetering construction equipment, materials all over the place and portable toilets in the neighborhoods.

“I was just amazed that we in this city would allow something like that,” Poulton said.

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Published October 29, 2014

ROYAL OAK — Plans for a Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Royal Oak are moving forward following the City Commission’s approval of an estimated $50 million project on North Main Street.

Commissioners unanimously approved a special development agreement Oct. 20 that authorized the redevelopment of the former Jim Fresard auto dealership at 400 N. Main Street. The dealership closed in 2008, and the property has been vacant ever since.

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Published September 8, 2014

ROYAL OAK — During the past 20 years, the Michigan Humane Society has placed more than 20,000 animals during its Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event, which takes place twice a year at the Detroit Zoo.

With the spring edition already wrapped up and the fall event taking place Sept. 19-20, the Humane Society is looking to place another 1,000 this year.

Partnering with the Detroit Zoological Society, the Michigan Humane Society will have nearly 600 dogs and cats available for adoption under tents in the zoo’s parking lot at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road.

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Published June 11, 2014

To better involve businesses that otherwise have not benefited from the downtown hosting Arts, Beats & Eats, organizers of the Labor Day weekend festival announced June 11 that a new event would feature several of the city’s hair salons.

“The City of Royal Oak doesn’t have cars, and we certainly don’t have money,” said Mayor Jim Ellison, referring to the Ford vehicles on display each year and the donations made to charities by some of the sponsors. “But we do have hair salons.”

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