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Published June 6, 2012

In its third year, Art on the Grand drew a good crowd, and except for blustery winds, good weather as about 100 artists lined Grand River Avenue between Farmington Road and Grove Street June 2-3.

During the mid-afternoon Saturday, partly cloudy skies kept fairgoers from getting too hot or sunburned as they browsed the booths, took their children to make sandy candy or bought food from one of many food vendors.

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Published June 6, 2012

FARMINGTON — The Farmington PTA Council, the umbrella organization for the Farmington Public Schools’ various PTAs and PTSAs, will devote the first of its community forums next year to so-called synthetic marijuana, which is packaged under such names as K2 and Spice and is sold at convenience stores.

The forum will take place in October and comes as K2 is at the forefront of media coverage and parents’ minds.

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Published May 30, 2012

A grand jury has indicted a 40-year-old parolee for the 1993 murder of a Garden City man at his Farmington Hills business.

The 17-member Oakland County Citizens Grand Jury indicted Melvin James Wofford, 40, with first-degree felony murder and first-degree premeditated murder for the June 23, 1993, killing of self-employed surveyor Thomas Gilmore, 64, who had an office on Eight Mile, near Grand River.

“He was found murdered on the outside of the building,” said Scott Rzeppa, the detective now in charge of the case.

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Published May 29, 2012

This community does not forget those who serve, those who died and those who are still missing.

At the conclusion of the annual Memorial Day parade along Grand River in downtown Farmington, many gathered in Memorial Park, across the street from City Hall, for a 30-minute ceremony steeped in remembrance.

Farmington Hills native Jerry Faunt, an Army lieutenant colonel, wore his dress uniform in the hot sun while telling the audience gathered around the community’s war memorial that he made a pre-Memorial Day trip to Flint Township to visit Dennis and Teri Johnson.

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Published May 29, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — A 20-year-old testified during a preliminary examination in 47th District Court May 23 that he helped Tucker Cipriano, 19, break into his family’s home twice the night of April 15, and he later heard Cipriano and Mitchell Young, 20, talk about returning to the home to get money and kill the Cipriano family.

Cipriano and Young face murder, assault and robbery charges for an attack on Cipriano’s family that left father Robert Cipriano dead and mother Rose and brother Salvatore, 17, critically injured.

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Published May 29, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Public Schools shone a light on 21 young people in grades eight-12 who have long lists of impressive academics, activities and volunteerism, earning a place at the Superintendent’s Awards of Excellence breakfast May 22 at the Glen Oaks Golf Course.

The Superintendent’s Awards of Excellence began about 20 years ago under former Superintendent Mike Flanagan.

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Published May 23, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — People looking forward to the dog park at the former site of William Grace Elementary School, 29040 Shiawassee, don’t have long to wait, and they can get started on their memberships right now.

In March, Farmington Hills and the Farmington Public Schools worked out an agreement to put a dog park, where dogs may run and play off their leashes, on the site. The district tore down the school last year.

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Published May 23, 2012

Fifth-grader Hailey Samples, her schoolmates at Warner Upper Elementary School, and the teachers and staff will long remember the day Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford paid them a visit.

“He’s a really cool guy,” said Samples not long after Stafford visited at an assembly that she won for her school.

“I’m speechless. It’s an awesome opportunity and something she can always talk about,” said dad Joe Samples.

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Published May 23, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Tonight, May 23, from 7-8:30 p.m., the Farmington Area Suicide Prevention Task Force will gather at City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Road, to discuss preventing suicides in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth population.

The forum is open to the public and is specifically for parents, people ages 12-18, teachers, clergy, service club members and people who have regular contact with young people.

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Published May 23, 2012

Close your eyes and try to imagine the corner of 10 Mile and Orchard Lake roads without Greene’s Hamburgers.

It’s hard to do. If you’re younger than 55, you’ve never seen the corner without the little white building with the streamlined architecture. Jim Greene built the restaurant when 10 Mile was a dirt road and a Sinclair gas station with its dinosaur logo sat across the street.

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Published May 23, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Two of Rose Cipriano’s friends have organized a 5k fun run that will depart from the Farmington Family YMCA at 12 Mile and Farmington roads at 6:30 p.m. June 8 and return to the YMCA after a loop through the Kendallwood subdivision.

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Published May 21, 2012

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A grandmother was charged with open murder and denied bond at her May 21 arraignment in connection with the death of her grandson, Farmington Central High School student Jonathan Hoffman.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, Sandra Layne, 74, of West Bloomfield, sat with drooping posture inside the jury box at the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township while Judge Marc Barron presided over her arraignment.

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Published May 15, 2012

When Joe Derek and his wife were looking for a place to move 25 years ago, they had a unique list of features they wanted in their next home.

“When we were looking for a place in ’87, we asked a Realtor, um, this is a tall order, but could you get a house with a couple of acres with a creek and a barn, and maybe a swimming pool?” said Derek. “And she says, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ And I think she called us like a week or two later, and she said, ‘You won’t believe this.’”

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Published May 15, 2012

FARMINGTON — Last month, the City Council approved a resolution to develop an interlocal agreement with Farmington Hills for public safety dispatch services, and the council unanimously approved the agreement May 7.

The meeting differed from earlier council meetings concerning dispatch. No residents chose to voice their objections, and the City Council members who voted against the resolution — Mayor Tom Buck and Councilwoman JoAnne McShane — this time felt that voting against the agreement would be unproductive.

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Published May 15, 2012

East Middle School seventh-grade students learned about lucky bags and toys made from everyday objects, and even ate a dragon’s beard thanks to nine Taiwanese folk artists who visited the school May 9 for Taiwanese American Heritage Week.

The nine artists, Taiwanese residents, were in the United States visiting 15 cities, according to Forrest Y.F. Chen, the director of the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, who was part of the artists’ delegation.

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