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Metro Detroit 07/01/2015

Ride on with caution

METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.   The Michigan Department of Licensing and ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/29/2015

Township implements West Nile virus control program

WEST BLOOMFIELD — With mosquito season in full swing, the township’s Development Services Department has sent combat forces in the form of larvicide briquettes to reduce the mosquito population and the risk of West Nile virus transmission ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/29/2015

Fire Department: Safest fireworks are launched professionally

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Fire Department’s message on fireworks has been the same since 2011: The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a professional show.Fire Marshal Pat Riney said professional fireworks displays are regulated and ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/24/2015

School board approves staff cuts

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education voted 6-1 June 22 to cut 48.85 positions, saving almost $3.45 million, to balance the 2015-16 budget. Trustee Carol Finkelstein voted against the ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/24/2015

Township approves new fire, police hires

WEST BLOOMFIELD — At the township Board of Trustees’ June 15 meeting, the board unanimously approved hiring new public safety personnel. The board approved four new hires for the Police Department, which will increase the overall ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/23/2015

Diversity Committee presents findings

WEST BLOOMFIELD — On day 106 of its 120-day deadline, the Diversity Committee presented its findings at the West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees’ June 15 meeting. And by June 29, which is day 120, a written report is expected to be ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/23/2015

SE Michigan’s only elder abuse shelter opens in West Bloomfield

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Whether it be financial, emotional or physical abuse, the state estimates that as many as 90,000 older adults in Michigan are victims of elder abuse every year. Nationally, approximately 5 million older people are abused every ...Read More

Orchard Lake 06/23/2015

Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield water, sewer rates increase

ORCHARD LAKE/WEST BLOOMFIELD — Residents in Orchard Lake and West Bloomfield can expect to see an increase in their water and sewer bills effective July 1.Orchard Lake Within the city of Orchard Lake, the Oakland County Water Resources ...Read More

Orchard Lake 06/18/2015

City urges residents to report fertilizer violations

ORCHARD LAKE — When fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus are used in the city of Orchard Lake, residents risk the compounds entering the city’s waterways, including the wetlands. Orchard Lake officials are encouraging ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/15/2015

Fourth recall attempt rejected

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Since March, a group of West Bloomfield residents has repeatedly attempted to recall three township board members. And for the fourth time, the Oakland County Election Commission has rejected the petition language to recall ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/15/2015

Tensions mount over Assessing Department

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In the last two and a half years, six department heads have left West Bloomfield Town Hall, and now Trustee Steve Kaplan is posing the question: Why are people leaving?  “It’s like the Titanic. People are ...Read More

Orchard Lake 06/11/2015

Archbishop ordains SS. Cyril and Methodius, Sacred Heart seminarians

ORCHARD LAKE — Five seminarians from SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake and Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit were raised to holy orders by Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/11/2015

Stranger danger reported in West Bloomfield

The West Bloomfield Police Department is investigating a stranger danger incident that occurred on Middlebelt Road, near Lone Pine Road, at 7:30 a.m. June 10.Police Lt. Curt Lawson said a 12-year-old girl was walking to West Hills Middle School, located ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/10/2015

Board approves Maple Road construction

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved June 1 a cost participation agreement with the Road Commission for Oakland County and the Michigan Department of Transportation to widen and reconstruct ...Read More

Orchard Lake 06/10/2015

Keego Harbor resident struck by vehicle while riding bicycle

ORCHARD LAKE — The Orchard Lake Police Department is investigating a bicycle accident that resulted in the death of a 49-year-old man from Keego Harbor. Police Chief Joe George said Bobby Horvath was riding eastbound down Commerce Road, ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/10/2015

Graduating classes leave behind strong legacies

WEST BLOOMFIELD/WALLED LAKE — West Bloomfield and Walled Lake seniors moved their tassels to the left of their graduation caps May 31. And although the new alumni are moving on to the next phases of their lives, school district officials said ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/10/2015

Woman arrested after driving drunk with kids in vehicle

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A 37-year-old woman from Royal Oak was charged with operating while intoxicated with an occupant under 16 years of age after she drove drunk with two children in the car May 30. The woman was arraigned by Magistrate Joanne ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/10/2015

Smell the roses on the Westacres garden tour

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For the first time since Westacres’ 75th anniversary in 2011, the community is unlocking its fences and welcoming the public to tour residential gardens. The Westacres Community Association will host the garden tour from ...Read More

Keego Harbor 06/03/2015

Water, sewer rates to go up in Keego Harbor

KEEGO HARBOR — Residents and businesses can expect to see an increase in their water and sewer bills for fiscal year 2015-16. Tim Prince, a manager at the Oakland County Water Resources Commission, addressed the City Council on May 21, and ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/03/2015

Parks and Recreation unveils Nature Room expansion

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Raise your hand if you love exploring nature. Located behind the Recreation Activities Center is a new outdoor Natural Play Area complete with a sensory garden and interactive stations created from natural and found ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/03/2015

WB police offer lobby, parking lot for Craigslist transactions

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police Department is jumping on the safety bandwagon and offering the department’s lobby and parking lot for safe Craigslist transactions. Other local communities that have offered the option ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/03/2015

Pump up the jams at Marshbank Park

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Music is a great way to relax and add “a little culture to your summer,” according to West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission Recreation Coordinator Nancy Keener. The Parks and Recreation Commission ...Read More

West Bloomfield 06/03/2015

Local woman works in Nepal through earthquake, fundraiser launched

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Mailen Staulter, of West Bloomfield, boarded a plane Jan. 8 to spend six months serving with other young Christians across the globe. Mailen, 23, is no stranger to mission work, her mother, Kyle Staulter, said. She participated ...Read More

Farmington Press

Auburn Hills 07/01/2015

OCC chefs spice up the kitchen with sizzlin’ summer meals

AUBURN HILLS — Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge chef Susan Baier never made a turkey burger until her daughter requested them for her wedding reception in 2011. “I said, ‘OK,’ and I made up these turkey burgers, and ...Read More

Farmington 06/30/2015

FPS budget shows layoffs, shortfall

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Public Schools district is projecting a $1.5 million shortfall for the 2015-16 school year, officials said during a June 23 Board of Education meeting. “Each new budget development cycle will ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/30/2015

Celebrate Independence Day the safe way

FARMINGTON HILLS — Where there’s smoke, there’s fireworks — at least around this time of the year — and city officials want to make sure people light up the night with caution and care. “We’re not going to ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/30/2015

Local mom creates app to preserve memories

FARMINGTON HILLS — When Farmington Hills resident Bridget Millar realized she couldn’t keep up with the demands of documenting and preserving her children’s memorable sayings and milestones, she decided there needed to be an app for ...Read More

Farmington 06/30/2015

Farmington budget shows $100K shortfall, 12 percent water/sewage rate increase

FARMINGTON — The City Council voted unanimously June 15 to approve the fiscal year 2015-16 budget, which includes a 12 percent water/sewer rate increase and a general fund deficit of $116,345. The city’s 2015-16 general fund budget has ...Read More

Farmington 06/30/2015

Celebrate 150 years of Fred Warner

FARMINGTON  — Two countries are joining forces to celebrate a three-term Michigan governor who was born 150 years ago — three months after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. To honor the late Gov. Fred Warner’s ...Read More

Farmington 06/24/2015

Library teaches that ‘superheroes’ come in all shapes, sizes

FARMINGTON — The  Farmington Community Library has a lot of superheroes on its hands. Many people will get the opportunity to show off their invisible capes during Superheroes Give Back Summer 2015. Programs are available for ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/24/2015

Farmington Hills to search for new city manager

FARMINGTON HILLS — Steve Brock will soon leave Farmington Hills after clocking 26 years on the job to take a bit of time for himself. Brock, who was hired as Farmington Hills city manager 18 years ago, said he plans to retire in ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/24/2015

