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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
On Wednesday, classes were canceled in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District after bus drivers called in sick.
Nearly one-quarter of the Walled Lake School District's bus drivers called in sick Wednesday morning, leading the district to cancel classes. WWJ-AM reports that the move is "an apparent protest" over the district's decision to outsource busing. District spokesperson Judy Evola told WWJ the district will be "strategizing today. If this does occur again, we will have a plan in place that we will communicate with our parents,” she said. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman told WJBK-TV that school will go on Thursday, no matter what. Parents expressed their frustrations with the district on the White Lake-Highland Patch and West Bloomfield Patch Facebook pages. "This is what happens when you outsource busing to a private company, and folks who have…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
West Bloomfield Patch invites you to share your opinion about the May 7 election by submitting a blog post.
West Bloomfield Public Schools voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a a 14-year, 1.25-mill levy proposal that would provide funding for building upgrades and repairs. If you have an opinion about the millage, in support or opposition, share it with a blog post! Your submission will be featured on our site and in our newsletter, and we'll close election-related blog submissions after Friday. Ready to share your thoughts? Start here: Start a Blog. Read our guide to the May 7 election to find links and more information about the ballot question.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tammy Luty invites you to thank your school's volunteers with a comment on this article.
To the editor: This week is a special week it is National Volunteer Week (April 21 – 27). It is great to live in a community with so many organizations that volunteer to make our community a great place to live. I know my family has benefited from enjoying the events and activities that many of these organizations provide to our community, so thank you. But I would like to recognize a special group this week. The PTA Presidents, PTA Board Members and parents that volunteer in our public schools in Farmington/Farmington Hills to enrich the lives of the students of our future. These parents give countless hours to their students and the students in our school and community to help them remember their education as an important part of their …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Anne Greenstein says the sale of demolished schools could have paid for repairs to other schools.
To the editor: It cost the (Farmington Public Schools) district $900,000 to demolish 4 schools, Woodale, Fairview, Flanders and William Grace, a few years ago. These schools might have been sold (and save the cost of demolishment), but the schools were never listed and no one was allowed to bid on these buildings. The proceeds from the sale of destroyed schools would have helped pay for repairs for other schools. The district cannot claim poverty when it willfully destroys its assets that it refuses to sell. Due to the school board’s poor fiduciary judgment, I feel the board is not entitled to ask the hard working taxpayers for more money. I would vote NO on the bond issue. Anne S. Greenstein Farmington Hills
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Still learning the ropes in Lansing, McCready said he's committed to approving a budget focused on efficient and effective spending by June 1
As a state representative, I take my duty to represent the people of the 40th District very seriously and that includes keeping all of you informed about my work in Lansing. As you may know, I serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for completing the state budget each year. This also includes serving on subcommittees for specific budget areas, including the Michigan State Police budget. I serve as chair of the MSP subcommittee and was tasked with coming up with an efficient and effective budget for the upcoming fiscal year. For those who aren't familiar with the budget process, here's a brief overview. Each year, the governor gives his budget recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year (this year on Feb. 7) …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner plans additional oil drilling and fracking town hall meetings.
I want to thank the voters of Oakland County for their support of my candidacy for Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner. My time serving as Oakland County Commissioner was an honor and the most rewarding experience of my life. I have had the opportunity to serve with so many dedicated public servants and community volunteers, at the county, region, state and national levels. We can be truly proud of the people who work for us and those who volunteer in so many important capacities. From the beginning, I focused my efforts on green building and sustainability, both as county policies and in public/private planning and economic development efforts. I have worked with dedicated public employees in these areas also, through the …
Friday, March 29, 2013
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Which of these designs do you like best? Tell us in comments.
Three Patch readers submitted entries for our PEEPS creation contest. Using the marshmallow candies, they made "5 Golden Peeps", "Peeps on the Virgina Beach Boardwalk" and "Peeps on the Farm". Two of the Patch users have a chance to win a Prize Pack worth $25. It includes a PEEPS® Plush Chick Basket valued at $15 and an electronic gift card valued at $10 from PEEPS and COMPANY®. Use the comments section to vote once for your favorite Patch entry. The two with the most votes will each win a prize pack. Voting ends at 12 p.m. EST on March 30. Which of the three entries is your favorite? Vote once in the comments below for "5 Golden Peeps", "Peeps on the Virgina Beach Boardwalk" or "Peeps on the Farm".
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Win tickets to see the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Thursday in Southfield just by telling us about your first concert.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform Thursday, April 4, at the Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, and Patch is giving you the chance to win free tickets. The DSO will perform Mozart’s “Jupiter” as part of its Neighborhood Concert Series. Bach’s Ricercare No. 2 and Britten’s Violin Concerto No. 1 also will be performed. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Congregation Shaarey Zedek is located at 27375 Bell Rd. in Southfield. How can you win two tickets to see the show? Simply leave a comment on this story telling us the first concert you attended. You must comment by 1 p.m. Monday, April 1, to be entered into a random drawing to receive two tickets to the show. Each ticket is worth $25. And the tickets will be available for you at…