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Royal Oak 07/31/2015

Cheap Trick, Salt-N-Pepa to headline Arts, Beats & Eats festival

Whether rock, alternative, hip-hop or country music is your thing, the 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival has a star-studded musical lineup for the four-day Labor Day weekend Sept. 4-7 in Royal Oak.During the entertainment lineup ...Read More

Royal Oak 07/29/2015

Success, relevance top 2015 State of the City address

ROYAL OAK — Mayor Jim Ellison delivered the 2015 State of the City address last week, reflecting on success and relevance during a time of economic uncertainty.Ellison spoke to a sold-out crowd at Bistro 82, telling about 90 attendees that what ...Read More

Royal Oak 07/29/2015

Cowbell Classic attempts to break world record

ROYAL OAK — What happens when you gather more than 650 people together with cowbells? A Guinness World Record is broken and, with luck, herds of cattle don’t invade the city.Everyone is invited to the Cowbell Classic at 9 a.m. Aug. 1 to ring ...Read More

Clawson 07/29/2015

Couple charged with embezzlement, faking 911 call

CLAWSON — A Sterling Heights couple is facing charges after they allegedly made up a story about a robbery at the fireworks tent where they worked.Clawson Police Department Lt. Scott Sarvello said Michael Strelecki, 43, and Angela Strelecki, 42, ...Read More

Clawson 07/22/2015

Summer heats up community parking plans

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — With the warmer weather comes more people ready to shop, dine and enjoy local downtowns.And make no mistake: That is what communities like Clawson and Royal Oak want.To keep visiting statistics and the enjoyment factor up, ...Read More

Clawson 07/22/2015

District to decide on privatizing custodial services

CLAWSON — The Clawson Public Schools Board of Education will decide next month on whether to enter into an agreement resulting in privatizing maintenance and custodial services in the district.The controversial topic was discussed during the ...Read More

Royal Oak 07/22/2015

Students learn, theater lovers revel in Water Works’ 2015 Shakespeare festival

ROYAL OAK — Water Works Theatre Company is once again offering youth the opportunity to learn from Shakespearean experts and to perform on the outdoor stage through its unique summer programs.“We have a lot of fun in these programs while we ...Read More

Royal Oak 07/22/2015

Bigger and better is the mantra for the third annual Art Explored Series

ROYAL OAK — The third annual Art Explored Series kicked off recently throughout the downtown, bringing the largest number of artists to the streets since the program launched two years ago.City officials said the public art series began with three ...Read More

Royal Oak 07/20/2015

Suspect hospitalized, under police guard after attack on ex

A Royal Oak man was hospitalized early July 20 and under police guard after he was stabbed while allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend with a razor and a hatchet, police said.Lt. David Clemens, of the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations ...Read More

Royal Oak 07/15/2015

Churchill Community High School updates classes, building for 2015-16

ROYAL OAK — When Matthew Jaski started teaching at the Royal Oak Schools Churchill Community High School, he knew he was in the right place.“I like being the place that people go to, to feel better,” he said.Jaski said what sets the ...Read More

Clawson 07/15/2015

City renews dispatch agreement with neighboring community

CLAWSON — Members of the City Council unanimously agreed July 7 to renew the city’s police dispatch and jail services contract with the city of Troy.The approval renews the agreement through June 30, 2016.“Troy has provided us with ...Read More

Clawson 07/15/2015

Dog treated at animal hospital after being found in hot car

CLAWSON — A Rochester Hills man was cited for animal cruelty last week after he left his pit bull in a hot car while shopping downtown.An Oakland County Animal Control deputy cited the 24-year-old man for animal cruelty, possessing an unlicensed ...Read More

Clawson 07/15/2015

Suspect still sought in holiday armed robbery in Clawson

CLAWSON — At press time, police were still looking for the suspect wanted in the armed robbery of a fireworks tent shortly before the Fourth of July.Lt. Scott Sarvello said the Clawson Police Department has not received any leads in connection ...Read More

Clawson 07/15/2015

Council rejects proposed fire code, asks for revisions

CLAWSON — City Council members put the brakes on the first attempt at updating the city’s fire code after they found fault with some of the changes detailed in the proposed document.Updating would cause the city’s requirements on home ...Read More

Royal Oak 07/07/2015

Bike lanes and sharrows show city’s cyclist-friendly attitude

ROYAL OAK — Not many Royal Oak residents knew what a sharrow was before last month. And even if they did, they weren’t talking about them as much as they are now, since the markings started popping up along the greater downtown ...Read More

Clawson 07/07/2015

Community farmers market opens this weekend with local flair

CLAWSON — The community once again will define the word “local” when it opens its annual farmers market this weekend.The 2015 Clawson Farmers Market season will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sundays from July 12-Sept. 27 at Clawson City ...Read More

Clawson 07/07/2015

Gown exhibit takes museum visitors on historical wedding journey

CLAWSON — When Mary Dooley married in 1928, she was adorned in a moire satin gown with beaded shoulder detail.The skirt was held out with panniers worn on the hips, and her netted veil was decorated with handmade shell flowers.The dress was ...Read More

Royal Oak 07/06/2015

Everything could come up roses at ‘The Bachelor’ casting call

ROYAL OAK — Do you have what it takes to win a rose?If the answer is yes and you are single and 21 or older, then head downtown to Fifth Avenue Sports & Entertainment, 215 W. Fifth St., from 5-9 p.m. July 9 and participate in a casting call ...Read More

Royal Oak 07/03/2015

Police, Fire departments investigate two vehicle fires

The Royal Oak Police and Fire departments are continuing their investigations into what or who caused two vehicles to erupt in flames last week.No one was injured in either incident, police said.“We do not know if they’re related at this ...Read More

West Bloomfield Beacon

West Bloomfield 07/30/2015

Library recommends read-along books for road trips

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It may seem easier to park kids in front of a screen while on a road trip, but experts suggest that read-along books are more interactive for children and the whole family. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that ...Read More

West Bloomfield 07/30/2015

Firefighter injured in early morning blaze

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield firefighter suffered smoke inhalation while battling a fire in the 3800 block of Pinnock Avenue, near Green Lake Road and Upper Straits Boulevard, at around 1:20 a.m. July 30.The firefighter was transported to ...Read More

West Bloomfield 07/29/2015

Shir Shalom ignites with annual Food, Fun and Fireworks

The community is invited to join Temple Shir Shalom for its annual Food, Fun and Fireworks event at 7 p.m. Aug. 17.Food, Fun and Fireworks, which started in 2004, mixes food from local restaurants and family-friendly activities.The township has ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/29/2015

