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Hazel Park 11/25/2015

Dead body identified as Hazel Park man

HAZEL PARK — Authorities have confirmed the remains of a body found in Detroit as that of a Hazel Park man who had gone missing in early October.Jacob Gasperoni, 27, was last seen by his family leaving for a bus on Eight Mile the week of Oct. ...Read More

Farmington 11/25/2015

Police on lookout for missing teen

The Farmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing girl.Authorities have identified the missing girl as 16-year-old Anitha Gardenia Barnes. She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 155 pounds. She was last ...Read More

West Bloomfield 11/25/2015

Two Muses finds new location in Waterford theater

WATERFORD — After wrapping its last production and facing the uncertainty of possibly being homeless, Two Muses Theatre has found a new location.The theater now will operate at the Monster Box Theatre, located at 2529 Elizabeth Lake Road in nearby ...Read More

Berkley 11/25/2015

Berkley city, school officials collaborate to replace Angell play structure

BERKLEY — As part of ongoing planning in both the city of Berkley and the Berkley School District, a play structure at Angell Elementary School that had been deemed unsafe this fall will be torn down and replaced by the end of the school year.The ...Read More

Berkley 11/25/2015

New 5K and fun run to raise money for youth assistance

BERKLEY — The holiday season in Berkley just got a little more fun-filled, as the first Snowman Shuffle 5K & Family Fun Run will invade Hurley Field Dec. 5 to support Berkley/Huntington Woods Youth Assistance.BHYA is a nonprofit organization ...Read More

Berkley 11/25/2015

Berkley Schools, Meadow Brook enter partnership to benefit students

BERKLEY — Looking for an opportunity for students to learn from professionals, the Berkley School District announced a partnership with the Meadow Brook Theatre for the theater’s 2015-16 season.The partnership will see artists from Meadow ...Read More

Berkley 11/25/2015

Firm proposes new Berkley logo, motto

BERKLEY — Following the vote earlier this month to retain the current Berkley logo unless the residents approve a new one, Lansing-based MessageMakers presented the City Council Nov. 16 with the results of a recent branding study.The city entered ...Read More

Madison Heights 11/25/2015

Local VFW receives grant for generator, building work

MADISON HEIGHTS — A recent donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars will help Post 1407 stay up and running, even when power outages threaten to shut it down.The post received a $5,000 grant from AT&T that will pay for an auxiliary power ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/25/2015

WaterTown eyes old canal site

ROCHESTER HILLS — The former site of the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal, near Yates Park, could benefit from efforts of the WaterTown team, which aims to improve green infrastructure and water quality in the area. “I would venture a guess that ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/25/2015

Hooper honored for service to city

ROCHESTER HILLS — After nine years on the City Council, former Council President Greg Hooper is retiring from a job he first took reluctantly, via an appointment.“I never wanted to get into politics,” Hooper said during a recognition ...Read More

Ferndale 11/25/2015

Ferndale student musicians will tour Europe as part of symphony orchestra

FERNDALE — Next summer, two Ferndale School District musicians will have the opportunity to expand their musical and cultural educations as they travel to Europe as part of the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra.Eighth-grader George ...Read More

Metro Detroit 11/25/2015

As tax season approaches, police expect increase in fraud cases

Identity theft schemes are so rampant in an increasingly high-tech world, it seems like we’ve all been solicited at one point or another.No one is safe from the thieves looking to take your personal information, according to Sgt. James Gallagher, ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 11/25/2015

Cranbrook decks the halls for new holiday fundraiser

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For 40 years, the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary has kicked off the holidays with its famed Holiday Tables event, with a variety of elaborately adorned tablescapes displayed throughout the historic Booth home.But the ...Read More

Farmington 11/24/2015

Robotics team raises awareness for plastic bag recycling

FARMINGTON — A group of Farmington elementary school children have teamed up to spread awareness about recycling plastic bags.The group of kids, comprising students from Warner Upper Elementary School and Forest Elementary School, are part of a ...Read More

Lathrup Village 11/24/2015

Lathrup Shop in the Village holiday market returns

LATHRUP VILLAGE — If you want to swap out the large stores and even larger crowds that Black Friday promises each year, the Lathrup Village holiday market will be in full swing on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28. Small Business Saturday ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/24/2015

Santa Hat Hustle moves out of city following permit denial

ROYAL OAK — Following the City Commission’s decision to deny an event permit for the second annual Santa Hat Hustle, organizers said the event would now take place in a neighboring community.“We are thrilled to announce that the Santa ...Read More

Clawson 11/24/2015

Students share words of thanks during holiday week

CLAWSON — Sixth-grader Anna Rusing is grateful that she will be spending Thanksgiving with her father, who suffered a stroke earlier this year.Rusing watched with a close eye and hopeful heart during his hospital stay and physical therapy, and she ...Read More

Metro Detroit 11/24/2015

Retro recipe redo

METRO DETROIT — When was the last time you sat down to a holiday meal with your family and lamented the absence of a tomato aspic on your plate? How about that chewy fruitcake? Or maybe you’re hankering for a deviled ham Christmas ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/24/2015

City explores future park options with Oakland County

ROYAL OAK — The City Commission recently appointed two of its members to serve on a committee to examine possible partnership opportunities with Oakland County while developing the future Normandy Oaks park.City Commissioners Sharlan Douglas and ...Read More

Troy 11/24/2015

City crews and equipment are ready for winter

The salt dome is filled and the city plows and salting equipment are ready to battle Old Man Winter.The Troy Fleet Maintenance Division operates day and afternoon shifts, and maintains approximately 500 pieces of city-owned equipment.The city also ...Read More

Troy 11/24/2015

Ring in the holidays at the Troy Historic Village

Looking to celebrate Christmas close to home?The Troy Historic Village and the city of Troy will offer holiday fun in your own backyard.The Troy Historic Village will celebrate A Classic Christmas, offering a taste of the past  with hot mulled ...Read More

Troy 11/24/2015

Man cheats on driver’s test, assaults clerk and police

Police were called to the Michigan Secretary of State office at 1111 E. Long Lake Road just after 11 a.m. Nov. 13 after a Troy man reportedly became upset after he failed the written part of his driver’s test.Police said he was given a second ...Read More

Southfield 11/24/2015

Potters Market returns to Southfield

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, ...Read More

Rochester 11/24/2015

City wins awards for Fire Department renovation, Howlett Park improvements

ROCHESTER — Keep Michigan Beautiful recently awarded a Michigan Plaque to the Rochester Fire Department for the renovation of its fire station, as well as to the Rochester City Beautiful Commission for its Howlett Park improvement project.The ...Read More

Birmingham 11/24/2015

Downtown Birmingham rolls out new logo, holiday perks

BIRMINGHAM — Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, the city of Birmingham is boasting a new logo to brand its popular downtown district.Following a strategic planning project conducted last year, the Birmingham Principal Shopping ...Read More

Clawson 11/23/2015

Police warn residents of IRS phone scam

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Public safety officials are warning residents to be aware of phone scams happening in the area that involve callers who pretend to be from the Internal Revenue Service.According to an alert issued by the Royal Oak Police ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/23/2015

Woman dies after police find her unresponsive in car

Police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old Southfield woman found unresponsive in her car early Sunday morning.Police are not speculating on the cause.“At this point it is a 21-year-old young lady that was, unfortunately, found ...Read More

