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Published February 2, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Despite Old Man Winter refraining from dumping piles of snow so far this winter season, the Road Commission for Oakland County and local public works departments are reporting average salt use at this time. 

Craig Bryson, Road Commission public information officer, said that the Road Commission has had to salt the roads almost daily because of the frequent dusting of snow on the roads.

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Published February 2, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — New York City resident Jeff Stolzer walked into a Los Angeles barbershop in the spring of 1991 needing a haircut and walked out with a play idea.  

“It’s one of those things (where) you sit in the chair, he cuts your hair and you talk, and there is this strange type of intimacy,” Stolzer said.

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Published February 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield Township is still a “welcoming” community. 

In April 2015, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to become a Welcoming City through the organization Welcoming America. But with the Nov. 13, 2015, Paris attacks and the growing presence of the Islamic State group, residents protested the designation at the Jan. 25 Board of Trustees meeting and urged board members to drop the title. 

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Published February 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Exams can be “ruff.”

To ease the tension from final exam preparation, West Bloomfield High School students shook paws and relaxed with therapy dogs in the school’s iCenter Jan. 21.

The Paws and Relax program, organized by information and technology specialist Julie Abeska, originated after Abeska began researching how therapy dogs can benefit students. 

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Published January 26, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission is urging residents to embrace the chill this February and enjoy some of the upcoming programs being offered. 

While the nation has its eyes on Punxsutawney Phil for the annual season prediction, West Bloomfield kids are invited to meet a live groundhog and his fellow mammal friends at the third annual Groundhog and Friends Live Animal Show 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

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Published January 26, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — United States Attorney Barbara McQuade — joined by West Bloomfield Police Chief Michael Patton and representatives from the FBI — announced Jan. 13 that an Ontario man had pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting two minor girls. 

Antonio Fontana, 58, of Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation, including the unlawful coercion and enticement of the two girls, the production of child pornography and the extortion of the girls using the Internet.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 22, 2016

The Road Commission for Oakland County has closed the Putnam Drive bridge over Walnut Lake canal indefinitely due to severe deterioration, the commission announced Jan. 22.

Public Information Officer Craig Bryson said the bridge, which sits north of Walnut Lake Road and west of Inkster Road, was inspected Jan. 20. Engineers reported that the support beams are badly rusted, and one is detached from the structure. Inspectors also found holes in the deck, he said.

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Published January 21, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Kids will hit the jackpot when their parents roll the dice to raise money for the West Bloomfield School District. 

The West Bloomfield Education Foundation, a charitable foundation that collects money and distributes it throughout the district, is hosting the second annual Casino Night at Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township 7-11 p.m. Feb. 5.

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Published January 21, 2016

METRO DETROIT — With temperatures in the teens and 20s, it seems winter is finally upon us, and with it, the desire to hit the ice.

But with much of December and even the beginning of January experiencing temperatures in the high 30s to even 40 degrees, local experts say it’s best to pack caution along with those ice fishing poles.

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Published January 20, 2016

WALLED LAKE  — Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Superintendent Kenneth Gutman would’ve been honored just to have been considered as one of the best superintendents in Michigan.

Now he has an award to make it official.

The Michigan Association of School Administrators recently selected Gutman as the Region 9 Superintendent of the Year. He was one of nine superintendents to be recognized. His region encompasses Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Published January 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Celebrating communities of “faith, knowledge and service,” local Catholic schools will highlight their efforts during National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31-Feb. 6.

“Each day we have special events planned ... celebrating who we are and why our school is special,” said Julie DeGrez, principal of St. Germaine Catholic School in St. Clair Shores. “We’re able to learn about and practice our faith every single day.

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Published January 19, 2016

WALLED LAKE — The Walled Lake Consolidated School District held its 15th annual Walled Lake Day for Strings concert on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Six hundred students from many schools in the district — from Walled Lake Central, Walled Lake Northern and Walled Lake Western high schools to Walnut Creek and Clifford H. Smart middle schools — attended the event to learn from teachers, both current and former, over the course of the day and end with multiple concert performances.

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Published January 19, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road, along with the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, held its monthly open house Jan. 10 and focused the day on the connection between two Sylvan Lake institutions.

“Our monthly open house is an opportunity for people to come in and see what we have,” Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society President Gina Gregory said. “We’re looking to highlight all the decades of history, because it’s fun to connect with the past.”

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Published January 14, 2016

Crew members from all six West Bloomfield fire stations were dispatched to a house fire in the 6200 block of Rue du Lac, near Pontiac Trail and Halsted Road, at 2:14 a.m. Jan. 14.

Residents from across Upper Straits Lake reported the fire, and fire crews from Station 3 could see flames while responding, according to a press release. Upon arrival, fire crews reportedly found the house almost completely enveloped in fire.

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Published January 11, 2016

It was a media metropolis at the beginning of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

A daylong event open to media members kicked off around 7 a.m. and concluded at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at Cobo Center. Those associated with various car brands made keynote presentations: Chrysler, Chevrolet, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda, Hyundai and Kia.

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Published January 8, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 5 signed legislation eliminating straight ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 7, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A new ordinance that was scheduled to be introduced at the Jan. 11 township Board of Trustees meeting would put regulations on businesses looking to explore for gas and oil in West Bloomfield.

The ordinance would put restrictions on how businesses could go about exploring for gas and oil. The measure is designed to protect the health and safety of the township’s residents, according to Township Supervisor Michele Economou Ureste.

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Published January 6, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Area Agency on Aging 1-B will be offering classes in West Bloomfield beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, for older adults and seniors on how to reduce the fear of falling and on diabetes management.

Area Agency Communications Manager Kathleen Yanik said the fall prevention classes are about teaching people practical skills to help build their confidence, reduce their fear of falling and help them become more active. 

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Published January 6, 2016

WALLED LAKE/FARMINGTON HILLS — Justin Howard loves the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association so much that his daughter was born while he was in Florida during an OCCRA competition in 2002.

The OCCRA volunteer is bringing up his children, including twin preteen boys, to have a love of robotics. They are involved in competition at the middle school level.

As a mentor for both a high school team and a middle school OCCRA team, Howard has been a part of the organization for the past 15 years.

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