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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.


Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Most people don’t notice awnings until they decide to buy one.


The main reason most homeowners decide to purchase an awning is for shade. Also, they wish to cut the cost of cooling their home and keep the patio cool in the summer, said Lorraine Strachan, office manager for Signature Awning in Livonia, which serves all of metro Detroit.


“The biggest reason is shade,” Strachan said.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.


The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Waving goodbye to the snow and ice of winter isn’t hard for most people to do come spring, but county officials want residents to know that as the temperatures increase, so do the chances for severe weather.

Last year, there were 112 storm-based warnings issued in southeast Michigan, three of which were recorded tornadoes. County officials said the recent tornado that touched down in Rochester Hills serves as a reminder of how destructive tornadoes can be and why it is vital to have a severe weather plan.

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Published April 6, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What do you want to be when you grow up?


This seemingly innocuous question for children becomes more and more pressing the older they become, but students at Jefferson Middle School in Lakeview Public Schools got a chance to learn more about careers from the professionals that work them day in and day out with Patriots Explore Professions career day April 1.


Stephanie Dzubak, a seventh-grade teacher at Jefferson, said this is the second year the school has put on such an intensive career day for the eighth-grade students.

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Published April 6, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Custard spots always seem to have a cult following, and the newest dessert sensation to come to St. Clair Shores is no different.


Erma’s Original Frozen Custard, which opened in 1942 on Auburn Road in Utica and which also has a location in Warren, is taking over the Dairy Boy Ice Cream store on Harper Avenue, north of Martin Road, that closed in July after the death of proprietor Joe Peters Jr., 55, of Warren.

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Published April 6, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Donning chef’s hats and stepping into the kitchen, local students made their own meals and learned social skills on a recent field trip.


But this community-based instruction trip for special needs students at Kennedy Middle School was different than most, in that they were learning from, and dining with, students at another school.


South Lake High School’s culinary arts program hosted its second Feast with Friends on March 30, serving lunch to special needs students from Kennedy.

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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Published April 1, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police are looking for a man that robbed a local 7-Eleven convenience store in a black-and-white skeleton hooded sweatshirt March 29.


Detective Lucas Balch said that around 6 a.m., the suspect entered the store on Jefferson Avenue south of Nine Mile Road dressed in a hooded sweatshirt designed to look like a skeleton, with the hood pulled up and zipped over his face. He was also wearing black-and-white striped pants.

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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 April 1, 2015

(This story updated April 3) 

MACOMB COUNTY — On April 2 in Macomb County Circuit Court, jurors deliberated for approximately six hours and found 25-year-old Clinton Grayson, of Warren, guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery, felony firearm possession and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

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Published March 31, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Voters in Lake Shore Public Schools will be asked to approve a $35 million bond proposal to pay for building and technology improvements across the district.


Superintendent Chris Loria said the district is asking voters to approve the bond on the May 5 ballot to add more cameras to the elementary school grounds, install air conditioning at all of the schools, and pay for technology for each student in kindergarten through 12th-grade.

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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 30, 2015

WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — On May 8, 1945, German forces laid down their arms to end World War II in Europe.

That date, V-E Day as it is now remembered, marked the end of the bloodiest conflict in European history, and also the beginning of the end of the most destructive war the world has ever known.

Events planned in Warren and St. Clair Shores next month will commemorate the 70th anniversary.

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Published March 27, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In the changeover from the city handling its own animal control to contracting with Macomb County for the service, changing deadlines have caused some residents confusion.


While St. Clair Shores pet licenses previously didn’t have to be renewed until May, the new licenses sold by the county are due each year by March 1.

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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

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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