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Published April 3, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — “Uptown Funk” echoed through the Southfield Pavilion March 25 as middle schoolers hurriedly scrawled their answers on index cards in hopes of winning the annual Battle of the Books.

Presented by the Southfield Public Library and sponsored by the Friends of the Southfield Public Library, the Battle of the Books aims to encourage the sport of reading by pitting teams of students against each other to see who can answer the most questions correctly from a list of six books.

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Published April 3, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Yellow sticky notes dotted design plans lining the stage in the Lathrup Village Community Room as residents posted their opinions on what they want to see for the future of Lathrup Village City Hall.

Residents and community members were invited to an open house from 6-8 p.m. March 26 to discuss the new design plans for City Hall and its grounds.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the temperature fluctuates between freezing and above freezing, officials are reminding residents to stay off the ice this time of year.


Freeze-thaw cycles can weaken the ice and cause accidents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. The cycle produces “frazzle ice,” or ice that contains air pockets and has an appearance of frozen slush. Frazzle ice can appear milky white or black in color. And because the ice is dangerous, officials are offering ice safety tips in the event of a dangerous ice situation.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is slated to live on in the lobby of the Southfield Public Library as a sculpture of him will soon be on display. 

The bust was created by artist and former Southfield resident James Spearman. The bronze piece will sit on a pedestal that is set to arrive at the library soon, according to City Librarian David Ewick. The sculpture was unveiled at the MLK Peace Walk and Celebration in the Southfield Pavillion Jan. 20.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — In the springtime, it usually rains cats and dogs.

On April 3, it will rain marshmallows.

Children of all ages and their parents are invited to watch 15,000 marshmallows fall from the sky at 10 a.m. April 3 at Catalpa Oaks County Park in the Great Marshmallow Drop.

Melissa Nawrocki, event organizer at Oakland County Parks, said a helicopter will drop the marshmallows over the park. Children will be released in waves to collect marshmallows to exchange for prizes.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 24, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 10 years since Jennifer Shields first began training law enforcement officers to spot signs of mental illness. Though it’s been a decade, Shields said she still encounters police who are “blown away” by what they learn from her.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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Published March 20, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Same-sex couples dreaming up their perfect wedding can explore vendors, fashion, food and entertainment when the fifth annual LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo returns to the Southfield Pavillion March 21.

Although the state of Michigan currently has a ban placed on same-sex marriage, the state still recognizes the approximately 600 marriages that were performed in March of last year after the ban was struck down. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce soon whether it will hear an appeal on the ruling.

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Published March 20, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Resident Aramona Coleman, 56, was recently arrested for her involvement in an identity theft crime against 5,514 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network patients.

U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced March 10 that 11 people from the metro Detroit area have been charged with running identity theft and credit card fraud schemes.

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Published March 20, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Despite the recent challenges facing Southfield during the economic downturn, acting Mayor Donald Fracassi said during the State of the City address that the city is getting back on track.

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Published March 17, 2015

Lego lovers rejoice.

Michigan’s first and only attraction based on the world-famous Lego brick is coming to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills next year.

The schedule calls for construction to begin this summer on Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and for the project to be completed in spring 2016, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainment, which operates Legoland attractions worldwide.

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