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Southfield 05/21/2015

Group seeks donations for historical marker

SOUTHFIELD — Those looking to gift a little piece of history can buy an engraved brick paver to support the city’s completion of the Coasting the Baseline project.The project, located at the intersection of Eight Mile — formerly known ...Read More

Southfield 05/21/2015

Seeing green: LTU named one of nation’s eco colleges

SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University’s colors might be blue and white, but green is proving to be a predominant color on campus lately.The college, located at 21000 10 Mile Road, was recently named one of the most environmentally ...Read More

West Bloomfield 05/20/2015

Oldest local residents recognized with brunch

WEST BLOOMFIELD/SOUTHFIELD —  Since 1963, as declared by President John F. Kennedy, the United States has recognized May as Older Americans Month. At that time, only about 17 million Americans had reached 65 years old, according to a press ...Read More

Lathrup Village 05/15/2015

Gun found at Southfield-Lathrup High School

Police presence at a local high school is being increased following an incident involving a student bringing a gun to school.According to Jacqueline Robinson, public relations and marketing manager for Southfield Public Schools, a student brought the ...Read More

Southfield 05/15/2015

Public votes on 46th District Court in survey

SOUTHFIELD — Usually, the people entering the 46th District Court await judgment, but the script was flipped late last year when residents were asked to pass judgment on the court.From Nov. 3-5, court-goers statewide were administered a survey on ...Read More

Southfield 05/15/2015

Police participate in statewide drunken driving crackdown

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Police Department recently joined a plethora of police departments in a statewide crackdown on drunken driving.The effort, called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” took place between March 17 and April 7, ...Read More

Southfield 05/15/2015

American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers

SOUTHFIELD — Sometimes, on the road to recovery, you need a driver.According to the American Cancer Society of Michigan, located in Southfield at 20450 Civic Center Drive, cancer patients often miss treatments because they don’t have access ...Read More

Lathrup Village 05/15/2015

Lathrup Village launches Art Works public art program

LATHRUP VILLAGE — The Lathrup Village Downtown Development Authority is on the hunt for local artists to take part in its inaugural public art program, Art Works.According to Martha Potere, Lathrup Village assistant city administrator and DDA ...Read More

Southfield 05/13/2015

Man sentenced in pregnant woman’s crash death

A Beverly Hills man has been sentenced to 10 days in jail and 24 months probation, according to court representatives, for the death of a pregnant Ferndale woman.Clarence Heath stood before Judge Bill Richards May 13 in 46th District Court for a hearing ...Read More

Southfield 05/12/2015

Police on the lookout for armed CVS robber

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect involved in an armed robbery at a local pharmacy.According to police, the incident took place at around 8:45 p.m. May 10, when a suspect entered the CVS at 18130 10 Mile and entered an ...Read More

Southfield 05/07/2015

Getting their kicks

SOUTHFIELD — Two local organizations are inviting metro Detroit residents to relive their playground dreams through an all-day kickball tournament to benefit children throughout the state.Playworks Michigan, a nonprofit focused on the power of ...Read More

Southfield 05/07/2015

Intersection ranks sixth for injuries and fatalities

 SOUTHFIELD — An intersection in Southfield has been named as one of the most dangerous in the state.Using data from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit, the Michigan Auto Law firm’s website posted in March that the ...Read More

Southfield 05/07/2015

Fire destroys Norwood Drive home

SOUTHFIELD — An early morning fire recently blazed through a two-story home while its residents were out of town.According Fire Chief Keith Rowley, the Southfield Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 20000 block of ...Read More

Southfield 05/07/2015

Rethinking kindergarten

SOUTHFIELD — When you think of kindergarteners, you might think of little balls of energy. But Franklin Academy is trying to harness that energy.Starting next year, the school, located at 29633 Franklin Road, will implement a mindfulness-based ...Read More

Southfield 05/07/2015

Deputy city administrator, City Council member appointed

SOUTHFIELD — The city is welcoming two new employees: John Michrina as deputy city administrator and Michael “Ari” Mandelbaum as a member of the City Council. The two were sworn in at the April 27 City Council meeting.Michrina was ...Read More

Southfield 05/07/2015

Southfield police investigate a rash of break-ins

SOUTHFIELD — A streak of home invasions in the Simms Park and Catalpa Park neighborhoods have police in search of suspects and information.According to the Citizen Observer Crime Report, provided by the Southfield Police Department’s crime ...Read More

Southfield 04/30/2015

Geeking out: Penguicon 2015 takes over Westin Hotel

SOUTHFIELD — Whether you’re a geek, a nerd or something in between, chances are you’ve heard of Penguicon, the yearly community-run convention celebrating computer programming, science fiction, DIY and beyond.From April 24-26, ...Read More

Southfield 04/30/2015

‘Every tree has a story’

SOUTHFIELD — The shovel might have been twice their size, but that didn’t stop a group of excited kindergarteners and first-graders from planting a tree in on their playground April 24.At 1:15 p.m., representatives from the city of ...Read More

Southfield 04/30/2015

Police need public’s help locating armed robbery suspect

SOUTHFIELD — Police are searching for a suspect involved in an armed robbery at a local pharmacy.According to a written statement by Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, at around 3:35 a.m. April 22, a man entered the Walgreens at 29030 Northwestern Highway ...Read More

Southfield 04/30/2015

Missing in Michigan helps in search for loved ones

The body of a woman who had been missing since April 2013 was recently located at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.Ella Andrews, 52, went missing two years ago from a Southfield group home in the 27000 block of Pebblebrook Street. ...Read More

Southfield 04/29/2015

Stories of V-E Day: Dr. Philip Peven

Editor's note: This story was included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Metro ...Read More

Lathrup Village 04/23/2015

Volunteers, local businesses work for cleaner Southfield Road

LATHRUP VILLAGE — In the spirit of spring cleaning, volunteers will band together to take on the trash lining the Southfield Road corridor on May 17.In an effort coordinated through the Downtown Development Authority Design Committee, volunteers ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

Residents upset over church’s parking lot plan

SOUTHFIELD — Residents chanting “Down with parking lots, up with neighborhoods,” and “Council doesn’t care about neighborhoods” were hoping the City Council would change its mind on the recent approval of a ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

Police departments offer proper medication disposal receptacles

SOUTHFIELD — Not sure what to do with your old, unused or expired prescription medications? Don’t throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet, officials say.According to recycling experts and local and state police, the best place ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

Woman’s World event to feature Ricki Lake

SOUTHFIELD — Maybe you remember her as Tracy Turnblad, a dance-loving teen desperate for the spotlight.Maybe you remember her as a TV talk show host.Or maybe you remember her as an independent filmmaker.No matter how you remember her, you ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

SPS students, families to attend free science day at Cranbrook

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Public Schools students and their families don’t have to travel around the state to see the various plants, wildlife and constellations that make Michigan unique.All they have to do is travel to Bloomfield ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

Construction projects get push from $99 million road bond Voters to decide state road proposal May 5

SOUTHFIELD — In the fall, voters were faced with a $99 million road bond to improve the city’s streets and roads. The bond passed with 65 percent approval.Residents will soon see the bond put to work through various construction ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

Police need public’s help locating armed robbery suspect

Police are searching for a suspect involved in an armed robbery at a local pharmacy.According to a written statement by Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, at around 3:35 a.m. April 22 a man entered the Walgreens at 29030 Northwestern Highway and approached a ...Read More

Woodward Talk

Huntington Woods 05/21/2015

Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge recognized for recycling efforts

HUNTINGTON WOODS/PLEASANT RIDGE — A $100,000 investment in recycling bins by the city of Huntington Woods in 2011 has proven fruitful, as the city’s recycling numbers continue to be some of the best in the state.Huntington Woods and Pleasant ...Read More

Ferndale 05/21/2015

City Council approves transit overlay district along Woodward, Nine Mile

FERNDALE — Ferndale city officials are hopeful that some form of mass transit comes to the Woodward Avenue corridor in the near future, so they are ensuring that they have the right development in place for a city along a transit route by approving ...Read More

