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Published August 14, 2013

FARMINGTON — The juxtaposed scene at the Governor Warner Mansion was undeniable.

At the Victorian-era house, 21st century video equipment stood out among museum docents in colorful, plumed hats and 19th-century-style garb on a sun porch near an antiquated butter churn and other objects reminiscent of a bygone era.

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Published August 7, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Move over New York and California. Michigan is the new hotspot for makeup training.

Two sisters are proving why this state has staying power when it comes to the beautiful and sometimes gloriously ghastly side of the makeup and special effects industry.

“We create artists here. Anybody that is interested in making a career in makeup no longer has to go to (Los Angeles) or New York; they come here,” Lisa Glickoff, Astute Artistry founder and owner, said.

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Published August 7, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — A new Holocaust Memorial Center exhibit, “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges,” was designed to not only educate people about the sometimes forgotten — or unheard of — stories of how many black Southern universities took in Jews from Nazi Germany during the mid-1900s, but showcase the deep roots between black people and Jewish people.

That commonality is what makes humanity a beautiful thing, the Rev. Kenneth J. Flowers told the Press recently.

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Published July 31, 2013

FARMINGTON — Michigan’s first vegan food truck, Shimmy Shack, is ready to serve Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market attendees — and the rest of metro Detroit — sliders, fries and shakes Aug. 3 on Orchard Street, east of Farmington Road.

“We know that Michigan is ready for a healthier fast food option, and Shimmy Shack is that choice,” Debra Levantrosser, of South Lyon, one of the truck’s owners, said in a press release. “Shimmy Shack proves that vegetarian food can be sexy, fun, delicious and healthy.”

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Published July 31, 2013

DETROIT — DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital registered nurse Alison Gardin is always on the hunt for stuffed animals.

She browses toy stores for them, asks family members for the plush toys and even raids her own closet.

But the Farmington Hills resident isn’t looking for the stuffed animals and the like for children; she is giving these cuddly creatures to adult patients in the DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital cancer center.

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Published July 25, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Two men were sentenced to mandatory life in prison with no possibility of parole in the baseball bat beating death of Robert Cipriano and the brutal assault of Rose, 51, and Sal, 18, in the Ciprianos’ Farmington Hills home in April of last year.

One man, Mitchell Young, 21, will appeal, and one man, Tucker Cipriano, 20, will not. Tucker pleaded no contest to felony murder June 17.

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Published July 22, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Makayla McCoskey, 20, is a real-life princess.

The lifelong Farmington Hills resident earned her crown in June during a 2013 Miss Oakland County Scholarship Program — a preliminary to the Miss Michigan and Miss America pageants. 

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Published July 2, 2013

FARMINGTON — The June 28 grand opening of the Farmington Art Foundation’s art gallery in Village Mall, at Grand River and Farmington Road, was a masterpiece in itself, with 11 artists’ framed work hanging in the center of the room.

Janet Hall, president of the Farmington Art Foundation, said she hopes the gallery has staying power with potential visitors and artists who pay and volunteer their time in the new space under a co-op agreement.

“We’re hoping to be here year-round,” Hall said during the event.

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Published July 2, 2013

Southfield resident Bernice Gill, 85, is quick to tell people about how she met her sweetheart, Jackie Gill, and how they were married several years later in a big, beautiful synagogue on Chicago Boulevard in Detroit on Flag Day in 1949.

“My cousin was having a piano recital, and he (Jackie) is tone deaf, but he came to the recital and sat through whole thing,” Bernice Gill said. “(Afterward), he was invited to my aunt’s house and endeared himself to my whole family, and I had to go out with him.”

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Published June 24, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Mary Ellen Olejniczak Childs didn’t have a typical 9 to 5 workday Friday.

Childs, a senior property accountant at Village Green, who took her dogs to work for the first time during the 13th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, enjoyed her new co-workers, who beg for food, love and attention.

“My dogs are behaving pretty well,” she said as they scampered beneath her desk and around her swivel chair with wagging tails. “It has not been too complicated trying to be here.”

