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Published April 15, 2015

Employees drove SMART buses out of a smoky garage so firefighters could get firetrucks inside to extinguish a bus ablaze in the middle of the facility on Barrett, near Crooks and Maple, just before 11 p.m. April 12.

Assistant Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts said that when firefighters arrived, they encountered “heavy smoke, with near-zero visibility.”

Roberts said that Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation employees drove several buses out of the garage before firefighters got there to make room for firefighting equipment to be brought inside.

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Published April 15, 2015

A clothes dryer sparked a fire at a home on Ledge Court, off of Coolidge, south of Wattles, at about 8:15 a.m. April 9.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said the resident was drying clothes in her dryer in the first-floor laundry room of the two-story home when the smoke detector sounded.

She tried to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher, then dialed 911 and got her four children out of the home safely, Roberts said in a prepared statement. 

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Published April 15, 2015

Walsh College grad Jesse Ford started his career as an accountant with American Axle in the corporate treasury department.

He is now executive producer of The Work Inc., a digital media agency with four other partners, including his brother Shane, and 11 employees.

The Work recently expanded into a partnership with a company in Los Angeles and was launched with help from the Walsh College Blackstone LaunchPad program. The team met through their involvement in Detroit’s music scene, either as performers or as music venue owners.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Starting April 16, water heater manufacturers must comply with mandatory new standards issued by the U.S. Department of Energy geared toward conserving energy.


The new water heaters will be larger in size, due to increased insulation, and will have more expensive price tags, but they will save more energy.

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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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Published April 13, 2015

Whether it’s for planning a long road trip or to have some backup wheels while their main ride is in the shop, securing a rental car will likely become a favorable option for most drivers sooner or later.

However, businesses that loan vehicles to drivers often have their own requirements and guidelines for renting vehicles and taking care of those vehicles.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 9, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — For over three years, Terri and Sean Compton, both of West Bloomfield, tried to conceive.


During that time, Terri had two miscarriages, two ectopic pregnancies and lost their son, Patrick, when she was 17 weeks pregnant.


“I was one of those people who could get pregnant very, very easy. … I just couldn’t carry,” Terri said.


Four-year-old Brin was Terri and Sean’s sixth pregnancy and their little miracle.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAK PARK — After the news that the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park will close, members of a local grass-roots group are taking it upon themselves to raise money to keep the building open.


The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced in a community briefing March 5 that the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will cease programming and services at the Oak Park facility after Aug. 31.

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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 7, 2015

Looking to buy or sell something on Craigslist with someone in person, but a little skittish about where to meet them?

How about the front parking lot of Troy Police Headquarters?

The Troy Police Department is offering its parking lot and front lobby as a safe zone to complete Craigslist transactions.

Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman described the move as a “pre-emptive measure.”

“There have been incidents over the years, but there’s no significant increase,” she said of crimes involving transactions started online.

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Published April 7, 2015

The city-owned golf courses, Sylvan Glen and Sanctuary Lake, fared well this winter compared with the “winterkill” that occurred during last year’s record snowfall and weeks of frigid temperatures.

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Published April 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County residents are leading healthier lives, ranking No. 2 in the state for a second year in a row for health behaviors among 82 counties, according to a County Health Rankings Report.


​“We measure up well for many key factors that affect health,” Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager/health officer, said in a press release. “These results reflect our commitment to improving the overall health and quality of life for our residents.”

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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

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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