Elizabeth Scussel

Published December 15, 2014

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — For many, the glittering winter wonderland turns into nothing but a sloppy, slushy mess after the holidays.

What’s worse is when students have to trek their way to school in it or miss valuable class time due to inclement winter weather.

If last year’s snow and ice season seemed especially harsh to you, it wasn’t all in your head. According to Bill DiSessa, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Education, many school districts around the state went over their limit of snow days.

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Published December 10, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Sometimes when you give a little, you can even get a little in return.

This holiday season, lots of nonprofit organizations around town are selling gift items — from cozy wool socks to teddy bears, stationery and more — with proceeds going to benefit the work they do throughout the year to make our communities a better place.

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Published December 10, 2014

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — In recent weeks, the topic of food allergies has been on many parents’ minds with the untimely death of 19-year-old Oakland University student Chandler Swink, who passed away from a reaction caused by a severe peanut allergy Nov. 26.

That same week, then-Clawson Public Schools Trustee Linda Grossmann submitted her resignation after a video clip taken during a school board meeting went viral showing her making a joke to “just shoot” elementary students with food allergies.

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Published December 10, 2014

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Families and staff members are currently coping with the loss of an Eastover Elementary teacher.

A fatal car crash — which occurred Nov. 30 in Mount Morris, a township just north of Flint — took the life of 54-year-old Shelley Lazarus and left her husband, Eric Lazarus, hospitalized.

Shelley had been employed with the Bloomfield Hills Schools District since 1988, and most recently served as the media specialist at Eastover Elementary. Shelley was the devoted mother of two daughters: Emma and Hannah.

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Published December 3, 2014

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Bloomfield Township Public Library recently got the ball rolling on a time capsule and is looking for ideas on what to stuff it with.

“We basically want a snapshot of what Bloomfield Township was like in 2014,” said BTPL Assistant Director Tera Moon.

The time capsule was the idea of Connie Silver, BTPL’s assistant head of adult services.

“The time capsule idea had been one that the entire core committee for the 50th anniversary wanted to do, and we all think the idea will be great to see,” Silver said.

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Published November 26, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — Last year, Michigan residents were slammed with record snowfall and bone-chilling temperatures.

As residents prepare for the gifts of Old Man Winter this year, local governments are also gearing up and turning their attention to snow removal.

This year, the Road Commission for Oakland County has budgeted — based on 90,000 tons of salt — $4.5 million for salt, according to Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission.

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Published November 24, 2014

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — For the past few months, Pleasant Ridge residents have teamed up to tend to a motherless fawn.

The deer — named Baby by Pleasant Ridge resident Tracy Magiera — lost her mother over the summer to a car on Woodward Avenue.

With freeways nearby and winter quickly approaching, residents became concerned about the fawn’s safety, and they sought a new, permanent solution for her.

Their calls were answered by the E.L. Johnson Nature Center in Bloomfield Hills.

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Published November 19, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The story began in 1914, when a handful of boys answered an ad in a Detroit newspaper and became enrolled in what was then known as Detroit Preparatory School. The campus was founded by F. Alden Shaw, a Harvard graduate.

In the 1940s, the independent school — which was renamed Detroit Country Day School — began admitting girls in kindergarten through sixth grade. It wasn’t until many years later that the school began letting females into the Upper School.

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Published November 19, 2014

DETROIT — With a clear view of the Ambassador Bridge, nestled in Southwest Detroit amidst historic homes in Hubbard Farms, sits Clark Park.

Originally run by the Detroit Recreation Department, Clark Park was shut down in 1991 due to the city’s financial crisis.

In order to keep the park up and running, residents were able to band together with the city’s Recreation Department to create a public-private collaboration — the Clark Park Coalition.

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Published November 17, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS — It appears there may be a few bumps in the road for Beverly Hills’ inaugural attempt at leaf vacuuming. While leaves are still in the process of being vacuumed, things are behind schedule.

“This leaf season was heavy very early on, and it has been tough to keep up. It appears the manpower and equipment provided to the village were just not enough,” said Village Manager Chris Wilson.

Village residents paid a service fee of $30 per home for leaf vacuuming. The fee was included in the 2014 tax bill under rubbish collection.

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Published November 12, 2014

BIRMINGHAM — With a little bit of sugar, and a whole lot of spice, the Friends of Preservation Bloomfield are inviting the community to their seventh annual Gingerbread Celebration Dec. 4-5.

The Friends of Preservation Bloomfield is a collaboration formed by Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, the Bloomfield Hills School District and the Bloomfield Historical Society to preserve heritage and build community.

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Published November 12, 2014

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 4, Bloomfield Township residents voted to pass a millage proposal for the Bloomfield Township Public Library, which will now receive 0.541 mills for the next 10 years.

The library millage passed with 62.88 percent, or 12,309, voting yes, and 37.12 percent, or 7,267, voting no.

“We are very grateful to the Bloomfield Township community for their support of their library,” said Director Carol Mueller. “Thank you, Bloomfield Township voters, for understanding the needs of your library and valuing its service.”

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Published November 10, 2014

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Alana Yaksich was a perfectly healthy kindergartner.

She woke up the morning of Feb. 1, 2003, feeling “under the weather,” but didn’t experience any severe symptoms at the time, said her father, Zachary Yaksich, of West Bloomfield.

“I remember specifically, there was a snowstorm that day. We went out and made a snowman, her brothers and I. She felt better as the day went on,” Zachary said.

The rest of the evening was pretty standard.

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Published November 5, 2014

During general elections Nov. 4, Bloomfield Township residents voted to pass a millage proposal for the Bloomfield Township Public Library, which will now receive 0.541 mills for the next 10 years.

With 19,576 township residents at the polls Tuesday, the library millage passed with 62.88 percent, or 12,309, voting yes and 37.12 percent, or 7,267, voting no.

The Library Board of Trustees decided to seek the tax increase to improve, staff, equip and operate the library.

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Published November 5, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — From the sprouting of community gardens to monthly barbecue congregations, one local group is spreading the love around Oakland County.

A shared dream of communal kinship and the passion to provide has led to the creation of the Micah 6 Community.

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