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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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Published August 25, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — As the construction on Evergreen Road nears completion, experts are weighing in on the proper use of a new feature of the road: roundabouts.


The $12.1 million project, slated to wrap up in September, features two roundabouts: one at the north entrance to the Southfield Municipal Complex campus, 26000 Evergreen Road, and another at the south entrance.

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Published August 21, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Parents are excited and kids are disappointed — it’s almost time to go back to school.

Ushering in the new school year, Southfield Public Schools held a party Aug. 15 to soften the blow.

Parents and students in Southfield and Lathrup Village were invited to celebrate the end of summer with free food, activities and giveaways at Southfield High School.

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Published August 18, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — During your daily commute, you may have noticed something new gracing the median of Telegraph, north of Eight Mile.
Comau LLC, a full vehicle body manufacturer located at 21000 Telegraph Road, recently unveiled an industrial artwork donation to the city of Southfield in the form of a robot.

City officials and Comau employees congregated in the median Aug. 12 to welcome the donation, which was designed help identify Southfield as an automation and technology leader, according to officials.

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Published August 18, 2015

Southfield Fire Battalion Chief Barry White has been named acting fire chief following the death of Chief Keith Rowley.

City Administrator Fred Zorn appointed White to the position Aug. 13.

“Obviously, the circumstances could be better. The department is in quite a state of shock, but I’m excited for the challenge and excited to be representing the premier fire department in the area, if not the best fire department in the area,” White said.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 14, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council recently unanimously approved a plan from a New Zealand investment group for a commercial exemption certificate to rehab the former Holiday Inn hotel, 26555 Telegraph Road.

According to a news release from Community Relations Director Michael Manion, the 190-room hotel has been closed since 2009 and was recently purchased by Kiwi Hospitality. The building is reportedly one of Southfield’s most recognizable landmarks, due to its architecture and location.

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Published August 14, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Hundreds of people gathered Aug. 8 to pay their respects and celebrate the life of Southfield Fire Chief Keith Rowley.

A public wake was held at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, following a funeral service at Christian Tabernacle Church, 26555 Franklin Road.

Rowley, 58, passed away July 31 after reportedly jumping into Lake St. Clair.

A large picture of Rowley smiled over the event space as family members, friends, residents and non residents alike congregated to share a meal and talk.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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