Conceptual design of Orchard Lake, 10 Mile revealed

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Residents’ visions for redevelopment at Orchard Lake and 10 Mile roads came to life during an open house June 17 at Farmington Hills City Hall. Residents, city staff and representatives from the Michigan ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/22/2015

Hills councilwoman reaches out to others about breast cancer diagnosis

FARMINGTON HILLS — City Councilwoman Samantha Steckloff will never forget the day she was door-to-door campaigning for a City Council seat when someone asked her, “What is the meaning of life?” “I said, ‘To leave this ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/16/2015

Find ‘Stars in the Park’ during summer concerts

FARMINGTON HILLS — The stars will soon come out to croon for the fans and friends of the annual summer Stars in the Park concert series.The concert series runs at 7 p.m. Thursdays from June 18-Aug. 27 at Heritage Park.Cultural Arts Coordinator ...Read More

Farmington 06/16/2015

NFHS twins to star in upcoming film

FARMINGTON — Farmington Hills twins Jacqueline Leonard Labadie and Elizabeth Leonard Labadie, 17, have come a long way from dancing in the aisles of North Farmington High School’s auditorium during plays and musicals as children.They are now ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/16/2015

Celebrate summer solstice during second annual event

FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s time to get out the sunglasses and sunblock. The longest day of the year — and the official start of summer — will soon take place during the summer solstice celebration from 1-3 p.m. June 21 at Heritage ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/16/2015

Two dogs mauled to death in city within two weeks

FARMINGTON HILLS — A dog was recently mauled to death by another dog in Farmington Hills, making this the second dog mauling-related death within two weeks, Cmdr. Matt Koehn said recently.“It is kind of unusual to have dogs attack other ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/11/2015

A flash mob for Nicholas

FARMINGTON HILLS — What started as an end-of-the-semester celebration turned into a tribute to a Warner Upper Elementary School student who died. Nicholas Ambrose, a sixth-grade student, died May 21 after dealing with a very rare immune disease ...Read More

Farmington 06/11/2015

Out of the darkness: Farmington SAFE helps others

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — When City Councilman Ken Massey lost his stepson, Graham E. Smith, to suicide in 2011, the local leader fought to counteract trends in suicide and suicide attempts through Farmington Suicide Awareness for ...Read More

Farmington 06/11/2015

Annual concert series comes home to Riley Park

FARMINGTON — It’s time to put your iPods down and back away. Slowly. It’s for your own good: The annual Rhythmz in Riley Park will soon descend upon Farmington with 11 performances from acts new and old, guaranteed to keep your ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/11/2015

Try a taste of cities during annual grub crawl

FARMINGTON HILLS — It’s time to take a bite out of the greater Farmington area at the annual Taste of Two Cities 2015 Grub Crawl. The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce event will offer a selection of restaurants in the ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/08/2015

BBQ social to help men with fatherhood

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Lew Brookins knows that raising a family is no small task. Brookins, who has been married to his wife for 31 years and has two grown children, wants to help other fathers in the metro Detroit area ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/03/2015

Harrison IB grads ready to bid farewell, lead

FARMINGTON HILLS — Abhijay Kumar, a soon-to-be Harrison High School graduate, didn’t expect to discover his dreams of becoming a doctor by volunteering in the Dominican Republic as a freshman four years ago. But through Farmington Public ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/03/2015

Police encourage residents to stay safe during transactions

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — With Craigslist scams seemingly on the rise, local police officials decided to create a safe haven for people unwilling to take the risk of having their property stolen — or themselves harmed — during a ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/03/2015

Experience the outdoors during annual city campout

FARMINGTON HILLS — Experience the thrills of summer with campfire songs, hot dogs, s’mores and a whole lot more during the ninth annual Great Farmington Hills Campout from June 6-7 at Heritage Park.“That is what the event was developed ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/03/2015

FPS discusses possible building closures

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Big changes could be coming to Farmington Public Schools — including building closings and restructuring — after recent projections presented by the district’s Building and Site Utilization Committee ...Read More

Farmington Hills 06/03/2015

Global Family Reunion hopes to break Guinness world record

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Karen Spica can trace her father’s family roots back to the 1600s in Scotland. Spica has kept her father’s genealogical history close to her heart, especially since his passing at 83 years old ...Read More

Troy Times

Troy 07/01/2015

School bond projects underway this summer

School is out, and work has started on projects funded with a 4.7-mill bond that Troy School District voters approved in November 2013.The bond is projected to raise $125 million over the next 15 years. Last summer, crews accomplished the ...Read More

Troy 06/30/2015

Planning Commission spells out gas and oil drilling guidelines

New local laws governing mineral extraction could be on the horizon for Troy.The Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend that the City Council approve new ordinances regulating mineral extraction after a public hearing on the matter June ...Read More

Troy 06/30/2015

Plans to connect Troy to the Clinton River Trail proceed

City employees recently biked the trails in Troy to assess what’s needed, said Kurt Bovensiep, Troy public works manager.City leaders are working to secure funding for a trail and pathway system through Troy that would eventually connect with the ...Read More

Troy 06/24/2015

Flowers make a splash on 41st annual garden walk

TROY — The themes of the gardens featured on the Troy Garden Club walk this year — “Artful Contemplation,”  “Blooms and Butterflies,” and “Woods, Water, Whimsy-Wow!” — are as varied as the plants ...Read More

Troy 06/24/2015

Olympians share the health at Boys & Girls Club

TROY — Olympic rower Emory Clark, of Metamora, told the members of the Boys & Girls Club of Troy that he was “lousy” at baseball and “no good” at football. “It took me a while to find a sport I was good ...Read More

Troy 06/23/2015

College course covers business dinner etiquette

TROY — In an effort to ease students’ apprehensions about eating in a business setting, Linda Hagan, chair of the business communications department at Walsh College, talked students through a business dinner recently. The dining etiquette ...Read More

Troy 06/19/2015

Crews working on water main cut gas line

Firefighters and a hazardous materials response team worked to plug a gas leak, clean up diesel fuel and put out a fire on the city’s southwest side after crews using a pavement milling machine severed a natural gas line  just after 11 a.m. ...Read More

Troy 06/17/2015

Opa! Fest to serve food, fun and fellowship

Looking to taste, smell, hear and see the Greek isles close to home for a couple of bucks or three cans of food?Opa! Fest once again will bring all things Greek to the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.Kessie Kaltsounis has helped with and ...Read More

Troy 06/17/2015

Niles grads take nontraditional routes to excellence

For Greg Lipple, a Niles Community High School Class of 2008 graduate, life has been about recognizing opportunity.Niles Community High School is a nontraditional classroom-taught high school in the Troy School District.At the beginning of what would ...Read More

Troy 06/17/2015

Stay safe during Fourth of July festivities

While the last national holiday did not cause a spike in police or fire calls for service due to fireworks-related issues, police and fire officials want to make sure that residents stay safe for the Fourth of July.Benjamin Neims, crime data analyst for ...Read More

Troy 06/17/2015

City serves up summer fun

City summer programs aim to offer something for everyone.A number of popular programs will return to the Troy Community Center this year. Recreation Director Elaine Bo said that the sports camps continue to be a big draw.“Middle and high school ...Read More

Troy 06/17/2015

Plans underway to replace vacant Taco Bell with retail center

Plans to demolish the vacant Taco Bell on Rochester Road to build a new retail center likely will be approved after the developer submits final plans to the Troy Planning Commission later this month.The approximately half-acre parcel on the west side of ...Read More

Troy 06/10/2015

Volunteers meet with immigrants for chat and chow

Many of the students in the English as a Second Language program offered at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy have no idea how birthdays, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and other holidays and customs are celebrated in the U.S.In addition to ...Read More

Troy 06/10/2015

Festival celebrates, honors immigrants

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Hart-Cellar Act of 1965, which changed immigration law for those who wished to come to the U.S., the Troy Historic Village will host a festival June 13 celebrating the diversity that has made Troy what it is ...Read More

