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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 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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Published November 18, 2015

ARGENTINE TOWNSHIP — Three teens were arrested Oct. 29 after authorities discovered that they were allegedly planning a school shooting.

One of those teens, Lamarr Michael Dukes, 15, is from West Bloomfield and is a Walled Lake Central and former Orchard Lake Middle School student.

After hearing that a West Bloomfield teen was allegedly involved, Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson said the department looked into Dukes to learn who he is and whether he has ever been on the department’s radar at any time, but nothing was found.

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON — Since 1965, the Farmington Art Foundation has been part of the community effort to bring artists together and to reach out to teach others about art.

This year marks the foundation’s 50th anniversary, and at the Farmington Hills City Council meeting Nov. 9, the group was given a proclamation by the council for its work in the community and the programs it offers for seniors and students.

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — For many people with lung cancer, they believe there’s a stigma that comes with having the disease.

It’s a belief that Angela Scott, of Northville, said persists — the belief that people with lung cancer knew what they were getting into and deserve it.

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Published November 18, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — People searching for that perfect Christmas gift will have an opportunity to do so at Farmington Hills’ Holiday Shopping Expo.

The expo takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Costick Activities Center, 28600 11 Mile Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Farmington Hills Deputy Director of Special Services Bryan Farmer said the expo allows people to get a look at different types of crafts they might not find in a normal store.

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Published November 16, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Within the past six months, three West Bloomfield High School students have committed suicide, leaving a community reeling and concerned.

The West Bloomfield School District has held several assemblies, presentations and community events to spread awareness about mental illness, depression, bullying and more to continue building a dialogue about what leads someone to commit suicide.

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Published November 14, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — After seeing a report of a local teenager’s organs being used to save numerous lives, a Bloomfield Hills man decided to give one of his kidneys to save the life of a man he’s never met.

He now is using the experience to encourage others to learn more about organ donation.

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Published November 12, 2015

FARMINGTON — Parents who might be having trouble with unruly children and how to deal with them can find help at a parenting fair this weekend at Oakland Community College.

The Parenting Education Fair will take place 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, on the Orchard Ridge Campus of OCC, 27055 Orchard Lake Road. The event costs $15 at the door, and there will be on-site child care if parents wish to peruse without the children. Child care costs $3 for one child and $5 for two or more children.

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Published November 11, 2015

FARMINGTON — Underneath the lights adorned in downtown Farmington, once again the city will host the second annual Light Up the Grand: A Holiday Lighted Parade.

Presented by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and will travel along Grand River Avenue, beginning at Warner Street and ending at Wilmarth Street.

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Published November 5, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A new ordinance that was proposed at the township’s Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 9 would, if passed, allow homeowners to use fire pits on their property.

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