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Negotiations continue on replacement of trees

The Commerce Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is negotiating with a Michigan developer to recover compensation for the destruction of about 14 tall pine trees along Martin Parkway....more>

DDA hires landscape architecture firm

The Commerce Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has contracted with a landscape architecture firm to develop amenity standards and guidelines for the right-of-way area along Martin Parkway in the DDA's Commerce Towne Place project area....more>

Hiller's closing last two stores Saturday

The final two Hiller's Market locations, in Union Lake and Commerce Township, will close their doors for good at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, according to the grocer....more>

Boaters shot at with pellet gun

A 63-year-old Commerce Township man was cited for suspicion of assault and battery on Monday, June 22, following an alleged shooting incident involving a pellet gun on Fox Lake, near the 300 block of Anaconda Street....more>

Police investigate fight at Copper Mug

Walled Lake police are investigating whether a handgun was involved in a bar fight that occurred in the late evening hours of Wednesday, June 10, at The Copper Mug, in the 1700 block of West Maple Road....more>

Baby delivered with help of 911 dispatcher

A Walled Lake woman on Monday, June 22, delivered a baby boy at her home with the assistance of her family and an Oakland County Sheriff's Office dispatcher who gave instructions during a 911 call....more>

Neighborhood dispute leads to arrest

A Walled Lake man was arrested on Thursday, June 11, in connection with a fight after he allegedly broke into his neighbor's home and beat him with a lawn chair in the 42000 block of W. 14 Mile Road, police said....more>

Police force diversity

In the early morning hours of July 23, 1967, a group of about 80 black people were celebrating the return of soldiers from Vietnam at a blind pig at 12th Street, now Rosa Parks Boulevard, and Clairmont Street in Detroit, when a predominantly white police force raided the club. What ensued after was a five-day riot that spread through Detroit, leaving 43 people dead, 1,189 injured, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed. ...more>

Environmental indicators

Bees humming in and about bright pink roses collecting treasured nectar, butterflies prancing above. Birds flying overhead in perfect formation. Frogs and toads hopping, in and out of streams, with fish darting about. A vision of nature at its most perfect....more>

Government nepotism

Rupert Murdoch has announced he is turning over his huge media empire to his two sons, James and Lachlan, to run. Mark Reuss, executive vice president of global product development, purchasing, and supply chain at General Motors, grew up watching his father, Lloyd Reuss, who was the 18th president of GM, and began working at the automotive corporation right out of college. Former Amway president Rich DeVos, saw his sons, Dick and Doug, take their place as former and current presidents of the health and beauty corporation....more>
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