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Published October 15, 2017

WALLED LAKE — “Every child, every day” was the motto of the 2016-17 school year at the Walled Lake Consolidated School District, according to the district’s annual report, released Oct. 5.

The district releases an annual report as a way to give faculty, staff and district families an overall look at the work that went into reaching the goals and creating a healthy community, officials said. 

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Published October 14, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual report of crime statistics for 2016, showing that crime is down in West Bloomfield. 

The report covers the entirety of the United States. The data is broken down by state, then city and then into categories of crime. 

In 2016, West Bloomfield Township’s population was 66,123, as reported in the FBI document. The crime statistics are all based on those incidents that were reported to the Police Department.

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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 10, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A small group of students at West Bloomfield High School are hoping to make a big impact on the school.

The WBHS Environmentally Aware, Ready to Help, or EARTH, Club has been around since 1993 and involves students in a wide variety of environmentally friendly issues, from recycling to creating a nature preserve on WBHS’ campus.

“We have been on a renewable energy kick,” said club sponsor and physics teacher Joshua Barclay.

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Published October 10, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Sit back, enjoy some laughs and help a good cause at the West Bloomfield Police Foundation’s “Comedy for a Cause” event Oct. 19.

The show, in its second year, is the foundation’s main event. The evening includes dinner and a comedy show. 

The headlining act for the comedy show is Dwayne Gill, a Michigan state trooper and stand-up comedian. Gill, a Detroit native, has been performing since 1993, and his comedy has taken him all over the country. 

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Published October 10, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees held a public hearing about its operating tax millage rate Sept. 11 during a board meeting.

“The maximum authorized rate is 3.7362 (mills),” said Rob Scripture, township assessor. “The township has levied this rate (3.3056 mills) since 1995.”

There were no changes to the levy rate, Scripture said. 

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Published October 6, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police Department has some new art on the walls, and it might not be what’s expected — graffiti art. 

Now when officers at the WBPD work out, they’ll be able to get visual inspiration from the artwork of Antonio Agee, a graffiti artist based in Detroit who owns ShadesDet LLC. 

“We have so many young guys and girls in the department, and they’re so interested in physical fitness,” said Deputy Chief Curt Lawson. “We wanted to make sure we had a good facility for them.”

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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 September 29, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Planning Commission approved plans for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital to build a private access drive Sept. 26.

The driveway, which is set to be built at 35734 14 Mile Road, will act as a hospital-traffic-only access point for ambulances, emergency vehicles and staff traffic.

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Published September 29, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A local middle school teacher has taken her work to the national stage, and she has brought her students with her.

Art teacher Margaret Squires gave her students at Abbott Middle School the chance to participate in her art project, “Threads,” which is now on display at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. ArtPrize is an annual international art competition that awards over $500,000 to artists whose work is displayed as part of the festival. Any artist in any medium can enter the competition. The free event attracts over 500,000 visitors.

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Published September 29, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield Township held its biannual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, Sept. 17, to collect old and unused items that are unsafe to put in a landfill. The township then recycles or donates the materials. 

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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 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 26, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Seniors in West Bloomfield can attend lectures, make new friends and learn new things with the Jewish Community Center’s Institute for Retired Professionals, or IRP. 

“You don’t need to be retired. You don’t need to be a professional,” said Sharon Levine, director of the program. “Some people are still working too.”

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Published September 26, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Fire Department has some new lifesaving technology in its vehicles thanks to a donation from Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. 

The hospital donated five King Vision video laryngoscopes for the Fire Department to use when responding to a scene. 

“We continue to look for ways that impact the outcome of the ways we serve the community,” said Greg Flynn, WBFD fire chief. “Henry Ford has been very generous in their most recent donation of laryngoscopes.”

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Published September 26, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Two southeast Michigan natives returned home Sept. 9 to screen the suicide prevention documentary they made together. 

“The S Word” had its Michigan premiere at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. The film screening was followed by a panel discussion about the movie and about suicide prevention.

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Published September 26, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Smell the sweet scent of history when the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society dives into the history of essential oils and aromatherapy at an upcoming event.

The GWBHS will host a seminar on the history of essential oils and their use on Wednesday, Sept. 27. 

The event, to be held at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, will start at 7 p.m. 

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Published September 21, 2017

As soon as Callahan McFarland ran off the school bus screaming on Tuesday, Sept. 19, his mother knew something was wrong.

“Cal came off the bus screaming, with blood on his face,” said Val McFarland, his mother. “(The bus driver and aide) could have said something, but they didn’t do anything about it.”

Callahan McFarland, who goes by Cal, was attacked on his ride home from Walnut Creek Middle School, his mom said.

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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 19, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Optimist Club hosted an event last week honoring local first responders who dedicate their time to work with children. 

The “Respect for Responders” ceremony took place Sept. 12 at Stage Deli, on Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield. 

The three honorees were Orchard Lake police officer Jeff Gomez, West Bloomfield firefighter Derek Hall and West Bloomfield Police Detective Christina Koziarski. 

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