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Keego Harbor 05/06/2015

‘Come and join the parade’

KEEGO HARBOR — Honoring veterans and soldiers who have died in the line of duty, the annual Keego Harbor Memorial Day Parade will take place at 10 a.m. May 25.The mile-long parade will kick off from Abbott Middle School, near Orchard Lake and ...Read More

West Bloomfield 05/02/2015

Library youth activities entertain, educate

WEST BLOOMFIELD — As the school year is coming to an end, the West Bloomfield Township Public Library’s youth services department is kicking off a variety of youth programs in May to keep young kids interested in reading and socializing.The ...Read More

Orchard Lake 05/01/2015

Apple Island blossoms for tourists

ORCHARD LAKE — The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society will host its annual tours of Apple Island from May 16-17, and volunteers are still needed for the event.The 35-acre island dates back to the Potawatomi Indians, and when tourists visit ...Read More

Orchard Lake 04/30/2015

Polish Country Fair returns Memorial Day weekend

ORCHARD LAKE — St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair is packing a honky-tonk flare.Attracting over 125,000 visitors a year, fair organizers try to keep the event fresh, and this year, St. Mary’s will kick off the fair with a country night May ...Read More

Keego Harbor 04/29/2015

Keego Harbor joins Oakland County One Stop Ready

KEEGO HARBOR — The Keego Harbor City Council unanimously approved a resolution April 16 to become a member of the Oakland County One Stop Ready program.  Councilman Tom Berman said the initiative is important to him, personally, and he ...Read More

Keego Harbor 04/29/2015

Supervisor focuses on new developments, rate increases

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Congressional representatives, department heads and residents filled Town Hall  to hear Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste give her sixth annual State of the Township address on April 20.Public safety Since ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/29/2015

JCC film festival springs into action

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Berman Center for the Performing Arts will draw back the curtain for the largest Jewish film festival in the Midwest from May 10-21. Over 200 films were viewed by a committee through the Jewish Community Center of ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/29/2015

Stories of V-E Day: Guy Stern

Editor's note: This story was included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Metro ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/23/2015

Board argues over townshipwide mailing, recall filed

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste proposed a motion at the April 20 board meeting requiring board approval for any mailing, with the exception of absentee ballots and voter cards, from the Clerk’s Office. The motion ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/22/2015

Touch-A-Truck to roll into Drake Sports Park

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ever  wondered what the inside of a police car looks like, or how many gadgets and gears are on a construction vehicle?The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will give kids of all ages the chance to touch and ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/22/2015

Scotch, Gretchko elementaries to be reconfigured

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education voted 4-2 on March 23 to reconfigure Gretchko and Scotch elementaries beginning with the 2015-16 school year.Similar to the Doherty and Sheiko elementary school ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/20/2015

Jewish seniors learn drawing, painting in new art class

WEST BLOOMFIELD — What started with a pencil drawing has turned into a personal masterpiece. Senior residents at the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus are discovering their inner artists in a new art class offered by Jewish ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/20/2015

Stephen Gottlieb Music Festival rolls back into town

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Music’s in the air. And a variety of musical talents will fill The Berman Center for the Performing Arts and the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s Oak Park facility for the 2015 Stephen Gottlieb ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/16/2015

WB Board of Education supports Proposal 1

WEST BLOOMFIELD/TROY — The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education adopted a resolution in support of Proposal 1 at the board meeting March 23. Six of the seven members signed the resolution. Nelson Hersh was not present for the ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/13/2015

Jewish Family Services hosts programs for community members

WEST BLOOMFIELD — From physical and mental health to Mother’s Day celebrations, Jewish Family Services of Metropolitan Detroit is offering a variety of events and programs for the community in April and May.The Joy Project As ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/13/2015

Diaper need: An unhealthy problem

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  About one-third of low-income mothers in the U.S. don’t have enough diapers for their children. “Diaper need” is a veiled consequence of poverty and causes maternal depression and anxiety, according to ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/13/2015

Fallen officers remembered at ceremony

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A memorial ceremony honoring Michigan law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty will be held in front of the West Bloomfield Police Department at noon May 8. This is the fifth anniversary of the ceremony in West ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/13/2015

Detroit man sentenced for robbing diplomat

WEST BLOOMFIELD — United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced March 31 that a Detroit resident was sentenced in federal court for participating in the armed robbery of an Iraqi diplomat and his wife in West Bloomfield in November ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/06/2015

West Bloomfield to host DIA’s Inside|Out exhibits

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Parks and Recreation Commission announced April 1 that the township has been selected as a participant for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program. The program, which is sponsored by ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/06/2015

Family hosts fundraiser to bring service dog home

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ten-year-old Moby B’sheart is “kind and loving and creative and musical,” according to her mother, Marlowe B’sheart. The West Bloomfield resident also faces a number of daily challenges, including ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/06/2015

Students send birthday cards to girl with cancer

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Six-year-old Hailey Shores’ birthday was extra special this year. After hearing from media outlets about how the Trenton resident was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2011, Scotch Elementary fourth-grade teacher ...Read More

West Bloomfield 04/06/2015

Tea history, health benefits explored

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ever wondered about the history of tea or why its popularity spans across cultures? Barb and Rachel Gully, of the Troy-based Barb’s TEA Shop, will discuss the history, ceremonies and health benefits of tea, as well ...Read More

Farmington Press

Farmington 05/05/2015

Voters pass Farmington school bond

Voters in the Farmington Public Schools district took to the polls May 5 to decide a $131.5 million, two-series bond proposal, with the measure passing by 58.38 percent, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections ...Read More

Farmington Hills 05/05/2015

The Riviera opens with special effects

FARMINGTON HILLS — It was all pomp and circumstance, with an accordion to boot, April 30 at the grand opening of The Riviera, 30170 Grand River Ave. Local dignitaries, including Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner, cheered during the ribbon ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/29/2015

Screen-Free Week helps residents power down electronics

FARMINGTON HILLS — “The kids will be OK if they don’t have their electronic gadgets,” said Tina Yoder, Farmington PTA Council vice president of enrichments. “Once you try it and you are aware, you realize you can do it. ...Read More

Farmington 04/29/2015

City to enforce parking, hold off on meters

FARMINGTON — The City Council unanimously approved April 20 the establishment of a Downtown Parking Advisory Committee and parking enforcement, while holding off, for now, on installing metered parking. City Manager Vincent Pastue presented the ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/29/2015

Blue Man Group brings color, inspiration to Dunckel

FARMINGTON HILLS — Dunckel Middle School eighth-grader Bethany Reuter will forever cherish the word “blue” that Blue Man Group member Dan Carter signed — in blue font, naturally — on her tablet April 22. The 14-year-old ...Read More

Farmington 04/29/2015

Masonic Lodge celebrates 150 years in Farmington

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Masonic Lodge 151 has remained a civic and social bastion in the city since its inception in 1863. The 12 founders of the then-Farmington Village formed the lodge when they were also busy creating what is now ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/29/2015

Locals reflect on Victory in Europe Day

FARMINGTON HILLS — At 88 years old, Elaine Simpson still remembers the World War II phrase, “Loose lips sink ships.” She first learned it at 17 years old while living on the East Coast. She understood that war-related gossip could ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/27/2015

Rebuilding Together breathes new life into homes

FARMINGTON HILLS — Christina Tudor lives by the scribbled words posted on her refrigerator. “‘Every day is a good day,’” she said, repeating the mantra in her kitchen in the 28000 block of Grayfield on April ...Read More

