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Published July 13, 2011

Somerset Collection is expanding again, this time into temporary space in downtown Detroit.

Somerset Collection officials said retailers on board include Neiman Marcus, Anne Fontaine, Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Eddie Bauer, Eileen Fisher, Kate Spade, Max Mara, North Face, Restoration Hardware, Swarovski, Sweet Factory and Vera Bradley.

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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 15, 2011

The City Council took tentative steps to market Troy in an effort to relieve the “black eye” some say the city has sported since budget cuts were enacted due to plummeting property values.

“When we attend events and say we are from Troy, we hear expressions of sympathy,” Mayor Pro Tem Mary Kerwin said during a discussion at the June 6 City Council meeting. “Troy has had a black eye.”

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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 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 May 4, 2011

Christine Broses had a “little” idea for a small art show at her church, St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Troy, to raise funds for people in need.

But when the Rev. J.J. Mech, pastor of the church and an artist, learned of it, he had something much bigger in mind.

“We had never done something like this before and were about to give up several times,” she said. “When we were about to give up, something would happen to bring it back to life again,” she said.

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Published April 13, 2011

Though a swimming pool and a ping-pong table raise a racket just steps away, chess players stay focused on the board during a recent practice.

They have to.

During tournaments, some players on the Troy All Star Chess Club, who are nationally ranked, must sit still for more than four hours. Given that the players’ ages range from 4 to 13, that’s no small feat.

They even play against adults — and win.

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Published April 6, 2011

TROY — Since October, Troy resident Taylor Kanas has been fighting negative anaplastic large cell lymphoma, an aggressive rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The Troy resident has bravely endured chemotherapy, an emergency biopsy, lost her hair, faced a relapse, and is in need of bone marrow transplant to save her life.

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Published March 30, 2011

TROY — You can buy Better Made snacks, Faygo and Vernors soft drinks, Germack peanuts and pistachios, American Coney Island kits, Sanders sweets, Pewabic Pottery pieces, and a local rocker’s beer all in one place — and make a difference in the lives of metro Detroiters.

The Detroit Shoppe, located at Somerset Collection North, opened for the first time last fall and closed in early January. It has reopened with new items and the same focus — to raise funds for local charities and awareness of Detroit’s cultural, sports and iconic gems.

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Published March 23, 2011

The Troy School District’s all-day kindergarten program will stay after the Board of Education heeded numerous parents’ wishes that the program not change in light of budget cuts the district is considering.

The district faces an $8 million cut in funding based on Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, Troy school officials say. The board will consider the budget proposals at its April 19 regular meeting and must adopt the 2011-2012 budget by July 1.

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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 16, 2011

TROY — For Troy resident and car guy Pierre Chrest, it’s not about the time or money he spends fixing up cars and motorcycles.

He’s worked on the champagne-colored 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxie Fastback he’ll show at Autorama on and off for eight years.

Chrest, 65, has worked on cars and motorcycles since the ‘60s.

“I like anything mechanical,” he said. “I like to mess around with stuff.”

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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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