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Published March 20, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Same-sex couples dreaming up their perfect wedding can explore vendors, fashion, food and entertainment when the fifth annual LGBT Wedding & Anniversary Expo returns to the Southfield Pavillion March 21.

Although the state of Michigan currently has a ban placed on same-sex marriage, the state still recognizes the approximately 600 marriages that were performed in March of last year after the ban was struck down. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce soon whether it will hear an appeal on the ruling.

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Published March 20, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Resident Aramona Coleman, 56, was recently arrested for her involvement in an identity theft crime against 5,514 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network patients.

U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced March 10 that 11 people from the metro Detroit area have been charged with running identity theft and credit card fraud schemes.

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Published March 20, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Despite the recent challenges facing Southfield during the economic downturn, acting Mayor Donald Fracassi said during the State of the City address that the city is getting back on track.

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Published March 12, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Parrots and alligators and snakes, oh my.

Students and families of Morris Adler and Stevenson elementary schools took a trip to the rainforest March 6 while viewing “The Rainforest Live,” a stage production showcasing the various animals that call the dense, damp areas their home.

For a $5 admission, a rambunctious audience packed the gym at Adler Elementary, 19100 Filmore St., to see live macaws, boa constrictors and lemurs.

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Published March 6, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Terrance Lavaron Thomas, a 39-year-old Detroit man charged with stabbing two people at a bus stop at Northland Center, 21500 Northwestern Highway, appeared in court before Judge William Richards Feb. 25.

Thomas stood before the judge to schedule a pretrial, which was set for March 4, after press time, at the 46th District Court, 26000 Evergreen Road.

Attorney Pamela Johnson filled in for Thomas’ court-appointed attorney Paulette Lostin, as she was out of town.

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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Residents and small businesses in Michigan can once again take advantage of a free, mail-in mercury collection program through Sept. 30.

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Published March 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY —  Road Commission for Oakland County officials will give educational presentations about the upcoming May 5 ballot initiative that would increase the state’s sales tax and provide additional funding to fix roads throughout the state. 

The educational presentations will be free to any group or organization in Oakland County.

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Published February 26, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — When the snow starts to fly, the first thing many want to do is wrap up in a blanket and sip some hot chocolate, but the city of Southfield is reminding residents to shovel their sidewalks and apply salt after every snowfall.

On Feb. 13, the city launched an effort to remind residents that it’s their responsibility to keep the sidewalks in front of their house free and clear of ice and snow.

While the city is responsible for clearing snow and ice from the roads, it is not responsible for sidewalks and curb cuts in front of homes.

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Published February 26, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Sojourner Truth escaped slavery and became an activist.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton called for women’s rights.

Rosa Parks took a stand for civil rights.

Women have been making history since the dawn of time, and to celebrate this, local organizations are holding events in conjunction with the national observance of Women’s History Month.

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Published February 25, 2015

Judge Wendy Potts approved the shutdown of Northland Center, 21500 Northwestern Highway, according to Oakland County court documents.

In a hearing at Oakland County Circuit Court, Potts granted a court appointed receiver the power to shut down the historic mall, citing the loss of nearly $250,000 each month. Mall tenants will have 30 days to move out, Potts ruled.

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Published February 19, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Sure, metro Detroit is in a cold snap, but the organizers of the Southfield Parks and Garden Club say that’s no reason not to think spring.

Gearing up for their 10th year of green thumb gathering, club members are looking for volunteers to help with their community farm, located behind Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 23425 Lahser Road.

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Published February 6, 2015

When we think of the Underground Railroad — the network that led slaves of African-descent to freedom — it’s possible we think of hidden passageways leading to free states in the U.S., or even Canada.

However, according to “Pathways to Freedom,” an exhibit on the second floor of the Southfield Public Library, 26000 Evergreen Road, slaves also took routes south to Mexico to be free.

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Published November 19, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — After the scraps of leftover turkey and mashed potatoes have been tucked into the fridge, it’s like you can feel the seasons instantly shift: Thanksgiving is over, and the time for holiday shopping has begun.

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Published February 13, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring a workshop for Oakland County lakefront property owners to create, restore and manage natural shorelines at the Cranbrook Institute of Science 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8.

“This is an educational program to help homeowners that live along lakes … to understand the importance of a natural shoreline,” said Bindu Bhakta, extension educator with the MSU Extension.

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Published July 24, 2013

Summer events around Southfield

The fourth annual SumMore Fest is set for 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 7 on the front lawn of the Southfield City Hall.

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Published June 11, 2013

SOUTHFIELD — When Dearborn resident Olga Wierszewski needed an evening away with her three sisters, the grand opening of Southfield’s newest comedy club, Comedy Zone, was the place to be, she said.

“This was one of the first comedy shows I’ve ever seen, and it was hilarious — truly great,” Wierszewski, 48, said about the theater that opened next door to Southfield’s AMC Movie Theatre. “It was pretty fun for a night out with the girls, which I desperately needed.”

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Published March 27, 2012

NOVI — Sheri Crawley, 39, of Novi couldn’t believe her eyes.

It was her daughter’s birthday party. She was taking a picture of her little girl and her friends, gathered together, each one smiling, each clutching a doll — any doll they wanted from the entire store.

Every doll chosen was white. All the girls were black.

“Nobody picked the black (dolls),” Crawley had noticed.

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Published March 14, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — The words “puck,” “goalie” and “zamboni,” were scrawled on the board in front of the classroom March 15, new terms the kindergartners were learning to coincide with their special guest reader that day.

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Published February 29, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — No Catholic churches in Southfield were among those slated for closure or merging in the parish plans laid out by the Archdiocese of Detroit Feb. 20.

However, two parishes — Our Lady of Albanians and Church of the Transfiguration — were among 214 of the Archdiocese’s 267 parishes tasked with creating cluster, merger or collaboration plans in the event that they lose their priests or go into debt.

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Published February 29, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield City Planner Terry Croad laid out new concept plans for the long-desired City Centre district — a friendly, walkable retail and entertainment mecca off Evergreen, near the municipal complex — along with new partners in the endeavor before the Southfield City Council Feb. 27.

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