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Published March 27, 2013

Though spring seems to have lost its way en route to Michigan, it won’t be long before temperatures finally rise and the ground thaws to welcome new plants and flowers into eagerly awaited gardens around metro Detroit.

Just like in fashion boutiques, there will be lots of trends that customers will be clamoring for at their local nursery this year as they plan their landscape design. According to Erma Rhadigan, co-owner of Ray Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb Township, this year’s most popular bloom choices are going to be bright, warm colors.

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Published March 27, 2013

With spring here — at least according to the calendar — many homeowners look to the state of their houses after the long, dirty winter and aren’t happy with what they see.

Carpets are soiled by salty boots; driveways start cracking from the months-long freeze/thaw cycle; and muddy messes are exposed in backyards that will be used for entertaining, come summer.

Now is the time to fix those problems, according to local contractors, before warm-weather fun beckons and the summer home- improvement rush begins.

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Published August 8, 2012


Can do

Eileen Haraminac will teach several upcoming food preservation courses at the Macomb MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham, Assembly Room A, in Clinton Township:
• Aug. 18: hot water bath jams and jellies.

Published March 27, 2012

NOVI — Sheri Crawley, 39, of Novi couldn’t believe her eyes.

It was her daughter’s birthday party. She was taking a picture of her little girl and her friends, gathered together, each one smiling, each clutching a doll — any doll they wanted from the entire store.

Every doll chosen was white. All the girls were black.

“Nobody picked the black (dolls),” Crawley had noticed.

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Published March 21, 2012

As pet lovers snuggle up with their furry friends, many may not think about where their animals came from before they found them listed online or at a pet store. But the Michigan Humane Society estimates that 99 percent of pet store puppies are bred by large-scale breeders, or puppy mills, some of which are known for their cruel and inhumane treatment of animals to maximize profit.

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Published March 14, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — The words “puck,” “goalie” and “zamboni,” were scrawled on the board in front of the classroom March 15, new terms the kindergartners were learning to coincide with their special guest reader that day.

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Published March 14, 2012

An electronic sign on the wall reads “10 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes and 4.32 seconds.”

“That’s the countdown until the end of my life,” laughed Melisa Valentine, 25, of Ferndale, a bartender at the Blarney Stone Pub in Berkley.

She’s kidding of course. The countdown marks the time left before St. Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday many celebrate by bellying up to the bar. But for those tasked with handling the crowds and their beverage orders from behind the bar, it’s a far different experience.

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Published March 7, 2012

Bullying hurts.

It can make someone feel small, rejected, disrespected, stupid, ugly, unloved and unimportant.

While not a new concept — the bullies and bullied have been around for years — it seems to have entered a new realm as an alarming number of youth have responded to bullying in more dramatic ways than society has been accustomed to. Suicide. Violence. Murder.

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Published February 29, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — No Catholic churches in Southfield were among those slated for closure or merging in the parish plans laid out by the Archdiocese of Detroit Feb. 20.

However, two parishes — Our Lady of Albanians and Church of the Transfiguration — were among 214 of the Archdiocese’s 267 parishes tasked with creating cluster, merger or collaboration plans in the event that they lose their priests or go into debt.

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Published February 29, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield City Planner Terry Croad laid out new concept plans for the long-desired City Centre district — a friendly, walkable retail and entertainment mecca off Evergreen, near the municipal complex — along with new partners in the endeavor before the Southfield City Council Feb. 27.

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Published February 29, 2012

DETROIT — Prep your paws for a whole lot of petting as the annual two-day celebration of all things dog arrives March 3 and 4 with the annual Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows at Cobo Center.

More than 2,000 dogs representing 167 breeds will be on hand to interact with the public, demonstrate their skills and compete for top prizes.

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Published February 8, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Tech-savvy Southfield Christian School has outfitted each of its nearly 200 high school students with iPads for academic use.

The school is making strides and is a ahead of the technology curve, Principal Sue Hoffenbacher said.

“I think it’ll be a standard before too long,” she said.

The $500 cost for each of the state-of-the-art tablet computers was folded into tuition, but not without running it past parents first.

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Published January 25, 2012

Public schools keep religion out of the forefront of education, but many parents want to see religious education, traditions and beliefs at the center of their child’s learning environment.

Those parents can choose schools that keep faith the focus.

Religious schools take several steps to ensure faith ideals are conveyed inside and outside the classroom, including daily religious services.

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Published January 18, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Samantha Fentress is smart. She’s ambitious. She works hard, and she gives back to the community. And she’s only 17.

The Southfield resident and senior at University High School Academy recently completed a yearlong term serving as governor for the entire Michigan district of the Junior Optimist Octagon International, overseeing 41 clubs.

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Published January 11, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Forty-four years after his murder and 26 years after the country made his birthday a national holiday, there is still so much of Dr. Martin Luther King’s work to be done.

The city of Southfield and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force are presenting the massively attended annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Peace Walk Celebration Monday, Jan. 16, along with other special events leading up to the big day.

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Published December 14, 2011

After Shelby Township crafter Margie Conn waged a successful battle against breast cancer, she decided to use her skills to help others.

“I had to give back,” she said. “I got involved with Relay for Life. I am always looking for a way to contribute.”

The winner of the first C & G Newspapers Holiday Craft Contest, Conn received 245 votes for her repurposed cigar box, decorated with keys and memorabilia. Crafting the decorative storage boxes involves weeks of work layering paints and resin.

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Published December 7, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — The holidays have their traditions, things that typically pop up this time of year. There’s Santa Claus, his reindeer, gingerbread men and jingle bells.

And there’s also the red kettles. Not quite part of the holiday story, but a tradition all the same.

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Published December 7, 2011

Looking for a few more gifts on your holiday shopping list? Choosing a Michigan-made item or purchasing from a small, local business can be a win-win — recipients get to unwrap something unique, while shoppers help boost Michigan’s economy.

“If we’re going to make an impact with our dollars, this is the biggest impact we can have — at this time of the year,” said Lisa Diggs, founder of Buy Michigan Now.

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Published December 7, 2011

This holiday season, the population of Casey and Tara Colussi’s household tripled.

For five days over Thanksgiving, the Troy couple, who has two children, hosted Casey’s parents, sister, brother-in-law, two nephews and two family friends.

It was the second installment of what’s become a holiday tradition for the Colussis, and though their recent move to a larger home eased the congestion somewhat, “even with the extra space, it’s a pleasant chaos, is always the best way to describe it,” laughed Casey.

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Published November 23, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — A $2.1 million construction project was approved by a special vote of the Southfield City Council Nov. 14, moving forward plans that have long been in the mix for a nature center to be built on the site of the Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve.

The preserve, opened to the public in 2008 after decades of planning and $1.5 million in grant funds, is a sprawling 42 acres of woodlands, forested wetlands and meadows overlooking the five-acre lake. A mile’s worth of nature trails with interpretive signs, benches, and fishing and viewing platforms were installed.

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