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Published October 12, 2015

WARREN — The jobs that St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital employees perform on a daily basis have stretched beyond the medical center and into the community.

Since Sept. 9, hospital staff have been opening their hearts and wallets to help students at Westwood Elementary School in the Warren Woods Public Schools district. The hospital is located at 12 Mile and Hoover roads.

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Published October 9, 2015

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Members of the Harrison Township Firefighters Union Local 1737 have “adopted” an 8-year-old girl who’s battling leukemia for the third time, and they hope the community will support her and her family through an upcoming childhood leukemia fundraiser.

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Published October 7, 2015

Bemis Elementary School Principal Jeremey Whan was selected from among principals named the best in their state as the top principal in the country.

Staff at the school Whan served at in the West Bloomfield School District and from Bemis nominated Whan for the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association award, and he was selected as the top principal in the state in 2014.

\Whan said that those winners are encouraged to apply for the national award through the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the national component.

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Published October 7, 2015

Troy resident Rhonda Hendrickson has a strong background in volunteerism.

Leadership Troy selected Hendrickson as the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award.

Jim Cyrulewski, president of Leadership Troy, said via email that the group comprises representatives from various community organizations, businesses and individuals who strive to promote Troy community improvement programs. They recognize volunteers and corporate citizens that positively impact the quality of life in Troy.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When Jonathan Steinberg began proton therapy 32 years ago, he had to move to Boston and face protesters against the then-experimental treatment in an effort to save his life.

“It wasn’t easy being in a strange town and being told that you had less than a year to live,” he said.

The Birmingham resident eventually brought his fight for proton therapy to Michigan, championing the cause until Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed restrictions blocking who could provide the treatment in 2008.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLAWSON — Looking back at the past eight years that Penny Luebs has been mayor, she reflected on the growth of the community.

During her four terms, the city has secured grants for road reconstruction, kept and maintained the Clawson Police Department, maintained and improved parks, built relationships with community groups and supported new and existing small businesses with initiatives like the One Stop Ready program.

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Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — Even in the third grade, Clawson resident Brittney Mattson could tell that art would be a part of her future.


A painting she had done in art class was entered into a show of work from all elementary grade levels, and that proved to be just the beginning of her foray into the art world.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When you look at the ingredients that create one box of Yumbitz, you’ll notice that the first ingredient is “LOVE.”


That is the mission maintained by Monica Martin, the Clinton Township-based owner of a growing cookie company.


Yumbitz comes in resealable white packages that give individuals a glimpse of the deliciousness waiting inside, and since the business officially took off, success has taken Martin by storm.

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Published October 7, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority board and the city have selected the next person to lead the downtown as the new DDA executive director.


Barry Hicks, who has a background in planning and economic development with Sterling Heights, Jackson and Albion, was selected from a pool of 40 applicants. Hicks comes in after former Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius stepped down May 27.

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Published October 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Police officers, firefighters, teachers, students, businesses and other residents received Salute to Excellence awards during the annual Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Sept. 28.
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were nominated by other members of the community, or in the case of police and fire officers of the year, by their peers in their respective departments. The winners were announced earlier in September before receiving their awards at the dinner, which took place at Eastpointe Manor.

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Published October 6, 2015

PONTIAC — Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins was recognized recently for his efforts in deterring domestic violence.


In a ceremony held at noon Oct. 1 in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium in Pontiac, Hawkins was among seven other people and groups to be awarded for their efforts.


Judge Derek Meinecke, of the 44th District Court in Royal Oak, presented the awards to the recipients.

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Published October 6, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A nonprofit organization has taken extra measures to improve the safety of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department’s K-9 officer, Xander.


The department has been awarded a ballistic vest through Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a nonprofit organization located in East Taunton, Massachusetts. The charitable group’s mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs in law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S.

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Published September 30, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Classic cars are not the only things a Roseville teacher has kept going for decades.


The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education held a presentation honoring Paul Tregembo Sr. for his 48 years as an auto shop teacher during its regular meeting Sept. 21. Tregembo started teaching in the district in 1967 and helped lead the auto shop program to numerous car competitions and awards.


“When Mr. Tregembo started here, Lyndon Baines Johnson was in office,” Superintendent John Kment said.

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Published September 30, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Muriel Brock earned her reputation as a hardworking educator and coach at University Liggett School, but her influence reached far beyond those roles.


The now-retired Brock — who coached girls varsity field hockey and served as the girls athletic director for 36 years — was well-known for inspiring female athletes at a time when girls playing sports wasn’t very common.

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Published September 30, 2015

BERKLEY — When Phil O’Dwyer came to America from Ireland, he did so for an education and never fathomed it would lead to him being a vital part of the Berkley community some 40 years later.


But it is the work that O’Dwyer has done as a city councilman, and now mayor of Berkley, that saw him inducted into the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame Sept. 19.

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Published September 30, 2015

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP— “Accept what you signed up for.” That was the key message delivered by John Underwood, the founder of the Human Performance Project, to student-athletes from Chippewa Valley schools the week of Sept. 22.


Underwood previously visited the district in 2010, and his return trip focused on the effects of drug and alcohol use on athletes, along with diet and sleeping patterns.

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Published September 30, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For nearly 40 years, Huntington Woods resident Steve Thorpe has backpacked the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula, always going for time and distance.


Now, however, Thorpe has the opportunity to stop and take in his surroundings at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, as he was named an artist-in-residence as part of a program put on by the Friends of the Porkies organization.

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Published September 25, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Newspaper publishers, community service award winners, and now the Demers family are Hall of Famers.


The Demers, whose patriarch Gilbert Demers founded C & G Newspapers in Warren in 1981, were among five Macomb Foundation Hall of Fame inductees honored Sept. 24 at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights.


Macomb County Chamber CEO Grace Shore explained how trustees of the chamber’s sister organization choose inductees each year.

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Published September 23, 2015

BERKLEY — Jane Bais-DiSessa, who has served as city manager of the city of Berkley since August 2001, has been appointed the new deputy mayor of Pontiac.


Bais-DiSessa said the Berkley City Council agreed to allow her to shorten her mandated 45-day notice to 30 days, although a final date has not been set for when Bais-DiSessa will cease her Berkley city manager duties and start as the deputy mayor.

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Published September 21, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With an eye for sparkly jewelry, a penchant to say whatever she pleases and the ability to make those around her laugh, one resident at Shelby Crossing Health Campus approached her centennial milestone with gusto.

Mary Pompei turned 100 years old on Sept. 21. She engages in activities daily at the assisted living facility, such as morning exercises and crafts. If it is a bingo night, staff said she is sure to attend.

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