Home invasion prevention 101: Fool criminals into thinking you’re home

METRO DETROIT — With some of the most popular weeks for American travel upon us, local law enforcement agencies say there are simple steps to take to protect your home and property while you are away. St. Clair Shores Police Lt. David Centala ...Read More

Orchard Lake 07/27/2015

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Orchard Lake

The Orchard Lake Police Department is investigating an accident that involved a vehicle striking a pedestrian in Orchard Lake the morning of July 27.At about 6:50 a.m., the Orchard Lake Police Department received a call that a vehicle had struck a ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/26/2015

Supreme Court upholds ACA tax subsidies

METRO DETROIT — In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold the availability of Affordable Care Act tax subsidies to assist low-income people with purchasing health insurance. Through the Affordable Care Act, states can create an ...Read More

Orchard Lake 07/23/2015

St. Mary’s hosts 5k to benefit athlete heart checks

ORCHARD LAKE — Twenty-year-old Max Pardington loved the excitement of life. Standing 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds, Max, a graduate of St. Mary’s Preparatory in Orchard Lake, was in the best shape of his life. But what ...Read More

West Bloomfield 07/22/2015

Oldest living veteran meets Obama

Two fire trucks honored Emma Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, with a water cannon salute as she departed from Oakland County International Airport to meet the president the morning of July 17.The 110-year-old West Bloomfield resident was ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/22/2015

State eliminates February elections

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money. Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/22/2015

There’s a fungus among us

METRO DETROIT — Things were going so well. You started your seeds on time indoors or had luck finding gorgeous heirloom plants at the local greenhouse. Everything went into the ground on schedule, and the plants really took off when the weather ...Read More

West Bloomfield 07/21/2015

Man steals thousands in lottery tickets

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police Department is requesting the public’s help in identifying a man who stole scratch-off lottery tickets from a gas station in the 7400 block of Farmington Road July 15. The Police Department ...Read More

West Bloomfield 07/16/2015

13th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show returns to WB

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  It’s the time of year when West Bloomfield gets draped in fine art. The 13th annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show will feature arts and crafts from no more than 150 artists July 25-26. The Hot Works Fine Art Shows ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/15/2015

Senior Brigade warns about home repair scams

METRO DETROIT — ’Tis the season for summer and fall home repairs. But as homeowners work rapidly to complete projects before the winter months, scam contractors might slip right under their noses. On June 19, Glenn Clark, a presenter ...Read More

West Bloomfield 07/13/2015

Law enforcement, community join forces in volleyball match

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield Police Foundation is serving up its second annual volleyball tournament to raise money and build the relationship between law enforcement agencies and community members. The sand volleyball tournament ...Read More

Oakland County 07/13/2015

Officials offer tips for a safe boating experience

OAKLAND COUNTY —  The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and local officials are reminding residents to take precautions before taking vessels on the lakes. Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release that boats and personal ...Read More

West Bloomfield 07/09/2015

West Bloomfield parks go smoke-free

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Smoking is no longer permitted in West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission parks and facilities. “West Bloomfield Parks & Facilities Are Smoke Free” signs were slated to be installed at the park entrances ...Read More

West Bloomfield 07/06/2015

Township enters contract for temporary assessment services

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  As the June 30 deadline loomed, time was of the essence for the township to find a Level 4 assessor who could certify the tax warrant so the Treasurer’s Office could send out summer tax bills on time. The Board of ...Read More

West Bloomfield 07/06/2015

9-year-old injured in watercraft accident

A nine-year-old boy was injured after a Jet Ski struck his kayak on Middle Straits Lake at 5:40 p.m. July 5.According to police reports, a 30-year-old man from Waterford Township was working on his mechanically enhanced Jet Ski when the throttle got ...Read More

West Bloomfield 07/06/2015

Couple assaulted after fireworks show

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Police Department is looking for information on six suspects who attacked two West Bloomfield residents in the 2400 block of Rolandale Street, near Willow and Keith roads, at around 10:30 p.m. July 3.According to Lt. Mark ...Read More

Madison - Park News

Hazel Park 07/30/2015

Hazel Park Raceway ends thoroughbred season early

HAZEL PARK — The thoroughbred meet at Hazel Park Raceway will end earlier than expected this year due to a change in available purse money after the closure of another track.Aug. 8 is now the last day of the thoroughbred meet for 2015. The meet ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/27/2015

Multicultural Relations Advisory Board proposed

MADISON HEIGHTS — The city of Madison Heights is a melting pot, with many different cultures and creeds. If different groups can understand each other, they can break down the barriers between them. And this makes for a stronger community — ...Read More

Hazel Park 07/27/2015

Continuation of police millage up for vote in Hazel Park

HAZEL PARK — Voters will decide whether to renew a police millage on Tuesday, Aug. 4. If approved, they would continue paying an average of 15 cents a day ($54.75 a year) to support the Hazel Park Police Department. The millage accounts for 10 ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/26/2015

Advisory board examines uses for Halfman property

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison District Public Schools owns two acres at Halfman Elementary. The city owns another three acres nearby. Now that Halfman is vacant, the district wants to use all five acres to build up to 30 homes. But it’s not the ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/24/2015

Voters to decide tax increase for new middle school

MADISON HEIGHTS — This Tuesday, Aug. 4, voters in the Madison District Public Schools will decide whether to increase taxes in order to build a new middle school in the 11 Mile area, completing the district’s vision of a single campus ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/20/2015

Prince of Glory to hold Preschool Readiness Camp

MADISON HEIGHTS — For many children going into preschool, it’s their first exposure to a group of kids their age, and their first time being away from home for a period of time. It can be daunting both for the children and their parents, who ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/19/2015

Volunteers needed for SHARP

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Senior Home Assistance and Repair Program (SHARP) has many requests lined up for simple chores this summer — and more volunteers are needed. It doesn’t take much. If you own a home, chances are you’ve ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/18/2015

District, community discuss concerns, vision of bond

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison school district has a vision.And the vision has its skeptics.On Aug. 4, voters will decide whether to trust the district’s ideas and track record, or deny its vision.The proposal is for a tax increase that ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/17/2015

Central Church invites community to Outdoor Movie Nights

MADISON HEIGHTS — For four years now, Central Church in Madison Heights has been holding Outdoor Movie Nights, showing movies on a big inflatable screen under the stars. The films are appropriate for all ages, and there is no cost to see ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/14/2015

Madison Heights begins monthly restaurant promos

MADISON HEIGHTS — The “Around the Globe in Madison Heights” Taste Festival and Cultural Show is one of the most popular events in the city. However, it will not be held this year.In its place, the city is trying something different. ...Read More

