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Published March 5, 2014

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Showcasing West Bloomfield School District’s fine arts programs, the West Bloomfield Educational Foundation will host its second annual Festival of Music at the Orchard Mall from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8.

The festival, which is free to the public, will feature fine arts groups from every school in the West Bloomfield School District — even the preschool — including vocal, instrumental and musical theater performances. More than 200 kids, families and teachers will participate in the event.

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Published February 19, 2014

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Sixty to 90 days is how long residents of Deerfield Village and surrounding subdivisions along Maple Road will have to wait for an answer regarding whether the Road Commission for Oakland County will construct a new traffic light at Heather Heath or restore the Ealy Elementary traffic light.

Residents and township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste filled the RCOC boardroom for a public meeting Feb. 5 to request the light at Ealy Elementary be turned from flashing yellow to fully functioning for safety and traffic-flow purposes.

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Published February 19, 2014

The old saying goes that a little sugar and spice make everything nice. Well, there’s no doubt we’ve got the sugar thing down pat; but are we really taking advantage of the amazing flavors that spices can add to our cooking?

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Published February 13, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring a workshop for Oakland County lakefront property owners to create, restore and manage natural shorelines at the Cranbrook Institute of Science 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8.

“This is an educational program to help homeowners that live along lakes … to understand the importance of a natural shoreline,” said Bindu Bhakta, extension educator with the MSU Extension.

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Published January 14, 2014

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Public Library has expanded the number of tutoring sessions for Android and iPad tablets since the summer of 2013, adding additional sessions January through May.

“We’ve seen an increased need in our patrons coming in with questions,” said Michael Bruno, adult services coordinator for the library. “For January and February, there are more sessions than usual due to the holiday gift-giving.”

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Published January 4, 2014

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Re-creating the 1963 March on Washington, the West Bloomfield community is invited to join students and their families in the 20th annual United We Walk event at West Bloomfield High School at 3 p.m. Jan. 19.

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Published January 4, 2014

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Eric Pequeno, a West Bloomfield insurance and retirement planner, can officially say that he, along with five other international kiteboarders, has done the impossible.

Battling sharks, jellyfish and near-drowning experiences, the six kiteboarders completed a 3,720-mile, first-ever kiteboard relay across the South Atlantic Ocean Dec. 17.

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Published January 1, 2014

From the West Bloomfield grandmother sentenced for murdering her grandson to Keego Harbor approving the construction of the new Magnolia by the Lakes facility, residents in C & G’s coverage area were enveloped with both tragedy and new birth in 2013.

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Published November 26, 2013

The lights, the songs, the anticipation! No, it’s not everyone tearing into their presents on Christmas morning as the holiday music plays in the background — it’s one of the many festive shows you’ll find around town.

And after all of the preparation, stress, spending, wrapping and running around, what better gift to give to yourself than an evening to sit back, relax and be entertained?

Here are just a few of this year’s highlights:

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Published October 30, 2013

SYLVAN LAKE — Two tons of pumpkins arrived at the Sylvan Lake Community Center at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, transforming the lawn into a personal pumpkin patch for the kids of Sylvan Lake.

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Published October 16, 2013

KEEGO HARBOR — Promoting healthy minds, spirits and bodies, Roosevelt Elementary School has teamed with Playworks for a second year to provide organized activities that not only introduce nourishing lifestyles, but conflict resolution.

Playworks, formerly Sports for Kids, is a national nonprofit organization that provides safe and inclusive physical activity to low-income, urban schools. The program began in Michigan in July 2010, and 15 schools currently participate.

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Published October 4, 2013

KEEGO HARBOR — In a unanimous vote Sept. 23, the Keego Harbor City Council approved the site plans for Magnolia by the Lakes, an assisted and independent living facility and rehabilitation center slated for Cass Lake Road and Stapleton Drive.

Keego Harbor Mayor Sid Rubin explained at the ground-breaking ceremony, which took place Sept. 27, that the council, after taking public comment, approved the project in record time — 48 days, to be exact.

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Published October 2, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Shelly Jo Kraft, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wayne State University and a West Bloomfield resident, was awarded the prestigious Manuel Garcia Prize for her research on the link between genetics and stuttering.

Kraft received her doctorate in speech language pathology, studying the genetics of stuttering and developmental stuttering, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009. She completed her post-doctorate studies in human genetics in 2011 at the University of Chicago.

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Published October 2, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — “Show the Laker Pride,” a group of West Bloomfield cheerleaders shouted while celebrating the district’s Family Fun Night Friday, Sept. 20.

Because of the rain and cold, the event honoring the U.S. military, police and fire heroes was relocated indoors, and residents of West Bloomfield packed the hallways and gym, showing their support.

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Published September 25, 2013

WALLED LAKE — With families’ donations to the Wixom Elementary PTA, the school unveiled a new paved walking path at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 6.

“The whole school of 550 students attended, and then we probably had about 20 parents and dignitaries. We also had the Western High School cross country team as our special guests,” said Principal Alec Bender.

Guest speakers at the ceremony included Walled Lake Schools Superintendent Kenneth Gutman, PTA President Jennifer Ludwig and Walled Lake Western High School cross country coach Brad Scheck.

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Published September 5, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — With more than 26 new classes debuting at West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation this season, as well as a new lineup of nature programs, boredom is not an option this autumn.

Naturalist Lauren Azoury, who joined the Parks and Recreation staff in July, said she is excited to get the nature programs up and running again.

“There are so many beautiful parks and a very diverse ecosystem in West Bloomfield, and I’ve really enjoyed exploring the wetlands and unique trails,” said Azoury.

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Published August 28, 2013

By Cari DeLamielleure-Scott
C & G Contributing Writer

SYLVAN LAKE — A local history group is hoping some new signs will shed light on the area’s past.

As part of the MotorCities National Heritage Area’s Wayside Exhibit Program, the city of Sylvan Lake dedicated a series of historical signs at the annual Sylvan Lake Garden Club ice cream social Aug. 15.

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Published August 28, 2013

DETROIT — With its exotic blooms and tranquil atmosphere, stepping inside the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle is like stepping into a world of natural wonder.

There, visitors will find an acre of cacti, blooming plants, tropical trees, ferns and unusual orchids in the World of Horticulture alone, along with the elegant formal perennial garden and lily pond gardens.

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Published August 28, 2013

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Oakland County Art Authority has sent a strong statement to those handling the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy: hands off the DIA.

During the most recent meeting of the Oakland County Art Authority Aug. 20, the five-member board voted unanimously to pass a resolution that would cancel their existing contract to financially support the Detroit Institute of Arts if the museum’s collection is affected by the city’s bankruptcy process.

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Published August 15, 2013

KEEGO HARBOR — Fine dining, as defined by hard-to-pronounce dishes and exorbitant prices, might be a thing of the past, chef Jeremy Grandon, of Jeremy Restaurant & Bar, said. But excellent food and an appreciation for the art of cooking are not.

People looking to explore that art and learn to make gourmet meals at home are filling up local cooking classes this summer.

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