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Published July 12, 2016

Following a lengthy evaluation process of properties owned by Bloomfield Hills Schools, the Board of Education made the decision June 29 to start cleaning house.

The board voted unanimously during its regular meeting to sell the vacant parcel known as Wabeek, on Long Lake Road in Bloomfield Township, to Hunter Pasteur Homes to build the Baron Estates for $3.5 million. Superintendent Rob Glass said the developer plans to build a residential subdivision on the site, with 21 individual lots, a creek, a stone bridge and a natural walking path.

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Published July 11, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — A 43-year-old Bloomfield Township man is expected in court this week on multiple charges stemming from an alleged domestic shooting two weeks ago.

According to the Bloomfield Township Police Department, it all started around 9 a.m. June 29, when officers were called to the emergency room at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on reports of a woman with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The 38-year-old victim was allegedly shot by her boyfriend, Jaisen Clanagan, at their shared home on Winthrop Road.

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Published July 8, 2016

A despondent gunman caused the evacuation of Heritage Park and a barricade of the surrounding area just before noon July 8. Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief David Stasch said that the situation is under control and it appears that a man has committed suicide.

Police barricaded the area and evacuated families and children from the park, located in the area of Farmington Road and 11 Mile, after a call came in about a despondent man in a vehicle in the park.

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Published July 6, 2016

Officials from the Oakland County Health Division are reminding residents to take proper precautions against West Nile virus this summer, as a pool of mosquitoes recently tested positive for the disease.

“We have traps set in Oakland County, and we routinely go through and check the traps for mosquitoes and test them for West Nile,” Kathy Forzley, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said. “We had our first positive.”

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Published July 6, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Village Council approved a code enforcement contract between Beverly Hills and Franklin at its June 21 meeting.

The agreement was approved 6-0 — Councilman Bob Borgon was absent. It states that Beverly Hills will provide code enforcement services “as needed and requested by the village of Franklin,” beginning July 1 of this year and continuing on a yearly basis.

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Published July 6, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The annual Beverly Park cleanup is no more.

On June 21, the Beverly Hills Village Council voted 6-0 to discontinue the annual Beverly Park cleanup day, saying it’s unnecessary because there’s not enough work for the volunteers. Councilman Bob Borgon was absent from the meeting.

“In years past, park cleanup day generated dozens of bags of yard waste and trash,” Assistant Village Manager Ellen Marshall stated in a memo suggesting the motion to discontinue Beverly Park cleanup day.

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Published July 6, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It’s summertime, and sometimes it seems that when the sun is out, kids measure playtime fun in stains — rolling in the grass, digging in the dirt, spilling ice cream just about everywhere.

Naturally, we make sure the little ones wash off that layer of grime every night. But why don’t we do the same for their faithful four-legged sidekicks?

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Published July 1, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The annual Oakland County Fair will return to Springfield Oaks County Park July 8-17.

Yes, you read that right. The fair, which is usually held during the first week of July, is getting bumped a few days to accommodate holiday vacationers.

“This is the first time in four years we haven’t been on Fourth of July weekend,” said the fair’s general manager, L.C. Scramlin. “We’re hoping this works a little better for people.”

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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published June 30, 2016

The Bloomfield Township Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place in the 1600 block of Winthrop Road, near Woodward Avenue and East Square Lake Road, around 9 a.m. June 29.

According to Sgt. John Weise, a local hospital reported that a woman in her 30s had been shot in the chest by her boyfriend. She is listed in stable condition.

It is unknown if the shooting was accidental or intentional. In lieu of calling 911, the woman was driven to a local hospital.

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Published June 29, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — If one night of color, sparkle and delight just isn’t enough for your family, don’t worry: Oakland County Parks is hosting three nights of fireworks displays at its northern parks.

Tom Hughes, chief of parks operations and maintenance for the system’s south district, said that Addison Oaks park in Leonard sees about 10,000 visitors each year on fireworks day.

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Published June 27, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It seems that a Bloomfield Township resident accused of “drop-kicking” her son’s birthday cake will soon have her day in court.

Officers have charged 46-year-old Bloomfield Hills mom Tricia Ann Kortes with a misdemeanor tumultuous conduct offense. She’s due in 48th District Court July 7 for a pretrial hearing, after waiving her right to an arraignment.

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Published June 27, 2016

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and a few things are certain: You’ll see American flags lining the streets, you’ll smell charcoal wafting through the air, and you’ll be kept up a night or two by those neighbors who never learned fireworks etiquette.

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Published June 27, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Communities in southern Oakland County have been voicing concerns over the coming Interstate 75 modernization project ever since Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson expressed his support back in February.

But in Bloomfield Township, residents came out last week to tell the Michigan Department of Transportation they’re upset too — not about what’s planned, but instead over what isn’t planned.

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Published June 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Ladies, you know the drill: You spend hours scouring the internet for the perfect swimsuit, coverup and beach bag.

And why? Because none of it pairs very well with limp, sweaty hair and makeup dribbling down your face.

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Published June 24, 2016

Multiple homes in the 16000 block of Birwood were evacuated as a result of a gas leak discovered in the early morning June 24, according to the Beverly Hills Department of Public Safety.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a neighbor called to inform the department of the gas leak around 6 a.m. Department personnel responded to the call and worked to clear the area.

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Published June 22, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — There are plenty of television shows devoted to the excitement and tension of cooking competitions.

But nothing compares to seeing chefs go head to head right in front of you in real time.

That’s what visitors can expect when they head to the Birmingham Farmers Market on Sunday, June 26. The second annual Chef Clash will take place 10 a.m.-noon with some of the city’s hottest chefs battling it out for the title of 2016 BFM Master Chef.

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Published June 22, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Speaking in front of a crowd of students, educators, parents and baseball enthusiasts in a theater at Seaholm High School June 13, Detroit Tigers Director of Baseball Operations Sam Menzin shared a quote from Michael Lewis’ book, “Moneyball.”

“When the numbers acquire the significance of language, they acquire the power to do all things which language can do: to become fiction and drama and poetry.”

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Published June 22, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Fourth grade will be staying at Eastover Elementary School.

After discussion throughout the 2015-16 school year, it was determined that Bloomfield Hills Schools will not be moving fourth-graders from Eastover to the campus of East Hills Middle School in the 2017-18 school year. The option was offered as a solution to the sense of crowding expressed by Eastover families and staff.

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Published June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — When your family heads out for a swim this summer, what will you pack in your beach bag? Swim trunks? Sunscreen? A course of antibiotics?

If the latter seems strange, you might want to think again, because in the last few weeks since temperatures have been warm enough to tempt families out to pools and lakes, doctors have noticed an uptick in common swim-related infections.

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