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Published May 15, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Like a lot of YMCAs across the country, the Farmington Family YMCA participates in a program that allows active-duty military individuals and families to join at no cost to them.

The basic membership allows for use of the fitness area, swimming pool, basketball and racquetball courts, and respite child care service, for example.

The Department of Defense launched the YMCA Military Outreach Initiative in October 2008.

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Published May 15, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — Thanks to many community leaders and English teachers, the eighth-graders at East Middle School are now experienced in interviewing and applying for jobs.

And by the beginning of June, the eighth-graders at Dunckel Middle School will have the same experience as part of a job skills unit incorporated into the Farmington Public Schools eighth-grade English curriculum.

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Published May 9, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — If all goes according to plan, the city should have a 3 million gallon water tower operating by the summer of 2014 to mitigate future water rate increases.

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Published May 9, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — West Bloomfield resident Helena Ellison was surprised to see a coyote at about 12:45 p.m. April 26 while visiting a friend on Tana Court in Farmington Hills, near Grand River and Shiawassee, on the Farmington border.

“I was visiting her, and both she and me are from Sweden, so we’re not really used to the Michigan wildlife,” Ellison said.

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Published May 9, 2012

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Public Schools Board of Education voted 5-1 last month to offer Schools of Choice options to kindergarten and ninth-grade students.

Parents who reside in the district and faculty who live elsewhere and wish to have their children attend one of the district’s schools must submit their applications to the district’s Schulman Administrative Center, 32500 Shiawassee, by May 21. Applications will be posted for parents who live out of the district on June 1 and will be due June 15. Applications are available at www.farmington.k12.mi.us.

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Published May 9, 2012

Figure skating fans have two opportunities to see what skaters in their communities can do this weekend.

The Farmington Hills Ice Arena, 35500 Eight Mile Road, and the Farmington Hills Figure Skating Club have scheduled their 16th annual Ice Show for 7 p.m. May 11 and 4 p.m. May 12.

“We have about 75 skaters participating,” said Michelle Sibley, the ice arena’s skating director. The show features club members, Fantasia synchronized skating teams and students from the arena’s Learn-To-Skate program.

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Published May 9, 2012

FARMINGTON — While the Farmington Public Schools’ three-year technology plan is not yet complete, the Board of Education gave the plan’s focus a favorable review April 24.

District instructional technology coordinator Justin Ellsworth presented eight goal areas that a group of teachers, administrators and support staff identified.

“We thought it was really important to bring forward the broad goals, because this is really what will drive a lot of the decision making going forward,” said Superintendent Sue Zurvalec.

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Published May 9, 2012

FARMINGTON — Police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary that occurred at about 3:10 a.m. April 30 at Mazzoni Jewelers, 32726 Grand River Ave.

Three suspects driving what looked like a red 1998-2004 Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable smashed a front window to enter the business.

“Looked like a brick was probably the means of entry,” said Farmington Public Safety Cmdr. Frank Demers.

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Published May 3, 2012

Police are investigating a smash and grab burglary that occurred at about 3:10 a.m. April 30 at Mazzoni Jewelers, 32726 Grand River Ave.

Three suspects driving what looked like a red 1998-2004 Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable smashed a front window to enter the business.

“Looked like a brick was probably the means of entry,” said Farmington Public Safety Cmdr. Frank Demers.

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Published May 2, 2012

FARMINGTON — City Manager Vince Pastue’s PowerPoint presentation on the proposed 2012-2013 budget April 23 showed it balanced, with a healthy fund balance, this year, but in trouble down the line due to falling tax revenue and rising retiree health care costs.

The $7.6 million budget copes with a property value decline of 4.95 percent from the previous year, while levying the same 14 mills for city operations and 1 mill for roads. Pastue reported to City Council that state revenue sharing increased slightly, while other revenues were stable.

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Published May 2, 2012

FARMINGTON — A $15,000 expenditure in the city’s multimillion-dollar proposed general fund budget commanded a lot of the conversation during a special City Council meeting April 23.

The amount seems small in comparison to the whole budget, but several city leaders think the expenditure could yield big results.

The money is earmarked for “community visioning,” although City Manager Vince Pastue did not know if the city would spend that entire amount.

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Published May 2, 2012

The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously April 23 to approve the low bid to replace the grass at Riley Park.

DDA officials had talked for some time about the need to replace the grass in the heart of downtown after heavy use took its toll. The DDA put the project out for bid and received three proposals; F.J. LaFontaine and Sons provided the low bid of $13,159.

The project will do more than add lush new sod. The DDA reviewed the property prior to seeking bids and expanded the project’s scope.

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Published May 2, 2012

FARMINGTON — If you’ve been waiting for fresh air and fresh produce, your wait is over.

The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market will begin its 2012 season around the Sundquist Pavilion, in the heart of the downtown, 33113 Grand River Ave., 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. May 5.

“We have an opening ceremony, which will be led by our president, Bob Rock, and Walt Gajewski, the market manager,” said Annette Knowles, Farmington Downtown Development Authority executive director.

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Published May 2, 2012

What kind of a weirdo plant is that, Krelborn?”

Skid row florist Mr. Mushnik asks his nebbishy employee, Seymour Krelborn, that question early into “Little Shop of Horrors,” the new Farmington Players musical production running through May 19.

The plant in question is Audrey II, a plant with more than a passing resemblance to a Venus flytrap, which Krelborn discovered during “a total eclipse of the sun” in a wholesale flower market.

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Published May 2, 2012

FARMINGTON — The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors voted 5-0 April 23 to allocate up to $160,000 to help update the façade of the downtown building that houses T.J. Maxx and Dressbarn, should new ownership come about.

Manifold Ventures, located on Grand River, applied to the DDA’s Façade Improvement Program. The company is in the process of acquiring the building, though the sale has not closed. Ricky Singh and Charlie Kughn represented Manifold Ventures at the meeting.

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