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Published April 26, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The original dedication plaque for the old Brooklands School has gone missing, and police are on the case.

Rochester Community Schools Community Relations Director Lori Grein said the district filed a police report after noticing that the plaque was missing from the 1927 building, which has been vacant for nearly two years.

RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner said it is “extremely disappointing” that someone would take the dedication plaque, which he said serves as “a treasured piece of history” within the community.

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Published April 27, 2016

After listening to an overview of the proposed $138.3 million 2016-17 budget at an April 22 study session, the Troy City Council agreed by consensus to proceed and consider the budget as submitted.

The proposed 2016-17 budget includes a decrease in the city millage rate, from 10.5 mills to 10.4 mills, and it includes a fund balance of over 27 percent. 

Troy City Assessor Nino Licari said homeowners’ taxes will be reduced, but the actual reduction to the average homeowner was not available at press time.

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Published April 27, 2016

Stephanie Suszek spends part of her days directing the programs for adults at the Troy Historic Village.

And she spends the other parts of her days and nights running — up to 16 miles on weekdays and up to 24 miles on the weekends.

On her “resting” days, she swims 500 to 1,500 meters and does yoga. She also rides her Mongoose fat tire bike to work some days.

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Published April 26, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Officials are revising the Middlebelt Transport and Storage Tunnel Project to decrease the tunnel length by 1,636 feet and lower its capacity.  

The purpose of the tunnel is to reduce the risk of sanitary sewer overflows, or SSOs, which may occur when the Farmington Interceptor overloads during heavy rainstorms. When SSOs occur, sewage can flow out of manhole covers or back up in residents’ basements.

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Published April 26, 2016

FERNDALE — Former Ferndale mayor and current community liaison for the Oakland County Water Resources Commission Craig Covey has decided to throw his name in for the position of Oakland County sheriff.

Covey, a Democrat who also previously served as an Oakland County commissioner, decided to run, as he wanted voters in Oakland County to have a different choice at election time.

“Republicans have had a stranglehold on county offices for decades,” he said. “I guess I just wanted folks to be able to have a choice this time around.”

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Published April 26, 2016

FERNDALE — A month after the approval of the Ferndale City Council, Zipcar vehicles are now available to be used in the city.

The car-sharing service that allows members 24/7 access to its cars through a monthly or yearly fee has been operating in the city for a couple of weeks, with two vehicle locations at the corner of Planavon Street and West Nine Mile Road, and the corner of Bermuda Street and East Nine Mile Road.

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Published April 26, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 26, 2016

The April 19 filing deadline has passed, and now Macomb County has an official list of Democratic and Republican candidates for the state’s 30th House District race.

Seven candidates are vying to fill the state House seat, which will have no incumbent candidate running. State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, is the current occupant, but he is term-limited.

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Published April 26, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — With April winding down, it won’t be long before parents connect their kids to a bevy of summer programming available from the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department and Velocity Jr.

For parents who wish to immerse their children in science, robotics, computers and more, the Velocity Jr. summer camps are coming back.

During the April 5 City Council meeting, Sterling Heights City Manager Mark Vanderpool offered a brief preview of the program.

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Published April 25, 2016

WATERFORD — It’s always market season out at the Oakland County Market.

While the nearly 100-year-old farmers market is open year-round, things really ramp up during the spring and summer, when fresh flowers and locally grown produce pack the stalls.

Starting next weekend, the market will return to its warm-weather hours, open 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through December.

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Published April 27, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bionic Black Hawks, Bloomfield Hills High School’s robotics team, will represent Michigan and the United States at the FIRST Robotics world championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis April 27-30.

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Published April 25, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Despite heavy construction that’s been going on in Public Parking Lot 6 this month, leaders from the Birmingham Shopping District promised that the annual farmers market would open as scheduled May 1.

They kept their promise.

The 14th season of the Birmingham Farmers Market kicks off this Sunday at 9 a.m. with lots of fresh flowers, prepared foods and other goodies for shoppers to enjoy.

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Published April 27, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bowers Farm recently welcomed some new members to its animal family.

One-week-old lambs traipse in the hay under the watchful eye of their mother. One-month-old kid goats frolic in the barn and play with one another. Young calves arrived from Michigan State University in late February and early March, and they gaze at visitors through the barn’s fences.

These animals are not only adorable; they’re also educational.

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Published April 25, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Ed Cox lived on Rivenoak Street in Birmingham for 32 years, and his children went to Derby Middle School and Seaholm High. These days, he’s a resident of Bloomfield Hills.

He’s also the original co-owner of Carmco in Bloomfield Hills, a business now run by his daughter and her husband. But Cox’s story isn’t limited to just this neighborhood — he’s got ties to the very founders of the United States.

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Published April 25, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — No boring uncontested races here.

It looks like it’s going to be an interesting election season in Bloomfield Township. Challengers have emerged for supervisor, treasurer, clerk and trustee positions — most of which had been unopposed for several years — according to Oakland County’s election filing records.

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Published April 25, 2016

EASTPOINTE — For the past 25 years, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association has been advocating nationally for those suffering from illnesses like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, right from their offices in Eastpointe.

According to Patricia Barber, assistant executive director, AARDA got its start when founder Virginia Ladd — a lupus sufferer — was volunteering with a local lupus organization before going to Washington, D.C., to work with the Lupus Foundation of America.

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Published April 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 30, the Shelby Township Police Department honored many of its members and several residents for quick thinking, heroic actions and professionalism.

“This is a very exciting day for many of our officers,” Police Chief Robert Shelide said during the annual awards ceremony at the township municipal building. “Our heroes are acknowledged on this day.”

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Published April 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Richard Batchelder, a Shelby Township resident and retired firefighter who filed to run for supervisor in the Aug. 2 election, said Supervisor Rick Stathakis assaulted him before the April 19 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Police said Batchelder filed a police report regarding the incident and that they are investigating, but police declined to comment on the case because it is still under investigation.

Stathakis denied the claim.

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Published April 27, 2016

UTICA — On April 20, the Utica Public Library board voted unanimously to pursue placing a 0.4-mill increase on the city’s ballot for the Aug. 2 election.

The library’s current millage rate is 0.84 mills. The average residential taxpayer in Utica currently pays approximately $44 per year for library services. With a 0.4-mill increase and based on the average, residents would pay $20.94 more per year.

A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value.

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Published April 25, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Millage renewals for township parks and the Older Persons’ Commission, which also includes an OPC millage increase, are planned for the August primary election.

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