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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

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 3, 2015

A woman and her stepbrother have been charged with the murder of a Sterling Heights man found in a burning home March 27, police said.

Firefighters arrived at the 37000 block of Andrew Drive after 11 a.m. March 27 and reported seeing heavy smoke emanating from a home. Neighbors had reportedly smelled smoke a couple of hours earlier.

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Published April 3, 2015

Teachers and administrators from Utica Community Schools are singing a happy tune about an award from a pro-music education nonprofit group.

The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation recently named Utica Community Schools one of the best places in the country to learn music.

The California-based nonprofit group honored 388 U.S. school districts as Best Communities for Music Education this year. It also honored UCS last year.

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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

A Sterling Heights car dealership recently supplied the keys to a leased vehicle to an honored Utica High School teacher.

Utica Community Schools personnel surprised teacher Kelly Bronski with a free car lease March 25 at the Community Education Center at Walsh in Sterling Heights. Bronski was picked as Teacher of the Year at the high school level and at the district level. The lease comes courtesy of the Suburban Collection’s Suburban Ford in Sterling Heights.

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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

UTICA — A teen playwright will see a play of his staged for the first time at Utica High School this month.

Utica senior Jacob Feeman will present his play, “Lovely Lovely Valentine,” from April 23-25 at his school.

The play is described as being about young people, and its poster’s tagline says, “Life doesn’t have endings … only moments.”

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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

Following the swearing-in of six new Sterling Heights police officers in February and March, six new firefighters took their oaths of office during a March 17 City Council meeting.

The firefighters are David Cirka, 37; Stephen Cloos, 27; Justin Emerson, 30; Bryan Lynn, 27; Thomas Nowicki, 21; and Jason Seitz, 23.

City officials have said the public safety hires come during a season of retirements and successions. The hires are being made in the wake of voters approving a 2.5-mill levy for police, fire and roads in November 2013.

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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

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 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

A Sterling Heights church is hoping to pay its respects to Jesus in a different way on a major Christian holy day.

Hope Crossing church will hold a funeral service for Jesus on April 3, which is Good Friday, the day when Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

The Rev. T.J. Witherell, emerging generations pastor at Hope Crossing, said the church has never done this type of event before, though something similar was held at a church in West Branch. Witherell said he hopes that the unconventional setting will interest newcomers.

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Published March 18, 2015

Hundreds of Utica Community Schools students in kindergarten through 12th grade are continuing to check out their schools’ chess clubs and learn the strategies behind the classic game.

Chess coach Scott Burnham runs chess clubs at three elementary schools: the Roberts Rooks, the Flickinger Knights and the Dresden Dragons. An evening chess club for students in grades seven  through 12 also meets at Utica High School, he said.

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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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