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Published August 22, 2012

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Run for the Hills picked up speed this year, literally and figuratively.

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Published August 15, 2012

Carmen Patricia Miranda-Portelli

FARMINGTON HILLS — Though more than a week has passed since Carmen Patricia Miranda-Portelli was reported missing, police believe that she is alive.

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Published August 15, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — The American Diabetes Association, whose local office represents Southeast Michigan and part of northern Ohio, found ideal representatives for its mission and key fundraiser in the Schachern family from Farmington Hills.

The Schacherns are the ADA’s Red Strider Ambassadors for Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.

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Published August 15, 2012

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The Aug. 7 primary election was relatively free of controversy and closely contested races, which might explain why less than 30 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the two communities.

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Published August 15, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Dunckel Middle School social studies teacher Ryan Potter could teach English, writing and publishing, too, after publishing his second novel earlier this summer.

Dave Chomet, a guidance counselor at the school and friend, said Potter’s writing career seemed mostly unknown at the school until now. But Chomet suspects that after Potter appeared on a local TV morning show to promote his new book, “The Cleaner,” more people know about his success with the written word.

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Published August 15, 2012

FARMINGTON — Most of the various legal firms that represent the school district asked for raises in their hourly rates for the 2012-13 school year, but the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education held off on approving them July 24 until members better understand the increases’ potential effects.

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Published August 13, 2012

Police caught one suspect and are looking for a second following a home invasion near 10 Mile and Orchard Lake roads at 2 p.m. Aug. 13.

Police said two subjects, one armed with a handgun, approached a woman in her garage. She ran into her home and called 911, and the two subjects left the scene.

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Published August 10, 2012

The Farmington Players have presented many family friendly classic musicals over the years.

This is not one of those times.

Adults should leave the kids at home for the Players’ summer production of “Avenue Q,” the 2003 Tony Award winner for best musical, book of a musical and score. From its name down, “Avenue Q” is an adult parody of “Sesame Street,” complete with puppets that swear and have loud sex.

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Published August 8, 2012

FARMINGTON — Farmington Public Schools’ Business Services Department impressed the Board of Education with its broad range of responsibilities at the board’s midsummer meeting July 24.

The department, which handles budget and financial matters, has a simple goal.

“Our ultimate goal is to make sure that staff are able to take home their paycheck every two weeks and that they don’t have a concern that the district does not have the resources to meet the payroll,” said Executive Director Mary Reynolds.

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Published August 8, 2012

Some of the community’s prettiest private gardens will be available for public view during the Farmington Garden Club’s biennial Garden Walk 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 11.

Garden Club member Betti Pool organized this year’s Garden Walk, which includes six private gardens and the gardens at the Gov. Warner Mansion. The walk will take place rain or shine and costs $10; children 12 and younger can participate for free.

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Published August 8, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — As the school year wound down at Gill Elementary, then-third-grader Kayla O’Bryant and her family boosted anti-bullying efforts with a special program they designed called “Bullying’s Big Change.”

“I actually told my aunt that I want to stop bullying, so she said we could do something about that,” said O’Bryant.

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Published August 8, 2012

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Run for the Hills may have entered a new phase of growth in its third year.

For one, the 8:30 a.m. Aug. 18 race, which begins and ends in Shiawassee Park, picked up a title sponsor in Bright House Networks, and another sponsor, Steve C. Chang of Edward Jones, for its 10k race. There is also a 5k race and walk, and a 1k fun run. Run for the Hills has a new logo featuring a running mountain goat, and it will offer prize money for the first time.

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Published August 8, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Author Louise Borden took about two dozen people gathered at the Farmington Community Library’s auditorium Aug. 1 through her 10-year journey to write “His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg,” a young adult book about the World War II hero.

Borden, from Cincinnati, walked in Swedish diplomat Wallenberg’s footsteps through Ann Arbor, Stockholm and Budapest, Hungary, approximately 60 years after Wallenberg showed great courage and invention in saving thousands of Hungarian Jews from death at Nazi hands.

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Published August 8, 2012

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Police took multiple reports of stolen catalytic converters, which contain precious metals that make them valuable to thieves, at apartment complexes recently.

At the Chatham Hills Apartments, on Grand River, east of Halsted, a 38-year-old man reported parking in front of his building at 11 a.m. July 24, then at 4 p.m. finding that someone had cut the catalytic converter off of his exhaust system.

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Published August 2, 2012

The Oakland County Sheriff's Department helicopter flying over downtown Farmington and parts east the afternoon of Aug. 1 was helping the Farmington Hills Police Department look for a missing person.

They are trying to find Carmen Patricia Miranda-Portelli, described as a 29-year-old Hispanic woman with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 126 pounds. According to police, she was last seen at about 6 p.m. July 31 near Grand River and Orchard Lake roads. She was wearing black shorts and a black shirt.

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