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Published August 1, 2012

FARMINGTON — The City Council voted unanimously July 16 to introduce a new noise ordinance to clarify an older one and adopt best practices used in other communities.

“It also establishes different levels throughout different districts as to how many decibels would be allowed,” said City Manager Vince Pastue. The current ordinance does not include different levels.

For example, the limit in a residential area between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. cannot exceed 60 decibels — the limit is 50 decibels between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.

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Published August 1, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Colorful butterflies, hummingbirds and even some moths can add enjoyment to a garden, and anyone can learn to attract them.

Joe Derek, the city’s retired naturalist, recently raised pipevine swallowtail butterflies and luna moths at his home on 10 Mile.

Pipevine swallowtails have orange spots amid shimmery blue wings that taper to a delicate point. Luna moths have large green wings that rival a butterfly’s for beauty.

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Published August 1, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Police say a 44-year-old man found deceased at about 10:15 a.m. July 22 outside the vacant Farmington Auto Wash, on Grand River, east of Orchard Lake Road, died a natural death.

“We did receive notification that he died of natural causes,” said Farmington Hills Police Cmdr. Matt Koehn. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office had taken the body for investigation.

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Published August 1, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — A gunman with bandages covering his face robbed the 7-Eleven at Middlebelt and Nine Mile roads shortly before 2 a.m. July 22.

“We do not have a suspect right now,” said Farmington Hills Police Cmdr. Matt Koehn July 27, though he said the department was processing some potential evidence.

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Published August 1, 2012

FARMINGTON — A little jolt of electricity goes through the upstairs room at John Cowley and Sons, 33338 Grand River, every Thursday night at 9 p.m. as the Farmington Hills Rotary Club holds its queen of hearts raffle.

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Published July 24, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — The city expected construction to begin this week at the Police Department to update the front desk, refurbish the sally port, improve the report-writing area for officers and put the firing range back into service.

The Police Department’s main entrance and parking lot will be closed for the construction. Last week the department had started converting one of its rear garages into a temporary reception area for the public. People will be able to access all Police Department functions during construction.

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Published July 24, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — City Council voted 6-1 July 9 to buy a triangular piece of property for not more than $550 to prevent it from becoming a “Bermuda Triangle” into which a greater amount of public money might disappear.

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Published July 24, 2012

FARMINGTON — The Downtown Development Authority hopes that the Founders Festival brings people to town and makes them want to come back throughout the year.

Time will tell if people come back, but from the look of things July 20-21, the festival brought plenty of people downtown.

“The weather has behaved itself, and the crowds have come out to enjoy,” said Janet Bloom, the DDA’s events planner, at about noon July 21.

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Published July 24, 2012

The 2008 Hollywood movie “Defiance” introduced the Bielski brothers to a wide audience, but for the rest of the story, visit the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, to see the new traveling exhibit, “Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers.”

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Published July 24, 2012

Elena Pavlicas had a Sweet 16 birthday party July 18 that she won’t ever forget.

It took place at the Farmington Civic Theater, and the whole community was invited. Pavlicas was competing in the Miss Farmington Pageant, and as the night went on, it became more and more special.

First, her fellow contestants voted her the winner of the Dick Tupper Goodfellow Spirit Award as the contestant who best represents the spirit of Farmington.

Then the audience that packed the theater named Pavlicas the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

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Published July 18, 2012

The annual Founders Festival is set to take over downtown Farmington Thursday evening through Saturday.

This year’s festival begins for the adults at 7 p.m. July 19 with a performance from That 80’s Band at Walker’s Tavern, which this year will be located in the Downtown Farmington Center parking lot, south of Tubby’s. The Downtown Development Authority, which organizes the festival, moved the tent this year to spare the new sod in Riley Park.

“Find the tent and listen for the music,” said DDA Executive Director Annette Knowles.

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Published July 18, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Lincoln Park police arrested a man in possession of items connecting him to home invasions at the Windemere and Independence Green Apartments, near 10 Mile and Halsted, July 7.

In Lincoln Park, police had responded to a home invasion and attempted rape reported on Electric Avenue at about 5:30 a.m. A 64-year-old resident asleep on the couch in her living room with the front door open and the screen door locked woke as the suspect came through the screen door, then got on top of her and told her not to scream.

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Published July 18, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — The City Council July 9 introduced an ordinance regulating fireworks most days of the year.

“This ordinance is intended to work within the parameters of the state law that’s been established, which allows for fireworks to be regulated at the local level only outside of the day before, the day of and the day after a list of 10 national holidays,” said City Attorney Steve Joppich.

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Published July 18, 2012

FARMINGTON — While having lunch with a friend July 11 at Ginger’s Café in downtown Farmington, Louise Whittington, who turned 100 years old last month, talked about how grateful she is for the life she’s led.

Whittington, who resides at Botsford Commons in Farmington Hills, was born June 4, 1912, in Altoona, Pa. At various times in her life, she has lived in the Detroit area, the Chicago area and Asheville, N.C.

Her life, and the people in it, crossed paths with important moments, people and social changes in the nation’s history.

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Published July 18, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Panasonic Automotive Systems Co. of America and Farmington Hills dignitaries celebrated the company’s move into a previously vacant office building on Corporate Drive, near 12 Mile and Drake, July 12.

In March, the City Council approved a 12-year personal property tax abatement to seal the company’s move to the 91,000-square-foot building in Farmington Hills that once housed Motorola. The total abatement was estimated at $120,000, with Farmington Hills foregoing $31,000, the balance yielded from other taxing entities.

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