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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>

Trustees question dual roles of consultant

Several Commerce Township trustees, who learned last week of a major commercial development agreement between the township's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Birmingham-based developer Robert B. Aikens & Associates from a Westend news article, voiced concern about the DDA administration at the board of trustees quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 28....more>

Deadline extended for treasurer's job

A Tuesday, October 28, deadline for applicants hoping to be considered for the Commerce Township treasurer's position has been extended to 5 p.m. Monday, November 17....more>

Commission approves senior facility plans

The first part of a multi-phase assisted living facility to be built in Commerce Township's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) project area was approved on Monday, October 20, by the township's planning commission....more>

Gun stolen from car

A Farmington Hills man on Thursday, October 23, had his handgun stolen from the glovebox of his vehicle while hunting at the Proud Lake Recreation Area in Commerce Township....more>

Cyclist injured in accident

A West Bloomfield man was injured on Sunday, October 26, when the bicycle he was riding was struck while crossing a private driveway along Richardson Road in Commerce Township, near Haggerty Road....more>

Missing phone unable to be tracked

An Apple iPhone that went missing on Monday, October 20, aboard a Walled Lake school district bus was unable to be recovered by a phone tracking application, authorities said....more>

Row boat stolen from private park

A Walled Lake man told authorities on Friday, October 24, that his 12-foot, aluminum rowboat had been stolen from the 1900 block of Meadow Ridge in Commerce Township....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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