Farmington Hills officers complete command school

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Hills Police Lieutenants Richard Blendea and Andy Radze recently graduated from a Northwestern University program that prepares officers for command positions.From left: Assistant Chief Dan Rodriguez, Lt. Andy Radze, Lt. Rich Blendea and Chief Chuck Nebus (City of Farmington Hills)Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC), an intensive 10-week program, combines academic principles with practical applications. Specialized courses cover executive management training, human resource administration, and investigation and analysis skills.Research is a key component of the SPSC, and a student’s research project often comes directly from a timely and critical issue faced by his or her own agency, so the knowledge can be put to use.Blendea, a 21-year veteran of the department, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2017 and serves as a Shift Commander and Police Service Aide Program Coordinator in the Patrol Division. His past assignments include Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Auto Theft Investigator, and Patrol and Directed Patrol Unit Supervisor. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from Eastern Michigan University.Radze, a 20-year veteran, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2017 and serves as a Shift Commander and Field Training Officer Program Coordinator in the Patrol Division. His past assignments include Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Directed Patrol Unit Officer, and Patrol and Investigations Supervisor. Radze holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Schoolcraft Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Madonna University. Reported bylast_img read more

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Sushi, steakhouse plan moves on to Farmington council

first_imgWith direction to provide more information and a specific parking plan, Farmington Planning commissioners on Monday approved a preliminary conceptual plan for Samurai Hibachi & Sushi.Architect’s renderings show the “urban feel” of the new Samurai Sushi & Hibachi.The unanimous vote followed a public hearing that drew a handful of comments, mostly about parking.The sushi restaurant will be located in the former Grand Bakery & Cafe at 32821 Grand River, with three second floor apartments. A new, four-story building to the west would house a 100-seat restaurant on the main floor with 12 apartments on three floors above.Project architect Sal D’Aleo of D’Anna Associates said the buildings are designed with the “urban feel” of a storefront. In addition, he said, a patio between the two buildings would “bring some outdoor life to the streetscape” and provide a connection to a parking lot at the rear of the buildings.The plan shows 39 parking spaces onsite, with an additional 31 spaces of adjacent public parking. That falls short of the city’s combined minimums for restaurant patrons and apartment residents.Planning and engineering reviews by OHM did not turn up any “earth-shattering, show-stopping” concerns, consultant Matt Parks said. He cited the need for more detail in the plans and said changes to painted parking spots on Grand River and the proposed Grand River crosswalk between the restaurant and Village Commons mall would require Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) approval.“I think these are all things that can be worked on with the engineer and architect,” Parks said.Planning commissioner Steven Majoros asked why original plans changed; the first proposal had both buildings at two stories, with four apartments in each.“We’re just curious, because it’s a pretty big change,” he said.D’Aleo called that an “economic move,” to maximize potential for the site. He said the market-rate apartments will rent for about $1,000 per month. Xie Zheng LLC partner Mike Kemsely later pointed out that condo and apartment buildings surrounding the property are all at 100 percent occupancy.Majoros also asked about outreach to neighboring property owners for reciprocal parking. Kemsely said he has been unable to reach any firm agreements, but may be able to gain eight spots in a deal with Farmington West apartments to the south. He hopes employees will be able to park in a large lot on the south side of The Groves shopping center to the west.Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen said that the city code allows for convenient public spaces to be counted when a project can’t meet minimums with on-site parking.“The initial interest … was to see if there was an opportunity to achieve some connectivity with adjacent property owners,” he said. “They’ve exhausted those opportunities. So they went to the next step, utilizing municipal parking and on street parking to offset requirements.”The barn moves“What’s up with the barn?” Majoros asked, referring to a historic barn on the site.Kemsley explained that the company is partnering with the Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society (OCPHS), which has a five-acre property in Pontiac. He said a contractor who received a large sum of money to start the moving process didn’t follow through, and “we’re in litigation right now.”“Obviously we weren’t expecting a lot of this.,” Kemsley said. “We had to come up with another $20,000 to get this barn moved.”OCPHS board member Dave Decker said an experienced barn preservationist is expected to begin taking down the barn on August 20 and, weather-permitting, will finish by the end of that week. The barn will be taken to the OCPHS property, where it will be stored until it can be reassembled.“You guys have my word and my partner’s word that the barn’s getting moved,” Kemsley said.Public hearingDuring public comment, Mike Liadis, agent for the Village Commons mall, suggested putting additional parking under the new building. While the mall’s parking lot is described as “underutilized,” he said he has no idea how much parking a new restaurant, Sidecar Sliders, will take up when it opens later this year.Representing the Grand River Cruisers, Bob Steinhaus said he wanted to “put a face on the organization.” The club puts on a Monday evening car show from May through September in the Village Commons parking lot. A charity fundraiser, the show is celebrating its 10th year.Resident Chris Hollis pointed to the increased use of ride sharing services Uber and Lyft, which could reduce the need for parking. He said the city may want to look at current parking requirements, “when those requirements were drafted, and how the world has changed.”“There probably would have been a time in Farmington’s history when they said we probably wouldn’t put in a restaurant without a hitching post,” he said.Christiansen said following city council review, the Planned Unit Development (PUD) plans and a PUD agreement will come back to planning commissioners for final approval.View the plans in the meeting agenda packet at farmgov.com. admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported bylast_img read more

