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Published April 15, 2013

OAK PARK — With a rather large canvas in front of him containing everything from stars and flowers to people and hands, Daniel Cascardo stood back from his work of art April 11 at the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park and handed paint to every person who came to him.

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Published April 10, 2013

After almost 21 years together, the Luddites still haven’t suffered the ubiquitous “creative differences” that have shattered bands less than half their age.

The 11-piece acoustic group will celebrate the release of their fourth CD, “Twisted In,” with a concert starting at 9 p.m. April 13 at PJ’s Lager House. Bass player David Giovannucci, one of the original Luddites from those early days in August 1992 when they started as a five-piece acoustic act, said friendship and mutual respect have kept them going all these years.

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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Published April 2, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — It’s hard to believe that an event the magnitude of the Huntington Woods Men’s Club service auction could continue to grow, but it may have just experienced its most successful year ever.

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Published April 2, 2013

BERKLEY — Angie Church received two of the best surprises of her life in the span of just two weeks.

The first came when the Berkley High School teacher attended a staff meeting after school and was greeted by a crowd that included dozens of her co-workers and friends, as well as her parents, husband and 5-year-old twin daughters. The congregation had gathered to announce that she had been selected as BHS’ nomination for the 2013 Oakland County Outstanding High School Teacher of the Year award through Oakland Schools.

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Published April 1, 2013

BERKLEY — After 70 years of educating students in the local Catholic community, Our Lady of La Salette School will close down at the end of the 2012-13 school year, due to declining enrollment.

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Published March 27, 2013

Though spring seems to have lost its way en route to Michigan, it won’t be long before temperatures finally rise and the ground thaws to welcome new plants and flowers into eagerly awaited gardens around metro Detroit.

Just like in fashion boutiques, there will be lots of trends that customers will be clamoring for at their local nursery this year as they plan their landscape design. According to Erma Rhadigan, co-owner of Ray Wiegand’s Nursery in Macomb Township, this year’s most popular bloom choices are going to be bright, warm colors.

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Published March 27, 2013

With spring here — at least according to the calendar — many homeowners look to the state of their houses after the long, dirty winter and aren’t happy with what they see.

Carpets are soiled by salty boots; driveways start cracking from the months-long freeze/thaw cycle; and muddy messes are exposed in backyards that will be used for entertaining, come summer.

Now is the time to fix those problems, according to local contractors, before warm-weather fun beckons and the summer home- improvement rush begins.

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Published March 19, 2013

BERKLEY — When Berkley High School theater students bring their next production to the stage this weekend, their goal will be to not only entertain, but also to educate and inspire.

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Published March 13, 2013

FERNDALE/HUNTINGTON WOODS — This month marks the last chance for local homeowners, tenants and landlords to take advantage of a golden opportunity to save hundreds of dollars on annual energy costs.

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Published March 13, 2013

FERNDALE — The Ferndale High School auditorium will be alive with “The Sound of Music” this month, when FHS theatre students will bring the classic Broadway musical to the stage.

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Published March 13, 2013

BERKLEY — The city will soon bring in outside companies to fill largely unused space within the Berkley Ice Arena in order to earn greater revenues and make the facility self-sustaining.

City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa and Parks and Recreation Director Tom Colwell appeared before the Berkley City Council March 4, seeking approval of the project. Members of council expressed unanimous support and enthusiasm for the plan, praising Colwell for developing creative ways to keep the Ice Arena afloat.

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Published February 28, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — City officials are moving forward with a project to make the Huntington Woods Public Safety Department safer for employees and visitors.

The plan includes $65,000 worth of renovations to the building’s lobby area in order to increase its security against any potentially violent incidents. It was approved unanimously by the City Commission Feb. 19 and will utilize money from the city’s capital improvement fund to enter a design and construction agreement with the Royal Oak-based firm Interior Systems Contract Group (ISCG).

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Published November 28, 2012

Nearly 140 skilled artist entrepreneurs will bring some 40,000 pieces of handcrafted pottery to this year’s Potters Market, now in its 37th year.

A holiday tradition in metro Detroit and the largest all-clay pottery sale in the U.S., the event will feature talent from all over the state. The artists run the Potters Market as a collective, handling everything from constantly restocking the shelves throughout the weekend to checking customers out lickety-split at one of the 14 cash registers.

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Published August 15, 2012

BERKLEY — For 91 years, the Vinsetta Garage was well-known for its mechanical work. Now, it’s gaining a reputation for its menu.

The former repair shop opened in 1919 at 27799 Woodward Ave. and closed its doors Nov. 30, 2010. In May 2012, it reopened as a restaurant bearing the same name and a similar atmosphere.

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Published August 15, 2012

FERNDALE — Shirley Muldowney is a living legend in the automotive world who has resided in Southeast Michigan for decades, but this year will mark the first time that she has attended the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Muldowney, who broke the gender barrier as the first female drag racer nearly 50 years ago, is undoubtedly one of the greatest champions of her sport. However, she only appears at a handful of automotive events each year, and she feels that the organizers of the Dream Cruise have not been especially accommodating to her in the past.

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Published August 8, 2012


Can do

Eileen Haraminac will teach several upcoming food preservation courses at the Macomb MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham, Assembly Room A, in Clinton Township:
• Aug. 18: hot water bath jams and jellies.

Published June 20, 2012

FERNDALE/DETROIT — John and C.J. Milroy never knew Uriel Jones personally, but the music that he made will forever hold a special place in their hearts.

The same could be said for virtually anyone who’s ever turned on a radio over the last 50 years — whether they know it or not. As one of the three drummers for the legendary Motown record label, Jones served as an integral piece of what founder Berry Gordy coined as “the sound of young America.”

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Published March 21, 2012

As pet lovers snuggle up with their furry friends, many may not think about where their animals came from before they found them listed online or at a pet store. But the Michigan Humane Society estimates that 99 percent of pet store puppies are bred by large-scale breeders, or puppy mills, some of which are known for their cruel and inhumane treatment of animals to maximize profit.

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Published March 14, 2012

An electronic sign on the wall reads “10 days, 14 hours, 15 minutes and 4.32 seconds.”

“That’s the countdown until the end of my life,” laughed Melisa Valentine, 25, of Ferndale, a bartender at the Blarney Stone Pub in Berkley.

She’s kidding of course. The countdown marks the time left before St. Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday many celebrate by bellying up to the bar. But for those tasked with handling the crowds and their beverage orders from behind the bar, it’s a far different experience.

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