Farmington 04/22/2015

Sobriety Court encourages graduates to live fully

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Ronald Sumling realized he’d hit rock bottom while sitting in a Farmington Hills probation office in April 2013 after being arrested for drinking and driving. “The person that did those things, I hope I ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/22/2015

Council passes human rights ordinance

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills has joined 37 other cities in Michigan that have approved human rights ordinances, a move that makes lifelong resident and City Councilwoman Samantha Steckloff proud, she said during an April 13 City Council ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/22/2015

May election looms for FPS’s $131.5 million bond proposal

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — “It’s a long time coming,” Farmington Public Schools Superintendent George Heitsch said after a Jan. 13 unanimous school board vote approving a $131.5 million, two-series bond proposal for May ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/22/2015

HMC event to discuss Holocaust’s relevance in depth

FARMINGTON HILLS — Why does the Holocaust still matter? That is a question Detroit native Jack Lessenberry, an Emmy Award winner and head of journalism at Wayne State University, will answer at 11 a.m. April 26 at the Holocaust Memorial Center, ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/20/2015

Earth Day addresses local litter, recycling

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Joe Derek, 67, has had enough. As the city’s former naturalist, he is fed up with the dozens of liquor bottles scattered down his driveway and throughout the ditch in front of his home on West 10 ...Read More

Oakland County 04/20/2015

All aboard to the DIA

OAKLAND COUNTY — On May 9, residents can catch a free ride to and from the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the museum’s County Days program. The program, which is provided four times a year for tri-county residents, is a good ...Read More

Farmington 04/15/2015

Money Smart Week talks dollars and sense

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s never too early to start children off on the right financial foot. That’s the concept behind Money Smart Week April 18-25, a public awareness campaign aimed to help people handle their ...Read More

Farmington 04/15/2015

Gluten-Free Food Fair to bring on the savory, sweet eats

FARMINGTON — Sharon Manning strongly believes in the saying, “Try it before you buy it.”  The upcoming Gluten-Free Food Fair will offer countless food options for those who are used to having limited choices, like Manning, a ...Read More

Farmington 04/15/2015

City manager search progresses, 40 résumés received

FARMINGTON — Farmington City Manager Vincent Pastue has his sights set on sunny Florida and other possible locations for a new position, he said recently. “I’m still looking. I had a couple interviews here and there,” Pastue ...Read More

Farmington 04/15/2015

Council to decide on North Parking Lot meters

FARMINGTON — The Farmington City Council may decide whether to install metered parking in the North Parking Lot downtown at its April 20 meeting. City Manager Vincent Pastue will present a parking report and request the establishment of a ...Read More

Oakland County 04/15/2015

Sheriff’s Office celebrates 195 years in the community

OAKLAND COUNTY — From catching criminals on horseback in the 1820s to using helicopters today, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has maintained the same values it was founded on nearly two centuries ago, Oakland County Sheriff Michael ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/14/2015

Community, organizers to celebrate 50 years at the Y

FARMINGTON HILLS — It all started a little over half a century ago, when the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit decided to form a branch in Farmington Hills in 1965. Since then, thousands of families and youth have called the Farmington Family YMCA ...Read More

Farmington 04/07/2015

Annual report shows major crime down in Farmington

FARMINGTON — Decreased major crime in Farmington has left city officials feeling safer and sleeping easier after a recent Farmington Public Safety Department report March 16.“I’m just so proud of our department and everything you do ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/07/2015

Northwestern Connector project set with 14 Mile/OL closure

FARMINGTON HILLS/ WEST BLOOMFIELD — The ubiquitous orange barrels are making their debut again this spring in Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield.Fourteen Mile Road — at the west side of the 14 Mile/Orchard Lake intersection, on the ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/07/2015

SKYWARN training sessions to storm City Hall

FARMINGTON HILLS — Have you ever wondered how storms are formed, or how certain weather-related phenomena occur? Now is your chance to ask the experts during a SKYWARN training program April 21.The Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency ...Read More

Farmington Hills 04/07/2015

FPS board approves sex ed teaching materials

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Public Schools Board of Education trustees unanimously approved new sex education teaching materials during a March 31 school board meeting.The vote comes after the Sex Education Advisory Board presented ...Read More

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Franklin 05/05/2015

Franklin police and general fund millage renewed

Voters in Franklin overwhelmingly renewed a special millage May 5 for police services and the general fund that would have expired next year.With an approval of 83 percent, residents will continue to pay 0.0398 mills per year through 2020. Most of the ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 05/05/2015

Bloomfield Hills Schools bond approved

Residents approved the renewal of an operating millage for the Bloomfield Hills School District May 5.The passing of the proposal will now allow Bloomfield Hills Schools to continue to levy the number of operating mills required for the district to ...Read More

Birmingham 05/05/2015

Birmingham Public Schools bond approved

Voters in the Birmingham Public Schools district approved a $66 million capital improvement bond by a 65 percent majority May 5.Designated for four areas of improvement — safety and security, instructional spaces, buildings and sites, and ...Read More

Detroit 05/05/2015

Detroit Jazz Festival strikes the right chord with famed guitarist Pat Metheny

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival has been attracting some of the top jazz players in the world for years, but the 36th annual festival scored a particular coup this year with artist-in-residence Pat Metheny. The jazz guitarist and composer, ...Read More

Birmingham 05/05/2015

Police stress importance of locking cars, homes

FRANKLIN/BIRMINGHAM — You can always tell when it’s spring: Joggers take to the sidewalks, flowers emerge from their winter slumber, and kids play outside as long as their parents will let them.But friendly neighbors and pretty petals ...Read More

Beverly Hills 05/05/2015

Pink Fund celebrates milestone with keepsake fundraiser

BEVERLY HILLS — Beverly Hills’ own Molly MacDonald has a million reasons to celebrate this month.MacDonald is known in the community not only as a breast cancer survivor, but as the founder of The Pink Fund, a nonprofit that provides 90 days ...Read More

Birmingham 05/04/2015

Looking Back: The Ford-Peabody Mansion

The Ford-Peabody Mansion is one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings. Frank Ford built this beautiful house in 1878 using his wife’s money. The house was designed by Almon C. Varney, a famous Detroit architect. Ford and his wife lived in the ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 05/04/2015

Local students to raise funds for brain cancer

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A group of local students is inviting the community to walk hand-in-hand for a cure at the fourth annual Mind Over Matter 5K Walk/Run.The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. May 10 at Bloomfield Hills Middle School.Involved in ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 05/04/2015

Parents, staff discuss solutions at diversity forum

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There were lots of calm, thoughtful comments during the open forum on race and diversity April 28 at Bloomfield Hills Schools’ Booth Center.There were also some more fiery opinions shared that evening. But all of the ...Read More

Birmingham 04/29/2015

Art Birmingham rings in spring with 34th annual fair

BIRMINGHAM — If the sunny, warm temperatures — quickly followed by windy, overcast skies — weren’t enough of an indication that spring has arrived in Birmingham, there’s one more sure sign of the season. The annual Art ...Read More

Metro Detroit 04/29/2015

Local defense industry recalls ‘Arsenal of Democracy’

METRO DETROIT — As artillery and troops traveled overseas to fight in World War II, metro Detroiters who remained at home stayed productive by making the equipment needed to defeat the Axis powers. Ron Lamparter, who owns the Defense Corridor ...Read More

Beverly Hills 04/29/2015

Stories of V-E Day: Ellie Herkommer

Editor's note: This story was included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Metro ...Read More

