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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

FARMINGTON — Underneath the lights adorned in downtown Farmington, once again the city will host the second annual Light Up the Grand: A Holiday Lighted Parade.

Presented by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and will travel along Grand River Avenue, beginning at Warner Street and ending at Wilmarth Street.

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Published November 10, 2015

Two troopers from the Michigan State Police Metro Post have been released from the hospital following a crash involving a drunken driver.

According to Public Information Officer Lt. Michael Shaw, the crash occurred at around 3:05 a.m. Nov. 8.

Two troopers had just completed a traffic stop on the shoulder of westbound I-696, east of Orchard Lake Road, when a vehicle struck them from behind.

Shaw said a 33-year-old Farmington resident driving a 2009 Jaguar drifted out of the travel lanes on the interstate and struck the rear of the patrol car.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The nonprofit Peace, Love and Planet is offering “Go Green” minigrants to students in southeastern Michigan looking to lead an environmental change at their school.

Students can apply for grants from $50 to $400 to help fund a green initiative that can benefit their school and the environment.

Peace, Love and Planet Executive Director Gina Adams-Levy said the group started giving out the grants last year after Farmington Public Schools was unable to offer them anymore.

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Published November 4, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Rebuilding Together Oakland County is planning two orientation sessions for people looking to volunteer with the organization and help rejuvenate the homes of people in the region.

The meetings will take place 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, and 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the RTOC office, 1700 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 201, in Farmington Hills.

Executive Director Al Kaczkowski said the sessions are designed to encourage individuals to come in and volunteer with the organization, but people don’t need to make any commitment if they attend.

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Published November 4, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Department of Special Services Cultural Arts Division received a grant of $3,750 from the state of Michigan that will help fund the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre’s performance of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The award comes from the state’s Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, or MCACA, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Voters said yes to two millages in the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills Nov. 3.

An operating millage renewal proposal for the Farmington Public Schools district received more than 67 percent of the vote, while a public safety millage was overwhelmingly approved, with more than 83 percent of the vote.

FPS voters approved a 10-year, up to 13.57-mill levy on homes and up to 18 mills on businesses.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — After serving the past 12 years on the Farmington Hills City Council, including his three terms as mayor pro tem, Ken Massey has been elected mayor of Farmington Hills.

With all 23 precincts reporting, Massey received a little more than 68 percent of the vote, totaling 9,112 votes, defeating his opponent and fellow Councilman Michael Bridges, who received a little more than 31 percent, or 4,232 votes.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 28, 2015

Police are investigating a fatal dispute between a mother and her son.

According to a news release from the Farmington Hills Police Department, at around 1:40 a.m. Oct. 28, police and fire units responded to the Independence Green Apartment Complex, 37231 Eisenhower, on a report of a shooting.

When officers and paramedics arrived they found that a 24-year-old Detroit man had been shot.

After performing care at the scene, paramedics transported the man to Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills, where he was pronounced dead.

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Published October 28, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — For the fourth consecutive year, a Farmington Hills-based television show has received a million-dollar incentive from the state of Michigan.

“Ask Dr. Nandi,” shot and produced in Farmington Hills, received an incentive award of $1,153,754 from the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office. The show, hosted by Dr. Partha S. Nandi, features conversations about health, medical advice and nutrition with guests and his studio audience.

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Published October 21, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Drivers with their heads in the clouds may have met with the law recently.

According to Lt. Mike Shaw, public information officer for the Michigan State Police, the Second District Special Enforcement Section Motor Unit conducted a distracted driving traffic enforcement detail Oct. 7.

Police were in Farmington Hills on I-696, near I-275. Shaw said that in total, 89 traffic stops were made, and officers stopped 18 drivers for distracted driving.

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Published October 14, 2015

FARMINGTON — Fifty years ago, music majors Paul and Fern Barber, who play trombone and clarinet, respectively, graduated from the University of Michigan, got married and started their careers as music teachers for Farmington Public Schools.

They were dismayed to see that there were no music classes offered through the adult education program.

So they went to the director of adult education and said they wanted to start a group for musicians. They got some coverage for their initiative from a local newspaper and started the Farmington Community Band one week later.

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Published October 14, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Oakland Community College Culinary Institute is whipping up some special events to usher in the cooler months ahead.

The institute, located in Tirrell Hall, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, will serve up its first event of the school year at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 with the Alumni Guest Chef Dinner.

For $55, the dinner will include an American farm-to-table experience with a strolling cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, signature drinks and a five-course meal that will reflect the season’s flavors.

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Published October 7, 2015

FARMINGTON — An accountant and an employee at Eastern Michigan University are the two new faces on the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education after the departure of two trustees.

The Board of Education chose Terri Weems and David Turner after interviewing four finalists from a pool of 21 candidates Sept. 24. The two open seats were created when Trustees Karen Bolsen and George Gurrola left the board, and the new members were sworn in at the Sept. 29 board meeting by Judge Marla Parker, of the 47th District Court.

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Published October 7, 2015

FARMINGTON — These days, it’s hard for most people to find time to shop.

For one last night, the merchants of downtown Farmington are extending their business hours to give night owls a chance to burn the midnight oil, so to speak, shopping.

In June, the Farmington Downtown Development Authority launched its new Farmington Second Fridays promotion, which asks downtown business owners to keep their doors open until 9 p.m. the second Friday of each month, June through October, in an effort to enhance their exposure to growing evening foot traffic.

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Published September 28, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Whether you fold it, cut it or just plain devour it, if you’re a pizza lover, Farmington Hills is serving up an event to fuel your pizza passion. 

Hungry attendees will have the opportunity to sample all of the pizza and salad they want from local vendors during the fifth annual Pizza Palooza 6-8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Costick Activity Center, 28600 11 Mile Road.

At 7:15 p.m., judges will award winners in the People’s Choice and the Judge’s Award contests.

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Published September 28, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — As a student, Cheryl Kreger was part of one of the most important moments in Mercy High’s history.

Kreger was a junior at Mercy when it moved from its Detroit location to Farmington Hills in 1965, and she became part of the school’s first graduating class at the new campus.

Fast-forward to the present day, and Kreger, now in her sixth year as president of Mercy, has helped oversee the all-girls school’s 70th anniversary celebrations during the Sept. 25 weekend.

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Published September 23, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — There’s nothing like a few fallen leaves and a chill in the air to inspire some family time in the great outdoors.

Each year, Heritage Park plans plenty of events for visitors of all ages to get out and celebrate the season.

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Upcoming Events

Rochester
Gifts and Greens Market
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rochester Community Schools Administration Building
Ferndale
'A Very Golden Girls Christmas'
8 p.m.
The Ringwald Theatre
Sterling Heights
Polar Pizza Party
5-8 p.m.
Henry Ford II High School
West Bloomfield
'A Musical Celebration of Christmas'
7:30 p.m.
Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian
Farmington Hills
Orchard Lake Philharmonic concerts
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Farmington

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