Ferndale 05/20/2015

The big winner

FERNDALE — As Jeremy Cybulski stood on the “Wheel of Fortune” stage in March of this year facing the third round of the night, the Ferndale resident quickly solved the puzzle of “Traditional Irish Music.”As a lifelong game ...Read More

Ferndale 05/14/2015

Superintendent addresses restructuring, new programs in State of the District

FERNDALE — When looking toward the future during his State of the District address May 6, Ferndale Schools Superintendent Blake Prewitt said that first the community had to look to the past to see how far the district has come.“Go back to ...Read More

Huntington Woods 05/14/2015

Huntington Woods native dies in May 12 Amtrak train crash

The family of Huntington Woods native Rachel Jacobs confirmed her death May 13 following the Amtrak train derailing that took place the previous day in Philadelphia.Northeast Regional Train No. 188 was traveling from Washington to New York when it ...Read More

Berkley 05/07/2015

Looking Back: State Champion Band

The 1930 Berkley High School marching band, shown in this photograph, won the state championship that year. The success of the 1930 band led the school to have a variety of musical groups to this day, including choir, jazz band and orchestra. James ...Read More

Ferndale 05/07/2015

A three-dimensional experience

FERNDALE — Michigan native Robert Sabuda knows the satisfaction of jumping into a good book and being immersed in its world.Sabuda’s job is to make that world jump out at you.A Pinckney native, Sabuda currently resides in New York City, ...Read More

Ferndale 05/06/2015

A life’s work

FERNDALE — Since the early 1970s, Ferndale resident Ann Heler has been bucking the norm and paving her own path in a career that began as a special education teacher and ended up with her in the health care field.Along the way, Heler has helped ...Read More

Berkley 05/06/2015

BHS recognized as one of the most challenging high schools in the state

BERKLEY — Berkley High School has been honored time and time again by numerous organizations for being one of the most challenging and rewarding high schools in the state.Nothing has changed in 2015, as BHS appeared on the Washington Post’s ...Read More

Ferndale 05/06/2015

City budget raises water rates, could reduce Headlee override levy

FERNDALE — The 2016 operating budget for the city of Ferndale will include a slight water and sewer rate increase and the possibility of a 1-mill decrease on the Headlee override, if the May 5 ballot proposal passed, which occurred after press ...Read More

Ferndale 05/06/2015

City Council appoints two new members to Housing Commission

FERNDALE —  The City Council has appointed two new board members to the Ferndale Housing Commission board following the termination of Director Deborah Wilson, who pleaded no contest in January to home invasion and drug-related charges.The ...Read More

Berkley 05/05/2015

Voters strongly approve Berkley School District bond proposal

BERKLEY — Voters in the Berkley School District passed the proposed $58.9 million bond for infrastructure improvements by a wide margin May 5, with more than 68 percent voting in favor of the proposal.School district administrators and staff began ...Read More

Ferndale 05/05/2015

Ferndale Headlee proposal passes by 55 votes, street and park proposal passes comfortably

Many residents in Ferndale were leery about the Headlee override and the street and park improvement bond proposed during the May 5 election, and the cautious attitude showed at the polls as the Headlee override passed by a small margin, while the street ...Read More

Ferndale 04/30/2015

City Council nixes drone ban following outcry from hobbyists

When Ferndale residents got wind of the City Council possibly banning the use of drones anywhere in the city outside of private property, residents flooded the council chambers April 27 to protest the potential ordinance change.Dubbed ...Read More

Ferndale 04/29/2015

Smoking material starts Ferndale house fire, three escape safely

FERNDALE — Three people, including a child, were able to safely escape a house fire April 16 in Ferndale after an upstairs bed caught fire while the three were taking a nap during the day.Ferndale Fire Marshall Brian Batten said that at around ...Read More

Ferndale 04/29/2015

FernCare Free Clinic receives grant to help with health care information

FERNDALE — The FernCare Free Clinic in Ferndale continues to be vital to the community despite the Affordable Care Act requiring citizens to get health insurance or face a tax penalty.Because there are those who struggle with finding the right ...Read More

Ferndale 04/29/2015

UHS one of 27 schools to come off state’s priority school list

FERNDALE — In the past five years, University High School in Ferndale has seen student achievement on state assessments continue to improve, thus UHS was one of 27 schools to come off the Michigan Department of Education’s priority list April ...Read More

Pleasant Ridge 04/29/2015

Restructured utility bills could save residents $166 a year

PLEASANT RIDGE — Pleasant Ridge residents approved a general operating millage during last year’s November election that would save them money on their utilities, and now, beginning in July, the residents will realize those savings.The ...Read More

Ferndale 04/29/2015

Development company looks to build rental, commercial units along Livernois

FERNDALE — A proposed development on city and private land just north of Eight Mile Road on Livernois Street in Ferndale could bring more rental opportunities for the city, as well as new commercial space.The city owns two noncontiguous parcels of ...Read More

Ferndale 04/29/2015

Wading through uncertainty

FERNDALE — When Jovaughn Wilson heads into University High School in Ferndale each day to teach geometry to his 10th-grade students, he is a little more fatigued than he was a year ago, but otherwise Wilson is as passionate about his job as ...Read More

Berkley 04/23/2015

Berkley School District asks residents for $58.9 million bond

BERKLEY — Several years of studying the Berkley School District’s infrastructure led the administration to form a list of improvements to make, and on May 5, residents will vote on whether or not to approve a $58.9 million bond for ...Read More

Ferndale 04/23/2015

Positive reinforcement

 FERNDALE — A new program from the Ferndale Police Department, in collaboration with local businesses, seeks to reward children for safe behavior and cultivate a positive relationship between police and youth in Ferndale.Ferndale Police ...Read More

Ferndale 04/23/2015

Ferndale receives grant to spruce up green space near railroad

FERNDALE — Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Canadian National Railroad and America in Bloom, the city of Ferndale will be upgrading a park that lies next to the railroad and expanding the green space to a currently unused area.Community and Economic ...Read More

Ferndale 04/23/2015

Residents to vote on Headlee renewal, street and park bond

FERNDALE — Ferndale residents will vote on two ballot proposals May 5 that would allow the city to levy nearly 11 mills for residential streets and city parks, and continue the same city services.The first proposal is asking residents whether or ...Read More

Ferndale 04/23/2015

Water, sewage study could see rates go up 2.8 percent in 2016

FERNDALE — A recent water and sewage rate study by Plante Moran could see the rates in Ferndale go up 2.8 percent next year as the city looks to achieve a target modified working capital level in the next five years.Brian Camiller, with Plante ...Read More

Madison - Park News

Madison Heights 05/20/2015

River Walk provides gentle exercise

MADISON HEIGHTS — Walking is one of the best exercises. Walking with a gentle current of water? Even better. Red Oaks Waterpark, located at 1455 E. 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights, will soon offer its River Walk for people of all ages. The ...Read More

Madison Heights 05/20/2015

Madison district, Habitat Oakland make case for Halfman project

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison District Public Schools wants to work with the city of Madison Heights, Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County and Lawrence Technological University to develop the property at Halfman Elementary and Sunset Park into new ...Read More

Hazel Park 05/16/2015

Hazel Park balances budget with help of SMORSA

HAZEL PARK — In a unanimous vote May 12, the Hazel Park City Council approved the city’s budget for fiscal year 2015-16. City officials say all core services will be retained thanks to SMORSA, a new fire-funding authority formed with ...Read More

Hazel Park 05/15/2015

Hazel Park repeals ban on pit bulls

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park City Council has agreed to lift the city’s ban on pit bulls following feedback from animal advocacy groups, residents and individuals looking to move into the city. However, there will be some restrictions put in ...Read More

Madison Heights 05/14/2015

Free bus trip will take seniors to Lansing

MADISON HEIGHTS — Senior citizens from Madison Heights — and those from out of town, as well — are invited to come along on a free bus trip headed for Lansing next month, where they will have a chance to make their voices heard by those ...Read More

