Sunday, May 19, 2013
Here are some of the big headlines from around Brighton this past week.
Northville Dancer Out to Prove She Can Dance Former Lakeland Football Star Recipient of Postgraduate Big Ten Scholarship Plymouth Township Memorial Will Pay Tribute to Fallen Police Officers, Other Local First Responders Novi Principal Leaves District After Super Drunk Charges LESA super a finalist for position in Kalamazoo
Learn more about this Brighton-based business in this week's Small Business Shout Out.
Johnny Branstetter of Senior Health Direct says his company was "designed to fill that gap and to become the adviser for those who are confused about navigating Medicare." "As web-based sales began to make a real impact in 2008, we realized that there was a huge lack of guidance on many of the sites that began popping up that offered Medicare Supplements, Advantage Plans and Prescription Drug plans," he wrote. Branstetter recently submitted information about the business to Patch. If you have a business and want to participate in Patch's Small Business Shout Out you can fill out the form here. How did your business come to be?: Our parent company, Senior Benefits Group, has been helping seniors with their Medicare and retirement planning …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Check out the latest Local Voices contributions from your neighbors.
Bloggers from across the area are updating our Local Voices section weekly. Check out their newest contributions below. If you are interested in starting a blog on Patch, it's easy! Simply log in and click "Start A Blog". We look forward to hearing from you! Scott Spielman writes about the importance of knowing your family history following Angelina Jolie's big announcement. Spielman writes, "If knowing is half the battle, then deciding what to do with that knowledge must be the other half. Angelina Jolie showed the power behind that knowledge and action recently when she announced to the world that she had had a preventive double mastectomy upon learning that she was at an increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer." The Salvation Army …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Jessce Lincon Stearn could face a murder charge for the shooting death of Charles Robert Kimball.
Updated at 11:45 a.m. Livingston County Prosecutor William Vailliencourt confirmed that he has filed new charges in the shooting death of Charles Kimball. "Based on new evidence, Jessce Lincon Stearn has been charged with Open Murder and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony," a press release from the prosecutor's office stated. "The murder charge carries with it a maximum sentence of life in prison and the weapons charge requires a mandatory two year prison sentence." Posted at 8:30 a.m. Jessce Lincon Stearn, the Brighton man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and felony firearms in connection with the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Charles Robert Kimball, could be facing a new charge of murder in Livingston County …
Do you have an event? Add it to the events calendar on Patch.
Patch is here to make your life ridiculously easy, so as you sit down today and plan your weekend, here are three events you should know about in the Brighton area. Do you have an event you want to share? Click here to add it to the Brighton Patch events calendar.
Calling all student newspapers, teachers and anyone with a passion for education. We want to see your ideas on Patch!
Patch is seeking student newspapers, teachers, parents and administrators to contribute to our Local Voices platform and help educate the masses on what going on in your schools. We would love for student newspapers to post their articles. If you love to photograph local graduations, school plays and concerts, you can showcase that passion as well in a Local Voices post. Part of the Patch mission is to strengthen communities and improve the lives of their residents, but we can't do it without you. Our Local Voices section allows members of the community—from cooking enthusiasts to local politicians and everyone in between—to interact and post directly to the site. These posts then appear on the homepage, in the daily newsletter and are …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Here's the story of Marlene Konkoly of Royal Oak, who found creative ways to spend less and save more so she can retire at age 50. This story is the first in our series about Extreme Savers.
Americans may be living longer, but our retirement plans aren’t keeping up. Which means people are living longer with smaller bank accounts. But Marlene Konkoly, a Patch reader from Royal Oak, will retire at age 50. How is she planning it? She contributes a whopping 45 percent of the gross annual income she earns as a procurement officer for an automotive finance company to her retirement—all while owning a home and remaining debt-free. Konkoly is actually well ahead of the retirement savings curve compared to many Americans. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, fewer than half of Americans even know how much money they would need to retire. And nearly a third of employees who had access to a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k…
Police say Livingston County residents should be careful when approached by solicitors.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department is reminding county residents to be careful when dealing with people offering solitation services and warning against potential scam situatuions. On May 6, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint from an elderly Putnam resident of a fraudulent driveway seal coating company operating in the area. The woman told police that a man had approached offering to seal her driveway for $9,400 and also offered her a warrenty and told her he would start immediately, according to a press release from the sheriff's department. Police say the driveway was coated with a thin black substance inconsistent with seal coat material which didn't seal any driveway cracks. And after seeing the …
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Thursday, May 16
By Gretchen Voyle, Michigan State University Extension Many gardeners really enjoy being outside and caring for their landscapes. But a certain percentage is very concerned about snakes also enjoying that same landscape. The question which gets asked of Michigan State University Extension Horticulture Educators and Hotline Master Gardeners is, “How can I make snakes stay away from my garden?” There is no magic spray or product that guarantees that snakes will respect your property lines. Some of the snake repellants are just a version of moth balls. They may not be effective and evaporate rapidly in the open air. But what’s a “snake-o-phobe” supposed to do? There are several ideas that can be culled from old MSU Extension publications. All…