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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.


New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.


Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 10, 2015

Students scheduled to graduate from two Sterling Heights high schools in the Utica Community Schools district said they are ready to take their knowledge and skills to the next stage.

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Published June 10, 2015

City officials are urging Sterling Heights residents to check their clocks and their calendars before cranking the water spigot this summer.

During a June 2 City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Vanderpool said officials are asking residents to abide by voluntary guidelines for watering lawns, filling pools, washing cars and other activities that require lots of water.

The purpose of these guidelines is to reduce the odds of low water pressure and keep to a minimum water rate increases from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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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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