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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For both the interiors and exteriors of homes, customers are opting to go back to classic color schemes and neutrals, according to experts in the field.


The return to basics is, in some cases, a nostalgic choice and, in other cases, a more strategic move to increase home value and appeal to a wider audience.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Once upon a time, there were just a few types of summer camps: sports for the jocks, Scouts for the adventurers and math camp for those who would just rather be back in the classroom.


How times have changed. Now, there’s a daytime summer escape to suit every child and any taste.

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 8, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For 10 years, Israel supporters from across Michigan and even into Ohio have gathered along Orchard Lake Road in solidarity.

The annual Walk for Israel and 5K Family Fun Run has continued to grow year after year, and organizers are expecting to exceed 2,000 Israel supporters — both Jewish participants and non-Jewish demonstrators — for the 2015 walk.

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Published May 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — May is Asthma Awareness Month, and local doctors and the American Lung Association are urging the approximately 25 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma to learn how to take control of the disease.

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Published May 7, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD/SOUTHFIELD — Being a criminal defense attorney and a martial arts instructor don’t typically go hand in hand.

But for criminal defense and immigration attorney J. Dallo, of Oak Park, opening a martial arts school has been his dream since he was a little boy.

Dallo, who practices law in Birmingham, has trained in the arts for over 20 years, so when he was in a position to open a martial arts school in Southfield — Dallo Martial Arts — he knew it was what he was meant to do in life.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Embarking on the search for a new home can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers, so C & G Newspapers asked several experts, including real estate agents and a representative from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, for guidance.


John Kurczak, a Keller Williams Realtor, said the best way to start is to find out what you can afford.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Mother’s Day is just around the corner. But when a special lady in your life has given you cherished memories or sage advice to take with you through the years, isn’t every day Mother’s Day just a little bit?

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Published May 6, 2015

KEEGO HARBOR — Honoring veterans and soldiers who have died in the line of duty, the annual Keego Harbor Memorial Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. May 25.

The mile-long parade will kick off from Abbott Middle School, near Orchard Lake and Commerce roads. It will travel down Cass Lake Road and conclude with a ceremony at Keego Harbor City Hall. The ceremony will honor past and present members of the United States armed forces and those who protect the community.

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Published May 5, 2015

Michigan roads are a disaster. That’s no surprise, as residents in C & G Newspapers’ coverage area have voiced their concerns about the dilapidated roads and growing potholes.

Voters were asked to decide on a proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution, increasing the sales/use tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. And on May 5, 80 percent of voters turned down Proposal 1, 1,405,716 votes to 349,813 votes, according to the state of Michigan’s unofficial election results.

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Published May 5, 2015

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny.


The jazz guitarist and composer, who has won 20 Grammy Awards and has sold more than 20 million records, will be performing with a number of other jazz greats — including Kenny Garrett, Ron Carter and the Gary Burton Quartet — during the festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, in downtown Detroit.

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Published May 4, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY —
Last year’s magic number was 300,000.

That was approximately how many pounds of food Macomb County residents donated during the National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive held in 2014.

Macomb Food Program coordinator Linda Azar said the donations fed more than 140,000 Macomb County residents and that without the Postal Service’s food drive, “I don’t know what we would do.”

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Published May 4, 2015

Warmer weather means it’s more likely for bikers to take their prized possessions for a ride on Michigan’s roads. And that means everyone on the road needs to be cautious, whether on two wheels or four.

AAA Michigan Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz said drivers should never tailgate a motorcycle or abruptly change lanes in front of one.

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Published May 2, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — As the school year is coming to an end, the West Bloomfield Township Public Library’s youth services department is kicking off a variety of youth programs in May to keep young kids interested in reading and socializing.

The library offers a summer reading program that begins June 13; early registration will start May 15.

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Published May 1, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society will host its annual tours of Apple Island from May 16-17, and volunteers are still needed for the event.

The 35-acre island dates back to the Potawatomi Indians, and when tourists visit the island, they will learn how people lived there until the 1920s. Nearly 10,000 people have attended the tours since they began in 1968.

Historical Society naturalist Carol Fink said the tours are a way for people to step back in time, back to “when days weren’t so confusing and cluttered.”

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Published April 30, 2015

Michigan’s no-fault insurance law, which has existed for around four decades, could face significant changes if the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder pass through pending legislation, according to activists on both side of the debate.

Senate Bill 248 passed the Senate April 16, and a state House version passed in a House committee April 23. A full House vote is expected to take place soon.

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Published April 30, 2015

The eyes of the nation were on the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 as it heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage. The cases were brought forth by Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.  

The first issue, directly involving Michigan, is whether it’s constitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The other issue is whether all states must recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

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Published April 30, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair is packing a honky-tonk flare.

Attracting over 125,000 visitors a year, fair organizers try to keep the event fresh, and this year, St. Mary’s will kick off the fair with a country night May 22.

Complete with local country bands and Southern food from Keego Harbor’s Yarbird Smoked Meats, the country theme was chosen to attract more visitors from metro Detroit, which has a large country music following, according to Kevin Foe, chairman for the Polish Country Fair.

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Published April 29, 2015

Walking into a home without wall art would be almost as jarring as stepping inside an observatory and seeing no telescopes, or eating at a Mexican restaurant and not being served chips and salsa.

People sense the ambiance when standing inside a building. And no matter what the setting is or what is taking place in that particular environment, people often expect to see aesthetically pleasing and visually stimulating art.

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Published April 29, 2015

It’s so easy to honor a new graduate’s accomplishment with a gift card, a fancy tech device or even just some cash tucked into an envelope.

But there are other gifts you can give that student starting a new chapter in his or her life that involve a bit more thought and creativity. Those gifts, of course, mean so much more than their monetary value.

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