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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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Published May 17, 2016

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect responsible for killing a Southfield woman last week.

According to a news release from Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe, deputies were dispatched around midnight May 13 to the area of Roselawn Drive and Maines Avenue on a report of a woman found lying in the street.

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Published May 11, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Before hitting the road this summer, the Better Business Bureau and local police are warning residents to do their homework on the latest vacation scams.

Melanie Duquesnel, president and CEO of the BBB, said that as the weather warms each vacation season, scammers put their own spin on old scams, making them harder to detect.

“I can’t say there are newer scams, but the creativity of the scammer is related to how they deliver the scam, rather than the scam itself.

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Published May 11, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Reaching the age of 50 is not the final curtain call on career life, according to officials at Jewish Vocational Services.

Job seekers over the age of 50 who are struggling with long-term unemployment and finding rewarding second careers can get help from JVS during a five-week group career counseling program called Recharge!

Those looking for assistance in finding an encore career will meet 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays May 24-June 16 at the JVS Diem Building, 29699 Southfield Road.

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Published May 11, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — It’s yellow. It’s smelly. And it’s taking over Michigan.

The city of Southfield and the Friends of the Rouge are looking for workers ready to battle garlic mustard and clean up the Rouge River May 21.

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Published May 11, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE  — To battle the soaring cost of college tuition, Southfield Public Schools announced recently that three college prep courses will be available at the district’s new high school, Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology.

The three programs, called the FasTrack College Prep programs, will provide rigorous, college-level work for high school students, according to school officials. The programs include dual enrollment, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate diploma courses.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 9, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — The “economic renaissance” in Oakland County will continue to get better at a moderate, but still healthy and sustainable, rate of growth into year seven of the economic recovery, according to University of Michigan economists.

Job growth in Oakland County is expected to increase 2 percent each year for the next three years, skewed toward jobs on the higher end of the pay scale — with annual wages of $75,000 or more accounting for 35 percent of the increase.

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Officials are looking for the perfect candidate to fill the shoes of City Administrator Matt Baumgarten, who will be leaving the position at the end of this month.

Baumgarten has accepted a position as the new Berkley city manager, according to city officials. He officially will start the job on Tuesday, May 31. He will be taking the position left by former City Manager Jane Bais-DiSessa, who left to become deputy mayor in Pontiac.

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Published May 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Turning off the TV and going for a run over the weekend could help a neighbor get the car repairs they need.

Southfield Human Services is calling all community members to participate in the Tone Up for Tune Ups run/walk, which helps fund minor car repairs for families in need.

Runners will step off at 9 a.m. May 14 from Covenant Presbyterian Church,  21575 W. 10 Mile Road, and can choose to participate in a 5K run or 1-mile walk. Registration costs $25 for adults and $20 for people ages 13 and younger. Registration fees are tax deductible.

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Published May 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — According to officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, in addition to a brine seep — which is essentially salt water — a natural gas leak has been discovered 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 away from the church.

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Published May 4, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance recently to permit oil and gas wells and oil and gas development activities only as a special use in the industrial zoning district. 

Council voted 7-0 at the April 25 council meeting to approve the ordinance. Previously, the council approved a 180-day moratorium on oil and gas extraction and mining operations in Southfield, which expired April 28.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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