Birmingham 04/29/2015

TCH to host women’s health luncheon

BIRMINGHAM — There are so many facets to consider when it comes to women’s wellness. You can’t focus on just fitness or nutrition — you have to look at the whole picture.Building on the success of a similar event last year, The ...Read More

Metro Detroit 04/29/2015

The women who won the war

METRO DETROIT — Not every American who fought for victory during World War II wore a uniform on foreign shores.You won’t find their tales often in history books, but rather in journals and family photo albums.The work done and sacrifices ...Read More

Metro Detroit 04/28/2015

The end and the beginning

METRO DETROIT — The most destructive war ever fought in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. That point in time will forever be known to history as V-E Day. For those who lived through the war, it was both the end and the beginning. Gone forever ...Read More

Birmingham 04/28/2015

Birmingham Farmers Market opens Sunday for 13th season

BIRMINGHAM — It’s that time of year again, when home-cooked meals start to taste a little fresher, flower vases get a bit brighter, and grocery dollars shift from major markets to local farmers, artisans and food purveyors.On May 3, the ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 04/25/2015

Parents speak out about racism in schools

The Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education met in front of a packed room for its monthly meeting April 23 with what appeared to be one main focus.Community members, including mother Shanari Williams, came to talk about racism in the ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 04/22/2015

District hosts forum in wake of racist bullying

Bloomfield Hills Schools is extending an invitation to residents to attend an Open Community Forum at 6:30 p.m. April 28 at the Booth Center.Originally slated as a meeting for the Diversity, Academic Equity, and Race Relations group — a district ...Read More

Birmingham 04/22/2015

Art Birmingham rings in spring with 34th annual fair

BIRMINGHAM — If the sunny, warm temperatures — quickly followed by windy, overcast skies — weren’t enough of an indication that spring has arrived in Birmingham, there’s one more sure sign of the season.The annual Art ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 04/22/2015

Township board discusses reducing treasurer’s position

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Things got heated last week when the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees met in front of a packed house to discuss reducing the treasurer’s salary to the equivalent of a part-time position starting Nov. 20, 2016.The ...Read More

Birmingham 04/22/2015

Parents, be aware to avoid prom problems this year

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Prom is so much more than a perfect dress, a tailored tux and a night full of memories.It’s a rite of passage for teens celebrating the close of one chapter before they step into the next phase of their young ...Read More

Oakland County 04/21/2015

Public golf courses wind up for season with clinics

OAKLAND COUNTY — Green grass and sunny skies are calling. But if you’re worried that your swing might’ve gotten rusty over the winter months, don’t worry — there’s a clinic for that.As golf returns for another spring, ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 04/21/2015

Voters to decide roads, schools and police bonds

OAKLAND COUNTY — When residents in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area head to the polls May 5 to decide whether they support a plan to fix Michigan’s rocky roads, they’ll also have a couple of other issues to vote on.With Proposal 1, ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 04/15/2015

Lend Mother Earth a hand this month

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — In honor of Earth Day, members of the community are invited to partake in several eco-friendly events being held around the township.The  annual Clean Sweep — designed to tidy up the streets of the township ...Read More

Oakland County 04/15/2015

Oakland County Market to host mom-to-mom sale

WATERFORD — Attention, moms: Come across some clothes, toys or other items during your spring cleaning that you just can’t bear to toss out? The Oakland County Market is planning a mom-to-mom sale on Sunday, May 3, where thrifty parents ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 04/13/2015

Nick Cave returns to Cranbrook with homegrown exhibit

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A noted artist is making his way around metro Detroit this month, staging dramatic photo shoots in some of the city’s most interesting and diverse neighborhoods.Artist, dancer, sculptor and Cranbrook Academy of Art alumnus ...Read More

Birmingham 04/10/2015

Birmingham school buses go up in flames overnight

An electrical problem that started in a battery box appears to be the cause of a fire that broke out in the Birmingham Public Schools bus yard the morning of April 10.According to Marcia Wilkinson, director of community relations for Birmingham Public ...Read More

Oakland County 04/09/2015

One big step for the smallest human kind

OAKLAND COUNTY — For over three years, Terri and Sean Compton, both of West Bloomfield, tried to conceive. During that time, Terri had two miscarriages, two ectopic pregnancies and lost their son, Patrick, when she was 17 weeks ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 04/08/2015

Take a step back with the Bloomfield Historical Society

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The story began in 1915 when local developer Judson Bradway commissioned William Bryan to create a portrait of the Bloomfield area.Bradway — who was later influential in the creation of many of Bloomfield’s major ...Read More

Birmingham 04/08/2015

Birmingham Historical Museum celebrates Woodward Ave.

BIRMINGHAM — As the Birmingham Historical Museum and Park packs up its last yearlong exhibit featuring the city’s musical history, it’s gearing up for a new installation that will encourage visitors to hit the road.The new exhibit, ...Read More

Birmingham 04/08/2015

Birmingham gets turned Inside|Out thanks to DIA

BIRMINGHAM — If you’re taking a stroll around “walkable” Birmingham this spring, keep your eyes peeled: The Detroit Institute of Art’s famed Inside|Out program will be back in town with several masterpieces displayed outside ...Read More

Oakland County 04/06/2015

Oakland County comes in second in state for health behaviors

OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County residents are leading healthier lives, ranking No. 2 in the state for a second year in a row for health behaviors among 82 counties, according to a County Health Rankings Report. ​“We measure up well for ...Read More

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Berkley 05/05/2015

Voters strongly approve Berkley School District bond proposal

Voters in the Berkley School District passed the proposed $58.9 million bond for infrastructure improvements by a wide margin May 5, with more than 68 percent voting in favor of the proposal.School district administrators and staff began work on the ...Read More

Ferndale 05/05/2015

Ferndale Headlee proposal passes by 55 votes, street and park proposal passes comfortably

Many residents in Ferndale were leery about the Headlee override and the street and park improvement bond proposed during the May 5 election, and the cautious attitude showed at the polls as the Headlee override passed by a small margin, while the street ...Read More

Ferndale 04/30/2015

City Council nixes drone ban following outcry from hobbyists

When Ferndale residents got wind of the City Council possibly banning the use of drones anywhere in the city outside of private property, residents flooded the council chambers April 27 to protest the potential ordinance change.Dubbed ...Read More

Ferndale 04/29/2015

Smoking material starts Ferndale house fire, three escape safely

FERNDALE — Three people, including a child, were able to safely escape a house fire April 16 in Ferndale after an upstairs bed caught fire while the three were taking a nap during the day.Ferndale Fire Marshall Brian Batten said that at around ...Read More

Ferndale 04/29/2015

FernCare Free Clinic receives grant to help with health care information

FERNDALE — The FernCare Free Clinic in Ferndale continues to be vital to the community despite the Affordable Care Act requiring citizens to get health insurance or face a tax penalty.Because there are those who struggle with finding the right ...Read More

Ferndale 04/29/2015

UHS one of 27 schools to come off state’s priority school list

FERNDALE — In the past five years, University High School in Ferndale has seen student achievement on state assessments continue to improve, thus UHS was one of 27 schools to come off the Michigan Department of Education’s priority list April ...Read More

Pleasant Ridge 04/29/2015

Restructured utility bills could save residents $166 a year

PLEASANT RIDGE — Pleasant Ridge residents approved a general operating millage during last year’s November election that would save them money on their utilities, and now, beginning in July, the residents will realize those savings.The ...Read More

Ferndale 04/29/2015

Development company looks to build rental, commercial units along Livernois

FERNDALE — A proposed development on city and private land just north of Eight Mile Road on Livernois Street in Ferndale could bring more rental opportunities for the city, as well as new commercial space.The city owns two noncontiguous parcels of ...Read More