Hazel Park 07/13/2015

Hazel Park re-establishes K-9 unit

HAZEL PARK — A furry, four-legged officer is about to join the ranks of the Hazel Park police.His name is Lando, a male Dutch shepherd. He was only 10 months old when first introduced to his handler, Officer Michael Kasdorf. That’s young by ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/11/2015

New boutique focuses on power of positivity

ROYAL OAK — When Judy Lewis and Linda Williams set out to start a business, they weren’t sure what form it would take. They just knew it had to be something meaningful.“It has to be positive, and it has to be outward focused,” ...Read More

Hazel Park 07/10/2015

Oakland County Parks invites you to ‘Come Out and Play’

HAZEL PARK — This Friday, four cities are teaming up with Oakland County Parks for a major outdoor event that will include all kinds of activities.Called “Come Out and Play,” the event will be held July 17 from 3-8 p.m. at Green Acres ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/06/2015

Madison district asks voters to approve bond for new middle school

EDITOR'S NOTE: UPDATED JULY 9 MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison school district has a vision of a single campus in the area of 11 Mile and Hales. They’ve already built and opened Madison Elementary, consolidating Halfman and Edison ...Read More

Hazel Park 07/05/2015

Hazel Park voters to decide continuation of reduced police millage Aug. 4

HAZEL PARK — Earlier this year, voters in Hazel Park approved SMORSA, a fire authority established with Eastpointe to maintain service levels in both cities. The Hazel Park City Council then voted to reduce the city’s police and fire special ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/04/2015

Madison Heights Crime Commission refocuses on crime prevention

MADISON HEIGHTS — When Brian Hartwell, mayor pro tem of Madison Heights, joined the city’s Crime Commission two years ago, he saw room for improvement. The group is meant to be a policy think-tank, and he felt it wasn’t realizing its ...Read More

Southfield Sun

Southfield 07/30/2015

Police Department seeks resident recruits for Citizen’s Academy

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — For 10 weeks this fall, people curious about the ins and outs of the Southfield Police Department will have a chance to learn the ropes during the Citizen’s Police Academy.Beginning Sept. 8, participants will ...Read More

Southfield 07/30/2015

Police investigate early morning shooting involving repo man

Officers are examining an early morning shooting that involved a repo man.According to Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the incident began at around 5:30 a.m. July 30 in the 22000 block of Chatsford Circuit.A 69-year-old Southfield man was arrested for ...Read More

Southfield 07/28/2015

Recycling center to reopen in 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Materials Recovery Facility at the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County is ready to reopen after a fire blazed through the building last spring. The facility, 20000 W. Eight Mile Road, is part ...Read More

Southfield 07/22/2015

Police on the lookout for auto larceny suspects

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Police Department is trying to track down who could be responsible for several recent thefts from vehicles.According to the Citizen Observer Crime Report by the Southfield Police Department’s Crime Prevention ...Read More

Southfield 07/22/2015

Displaced mall walkers find new home

SOUTHFIELD — Northland Center may be shuttered, but that hasn’t stopped a group of locals who used to roam the halls from getting in their daily workout.After the mall, located at 21500 Northwestern Highway, closed down in the spring due to ...Read More

Southfield 07/22/2015

Vigil held to remember teen who drowned

Over 300 people gathered to light candles, send off balloons and speak about Darius Cooley 9 p.m. July 21 at Southfield High School. Cooley — an Oak Park teen, and a junior and part of the basketball and football teams at Southfield High School ...Read More

Lathrup Village 07/22/2015

Summer Stroll expands horizons with demonstrations, hobbies

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Art lovers in Lathrup Village will soon be able to look no further than their own backyard for the creativity they crave.The Lathrup Village Summer Stroll, planned for 2-6 p.m. Aug. 16, now in its third year, is a music and arts ...Read More

Lathrup Village 07/22/2015

Community gets first glance at new City Hall plans

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Residents gathered around tables for a presentation and discussion on the latest design plans for an all-new City Hall recently.Representatives from the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan State University met with community ...Read More

Oakland County 07/22/2015

Sheriff and Little Caesars team up to reward residents

OAKLAND COUNTY — According to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, it’s impossible to frown while eating pizza.Bouchard and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up with Bob Angona, of Little Caesars, to form the Pizza ...Read More

Southfield 07/22/2015

Voters head to polls for Southfield City Council primary

Readers in the Southfield Sun’s coverage area will head to the polls Aug. 4 to vote for candidates in a primary election for Southfield City Council. Following are profiles of the candidates.Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state ...Read More

Southfield 07/21/2015

Teen drowns in apartment complex pool

An Oak Park teen has died after an incident in an apartment complex pool.According to Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, police received a call at around 3:40 p.m. July 20 on a report of a possible drowning at Sutton Place Apartments, 23275 Riverside Drive. ...Read More

Southfield 07/17/2015

Gallery features trio of Detroit-based artists in exhibition

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate the rich history, diverse culture and vast artistic landscape of Detroit, Park West Gallery in Southfield is featuring three local artists this summer who encompass what Detroit is all about.According to gallery director ...Read More

Southfield 07/17/2015

City launches Neighborhood Walks program to address code enforcement issues

SOUTHFIELD — City officials are canvassing neighborhoods to maintain curb appeal and keep homeowners up to date on the do’s and don’ts of code enforcement.Launched earlier this month, the Neighborhood Walks program is designed to help ...Read More

Southfield 07/17/2015

Shelter to hold adoption event

SOUTHFIELD — Pet ownership: To you, it’s a few years. To animals like Madeline, Red and Barley, it’s forever.Madeline, Red and Barley make up a fraction of the 70-plus dogs and cats looking for a permanent place to live who are ...Read More

Southfield 07/17/2015

Police pursuit ends in recovering $400 in stolen merchandise

SOUTHFIELD — The distance may have been small, but police made a big discovery recently when they apprehended a local man for fleeing and eluding.According to the Citizen Observer Crime Report provided by the Southfield Police Department’s ...Read More

Southfield 07/09/2015

Celebrate summer with sips, songs and screens

SOUTHFIELD — For the last few years, Brew at the Burgh has been an autumn staple for local beer lovers.This year, however, the event has been moved to the good old summertime — at 6 p.m. July 21.Janet Husaynu, special events programmer for ...Read More

Southfield 07/09/2015

Local student receives scholarship through Cobo video contest

SOUTHFIELD — As if receiving a scholarship wasn’t enough, Lawrence Technological University student Chloe Dunklin got to see her hard work unfold before her eyes on the big screen at Cobo Center.In a June 23 ceremony inside Cobo Center, five ...Read More