Troy 06/10/2015

Get free tips to stay cyber safe

The four-part computer security program that David Schaefer will present at the Troy library for free this month is similar to programs that corporations pay thousands of dollars for their employees to attend.When Schaefer, Oakland Community College ...Read More

Troy 06/10/2015

Hotels booming in Troy

Troy is making room for four new hotels in the city.These are in addition to the 11 lodging establishments that already call Troy home.The Hampton Inn & Suites Detroit/Troy on Wilshire, with 122 rooms and suites, is open now and plans to hold its ...Read More

Troy 06/10/2015

Local boy aims to give Crocs to disabled kids

When R.J. Grunewald heard what a local 10-year-old boy wanted for his birthday, he felt compelled to help.Grunewald is a youth minister at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy. He learned from Aimee Kilcher, of St. Clair Shores, that her son R.J., who is ...Read More

Troy 06/09/2015

Troy tackles Big Beaver near Somerset Collection

As students begin their summer vacation, road construction in front of Somerset Collection will ramp up.In March, the Troy City Council agreed to earmark $2 million from the city’s reserve funding to get started on road projects on county ...Read More

Troy 06/03/2015

Secure meds in a lock box

Although caring, responsible adults take steps to ensure that youths in their homes do not have access to alcohol, those adults might overlook the prescription medications stored in cupboards, cabinets or on counters and that pose an equal temptation and ...Read More

Troy 06/03/2015

Commission takes steps to protect woodlands

The Troy Planning Commission started the process to protect trees from being clear cut and not replaced.At its May 26 meeting, the Planning Commission, by consensus rather than formal vote, approved a first draft of changes to ordinances that would ...Read More

Troy 06/03/2015

Planning Commission drafts language to regulate fracking

After fracking has sparked controversy in other cities, the Troy Planning Commission unanimously — by consensus, rather than formal vote — approved draft language that the City Council will consider at a later date to regulate mineral ...Read More

Troy 06/03/2015

Family raises funds for service dog to help child with autism

The Anders family has been asked to leave restaurants because of the challenges that 6-year-old Olivia, who is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, faces.“My son (her twin brother) has a baseball game, we can’t take her,” said ...Read More

Troy 06/03/2015

Library displays art school students’ paintings

The Troy Public Library’s International Collection features a glimpse of scenes from around the world.The work of students at the Longlong Art Studio hangs in the International Collection and depicts scenes from the Sydney Opera House in ...Read More

Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle

Oakland County 07/01/2015

Oakland County Fair returns July 3-12

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s just not quite summer until you’ve sipped a lemonade and taken a spin around the Ferris wheel at an old-fashioned community fair. And Oakland County Parks and Recreation does not disappoint. This year’s ...Read More

Bloomfield 07/01/2015

Bloomfield Village PD wants to take things slow

BLOOMFIELD VILLAGE — Speeding: It’s the No. 1 concern of residents in Bloomfield Village.That’s according to Bloomfield Village Police Commissioner Tom Parker. Over the course of the past year, his department of five officers has ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 07/01/2015

Bloomfield Hills photographer takes prestigious art prize

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Each year, the Kresge Foundation makes the community a little more beautiful — a little more creative — when it honors and promotes local artists with its fellowship awards program.Sixteen artists and two collectives ...Read More

Birmingham 06/30/2015

Despite structural deficit, BPS budget boasts no staff or program cuts

BIRMINGHAM — The takeaway from the Birmingham Public Schools Board of Education’s June 23 meeting was this: When it comes to the district’s piggy bank, the news isn’t all doom and gloom as in many surrounding districts.But ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 06/29/2015

Student to be featured at international art show

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Kacy Wyman, 13, is a competitive swimmer and an aspiring doctor.She has never seen herself as different.“She really lives her life like a normal kid,” said Kacy’s mother, Jen Wyman, explaining that normal ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/26/2015

Lake Erie toxic algal bloom may be smaller than last year’s

According to researchers, the annual bloom of harmful algae on Lake Erie is on track to be on par with the 2009-10 blooms, though still smaller than last year’s bloom that saw the shutdown of the Toledo water system. The National Oceanic and ...Read More

Birmingham 06/24/2015

Quarton Lake lily pads to get chem cure June 30

BIRMINGHAM — Next Tuesday, the lily pads on Quarton Lake will finally meet their demise.At least that’s the plan.The city will move forward with chemical treatment of the overgrowth June 30. Director of Birmingham Public Services Lauren ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/24/2015

Guard against Lyme disease this summer

METRO DETROIT — Tick bites can have long-lasting consequences. A specific species of the bloodsucking arachnid, the blacklegged tick — also known as the deer tick — can spread Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that, if left ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/24/2015

Demand for new construction, higher interest rates could make housing market tougher for sellers

METRO DETROIT — The housing market in metro Detroit is still flooded with buyers and sellers, but things may get a little more difficult for sellers as interest rates have started trending upward and more buyers are looking to get into new ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/24/2015

Prevent foodborne illness at your summertime picnic

METRO DETROIT — Hot, humid days spent sizzling under the summer sun are one of the few antidotes to a long Michigan winter. Soaking up the heat is fine, of course, as long as it’s not your food that’s doing the sweating. The ...Read More

Birmingham 06/24/2015

Michigan Fine Arts Competition returns to BBAC

BIRMINGHAM — Aren’t we lucky?The 33rd annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition — which draws talent from across the state and as far as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin — will again be shown right in our own backyard at the ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 06/24/2015

Bloomfield Hills says no to SMART ballot prop

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The City Commission voted against putting a millage on the city’s next election ballot to support Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation services.But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 06/23/2015

Goodbye Bloomfield Park, hello Village at Bloomfield

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The time has nearly come.Things are moving forward at the 87-acre complex previously known as Bloomfield Park, and according to those involved, things are moving smoothly.“We just took control of the site in May, and ...Read More

Beverly Hills 06/22/2015

Part of Erity Dam collapses

BEVERLY HILLS — Just weeks after an assessment from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the right spillway of the Erity Dam gave up and caved in late last month. The Erity Dam — which was constructed in 1913 — ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/17/2015

New technologies improve flooring options

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area. New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/17/2015

In the summer, families opt for movie nights under the stars

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around. Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer ...Read More

Birmingham 06/17/2015

TCH brings art back to the park with second annual event

BIRMINGHAM — When it comes to art, it can sometimes be hard for parents and children to relate. While mom and dad might appreciate historically significant fine art, their little ones might rather be filling in the pages of a coloring ...Read More

Birmingham 06/17/2015

Townsend’s top chef boils down cooking basics with new classes

BIRMINGHAM — If the only one shouting acclaim for your cooking is your smoke detector, don’t worry — the Townsend Hotel has you covered.For the first time, the hotel’s famed Rugby Grille will open its kitchen doors to visitors ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 06/16/2015

Nick Cave’s anticipated exhibit is finally ‘here, hear’

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A few months ago, artist Nick Cave caused a stir of excitement when he returned to his native Detroit to photograph a series of dramatic art installations.Now, his fans will finally be able to see the results of that effort when ...Read More

Bloomfield Township 06/15/2015

Wayne man sentenced in beating death of township resident

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/PONTIAC — Last week, a 47-year-old Wayne man was sentenced to life without parole in 6th Judicial Circuit Court in the beating death of a 77-year-old township resident.On Sept. 4, 2014, officers found William Whitelaw dead in ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/15/2015

Volunteers needed to support disabled adults

METRO DETROIT —Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan is looking for people ages 55 and older to provide support to adults with mental and physical disabilities. The Senior Companion Program is a 40-year-old national volunteer program that ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/11/2015

DNR urges Michiganders to honor veterans without loud fireworks

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple. From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/10/2015

Experts provide tips on how to make a room shine

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is. We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers. But what kinds of lighting ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/10/2015

C & G staffers reminisce with tales of dear ole Dad

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough. How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you ...Read More