Hazel Park 11/23/2015

Race dates decided for Hazel Park Raceway

HAZEL PARK — This year’s thoroughbred meet at Hazel Park Raceway was cut short Aug. 8 when Sports Creek Raceway closed and shrunk the purse pool, reducing the number of live race nights from 38 to 30. Now the Michigan Gaming Control Board has ...Read More

Rochester 11/23/2015

Sunrise Pinnacle Award winners honored during ceremony

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized 23 local businesses, organizations and community members during its ninth annual Sunrise Pinnacle Awards breakfast at the Royal Park Hotel Oct. 23.The awards are an annual ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/22/2015

First snowfall of the season brings power outages to residents

Although the first snow of the 2015-16 season was a beautiful site, for thousands of residents, the winter weather meant lights out.About 4,000 Royal Oak DTE customers on the city’s east side were without power Nov. 21.The power outage also ...Read More

Hazel Park 11/21/2015

Hazel Park Holiday Baskets now accepting donations, applications

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park is a small town with a big heart. For more than 30 years, the community has pulled together each holiday season to assemble goods for struggling families in the Hazel Park school district, which includes parts of Ferndale. ...Read More

Southfield 11/20/2015

Oil company seeks permit to drill at church

SOUTHFIELD — A Traverse City oil and gas exploration company is seeking a permit to drill at a local church, but city officials say there is a moratorium on oil and gas extraction. According to a statement from Jordan Development, a privately ...Read More

Troy 11/20/2015

Fire Department seeks a few good men and women

Looking for a way to give back to the community and want to ride in a fire truck while you do it?The Troy Fire Department is looking to shore up its number of dedicated volunteers.“With a city this large, the majority of residents don’t ...Read More

Rochester 11/20/2015

Downtown Rochester to welcome Kris Kringle Market

ROCHESTER — The holiday season is upon us, and the city of Rochester is doing its part once again to spread some cheer.Downtown Rochester will transform into a European holiday market next weekend for the eighth annual Kris Kringle ...Read More

Rochester 11/20/2015

Royal Park Hotel unveils giant gingerbread house

ROCHESTER — The lobby of the Royal Park Hotel was abuzz Nov. 11 as families and children anxiously waited for hotel executive pastry chef Mark Slessor to unveil this year’s giant gingerbread house, which Slessor said is his team’s ...Read More

West Bloomfield 11/20/2015

Local theater receives $15k state grant

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield theater has received a $15,000 grant from the state of Michigan for its general operating budget.The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, was awarded the grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and ...Read More

Oakland County 11/18/2015

Local communities see uptick in deer collisions

According to Lt. Michael Vargas, of the Beverly Hills Public Safety Department, the village typically sees around one or two deer-related auto accidents in a given season.But there’s a good chance that average could be exceeded this year, since ...Read More

Oakland County 11/18/2015

Students learn hard truth about poverty during simulation

OAKLAND COUNTY — The scene at Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills campus Nov. 16 was a bit strange. There were students walking around grocery shopping, paying bills, taking a trip to the pawn shop and even selling drugs.It was all an ...Read More

West Bloomfield 11/18/2015

Local teen charged in alleged shooting plot

ARGENTINE TOWNSHIP — Three teens were arrested Oct. 29 after authorities discovered that they were allegedly planning a school shooting.One of those teens, Lamarr Michael Dukes, 15, is from West Bloomfield and is a Walled Lake Central and former ...Read More

Metro Detroit 11/18/2015

Small Business Saturday equals big returns for local shops

METRO DETROIT — Michelle Weiss, marketing coordinator for the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, said she’s noticed something surprising over the past few years. In her neck of the woods, there seems to be more excitement about the ...Read More

Berkley 11/18/2015

A jump in the right direction

BERKLEY — Margaret Beaudoin is making a name for herself with U.S. Paralympics.The 15-year-old Berkley High School freshman suffered a stroke while her mother, Christine McNish, was pregnant with her, and it has affected the left side of ...Read More

Lathrup Village 11/18/2015

Lathrup certified as state’s fourth Redevelopment Ready Community

LATHRUP VILLAGE — As the city motto states, Lathrup Village is known for beautiful homes and great neighbors, but city officials are working to make the city not only attractive to homeowners, but business owners and investors too.A handful of ...Read More

Southfield 11/18/2015

Community gathers to thank veterans for their service

SOUTHFIELD — Residents, city officials and community members showed their appreciation for those who have served our country in a ceremony commemorating Veterans Day Nov. 10.At 11 a.m. in the council chambers in the Southfield Municipal Complex, ...Read More

Troy 11/18/2015

Ordinance to protect local woodlands moves forward

The Planning Commission has approved a final draft of an ordinance that aims to protect trees from being clear cut and not replaced, but it is not clear when the council, which has final approval of the ordinance, will consider it.At the May 26 meeting, ...Read More

Clawson 11/18/2015

New rules address pets, parking and politeness

CLAWSON — Protecting the community’s investment and making sure all guests enjoy their park experience is a top priority for Kathy Leenhouts.“We have just put all of this money into the park, and we have all of these new facilities, ...Read More

Troy 11/18/2015

Troy City Council will consider plans for senior living center/dog park

The Troy City Council will likely decide whether to approve a planned unit development for a senior assisted living facility that would make a proposed city dog park a done deal.A public hearing on the Stone Crest planned unit development is scheduled ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/18/2015

Magic holiday fun kicks off this weekend downtown

ROYAL OAK — Family, friends and fun will combine this weekend for a downtown tradition to start the holiday season.The 14th annual Holiday Magic Parade will begin marching along downtown streets at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. The parade will start at ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/18/2015

City partners with schools to name future smart park

ROYAL OAK — Local children will have the opportunity to name the city’s upcoming smart park following approval last week to enter into a partnership with the school district.Members of the City Commission gave their unanimous support during ...Read More

Farmington Hills 11/18/2015

Support group offers a helpful ear to those with lung cancer

FARMINGTON HILLS — For many people with lung cancer, they believe there’s a stigma that comes with having the disease.It’s a belief that Angela Scott, of Northville, said persists — the belief that people with lung cancer knew ...Read More

Farmington 11/18/2015

Farmington Art Foundation celebrates 50 years

FARMINGTON — Since 1965, the Farmington Art Foundation has been part of the community effort to bring artists together and to reach out to teach others about art.This year marks the foundation’s 50th anniversary, and at the Farmington Hills ...Read More

Ferndale 11/18/2015

A treat and a cat

FERNDALE — When the Ferndale Cat Shelter was created in 2014, its purpose was to rescue local homeless cats and find permanent residences for the felines. Now, a year and a half later, the shelter is bringing a new way for people to meet their ...Read More

Ferndale 11/18/2015

FHS marching band wins first state championship since 2011

FERNDALE — By the time the Ferndale High School marching band took to the field after 10 p.m. Nov. 7 at Ford Field, the state marching band judges had seen more than 40 performances throughout the day, including 11 other performances in ...Read More

Ferndale 11/18/2015

Club introduces FMS students to computer science, careers

FERNDALE — In collaboration with Google CS First, students at Ferndale Middle School will have the opportunity to try their hands at computer science as part of a new computer coding club that will meet twice a week for a month after school.Lauren ...Read More