Madison Heights 05/14/2015

Madison Heights City Council adopts FY 2015-16 budget

MADISON HEIGHTS — At its meeting May 11, the Madison Heights City Council unanimously adopted the budget for fiscal year 2015-16. It is a bigger budget than last year due to an increase in operational costs and capital projects. However, the impact ...Read More

Madison Heights 05/13/2015

Registration open for Madison Heights day camp

MADISON HEIGHTS — Kids who need something to keep them busy during school break can sign up for Madison Heights Summer Day Camp, and look forward to weeklong activities that include trips around metro Detroit.“They can travel to places they ...Read More

Hazel Park 05/10/2015

Hazel Park comes to the (very) small screen

HAZEL PARK — An award-winning author who grew up in Hazel Park is now making the city the setting of yet another story. But this time, it’s an interactive app on smartphones and tablets that unfolds like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, ...Read More

Hazel Park 05/09/2015

Award-winning chef opening restaurant in Hazel Park

HAZEL PARK — He appeared last year as a contestant on the 12th season of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.” In 2011, he opened his first restaurant, The Root, in White Lake; in 2012, it was named Restaurant of the Year by the Detroit Free ...Read More

Madison Heights 05/07/2015

Madison district plans next phase of consolidated campus

MADISON HEIGHTS — Earlier this year, the all-new Madison Elementary opened its doors, marking the end of Phase I of the Madison school district’s vision of “One Campus — One Community.” The goal is to consolidate the ...Read More

Madison Heights 05/06/2015

Bishop Foley students set out to ‘Be the Difference’

MADISON HEIGHTS — Bishop Foley Catholic High in Madison Heights is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In that time, the school has given back to the community in many ways, including over the last six years, when it’s done service on ...Read More

Hazel Park 05/06/2015

Kroger opens after remodel, donates to local charity

HAZEL PARK — To mark the grand reopening of the Kroger store in Hazel Park, the Kroger Company of Michigan donated $5,000 to the Hazel Park Promise Zone, which guarantees that every student who graduates from Hazel Park High can attend ...Read More

Madison Heights 05/02/2015

Madison Heights holds budget workshop

MADISON HEIGHTS — City Council met bright and early April 25 for a public workshop that had them reviewing the proposed budget in hopes of adoption May 11.The proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16 has a city tax rate of 22.9618 mills. This is a ...Read More

Hazel Park 04/26/2015

Hazel Park planning Memorial Day weekend festivities

HAZEL PARK — The city of Hazel Park is once again going all-out for Memorial Day, with a five-day celebration that starts Thursday, May 21 and concludes Monday, May 25 — Memorial Day.The event has historically been profitable for the city, ...Read More

Hazel Park 04/25/2015

Thoroughbred meet starting soon at Hazel Park Raceway

HAZEL PARK — When thoroughbreds returned to Hazel Park Raceway last year after a 30-year hiatus, an estimated 14,000-15,000 people turned out to see the majestic steeds in action. The track is hoping to replicate that success this year, ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/25/2015

E-Lounge and I-Connect begin 2015 season

MADISON HEIGHTS — This year marks the fifth season of the E-Lounge in Madison Heights, a monthly get-together for entrepreneurs and small business owners at the local Biggby Coffee, where they discuss relevant issues such as social media and ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/24/2015

Pub Crawl will raise money for Madison Heights Memorial Day Parade

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Memorial Day Parade — held the Saturday before Memorial Day — will feature a picnic in Civic Center Park after the memorial service this year. But first, efforts continue to raise money for the ...Read More

Hazel Park 04/23/2015

Man files false charges with Hazel Park police

HAZEL PARK — When a man came to the Hazel Park Police Department with an extravagant tale of armed gunmen, abduction and more, police immediately set about investigating the claim — only to find, days later, that the man had made it all ...Read More

West Bloomfield Beacon

West Bloomfield 05/20/2015

Development Services to explore ways to protect lakes

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees voted 6-0 May 19 to allow the director of the Development Services Department to explore possible changes to the township’s fertilizer ordinance and to create a proposal ...Read More

West Bloomfield 05/19/2015

Parks and Recreation floats family fishing event

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s the time of year when the fish begin biting at Marshbank Park for the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s annual fishing night from 4-6 p.m. June 14. In the past, the fishing event has been ...Read More

Keego Harbor 05/18/2015

Roosevelt Elem. celebrates 95 years, dedicates bell tower

KEEGO HARBOR — Local students will hear the sounds of the past ringing out from a 30-inch historic bell now hanging in a new tower installed in front of Roosevelt Elementary. The bell is believed to be from Keego Harbor School, which was built ...Read More

Keego Harbor 05/17/2015

Citywide garage sales promote neighborly bonding

KEEGO HARBOR/SYLVAN LAKE — One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Local residents are cleaning out their houses for the annual citywide garage sales in Keego Harbor and Sylvan Lake. Keego Harbor’s citywide garage ...Read More

West Bloomfield 05/16/2015

Board discusses future of senior living facilities in township

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  After All Seasons of West Bloomfield requested approval to build more living units, the West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees held a special meeting May 13 to discuss amending zoning ordinances to increase development ...Read More

West Bloomfield 05/10/2015

‘The sky’s the limit’ at JCC camps

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit has over 100 camp options.And this year, the JCC has a variety of new offerings in its Center Day Camps, including the expansion of the Hebrew Immersion Camp to allow younger ...Read More

Sylvan Lake 05/09/2015

Sylvan Lake Memorial Day parade tops 65 years

SYLVAN LAKE — For at least 65 years, Sylvan Lake residents have honored veterans and servicemen and women with a Memorial Day parade.Sylvan Lake’s 2015 Memorial Day parade will take place at 11 a.m. May 25.It’s dubbed the “Best ...Read More

West Bloomfield 05/08/2015

Supporters gather for pro-Israel demonstration

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For 10 years, Israel supporters from across Michigan and even into Ohio have gathered along Orchard Lake Road in solidarity.The annual Walk for Israel and 5K Family Fun Run has continued to grow year after year, and organizers ...Read More

Southfield 05/07/2015

Martial arts instructor empowers special needs young adults

WEST BLOOMFIELD/SOUTHFIELD — Being a criminal defense attorney and a martial arts instructor don’t typically go hand in hand.But for criminal defense and immigration attorney J. Dallo, of Oak Park, opening a martial arts school has been his ...Read More

West Bloomfield 05/06/2015

Man pleads guilty, sentenced in cellphone trafficking plot

WEST BLOOMFIELD —United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced April 17 that a West Bloomfield man has been sentenced to 12 months in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $600,000 for trafficking cellphones.Jason Floarea, former president ...Read More

Keego Harbor 05/06/2015

‘Come and join the parade’

KEEGO HARBOR — Honoring veterans and soldiers who have died in the line of duty, the annual Keego Harbor Memorial Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. May 25.The mile-long parade will kick off from Abbott Middle School, near Orchard Lake and ...Read More

West Bloomfield 05/02/2015

Library youth activities entertain, educate

WEST BLOOMFIELD — As the school year is coming to an end, the West Bloomfield Township Public Library’s youth services department is kicking off a variety of youth programs in May to keep young kids interested in reading and socializing.The ...Read More

Orchard Lake 05/01/2015

Apple Island blossoms for tourists

ORCHARD LAKE — The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society will host its annual tours of Apple Island from May 16-17, and volunteers are still needed for the event.The 35-acre island dates back to the Potawatomi Indians, and when tourists visit ...Read More

Orchard Lake 04/30/2015

Polish Country Fair returns Memorial Day weekend

ORCHARD LAKE — St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair is packing a honky-tonk flare.Attracting over 125,000 visitors a year, fair organizers try to keep the event fresh, and this year, St. Mary’s will kick off the fair with a country night May ...Read More

