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Our choices for the November election

Tuesday, November 4, voters in Commerce Township, Walled Lake, and Wolverine Lake are being asked to decide the future of a number of public offices, along with a millage request for the Walled Lake School district....more>

Major commercial project planned for Commerce

Plans to build a massive lifestyle center in Commerce Township that would serve as a commercial destination spot for western Oakland County moved forward on Tuesday, October 21, at the township's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) monthly meeting, as the DDA accepted a $10.5 million purchase offer for more than 20 acres of land along Martin Parkway in the Commerce Towne Place area....more>

Wolverine Lake discusses local park

Less than a dozen residents on Wednesday, October 22, attended a special meeting by the Wolverine Lake Village Council to discuss the proposed development of a neighborhood park on Oak Island Drive....more>

Road closures in west Oakland area

Motorists traveling in White Lake and Highland townships should be advised that Pontiac Lake Road, between M-59 (Highland Road) and Fisk Road, will be closed Saturday, October 25 through early December....more>

Lakes Area Chamber to host Expo, Taste Fest

Members of the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will host an Expo, Taste and Fun Fest at Walled Lake Western High School on Saturday, November 1, that will include food and entertainment from a number of lakes area restaurants and businesses....more>

Stolen car recovered in Wolverine Lake Village

A Wolverine Lake Village police officer was recognized for recent actions taken to stop a car theft and chase in progress near Los Arboles and Palomas....more>

Phone stolen from unlocked car

A Commerce Township grocery store employee was the victim of a phone theft while working on Tuesday, October 21, in the 47000 block of Pontiac Trail....more>

Car windows broken

A pair of Commerce Township residents living in subdivisions near Union Lake Road and Commerce Road were recently victims of apparent vandals or thieves targeting vehicles in the area....more>
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Sheriff Bouchard interview

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, in office since 1998, fell into law enforcement by accident, but is a passionate supporter of ongoing training and proper deployment of weaponry. In response to the media outcry over the militarization of police, he believes law enforcement has to be as well armed as the criminals they're facing. His motto, with which he leads his 1,300-member sheriff's department daily, is: "Hope is not a strategy. Preparation is." ...more>
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House party laws

Whether it's a way of seeking popularity or a way of rebelling against parents, the teenage house party has been viewed as almost a rite of passage for high school students for decades. But a tougher stance on underage drinking and the possible risks associated with such gatherings could spell trouble for students and their parents in Oakland County, who condone or take part in such actions....more>
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Online education

Parents and teachers, at least those over 30, tend to be in universal agreement over one thing: our children know way more about computers and technology, by and large, than we do. As the technological landscape continues to evolve and metamorphose into new and interesting ways, so too do the opportunities to educate our kids that will allow them to operate, both educationally and in their future workplaces, in the landscape of the 21st century....more>
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