Birmingham 06/10/2015

Teens return to downtown for safe, sober summer concert

BIRMINGHAM — Eagle families know that summer has officially arrived when Birmingham kicks off its Concert in the Park series in Shain Park.But the first concert of every season always starts the same — as an all-out rockfest tailored for ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 06/10/2015

D1 Sports teams with Beaumont for concussion screening, awareness event

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Every parent knows what it’s like to sit on the sidelines, cheering their child on during a big game, but deep down worrying that all-star performance could lead to a serious injury.Concussions caused by sports injuries ...Read More

Birmingham 06/09/2015

Birmingham approves plan to narrow Maple Road

BIRMINGHAM — In front of a room full of dissenters, the Birmingham City Commission voted last week to temporarily trim West Maple Road from four lanes to three between Southfield and Cranbrook roads.The idea, civil engineer Mike Labadie explained ...Read More

Beverly Hills 06/08/2015

Feds charge local man with distributing lethal dose of drugs

FRANKLIN/BEVERLY HILLS — Four men, including a Beverly Hills resident, have been charged with distributing drugs that resulted in the overdose of three people, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Charlie Stevens, 24, was charged with ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/08/2015

Deteriorating roads, distracted drivers dangerous for cyclists

METRO DETROIT —  Warmer temperatures have cyclists itching to get out, but riders beware: As voters overwhelmingly turned down the state Legislature’s bid for road funding, it’s not only cars and trucks feeling the bumps of ...Read More

Birmingham 06/03/2015

Dive into reading this summer

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For adults and kids alike, local libraries are making it easy and enjoyable to catch up on reading while catching rays this summer.Readers of all ages are invited to channel their inner superhero during the ...Read More

Bloomfield Hills 06/03/2015

Garden events put a little spring in your step

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/FRANKLIN — This month, opportunities abound to cultivate garden inspiration if your green thumb is feeling a bit blue.On June 17, the Franklin Branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association is welcoming the ...Read More

Birmingham 06/02/2015

Local doctor changes plea in health care fraud case

BIRMINGHAM — A Birmingham doctor has come clean in two separate criminal cases, admitting to his part in a massive health care fraud scheme that put his patients’ safety at serious risk.Dr. Aria Sabit, 39, of Birmingham, pleaded guilty last ...Read More

Birmingham 06/01/2015

‘See every opportunity thrown your way’

BIRMINGHAM — There’s a reason graduation ceremonies are such a big deal. Making it through the homework, the social pressures, the grueling tests and the hectic schedules can be tough.Imagine how tough it would be then to complete high ...Read More

Rochester Post

Rochester 07/01/2015

Council selects search firm to find new city manager

ROCHESTER — City Manager Jaymes Vettraino won’t leave his position until Aug. 1, but the City Council has already got the ball rolling in the hopes of finding a replacement as soon as possible.In June, the council sent out a bid request for ...Read More

Rochester 07/01/2015

RCS budget factors in declining enrollment, staffing reductions

ROCHESTER — The new Rochester Community Schools budget reflects the realities of declining enrollment, staffing eliminations and state aid projections.The Board of Education approved the district’s 2015-16 budget June 16.The district was ...Read More

Rochester Hills 07/01/2015

Carillon bells charm concertgoers

ROCHESTER HILLS — Bells will peal throughout Oakland University’s campus in a new series of summer carillon recitals.The free concerts are performed by internationally recognized carillonneurs, who aim to provide a variety of music via the ...Read More

Rochester 07/01/2015

Free summer club invites families to explore downtown

ROCHESTER — Now that school is out and the kids are home every day, finding entertaining activities that don’t break the bank can be a struggle.The Rochester Downtown Development Authority and the city of Rochester are giving parents and ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/30/2015

Road construction takes a holiday

ROCHESTER HILLS —  Motorists driving near Tienken Road, and on Hamlin and Rochester roads, will see a break in construction activity for the July 4 holiday weekend.All projects will be suspended at 3 p.m. July 2 and will resume at 6 a.m. July ...Read More

Rochester 06/30/2015

Sales abound in downtown Rochester

ROCHESTER — Everyone loves a good sale, which is why the city’s annual Sidewalk Sales have remained a staple over the years, Rochester Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Kristi Trevarrow said.“The thing about Sidewalk ...Read More

Rochester 06/30/2015

Fire chief offers tips on how to stay safe this Fourth of July

ROCHESTER —  As we get ready to enjoy the fireworks that are synonymous with the Fourth of July, officials say it’s best to leave pyrotechnic useage to the professionals.“We recommend that people leave it to the professionals and ...Read More

Rochester 06/30/2015

New parking deck opens

ROCHESTER — City officials opened the first of two parking platforms in downtown Rochester on June 25, a date that City Manager Jaymes Vettraino said will forever be an “incredibly important” day for the community.The opening of the ...Read More

Rochester 06/24/2015

Construction worker backed over by skid steer loader

ROCHESTER — A 30-year-old man from Waterford was severely injured after being struck by a Caterpillar skid steer loader at a construction site in the 300 block of Griggs Street at approximately 2:45 p.m. June 23.The man was part of a construction ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/24/2015

Trust cares for greenspace

ROCHESTER HILLS — The city’s Green Space Advisory Board is shifting its focus from property acquisition toward stewardship, and a trust will ensure the care of city green spaces for future generations, officials said.In 2005, voters approved ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/24/2015

City’s fleet is best in state

ROCHESTER HILLS — For the second year in a row, the city’s Fleet Services Division has been named one of the best fleets in North America by American City and County magazine.Of 38,000 public services department fleets in North America, ...Read More

Rochester 06/24/2015

Michigan Activity Pass offers free fun

ROCHESTER — Your local library can do much more than check out books, movies and music. It can also gain you discounted, and even free, entry into a host of state parks, historic sites, museums, and other cultural and recreation destinations.Now ...Read More

Rochester 06/24/2015

Neighborhood House main office to move into new facility

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Area Neighborhood House will soon have a home of its own.The nonprofit recently acquired a permanent, local facility that will service as its new main office and a home for its client services — an 8,000-square-foot ...Read More

Rochester 06/24/2015

Music in the Park sounds off in downtown Rochester

ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester’s outdoor concert season officially kicked off June 18,  with more chances ahead to enjoy some free tunes.Sponsored by the Rochester Kiwanis Club, the 35th annual Music in the Park series is a free program ...Read More

Rochester 06/24/2015

Council approves park ‘comfort station’ at added expense

ROCHESTER — The City Council has decided to go ahead with the construction of a new pavilion and indoor restrooms on the east side of Rochester Municipal Park despite bids that came in significantly over budget.The city had set aside $229,490 in ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/23/2015

Clinton River Trail gets new surface

ROCHESTER HILLS —More than 4 miles of the Clinton River Trail are currently being resurfaced with recycled asphalt for a smoother trail surface.The resurfaced section of the recreational trail is located between Adams Road and the bridge near ...Read More

Rochester 06/18/2015

Holy Family community honors teacher who died unexpectedly

Students and staff at Holy Family Regional School were filled with emotion as they said goodbye to a beloved teacher who died unexpectedly over the weekend.Cheryl Reynolds, 36, of Orion Township, died the evening of June 14 after suffering a medical ...Read More

Rochester 06/17/2015

Council approves video surveillance in parking platforms

ROCHESTER — The third time’s the charm, at least for those in favor of having security cameras installed in the $12 million parking platforms being built in downtown Rochester.Rochester Mayor Jeffrey Cuthbertson said the City Council has ...Read More

Rochester 06/17/2015

Rochester to hold Citizens Emergency Response Team training

ROCHESTER — The city of Rochester is recruiting new members for its Citizens Emergency Response Team, which helps assist first responders in the event of a major disaster or emergency.The city’s CERT team is modeled after the federal CERT ...Read More

