Elizabeth Scussel

Published June 29, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Kacy Wyman, 13, is a competitive swimmer and an aspiring doctor.

She has never seen herself as different.

“She really lives her life like a normal kid,” said Kacy’s mother, Jen Wyman, explaining that normal daily life currently consists of washing down nearly 50 different medications with gallons of water. “We are constantly living by the clock, but we get through it, and nothing gets her down.”

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Published June 23, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The time has nearly come.

Things are moving forward at the 87-acre complex previously known as Bloomfield Park, and according to those involved, things are moving smoothly.

“We just took control of the site in May, and things are going extremely well,” said Dale Watchowski, president and CEO of REDICO, a national real estate investment and development company.

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Published June 22, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — Just weeks after an assessment from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the right spillway of the Erity Dam gave up and caved in late last month. 

The Erity Dam — which was constructed in 1913 — consists of two spillways: The left is east of Evergreen Road, and the collapsed right spillway sits west of Evergreen Road.

While failure of the dam is causing concerns among residents, local officials say options are being explored to remedy the situation.

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Published June 17, 2015

MICHIGAN — Summer is the deadliest time of year for drivers and passengers, according to an analysis of crash data by AAA. In fact, seven of the top 10 deadliest days of the year occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Transportation offer tips to keep drivers safe while traveling from sea to shining Michigan sea this summer.

Diane Cross, communications spokesperson for MDOT, said the most important safety tip she can offer is to be aware and be prepared.

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Published June 15, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/PONTIAC — Last week, a 47-year-old Wayne man was sentenced to life without parole in 6th Judicial Circuit Court in the beating death of a 77-year-old township resident.

On Sept. 4, 2014, officers found William Whitelaw dead in his home in the 6000 block of Maple Hills Drive, in the area of Maple and Inkster roads, in Bloomfield Township.

The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Later that month, officers arrested Bart Mitchell Spencer, a handyman hired at Whitelaw’s condominium complex.

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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 3, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — For adults and kids alike, local libraries are making it easy and enjoyable to catch up on reading while catching rays this summer.

Readers of all ages are invited to channel their inner superhero during the Bloomfield Township Public Library’s reading program.

Bloomfield Township Public Library Assistant Director Tera Moon said the library is excited for the superhero-themed reading program to start.

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Published June 3, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/FRANKLIN — This month, opportunities abound to cultivate garden inspiration if your green thumb is feeling a bit blue.

On June 17, the Franklin Branch of the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association is welcoming the community to embark on a tour of six private gardens in its 30th annual garden walk.

The annual event will also feature an artisan market offering goods for sale, as well as local artists displaying their work.

Member Roberta Cornwell said the event can serve to spark creativity.

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Published May 26, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP/BIRMINGHAM — Forget the linen closet. This spring, consider tidying up your health chart with the help of a few wellness workshops happening locally.

Next month, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B — a nonprofit agency servicing more than 620,000 seniors in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties — will host two workshops at the Bloomfield Township Senior Services Center.

These programs were made possible through a two-year grant from the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan.

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Published May 20, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — During the annual State of the District address, Superintendent Rob Glass described the district’s Umbrella Project, which he said will significantly impact choice and opportunity across the district.

The meeting was held April 20 at the Booth Center in Bloomfield Hills.

The program ties together current strategic initiatives in Bloomfield Hills Schools, including the new high school, property planning, budgeting and community engagement.

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Published May 18, 2015

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Days after receiving jail time for a probation violation, a former Bloomfield Hills High School varsity baseball coach was sentenced to even more time behind bars.

Michael Boyd, 29, of Madison Heights, was sentenced to serve 90 days in Oakland County Jail on April 23 in 44th District Court in Berkley.

On April 29 in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township, he was sentenced to another 93 days.

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Published May 12, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — From delightful knickknacks to treasured antiques, tractor rides to goat milking, Bowers Farm will have something for everyone this Saturday.

In the barn, the Friends of Bowers Farm will host their annual Barn Sale.

The rummage sale-style event will feature a variety of items, and all proceeds from the sale will be used to enhance programming and activities for farm visitors.

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Published May 5, 2015

Residents approved the renewal of an operating millage for the Bloomfield Hills School District May 5.

The passing of the proposal will now allow Bloomfield Hills Schools to continue to levy the number of operating mills required for the district to receive revenues at the full per-pupil foundation allowance permitted by the state of Michigan.

The maximum 18 mills are not paid by residents, but are instead levied on non-homestead property. The renewal will be for a period of 10 years — from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2025.

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Published May 5, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — It was all pomp and circumstance, with an accordion to boot, April 30 at the grand opening of The Riviera, 30170 Grand River Ave.


Local dignitaries, including Farmington Hills Mayor Barry Brickner, cheered during the ribbon cutting as droves of attendees filed in to watch the first showing, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

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Published May 4, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A group of local students is inviting the community to walk hand-in-hand for a cure at the fourth annual Mind Over Matter 5K Walk/Run.

The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. May 10 at Bloomfield Hills Middle School.

Involved in the event planning are the Pilibosian sisters, of Bloomfield Hills — Mary, 18; Susie, 17; Emilie, 15; and Maggie, 12 — and the Grombala sisters, of Beverly Hills — Colleen, 17; and Emily, 12.

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