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Published July 28, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Michigan Senior Olympics is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year and invites the public to an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in Rochester Municipal Park.

The free event will include a torch lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., free ice cream, face painters, balloon artists, music, mini-olympics for children and more.

“We want people to know that we are here in the Oakland County area, so we are just trying to spread the word and make it a fun event,” said MSO Executive Director Becky Ridkey.

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Published July 28, 2015

“Keep your eyes on the road” is a maxim so common that it has become a cliché, but fewer things have been said about clearing away objects that can obstruct a driver’s vision of the road.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist from AAA Michigan, said state law forbids people from obstructing the windshield’s field of view.

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Published July 22, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Police Department is trying to track down who could be responsible for several recent thefts from vehicles.

According to the Citizen Observer Crime Report by the Southfield Police Department’s Crime Prevention Bureau, several larcenies from autos have been reported late at night or  in the early morning hours.

As of press time, 11 larcenies involving stolen wheels and tires have been reported throughout the city since late last month at the following locations:

• the 21000 block of Telegraph June 22.

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Published July 22, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Northland Center may be shuttered, but that hasn’t stopped a group of locals who used to roam the halls from getting in their daily workout.

After the mall, located at 21500 Northwestern Highway, closed down in the spring due to financial issues, Minie Washington, of Southfield, said she was disappointed because for the last nine years, she has used the mall for her daily workouts.

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Published July 22, 2015

Over 300 people gathered to light candles, send off balloons and speak about Darius Cooley 9 p.m. July 21 at Southfield High School.

Cooley — an Oak Park teen, and a junior and part of the basketball and football teams at Southfield High School — died after an incident in an apartment complex pool July 20.

Cooley’s parents, Montell Johnson and Crystale Cooley, and close family also attended the vigil.

Jalen Banks, 18, said he knew Cooley well.

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Published July 22, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Residents gathered around tables for a presentation and discussion on the latest design plans for an all-new City Hall recently.

Representatives from the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan State University met with community members at 6 p.m. July 16 in the Community Room of Lathrup Village City Hall to discuss the latest developments on the future of the building, located at 27400 Southfield Road.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money.


Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a year, which included the fourth Tuesday in February.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Things were going so well.


You started your seeds on time indoors or had luck finding gorgeous heirloom plants at the local greenhouse. Everything went into the ground on schedule, and the plants really took off when the weather turned from late spring to early summer.


But now the leaves of your once-lush cucumbers are yellow and brown. Your zucchini is turning to dust. Your cabbage and broccoli plants look like Swiss cheese.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets.

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Published July 21, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.

“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

It might seem like common sense to ensure that people with disabilities have access to businesses, employment, transportation, government facilities and other everyday amenities. But making that common sense the law of the land was a long, uphill battle. Or, if you ask political advocate Elizabeth Bauer, who joined the fight for the ADA, it was more of an uphill crawl.

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Published July 20, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.


“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 20, 2015

From hearses dating back to the 1890s to the luxury cars of today, a full sampling of vehicular history will be presented to the public at the upcoming 37th annual Concours d’Elegance of America on July 26.

The Concours d’Elegance, which used to be held at Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University, is now located at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Published July 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a lonely experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes connecting with others who have also experienced a loss can aid in the healing process.

That’s the idea behind Camp Good Grief, a free one-day camp for children who have lost someone near to them. Run by Hospice of Michigan, this year’s camp will be held Friday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at YMCA Camp Ohiyesa, 7300 Hickory Ridge Road in Holly. The camp is for kids ages 8-17.

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Published July 17, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate the rich history, diverse culture and vast artistic landscape of Detroit, Park West Gallery in Southfield is featuring three local artists this summer who encompass what Detroit is all about.

According to gallery director David Gorman, the exhibition, “Detroit’s Finest,” is meant to showcase the spirit of Detroit through art.

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Published July 17, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — City officials are canvassing neighborhoods to maintain curb appeal and keep homeowners up to date on the do’s and don’ts of code enforcement.

Launched earlier this month, the Neighborhood Walks program is designed to help the city step up its code enforcement efforts, according to Community Relations Director Michael Manion.

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Published July 17, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Pet ownership: To you, it’s a few years. To animals like Madeline, Red and Barley, it’s forever.

Madeline, Red and Barley make up a fraction of the 70-plus dogs and cats looking for a permanent place to live who are available for adoption at Almost Home Animal Shelter.

To help the animals find a forever home, the shelter is holding an Adopt-A-Thon from noon-8 p.m. July 18 and 19 on the shelter’s grounds at 25503 Clara Lane.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Although the S.S. Columbia no longer calls River Rouge home, her legacy remains.

Built in 1902, the steamboat sits at a remarkable 216 feet long and 60 feet wide, and is powered by a 1,200-horsepower, triple-expansion steam engine.

She was designed to carry more than 3,000 passengers.

The S.S. Columbia transported hundreds of thousands of people from Detroit to Boblo Island from the time of her birth until the death of the amusement park in the early 1990s.

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Published July 15, 2015

A bucket list is typically defined as a list of experiences or goals one hopes to accomplish in their lifetime.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation is scaling that theme down a bit with its new bucket list: a number of activities that county residents should take advantage of outside at local parks before the warmth of summer falls away.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — No two parenting styles are alike. You’ve got your helicopter parents, your attachment parents, your free-range parents — the options are seemingly endless.


But one thing most moms and dads can agree on is that raising a kid ain’t cheap. Learning how to save a few bucks can become an important component of everyday life.

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