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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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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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