Kayla Dimick

C&G Staff Reporter – Southfield Sun

Published July 25, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things to go through in life, and it is said that losing a spouse is even harder.

In order to help Michigan residents who have lost a spouse, Hospice of Michigan is holding free Loss of Spouse Grief Support programs in Plymouth and Southfield this summer.

The public is invited to discuss the hardships that come with losing a spouse 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at HOM’s office in Southfield, located at 26957 Northwestern Hwy. Suite 140.

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Published July 25, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — City officials are urging residents to double check their voter identification cards because precincts and some polling locations have changed, just in time for the primary election Aug. 5.

City Clerk Nancy Banks said the reason for the changes was to deter long waiting times for the presidential election in 2016.

Long wait times plagued the 2012 election, forcing some voters to wait for hours on end, she said.

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Published July 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD —  Police are searching for a woman wanted in connection with a robbery July 1 at Comerica Bank on Telegraph Road in Southfield.

Police describe the woman as 30-40 years old, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds, with a heavy build and crooked teeth. She was wearing a black wig with gold streaks, sunglasses, a short-sleeved red shirt and blue jeans with gold designs embossed on the back pockets. She was carrying a gold and black purse.

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Published July 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — “Hi, I’m Mr. Wiggles, but my friends call me Wigglesworth!” reads an online profile of a pit bull terrier up for adoption at the Almost Home Shelter in Southfield.

“My name is very fitting, as I am the happiest, wiggliest puppy you will ever meet!”

Mr. Wiggles is one of roughly 70 dogs and cats who live at Almost Home who are looking for a permanent place to live.

To help the animals at Almost Home, the shelter is holding an Adopt-A-Thon 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 18-20 on the shelter’s grounds at 25503 Ciara Lane.

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Published July 17, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The city of Southfield has won the 2013 Project of the Year award for the Valley Woods wetlands restoration and stormwater improvement project from the American Public Works Association.

The project took place within the 126-acre Valley Woods Nature Preserve on the Rouge River in Southfield, with the goal of restoring the wetland back to its natural state.

One of the ways this was done was removing invasive plants and replacing them with new, Michigan native plants by performing a controlled burn on the site.

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Published July 16, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Grab your blankets, chairs and snacks, and get ready to park it at the Burgh Historical Park for this year’s Park*It @ the Burgh event.

The family-friendly event will take place July 21 and will feature food, music and a movie.

The event is put on by Southfield Parks and Recreation and Park*It Family Fun Nights, a company based in Sterling Heights and owned by Sponsorship Solutions. Park*It produces a family-fun night tour, stopping in 30 metro Detroit cities this summer.

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Published July 10, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — If it wasn’t for the South Oakland Shelter, Brian Magsig wouldn’t be the person he is today.

Once homeless, unemployed, and addicted to drugs and alcohol, Magsig turned his life around through the help of SOS.

On Sunday, Aug. 3, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield, SOS is holding a run/walk to raise money to help other people like Magsig. 

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Published July 10, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council approved the city’s 2014-15 budget June 16 at a special meeting before the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

The general fund total was set at just under $66.8 million, which is an increase of nearly $1.2 million, or 1.8 percent, from last year’s budget.

Mayor Brenda Lawrence said this year’s increase in funds for the budget is out of the norm for Southfield.

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Published July 3, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Robert Zeichner is a photographer, but he doesn’t take photos. He makes them.

Zeichner only uses time-tested, traditional methods to make his photographs; no digital cameras or computers here.

He has been making photos for 50 years, and the one-of-a-kind photographs Zeichner has worked so hard to make will be featured in this year’s Ann Arbor Street Art Fair July 16-19.

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Published July 3, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The orange barrels are out and construction is underway on Evergreen Road for a $12.1 million project that officials are saying will change the face of Southfield.

The project, which began June 26, is a total reconstruction of  1.1 miles of Evergreen Road between Northwestern Highway and 11 Mile Road.

Officials are saying the project will turn Evergreen into a pedestrian-, and bike-friendly corridor. Retail, residential, recreational and educational space will also be added, with the goal of giving the city a facelift.

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Published July 3, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield City Council appointed acting City Administrator Frederick Zorn as city administrator at a June 16 meeting.

Zorn will hold a one-year contract that will expire on June 16, 2015, and will be paid a salary of $137,971. The council approved the deal 6-0. Council member Sid Lantz was not at the meeting.

“Obviously, I’m delighted,” Zorn said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to lead the city and help it grow.”

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Published June 26, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Saturday, June 21, was the first official day of summer, and to kick things off, the Southfield Business Center held a Spring Delight Extravaganza Vendor Fair.

The fair, held at the Southfield Business Center’s location on Northwestern Highway, featured local vendors who offered event planning services, handmade clothes, cosmetics, jewelry and handbags.

Sheila Byrd, regional manager at the Southfield Business Center, said the event was created for local vendors to gain exposure.

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Published June 26, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — The average cost of a designer pair of shoes at any given department store can range from a few hundred dollars to prices in the thousands.

At the Legacy Clothing Boutique, however, designer shoes, along with handbags, hats, clothes and accessories, come at a highly discounted rate: free.

The boutique, located at Christian Tabernacle Church in Southfield, is a place where women in need can shop, and no money is exchanged.

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Published June 26, 2014

SOUTHFIELD — Inflatables, face-painting, arts and crafts, a movie under the stars, a rock wall — no, the carnival wasn’t  in town, but Family Fun and Safety Night was.

Put on by the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department and the Southfield Police and Fire departments, Family Fun and Safety Night returned for its sixth year Wednesday on the Southfield Municipal Complex front lawn.

From 5:30-9:30 p.m., the free event featured activities for kids and parents, as well as several health and safety information booths.

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Published June 26, 2014

LATHRUP VILLAGE — If you’re looking for something to do this summer, look no further than your own backyard.

The Lathrup Village Recreation Department is offering a wide variety of activities for children and adults alike, and their summer programs are now underway.

The village’s largest event, Summer in the Village, took place June 14 and drew in thousands of people, boasting the largest ameteur rib cook-off in Michigan. The winner of this year’s cook-off was Shady’s BBQ of Clinton Township.

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