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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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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — A few years ago, when Jason Davidson’s hair was completely shaved off during the St. Baldrick’s Foundation cancer fundraiser, a young girl battling the illness came up to him and said “thank you.”


Touched by her words, “It was hard to come up with a response,” Davidson said.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — They have a certain austere beauty and create remarkable sculptures when they begin to thaw and refreeze around trees, bushes or just the ground, but those large icicles growing from your roof could be an indication of a larger problem — ice damming on the roof.


An ice dam is a buildup of ice on roofs caused by melting snow that refreezes around the eaves of a house; it is usually quite easy to spot, experts say, because of the large icicles and pieces of ice that form on the edge of the roof of the house.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Bored with barbells and sick of stair climbers? You’re not the only one. More and more people are making dance a part of their regular workout routine — and they’re having a great time doing it.


Ivy Mitchell, of Clawson, knows how effective it can be to take exercising out of the gym and onto the dance floor. She teaches Zumba fitness classes in Clawson and Eastpointe, guiding students through interval-style full-body workouts masked as upbeat dance routines.

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Published March 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The legal team of the lesbian couple from Hazel Park challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage have filed their briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court. So have plaintiffs in similar cases out of Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

“Regardless of what happens in the next few months, we’re confident these are the briefs that represent the right side of history,” said Dan Canon, one of the counsel for the Kentucky case, during a conference call with legal teams for all four states Feb. 27.

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