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Published April 14, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Jumping on the buy-local bandwagon, Lathrup Village will offer a farmers market 1-6 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning May 11 and running through mid-October, outside City Hall.

The market is the brainchild of Lathrup Village Mayor Frank Brock, who grew up on a farm and helped start the Southfield Farmers Market when he headed up the Cornerstone Development Authority.

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Published March 30, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — The presence of highly trained German shepherds is expected to deter crime and help shoppers at Northland Center and Eastland Center feel safe as they wander the malls.

Terry Foley, a retired K-9 police officer and owner of K-9 Academy in Wayne, was brought on board by Jones Lang LaSalle, which operates both Northland and Eastland malls.

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Published March 23, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Catalpa Oaks will receive $850,000 worth of renovations this year, with Oakland County Parks green-lighting the first phase of plans to improve the newest park that services residents in the south end of the county.

The project is set to begin in late summer and is expected to be completed by mid-November.

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Published March 9, 2011

Sticking your nose in a book doesn’t have to be a solitary activity, as more and more avid readers are banding together to share in their common interest.

Book clubs are ever present in today’s society, with readers young and old joining groups offered in their communities and forming their own tight-knit circles.

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Published March 9, 2011

DETROIT — A 209-pound Newfoundland rolled onto his back in the middle of an aisle at the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, held at Cobo Center March 5-6. He milked every pat he got from passers-by charmed by his gentle demeanor and fluffy brown coat.

He was among thousands of dogs of countless breeds that were also doing their very best to woo the public — in between competitions, that is.

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Published March 2, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Celebrities, local actors and movie buffs will come together during the first annual Uptown Film Festival to celebrate an event organizers say will showcase the best films made in Michigan over the past year.

Established this year by leaders in the Michigan film industry, the Uptown Film Festival is a two-night celebration of productions created entirely or in part in the state to recognize the Michigan film industry.

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Published February 23, 2011

Although spring is nearly a month away, “kitten season” is gearing up this month, meaning that local shelters may soon be filled to the brim with fuzzy faces needing good homes?.

But until they can find their forever family, help is needed to nurture the babies in their first few weeks, making sure they get the care they need to become good pets.

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Published February 16, 2011

It’s a special group, the Heart of the Hills Players. There is one major qualification for taking part: You’ve got to love making people smile.

You also have to be over the age of 50. The organization is the largest community theater group in the region comprised solely of seniors.

Melanie Lee of Warren, who said she’s a “very vigorous 78-year-old,” feels that joining the group over a decade ago was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

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Published February 1, 2011

Asked to reveal words of wisdom after 50 years of marriage, Ed Lewandowski was quick to reply in exactly the way his wife, Sharon, predicted.

“I don’t have any wisdom,” he quipped. “I’m married.”

But contrary to his claims, the St. Clair Shores resident and his wife, along with other local couples, recently shared some of what they’ve learned along the way as they’ve faced life’s challenges —together.
 

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Published February 1, 2011

The right neighborhood. The right price. The right layout, lot and size. It’s the perfect home — or not.

There are a number of major issues that could be lurking under the cosmetically pleasing surface of a home, many of which can be very costly.

That — and liability issues on the seller’s end — is why getting a home inspection has become an essential part of the home-buying process since the late 1970s nationally and the early ‘80s in Michigan, according to Jon Ormiston, president of All Points Inspection in Rochester.

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Published January 19, 2011

Hibernating is for the bears.

Winter weather doesn’t have to force us to stay indoors and under the covers, counting the minutes until spring. As the flakes fall, Michigan offers healthy opportunities statewide to get out and enjoy the season, with activities from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to ice fishing.

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Published January 13, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — The burden of loss still lingered, an unavoidable consequence of a brutal week.

Hearts were heavy, having been exhausted by loss and tested by faith.

But for now, the tears have stopped.

In this gym, on a cold, January afternoon, smiles had returned.

Basketballs bounced off the hardwood as the players’ emotions continued their long rebound back to normalcy, or something close to it.

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Published January 5, 2011

“Tough” is an understatement when describing the local housing market since 2005.

The ripple effect that unemployment and the ensuing foreclosure crisis has left — and is expected to continue leaving — an unprecedented number of homes on the market, crippling home values and sales across the state.

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