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Published April 23, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — In the spirit of spring cleaning, volunteers will band together to take on the trash lining the Southfield Road corridor on May 17.

In an effort coordinated through the Downtown Development Authority Design Committee, volunteers will not only pick up trash, they will also landscape community gateways at Lincoln and 12 Mile, and provide local businesses with supplies and manpower for a special project of their choosing.

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Published April 23, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Residents chanting “Down with parking lots, up with neighborhoods,” and “Council doesn’t care about neighborhoods” were hoping the City Council would change its mind on the recent approval of a church’s parking lot plan.

At its March 23 meeting, the council approved 3-1 a special use and site plan for New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 23455 Nine Mile Road, to expand its parking lot by 46 spaces into residentially zoned property on Sargent Street.

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Published April 23, 2015

Police are searching for a suspect involved in an armed robbery at a local pharmacy.

According to a written statement by Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, at around 3:35 a.m. April 22 a man entered the Walgreens at 29030 Northwestern Highway and approached a clerk at the front register.

Loussia said the suspect showed her a note advising her to give the suspect the money from the register.

“While giving the note to the clerk, the suspect had one of his hands in his pocket, implying that he had a handgun,” Loussia said in a news release.

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Published April 20, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program.

The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good opportunity for people to get downtown and see a return on their investment, explained Thomas Guastello, chair of the Oakland County Art Institute Authority.

The investment was the 2012 voter-approved, 10-year, 0.2-mill levy to provide free DIA admission for Wayne, Macomb and Oakland County residents.

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Published April 17, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The grass is slowly getting greener just in time for golf season to be back in full swing at the city’s golf courses, Evergreen Hills and Beech Woods.

For this year, the Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled a new sport for both golf and soccer lovers alike — FootGolf.

Available at Beech Woods Golf Course, 22202 Beech Road, the sport is a mix between soccer and golf, according to Parks and Recreation Department Head PGA Professional Terri Ryan.

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Published April 17, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Although a fire blazed through the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County last spring, recycling at the facility has only gone down by 1 percent, according to authority general manager Mike Csapo.

The fire reportedly significantly damaged the  facility at 20000 W. Eight Mile Road on May 27, halting drop-off collection, Csapo said. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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Published April 15, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — From catching criminals on horseback in the 1820s to using helicopters today, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has maintained the same values it was founded on nearly two centuries ago, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

“It has really evolved, but the mission is the same: to have honorable men and women do all they can to make this a great community,” Bouchard said.

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Published April 9, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — For over three years, Terri and Sean Compton, both of West Bloomfield, tried to conceive.

During that time, Terri had two miscarriages, two ectopic pregnancies and lost their son, Patrick, when she was 17 weeks pregnant.

“I was one of those people who could get pregnant very, very easy. … I just couldn’t carry,” Terri said.

Four-year-old Brin was Terri and Sean’s sixth pregnancy and their little miracle.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAK PARK — After the news that the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park will close, members of a local grass-roots group are taking it upon themselves to raise money to keep the building open.

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit announced in a community briefing March 5 that the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will cease programming and services at the Oak Park facility after Aug. 31.

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Published April 8, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — More metro Detroit residents will have their eyes on the skies this summer after completing a free Skywarn Spotter class to make them better qualified to report the severe weather they see.

About 100 residents from local communities gathered at 6 p.m. April 1 in the auditorium of the Southfield Public Library, 26000 Evergreen Road, to learn how to safely recognize and report severe weather.

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Published April 8, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — According to Chief of Police Eric Hawkins, Southfield residents have reason to breathe a little easier thanks to a dramatic decrease in violent crimes over the last decade.

Hawkins said violent crimes have decreased by 76 percent between 2003 and 2013. Last year, violent crimes went down by 25 percent.

The FBI categorizes violent crimes as homicides, robberies, criminal sexual conduct and aggravated assault, according to Hawkins.

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Published April 6, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County residents are leading healthier lives, ranking No. 2 in the state for a second year in a row for health behaviors among 82 counties, according to a County Health Rankings Report.

​“We measure up well for many key factors that affect health,” Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager/health officer, said in a press release. “These results reflect our commitment to improving the overall health and quality of life for our residents.”

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Published April 3, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — “Uptown Funk” echoed through the Southfield Pavilion March 25 as middle schoolers hurriedly scrawled their answers on index cards in hopes of winning the annual Battle of the Books.

Presented by the Southfield Public Library and sponsored by the Friends of the Southfield Public Library, the Battle of the Books aims to encourage the sport of reading by pitting teams of students against each other to see who can answer the most questions correctly from a list of six books.

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Published April 3, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Yellow sticky notes dotted design plans lining the stage in the Lathrup Village Community Room as residents posted their opinions on what they want to see for the future of Lathrup Village City Hall.

Residents and community members were invited to an open house from 6-8 p.m. March 26 to discuss the new design plans for City Hall and its grounds.

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Published March 27, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — As the temperature fluctuates between freezing and above freezing, officials are reminding residents to stay off the ice this time of year.

Freeze-thaw cycles can weaken the ice and cause accidents, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release. The cycle produces “frazzle ice,” or ice that contains air pockets and has an appearance of frozen slush. Frazzle ice can appear milky white or black in color. And because the ice is dangerous, officials are offering ice safety tips in the event of a dangerous ice situation.

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Published March 25, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is slated to live on in the lobby of the Southfield Public Library as a sculpture of him will soon be on display. 

The bust was created by artist and former Southfield resident James Spearman. The bronze piece will sit on a pedestal that is set to arrive at the library soon, according to City Librarian David Ewick. The sculpture was unveiled at the MLK Peace Walk and Celebration in the Southfield Pavillion Jan. 20.

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Published March 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — In the springtime, it usually rains cats and dogs.

On April 3, it will rain marshmallows.

Children of all ages and their parents are invited to watch 15,000 marshmallows fall from the sky at 10 a.m. April 3 at Catalpa Oaks County Park in the Great Marshmallow Drop.

Melissa Nawrocki, event organizer at Oakland County Parks, said a helicopter will drop the marshmallows over the park. Children will be released in waves to collect marshmallows to exchange for prizes.

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Published March 24, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been 10 years since Jennifer Shields first began training law enforcement officers to spot signs of mental illness. Though it’s been a decade, Shields said she still encounters police who are “blown away” by what they learn from her.

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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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