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Published October 21, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Hopefuls looking for a seat on the Southfield City Council and those looking to be the new mayor participated in a candidate forum Oct. 8.


The forum, held at the Southfield Public Library, was open to the public and was organized by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area.


LWVOA is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, according to its website.

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Published October 21, 2015

In the Sun’s coverage area, voters will decide a mayoral race, two city council races and two ballot proposals Nov. 3. Following are profiles of the candidates and the exact wording of the ballot proposals. 

Candidates were asked, in 150 words or less, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

 

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Published October 15, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — From Albania to Uganda, 51 candidates from 20 countries were sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to kick off the International Festival Oct. 10.


Now in its 89th year, the International Festival, a weekend event celebrating the world’s vast array of cultures, took place Oct. 10-11 at the Southfield Pavilion.


The event is sponsored by the city of Southfield and the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit.

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Published October 7, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — In an effort to expand its outreach, the Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force is looking for some new recruits.


The MLK Task Force, made up of over 200 members, is a group dedicated to not only keeping Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of peace, freedom and equality alive, but also to organizing a celebration in his honor each January at the Southfield Pavilion.

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Published October 7, 2015

Eight months after a judge ruled Northland Center will close, the city of Southfield has announced the purchase of the mall.

The city announced Oct. 7  that it has purchased the mall, 21500 Northwestern Highway, from the court-ordered receiver for $2.4 million and plans to demolish, remediate and sell the property to a qualified developer, according to a news release from Community Relations Director Michael Manion.

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Published October 6, 2015

PONTIAC — Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins was recognized recently for his efforts in deterring domestic violence.


In a ceremony held at noon Oct. 1 in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium in Pontiac, Hawkins was among seven other people and groups to be awarded for their efforts.


Judge Derek Meinecke, of the 44th District Court in Royal Oak, presented the awards to the recipients.

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Published September 30, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/PONTIAC — A local man accused of stabbing two men at a Northland Center bus stop is set to face trial nearly a year after the incident occurred.


On Sept. 28 in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, it was decided that Terrence Thomas, 39, of Detroit, will begin a final pretrial at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 30 for the stabbing of two men Feb. 14 at a bus stop at the mall, 21500 Northwestern Highway. A trial date is set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3.

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Published September 29, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Each year, attendees of the International Festival have the chance to take a trip around the world in a day, and all they have to do is enter the Southfield Pavilion.


Now in its 89th year, the International Festival, a weekend event celebrating the world’s vast array of cultures, will get underway Oct. 10-11 at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.


The event is sponsored by the city of Southfield and the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit.

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Published September 23, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Although summer has come and gone, there’s still some fun to be had in Lathrup Village. The 20th annual Fall Family Festival will soon be underway.


On Sunday, Sept. 27, Lathrup Village residents and residents from surrounding communities will gather at Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road, to enjoy all things fall.


For a $7 admission price, people will be served lunch, cider and doughnuts, and can enjoy various fall activities such as a petting zoo, horse and pony rides, and train rides 1-4 p.m.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

Another flier is reportedly making its way around the city.

Some residents reportedly found the fliers on their front lawns the morning of Sept. 15. The fliers have messages about race and gay rights, and photos of a handful of city officials.

One side of the document contains the headline “Southfield is an open city” and promotes marriage equality. Photos of former Councilman and current mayoral candidate Ken Siver, acting Mayor Donald Fracassi and Councilman Sidney Lantz can be seen, with prompts to vote for those individuals.

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Published September 10, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — The ups and downs facing the financial situation at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit’s Oak Park facility hasn’t stopped Tatiana Kitlak from spreading her love of ballet.

Kitlak, director of the Russian Ballet Academy of Michigan, recently found refuge in the Lathrup Village City Hall basement studio, where dance classes have been run through the Recreation Department for approximately 17 years. Kitlak formerly aught ballet at JCC’s Oak Park location.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 1, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — According to Lori Tunick, president of the Southfield Education Association, teachers in the Southfield Public Schools district are not happy with recent changes the Board of Education has made to the district’s calendar.

Members of the SEA are angry with the district because of changes made to their school calendar after it was already approved and signed by both parties. Tunick said the district imposed a new calendar upon the group by changing the dates of spring break. The school district said the changes were made due to a late Labor Day.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 27, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — According to the American Red Cross, you don’t have to be a comic book superhero to save three lives in a day. All you have to do is donate blood.


Members of the surrounding community will have the opportunity to be lifesavers again this year as the Red Cross blood drive returns to Southfield.


The event will be held 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 3 in the meeting room of the Southfield Public Library, 26000 Evergreen Road.

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Published August 27, 2015

LIVONIA — For beer enthusiasts, enjoying a pint of carefully concocted craft beer is usually an extracurricular activity.


But at Schoolcraft College, 18600 Schoolcraft Road, brew lovers will now have a chance to study their favorite beverage during a new certificate program in brewing and distillation technology.


According to Schoolcraft College Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Richard Weinkauf, the program was designed after extensive research showed a growth in the brewing and distilling job industry.

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