Southfield 07/09/2015

Police investigate another rash of break-ins

SOUTHFIELD — Police have stepped up their patrols in the city following a spike in home invasions.According to the Citizen Observer Crime Report provided by the Southfield Police Department’s crime prevention bureau, there have been numerous ...Read More

Southfield 07/02/2015

Durr Group makes move to Southfield, invests $40 million

SOUTHFIELD — Durr Group, one of the world’s leading mechanical and plant engineering firms, recently consolidated its North American operations in Southfield, making a $40 million investment in the city.According to Dave Meynell, chairman of ...Read More

Southfield 07/02/2015

City Council hopefuls make their case during forum

SOUTHFIELD — A steady stream of residents flowed into the conference room at the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department for a forum featuring City Council candidates June 17.The forum, held at 6 p.m., was open to the public and was sponsored ...Read More

Southfield 07/02/2015

Boy, 10, dies in house fire

SOUTHFIELD — According to officials from the Southfield Fire Department, a 10-year-old boy, identified as Nathaniel Mosby, has died as a result of a house fire.Southfield Fire Battalion Chief Barry White said the fire broke out around 6:10 a.m. ...Read More

Woodward Talk

Berkley 07/29/2015

Geeking out

BERKLEY — The Berkley Public Library is looking to find out what residents are interested in. Or, rather, what they “geek.”In May, the Berkley library joined the Geek the Library campaign to raise awareness for the library and ...Read More

Huntington Woods 07/29/2015

Huntington Woods officials, residents collaborate to complete parks master plan

HUNTINGTON WOODS — With 13 parks in the city of Huntington Woods, as well as a community center with a pool, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department has its work cut out for it in addressing improvements and resident concerns.This year, ...Read More

Ferndale 07/29/2015

Bike network to connect six Woodward communities

FERNDALE — Thanks to a grant from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the Michigan Department of Transportation, bicyclists in and around Ferndale will have a more precise biking route to get to neighboring communities.The city of ...Read More

Oak Park 07/29/2015

School district looks to sell Jefferson Center to affordable housing organization

OAK PARK — In March, the Ferndale School District Board of Education made a decision to restructure the district over the next couple of years, a decision that included moving the adult and alternative education programs from the Jefferson Center ...Read More

Berkley 07/29/2015

Berkley resident Keith Logsdon named new school board member

BERKLEY — The Berkley School District Board of Education has named longtime Berkley resident Keith Logsdon as its new member, filling the seat left empty following the death of former board President Paul Ellison.Logsdon is a 15-year resident of ...Read More

Ferndale 07/27/2015

HUD: Housing director’s settlement was ‘unreasonable’

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Housing Commission is withholding about half of former Executive Director Deborah Wilson’s $132,000 severance package following a comprehensive assessment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ...Read More

Ferndale 07/22/2015

City Council approves $10,000 donation to Youth Assistance program

FERNDALE — Ferndale Youth Assistance will be receiving a big helping hand in funding this year as the Ferndale City Council unanimously approved a $10,000 donation to the program during the July 12 meeting.Councilman Dan Martin, who is on the ...Read More

Pleasant Ridge 07/22/2015

Pleasant Ridge City Commission approves action plan for Little Free Library

PLEASANT RIDGE — Little Free Libraries have been popping up all around metro Detroit courtesy of reading enthusiasts in several communities. However, Pleasant Ridge is looking to make bringing in a lending library more of a communitywide project ...Read More

Huntington Woods 07/22/2015

Huntington Woods artist wins Mackinac Island juried contest

HUNTINGTON WOODS — In Good Hart, Michigan, Huntington Woods resident Patrick Wise would go on hikes during the summer with his wife around a nature preserve. As an artist, Wise said he could really enjoy the natural beauty of the area.So he ...Read More

Pleasant Ridge 07/22/2015

Pleasant Ridge looking at turning residential property into city green space

PLEASANT RIDGE — Pleasant Ridge residents spent five days this month meeting with representatives of livingLAB, a landscape architecture and design firm, to create a vision for improvements to Gainsboro Park in the coming year, but the city is also ...Read More

Huntington Woods 07/22/2015

Huntington Woods Commissioner Jenks named SEMCOG chair for 2015-16

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Huntington Woods City Commissioner Jeff Jenks has been named the chairperson of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments for the upcoming fiscal year of 2015-16.Since 1968, SEMCOG has been a support organization for local ...Read More

Berkley 07/17/2015

Looking Back: Berkley from above

This photograph depicts the city of Berkley in the 1930s from atop the old city water tower, which was located on Bacon Avenue, just south of 12 Mile Road, on the grounds of the Berkley Department of Public Works facility. In the photo, homes, land and ...Read More

Ferndale 07/15/2015

Rust Belt Market celebrates same-sex marriage decision with wedding giveaway

FERNDALE — When the ruling came in from the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, Ferndale resident Chris Best could be counted among the many who were surprised by the decision.Best, who owns ...Read More

Ferndale 07/15/2015

Ferndale Area District Library to host cat adoption event

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Area District Library’s summer reading program has a superhero theme, so Executive Director Jessica Keyser wanted to provide an opportunity for library patrons to be local heroes.On July 25, the library's ...Read More

Berkley 07/15/2015

Accessible learning

BERKLEY — Sitting in Shirley Hansen’s garage at her home in Berkley is a red, wooden box that looks like a miniature building with one door in the front and one shelf inside.What the box represents, however, is something more meaningful than ...Read More

Berkley 07/15/2015

Robina Rhapsody provides musical fun for the whole family

BERKLEY — The corner of Robina Avenue and 12 Mile Road in Berkley has long been a hot spot for community events, and the trend is continuing this summer as the Robina Rhapsody brings local favorites and swan song performances each month through ...Read More

Berkley 07/15/2015

New financial warning laws will affect Berkley, Ferndale schools

BERKLEY/FERNDALE — A package of bills that Gov. Rick Snyder signed July 7 will affect the Berkley and Ferndale school districts due to the relatively small sizes of their fund balances compared to their overall budgets.The package, which includes ...Read More

Huntington Woods 07/08/2015

County commissioner selected for Harvard leadership program

HUNTINGTON WOODS —  Helaine Zack is in her seventh term as an Oakland County Commissioner and her 13th year helping to lead the county, but the Huntington Woods resident still feels like she has more to learn.On July 6, Zack left for Harvard ...Read More