Ferndale 04/29/2015

Wading through uncertainty

FERNDALE — When Jovaughn Wilson heads into University High School in Ferndale each day to teach geometry to his 10th-grade students, he is a little more fatigued than he was a year ago, but otherwise Wilson is as passionate about his job as ...Read More

Berkley 04/23/2015

Berkley School District asks residents for $58.9 million bond

BERKLEY — Several years of studying the Berkley School District’s infrastructure led the administration to form a list of improvements to make, and on May 5, residents will vote on whether or not to approve a $58.9 million bond for ...Read More

Ferndale 04/23/2015

Positive reinforcement

 FERNDALE — A new program from the Ferndale Police Department, in collaboration with local businesses, seeks to reward children for safe behavior and cultivate a positive relationship between police and youth in Ferndale.Ferndale Police ...Read More

Ferndale 04/23/2015

Ferndale receives grant to spruce up green space near railroad

FERNDALE — Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Canadian National Railroad and America in Bloom, the city of Ferndale will be upgrading a park that lies next to the railroad and expanding the green space to a currently unused area.Community and Economic ...Read More

Ferndale 04/23/2015

Residents to vote on Headlee renewal, street and park bond

FERNDALE — Ferndale residents will vote on two ballot proposals May 5 that would allow the city to levy nearly 11 mills for residential streets and city parks, and continue the same city services.The first proposal is asking residents whether or ...Read More

Ferndale 04/23/2015

Water, sewage study could see rates go up 2.8 percent in 2016

FERNDALE — A recent water and sewage rate study by Plante Moran could see the rates in Ferndale go up 2.8 percent next year as the city looks to achieve a target modified working capital level in the next five years.Brian Camiller, with Plante ...Read More

Ferndale 04/14/2015

Local and student artists will refresh downtown art exhibit

FERNDALE — For the past three years, residents and visitors in Ferndale have been able to walk in any area of the downtown district near Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue and see a piece of art.Whether it was the Belier Rouge red ram at the ...Read More

Berkley 04/14/2015

Berkley searches for new parks director amid personnel changes

BERKLEY — The search is on for a new Berkley Parks and Recreation Department director after City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa decided not to merge the parks department and Department of Public Works following personnel turnover.At the beginning of ...Read More

Berkley 04/14/2015

Coolidge construction expected to begin in less than a month

BERKLEY — Now that the snow has cleared and spring is here, construction is set to begin on Coolidge Highway north of 12 Mile Road no later than early May.Last July, the Berkley City Council approved the city pursuing an advanced-construction ...Read More

Ferndale 04/14/2015

DPW, parking highlight mayor’s State of the City address

FERNDALE — In opening the annual State of the City address April 9, Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter started with one simple question for all those in attendance — why do they work or live in Ferndale?By outlining several cost-saving techniques ...Read More

Ferndale 04/09/2015

Glo Nightclub files complaint against Ferndale City Council, police

A week after Ferndale police served Glo Nightclub with an emergency suspension order from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, the club’s owners filed a complaint against the city of Ferndale and the Liquor Control Commission claiming defamation ...Read More

Ferndale 04/09/2015

Man stops armed robbery in progress, police arrest suspect

Ferndale police arrested a suspect in an armed robbery April 3 after a concerned passer-by stopped the crime in progress and took the victim to the police.At about 1:30 p.m. April 3, a 65-year-old woman visiting Ferndale from the Upper Peninsula was ...Read More

Ferndale 04/08/2015

Construction season gears up as East Nine Mile project gets underway

FERNDALE — Last summer, the city of Ferndale planned to tear up more than a mile of East Nine Mile Road as part of a resurfacing project that would have divided the work around the Woodward Dream Cruise. However, bids for the work came in nearly ...Read More

Berkley 04/08/2015

Berkley, Huntington Woods rank in top 10 places to live in Michigan

BERKLEY/HUNTINGTON WOODS — Berkley Mayor Phil O’Dwyer said that if you ask residents how they feel about living in Berkley, most will provide positive feedback. Now, due to AreaVibes, which has been ranking the livability of cities across ...Read More

Pleasant Ridge 04/08/2015

Pleasant Ridge commissioner proposes block club network

PLEASANT RIDGE — The city of Pleasant Ridge currently has five block clubs set up in the small town just south of Interstate 696 along Woodward Avenue, but with collaboration between city officials and residents, City Commissioner Ann Perry is ...Read More

Berkley 04/08/2015

Berkley American Legion hopes to pay debt with a little help

BERKLEY — The Berkley American Legion has been stationed on 12 Mile Road east of Coolidge Highway for 75 years, but following years of financial mismanagement, the post’s members are at risk of losing the building. The Stanley J. Fons Post ...Read More

Huntington Woods 04/08/2015

Men’s Club auction brings in $143,000 to support community pool

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods Men’s Club regularly uses a good chunk of the money raised at its annual service auction to benefit community projects. This is why Men’s Club Publicity Chairperson Alex Cooper said the community ...Read More

Ferndale 04/06/2015

Glo Nightclub closes pending hearing after March stabbing incident

FERNDALE — Within 10 days of a stabbing incident, Ferndale police worked with the Liquor Control Commission to suspend Glo Nightclub’s liquor license and close the bar effective March 27. Police responded to an incident during a St. ...Read More

Rochester Post

Rochester 05/05/2015

Downtown Rochester to celebrate annual skateboard art competition

ROCHESTER — Now in its fifth year, the Deck Art competition is larger than ever, according to South Street Skateshop owner and event organizer Linda Gallaher.South Street Skateshop and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority are teaming up ...Read More

Rochester 05/05/2015

Crews break ground on First Street Lofts

ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester will soon welcome 47 new loft-style apartments, which city officials say will be a shot in the arm for the city’s tax base.On April 28, crews broke ground on the six-story First Street Lofts luxury apartment ...Read More

Rochester 04/29/2015

The women who won the war: Connie Brown

Editor's note: This story about a local 'Rosie the Riveter' is one of a handful included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended ...Read More

Oakland Township 04/29/2015

Golf course arson reported, $1 million in damage

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Police are seeking assistance from those with information about a recent golf course fire that has been determined to be arson.Almost $1 million in damage was caused by several fires at Myth Golf and Banquets, located off Stoney ...Read More

Rochester 04/29/2015

Mini Market Thursdays aim to bring more exposure to Rochester Lions Park

ROCHESTER — “Buy local” consumers will have another chance to support local farmers, crafters and businesses this summer.The Rochester Downtown Development Authority is organizing a new summer event called Mini Market Thursdays in ...Read More

Rochester 04/29/2015

RCS explores technology and infrastructure improvements

ROCHESTER — With the district’s new strategic plan in place, Rochester Community Schools officials are now setting their sights on upgrades to technology and infrastructure, while simultaneously lamenting budget constraints.The ...Read More

Rochester 04/29/2015

Rochester forges ahead to establish local historic districts

ROCHESTER — The city is in the process of establishing local historic districts to preserve and protect its remaining historic resources, officials said.Architect John Dizurman, a member of the Rochester Historical Committee and chair of the ...Read More

Rochester Hills 04/28/2015

Sterling woman critically injured in crash on M-59

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 37-year-old Sterling Heights woman was critically injured in a crash on M-59 at 11:17 p.m. April 23, a police report states.The woman was driving a 2009 Dodge Avenger east on M-59, near Rochester Road, when she apparently lost ...Read More

