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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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Published April 8, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Waving goodbye to the snow and ice of winter isn’t hard for most people to do come spring, but county officials want residents to know that as the temperatures increase, so do the chances for severe weather.

Last year, there were 112 storm-based warnings issued in southeast Michigan, three of which were recorded tornadoes. County officials said the recent tornado that touched down in Rochester Hills serves as a reminder of how destructive tornadoes can be and why it is vital to have a severe weather plan.

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Published April 6, 2015

FERNDALE — Within 10 days of a stabbing incident, Ferndale police worked with the Liquor Control Commission to suspend Glo Nightclub’s liquor license and close the bar effective March 27.


Police responded to an incident during a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the nightclub March 17 where two men were stabbed and a third assaulted with a bottle. When police arrived at the scene, the building had been evacuated by club security, but in working with local hospitals, police located three injured patrons.

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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Published April 2, 2015

BERKLEY — Funding has forced music to become an afterthought in some districts across the country, but Berkley School District administrators have made sure to make music a priority for the students and schools.

Because of the dedication of the students and staff, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation named the district a Best Community for Music Education for the fourth year in a row in March for maintaining music as part of the core curriculum.

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Published April 2, 2015

BERKLEY — Thanks to the Friends of the Berkley Public Library, children who visit the library will have a new learning device to use.

An AWE Early Literacy Station was set up earlier this month. The station combines a touchscreen with a keyboard and mouse to give children a chance to explore several educational games in several curriculum areas ranging from reading and language arts to math and science.

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Published April 2, 2015

FERNDALE — Jeremy Cybulski had always dreamed of being on a classic game show, so when the “Wheel of Fortune” mobile casting call came through Detroit last summer, the Ferndale resident took the opportunity to try out.

In the initial round of interviews in June, potential contestants were judged on their enthusiasm and energy. Having no problem showing his fun side, Cybulski got the call to come to the second round of auditions in August.

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Published April 2, 2015

FERNDALE — Just outside Ferndale City Hall and the Ferndale Police Department on East Nine Mile Road stands a historic clock tower, lots of green space and several unused parking spots.

The space seems primed to be a community gathering place, but city officials are looking for ways to best utilize the area. Enter six Lawrence Tech University students who, along with their professor, Ralph Nunez, took the opportunity to get some real-world experience and help out Ferndale by creating designs for the area.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the temperature fluctuates between freezing and above freezing, officials are reminding residents to stay off the ice this time of year.


Freeze-thaw cycles can weaken the ice and cause accidents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. The cycle produces “frazzle ice,” or ice that contains air pockets and has an appearance of frozen slush. Frazzle ice can appear milky white or black in color. And because the ice is dangerous, officials are offering ice safety tips in the event of a dangerous ice situation.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?


If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.


World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 26, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For more than 300 same-sex couples across the state of Michigan, March 22, 2015, was a very special day, for it marked the one-year anniversary of their weddings.

Their marriages took place in the brief window of time last year after a federal district court judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, but before the state appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court and had that decision put on hold.

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Published March 25, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — When Jeff and Michelle Bortnick started looking for a new home along the Woodward Avenue corridor, both knew exactly what they wanted to find in a house.

For Jeff, it was a modern home with new amenities and energy efficient features. Michelle wanted an older home with character and a history.

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Published March 25, 2015

BERKLEY — For years, Berkley School District Drama Coordinator John Hopkins has been challenging his drama students to achieve new things in dancing, acting or singing.

So when the possibility came up for the students to perform “Footloose” as the school production this spring, Hopkins knew it would provide the challenge the class needed.

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Published March 25, 2015

FERNDALE — After two months of work with the community, the Ferndale Board of Education decided March 16 to restructure the current school setup to include a lower elementary school and an upper elementary school beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

Ferndale School District administrators began with public forums and meetings at each school in January to determine the best way to restructure the elementary schools.

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