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Published May 15, 2013

WALLED LAKE — In a small media room, a crowd of Geisler Middle School students one by one read anti-bullying statements like mantras into a microphone connected to a computer and video camera May 3.

“We don’t all have to be the same,” one student read.

“We don’t all have to dress the same,” another read.

“We know that our differences make us interesting and unique,” another student said into the camera.

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Published May 15, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Nearly blind fifth-grade Doherty Elementary student Griffin Miller is not certain if, given the chance, he would want to see.

Griffin describes this uncertainty in an essay that ranked him — among four others — second place in the national 2013 Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, in which 18,700 fourth- through eighth-grade students submitted essays, according to

“I both did and didn’t want to be cured at the same time,” the essay reads.

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Published April 30, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield High School winter drumline competed in the Winter Guard International World Championships April 18 in Dayton, Ohio, and although they were not selected in the final round, the 28-member band played their hearts out, their percussion director said.

“When you look at where we were when we started, compared to where we are now, it’s night and day,” West Bloomfield High School percussion director Pat McLaughlin said.

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Published April 30, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Hillel Day School sixth-grade student Eden Joyrich thinks differently about seniors after participating in Dor L’Dor, an intergenerational program that connects Jewish Senior Life residents and sixth-grade students at Hillel.

“We have a lot in common,” Joyrich told the Beacon recently, “more than we would realize. A lot of us like to read and do art or make jewelry. Things you wouldn’t think they can do, they can do.”

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Published April 30, 2013

DETROIT — The Labor Day weekend is still a few months away, but already it’s promising to be another great one for jazz lovers and the city of Detroit.

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Published April 23, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Julie Touchette wants people to take a whiff of Michigan the way she smells it.

The 33-year-old Keego Harbor entrepreneur recently created a line of four candles, with scents inspired by the state, from her Lost Bluebird Collection, which will launch May 1 at Lolly Ella Jewelry, 6706 Orchard Lake Road.

Touchette said she wanted to create products that inspire the soul, while still being practical for the pocketbook.

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Published April 18, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A grandmother’s teary-eyed pleas for understanding were not enough to sway a judge from sentencing Sandra Layne, who shot her grandson six times last May, to a minimum of 20 years in prison.

“I don’t want to die in jail,” Lane, 75, said during her final statement before sentencing April 18. She stood during her statement and spoke about how she loved her grandson, in tones varying from hushed to shouting. The retired teacher will serve 20-40 years in prison, plus two years for possession of a firearm.

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Published April 12, 2013

WALLED LAKE — Walled Lake Northern High School student Morgan Barnett, like the famous character she plays, learned recently that there really is no place like home.

But instead of finding that out after traveling a metaphorical yellow brick road, the White Lake senior had an epiphany during her senior year.

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Published April 10, 2013

After almost 21 years together, the Luddites still haven’t suffered the ubiquitous “creative differences” that have shattered bands less than half their age.

The 11-piece acoustic group will celebrate the release of their fourth CD, “Twisted In,” with a concert starting at 9 p.m. April 13 at PJ’s Lager House. Bass player David Giovannucci, one of the original Luddites from those early days in August 1992 when they started as a five-piece acoustic act, said friendship and mutual respect have kept them going all these years.

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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Published March 27, 2013

Though spring seems to have lost its way en route to Michigan, it won’t be long before temperatures finally rise and the ground thaws to welcome new plants and flowers into eagerly awaited gardens around metro Detroit.

Just like in fashion boutiques, there will be lots of trends that customers will be clamoring for at their local nursery this year as they plan their landscape design. According to Erma Rhadigan, co-owner of Ray Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb Township, this year’s most popular bloom choices are going to be bright, warm colors.

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Published March 27, 2013

With spring here — at least according to the calendar — many homeowners look to the state of their houses after the long, dirty winter and aren’t happy with what they see.

Carpets are soiled by salty boots; driveways start cracking from the months-long freeze/thaw cycle; and muddy messes are exposed in backyards that will be used for entertaining, come summer.

Now is the time to fix those problems, according to local contractors, before warm-weather fun beckons and the summer home- improvement rush begins.

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Published March 25, 2013

Bloomfield Hills Schools’ radio station, WBFH 88.1 FM, The Biff, is not only on the air, its award-winning reputation has soared into the stratosphere.

On March 13, the student radio station took first place in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation’s 2013 High School Radio Station of the Year contest.

In addition, Bloomfield Hills Schools students competed in themed categories and took first place seven times, second place four times and third place six times.

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Published March 12, 2013

WALLED LAKE — Acting students at Walled Lake Central High School will put on their dancing shoes when the school presents the musical “Hairspray” this month, starting March 14.

Director Mary Rashid called “Hairspray” a big show with plenty of dancing, strong music and memorable characters. She also pointed out the perfect timing of the presentation with some of the musical’s anti-racist themes.

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Published February 27, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — An ActiveRx Active Aging Center opened to the public Jan. 29 at the corner of Maple and Farmington Roads. The 2,160-square-foot center is the first ActiveRx location in Michigan, though other locations have already opened in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and California.

ActiveRx Michigan regional developer Mark Lines said business has been “so far, so good” with a couple of referrals and a warm reception by community leaders. He hopes ActiveRx will be convenient and beneficial to a growing population of seniors ages 60 and older.

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Published February 27, 2013

KEEGO HARBOR — Keego Harbor police say they are pursuing clues and talking to an Orchard Lake family as part of an investigation surrounding a recent hit-and-run incident that damaged a police SUV.

According to Keego Harbor Police Chief Kenneth Hurst, the incident occurred Feb. 8, the night of a snowstorm. A Keego Harbor patrol officer was driving a police Chevy Tahoe and following a suspected drunken driver traveling southbound on Orchard Lake Road, near Commerce Road.

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Published February 27, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A new photography exhibit at the Janice Charach Gallery will capture the personal journeys that dozens of local Jewish women have made in celebrating their bat mitzvahs.

The gallery, held in West Bloomfield’s Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, will host “Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age” Feb. 21-March 31.

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Published August 8, 2012

Can do

Eileen Haraminac will teach several upcoming food preservation courses at the Macomb MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham, Assembly Room A, in Clinton Township:
• Aug. 18: hot water bath jams and jellies.

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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