Keego Harbor 04/29/2015

Keego Harbor joins Oakland County One Stop Ready

KEEGO HARBOR — The Keego Harbor City Council unanimously approved a resolution April 16 to become a member of the Oakland County One Stop Ready program.  Councilman Tom Berman said the initiative is important to him, personally, and he ...Read More

Keego Harbor 04/29/2015

Supervisor focuses on new developments, rate increases

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Congressional representatives, department heads and residents filled Town Hall  to hear Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste give her sixth annual State of the Township address on April 20.Public safety Since ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/29/2015

JCC film festival springs into action

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Berman Center for the Performing Arts will draw back the curtain for the largest Jewish film festival in the Midwest from May 10-21. Over 200 films were viewed by a committee through the Jewish Community Center of ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/29/2015

Stories of V-E Day: Guy Stern

Editor's note: This story was included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Metro ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/23/2015

Board argues over townshipwide mailing, recall filed

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste proposed a motion at the April 20 board meeting requiring board approval for any mailing, with the exception of absentee ballots and voter cards, from the Clerk’s Office. The motion ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/22/2015

Touch-A-Truck to roll into Drake Sports Park

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ever  wondered what the inside of a police car looks like, or how many gadgets and gears are on a construction vehicle?The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will give kids of all ages the chance to touch and ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/22/2015

Scotch, Gretchko elementaries to be reconfigured

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education voted 4-2 on March 23 to reconfigure Gretchko and Scotch elementaries beginning with the 2015-16 school year.Similar to the Doherty and Sheiko elementary school ...Read More

Farmington Press

Farmington Hills 05/20/2015

Library collection program attempts to recover materials, fees

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Do you have unreturned Farmington Community Library materials? You might be next in line to receive a letter or phone call from a collection agency, Unique Management Services. “For many years, we’ve had ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/19/2015

Tween cuisine competition looks for winning recipe

FARMINGTON HILLS — Move over, chef Gordon Ramsay. A pint-sized chef will soon rule the culinary realm — well, at least in southeastern Michigan. Weight Watchers is hosting a Tween Cuisine Cooking Competition for children ages 9-13 at 10 ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/19/2015

Mental Health Town Hall talks progress, challenges

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Oxford parents Julie and Bob McReavy, 73, have been to hell and back dealing with a mental health system they feel abandoned their 43-year-old son, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. “The system is ...Read More

Farmington 05/19/2015

Wayne city manager chosen for Farmington position

FARMINGTON — Wayne City Manager David Murphy is ready to fill the role of Farmington’s new city manager after the Farmington City Council voted 5-0 to hire him. The decision was made during a City Council special study session May 9, where ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/18/2015

Hills woman survives Nepal earthquakes while mountain climbing

FARMINGTON HILLS — Katharine Atto is counting her blessings after surviving a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal that killed more than 8,000 people and injured thousands in late April — with more carnage in its wake this month. “It ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/13/2015

‘Summer Fun’ awaits campers this year

FARMINGTON HILLS — Kids, ready yourselves. It will soon be camp season. With “Super Summer Fun” as this year’s theme, campers ages 3-18 can experience nearly everything under the sun starting in June. “We’re ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/13/2015

Relay for Life is like a ‘second family’

FARMINGTON HILLS — Standing in front of a sea of people wearing purple shirts with the words “I am hope” written on the back, Commerce Township resident Denise Lis-Janssen knew she wasn’t going through her journey alone in ...Read More

Farmington 05/13/2015

Farmers market beefs up programming

FARMINGTON — Walt Gajewski, Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market manager, wants the public to get into the swing of things with the upcoming farmers market. With the theme “Swing into Spring,” Gajewski is looking forward to the ...Read More

Farmington 05/13/2015

Get ready for a surge of sunflowers

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Put on some shades, ladies and gents — it will soon become sunnier than normal in Farmington and Farmington Hills. The second annual Sunflower Explosion is coming to town to encourage people to plant ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/11/2015

Rouge Rescue cleanup efforts scheduled throughout community

FARMINGTON HILLS — What do 57 tires, two shopping carts, two mattresses, two large pieces of furniture and two bicycles have in common? These items were all removed from the Rouge River during a Rouge Rescue cleanup event last ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/06/2015

Back to School Night to show women their academic options

FARMINGTON HILLS — Women are used to doing it all, but Oakland Community College’s Womencenter and the American Association of University Women’s Farmington Branch are encouraging women to do even more — if they want to — ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/06/2015

‘Hungry Girl’ to speak at Adat Shalom Synagogue’s Donor Day

FARMINGTON HILLS — Are you hungry for knowledge, healthy recipes, or just in general? Then you might be a hungry girl, and that is a good thing, according to Lisa Lillien. “I feel like we are all hungry in some way and want to eat the ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/06/2015

Farmington Hills woman charged in online fundraiser fraud

FARMINGTON HILLS/SOUTHFIELD — A local woman pleaded guilty last week to an online fundraiser theft amounting to $4,000. Hailey Kristen Anderson, 34, entered the guilty plea April 29 before Oakland County Circuit Court Judge James Alexander. She ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/06/2015

Ms. Diane’s Teens program needs teens, residents

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Diane Powell believes in the Bible verse, “Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,” especially since she has been working for the past three years to ...Read More

Farmington 05/06/2015

Dogs, owners howl it up at Bark in the Park 2.0

FARMINGTON — Got a dog? Bring your four-legged furry friend over to the second annual Bark in the Park 2.0 event from noon-3 p.m. May 17 at Riley Park, 33113 Grand River Ave. “The weather is a little bit cooler, and we’re timing it ...Read More

Farmington 05/05/2015

Voters pass Farmington school bond

Voters in the Farmington Public Schools district took to the polls May 5 to decide a $131.5 million, two-series bond proposal, with the measure passing by 58.38 percent, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/05/2015

The Riviera opens with special effects

FARMINGTON HILLS — It was all pomp and circumstance, with an accordion to boot, April 30 at the grand opening of The Riviera, 30170 Grand River Ave. Local dignitaries, including Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner, cheered during the ribbon ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/29/2015

Screen-Free Week helps residents power down electronics

FARMINGTON HILLS — “The kids will be OK if they don’t have their electronic gadgets,” said Tina Yoder, Farmington PTA Council vice president of enrichments. “Once you try it and you are aware, you realize you can do it. ...Read More

Farmington 04/29/2015

City to enforce parking, hold off on meters

FARMINGTON — The City Council unanimously approved April 20 the establishment of a Downtown Parking Advisory Committee and parking enforcement, while holding off, for now, on installing metered parking. City Manager Vincent Pastue presented the ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/29/2015

Blue Man Group brings color, inspiration to Dunckel

FARMINGTON HILLS — Dunckel Middle School eighth-grader Bethany Reuter will forever cherish the word “blue” that Blue Man Group member Dan Carter signed — in blue font, naturally — on her tablet April 22. The 14-year-old ...Read More

Farmington 04/29/2015

Masonic Lodge celebrates 150 years in Farmington

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Masonic Lodge 151 has remained a civic and social bastion in the city since its inception in 1863. The 12 founders of the then-Farmington Village formed the lodge when they were also busy creating what is now ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/29/2015

Locals reflect on Victory in Europe Day

FARMINGTON HILLS — At 88 years old, Elaine Simpson still remembers the World War II phrase, “Loose lips sink ships.” She first learned it at 17 years old while living on the East Coast. She understood that war-related gossip could ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/27/2015

Rebuilding Together breathes new life into homes

FARMINGTON HILLS — Christina Tudor lives by the scribbled words posted on her refrigerator. “‘Every day is a good day,’” she said, repeating the mantra in her kitchen in the 28000 block of Grayfield on April ...Read More

Farmington 04/22/2015

Sobriety Court encourages graduates to live fully

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Ronald Sumling realized he’d hit rock bottom while sitting in a Farmington Hills probation office in April 2013 after being arrested for drinking and driving. “The person that did those things, I hope I ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/22/2015

