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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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Published October 6, 2015

PONTIAC — Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins was recognized recently for his efforts in deterring domestic violence.


In a ceremony held at noon Oct. 1 in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium in Pontiac, Hawkins was among seven other people and groups to be awarded for their efforts.


Judge Derek Meinecke, of the 44th District Court in Royal Oak, presented the awards to the recipients.

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Published September 30, 2015

SOUTHFIELD/PONTIAC — A local man accused of stabbing two men at a Northland Center bus stop is set to face trial nearly a year after the incident occurred.


On Sept. 28 in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, it was decided that Terrence Thomas, 39, of Detroit, will begin a final pretrial at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 30 for the stabbing of two men Feb. 14 at a bus stop at the mall, 21500 Northwestern Highway. A trial date is set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3.

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Published September 29, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Each year, attendees of the International Festival have the chance to take a trip around the world in a day, and all they have to do is enter the Southfield Pavilion.


Now in its 89th year, the International Festival, a weekend event celebrating the world’s vast array of cultures, will get underway Oct. 10-11 at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.


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

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Published September 23, 2015

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Although summer has come and gone, there’s still some fun to be had in Lathrup Village. The 20th annual Fall Family Festival will soon be underway.


On Sunday, Sept. 27, Lathrup Village residents and residents from surrounding communities will gather at Lathrup Village City Hall, 27400 Southfield Road, to enjoy all things fall.


For a $7 admission price, people will be served lunch, cider and doughnuts, and can enjoy various fall activities such as a petting zoo, horse and pony rides, and train rides 1-4 p.m.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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