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Farmington Schools parent: Cheerleader incident ‘broke the camel’s back’

first_imgFor an hour on Tuesday, Farmington Public Schools trustees listened to public comment stemming from an inappropriate comment made in late September by a Harrison High School administrator.Long-time assistant principal Angela Leach has reportedly admitted to, and apologized for, a comment she made during a dance routine by the school’s cheerleading squad. The dance ended with the girls throwing dollar bills in the air to a song that ends with the lyric, “I think we’re getting too much money.”Leach’s comment that the girls looked like “strippers” resulted in a backlash from students and parents, some of whom attended the October 16 board meeting. Most shared concerns about more than than the cheerleaders.Farmington Schools trustees listened to an hour of public comment during their October 16 meeting.Diane Cannon pointed to other racial incidents that received media attention during the past 18 months, including racist images shared by members of the Farmington High baseball team and an African-American student who was pulled out of his seat when he did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.“There are many smaller incidents that happen on a daily basis,” she said.Jackie Boltwan, whose daughter is a 2002 Harrison graduate, said there were racial problems in the district in the late 1990s and “not a lot has changed.”“Until we trust each other and build a culture of trust, not a lot is going to happen,” she said. “If we trust one another… whatever we came up with to decide what punishment should be meted out to this particular person, that would be acceptable. How do we go from where we are now? What are the first moves? I don’t know what the answer is to those questions.”Mable Fox said the issue with the cheerleaders is “simply the straw that broke the camel’s back.” “Just because a particular staff member has treated you well doesn’t mean that person has treated others well,” she said. “I respectfully love this community, and I’ve been here a long time, and I’ve worked with some very bright spots in these schools. I’ve also worked with some dark ones.”Fox said a candid discussion about biases must happen “before we are able to trust, and grow, and heal.”Inappropriate remark ‘shouldn’t ruin a career’Also present were those who supported Leach and the district’s administration. Roxanne Fitzpatrick, a Farmington Hills resident whose children attended Harrison, encouraged officials to move on from the incident and bring Leach back to the school.“How did we get from one comment with an apology to the fact that she’s racist and is bullying?” she said. “What is the goal of this group of people?”Heidi Schmidt said she loves Harrison’s diversity. Her son, a senior, has worked with Leach and the Young Men’s Leadership Academy, which pairs upperclassmen with younger “at risk” students in a mentoring relationship. Leach is the faculty sponsor for the group.“Saying one wrong thing at the wrong time shouldn’t ruin a career,” she said. Susan Cobb, who with her husband, Dean, directs the Harrison theater program, said she is “personally not seeing a racial issue in the children that we deal with. We just have wonderful kids at Harrison.”Cobb said the incident has “made the school sad. It’s made their days sad, and no one has the full story… It’s impacting students at Harrison High School. It’s impacting students at every high school in the district.”‘We have more in common than we have differences’Parent Kelli Carpenter-Crawford urged the board to not move quickly past the incident.“Everyone of us cares deeply about educating students at Farmington Public Schools,” she said. “In order to move through this present tension, we have got to spend time here and listen to each other… Show up, lean in, attend something new. Don’t pull back, lean into the conversation.”Trustee Terry Johnson praised the respectful manner in which people shared their concerns.“This community can and will come together,” he said. “We’ve shown it again and again. This is an unfortunate incident… I’m not trying to downplay it, because we have a section of our community that doesn’t feel like they’re part of the community, and that needs to be addressed.”Trustee Terri Weems, who was elected board president later in the meeting, said she “heard a lot of the same things from a lot of different people.”“We have more in common than we have differences,” she said. “What I heard from nearly everyone was a desire to work together.”Watch a recording of the October 16 meeting at https://tv10.viebit.com/player.php?hash=DnfYTfNwKVXC. Public comment starts at around the 16-minute mark.  Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mobile food pantry makes Farmington Hills stop