Ferndale 11/18/2015

Holiday Hoof, FestivALE provide cold-weather fun in Ferndale

FERNDALE — The holiday season is fast approaching, but Ferndalians won’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to get their holiday cheer fix, as the third annual Holiday Hoof and FestivALE events will return Nov. 21 to downtown Ferndale.The ...Read More

Lansing 11/18/2015

Legislator’s resolution calls for Election Day to be a holiday

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according ...Read More

Farmington Hills 11/18/2015

Holiday expo offers different kind of shopping experience

FARMINGTON HILLS — People searching for that perfect Christmas gift will have an opportunity to do so at Farmington Hills’ Holiday Shopping Expo.The expo takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at ...Read More

Rochester 11/18/2015

Driver rams new parking deck gate

ROCHESTER — Days after Rochester opened its second new parking deck at Walnut and University, it has already been damaged.Rochester police said an allegedly drunken driver drove through the gate of the newly opened west parking deck at around 1:40 ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/18/2015

New kennels open at Leader Dogs for the Blind

ROCHESTER HILLS — The puppies are playful in the new Leader Dogs for the Blind Canine Development Center, which features a cheerful visitor display area.“The lobby is set up for tours,” said Jeff Stein, Leader Dogs canine care manager. ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/18/2015

Holiday plays celebrate the season

ROCHESTER HILLS — George Bailey and Tiny Tim know the meaning of Christmas, and they want to share it with the world.“A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” offer holiday cheer at Meadow Brook Theatre and Avon ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/18/2015

Driver in critical condition after striking overpass abutment

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 37-year-old Independence Township woman is in critical condition after her car struck an overpass abutment off  of M-59, at Rochester Road, at 7 a.m. Nov. 15.According to a police report, the woman drove off the freeway ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/17/2015

Elderly woman bound and blindfolded during break-in

A 77-year-old woman was bound with tape and blindfolded during a 12:39 p.m. Nov. 17 home invasion in the 2800 block of Crooks Road, north of Auburn Road, a police report states.The woman was home alone when confronted by a man who bound and blindfolded ...Read More

Rochester 11/17/2015

Festival of Trees to raise funds for The Big, Bright Light Show

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to bring trees, tablescapes and a host of other items home for the holidays this weekend during the second annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees fundraiser.The event kicks off with a cocktail preview 7-11 ...Read More

Troy 11/17/2015

City goes back to the drawing board on trail plan

The plans for the city’s trails and pathways system will take another turn after the state withdrew a $600,000 grant when residents objected to the route.Bethany Baker, president of the Hills of Charnwood Homeowners Association, said the initial ...Read More

Rochester 11/17/2015

The Big, Bright Light Show celebrates 10th anniversary

ROCHESTER — With its 1.5 million points of holiday light, The Big, Bright Light Show may look like something that can only be found in a dream. But this year, it’s also turning dreams into reality for Michigan children with life-threatening ...Read More

Farmington Hills 11/17/2015

Police: Victim filed false report of Farmington Hills assault

After what police have called an extensive investigation on a recent assault, officials have learned that the incident was fabricated.According to a news release from the Farmington Hills Police Department, the alleged incident occurred at around 1 a.m. ...Read More

Macomb Township 11/17/2015

Man dies in construction accident

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that a 47-year-old laborer died as a result of a construction accident on Nov. 7.The incident reportedly took place at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Ansonia Way in ...Read More

Oakland Township 11/17/2015

Suspects arrested in screwdriver stabbing

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the Nov. 17 stabbing of a township man outside his home on Lyndon Circle, police said.The man told police he was leaving his house to go to work and found two men and two women ...Read More

Birmingham 11/16/2015

Germ expert to discuss physical, mental impacts of contagious diseases

BIRMINGHAM — As cold and flu season descends on metro Detroit, the Baldwin Public Library is celebrating — sort of — with a talk from a local expert on contagious diseases.Dr. Howard Markel, a Detroit native and noted medical ...Read More

Oakland County 11/16/2015

County earns high score for health

OAKLAND COUNTY — A new study recently revealed that Oakland County is among the healthiest counties throughout the state, ranking ninth among 82 counties, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population ...Read More

West Bloomfield 11/16/2015

WB looks to increase awareness about mental health after student suicides

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Within the past six months, three West Bloomfield High School students have committed suicide, leaving a community reeling and concerned.The West Bloomfield School District has held several assemblies, presentations and community ...Read More

West Bloomfield 11/14/2015

Local man encourages others to learn about organ donation

WEST BLOOMFIELD — After seeing a report of a local teenager’s organs being used to save numerous lives, a Bloomfield Hills man decided to give one of his kidneys to save the life of a man he’s never met.He now is using the experience ...Read More

Chesterfield Township 11/13/2015

Automotive museum honors veterans

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.Veterans of ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 11/13/2015

Bloomfield Hills High student missing

Bloomfield Township police are looking for a 14-year-old girl who went missing from Bloomfield Hills High School last week.Lajoy Ross, a freshman at the school, was last seen on campus at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. According to Sgt. James Gallagher, the ...Read More

Farmington 11/12/2015

Parenting Education Fair to be held at OCC

FARMINGTON — Parents who might be having trouble with unruly children and how to deal with them can find help at a parenting fair this weekend at Oakland Community College.The Parenting Education Fair will take place 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, ...Read More

Madison Heights 11/12/2015

Authorities release sketch of suspect in killing

MADISON HEIGHTS — Police in Madison Heights continue to investigate the death of Fernando Gonzales and have released a sketch of a suspect in the possible homicide.“The best description I can give with our limited information is we’re ...Read More

Madison Heights 11/12/2015

Goodfellows aim to make holiday memories for kids

MADISON HEIGHTS — For many, gifts under the Christmas tree and the joy of unwrapping them are among their most cherished childhood memories.But consider yourself fortunate if you have such memories — there are many kids who come from ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/12/2015

Stein Mart opens first metro Detroit store in Rochester Hills

Hundreds of people braved the gusty winds and rain waiting in line to be some of the first inside Rochester Hills’ newest discount retailer, Stein Mart.The Jacksonville, Florida-based discount clothing and housewares store is located at 1122 ...Read More

Hazel Park 11/12/2015

Police searching for Hazel Park cat killer

HAZEL PARK — Five cats were found beaten to death in Hazel Park, and police are asking the public to share anything they might know. In addition, a local animal shelter is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the ...Read More

Hazel Park 11/12/2015

Masked men shoot patron at bar in Hazel Park

HAZEL PARK / WARREN — A man is recovering after he was allegedly shot in the legs by two masked gunmen who robbed a bar in Hazel Park. The suspects reportedly shot the man when he resisted. Authorities believe the same suspects also robbed two ...Read More

Oakland County 11/11/2015

‘Pics of the Parks’ show off county’s natural play spaces

OAKLAND COUNTY — Diane Wilks, of Rochester Hills, has been going to Independence Oaks Park in Clarkston for years. The vast natural space is special to her for more than a few reasons.“It’s just one of my favorite places; it’s ...Read More

Clawson 11/11/2015

White elephant sale to benefit senior center

CLAWSON — Resident Ann Daly has been thinking about white elephants for more than a decade.One white elephant to be exact.Daly, 91, has played an active role in making sure that the annual Clawson Senior Center White Elephant Sale remains a ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/11/2015

