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Published September 23, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  After receiving complaints that drivers are speeding through school zones during enforcement times, the West Bloomfield Police Department is stepping up patrols, and drivers in violation could face double the normal fine for school zone infractions.

Traffic officer Bob Houchins said the fines are set by the courts and vary from court to court. Houchins was not sure what the fine is for the 48th District Court, as the court can change its fine schedule, and he suggested that people with questions contact the court itself.

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Published September 23, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield Fire Department welcomes the community to kick off Fire Prevention Week with the department’s annual open house noon-3 p.m. Oct. 4.

The open house will be held at Fire Station No. 1, 4601 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield.

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Published September 23, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In the early morning of Aug. 22, Westacres resident Harvey Donohue awoke to people yelling outside that a neighbor’s house was on fire.

Donohue and his wife “jumped up and ran across the street” to find his lifelong friend Duncan Galbraith’s house burning, Donohue said. But Galbraith, whom Donohue knew would need extra assistance getting out of the house because he uses a walker, was not among the neighbors standing in the street.

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Published September 17, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  ’Tis the season for college applications.

Admissions officers traditionally review GPAs, essays and extracurricular activities, but 35-50 percent of colleges and universities are also researching a student’s electronic footprint, according to Julie Fisher, executive director of Building Better Families Through Action. And if a student is on a waiting list or in the running for a scholarship, that percentage goes “way up,” she added.

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 15, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will throw its annual Fall Fest 2-5 p.m. Oct. 3 at Marshbank Park.

Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer Meagan Kurnat said the Fall Fest is a tradition for the commission and one of the free events offered to the community each year.

“It’s a way to say ‘thank you’ to all of our residents for being supportive of our programs and parks. … We look at (the festival) as a way to give back a little bit,” Kurnat said.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.

Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD  — The West Bloomfield School District will honor U.S. military, police and fire heroes at the fifth annual Family Fun Night at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at West Bloomfield High School.

Following the event, West Bloomfield families are invited to show their Laker pride and cheer on the football team at a 7 p.m. game against Clarkston High School.

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Published September 9, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — During the Ten Days of Repentance, two congregations in West Bloomfield have found unique ways to give alms.

Temple Shir Shalom will collect nonperishable food during its annual food drive 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 20. Food can be dropped off at either Temple Shir Shalom or at The Corners, 2075 Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.

For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 4, 2015

Federal prosecutors say it is “extremely likely” that a former camp counselor “engaged in some form of sexual contact with campers.”

The statement came after the attorney for the former Jewish Community Center for Metropolitan Detroit camp counselor requested he be released into his parents’ custody.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With school back in session, families will soon be swinging into hectic schedules.

But instead of getting in the habit of saying, “I don’t have time,” Laura Meagher, a registered dietitian at Beaumont Hospital, said everyone can and should make time to eat healthy.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.

The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 30, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Labor Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time for Friendship Circle’s annual Walk4Friendship, which will take place Sept. 6.

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Published August 29, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Mothers and fathers, step aside. It’s time for grandparents to shine.

To celebrate Grandparents Day, the youth and adult services departments at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library have teamed up to throw a grandparents bash 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 12.

Kids are invited to grab their grandparents and venture out to the main library branch to enjoy special activities designed to make visiting the library a family tradition.

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Published August 28, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Walking into the West Bloomfield High School courtyard, students and staff will notice a change to the neglected space this school year.

After months of planning, English teacher Jennifer McQuillan, a group of student volunteers and community members began the first phase of the school’s new literary garden Aug. 19-21 and Aug. 24.

The garden is reportedly the first of its kind in the nation and will feature plants, flowers and trees cut from gardens belonging to famous American authors.

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Published August 27, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In just two minutes, West Bloomfield firefighter/paramedic Josh Lyon changed a woman’s life forever.

The West Bloomfield Fire Department received a call from a resident in the 5200 block of Cedarhurst Drive at 1:34 a.m. June 26. The woman, who is in her 50s, told dispatchers that there was a fire in the house and that she was trapped in the master bedroom.

The first fire truck arrived at 1:40 a.m., and the woman was rescued from her home at 1:42 a.m.

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Published August 26, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A day camp counselor at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit will remain in federal custody pending trial after he allegedly took photos of children undressing at the JCC.

Matthew Kuppe, 21, of West Bloomfield, was charged in federal court Aug. 13 with production, distribution and possession of child pornography, according to Khaalid Walls, northeast regional communications director/spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the Department of Homeland Security.

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