Chris Jackett

Published May 28, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Recycling efforts in the city are on the rise and officials want to keep it that way.

In the past two months, the City of Farmington Hills announced the total recycling rate has risen to almost 40 percent since the switch to the new, wheeled recycling carts.

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Published May 22, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For the seventh annual year, one local nonprofit group is presenting a jazz concert to raise funds toward providing gifts for cancer patients.

The overall effort by Farmington Hills-based Living For Music Inc. is designed to make things a little easier for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer by giving 60-100 local patients gift bags that could include blankets, empty water bottles, custom thank-you cards, bracelets, CDs, hand sanitizer and other items. CD players and iPods have also been donated in the past.

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Published May 22, 2013

Anyone heading down Power Road, south of 11 Mile, are likely to run across a Field of Flags outside the Farmington Hills Church of God.

The FHCoG, 25717 Power, is hosting the traveling Field of Flags from May 3-27. As of press deadline, the field featured 6,699 flags after having arrived with 6,687. Each flag honors a soldier killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, meaning 12 have died since the fixture came to Farmington Hills. About 250 flags represent Michigan soldiers and any additional flags will be added each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. until the display moves on to its next location.

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Published May 15, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Police are warning residents to exercise caution if they receive a suspicious phone call or email, as scams, especially those targeting senior adults, continue to occur.

“The one that I see most often is the phone call from someone indicating a family member or friend is stuck out of country and needs money for bond, etc.,” Farmington Hills Police Cmdr. David Stasch via email.  “The potential victims are asked to send a money order to a location outside of the U.S.

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Published May 15, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — The city’s Center for Active Adults is looking to create a new Bicycling Club for residents of Farmington and Farmington Hills who have crossed the half-century mark.

The Center for Active Adults was scheduled to host an introductory meeting May 14 at the Costick Center, where representatives from D & D Bicycles in Westland planned to give an informative presentation with tips for bicyclists of all skill levels.

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Published May 15, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — With high school graduates going off to live on their own on college campuses, surrounded by new environments, how they’re holding up mentally is sometimes a cause for concern.

Mental health has found itself increasingly the focal point of various conversations following instances of suicides and other problems throughout the region.

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Published May 13, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — With the 199th anniversary of Norway’s constitution taking place May 17, local residents will celebrate their heritage Saturday with Norwegian Constitution Day festivities.

The Nordkap Lodge, a branch of the Sons of Norway, will host the gathering 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18 at the Swedish Club, 22398 Ruth St., celebrating the signing of the constitution in 1814 that established Norway as an independent sovereign state.

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Published May 8, 2013

FARMINGTON — After a month-long conversation that had been brewing for a year, the decision was made last week to place a new school district bond on the Aug. 6 ballot.

Following almost two hours of discussion, including 13 public comment speakers, the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education voted 6-1 April 30 to place a 1.6-mill bond before voters, with the expectation of generating an amount not to exceed $222 million for building upgrades.

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Published May 8, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — A recent online blunder left a handful of Oakland Community College students exposed.

An April 19 “glitch” was discovered April 22 and quickly remedied, but the information — including Social Security numbers, driver’s license information, addresses and more — that was posted on the OCC website had already been archived by several search engines, such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing.

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Published May 6, 2013

NOVI/FARMINGTON HILLS — Southern Oakland County is not currently known for its farmland, but at one point it was.

The 210-acre Heritage Park in Farmington Hills and 160-acre Tollgate Farm, a Michigan State University Extension in Novi, are both remnants of a time past, back when both resided in what was previously known as Farmington Township. And now they’re partnering to provide fun and educational programming.

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Published May 1, 2013

FARMINGTON — The 20th season of the Farmington Farmers Market is slated to begin this weekend, but not at the Sundquist Pavilion, which it has called home for the past eight years.

Due to construction on Groves Street, the farmers market will relocate into a pair of municipal lots on Orchard Street, just a block or two south of the pavilion, for the May and June markets. The market meets 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday, starting May 4.

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Published May 1, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Alleged actions taken during a boot camp, which was run through his residence, have led to a Detroit police officer being charged with felonies.

Resident Geoffrey Townsend, 43, is currently facing six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, each carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, for behavior that allegedly took place between October 2010 and August 2012.

He was arrested March 26 near 12 Mile and Drake roads, and arraigned in 47th District Court the next day by Judge Marla Parker, released on a $25,000 cash or surety bond.

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Published May 1, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — Botsford Hospital recently announced plans for a community needs assessment, with a focus on the thoughts of Farmington and Farmington Hills residents.

Via an Affordable Care Act provision, nonprofit hospitals — such as Botsford — must demonstrate the benefit they provide to the surrounding communities once every three years.

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Published May 1, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — A pair of residents disappeared from their homes in April, but only one was safely recovered.

A 62-year-old man was driving his blue 2005 Mercury Mountaineer April 5 when he went missing in the area of 10 Mile and Middlebelt. He was on medication, and there were questions about his mental state, police said. He was safely recovered April 8 near 10 Mile and Orchard Lake roads, less than one mile from his house.

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Published April 29, 2013

FARMINGTON HILLS — When disaster strikes, are you prepared to save not only yourself, but also your pets?

That was the question posed during an hour-long discussion April 24 at the Costick Center during an Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting featuring Christian Ast, a veterinarian from Plaza Veterinary Hospital in Farmington.

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