Everyone is mad for the ROHS fall musical

ROYAL OAK — Director Edward Nahhat is mad about the Royal Oak High School Drama Club’s upcoming fall production.“It’s going really well,” he said. “I’m crazy about it.”The extremely busy and talented ...Read More

Troy 11/11/2015

Library program explores how to leave money to charity

Most people don’t initially think of including charities when drafting their wills or estate plans.“They don’t think of it,” said Troy attorney George Gregory.Gregory will talk about what to consider and how to include ...Read More

Troy 11/11/2015

Leave your leaves in bags or bins at your curb

Did you know the leaves and yard clippings you leave at your curb go to the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority site in Rochester Hills to become compost?And that free compost is available for Troy residents at the Department of Public ...Read More

Farmington Hills 11/11/2015

Police search for attempted sexual assault suspect

Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a suspect wanted for assault.According to a news release from Lt. Jon Haupt of the Farmington Hills Police Department, police received a delayed report Nov. 10 of an ...Read More

Metro Detroit 11/11/2015

Feature walls add style to remodel projects

METRO DETROIT — In almost any room of the house, a feature wall delivers major impact as a contemporary addition to a remodeling project. Design manager Dean McQuade, of Transitions Remodeling, received a gold award from the Home Builders ...Read More

Metro Detroit 11/11/2015

Respect and thanks: today, tomorrow and every day

METRO DETROIT — Each year around metro Detroit, a few businesses close in observance of Veterans Day. Some residents may head to a local parade or cemetery to pay their respects to the men and women who’ve served our country, and families will ...Read More

Ferndale 11/11/2015

Ferndale library forms advisory group to improve teen programming

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area District Library has monthly concerts for adults and several events each month for children, but now the library staff wants to tackle its toughest demographic yet — teenagers.In October, the Ferndale librarians ...Read More

Farmington 11/11/2015

Downtown Farmington accepting applications for second annual holiday parade

FARMINGTON — Underneath the lights adorned in downtown Farmington, once again the city will host the second annual Light Up the Grand: A Holiday Lighted Parade.Presented by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade begins at 6 ...Read More

Madison Heights 11/11/2015

All bargaining units in Madison Heights receive raises

MADISON HEIGHTS — During the Great Recession, municipalities across Michigan tried to save costs by shrinking their workforces or reducing hours. The employees who remained found themselves trying to fill in for colleagues who had been let go or ...Read More

Clinton Township 11/11/2015

Entertaining shows come to the stage

TROY/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A singing piano man, a group of dancers chasing their dreams, and a peaceful, easy feeling set the tone for three upcoming shows.On Nov. 15, Warren resident Marcello Rossi will perform live at the American Polish Cultural ...Read More

Rochester 11/11/2015

Sip, Savor and Shop fundraiser to support RCS Foundation

ROCHESTER — The community is invited to Sip, Savor and Shop to support academics, the arts and athletics in the Rochester Community Schools district.The fourth annual event — sponsored by the Rochester Community Schools Foundation — ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/11/2015

Work begins on Rochester Hills fire stations

ROCHESTER HILLS — Renovations on four of the city’s fire stations have begun, and work is slated to be completed within 11 months.“This fire station has been here for many generations,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said ...Read More

Madison Heights 11/10/2015

Eighth-grader brings gun to school in Madison Heights

MADISON HEIGHTS — Police are investigating an incident at Four Corners Montessori Academy involving a student who reportedly brought a handgun to school.According to a release by Madison Heights Deputy Police Chief Corey Haines, police were ...Read More

Troy 11/10/2015

Macy’s starts holidays with fireworks and a dream come true

Mary Sibert, 12, of Sturgis, is crazy about horses.She keeps her own horse at her grandparents’ home, where she is home-schooled. This past spring, she spent six days in the bluegrass area of Kentucky, including a day at the Kentucky Horse Park in ...Read More

Clawson 11/10/2015

Experience meets new perspective on Clawson City Council

CLAWSON — A community steeped in tradition and legacy will soon be served by a new face on the City Council.After taking the majority of votes in the Nov. 3 election, Matthew Ulbrich was expected to be sworn into office Nov. 9, after the ...Read More

Farmington Hills 11/10/2015

Drunken driver strikes two MSP troopers

Two troopers from the Michigan State Police Metro Post have been released from the hospital following a crash involving a drunken driver.According to Public Information Officer Lt. Michael Shaw, the crash occurred at around 3:05 a.m. Nov. 8.Two ...Read More

Troy 11/10/2015

Cyclist struck by car on Livernois

Police are investigating to determine the identity of a cyclist who was seriously injured when a car struck him as he crossed Livernois at Wattles just before 2:15 p.m Nov. 9.The driver of the vehicle, a black 2012 Ford Mustang, was heading southbound ...Read More

Rochester 11/10/2015

PCCA offers artful approach to gift giving

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts is once again giving gift givers the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind creations for their loved ones while supporting local artists.The PCCA’s gift-giving season officially kicks off at 5 p.m. ...Read More

Ferndale 11/10/2015

Ferndale art show highlights Michigan artists, shopping local

FERNDALE — What started as a small show in Siouxsan Miller’s home has grown into a local artists showcase each year, as the 17th annual Ridge Fine Art & Handmade Wares Show will return to Ferndale Nov. 21.Miller, who has been creating ...Read More

Birmingham 11/09/2015

After months of tense negotiations, BPS comes closer to settling contracts for employees

BIRMINGHAM — According to Birmingham Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Nerad, as of press time last week, four of five of the district’s bargaining units had settled and ratified new contracts, putting employees on both sides of the table a ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/09/2015

Tienken is open

ROCHESTER HILLS — At long last, Tienken Road is open to traffic after a challenging summer construction season.“From east to west, the entire stretch in our city is now completely open,” Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said in a ...Read More

Oakland County 11/09/2015

Local experts host screening, discussion of classic mental health film

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 40 years since the classic film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” first hit theaters and shocked audiences. The movie was based on author Ken Kesey’s much-acclaimed novel that depicts an ...Read More

Madison Heights 11/07/2015

Madison Heights city officials concerned about I-75 expansion

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is planning to widen and improve Interstate 75 from Hazel Park to Auburn Hills, and city officials in Madison Heights are very concerned about the project’s accelerated ...Read More

Troy 11/06/2015

4-year-old shoots himself in store parking lot

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed a 4-year-old boy shoot himself in the parking lot of the Kroger store at Crooks Road and South Boulevard just after 1:15 p.m. Nov. 6 to contact them.Police said the dispatch center received several calls ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/06/2015

Judge postpones first hearing in Fern Street shooting

To give attorneys more time to review the case, a 44th District Court judge rescheduled from Nov. 6 to Dec. 18 the probable cause hearing for a resident accused of the shooting death of a 28-year-old Madison Heights man.Defendant Kirk David Leach, of ...Read More

Oakland County 11/06/2015

Road Commission to hire 40 temporary drivers

OAKLAND COUNTY — The weather may have been unseasonably warm lately, but that hasn’t stopped the Road Commission for Oakland County from prepping its employees for the impending snow and ice.The Road Commission invited members of the local ...Read More

