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Published June 10, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS — Pomp and circumstance was in the air as the Class of 2015 celebrated the accomplishment of graduating from high school.

Local students were honored at various commencement ceremonies across town, where they received their high school diplomas and were congratulated on their achievements.

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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 9, 2015

State officials say the public needn’t be alarmed over three goslings testing positive for avian influenza in Sterling Heights.

According to the state, three young Canada geese suspected to be ill were located near Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights and were captured for testing.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2010, John Cummings began talking to residents in the neighborhoods of southwest Detroit. He estimates that he had around 200 one-on-one conversations with the people in the community, developing a feeling for their passions, their interests and concerns.

Conversation led to collaboration, and five years later, there are two groups: Grace in Action, the church community with Cummings as pastor, and Grace in Action, the entrepreneurship arm and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Published June 6, 2015

HAZEL PARK — During her day job as a vet technician at the Animal Medical Center of Troy, in Rochester Hills, Marjorie Sapp finds time to feed baby birds she brought with her in an incubator. Baby birds need to be fed on a regular basis from dawn to dusk, so it’s a lot of work. Her co-workers will help out, nursing the frail little creatures that fell out of their nest or were abandoned.

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Published June 5, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS —Sterling Heights High School is among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The news publisher recently ranked SHHS with silver status as a “Best High School” nationwide. SHHS Principal Craig Miller said the school was named as one of the top 2,000 schools — 1,967, to be exact — in the country. The rank was based on the 2013-14 school year.

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Published June 3, 2015

Caps and gowns are back in style at Utica Community Schools as the district gets ready to wave goodbye to a new wave of graduates.

This year, the school district’s main four high schools will hold their commencement ceremonies June 6.

According to UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy, 2,017 graduates are expected to be part of the Class of 2015 among the four major high schools. Of that total, Eisenhower High School has 619 graduates, Henry Ford II High School has 443, Stevenson High School has 569 and Utica High School has 386.

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Published June 3, 2015

The city of Sterling Heights recently celebrated a “tree-rific” accomplishment: securing a Tree City USA designation for its 30th year in a row.

At a May 19 meeting, the Sterling Heights City Council accepted a commemorative 2014 Tree City flag and acknowledged the city’s long-lasting legacy of promoting tree planting and forestry management.

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Published June 3, 2015

After months of anticipation, the threads of a fresh Sterling Heights city website have been spun together.

During a May 19 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, officials introduced the new website redesign, which officially went public at around 5 p.m. that same day.

At the meeting, Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle thanked the city’s information technology staff — as well as Mayor Michael Taylor, the City Council and City Manager Mark Vanderpool — for their contributions to making the overhaul happen.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”


It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.


Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 3, 2015

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS —Next time you visit the Sterling Heights Nature Center, your smartphone can be of assistance when learning more about specific animals.

High school students who are members of the Warren Consolidated Schools Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center (MMSTC) Ecology Club recently created QR codes to make certain animal sites at the nature center more interactive.

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.


Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.


According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?


For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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Published May 24, 2015

METRO DETROIT  — While pizza is a favorite dish for many people, one local pizzeria has found a way to feed man’s best friend while at the same time helping other animals in need.

About a year ago, Buddy’s Pizza and the Michigan Humane Society teamed up to create a dog treat called Buddy Bones. The dog biscuits are made from leftover multigrain Buddy’s Pizza dough that otherwise would be tossed away.

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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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