Council passes human rights ordinance

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills has joined 37 other cities in Michigan that have approved human rights ordinances, a move that makes lifelong resident and City Councilwoman Samantha Steckloff proud, she said during an April 13 City Council ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/22/2015

May election looms for FPS’s $131.5 million bond proposal

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — “It’s a long time coming,” Farmington Public Schools Superintendent George Heitsch said after a Jan. 13 unanimous school board vote approving a $131.5 million, two-series bond proposal for May ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/22/2015

HMC event to discuss Holocaust’s relevance in depth

FARMINGTON HILLS — Why does the Holocaust still matter? That is a question Detroit native Jack Lessenberry, an Emmy Award winner and head of journalism at Wayne State University, will answer at 11 a.m. April 26 at the Holocaust Memorial Center, ...Read More

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Birmingham 05/20/2015

Planet Lori gives kids touched by cancer chance to be young again

BIRMINGHAM — In the summer, there’s usually a day camp to be found to suit any youngster’s tastes and interests.There’s one camp, though, that’s even more special, since it welcomes kids 5 to 15 years old who’ve ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 05/20/2015

Superintendent discusses district’s Umbrella Project

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — During the annual State of the District address, Superintendent Rob Glass described the district’s Umbrella Project, which he said will significantly impact choice and opportunity across the district.The meeting was held ...Read More

Birmingham 05/19/2015

Birmingham rejects platform request for local restaurateur

BIRMINGHAM — What’s downtown Birmingham like without outdoor dining options? If you ask restaurateur Zack Sklar, it’s pretty slow.“It was dead,” said Sklar to the Birmingham City Commission during its last meeting.Sklar, ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 05/18/2015

Former BHS coach gets jail time for several offenses

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Days after receiving jail time for a probation violation, a former Bloomfield Hills High School varsity baseball coach was sentenced to even more time behind bars.Michael Boyd, 29, of Madison Heights, was sentenced to serve ...Read More

Franklin 05/18/2015

Franklin Cemetery to host annual Memorial Day salute

FRANKLIN — Sure, Memorial Day means a welcome long weekend for many of us.But the holiday really should be about everyone in the community taking time to remember the servicemen and women who bravely served their country.For years, the Franklin ...Read More

Oakland County 05/18/2015

Local shop to host baby shower for mamas in need

PONTIAC — There are a few new additions in town, and just like you’d expect, they’re cute, cuddly and need lots of attention.Two goats at the City Girls Soap urban dairy in Pontiac had baby goats recently, and the dairy owners are ...Read More

Metro Detroit 05/15/2015

Canadian nuclear waste site is one step closer to reality

METRO DETROIT — The Canadian joint review panel looking over a proposed nuclear waste site that would be less than a mile from Lake Huron recommended the project to Canada’s minister of the environment May 7 despite an outcry from communities ...Read More

Oakland County 05/14/2015

Patterson requests $2M for Road Commission

OAKLAND COUNTY —  With the defeat of Proposal 1, voters sent a clear message to the Legislature that a better solution is needed to fix Michigan roads. But until that solution is found, drivers will continue to battle growing ...Read More

Metro Detroit 05/13/2015

Native fish species bounce back

METRO DETROIT — Native fish like walleye, steelhead, lake trout and, to an extent, yellow perch populations are doing well, leading to a positive fishing outlook on the Great Lakes this year. Todd Grischke, Lake Huron Basin coordinator with the ...Read More

Franklin 05/13/2015

Market on the Green returns to Franklin for the season

FRANKLIN — Summer: when the dull task of grocery shopping at the supermarket is transformed by taking the action outside.Farmers markets are popping up all over metro Detroit, and Franklin residents will be the first to tell you they’ve got ...Read More

Beverly Hills 05/13/2015

Community Coalition to host teen suicide prevention training

BEVERLY HILLS — “There’s a different type of pressure on kids these days to excel in everything. Even trying to get into college, the landscape has completely changed. They can get the right GPA, right ACT score, right community service ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 05/13/2015

BCS students reel in lessons with salmon release

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — As the old tune goes, “Fish gotta swim, and birds gotta fly.”Third- and fourth-graders at Birmingham Covington School did their part last week to make sure that there will be fish swimming in Michigan lakes and ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 05/12/2015

Hunt for treasures at Bowers Farm

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — From delightful knickknacks to treasured antiques, tractor rides to goat milking, Bowers Farm will have something for everyone this Saturday.In the barn, the Friends of Bowers Farm will host their annual Barn Sale.The rummage ...Read More

Birmingham 05/06/2015

Historical Museum offers parade-goers chance to ring Hill School Bell

BIRMINGHAM — By now, most residents know that the Birmingham Hometown Parade is just a couple of weeks away on Sunday, May 17.What some may not know, though, is that a special guest is slated to be at this year’s event to meet and greet fans ...Read More

Birmingham 05/06/2015

Fire trucks and plows and tractors — oh my!

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Department of Public Services will welcome families to its facility on South Eton Street this Saturday for its 23rd annual open house.The popular event will return from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 9 to welcome residents of all ...Read More

Beverly Hills 05/06/2015

Groves orchestra to host annual Forte 5k run/walk

BEVERLY HILLS — Leave the mp3 player at home May 17.At the annual Forte 5K, the running tunes are provided for you.The Groves High School orchestra will hold its annual 5K run and walk May 17 in Beverly Park. The USA Track and Field-certified ...Read More

Franklin 05/05/2015

Franklin police and general fund millage renewed

Voters in Franklin overwhelmingly renewed a special millage May 5 for police services and the general fund that would have expired next year.With an approval of 83 percent, residents will continue to pay 0.0398 mills per year through 2020. Most of the ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 05/05/2015

Bloomfield Hills Schools bond approved

Residents approved the renewal of an operating millage for the Bloomfield Hills School District May 5.The passing of the proposal will now allow Bloomfield Hills Schools to continue to levy the number of operating mills required for the district to ...Read More

Birmingham 05/05/2015

Birmingham Public Schools bond approved

Voters in the Birmingham Public Schools district approved a $66 million capital improvement bond by a 65 percent majority May 5.Designated for four areas of improvement — safety and security, instructional spaces, buildings and sites, and ...Read More

Detroit 05/05/2015

Detroit Jazz Festival strikes the right chord with famed guitarist Pat Metheny

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny. The jazz guitarist and composer, ...Read More

Birmingham 05/05/2015

Police stress importance of locking cars, homes

FRANKLIN/BIRMINGHAM — You can always tell when it’s spring: Joggers take to the sidewalks, flowers emerge from their winter slumber, and kids play outside as long as their parents will let them.But friendly neighbors and pretty petals ...Read More

Beverly Hills 05/05/2015

Pink Fund celebrates milestone with keepsake fundraiser

BEVERLY HILLS — Beverly Hills’ own Molly MacDonald has a million reasons to celebrate this month.MacDonald is known in the community not only as a breast cancer survivor, but as the founder of The Pink Fund, a nonprofit that provides 90 days ...Read More

Birmingham 05/04/2015

Looking Back: The Ford-Peabody Mansion

The Ford-Peabody Mansion is one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings. Frank Ford built this beautiful house in 1878 using his wife’s money. The house was designed by Almon C. Varney, a famous Detroit architect. Ford and his wife lived in the ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 05/04/2015

Local students to raise funds for brain cancer

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A group of local students is inviting the community to walk hand-in-hand for a cure at the fourth annual Mind Over Matter 5K Walk/Run.The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. May 10 at Bloomfield Hills Middle School.Involved in ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 05/04/2015

Parents, staff discuss solutions at diversity forum

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There were lots of calm, thoughtful comments during the open forum on race and diversity April 28 at Bloomfield Hills Schools’ Booth Center.There were also some more fiery opinions shared that evening. But all of the ...Read More

Birmingham 04/29/2015

Art Birmingham rings in spring with 34th annual fair

BIRMINGHAM — If the sunny, warm temperatures — quickly followed by windy, overcast skies — weren’t enough of an indication that spring has arrived in Birmingham, there’s one more sure sign of the season. The annual Art ...Read More