West Bloomfield 11/05/2015

Ordinance change may allow fire pits

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A new ordinance that was proposed at the township’s Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 9 would, if passed, allow homeowners to use fire pits on their property.The current ordinance, as it stands, states that “open burning ...Read More

Metro Detroit 11/05/2015

Legislature approves road funding bills

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for ...Read More

Troy 11/05/2015

Man exposes himself in parking lot of Nordstrom Rack

A woman told police that a man who asked her for directions exposed himself to her in a mall parking lot Nov. 1.The woman said a man in a white Jeep Cherokee asked her for directions to another store just after 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the lot of Nordstrom ...Read More

Troy 11/05/2015

Woman dies crossing John R

A 56-year-old Troy woman died of injuries she sustained after she was struck by a car as she crossed John R Road, at Highbury, south of Square Lake, at 5:55 p.m Nov. 4.Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said a 17-year-old Troy male driving a red 2014 Mazda ...Read More

Southfield 11/05/2015

School board postpones closure of Adler Elementary

The Southfield Public Schools Board of Education announced that it has decided to postpone the closure of Adler Elementary School in the 2016-17 school year.The school board voted 6-0 Nov. 3 at a special meeting to postpone the closure, citing feedback ...Read More

Troy 11/05/2015

Firefighters battle two blazes, extricate motorists from van

Firefighters fought two blazes and extricated two men from a van that had rolled over Nov. 4. Officials continue to investigate the cause of a blaze that destroyed a 10,000-square-foot storage building on Coolidge Highway.Firefighters were dispatched to ...Read More

Southfield 11/04/2015

Better Business Bureau launches ‘Scam Tracker’

SOUTHFIELD — Have you ever wondered if that salesman who knocked on your door offering free window blinds was legitimate, or just a scam? The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula recently announced the launch of ...Read More

Southfield 11/04/2015

Friends launch new bookstore, hold gala fundraiser

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate their bookstore’s upgrade to the main floor of the library, the Friends of the Southfield Public Library held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala recently.Library supporters enjoyed food, drinks and entertainment ...Read More

Troy 11/04/2015

Troy Veterans Day Ceremony to honor those who serve

The Troy Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Troy Veterans Plaza in front of City Hall at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.The Troy Veterans Memorial Committee hosts the event. VFW Post 4037 Cmdr. Mike McHale will introduce the various speakers during the event. ...Read More

Troy 11/04/2015

Learn mindful meditation at Troy library

Go within to find your true self and become more focused, effective, joyful and happy, and learn the practice of meditation at the Troy Public Library during a four-part series in November and December.All you need is a chair.This is the second time ...Read More

Troy 11/04/2015

Book serves up chip history

Ever wonder why you can only buy Better Made chips and snacks in Michigan?Local author Karen Dybis’ book, titled “Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit’s Best Chip,” delves into the history of potato chips in ...Read More

Troy 11/04/2015

Troy to plow county roads this winter

The city of Troy will clear county roadways of ice and snow this winter. The City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Road Commission for Oakland County Oct. 26.Mayor Pro Tem Jim Campbell was absent.The city has approved contracts with ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 11/04/2015

Police still searching for ‘organized’ wallet thieves

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It’s been nearly three weeks, and there are still no leads in the wallet-swiping spree that was reported to the Bloomfield Township Police Department Oct. 15-16. According to Sgt. James Gallagher of the Bloomfield ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/04/2015

City Commission discusses farmers market’s purpose

ROYAL OAK — The growth and requests to use the city’s farmers market prompted officials at their regular commission meeting last month to discuss the purpose of the destination.The topic was listed as a discussion item during the ...Read More

Metro Detroit 11/04/2015

Michigan set to make strides in mental health, addiction services

METRO DETROIT — Michigan is making vast strides to combat mental and behavioral health deficiencies.The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently announced that Michigan has been selected to participate in a year-long ...Read More

Rochester 11/04/2015

Chamber awards, celebrates and announces new charity

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized outstanding local businesses, nonprofits and leaders Oct. 23 at the Royal Park Hotel and announced a new chamber charity fund.Twenty-three candidates received Sunrise Pinnacle ...Read More

Farmington Hills 11/04/2015

Farmington nonprofit offering students environmental minigrants

FARMINGTON HILLS — The nonprofit Peace, Love and Planet is offering “Go Green” minigrants to students in southeastern Michigan looking to lead an environmental change at their school.Students can apply for grants from $50 to $400 to ...Read More

Rochester 11/04/2015

Rochester residents can kick their leaves to the curb this fall

ROCHESTER — It’s that time of year again. As the temperature falls, so do leaves — to the aggravation of homeowners.Those who live in Rochester can rid their lawns of pesky leaves by simply raking them to the curb this ...Read More

Metro Detroit 11/04/2015

Local shelters need more than old rags to keep homeless warm this winter

METRO DETROIT — It’s that time of year when we dig those cozy sweaters out from storage, crank the thermostat up and settle in for another bitter Michigan winter.But for more than 12,000 people in the state, the effort to keep warm is so ...Read More

Metro Detroit 11/04/2015

Learning how to deal with grief during the holidays

METRO DETROIT — Halloween is over, and for many the holiday season has begun. It’s an exciting time when friends and family reconnect. But for those grieving the loss of a loved one, it can be a very difficult time.“It’s right ...Read More

Huntington Woods 11/04/2015

Huntington Woods artist examines deeper meanings with desserts

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Dessert is something everyone enjoys, Huntington Woods resident Joan Schwartz said, whether it be cake, chocolate or any other sweet treat.So for a three-woman show, “Just Desserts,” that Schwartz is a part of at the ...Read More

Farmington Hills 11/04/2015

Rebuilding Together Oakland County seeks volunteers

FARMINGTON HILLS — Rebuilding Together Oakland County is planning two orientation sessions for people looking to volunteer with the organization and help rejuvenate the homes of people in the region.The meetings will take place 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, ...Read More

Berkley 11/04/2015

Berkley to begin developing new 5-year parks master plan

BERKLEY — For the next few months, the city of Berkley will be working with the Hubbell, Roth & Clark consulting firm to develop a new five-year parks and recreation master plan that will outline future goals for Berkley’s parks.The City ...Read More

Berkley 11/04/2015

West Bloomfield author surprises Berkley woman with Grand Hotel vacation

BERKLEY — Prior to last year, Kendra Montante had never heard of “booing,” at least not the concept of paying it forward around Halloween.Booing has happened all over the country for more than 30 years, Montante, a West Bloomfield ...Read More

Ferndale 11/04/2015

Ferndale police, schools prepare students for law enforcement careers

FERNDALE — Last school year, the Ferndale School District administration announced its early college program that would allow students to attain an associate degree from Baker College for free in return for obtaining their high school diploma after ...Read More

Ferndale 11/04/2015

Council approves residential parking zones around downtown

FERNDALE — After more than three years of studying potential residential parking zones on neighborhood streets around the Ferndale downtown district, the City Council unanimously approved a permanent residential parking zone plan during the Oct. 26 ...Read More

Ferndale 11/04/2015

FHS/FMS pond sees improvement as volunteers prepare space for winter

FERNDALE — The Ferndale High School and Middle School courtyard slowly is becoming a destination for students, whether as a place to relax during a break or to learn as a part of class, and extra attention to the pond in the western part of the ...Read More

