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Published August 24, 2011

DETROIT — There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a show on Broadway in New York, but for the last five decades, the Fisher Theatre has come awfully close to replicating that experience.

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Published August 17, 2011

The residents of Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids are “feeling good” — and it’s due, in large part, to the efforts of a Sterling Heights native.

Alan Ledford is garnering attention as director of Clark’s “lip dub,” which has become a YouTube phenomenon, tallying more than 1 million views by early August.

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Published August 16, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — If all goes as planned, Sterling Heights will soon offer a program aimed at quelling the clamor for curbside recycling.

City Manager Mark Vanderpool said plans are moving forward on contracting an outside vendor for a subscription-based curbside recycling program that will supplement, not replace, the city’s existing drop-off recycling centers.

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Published July 6, 2011

Some people collect baseball cards as a hobby. Some people knit. And some people visit garage sales.

Some would say that Eastpointe resident Joy Yaklin has perfected her garage sale hobby. She uses Craigslist to search for specific items and her GPS to map out routes, and she’ll spend the day perusing sales to fulfill orders from her friends, family and co-workers.

“I’ve got everything I need at home,” she said. Yaklin no longer shops for herself. She now hunts bargains for others.

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Published June 14, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — Carol Zenow’s property was swarming with people, all of them hard at work: cutting tall grass, hauling wheelbarrows, spreading mulch, grooming a spruce-studded berm facing 15 Mile.

Before that morning, Zenow didn’t know these strangers now filling her driveway with their mowers, rakes and trimmers. But she couldn’t have been more grateful for their presence on June 4 for Community Pride and SHINE Day, a citywide initiative to spruce up properties.

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 24, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — Benjamin Orjada wants the world to know he’s just like anyone else.

He might see it through different eyes, having to work harder to pick up social cues that come naturally to most other people, but that doesn’t make him inferior to others, just different.

And when the 17-year-old junior at Stevenson High School shared that message at the Michigan district championship of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest recently, it won him the top prize, a $2,500 scholarship.

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Published May 18, 2011

Yes, Michigan.

This week is for celebrating, for embracing all the state has to offer. It’s Michigan Week, held annually since 1954. So raise your hand, point to your favorite spots in the state, and reflect. Whether it’s taking a fall color tour, hitting the links, lounging on the beach, crossing the Mackinac Bridge or heading downtown to catch a Red Wings game, there’s much to love about Michigan.

For many, it’s the lakes that cause residents to swell with pride.

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published April 6, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — If we want outsiders to look at Michigan differently, it has to start with the insiders.

So says Lisa Diggs, president of Catalyst Co. LLC and the founder of Buy Michigan Now, a campaign stressing the importance of patronizing local businesses and changing perceptions of the region and state.

Everywhere Detroiters turn, she said, they’re bombarded by reports of population decline and youth flight, stories of people losing their homes and jobs, images of abandoned buildings and rampant blight.

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Published March 22, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — Simone Cato and Jesus Galindo were born and raised hundreds of miles apart — she in Jamaica, he in Mexico.

But a common thread — love — led them to the same place March 11: a naturalization ceremony at the Macedonian Cultural Center in Sterling Heights, where they took the oath of allegiance to become U.S. citizens.

Cato and Galindo, sitting a row apart, both decided to pursue citizenship after falling in love with the Americans who are now their spouses.

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Published March 9, 2011

Sticking your nose in a book doesn’t have to be a solitary activity, as more and more avid readers are banding together to share in their common interest.

Book clubs are ever present in today’s society, with readers young and old joining groups offered in their communities and forming their own tight-knit circles.

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Published March 9, 2011

DETROIT — A 209-pound Newfoundland rolled onto his back in the middle of an aisle at the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows, held at Cobo Center March 5-6. He milked every pat he got from passers-by charmed by his gentle demeanor and fluffy brown coat.

He was among thousands of dogs of countless breeds that were also doing their very best to woo the public — in between competitions, that is.

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Published March 2, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — Celebrities, local actors and movie buffs will come together during the first annual Uptown Film Festival to celebrate an event organizers say will showcase the best films made in Michigan over the past year.

Established this year by leaders in the Michigan film industry, the Uptown Film Festival is a two-night celebration of productions created entirely or in part in the state to recognize the Michigan film industry.

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Published February 23, 2011

Although spring is nearly a month away, “kitten season” is gearing up this month, meaning that local shelters may soon be filled to the brim with fuzzy faces needing good homes?.

But until they can find their forever family, help is needed to nurture the babies in their first few weeks, making sure they get the care they need to become good pets.

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Published February 16, 2011

It’s a special group, the Heart of the Hills Players. There is one major qualification for taking part: You’ve got to love making people smile.

You also have to be over the age of 50. The organization is the largest community theater group in the region comprised solely of seniors.

Melanie Lee of Warren, who said she’s a “very vigorous 78-year-old,” feels that joining the group over a decade ago was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

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Published February 9, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — Where one might see a scraggly weed, Patti Cooper-Koerner sees a plant beautiful in its own right, even if it hasn’t been given the vaunted status of a flower.

But Cooper-Koerner, Sterling Heights’ Artist of the Month for February, acknowledges that she doesn’t see the world like most people do. She revels in the beauty of common things, a gift she credits to a life-altering near-death experience nine years ago.

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Published February 1, 2011

Asked to reveal words of wisdom after 50 years of marriage, Ed Lewandowski was quick to reply in exactly the way his wife, Sharon, predicted.

“I don’t have any wisdom,” he quipped. “I’m married.”

But contrary to his claims, the St. Clair Shores resident and his wife, along with other local couples, recently shared some of what they’ve learned along the way as they’ve faced life’s challenges —together.
 

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Published February 1, 2011

The right neighborhood. The right price. The right layout, lot and size. It’s the perfect home — or not.

There are a number of major issues that could be lurking under the cosmetically pleasing surface of a home, many of which can be very costly.

That — and liability issues on the seller’s end — is why getting a home inspection has become an essential part of the home-buying process since the late 1970s nationally and the early ‘80s in Michigan, according to Jon Ormiston, president of All Points Inspection in Rochester.

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Published January 26, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — Is there a money-back guarantee on that?

Late last month, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony V. Marrocco fired off correspondence to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, seeking confirmation on whether contractor Bobby Ferguson received nearly $3 million for work he allegedly never performed on a collapsed Detroit Water and Sewerage Department interceptor near 15 Mile and Moravian in 2004.

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