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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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Published October 27, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — It was a tough day for Southfield police officer Jeff Medici, though he didn’t let on.

But as he drove around the city, the poignancy of the day was clear, given the passengers in his squad car.

“The vet and the rookie,” he said, nodding toward the back of the marked sport utility vehicle.

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Published October 26, 2011

In Stephen King’s horror novel “The Shining,” a small, dysfunctional family moves into an old and insidious hotel for the winter after the family patriarch, Jack Torrance, is hired as the caretaker during the off-season.

No spoilers here, but anyone who has read the book or seen the Stanley Kubrick movie knows the disturbing and tragic things that occur during the course of the family’s stay.

It’s a perfect story for anyone who likes a good scare.

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Published October 20, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — It’s not for the faint of heart.

Those looking for a fright can head on over to Lavin’s Flower Land, 24620 W. Nine Mile, on Southfield’s southwest side. Nine greenhouses have been transformed into a terrifying trail open every weekend from 8 p.m. to midnight through Halloween.

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Published October 13, 2011

What’s your favorite apple?

“The last one I ate.”

Ed Robinette doesn’t even hesitate to give that cheeky yet appropriate reply to what is surely one of his favorite questions. He is, after all, raising 23 varieties of apples on his family farm in Grand Rapids. That’s a lot of options. But it barely breaks the surface.

“There’s so much diversity in the apple crop in Michigan — there are literally thousands of varieties,” Robinette said.

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Published October 5, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — It’s designed to bring students together. To encourage a sense of community.

A proposed new residence hall at Lawrence Technological University is still pending approval by the school’s board of trustees, but the plans presented to the Southfield City Council over the last several weeks are fresh and forward-thinking, according to architects.

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Published October 5, 2011

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Tom Strempka, 63, of Bloomfield Township looks down at his vest, covered with military insignia, and quietly, painfully, tries to explain what it all means.

His sergeant stripes, a sniper pin, the 1st Cavalry insignia, a Presidential Unit Citation for valor, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and one that reads “point man.” He pauses at the Combat Infantryman Badge.

“You see that on somebody — they’ve seen it,” Strempka said, taking a deep breath. “They’ve seen it all.”

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Published September 21, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Four months after vandals attacked the Miracle League of Michigan’s adapted baseball field for children with special needs, the Southfield Police Department has held two teenagers responsible.

The two 15-year-old boys — one from Southfield and the other from Detroit — were arrested last week after officers investigated two incidents of stolen backpacks from the tennis courts in the Southfield Municipal Complex.

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Published September 14, 2011

Everyone needs it. Most don’t get enough of it. And for those it eludes, it may become an obsession.

With the end of summer, students back in school and shorter days, people’s routines may be a little light on a valuable commodity: sleep.

Less than half of people get it in the quantity and quality their bodies need, said Dr. Gary Trock, and disorders minor and severe can hinder what should be an act that occurs effortlessly and in abundance.

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