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Published November 3, 2015

The new edition of the Fraser City Council will have some fresh names and faces.

Joe Nichols will serve a four-term as mayor, defeating former Councilman Paul Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent. Nichols garnered 1,431 votes in seven precincts, while Cilluffo finished with 1,280 votes.

“I am feeling vindicated, “Nichols said. “My feelings are that the people have spoken.”

Patrice Schornak claimed 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent, as she topped the eight-person list of candidates vying for three four-year seats.

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Published November 3, 2015

Mayor Michael Taylor and the rest of the incumbent Sterling Heights City Council decisively defeated a challenger slate of candidates Nov. 3.
According to unofficial results posted on Sterling Heights’ website, with all 32 precincts counted, Mayor Michael Taylor earned 13,266 votes, beating the challenger, Paul Smith, who earned 3,066 votes. The mayoral term lasts two years.

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Published November 3, 2015

On Election Day, Kenson Siver came out victorious over opponent Sylvia Jordan in the race for Southfield mayor.

According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, Siver received the most votes, with 7,119, or 56.97 percent. Jordan  received 5,350 votes, or 42.82 percent; 12,495 votes were cast in total for mayor.

Voters were asked who they would like to see occupy four empty seats on the City Council. They said: Tawyna Morris, Donald Fracassi, Daniel Brightwell and Lloyd Crews.

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Published November 3, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite a warm, sunny election day, turnout was very low for the St. Clair Shores mayoral and city council election Nov. 3.

Results from the St. Clair Shores City Clerk’s office showed that Councilman Ronald Frederick received 4,801 votes, Councilman Chris Vitale received 4,712 votes, resident Peter Accica received 4,435 votes, and there were 72 invalid write-in votes.

Clerk Mary Kotowski said that no resident submitted a declaration of write-in candidacy by the Oct. 24 deadline, making any write-in candidates invalid.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Voters said yes to two millages in the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills Nov. 3.

An operating millage renewal proposal for the Farmington Public Schools district received more than 67 percent of the vote, while a public safety millage was overwhelmingly approved, with more than 83 percent of the vote.

FPS voters approved a 10-year, up to 13.57-mill levy on homes and up to 18 mills on businesses.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — After serving the past 12 years on the Farmington Hills City Council, including his three terms as mayor pro tem, Ken Massey has been elected mayor of Farmington Hills.

With all 23 precincts reporting, Massey received a little more than 68 percent of the vote, totaling 9,112 votes, defeating his opponent and fellow Councilman Michael Bridges, who received a little more than 31 percent, or 4,232 votes.

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Published November 3, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — With the majority of seats open on both the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills city commissions, voters took to the polls to decide which candidates would fill those spots.

In Birmingham, the commission will look dramatically different as soon as newcomers Patty Boardman, Pierre Boutros, Carroll DeWeese and Andrew M. Harris take their places at the commission table.

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Published November 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — The owners of local homes decorated lavishly for the holidays will welcome visitors inside during the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s annual Holiday Home Tour Nov. 15.

Included on the tour, which runs noon-5 p.m., are colonials in Oakland Township and Rochester Hills, a Craftsman-style ranch in Rochester Hills, a condominium in Shelby Township, and the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm — all of which organizers said will feature holiday décor, and unique architectural and decorating styles.

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Published November 3, 2015

FRASER — At approximately 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 at Eisenhower Elementary in Fraser, a crowd of residents walked in and out of the voting booths to exercise their democratic rights.

As some candidates for City Council campaigned at the location in the final hours, taxpayers had their own choices to make: to stick with a current council, or vote in for some new blood.

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Published November 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the ground thaws this spring, contractors will be digging into the vacant space near the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office headquarters to construct a new $15.45 million home for Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center.

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Published November 4, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Dessert is something everyone enjoys, Huntington Woods resident Joan Schwartz said, whether it be cake, chocolate or any other sweet treat.

So for a three-woman show, “Just Desserts,” that Schwartz is a part of at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield, she and her fellow artists decided to sweeten up the gallery with mosaic and mixed-media pieces that depict the vast colors and variety of desserts. The show opened Oct. 25 and runs through Dec. 10.

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Published November 4, 2015

BERKLEY — Prior to last year, Kendra Montante had never heard of “booing,” at least not the concept of paying it forward around Halloween.

Booing has happened all over the country for more than 30 years, Montante, a West Bloomfield resident, said, and the concept asks families to put together treat bags for their friends and neighbors and then place the bags, along with a description and window-cling ghost, on the porch and ring the doorbell before running away.

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Published November 4, 2015

A staff photo from a Feb. 5, 1958, newspaper article — the name of the paper was unavailable — shows a house originally constructed in Utica before it was moved to its current location on 21 Mile Road, south of Van Dyke Avenue, in Shelby Township. Gardner Hunt Runyan, a farmer and carpenter, originally built the house in the 1860s. Clarence Gildner, a well-known builder in the area, also lived in the house with his family from 1951 to 1958. Myrna Mazure now owns the home. For a story, “Restored house built in 1870s to receive historic marker,” visit
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Published November 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Combining live music and a passion for helping the less fortunate in the immediate area has driven the nonprofit group Rockin’ 4 Hunger since 2009.

From 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 28, Rockin’ 4 Hunger will host its sixth and, organizers hope, biggest bash to date at the historic Packard Proving Grounds. Participants can experience a bygone era with vintage Packard automobiles, a traditional roast dinner and 1940s big band music.

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Published November 2, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — As opposed to the township’s somber Memorial Day ceremony, Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo said Veterans Day is an occasion to have fun and celebrate veterans’ service.

On Nov. 8, the township will host its third annual Veterans Day event.

The day will kick off at noon with the Veterans Memorial Run, a 5K featuring a scenic loop around the township grounds and Mae Stecker Park. Participants can register before the race for $20 or at the event beginning at 9 a.m. for $25.

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Published November 2, 2015

A local auto dealership and a network of supporters recently arranged a gift for two Michigan veterans who were injured while in service to their country.

On Oct. 23, Romeo Ford gave the keys to new Ford F-150 pickup trucks to each of the veterans in cooperation with a couple of other organizations. In addition, the dealership gave a $4,000 donation to assist veterans. 

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Published October 30, 2015

The Sterling Heights Senior Activity Center has been proactive in learning how to serve the center’s patrons, including those who have Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other illnesses that cause progressive memory loss in older adults, city officials say.

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Published October 30, 2015

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DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published November 4, 2015

CENTER LINE — In recognition of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Kramer Homes Co-Operative collectively wants to give a disabled U.S. military veteran the gift of community.

The management of the historic, privately owned housing cooperative is looking for a disabled vet — one who is interested in moving into a Kramer Homes unit — to thank with an offer of a paid membership in the corporation, closing costs and upgrade fees, worth up to $8,500 total.

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Published November 4, 2015

WARREN — Throughout the month of October, St. Anne Catholic School preschool teacher Rhana Dabish finds different ways to teach students about fire safety.

“We implement our fire safety issues in various ways to make sure we reach out to each child,” Dabish said.

On Oct. 27, staff and students welcomed Stan the Fireman, who presented a home fire safety presentation that included magic tricks, humor, a ride in his mini fire truck and several important lessons. Stan the Fireman has been presenting his program at St. Anne for five years.

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