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Published October 11, 2017

While most of us Michiganders are still basking in the favorable fall weather, we know — in the back of our minds — that winter is coming. 

Getting ready for winter oftentimes means doing one last yard, basement or garage cleanup, according to Michael Csapo, general manager of the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County, and residents looking to properly dispose of their household wastes are invited to the facility to do just that. 

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Published October 10, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Halloween is a scary time of year, with ghosts and goblins lurking around every corner, but for the millions of families managing food allergies, the most frightening thing about it is often the treats.

“What people might not know is that 1 in 13 kids in the U.S. have a food allergy,” said Nancy Gregory, senior director of communications at Food Allergy Research and Education.

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Published October 6, 2017

From sprawling apple orchards to pick-your-own pumpkin patches, Michigan offers plenty of ways to spend a crisp autumn day. But if you’re looking for something a little more active — and you’re up for a challenge — it’s time to get in on the corn maze craze.

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Published October 4, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE — There’s a new chief in town.

At its Sept. 25 meeting, the Lathrup Village City Council voted 4-0 to appoint Detective Lt. Scott McKee as Lathrup Village police chief. Councilman Ian Ferguson was not at the meeting.

After former Chief William Armstrong retired earlier this year, McKee took over the role as interim chief.

Interim City Administrator Pam Bratschi said council directed city administrators to post the vacant position and to conduct interviews to fill the position.

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Published October 4, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Members of the Southfield Chamber of Commerce and local cuisine connoisseurs are inviting residents to dig in to a Taste of Southfield.

The annual event will take place 5-8 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Southfield Town Center Atrium, 1000 Town Center, and will feature a sampling of local restaurants and banquet facilities, plus music, dancing, shopping with local vendors, and a restaurant contest.

New this year, local nonprofits will be on hand at the event to provide information for eventgoers.

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Published October 4, 2017

SOUTHFIELD —  Throughout the nation, according to the FBI, violent crime is on the rise and property crime is on the decline.

But in Southfield, according to Police Chief Eric Hawkins and the FBI, it’s the exact opposite.

On Sept. 25, the FBI released its Crime in the United States report for 2016. 

According to the data, Southfield had 195 violent crimes last year, which is 33 fewer than in 2015.

Hawkins said that this is the 10th year in a row that Southfield has seen a decrease in violent crime.

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 27, 2017

LATHRUP VILLAGE — To get the conversation flowing on women’s heart health, the American Heart Association and the Lathrup Village Women’s Club are teaming up.

The AHA will lead a discussion on heart health at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the community room of Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.

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Published September 27, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — City officials have their sights set on redevelopment, and one of the poster children of their recent efforts has officially opened to the public: Best Western Premier Detroit Southfield Hotel.

During the annual State of the City address at the hotel in March, Southfield Mayor Ken Siver reminded the audience that the room they were sitting in at the hotel, 26555 Telegraph Road, could have easily been imploded if it wasn’t for the city’s redevelopment efforts.

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Published September 26, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — The road to recovery is a lifelong battle, but it’s not without room for celebration.

In recognition of September as National Recovery Month, the Oakland Community Health Network hosted a celebration and walk to support families, individuals and communities impacted by substance abuse Sept. 22 at Catalpa Oaks County Park in Southfield.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 25, 2017

City officials said they’re quite confident in a recent proposal submitted to Amazon to build its newest headquarters in the “Center of it All.”

Earlier this month, Amazon announced plans to open Amazon HQ2, a second company headquarters in North America.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 20, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — Compassionate. Kind. An activist. Persistent. A civil servant.

City officials, residents and community members gathered recently to remember the life and work of longtime Councilwoman Joan Seymour, 83, who died last month.

The memorial service was held Sept. 18 in the Meeting Room of the Southfield Public Library.

Mayor Ken Siver opened the ceremony with a few remarks.

“We’re here this afternoon on a very sad occasion to honor Joan and her long service to the city of Southfield,” Siver said.

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Published September 20, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — In the next step toward becoming an Age Friendly Community, the Southfield Council on Senior Adults will host a community conversation on senior living 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.

In June, the city, along with officials from AARP, hosted a kickoff event to launch a five-year project to become an AARP-designated Age Friendly Community, making Southfield a welcoming place for seniors.

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Published September 20, 2017

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Officials from Southfield and Lathrup Village were recognized recently by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners for making their cities better places to live, work and play. 

At a Sept. 6 meeting, the board recognized both cities for their certifications as Redevelopment Ready Communities. Lathrup Village was certified as a Redevelopment Ready Community in 2015, and Southfield was certified last year.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — If someone told you that there was more — much more — to fall flavors than just that sugary pumpkin spice, would you believe them?

Well, get ready, because writer and culinary speaker Lisa Howard is about to introduce you to a whole new world of autumnal tastes during her vegetarian cooking class at The Community House in Birmingham Sept. 27.

The class, titled “From Your Garden to Your Kitchen: Vegetarian Dinners in 30 Minutes,” will highlight the yields of what Howard considers to be our most fruitful season.

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Published September 18, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jennifer Miles, a rape aggression defense-trained instructor, showed some easy moves women can make that are surprisingly effective in deterring unwanted physical touching — even if in settings where someone is not ready to be verbally aggressive — during a recent seminar.

Miles also showed aggressive moves against an attacker in which the victim should shout “no,” alerting anyone nearby that the attention the victim is receiving is not welcome.

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Published September 14, 2017

Police nabbed four men wanted for a home invasion following a police chase and crash Sept. 14.

According to an email from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, officers were called at around 10:30 a.m. to a home in the 28000 block of East Larkmoor Drive on a report of a home invasion in progress.

Loussia said a witness saw several men enter the home, so the witness called the police and gave a description of the suspects’ vehicle.

Soon after, Loussia said, the suspects exited the house carrying stolen property and fled the area.

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Published September 14, 2017

A local teen died after being struck by several cars on Telegraph Road Sept. 13.

According to an email from Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, police were called at around 3:22 p.m. Sept. 13 to 23661 Telegraph Road on a report of a serious injury accident involving a pedestrian.

When officers arrived they found bystanders attempting CPR on the pedestrian, a 14-year-old girl from Detroit.

Soon after, medical personnel responded to the scene and attempted to administer aid, but the girl died at the scene.

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