New playground planned at Pavilion Shore Park in Novi

In a fast turnaround, the Novi City Council voted Nov. 13 to approve the construction of a new playground at the park along 13 Mile Road, on the south shore of Walled Lake. The issue came up at the last regular meeting and city staff turned around and prepared the plans for the playground for the council's approval earlier this month.

"There's going to be plenty of room to run and tire the kids out," said Councilwoman Kelly Breen, who brought up the issue of a playground at the park earlier this fall. "Thank you again so much for working with me and everyone else on this."

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Free Press endorsements for the state House and Senate

Detroit Free Press Editorial Board
House District 38
Northville, Novi, South Lyon, Walled Lake, and the townships of Lyon and Novi

Rep. Kathy Crawford (R-Novi), 76,  has held this seat since she swapped jobs with her husband and predecessor, Oakland County Commissioner Hugh Crawford. But her cheerful complacency about Michigan's chronic underinvestment in roads and public education are at odds with the urgent needs of her growing district 

Democrat KELLY BREEN, a 40-year-old lawyer who sits on the Novi City Council, is more in touch with the challenges confronting her increasingly diverse community.

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The Detroit News: Democrats bet on women in quest to flip Michigan Legislature

Several of the Democrat’s top pick-up targets run through Oakland County, including the 40th District race between Mari Manoogian and Republican David Wolkinson, Birmingham residents competing for an open GOP seat. Handicappers also predict a close race in the 38th District race between incumbent Republican Rep. Kathy Crawford and Democratic challenger Kelly Breen, both of Novi.

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Novi City Council urging regional leaders to put regional transit tax on November ballot

Councilwoman Kelly Breen said she supported the resolution as it was a simple request to let the people vote.

“While I understand the concerns from my colleagues on the merits of the proposal, this was a request to put it on the ballot,” said Breen. “Two years ago, the residents of Novi voted down a similar proposal by less than 900 votes. Circumstances change, and this proposal has the potential to help a lot of people.

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Why I'm Running

It boils down to three things: (1) Public Service is my calling. (2) I LOVE the law - I understand it, and I know in its purest form it represents all that is fair and just, and I know how to craft it so that it can come as close as possible to that perfect intention. (3) Fate and karma don’t give a damn about my timeline.

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Female House Candidates Discuss Stance On Statewide Issues

Indivisible Huron Valley sponsored “A Woman’s Place is in the (State) House” at the Susan Haskew Arts Center Wednesday night. The non-partisan group's event was moderated by State Representative Kristy Pagan of District 21. Female candidates from both parties were invited to participate in the panel discussion; however no Republican candidates were in attendance. Six candidates from neighboring districts weighed in on issues like healthcare, keeping youth in Michigan and funding for infrastructure repairs and schools. Oakland County's candidates included Aditi Bagchi, Kelly Breen, Laura Dodd and Regina Strong.

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