Rochester 04/28/2015

Downtown Rochester Farmers Market to open May 2

ROCHESTER — The vibrant colors and flavors of Michigan’s growing season will soon make their way to downtown Rochester, officially signaling the arrival of spring.The Downtown Rochester Farmers Market will open for its 16th season May 2 at ...Read More

Rochester 04/23/2015

Rochester stalking suspect dies after jumping out hotel window

MADISON HEIGHTS/ROCHESTER — Police are investigating a case that ended with a 56-year-old Ferndale man jumping to his death from the third-story window of a local motel April 22.Rochester police responded to a home in the 1600 block of Chase Drive ...Read More

Rochester Hills 04/22/2015

OU aids hybrid scooter development

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new hybrid scooter — developed with help from Oakland University market research students — aims to bridge the gap between golf carts and motorcycles for retired baby boomers.A prototype F2A Berylline scooter ...Read More

Oakland Township 04/22/2015

Thalmann resigns from Board of Trustees

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Citing family responsibilities and recent changes in her life, Maureen Thalmann resigned last week from her seat on the Oakland Township Board of Trustees.Oakland Township Supervisor Terry Gonser read her letter of resignation ...Read More

Rochester 04/22/2015

Comfort station, pavilion coming to Rochester Municipal Park

ROCHESTER — Those who frequent the playground in the east side of Rochester Municipal Park or the nearby Paint Creek Trail will see an upgrade this summer.The Rochester City Council recently approved plans to build a new pavilion and indoor ...Read More

Rochester Hills 04/22/2015

Arbor Day celebrates the value of trees

ROCHESTER HILLS — All are invited to an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony at 4 p.m. April 24 on the grounds of Rochester Hills City Hall, officials said.According to Arbor Day officials, trees can increase property values, lower air-conditioning ...Read More

Rochester Hills 04/22/2015

Meadow Brook Theatre celebrates 50 years

ROCHESTER HILLS — In 1967, Meadow Brook Theatre was founded at Oakland University.For the 50th anniversary, MBT officials are planning a series of events celebrating the mission to create innovative, professional, Broadway-quality theater ...Read More

Rochester 04/22/2015

Rochester Bistro to replace Ganbei

ROCHESTER — Bistro proprietor Doda Koljcevic has gotten the green light from the Rochester City Council to open a casual and fine dining restaurant called Rochester Bistro at 227 Main St. The building had been occupied by Ganbei Chinese ...Read More

Rochester 04/22/2015

Eat Safe Fish Guide helps local anglers to plan their meals

ROCHESTER — There is strong evidence that eating fish at least once a week is good for your heart, according to the American Heart Association.For many years, the AHA has encouraged people to eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a ...Read More

Rochester 04/21/2015

Rochester approves zoning on oil and gas drilling, lifts moratorium

ROCHESTER — After nearly a year of research, discussion and deliberation, the city of Rochester has approved a zoning ordinance that allows for oil and gas drilling in certain areas of the city.Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said the city ...Read More

Rochester 04/15/2015

New photography exhibition explores the Grand River

ROCHESTER — The Paint Creek Center for the Arts invites the public to the kickoff of a photographic collaboration focusing on the Grand River on April 25.“reDiscovering the Grand,” which will be on display at the PCCA through May 30, ...Read More

Rochester 04/15/2015

Earth Day Fest moves to new location

ROCHESTER — The massive green festival that has taken over downtown Rochester annually for the past 10 years is moving to the parking lot near the south entrance of Rochester Municipal Park this year.“We have a larger area than we had last ...Read More

Rochester 04/15/2015

Cold weather pushes library construction into May

ROCHESTER — Cold weather has delayed construction on the Rochester Hills Public Library’s 6,600-square-foot addition, pushing the project completion date into May.The work began on the $1.6 million addition in September, and officials had ...Read More

Rochester Hills 04/15/2015

Meadow Brook gardens cultivate art

ROCHESTER HILLS — Eight masterpiece art reproductions are joining the roses, bluebells, peonies and petunias in the Meadow Brook Hall gardens this spring and summer.Art in the Garden is presented by Inside|Out, a community engagement project from ...Read More

Rochester 04/15/2015

Rochester celebrates Authors in April

ROCHESTER — Through the magic of books, the Rochester-based Authors in April program has been connecting children with famous authors and illustrators for over 30 years.This year’s Authors in April program will take place April 20-24, ...Read More

Rochester Hills 04/15/2015

Two arrested with cloned gift cards

ROCHESTER HILLS — Two Detroit men may face felony credit card fraud charges after police discovered dozens of “cloned” gift cards in their possession recently.According to Lt. Stephen Jacobs, of the Oakland County Sheriff’s ...Read More

Rochester Hills 04/08/2015

OPC transportation millage heads to ballot

ROCHESTER HILLS — Since 1971, the city has offered ride services for seniors. However, a transportation millage approved by city voters in 2005 expires next year.Currently, the Older Persons’ Commission offers door-to-door transportation for ...Read More

Rochester 04/08/2015

High school paper under scrutiny after publishing sex ed, hookah photos

ROCHESTER — A nationally recognized high school newspaper is now subject to administrative review after publishing photos that some deemed as provocative.Last November, Rochester High School’s monthly newspaper, The Talon, caught the ...Read More

Rochester Hills 04/08/2015

Sheriff’s Office: Drunken teen snorts Xanax, rushed to hospital

ROCHESTER HILLS — A card game at the home of a Rochester Community Schools board member turned dangerous last month after a 14-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital for reportedly overdosing on alcohol and prescription pills.The incident ...Read More

Oakland Township 04/08/2015

Rochester area communities earn perfect fiscal scores

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills, along with Oakland Township, are on solid financial footing, according to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.The three communities have achieved ...Read More

Auburn Hills 04/08/2015

Grant to support new Avondale Middle School all-girl robotics team

ROCHESTER HILLS/AUBURN HILLS — A robot crafted entirely by a team of middle school girls from the Avondale School District will compete for the first time in next year’s Oakland County Robotics Competitive Association’s Middle School VEX ...Read More

Rochester 04/07/2015

Mayor: Rochester is a ‘heck of a place to live’

ROCHESTER — Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson delivered his State of the City address March 30 at the Royal Park Hotel, highlighting the last year of the city’s many accomplishments.After passing the state bar exam and being elected to the Rochester ...Read More

Oakland Township 04/07/2015

Prescribed burns protect habitats

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The tall perennial grass phragmites chokes out native plants, obscures scenic views, becomes a fire hazard and is difficult to eliminate.Township officials are attempting to control invasive phragmites with prescribed burns this ...Read More

Royal Oak Review

Royal Oak 05/05/2015

Kidney Walk raises money, awareness May 17 at zoo

ROYAL OAK — One in nine Michiganders has chronic kidney disease, and the scariest part is that such diagnoses aren’t often known. That is due to few or no noticeable symptoms in the early stages of the disease, not visiting physicians or ...Read More

Royal Oak 05/04/2015

Events planned for V-E Day anniversary

WARREN — The 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe, will be celebrated locally with several special events planned for May 8-9.Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said the city anticipates that more than 200 veterans will attend an ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/29/2015

Excellence the focus of Royal Oak Schools’ annual address

ROYAL OAK — If you were to ask Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin what the school district’s goal is, he would reply “excellence.”That message was communicated the evening of April 23 at the Royal Oak State of the ...Read More

Clawson 04/29/2015

City adopts new graffiti ordinance

CLAWSON — Members of the Clawson City Council unanimously adopted new ordinance verbiage April 21 directed specifically at anyone thinking about painting graffiti in the city.“This ordinance came about as a brainstorm because Clawson is ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/29/2015

