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You have arrived at the home page of the website for Westend, the upscale monthly newsmagazine mailed to 24,000 homes in the Oakland County area of Commerce, Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake and the Union Lake area.

In addition to weekly and more frequent updates of news for this special area of Oakland County, you will find a variety of other offerings on this site. You will also find, at the lower right corner of this site, a place where you can sign up for e-mail notifications of when we update westendmonthly.com, which is at least weekly if not more often.

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We are looking to serve as the dominant news source for the west Oakland area, both in print and online, because we firmly believe that when it comes to west Oakland, we know it best.

David Hohendorf
Publisher

P.S. We welcome story suggestions — just e-mail me directly with your suggestions.

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Commerce Township board appoints treasurer

The Commerce Township Board of Trustees on Tuesday, January 27, approved the appointment of Molly B. Phillips as the next township treasurer....more>

Commerce crash claims Milford woman

A Farmington Hills man has been arraigned on two 15-year felony charges in connection with a fatal vehicle crash on Monday, January 26, that claimed the life of a Milford Township woman on West Pontiac Trail, near Addington Drive....more>

Purse stolen from vehicle

A White Lake woman on Saturday, January 17, was the victim of a vehicle break-in while working out at a Commerce Township fitness center, authorities said....more>
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The plight of illegal immigrants

The words are inscribed on a plaque in the pedestal in the Statue of Liberty, once the first sight new immigrants to the United States glimpsed of our country: "Give me your tired, your poor/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." These iconic words from the poem "New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus have long epitomized the feelings of those settling in our country from foreign lands, and remain as relevant today as when they were first penned in 1883....more>
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The crisis hotlines

The holidays are over. Families and friends have left, the holiday lights have dimmed. It's just you and lots of reruns. When people are sad, alone and desperate, feeling like they have no one to turn to, it can seem like help is out of reach. Yet, metro Detroit is full of options for those needing immediate assistance or help coping with a crisis....more>
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Cable television changes

When you press your TV remote, you want to know whatever you turn on will be there instantly. Ditto your Internet service. All of us are looking for fast, reliable connections to provide us with the instant gratifications we are seeking, whether for business, school work or streaming services. And we each rely upon the cable providers in our communities to supply us with these services....more>
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