Rochester 06/17/2015

EPA testing on Clinton River oil spill deemed inconclusive

ROCHESTER — The Environmental Protection Agency wrapped up its testing of a small-scale hazardous material spill in the Clinton River that occured on June 1, yet officials are no closer to figuring out exactly what type of oil, or how, it got into ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/17/2015

Free summer meals available for students in need

ROCHESTER HILLS — Although school is officially out for summer, students who rely on the federal school meals program during the school year don’t have to go hungry.For the second year in a row, Avondale Schools is participating in Meet Up ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/17/2015

Tienken closes between Livernois and Adams

ROCHESTER HILLS — Commuters and residents have become familiar with a Tienken Road project that has closed the road to all traffic between Canyon Creek and Rochester Road since March.Now, Tienken Road west of Livernois to Adams Road will be closed ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/17/2015

Hamlin Road widening project begins

ROCHESTER HILLS — A two-phase project to improve Hamlin Road begins this week.The first phase was slated to close Hamlin to through traffic between Livernois and Rochester Road on June 15, in a project that will widen that section of Hamlin from ...Read More

Rochester 06/17/2015

CRWC grant to spruce up Rochester’s Clinton River Landing

ROCHESTER — Two years ago, the Clinton River Watershed Council chose Rochester as the pilot community for its WaterTowns initiative, and soon the site — referred to as the Clinton River Landing in the Diversion Street Park — will get ...Read More

Rochester 06/17/2015

Downtown Rochester takes home two county awards

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Downtown Development Authority’s exceptional event planning skills did not go unnoticed at the Main Street Oakland County “Main Event” awards May 12.Downtown Rochester was recognized for two new events ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/16/2015

Fun, fireworks and more at Borden Park

ROCHESTER HILLS —This year’s Festival of the Hills fireworks show promises to be a blast.“Everything is in order for our biggest show ever,” said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett.The fun begins at 6 p.m. June 24 at Borden ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/16/2015

OU chorale group to sing with Rolling Stones

ROCHESTER HILLS — Twenty-four lucky Oakland University chorale group members will be participating in an upcoming Rolling Stones concert in Detroit. “The Rolling Stones have a booker, and she contacted me in April,” said Mike ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/16/2015

Box of 26 kittens left outside Michigan Humane Society

ROCHESTER HILLS — The 26 kittens recently abandoned outside the Michigan Humane Society’s Rochester Hills facility is an occurrence that shelter officials say is unfortunately all too common during the warmer months.“This time of year, ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/10/2015

Discover secret gardens

ROCHESTER HILLS —This year’s Museum Garden Walk promises to take visitors off the beaten path into some charming backyard wonderlands.“We have a lot of unusual art in our gardens this year,” said Lee Peters, garden tour ...Read More

Rochester 06/10/2015

Free outdoor movie nights begin Saturday with ‘Paddington’

ROCHESTER — Grab a blanket, some snacks and the whole family. Downtown Rochester is once again offering its free, family-friendly outdoor movie series.Movies in the Moonlight, which offers a free night of fun under the stars, will show its first ...Read More

Rochester 06/10/2015

Challenge aims to strengthen tie between library, schools

ROCHESTER — The White House has selected the Rochester Hills Public Library to take the ConnectED Challenge, which encourages libraries to work with local elected officials and school leaders to create and strengthen partnerships.President Barack ...Read More

Rochester 06/10/2015

PCCA exhibit showcases artistic talent of all ages

ROCHESTER — The work of artists of all ages and experiences will come together in the Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ annual Student Faculty Exhibition this month.The show, which runs through July 24, will open June 13 with a reception from ...Read More

Oakland Township 06/10/2015

Parks and Rec offers wellness programs

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —Dance instruction, tai chi, archery, yoga and more are available at township parks through a summer fitness and wellness program.“We have dancing at Marsh View Park,” said Becky McLogan, recreation manager for the ...Read More

Oakland Township 06/09/2015

Explore the township via kayak

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Water, wetlands, animal habitats and a full array of wildflowers are available for viewing by kayak at Lost Lake Nature Park this summer.“We have kayak rentals available every weekend,” said Becky McLogan, Oakland ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/08/2015

Seniors lose graduation privileges after Stoney Creek High School vandalism

Four Stoney Creek High School seniors lost the chance to walk at graduation after vandalism occurred at their school the morning of their commencement June 4.Oakland County Sheriff's Office Rochester Hills substation Capt. Michael Johnson said ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/06/2015

Stoney Creek student overcomes leukemia to graduate, heads to Harvard

At 2 years old, before most children even know what school is, Simon Sun already knew where he wanted to go to college, the one his mom said was the best: Harvard University.What he didn’t know was that he would face many obstacles along the ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/05/2015

Police apprehend Stoney Creek High School vandals

Stoney Creek High School was “significantly vandalized” the evening of June 3, according to an email Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner sent to district parents June 4.In the statement, Shaner said the individuals ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/03/2015

EPA investigates source of oil spill in Clinton River

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency say a small-scale hazardous material spill into the Clinton River Monday is nearly cleaned up.“We think the spill is over,” EPA on-scene coordinator Jeff Lippert said. “I’m 99 ...Read More

Rochester 06/03/2015

RCS seeking $185 million bond issue

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools district will ask voters to approve a $185 million bond issue to pay for upgrading and renovating school facilities, technology and infrastructure.The district’s school board unanimously approved ...Read More

Rochester 06/03/2015

Rochester city manager resigns for position at Rochester College

ROCHESTER — After more than seven years of service, Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino will resign from his city role to pursue a career with Rochester College.During the May 26 City Council meeting, Vettraino announced that he had accepted a ...Read More

Rochester 06/03/2015

Library open house to unveil new addition

ROCHESTER — After more than 10 months of construction, crews will wrap up working on the Rochester Hills Public Library’s 6,600-square-foot addition this week.Library Director Christine Lind Hage said the library broke ground on the $1.6 ...Read More

Oakland Township 06/03/2015

Music returns to meadows

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Quality bluegrass, jazz and the classics are on this summer’s Music in the Meadows schedule.“These are not your average music in the park performances,” said Becky McLogan, recreation manager for Oakland ...Read More

Rochester 06/03/2015

Rochester Community Schools to cut staff due to declining enrollment

ROCHESTER — Financial difficulties due to lower enrollment have forced the Rochester Community Schools district to reduce its staff for the 2015-16 school year.The district is facing an approximately $4.481 million budget deficit for the 2015-16 ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/03/2015

Riverbend Park on path to completion

ROCHESTER HILLS — The parking lot of the new Riverbend Park, off Hamlin Road east of Adams, is almost complete, along with a new park entrance.The 70-acre park, which the city purchased in the 1990s, is currently under development thanks to a ...Read More

Rochester 06/03/2015

RCS adds new website feature, ‘Talk to us’

ROCHESTER — Rumors, whether spread by students, parents or educators, can spread quickly within a school district, often leading to questions and concerns.Those with comments about the Rochester Community Schools district can now reach school ...Read More

Rochester Hills 06/03/2015

New Stein Mart under construction

ROCHESTER HILLS —  Stein Mart, a department store, will open this fall next to PetSmart on Rochester Road south of Avon Road. The new store is currently under construction and is the first in metro Detroit.“People seem to be pretty ...Read More

Oakland Township 06/03/2015

Ferriolo appointed to Board of Trustees

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Filling the seat recently vacated by Maureen Thalmann, Frank Ferriolo was appointed to the Oakland Township Board of Trustees on May 26.Thalmann cited family responsibilities and changes in her life when she resigned in ...Read More

Rochester 06/03/2015

O’Tooles could be coming to downtown Rochester

ROCHESTER — Keith Wadle, owner and operator of O’Tooles Irish American Grill and Bar in Royal Oak, has his sights set on Rochester for the establishment’s newest location.Wadle, a longtime Rochester Hills resident, said he wants to ...Read More

