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Published June 23, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Children and seniors in need of food assistance have a few places to turn for help this summer.

Southfield Public Schools is offering free lunches and breakfasts for children of low-income families.

The program, which is called Meet Up and Eat Up, is funded by the Michigan Department of Education.

Qualifying children ages 18 and younger — or residents up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program recognized by a state or local public agency for the mentally or physically disabled — are eligible to participate. 

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Published June 16, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Before modern surveying techniques, Michiganders’ property was defined by the rocks and trees that surrounded it, according to local historians.

But thanks to the Public Land Survey System, implemented around 1785, property owners have a mathematically designed and based method of measuring land.

City and local officials gathered June 10 to dedicate a “Coasting the Baseline” obelisk, a commemorative marker and art piece signifying Michigan’s role in the implementation of the PLSS.

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Published June 15, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — For over a decade, Lathrup Village residents have been ushering in summertime with an annual family-friendly event filled with barbecue, craft beer, music and more.

For its 13th year, the all-day annual event will be held at 11 a.m. June 18 on the grounds of Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road.

Parking in surrounding areas is free, and admission to the event is free.

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Published June 15, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Those who can’t seem to slip away from their desk to spend their lunch at the Eat to the Beat summer lunchtime concert series could be in luck — the city recently expanded the series to after-hours events.

According to Community Relations Director Michael Manion, the city and its City Centre Advisory Board are expanding the lunchtime food truck and concert series to now include Eat to the Beat After Hours.

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Published June 13, 2016

Armed with white carnations, students, staff, faculty members and residents alike gathered June 13 on the campus of Lawrence Technological University to remember the victims of a mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub.

Attendees gathered at the school’s Spirit Rock to pay tribute to the 49 people killed and 53 others injured in a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, that occurred around 2 a.m. June 12.

The shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, who died in a shootout with police.

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Published June 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents and city visitors can now get a daily dose of art at every turn, as a new sculpture now graces the south roundabout in front of the Southfield municipal complex, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The 16-foot, orange steel sculpture, Jay Lefkowitz’s “Gratitude,” was donated to the city by resident Skip Davis and installed May 25.

Davis, a graphic designer and art collector, said he and his late wife, Barbara Davis, purchased the sculpture in 1988 during an outdoor art sale at the Southfield Pavilion and placed it in their yard.

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Published June 7, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan recently unveiled a long-term, comprehensive plan designed to connect residents in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties through public transit.

At 10 a.m. May 31 on the campus of Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, officials from the RTA — a board created by the Michigan Legislature in 2012 to plan for and coordinate public transit in southeast Michigan — revealed the plan in front of a large crowd.

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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 1, 2016

One suspect is in police custody and another is at large following a shooting at a local middle school.

According to police reports, officers were dispatched around 10:51 p.m. May 21 to Thompson Middle School, 16300 Lincoln Drive, on a report of gunshots in the area.

Police discovered that a large group of youths had gathered at the school for a fight between several females from two different schools.

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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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