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Published July 13, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and local officials are reminding residents to take precautions before taking vessels on the lakes.


Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release that boats and personal watercraft are more reliable these days; however, the operator must have a basic understanding of the mechanical system and how to operate the vessel.


Just because a person can drive a car doesn’t mean he or she can operate a boat or personal watercraft.

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Published July 13, 2015

Following the course of the calendar, local dealerships’ summer clearance season typically marks the transition of “out with the old, in with the new” as far as vehicle models are concerned.

According to some local auto dealers, many dealerships start trying to move the current model year’s inventory in the summer in order to make room for the next year’s model. In this case, that means selling off the 2015 models in anticipation of the arrival of 2016 ones.

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Published July 12, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Data collected from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit placed the intersection of Groesbeck Highway and Cass Avenue at the top of Macomb County’s most dangerous lists.

The bustling intersection that resides in both Mount Clemens and Clinton Township ranked No. 1 for the most accidents involving vehicle damage, and No. 1 for the most reported injury or fatality crashes in 2014.

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Published July 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Water levels on the Great Lakes have not only recovered over the past two years, but as of June, they are higher than they have been since the 1990s.


All five Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair have passed their long-term averages as of October of last year — breaking more than a decade of low water levels — and they have continued to rise over time. The measurements come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Environment Canada.

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Published July 8, 2015

FERNDALE — George Tysh has been writing poetry almost his entire life, and he shows no signs of stopping now at the age of 72.

Tysh, a Ferndale resident, has also taught poetry when he’s not writing, and he has worked in several collaborations to promote art in the metro Detroit area, including helping to launch the Detroit Artists Workshop.

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Published July 8, 2015

BERKLEY — The Berkley Public Library isn’t immune to the financial troubles plaguing libraries all over the state, but thanks to two anonymous donations, library officials were was able to build two important collections.

In early 2015, a gift of $500 and another of $250 were donated anonymously to the library with a few instructions on how the giver hoped the money would be spent. After several months of looking around, Director Matt Church was able to purchase new items for both the adult literacy collection and the youth room.

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Published July 8, 2015

PLEASANT RIDGE — With new play equipment purchased using funds raised by the Pleasant Ridge Foundation in place and the voter-approved parks improvement millage in the city’s plans, several July meetings will help decide the future of Gainsboro Park on the east side of town.

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Published July 8, 2015

BERKLEY — Longtime Berkley Board of Education Trustee Paul Ellison died June 24 at his home in Berkley after more than a year of battling cancer. Ellison was 58.

Ellison was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer in May of last year at Beaumont Hospital, and the diagnosis was later confirmed at the University of Michigan, where they gave Ellison only months to live.

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Published July 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — When disaster strikes a home in the form of a fire, storm damage, flooding or unforeseen reconstruction needs, the damage needs to be addressed immediately.


Lt. Scott Trumbo, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said that if the emergency situation requires immediate utility shutoffs, first responders contact the appropriate utility company to mitigate the hazardous conditions.

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Published July 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — You know that itch you’ve had to get outside and burn off some of that extra energy? Well, guess what? Your pooch feels the same way.


Plenty of people have gotten into the habit of not just walking their dogs around the block, but including them in their own exercise regimen. Just like people, pets can definitely benefit from a good workout.

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Published July 8, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — More than 60 volunteers from throughout Macomb County were honored by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners on June 25.

In order to be recognized, volunteers were required to donate at least 150 hours toward organizations throughout the county and region.

“As we all know, volunteers are the heart of our community. Contrary to many aspects of our lives, volunteers do not have to do anything. Instead, they offer their time, their talent and their resources because they want to help others,” board Chair David Flynn said during the event.

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Published July 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Noise pollution could be a contributing factor for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and hypertension, but regulations are limited to what local municipalities have set up and can enforce.


Richard Neitzel, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, said that while most people would think of hearing loss as the first, and possibly only, health impact from noise pollution, there have been a number of studies linking it to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems.

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Published July 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  To prevent storm sewer catch basins and roadside ditches from clogging, officials are reminding residents, businesses and mowing contractors to keep grass and tree debris out of the roadways and ditches.


Catch basins and roadside ditches provide stormwater drainage, but when they become plugged, the debris can cause the roads to flood. Water can have an impact on the condition of the roads and cause premature deterioration, said Craig Bryson, Road Commission for Oakland County public information officer.

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Published July 6, 2015

When temperatures climb into the 90s and triple digits, prepared drivers with properly maintained cars are less likely to lose their cool.

According to Al Laity, service director at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, auto owners should make sure that they or a qualified mechanic check several car components in order to keep the vehicle humming through the summer.

First of all, to prevent the car engine from overheating, make sure the cooling system is in good shape. Check the condition of the engine’s belts and hoses.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ah, the lazy days of summer.

That means afternoon dips in a pool, camping trips, outdoor activities and bonfires to close out the night.

But with the onset of summer, it’s important to remember the various ailments that can arise from a day of fun in the sun. Local doctors have several tips for children, adults and senior citizens to help them stay safe and healthy.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In a landmark decision June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry — a successful outcome for one of the largest civil rights movements in recent history.

The ruling will reverse laws in 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage, Michigan included. Same-sex couples will now be able to marry in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. 

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Published July 1, 2015

FERNDALE — Rebecca Phoenix first heard of the Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest as a seventh-grader, but she almost instantly knew that she wanted to take part in it. She just had to wait five years.

For 15 years, Duck Tape has been sponsoring the competition, which encourages high school seniors to make prom attire using Duck Tape and then attend a high school prom. The public and judges vote for the finalists, and the winners receive $10,000 scholarships and $5,000 for their school.

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Published July 1, 2015

FERNDALE — Ferndale residents have clamored for a dog park within the city limits for years, and with unanimous approval during the June 22 City Council meeting, the dog park is now mere weeks from coming to fruition at Wilson Park.

Mayor Dave Coulter made parks a priority for the city when he created the Blue Ribbon Commission on Ferndale Parks during his 2013 State of the City address, and since that time, city officials have worked with the community to see what improvements are most wanted in the parks.

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Published July 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.  

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Published June 30, 2015

With summer heating up, local experts offered advice to save money on energy bills by maximizing efficiency in the home.

“There’s a lot of very simple measures to be more energy-efficient that don’t have to cost a lot of money,” Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said. “You don’t necessarily have to buy new windows or (energy-efficient appliances).”

One measure, Dodd said, is a programmable thermostat, which can reduce air conditioning costs while a home is unoccupied.

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