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Published December 22, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Fraternal Order of Police Southwestern Oakland County Lodge 128 held its Cops and Kids event to help local children Dec. 9.

Partnering with Lakes Area Youth Assistance, Novi Youth Assistance and the Meijer at 49900 Grand River Ave. in Wixom, officers from several different departments were paired with 30 local kids and shopped with $200 gift cards.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 18, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Becca Garfinkel always wanted to be able to travel around the world.

Now, as part of a volunteer program, she gets to do that and help many young people in the city of Lod, Israel.

Garfinkel is in Lod as part of Masa Israel’s Yahel Social Change Program, which is a nine-month program that is part learning experience, part volunteer effort.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Jackie Michaelson has been described as someone who is effective and very good at what she does, which is helping those in need.

Michaelson has been a part of Lighthouse of Oakland County’s Adopt-a-Family program for about 16 years, which helps support families in Oakland County by matching them to people with the means to sponsor a family.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Public Library offers many different types of services to the community.

Those resources include computer workshops and tutoring sessions that people can take to improve in any areas where they think they might be lacking.

Branch Manager Mary Killian said the workshops and tutoring sessions, which are free, can cover anything from introductory computer basics to something more advanced, such as Prezi, Photoshop and the Microsoft Office programs.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — At the Dec. 7 West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board members unanimously approved the recommended budget for 2016.

The recommended general fund budget for 2016 sees a 2.69 percent increase from the 2015 projected budget, from $20,797,805 to $21,357,500. The public safety budget also sees an increase, from $31,672,645 to $33,381,050.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police Department has teamed with a local PetSmart to help distribute stuffed animals to children in the township.

The department is working with PetSmart, 7260 Orchard Lake Road, which is asking customers to purchase stuffed animals to donate to children at hospitals or for police to give out in public, with some of the proceeds given to charity. 

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Published December 14, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the flakes fall in Oakland County, you can count on a few things: Some schools will close, roads will get a bit slippery, and the roar of snowblowers will fill the air.

But you can also count on throngs of nature lovers heading to the county’s parks for a little cold-weather fun, according to Independence Oaks Park Supervisor DJ Coffey. Despite the warmer-than-normal temperatures we’ve enjoyed so far, Coffey and his staff are gearing up for one of Oakland County Parks’ most popular seasons.

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Published December 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — A Keego Harbor man who was being held at the Common Ground mental health facility was arrested after allegedly stabbing a custodial employee Dec. 4.

David Benjamin Fried, 26, has been charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent. He was arraigned at the 50th District Court in Pontiac, and his bond was set at $75,000. He is being lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

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Published December 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As 2015 is winding down its final month, local Realtors are reflecting on the previous year in real estate, which was strong for people selling their homes.

Jan Hays, of Max Broock Realtors, said it was a very active market for all concerned in the housing market, but there was a shortage of inventory for buyers. 

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Published December 8, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — With the exception of a couple of inches that fell the weekend of Nov. 21-22, any resident would be hard-pressed to find a snowman on someone’s lawn or a snow fort that forbids adults from entering.

Current forecasts from the National Weather Service’s Grand Rapids Forecast Office say that, based on the El Niño air moving through Michigan and the Great Lakes, the mild temperatures will continue for the first few weeks of December.

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Published December 8, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A fourth-grader from Sheiko Elementary School recently won a local drawing contest to benefit local West Bloomfield families.

Emmie Shelton won the Snowman Pin Contest, put on by Our Children’s Fund, in which pins are sold to help raise money to purchase Target gift cards so local families can buy necessities. OCF helps provide supplies and resources to students of the West Bloomfield School District and their families. 

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Published December 4, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Spirit of Grace Church, 2399 Figa Ave., will host a holiday concert 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, in West Bloomfield.

The concert will feature music from the Gratitude Steel Band and bugs Beddow & the Good STuFF, which performs rock and soul music from the past couple of decades, and the concert will be followed by a reception with holiday treats and refreshments.

Event organizer Louise Bugg said the church is really focused on providing a gift for the community with the concert.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 25, 2015

WATERFORD — After wrapping its last production and facing the uncertainty of possibly being homeless, Two Muses Theatre has found a new location.

The theater now will operate at the Monster Box Theatre, located at 2529 Elizabeth Lake Road in nearby Waterford Township, renting on a yearly basis. 

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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 20, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield theater has received a $15,000 grant from the state of Michigan for its general operating budget.

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, was awarded the grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as one of more than 550 applicants for a grant.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Development Director Linda Ramsay-Detherage said the grant was one the theater had to match, meaning it had to prove it could generate $15,000, which it already has done.

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Published November 18, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The scene at Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills campus Nov. 16 was a bit strange. There were students walking around grocery shopping, paying bills, taking a trip to the pawn shop and even selling drugs.

It was all an act, of course, as government, psychology and social work students participated in the college’s annual poverty simulation. 

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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