Sherri Kolade

Published May 6, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHP — Shelby Township officials hope that a Macomb County Circuit Court judge sees things their way in an upcoming early disposition settlement conference May 10, which may determine Ford Motor Company’s next step in cleaning up potentially cancer-causing contamination, trichloroethylene, found at the Mound Road Industrial site at 50500 Mound Road in 2012.

Shelby Township Attorney Rob Huth told the Shelby-Utica News that presiding Judge Richard Caretti will begin the process of getting the parties together and “getting this resolved.”

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Published April 30, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In a few months, residents in need of an ambulance may notice a smoother ride to the hospital, after the township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of six new emergency medical services chassis.

During an April 22 meeting, board members agreed 7-0 to the EMS vehicle chassis replacement and remounting, which would save the township more than $500,000 in emergency fleet vehicle costs, EMS Capt. Gregory Flynn told the Beacon recently. 

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Published April 30, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield High School winter drumline competed in the Winter Guard International World Championships April 18 in Dayton, Ohio, and although they were not selected in the final round, the 28-member band played their hearts out, their percussion director said.

“When you look at where we were when we started, compared to where we are now, it’s night and day,” West Bloomfield High School percussion director Pat McLaughlin said.

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Published April 30, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Elementary students can expect to find more traffic signals at their schools after the West Bloomfield School District Board of Education’s recent approval of traffic signal installation and maintenance.

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Published April 30, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Scott Goldstein was in the middle of eating a greasy hamburger April 15.

It wasn’t the worst he’s ever had, or the best. But it was one he will never forget because it was the West Bloomfield resident’s last meal before the bombs exploded, causing him and his friends to evacuate a restaurant four blocks past the finish line, where three people died and about 140 were injured during the annual Boston Marathon.

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Published April 30, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Hillel Day School sixth-grade student Eden Joyrich thinks differently about seniors after participating in Dor L’Dor, an intergenerational program that connects Jewish Senior Life residents and sixth-grade students at Hillel.

“We have a lot in common,” Joyrich told the Beacon recently, “more than we would realize. A lot of us like to read and do art or make jewelry. Things you wouldn’t think they can do, they can do.”

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Published April 30, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX PROPOSITION

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Published April 23, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Julie Touchette wants people to take a whiff of Michigan the way she smells it.

The 33-year-old Keego Harbor entrepreneur recently created a line of four candles, with scents inspired by the state, from her Lost Bluebird Collection, which will launch May 1 at Lolly Ella Jewelry, 6706 Orchard Lake Road.

Touchette said she wanted to create products that inspire the soul, while still being practical for the pocketbook.

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Published April 23, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit and its members are unharmed after two “suspicious” briefcases near the center, on Drake Road, created concern April 16. The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad surveyed the center, 6600 W Maple Road, that day, West Bloomfield Police Lt. Tim Diamond confirmed recently.

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Published April 23, 2013

SYLVAN LAKE — Sylvan Lake City Manager John Martin will have added responsibilities on the job after City Council members unanimously voted to temporarily merge the city manager and police chief positions April 10.

City Council member Eucharist Cassar was not in attendance during the meeting.

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Published April 23, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — From playing golf all year round to eating a Himalayan goji berry salad, the denizens of West Bloomfield have more options to choose from on where to eat, drink and be merry after a surge of new businesses have moved in.

In April alone, the township has seen a number of ribbon-cuttings, including Loya Organic Restaurant, 4284 Orchard Lake Road, April 11; Baskin Robbins, 6243 Orchard Lake Road, April 13; and The Little Gym, 4301 Orchard Lake Road, April 15, among a host of others.

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Published April 18, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A grandmother’s teary-eyed pleas for understanding were not enough to sway a judge from sentencing Sandra Layne, who shot her grandson six times last May, to a minimum of 20 years in prison.

“I don’t want to die in jail,” Lane, 75, said during her final statement before sentencing April 18. She stood during her statement and spoke about how she loved her grandson, in tones varying from hushed to shouting. The retired teacher will serve 20-40 years in prison, plus two years for possession of a firearm.

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Published April 13, 2013

Michigan has a bright present and future on its hands, the residents just have to work a little harder to get the message out.
       
Gov. Rick Snyder discussed that idea, among others he has for Michigan, to a packed crowd at the annual 10th annual awards dinner for the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce April 12 at Shenandoah Country Club, where he gave the keynote address.
       
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Published April 12, 2013

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A 60-year-old Keego Harbor woman was in critical condition after being struck by a Chrysler minivan driving in reverse on Woodrow Wilson Boulevard, at Figa Avenue, at about 8:45 a.m. April 8 in West Bloomfield, according to West Bloomfield Police Lt. Tim Diamond; he said police are investigating the incident.

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Published April 12, 2013

WALLED LAKE — Walled Lake Northern High School student Morgan Barnett, like the famous character she plays, learned recently that there really is no place like home.

But instead of finding that out after traveling a metaphorical yellow brick road, the White Lake senior had an epiphany during her senior year.

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