Police seek help curbing thefts from unlocked vehicles

ROYAL OAK — Officers are reaching out to the public, asking for help to reduce thefts from unlocked vehicles.“The Royal Oak Police Department is asking citizens and visitors to assist us with preventing this type of crime by ensuring ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/29/2015

Stories of V-E Day: Rita Sparks

Editor's note: This story was included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Metro ...Read More

St. Clair Shores 04/29/2015

Local V-E Day events

• Warren Mayor Jim Fouts will host an event recognizing all military veterans on the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. The program will begin at 2 p.m. May 8 in the atrium of Warren City Hall, north of 12 Mile Road and just east of Van Dyke Avenue. There ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/28/2015

Police arrest man for allegedly capturing, beating woman

A 29-year-old man was arrested and charged with a myriad of offenses after allegedly dragging a female friend into his basement and beating her for about five hours. During the incident, the man allegedly held a knife to the woman’s throat and ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/27/2015

Crime down, quality of department up in 2014

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue released the department’s 2014 annual report last week, highlighting a 25 percent reduction in crime from four years ago and a department that is growing to meet the city’s ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/21/2015

Kroger receives approval for $25 million marketplace

ROYAL OAK — The Kroger Corporation received the City Commission approval it needed April 13 to bring a $25 million marketplace store to Royal Oak next year.“This will be a first-class development by Kroger — a state-of-the-art Kroger ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/21/2015

City approves new parking at Whittier Park for spring

ROYAL OAK — Despite an 11th-hour effort by a couple of concerned neighbors, paving and parking will be added to Whittier Park.The neighborhood park, located along Potter, Alexander and Farnum avenues, has become a busy destination for activities ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/21/2015

ROHS Teacher of the Year described as ‘genuine,’ ‘supportive’

ROYAL OAK — Words used to describe teacher Jennifer Browne include “amazing,” “genuine,” “caring,” “professional,” “supportive” and “student-centered.”Those words and other ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/21/2015

Open-carry issue raised during school board meeting

ROYAL OAK — The issue of weapons on school grounds was raised last week when a couple of concerned parents spoke on the topic at the district’s regular Board of Education meeting.Closing state law loopholes that allow weapons on school ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/21/2015

Resident offers advice for becoming extraordinary

ROYAL OAK — There is nothing ordinary about resident William Allen.Allen, 68, competes in powerlifting competitions as a deadlifter, traveled the world while in and out of the military, was a successful businessman, is a former marathon runner who ...Read More

Clawson 04/20/2015

Farewell to the Field event takes a look back

CLAWSON – High School graduate Jim Bowerfind fondly remembers the first football game played on the field of Clawson City Park.The Class of 1953 graduate said he played on the field in the fall of 1952.“The field was dirt the first ...Read More

Clawson 04/15/2015

Clawson takes stance against graffiti

CLAWSON — City Council members April 7 unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance created to head off graffiti in the city.“This is a very proactive, very aggressive ordinance,” City Attorney Jon Kingsepp said. “And we ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/15/2015

Prescription disposal program starts with discussion on drug abuse

ROYAL OAK — Local leaders gathered last week behind the common cause of stopping drug abuse and misuse through the proper disposal of prescription drugs.U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison, Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/15/2015

Police seek information on pellet gun shooting spree

ROYAL OAK — An early April pellet gun shooting spree left many residents with shattered car windows.There were seven total incidents reported to police, including one home that is believed to have been hit by a BB.“We are investigating ...Read More

Clawson 04/15/2015

Weekend bus tour features kit homes, unique history

CLAWSON — Residents are invited to take a trip back in time on Saturday with a guided bus tour of the city.The Historic Clawson Bus Tour will take place at 1 p.m. April 18 and will feature a tour of some of the city’s kit houses, the history ...Read More

Clawson 04/14/2015

‘Awesome’ kids celebrate anniversary, continue acting opportunities

CLAWSON — If you’re a fixture in Clawson then there is a good chance you have bumped into Max and Madison Siwak.The brother-and-sister team currently host and produce the “Awesome Clawson” and “Awesome Clawson Kids” ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/14/2015

ROPD and ROFD will play charitable rubber match for disabled veterans

ROYAL OAK — With the series tied at two wins for the Police Department and two wins for the Fire Department, the rubber match will take place Saturday night when the puck drops in the fifth annual Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game.Since the ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/06/2015

Farmers market begins parking expansion project

ROYAL OAK — Construction to add about 90 more spaces to the Farmers Market parking lot is expected to begin this week with a target completion date in September.The $621,904 parking addition is scheduled to be open for vehicles before Labor Day ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/06/2015

Student filmmaker enjoys successes, wins scholarships

ROYAL OAK — There are some givens when Evan Gulock steps behind the lens.He will approach his latest film with the maturity of an old soul, the final project likely will receive an award, and his Royal Oak High School film teacher and mentor, Mike ...Read More

Clawson 04/06/2015

Art students win Black History Month recognition

CLAWSON — Six high school students were recognized recently for their artistic contributions during Black History Month.Seniors Brittney LaCouver, Hannah McLauchlan, Bryanna Williams and Ashlee Cluckey; junior Alexis Thorne; and sophomore Jodi ...Read More

Royal Oak 04/06/2015

Stagecrafters unveils its 60th anniversary season lineup

ROYAL OAK — Stagecrafters has announced the productions included in its 60th anniversary season, and there is a little something for everyone — including many award-winning plays — beginning this summer.Favorites including “Mary ...Read More

Madison - Park News

Madison Heights 05/02/2015

Madison Heights holds budget workshop

MADISON HEIGHTS — City Council met bright and early April 25 for a public workshop that had them reviewing the proposed budget in hopes of adoption May 11.The proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16 has a city tax rate of 22.9618 mills. This is a ...Read More

Hazel Park 04/26/2015

Hazel Park planning Memorial Day weekend festivities

HAZEL PARK — The city of Hazel Park is once again going all-out for Memorial Day, with a five-day celebration that starts Thursday, May 21 and concludes Monday, May 25 — Memorial Day.The event has historically been profitable for the city, ...Read More

Hazel Park 04/25/2015

Thoroughbred meet starting soon at Hazel Park Raceway

HAZEL PARK — When thoroughbreds returned to Hazel Park Raceway last year after a 30-year hiatus, an estimated 14,000-15,000 people turned out to see the majestic steeds in action. The track is hoping to replicate that success this year, ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/25/2015

E-Lounge and I-Connect begin 2015 season

MADISON HEIGHTS — This year marks the fifth season of the E-Lounge in Madison Heights, a monthly get-together for entrepreneurs and small business owners at the local Biggby Coffee, where they discuss relevant issues such as social media and ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/24/2015

Pub Crawl will raise money for Madison Heights Memorial Day Parade

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison Heights Memorial Day Parade — held the Saturday before Memorial Day — will feature a picnic in Civic Center Park after the memorial service this year. But first, efforts continue to raise money for the ...Read More

Hazel Park 04/23/2015

Man files false charges with Hazel Park police

HAZEL PARK — When a man came to the Hazel Park Police Department with an extravagant tale of armed gunmen, abduction and more, police immediately set about investigating the claim — only to find, days later, that the man had made it all ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/22/2015

Tour the chocolate factory with Lamphere High’s ‘Willy Wonka’

MADISON HEIGHTS — More than 70 kids from four elementary schools will be turned into Oompa Loompas at the end of the month as part of the Lamphere High Drama Club’s springtime musical, “Willy Wonka.”With green wigs, ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/22/2015

