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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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Published June 11, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — Five seminarians from SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake and Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit were raised to holy orders by Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit on May 23.


Now Rev. Radoslaw Zablocki, a Poland native, was among the five ordained. Zablocki completed his studies at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary before receiving the sacrament.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 10, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD/WALLED LAKE — West Bloomfield and Walled Lake seniors moved their tassels to the left of their graduation caps May 31.


And although the new alumni are moving on to the next phases of their lives, school district officials said that they are honored by the students’ legacy, which will live on in each district.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For the first time since Westacres’ 75th anniversary in 2011, the community is unlocking its fences and welcoming the public to tour residential gardens.


The Westacres Community Association will host the garden tour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 27. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Westacres clubhouse. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to restore the clubhouse, which was built in the late 1970s.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2010, John Cummings began talking to residents in the neighborhoods of southwest Detroit. He estimates that he had around 200 one-on-one conversations with the people in the community, developing a feeling for their passions, their interests and concerns.

Conversation led to collaboration, and five years later, there are two groups: Grace in Action, the church community with Cummings as pastor, and Grace in Action, the entrepreneurship arm and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Published June 6, 2015

HAZEL PARK — During her day job as a vet technician at the Animal Medical Center of Troy, in Rochester Hills, Marjorie Sapp finds time to feed baby birds she brought with her in an incubator. Baby birds need to be fed on a regular basis from dawn to dusk, so it’s a lot of work. Her co-workers will help out, nursing the frail little creatures that fell out of their nest or were abandoned.

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Published June 3, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Raise your hand if you love exploring nature.


Located behind the Recreation Activities Center is a new outdoor Natural Play Area complete with a sensory garden and interactive stations created from natural and found objects.


Parks and Recreation Commission Naturalist Lauren Azoury explained that she wanted to create a space that encourages families to let kids explore on their own, as well as to create an outdoor classroom where she can teach nature programming.

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Published June 3, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Music is a great way to relax and add “a little culture to your summer,” according to West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission Recreation Coordinator Nancy Keener.


The Parks and Recreation Commission will once again present two concert series this summer. Kids Komotion concerts will take place at 11 a.m. June 25 and Aug. 20, and at 7 p.m. July 23. The Hot Music, Hot Nights Summer Concert Series will run from 7-8:15 p.m. every Wednesday from July 8-Aug. 5.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”


It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.


Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 28, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Since Michigan’s seat belt law went into effect 15 years ago, the number of motorists using seat belts has decreased from 98 percent in 2009 to 93 percent in 2014, according to a press release from the Office of Highway Safety Planning.


Last year, West Bloomfield had 42 seat belt violations, and in 2013, the township had 58 violations. Though Police Lt. Curt Lawson said that is not a large number of violations, motorists should be concerned about their safety and wear their seat belts at all times.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.


Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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