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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

MACOMB COUNTY — Grab your helmet and your favorite bicycle because it’s almost time to pedal your way around metro Detroit.


Macomb County will soon be inundated with bikes and riders, all traveling specific routes of differing lengths as part of CARE of Southeastern Michigan’s third annual Bike PATH fundraiser.

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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 15, 2015

WARREN — Every year, Macomb County educators are nominated by their peers, parents and students to be considered the outstanding teachers of the year in their respective school buildings.

From there, each building winner competes through the Macomb Intermediate School District to determine the outstanding teachers for the elementary, middle and high school levels throughout the county.

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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 10, 2015

WARREN — Clues led police to a shallow grave in the northern Lower Peninsula last June, where the body of 51-year-old Kim Dejohn was found.

A long legal process will bring her husband, Loyd Dejohn, back to a Warren courtroom April 16, where a judge will decide if he’ll stand trial for her murder.

Loyd Dejohn, 47, was declared fit to stand trial Feb. 26 after a competency hearing before 37th District Court Judge Matthew Sabaugh.

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Published April 10, 2015

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts said Warren weathered the “year of the storm” in 2014. Heading into the months to come, his eyes are now set on a potentially huge corporate investment and new initiatives dealing with medical marijuana growers and blight.

Before he addressed a crowd of community leaders, city officials, residents and guests gathered at Warren’s Andiamo Italia on April 9, the mayor remained tight-lipped about the specifics of the looming investment, but he said it was expected to create a minimum of 2,500 jobs over the next five years.

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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 8, 2015

WARREN — Anyone rummaging through curbside trash for scrap, unwanted goods or anything else may soon need a license to do it in Warren.

Last month, the Warren City Council approved the first step toward an ordinance that would prohibit the unchecked scavenging of residential waste left at the curb.

“I thought it was a good idea to look at this,” City Council President Cecil St. Pierre said. He brought the request before the council on March 10, and it was ultimately referred to the office of City Attorney David Griem.

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Published April 8, 2015

WARREN — Converting Warren’s remaining old-style streetlights to more efficient LEDs would cost a projected $2 million up front but would eventually save the city annually, Mayor Jim Fouts said late last month.

The mayor sent a proposal for the recommended conversion of the city’s existing 6,329 mercury vapor lights to the Warren City Council on March 24, when it was unanimously approved.

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Published April 8, 2015

WARREN — De La Salle Collegiate High School officials have named Thom Lipari as the honoree for the 34th annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner.

“Thom showed tremendous leadership on the Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Connie, have been outstanding supporters of Catholic education,” De La Salle President Br. Thomas Lackery said in a prepared statement.

Lipari’s sons are DLS graduates: Jimmy, Class of 2001; Chris, 2002; and Matt, 2005. The Liparis’ two daughters, Laura and Lisa, attended Regina High School in Warren.

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Published April 8, 2015

WARREN — While attending school is mostly about learning English, math, social studies, science and more, there is also a social component in which many students feel like they don’t measure up.

That is something a group of Cromie Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade students are taking seriously. For the second year in a row, are getting to know each other better through a peer-to-peer group that meets on a regular basis during the school year. Cromie is part of Warren Consolidated Schools.

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Published April 8, 2015

WARREN — Danielle Martin’s cash register was ching-chinging on the afternoon of March 27 at Carlson Elementary as the volunteer mom rang up countless purchases during the school’s Small Business Day.

Small Business Day has become a once-a-year activity in which first-grade students study an economics unit, and then make and sell homemade goods to reinforce what they studied in class.

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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 3, 2015

WARREN — It’s no game. Warren police are looking for a man who used $350 in counterfeit cash to buy an Xbox One console and accessories after responding to an ad on Craigslist.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said the seller, 17, from Macomb Township, reported that he met the buyer in the parking lot of a gas station at 11 Mile and Van Dyke at about 6:45 p.m. March 31.

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