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Published June 24, 2013

FARMINGTON — For 49 years, the Downtown Farmington Founders Festival has been entertaining people of all ages with a variety activities, and this year will be no exception, according to Downtown Development Authority Events Coordinator Janet Bloom.

Officials from the Farmington DDA, now in its third year of managing the event, said plans are being finalized for this year’s festival — a three-day community celebration featuring crafts, food, entertainment, a parade and a host of other activities centered in downtown Farmington.

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Published June 19, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Crime is down, law enforcement is up and Farmington Hills remains a safe place to live, Police Chief Chuck Nebus said during a citywide neighborhood watch meeting June 11 at the Costick Center, 28600 11 Mile Road, which detailed the city’s 2012 crime statistics report.

“People have a perception that things are getting worse,” he told the Farmington Press after the meeting. “(We had) a great opportunity to share with residents (that) … they have never been safer.”

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Published June 12, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Austen Couchenour and college friend Brock Taylor’s new voice app is gaining momentum after Apple ranked it 374th the in the top 500 Entertainment category — and the duo isn’t finished yet.

“We are going to use money from this app to create money to build other apps for simple games,” Couchenour, 27, told the Farmington Press recently. “This is just the first of many, so gaining exposure is key for us right now.”

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Published June 3, 2013

It’s not long before school is out for summer, which means the city of Farmington Hills’ After School Program is getting ready for some vacation fun at the Summer Drop-In Program.

The drop-in program, housed at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena, is in its 15th year, according to Todd Lipa, director of Youth and Family Services for the city of Farmington Hills.

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Published June 3, 2013

FERNDALE — A restricted parking zones pilot program, which was created last April along West Troy and West Saratoga streets in downtown Ferndale, was extended through the end of the year by City Council during the May 28 meeting.

The program was created to alleviate parking problems for residents on West Troy and West Saratoga by creating two-hour parking along those streets from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Residents were able to acquire free parking permits from the city so that they could park on the street for any extended period of time.

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Published May 22, 2013

Anyone heading down Power Road, south of 11 Mile, are likely to run across a Field of Flags outside the Farmington Hills Church of God.

The FHCoG, 25717 Power, is hosting the traveling Field of Flags from May 3-27. As of press deadline, the field featured 6,699 flags after having arrived with 6,687. Each flag honors a soldier killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, meaning 12 have died since the fixture came to Farmington Hills. About 250 flags represent Michigan soldiers and any additional flags will be added each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. until the display moves on to its next location.

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Published May 13, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — With the 199th anniversary of Norway’s constitution taking place May 17, local residents will celebrate their heritage Saturday with Norwegian Constitution Day festivities.

The Nordkap Lodge, a branch of the Sons of Norway, will host the gathering 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18 at the Swedish Club, 22398 Ruth St., celebrating the signing of the constitution in 1814 that established Norway as an independent sovereign state.

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Published May 6, 2013

NOVI/FARMINGTON HILLS — Southern Oakland County is not currently known for its farmland, but at one point it was.

The 210-acre Heritage Park in Farmington Hills and 160-acre Tollgate Farm, a Michigan State University Extension in Novi, are both remnants of a time past, back when both resided in what was previously known as Farmington Township. And now they’re partnering to provide fun and educational programming.

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Published May 1, 2013

FARMINGTON — The 20th season of the Farmington Farmers Market is slated to begin this weekend, but not at the Sundquist Pavilion, which it has called home for the past eight years.

Due to construction on Groves Street, the farmers market will relocate into a pair of municipal lots on Orchard Street, just a block or two south of the pavilion, for the May and June markets. The market meets 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday, starting May 4.

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Published April 29, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — When disaster strikes, are you prepared to save not only yourself, but also your pets?

That was the question posed during an hour-long discussion April 24 at the Costick Center during an Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting featuring Christian Ast, a veterinarian from Plaza Veterinary Hospital in Farmington.

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