first_imgThe Tawheed Center of Farmington Hills, with Muslim Family Services, will host a community mobile food pantry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, at the Tawheed Center in Farmington Hills.The food pantry is open on the third Saturday of each month to all low- and no-income community residents who are in need.The Tawheed Center is located at 29707 W. 10 Mile Rd. For more information, call 248-252-6962. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Anritsu Company to Sponsor Frys.com

first_imgAnritsu Company announces it is a corporate sponsor of the 2012 Frys.com Open PGA TOUR tournament to be held at CordeValle in San Martin, CA. The tournament, part of the PGA TOUR’s Fall Series, begins competitive rounds on Thursday, October 11, with the Final rounds on Sunday, October 14. Some of golf’s top tour players, including Ernie Els, Davis Love III, John Daly, and defending champion Bryce Molder, are scheduled to compete for the $5 million purse. “Anritsu is proud to serve as a sponsor of the Frys.com Open for a third consecutive year. We had an extremely positive experience working with the tournament in the last two years and share its commitment to Silicon Valley. Anritsu is active in the community and will continue to institute our own initiatives complemented by our support of other organizations such as the Frys.com Open,” said Donn Mulder, Anritsu Senior VP and General Manager of the Microwave Measurements Division. This is the seventh year of the Frys.com Open, which was established, in part, to make a significant impact on the community through charitable donations. In the last seven years, the Frys.com Open has raised more than $4 million for charity. In 2011, more than $1 million was donated to organizations. Proceeds from the 2012 tournament will benefit the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), a non-profit organization in Palo Alto, CA. Additional proceeds will be awarded to several deserving charities, including The First Tee of Silicon Valley, NCGA Foundation, American Heart Association, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, and Special Olympics of Northern California. A special highlight this year is tournament honoree Ken Venturi. The 1964 U.S. Open Champion has been a popular CBS golf analyst for over three decades. All four rounds of the tournament will be televised on The Golf Channel. For more information visit http://www.frysopengolf.com and http://www.anritsu.com/en-US/Home.aspxlast_img read more

