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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Town meeting

Residents and city officials have been trading several interesting emails and letters about the proposed expansion to city hall. They've also been exchanging their views face to face at city council and other government meetings....more >>

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Back on the path

I have a soft spot for this time of year, with its opportunity for New Year's resolutions and new beginnings. It was a New Year's resolution to lose weight in 2013 that kicked off a year-long weight-loss drive resulting in the way I look at the moment....more >>

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APC you later

The federal government giveth, the federal government taketh away. That's what I was thinking while looking at pictures the Oakland County Sheriff's Office sent of workers loading up its M113 armored personnel carrier, to be returned to Washington....more >>

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Voices around me

When I first started covering Clarkston City Council meetings a couple months ago, one thing I had to get used to was the voices in back of my head. Actually behind my head. The voices of the folks sitting behind me....more >>

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Phil in the BlankA column by Phil Custodio

Race to year's end

This year, the weather was the nicest yet for the Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon. Blue skies and bright sun warmed up the brisk Sunday morning nicely. That sort of weather's going to spoil me, especially if it returns to normal for the season next year, with the usual gray skies and bitterly cold winds....more >>

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A long time ago...

One thing Back to the Future Part II got right in its predictions of the year 2015 is the nostalgia for the 1980s. There's no new Jaws movie coming out, but there is a new Star Wars flick soon to hit theaters....more >>

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Season starts

With the start of October this week comes the beginning of the holiday season, for me at least. That means many opportunities for community service to help everyone enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc....more >>

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Run time

School's back in session and Labor Day is already in the rearview mirror, which has meant one thing to me over the past few years -- time to train for the Back Roads half marathon....more >>

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Walk safely

I'm back on the city beat at The Clarkston News, covering City Council, Planning Commission, etc. Big issues of the day, of course, include just how many restaurants downtown can handle....more >>

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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Age of music

I was alive in the '60s, having been born in June of 1969, but I was of course too young to appreciate the culture of the times. So I wasn't expecting to spend more than 15-20 minutes at Magic Bus' Concert in the Park last Friday....more >>
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