Elizabeth Scussel


Published September 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In a time of escalating environmental consciousness, folks can rest easy knowing they can reduce their carbon footprint when choosing their final resting place.


Russ Burns, director of All Saints Cemetery in Waterford, explained that the prevalence of green funerals and burials has been gaining momentum in the United States in the last 10-15 years.


The concept, however, is certainly nothing new, he said.

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Published September 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Local high schools are taking a stand against distracted driving through involvement in the “Distraction-Free Detroit — Distraction-Free in the D” campaign.

Distraction-Free Detroit — Distraction-Free in the D is a partnership between the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office and the Sam Bernstein Law Firm to raise awareness about the risks of distracted driving, and ways to prevent injuries and fatalities.

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Published September 22, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — It was Halloween when Jennifer Rass realized something wasn’t quite right with her 5-year-old son, Ethan.

Rass said frequent trips to the classroom drinking fountain during his kindergarten Halloween party initially tipped her off. He was also having accidents, she said, which wasn’t like him.

“We took him trick-or-treating that night, and when we got home, he only wanted one piece of candy. We thought, ‘OK, now that’s weird,’” said Rass, of Beverly Hills.

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Published September 22, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Bloomfield Township residents and officials are mourning the sudden loss of Dave Payne, who served as township supervisor from 1999 to 2011.

On Sept. 11, Payne suffered a heart attack near his retirement home in Harbor Springs. He was 64.

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Published September 17, 2015

On Sept. 10, Bloomfield Township Treasurer Dan Devine announced to media that he had filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the township and Supervisor Leo Savoie for an unspecified monetary judgement.

Five days later, once Savoie had been served, he could only say that there wasn’t much he could say on the matter, at the advice of his legal counsel.

“I’m sure this will be found to be among the other baseless claims he’s made out there that have been dismissed,” said Savoie. “But that’s really all I can say right now.”

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Published September 14, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — With the lazy days of summer now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to make student safety the No. 1 priority, and that starts with their trip to school.

According to experts, students heading to school on their feet need to be just as aware of traffic rules as students taking the bus.

Birmingham Police Cmdr. Scott Grewe said that now is the time for parents to have a conversation with their students about pedestrian responsibilities and safety.

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Published September 7, 2015

Grief is a part of life.

Recognizing and acknowledging grief in the proper way is vital. When the end-of-life process is slow, grief can begin early and hang around, as is the case with many hospice patients.

Paul Ikonen, volunteer coordinator at Hospice Advantage in Bingham Farms, said many people wait until the last minute to utilize hospice services for their loved ones.

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Published September 5, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For those eager to welcome the cooler months, pull on your boots, button up your sweater and head on down to Bowers Farm for two special events this month.

On Sept. 16, the Friends of Preservation Bloomfield are inviting members of the community to become a piece of history with the Hand on the Wall luncheon event.

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Published September 1, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS/ROYAL OAK — Judson Center officials announced last week that their Lahser Respite Home, in Beverly Hills, will remain fully operational for the upcoming year.

The announcement was made three months after news that the home may close its doors indefinitely.

Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center, said that thanks to donations from the community and a number of local businesses, they were able to reach their goal of $120,000 — the home’s yearly operating cost.

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Published September 1, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS/BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — As part of progressive educational advancements, some schools are turning their focus to creative problem solving.

According to Marcia Wilkinson, director of community relations for Birmingham Public Schools, students learn best when their work is based on inquiry, problems and projects.

She said one example of a problem-based learning concept would be a classroom working on the environmental impact of yard chemicals on the Rouge River. 

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Published August 26, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Exercise is important at every stage of life.

For seniors looking for a place to start, or a way to switch up their current workout regimen, one option worth exploring may be the local senior center.

Bloomfield Township Senior Services will offer Fitness Week from Aug. 31 through Sept. 4 for township residents to enjoy complimentary classes to see which fits best.

Seniors need about 30 minutes of exercise a day, according to Maggie Barclay, fitness coordinator at BTSS.

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Published August 25, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The time has come. 

Neither Old Man Winter nor Mother Nature — with their floods, bitter temperatures and record-breaking snowfall — could knock construction off track at the new Bloomfield Hills High School.

According to Shira Good, director of communications for Bloomfield Hills Schools, crews are moving a million miles a minute in the final phases of construction.

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Published August 19, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — On Sept. 13, the Academy of the Sacred Heart is inviting the community to participate in its sixth annual Heart of Oak — Vicki Oakley Memorial run/walk.

Participants can choose from a 5K run, 5K family walk and children’s 1-mile fun run.

“The Heart of Oak run is a unique opportunity for the greater community to join our students and parents for fellowship and fun while supporting an important cause and the mission of Sacred Heart education,” said Jill Rafferty, director of advancement at ASH.

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Published August 17, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The 21st year of the Woodward Dream Cruise brought steamy summer temps, sunshine, throngs of families and tons of classic cars down to ol’ M-1.

The annual Birmingham Cruise event boasted around 300 classic cars from around the country, lined up along Old Woodward Avenue near the triangle area.

John Heiney, executive director of the Birmingham Principal Shopping District, which organizes the cruise event, said he was out on the town all day Aug. 15 and noticed plenty of foot traffic.

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Published August 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT —  Grief is not an event; it’s a process.


Depending on age, explaining death to a child can be difficult. Although parents may want to protect their child from these experiences, experts say it is important for adults to find ways to guide children through the grief process.


If it’s the child’s first experience with death, it can be especially trying, said Corey Gut, a veterinarian with DePorre Veterinary Hospital in Bloomfield Hills.

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