MHPD asks Craigslist users to conduct business at station

MADISON HEIGHTS — While most people who buy or sell items on Craigslist and other websites are probably harmless, there’s always the risk it could be someone with ill intent.That’s why the Madison Heights City Council and the Madison ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/18/2015

Registration now open for Madison Heights 5K run/walk

MADISON HEIGHTS — It’s time to shake off any lingering laziness from the winter and start stretching for Madison Heights’ 5K run/walk. The May 9 event, titled “Run for the Health of It,” attracts a wide range of people, from ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/16/2015

Detroit man dies in crash

MADISON HEIGHTS — At press time, police in Madison Heights were awaiting the toxicology results for a man who died when he crashed his car into a local business April 13. Police suspected that the driver may have been drinking.The incident ...Read More

Hazel Park 04/15/2015

‘Our goal is to show God’s love to everyone we see’

HAZEL PARK — Many teens long to spend spring break in bars and on beaches. But for 24 teens from the youth group at River Valley Church near South Bend, Indiana, their desire was to serve, and serve they did, spending April 6-12 improving two parks ...Read More

Hazel Park 04/15/2015

Funds being collected to revamp baseball field

HAZEL PARK — While out bowling a few weeks ago, Hazel Park resident Andrew Martin got to talking with his buddies in the league about baseball. That’s when one of them said that if you really want to talk baseball, you should talk to another ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/15/2015

Eagle Scout candidate helps organize Pet Adoption Day

MADISON HEIGHTS — Jared Martin, a junior at Troy Athens High School, has grown up with animals. He’s had several dogs and a number of fish. He knows they have feelings, so it troubles him when he sees other animals without homes.“When ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/15/2015

LHS teacher receives top honor from Oakland Schools

MADISON HEIGHTS — Peers describe Jackie Gilmore as a humble and hardworking person, and students look up to her as a role model — a fixed point they can rely on for stability and support. Now the language arts teacher at Lamphere High School ...Read More

Hazel Park 04/09/2015

Tommy Chong visits Hazel Park, receives Key to City

HAZEL PARK — Those passing by BDT Smoke Shop in Hazel Park on April 3 may have noticed the line of hundreds, if not thousands, of people stretching down the street and around the block and wondered what was causing the commotion.The answer was ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/08/2015

Volunteers needed to clean up Red Oaks Nature Center

MADISON HEIGHTS — After the post-winter thaw, there’s much work to be done on the grounds of the Red Oaks Nature Center at Suarez Friendship Woods. And each year, volunteers rise to the occasion.This year’s cleanup is on Saturday, ...Read More

Madison Heights 04/08/2015

Hiller Elementary’s leadership experiment paying off

MADISON HEIGHTS — Ever since they became an official “Leader in Me” school last fall, Hiller Elementary in the Lamphere district has been training its kids to be leaders. One doesn’t usually think of K-5 students as assessing a ...Read More

Hazel Park 04/08/2015

Hazel Park District Library unveils spring lineup

HAZEL PARK — The Hazel Park District Library continues to offer a diverse array of programs this spring, as well as opportunities to get involved and make the library a better place.One such opportunity is the annual flea market on Saturday, April ...Read More

Southfield Sun

Southfield 04/30/2015

Geeking out: Penguicon 2015 takes over Westin Hotel

SOUTHFIELD — Whether you’re a geek, a nerd or something in between, chances are you’ve heard of Penguicon, the yearly community-run convention celebrating computer programming, science fiction, DIY and beyond.From April 24-26, ...Read More

Southfield 04/30/2015

‘Every tree has a story’

SOUTHFIELD — The shovel might have been twice their size, but that didn’t stop a group of excited kindergarteners and first-graders from planting a tree in on their playground April 24.At 1:15 p.m., representatives from the city of ...Read More

Southfield 04/30/2015

Police need public’s help locating armed robbery suspect

SOUTHFIELD — Police are searching for a suspect involved in an armed robbery at a local pharmacy.According to a written statement by Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, at around 3:35 a.m. April 22, a man entered the Walgreens at 29030 Northwestern Highway ...Read More

Southfield 04/30/2015

Missing in Michigan helps in search for loved ones

The body of a woman who had been missing since April 2013 was recently located at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.Ella Andrews, 52, went missing two years ago from a Southfield group home in the 27000 block of Pebblebrook Street. ...Read More

Southfield 04/29/2015

Stories of V-E Day: Dr. Philip Peven

Editor's note: This story was included in a full-length C & G Newspapers feature commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe. The war in Europe ended with the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Metro ...Read More

Lathrup Village 04/23/2015

Volunteers, local businesses work for cleaner Southfield Road

LATHRUP VILLAGE — In the spirit of spring cleaning, volunteers will band together to take on the trash lining the Southfield Road corridor on May 17.In an effort coordinated through the Downtown Development Authority Design Committee, volunteers ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

Residents upset over church’s parking lot plan

SOUTHFIELD — Residents chanting “Down with parking lots, up with neighborhoods,” and “Council doesn’t care about neighborhoods” were hoping the City Council would change its mind on the recent approval of a ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

Police departments offer proper medication disposal receptacles

SOUTHFIELD — Not sure what to do with your old, unused or expired prescription medications? Don’t throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet, officials say.According to recycling experts and local and state police, the best place ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

Woman’s World event to feature Ricki Lake

SOUTHFIELD — Maybe you remember her as Tracy Turnblad, a dance-loving teen desperate for the spotlight.Maybe you remember her as a TV talk show host.Or maybe you remember her as an independent filmmaker.No matter how you remember her, you ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

SPS students, families to attend free science day at Cranbrook

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Public Schools students and their families don’t have to travel around the state to see the various plants, wildlife and constellations that make Michigan unique.All they have to do is travel to Bloomfield ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

Construction projects get push from $99 million road bond Voters to decide state road proposal May 5

SOUTHFIELD — In the fall, voters were faced with a $99 million road bond to improve the city’s streets and roads. The bond passed with 65 percent approval.Residents will soon see the bond put to work through various construction ...Read More

Southfield 04/23/2015

Police need public’s help locating armed robbery suspect

Police are searching for a suspect involved in an armed robbery at a local pharmacy.According to a written statement by Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, at around 3:35 a.m. April 22 a man entered the Walgreens at 29030 Northwestern Highway and approached a ...Read More

Southfield 04/17/2015

City golf courses kick off new season with FootGolf

SOUTHFIELD — The grass is slowly getting greener just in time for golf season to be back in full swing at the city’s golf courses, Evergreen Hills and Beech Woods.For this year, the Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled a new sport ...Read More

Southfield 04/17/2015

Recycling stats slip slightly due to last year’s RRRASOC fire

SOUTHFIELD — Although a fire blazed through the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County last spring, recycling at the facility has only gone down by 1 percent, according to authority general manager Mike Csapo.The ...Read More

Southfield 04/17/2015

City and county officials encourage emergency preparedness

SOUTHFIELD —  Before the lightning cracks and the thunder rolls, city, county and other local officials are asking residents to be prepared this spring and summer.“This is the time of year we get severe storms and tornadoes,” said ...Read More

Southfield 04/17/2015

Jump for Trevor helps teen in need of a heart transplant

Residents will soon be bouncing off the walls, getting serious air and feeling the wind in their hair to help a local teen needing a heart transplant.Trevor Sullivan, 14, of Southfield, learned earlier this year that he was in need of a heart transplant ...Read More

Southfield 04/08/2015

Emergency Management, Homeland Security and National Weather Service host weather spotting class

