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Published May 23, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The design for the new Chesterfield fire station seemed to be a win on all sides when it was presented to the City Commission May 9.

Fire Chief John Connaughton said the station will meet the functionality needs of a modern fire department, and the commission was pleased to see that the new building will meet those needs with an aesthetic that meets the city’s standards.

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Published May 23, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Like many municipalities in the Eagle’s coverage area, Bloomfield Township’s violent crimes and robbery incidents were down in 2015, while fraud causes climbed, according to the annual report.

But when officer Kelly Marthen presented the report to the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting May 9, he noted that something else was on the rise last year: agitation with police.

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Published May 23, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — By the time you read this story, Birmingham Police Chief Don Studt will have cleaned out his desk and taken his photos off the walls in preparation for his departure Friday, May 27.

But the 42-year department veteran is hardly headed straight for the golf course. He’s heading down the road to Beier Howlett, in Bloomfield Hills, to use that J.D. from Wayne State University he earned during his tenure with the BPD.

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Published May 18, 2016

This pamphlet, titled “Facts Regarding the City of Birmingham,” from the Birmingham Museum’s collection, was published by the city of Birmingham in September 1939.

The pamphlet was distributed to residents, and it provided phone numbers and information for city management, departments, cultural institutions and city history. Birmingham had technically been a village until only shortly before the pamphlet was published, when the municipality took the big step to incorporate as a city.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 16, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — If you’re one who enjoys shopping, sipping cocktails and socializing with friends, raise your hand.

Wow, that’s a lot of hands.

The nonprofit Michigan Women’s Foundation is bringing more than 40 female entrepreneurs to the Townsend Hotel Monday, May 23, for a unique shopping and networking event that can only be described as a “win-win,” according to MWF Chief Community Engagement Officer Peg Tallet.

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Published May 16, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The staffers at the Bloomfield Township Public Library pride themselves on developing a variety of programming options so there’s a little something for everyone.

Everyone, and every ability.

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Published May 16, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Do you remember the first gift you gave to your mother?

If it wasn’t a macaroni necklace, there’s a good chance it was a freshly picked bouquet of bright dandelions.

So at what point did we decide while growing up that those happy, yellow flowers were actually an unsightly weed? For nature lovers like Dan Badgley, manager of the E.L. Johnson Nature Center in Bloomfield Hills, dandelions are a welcome lawn guest.

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Published May 16, 2016

Police say a mix of alcohol and speed are likely to blame for a fatal car crash that occurred Sunday night, killing one person and injuring another.

The incident took place just before 10 p.m. Sunday, May 15. According to Sgt. Kim Comerford of the Bloomfield Township Police Department, 24-year-old Travis Walls, of Ortonville, and his 22-year-old female passenger from West Bloomfield struck a tree in a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee after leaving the roadway while traveling eastbound on Long Lake Road, from Telegraph.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 9, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The “economic renaissance” in Oakland County will continue to get better at a moderate, but still healthy and sustainable, rate of growth into year seven of the economic recovery, according to University of Michigan economists.

Job growth in Oakland County is expected to increase 2 percent each year for the next three years, skewed toward jobs on the higher end of the pay scale — with annual wages of $75,000 or more accounting for 35 percent of the increase.

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Published May 9, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Time to break out the running shoes, the walking shoes, or just the pair of tennis shoes hiding in the back of the closet for the Birmingham Groves orchestras’ fourth annual Forte 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. May 22 at Beverly Park, 18801 Beverly Road in Beverly Hills.

The event is a major fundraiser for the school’s orchestra program. Proceeds from the race aid in funding the orchestra’s yearly fall camp, in securing instruction from members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and in purchasing music and repairing instruments.

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Published May 9, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Spread the word far and wide: The hounds are back.

The annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade will return to the streets of downtown Birmingham this Sunday with plenty of sights to delight parade-goers of all ages. Some features of this year’s parade will be new, and others will be back by popular demand.

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Published May 9, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It’s a great day every spring when it’s finally warm enough to take a drive around town with the windows down.

It’s considerably less great, though, when you realize later that you left that window down and someone snatched your purse off the passenger seat while you were away.

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Published May 9, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — When the work is done, Hamilton Avenue will have a fresh set of sidewalks and streetlights, not to mention a newly paved road with updated water and sewer systems underneath.

But it can be hard for some to look that far ahead, past the dirt, barricades and excavators blocking the street right now. The city is hoping to change that.

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Published May 9, 2016

Birmingham Groves High School is resuming its normal school day after being  on lockdown from approximately 10:25 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. May 9 after a despondent, armed individual was found on the school’s baseball field.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Undercooked pancakes topped with chunks of strawberries and mounds of whipped cream — with noticeable indents where little fingers dove in for a sample.  

A Mother’s Day brunch doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be Mom’s favorite entrée of the year. But a few pros around metro Detroit have their own secrets to making Mom a meal she’ll love, without a side of antacids.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published May 3, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — As if a mild winter wasn’t great enough in itself, now we get to enjoy the side effects: flourishing, early blooming plants.

“Lots of plants had a very good winter, so they’re looking very good,” said Rhonda Thede, a Cranbrook gardens volunteer.

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