Kayla Dimick

C&G Staff Reporter – Southfield Sun

Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Metro Detroit residents were taken on a whirlwind weekend trip around the world at the International Festival Oct. 10-12 in the Southfield Pavillion.

The festival, which has been running for about 90 years, is designed to educate patrons about different cultures through performances, food and art.

To kick off the weekend, around 100 immigrants were sworn-in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD —  Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg couldn’t listen to the screams anymore.

As the 12-year director of Camp Simcha, a camp for children with cancer and blood disorders in the New York Catskill Mountains, Goldberg walked in on a child being held down by nurses in the infirmary.

“It was such an horrific scream. It was continuative,” Goldberg said. “I yelled out, ‘Wait!’ and everybody stopped. I had no clue what I would say next.”

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Everybody likes Halloween to be a little scary, but not when it comes to their safety.

The Southfield Emergency Management Division will offer Halloween candy screening at the Southfield Sports Arena, 26000 Evergreen Road 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Hours for trick-or-treating in Southfield are 6-8 p.m.

Emergency Manager Bill Johns said the purpose of the screening is to make sure there are no metal or foreign objects in residents’ candy.

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Police are trying to track down a suspect who stole two cellphones Sept. 30.

A male victim told police he had two cellphones for sale on Craiglist and set up a time and place to meet a person interested in buying the phones.

When the suspect arrived at a fast food restaurant in the 24000 block of West 12 Mile, he approached the victim and said he was there for the phones, which the victim had laid out on a table in front of him. 

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD —  In order to keep the pedestrian plazas in Southfield and Oak Park a safe way to travel over I-696, the Michigan Department of Transportation has ordered repairs.

On Sept. 20, MDOT held a meeting at Oak Park City Hall to educate the public about MDOT’s plans and why repairs are necessary. 

“They’re very safe, but work needs done to keep them that way and preserve them,” said MDOT Public Involvement and Hearings Officer Bob Parsons.

Construction is set to take place in late 2015, early 2016, officials said.

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Published October 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD —  On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Legal Aid and Defender Association and Southfield Human Services will hold a clinic on expunging criminal records.

The free clinic, held at noon at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, will focus on helping individuals remove offenses from their criminal records.

The state of Michigan allows for expungement, or removal from the public record, of records of single criminal convictions after five years, according to Legal Aid.

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Published October 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — While it has been about two months since the record rainfall of Aug. 11 flooded cars, homes and business across metro Detroit, major cleanup is still underway.

On Sept. 25, President Barack Obama issued a major disaster declaration, triggering the release of federal funds that are available to flood victims.

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Published October 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield High School Marching Blue Jays don’t like to toot their own horns, but they have reason to lately.

After taking first place in every category at the Shaw High School Battle of the Bands in East Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 20,  the band members are currently perfecting their steps in preparation for the Oak Park High School Battle of the Bands Oct. 18.

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Published October 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — “When adults give their time to small children, they become celebrities,” said City Librarian David Ewick.

The Celebrity Readers program is again putting local, everyday adults in the spotlight as it returns to schools for its fourth year.

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Published October 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Trick-or-treaters looking to scare up some Halloween fun can do just that at the annual Boo at the Burgh event.

In the event’s 10th year, Halloween enthusiasts of all ages will have the chance to attend from 6:30-9 p.m. two nights — Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18. The event will be held at the Burgh Historical Park, located on the corner of Civic Center Drive and Berg road.

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Published October 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Flamingo, carnation or bubblegum — whatever you prefer to call it, residents, businesses and city officials are transforming their doors into a sea of pink as part of the Pink Door Campaign.

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and St. John Providence Hospital are teaming up to create awareness and prevention of breast cancer.

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Published October 8, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — After a hotel party, a homecoming celebration took a turn for the worse, and police are on the lookout for a suspect wanted for armed robbery.

A victim stated that he and his friends were celebrating homecoming at a hotel in the 27000 block of Northwestern Highway Sept. 27 at around 10:47 p.m.

According to the victim, he and his friends were standing in the parking lot of the hotel and talking to a group of female victims when a male called out to them.

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Published October 1, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Every year, residents of metro Detroit have a chance to get better acclimated to their surroundings through the International Festival, which features vendors, demonstrations and more.

This year’s festival will kick off at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, with a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services swearing-in ceremony of new citizens.

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Published October 1, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Not sure what to do with your old cellphone after your recent upgrade?

The Sustainability Committee at Oakland Community College will provide your old cellphone with a new home through their E-waste Recycling event Saturday, Oct. 25.

In OCC’s Southfield campus parking lot, located at 22322 Rutland Ave., community members will be able to recycle their old or unused electronics, including TVs, computers and laptops, and copy machines.

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Published October 1, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — As Southfield resident Karen Harte looked out her window on Lois Lane one August day, she and her husband saw city employees working on an empty house on her block.

Harte sent her husband outside to ask the workers what was going on.

“They said, ‘Well, we’re getting ready to tear down the house.’ They said they were getting ready to put in a parking lot,” Harte said.

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