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Published February 17, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Put on your boots and grab your baskets! 

The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s Spring Flint Egg Hunts and Spring Fling Flashlight Egg Hunt will take place at Drake Sports Park March 18. 

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Published February 17, 2016

WALLED LAKE — The Walled Lake Central High School Student Council held its annual Souper Bowls fundraiser during all three school lunches Jan. 28, ladling out donations to the Hospitality House Food Pantry in Walled Lake.

Souper Bowls is an extension of the school’s annual canned food drive and is designed to raise money for the Hospitality House, said senior Noah Bloom, president of the Walled Lake Central Student Council.

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Published February 17, 2016

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society is fortunate to have the wooden home address sign from the summer home of Albert and Ernestine Kahn, whose summer home was on the north shore of Walnut Lake in the 1920s. 

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Published February 17, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield community is invited to a fundraiser to give kids with special needs a memory they’ll never forget — high school prom. 

The fundraiser, which is designed to provide inclusive social opportunities for students with special needs, will be held at Leo’s Coney Island 4-8 p.m. Feb. 18. Leo’s Coney Island is located at 7160 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield, near 14 Mile Road. 

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Published February 17, 2016

METRO DETROIT — As the water crisis unfolds in Flint, homeowners living in older houses may want to consider that they risk lead contamination as well.

Lead is a toxic metal that can be found throughout the environment — in the air, soil or water — or even inside the home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that at least 4 million U.S. households have children living in them who are exposed to elevated lead levels. 

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Those who frequent Interstate 75 can expect some relief from rush hour traffic this year, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced during his 2016 State of the County address.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin working on widening I-75 this summer in an effort to ease congestion and improve commerce, Patterson said in front of an estimated 600 people at the Auburn Hills Marriott Feb. 10.

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Published February 11, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The former Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit camp counselor who is charged with four counts of child pornography has asked that his statements taken at the time of his arrest be suppressed from evidence because his request for an attorney was ignored.

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Published February 11, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Following a lengthy discussion about fire pits and open burning at the West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 8, the trustees voted 7-0 to go back to the drawing board and write an ordinance designed to appeal to those in favor of and those against wood burning.

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Published February 10, 2016

WALLED LAKE — Imagine a city that runs on wind and solar power, and a wave generator. 

Now imagine that the city has no need for new water, and air pollution is minimal. 

Zenith Crest, Texas, a future city created by Geisler Middle School students, sits along the Gulf of Mexico and is home to over 100,000 future people. The city was developed as part of Michigan’s Future City competition, sponsored by the Engineering Society of Detroit.  

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Published February 4, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Are we safe from space? 

Solar eclipses and solar flares can be dangerous, but sixth-grade STEAM students at Orchard Lake Middle School are on the case.

These future scientists, designers and literary scholars aren’t basing their findings solely on reading what is already known — they’re engaging in project-based learning and examining data to develop safety nets for space dangers. 

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Published February 4, 2016

NOVI — For Clint Parker, of Clint Parker Fine Furniture in Royal Oak, crafting furniture is better than a 9-to-5 job.

“There’s a passion. When you get out of bed, you can’t wait to get to it. I haven’t had that with any other job,” Parker said. 

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Published February 2, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield Township, in conjunction with the 14th District Congressional Republican Committee and the West Bloomfield Lakes Area Democratic Club, is collecting bottled water and monetary donations to assist Flint during the city’s water crisis. 

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Published February 2, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Despite Old Man Winter refraining from dumping piles of snow so far this winter season, the Road Commission for Oakland County and local public works departments are reporting average salt use at this time. 

Craig Bryson, Road Commission public information officer, said that the Road Commission has had to salt the roads almost daily because of the frequent dusting of snow on the roads.

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Published February 2, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — New York City resident Jeff Stolzer walked into a Los Angeles barbershop in the spring of 1991 needing a haircut and walked out with a play idea.  

“It’s one of those things (where) you sit in the chair, he cuts your hair and you talk, and there is this strange type of intimacy,” Stolzer said.

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Published February 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield Township is still a “welcoming” community. 

In April 2015, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to become a Welcoming City through the organization Welcoming America. But with the Nov. 13, 2015, Paris attacks and the growing presence of the Islamic State group, residents protested the designation at the Jan. 25 Board of Trustees meeting and urged board members to drop the title. 

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Published February 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Exams can be “ruff.”

To ease the tension from final exam preparation, West Bloomfield High School students shook paws and relaxed with therapy dogs in the school’s iCenter Jan. 21.

The Paws and Relax program, organized by information and technology specialist Julie Abeska, originated after Abeska began researching how therapy dogs can benefit students. 

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Published January 26, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission is urging residents to embrace the chill this February and enjoy some of the upcoming programs being offered. 

While the nation has its eyes on Punxsutawney Phil for the annual season prediction, West Bloomfield kids are invited to meet a live groundhog and his fellow mammal friends at the third annual Groundhog and Friends Live Animal Show 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

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Published January 26, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — United States Attorney Barbara McQuade — joined by West Bloomfield Police Chief Michael Patton and representatives from the FBI — announced Jan. 13 that an Ontario man had pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting two minor girls. 

Antonio Fontana, 58, of Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation, including the unlawful coercion and enticement of the two girls, the production of child pornography and the extortion of the girls using the Internet.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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