Kayla Dimick

C&G Staff Reporter – Southfield Sun

Published December 22, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — As freezing-cold temperatures and snow and ice threaten the metro Detroit area in the coming months, the Southfield Police Department is asking residents to keep an eye on their snow removal tools and their vehicles.

Lt. Ted Goff, of the Investigations Division and Crime Prevention Bureau, said winter is a good time for opportunists looking to take advantage of open garages and equipment left out, as well as vehicles left unattended to warm up.

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Published December 18, 2014

‘Deaf Santa’ makes sure children can tell their wishes

SOUTHFIELD — We all know Santa has a white beard, a red suit, a magical sleigh and eight reindeer, but did you know Santa can also sign?

As Deaf Santa, Rochester Hills’ Scott Powers is on a mission to make sure the wishes of deaf children, children with partial hearing loss and children who sign can tell Santa their wishes.

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Published December 18, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — At their regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 24, the Southfield City Council approved the relocation of Covisint Corp. from its former office in Downtown Detroit to a new home in Southfield at the Travelers Tower II building, located at 26533 Evergreen Road.

Covisint provides platforms for enterprises to securely share, integrate and present information to people and devices across an extended network of business partners and customers, according to Southfield Community Relations Manager Michael Manion. 

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Published December 18, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Room 115 at the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department, located in the Southfield Municipal Complex, was decked out in red, white and blue as residents, city officials and well wishers gathered to say goodbye to Mayor Brenda Lawrence.

The general public was invited to Lawrence’s sendoff Dec. 15. Lawrence won the U.S. House District 14 race in November and will head to Congress in January.

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Published December 18, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Those driving down the Lodge Freeway in recent weeks might have noticed a few changes to the roof of 1-800-LAW-FIRM.

Thanks to the privately funded Property Assessed Clean Energy project, or PACE, 1-800-LAW-FIRM, located at 26700 Lahser Road, recently debuted new wind turbines, carport and rooftop solar panels, high-efficiency lighting, and electric vehicle charging stations.

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Published December 12, 2014

SOUTHFIELD —  Metro Detroiters will most likely remember 2014 as a year riddled with extraordinary weather: record rainfall causing damaging floods, extremely low temperatures, and more snow than residents knew what to do with.

Last winter boasted 94.1 inches of snow, according to the Weather Channel’s website, and city and county officials said that while forecasters are not predicting any broken records this year, the  area is still expected to be slammed with snow again in 2015.

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Published December 12, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — While everybody celebrates the holidays differently, celebrations usually revolve around traveling to the homes of friends and family.  To keep the holidays safe,  local experts are weighing in on ways to celebrate without hazards.

One of the many joys of the holiday season is giving gifts, and that may mean sending or receiving packages in the mail.

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Published December 12, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Police are seeking help in locating a suspect after they made an arrest for prostitution soliciting.

A woman told police she went to an apartment complex in the 20000 block of Lahser Road to meet a man Nov. 27.

While she was there, the man pulled out a gun and demanded her money, the woman told police.

The woman said she told the suspect she didn’t have any money. Then the suspect demanded the woman undress, but she refused.


She was then escorted out of the apartment by the suspect, who fled.

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Published December 12, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — “How does a dog say hello? Woof, woof, woof!”

Little voices making animal sounds whirled around the circular room Dec. 4 as the Southfield Public Library hosted Toddler Story Time.

Held in the Space Station Program Room — which is round and features depictions of stars, planets and an astronaut — Toddler Story Time is designed for children ages 1 1/2 to 3 years old to enjoy stories, socialize and engage in play time.

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Published December 12, 2014

BY KAYLA DIMICK
kdimick@candgnews.com
SOUTHFIELD — 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 12, 2014

SOUTHFIELD —  Disney’s “Frozen” memorabilia for the kids? Check.

Jewelry for Mom? Check.

Opportunity to blow up a building?

Check.

Those looking to put a little “boom” in their holiday gifts this year might be in luck, as Oakland Community College is auctioning off the chance to blow up a building to one lucky bidder Dec. 14.

The building about to meet its demise is the 42-year-old, 17-story, 340,000-square-foot property known as the North Park Plaza building, located at 17117 W. Nine Mile.

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Published December 7, 2014

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Despite the cold temperatures and snow, residents looking for answers braved the weather to attend a public information and comment meeting Nov. 20 to gain some information on the future of Southfield Road.

From 3-7 p.m., the public was invited to attend an open house-style meeting to learn about the alternatives in the ongoing Environmental Assessment study of future improvements to the Southfield Road corridor.
The corridor stretches from Mount Vernon Road to approximately 1,200 feet north of 13 Mile.

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Published December 7, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — To kick off their meeting Nov. 24, the Southfield City Council was faced with the task of choosing a new council president and council president pro tem.

The council chose Donald Fracassi for council president. All seven members voted in favor of Fracassi for the position.

“Thank you very much, council members,” Fracassi said at the meeting. “I appreciate the vote and confidence to put a team together to get a lot accomplished in this city.”

Former Council President Sylvia Jordan was chosen to fill the role of pro tem.

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Published December 3, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — For those who celebrate Christmas, December is a magical month when we haul out the holly and carefully unwrap each ornament, painstakingly untangle our Christmas lights and, if we decide on a live tree, spend hours in the cold to find the perfect one. 

A Christmas tree may be the symbol of the season, but if you forget to take proper care of it, you could be cleaning that symbol’s needles out of your carpet for months.

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Published November 25, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Potholes, cracked pavement and fading paint have become commonplace on Oakland County’s roads, and things will only go downhill from here, according to the Road Commission for Oakland County.

Craig Bryson, public information officer for the Road Commission, said that over 40 percent of the roads in county’s system are in poor condition, and those numbers are expected to grow.

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