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Published August 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Smile … there’s a new dental program in town.

This fall, Baker College officials will open the doors of the Clinton Township campus’s new Center for Dental Hygiene Education, which will house the new Associate of Science in dental hygiene program.

School officials renovated more than 32,600 square feet of the former “C” building to create the new hygiene education center, which features a state-of-the-art dental clinic, classrooms, a practice laboratory and 20 patient care operatories.

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Published July 30, 2015

DEARBORN — This summer, many families will hit the road en route to a vacation destination. The kids will most likely be glued to their tablets or smartphones, but for earlier generations, the sites and signs along the way provided their own colorful entertainment.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While the invasive gypsy moth has not been a major problem in the metro Detroit area for years, the Macomb County Michigan State University Extension office is asking residents to keep an eye out for signs of the insect’s resurgence.

The gypsy moth is an invasive species from Europe that, in years past, has torn through tree populations in North America, defoliating trees and, in high enough numbers, causing their deaths. Previous outbreaks were handled using pesticides, and every fall, MSU does inspections to see how many egg masses it can find.

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Published July 29, 2015

An act of pure evil took Deanna Seifert from the world in 1992, but her memory will live forever in the hearts of her family members and the community.

The playground next to the Owen Jax Recreation Center, on Nine Mile Road, just west of the Warren Fire Department’s Station 1, east of Van Dyke, was officially rededicated July 25 in honor of the slain little girl.

Seifert was just 10 years old when she was abducted from a home on Essex during a sleepover in May 1992. Her body was found in a bin behind a machine shop more than two months later.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Prostitution is real in metro Detroit. There are men and women who work the streets out of desperation and become trapped by it. But one group is trying to earn their trust and help them find another way.

All Worthy of Love (AWOL) was founded in Detroit in 2012. The group became a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2013. The same year, a second chapter opened in Austin, Texas.

The group has no paid staff. Everyone is a volunteer, including the founder, Lindsey Fischer. AWOL averages 40-50 volunteers, with 20-30 volunteers at the Detroit chapter.

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Published July 29, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last May, Mahesh Lunani left his position as vice president of a large corporation to pursue the goal of starting his own company.

It was a gamble, but one that is paying off.

Lunani was among five business owners named as recipients of the inaugural round of awards from the Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Published July 29, 2015

The first church and rectory of Ascension Church was built on Ascension (Vivian) Street, which would later become the City of Warren. Fr. Podsiad and John Kostera directed parish volunteers, and the building was finished in time for Mass on Dec. 25, 1926. One month later, Fr. Podsiad was made pastor.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For bargain hunters, there’s nothing quite like a garage sale. The search for an oh-so-good deal — that needle-in-the-haystack item that was barely used and is priced to sell — is about as thrilling as it gets.


Many people are now realizing that the same thrill can be found without even leaving the couch. Thanks to secondary market websites like Craigslist and eBay, along with online resale groups on Facebook, the clearance rack is always open.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With some of the most popular weeks for American travel upon us, local law enforcement agencies say there are simple steps to take to protect your home and property while you are away.


St. Clair Shores Police Lt. David Centala said that, while putting lights on timers inside your home and making sure the outside of your home is illuminated is always a good idea, 99 percent of home invasions actually occur during the day.

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Published July 28, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Michigan Senior Olympics is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year and invites the public to an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in Rochester Municipal Park.

The free event will include a torch lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., free ice cream, face painters, balloon artists, music, mini-olympics for children and more.

“We want people to know that we are here in the Oakland County area, so we are just trying to spread the word and make it a fun event,” said MSO Executive Director Becky Ridkey.

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Published July 28, 2015

“Keep your eyes on the road” is a maxim so common that it has become a cliché, but fewer things have been said about clearing away objects that can obstruct a driver’s vision of the road.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist from AAA Michigan, said state law forbids people from obstructing the windshield’s field of view.

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Published July 27, 2015

Investigators have found Shelby Louise Grech, a missing 15-year-old Center Line resident, in Lebanon, Tennessee. 

Grech was  reported missing at around 8 p.m. July 25 in Farmington Hills with 36-year-old Farmington Hills resident Timothy Allen Fulgenzi.

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Published July 27, 2015

WARREN — Summerfest is a beautiful thing, but it wouldn’t be anything without its supporters.

The annual broad-based community outreach — offering groceries, school supplies, bike repair, haircuts, sports physicals and family portraits, among other things — will celebrate its 12th year Aug. 8 at two locations: Underwood Park on Sidonie, east of Schoenherr and south of Topefer, from noon-4 p.m.; and Shaw Park on Warner, south of Nine Mile Road, from 2-6 p.m.

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Published July 25, 2015

WARREN — Mayor Jim Fouts said he agrees with the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

That said, the city has committed to finding out whether it can save money and keep its streets tidy through a one-year pilot program with a sweeping contractor.

Members of the Warren City Council voted 6-0 July 14 to approve the agreement with Warren-based C & J Parking Lot Sweeping for an amount not to exceed $100,560. The deal came after Warren Mayor Jim Fouts vetoed an extendable three-year $603,360 plan previously approved by the council.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money.


Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a year, which included the fourth Tuesday in February.

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Published July 22, 2015

WARREN — An ambulance on an emergency run with its lights and siren activated was involved in a collision with an SUV on Schoenherr, south of 12 Mile Road, at about 12:30 p.m. July 16, police and fire officials confirmed at press time.

While the collision remained under investigation, Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said the department’s Squad 5 was involved in a crash en route to a “priority one” call.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Things were going so well.


You started your seeds on time indoors or had luck finding gorgeous heirloom plants at the local greenhouse. Everything went into the ground on schedule, and the plants really took off when the weather turned from late spring to early summer.


But now the leaves of your once-lush cucumbers are yellow and brown. Your zucchini is turning to dust. Your cabbage and broccoli plants look like Swiss cheese.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets.

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Published July 21, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.

“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

It might seem like common sense to ensure that people with disabilities have access to businesses, employment, transportation, government facilities and other everyday amenities. But making that common sense the law of the land was a long, uphill battle. Or, if you ask political advocate Elizabeth Bauer, who joined the fight for the ADA, it was more of an uphill crawl.

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