No charges against Farmington Hills mom in son’s death

Farmington Hills Police said Monday that no charges will be filed against a 43-year-old mother who shot and killed her 24-year-old son last month at Independence Green Apartments.

At the time of the incident, police said the mother, who is a resident of the complex, apparently shot Demitrius Deneze-Raymond Taylor to defend herself and her family. There were also allegations that Taylor, who lived in Detroit, had committed previous assaults.

According to a press release, the Oakland County Prosector’s Office declined to press charges after the Department presented the results of its investigation.



Learn why Farmington Schools is ‘going Google’

Learn why Farmington Public Schools is “going Google,” and the teaching and learning benefits of using Google Apps in the classroom, during two sessions held this week in Farmington and Farmington Hills.

There will be a brief presentation on Google Apps, followed by a question and answer session.

You will find out more about:

  • How Farmington Public Schools has put children’s digital safety and security first
  • How e-mail access will help connect teachers and students
  • What Chromebooks are and how they support 21st century learning
  • Educational benefits of using Google Apps
  • Being a good citizen in a digital world

The information sessions will be held:

  • Farmington High School – Media Center, 32000 Shiawassee, Farmington: November 4, 7 p.m.
  • Dunckel Middle School – LGI Room, 32800 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills: November 5, 7 p.m.

What’s on Farmington area ballots?

Here’s a look at what Farmington and Farmington Hills will see Tuesday on their Election Day ballots:


Voters will elect three city council members, and there are three names on the ballot (click the links to view our candidate profiles):

There’s also a city charter amendment on the ballot that would raise the compensation for city council members. Here are related stories that provide background:

Farmington Hills

Voters will choose a mayor in the city’s first contested election since Vicki Barnett was elected in 2003. Candidates are:

Three council seats are open, and voters will choose from among five contenders:

Read more about how much money Farmington Hills candidates raised and spent:

The city is also asking for renewal of a 10-year Public Safety millage that will provide more than $4.5 million used exclusively for fire and police staffing and equipment. Learn more about the renewal:

Farmington Public Schools operating millage

Voters in all Farmington precincts, and Farmington Hills Precincts 1-4 and 7-26 will decide whether to renew an operating millage that provides 29 percent of the district’s funding for teachers and support staff, textbooks, supplies, and other operating expenses. The funds can only be used for operating expenses. Learn more about the millage:

Schoolcraft College millage

Only voters in Farmington Hills Precinct 27 will help decide whether to increase the charter tax rate by .6 mills, which would generate $8 million annually, for a period of 10 years. Read more about the millage on the Schoolcraft College website.

Farmington Hills honors beautiful properties

The Farmington Hills Beautification Commission’s 2015 awards reception, held October 22 at the Costick Center, recognized a group of businesses, organizations, and residential entrances that make Farmington Hills a more beautiful place to live and work.

Here are the award winners:

Photo courtesy City of Farmington Hills

Beautification Commissioners’ Award: Trillium Subdivision, located off Drake Road, south of 12 Mile Road. The commissioners recognized the colorful plantings and maintenance efforts.

Botsford Commons
Photo courtesy City of Farmington Hills

Chamber Award: Presented by Dan Irvin, Executive Director of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, to Botsford Commons Senior Community, located off Folsom, east of Orchard Lake, for impressive landscaping.

In all, the event recognized 76 businesses, organizations, and residential entrances that showed outstanding landscape design and originality. Winners were recognized by City Manager Dave Boyer, Mayor Pro Tem Ken Massey, Beautification Commission members, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Election Day in Farmington and Farmington Hills

On Tuesday, Farmington area voters will elect council members in Farmington and Farmington Hills, decide whether to renew critical school and public safety millages, and whether Farmington city council members will get a raise.

Farmington Public Schools will be closed on Election Day. Here’s what else you should know:

Where do I vote?

You can find your precinct at the online Michigan Voter Information Center,

When are the polls open?

Hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Can I still turn in my absentee ballot?

You can, until 8 p.m., but only at your City Hall.

What if I’m not registered?

Then you’re out of luck – the registration deadline has passed for this election.

Do I need a photo ID?

Yes. However, if you’ve forgotten yours or don’t have one, you can still cast a ballot, by signing an affidavit. Learn more about voter identification at

Can I bring a flyer or other item to remind me who to vote for?

You can, but tuck it inside your purse or pocket before you sign in to vote. That information can’t be visible inside the polling place.

What about my cell phone?

You can bring it, but you’re not allowed to use it inside the polling place.

Where can I find information about what’s on the ballot?

Farmington Voice Election Guide: a collection of all our election-related articles and letters to the editor

League of Women Voters – Oakland Area Voter GuidesFarmington and Farmington Hills

SWOCC Studios/Farmington Hills Digital Channel 8.1 Candidate Spotlights and Forums

NaNoWriMo and more at Farmington libraries

The Farmington Community Library offers free events and activities each week. To learn more or register, click on “Events” at or call 248-553-0300. Find the Main Library at 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills, and the Farmington branch at 23500 Liberty St.

NaNoWriMo Write-In: Sundays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2 p.m., Farmington branch

Come Write In! We provide the fuel (coffee and snacks), you provide the words. We’ll do writing prompts, games, word sprints, and more. Boost your writing, get new ideas and peer support, or just get words on the page.

NaNoWriMo Write-In: Tuesdays Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 7 p.m. – Main library

Come Write In! We provide the fuel (coffee and snacks), you provide the words. We’ll do writing prompts, games, word sprints, and more. Boost your writing, get new ideas and peer support, or just get words on the page.

Popular Books Discussion: Nov. 4, 2 p.m., Farmington branch

Join friends for coffee and a lively, informal book discussion of Destiny of the Republic, by Candice Millard. Paperbacks are available for checkout at the downtown branch (Liberty Street) Information Desk.

Raising a Bilingual Child: Nov. 4, 7 p.m. – Main library

In this program for adults only, Julie Ogg from Great Start will discuss the benefits of raising a bilingual child, talk about challenges, and answer questions. Registration required; call 248-848-4315 for more information.

Lu Jong Yoga: Nov. 5 and 12, 10 a.m.

This ancient practice gently works with spine, body channels and navel and heart chakras to create a deep inner balance. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel if possible.

Open Lab: Nov. 5, 6 p.m., Main library

Visit the Main Library Computer Lab to receive assistance with your personal device, or with your favorite social media network.

Totally Toddlers: Nov. 7, 11 a.m., Farmington branch

Miss out on weekday story times? Come listen and play along during this Saturday program designed for walkers to 3 year olds and their parent/caregivers. Enjoy an interactive story time featuring books, rhymes, finger plays, music and movement. After the stories, have fun with your child while playing with our developmentally appropriate toys.

Farmington Musicale – Orchestra Hall, A Detroit Gem: Nov. 8, 2:30 p.m., Main library

Paul Ganson, retired bassoonist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the DSO’s official historian, will speak on the fascinating history of Orchestra Hall and its restoration. Following the lecture Robyn Myers, flutist; Jack Slater, clarinetist; and Virginia Stieler, pianist will perform trio music.

Correction: The first date of the Main Library NaNoWriMo Write Ins has been corrected. 

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Farmington area death notices: October 25-31, 2015

Funeral homes published these obituaries over the past week. To publish an obituary or memorial, free of charge, write to


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