Ferndale 07/08/2015

Ferndale resident named one of 18 Kresge Artist Fellows for 2015

FERNDALE — George Tysh has been writing poetry almost his entire life, and he shows no signs of stopping now at the age of 72.Tysh, a Ferndale resident, has also taught poetry when he’s not writing, and he has worked in several ...Read More

Berkley 07/08/2015

Berkley library uses two anonymous donations to purchase new materials

BERKLEY — The Berkley Public Library isn’t immune to the financial troubles plaguing libraries all over the state, but thanks to two anonymous donations, library officials were was able to build two important collections.In early 2015, a ...Read More

Pleasant Ridge 07/08/2015

Pleasant Ridge to gather input on Gainsboro Park improvements

PLEASANT RIDGE — With new play equipment purchased using funds raised by the Pleasant Ridge Foundation in place and the voter-approved parks improvement millage in the city’s plans, several July meetings will help decide the future of ...Read More

Berkley 07/08/2015

School board member passes away after battle with cancer

BERKLEY — Longtime Berkley Board of Education Trustee Paul Ellison died June 24 at his home in Berkley after more than a year of battling cancer. Ellison was 58.Ellison was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer in May of last year at Beaumont ...Read More

Troy Times

Troy 07/29/2015

Council to lawmakers: put a damper on fireworks

The Troy City Council has unanimously approved a message to lawmakers supporting a revision of state fireworks statutes.The council approved the resolution July 20.Troy City Attorney Lori Grigg Bluhm told the council that Troy is not alone in asking ...Read More

Troy 07/29/2015

City staffers put to the customer service test

As part of the Interaction Troy initiative, city employees in every department were put to the test with a series of questions to gauge levels of customer service.“About a year ago, we started our customer service initiative,” said Troy City ...Read More

Troy 07/29/2015

City will hear pros and cons of mineral extraction

Troy residents can hear differing viewpoints on proposed gas and oil drilling guidelines at a City Council and Planning Commission joint study on ordinance language next month. The Planning Commission initiated and unanimously voted to recommend ...Read More

Troy 07/29/2015

Seniors, boomers wanted for input on city master plan

Troy city leaders want to hear from seniors, empty nesters and baby boomers  — identified as those born between 1946 and 1964 — about what’s important to them as they update the Troy Master Plan.The Troy Planning Department will ...Read More

Troy 07/28/2015

Voters will decide library millage renewal in November

The Troy City Council has approved language asking voters to decide whether to renew a previously authorized 0.7-mill tax to fund the Troy Public Library.The millage request that will appear on the November ballot is for five years.The council ...Read More

Troy 07/23/2015

'Arc flash' fire caused Troy power outage

Troy experienced a massive power outage between Coolidge Highway and John R, Square Lake Road to 14 Mile Road starting July 23.An equipment failure at the DTE Energy substation on Livernois, just south of Big Beaver, caused the outage, said DTE ...Read More

Troy 07/22/2015

Troy School District budget draws from reserve fund

The Troy School District Board of Education approved a $137 million budget that will draw $1.43 million from the reserve fund, leaving a 12 percent fund balance.The trustees approved the 2015-16 budget 5-0 at the June 23 Board of Education meeting. ...Read More

Troy 07/22/2015

Troy Board of Education OKs raise for superintendent

Citing his exemplary performance, the Troy Board of Education voted 5-0 to extend the contract for Superintendent Richard Machesky through 2018.The board approved Machesky’s contract extension, which includes a 3.5 percent base salary increase to ...Read More

Troy 07/22/2015

Library lovers give back

The Troy Public Library has gotten some unexpected funds on behalf of patrons who loved the library.Martin Wunsch donated $50,000 to the library on behalf of the estate of Lucille Makarov, his friend and neighbor at the Northfield Hills Condominiums and ...Read More

Troy 07/22/2015

Learn about campus safety, Dodge Viper at library

Gear up for the Woodward Dream Cruise and learn to stay safe at college with programs offered at the Troy Public Library next month.“I thought our patrons would be interested in learning about how the Dodge Viper was created, since we build the ...Read More

Troy 07/21/2015

Jam with the classics at Columbia Center

TROY — For John Khami, whose family will bring three cars to the Troy Traffic Jam, the show is all about family. “It’s a family affair. We like driving our cars,” he said.  His brother Roger will drive a 1930 Model A Ford ...Read More

Sterling Heights 07/20/2015

Sterling accidents cause 3 deaths over weekend

Two fatal accidents in Sterling Heights reportedly claimed a total of three lives the weekend of July 18-19 , according to police.At around 11 a.m. July 18, Clinton Township police responded to news of a multivehicle accident on Hayes Road, near ...Read More

Troy 07/15/2015

City fleet named elite

TROY — The Troy Department of Public Works has been named one of the top fleet divisions in the country. Government Fleet Magazine honored its 2015 Elite Fleets at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference June 10. Tim Richnak, director of ...Read More

Troy 07/15/2015

Brothers-in-law plead guilty in $1.7 million food stamp scam

TROY — A Troy man and his brother-in-law from Shelby Township will serve time in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding customers in a food stamp scam at their Detroit store from June 2007 through December 2011. U.S. District Judge George ...Read More

Troy 07/14/2015

City crews, firefighters save cats and ducks

TROY — While city firefighters and staff can’t answer each call for help for animals in distress, they did help two cats and a family of mallard ducks to safety in recent weeks. “It doesn’t hurt to call,” said Kurt ...Read More

Troy 07/08/2015

Plans proceed for new fire station on Maple

The Troy Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council approve a rezoning for a new fire station at Maple and John R June 23. The city purchased property on John R and needs to rezone the property from one-family ...Read More

Troy 07/08/2015

Building permits are rising high

The numbers of people seeking building permits for large- and small-scale projects in Troy continue to increase.Paul Featherston, building official for SafeBuilt — the company that the city has contracted with to handle building operations since ...Read More

Troy 07/07/2015

Get clutter under control or start an online store

Ever thought about selling your crafty wares or getting ahead of clutter? Upcoming programs at the Troy Public Library will explore how to sell items on the Etsy website, and how to get organized and ditch unwanted stuff.“We were thinking about ...Read More

Troy 07/07/2015

Planning Commission looks at micro-loft plans

The Troy Planning Commission raised a few concerns over plans to construct loft-style studio apartments on Maple Road and sent the developer back to the drawing board.The developer, Jerry Amber, asked for a conditional rezoning from office to Maple Road ...Read More

