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Mike Koury


Staff Writer Mike Koury covers Berkley, Ferndale, Huntington Woods and Pleasant Ridge along with the Berkely Schools and Ferndale Schools districts for the Woodward Talk. He has worked at C & G Newspapers since October 2015 and attended Michigan State University. He has been described as “a wonderful angel” by his mother and “sleepy” by his editor.

Published December 22, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Fraternal Order of Police Southwestern Oakland County Lodge 128 held its Cops and Kids event to help local children Dec. 9.

Partnering with Lakes Area Youth Assistance, Novi Youth Assistance and the Meijer at 49900 Grand River Ave. in Wixom, officers from several different departments were paired with 30 local kids and shopped with $200 gift cards.

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Published December 22, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s hardly looks like it’s the holiday season with little to no snow hitting the ground in Michigan.

Once the snowflakes finally start falling hard on local streets, residents will have to grab their shovels and clean up their driveways and sidewalks.

But E. Kamal Sansom, clinical manager at the Oakland Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Institute, said be careful not to put too much strain on your back when shoveling out the snow.

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Published December 18, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Becca Garfinkel always wanted to be able to travel around the world.

Now, as part of a volunteer program, she gets to do that and help many young people in the city of Lod, Israel.

Garfinkel is in Lod as part of Masa Israel’s Yahel Social Change Program, which is a nine-month program that is part learning experience, part volunteer effort.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Jackie Michaelson has been described as someone who is effective and very good at what she does, which is helping those in need.

Michaelson has been a part of Lighthouse of Oakland County’s Adopt-a-Family program for about 16 years, which helps support families in Oakland County by matching them to people with the means to sponsor a family.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Public Library offers many different types of services to the community.

Those resources include computer workshops and tutoring sessions that people can take to improve in any areas where they think they might be lacking.

Branch Manager Mary Killian said the workshops and tutoring sessions, which are free, can cover anything from introductory computer basics to something more advanced, such as Prezi, Photoshop and the Microsoft Office programs.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — At the Dec. 7 West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board members unanimously approved the recommended budget for 2016.

The recommended general fund budget for 2016 sees a 2.69 percent increase from the 2015 projected budget, from $20,797,805 to $21,357,500. The public safety budget also sees an increase, from $31,672,645 to $33,381,050.

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Published December 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police Department has teamed with a local PetSmart to help distribute stuffed animals to children in the township.

The department is working with PetSmart, 7260 Orchard Lake Road, which is asking customers to purchase stuffed animals to donate to children at hospitals or for police to give out in public, with some of the proceeds given to charity. 

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Published December 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — A Keego Harbor man who was being held at the Common Ground mental health facility was arrested after allegedly stabbing a custodial employee Dec. 4.

David Benjamin Fried, 26, has been charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent. He was arraigned at the 50th District Court in Pontiac, and his bond was set at $75,000. He is being lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

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Published December 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — As 2015 is winding down its final month, local Realtors are reflecting on the previous year in real estate, which was strong for people selling their homes.

Jan Hays, of Max Broock Realtors, said it was a very active market for all concerned in the housing market, but there was a shortage of inventory for buyers. 

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Published December 8, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — With the exception of a couple of inches that fell the weekend of Nov. 21-22, any resident would be hard-pressed to find a snowman on someone’s lawn or a snow fort that forbids adults from entering.

Current forecasts from the National Weather Service’s Grand Rapids Forecast Office say that, based on the El Niño air moving through Michigan and the Great Lakes, the mild temperatures will continue for the first few weeks of December.

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Published December 8, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A fourth-grader from Sheiko Elementary School recently won a local drawing contest to benefit local West Bloomfield families.

Emmie Shelton won the Snowman Pin Contest, put on by Our Children’s Fund, in which pins are sold to help raise money to purchase Target gift cards so local families can buy necessities. OCF helps provide supplies and resources to students of the West Bloomfield School District and their families. 

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Published December 4, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Spirit of Grace Church, 2399 Figa Ave., will host a holiday concert 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, in West Bloomfield.

The concert will feature music from the Gratitude Steel Band and bugs Beddow & the Good STuFF, which performs rock and soul music from the past couple of decades, and the concert will be followed by a reception with holiday treats and refreshments.

Event organizer Louise Bugg said the church is really focused on providing a gift for the community with the concert.

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Published November 25, 2015

WATERFORD — After wrapping its last production and facing the uncertainty of possibly being homeless, Two Muses Theatre has found a new location.

The theater now will operate at the Monster Box Theatre, located at 2529 Elizabeth Lake Road in nearby Waterford Township, renting on a yearly basis. 

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Published November 24, 2015

FARMINGTON — A group of Farmington elementary school children have teamed up to spread awareness about recycling plastic bags.

The group of kids, comprising students from Warner Upper Elementary School and Forest Elementary School, are part of a robotics team participating in the 2015 Trash Trek competition from the FIRST Lego League.

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Published November 20, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield theater has received a $15,000 grant from the state of Michigan for its general operating budget.

The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Road, was awarded the grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs as one of more than 550 applicants for a grant.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre Development Director Linda Ramsay-Detherage said the grant was one the theater had to match, meaning it had to prove it could generate $15,000, which it already has done.

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