Farmington Hills 11/04/2015

Grant brings music to local youth theater program

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Department of Special Services Cultural Arts Division received a grant of $3,750 from the state of Michigan that will help fund the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre’s performance of “The Wizard of ...Read More

Clawson 11/03/2015

New face elected to Clawson City Council; incumbents take the win in Royal Oak

Familiar faces ushered in election night victories in Royal Oak, while a newcomer will soon take a seat on the Clawson City Council.  According to unofficial results issued by the Oakland County Elections Division, newcomer Matthew Ulbrich received ...Read More

Madison Heights 11/03/2015

Hartwell defeats Swanson for mayor of Madison Heights

MADISON HEIGHTS — It’s the end of an era. And the beginning of a new one in Madison Heights.In a decisive victory Nov. 3, Brian Hartwell defeated Ed Swanson, mayor of 17 years. Hartwell, a former city councilman of eight years who served ...Read More

Hazel Park 11/03/2015

Voters reelect incumbents for Hazel Park City Council

HAZEL PARK — The Nov. 3 election is over, and all four Hazel Park City Council incumbents will remain in office. But the two challengers weren’t far behind.Amy Aubry and Alissa Sullivan — two newcomers to the political scene in Hazel ...Read More

Southfield 11/03/2015

Siver voted mayor

On Election Day, Kenson Siver came out victorious over opponent Sylvia Jordan in the race for Southfield mayor.According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, Siver received the most votes, with 7,119, or 56.97 percent. ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/03/2015

Voters approve RARA and OPC millages

Residents overwhelmingly approved ballot proposals for a Rochester-Avon Recreation Authority millage renewal and an Older Persons’ Commission millage Nov. 3.The RARA millage renewal asked for a 10-year continuation of 0.19448 mills to continue ...Read More

Rochester Hills 11/03/2015

Write-in mayoral campaign gets the votes

A write-in campaign led by incumbent Mayor Bryan Barnett proved successful Nov. 3 with 9,708 write-in votes, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division.Mayoral challenger and former Rochester Hills City Councilman Ravi ...Read More

Huntington Woods 11/03/2015

Huntington Woods voters elect new mayor, two new commissioners

Huntington Woods will have a new mayor for the first time since 1981, but it will be a face residents recognize.City Commissioner Robert Paul gave up his commission seat to run for mayor following the retirement of former Mayor Ron Gillham, and the ...Read More

Rochester 11/03/2015

Voters pass $185 million RCS bond proposal

Voters in the Rochester Community Schools district hit the polls Nov. 3 to decide a $185 million bond issue, with the measure passing by over 70 percent, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division.The proposal ultimately ...Read More

Farmington 11/03/2015

Voters strongly approve Farmington millages

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Voters said yes to two millages in the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills Nov. 3.An operating millage renewal proposal for the Farmington Public Schools district received more than 67 percent of the vote, while ...Read More

Berkley 11/03/2015

Residents pass proposal retaining Berkley city logo unless voters approve change

This summer, the city of Berkley hired a firm to conduct a branding study that might still recommend an update of the city logo, but a group of residents in favor of tradition put a question on the ballot in hopes of giving voters the final say on any ...Read More

Ferndale 11/03/2015

Martin re-elected to City Council, Leaks-May wins open seat

Ferndale Councilman Dan Martin has been re-elected to the council by winning nearly 45 percent of the votes in a three-candidate race for two seats. Current Ferndale school board trustee Raylon Leaks-May won the seat left vacant by outgoing Councilman ...Read More

Keego Harbor 11/03/2015

Keego voters approve marijuana proposal, turn down term limits

KEEGO HARBOR — Voters in the city of Keego Harbor approved a marijuana proposal described as largely symbolic, and they said no to an amendment to add term limits to people serving on City Council.Out of a total of 470 voters, 260 cast ballots in ...Read More

Farmington 11/03/2015

Mayor pro tem Massey elected Farmington Hills mayor

FARMINGTON HILLS — After serving the past 12 years on the Farmington Hills City Council, including his three terms as mayor pro tem, Ken Massey has been elected mayor of Farmington Hills.With all 23 precincts reporting, Massey received a little ...Read More

Troy 11/03/2015

Troy millages renewed — newcomers elected to council

Councilman Dave Henderson will keep his seat, and newcomers Edna Abrahim and Ethan Baker will take their seats on the Troy City Council.Five candidates ran for three council seats Nov. 3. Baker edged out Councilman Steve Gottlieb, who was appointed to ...Read More

Rochester 11/03/2015

Majority of incumbents hang on to Rochester City Council seats

Incumbents Ben Giovanelli, Rob Ray and Kim Russell, along with newcomer Ann Peterson, outpaced incumbent Steve Sage and challengers J. Michael Bantjes, Jeremiah Z. Glembocki and Ann Peterson for four seats on the Rochester City Council Nov. ...Read More

Birmingham 11/03/2015

Voters choose new leaders in Birmingham, incumbents in Bloomfield Hills

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — With the majority of seats open on both the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills city commissions, voters took to the polls to decide which candidates would fill those spots.In Birmingham, the commission will look ...Read More

Lathrup Village 11/03/2015

Coyote spotted in Lathrup Village

LATHRUP VILLAGE — A local homeowner got a surprise from a furry visitor recently. Resident Deloris Hughley, who lives on Meadowbrook Way, said she saw what city officials determined was a coyote in her backyard Oct. 26. Hughley said ...Read More

Rochester 11/03/2015

Sip, Savor and Shop fundraiser to support RCS Foundation

The community is invited to Sip, Savor and Shop to support academics, the arts and athletics in the Rochester Community Schools district. The fourth annual event — sponsored by the Rochester Community Schools Foundation — allows guests to ...Read More

Rochester 11/03/2015

Rochester opens west deck, completes parking platform project

ROCHESTER — Patrons of downtown Rochester, rejoice. The city has completed its final parking platform, a three-level deck at University and Fourth, on the west side of Main, behind Mr. B’s.Deputy City Manager Nik Banda said the west platform ...Read More

Troy 11/03/2015

Stash that trash in the recycling bin when you can

Did you know that the city of Troy makes money on the stuff you toss in your recycle bin?In observance of America Recycles month in November, Mayor Dane Slater read a proclamation at the Oct. 26 Troy City Council meeting to raise awareness and encourage ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/03/2015

Born, raised and elected

ROYAL OAK — It is safe to say Jim Ellison knows a bit about Royal Oak.He has lived here all his life, served on numerous boards and commissions — including the City Commission from 1991 to 1995 — made a successful run at mayor in 2003, ...Read More

Farmington Hills 11/03/2015

No charges against mom who shot, killed son

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Oakland County prosecutor announced recently that a local mom who allegedly shot and killed her son will not face any criminal charges. According to a news release from the Farmington Hills Police Department, at around ...Read More

West Bloomfield 11/03/2015

Proposed housing development sparks concerns

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A proposed housing development in West Bloomfield has neighboring residents and some township officials worried about the project and its impact.The proposed project, Brookfield Village, would be located in the 3000 block of ...Read More

