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Aikens discusses Commerce lifestyle center

Entertainment and high-end shopping will anchor a massive lifestyle center in Commerce Township's Commerce Towne Place that is expected to be constructed by the fall of 2018, real estate developer Bruce Aikens told township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board members at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 18....more>

Landscape architects present downtown plan

Engineers on Tuesday, August 18 presented the Commerce Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) with a first draft plan of a landscape architecture plan that will guide the streetscape and landscape plan along Martin Parkway in the DDA's Commerce Towne Place....more>

Construction begins on Pontiac Lake Road

Pontiac Lake Road, M-59 and Fisk Road in White Lake Township, will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, August 24 through late October, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) said....more>

Identity thieves target hospital patients

A Commerce Township woman whose patient records were stolen from an area hospital was apparently one of hundreds of identity theft victims targeted by two thieves convicted on federal charges involving identity theft and tax fraud....more>

ID theft reported in Commerce

A Commerce Township woman had her identity stolen and used to wrack up more than $1,500 from an online, cash-advance service, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's office....more>

Homeschooling trend

One day in the near future, all four of Bethann Bayne's children will be of school age, and ready to take their place at her kitchen table, where she currently teaches the older two, 9 and 7, a full curriculum of English literature, science, Bible, American history, geography, and math. In September, Bayne's five year old will join his older siblings, and a couple of years later, the three year old will pull her chair up to the table as well....more>

New technology on beach testing

Monitoring the water at local lakes and swimming beaches is a crucial part of keeping beach-going families healthy and protected. The goal of beach monitoring is to protect the public when there's a surge in bacteria. To determine this, every summer the Oakland County Health Division conducts weekly tests on water samples drawn at all 45 public beaches, like parks and camps, plus some select semi-private beaches....more>

Local tax free land

It has been said that nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes, but for some property owners in western Oakland County, there is no requirement to pay property taxes. While the vast majority of property owners in the nearly 40,670-acre area that makes up Commerce, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield and Wolverine Lake must pay property taxes, about 12.9 percent of property in the area is exempt from taxes....more>
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