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Published September 11, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Disasters don’t discriminate.  

No matter where you live, who you are or how much is in your pocket, weather tragedies, biohazards and all-around emergencies can threaten anyone. 

That’s why Michigan Preparedness Month encourages residents to stay safe through preparedness education in September.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 5, 2017

FARMINGTON — The Farmington City Council continued its redevelopment efforts for the Maxfield Training Center, 33000 Thomas St., by voting to purchase two homes in the area, officials said.

A press release states that the MTC redevelopment plans are still in the works and the purchase of the properties is to allow the city “maximum flexibility” for that area, which could include creating a corridor into the MTC site. 

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Published September 5, 2017

FARMINGTON/LIVONIA — You’ve already bought their character backpacks, sneakers and classroom tissues, but you might be forgetting one thing: dusting off your child’s alarm clock and getting them back to a proper sleep schedule. 

Summer will technically be over in about two weeks, and representatives of the local nonprofit Sweet Dreamzzz want you and your child to have the best sleep yet, especially when school is back in session.

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Published September 5, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — A 16-year-old boy was arraigned Aug. 28 in 47th District Court in connection with his mother’s death.

The Farmington Hills Police Department is investigating the death of the 35-year-old Farmington Hills woman, Nada Huranieh, and they are treating the case as a homicide, according to a press release. 

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Published September 5, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — University of Utah law professor Amos N. Guiora has one message for bystanders in today’s political climate: Don’t be passive. 

Guiora will speak at the Holocaust Memorial Center Sept. 10 in a presentation called “Bystanders’ Role Now and During the Holocaust,” which will explore the similarities between bystanders during the Holocaust and at recent violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Published September 5, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Kate Knight, executive director of the Farmington Downtown Development Authority, is ready to usher in fall and the annual Harvest Moon Celebration.

“I feel passionate about fall festivals,” Knight said, adding that the DDA-hosted Harvest Moon Celebration enjoys a great turnout because everyone is home from summer vacations. 

“Everyone’s back in school — the weather is cooler. It’s a great time to get downtown.”

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Published September 4, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Just because it’s almost time to close up the pools doesn’t mean the outdoor recreation season is finished.

In fact, according to Oakland County Parks and Recreation Executive Director Dan Stencil, now is the time when county residents come out in droves to enjoy the system’s most popular resource: its walking trails.

“The bugs are down, the air is crisp and the opportunities are bountiful to enjoy the 68 miles of trails in Oakland County parks,” Stencil said.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 30, 2017

SOUTHFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — David Wujczyk, a 61-year-old Novi resident, received another chance at life after going into cardiac arrest while golfing Aug. 4 at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield. 

“I fainted — passed out. Unconscious,” Wujczyk said Aug. 22 at his insurance agency on West 14 Mile Road, at the corner of Farmington Road. “I woke up seven hours later wondering where I was, and they told me I missed the whole thing.”

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 29, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The possibility of using two local high schools as emergency shelters through a Red Cross emergency shelter agreement was discussed during a Farmington Public Schools Board of Education meeting Aug. 22. 

The topic will be voted on during a Sept. 12 study session meeting.

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Published August 28, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission will offer a team training course to help residents learn how to assist first responders, especially if disaster strikes.

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Published August 28, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The steamy, sunny summer made for great swimming conditions at various lakes around Oakland County.

But families weren’t the only ones enjoying the water. High levels of bacteria from algal blooms were found at a number of local lakes.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality notified the Oakland County Health Division earlier this month that harmful algal blooms, or HABs, had been detected in White Lake Township’s Sugden Lake and in Pontiac Lake, in Waterford and White Lake townships.

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Published August 24, 2017

The Farmington Hills Police Department is investigating the death of  a 35-year-old Farmington Hills woman, and they are treating the case as a homicide, according to a press release.

Police and the Farmington Hills Fire Department responded to a 911 call at 6:40 a.m. Aug. 20 from a home on Howard Road — between Drake and Halsted roads — regarding a woman found to be unconscious.

The caller told first responders that the woman was the victim of an accident, according to the press release.

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Published August 22, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — About eight Farmington Hills-area residents between the ages of 46 and 70 were recently diagnosed with hepatitis A, Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division, said.

The Oakland County Health Division reported the eight new cases of hepatitis A in the last two weeks, which were concentrated in the Farmington Hills area. 

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Published August 22, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — It was mommy-and-me time on steroids.

On Aug. 15 at the Farmington Community Library Main Branch, about 13 kids and nine moms met downstairs in the children’s area, where some “dined” on plastic bologna sandwiches, others read to their tots, and babies squealed. The group of mothers belong to the Farmington Area Mother’s Club - Michigan, a group of about 70 moms — and their roughly 150 children — who go on playdates and outings.

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Published August 22, 2017

FARMINGTON — Two children in southeast Michigan were recently diagnosed with elevated blood lead levels after taking Indian-based Balguti Kesaria/Kesaria Balguti Ayurvedic medicine, according to Dr. Dilli Ramesh, a pediatrician at Beaumont hospitals in Farmington Hills and Royal Oak.

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Published August 21, 2017

NOVI — Holly farmer Jackie Scramlin, 65, the Michigan State Fair livestock and agriculture director, doesn’t easily give up on her passion.

Maybe it’s her lifelong agricultural background — having grown up on a dairy farm near Grand Rapids — or her love of family that bring everything together at the Michigan State Fair, which she has been a part of for 49 years. But she didn’t lose hope on her fair, even after it shuttered eight years ago. 

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Published August 16, 2017

Harvey Ettinger’s 1939 Ford Standard Coupe isn’t just a collector’s item — it’s part of the family.     

Ettinger, of Farmington Hills, has owned the car since the 1960s, but before that, it belonged to his mother’s aunt Pearl, whom he named the car after.

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