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Woodward Talk

Published March 25, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — When Jeff and Michelle Bortnick started looking for a new home along the Woodward Avenue corridor, both knew exactly what they wanted to find in a house.

For Jeff, it was a modern home with new amenities and energy efficient features. Michelle wanted an older home with character and a history.

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Published March 25, 2015

BERKLEY — For years, Berkley School District Drama Coordinator John Hopkins has been challenging his drama students to achieve new things in dancing, acting or singing.

So when the possibility came up for the students to perform “Footloose” as the school production this spring, Hopkins knew it would provide the challenge the class needed.

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Published March 25, 2015

FERNDALE — After two months of work with the community, the Ferndale Board of Education decided March 16 to restructure the current school setup to include a lower elementary school and an upper elementary school beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

Ferndale School District administrators began with public forums and meetings at each school in January to determine the best way to restructure the elementary schools.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the revered poet and playwright said that “all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”


More than 400 years later, that quote can be attributed to something more traditional and commonplace: interior design and real estate.


Home staging is arguably more popular than it’s ever been before. The process of preparing a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers has become vital to those who sell homes.

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Published March 25, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Let’s face it: When it comes to snapping prom photos, seniors are probably more concerned with what their Instagram feed will look like than how the actual printed photos will turn out.

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Published March 24, 2015

LANSING — Third time’s the charm.


At least that’s what Matthew Falk is hoping when it comes to Logan’s Law, a bipartisan bill his own dog helped to inspire.


Michigan Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, reintroduced the legislation to the Michigan House of Representatives on March 17 in hopes of getting support from the House and eventually the Senate to create a registry database for convicted animal abusers.

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Published March 24, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 10 years since Jennifer Shields first began training law enforcement officers to spot signs of mental illness. Though it’s been a decade, Shields said she still encounters police who are “blown away” by what they learn from her.

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Published March 23, 2015

The spring starts a new season of construction, but awareness could keep drivers from being barraged by sights of barrels during their commutes — or at least let them plan for a longer drive.

Oakland and Macomb counties’ road commissions have announced several upcoming projects for the spring and beyond.

According to Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads, his agency plans to do about $42 million in roadwork this construction season.

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Published March 19, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park Public Schools has taken the first steps toward a transformation that will include downsizing staff in an attempt to reduce a deficit that earlier this year was found to be much larger than anyone anticipated.

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Published March 17, 2015

FERNDALE — Garbutt Park has long been on the list of upgrades for city officials, but with collaboration between the Parks and Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, the park will be the recipient of a new play structure this spring.


The Ferndale City Council approved the play structure at a cost of $99,965 from GameTime Sinclair Recreation at the March 9 meeting. The plan is to have the structure installed by the end of April.

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Published March 17, 2015

BERKLEY — Without an official middle school hockey team in Berkley, the students at Anderson Middle School and Norup International School don’t get a chance to represent their schools on a regular basis.


On March 28, however, the students will be able to play for their schools in the fourth annual Mayor’s Cup, which pits students from both schools against each other in a friendly non-checking game at the Berkley Ice Arena, 2300 Robina Ave.

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Published March 17, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For 33 years, the Huntington Woods Men’s Club has been supporting projects across the city, making large donations each year from its annual auction held in March.


This year, proceeds from the 34th annual Huntington Woods Men’s Club auction, being held March 28, will go to support equipment updates at the Huntington Woods pool. The club, which raised a record $154,000 at last year’s auction, has pledged to donate $60,000 to the Huntington Woods Parks and Recreation Department and the city’s aquatics club.

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Published March 17, 2015

FERNDALE — Noticing a lack of focus on art and culture in Ferndale in recent years, the Ferndale City Council revived the Arts and Cultural Commission in January 2014 in hopes of bringing unique events to the city.


A year later, the commission has produced “Art at City Hall,” an exhibition that will highlight metro Detroit artists with approximately six-week exhibits. The first exhibit wrapped up a few weeks ago and the second one, focusing on local artist Taurus Burns, kicked off March 12.

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Published March 17, 2015

Lego lovers rejoice.

Michigan’s first and only attraction based on the world-famous Lego brick is coming to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills next year.

The schedule calls for construction to begin this summer on Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and for the project to be completed in spring 2016, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainment, which operates Legoland attractions worldwide.

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Published March 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — After years of fading into the background, the sounds of bells, whistles, digitized music and flippers hitting pinballs are coming back.


That old arcade mainstay has seen breaths of new life during the past few years, and enthusiasts around metro Detroit are helping put pinball machines back into the spotlight with local leagues running throughout the year, and a four-day annual event — the Michigan Pinball Expo — scheduled for April.

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Published March 16, 2015

A car with chipping, scratches, fading or worse cannot hide under winter grime forever, but repainting options exist just in time for a spring makeover. 

Allan Edwards, owner of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting in Shelby Township, said drivers get their cars repainted for a number of reasons, such as collision work, corrosion restoration or a simple refreshing.

“A lot of times, they’ve just got older cars looking pretty bland,” he said. “Sometimes they want to do a totally different color.”

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Published March 12, 2015

BERKLEY — When Berkley resident Doug Deeds took over the greenhouse at Berkley High School last spring, he was adamant about fixing up the little room and getting the BHS Garden Club to help him run it.


This year, Deeds isn’t stopping with just working with the high school students.

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Published March 11, 2015

FERNDALE — Within less than a week, Ferndale High School’s Impi Warriors FIRST robotics team saw more than six weeks of hard work pay off in two big ways.


With a team of 44 students, plus teachers and mentors, working on a robot for six weeks leading up to the FIRST robotics district competition Feb. 27-28 at Standish High School, the team was able to create a robot that not only completed the task required for this year’s competition, but did so better than any other robot in their district.

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Published March 11, 2015

FERNDALE — “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was first published in 1900, and a movie followed in 1939, which quickly became renowned for its music and art production.


Now, 115 years after L. Frank Baum released his novel and 76 years after the movie became an instant hit, theater students at Ferndale High School are hoping to keep Dorothy and her companions at the forefront when they present five performances of “The Wizard of Oz” between March 21 and 29.

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