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Township, developers reach compromise

A plan for a system of pathways through the future downtown area of Commerce Township was approved Tuesday, July 22, at a special meeting by the township's board of trustees, essentially paving the way for the first sale of property in the 330-acre Commerce Towne Place project area. ...more>

Town Hall forum to focus on roads

Road experts and a local lawmaker will meet on Wednesday, July 30, to discuss Michigan's plan to address roads during a town hall meeting at the Commerce Township Public Library....more>

Grand Princess returns to Wolverine Lake

The Grand Princess Riverboat will be making waves in Wolverine Lake this August as a series of cruises are scheduled to raise money for the village's annual fireworks display around July 4, known as Tiki Night....more>

Car dealer donates to school's foundation

Walled Lake students who want to be involved with the district's performing arts programs but are in need of assistance may benefit from a recent $50,000 donation to the Foundation for Excellence....more>

Women arrested following bar fight

Two women were arrested early Sunday, July 20 following a fight outside of the Bayside Bar and Grill in Walled Lake bar, authorities said....more>

Walled Lake man swindled out of money

A Walled Lake man earlier this month was tricked out of $1,620 by people claiming to be representatives of a bank in California. ...more>

Fraudulent loan becomes due

A fraudulent loan taken out in the name of a Commerce Township woman without her permission or knowledge was undiscovered until it became past due and went into collections....more>

Vandal tags Salvation Army store

An unknown vandal on Wednesday, July 16, damaged the Walled Lake Salvation Army building at 1154 E. West Maple, police said....more>

Wallet lost at auto parts store

Police said a Walled Lake man on Saturday, July 12, lost or had his wallet stolen while at the Murray's Parts City store, 707 N. Pontiac Trail in Walled Lake....more>

The air we breathe

Regardless of who we are, where we live, what we do, or what our beliefs are, it's the one true substance we can't live without. We like to say it's important to take a breath of fresh air, to clear our heads in the fresh air, yet could the air we breathe be making us sick?...more>

Scams in Oakland

An Ohio woman named Susan in January began harassing a Commerce Township man, sending him love letters, leaving phone messages and, finally, showing up at his door step, unannounced. Sound too good to be true? It might be for some lonelyhearts, but it wasn't for the 67-year-old man, who had no idea who the woman from Hartville, Ohio was, and why she was stalking him. He wasn't interested in her. His idea of a date with her was to call the cops....more>

Wolverine Boot Camp

Ralph Kinney has a dream of helping those who've gotten themselves into trouble with the law to redeem themselves, placing short-term offenders into an academic boot camp where they could attain academic and career services, wellness and substance abuse prevention courses, and behavior modification. ...more>
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