Kayla Dimick

C&G Staff Reporter – Southfield Sun

Published September 11, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Usually, teachers try to control their students’ use of cellphones in their classroom, with some schools even going as far as banning them from campus. Not at Southfield Public Schools.

SPS recently invested $3 million in technology upgrades and instated a Bring Your Own Device program to help their students learn smart.

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Published September 11, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — An employee of the city of Southfield is now considered a hero after saving the life of a dog after a house fire.

Animal Warden Robert White happened to be in the area of the 28000 block of Sutherland Street on Aug. 27 when the fire department was called to the scene of a house fire.

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Published September 11, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — People who live, work and play in Southfield are seeing orange yet again after a construction project began Sept. 8 at the intersection of 10 Mile and Southfield roads through the Oakland County Road Commission.

Set to run through October, the goal of the project is a simple one: take out the old, broken concrete slabs and replace them with new, fresh ones.

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Published September 11, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Police are searching for three male suspects wanted in connection with stealing sandwiches from a local gas station.

A male employee at a gas station on the 22000 block of Eight Mile observed three male suspects entering the store around 12:35 a.m. on Aug. 27.

Shortly afterward, one suspect was seen hiding water and sandwiches under his clothing. The employee yelled at the suspect to pay for the merchandise.

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Published September 11, 2014

LATHRUP VILLAGE — Kids in Lathrup Village are strapping on their dancing shoes as the Recreation Department’s 17th year of fall dance classes gets underway.

The lower level of the municipal building houses Mara Gray’s dance studio, where children ages 3-18 can learn anything from tumbling to ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and tap.

The studio consists of 1,300 square feet of dance space, along with professional dance flooring, ballet barres and wall-to-wall mirrors.

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Published September 3, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Driving down the streets of Southfield on any given day, you’re sure to see various cars, trucks and buses, but have you ever seen a mobile boutique?

Tonya Evans, of Southfield, is looking to change that.

“How’s that for something new?” Evans said.

Evans, currently an employee at a retail pharmacy, owns a large, white box truck, which she is working on transforming into Steppin Into Style AE, her very own mobile boutique.

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Published September 3, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — If you’re still hauling flood-damaged items out of your basement, drudging through mud and muck, you could be in luck.

The Michigan Community Service Commission is partnering with the city of Southfield and neighboring cities to provide flood-assistance cleanup to those in need.

According to its website, MCSC is a volunteer agency that helps Michigan residents with their most pressing issues, with the goal of strengthening communities through their work.

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Published September 3, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Fire Department got a chance to show off its four new life support vehicles in a dedication ceremony Aug. 26 at Fire Headquarters, on Lahser Road.

The previous ambulances had logged over 800,000 miles since 2005 while responding to more than 83,000 emergency calls.

Each new ambulance cost the Fire Department about $210,000, said Southfield Fire Chief Keith Rowley.

“They had a lot of miles and were starting to break down,” said Rowley. “It was time to replace the fleet.”

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Published September 2, 2014

If you’ve hauled items to the curb to be recycled in recent weeks, there’s a chance they were actually processed as regular old trash instead.

According to the Southeast Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, in an effort to catch up with trash collection and the huge amount of refuse residents discarded after the Aug. 11 flood, SOCRRA and its participating haulers agreed to, as it says on the SOCRRA website, “commingle” recyclables and yard waste with regular trash and process everything as garbage at its facility on Coolidge Road in Troy.

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Published August 26, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Police found a man dead of a gunshot wound at a bridge underpass on Nine Mile, near the Southfield Freeway,  at around 3:45 p.m. Aug. 26.

Officers were dispatched to the scene on a report of a subject down.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers located a 56 year old Detroit man with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Originally, the incident was being investigated as a homicide.

After further investigation, Deputy Chief Nick Loussia said, the death has been ruled a suicide.

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Published August 20, 2014

ROCHESTER — For the 2014-15 school year, Oakland County officials say they are making sure schools are the safest they can possibly be, and that means making sure schools comply with a new emergency drill law.

House Bill 4713, which became effective July 1, mandates that all Michigan schools must file their schedule of emergency drills by Sept. 15 and must post information on complete safety drills to their website within 30 days of an exercise. 

The bill also requires schools to change the way they have been doing the drills.

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Published August 14, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Having to decide what to make for dinner can sometimes be the hardest decision of the day. It’s a simple choice, yet many people are quite indecisive about what to have for their evening meal.

To help the residents of Southfield with this decision, the city of Southfield is holding a Food Truck Rally Wednesday, Aug. 27, that can be one-stop shopping for the dinner crowd.

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Published August 14, 2014

LATHRUP VILLAGE — In order to give Lathrup Village volunteers a proper thank-you, the village’s Recreation Department will be holding an event called Night Out In Lathrup to celebrate volunteers and the community alike.

The event will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, on the lawn of the Lathrup Village Municipal Complex. A chicken dinner will be served at 5 p.m., followed by a concert by Air Margaritaville at 7 p.m.

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Published August 14, 2014

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OAKLAND COUNTY — For the 2014-15 school year, Oakland County officials say they are making sure schools are the safest they can possibly be, and that means making sure schools comply with a new emergency drill law.

House Bill 4713, which became effective July 1, mandates that all Michigan schools must file their schedule of emergency drills by Sept. 15 and must post information on complete safety drills to their website.

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Published August 14, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — A new Medical Wellness Center could soon be added to the downtown Southfield skyline, depending on the results of a study conducted by the Downtown Development Authority and several local organizations.

The study is being managed by KIRCO Health Partners and is set to begin by late August. KIRCO is a health care real estate, and development and investment company.

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