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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ain’t progress grand? Our phones rarely keep us tethered to the wall anymore. Thanks to email, our messages are as fast as lightning and don’t require a stamp. With MP3 players, we don’t have to wait for the radio disc jockey to play our favorite tune.


With so many changes in our everyday lives, it only makes sense that other activities we’re used to — like camping — would evolve with the times, too.

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Published April 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Starting April 16, water heater manufacturers must comply with mandatory new standards issued by the U.S. Department of Energy geared toward conserving energy.


The new water heaters will be larger in size, due to increased insulation, and will have more expensive price tags, but they will save more energy.

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Published April 15, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Children who enjoy live theater are invited to check out two productions coming to the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts this month.

“My Heart in a Suitcase” is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. April 21.

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Published April 14, 2015

FERNDALE — For the past three years, residents and visitors in Ferndale have been able to walk in any area of the downtown district near Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue and see a piece of art.

Whether it was the Belier Rouge red ram at the corner of West Nine Mile and Livernois Street, or the Bent Brush sculpture at East Nine Mile and Woodward, art has been scattered across the city as part of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority’s “ARTWN” art exhibit since 2012.

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Published April 14, 2015

BERKLEY — The search is on for a new Berkley Parks and Recreation Department director after City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa decided not to merge the parks department and Department of Public Works following personnel turnover.

At the beginning of February, Bais-DiSessa shuffled the management of the parks department by moving Director Tom Colwell to deputy director and placing Deputy Director Theresa McArleton into the interim director position.

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Published April 14, 2015

BERKLEY — Now that the snow has cleared and spring is here, construction is set to begin on Coolidge Highway north of 12 Mile Road no later than early May.

Last July, the Berkley City Council approved the city pursuing an advanced-construction option from the Oakland County Federal Aid Committee that would allow the city to pay all costs up front for the Coolidge construction project, and then get a partial reimbursement from the Michigan Department of Transportation during the 2016 fiscal year.

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Published April 14, 2015

FERNDALE — In opening the annual State of the City address April 9, Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter started with one simple question for all those in attendance — why do they work or live in Ferndale?

By outlining several cost-saving techniques implemented by numerous departments and talking about plans to continue to study parking in the downtown district, Coulter hoped to confirm for everyone that they made the right choice.

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Published April 13, 2015

Whether it’s for planning a long road trip or to have some backup wheels while their main ride is in the shop, securing a rental car will likely become a favorable option for most drivers sooner or later.

However, businesses that loan vehicles to drivers often have their own requirements and guidelines for renting vehicles and taking care of those vehicles.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 9, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — For over three years, Terri and Sean Compton, both of West Bloomfield, tried to conceive.


During that time, Terri had two miscarriages, two ectopic pregnancies and lost their son, Patrick, when she was 17 weeks pregnant.


“I was one of those people who could get pregnant very, very easy. … I just couldn’t carry,” Terri said.


Four-year-old Brin was Terri and Sean’s sixth pregnancy and their little miracle.

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Published April 9, 2015

A week after Ferndale police served Glo Nightclub with an emergency suspension order from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, the club’s owners filed a complaint against the city of Ferndale and the Liquor Control Commission claiming defamation and violation of constitutional rights.

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Published April 9, 2015

Ferndale police arrested a suspect in an armed robbery April 3 after a concerned passer-by stopped the crime in progress and took the victim to the police.

At about 1:30 p.m. April 3, a 65-year-old woman visiting Ferndale from the Upper Peninsula was attacked by a man who tried to rob her at gunpoint, police said. The robber followed the woman from the downtown area near Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue into the residential neighborhood at Bermuda and East Breckenridge streets.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAK PARK — After the news that the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park will close, members of a local grass-roots group are taking it upon themselves to raise money to keep the building open.


The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced in a community briefing March 5 that the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will cease programming and services at the Oak Park facility after Aug. 31.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.


Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Most people don’t notice awnings until they decide to buy one.


The main reason most homeowners decide to purchase an awning is for shade. Also, they wish to cut the cost of cooling their home and keep the patio cool in the summer, said Lorraine Strachan, office manager for Signature Awning in Livonia, which serves all of metro Detroit.


“The biggest reason is shade,” Strachan said.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.


The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 8, 2015

FERNDALE — Last summer, the city of Ferndale planned to tear up more than a mile of East Nine Mile Road as part of a resurfacing project that would have divided the work around the Woodward Dream Cruise.


However, bids for the work came in nearly $1 million over projections and the city was forced to sit on a majority of the work, electing to do only a water main replacement last year and move the resurfacing job to 2015.

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Published April 8, 2015

BERKLEY/HUNTINGTON WOODS — Berkley Mayor Phil O’Dwyer said that if you ask residents how they feel about living in Berkley, most will provide positive feedback.


Now, due to AreaVibes, which has been ranking the livability of cities across the country since 2010, others may feel the same way that O’Dwyer does about Berkley.

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Published April 8, 2015

BERKLEY — The Berkley American Legion has been stationed on 12 Mile Road east of Coolidge Highway for 75 years, but following years of financial mismanagement, the post’s members are at risk of losing the building.


The Stanley J. Fons Post 374 had a balloon mortgage payment come due recently, and if the post can’t pay the $100,000 by April 27, the building will be turned over to the bank. Post Cmdr. Tom Bustance said the bank involved, which he declined to name, has been more than helpful, but the time has come for the post to pay up.

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Published April 8, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods Men’s Club regularly uses a good chunk of the money raised at its annual service auction to benefit community projects. This is why Men’s Club Publicity Chairperson Alex Cooper said the community always supports the event.


Last year, the Men’s Club set a record for money raised when it brought in nearly $160,000. More than $60,000 went to support the new Burton Community Park equipment.

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