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Published May 4, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — As a child, West Bloomfield resident Gerald Provencal, 75, said he remembers his mother telling him to “look out for the little guy.” 

“My mother was one of those people who was part of that ‘greatest generation,’” Provencal said, explaining that his mother would help “anyone in a jam.” 

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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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Published April 28, 2016

KEEGO HARBOR — Keego Harbor residents who have direct access to Dollar and Cass lakes and to the canal that connects the two are no longer permitted to dock their boats on the canal. 

Instead, the boats must be docked on their respective lake. 

The Keego Harbor City Council unanimously approved the amendment to the lake access and docking regulations April 21 after receiving multiple complaints over the years that the parked boats were impeding traffic. 

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Published April 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Vehicles will roll into Drake Sports Park for the second annual Touch-A-Truck event 6-9 p.m. May 6. 

In preparation for the event, which is hosted by the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission, the park will be closed 3-6 p.m., and participants will not be permitted in the park prior to doors opening. Touch-A-Truck costs $5 per car, and all proceeds will fund the commission’s camp financial aid program. 

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Published April 27, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — Expired pills cluttering your medicine cabinet? 

Residents are encouraged to review medication in their houses and dispose of any unwanted, unused or expired drugs during a drug collection event hosted by the Orchard Lake Police Department and Walgreens in Orchard Lake.

Drugs will be collected 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 outside of Walgreens, 4104 Orchard Lake Road. 

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Published April 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The Trefoil is the Girl Scouts of the United States of America’s traditional shortbread cookie. 

But add prosecco-infused whip-ped cream, fresh strawberries, lemon and a ginger sauce, and the cookie becomes anything but traditional.

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Published April 27, 2016

WALLED LAKE/WEST BLOOMFIELD — Nine Walled Lake and three West Bloomfield schools have received their Michigan Green School designation for 2016. 

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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Published April 20, 2016

The West Bloomfield Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering incident that allegedly occurred at a residence on Iverness Lane, near West Long Lake and Orchard Lake roads.

Police officers were dispatched at 11:52 a.m. April 18 after a woman stated that a white man wearing a red baseball cap and dirty jeans gained entry to the house through an unlocked door. According to a press release, the woman alleged that the suspect struggled with her and then fled the scene.

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Formal complaints have been filed with the Secretary of State’s Office against three elected township officials for allegedly violating the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. 

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Nine Orchard Lake Middle School students put their history knowledge to the test during the Detroit regional finals of the National History Bee April 11. 

This year, Orchard Lake Middle School hosted students from across the state, and as far as Ohio and Indiana. Sixth-grade students Max Joyce and Ryan Rucker and eighth-grade student Sydney Brogniart qualified for the 2016 national competition, which will be held in Chicago June 9-12. 

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Gear up for the pro-Israel demonstration of the season. 

The annual Walk for Israel is right around the corner, and this year the event is bigger than ever as coordinators have introduced a family bicycle ride that will take place just days before the walk and 5K run. 

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — This year, the Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival is celebrating its 18th anniversary. 

And in honor of the number 18 — which is special in Jewish culture, as it means life — the festival will celebrate Jewish life spanning across times, cultures and locations. 

The film festival will be held at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts May 8-19, and select films will be shown at the Flint Institute of Arts April 26-May 19.

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Community members are invited to enjoy a night of music while raising funds for those in need during the West Bloomfield Police Foundation’s Concert for a Cause.

The concert is presented in partnership with the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission and will be held at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts 6:30-9 p.m. June 23. 

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Published April 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Cluttered closets causing chaos? Are you dancing the spring cleaning shuffle? 

Before you begin purging unwanted items, local experts suggest asking yourself if you can repurpose, reuse or recycle.

West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation naturalist Lauren Azoury said that landfills often are taken for granted.

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Published April 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste held the seventh annual State of the Township address April 4, at which she welcomed new and future businesses, promoted the township’s RiverSafe program and highlighted the public safety departments.

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Published April 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Volunteers are needed to help pick up debris along a portion of Haggerty Road in West Bloomfield during the first Earth Day Haggerty Road cleanup event, which will be held 5-8 p.m. April 22. 

Those who wish to participate are asked to meet at the rear of the parking lot of Meijer, located at 1703 Haggerty Road.

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Published April 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  What started as an investigation of an identity theft in West Bloomfield has resulted in the indictment of a Detroit man accused of child pornography acts and trafficking adult women.  

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Published April 13, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Since 2006, child poverty rates have increased in 80 of Michigan’s 83 counties, according to the Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2016, which the Michigan League for Public Policy released March 21. 

The Michigan League for Public Policy is a nonpartisan policy institute that works to ensure economic security for people in Michigan.

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Published April 11, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — Dennis North is used to seeing his name in lights. 

But the lights shone even brighter for the Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge fine and performing arts department professor with his latest role as a scheming politician in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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