Rochester 11/03/2015

Library Friends unlock doors to local homes for the holidays

ROCHESTER — The owners of local homes decorated lavishly for the holidays will welcome visitors inside during the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s annual Holiday Home Tour Nov. 15.Included on the tour, which runs noon-5 p.m., ...Read More

Oakland County 11/02/2015

Commissioners approve Oakland County Animal Control’s new ‘forever home’

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the ground thaws this spring, contractors will be digging into the vacant space near the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office headquarters to construct a new $15.45 million home for Oakland County Animal Control and Pet ...Read More

Royal Oak 11/02/2015

Firefighters, city workers battle two blazes in two days

ROYAL OAK — Fire Chief Chuck Thomas credited his firefighters, along with city employees, for handling two blazes that happened within days of one another last week.No one was injured in either fire, Thomas said.“In both cases the firemen ...Read More

Madison Heights 11/02/2015

Police investigate possible homicide in Madison Heights

MADISON HEIGHTS — A fire broke out at a Madison Heights home the night after Halloween. Inside, emergency responders found a dead body. But authorities say he was dead prior to the fire.According to police in Madison Heights, the case was ruled a ...Read More

West Bloomfield 11/02/2015

WBPD gets trained in drug to combat opioid overdoses

WEST BLOOMFIELD — After finishing training in mid-October, the West Bloomfield Township Police Department has prepared all of its officers to administer a drug that fights the effects of a heroin overdose.The drug, naloxone hydrochloride, or ...Read More

Hazel Park 11/01/2015

Students focus on positive language with ‘No Swear November’

HAZEL PARK — Students at Hazel Park High are making an effort to keep their language clean for a good cause.The school is selling wristbands and swear jars for No Swear November, with the proceeds going to Hazel Park Youth Assistance, which ...Read More

Madison Heights 11/01/2015

Pastor forgives man who stabbed him 37 times

MADISON HEIGHTS — When police found Kevin Ramsby on that fateful night six years ago, sprawled out on his neighbor’s porch, he was hardly recognizable.“The officers were trying to give a description of me, and they couldn’t tell ...Read More

Madison Heights 10/31/2015

Men’s Club fundraiser to give back to the community

MADISON HEIGHTS — When the Madison Heights Men’s Club first formed two years ago, the joke was that people would think it was just a bunch of guys getting together to drink beer. But the intent from the start was to create real change in the ...Read More

Metro Detroit 10/30/2015

Detroit Veterans Day Parade gaining strength

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.The spectator turnout is nowhere near ...Read More

Madison Heights 10/30/2015

Upcoming event to help animal shelter with unexpected costs

MADISON HEIGHTS — The economy may be showing signs of recovery, but money is still tight at the Madison Heights Animal Shelter.“It’s still a lean year — we don’t have any non-lean years,” said Suzette Gysel, the ...Read More

Troy 10/30/2015

Police arrest suspect in hit-and-run of Troy High School student

UPDATED at 2:19 p.m. — Troy police have arrested a man who said he struck a Troy High School student on his way to school the morning of Oct. 30.Police said the student, 17, was riding his bike on Northfield Parkway, at Perrin Street, south of ...Read More

West Bloomfield 10/29/2015

Exhibit explores ‘Just Desserts’

WEST BLOOMFIELD — From Sunday, Oct. 25, to Thursday, Dec. 10, the Janice Charach Gallery will be decorated with colorful mosaic artwork that holds a deeper meaning.The exhibition, titled “Just Desserts,” features a collection by three ...Read More

Royal Oak 10/29/2015

Resident faces open murder charge in Fern Street shooting

A local man faces up to life in prison if found guilty of shooting to death a 28-year-old Madison Heights man during the middle of the night Oct. 26.Fern Street resident Kirk David Leach, 27, was arraigned the morning of Oct. 29 before 44th District ...Read More

Troy 10/28/2015

Learn about a Detroit Thanksgiving tradition

America’s Thanksgiving Parade expert Romie Minor stays very busy this time of year.Although he hasn’t marched or handled balloons in the parade since 2001, Minor — an author, librarian and archivist for the Burton Historical Collection ...Read More

Troy 10/28/2015

Dave Roberts named new fire chief

As a child, Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts would listen to ham radio, known as amateur radio, in which operators use two-way radios to communicate with each other.“The police and fire calls piqued my interest,” Roberts said.Roberts was named ...Read More

Troy 10/28/2015

Police, VFW seek donors for holiday food and gift drive

Since 1994, Troy police and VFW Post 4037 have teamed up to ensure families in need enjoy the holiday season.Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer said he started the drive when he was a lieutenant working midnight road patrols and saw people in Troy with ...Read More

Troy 10/28/2015

Troy Public Library is set to be ‘write’ on track in November

Have you always wanted to start or finish writing a book?In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo in writer-speak — when the challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days — the Troy library will offer incentive prizes, ...Read More

Lathrup Village 10/28/2015

City officials discuss Nov. 3 ballot proposals

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — On Nov. 3, voters in Southfield will be asked whether they approve of amending the city’s charter to eliminate city primary elections. In Lathrup Village, voters will be asked if they want to impose term limits on ...Read More

Southfield 10/28/2015

Indian ambassador pays LTU a visit

SOUTHFIELD — The ambassador of India to the U.S. paid a visit to Lawrence Technological University recently. Following a tour of the Center for Innovative Materials Research from University President Virdinder Moudgil, a reception was held Oct. ...Read More

Troy 10/28/2015

Nonprofit that helps disabled adults live on their own honored

The Michigan Business and Professional Association will award a Troy group that aims to help adults with intellectual developmental disabilities a Best of Michbusiness award in the Nonprofit Beacon category next month.According to the MBPA website, the ...Read More

Birmingham 10/28/2015

Habitat of Oakland County celebrates 20 years at fall gala

BIRMINGHAM — It’s been 20 years since Habitat for Humanity arrived in Oakland County. That might not seem like a terribly long time, but to the families that the nonprofit has helped to secure housing in the community, those 20 years mean a ...Read More

Birmingham 10/28/2015

Birmingham needs volunteers for a little tree ‘ReLeaf’

BIRMINGHAM — If you’re just itching to get out and enjoy the crisp fall air outside among the fallen leaves, that’s good — the city of Birmingham needs your help.On Nov. 7, ReLeaf Michigan, an educational nonprofit dedicated to ...Read More

Beverly Hills 10/28/2015

Beverly Hills explains new fix-charge water bills

BEVERLY HILLS — Last week, the Beverly Hills Village Council held its regularly scheduled meeting in the Groves High School Little Theater instead of the normal council chambers.They wanted to accommodate as many residents as possible for a ...Read More

Birmingham 10/28/2015

Looking Back: Detroit Edison Building

BIRMINGHAM — DTE Energy, formerly Detroit Edison, was founded in 1903 and has serviced most of southeastern Michigan since. One branch location was in Birmingham, at 220 Merrill St. This served as the offices for the northern suburbs. The ...Read More

Royal Oak 10/28/2015

Does Main Street need to go on a diet?

