Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Startling closures and exciting openings topped the past year's business news.
From the arrival of buybuy Baby at Hunter's Square shopping center, to the loss of Big Apple Bagels in downtown Farmington, 2011 was an up-and-down year for the Farmington-Farmington Hills business community. Here are some of the highs and lows: The popular superstore, offering infant and toddler merchandise, moved into the former Borders Books & Cafe space at Hunters Square shopping center. The store opened in late September. After the closures of Quizno's sub shop and Ace Hardware in 2010, the downtown strip mall also saw the loss of Big Apple Bagels and Dots women's clothing store in 2011. New additions included Tubby's Submarines (in the former Quizno's space) and The Olive Grove, which moved from the Village Mall at Grand River and …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Local elections bring out a record number of candidates in Farmington.
New city council members in Farmington and Farmington Hills, more sharing and changes in cable television and recycling agreements marked a busy year in local government. Here's a look back at what went on at both city halls in 2011:
Monday, January 2, 2012
In 2011, the district struggled with the demolition of four buildings, a lawsuit, tense union negotiations and tougher academic standards.
It seemed like the hits just kept on coming for Farmington Public Schools in 2011. From a controversial building sale to unsettling news about academic performance under new state standards, officials often faced angry parents at board meetings. But the district also celebrated some significant milestones. Here are a few of the year's biggest stories: A controversial vote in January authorized the solicitation of bids for the demolition of elementary buildings closed in 2010, and Fairview Early Childhood Center, closed in 2006. Wooddale, Flanders and William Grace Elementary and Fairview Early Childhood Center were eventually leveled, but officials in January received an offer for Eagle Elementary, from the Islamic Cultural Association (…
Friday, December 30, 2011
Murder-suicide cases took four lives this year.
Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch published nearly 200 stories this year about incidents and crimes handled by the Farmington Hills Police and Fire departments and the Farmington Public Safety Department. Here are some of the cases that attracted the most interest from our readers: A 66-year-old woman died of injuries she suffered in an October fire at Jamestown Apartments. Her death was the first fire fatality in Farmington in more than 20 years, Farmington Public Safety Director Bob Schulz said. Public safety officers responded to a call about smoke in the building's second-floor hallway and discovered fire in a bedroom of the woman's second-floor apartment. The woman was found lying on the floor. Tiffany Goetz, 21, was killed Dec. 15 in…
Thursday, December 29, 2011
From January through December, photographs and videos tell our stories.
As we come to the close of 2011, Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch looks back at the visual moments we remember most. These photos and videos represent a month-by-month look at what made news in our community in the past year. In the coming days, we'll also take a look back at the year's top stories in education, business, local government and crime. We're also looking for the most memorable story of 2011. Vote in our poll, or leave your nomination in the comments.