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Published September 1, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci allegedly used his position and resources in the Macomb County Public Works office to get snow removed from his driveway, move personal belongings of a female acquaintance and get boots for his child.

These are a few of the alleged wrongdoings Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller outlined in a letter to Bucci dated Feb. 9, 2017, that was released to the public on Aug. 29. The letter came less than a week before Bucci retired from his position as operational services manager.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 30, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A single-family home development is being planned for northern Macomb Township, just south of 26 Mile Road and east of Romeo Plank Road.

Villa Palmetto is in the works to bring another two dozen or more homes to the township and will sit north of an already-developed subdivision and across Romeo Plank from the Kroger shopping complex.

Siena Development LLC, based in Shelby Township, is listed as the developers for the project, and they have also developed the Villagio subdivision across Romeo Plank.

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Published August 30, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The buildup to the start of school not only has parents scrambling for school supplies and a new wardrobe for their kids, but has also made the housing market in metro Detroit a busy one this summer.

A market saturated with buyers has made for a competitive atmosphere over the past few months, according to local real estate agents. There weren’t enough houses on the market to meet all the demand.

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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Published August 29, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Police Chief Todd Woodcox has been named to the Michigan Community Corrections Board by Gov. Rick Snyder, representing chiefs of city police departments from across the state.

The announcement was made Aug. 18, and Woodcox had his first meeting on Aug. 22 in Lansing. Woodcox, of Macomb Township, fills a vacancy by the resignation of Jackson Police Chief Matthew Heins.

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Published August 29, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved nearly a quarter million in purchases and contracts during the Aug. 23 meeting, but tabled another purchase that would have brought the total closer to $1 million.

Jason Gelle, the township’s facilities and grounds manager, brought forward three contracts to award for repairing the township’s sidewalks, maintaining the township’s HVAC system and replacing the recreation center’s pool dehumidification unit.

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Published August 28, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The federal government has filed charges against a Macomb County contractor in relation to cash kickbacks that involve an unnamed Macomb Township elected official.

Christopher Sorrentino, 51, of Macomb Township, was charged Monday with one count of structuring financial transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements. The announcement of the charges was made by Acting United States Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch.

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Published August 28, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township is getting a new voting system that will speed up the voting process, and received help from a grant to help cover the expenses.

The township Board of Trustees approved using $226,226 from the Help America Vote Act grant and using $129,451.33 of budgeted township funds to pay for the new township-wide system. The township’s portion was approved in the 2017 budget under capital improvements in the amount of $287,500.

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Published August 28, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township commuters will have a quicker drive up and down North Avenue this fall with the widening project on the road between 21 Mile and Hall roads now complete.

Bryan Santo, director of Macomb County Department of Roads, said the project was completed in mid-August. North Avenue was expanded from two lanes between 21 Mile and Hall to five lanes over the mile-long stretch.

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Published August 23, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Kathryn Viviano has recused herself from a civil lawsuit filed by County Clerk Karen Spranger against the county and elected officials.

Spranger’s attorney, Frank Cusumano Jr., filed a motion Aug. 11 for Viviano and all circuit court judges to recuse themselves as well as have the case moved to another court. As county clerk, Spranger is also clerk of the circuit court.

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Published August 23, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Full-time Macomb Township firefighters would like to see a better working relationship with the township and on-call firefighters after filing a list of grievances with the Board of Trustees earlier this year.

Several full-time firefighters that are part of the International Association of Fire Fighters took to the podium during the Aug. 9 board meeting to reiterate their concerns about discrimination against those firefighters who did join the union versus those who did not.

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Published August 23, 2017

ROMEO — The lawyer of a man who is accused of murdering a 19-year-old Macomb Township man in 2016 is hoping to have his client’s police interrogation thrown out as evidence.

Andrew Fiacco, 19, of Ray Township, had a preliminary hearing Aug. 16-17 in the 42nd District Court Division 1 in Romeo for the mutilation and murder of Stephen McAfee in March 2016. Fiacco is accused in the death and disappearance of McAfee, along with Eevette MacDonald, 18, of Shelby Township.

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Published August 16, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of seven tablet computers for the board members during the Aug. 9 meeting at a total cost of around $8,000.

The tablets will provide for better efficiency for the seven board members, as well as cut down on the amount of paper printed each year, according to  Beth Case, president of BPI Information Systems and information technology consultant for the township.

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Published August 16, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A long-planned condominium development off Romeo Plank Road and south of 26 Mile Road will have less units than originally discussed, by changing from multi-unit buildings to single-unit condos.

DDMR Properties, LLC, based in Shelby Township, had originally brought forward plans to build 17 buildings with a total of 62 condos just south of Kroger at the corner of Romeo Plank and 26 Mile in 2006.

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Published August 16, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Your home is your special space to relax and unwind after the day’s stresses. But before you can sit down and let loose, is your décor living up to its safe haven obligations? 

“Color definitely plays a huge role,” interior designer Carolyn Heikkila, of St. Clair Shores, said. “Color theory definitely plays on our emotions. For instance, red is known to cause high blood pressure, along with other bright colors.” 

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A former member of the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Board of Education has been appointed to fill a recent vacancy.

Jeffrey Pegg will fill the spot on the board created by the resignation of Treasurer Linda McLatcher. Her last day serving on the board was July 24.

The board unanimously chose Pegg from a pool of six applicants on Aug. 7.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 9, 2017

METRO DETROIT — One of the many opportunities that going away for college provides is an outlet to establish your own décor style. Whether you prefer a beach-bum style with “hang loose” and ocean posters or hope to create a bohemian temple with sunshine pillows and tapestry-draped walls, dorm rooms and college residencies are an open canvas. 

Michigan State University sophomore Elise Tomaszewski, of St. Clair Shores, said that the most important thing to do when moving into your new home is to just be yourself. 

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Published August 8, 2017

A local church plans on giving away 2,500 backpacks filled with pencils, notebooks, folders and other school supplies to families in need during its fourth annual Back2School Fest Aug. 16.

The free event at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 47120 Romeo Plank, is set to be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Backpacks will be available to all school-age children in attendance.

Marketing leader Amanda Herr, of Macomb Township, said the church picked bright and fun backpacks that children would like to take to school.

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