SOUTHFIELD — More metro Detroit residents will have their eyes on the skies this summer after completing a free Skywarn Spotter class to make them better qualified to report the severe weather they see. About 100 residents from local communities ...Read More

Southfield 04/08/2015

Police chief: Violent crimes see dramatic 76 percent decrease

SOUTHFIELD — According to Chief of Police Eric Hawkins, Southfield residents have reason to breathe a little easier thanks to a dramatic decrease in violent crimes over the last decade. Hawkins said violent crimes have decreased by 76 percent ...Read More

Lathrup Village 04/07/2015

Sorority sponsoring Health and Wellness Expo April 18

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Southfield Alumnae Chapter, are inviting the general public to grab their water bottles and strap on their sneakers for the sixth annual Health and Wellness Expo April 18. “The ...Read More

Troy Times

Troy 04/29/2015

Oakland County puts more money into Troy roads

City officials will expand the scope of their planned road construction after the Road Commission for Oakland County earmarked more money than expected for roadwork on county roads in Troy.Troy City Engineer Steve Vandette told the Troy City Council ...Read More

Troy 04/29/2015

Genealogy forums at library discuss family matters

Want to search your roots but don’t know how to start? Think you have to spend money to do it?“People are most surprised to learn they don’t have to spend a lot of money,” said genealogist Katherine Willson. “Save your ...Read More

Troy 04/29/2015

Woman, 92, dies from injuries in car crash

A 92-year-old woman who was a passenger in a car driven by a family member died after the vehicle struck an unoccupied dump truck in the right lane of eastbound Long Lake, west of Dequindre, just after 11 a.m. April 26.Janice Okeefe, of Troy, and the ...Read More

Troy 04/29/2015

Get politically correct at collectibles show

Crazy for all things political?The Michigan Political Collectibles Show will have over 100,000 pop culture and political items for people to buy and see at the MET Troy hotel May 8-9.Show organizer Ken Hosner said the show has been held in Troy for ...Read More

Troy 04/29/2015

American heroism in WWII recognized in England

Troy resident James Savage, now 85, was too young to serve in World War II, although his two older sisters, Joan and Peggy, did. While youths his age in the U.S. were collecting scrap metal or tending victory gardens, he and his younger siblings and ...Read More

Troy 04/28/2015

City explores tree preservation and wetland ordinances

At the repeated request of the Troy Planning Commission, Troy city staff will begin to explore options for regulating how developers cut down trees and alter unregulated wetlands.John Taylor, a resident on Forsythe, spoke to the City Council April 20 ...Read More

Troy 04/22/2015

Planning Commission OKs condo site plan

Despite complaints from a half-dozen residents, the Troy Planning Commission unanimously approved a preliminary site plan for 25 detached condos on Wattles April 14.It was the second time the Planning Commission considered plans for Mondrian Properties ...Read More

Troy 04/22/2015

Troy School District sells bonds to save over $4 million

The Troy School District was happy with a zero in a recent ranking of its fiscal credit score and the successful sale of over $31 million in bonds that will save taxpayers $4.463 million.Rick West, Troy School District assistant superintendent of ...Read More

Troy 04/22/2015

Noted storyteller shares mother’s escape from Holocaust

Judy Sima’s mother, Ella Mosbach, as a new immigrant to the U.S., made a fruit salad for a potluck dinner. She included sweet potatoes in the dish because they were “sweet.”“Nobody would eat it,” Sima said.Sima, a West ...Read More

Troy 04/21/2015

Man dies in rollover crash on I-75

A 52-year-old Detroit man died from injuries he sustained as a passenger in a rollover crash on northbound I-75, at Maple, just after 11 p.m. April 17.William McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known if he was wearing a seatbelt at the ...Read More

Troy 04/17/2015

Man robs TCF Bank in Troy

Troy police are asking for help to identify a man who robbed the TCF Bank at 1484 Coolidge at 11 a.m. April 16.The suspect is described as a white man between 35 and 50 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180-210 pounds. He had short, ...Read More

Troy 04/15/2015

Get money smart at the library

Want some free expert financial advice?The Troy Public Library has jumped on the national financial awareness bandwagon for Money Smart Week, a public awareness  campaign being held April 18-25. The campaign is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank ...Read More

Troy 04/15/2015

SMART bus parked in garage catches fire

Employees drove SMART buses out of a smoky garage so firefighters could get firetrucks inside to extinguish a bus ablaze in the middle of the facility on Barrett, near Crooks and Maple, just before 11 p.m. April 12.Assistant Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts ...Read More

Troy 04/15/2015

Clothes dryer sparks house fire

A clothes dryer sparked a fire at a home on Ledge Court, off of Coolidge, south of Wattles, at about 8:15 a.m. April 9.Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts said the resident was drying clothes in her dryer in the first-floor laundry room of the ...Read More

Troy 04/15/2015

Former Troy resident convicted in drug trafficking case

A federal jury convicted a former Troy resident of structuring financial transactions in a drug trafficking trial in U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan March 26.In a prepared statement, Jarod Koopman, special agent in charge of the ...Read More

Troy 04/15/2015

Michigan Notable Book author explores Muslim communities

When new Muslim immigrants came to this country, especially in the late ’70s and early ’80s, they were surprised that mosques established in the Detroit area were more “American” than they expected.Michigan Notable Book author ...Read More

Troy 04/15/2015

Commercial video company goes coastal

Walsh College grad Jesse Ford started his career as an accountant with American Axle in the corporate treasury department.He is now executive producer of The Work Inc., a digital media agency with four other partners, including his brother Shane, and 11 ...Read More

Troy 04/15/2015

Man found in community center pool in possible drowning

A 32-year-old Troy man was pronounced dead after he was found floating face down in the Troy Community Center pool just before 1:45 p.m. April 14.According to reports, pool attendants saw the man, Shaun Tschirhart, floating face down near the edge of ...Read More

Troy 04/10/2015

Troy’s in 'Jeopardy!' as a safe four-letter word

Troy Police Chief Gary Mayer said his cellphone blew up with text messages from former and current council members, mayors and family members just before 8 p.m. April 8.Troy was the question for an answer on the TV game show “Jeopardy!” ...Read More

Oak Park 04/08/2015

Grass-roots group works to keep JCC’s doors open

OAK PARK — After the news that the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park will close, members of a local grass-roots group are taking it upon themselves to raise money to keep the building open. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit ...Read More

Troy 04/07/2015

Police Dept. offers its parking lot for safer Craigslist deals

Looking to buy or sell something on Craigslist with someone in person, but a little skittish about where to meet them?How about the front parking lot of Troy Police Headquarters?The Troy Police Department is offering its parking lot and front lobby as ...Read More

Troy 04/07/2015

Paws in the Park promotes fitness and dog-park plans

Boulan Park is going to the dogs at the start of the city’s Stroll & Roll program, which will begin April 25 and run through Sept. 12 as part of Troy’s 60th birthday celebration.“The Troy Stroll & Roll program is designed to ...Read More

Troy 04/07/2015

Where do all the milk jugs go?

Ever wonder what happens to the plastic milk jugs, tissue boxes and Troy Times newspapers you leave in the recycling bin for curbside pickup? Visit the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority facility in Troy during Celebrate Earth Day ...Read More

Troy 04/07/2015

City golf courses swing into spring

The city-owned golf courses, Sylvan Glen and Sanctuary Lake, fared well this winter compared with the “winterkill” that occurred during last year’s record snowfall and weeks of frigid temperatures.“We’ve had typical damage ...Read More

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