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Published April 11, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — A selection of 74 entries from the 2016 Regional High School Art Competition is currently on display at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

As you might expect, talented young students from the Birmingham-Bloomfield area impressed the judges with their creations this year and took away some notable scholarships.

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Published April 11, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — In 1966, Oakland County Parks and Recreation launched a parks system in a somewhat rural county with a menial budget supported in part by a new 0.2415-mill tax.

The system had one employee, and he was borrowed from the Detroit Office of Civil Defense because the county couldn’t afford him full time.

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Published April 11, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — At 16, Donna Gross took the stage in her small Ohio town and danced the coveted lead role of Princess Aurora in the ballet “Sleeping Beauty.”

It wasn’t a big production, and the dancers were hardly at the level of a professional company, but the performance was memorable. Her parents watched excitedly from their seats as their star dazzled the audience.

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Published April 6, 2016

Shetland ponies were once big business in Birmingham. From the 1890s to the mid-20th century, Watkins Shetland Pony Farm supplied Shetland ponies to pony lovers, farmers and businesses in the Birmingham area and all over the country from its 120-acre property east of what is now called Quarton Lake.

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Published April 5, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — One Seaholm High School teacher is changing the “when will I use this?” mentality that students often have in math classes.

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Published April 4, 2016

Green thumbs in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area got the green light this week to start hauling their winter yard waste to the curb.

Lauren Wood, Birmingham director of public services, said the city usually doesn’t start picking up Mother Nature’s mess until the first full week of April. But she gave crews the go-ahead to start last week following an unseasonably mild winter.

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Published April 4, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It doesn’t take a fancy award to recognize that Jen Taggart is an advocate changing the lives of countless families in Bloomfield Township.

But she got one anyway.

Taggart, the assistant department head of youth services at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, was recently honored with an Advocate Award in Library Journal magazine’s 15th annual Movers & Shakers campaign. The national award was given to Taggart for her extensive work growing the library’s collection for children with special needs.

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Published April 4, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Many consider orange barrels to be the unofficial state flower of Michigan, because once the weather breaks they seem to pop up everywhere.

And while we might huff and puff at the traffic delays that construction season brings, there’s one group that almost certainly hates this time even more: retailers.

At the moment, there are at least two sizable roadway projects happening in downtown Birmingham. Businesses in the area lament the inconvenience and inevitable drop in customers, but they do their best to keep going.

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Published March 30, 2016

METRO DETROIT — A while back, a patron at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham went to the reference desk to ask a few questions about what the library had to offer besides books.

She was considering canceling her costly cable package and hoped the library might have some entertainment options, like DVDs of movies or TV shows she could borrow. And she was in luck, because Head of Adult Services Maria Williams happened to be behind the desk that day.

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Published March 30, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Obtaining fresh drinking water might seem like it would be simple, but sixth-grade geography teacher Jennifer Caylen wanted to show her students just how difficult it is for some.

As part of her Water Walk for Geography project, Caylen, a teacher at Detroit Country Day Middle School, started this project a couple of years ago to show her students what people in parts of Africa go through every day to obtain drinking water.

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Published March 30, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The Beverly Hills Village Council recently passed a new master plan for the town, with changes to take up new ordinances and refining zoning tools.

The plan was unanimously passed by the council at its March 15 meeting. It features plans to adopt a woodland ordinance to preserve trees, new zoning ordinances, refine zoning tools for redevelopment, streamline the site plan review and application process for development, market the village center to more developers, and consider adoption of flexible street design standards.

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Published March 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — To get elementary students more involved with the books they’re reading in class, the Birmingham Education Foundation is bringing in an author to discuss the themes of her books with students.

Author Maria Dismondy, who’s written “Spoonful of Sweetness” and “The Juice Box Bully,” is scheduled to speak to eight of the elementary schools in Birmingham Public Schools this week  about the themes of her books, including self-esteem and bullying, as part of BPS’ Author & Artist in Residency program.

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Published March 29, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — This weekend, police departments around Michigan will be wrapping up yet another stint of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

But that doesn’t mean the hunt for inebriated drivers is over, according to Sgt. Kim Comerford, of Bloomfield Township police.

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Published March 28, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Skiers didn’t get to have much fun this year.

The same lack of snow that put a damper on Michigan’s slopes makes for a great spring on local golf courses. And in Birmingham, golfers are shaking off their cabin fever with some early rounds at Lincoln Hills, which opened earlier this week.

“We didn’t have a winter, so we’re looking really good,” said Birmingham Golf Manager Jacky Brito.

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Published March 28, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — You pick up the latest copy of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle and read, with interest, the latest news happening in your community.

But imagine if the words in the newspaper just didn’t make sense — if you couldn’t understand the signs on the street or read a ballot so you can exercise your right to vote.

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Published March 28, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Biff, the longtime radio station run out of Bloomfield Hills High School, is celebrating 40 years on the air this year and wants to do so with the Bloomfield community.

The station, which operates on WBFH 88.1 FM, will hold a dedication ceremony, open to the public, for its studio that was built at the new high school, 4200 Andover Road, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.

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Published March 28, 2016

FRANKLIN — The Franklin branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association will be holding its 31st annual Garden Walk around the village.

Walks will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, touring private gardens in the area. The walk also features an Artisan Market of garden-related items that people will be selling and a lunch available for purchase from the garden club or food from a local eatery.

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Published March 23, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — At a time when there has been much debate and conversation about religious sensitivity and discrimination, Birmingham School District students are participating in a program where they learn about different religions.

The program, Religious Diversity Journeys, is presented by the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit and allows seventh-grade students from various school districts to learn and experience religions they might not be too familiar with by visiting the places of worship.

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Published March 23, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Nick Britsky is something of a connoisseur of cocktails. The bar blogger has been following trends in Detroit drinking for years, and has been sharing advice on how readers can create their own libations at home.

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Published March 23, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Confucius once said that the journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step.

But taking that first step is easier said than done when you’re a person who just plain doesn’t like walking. Or jogging. Or lifting weights.

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