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Guerrilla RF Awarded Patent for High Isolation Amplifier Circuit Architecture

first_imgGuerrilla RF has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued them a Patent that prevents amplifiers from turning on in the presence of large RF input signals – leading to exceptional isolation and minimal impact to their on-state performance. Guerrilla Armor™ also fits in the same form factor as the company’s existing, best-in-class noise figure low noise amplifiers (LNAs), requiring no additional components and resulting in substantial cost and size savings.The Guerrilla Armor™ Technology solves a unique issue found in high speed wireless data systems, especially in wireless backhaul 802.11ac access points and LTE-unlicensed small cells. The demand for access points and LTE small cells has been exploding with the rise of smart phones.International Data Corp. expects 1.4 billion smartphones to be shipped worldwide in 2015, for a 12.2 percent year-over-year growth rate.  Annual growth continues throughout IDC’s forecast with unit shipments approaching 1.9 billion in 2018, resulting in a 9.8 percent compound annual growth rate for 2014 to 2018.Several of Guerrilla RF’s LNAs incorporate Guerrilla Armor™ including the GRF2060, GRF2062, GRF2140 and GRF2541.  A number of new products, slated for introduction in the near future, will also incorporate the company’s circuit architecture.  With RF input power exceeding +15 dBm, Guerrilla RF’s LNAs maintain more than 30 dB off-state transmit-to-receive isolation in all conditions.These LNAs are primarily designed for TDD-WiFi networks, TD-LTE 4G and TD-SCDMA.  Numerous proprietary systems in wireless backhaul applications benefit from these solutions, including point-to-point and point-to-multipoint fixed wireless links.  The LNAs can also be used in FDD line-ups requiring switched gain states.  The technology also applies to standard transmit amplifier chains, where isolation in the presence of high RF drive is required.Patent No. 8,970,296 has been issued to Guerrilla RF Inc. till 2033.last_img read more

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R&S CMW-PQA Test Platform Now Supports Data Throughput Tests for PTCRB and GCF Requirements

first_imgThe R&S CMW-PQA from Rohde & Schwarz was one of the first test platforms in the world to be accepted for data throughput tests in line with PTCRB RFT 113. This test requirement from the North American PTCRB certification forum is based on the 3GPP TS 37.901 specification. The performance quality analysis test system allows network operators, manufacturers of user equipment and chipsets as well as test houses to carry out testing in line with the PTCRB RFT 113 and the GCF data performance item.The R&S CMW PQA covers the specific performance test plans of leading network operators. The well-established R&S CONTEST software makes it fast and easy to create customer-specific test plans. The test platform is also scalable. The smallest variant is now available to PTCRB RFT 113 users and consists of merely an R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester with an integrated fader.Besides supporting various network-operator-specific throughput and performance test plans, the R&S®CMW-PQA makes it possible to create customized test plans with the powerful R&S®CONTEST sequence software. The R&S®CMW-PQA is the perfect test solution for benchmarking and optimizing the performance of user equipment. It supports end-to-end throughput and performance testing.last_img read more

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US Air Force Approves Secure Satellite Communication Terminal Production

first_imgThe U.S. Air Force has cleared Raytheon to start low-rate initial production of communications terminals for the Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminal (FAB-T) program. Raytheon will produce both airborne and ground terminal variants, deliver spares and provide training, installation and logistical support, under an exercised contract option of the previously awarded production program.FAB-T is a highly secure satellite communications terminal that allows the President of the United States, senior military advisers and combatant commanders to receive and transmit voice, data, imagery and video across the world to support various military operations.The terminals, which provide access to and command and control communication links to the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite communications system, will be manufactured at Raytheon’s facility in Largo, Florida. Raytheon’s Marlborough, Massachusetts, site will also provide support.last_img read more

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Crowd Funding Initiative for Software Defined Radio Exceeds Goal

