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Published July 2, 2013

Southfield resident Bernice Gill, 85, is quick to tell people about how she met her sweetheart, Jackie Gill, and how they were married several years later in a big, beautiful synagogue on Chicago Boulevard in Detroit on Flag Day in 1949.

“My cousin was having a piano recital, and he (Jackie) is tone deaf, but he came to the recital and sat through whole thing,” Bernice Gill said. “(Afterward), he was invited to my aunt’s house and endeared himself to my whole family, and I had to go out with him.”

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Published June 24, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Mary Ellen Olejniczak Childs didn’t have a typical 9 to 5 workday Friday.

Childs, a senior property accountant at Village Green, who took her dogs to work for the first time during the 13th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, enjoyed her new co-workers, who beg for food, love and attention.

“My dogs are behaving pretty well,” she said as they scampered beneath her desk and around her swivel chair with wagging tails. “It has not been too complicated trying to be here.”

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Published June 24, 2013

FARMINGTON — For 49 years, the Downtown Farmington Founders Festival has been entertaining people of all ages with a variety activities, and this year will be no exception, according to Downtown Development Authority Events Coordinator Janet Bloom.

Officials from the Farmington DDA, now in its third year of managing the event, said plans are being finalized for this year’s festival — a three-day community celebration featuring crafts, food, entertainment, a parade and a host of other activities centered in downtown Farmington.

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Published June 19, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Crime is down, law enforcement is up and Farmington Hills remains a safe place to live, Police Chief Chuck Nebus said during a citywide neighborhood watch meeting June 11 at the Costick Center, 28600 11 Mile Road, which detailed the city’s 2012 crime statistics report.

“People have a perception that things are getting worse,” he told the Farmington Press after the meeting. “(We had) a great opportunity to share with residents (that) … they have never been safer.”

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Published June 12, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident Austen Couchenour and college friend Brock Taylor’s new voice app is gaining momentum after Apple ranked it 374th the in the top 500 Entertainment category — and the duo isn’t finished yet.

“We are going to use money from this app to create money to build other apps for simple games,” Couchenour, 27, told the Farmington Press recently. “This is just the first of many, so gaining exposure is key for us right now.”

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Published June 5, 2013

As kids anxiously await the arrival of summer, parents are weighing their summer child care options. From day camps to sitters, there’s a lot to consider when choosing who your youngster will spend their summer break with.

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Published June 3, 2013

It’s not long before school is out for summer, which means the city of Farmington Hills’ After School Program is getting ready for some vacation fun at the Summer Drop-In Program.

The drop-in program, housed at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena, is in its 15th year, according to Todd Lipa, director of Youth and Family Services for the city of Farmington Hills.

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Published June 3, 2013

FERNDALE — A restricted parking zones pilot program, which was created last April along West Troy and West Saratoga streets in downtown Ferndale, was extended through the end of the year by City Council during the May 28 meeting.

The program was created to alleviate parking problems for residents on West Troy and West Saratoga by creating two-hour parking along those streets from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Residents were able to acquire free parking permits from the city so that they could park on the street for any extended period of time.

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Published May 29, 2013

Impatiens, a top choice for homeowners planting colorful annual flower displays, will not be available at most nurseries this year.

“There is a downy mildew problem with impatiens,” said Carl Eckert, owner of Eckert’s Greenhouse on Ryan in Sterling Heights. “We didn’t grow them this year, and most other nurseries also didn’t.”

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Published May 22, 2013

Anyone heading down Power Road, south of 11 Mile, are likely to run across a Field of Flags outside the Farmington Hills Church of God.

The FHCoG, 25717 Power, is hosting the traveling Field of Flags from May 3-27. As of press deadline, the field featured 6,699 flags after having arrived with 6,687. Each flag honors a soldier killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, meaning 12 have died since the fixture came to Farmington Hills. About 250 flags represent Michigan soldiers and any additional flags will be added each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. until the display moves on to its next location.

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Published May 22, 2013

Michigan Week is in full swing, giving residents just one more excuse to revel in all the wonderful things there are to do and see in the Mitten State.

Whether you’re a beer buff or a beach babe, there’s a place for you in Michigan. But with so many regional specialties, it’s hard to choose which area of the state is best for the stay- or play-cation of your choice.

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Published May 13, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — With the 199th anniversary of Norway’s constitution taking place May 17, local residents will celebrate their heritage Saturday with Norwegian Constitution Day festivities.

The Nordkap Lodge, a branch of the Sons of Norway, will host the gathering 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18 at the Swedish Club, 22398 Ruth St., celebrating the signing of the constitution in 1814 that established Norway as an independent sovereign state.

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Published May 6, 2013

NOVI/FARMINGTON HILLS — Southern Oakland County is not currently known for its farmland, but at one point it was.

The 210-acre Heritage Park in Farmington Hills and 160-acre Tollgate Farm, a Michigan State University Extension in Novi, are both remnants of a time past, back when both resided in what was previously known as Farmington Township. And now they’re partnering to provide fun and educational programming.

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Published May 1, 2013

FARMINGTON — The 20th season of the Farmington Farmers Market is slated to begin this weekend, but not at the Sundquist Pavilion, which it has called home for the past eight years.

Due to construction on Groves Street, the farmers market will relocate into a pair of municipal lots on Orchard Street, just a block or two south of the pavilion, for the May and June markets. The market meets 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday, starting May 4.

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Published April 30, 2013

DETROIT — The Labor Day weekend is still a few months away, but already it’s promising to be another great one for jazz lovers and the city of Detroit.

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Published April 29, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — When disaster strikes, are you prepared to save not only yourself, but also your pets?

That was the question posed during an hour-long discussion April 24 at the Costick Center during an Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting featuring Christian Ast, a veterinarian from Plaza Veterinary Hospital in Farmington.

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Published April 24, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Botsford Hospital is a place many people go for medical emergencies, but thanks to some special training, the hospital’s staff is ready for a different type of emergency.

Police Sgt. Brian Bastianelli and training officer Larry Luttrell were recently honored for their work with Botsford, which started in October 2011, preparing hospital staff and administrators for the unlikely case of an armed intruder. The duo was given the hospital’s Safety Award March 20.

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Published April 16, 2013

FARMINGTON — Residents of Heritage Village West condominiums had a strange start to their St. Patrick’s Day last month, and the damage is still there as a reminder one month later.

At about 9:45 a.m. March 17, a resident in his 70s was taking his 67-year-old girlfriend’s silver 2011 Lincoln MKS to drive their small dog to the groomers in Livonia when he lost control of the vehicle, police said.

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Published April 10, 2013

After almost 21 years together, the Luddites still haven’t suffered the ubiquitous “creative differences” that have shattered bands less than half their age.

The 11-piece acoustic group will celebrate the release of their fourth CD, “Twisted In,” with a concert starting at 9 p.m. April 13 at PJ’s Lager House. Bass player David Giovannucci, one of the original Luddites from those early days in August 1992 when they started as a five-piece acoustic act, said friendship and mutual respect have kept them going all these years.

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Published April 10, 2013

In the bin

Come garbage day, most curbside recycling bins are stuffed with paper, plastic and glass bottles, cans, and cardboard, but there’s a whole lot more that can be added to the heap.

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