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Published May 23, 2015

This weekend, it’s all about the music, with two local concerts that promise to entertain.

For those who prefer their music loud, raw and aggressive, get your eardrums prepped for the second annual “Get Into the Pit” Michigan metal festival at the Diesel Concert Lounge and Theatre in Chesterfield Township from May 29-30.

But if piano pop with some jazz and trumpet sounds is more your speed, Warren resident Marcello Rossi brings his original style of music May 31 to the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.

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Published May 21, 2015

Furry friends who are going for a ride need to stay cool and buckled up just like other passengers, according to pet safety advocates.

Michigan Humane Society spokesman Ryan McTigue said the No. 1 thing that pet owners need to remember as the weather starts getting hot is to not take their animals with them on unnecessary trips.

“The best thing to do is leave them at home where they’re safe,” he said. “Temperatures can climb really high (in a car) even on a relatively cool day, even if you crack the window.”

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Published May 21, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS/PLEASANT RIDGE — A $100,000 investment in recycling bins by the city of Huntington Woods in 2011 has proven fruitful, as the city’s recycling numbers continue to be some of the best in the state.

Huntington Woods and Pleasant Ridge were honored by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Governor’s Recycling Council during the Governor’s Recycling Summit on May 5 in Kalamazoo for both cities’ efforts in recycling.

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Published May 21, 2015

FERNDALE — Ferndale city officials are hopeful that some form of mass transit comes to the Woodward Avenue corridor in the near future, so they are ensuring that they have the right development in place for a city along a transit route by approving the formation of a transit-oriented development district during the May 11 City Council meeting.

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Published May 20, 2015

FERNDALE — As Jeremy Cybulski stood on the “Wheel of Fortune” stage in March of this year facing the third round of the night, the Ferndale resident quickly solved the puzzle of “Traditional Irish Music.”

As a lifelong game show fan, Cybulski didn’t seem fazed when his episode finally aired May 13, and all his family and friends saw host Pat Sajak walk over and stand right next to him and ask where he thought the show was sending him as the winner of the prize puzzle.

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Published May 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Sure, you had planned on stopping at the driving range before teeing off, perhaps turn that slice into a gentle fade.


But then you missed a turn on the way to the golf course, or the babysitter was late, and suddenly the tee time that you’ve looked forward to is now a race to the first tee box instead of a relaxing start to the weekend.

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Published May 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities on both sides of the border.

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Published May 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  With the defeat of Proposal 1, voters sent a clear message to the Legislature that a better solution is needed to fix Michigan roads.


But until that solution is found, drivers will continue to battle growing potholes.

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Published May 14, 2015

FERNDALE — When looking toward the future during his State of the District address May 6, Ferndale Schools Superintendent Blake Prewitt said that first the community had to look to the past to see how far the district has come.

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Published May 13, 2015

BERKLEY/ROYAL OAK — The doors to the 45-A District Court in Berkley will close permanently May 15, which will bring a mandated merger closer to completion.

Gary Dodge, 44th District Court administrator, said that all Berkley and Royal Oak residents will be serviced through the Royal Oak courthouse on 11 Mile Road, east of Main Street, starting Monday.

“The Berkley residents need to come here on the 18th, and anybody that will be doing jury service in the future will also be coming here, because it now encompasses both communities,” Dodge said.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year.


Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said that while specific fishing is different across the north-south areas of the lake, walleye populations are booming to near record levels.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For both the interiors and exteriors of homes, customers are opting to go back to classic color schemes and neutrals, according to experts in the field.


The return to basics is, in some cases, a nostalgic choice and, in other cases, a more strategic move to increase home value and appeal to a wider audience.

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Published May 13, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Once upon a time, there were just a few types of summer camps: sports for the jocks, Scouts for the adventurers and math camp for those who would just rather be back in the classroom.


How times have changed. Now, there’s a daytime summer escape to suit every child and any taste.

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Published May 11, 2015

Auto safety experts are inviting parents to sit down and review the facts of properly securing small children in the back seat to avoid accident-related injuries.

Alyson Kechkaylo, occupant protection program coordinator for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, is also a certified child passenger safety technician.

She said Michigan law basically requires kids to be secured in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. But parent compliance often varies depending on the child’s age, she explained.
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Published May 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — May is Asthma Awareness Month, and local doctors and the American Lung Association are urging the approximately 25 million people in the United States who suffer from asthma to learn how to take control of the disease.

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Published May 7, 2015

The 1930 Berkley High School marching band, shown in this photograph, won the state championship that year. The success of the 1930 band led the school to have a variety of musical groups to this day, including choir, jazz band and orchestra.
James Tong, with the Berkley Historical Museum, came across this photo while compiling it as part of “Images of America: Berkley,” which is available at the Berkley Public Library, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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Published May 7, 2015

FERNDALE — Michigan native Robert Sabuda knows the satisfaction of jumping into a good book and being immersed in its world.

Sabuda’s job is to make that world jump out at you.

A Pinckney native, Sabuda currently resides in New York City, where he writes, illustrates and constructs children’s books, many of them pop-up books that show scenes in three dimensions that fold neatly into the pages for easy storage and transportation.

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Published May 6, 2015

FERNDALE — Since the early 1970s, Ferndale resident Ann Heler has been bucking the norm and paving her own path in a career that began as a special education teacher and ended up with her in the health care field.

Along the way, Heler has helped define sexual education in the classroom; fought for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; and helped provide medical attention to those who can’t afford insurance.

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Published May 6, 2015

BERKLEY — Berkley High School has been honored time and time again by numerous organizations for being one of the most challenging and rewarding high schools in the state.

Nothing has changed in 2015, as BHS appeared on the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list for the fifth consecutive year. And while high school administrators are pleased at the continued achievement by the school, they also think the award honors the whole district.

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Published May 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Embarking on the search for a new home can be daunting, especially for first-time buyers, so C & G Newspapers asked several experts, including real estate agents and a representative from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, for guidance.


John Kurczak, a Keller Williams Realtor, said the best way to start is to find out what you can afford.

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