Metro Detroit 04/29/2015

Local defense industry recalls ‘Arsenal of Democracy’

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers. Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor ...Read More

Beverly Hills 04/29/2015

Stories of V-E Day: Ellie Herkommer

Editor's note: This story was included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Metro ...Read More

Birmingham 04/29/2015

TCH to host women’s health luncheon

BIRMINGHAM — There are so many facets to consider when it comes to women’s wellness. You can’t focus on just fitness or nutrition — you have to look at the whole picture.Building on the success of a similar event last year, The ...Read More

Metro Detroit 04/29/2015

The women who won the war

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.The work done and sacrifices ...Read More

Metro Detroit 04/28/2015

The end and the beginning

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day. For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning. Gone forever ...Read More

Birmingham 04/28/2015

Birmingham Farmers Market opens Sunday for 13th season

BIRMINGHAM — It’s that time of year again, when home-cooked meals start to taste a little fresher, flower vases get a bit brighter, and grocery dollars shift from major markets to local farmers, artisans and food purveyors.On May 3, the ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 04/25/2015

Parents speak out about racism in schools

The Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education met in front of a packed room for its monthly meeting April 23 with what appeared to be one main focus.Community members, including mother Shanari Williams, came to talk about racism in the ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 04/22/2015

District hosts forum in wake of racist bullying

Bloomfield Hills Schools is extending an invitation to residents to attend an Open Community Forum at 6:30 p.m. April 28 at the Booth Center.Originally slated as a meeting for the Diversity, Academic Equity, and Race Relations group — a district ...Read More

Rochester Post

Rochester 05/20/2015

Rochester City Council objects to the banner inside library

ROCHESTER —  A banner inside the Rochester Hills Public Library touting Rochester Hills as one of the top 10 cities in the nation by Money Magazine has members of the Rochester City Council up in arms.Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson said it’s ...Read More

Rochester Hills 05/20/2015

Kayak or canoe down the Clinton River

ROCHESTER HILLS — An upcoming canoe and kayak race on the Clinton River promises outdoor adventure close to home.The seventh annual Paddlepalooza, to be held this year May 30, invites experienced paddlers to compete for prizes while traveling from ...Read More

Rochester Hills 05/20/2015

Air bags removed from car before crash

ROCHESTER HILLS — Two people were injured in a recent head-on crash on Adams Road, a police report states.According to the report, a 2005 Ford F-350 pickup truck pulling a trailer was traveling south on Adams Road, near Cambridge, north of Avon ...Read More

Rochester 05/20/2015

RCS high schools ranked among state’s, nation’s best

ROCHESTER — Rochester-area high schools were recently recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s list of best high schools in the state.The nationwide report looked at overall student performance on state assessments and college readiness ...Read More

Rochester 05/20/2015

Schools recognized for saving energy

ROCHESTER — Fifteen schools in the Rochester Community Schools district have gone “Green,” “Emerald” or “Evergreen,” according to their new Michigan Green School designations.The Michigan Green School program, ...Read More

Rochester Hills 05/19/2015

Jogger dies in OU accident

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 54-year-old Rochester Hills resident died as the result of injuries sustained in a recent pedestrian accident at Oakland University.According to OU officials, Perry Badia was jogging eastbound on Pioneer Drive, on OU’s ...Read More

Rochester Hills 05/19/2015

Educational side path planned for Paint Creek Trail

ROCHESTER HILLS — This year’s Paint Creek Crawl will provide funding for an educational side path north of Tienken Road that will feature benches and information kiosks about trail history, native plants and creek trout.“The path was ...Read More

Rochester Hills 05/19/2015

New doctors commit to culture of caring

ROCHESTER HILLS — The 47 graduates of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine are the first of their kind as the initial class of the school that opened to students just four years ago.As graduates of the first MD medical school ...Read More

Rochester 05/13/2015

‘Good Neighbors’ recognized for dedication to city parks

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester parks team, which includes Johnnie Fuller, Karl Maier and Collin Pettite, was recently honored with a special Good Neighbor Award for its commitment and dedication to Rochester’s parks.The Rochester City ...Read More

Rochester 05/13/2015

Heritage Days Festival celebrates Rochester’s roots

ROCHESTER — The Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival will give families and history lovers a chance to see what life was like during the pioneer days May 23-24.The festival is designed to provide entertainment for the community and educate ...Read More

Rochester Hills 05/13/2015

New Leader Dogs kennels to open soon

ROCHESTER HILLS — This summer, phase one of the new Leader Dogs for the Blind Canine Development Center will open.“We have been under construction since August of last year,” said Rod Haneline, Leader Dogs for the Blind chief programs ...Read More

Rochester 05/13/2015

Historic walking tours offer a step back in time

ROCHESTER — The Rochester-Avon Historical Society is giving the community a chance to stroll down memory lane.Each year, Rochester-Avon Historical Society member Rod Wilson places a top hat on his head and parades around the streets of downtown ...Read More

Rochester 05/13/2015

Rubber Ducky Race returns

ROCHESTER — Hundreds of rubber ducks will be dumped into the Paint Creek this weekend in a race down the creek, all to grant wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.The annual Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser, now in its ninth ...Read More

Rochester Hills 05/13/2015

Schools get green project grants

ROCHESTER HILLS —Thanks to residents’ donations of recycling points, four city schools will soon put together projects designed to motivate a “green” lifestyle.Meadow Brook, University Hills, North Hill and Reuther elementary ...Read More

Rochester 05/12/2015

Shopping in downtown Rochester goes to the dogs

ROCHESTER — You don’t have to wait until the dog days of summer to bring your four-legged friend to downtown Rochester.Nearly 20 downtown Rochester merchants are now officially welcoming dogs.Stephanie Hellebuyck, events coordinator of the ...Read More

Rochester 05/06/2015

Rochester council to consider budget May 11

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester has been working on preparing its fiscal year 2015-16 budget since last November, which will be up for final approval at the May 11 City Council meeting.The city’s budget defines anticipated city revenues ...Read More

Rochester 05/06/2015

Council to consider security options for parking platforms

ROCHESTER — Unease from some in the community about the lack of security cameras in the $12 million parking platforms being built in downtown Rochester has the City Council delving deeper.Rochester Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson said the City Council ...Read More

Rochester 05/06/2015

North Hill fifth-grader turns brain surgery into science fair project

ROCHESTER — When 10-year-old Emily Kleine hit her head on the ice during synchronized skating practice last July, her mother didn’t think anything of it because she exhibited no symptoms that she had been seriously hurt.But by October, Tracy ...Read More

Rochester 05/06/2015

Paint Creek to benefit from second aquatic habitat grant

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester is one of seven communities in the state to receive money through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ $1.25 million Aquatic Habitat grant program.Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said the ...Read More

Rochester 05/05/2015

Downtown Rochester to celebrate annual skateboard art competition

ROCHESTER — Now in its fifth year, the Deck Art competition is larger than ever, according to South Street Skateshop owner and event organizer Linda Gallaher.South Street Skateshop and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority are teaming up ...Read More

Rochester 05/05/2015

Crews break ground on First Street Lofts

ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester will soon welcome 47 new loft-style apartments, which city officials say will be a shot in the arm for the city’s tax base.On April 28, crews broke ground on the six-story First Street Lofts luxury apartment ...Read More

Rochester 04/29/2015

The women who won the war: Connie Brown

Editor's note: This story about a local 'Rosie the Riveter' is one of a handful included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended ...Read More

Oakland Township 04/29/2015

Golf course arson reported, $1 million in damage

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Police are seeking assistance from those with information about a recent golf course fire that has been determined to be arson.Almost $1 million in damage was caused by several fires at Myth Golf and Banquets, located off Stoney ...Read More

Rochester 04/29/2015

Mini Market Thursdays aim to bring more exposure to Rochester Lions Park

ROCHESTER — “Buy local” consumers will have another chance to support local farmers, crafters and businesses this summer.The Rochester Downtown Development Authority is organizing a new summer event called Mini Market Thursdays in ...Read More

