Elizabeth Scussel

Published May 20, 2013

On June 1, the pixies will buzz and the faery dust will flutter in Shelby Township with the first Faery Door Scavenger Hunt. The brainchild of a local business owner, the event is open to the public, and all proceeds will benefit Childhelp.

Childhelp is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. It’s a cause for which Jennifer Kaczmarek feels a deep passion.

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Published April 29, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Ebeling Elementary School student Lukas Speagle was recently chosen as the first-place winner of a drawing contest, which resulted in him collecting a $1,000 scholarship.

The contest was a kick-off event for the annual Maximize Their Futures campaign, a Boys and Girls Club partnership with Max and Erma’s restaurant. The campaign is expected to raise $40,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Speagle, 11, of Macomb Township, is an aspiring artist and devout member of the Boys and Girls Club.

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Published April 10, 2013

From Slap Bracelets to Silly Bandz, it seems there is always a new fashion trend waiting to adorn the forearms of students across the country.

The newest trend in wrist wear is not only fun, it’s for a good cause.

Less than a month ago, sixth-grade teachers Amy Orlando, of Bloomfield Hills, and Kelly Casaccio, of Chicago, spawned their brainchild into a reality — with the birth of Chummies.

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Published April 9, 2013

In honor of Earth Day, the Farmington Hills Beautification Commission will host its first annual Clean, Green and Beautiful Week.

The week of April 15-22 will be chock-full of Earth-friendly activities aimed to keep the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills sparkling.

Events include a litter walk, water awareness and recycling programs, a tree-planting event, a free showing of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” ending Monday with a festival at Heritage Park.

Carol Posby is a co-chair and commissioner of the Farmington Hills Beautification Commission.

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Published March 27, 2013

From puppets to poetry and folk songs to fairy tales, the StoryTellers Guild is pulling out all the stops to bring smiles to the faces of local children.

In April, the Birmingham-based nonprofit is inviting the public to celebrate its 20-year anniversary.

The guild, founded by the late Helen Southgate Williams, promotes literacy and storytelling in classrooms around metro Detroit. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children through art and storytelling.

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Published March 25, 2013

From puppets to poetry and folk songs to fairy tales, the StoryTellers Guild is pulling out all the stops to bring smiles to the faces of local children.

In April, the Birmingham-based nonprofit is inviting the public to celebrate its 20-year anniversary.

The guild, founded by the late Helen Southgate Williams, promotes literacy and storytelling in classrooms around metro Detroit. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children through art and storytelling.

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Published March 19, 2013

The arrival of spring brings more than flowers and warmer weather — it’s a time for renewal, rebirth and, for some people, the need for a new wardrobe. Zonta International is making it fun and easy to update the closet this spring without breaking the bank.  And it’s all for a good cause.

On March 24, the 19th annual Steppin’ Out in Style event will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Carson’s (formerly Parisian) at Laurel Park Place in Livonia. Tickets to the event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

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Published February 20, 2013

ROYAL OAK — Perhaps inside all of us, there lies a superhero — one who longs to lurk in the shadows and save lives, do good deeds and right the wrongs of the world — all while masking our identities. Dominic Riggio is doing just that; he is channeling his inner superhero, but in a different way.

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Published October 17, 2012

It’s not just the leaves that change color this time of year. Each October, the world becomes adorned in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But for Mike Hull, breast cancer awareness is celebrated every month — not just in October.

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Published August 30, 2012

To some, moving may seem a simple and straightforward task: pack, load, drive and unload. However, experts say that the ins and outs of moving can carry chaos and stress, and it’s easy to overlook the small details. It’s the small details in moving, they say, that can make a huge difference.

Realtor Kathi Jones-Cutler of Max Broock in Birmingham recommends doing the necessary homework and tackling the move one step at a time.

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Published July 10, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — When Tiffany Victoria Sims was a sophomore at Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, she was what some people might describe as shy. Though she loved the performing arts, she never thought about stepping into the spotlight herself.

“I was the girl who was too shy to get up on stage. I used to usher at Shrine’s performances, and I used to make my mom buy tickets to come watch me usher.”

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Published June 20, 2012

There’s a trend creeping up in the gardening world. The concept is simple: A vertical garden is a one that grows, well, vertically, rather than in the traditional manner in garden beds or pots.

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Published April 16, 2012

BIRMINGHAM — Each year, 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide serve 4.1 million young people through membership and community outreach. In Southeastern Michigan alone, 23,000 children in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties frequent a Boys & Girls Club on a regular basis.

Among a list of celebrity alumni of a Boys & Girls Club are Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, Martin Sheen, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Smokey Robinson.

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Published February 29, 2012

First-time homebuyer Jason Hartunian knows what he’s looking for in a house.

“It must be close to work,” Hartunian said. “It must also be in a small community. But when it comes down to it, price is the ultimate factor.”

Whether it’s price or location, people take many different factors into consideration when searching for a new home.

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Published December 14, 2011

Saturday, Nov. 26, marked the second annual Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to neighborhood shopping in an attempt to strengthen and refuel the economy.

“It is well-known that small business can and will play an important role in the economic redevelopment of this region,” said Paul Traub, an economist and Oakland Township resident. “The more the community pulls together, the better it is for everyone.”

Many small businesses are spreading their own cheer this December by offering incentives to encourage consumers to shop locally.

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