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Published August 16, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Strap on your eclipse glasses, Southfielders, because a rare event is set to grace our skies Aug. 21.

A total solar eclipse is an occurrence when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, fully blocking the sun. The eclipse will be visible in totality within a band of states spanning across the U.S.

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Published August 16, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Southfield Campus, on Nine Mile Road, will be getting a $15 million facelift, which hospital officials are calling a reinvestment in the campus.

The renovations will include new flooring, new wall coverings, new paint and lighting upgrades, and upgrades to nursing stations and patient furnishings throughout inpatient units and patient rooms at the hospital.

First priority in the renovations are critical care units, medical and surgical units, and the birthing center, officials said.

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Published August 16, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — In the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, students and members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force boarded a bus Aug. 14 for a Freedom Ride.

The MLK Task Force, made up of over 200 members, is a group dedicated to not only keeping Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of peace, freedom and equality alive, but also to organizing a celebration in his honor each January at the Southfield Pavilion.

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Published August 16, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — As the summer wraps up, officials at Southfield Public Schools are announcing a few changes for students.

With the first day of school looming on Aug. 28, Anika Corbett, director of PR and marketing for SPS, said the district has announced new start and dismissal times for Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology and for the Southfield Regional Academic Campus.

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Published August 16, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Residents are invited to attend a new event called Experience Evergreen Aug. 21-25.

The Southfield City Centre is partnering with local businesses along Evergreen Road to promote what the locale has to offer.

The Southfield City Centre is a triangular area defined by Evergreen Road, I-696 and the Lodge Freeway. The district also includes the Southfield Municipal Complex and Lawrence Technological University. The City Centre has an Advisory Board, made up of community stakeholders and leaders.

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 14, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Did you know there’s an Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition?

The group partners with the Oakland County Health Division and the Women, Infants and Children program to honor World Breastfeeding Week with an annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Place awards ceremony.

If you didn’t know, you’re not alone. And that’s exactly why the county is doing its part to bring awareness to breastfeeding and reducing stigma behind feeding in public places.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — One of the many opportunities that going away for college provides is an outlet to establish your own décor style. Whether you prefer a beach-bum style with “hang loose” and ocean posters or hope to create a bohemian temple with sunshine pillows and tapestry-draped walls, dorm rooms and college residencies are an open canvas. 

Michigan State University sophomore Elise Tomaszewski, of St. Clair Shores, said that the most important thing to do when moving into your new home is to just be yourself. 

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Published August 8, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — There are countless laws on texting and driving, but with the development of autonomous vehicles, those might be a thing of the past.

According Matt Roush, director of media relations at Lawrence Technological University, LTU has begun research and development on an autonomous campus taxi.

Funding for the taxi was made possible from several different companies, he said.

Hyaundai MOBIS, the parts and service division of the Korean automaker, donated $15,000 for a Polaris GEM e2 two-seat electric vehicle.

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Published August 8, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Starting Aug. 14, villagers will see changes to their trash schedule, according to city officials.

Ken Marten, assistant to the city administrator, said that Lathrup Village’s contracted waste hauler, Tringali Sanitation, is changing the day of service in the city.

Formerly a Friday pickup city, Lathrup’s new trash day will be Monday. The last day for Friday collection will be Aug. 11. Monday pickup will commence Aug. 14.

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Published August 8, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE —  The Michigan Environmental Council recently hosted a town hall meeting on water quality.

Residents in and around Lathrup Village were invited to discuss the safety and quality of their drinking water at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in the community room of Lathrup Village City Hall.

The MEC is a nonprofit organization created in 1980 and dedicated to promoting public policies that ensure Michigan families can have clear water, clean beaches, and healthy environments and communities, according to its website.

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Published August 7, 2017

Police are looking for a young man they say is responsible for assaulting a couple in a recent home invasion.

According to a news release from Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, the incident occurred around 1:15 p.m. July 29 at a home in the 21000 block of Poinciana Street.

Police said a man entered the residence and approached a 67-year-old man — who was sleeping on the couch — and began assaulting him by punching him in the head multiple times.

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Published August 4, 2017

Authorities are investigating a recent shooting at a local park.

According to police reports, the incident occurred around 9:11 p.m. July 26 at Catalpa Oaks County Park, 27705 Greenfield Road.

Police said officers were dispatched to the park on a report of shots fired. The reporting party told police that the driver of a black Chevy Suburban was shooting at the occupants of a silver sedan.

Both vehicles, police said, were last seen driving westbound on Catalpa.

Officers arrived at the scene and located one spent shell casing.

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Published August 2, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — It’s been in the works for months, but Southfielders can finally strap on their helmets and hop on their bikes as part of a new citywide bike share program. 

City officials launched the program July 26, in addition to unveiling a new bike path along Northwestern Highway in the Southfield City Centre. 

At an April 17 meeting, the Southfield City Council unanimously approved a donation of a bike share from the Southfield City Centre Advisory Board. 

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Published August 2, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — If you’ve been meaning to clean out your garage or basement, now might be the perfect time to do so. 

The Southfield Community Coalition will host its first communitywide yard sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 12 in the parking lot of Morris Adler Elementary School, 19100 Filmore St. 

Similar to a homeowners association, the coalition was formed in 2015 to encompass not only neighborhood associations, but also condominiums and apartments to share best practices and hold community events, among other initiatives. 

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Published August 2, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Summer Stroll organizers are again inviting people to saunter the streets and listen to the musical stylings of their neighbors this month. 

The fifth annual Lathrup Village Summer Stroll, planned for 2-6:30 p.m. Aug. 20, is a music and arts festival in which local artists can feature their talents, performing on the streets of Lathrup Village. 

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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Published August 1, 2017

It was in the middle of an impassioned speech from her longtime boyfriend about the 2017 solar eclipse when Robin Udell, of Silver Spring, Maryland, thought about taking the next step in their relationship.

“So, he was talking about how cool the eclipse is, how awesome it is that it’s happening in our lifetime, and I thought, ‘OK. So let’s get married,’” said Udell, formerly of Ann Arbor.

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Published August 1, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Succulents, plants that store water in their leaves and stems, have been popping up across the United States with the same heat as their desert roots.

Amelia Oke, of St. Clair Shores, said that succulents generate a cheerful and positive atmosphere for her household.

“My succulents at home are very healthy and happy,” she said in a Facebook message, explaining how they sit on counters and dresser tops with a lifelike happiness.

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