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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2010, John Cummings began talking to residents in the neighborhoods of southwest Detroit. He estimates that he had around 200 one-on-one conversations with the people in the community, developing a feeling for their passions, their interests and concerns.

Conversation led to collaboration, and five years later, there are two groups: Grace in Action, the church community with Cummings as pastor, and Grace in Action, the entrepreneurship arm and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Published June 6, 2015

HAZEL PARK — During her day job as a vet technician at the Animal Medical Center of Troy, in Rochester Hills, Marjorie Sapp finds time to feed baby birds she brought with her in an incubator. Baby birds need to be fed on a regular basis from dawn to dusk, so it’s a lot of work. Her co-workers will help out, nursing the frail little creatures that fell out of their nest or were abandoned.

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Published June 5, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council during the May 26 meeting approved a special land use permit for a medical marijuana facility to operate within the city limits — the third of its kind approved by council.

However, C-Gardens will be the first of the three approved businesses to have caregivers growing marijuana on-site at the vacant industrial building at 930 E. Lewiston Ave.

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Published June 5, 2015

BERKLEY — The Berkley School District is composed of seven elementary, middle and high schools today, but in 1840, the entire district began as one school house at the corner of Catalpa Drive and Coolidge Highway.

The land for the school, which was located at the time in Royal Oak Township, was contributed by a local farmer who saw the need for an educational institution in the area, so the family donated about an acre of land from the southeast portion of its property to house Blackmon School.

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Published June 5, 2015

BERKLEY — Two Anderson Middle School students were detained by police May 22 after a notebook containing plans to possibly harm students and staff was brought to the attention of Principal Michael Ross.

According to the Berkley School District, another student brought a notebook belonging to one of the suspected students to Ross around 10 a.m. May 22. The notebook included a list of students and staff with whom the student was upset. Plans to potentially harm the people on the list were included in the notebook, according to the school district.

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Published June 4, 2015

New director starts July 1

OAK PARK — The Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts has announced a new director, Jennifer Gebbie, who will start July 1 in preparation for the 2015-16 school year.

CASA is a seven-school consortium with students from Berkley, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Lamphere, Madison Heights and Oak Park schools. The school focuses on offering Advanced Placement and fine arts classes that students from the participating districts can’t find at their home schools.

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Published June 3, 2015

Police arrested a man in Ferndale May 31 after he allegedly led police on a chase down a neighborhood street and crashed his vehicle into a home.

At approximately 8 p.m., a Ferndale police officer noticed a 2001 Chrysler vehicle on Eight Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue, that did not have a license plate.

When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Ferndale Police Lt. William Wilson said, the driver sped from Eight Mile onto Laprairie Street, a residential street.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Have you ever come home from a big trip out of town, looked around at all the daily chores you left behind and thought: “I need a vacation from my vacation.”


It’s for that reason, and so many others, that many families these days are opting to forgo a big summer excursion in favor of a more relaxed vacation at home. But just because you’re not packing your bags and draining your retirement fund to head out of state doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick break from your routine.

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Published June 3, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.


Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

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Published June 1, 2015

If you’re getting ready for the long haul about a career in truck driving, a local truck driving school says businesses are welcoming new talent.

Mike Arrigo, executive administrative assistant at Class ‘A’ Training Center in Romeo, said the truck driving industry still has a heavy demand for hires.  He said an entry-level truck driving position often gives employees a salary between $40,000 and $60,000, and wages may climb depending on experience and the number of routes.

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Published May 28, 2015

BERKLEY — For much of Caleb Matthews’ schooling, he wrote reports and essays for each class in a uniform way. Matthews said he didn’t have much freedom to be creative in his first 10 years.

But as a junior at Berkley High School this year, Matthews got the opportunity to express himself in a different way in John Duffy’s English 11 class. Duffy asked his students to write a personal narrative, and Matthews focused on one night in his life.

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Published May 28, 2015

FERNDALE — Todd Turner’s daughter was born with Down syndrome, and a few years later, she was diagnosed with autism.

Turner, a personal trainer in the metro Detroit area, didn’t look at the diagnoses with dread, but he knew that he and his family would have to work harder to make sure his daughter was being active.

Along with his brother, Paul Turner, the two started Ground Up Training System, or GUTS, to help train local athletes, but they saw an opportunity to help those in need, as well.

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Published May 28, 2015

BERKLEY — Every weekday, Valdez Tilton is in Priest Elementary-Middle School in Detroit trying to help eliminate barriers that stop or hinder students from learning.

Working as a community coordinator with Community in Schools has allowed Tilton, a Berkley resident, to help create partnerships between families, the community and the school.

Outside her career, Tilton is doing much the same work.

In looking to foster better collaboration at Priest last year, Tilton found that the way to reach the parents was to go through the children.

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Published May 28, 2015

FERNDALE — The annual Ferndale Pride festival, celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and supporters in metro Detroit, will kick off May 30 in downtown Ferndale with music, food and activities for all.

With the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision pending, just like the festival has for years, same-sex couples will be able to partake in a commitment ceremony during the event.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Residents with library cards can use them to get free passes to local attractions through the Michigan Activity Pass program that kicked off in May.


Sue Todd, librarian at the Eastpointe Memorial Library, said the program can help people gain free entry to attractions like the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum, Arts & Scraps, the Michigan Science Center and state parks.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With gorgeous summer weather finally here, many of us are itching to get out and enjoy the warm breeze and sunny skies while the season lasts.


According to the League of American Bicyclists, biking is something of a favorite pastime for Michiganders. The state placed 18th out of 50 for bicycle-friendly states, based on legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

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Published May 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Looking to create plush, peaceful outdoor spaces that also pop?


For The Great Outdoors program held at the Michigan Design Center May 14, interior designer Paul Feiten transformed the MDC’s lobby in Troy into virtual outdoor space that he said was inspired by a European veranda.

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Published May 26, 2015

The thrill of riding off road in a Jeep or truck might not have as many obstacles as some think.

Hollie Marlett, marketing assistant at Genesee County Parks, said The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Area in Mt. Morris Township is frequently used for off-road treks by Jeeps, trucks, ATVs and dirt bikes that fit under the umbrella of off-road vehicles, or ORVs.

She said the course is quite popular in the area and is one of the few larger areas with variety.

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