ROYAL OAK — Does Main Street need to go on a diet? That is exactly what city officials are investigating.Members of the City Commission voted in favor of studying a road-diet proposal for one of its major thoroughfares during its regular meeting ...Read More

Royal Oak 10/28/2015

Commission approves local enforcement of transporting medical marijuana

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners unanimously adopted an ordinance Oct. 19 to allow local enforcement of state laws that mandate how drivers may transport marijuana legally.City officials said the measure is similar to adopting the driving while ...Read More

Clawson 10/28/2015

Hollywood actress partners with Clawson women in warming cause

TROY — What happens when you mix a Hollywood actress and two shining stars from Clawson? A humble organization knitted together to provide warm hands during Michigan’s harsh winters.Actress Erin Cummings (“Astronaut Wives Club,” ...Read More

Clawson 10/28/2015

Clawson begins process to adopt parks ordinance

CLAWSON — City officials have said that they will protect the community’s parks, and soon they will have a local law to back their message.Members of the City Council unanimously approved the first reading of a parks ordinance Oct. 20 that ...Read More

Farmington Hills 10/28/2015

Farmington Hills mom shoots, kills son

Police are investigating a fatal dispute between a mother and her son.According to a news release from the Farmington Hills Police Department, at around 1:40 a.m. Oct. 28, police and fire units responded to the Independence Green Apartment Complex, ...Read More

Metro Detroit 10/28/2015

Clocking back in

METRO DETROIT — So many of us look forward to the day we retire — when the curtain closes on our working life and we can finally take a bow and enjoy time with family and friends, sans the responsibilities of the daily grind.But now that ...Read More

Oakland County 10/28/2015

County commissioners want to bring paid sick, maternity leave to employees

OAKLAND COUNTY — A group of Oakland County commissioners, including Royal Oak’s Dave Woodward and Huntington Woods’ Helaine Zack, are working to pass the Oakland County Time to Care Initiative, which would provide paid sick and maternity ...Read More

Huntington Woods 10/28/2015

Recreation center named in honor of outgoing mayor Ron Gillham

HUNTINGTON WOODS — In Ron Gillham’s nearly 35 years as mayor of Huntington Woods, he repeatedly has said the passing of a bond and subsequent building of the Huntington Woods Recreation Center is one of his proudest achievements.As Gillham ...Read More

Ferndale 10/28/2015

City rolls out Ferndale Exchange website to solicit resident input

FERNDALE — In May, the city of Ferndale held a town hall meeting to discuss a Headlee override proposal on the May ballot that would renew 5.4 mills and bring $2.6 million to the city annually for 10 years.Mayor Dave Coulter said only two people ...Read More

Hazel Park 10/28/2015

Donation secures new playscape for Scout Park

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park has been in the process of phasing out old and dilapidated play equipment at Scout Park, and now new equipment is on the way, thanks to charitable donations from groups and individuals in the city, including more than $10,500 ...Read More

Hazel Park 10/28/2015

HPPS honors students during ‘Month of Caring’

HAZEL PARK — October has been the “Month of Caring” at Hazel Park Public Schools, shining a light on the good deeds of the students who go there.The idea is to reward good behavior: those small but powerful acts of love and empathy ...Read More

Berkley 10/28/2015

Berkley begins city manager search following Bais-DiSessa’s departure

BERKLEY — The city of Berkley has entered into an agreement with the Michigan Municipal League to help with the search for a new city manager after former City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa stepped down from the position Oct. 16.The Berkley City ...Read More

Farmington Hills 10/28/2015

Local TV show gets state money

FARMINGTON HILLS — For the fourth consecutive year, a Farmington Hills-based television show has received a million-dollar incentive from the state of Michigan.“Ask Dr. Nandi,” shot and produced in Farmington Hills, received an ...Read More

Metro Detroit 10/28/2015

State police share safety tips for cybersecurity awareness month

Whether it’s an email offering money for nothing or a cyber attack resulting in a breach of data, we hear about people from all over the world falling victim to Internet scams almost daily.Just this year, Michigan residents and businesses have ...Read More

Rochester Hills 10/28/2015

Deer on the run

ROCHESTER HILLS — Be on the lookout for deer this fall, according to members of the city’s Deer Management Advisory Committee. “This is the peak season for deer to be moving around,” Jim Kubicina, DMAC chair, said during an ...Read More

Oakland Township 10/28/2015

Township recognized for natural feature protection, preservation

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — For over 40 years, Oakland Township has actively preserved and protected its natural areas, an action that most recently caught the attention of the Oakland County Trail, Water and Land Alliance.Oakland Township has earned the ...Read More

Southfield 10/27/2015

Local law enforcement officials hold coffee hours

SOUTHFIELD — A local coffee shop was bursting at the seams recently with residents looking to chat with their neighborhood law enforcement officers.The Southfield Police Department held its second round of Coffee with a Cop 4-6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Tim ...Read More

West Bloomfield 10/27/2015

Two Muses takes a bow, hopes for an encore

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s been a good year for West Bloomfield’s Two Muses Theatre. Members of the female-centric theatrical company felt like they had finally cemented their place in the community: They’ve performed numerous comedic, ...Read More

Metro Detroit 10/27/2015

Taking the fear out of Halloween for children with autism

METRO DETROIT — Many children look forward to Halloween each year, but with all of the frightening costumes, eerie decorations, loud noises and flashing lights, it can also be a very overwhelming experience.Melissa Almanza, a board-certified ...Read More

Rochester 10/27/2015

Students organize first ‘Walk in the ROC’ fundraiser

ROCHESTER — Three high school seniors are teaming up to unite the students of Rochester High School next month to raise money for breast cancer research.RHS senior Garrett Perozich, who serves as president of the school’s Spanish National ...Read More

Rochester 10/27/2015

Rochester Farmers Market has a ‘sweet’ end to its season

ROCHESTER — The conclusion of the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market season is upon us, but don’t fret.Princesses, superheroes and costumed children of all sorts will delight in trick-or-treating at the last day of the market 10 a.m.-noon ...Read More

Troy 10/27/2015

Builder donates $10 million to Beaumont Hospital-Troy

Frances and Dominic Moceri have donated $10 million to Beaumont Hospital-Troy to fund construction of a 20,000-square-foot family learning center and a new intensive care unit. The money will also establish the Moceri Learning Center ...Read More

Birmingham 10/27/2015

As Halloween creeps up this weekend, police prepare with increased patrols

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS/FRANKLIN — Halloween always promises a fun time for guys and ghouls of all ages, but since the spooky holiday falls on a weekend this year, it promises to bring even more revelry this Friday and Saturday night. But ...Read More

Troy 10/27/2015

Bank robber hits TCF Bank - again

Troy police are hoping a man’s third strike means he’s out after he robbed the TCF Bank at 1484 Coolidge Road at 11 a.m. Oct. 27.Police believe the same man wore the same clothing while robbing the TCF Bank at 2138 E. Big Beaver Road at ...Read More

Ferndale 10/27/2015

Council approves city land use policy for public displays

FERNDALE — A year after allowing a local rabbi to display a menorah on city-owned property, the Ferndale City Council passed a policy during its Oct. 12 meeting that sets aside three parcels of land at the Kulick Community Center for public displays ...Read More

Pleasant Ridge 10/27/2015

Pleasant Ridge wraps up traffic study on Main Street, service drive

PLEASANT RIDGE — A three-week traffic study near Woodward Avenue in Pleasant Ridge wrapped up Oct. 19, but as the city collects data from that study, officials are looking to analyze traffic in other areas of the community.The city partnered with ...Read More



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