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Published May 24, 2012

WARREN — Residents can still support efforts to add a little green space in south Warren, but they have to act quickly to do it.

Voting ends June 1 for the Let’s Save Michigan’s It’s About Place contest, featuring a plan to construct a “pocket park” on a small strip of land at Van Dyke and Essex, owned by Warren’s Tax Increment Finance Authority.

The project is competing against a list of other regional projects.

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Published May 24, 2012

WARREN — There’s an old saying: If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

That was the case at two Warren properties earlier this month, when Cpl. Matt Nichols of the Warren Police Department said a nefarious band of paving scammers recently “resurfaced,” and nearly took would-be beneficiaries of bargain prices for thousands in cash.

Linda Stepho said she’s operated Unique 1 Auto Sales on Van Dyke, north of 13 Mile, for the past seven months with her husband, Joe Yousif.

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Published May 7, 2012

DETROIT — Walking down a backstage hallway inside Orchestra Hall May 3, the melodic sounds of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians practicing led the way.

It was guaranteed to be a busy weekend for Paul Yee, the DSO’s retail sales manager and buyer.

“One of the great benefits of working here is hearing the orchestra,” the 1973 Center Line High School graduate said.

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Published May 1, 2012

WARREN — When Kennedy Elementary special education teacher Linda Dunn steps inside her classroom each morning, she doesn’t feel like she is going to work. She feels like she attending school.

“I’ve always loved school,” Dunn said. “I went into teaching because I love school and learning. I enjoy being a part of that learning community and working with others for a positive common outcome.”

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Published April 13, 2012

WARREN — Students preparing to enter college for horticulture, forestry, medicine or family and consumer sciences are eligible to apply for a little financial help from their friends at the Warren Garden Club.

The club, a branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association, is again offering two scholarships in the amount of $500 each to Warren high school students.

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Published April 2, 2012

WARREN — Learning how to create electricity using alternative energy is just one of the many components of Lincoln High School’s green technology small learning community, offered for the first time this year.

Students enrolled in the green technology program, which is held inside the new Lincoln Career and Technology Mark A. Kedzior Center on the LHS grounds, are getting their feet wet and soaking up all they can about the green movement. LHS is part of Van Dyke Public Schools.

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Published March 28, 2012

WARREN — As the spring weather continued to shatter records last week, preparations were ongoing for a wave of repairs to a long list of bumpy local streets.

Exactly which projects would begin this spring and when remained unclear at press time, but Mayor Jim Fouts said work on a list of targeted roads should begin in April. The work will be funded by an influx of cash from the city’s residential streets millage, which passed last year.

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Published March 28, 2012

WARREN — The food pantry outreach at south Warren’s Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church has been around since 1968, established during a strike at Chrysler to support neighborhood families by putting food on the table.

The organizers have since only occasionally been able to offer fresh produce — sometimes vegetables donated by local growers — to supplement the dry goods and canned food collected and offered through the pantry to members of the community who need them.

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Published March 28, 2012

WARREN — Sometimes it’s the little things that bring a smile to a small child’s face: his first belt, or her first pretty dress.

The Salvation Army, the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish of Beverly Hills and the Our Lady of Sorrows parish of Farmington are getting ready to provide those things and more for children in need in time for Easter through the Dress an Angel program.

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Published March 21, 2012

As pet lovers snuggle up with their furry friends, many may not think about where their animals came from before they found them listed online or at a pet store. But the Michigan Humane Society estimates that 99 percent of pet store puppies are bred by large-scale breeders, or puppy mills, some of which are known for their cruel and inhumane treatment of animals to maximize profit.

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Published March 14, 2012

An electronic sign on the wall reads “10 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes and 4.32 seconds.”

“That’s the countdown until the end of my life,” laughed Melisa Valentine, 25, of Ferndale, a bartender at the Blarney Stone Pub in Berkley.

She’s kidding of course. The countdown marks the time left before St. Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday many celebrate by bellying up to the bar. But for those tasked with handling the crowds and their beverage orders from behind the bar, it’s a far different experience.

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Published March 7, 2012

Bullying hurts.

It can make someone feel small, rejected, disrespected, stupid, ugly, unloved and unimportant.

While not a new concept — the bullies and bullied have been around for years — it seems to have entered a new realm as an alarming number of youth have responded to bullying in more dramatic ways than society has been accustomed to. Suicide. Violence. Murder.

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Published March 2, 2012

WARREN — A prisoner’s recent trip and fall, and an attempt to bolt by a man facing jail time have again raised red flags for officials at the 37th District Court.

“It shows the deficit of the structural design of the court,” 37th District Court Judge John Chmura said last week. “It’s not something that can be fixed by putting a new roof on the court. It’s not something that can be fixed by adding more police and security officers. You have to redesign the building from the ground up again to fix the problem.”

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Published February 29, 2012

ROCHESTER — Two new exhibits, “Eye Teeth: A Satire on the American Way of Life,” and “Tom Humes: Recent Works,” will open at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts with a joint reception from 7-9 p.m. March 2. Both will be on display at the PCCA, 407 Pine St., through April 7.

The PCCA is turning its main gallery over to a group of artists for “Eye Teeth,” which involves critical and satirical responses to the American social and cultural way of life, according to show curator Ryan Standfest.

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Published February 29, 2012

DETROIT — Prep your paws for a whole lot of petting as the annual two-day celebration of all things dog arrives March 3 and 4 with the annual Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows at Cobo Center.

More than 2,000 dogs representing 167 breeds will be on hand to interact with the public, demonstrate their skills and compete for top prizes.

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Published January 25, 2012

Public schools keep religion out of the forefront of education, but many parents want to see religious education, traditions and beliefs at the center of their child’s learning environment.

Those parents can choose schools that keep faith the focus.

Religious schools take several steps to ensure faith ideals are conveyed inside and outside the classroom, including daily religious services.

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Published January 18, 2012

WARREN — A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary nestled on a mass of rocks overlooking a calming pond with koi fish has quickly became a main attraction on the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church grounds.

The grotto is one of the many welcoming changes at the parish since Our Lady of Grace, formerly of Eastpointe, merged with St. Cletus Catholic Church at 26256 Ryan Road, south of the I-696 service drive.

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Published December 14, 2011

After Shelby Township crafter Margie Conn waged a successful battle against breast cancer, she decided to use her skills to help others.

“I had to give back,” she said. “I got involved with Relay for Life. I am always looking for a way to contribute.”

The winner of the first C & G Newspapers Holiday Craft Contest, Conn received 245 votes for her repurposed cigar box, decorated with keys and memorabilia. Crafting the decorative storage boxes involves weeks of work layering paints and resin.

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Published December 7, 2011

Looking for a few more gifts on your holiday shopping list? Choosing a Michigan-made item or purchasing from a small, local business can be a win-win — recipients get to unwrap something unique, while shoppers help boost Michigan’s economy.

“If we’re going to make an impact with our dollars, this is the biggest impact we can have — at this time of the year,” said Lisa Diggs, founder of Buy Michigan Now.

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Published December 7, 2011

This holiday season, the population of Casey and Tara Colussi’s household tripled.

For five days over Thanksgiving, the Troy couple, who has two children, hosted Casey’s parents, sister, brother-in-law, two nephews and two family friends.

It was the second installment of what’s become a holiday tradition for the Colussis, and though their recent move to a larger home eased the congestion somewhat, “even with the extra space, it’s a pleasant chaos, is always the best way to describe it,” laughed Casey.

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