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Published November 18, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Residents, city officials and community members showed their appreciation for those who have served our country in a ceremony commemorating Veterans Day Nov. 10.

At 11 a.m. in the council chambers in the Southfield Municipal Complex, attendees took an hour out of their day to celebrate Veterans Day — the federal holiday designed to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans, which is observed Nov. 11 each year.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 5, 2015

The Southfield Public Schools Board of Education announced that it has decided to postpone the closure of Adler Elementary School in the 2016-17 school year.

The school board voted 6-0 Nov. 3 at a special meeting to postpone the closure, citing feedback from several community meetings, budget analysis and audit results. Leslie Love Smith was not at the meeting. Notice of the meeting was posted publicly on the door at the John W. English Administration Building.

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Published November 4, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Have you ever wondered if that salesman who knocked on your door offering free window blinds was legitimate, or just a scam?


The Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula recently announced the launch of Scam Tracker, an online repository for illegal activities that target consumers.


According to Jessica Huffman, director of communications at BBB of Eastern Michigan in Southfield, users can track scams from all over the nation.

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Published November 4, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate their bookstore’s upgrade to the main floor of the library, the Friends of the Southfield Public Library held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala recently.

Library supporters enjoyed food, drinks and entertainment Oct. 22. Proceeds from ticket sales went to benefit the group. 

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Published November 3, 2015

On Election Day, Kenson Siver came out victorious over opponent Sylvia Jordan in the race for Southfield mayor.

According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, Siver received the most votes, with 7,119, or 56.97 percent. Jordan  received 5,350 votes, or 42.82 percent; 12,495 votes were cast in total for mayor.

Voters were asked who they would like to see occupy four empty seats on the City Council. They said: Tawyna Morris, Donald Fracassi, Daniel Brightwell and Lloyd Crews.

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Published November 3, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — A local homeowner got a surprise from a furry visitor recently. 

Resident Deloris Hughley, who lives on Meadowbrook Way, said she saw what city officials determined was a coyote in her backyard Oct. 26. 

Hughley said that at first, she thought the creature could have been a wolf. 

“I saw him go between the houses, and he sat down and started sunbathing and scratching, so since it did not look familiar, I just took a few pictures of him,” Hughley said. 

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — On Nov. 3, voters in Southfield will be asked whether they approve of amending the city’s charter to eliminate city primary elections. In Lathrup Village, voters will be asked if they want to impose term limits on the members of City Council. 

Southfield City Clerk Nancy Banks said there has been a multitude of misinformation regarding the proposed amendment, which could possibly eliminate primary elections for the city. 

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Published October 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The ambassador of India to the U.S. paid a visit to Lawrence Technological University recently.


Following a tour of the Center for Innovative Materials Research from University President Virdinder Moudgil, a reception was held Oct. 16 for the ambassador, Arun Kumar Singh, featuring a handful of local elected officials at the University Technology and Learning Center  Gallery on campus.

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Published October 27, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — A local coffee shop was bursting at the seams recently with residents looking to chat with their neighborhood law enforcement officers.

The Southfield Police Department held its second round of Coffee with a Cop 4-6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Tim Hortons on Evergreen Road.   

According to Chief Eric Hawkins, the event is designed so officers can speak with residents about issues in the community in a relaxed setting. 

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Published October 22, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Police are looking into the destruction of a campaign sign promoting Kenson Siver for mayor.


Siver is a former city councilman who is running for mayor in the Nov. 3 election against Sylvia Jordan.


According to Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the damage to the sign was reported Oct. 14, and took place in the area of 10 Mile and Rutland. He said police believe that on Oct. 11, the sign was damaged and knocked down. It was then repaired on Oct. 12.

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Published October 22, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The League of Women Voters Oakland Area recently held a forum for local police officials to talk about issues facing the police world in a panel discussion Oct. 10.


Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon sat on the panel, called Policing in the 21st Century, at Northwestern Universalist Unitarian Church, 23925 Northwestern Highway. Jerry Burden, LWVOA president and a retired police officer, moderated the forum.

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Published October 21, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Hopefuls looking for a seat on the Southfield City Council and those looking to be the new mayor participated in a candidate forum Oct. 8.


The forum, held at the Southfield Public Library, was open to the public and was organized by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area.


LWVOA is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, according to its website.

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Published October 21, 2015

In the Sun’s coverage area, voters will decide a mayoral race, two city council races and two ballot proposals Nov. 3. Following are profiles of the candidates and the exact wording of the ballot proposals. 

Candidates were asked, in 150 words or less, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

 

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Published October 15, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — From Albania to Uganda, 51 candidates from 20 countries were sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to kick off the International Festival Oct. 10.


Now in its 89th year, the International Festival, a weekend event celebrating the world’s vast array of cultures, took place Oct. 10-11 at the Southfield Pavilion.


The event is sponsored by the city of Southfield and the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit.

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Published October 7, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — In an effort to expand its outreach, the Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force is looking for some new recruits.


The MLK Task Force, made up of over 200 members, is a group dedicated to not only keeping Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of peace, freedom and equality alive, but also to organizing a celebration in his honor each January at the Southfield Pavilion.

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Published October 7, 2015

Eight months after a judge ruled Northland Center will close, the city of Southfield has announced the purchase of the mall.

The city announced Oct. 7  that it has purchased the mall, 21500 Northwestern Highway, from the court-ordered receiver for $2.4 million and plans to demolish, remediate and sell the property to a qualified developer, according to a news release from Community Relations Director Michael Manion.

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