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Published November 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shopping for loved ones and book lovers gets a little easier around this time of year with the Shelby Township Library’s Christmas book-bundle sale.

The sale features approximately 300 bundles of books — grouped by topic and age group — for $6 each. It runs through Dec. 22 at the library, located at 51680 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.

Maryann Ross, library bookstore director and vice president of the nonprofit group Friends of the Shelby Township Library, said preparations for the book sale begin as early as April.

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Published November 18, 2015

UTICA — The much-anticipated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant for $4.5 million to clean up 9 miles of the Clinton River — 2 miles in Utica and 7 miles in Sterling Heights — will be implemented over the next several years.

The grant, which requires no match from either municipality, is part of a larger $20 million grant to fund 11 projects throughout the watershed. It was made possible through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a bipartisan commitment to clean up the largest freshwater basin in the world.

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Published November 18, 2015

UTICA — The Clinton River Watershed Council’s community initiative, WaterTowns, aims to help cities develop projects to improve the health of the watershed and enhance spaces.

The city of Utica is one of three WaterTowns this year, along with Sterling Heights and Rochester Hills. Utica is unique in that it has the only downtown located directly on the riverfront, Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan said.

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Published November 18, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — While nothing has been formally approved except for the removal of some vegetation at the future site of the Shelby Township Fire Department’s fifth station, Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said he is hopeful that it will be operational in 2016.

The 4-acre parcel, acquired by the Fire Department in 2012, is located on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road. Swinkowski said the department first began talking about a fifth station in 2005 in order to address a developing community.

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Published November 18, 2015

LANSING — During the Nov. 3 election that included races for many city, village and township decision-makers’ seats in Oakland and Macomb counties, only about 20 percent of registered voters cast their ballots across both counties, according to the respective county clerks’ offices.

Hoping to get a better turnout at the polls on election days, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, introduced a resolution Nov. 3 that asks the U.S. Congress to make Election Day a national holiday. Such a move would give voters the day off from work and school.

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Published November 17, 2015

On Nov. 17, 22-year-old Audrionna Rhoades, of Shelby Township, received a sentence of three years of probation for a charge of felony child abuse — leaving a child in a vehicle resulting in death.

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Faunce gave Rhoades credit for 228 days of jail time served. The charge carries a recommended sentence of 15-25 months in prison or a fine of up to $10,000.

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Published November 17, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In March, the idea of donating 1 percent of all sales of new flavor Michigan Pot Hole during the 2015 ice cream season to the Michigan Department of Transportation started as a tongue-in-cheek gesture.

Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream, whose headquarters is in Shelby Township, did not expect the flavor to take off as much as it did.

On Nov. 7, Dianne Tunison, the company’s sales and marketing manager, presented MDOT Director Kirk Steudle with a check for $2,341 at Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream’s Flavor Day in Lansing.

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Published November 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 2, Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot swore in four new police officers at the township municipal building, which brought the township’s number of sworn officers to 64.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hire of six replacement, probationary, entry-level patrol officers on Oct. 6, but only four made it through the vetting process.

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Published November 11, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — State Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, will host two town hall meetings with identity theft experts from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Bureau, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and local police departments to protect residents from fraud.

With the holidays coming up, Lucido said, many people are more vulnerable to fraud because they have a lot on their minds while using credit cards. The forums, he said, will provide people with helpful tips to avoid having to rebuild their identities.

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Published November 11, 2015

UTICA — You may have seen Ted Zimmerman, a six-year resident, zipping around the streets of Utica and surrounding municipalities on his motorized scooter.

Over time, city workers have formed a partnership-turned-friendship with Zimmerman.

“We see him all the time,” said Rick Smith, a jack-of-all-trades at the Utica Department of Public Works. “He lets us know, when he’s cruising around town in his wheelchair, if there’s an issue here, an issue there, if we have a pole that has an issue and different things.”

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Published November 9, 2015

On Oct. 29, Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, was one of six contemporary and four historical women in the 32nd class of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Miller joined the ranks of more than 285 women who have been honored for wide-ranging and lasting achievements by the Michigan Women’s Historical Center in Lansing.

Emily Fijol, executive director of the Historical Center, said the Michigan Women’s Studies Association receives more than 100 nominations each year, which then filter through two rounds of judges.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

With two proposals regarding Romeo and Rochester schools, respectively, affecting three out of 29 precincts in Shelby Township, voter turnout expectations were low.

Of the approximately 600 eligible registered voters in precincts 11, 14 and 17, 64 voted either at the polls or through absentee ballots for a 9.9 percent turnout.

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Published November 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 27, Jamie’s Smiles awarded two $1,000 grants to provide supplemental funding to programs that benefit children with special needs.

The grant recipients were the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, which serve a combined total of more than 1,000 students with special needs in Macomb County.

The money is allocated for educational toys and equipment to help core strength, body support, balance development, fine motor skills and sensory ability enhancement.

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Published November 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Nearly a year after the formation of the Great Lakes Water Authority, many Macomb County municipalities are signing over their water service contracts from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the new authority.

The GLWA, formally birthed on Nov. 26, 2014, is an arrangement that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments. The deal was a way for the city of Detroit to restructure its financial situation after filing for bankruptcy.

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Published November 4, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Oct. 28, dozens of residents showed up to a master plan open house to contribute to the blueprint that will give the township direction for the next five years. Officials hope to implement the document by spring 2016.

Residents also weighed in on the township’s annual visioning process to come up with the top 10 priorities for 2016. The department heads gave their ideas the week before, and the Board of Trustees is set to contribute next week.

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Published November 4, 2015

A staff photo from a Feb. 5, 1958, newspaper article — the name of the paper was unavailable — shows a house originally constructed in Utica before it was moved to its current location on 21 Mile Road, south of Van Dyke Avenue, in Shelby Township. Gardner Hunt Runyan, a farmer and carpenter, originally built the house in the 1860s. Clarence Gildner, a well-known builder in the area, also lived in the house with his family from 1951 to 1958. Myrna Mazure now owns the home. For a story, “Restored house built in 1870s to receive historic marker,” visit
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Published November 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Combining live music and a passion for helping the less fortunate in the immediate area has driven the nonprofit group Rockin’ 4 Hunger since 2009.

From 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 28, Rockin’ 4 Hunger will host its sixth and, organizers hope, biggest bash to date at the historic Packard Proving Grounds. Participants can experience a bygone era with vintage Packard automobiles, a traditional roast dinner and 1940s big band music.

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Published November 2, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — As opposed to the township’s somber Memorial Day ceremony, Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo said Veterans Day is an occasion to have fun and celebrate veterans’ service.

On Nov. 8, the township will host its third annual Veterans Day event.

The day will kick off at noon with the Veterans Memorial Run, a 5K featuring a scenic loop around the township grounds and Mae Stecker Park. Participants can register before the race for $20 or at the event beginning at 9 a.m. for $25.

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