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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate a day that only graces calendars once every four years, the city of Southfield is hosting its first-ever Leap Year Winter Festival.

From 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 28, the day before Leap Day, the city invites residents for family-friendly, winter-themed activities at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road. Following the festival, at around 6:15 p.m., fireworks will be shot off from Evergreen Hills Golf Course.

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Published February 16, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Although the skies are dark and the days are shorter, Oakland County officials are urging residents to beat cabin fever and get outside this winter. 

County officials recently debuted a new interactive map on their website to make it easier for residents and visitors to find outdoor activities and things of interest around Oakland County each month. 

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Those who frequent Interstate 75 can expect some relief from rush hour traffic this year, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced during his 2016 State of the County address.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin working on widening I-75 this summer in an effort to ease congestion and improve commerce, Patterson said in front of an estimated 600 people at the Auburn Hills Marriott Feb. 10.

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Published February 10, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — One student’s trash is another student’s treasure.

With that mentality, five art students at Southfield Regional Academic Campus recently transformed hundreds of discarded milk cartons into a 16-foot sculpture of an alligator.

The students created the sculpture for and took first place in the Evergreen Packaging Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest. The students won $5,000 for their school.

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Published February 10, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — If you yearn to learn but don’t want to leave Lathrup Village, the Parks and Recreation Department is offering a free lecture series.

From tea to shopping to art and history, Recreation Coordinator Maralee Rosemond said the event is designed for residents to gain some knowledge in the comfort of their hometown.

“What I’ve done is I’ve tried to get some people that are authors or presenters that deal with our immediate surroundings in the metro Detroit area and who are knowledgeable about this area,” Rosemond said.

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Published February 9, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents with questions on a proposed oil well at Word of Faith International Christian Center are invited to partake in a public meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Southfield High School auditorium, 24675 Lahser Road.

According to a statement in a previous report from Jordan Development Co., a privately owned oil and gas exploration and development company, the company has entered into an agreement with the church, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road, to explore for oil and gas on part of the church’s 110-acre property.

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Published February 9, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Viral video star Trevor Sullivan raised his selfie stick high as hundreds of students shaped their hands into hearts Feb. 2 at Berkshire Middle School to kick off their annual Hoops for Heart fundraising campaign for the American Heart Association.

Sullivan, 15, of Southfield, was the subject of a video showcasing him waking up from heart transplant surgery in November. The video has gained national attention and has garnered over 1 million views on YouTube.

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Published February 8, 2016

Two children were taken off the street and into police custody recently.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia said police received a report around 12:15 p.m. Feb. 7 that two children were found walking in the street in the 21000 block of Westover Avenue.

When police arrived, Loussia said the children, an approximately 1-year-old and a 3-year-old were found outside and weren’t dressed appropriately.

“They weren’t dressed for the weather, and one was barefoot,” Loussia said.

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Published February 3, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Members of the Planning Commission invited residents to sit in on an overview of the city’s new master plan recently.

The commission conducted the public workshop and open house to gather comments on the proposed plan Jan. 20 in the Parks and Recreation building.

Prior to residents providing their input, City Planner Terry Croad gave an overview and timeline of the plan.

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Published February 3, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Residents looking for information on possible oil and gas drilling in Southfield showed up in droves for a presentation from state Rep. Jeremy Moss and Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash Jan. 27 at the Southfield Public Library.

A long line of attendees snaked through the library lobby before the 6 p.m. presentation. Of the approximately 500 people that showed up, about half were able to find seats or a spot to stand along the wall in the library’s auditorium.

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Published January 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A health insurance company that calls Southfield home recently donated a $10,000 technology grant to Southfield Public Schools.

Priority Health, a Michigan-based nonprofit health insurance company, presented the award to the Board of Education Jan. 12.

Although school officials are still unsure what the technology grant will be specifically used for,  Superintendent Dr. Lynda Wood said they are grateful for the donation.

“The children will utilize this well,” Wood said at the meeting.

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Published January 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Growing up can be tough enough, but for burn-injured children, growing up can be exceptionally tough.

At Great Lakes Burn Camp, though, burn-injured children can feel comfortable, according to camp director and retired firefighter Mike Longenecker.

Southfield Fire Fighters Association members made it their mission to make sure burn-injured children keep feeling accepted by donating $10,000 to the camp recently.

Members of the SFFA met with Longenecker Jan. 19 at Fire Station No. 5, on Lahser Road, to make the donation.

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Published January 26, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — With a wheelchair ramp, widened doorways and a handful of other improvements, longtime Southfield resident Dennis Bee proudly describes his house as “whip-around-able.”

After losing both of his legs to a seven-year series of infections, Bee found his home on Plum Hollow not only in serious disrepair, but in need of a wheelchair ramp and wider doorways.

Not knowing where to turn, Bee’s sister, Diane Johns, of Bloomfield Hills, spent countless nights on the computer searching for options.

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Published January 26, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The temperature hovered in the teens Jan. 17, but that didn’t stop a group of spirited residents from picketing outside Word of Faith International Christian Center, a church in talks with an oil and gas company to drill an exploratory well.

According to a statement in a previous report from Jordan Development Co., a privately owned oil and gas exploration and development company, the company has entered into an agreement with the church, 20000 W. Nine Mile Road, to explore for oil and gas on part of the church’s 110-acre property.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Seats were scarce Jan. 12 as students, teachers, faculty and staff gathered at the John W. English Administrative Center, as members of the Board of Education and student representatives announced the name, mascot and colors of the new high school.

The new school will be called Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology, and will identify as the Warriors. Its colors will be blue, white and red.

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Published January 20, 2016

LANSING —  Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 5 signed legislation eliminating straight-ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  Area police and road crews are warning drivers to take it slow in the ice and snow after reporting nearly 90 crashes during a recent 24-hour time span.

According to Lt. Michael Shaw, public information officer for the Michigan State Police Metro Post — which covers Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties — troopers handled 88 crashes Jan. 12-13.

Shaw said a majority of the crashes reported were single-vehicle spinouts due to driver speed or inattentive driving.

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Published January 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — One suspect is dead and an officer is injured following an incident during a human trafficking sting in Southfield last week.

The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Jan. 15 outside the Detroit Marriott Southfield hotel, 27033 Northwestern Highway, during an undercover operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the hotel.

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