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Published February 17, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Now in its 35th year, Birmingham Youth Assistance will hold its Kids’ Dog Show 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, at Berkshire Middle School, 21707 W. 14 Mile Road.

The dog show, for kids ages 4-14, will benefit BYA, a nonprofit that aims to reduce delinquency and neglect of children in the community.

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Published February 17, 2016

METRO DETROIT — They’ve never used a rotary phone, gotten up to change a television channel or lived in a time without Internet access.

The upbringing of a young person in Generation Z — that’s the cohort of kids born after 1995 — seems charmed, to say the least. But are the usual descriptors associated with Gen Zers, like lazy and selfish, really all that fair?

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Published February 17, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The ultimate worry any parent has with a child playing sports is that they might end up getting injured.

A hot topic of recent conversations regarding sports injuries has been concussions — and how to diagnose and properly treat concussions, and identify lingering effects.

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Published February 16, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Although the skies are dark and the days are shorter, Oakland County officials are urging residents to beat cabin fever and get outside this winter. 

County officials recently debuted a new interactive map on their website to make it easier for residents and visitors to find outdoor activities and things of interest around Oakland County each month. 

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Published February 16, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — More than 140 students from St. Hugo of the Hills School helped the community during a day of service, devoting their time to six charities.

The students participated in the day as part of Catholic Schools Week, a national celebration of Catholic schools, and started collecting goods at the beginning of the week to deliver to the charities on Friday, Feb. 5.

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Published February 15, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A Bloomfield Hills businessman pleaded guilty last week to filing a false tax return, keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars from the IRS, according to reports.

David Simms, 51, entered his guilty plea in U.S. District Court Feb. 11 to Judge Sean Cox. According to Simms’ attorney Eric Nemeth, the proceedings were relatively brief.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Police Department released its annual report last week, and the summary of crime during 2015 is probably what residents might expect: Street crime is still low, crimes of opportunity have remained steady, and fraud scams are through the roof.

Chief Don Studt said Birmingham, which has always been known as a safe community, beefed up its reputation in 2015 with fewer assaults, incidents of vandalism, arsons and burglaries.

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Published February 15, 2016

FRANKLIN — Franklin firefighters responding to a blaze at a group home on Bloomington Court reportedly found that the facility contained multiple fire code violations.

Officials discovered three instances of violations in Franklin Home, 24459 Bloomington Court, after a fire broke out near one of the showers around 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Those who frequent Interstate 75 can expect some relief from rush hour traffic this year, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced during his 2016 State of the County address.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin working on widening I-75 this summer in an effort to ease congestion and improve commerce, Patterson said in front of an estimated 600 people at the Auburn Hills Marriott Feb. 10.

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Published February 12, 2016

A man Bloomfield Township police believe attempted to abduct four women last week is now in custody.

Police reported just before midnight Feb. 12 that David Cayton, a 49-year-old Pontiac man, had turned himself in to police in regards to the four related attempts to abduct women from a shopping center at Woodward Avenue and Square Lake Road Feb. 11.

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Published February 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — It’s fascinating to look at today’s generation of kids. Growing up in the age of technology, the resources available to youngsters these days seem limitless.

But there’s something to be said for today’s generation of seniors. Aging in the age of technology has given seniors access to the services they need to live independently for longer.

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Published February 10, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bloomfield Hills High School, 4200 Andover Road, plans to introduce its new performing arts center to the public with an adaptation of “West Side Story.”

The school will hold a special red carpet event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, on the musical’s opening night. The show will start at 7:30 p.m.

Performances will run Feb. 11-13, with all shows beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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Published February 9, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Remember all those afternoons you spent as a teenager at the movie theater with friends?

Guess what — that experience is even more fun when you’re older.

That’s what keeps more mature cinema fans coming back to free movie Fridays at the Bloomfield Township Senior Center. For several years, the center has hosted films every Friday afternoon and, according to Bloomfield Township Senior Services Director Christine Tvaroha, the tradition has only gained in popularity.

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Published February 8, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — There’s nothing like a warm bowl of soup to cozy up a chilly Birmingham night.

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, First United Methodist Church of Birmingham will host its annual Empty Bowls event. Around 40 volunteers will dish out tasty soups from some of the area’s favorite chefs to benefit those who have to go without.

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Published February 8, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — There’s no time to waste at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. As the gallery prepares to close one exhibit, it’s gearing up to open a new, highly anticipated show.

Since Jan. 22, the art center has welcomed visitors to enjoy its annual student works exhibition. The collection, juried by local artist Laurie Tennant, features pieces from about 125 current BBAC students across all of the center’s available mediums.

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Published February 8, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s only February, but already 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for the Birmingham Historical Museum and Park.

Or should we say, the Birmingham Museum.

The historical museum in downtown Birmingham asked residents and business owners in the city to share their input on the attraction’s name last month. An online survey drew only a couple hundred participants, but that was enough to gauge the public’s thoughts, according to museum Director Leslie Pielack.

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Published February 8, 2016

FRANKLIN — Multiple homes in Franklin that have been up for sale were invaded and had appliances stolen while homeowners were out of the house recently.

Three home invasions happened along 14 Mile, between Telegraph and Inkster, between Jan. 28 and Jan. 29, all of the homes with “For Sale” signs in front.

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Published February 3, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Education Foundation will hold its 15th annual Unabashed Bash auction fundraiser to raise funds for grants for the Birmingham Public Schools district.

The event will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Somerset Collection, 2800 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy.

The money raised by the event helps supply grants to the 13 schools in the district to fund field trips and programs the schools might not be able to pay for otherwise.

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Published February 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Jewelry and flowers are always a safe bet for your honey on Valentine’s Day. Well, at least tradition tells us they are.

But on a holiday meant for celebrating lovers, why not get a gift that both of you can enjoy?

That’s what makes sweets so special for Valentine’s Day, according to Jenn Tilton, executive pastry chef at Morning Glory Coffee and Pastries in Grosse Pointe Farms.

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