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Published May 11, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — It’s yellow. It’s smelly. And it’s taking over Michigan.

The city of Southfield and the Friends of the Rouge are looking for workers ready to battle garlic mustard and clean up the Rouge River May 21.

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Published May 11, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE  — To battle the soaring cost of college tuition, Southfield Public Schools announced recently that three college prep courses will be available at the district’s new high school, Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology.

The three programs, called the FasTrack College Prep programs, will provide rigorous, college-level work for high school students, according to school officials. The programs include dual enrollment, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate diploma courses.

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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 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

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Officials are looking for the perfect candidate to fill the shoes of City Administrator Matt Baumgarten, who will be leaving the position at the end of this month.

Baumgarten has accepted a position as the new Berkley city manager, according to city officials. He officially will start the job on Tuesday, May 31. He will be taking the position left by former City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa, who left to become deputy mayor in Pontiac.

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Published May 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Turning off the TV and going for a run over the weekend could help a neighbor get the car repairs they need.

Southfield Human Services is calling all community members to participate in the Tone Up for Tune Ups run/walk, which helps fund minor car repairs for families in need.

Runners will step off at 9 a.m. May 14 from Covenant Presbyterian Church,  21575 W. 10 Mile Road, and can choose to participate in a 5K run or 1-mile walk. Registration costs $25 for adults and $20 for people ages 13 and younger. Registration fees are tax deductible.

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Published May 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — According to officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, in addition to a brine seep — which is essentially salt water — a natural gas leak has been discovered at an old oil and gas well.

Crews from the MDEQ discovered the leakage April 19 on Pembrooke Drive, south of 10 Mile, between Berg and Lahser roads, during a broad site evaluation for the exploratory well proposed at Word of Faith International Christian Center, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road. The old well is located about 1 1/2 miles away from the church.

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Published May 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance recently to permit oil and gas wells and oil and gas development activities only as a special use in the industrial zoning district. 

Council voted 7-0 at the April 25 council meeting to approve the ordinance. Previously, the council approved a 180-day moratorium on oil and gas extraction and mining operations in Southfield, which expired April 28.

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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 April 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Local police are warning residents to look out for deer on the roadways this spring.

According to Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia, the city of Southfield has seen a significant increase in the number of deer-related collisions this year.

Between January and April 2015, Loussia said, the police had responded to 15 calls regarding deer-related incidents. This year, however, that number has exceeded 30.

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Published April 27, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you install a wheelchair ramp, grab bars or even a bathroom on your main floor, you could be on your way to as much as a $5,000 tax credit, depending on whether a bill passed in the state Senate becomes law. 

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Published April 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents who go above and beyond for their community could be eligible for a community service award from the city.

Community Relations Director Michael Manion said the city is reintroducing the Greg Kennedy Community Service Award, named after the late resident who had a passion for serving the community.

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Published April 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — She’s a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, a choreographer, an actress and a TV personality, and she’s about to add public speaker to her repertoire.

Paula Abdul is slated to speak  in Southfield at the annual Lois Linden Nelson Woman’s World event  May 6 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road.

Hosted by the Sisterhood of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, the event will feature a boutique show, a luncheon, a speech and a question-and-answer session with Abdul.

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Published April 26, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Although crime in Southfield has been relatively quiet as of late, police said they are seeing an increase in home invasions at vacant or for-sale homes.

Chief Eric Hawkins said that even though the numbers of some crimes are decreasing, home invasions are on the rise.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Blue polos flooded the atrium on Lawrence Technological University’s campus as the school’s Blue Devil Motorsports students unveiled their latest racing designs for the SAE Collegiate Design competitions. 

Students from five LTU racing teams unveiled their 2016 competition vehicles 12:30-2 p.m. April 12 at the Buell Management Building on LTU’s campus.

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Published April 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE  — Southfield Public Schools Superintendent Lynda Wood invited the community to an update on Imagine 2020 — a major reconfiguration of the school district — April 13.

Parents, students and residents interested in the future of the district gathered in the community room at Lathrup Village City Hall to discuss the steps the district is taking to battle declining enrollment and revenue issues.

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Published April 19, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Fire Battalion Chief Edward Cary has been named acting fire chief following the retirement of acting Chief Barry White.

City Administrator Fred Zorn appointed White to the position April 11.

White was appointed acting chief in August following the death of Chief Keith Rowley.

Although he said he will only be with the city for two more years, Cary was pleased to be named acting chief.

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Published April 19, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — For the first time, city officials and residents met to have a discussion on the city’s standards of curb appeal.

Residents were invited to meet with Mayor Ken Siver, the Southfield City Council and a handful of city officials, who hosted a Code Enforcement Community Dialogue April 14 in the council chambers. 

Siver said the idea for the event came from issues derived from the mayoral election in November.

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