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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 10, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 2, officials from Oakland and Macomb counties joined together at River Bends Park to announce the final repairs to a $170 million, seven-year sewer rehabilitation project that spans 20 miles from Shelby Township to Detroit.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2010, John Cummings began talking to residents in the neighborhoods of southwest Detroit. He estimates that he had around 200 one-on-one conversations with the people in the community, developing a feeling for their passions, their interests and concerns.

Conversation led to collaboration, and five years later, there are two groups: Grace in Action, the church community with Cummings as pastor, and Grace in Action, the entrepreneurship arm and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Published June 7, 2015

At approximately 7:39 p.m. June 5, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to the area of 23 Mile and Ryan roads for a vehicle that had crashed into the living room of a home near the intersection.

A 61-year-old Sterling Heights man told investigators that he was driving eastbound on 23 Mile Road and became unable to stop his Toyota Avalon due to his gas pedal sticking.

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Published June 6, 2015

HAZEL PARK — During her day job as a vet technician at the Animal Medical Center of Troy, in Rochester Hills, Marjorie Sapp finds time to feed baby birds she brought with her in an incubator. Baby birds need to be fed on a regular basis from dawn to dusk, so it’s a lot of work. Her co-workers will help out, nursing the frail little creatures that fell out of their nest or were abandoned.

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Published June 3, 2015

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — A little more than a year ago, a Washington Township woman launched The Healing Nest and opened the doors of her home to women undergoing treatment for cancer.

Once a month, licensed professionals donate their time to pamper cancer patients through a variety of services and, afterward, all convene for a lunch prepared specifically for them.

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Published June 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In January, Girl Scout Troop 70063, out of Wiley Elementary School, embarked on a Bronze Award project to create 100 “bags of friendship” to give to young patients at Troy and Royal Oak Beaumont hospitals.

The troop, consisting of 15 girls ages 9-11, spent the last several months collecting donations and purchasing supplies. They compiled the bags, complete with inspirational handwritten messages, at Wiley Elementary on May 19 and delivered the bags to the hospital on May 21.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”


It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.


Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 2, 2015

The grinning face of a free-spirited porker in the back of a police patrol vehicle sparked national attention and gave celebrity status to the approximately 8-month-old, 170-pound pig.

The pig, originally dubbed Daisy but who responds better to Pig Pig, escaped from her pen at a residence off 24 Mile Road, near Van Dyke, while her owners were at work at approximately 7 p.m. May 28.

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.


Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.


According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?


For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT  — While pizza is a favorite dish for many people, one local pizzeria has found a way to feed man’s best friend while at the same time helping other animals in need.

About a year ago, Buddy’s Pizza and the Michigan Humane Society teamed up to create a dog treat called Buddy Bones. The dog biscuits are made from leftover multigrain Buddy’s Pizza dough that otherwise would be tossed away.

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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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Published May 23, 2015

UTICA — Utica Mayor Pro Tem Russell Barthelmeh had a presence that was hard to miss, with his deep, booming voice and bushy gray mustache, and those who knew him said he did his best to represent the people of the city he had called home since 1973.

Barthelmeh died at the age of 70 on May 6 after a battle with adrenal cancer.

Barthelmeh’s son, Paul, recalled his father as the ultimate family man who always told Paul and his wife, Cathy, that they were his life and he would do anything for them and his grandsons, Gavin, 7, and Landon, 5.

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Published May 22, 2015

On May 8, Shelby Township police received a call about a larceny from a home on Kramer Drive, near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads, following a visit from a man who said he was with “a water department” and that he needed to check the residents’ water for “poison.”

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