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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 17, 2015

It’s not very often that someone approaches you and asks you to play professional baseball for the New York Yankees.

But that’s exactly what happened to Larry Bielat not long after he graduated from Center Line High School in 1956. Bielat, who had been a star athlete while at Center Line, had attracted the attention of Yankees scouts organizers, who gave it their all trying to recruit the young man to join the team.

“In those days, there was no draft,” Bielat said. “They looked for the best players they could find.”

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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 15, 2015

WARREN — Through its charitable foundation, The Home Depot has given $39,000 in grant funding in recent years to community garden projects in the city of Warren.

For their continued efforts, employees from the company’s stores in Warren and Harper Woods were recognized June 9 with a resolution adopted by the Warren City Council.

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Published June 14, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE — What’s the cure for the “summer slide?” It just might be summer reading programs through your local branch library.

In Warren, the 2015 Summer Reading Club was scheduled to begin June 13 with online registration for patrons ages 3 and older.

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Published June 14, 2015

WARREN — The new Menards store on Van Dyke in Warren looks nearly ready for business, at least from the outside, and is currently “on schedule” to open this fall.

Headquartered in Wisconsin and founded in 1960, Menards sells a wide variety of products, including building materials, hardware, home décor and improvement items, groceries, and pet supplies. Plans for the Warren store were in the works as far back as 2012, when the company submitted a site plan for consideration by the Warren Planning Commission.

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Published June 12, 2015

WARREN — When Tomika Cheeks-Kimbrough was in her junior year at Mackenzie High School in Detroit, her mother became ill.

When she began caring for her mom, Cheeks-Kimbrough was unable to concentrate on her studies and quit school. She tried resuming her education on two separate occasions, “but it never panned out.”

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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

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 10, 2015

This photo illustrates members of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Schools Parent-Teacher Organization performing a lively skit for the parents to begin the new school year.

IC first opened in Hamtramck in 1936 with an enrollment of 18 students in two classes. According to the school’s history, new pastor Father Joseph Schmondiuk several years later proposed a new school building to accommodate the growing enrollment. A “dollar-a-Sunday” campaign was created to fund the new school, which eventually opened in September 1951 in Hamtramck.

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Published June 8, 2015

WARREN — For the second year in a row, the Warren Fire Department has been recognized for the emergency medical care its paramedics give while transporting heart attack patients to the hospital.

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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

WARREN — They came with a crew of six “Blight Busters,” a big roll-off trash bin and a court order. After weeks of warnings and citations, a yard full of accumulated things covered with rust and fallen leaves from years past was getting hauled out.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts came out to watch a court-ordered cleanup on Pineview on June 2. He even engaged in a verbal back-and-forth with the property owner, who claimed the situation arose out of last year’s flood.

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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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