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Published October 11, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority’s Recycling Drop-Off Center, located in Troy, will be closed temporarily while the site is undergoing construction for several weeks.

The center, 995 Coolidge Highway, was closed this week and will stay closed until the end of November. This is due to construction at the Materials Recovery Facility to convert SOCRRA to single-stream recycling. The drop-off recycling area is located outside the Materials Recovery Facility.

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Published October 11, 2017

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously approved a special land use application for a new medical marijuana facility to be located on Hilton Road.

Approved at the Sept. 25 meeting, the medical marijuana facility, Oasis Wellness Center, will occupy 1921 Hilton Road.

The plans for the building date back to Jan. 14, 2016, but were tabled at the time at the request of Oasis. After coming back to the Planning Commission this year, the special land use was recommended for approval.

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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

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Huntington Woods received a special award recognizing it for its contributions to create a runner-friendly community.

The city was named a Runner Friendly Community by the Road Runners Club of America, one of the oldest running clubs in the country. The award was presented to the City Commission at its Sept. 19 meeting.

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Published October 9, 2017

PLEASANT RIDGE — The city of Pleasant Ridge will be celebrating the reopening of one of its parks after it underwent $1 million in renovations over the past year.

The reopening celebration will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Gainsboro Park, located between Amherst Road and Maywood Avenue.

The $1 million project was partially paid for through money brought in by the Pleasant Ridge Foundation and the CN Railroad, but mostly was funded by a 0.75-mill passed by residents in 2014.

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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

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods City Commission held the first reading of an ordinance that deals with the city’s site plan reviews of the nearby Detroit Zoo.

According to City Manager Amy Sullivan, the current ordinance reads that all development done at the zoo needs to get a site plan approval from the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission recently was asked to do a site plan review on the expansion of a giraffe exhibit, which they realized is out of the vicinity of residents because it is so far into the interior of the zoo.

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Published October 4, 2017

FERNDALE — After upholding the revocation of the Como’s Restaurant food service license, the Oakland County Health Division is waiting to hear from Como’s to schedule an inspection in an attempt to reopen.

At a Sept. 20 meeting, the Oakland County Food Service Appeal Board upheld its license revocation of Como’s, 22812 Woodward Ave.

This was due to, as Oakland County Health Division Health Officer Leigh-Anne Stafford put it, its history of noncompliance with the requirements of the law.

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Published October 4, 2017

BERKLEY — Plans for a mixed residential project at the site of the former Our Lady of La Salette School have been scrapped, with the developer planning to bring forth a revised plan later this month.

The developer, Berkley-Coolidge LLC, recently hit a wall with its plans for the school site, 2219 Coolidge Highway, when its planned unit development, or PUD, received a 4-4 vote on a motion for recommendation from the Planning Commission.

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Published October 2, 2017

An explosion occurred Oct. 2, resulting in a subsequent fire, at a building on Hilton Road, according to the Ferndale Fire Department.

According to a press release, Ferndale dispatch received numerous 911 calls at approximately 2:52 p.m. about an explosion and fire at 3281 Hilton Road, which is a part of a small strip of businesses.

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Published October 2, 2017

FERNDALE — A 59-year-old Ferndale man who went missing was found by his family, according to the Ferndale Police Department.

Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said the family of the missing man, Vincent Messina, reported on Friday, Sept. 29, that they were able to find him safe.

“We didn’t find him. We were notified by the family that he was found,” Brown said.

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Published October 2, 2017

FERNDALE — A 25-year-old Detroit woman was arrested for allegedly stealing credit card numbers while working as a clerk on a temporary basis at Ferndale City Hall.

The suspect, Bianka Hill, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 26, and arraigned at Ferndale 43rd District Court Sept. 27. She was charged with four counts of illegal use of a financial transaction device, a four-year felony, and four counts of identity theft, a five-year felony.

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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

PLEASANT RIDGE — Before residents head to the polls in November, they’ll have a chance to bone up on information regarding a police pension millage that is on the ballot.

The city will be holding an informational meeting on the millage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center, 4 Ridge Road.

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Published September 27, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — During the City Commission’s Sept. 19 meeting, Consumers Energy provided an update about its gas main projects.

According to Ron Sarata, director of gas customer deliverability at Consumers Energy, three gas main projects are on the schedule to be done in 2017, with one already completed earlier this year, one reaching completion and another to start soon.

He said Consumers Energy plans to invest more than $5 million into infrastructure replacement in Huntington Woods alone.

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Published September 27, 2017

PLEASANT RIDGE — A new ordinance was passed by Pleasant Ridge’s City Commission to lay out regulations to install distributed antenna systems, or small-cell wireless systems, in the city.

The ordinance, passed unanimously at the commission’s Sept. 12 meeting, came about after wireless providers indicated to the city that they were interested in constructing a new tower in a public right of way.

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