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Published August 8, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — They’re called the dog days of summer, but many wish they would never end.

Another year of Macomb Township Parks and Recreation summer events have reached their finish lines, with officials touting another successful year complete with community amusement and strong attendance.

Macomb Parks and Recreation Director Salvatore DiCaro pointed to one big reason for success.

“We’ve had a beautiful summer weatherwise,” DiCaro said. “(There’s been) no rain at events and record numbers.”

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kansas native Millie Dillmount arrives in New York City to start a new life as the Roaring 1920s build steam in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” which the Heart of the Hills Players are bringing to the stage.

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Published August 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — More than $8.8 million worth of federally funded water projects are currently taking place across Macomb County. One of them — the Gloede Drain, located behind Nordstrom at The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township — is nearing completion.

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Published August 1, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A Macomb County Health official confirmed today that the West Nile Virus has been detected for the first time this summer in two separate samplings of mosquitoes gathered in the county.

Health Department Director William Ridella said there have been no confirmed cases of a human contracting the virus in Michigan this year.

Ridella issued a list of precautions for the public to follow to protect themselves and their family from West Nile:

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Published August 1, 2017

It was in the middle of an impassioned speech from her longtime boyfriend about the 2017 solar eclipse when Robin Udell, of Silver Spring, Maryland, thought about taking the next step in their relationship.

“So, he was talking about how cool the eclipse is, how awesome it is that it’s happening in our lifetime, and I thought, ‘OK. So let’s get married,’” said Udell, formerly of Ann Arbor.

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Published August 1, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Succulents, plants that store water in their leaves and stems, have been popping up across the United States with the same heat as their desert roots.

Amelia Oke, of St. Clair Shores, said that succulents generate a cheerful and positive atmosphere for her household.

“My succulents at home are very healthy and happy,” she said in a Facebook message, explaining how they sit on counters and dresser tops with a lifelike happiness.

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Published August 1, 2017

When it comes to driving simply for the fun of it, many car enthusiasts turn to modern-day sports cars, but for Jon Albert, of Bloomfield Hills, nothing beats the driving experience of the 1940s.

Albert owns a 1946 MG TC roadster, the third model in the “T” series manufactured by the MG Car Co. in England. It’s a car that Albert has had his eye on since he was a kid, and now that he has one, he takes it out on the road “for the sheer enjoyment of driving.”

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Published July 28, 2017

By Samantha Shriber
C & G Special Writer

Yard and garage sales fill the neighborhood as summer carries on.

There are various reasons to host a sale. For example, nonprofit organization Tigerlily Cat Rescue hosts an annual sale in Sterling Heights to raise money for feline rescue services.

Others put on sales in relation to moving, to create more space in their homes or simply to remove the burden of neglected items.

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Published July 28, 2017

The Haugh family makes it a point to limit screen time for their children.

But a few evenings each week, you’ll see all four of their faces glued to a smartphone screen. And that’s OK, said Wendee Haugh, of Southfield.

“Although we use the app for this, it doesn’t count because it’s a family activity that we can do together and be outside,” Haugh said of geocaching.

The outdoor activity utilizes a smartphone’s GPS to navigate a neighborhood in search of hidden treasures, or caches, stashed at certain coordinates.

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Published July 28, 2017

WARREN/MACOMB COUNTY — A complaint filed July 17 by a Warren resident is the basis of an ongoing investigation into whether Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger committed perjury when she listed her address on campaign-related documents last year.

That much was confirmed July 25 by Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, who said a formal complaint had been filed alleging possible perjury stemming from Spranger’s identification of a home at 7520 Hudson Ave. in Warren, south of Nine Mile and west of Van Dyke, as her residence when she filed to seek office last year.

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Published July 28, 2017

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP — It’s “Michigan, Michigan, Michigan.”

That’s how George Calvet describes the newest Cabela’s sporting goods store, slated to open in Chesterfield Township Aug. 3.

Calvet, retail marketing specialist for the Macomb County Cabela’s, said the 90,000-square-foot store has all the makings of home — and the outdoors.

“I’m so excited about this,” said Calvet. “This store is all things Michigan. You walk in and you feel like you’re home.”

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Published July 26, 2017

ROMEO — Two Macomb County teens facing multiple charges for their part in the mutilation death of Stephen McAfee appeared in a Romeo court July 18.

Andrew Fiacco, 19, of Ray Township, and Eevette Renee MacDonald, 18, of Shelby Township, are accused in the disappearance and death of 19-year-old McAfee.

McAfee was last seen at approximately 2:30 a.m. March 10, 2016, at the Macomb Township home where he resided with his parents. On March 13, 2016, McAfee’s parents reported him missing.

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Published July 24, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP —  A 16-year-old L’Anse Creuse High School student has been charged in a June 12 multivehicle crash in Macomb Township.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reports that the teen is being charged with two felony counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function.

The accident happened on 21 Mile Road at Creekside Boulevard at approximately 10:39 a.m. after students had been released from school early after final exams.

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Published July 19, 2017

A riot. A rebellion. Violent civil unrest. Whatever you choose to call it, the chaos that erupted at 12th and Clairmount in July 1967 and ravaged Detroit for the next five days changed the city forever.

The experience echoes in the memories of those who were there, and 50 years later they recall in vivid detail the sights and sounds of their city as it was turned into a war zone.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Budget cuts across the board have been a constant in recent years for Michigan’s public schools.

Educators and lawmakers have been at odds over the way schools are funded, and some Michiganders are worried that public funding will be used for private or for-profit institutions.

In an effort to bring the funding issue to the forefront, local residents Erica Foondle and Sara Scott have organized the March for Public Education from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 at Clark Park in southwest Detroit.

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Published July 19, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Summertime brings with it outdoor cookouts and giving in to your barbecue cravings. 

Barbecue season also means it is a good time to review the hazards of firing up a grill, and how to avoid them. Flare-ups and grease fires are both outcomes that can occur from operator error and a lack of knowledge when grilling. 

West Bloomfield Township Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said that grills must be kept at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible item, such as a piece of backyard furniture or litter. 

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Published July 12, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Fairy gardens combine fantasy, imagination and gardening to create a summertime craft that can be enjoyed by all ages. 

Rayna Burkhart, of Romulus, said via Facebook message that she had been collecting fairy sculptures for years before fairy gardening gained popularity a few years ago. 

“It opened my eyes to a thousand possibilities. Gardening is the love of my life, and mixing the two together is beautiful and fulfilling,” she said. 

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Published July 12, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On June 22, approximately 1,600 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the nondenominational Kensington Church’s new Clinton Township campus. The 33.1-acre property, located on Hall Road between Gratiot Avenue and Interstate 94, is expected to open in spring 2018.

The new campus will replace the temporary facility that is currently located a quarter mile south at the John R. Armstrong Performing Arts Center on Frederick Pankow Boulevard. The property was bid on in May 2014, and bidding was finalized in December of that year.

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Published July 7, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — A group of Macomb Community College students who feel their freedom of speech was violated earlier this year are seeking justice through the legal system.

On July 5, attorneys from the nonprofit legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the students to challenge a college policy that they say bans all public expression from anyone, minus labor unions, without a permit from administrators.

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Published July 5, 2017

How can you wish upon a star if the stars are hard to see?

Light pollution in large metropolitan areas such as Detroit can limit what’s visible in the night sky, but luckily for stargazers, better viewing options aren’t far away.

Several Michigan parks now have state-designated dark sky preserves that aim to restrict artificial light, preserve natural darkness and provide spectacular views for visitors.

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