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Published August 26, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Ever wondered what major crimes have happened nearby or where roads are closed within the township?

West Bloomfield residents will have quicker access to that information as the West Bloomfield Police Department launches its Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Facebook page is currently up and running, and the Twitter page is not far behind.

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Published August 26, 2015

KEEGO HARBOR — The Keego Harbor Parks and Recreation Commission will host the third annual A Taste of Keego Harbor at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Santia Hall.

Adults are invited to join the commission in tasting appetizers, main dishes and desserts from 18 local restaurants, including Bachelor’s One, Bellacino’s, Bosko’s Coffee & Kitchen, Yard Bird and Paradise Cakes. This year, two new restaurants have been added to the list — Indo Indonesian Restaurant and Filo Fresh.

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Published August 20, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nonwoven wipes are used on a daily basis.

Whether they’re used to clean a countertop, remove makeup or  change a baby, the convenience of nonwoven wipes makes them a marketable product.

But despite their handiness, nonwoven wipes can cause significant damage to sewer systems if they are not disposed of properly.

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Published August 18, 2015

Emma “Big Mama” Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, died at Heartland of West Bloomfield Aug. 16. She was 110 years old.
A mother of five, Didlake outlived her children and her husband.

On July 17, Didlake was escorted by members of Talons Out Honor Flight and her granddaughter, Marilyn Horne, of Farmington Hills, to Washington, D.C., where she met President Barack Obama and visited various national memorials.

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.

With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.

If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 14, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will host the 11th annual Grub Crawl from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 19.

The crawl formerly was hosted by the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce on a Thursday night, but when the commission took it over, officials decided to move the crawl to a Saturday so participants could attend an afterglow concert at Drake Sports Park.

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Published August 13, 2015

A West Bloomfield resident who was a day camp counselor at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit has been turned over to federal custody after he allegedly took photos of children undressing at the JCC.

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Published August 13, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Oakland County Health Division announced Aug. 3 that mosquitoes found in a trap set in southeastern Oakland County tested positive for the West Nile virus.

This is the first mosquito pool that has tested positive in the county this year.

The Health Division has traps set in five locations throughout the county, but officials are not releasing specifically where the traps are set.

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Published August 12, 2015

The 18-year-old Highland woman who was driving the Chevrolet Cruze that struck and killed Keego Harbor resident Bobby Horvath in May has been charged with two felonies.

Savannah Iams, 18, was charged with operating while intoxicated causing death and reckless driving causing death. Both charges are punishable by up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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Published August 12, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Calling all pooches.

The time has come for dogs of all breeds and sizes to close down the outdoor pool at the Family Aquatic Center during the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s annual Dogs Only Swim Aug. 22.

Swim sessions are organized by the dogs’ sizes and last 30 minutes each. Dogs 30 pounds and less will swim 9:30-10 a.m.; dogs 31-79 pounds will swim 10:15-10:45 a.m and again 11:45-12:15; and dogs 80 pounds and heavier will swim 11-11:30 a.m.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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Published August 5, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — The Orchard Lake Police Department is investigating an accident that involved a vehicle striking a pedestrian in Orchard Lake the morning of July 27.

At about 6:50 a.m., the Police Department received a call that a vehicle had struck a pedestrian on Pontiac Trail, near Deer Run Circle, according to Police Chief Joe George.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — There’s no doubt about it. It’s hot out there.

Got a bottle of water with you? Good. But many don’t think to snag some aqua as they rush out the door each day during the summer, and experts say that could lead to some serious consequences.

Dr. Supak Sookkasikon, with Emcura Urgent Care in Bloomfield Township, said that this time of year, she sees at least one patient each day with symptoms of dehydration.

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Published August 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While people have been told for years that they can help conserve water by turning off running sinks and taking shorter showers, new technology is combining with old techniques to provide residents with additional measures they can take around the home.

Water shortages and restrictions are not the issue here that they are in the American Southwest, but some of the things developed there can be — and have been — exported to other parts of the country.

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Published August 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Smile … there’s a new dental program in town.

This fall, Baker College officials will open the doors of the Clinton Township campus’s new Center for Dental Hygiene Education, which will house the new Associate of Science in dental hygiene program.

School officials renovated more than 32,600 square feet of the former “C” building to create the new hygiene education center, which features a state-of-the-art dental clinic, classrooms, a practice laboratory and 20 patient care operatories.

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Published July 30, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It may seem easier to park kids in front of a screen while on a road trip, but experts suggest that read-along books are more interactive for children and the whole family.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children older than the age of 2 should not exceed on average two hours of screen time per day, according to Dr. Beth Swartz, a pediatrician with Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Children younger than 2 years old should have zero screen time.

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