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Published June 1, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A beloved Southfield landmark now has a new home at the Southfield Public Library.

Officials from the city and the Southfield Public Arts Commission gathered with residents May 23 in the lobby of the library, 26000 Evergreen Road, for the official homecoming ceremony for the “The Boy and Bear” sculpture, by American sculptor Marshall Fredericks.

“We wanted to make sure (the sculpture) stays in Southfield, not auctioned off and lost forever,” Mayor Ken Siver said.

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Published June 1, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — If you have a stack of unpaid parking tickets, the 46th Judicial District Court is giving residents a chance to get back on track with an amnesty program. 

For the first time, through June 20 the court will waive late fees on eligible traffic tickets and parking violations. The court will also waive late fees and warrant fees on eligible traffic misdemeanors that do not require a court appearance, court officials said.

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Published May 25, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — With Memorial Day right around the corner, a local group decided to pay tribute to local first responders for the first time recently.

The Support Our Law Enforcement Rally was held May 17 in conjunction with National Police Week on the front lawn of the Southfield municipal complex, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The nonpartisan event was hosted by the 14th Congressional District Republican Committee in an effort to support and lift up local first responders.

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Published May 25, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Several drinking fountains and sinks were found to contain high numbers of lead during recent testing at Southfield Public Schools.

According to a letter sent out May 11 to SPS parents, staff and community members by Superintendent Lynda Wood, the district participated in voluntary water screenings April 23. District water sources were tested for lead and copper.

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Published May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Police are looking for a man they say attempted to kill a motorist recently during a traffic altercation.

According to police records, the original incident occurred around 2:39 p.m. May 7 in the area of West 11 Mile and Southfield Road in Lathrup Village, when one driver allegedly cut off another.

The second driver told police that after the incident, the suspect followed him into Southfield, to the 27000 block of Pierce.

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Published May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A Southfield woman is organizing a book drive to benefit the children in her hometown of Flint May 16-June 17 at the Southfield Public Library, 26000 Evergreen Road.

Teresa Baker, founder of Brown Boy Brown Girl, said she began planning the drive before the Flint water crisis garnered national attention.

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Published May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Students living in North Housing on Lawrence Technological University’s campus, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, suddenly have a new address.

In a dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. May 13, the building was renamed the Edward Donley Residence Hall.

Donley is a former student and longtime LTU supporter and donor, Matt Roush, director of media relations at LTU, said in a news release.

Donley is also the former CEO of Air Products & Chemicals.

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Published May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — After unveiling a market study to see what residents want to see in Northland Center’s future, the city has selected OHM Advisors as the master planner for the property.

City Community Relations Director Michael Manion said in a news release that through a published competitive bidding process, the city of Southfield selected OHM Advisors from a field of seven finalists to develop a conceptual, market-driven master redevelopment plan.

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Published May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Officials at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said they have plugged a leak of salt water and natural gas 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 from the church.

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Published May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Mowing, weeding and landscaping may just be items on your honey-do list, but city officials say maintaining your yard over the summer is your duty as a resident.

Code Enforcement Manager Maria Calhoun said there are a few main issues the Code Enforcement Department runs into each summer.
“The prevalent issues code enforcement runs into are tall weeds, swimming pool maintenance and dead trees,” Calhoun said.

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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 17, 2016

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect responsible for killing a Southfield woman last week.

According to a news release from Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, deputies were dispatched around midnight May 13 to the area of Roselawn Drive and Maines Avenue on a report of a woman found lying in the street.

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Published May 11, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Before hitting the road this summer, the Better Business Bureau and local police are warning residents to do their homework on the latest vacation scams.

Melanie Duquesnel, president and CEO of the BBB, said that as the weather warms each vacation season, scammers put their own spin on old scams, making them harder to detect.

“I can’t say there are newer scams, but the creativity of the scammer is related to how they deliver the scam, rather than the scam itself.

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Published May 11, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Reaching the age of 50 is not the final curtain call on career life, according to officials at Jewish Vocational Services.

Job seekers over the age of 50 who are struggling with long-term unemployment and finding rewarding second careers can get help from JVS during a five-week group career counseling program called Recharge!

Those looking for assistance in finding an encore career will meet 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays May 24-June 16 at the JVS Diem Building, 29699 Southfield Road.

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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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