Madison - Park News

Madison Heights 07/01/2015

Calling all geocachers: five sites to find in Madison Heights

MADISON HEIGHTS — Think of it as a citywide treasure hunt.It’s the city of Madison Heights’ 60th anniversary. As the city continues to celebrate this milestone, officials are thinking of new activities for the residents to enjoy. ...Read More

Madison Heights 07/01/2015

Madison Heights broadcasts meetings live on Ustream

MADISON HEIGHTS — Transparency is important to the Madison Heights City Council. To keep residents in the loop, the city has started live-streaming meetings on the Internet via Ustream. Now you can follow the decision-making process from the comfort ...Read More

Hazel Park 06/29/2015

‘This is our mandate: to bring art and culture to Hazel Park’

HAZEL PARK — Two years ago, Hazel Park opened its first Art Garden in a green space next to Dairy Park on John R near Granet. One can find a sculpture there made of street signs, assembled by the city’s Department of Public Works. ...Read More

Madison Heights 06/28/2015

Madison Heights steps up code enforcement to fight blight

MADISON HEIGHTS — One poorly maintained property can drag down the appeal of an entire neighborhood. That’s why the city of Madison Heights is enlisting a part-time code enforcement officer to help fight blight this summer.In the coming ...Read More

Madison Heights 06/26/2015

Hartwell announces Madison Heights mayoral bid

MADISON HEIGHTS — Brian Hartwell, mayor pro tem of Madison Heights, has announced his candidacy for mayor. He will challenge incumbent Ed Swanson in the general election Nov. 3.According to the city charter, a council member must submit a letter ...Read More

Metro Detroit 06/26/2015

U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

In a landmark decision Friday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.     The ruling will reverse laws in 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage, including Michigan. ...Read More

Macomb Township 06/24/2015

Local student recognized for ‘Making a Difference’

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — During the past several years, Matthew Hagstrom has worked to make a difference throughout the metro Detroit region through numerous volunteer ventures.For his efforts, Hagstrom, a Bishop Foley High School graduate and Macomb ...Read More

Madison Heights 06/24/2015

Lamphere locally sources produce for summer meals program

MADISON HEIGHTS — Free breakfast and lunch are available for children ages 18 and younger at Lamphere High this summer, keeping kids well-fed during school break.This year’s site is Lamphere High, 610 W. 13 Mile Road, between John R and ...Read More

Hazel Park 06/21/2015

Community invited to First Responders Sunday

HAZEL PARK — Police officers, firefighters and paramedics put their lives on the line to protect the people they serve. Now a local church is organizing a community event that will thank them for their dedication.Landmark Community Church, 24520 ...Read More

Madison Heights 06/20/2015

Firefighters perform rescue demo for dignitaries

MADISON HEIGHTS — At the Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex on John R north of 12 Mile, there’s a hill with a covered pavilion. On top of the hill is a manhole dropping 20 feet into a vault. It’s here where certain members of the Madison ...Read More

Madison Heights 06/17/2015

Real heroes define summer lineup at Madison Heights library

MADISON HEIGHTS — Heroes of the real life and comic book varieties will headline the summer reading program at the Madison Heights Public Library this year. The library is also offering movie double features every Monday afternoon and continues to ...Read More

Madison Heights 06/15/2015

Block party kicks off summer meals program

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison school district wants kids to stay healthy and well-fed this summer, so the meals program will include many fun activities as incentive to come out. And kicking off everything is a summer block party at Madison ...Read More

Madison Heights 06/14/2015

Festival in the Park to celebrate 60 years of Madison Heights

MADISON HEIGHTS — This year is the 60th anniversary of Madison Heights becoming a city, a milestone that will be celebrated at the 2015 Pre-Fourth of July Festival in the Park.One of the most popular events in the city, this year’s festival ...Read More

Madison Heights 06/13/2015

A legacy of kindness

MADISON HEIGHTS — They say retirement is an opportunity to focus on the things you love. For former Lamphere Schools art teacher Craig Hinshaw, this means continuing to do what he’s done all along. While he’s been retired for four years, ...Read More

Madison Heights 06/11/2015

Asian Mart celebrates grand opening

MADISON HEIGHTS — It’s not every day you see a shimmering red-and-gold monster strolling through a store. But when you do, you pull out your phone and take pictures.That was the scene at 168 Asian Mart following its ribbon-cutting June 2. A ...Read More

Madison Heights 06/05/2015

Renovations complete at Madison Heights Animal Shelter

MADISON HEIGHTS — The cats are now separated from the dogs at the Madison Heights Animal Shelter, whereas before they were in the same room due to limited space. The new arrangement is healthier for all and  was made possible by the hard work ...Read More

Hazel Park 06/05/2015

Pig kiss caps off year of healthy learning

HAZEL PARK — A gym full of cheering children greeted Sophie the mini potbellied pig as she waddled down a runway at Hoover Elementary on May 28. Looking a bit like a border collie with her coat of black and white fur, and clad in a vest that read ...Read More

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Royal Oak 06/30/2015

New micro housing project receives green light

ROYAL OAK —  A new micro development targeted at the millennial generation could be heading to East 11 Mile Road after receiving Planning Commission approval.The June 9 vote recommended that an Amber Properties development consisting solely ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/30/2015

Police look for suspects in rash of BB gun shootings

ROYAL OAK — Like several other incidents, a resident reported that her storm door was damaged in the latter part of June by what police believe was a pellet or BB.The woman reported the incident happened sometime between midnight June 18 and 5 ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/30/2015

City leaders continue work on securing construction sites

ROYAL OAK — City commissioners continued their discussion regarding safeguarding residential construction sites during the last regular commission meeting, this time tackling the subject of soil erosion plans.“Basically, this was brought to ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/30/2015

City receives sewer system feedback from historic 2014 floods

ROYAL OAK — A sewer study presented to city leaders in June showed that, for the most part, the system is working and the Aug. 11, 2014, floods were a weather anomaly.On June 15, OHM Advisors presented the findings from a sewer system study ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/29/2015

Arts, Beats & Eats organizers boast new partnerships, collaborations

ROYAL OAK — Bringing what officials say is millions of dollars to the community, the 18th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival will return Labor Day weekend in downtown Royal Oak.Event producer Jonathan Witz gathered with local politicians ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/24/2015

Woman’s Club tour features diverse homes this weekend

ROYAL OAK — When Randy and Jan Hunt first saw their Orchard View Drive home, it was the wraparound porch that drew them in.“My favorite part of the house is the front porch. We love it,” Jan said. “We sit out there all the time, ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/24/2015

City plans to replace trees removed during sidewalk repairs

ROYAL OAK — City officials want it known that they will be replacing many trees that will be removed as part of the 2015 downtown sidewalk improvement program.“In the downtown area, we have determined that we don’t have any choice but ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/24/2015

Royal Oak approves Disney Way customer service training

ROYAL OAK — The culture soon will be changing at City Hall following a decision to improve customer service via Walt Disney’s vision.City commissioners unanimously approved June 15 a $62,000 customer service initiative, the Disney Way ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/23/2015

City OKs info campaign about clearing snow

ROYAL OAK — Thoughts of snow and sub-zero temperatures aren’t at the forefront for most residents, but elected officials are discussing best practices to keep sidewalks clear come winter.The City Commission unanimously agreed June 15 to ...Read More

Clawson 06/22/2015

Clawson celebrates Fourth of July with gusto

CLAWSON — Carrying on a lengthy tradition of revelry, the city is kicking off its weeklong-and-then-some Fourth of July celebration beginning June 24 with an ice cream social and band concert.Members of the Clawson Lions Club will begin serving ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/17/2015

City begins making changes to its stormwater ordinance

ROYAL OAK — Members of the City Commission voted earlier this month in favor of stormwater detention changes, signifying a step toward modernizing the scrutinized stormwater ordinance.City officials said that the ordinance amendment, approved on ...Read More

Clawson 06/17/2015

School district considers privatizing custodial services

CLAWSON — The Clawson Public Schools Board of Education began publicly discussing privatizing its custodial services last week in an attempt to save more than a quarter of a million dollars.“The fact is, it’s an economic move,” ...Read More

