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Published October 28, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — For the fourth consecutive year, a Farmington Hills-based television show has received a million-dollar incentive from the state of Michigan.

“Ask Dr. Nandi,” shot and produced in Farmington Hills, received an incentive award of $1,153,754 from the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office. The show, hosted by Dr. Partha S. Nandi, features conversations about health, medical advice and nutrition with guests and his studio audience.

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Published October 21, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Drivers with their heads in the clouds may have met with the law recently.

According to Lt. Mike Shaw, public information officer for the Michigan State Police, the Second District Special Enforcement Section Motor Unit conducted a distracted driving traffic enforcement detail Oct. 7.

Police were in Farmington Hills on I-696, near I-275. Shaw said that in total, 89 traffic stops were made, and officers stopped 18 drivers for distracted driving.

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Published October 14, 2015

FARMINGTON — Fifty years ago, music majors Paul and Fern Barber, who play trombone and clarinet, respectively, graduated from the University of Michigan, got married and started their careers as music teachers for Farmington Public Schools.

They were dismayed to see that there were no music classes offered through the adult education program.

So they went to the director of adult education and said they wanted to start a group for musicians. They got some coverage for their initiative from a local newspaper and started the Farmington Community Band one week later.

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Published October 14, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Oakland Community College Culinary Institute is whipping up some special events to usher in the cooler months ahead.

The institute, located in Tirrell Hall, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, will serve up its first event of the school year at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 with the Alumni Guest Chef Dinner.

For $55, the dinner will include an American farm-to-table experience with a strolling cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, signature drinks and a five-course meal that will reflect the season’s flavors.

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Published October 7, 2015

FARMINGTON — An accountant and an employee at Eastern Michigan University are the two new faces on the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education after the departure of two trustees.

The Board of Education chose Terri Weems and David Turner after interviewing four finalists from a pool of 21 candidates Sept. 24. The two open seats were created when Trustees Karen Bolsen and George Gurrola left the board, and the new members were sworn in at the Sept. 29 board meeting by Judge Marla Parker, of the 47th District Court.

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Published October 7, 2015

FARMINGTON — These days, it’s hard for most people to find time to shop.

For one last night, the merchants of downtown Farmington are extending their business hours to give night owls a chance to burn the midnight oil, so to speak, shopping.

In June, the Farmington Downtown Development Authority launched its new Farmington Second Fridays promotion, which asks downtown business owners to keep their doors open until 9 p.m. the second Friday of each month, June through October, in an effort to enhance their exposure to growing evening foot traffic.

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Published September 28, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Whether you fold it, cut it or just plain devour it, if you’re a pizza lover, Farmington Hills is serving up an event to fuel your pizza passion. 

Hungry attendees will have the opportunity to sample all of the pizza and salad they want from local vendors during the fifth annual Pizza Palooza 6-8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Costick Activity Center, 28600 11 Mile Road.

At 7:15 p.m., judges will award winners in the People’s Choice and the Judge’s Award contests.

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Published September 28, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — As a student, Cheryl Kreger was part of one of the most important moments in Mercy High’s history.

Kreger was a junior at Mercy when it moved from its Detroit location to Farmington Hills in 1965, and she became part of the school’s first graduating class at the new campus.

Fast-forward to the present day, and Kreger, now in her sixth year as president of Mercy, has helped oversee the all-girls school’s 70th anniversary celebrations during the Sept. 25 weekend.

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Published September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — There’s nothing like a few fallen leaves and a chill in the air to inspire some family time in the great outdoors.

Each year, Heritage Park plans plenty of events for visitors of all ages to get out and celebrate the season.

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Published September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON — Did you know that people in Victorian times draped mirrors and portraits with black cloth after a death because they believed the dead spirit could capture a living person’s spirit?

Learn about Victorian mourning customs, take in a vintage vampire film made in the silent era, and see presentations from the Michigan Ghost Watchers at the Governor Warner Mansion Oct. 17 during Ghost Night at the Mansion.

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Published September 22, 2015

FARMINGTON — Parents in Farmington Public Schools have circulated a petition to save Warner Upper Elementary School and Dunckel Middle School from closure; however, FPS officials stressed that the petition is based on a misconception, as both schools will not be closed.

If the Board of Education were to agree to a closure, only one of the two schools would be selected.

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Published September 16, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Fire Department will kick off Fire Prevention Week with the annual Fire Prevention Open House 3-7 p.m. Oct. 2.


The National Fire Prevention Association selected the theme “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm” for the 2015 Fire Prevention Week, and Stan Barnes, fire inspector, said firefighters will educate the public about smoke alarm installation, the proper place to put smoke alarms, and using their test buttons.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 14, 2015

FARMINGTON — Most parents are no strangers to the struggle of waking kids up early for school those first few weeks of class.


But for the children in our communities who don’t have the basic essentials they need to get a good night’s sleep, that battle can be even tougher — and the school day to follow can be nearly impossible to get through.

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Published September 10, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Oakland County Water Resources Commission, in conjunction with the city of Farmington Hills, held a reception Sept. 2 to kick off the next phase of the Middlebelt Transport and Storage Tunnel Project.

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Published September 9, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — “Getting older is inevitable. Aging is optional.”


Those are words that Huntington Woods resident Norine Zimmer lives by as a member of the Society of Active Retirees for the past six or so years.


“It is your choice — if you want to be inspired, spirited, interested and involved, that is wonderful,” Zimmer said. “If you choose not to be, that is not so wonderful. It is being engaged in life all the time.”

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 4, 2015

FARMINGTON — The sun is setting on summer, but that doesn’t mean the party is over in downtown Farmington. 


To usher in the autumn season, the Downtown Development Authority is holding the 11th annual Harvest Moon Celebration Sept. 17-18 at the Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park.


“The event is really downtown Farmington’s way of honoring the entering of the autumn season,” Assistant to the City Manager and DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles said. 

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