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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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Published April 29, 2015

KEEGO HARBOR — The Keego Harbor City Council unanimously approved a resolution April 16 to become a member of the Oakland County One Stop Ready program. 


Councilman Tom Berman said the initiative is important to him, personally, and he believes it is in the best interest of the community to be a part of the program, as it will be a step forward for future business and economic development in the city.

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Published April 29, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Congressional representatives, department heads and residents filled Town Hall  to hear Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste give her sixth annual State of the Township address on April 20.

Public safety
Since the first special budget meeting for 2015, 40 key funds have been approved. The budget includes total general fund revenues of $23.7 million and total expenditures of $22.5 million. The public safety total revenue is $30.5 million, with $30.5 million in expenditures.  

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Published April 29, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — If the sunny, warm temperatures — quickly followed by windy, overcast skies — weren’t enough of an indication that spring has arrived in Birmingham, there’s one more sure sign of the season.


The annual Art Birmingham fair will return May 9-10 to Shain Park in downtown Birmingham. The Mother’s Day staple will bring more than 150 artists to the heart of the city to show off their work in ceramics, painting, photography, jewelry, wood, fiber and more.

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers.


Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy in Sterling Heights, said dozens of books and tens of thousands of pages have been written about Detroit’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” in World War II.

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Published April 29, 2015

Editor's note: This story was included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Metro Detroit residents graciously shared their stories in interviews conducted between January and April 2015. Click here for more V-E Day stories from our coverage area.

Guy Stern, 93, West Bloomfield

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Published April 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.

You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.

The work done and sacrifices made by women during the war are heroic in their own right, though those ladies aren’t always given the full credit they’re due.

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Published April 28, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day.

For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning.

Gone forever were millions of lives. Millions more were left grieving, homeless and hungry, struggling to pick up the pieces of their shattered world. Towns that had stood for centuries were obliterated. It was a cataclysm never before seen, the end result of maniacal nationalism and industrialized war.

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Published April 27, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoological Society is seeking $55,000 through online donations to construct a “biodigester,” a device that would collect the methane from animal waste and turn it into electricity.


The money is part of the final effort needed to construct the digester, Detroit Zoo Chief Operating Officer Gerry Van Acker said. The zoo already has raised $900,000.

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Published April 27, 2015

Several of Michigan’s traffic intersections with the most total accidents or related injuries or deaths in 2014 were found in Oakland and Macomb counties, according to top 10 lists recently compiled by a law firm.

Using data from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, the Michigan Auto Law firm’s website posted in March that the Michigan intersection with the most accidents last year was South State Road at West Ellsworth Road in Ann Arbor, with 170 accidents.

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Published April 22, 2015

NOVI — Men, you might as well look away now.


There will be a lot to see and do during the 20th annual Michigan International Women’s Show from April 30-May 3 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.


“It has definitely grown,” Beth Anderson, executive show manager of Southern Shows, said. “It has changed, and we hope that everyone enjoys it as much today as they did 20 years ago when it first started at the Novi Expo Center.”

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