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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.


Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Most people don’t notice awnings until they decide to buy one.


The main reason most homeowners decide to purchase an awning is for shade. Also, they wish to cut the cost of cooling their home and keep the patio cool in the summer, said Lorraine Strachan, office manager for Signature Awning in Livonia, which serves all of metro Detroit.


“The biggest reason is shade,” Strachan said.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.


The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Waving goodbye to the snow and ice of winter isn’t hard for most people to do come spring, but county officials want residents to know that as the temperatures increase, so do the chances for severe weather.

Last year, there were 112 storm-based warnings issued in southeast Michigan, three of which were recorded tornadoes. County officials said the recent tornado that touched down in Rochester Hills serves as a reminder of how destructive tornadoes can be and why it is vital to have a severe weather plan.

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Published April 6, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Parks and Recreation Commission announced April 1 that the township has been selected as a participant for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program.

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Published April 6, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ten-year-old Moby B’sheart is “kind and loving and creative and musical,” according to her mother, Marlowe B’sheart.


The West Bloomfield resident also faces a number of daily challenges, including cerebral palsy, vision impairment, sensory processing dysfunction, anxiety, motor planning issues and memory recall issues.


“She has a myriad of differences that make navigating the world more difficult and scary,” Marlowe said.

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Published April 6, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Six-year-old Hailey Shores’ birthday was extra special this year.


After hearing from media outlets about how the Trenton resident was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2011, Scotch Elementary fourth-grade teacher Elizabeth Costello reached out to Scotch Elementary students to send birthday cards in time for Hailey’s birthday celebration March 28.

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Published April 6, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ever wondered about the history of tea or why its popularity spans across cultures?


Barb and Rachel Gully, of the Troy-based Barb’s TEA Shop, will discuss the history, ceremonies and health benefits of tea, as well as how to brew a perfect pot, during the Friends of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library’s What’s Cooking? series from 7-9 p.m. April 30.

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Published April 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County residents are leading healthier lives, ranking No. 2 in the state for a second year in a row for health behaviors among 82 counties, according to a County Health Rankings Report.


​“We measure up well for many key factors that affect health,” Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager/health officer, said in a press release. “These results reflect our commitment to improving the overall health and quality of life for our residents.”

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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Published April 2, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — An assisted senior living and memory care community has been proposed for the site of the former Ealy Elementary School.


The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education approved the sale and purchase agreement with St. Louis-based Provision Living for $1.95 million.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published March 30, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission is becoming one with Mother Earth.


In honor of Earth Day, the commission will hold a celebration from 5:30-8 p.m. April 22 at Marshbank Park.


Events will take place at the Maple Ridge Shelter in the park, which overlooks Cass Lake. The evening will include a nature craft made using recycled materials, two naturalist-guided hikes, a family scavenger hunt and an activity station designed to demonstrate the purpose of the wetlands.

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Published March 30, 2015

KEEGO HARBOR — Walk-ing through the halls of Roosevelt Elementary, one will notice young minds in high gear as they dive into Legos, K’Nex  Education sets and MobyMax software.


Roosevelt Elementary teachers have begun to integrate the arts back into the curriculum as the school transitions into to a STEAM-focused school starting in the 2015-16 school year. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

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Published March 30, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Summer is right around the corner, which means the school year will soon be ending and kids will begin summer activities.


Registration for the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s summer day camps is now open, and those who register by May 29 will receive $10 off each week of camp.


Recreation Programmer Ashley Stokes said that this year, the commission is offering an assortment of camps for kids of all age groups.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the temperature fluctuates between freezing and above freezing, officials are reminding residents to stay off the ice this time of year.


Freeze-thaw cycles can weaken the ice and cause accidents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. The cycle produces “frazzle ice,” or ice that contains air pockets and has an appearance of frozen slush. Frazzle ice can appear milky white or black in color. And because the ice is dangerous, officials are offering ice safety tips in the event of a dangerous ice situation.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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