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Published November 24, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — It won’t be long before the Potters Market opens its doors for business.

Now in its 40th year, the Potters Market will feature around 35,000 pieces by 140 potters. They’re made to the show’s exacting standards, including many in the $5-$30 price range. It’s an event where you never know what you’ll see next, since the selection changes as items are sold and new items take their place. 

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Published November 20, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield theater has received a $15,000 grant from the state of Michigan for its general operating budget.

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, was awarded the grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as one of more than 550 applicants for a grant.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Development Director Linda Ramsay-Detherage said the grant was one the theater had to match, meaning it had to prove it could generate $15,000, which it already has done.

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Published November 18, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The scene at Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills campus Nov. 16 was a bit strange. There were students walking around grocery shopping, paying bills, taking a trip to the pawn shop and even selling drugs.

It was all an act, of course, as government, psychology and social work students participated in the college’s annual poverty simulation. 

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 12, 2015

FARMINGTON — Parents who might be having trouble with unruly children and how to deal with them can find help at a parenting fair this weekend at Oakland Community College.

The Parenting Education Fair will take place 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, on the Orchard Ridge Campus of OCC, 27055 Orchard Lake Road. The event costs $15 at the door, and there will be on-site child care if parents wish to peruse without the children. Child care costs $3 for one child and $5 for two or more children.

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Published November 5, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A new ordinance that was proposed at the township’s Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 9 would, if passed, allow homeowners to use fire pits on their property.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 2, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — After finishing training in mid-October, the West Bloomfield Township Police Department has prepared all of its officers to administer a drug that fights the effects of a heroin overdose.

The drug, naloxone hydrochloride, or Narcan, helps prevent the respiratory depression, sedation and low blood pressure that can come from an opioid overdose, such as with heroin.

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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 29, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — From Sunday, Oct. 25, to Thursday, Dec. 10, the Janice Charach Gallery will be decorated with colorful mosaic artwork that holds a deeper meaning.

The exhibition, titled “Just Desserts,” features a collection by three Michigan-native artists from around the state, using desserts to describe their feelings on today’s society. More than 60 pieces are on display. 

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Published October 27, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s been a good year for West Bloomfield’s Two Muses Theatre. Members of the female-centric theatrical company felt like they had finally cemented their place in the community: They’ve performed numerous comedic, dramatic and musical productions for local fans, and in turn, they’ve slowly but surely built up a loyal audience since the theater was founded in 2011.

And then, the curtain fell.

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Published October 23, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For the 64th year in a row, the largest Jewish book fair in the country returns to offer a plethora of book options for the public to see.

The 64th annual Jewish Book Fair will take place Nov. 4-15 at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, 6600 W. Maple Road.

Attracting an average of 20,000 visitors each year, the fair will feature several dozen speakers from across the country and locally in Michigan, ranging from a former White House diplomat to a rabbi lauded for his work battling childhood cancer.

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Published October 21, 2015

In the Beacon’s coverage area, voters will decide races for Keego Harbor City Council and Orchard Lake City Council, as well as two amendments to the Keego Harbor City Charter.

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Published October 8, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In an effort to create a more efficient office, the West Bloomfield Police Department has been beta testing a new computer program recently that allows personnel to digitally track and analyze records that were previously kept only in paper format.

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Published October 7, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD  —  According to event organizers at The Berman, “Hey, you guys!” is not only one of the most famous quotes from the 1985 movie “The Goonies,” it’s also a call to all those looking for a little bit of nostalgia in their life.

Starting Oct. 15, The Berman Center for Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Road, will host a movie series called Throwback Thursdays, featuring screenings of some of the most beloved films from yesteryear.

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Published September 30, 2015

KEEGO HARBOR/SYLVAN LAKE — The Sylvan Lake and Keego Harbor garden clubs will germinate a perennial exchange at the gazebo at Rose Sortor Park in Keego Harbor 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 3.

Rose Sortor Park is located near Keego Harbor City Hall, 2025 Beechmont St. Refreshments will be provided by the Keego Harbor Garden Club.

Previously, the Sylvan Lake Garden Club solely hosted the annual event in the spring, but last spring, the Keego Harbor Garden Club joined in. This is the first fall perennial exchange.

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Published September 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Every three days, a baby in Michigan dies from an unsafe sleep environment.

September is Safe Sleep Awareness Month, and initial data for 2015 indicates that the number of infants who are believed to have died because of suffocation is increasing, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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Published September 30, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — The Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society, in conjunction with the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary and the city of Orchard Lake, will offer residents a chance to explore the changing seasons during the Autumn Nature Walk at 2 p.m. Oct. 18.

Guided by Naturalist Carol Fink, the free hike is part of a nature series held twice a year at the Orchard Lake Nature Sanctuary — on Pontiac Trail, just west of Old Orchard Trail — in celebration of spring and autumn.

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Published September 23, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Seven months after a fire enveloped a house in the 6800 block of Apple Blossom, two men have been arrested for delivering and manufacturing marijuana in the house.

Twenty-six-year-old Joseph Semma and 25-year-old Justin Semma were charged with two-count felonies for delivering and manufacturing 5 to 45 kilograms of marijuana. One count is for 28 pounds of loose marijuana, and the other count is for the 28 mature and 28 immature marijuana plants found in the house, according to West Bloomfield Police Detective Pete Canelopoulos.

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