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Published February 8, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Tech-savvy Southfield Christian School has outfitted each of its nearly 200 high school students with iPads for academic use.

The school is making strides and is a ahead of the technology curve, Principal Sue Hoffenbacher said.

“I think it’ll be a standard before too long,” she said.

The $500 cost for each of the state-of-the-art tablet computers was folded into tuition, but not without running it past parents first.

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Published January 18, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Samantha Fentress is smart. She’s ambitious. She works hard, and she gives back to the community. And she’s only 17.

The Southfield resident and senior at University High School Academy recently completed a yearlong term serving as governor for the entire Michigan district of the Junior Optimist Octagon International, overseeing 41 clubs.

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Published January 11, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Forty-four years after his murder and 26 years after the country made his birthday a national holiday, there is still so much of Dr. Martin Luther King’s work to be done.

The city of Southfield and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force are presenting the massively attended annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Peace Walk Celebration Monday, Jan. 16, along with other special events leading up to the big day.

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Published December 7, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — The holidays have their traditions, things that typically pop up this time of year. There’s Santa Claus, his reindeer, gingerbread men and jingle bells.

And there’s also the red kettles. Not quite part of the holiday story, but a tradition all the same.

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Published November 23, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — A $2.1 million construction project was approved by a special vote of the Southfield City Council Nov. 14, moving forward plans that have long been in the mix for a nature center to be built on the site of the Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve.

The preserve, opened to the public in 2008 after decades of planning and $1.5 million in grant funds, is a sprawling 42 acres of woodlands, forested wetlands and meadows overlooking the five-acre lake. A mile’s worth of nature trails with interpretive signs, benches, and fishing and viewing platforms were installed.

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Published October 27, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — It was a tough day for Southfield police officer Jeff Medici, though he didn’t let on.

But as he drove around the city, the poignancy of the day was clear, given the passengers in his squad car.

“The vet and the rookie,” he said, nodding toward the back of the marked sport utility vehicle.

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Published October 20, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — It’s not for the faint of heart.

Those looking for a fright can head on over to Lavin’s Flower Land, 24620 W. Nine Mile, on Southfield’s southwest side. Nine greenhouses have been transformed into a terrifying trail open every weekend from 8 p.m. to midnight through Halloween.

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Published October 5, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — It’s designed to bring students together. To encourage a sense of community.

A proposed new residence hall at Lawrence Technological University is still pending approval by the school’s board of trustees, but the plans presented to the Southfield City Council over the last several weeks are fresh and forward-thinking, according to architects.

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Published October 5, 2011

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Tom Strempka, 63, of Bloomfield Township looks down at his vest, covered with military insignia, and quietly, painfully, tries to explain what it all means.

His sergeant stripes, a sniper pin, the 1st Cavalry insignia, a Presidential Unit Citation for valor, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and one that reads “point man.” He pauses at the Combat Infantryman Badge.

“You see that on somebody — they’ve seen it,” Strempka said, taking a deep breath. “They’ve seen it all.”

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Published September 21, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Four months after vandals attacked the Miracle League of Michigan’s adapted baseball field for children with special needs, the Southfield Police Department has held two teenagers responsible.

The two 15-year-old boys — one from Southfield and the other from Detroit — were arrested last week after officers investigated two incidents of stolen backpacks from the tennis courts in the Southfield Municipal Complex.

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Published July 27, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — The American Heart Association made an exception when handing out its 2011 Gold Level Fit Friendly Company award this year.

The award is designed to recognize deserving companies, but this time around the AHA decided to go bigger. The award was presented to the city of Southfield July 18.

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Published June 15, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Kevin Turner, 51, of Clawson spent his lunch hour June 9 the best way he knows how.

Sitting at a picnic table, soaking in the sun, Turner read a newspaper as he nibbled on his packed lunch, the sounds of The Sun Messengers filling the air.

Turner works at Raymond James in Southfield and headed over to the City Centre Plaza, on Central Park Boulevard, for the annual Eat to the Beat lunchtime concert series.

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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 18, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Susan Weertz, who lives just a few steps from Lathrup Village City Hall, was among the many who popped by the grand opening of the city’s farmers market the afternoon of May 11.

She had been anticipating its opening, and was thrilled to explore all the market had to offer — including a “spinglini” presented to her by an enthusiastic Vic the Bread Man.

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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 14, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Jumping on the buy-local bandwagon, Lathrup Village will offer a farmers market 1-6 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning May 11 and running through mid-October, outside City Hall.

The market is the brainchild of Lathrup Village Mayor Frank Brock, who grew up on a farm and helped start the Southfield Farmers Market when he headed up the Cornerstone Development Authority.

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Published March 30, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — The presence of highly trained German shepherds is expected to deter crime and help shoppers at Northland Center and Eastland Center feel safe as they wander the malls.

Terry Foley, a retired K-9 police officer and owner of K-9 Academy in Wayne, was brought on board by Jones Lang LaSalle, which operates both Northland and Eastland malls.

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Published March 23, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Catalpa Oaks will receive $850,000 worth of renovations this year, with Oakland County Parks green-lighting the first phase of plans to improve the newest park that services residents in the south end of the county.

The project is set to begin in late summer and is expected to be completed by mid-November.

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Published January 13, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — The burden of loss still lingered, an unavoidable consequence of a brutal week.

Hearts were heavy, having been exhausted by loss and tested by faith.

But for now, the tears have stopped.

In this gym, on a cold, January afternoon, smiles had returned.

Basketballs bounced off the hardwood as the players’ emotions continued their long rebound back to normalcy, or something close to it.

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