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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT/WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield resident Larry Filipczak is well-immersed in the automotive world.

An automotive engineer for General Motors Co. by day, Filipczak dedicates his free time to traditional hot rods.

Filipczak has been attending Detroit’s Autorama since he was a kid in the 1970s, and what he enjoys most about the event is the community friendships that have been built over the years, he said.

“You go to see your friends; you go to see ... people you haven’t seen in sometimes a year,” Filipczak said.

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Published February 18, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ever wondered what it’s like to experience the Oscars?

West Bloomfield student filmmakers will get the red carpet treatment when their films are put on the big screen 2-4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Emagine Theatre in Novi.

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Published February 18, 2016

Berkley American Legion Post 374
2079 12 Mile Road, Berkley

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Published February 18, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —Twelve members of the Rollin 60s Crips street gang in northwest Detroit have been indicted, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced Feb. 10.

Included in the 12 was 30-year-old West Bloomfield resident Sadeisha Johns, also known as Lady Mayhem, who was charged with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act conspiracy.

The indictments are a product of the Detroit One initiative, which aims to reduce crime in Detroit through the combined efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement.

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Published February 17, 2016

A 15-year-old West Bloomfield High School student is in custody after making threats against West Bloomfield High School on Twitter Feb. 16.

At 11:20 p.m., the department began receiving phone calls from concerned residents about multiple Twitter postings from user Jo-666, who posted threats to the high school through the handle @unnoticed666, Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson said. The threats were directed to @wbhslakersports, which is the account for Principal Pat Watson.

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Published February 17, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Put on your boots and grab your baskets! 

The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s Spring Flint Egg Hunts and Spring Fling Flashlight Egg Hunt will take place at Drake Sports Park March 18. 

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Published February 17, 2016

WALLED LAKE — The Walled Lake Central High School Student Council held its annual Souper Bowls fundraiser during all three school lunches Jan. 28, ladling out donations to the Hospitality House Food Pantry in Walled Lake.

Souper Bowls is an extension of the school’s annual canned food drive and is designed to raise money for the Hospitality House, said senior Noah Bloom, president of the Walled Lake Central Student Council.

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Published February 17, 2016

The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society is fortunate to have the wooden home address sign from the summer home of Albert and Ernestine Kahn, whose summer home was on the north shore of Walnut Lake in the 1920s. 

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Published February 17, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield community is invited to a fundraiser to give kids with special needs a memory they’ll never forget — high school prom. 

The fundraiser, which is designed to provide inclusive social opportunities for students with special needs, will be held at Leo’s Coney Island 4-8 p.m. Feb. 18. Leo’s Coney Island is located at 7160 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield, near 14 Mile Road. 

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Published February 17, 2016

METRO DETROIT — As the water crisis unfolds in Flint, homeowners living in older houses may want to consider that they risk lead contamination as well.

Lead is a toxic metal that can be found throughout the environment — in the air, soil or water — or even inside the home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that at least 4 million U.S. households have children living in them who are exposed to elevated lead levels. 

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s been more than 10 years that the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority has been working with law enforcement officers around the county as part of its pre-booking jail diversion program.

But recently, the county made its effort official with a resolution to continue training that keeps nonviolent misdemeanor offenders with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities out of jail.

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Published February 15, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Those who frequent Interstate 75 can expect some relief from rush hour traffic this year, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced during his 2016 State of the County address.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin working on widening I-75 this summer in an effort to ease congestion and improve commerce, Patterson said in front of an estimated 600 people at the Auburn Hills Marriott Feb. 10.

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Published February 11, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The former Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit camp counselor who is charged with four counts of child pornography has asked that his statements taken at the time of his arrest be suppressed from evidence because his request for an attorney was ignored.

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Published February 11, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Following a lengthy discussion about fire pits and open burning at the West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 8, the trustees voted 7-0 to go back to the drawing board and write an ordinance designed to appeal to those in favor of and those against wood burning.

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Published February 10, 2016

WALLED LAKE — Imagine a city that runs on wind and solar power, and a wave generator. 

Now imagine that the city has no need for new water, and air pollution is minimal. 

Zenith Crest, Texas, a future city created by Geisler Middle School students, sits along the Gulf of Mexico and is home to over 100,000 future people. The city was developed as part of Michigan’s Future City competition, sponsored by the Engineering Society of Detroit.  

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Published February 4, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Are we safe from space? 

Solar eclipses and solar flares can be dangerous, but sixth-grade STEAM students at Orchard Lake Middle School are on the case.

These future scientists, designers and literary scholars aren’t basing their findings solely on reading what is already known — they’re engaging in project-based learning and examining data to develop safety nets for space dangers. 

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Published February 4, 2016

NOVI — For Clint Parker, of Clint Parker Fine Furniture in Royal Oak, crafting furniture is better than a 9-to-5 job.

“There’s a passion. When you get out of bed, you can’t wait to get to it. I haven’t had that with any other job,” Parker said. 

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Published February 2, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield Township, in conjunction with the 14th District Congressional Republican Committee and the West Bloomfield Lakes Area Democratic Club, is collecting bottled water and monetary donations to assist Flint during the city’s water crisis. 

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