Rochester Post

Rochester 07/29/2015

Back-to-School Bonanza prepares needy kids for fall

ROCHESTER — For the many families struggling to pay their mortgages or put food on the table, purchasing school supplies is simply out of the question.That’s where the Back-to-School Bonanza comes in.Organized by KidzKare — a ...Read More

Rochester 07/29/2015

New exhibit helps the public gain ‘Perspective’

ROCHESTER — A new exhibit offering a perspective on life through the eyes of local artists with disabilities will open Aug. 1 at Level One Bank on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale.The exhibit, dubbed “Perspective,” features the work of nine ...Read More

Rochester Hills 07/29/2015

New high-end apartments promote walkability

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new four-story building will hold luxury apartments designed to promote self-contained living with easy walkability to restaurants, trails, a museum and more.Between 52 and 60 apartment units will fill all four floors of the ...Read More

Rochester 07/29/2015

Nik Banda to serve as interim city manager

ROCHESTER — When Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino leaves his position Aug. 1, Deputy City Manager Nik Banda will temporarily take the reins.On July 20, the Rochester City Council appointed Banda as interim city manager while the city ...Read More

Rochester 07/28/2015

Rochester Lions rev up for annual car show

ROCHESTER — Over 300 cars will be on display during the 16th annual Rockin’ Rods ’n’ Rochester Car Show in downtown Rochester next weekend.Event organizer Bill Claussen said several thousand car lovers visit Rochester each year ...Read More

Rochester Hills 07/28/2015

Brutal murders by son were premeditated, prosecutor says

ROCHESTER HILLS — Extensive efforts to clean up blood spatter after the beating deaths of an elderly couple show a premeditated crime, say prosecutors.Jeffrey Maurer, 54, faces two charges of first-degree murder for the January deaths of his ...Read More

Rochester 07/22/2015

Summer Music Theatre to present ‘Children of Eden’

ROCHESTER — Summer Music Theatre, managed through Rochester Community Schools’ Summer Learning Program, will present “Children of Eden: The Symphonic Version” this week.The show is the musical’s first amateur production to ...Read More

Rochester 07/22/2015

PCCA depends on volunteers for Art & Apples Festival

ROCHESTER — Many people don’t realize that a group of five staff members from the Paint Creek Center for the Arts organizes and conducts the annual Art & Apples Festival each year.But the event, which features over 290 artists and ...Read More

Rochester 07/22/2015

Young pirates, princesses invited to ‘Royal’ ball

ROCHESTER —  Families can enjoy an enchanting night of fun at the Royal Park Hotel this August.The Rochester Downtown Development Authority is hosting the Princess and Pirate Ball July 29 at the hotel, a new take on what was previously known ...Read More

Rochester 07/22/2015

Explore e-devices aboard the Digital Bookmobile

ROCHESTER — Readers of all ages can learn hands-on how to access e-books and audiobooks when the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile visits the Rochester Hills Public Library July 29.Developed inside a 74-foot-long 18-wheel tractor-trailer, the ...Read More

Rochester Hills 07/22/2015

City collects top bond ratings

ROCHESTER HILLS —Three major credit rating services have awarded the city the highest possible bond ratings.Moody’s Investors Service, Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings have given Rochester Hills AAA bond ratings.“These top ...Read More

Rochester 07/21/2015

Rochester chamber on the hunt for historical info

ROCHESTER —  For the past few weeks, Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce Vice President Jennifer Rogers has been researching the organization’s history in celebration of its 60th anniversary this August.“I have been playing ...Read More

Rochester 07/21/2015

High school artist needed for sidewalk chalk art competition

ROCHESTER — Patrons who visit the 50th anniversary Art & Apples Festival will find art in an unexpected place this year — on the sidewalk.The Paint Creek Center for the Arts, a nonprofit regional art center that organizes the annual Art ...Read More

Rochester Hills 07/21/2015

Fine art fills Village

ROCHESTER HILLS — Photographer James Parker has exhibited his photos of old ranches and ghost towns in Fine Art at the Village for the past 10 years.“When I first started doing art shows, I got a postcard about it about a week before the ...Read More

Rochester Hills 07/15/2015

Community invited to step out for watershed council

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Clinton River Watershed Council is inviting the public to take a Walk on the Wild Side this month.Anne Vaara, the council’s executive director, said the nonprofit is gearing up for its largest fundraiser of the year, a ...Read More

Rochester 07/15/2015

Rochester Fire Department celebrates renovations

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Fire Department unveiled a new and improved station to the public during a July 11 open house and rededication, celebrating the completion of a $420,000 renovation project.“I’m very proud of the firefighters ...Read More

Rochester 07/15/2015

Rochester Community House celebrates 40th anniversary

ROCHESTER —  For over 40 years, the Rochester Community House has opened its doors to the public, serving as a hub for classes, events and celebrations of all types for the local community.Longtime Director Mary Lee Kowalczyk was instrumental ...Read More

Oakland Township 07/14/2015

Fata sentenced to 45 years

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — After listening to testimony by former patients and medical experts, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman sentenced Dr. Farid Fata to 45 years in federal prison July 10 for charges related to medical fraud, money laundering, conspiracy ...Read More

Rochester 07/14/2015

Rochester police warn residents of IRS phone scam

ROCHESTER — Rochester police are reporting a number of complaints from residents who have recently received threatening phone calls from people claiming to be with the IRS.Luckily, scammers have been unsuccessful thus far, according to Rochester ...Read More

Rochester Hills 07/14/2015

OU opens autism clinic

ROCHESTER HILLS — Oakland University’s new autism clinic aims to break through the barriers that autism spectrum disorders create.The new applied behavioral analysis clinic tackles autism on three levels, said clinic director Jessica ...Read More

Rochester 07/08/2015

Council wary of bringing O’Tooles to Rochester

ROCHESTER — If it were up to Keith Wadle, owner and operator of O’Tooles Irish American Grill and Bar in Royal Oak, he would open a new restaurant and bar in downtown Rochester by November.The only problem is that Rochester City Council ...Read More

Rochester 07/08/2015

Double Up Food Bucks program offered at farmers market

ROCHESTER — Low-income families can double their money to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at the Downtown Rochester Farmers Market this year.Rochester Downtown Development Authority Marketing Coordinator Nancy Voges said this is ...Read More

Rochester Hills 07/08/2015

Recycling company names Barnett top mayor

ROCHESTER HILLS —Citing a commitment to recycling, Recyclebank named Mayor Bryan Barnett Mayor of the Year at the The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 83rd annual conference in San Francisco last month.Barnett introduced the Recyclebank program to ...Read More