Rochester 04/29/2015

RCS explores technology and infrastructure improvements

ROCHESTER — With the district’s new strategic plan in place, Rochester Community Schools officials are now setting their sights on upgrades to technology and infrastructure, while simultaneously lamenting budget constraints.The ...Read More

Rochester 04/29/2015

Rochester forges ahead to establish local historic districts

ROCHESTER — The city is in the process of establishing local historic districts to preserve and protect its remaining historic resources, officials said.Architect John Dizurman, a member of the Rochester Historical Committee and chair of the ...Read More

Rochester Hills 04/28/2015

Sterling woman critically injured in crash on M-59

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 37-year-old Sterling Heights woman was critically injured in a crash on M-59 at 11:17 p.m. April 23, a police report states.The woman was driving a 2009 Dodge Avenger east on M-59, near Rochester Road, when she apparently lost ...Read More

Rochester 04/28/2015

Downtown Rochester Farmers Market to open May 2

ROCHESTER — The vibrant colors and flavors of Michigan’s growing season will soon make their way to downtown Rochester, officially signaling the arrival of spring.The Downtown Rochester Farmers Market will open for its 16th season May 2 at ...Read More

Rochester 04/23/2015

Rochester stalking suspect dies after jumping out hotel window

MADISON HEIGHTS/ROCHESTER — Police are investigating a case that ended with a 56-year-old Ferndale man jumping to his death from the third-story window of a local motel April 22.Rochester police responded to a home in the 1600 block of Chase Drive ...Read More

Royal Oak Review

Royal Oak 05/19/2015

Residents unite for change in city’s sidewalk replacement program

ROYAL OAK — A second showing of residential solidarity aimed at amending the city’s sidewalk replacement program was expected at the City Commission’s May 18 meeting, despite city officials’ intent to finish the work as ...Read More

Clawson 05/19/2015

Fallen heroes to be honored during Memorial Day parade and services

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Attendees are invited to gather and show their respect for fallen military men and women at the Royal Oak Memorial Day Community Parade.The parade begins 9 a.m. May 25 at Lincoln and Main streets in downtown Royal Oak. The ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/19/2015

Three Northwood Elementary School teachers to retire in June

ROYAL OAK — Three lifelong Royal Oak residents are packing up their classrooms and saying farewell in June to the district hallways they called a second home for decades.As friends, colleagues and mentors to one another, Northwood Elementary ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/19/2015

Northwood teacher concludes career on top

ROYAL OAK — Betty Ann Garlak is concluding her 30-year Royal Oak Schools career with honors after being named the district’s 2014-15 Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year.Garlak wouldn’t accept the honor without crediting ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/19/2015

Junior Olympians go for gold

ROYAL OAK — Pride was the overwhelming sentiment during the 2015 Royal Oak Schools Junior Olympics held May 13  at Royal Oak High School.“I feel strong and proud to be picked because I’m with the tug-of-war,” said Keller ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/18/2015

City kicks off $60k crowdfunding campaign for downtown smart park

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak City Commission was expected to approve a $60,000 crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a downtown urban smart park.The topic was scheduled for discussion and a vote during the May 18 meeting at City Hall.If the ...Read More

Clawson 05/13/2015

City Park goes to the dogs this weekend

CLAWSON — It is time to celebrate everything that is furry and wags a tail this weekend at the 10th annual Claws & Paws.“Claws & Paws is a popular event right in our own backyard,” said Clawson Mayor Penny Luebs. “What ...Read More

Clawson 05/13/2015

Guardian Angels Catholic School hosts Be the Difference Day

CLAWSON — The tradition of giving is continuous in the hallways of Guardian Angels Catholic School, where helping out is more than a mantra — it’s a mission.Principal Melissa Santos said the school is steeped in tradition and a mission ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/13/2015

Schools receive green recognition

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak school district recently received a distinction that no other in Oakland County may claim — all of its schools are green.Officials said that for the sixth year, Royal Oak Schools has been officially proclaimed a 100 ...Read More

Berkley 05/13/2015

Berkley court to close Friday as it consolidates with Royal Oak

BERKLEY/ROYAL OAK — The doors to the 45-A District Court in Berkley will close permanently May 15, which will bring a mandated merger closer to completion.Gary Dodge, 44th District Court administrator, said that all Berkley and Royal Oak residents ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/11/2015

Woman sustains head injury after truck hits her in crosswalk

A 73-year-old woman sustained a “significant” head injury after being hit by a pickup truck Saturday while walking in the intersection of Fourth and Main streets, police said.The Allen Park woman was taken to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/07/2015

Police say weekend gunman, hostage situation was a hoax

Police said a report of a barricaded gunman and hostage situation inside a home on May 2 was a case of "swatting" — a serious hoax.No one was injured when Royal Oak police and the Southeast Oakland County SWAT team responded to the 1100 ...Read More

Clawson 05/06/2015

Project on 14 Mile Road intends to promote downtown walkability

CLAWSON — A nearly $500,000 construction project is underway on 14 Mile Road to enhance the city’s profile as a walkable community.The Clawson Downtown Development Authority Pedestrian Crossing Improvements Project involves creating two ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/06/2015

Are you faster than a cop?

ROYAL OAK — Do you think you could beat a police officer in a foot race? Or take on one of them in a push-up contest?Those interested in finding out will have their chances at 9 a.m. May 9 at the Royal Oak High School track and field, 1500 ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/06/2015

Excitement buds for annual event

ROYAL OAK — In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Jennifer Clark will head downtown to begin setting up for one of the city’s most anticipated happenings.The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce director of events said that she and other volunteers ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/06/2015

High school custodian nominated for ‘distinguished’ award

ROYAL OAK — Every day with Daniel Webster is a lucky day for those that know him and his work.The lifelong Royal Oak resident and head custodian at Royal Oak High School was named as the school district’s nominee for the Oakland Schools ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/06/2015

Celebration, recognition will mark V-E Day anniversary

ROYAL OAK — An anniversary celebration and tribute will be held Friday in honor of the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day.V-E Day signifies the end of World War II in Europe. World War II had two major fronts — one in the Pacific and one in Europe ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/05/2015

Kidney Walk raises money, awareness May 17 at zoo

ROYAL OAK — One in nine Michiganders has chronic kidney disease, and the scariest part is that such diagnoses aren’t often known. That is due to few or no noticeable symptoms in the early stages of the disease, not visiting physicians or ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/04/2015

Events planned for V-E Day anniversary

WARREN — The 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe, will be celebrated locally with several special events planned for May 8-9.Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the city anticipates that more than 200 veterans will attend an ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/29/2015

Excellence the focus of Royal Oak Schools’ annual address

ROYAL OAK — If you were to ask Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin what the school district’s goal is, he would reply “excellence.”That message was communicated the evening of April 23 at the Royal Oak State of the ...Read More

Clawson 04/29/2015

City adopts new graffiti ordinance

CLAWSON — Members of the Clawson City Council unanimously adopted new ordinance verbiage April 21 directed specifically at anyone thinking about painting graffiti in the city.“This ordinance came about as a brainstorm because Clawson is ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/29/2015

Police seek help curbing thefts from unlocked vehicles

ROYAL OAK — Officers are reaching out to the public, asking for help to reduce thefts from unlocked vehicles.“The Royal Oak Police Department is asking citizens and visitors to assist us with preventing this type of crime by ensuring ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/29/2015

Stories of V-E Day: Rita Sparks

Editor's note: This story was included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Metro ...Read More

St. Clair Shores 04/29/2015

Local V-E Day events

• Warren Mayor Jim Fouts will host an event recognizing all military veterans on the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. The program will begin at 2 p.m. May 8 in the atrium of Warren City Hall, north of 12 Mile Road and just east of Van Dyke Avenue. There ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/28/2015

Police arrest man for allegedly capturing, beating woman

A 29-year-old man was arrested and charged with a myriad of offenses after allegedly dragging a female friend into his basement and beating her for about five hours. During the incident, the man allegedly held a knife to the woman’s throat and ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/27/2015

