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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>

Commerce determines library location

Plans to build an $8 million library to replace the current Commerce Township Public Library moved forward Tuesday, October 14, as township trustees selected Dodge Park V as the location of the future library at their township board meeting....more>

Byers museum decision on hold

An effort to designate Commerce Township's historic Byers Farmhouse as a museum at the Commerce Township Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, October 14, was put on hold, as the board sent the issue back to the township's parks and recreation committee for further discussion and recommendation....more>

Wolverine Lake hires part-time officer

Former Wolverine Lake Police Officer Bob McGhee retired from the village's police department after a decade of service, but will return to patrols as a temporary, part-time officer....more>

Commerce addresses DDA roads, taxes

A system of private roads will be permitted in the Commerce Downtown Development Authority's project area, and tax-exempt organizations won't be allowed, under two measures approved Tuesday, October 14, by the Commerce Township Board of Trustees....more>

Commerce approves budget, millage rates

The Commerce Township Board of Trustees on Tuesday, October 14, unanimously approved the township's millage rates and budget for 2015, which includes about $6.3 million in general fund revenues and no increases to municipal tax levies....more>

Board approves 2015 DDA budget

A $5.3 million budget for the Commerce Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for 2015, which includes more than $3.2 million in advances from the township to pay for bond debt, was approved by the Commerce Board of Trustees on Tuesday, October 14....more>

Monkey ad annoys woman

A phony classified advertisement on for pet monkeys caused a Commerce Township woman to contact authorities for assistance....more>

Woman's identity used to obtain loan

A Commerce Township woman discovered she was the victim of identity theft on Tuesday, October 7, when she received a collections call for a loan she had never authorized....more>

Construction equipment stolen

About $15,000 in construction equipment was stolen from a storage enclosure at a Commerce Township construction yard at Rock Road and N. Pontiac Trail, authorities said....more>

Golf clubs stolen from car

A Commerce Township man had his golf bag and clubs stolen from the back of his vehicle while it was parked in the 5400 block of Inverrary Lane....more>

Stolen items recovered

Items stolen from a vehicle in the 5400 block of Paula Crest Drive in Commerce Township were found in a ditch on Thursday, Octber 9, and returned to their owner, authorities said....more>

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>

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>

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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