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Published April 24, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Botsford Hospital is a place many people go for medical emergencies, but thanks to some special training, the hospital’s staff is ready for a different type of emergency.

Police Sgt. Brian Bastianelli and training officer Larry Luttrell were recently honored for their work with Botsford, which started in October 2011, preparing hospital staff and administrators for the unlikely case of an armed intruder. The duo was given the hospital’s Safety Award March 20.

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Published April 16, 2013

FARMINGTON — Residents of Heritage Village West condominiums had a strange start to their St. Patrick’s Day last month, and the damage is still there as a reminder one month later.

At about 9:45 a.m. March 17, a resident in his 70s was taking his 67-year-old girlfriend’s silver 2011 Lincoln MKS to drive their small dog to the groomers in Livonia when he lost control of the vehicle, police said.

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Published April 9, 2013

FARMINGTON — When employees and members arrived at the Farmington Tennis Club April 1, some may have thought a cruel April Fools joke was being played on them.

Without any prior announcement, the club at 22777 Farmington Road had closed its doors for business. The sign near the road read “Thanks for the memories …”

The club had been open for several decades, sporting seven indoor tennis courts used by regional tennis players. Patrons were still driving through the club parking lot April 4 trying to figure out what was happening.

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Published March 19, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — There are few things in life as meaningful or as appreciated as a heartfelt “thank you.”

On March 14, faculty, students and administrators gathered to share a meal and stories, and to celebrate the art of gratitude during the Oakland Community College annual scholarship luncheon. The 21st annual lunch, prepared by students enrolled in the college’s award-winning Culinary Studies Institute, honored the school’s many scholarship recipients and the generous donors who made the awards possible.

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Published February 15, 2013

Authorities are investigating a report of a man in a truck suspiciously interacting with local school children as they waited for the bus.


The incident occurred in the early morning Feb. 14 as a group of five Power Upper Elementary School children waited for the bus to arrive. The fifth- and sixth-grade students reported seeing a male driver in a black pickup truck slow down as he approached the bus stop and possibly make a gesture.

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Published February 8, 2012

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — As part of the Farmington Family YMCA’s goal of being more visible in the community, two representatives appeared at the Farmington City Council meeting Jan. 17 to share what’s going on at “the Y.”

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Published January 10, 2012

FARMINGTON — Just as people this time of year start filling in the dates on new calendars and day planners, the Downtown Development Authority has written down its important dates for 2012.

During the City Council’s Dec. 19 meeting, council members unanimously passed the DDA’s events calendar for 2012, and the temporary liquor licenses, street closures and sidewalk shopping approvals to go with them.

“The DDA is excited to bring another year of events to downtown Farmington for 2012,” said DDA events planner Janet Bloom.

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Published November 30, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — Basketball players usually win trophies, but the winners of the Recreation Division’s annual free-throw shooting competition take home a unique Thanksgiving prize.

In the Farmington Hills annual Turkey Shoot, held Nov. 21 this year, entrants make 10 free throw shots. The person with the best percentage in his or her age group goes home with a frozen turkey.

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Published June 1, 2011

Combine talented artisans, good food, live entertainment and a little sunshine, and you have the makings of a great summer festival.

Beginning in June, such events are plentiful in metro Detroit. Here’s a sampling of just a few popular festivals that residents won’t want to miss this summer.

June 11-12
Clay, Glass and Metal Festival — downtown Royal Oak
In Royal Oak, one of the first big events of the season is the Clay, Glass and Metal Festival June 11-12.

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Published May 11, 2011

Picture a typical senior residence and images of bingo, arts and crafts, and green Jell-O might come to mind.

Walk into a modern retirement community, though, and you may be more likely to see seniors playing video games, heading out with a travel group or performing a sun salutation in yoga class.

Today’s senior living communities are not the stale, dreary places stereotypes make them out to be.

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Published April 6, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — People who saw “Mr. Holland’s Opus” may have thought it was a nice movie with a great sentiment, but that it would never happen in real life.

Well, on March 30 at North Farmington High School, it did.

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Published April 6, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — Food might not be the first environmental issue people think of on Earth Day, but Café Cortina and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Meldrum site in Detroit plan to stress slow food and locally grown ingredients at an event April 19.

The Earth Day event takes place at Café Cortina, 30715 W. 10 Mile Road, east of Orchard Lake, at 7 p.m. April 19. The café and the soup kitchen chefs will do the cooking.

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Published March 29, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — At the Farmington Family YMCA March 17, resident Jenny Birmelin swam lap after lap in the pool while a photographer tried to get just the right action shot.

When she finished and climbed up the pool wall, she wasn’t even out of breath.

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Published March 1, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS —Those who visit the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, during the next few months likely will need some time to take in several paintings commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and they likely will not soon forget the artwork.

The work belongs to Wladyslaw Brzosko, an artist trained in the 1930s at the Academy of Art in Warsaw, Poland, and who was part of the Polish resistance during the Nazi occupation.

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Published February 16, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — Last year, police officer Gary Lavin rescued a little girl from disappointment, caught a truck and trailer thief, and participated in what some might call a miracle as he talked to a woman who tried to kill herself.

Those are three highlights that explain why Lavin is the Farmington Hills Police Department’s Officer of the Year for 2010.

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