Crime down, quality of department up in 2014

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue released the department’s 2014 annual report last week, highlighting a 25 percent reduction in crime from four years ago and a department that is growing to meet the city’s ...Read More

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Troy 05/19/2015

Council approves $166 million budget

Last week, the Troy City Council approved 6-0 a $166 million budget that held millage rates steady and hiked water rates slightly.Mayor Pro Tem Jim Campbell was absent from the May 11 meeting.“We’re pleased to present a balanced budget ...Read More

Troy 05/19/2015

Take your best shot at tulips at White Chapel Memorial Park

Want a chance to see and photograph thousands of tulips without driving or flying to Holland — Michigan or the Netherlands?An array of tulips are blooming at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery. Over 51,000 tulips imported from Holland, ...Read More

Troy 05/19/2015

Troy DDA bailout plan nets profit

The Troy City Council’s decision two years ago to back over $17 million in Troy Downtown Development Authority bonds that were headed for default showed positive results.Two years ago, the DDA bonds were rated junk bond status, and they were ...Read More

Troy 05/19/2015

Police honor top cops and fallen officers

The Troy Police Department honored those who protect and serve, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the Troy Police Memorial Day Ceremony in front of Police Headquarters May 14.“I thought about how difficult a time it is to be a police ...Read More

Troy 05/13/2015

Troy Blessings provides food for at-risk kids on weekends

The students from the Troy Center for Transition were in high spirits at Woodside Bible Church May 6 as they packed food into bags for at-risk Troy Union Elementary students to take home for the weekend.Susan Jackson, a teacher in the Troy Center for ...Read More

Troy 05/13/2015

Author to discuss Vatican money trail

Author Gerald Posner has investigated some high-profile issues for the 12 books he’s written.An attorney and former chief investigative reporter for The Daily Beast, he’s written books about Motown, as well as the assassinations of President ...Read More

Troy 05/13/2015

Troy teachers ratify labor contract

The Troy Education Association — the labor group representing teachers in the Troy School District — and the Troy School District Board of Education have reached a one-year contract extension agreement.Last year, labor negotiations dragged ...Read More

Troy 05/13/2015

International Children’s Festival focuses on fun

Want to take a world tour?Head to Athens High School for the International Children’s Festival.The May 31 event will feature entertainment by children representing 36 countries.This is the fifth year the Turkish American Society of Michigan ...Read More

Troy 05/12/2015

Troy Times looks back on 31 years

Troy is celebrating 60 years, and the Troy Times has published for 31 of those years, since 1984. The Troy Times asked city leaders past and present and others to share what shaped the city from what it looked like 30 years ago to what it looks ...Read More

Troy 05/12/2015

$100,000 in political memorabilia stolen from show at hotel

Michigan Political Collectibles show organizer Ken Hosner has been holding an event showcasing political memorabilia at the MET Troy hotel annually for five years, and he holds shows all over the country.There were 85 tables — with up to 1,000 ...Read More

Troy 05/11/2015

Troy man holds gun on home invasion suspect until police arrive

A man on Crooks told police his burglar alarm company called him to tell him the alarm was activated at his home at just after 1:15 p.m May 5. The man was nearby, so he went to his home to check, and he found a man in his bedroom, according to ...Read More

Troy 05/06/2015

Farmington Hills man charged with ethnic intimidation

A 53-year-old Farmington Hills man faces assault and ethnic intimidation charges after he reportedly threatened to kill a 7-Eleven clerk at 6:15 p.m May 1 because he believed the clerk is a Muslim. According to reports, James Duane Tree went into ...Read More

Troy 05/06/2015

City budget holds line on millage, includes slight water rate hike

Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick rolled out the $166 million 2015-16 city budget to the Troy City Council late last month.“This is not a one-man show,” said Kischnick, crediting city staff. “This budget is extremely ...Read More

Troy 05/06/2015

ER doctor selected as Troy Firefighter of Year

When Troy resident and emergency room doctor Ali Taqi isn’t busy with his young family — wife Amena, and sons Kazim, Zain and Esa — he’s fighting fires, serving as one of four physicians statewide on a search and rescue team, or ...Read More

Troy 05/06/2015

Car parked in garage sparks house fire

A Troy couple had to find a place to stay after a car parked in the attached garage of their home, on Merrick, near Crooks and South Boulevard, caught fire just after 1:30 p.m April 28.The husband and wife, who were home, got out of the house safely, ...Read More

Troy 05/06/2015

Landscaping advice is to go native

Want to learn how to be greener and cleaner with your garden and lawn?It can be as simple as sweeping stray bits of fertilizer from your sidewalk back onto your grass, said Amanda Oparka, coordinator for the Clinton River Watershed Council. She will ...Read More

Troy 05/06/2015

Local children get fit for fun

Fifth-graders in the Troy School District will come to school on a Saturday to try for their personal best on the track, walking or running to promote moving throughout their lifetimes.Sarah Redden, physical education teacher at Bemis Elementary School, ...Read More

Troy 05/06/2015

Firefighters free 4-year-old’s fingers from shopping basket

Firefighters and paramedics freed the fingers of a 4-year-old girl who had gotten them stuck in a hand-held shopping basket at a Target in Troy just before 3:30 p.m. May 2.After employees of the store, located on Coolidge, near Maple, tried soap and ...Read More

Troy 04/29/2015

Oakland County puts more money into Troy roads

City officials will expand the scope of their planned road construction after the Road Commission for Oakland County earmarked more money than expected for roadwork on county roads in Troy.Troy City Engineer Steve Vandette told the Troy City Council ...Read More

Troy 04/29/2015

Genealogy forums at library discuss family matters

Want to search your roots but don’t know how to start? Think you have to spend money to do it?“People are most surprised to learn they don’t have to spend a lot of money,” said genealogist Katherine Willson. “Save your ...Read More

Troy 04/29/2015

Woman, 92, dies from injuries in car crash

A 92-year-old woman who was a passenger in a car driven by a family member died after the vehicle struck an unoccupied dump truck in the right lane of eastbound Long Lake, west of Dequindre, just after 11 a.m. April 26.Janice Okeefe, of Troy, and the ...Read More

Troy 04/29/2015

Get politically correct at collectibles show

Crazy for all things political?The Michigan Political Collectibles Show will have over 100,000 pop culture and political items for people to buy and see at the MET Troy hotel May 8-9.Show organizer Ken Hosner said the show has been held in Troy for ...Read More

Troy 04/29/2015

American heroism in WWII recognized in England

Troy resident James Savage, now 85, was too young to serve in World War II, although his two older sisters, Joan and Peggy, did. While youths his age in the U.S. were collecting scrap metal or tending victory gardens, he and his younger siblings and ...Read More

Troy 04/28/2015

City explores tree preservation and wetland ordinances

At the repeated request of the Troy Planning Commission, Troy city staff will begin to explore options for regulating how developers cut down trees and alter unregulated wetlands.John Taylor, a resident on Forsythe, spoke to the City Council April 20 ...Read More

Troy 04/22/2015

Planning Commission OKs condo site plan

Despite complaints from a half-dozen residents, the Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved a preliminary site plan for 25 detached condos on Wattles April 14.It was the second time the Planning Commission considered plans for Mondrian Properties ...Read More

Troy 04/22/2015

Troy School District sells bonds to save over $4 million

The Troy School District was happy with a zero in a recent ranking of its fiscal credit score and the successful sale of over $31 million in bonds that will save taxpayers $4.463 million.Rick West, Troy School District assistant superintendent of ...Read More

Troy 04/22/2015

Noted storyteller shares mother’s escape from Holocaust

Judy Sima’s mother, Ella Mosbach, as a new immigrant to the U.S., made a fruit salad for a potluck dinner. She included sweet potatoes in the dish because they were “sweet.”“Nobody would eat it,” Sima said.Sima, a West ...Read More

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