first_imgLime Microsystems crowd-funding campaign to bring their LimeSDR software defined radio platform into full-scale production exceeded its goal of $500,000 by over $100,000. The campaign was hosted on Crowd Supply and raised over $625,000 soo far.LimeSDR is a low cost, open source, apps-enabled (more on that later) software defined radio (SDR) platform that can be used to support just about any type of wireless communication standard. LimeSDR can send and receive UMTS, LTE, GSM, LoRa, Bluetooth, Zigbee, RFID, and Digital Broadcasting, to name but a few.Unlike most SDRs that require RF and protocol experts, the LimeSDR is can be used anyone familiar with the idea of an app store – it’s the first SDR to integrate with Snappy Ubuntu Core. This means you can easily download new LimeSDR apps from developers around the world. If you’re a developer yourself, you can share and/or sell your LimeSDR apps through Snappy Ubuntu Core as well.This campaign has been both hugely ambitious and unique from the start, with an unusual feature of the campaign being the support of the UK’s largest operator, EE. This is the first time that a leading industry corporation has so publically backed a crowd-funding campaign of this sort.A large aspect of the success of the campaign has also come down to the support and enthusiasm of individuals supporting the LimeSDR and pledging for boards. This community will now be able to develop the applications that will ensure the campaign’s vision of democratising wireless communication becomes a reality.The LimeSDR platform gives students, inventors, and developers an intelligent and flexible device for manipulating wireless signals, so they can learn, experiment, and develop with freedom from limited functionality and expensive proprietary devices.LimeSDR boards can be purchased individually for $299 and large operator ‘bundles’ are also available through the campaign page.last_img read more

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EDI CON USA Announces Dedicated RF Amplifier Design Track

first_imgWednesday, Sept 21 10:50-12:00, Room 207; Technical Sessions: GaN Power Amplifiers in Mobile Communication Systems. Presented by ADI Techniques and Challenges in Designing Wideband Power Amplifiers Using GaN versus LDMOS. Presented by NXP Tuesday, Sept 20: 1:30-3:00 Room 203; Workshops: Featured Keynote Microwave and Millimeter Wave Power Amplifiers: Technology, Applications, Benchmarks, and Future Trends. James Komiak, BAE Systems A 1-Kilowatt Power Amplifier for SAR Remote Sensing in P-band. J. Walker, Integra Technologies, Inc. 50nm MHEMT Technology for Ultra-Sensitive Low Noise Amplifiers. P. Smith, BAE Systems Amplifier Measurements using non-CW Stimulus. F. Ramian, R&S EDI CON USA 2016, a conference that is being organized by Microwave Journal will be taking place in Boston from 20-22 September, 2016. The exhibition will host more than 138 exhibiting companies from the RF, microwave, and high-speed digital industries, including demonstration pods in the Signal Integrity Zone.At EDICON USA there will be a dedicated RF Amplifier Design track. Some RF/Microwave Amplifier Design highlights include:Tuesday, Sept 20: 9:30-12:00 Room 203; Technical sessions: 12 W 2-18GHz GaN on Diamond,MMIC with embedded cooling. C. Creamer, BAE Systems Designing for Maximum PA Efficiency using CAD Transistor Waveform Optimization. R. Pengelly, Prism Consulting NC Impact of Test Equipment Calibration On Power Amplifier Characterization, M. Manaloto, Keysight Thursday, September 22, 9:00-9:30, Room 203; Technical Sessions: Registration for EDI CON USA 2016 is now open. The event boasts a robust technical program for conference pass holders that includes a kick-off plenary as well as 60 technical sessions, 27 workshops and panels, 4 short courses, an all-day RF Back to Basics seminar, and 12 sponsored talks. On the exhibition floor, attendees holding any pass type can take advantage of three days of technical programming in the Frequency Matters Theater, as well as live demonstrations, a poster session, hands-on training, and demonstrations in the Signal Integrity Zone, in addition to the full show floor of exhibitors from the RF, microwave, and high-speed digital industries.Focused on providing actionable information to practicing engineers, EDI CON USA offers multiple specialized conference tracks in order to appeal to engineers looking for in-depth technical information to help on the job today. These tracks include: RF/Microwave Design, Measurement, Modeling, Radar/Defense, Signal Integrity/Power Integrity, RF/Microwave Amplifiers, 5G/Advanced Communications, and Systems. Attending the conference sessions and short courses will require a 1-day or 3-day conference pass. All exhibition floor programming can be accessed using a free Expo pass.last_img read more

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