Clawson 06/17/2015

School district honors retirees

CLAWSON — Hearing some of the daily “Pattyisms” is one of the things that those who know Schalm Elementary School Principal Patricia Pell will miss about her.Adages like, “Even on your worst day, you are someone’s biggest ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/17/2015

Summer concert series lineup mixes things up

ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Commission for the Arts announced its 2015 Summer Concert Series last week, and the lineup has a little something for everyone.Event organizers said the weekly concerts on Thursdays in July and August will include ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/15/2015

City hits goal for new smart park

ROYAL OAK — Less than a week before the deadline to raise enough money for a downtown “smart park,” the city reached its $60,000 target.The city reached its crowdfunding goal via Patronicity June 10 with a $10,000 donation from Emagine ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/10/2015

Homeowner’s restoration project earns historical distinction

ROYAL OAK  — The love affair Marge Goodrich has with her Crane Avenue home began years before she signed the purchase agreement.“Whenever I took a walk — because I lived only a couple blocks away — I would circle this block, ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/10/2015

City takes a stand on securing residential construction sites

ROYAL OAK — Nearly eight months after voicing concern over the safety of residential construction sites, city commissioners approved an ordinance last week to address the issue.The City Commission voted unanimously June 1 to approve a ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/10/2015

Excitement builds with a new location for Clay, Glass & Metal Show

ROYAL OAK — Changes to the 21st annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show this weekend include a new location and more interactive opportunities for the expected 15,000 attendees.The show is moving to Fourth Street between Main and Knowles in downtown ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/10/2015

Police arrest man for local home invasions

Marino ROYAL OAK — A man wanted for breaking into local homes was arrested last week through the cooperation of the Royal Oak Police Department and the Berkley Public Safety Department.James Marino, ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/10/2015

City Commission officially adopts new sidewalk-pitting policy

ROYAL OAK — After an intense month of discussions with residents, the City Commission last week approved modifications to its residential sidewalk program.As expected, commission members voted unanimously June 1 in favor of new requirements for ...Read More

Clawson 06/03/2015

Residents can Focus on the Forties this weekend

CLAWSON — Residents from all eras are invited to downtown Clawson this weekend to party like it’s 1940 during the community’s 75th Jubilee celebration.The theme for the family-friendly fête is Focus on the Forties, and the ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/03/2015

City garages soon will accept credit cards

ROYAL OAK — Parking in one of Royal Oak’s three parking garages will become much more convenient this month when all structures begin accepting credit cards. Up until June, signs fronted the garage entrances stating, “Cash ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/03/2015

Police seek information regarding business break-ins

ROYAL OAK  — Police are investigating a string of break-ins at businesses before Memorial Day weekend.Lt. Dave Clemens, of the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, said none of the businesses were occupied at the time ...Read More

Royal Oak 06/01/2015

Upton Elementary garage sale to help family’s fight against student’s cancer

ROYAL OAK — Asking for help can be a difficult task for a mother, and accepting it can be even harder.But it’s a concept that parent Karin Prothero was forced to embrace when her now 7-year-old daughter, Tessa, was diagnosed with stage 4, ...Read More

Clawson 06/01/2015

Police arrest Clawson man after multi-county chase

ROYAL OAK — A multi-county vehicle chase that began in Royal Oak Friday evening ended with the arrest of a 42-year-old Clawson man for fleeing and eluding law enforcement officials.No one was injured during the pursuit, which began at about 8:30 ...Read More

Southfield Sun

Southfield 06/25/2015

Local auto and fashion entrepreneurs show off at MAIN Event

SOUTHFIELD — From paper dresses to the Ford GT, local automotive and fashion designers showed off what makes Detroit unique June 11 on the campus of Lawrence Technological University as part of the MAIN Event.The MAIN Event is an invitation-only ...Read More

Lathrup Village 06/25/2015

Farmers market grows in new location

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Driving down Southfield Road on any given Wednesday in the summer, it’s pretty hard to miss the Lathrup Village Farmers Market, thanks to its new location.The Lathrup Village Farmers Market, located at the Lathrup Village ...Read More

Southfield 06/25/2015

Group to host first Autism Hero Family Walk

ROYAL OAK — To celebrate the launch of two new programs, the Autism Alliance of Michigan, located in Southfield, is holding its first-ever Autism Hero Family Walk at 8:30 a.m. June 28 at the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak.Autism ...Read More

Southfield 06/25/2015

City Council approves 2015-16 budget

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council approved the city’s 2015-16 budget June 15 at a special meeting before the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.The general fund total was set at $67.4 million, which is a slight increase of ...Read More

Southfield 06/17/2015

NASCAR driver makes pit stop to promote organ donation

SOUTHFIELD — Just as a few seconds can mean the difference between first and second place to NASCAR drivers, the few seconds it takes to become an organ donor can also mean the difference between life and death to those in need. Before wheelman ...Read More

Southfield 06/17/2015

Community discusses current affairs at justice forum

SOUTHFIELD — Residents interested in current affairs surrounding the justice system gathered recently for a forum discussion. Held at 6 p.m. June 10 in the Southfield Public Library auditorium, 26000 Evergreen Road, the Community Justice Forum ...Read More

Southfield 06/17/2015

Class of 2015 taking many different career paths, school officials say

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — High school graduation is said to be a time when one has the world at their fingertips, and local principals are saying the Class of 2015 seems to be ready to enter the world and is choosing many different career ...Read More

Southfield 06/11/2015

Program builds homes for women, by women

SOUTHFIELD —  Part of the American dream — the idea that anyone can achieve anything through hard work — most of the time includes being a homeowner. For some, though, that dream is harder to achieve.Being a mother trying to make ...Read More

Southfield 06/11/2015

Summer Soulstice sunset run benefits local charities

SOUTHFIELD — A mix of running, partying, food and family fun, Southfield Summer Soulstice is back to celebrate the season many Michiganders love most.At sunset — 7:30 p.m. — June 20, runners will step off for a 5k run or walk, a 10k ...Read More

Lathrup Village 06/11/2015

State’s largest amateur rib competition heats up

LATHRUP VILLAGE — School’s out, the pools are open and the temperatures are rising, but in Lathrup Village, it’s not officially summertime until Summer in the Village arrives.For the 12th year, the all-day annual event will be held at ...Read More

Southfield 06/11/2015

Eat to the Beat concert series changes locations

SOUTHFIELD — For years, the Eat to the Beat summer concert series has been held in the street on Central Park Boulevard, but this year, the location has changed to the parking lot of Arbor Lofts, 20300 Civic Center.Sponsored by the city of ...Read More

Southfield 06/11/2015

Bus stop stabbing suspect found criminally responsible to stand trial

SOUTHFIELD — After a three-month adjournment to evaluate his mental state, a Southfield man has been found criminally responsible to stand trial for a stabbing at a local bus stop.In March, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rudy Nichols ordered ...Read More

Southfield 06/10/2015

Southfield school board approves plan for school closures, wage freezes, layoffs

The Southfield Public Schools Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve a major reconfiguration of the school district June 9. The plan includes layoffs, a hiring and wage freeze, and school closures.Treasurer Michael Poole, and trustees Darrell Joyce ...Read More

Southfield 06/04/2015

Southfield firefighters fill the boot for muscular dystrophy research

SOUTHFIELD — For the 61st year, local fire departments are teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Michigan to raise funds for research on the cause and treatments for neuromuscular diseases.The MDA, located at 28446 Franklin Road, ...Read More

Southfield 06/04/2015

Volunteers work to clean Rouge River

SOUTHFIELD — The thunderstorms that riddled the skies May 30 across metro Detroit held off just long enough for volunteers to band together to clean the Rouge River.Each year, Friends of the Rouge, a non-profit organization founded to raise ...Read More

