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Published March 9, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — What’s white, fluffy, and due to fall from the sky in a few weeks?

Hopefully not another snowstorm, but an annual sign that spring is on the way: the Great Marshmallow Drop.

Children of all ages and their parents are invited to watch 15,000 marshmallows fall from the sky at 10 a.m. March 25 at Catalpa Oaks County Park.

Terry Fields, chief of recreation programs and services at Oakland County Parks, said a helicopter will drop the marshmallows over the park.

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Published March 9, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Southfield Mayor Ken Siver and Lathrup Village Mayor Frank Brock will discuss the states of their respective cities at 11 a.m. March 21 at the Westin Hotel-Southfield, 1500 Town Center.

Sponsored by the Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Central Michigan University, the mayors will speak at the chamber’s annual meeting.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m., followed by networking and lunch at 11:30 a.m. The State of the City address will begin at noon, organizers said.

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Published March 9, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Police are resuming operations at their downtown station effective March 7 in the east parking lot of the former Northland Center, 21500 Northwestern Highway.

Southfield Chief of Police Eric Hawkins said operations at the station were postponed at the end of last year due to serious disrepair of the building. The station is now reopening because repairs have been made.

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Published March 8, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced March 8 that they have granted a permit to Jordan Development the rights to drill on a piece of land at Word of Faith International Christian Center, 20000 Nine Mile Road.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 3, 2016

SOUTHFIELD —  Whether you’re practiced or unseasoned, Park West Gallery is offering free art seminars each Sunday throughout March.

All are welcome to attend the free seminars. Topics include presentations on masters such as Picasso and Rembrandt, “Art Collecting 101,” and an informational session on emerging Israeli artists.

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Published March 3, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A Southfield artist described as one of Detroit’s finest is facing charges in the recent crash death of a local woman.

According to a news release from Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Maria Miller, Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Marcus Omar Glenn, 48, of Southfield, with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol causing death.

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Published March 3, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Two senior housing developments recently received a $19.8 million makeover compliments of a Michigan State Housing Development Authority tax credit.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published February 24, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — For some high school students, summer break might mean watching Netflix and laying by the pool.

But for students who enroll in Lawrence Technological University’s summer science camps, summer break will mean examining atoms, processing crime scenes and studying DNA.

LTU is calling all science-and engineering-loving incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to check out the university’s summer science camps, which will run throughout June and July on campus.

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Published February 24, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Police say they have positively identified a suspect in a 5-year-old cold case home invasion.

According to the Southfield Police Department Crime Prevention Bureau’s weekly crime report, the original incident occurred between 3 and 5:05 a.m. June 11, 2011, in the 23000 block of Woodland Drive.

The report said that officers responded to a call about a home invasion in progress, and when they arrived at the scene, they determined that a home invasion had in fact occured.

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Published February 23, 2016

Authorities are on the lookout for a suspect wanted for killing a woman in a hit and run recently.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia said in a news release that around 2:50 a.m. Feb. 23, a woman was walking on westbound Eight Mile Road, between Southfield and Evergreen roads, when she was struck and killed by a vehicle.

After striking the woman, the driver of the vehicle fled the scene southbound on Evergreen Road, south of Eight Mile.

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

Emotions ran high and seats ran low as over 800 people attended a public hearing Feb. 17 by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on a proposed oil well at Word of Faith International Christian Center.

The hearing was held at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Southfield High School. Officials from the MDEQ office of Oil, Gas and Minerals invited residents to attend the information presentation and public comment meeting on the proposed well.

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Published February 18, 2016

Berkley American Legion Post 374
2079 12 Mile Road, Berkley

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The memories of two Southfield police officers killed in the line of duty will be memorialized on every marked police car in the city.

Deputy Chief John Fitzgerald said the graphics will honor officers James W. McMahon and Donald H. Harding, the only two Southfield officers to ever be killed in the line of duty. The graphics will consist of each badge, with a thin blue line over a black line —  which symbolizes officers lost in the line of duty — and the words “Never Forgotten.”

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — To recognize the hard work and dedication of teachers, officials from Southfield Public Schools recently announced the Teacher of the Month program.

According to a news release from SPS, teachers can be nominated by students, parents, staff or community members. Each Teacher of the Month will be featured in the district’s weekly newsletter, on the SPS website, in social media and on the district’s TV channel, TV 16.

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — In recent months, Southfield city officials have been under fire from representatives of the city’s labor unions, who say the city is denying them wage increases.

According to Cory Rowton, union president of the Technical, Professional and Officeworkers Association of Michigan, employees in the union have gone without a wage increase for eight years.

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