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Library location, budget to be discussed

The Commerce Township Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 2, to discuss the township's 2015 budget and the future location of the township's library....more>

DDA approves purchase agreement

A $3 million land purchase agreement with a west Michigan development group seeking to build a series of assisted living developments in the Commerce Towne Place area was approved by the Commerce Township Downtown Development Authority(DDA) on Wednesday, August 27....more>

DDA approves administrative assistant

The Commerce Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board at a special meeting on Wednesday, August 27, authorized contracting with an independent contractor to assist DDA Director Kathleen Jackson....more>

Judge dismisses contempt claim against MacKenzie

A contempt of court allegation filed against Oakland County District Court Judge Brian MacKenzie was dismissed Thursday, August 21, by Oakland Circuit Court Judge Colleen O'Brien....more>

Walled Lake restaurants seek liquor license

Two Walled Lake restaurants received recommendations on Tuesday, August 19, from the Walled Lake City Council for liquor license approval from the state of Michigan's Liquor Control Commission....more>

Taste of the Lakes coming Sept. 18

The 14th Annual Taste of the Lakes fundraiser will be held on Thursday, September 18, at the Edgewood Country Club....more>

Village, township agree on new wastewater capacity

Commerce Township agreed on Tuesday, August 19, to increase waste water treatment capacity from the Village of Wolverine Lake to accommodate plans to build a 110-unit apartment project near South Commerce and Oakley Park roads, across from Walled Lake Central High School....more>

Sleeth Road work to be completed

Good news for those impacted by road construction along Sleeth Road - road crews are expected to complete road work by Tuesday, September 2, along Sleeth Road in Commerce Township. The project, which began on August 20, involves replacing a culvert under the road. During the closure, motorists are advised to use Bass Lake Road to Benstein Road to Glengary Road to Wixom Road, and vice versa. ...more>

Wallet stolen from vehicle

A Walled Lake man who had accidentally left his car unlocked overnight was the victim of theft, authorities said....more>

License plate stolen from cycle

A Walled Lake man had his license plate stolen from his motorcycle while it was parked outside for several days, authorities said....more>
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Drinking water contaminants

Tap water supplied by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has been touted for decades as being some of the highest quality drinking water produced by any public utility in the country and required water quality reports by local communities regularly indicate drinking water that meets or exceeds federal standards. ...more>
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Immunization opt-outs

Prior to 2007, Jenny McCarthy had been popularly known as a Playboy model and comedian. Her resume, so to speak, expanded in May 2007, when she announced that her two-year-old son, Evan, had been diagnosed with autism, and it had been caused by vaccinations. She wrote a book, "Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism", describing how Evan's autism was triggered through a vaccination, and that she had helped him recover as a result of alternative therapies, all of which have been rejected by the medical and scientific communities. ...more>
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The investigators

One full-time detective works five days a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bloomfield Hills. The sole position is usually enough to handle the routine case load for the city, which typically consists of obtaining arrest warrants, handling court cases and working an occasional crime that patrol officers can't handle themselves. ...more>
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