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May 26, 2010 - Christopher C. Smith of Clarkston recently joined as an associate Brooks Kushman P.C., a specialized intellectual property and commercial law firm.

In his new role, Smith will further bolster the IP litigation practice and will work with senior litigators at the firm on every aspect of the firm's cases, including discovery, depositions and trial preparation.

Before joining Brooks Kushman, Smith was an associate with Kirkland & Ellis L.L.P. in Los Angeles.

While in law school, Smith served as a judicial extern for the Honorable R. Gary Klausner, U.S. Federal District Court, Central District in Los Angeles, as well as a law clerk for Dobrusin & Thennisch P.C. in Birmingham, Mich.

Smith earned a juris doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Joseph M. Colucci of Clarkston, president of Automotive Fuels Consulting, earned the 2010 SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International Medal of Honor.

Colucci was honored with the annual award for improving SAE International technical meeting paper quality, session organization and environmental quality, technical sessions and committee activities, and its A World In Motion programs with local students.

Colucci is a 50-year member, former member of SAE International Board of Directors, and served on several activities and committees.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. he worked at General Motors Research Laboratories and Research and Development for 36 years.

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Michele Chrzanowski joined Stars & Stripes Kids Activity Center as a permanent, full-time employee.

Chrzanowski is an Oakland University graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She worked part-time at Stars & Stripes since graduating from high school.

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Local entrepreneur David Lundin recently launched a new Molly Maid business, providing professional, reliable home cleaning services tailored to customers' lifestyles.

Molly Maid of Clarkston will also be giving back to the community through the Ms. Molly Foundation, established in 1996.

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Michigan Vascular Centers and VeinSolutions achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by volunteer physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help and organization improve its care and services.

"We believe our patients deserve the best," stated David B. Wilson, M.D., FASC of Michigan Vascular Centers and VeinSolutions. "When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that the AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means that we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest care possible."

The Clarkston office is located in the Clarkston Medical Building.

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Colossal Closeouts, 4396 Dixie Highway, is celebrating its grand opening.

The store purchases closeouts and liquidation of merchandise including Holloway brand jackets, golf shorts, sport pants, bags, hoodies, sweats, blankets and other items, and offers them at prices lower than most discount stores.

Colossal also sells jewelry, brand-name petites, plus sizes, military wear, Michigan college apparel, and fashion accessories.

Summer selection includes Aeropostle, American Eagle, Eddie Bauer, Old Navy and other brand names.

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, and 12-5 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call 248-461-6170.

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Andiamo Express, Mesquite Creek's carryout store, now sells twelve Fusion Foods International's gourmet salsas.

"Not only do they have fabulous taste and all natural product but it has no fat, it uses honey not sugar, no gluten, no soy, low carbs, low sodium, no preservatives and it is made in Michigan," said Tony Vitale, general manager of Mesquite Creek. "We had several of our employees and our guests taste these twelve Fusion salsas. They all gave great reviews regarding the wonderful flavor and unique taste; that made the decision easy for us."

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