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Published June 12, 2012

As Michigan prepares for its first summer under revised fireworks regulations, local fire departments are issuing safety precautions to residents.

Signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder late last year, Public Acts 256 and 257 of 2011 expand the field of legal fireworks from novelty items, like sparklers and smoke bombs, to 1.4-gram consumer grade products.

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Published June 12, 2012

LATHRUP VILLAGE — With a new logo in place and a revamped website set to launch, the city of Lathrup Village is continuing its efforts to position itself for redevelopment when the market is ready.

During a public information meeting held June 4 at Annie Lathrup School — one of the very structures set to be included in the visionary Village Center concept of a bustling, walkable downtown district — residents and community leaders were treated to a preview of what could be to come.

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Published June 12, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Following the launch of a Youth Police Academy this summer, the Southfield Police Department plans to implement a similar program for adults this fall.

“The purpose of this is to expose our adult residents to their local law enforcement agency so they can see the basic capabilities of their Police Department, so they can understand how they can best utilize the Police Department in order to maintain the safety and security of their residential or business communities,” said Acting Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins.

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Published June 12, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Louis Flores, 88, of Southfield, a veteran of the U.S. Marines during World War II, received a special gift from Rebuilding Together Oakland County when volunteers constructed a ramp leading to the front door of his home last month in preparation for his reconstructive knee surgery.

“That was a blessing,” Flores said. “The guys did a good job.”

The ramp will also come in handy when Flores’ wife, Betty, 80, undergoes hip replacement surgery in the coming months.

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Published June 5, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — When Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence talks about the importance of physical fitness, she’s leading by example with her thrice-weekly Mayor’s Walks at Inglenook Park.

The walks returned June 4 and take place 6:45-7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through July 27. The public is welcome to attend.

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Published May 31, 2012

“I don’t frankly care who started it,” Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Nanci Grant said May 31, after defense attorney Jerome Sabbota argued that his client only killed his wife because she violently attacked him first.

“There are good men out there who never raise a hand to anyone,” the judge continued, hoping that the defendant’s three daughters, who witnessed the murder of their mother at the hands of their father inside their Southfield home Sept. 19, 2011, would know that they deserve better.

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Published May 29, 2012

LATHRUP VILLAGE — A weekend chock-full of activities for people young and old is on tap in Lathrup Village June 16-17, an annual event sure to bring out the masses.

For seven years the event was widely known as Art in the Park. Last year it was rebranded the Michigan First Art Fest. This year, Summer in the Village seemed like the perfect choice, said Maralee Rosemond, recreation coordinator for the city of Lathrup Village.

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Published May 29, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — On this day, he’s remembering the ones that are no longer with us.

Ken Richardson was solemn during the annual Southfield Memorial Day Ceremony, held May 25 on the front steps of City Hall, the occasion marked every year with a special service and a wreath placed in the Veterans Memorial Garden. The Southfield resident, veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, Bronze Star recipient and former commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19, was thinking of those who never came home.

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Published May 29, 2012

A 24-year-old man died at the scene of a shooting and three teenagers were wounded after two men reportedly crashed a birthday party and robbed attendees at the Marvin’s Garden Inn, in the 27000 block of Northwestern Highway, at 1 a.m. May 27.

A 19-year-old West Bloomfield woman is reportedly in critical condition after being shot in the neck, a 19-year-old Waterford Township woman was shot in the leg, and a 17-year-old Keego Harbor resident suffered a gunshot wound to his leg.

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Published May 28, 2012

On this day, he’s remembering the ones that are no longer with us.

Ken Richardson was solemn during the annual Southfield Memorial Day Ceremony, held May 25 on the front steps of City Hall, the occasion marked every year with a special service and a wreath placed in the Veterans Memorial Garden. The Southfield resident, veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, a Bronze Star recipient and former commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19, was thinking of those who never came home.

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Published May 25, 2012

When she heard a knock on her apartment door, a 24-year-old woman living in the Providence Towers Apartments cautiously asked who it was.

A voice on the other side replied that it was “Kevin” from Consumers Energy, and the woman decided to open the door slightly to speak with the subject.

That’s when he pushed his way in.

The woman was knocked into a wall from the force of the door. The man demanded she be quiet, and told her he had a gun before attempting to remove her clothes.

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Published May 23, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Police Department is launching a Youth Police Academy, a one-week program that submerses students in law enforcement, set to run from noon to 4 p.m. June 25-June 29.

The program is free and open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 18 who attends school in Southfield or Lathrup Village. The department is expecting 15-20 students to take part in the five-day academy.

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Published May 23, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — The food. The music. The dancing. The clothes.

It was an explosion of cultural happenings at Vandenberg World Cultures Academy May 18 during the school’s annual Multicultural Day.

The event is a celebration of the diversity of those educated within the school walls. Vandenberg, a magnet school, takes in every student in Southfield Public Schools who speaks a language other than English at home.

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Published May 23, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Students at PACE Academy in Southfield have gotten a hands-on learning experience about Michigan’s freshwater resources through the Salmon in the Classroom Program.

Organized by the Department of Natural Resources, the program enables students to raise and care for salmon in their classrooms for nearly an entire school year, culminating with the release of the young fish in a local watershed that feeds one of the Great Lakes, according to information released by the DNR.

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Published May 23, 2012

SOUTHFIELD — Officer Donald L. Harding was 27 years old in 1962 when he became the first Southfield police officer to be killed in the line of duty. Working the midnight shift, his scout car was run off the road and into an oak tree during a high-speed chase of teenaged hot-rodders.

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