Southfield 06/04/2015

Police search for bank robbery suspect information

SOUTHFIELD — A funds transfer turned into a robbery last week.At around 3:30 p.m. May 26, police said, a man entered Fifth Third Bank, 23633 Greenfield Road, and approached a teller, asking about making a transfer.Police said the suspect then ...Read More

Southfield 06/04/2015

City appoints Lyn Roberts to director of fiscal services

SOUTHFIELD — The city is welcoming yet another new employee, as Lyn Roberts was recently appointed to director of fiscal services.Roberts was sworn in to her position at the May 18 City Council meeting. According to City Administrator Fred Zorn, ...Read More

Southfield 06/04/2015

Community rallies for newborn ALD screening law

SOUTHFIELD — Reggae music filled the air May 31 at the Southfield Parks  and Recreation Department, 26000 Evergreen Road, where community members, medical professionals and local politicians met in support of Southfield resident Rose ...Read More

Southfield 06/04/2015

Parks and Garden Club hosting annual Garden Walk

SOUTHFIELD — Spring is in the air, and to celebrate the season, the Southfield Parks and Garden Club is holding the ninth annual Southfield Garden Walk.From 2-5 p.m. June 14, the community is invited to stroll through the historic Washington ...Read More

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Huntington Woods 06/24/2015

Huntington Woods commission OKs noise ordinance for zoo, residents

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Following months of inquiries and studies by both Huntington Woods city officials and residents, the City Commission passed a noise ordinance amendment during the June 16 meeting that set a maximum decibel level for the entire ...Read More

Huntington Woods 06/24/2015

Huntington Woods author sees her essays about child’s passing published

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Nothing can replace the loss of the Burmans’ oldest daughter, Michaela, who died in her sleep at the age of 5 in 2009. Michaela had cerebral palsy, but her passing was unexpected for a child who was, for all intents and ...Read More

Berkley 06/24/2015

BHS seniors to host summer music camp for younger musicians

BERKLEY — In the fall, Leah Pernick, Loryn Levy and Josephine Pittman will be seniors at Berkley High School enjoying their last year as part of the BHS Symphony Orchestra. To not only help themselves improve in their last year of high school, ...Read More

Berkley 06/24/2015

SummerFest returns for fourth year to provide summer fun in Berkley

BERKLEY — With nine parks spread across Berkley, residents might not visit other parks that are farther from their homes. For the fourth consecutive year, the Berkley Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting SummerFest, a series of events ...Read More

Ferndale 06/22/2015

Former Ferndale housing director sentenced to prison for violating probation

PONTIAC — Former Ferndale Housing Commission Director Deborah Wilson was sentenced June 22 in Oakland County Circuit Court to one to 15 years in state prison after she violated her probation.Wilson, 53, was arrested Nov. 3 of last year after ...Read More

Ferndale 06/22/2015

A natural learning environment

FERNDALE — Located right in the middle of the Ferndale High School and Middle School building is a vast courtyard with many native plants surrounding a pond. But the plants have become overgrown, and the lack of an aerator has allowed duckweed ...Read More

Ferndale 06/17/2015

FHS student scores perfect 36 on ACT as freshman

FERNDALE — Jacob Keener has plans to attend the University of Michigan or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study aerospace engineering and eventually work for NASA after he graduates from high school. But Keener has three years left ...Read More

Pleasant Ridge 06/17/2015

Pleasant Ridge to consider Complete Streets ordinance at July meeting

PLEASANT RIDGE — Following several studies of the Woodward Avenue corridor, specifically at the Interstate 696 intersection, to provide people with multiple transportation options along the area, the Pleasant Ridge City Commission is looking to ...Read More

Berkley 06/17/2015

Berkley branding study to get community input on new logo, tagline

BERKLEY — Whether you drive into Berkley via 12 Mile Road or Coolidge Highway, chances are you will see a “Welcome to Berkley” sign with the Berkley logo. The logo, which is split into four quadrants and includes a building, a ...Read More

Huntington Woods 06/17/2015

Residents pleased with Detroit Zoo’s actions to dilute noise

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Dinosauria exhibit returned to the Detroit Zoo on May 22 and will be exciting families that visit the zoo until September. However, many residents of Huntington Woods and Royal Oak who live near the zoo were not excited to ...Read More

Berkley 06/15/2015

Two girls involved in notebook threats detained until school year’s end

BERKLEY — Two Anderson Middle School students whom police took out of school May 22 and detained for allegedly creating a list of potential students and teachers to harm learned in court June 8 that they would remain in Oakland County ...Read More

Ferndale 06/14/2015

Ferndale’s Garden Fresh Gourmet sells for $231 million

Garden Fresh Gourmet started out as a passion for Jack and Annette Aronson on a card table in their Ferndale restaurant in 1997. Jack was a lover of hot sauce, and after experiencing fresh salsa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he recognized it was a niche ...Read More

Berkley 06/11/2015

Dancing Forward

BERKLEY — At first glance, Lily Upp is just like any other high school graduate this year. She dressed in her cap and gown as she received her diploma June 4 from Berkley High School, and she has her college picked out for the fall.Sure, Upp, 17, ...Read More

Ferndale 06/11/2015

Ferndale hires teacher to oversee Montessori program in the fall

FERNDALE — The Ferndale school district has hired its Montessori program teacher ahead of the rollout of the new classroom in the fall.Amy Geiser Pommereau comes to Ferndale Public Schools after teaching six years in a Montessori program at a ...Read More

Ferndale 06/11/2015

FHS graduate is first from Ferndale to win Gates Millennium Scholarship

FERNDALE — Two years ago, Ferndale High School student Tommy Martin was outside the school working on a project with a group of his friends when he encountered something that tested his character.It was a cold winter day, Martin recalled, when the ...Read More

Berkley 06/11/2015

Berkley hires new parks director following four-month process

BERKLEY — After roughly four months without a permanent Parks and Recreation Department director amid personnel changes, Berkley City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa has chosen the new head of the department.Art Serafinski was introduced to the City ...Read More

Berkley 06/11/2015

Bigger than ever

BERKLEY — As the Berkley Art Bash along 12 Mile Road in downtown Berkley enters its 14th year June 13, patrons will have access to more vendors than ever.With the number of applicants growing every year — but the event only able to house ...Read More

Ferndale 06/05/2015

City Council approves third medical marijuana facility

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council during the May 26 meeting approved a special land use permit for a medical marijuana facility to operate within the city limits — the third of its kind approved by council.However, C-Gardens will be the ...Read More

Berkley 06/05/2015

School district, alumni honor Berkley schools for 175 years of education

BERKLEY — The Berkley School District is composed of seven elementary, middle and high schools today, but in 1840, the entire district began as one school house at the corner of Catalpa Drive and Coolidge Highway.The land for the school, which was ...Read More

Berkley 06/05/2015

Two middle school students detained for alleged notebook threats

BERKLEY — Two Anderson Middle School students were detained by police May 22 after a notebook containing plans to possibly harm students and staff was brought to the attention of Principal Michael Ross.According to the Berkley School District, ...Read More

Oak Park 06/04/2015

CASA hires new director to oversee seven-school consortium

New director starts July 1OAK PARK — The Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts has announced a new director, Jennifer Gebbie, who will start July 1 in preparation for the 2015-16 school year.CASA is a seven-school consortium with students ...Read More

Berkley 06/04/2015

Council approves 7 percent water, sewer rate hike

BERKLEY — With wholesale water and sewer prices going up for several Oakland County cities, the Berkley City Council approved a 7 percent water and sewer rate increase during the May 18 meeting.Starting July 1, the average resident will see about ...Read More

Ferndale 06/03/2015

Police arrest suspect after crash into Ferndale home

Police arrested a man in Ferndale May 31 after he allegedly led police on a chase down a neighborhood street and crashed his vehicle into a home.At approximately 8 p.m., a Ferndale police officer noticed a 2001 Chrysler vehicle on Eight Mile Road, west ...Read More

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