Rochester 07/08/2015

Seven candidates vie for Rochester City Council

ROCHESTER — As of the filing deadline, seven candidates were slated to compete for four seats on the Rochester City Council on Nov. 3.Four members of the Rochester City Council are elected during a general municipal election in November of every ...Read More

Rochester 07/08/2015

Rochester honored for excellence in financial reporting

ROCHESTER — The city’s Finance Department recently earned national recognition for the quality of its financial reporting.City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said Rochester has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial ...Read More

Rochester Hills 07/07/2015

City named WaterTown

ROCHESTER HILLS — Aiming to maximize the potential of the Clinton River, the city has entered a partnership with the Clinton River Watershed Council as a WaterTown.WaterTowns is a CRWC initiative designed to help cities create water-oriented ...Read More

Rochester 07/07/2015

Rod and Susan Wilson named Christmas parade grand marshals

ROCHESTER — This winter, longtime Rochester residents Rod and Susan Wilson will lead the 64th annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade as its grand marshals.“We feel this is one of the highest honors anybody in the community could receive, ...Read More

Farmington Press

Farmington Hills 07/29/2015

Hills to see first contested mayoral race in over a decade

FARMINGTON HILLS — Mayor Barry Brickner has about four months to go before his term as mayor is up.“The reason I got involved in government to begin with is you see things that need to be done,” he said. “That is the reason ...Read More

Farmington 07/29/2015

Council incumbents file for re-election, McShane leaves seat

FARMINGTON — Three city officials have filed to run for one of the three seats on City Council that will be open this November.Two incumbent City Council members, Steven Schneemann — appointed in June 2013 — and Greg Cowley — ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/29/2015

Suspect found competent to stand trial in brutal carjacking

PONTIAC — An 18-year-old Farmington Hills man was found competent to stand trial in the assault and carjacking of a 40-year-old Farmington Hills woman in January.On July 21, Joshua Miller, chained and in an orange jumpsuit, stood before Oakland ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/27/2015

Hills couple wins $100K for home makeover

FARMINGTON HILLS — It took just 90 seconds for a Farmington Hills family to win $100,000.Anne and Lee Bird and their two children, Max, 3, and Leo, 1, rapped their way to the cash in a CertainTeed home makeover contest video on the Facebook Living ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/27/2015

Missing Center Line teen found with convicted sex offender

Investigators have found Shelby Louise Grech, a missing 15-year-old Center Line resident, in Lebanon, Tennessee. Grech was  reported missing at around 8 p.m. July 25 in Farmington Hills with 36-year-old Farmington Hills resident ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/22/2015

Hills uses fund balance for capital improvements

FARMINGTON HILLS — Things are looking up for the city of Farmington Hills. Personal property taxable values in the city increased by over $9.8 million this year compared to the 2014 assessment roll, and the fiscal year 2015-16 general fund ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/22/2015

OCC’s Womencenter, pool close

FARMINGTON HILLS — Some Oakland Community College professors and community members expressed their disappointment with the closing of the OCC Orchard Ridge swimming pool and Womencenter during a May 19 Board of Education meeting. “I ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/22/2015

English language learners program helps students, families

FARMINGTON HILLS — Within one month, Longacre Elementary School fifth-grader Vaishnavi Chintalapati can confidently say that her English has improved, and she even has tips for those who might want to brush up on the language. “If you have ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/22/2015

Six FPS schools could be repurposed, closed by next fall

Farmington Public Schools could see the closure or repurposing of six schools by the fall of 2016, according to projections presented by the district’s Building and Site Utilization Committee during a July 21 Board of Education meeting.The report, ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/20/2015

Miss Michigan Plus representatives head to Atlanta to compete

FARMINGTON HILLS — Jade Williams, 21, of Oak Park, is used to being told “no” because of her epilepsy. She’s also used to surpassing people’s expectations. Williams, a college scholarship recipient and self-taught ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/15/2015

Community GiveBack contest provides for others

METRO DETROIT — Leslie McMahon has always had a connection to law enforcement. Her late father, Arthur Dickinson, was an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police No. 130 in Ferndale, and her late grandfather, E. Parker Dickinson, was a ...Read More

Oakland County 07/14/2015

OCC closes budget gap, hikes tuition

BLOOMFIELD HILLS  — The Oakland Community College Board of Trustees recently approved the 2015-16 fiscal year budget, closing a $17.5 million funding gap. The community college Board of Trustees used revenue increases, operating cost ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/14/2015

Livonia bicyclist dies after being struck by vehicle

FARMINGTON HILLS — A 48-year-old Livonia man died after being struck by a vehicle while on his bicycle at around 11 p.m. July 3. The Farmington Hills Police Department and Fire Department responded to the vehicle-bicycle crash at Grand River and ...Read More

Farmington 07/14/2015

Former cheer coach charged with stealing over $9K

FARMINGTON — A former Farmington High School varsity cheer coach accused of stealing over $9,000 from her team, Farmington Cheer, will soon have her day in court. Kandice Hernandez, 25, of Westland, is accused of stealing over $9,000 from ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/14/2015

Residents responsible for tree debris removal

FARMINGTON HILLS — Regardless of whether tree limbs fall down on residential property because of storms or because private contractors cut them down, city officials want residents to think twice before leaving tree debris by the ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/13/2015

Festival of Chariots to draw 10K attendees

FARMINGTON HILLS/NOVI — Every year for the past 30 years, Hare Krishna followers pull deities by rope on a 40-foot-tall chariot in the Festival of Chariots parade to symbolize pulling their lord into their hearts. “It is symbolically ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/07/2015

Gill inspires a love of literature through summer reading club

FARMINGTON HILLS — Reading books doesn’t have to end when the school doors close for the summer — Gill Elementary School made sure of that. During the school’s second annual summer reading program — a collaboration ...Read More

Farmington 07/07/2015

Founders Festival celebrates 51 years

FARMINGTON — The Greater Farmington Founders Festival is getting back to its roots with a patriotic theme this year: “There Is No Place Like Home USA.” “Our retro red, white and blue logo that we’re using for Founders ...Read More

Farmington 07/07/2015

The beauty of Haiti comes to Farmington

FARMINGTON — Through an upcoming festival in the city, Magareth Corkery is looking forward to showing off the side of Haiti she feels the news often neglects. “We have a lot of positive things to offer. (It’s) not just about ...Read More

Farmington Hills 07/06/2015

Goat tackles vegetation in ‘Pilot’ program

FARMINGTON HILLS — Who would have thought a goat could cause such a stir in Farmington Hills? From being discovered in the city in late May to becoming part of the city’s new eco-friendly vegetation management program, the male goat, ...Read More

Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle

Birmingham 07/29/2015

Experts warn of increased theft risk in parking decks

BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham is often thought of as one of the safest communities in metro Detroit. And while that’s likely true, the city isn’t immune to crime — particularly crimes of opportunity.Each year, Birmingham police ...Read More

Birmingham 07/29/2015

Calling all car buffs

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Local gearheads are primping and priming in preparation for the the 21st annual Woodward Dream Cruise. With the date lurking right around the corner, many communities are in the final stages of event ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 07/29/2015

BTPL looks for community feedback

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — As part of its strategic planning, the Bloomfield Township Public Library wants to hear from you.Roughly every five years, the library team fashions a strategic plan as a vision for the future. The planning process, according ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/29/2015

Garage sales 2.0: How bargain hunting has moved from driveways to social media

METRO DETROIT — For bargain hunters, there’s nothing quite like a garage sale. The search for an oh-so-good deal — that needle-in-the-haystack item that was barely used and is priced to sell — is about as thrilling as it ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 07/28/2015

Life science takes spotlight at BioBlitz

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The science event of the summer has arrived, and it’s going to be a doozy.Cranbrook Educational Community and the Organization for Bat Conservation have teamed up to present the first ever BioBlitz — a biodiversity ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/22/2015

City regulates with ordinances

METRO DETROIT — Noise pollution could be a contributing factor for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and hypertension, but regulations are limited to what local municipalities have set up and can enforce. Richard Neitzel, assistant ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 07/22/2015

BHSD approves 2015-16 budget

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bloomfield Hills Public Schools district is projecting a $2.33 million  shortfall for the 2015-16 school year, according to the Board of Education.“Some of the responsibilities we take on — like during this ...Read More

Birmingham 07/22/2015

Local community responds, adjusts to same-sex marriage ruling

BIRMINGHAM/FRANKLIN — It’s been just about a month since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples should have a constitutionally guaranteed right to be married.The federal ruling impacts all 50 states and will effectively reverse ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/22/2015

Drink in summer memories

METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets. And it doesn’t need to take many ingredients or fancy add-ons to make ...Read More

Franklin 07/21/2015

Family fun happens Wednesdays on ‘the Green’

FRANKLIN — There’s only one place to enjoy a summer in Franklin: the Village Green.Nestled near the village offices along Franklin Road, the shaded space plays host each year to free outdoor concerts and movie nights.Movies at Dusk are ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 07/20/2015

Township board of trustees censures treasurer

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Things got heated again at the Board of Trustees meeting July 13.A majority of the meeting was spent addressing false accusations Treasurer Dan Devine made about Township Supervisor Leo Savoie abducting his daughter.The ...Read More

Birmingham 07/20/2015

Birmingham native wins Miss Oakland County title

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most. “I’m Birmingham born and raised,” ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 07/15/2015

Cranbrook House hosts yoga sessions in famed gardens

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For those who enjoy a good yoga session, Cranbrook House and Gardens is offering visitors the chance to bring some real sunshine to their sun salutation.The estate’s auxiliary has been offering yoga classes in the famous ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/15/2015

Mom-to-mom sales offer great deals— if you know what to look for

METRO DETROIT — No two parenting styles are alike. You’ve got your helicopter parents, your attachment parents, your free-range parents — the options are seemingly endless. But one thing most moms and dads can agree on is that ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 07/10/2015

Judge releases siblings from juvi

Three siblings were released from Children’s Village today after being held for two weeks for contempt in an ongoing divorce and custody dispute between their parents.Instead, the children, ranging in age from 9-15 years old, will head to a Jewish ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/10/2015

Great Lakes water levels reach highest point since 1998

METRO DETROIT — Water levels on the Great Lakes have not only recovered over the past two years, but as of June, they are higher than they have been since the 1990s. All five Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair have passed their long-term averages as ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/08/2015

A lot happens in the aftermath of a home disaster

METRO DETROIT — When disaster strikes a home in the form of a fire, storm damage, flooding or unforeseen reconstruction needs, the damage needs to be addressed immediately. Lt. Scott Trumbo, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said that if ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/08/2015

Exercising with your pooch can be fun — if you play it safe

METRO DETROIT — You know that itch you’ve had to get outside and burn off some of that extra energy? Well, guess what? Your pooch feels the same way. Plenty of people have gotten into the habit of not just walking their dogs around the ...Read More

Birmingham 07/08/2015

Meals on Wheels looks to rev up

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For seniors in need of extra help with their daily meals, local senior centers may be able to help.Through its Meals on Wheels program, Bloomfield Township Senior Services currently delivers 25-30 meals Mondays ...Read More

Birmingham 07/07/2015

Looking Back: Hunter House Hamburgers

With the fast-growing popularity of automobiles in the 1910s, Woodward Avenue was already booming from Detroit to Pontiac, despite being two lanes and not fully paved. The busy road caused traffic backups for miles, but business and civic leaders saw ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 07/07/2015

Asteroid Day lands at Cranbrook this weekend

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — In case you didn’t have it marked on your calendar, last Tuesday, June 30, was Asteroid Day.While it might not be an occasion observed by many, Cranbrook Institute of Science couldn’t let it pass without a ...Read More

Birmingham 07/07/2015

Birmingham Fire Department shows off photo collection

BIRMINGHAM — The annual Birmingham Fire Department open house is typically held in the fall. That’s still true, but this year the fire house on Adams Street is opening its doors this summer for a special celebration.From 6:30-8:30 p.m. July ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 07/07/2015

Two teens arraigned in gun incident

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — On June 1, the Bloomfield Township Police Department’s school liaison officers acted on a tip from a parent suggesting that a student was possibly in possession of a gun at the ninth-grade campus of Bloomfield Hills High ...Read More

Metro Detroit 07/07/2015

Noise pollution is a health issue

METRO DETROIT — Noise pollution could be a contributing factor for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and hypertension, but regulations are limited to what local municipalities have set up and can enforce. Richard Neitzel, assistant ...Read More

Birmingham 07/06/2015

Next’s photo preservation program aims to keep moments frozen in time

Years ago, photos seemed to be a little more special.Not everyone had a camera phone tucked in their pocket, ready to use at a moment’s notice, and honest memories — full of awkward expressions and perfectly timed blunders — were ...Read More

Oakland County 07/06/2015

Let the rain drain

OAKLAND COUNTY —  To prevent storm sewer catch basins and roadside ditches from clogging, officials are reminding residents, businesses and mowing contractors to keep grass and tree debris out of the roadways and ditches. Catch basins ...Read More

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