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Published September 11, 2017

On Sept. 11, dozens of community members gathered to remember the lives lost and the heroic actions taken in response to the terrorist attacks on that date in 2001.

Shelby Township Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo unveiled the new base for the township's Global War on Terror monument, now displaying the countries — Iraq and Afghanistan — where local soldiers fell, as well as the brand new Defense of the Homeland Memorial at the township municipal grounds.

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Published September 11, 2017

This circa 1960 aerial photo is of the manufacturing facility that became the Ford/Visteon plant in Shelby Township. These buildings, designed by Albert Kahn, were constructed by the Packard Motor Car Co. beginning in 1951 and were used to assemble and test J-47 turbojet engines. After Packard went out of business, Curtiss-Wright bought the facility in 1958 and also used it to test military jet aircraft engines. In 1961, the plant was sold to Ford Motor Co. By 1962, Ford had moved its automotive trim operations to this facility from Highland Park.Read More

Published September 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township will be getting new election equipment, including 32 high-speed tabulators and 19 voting booths, by state mandate for a total cost to the township of $59,287.

Clerk Stan Grot said he budgeted approximately $300,000 in the township’s capital improvement plan for the new equipment, but was able to obtain a federal grant to save the township approximately $200,000.

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Published September 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously extended its contract with Hennessey Engineers Inc. to provide engineering services for Shelby Township’s two 2017-18 Community Development Block Grant projects.

The two projects include creating sidewalks along Auburndale and Phillips streets and landscaping Auburn Road.

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Published September 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Since 2012, Shelby Township has annually approved a seven-year, large-purchase capital improvement plan to prevent drastic swings in the general fund and allow department heads to prepare for impending costs.

This year, the capital improvement plan includes 99 projects with an approximate cost of $46 million, Township Planner Glenn Wynn said. The newest and most expensive item is a new Community Center building for a proposed $9 million in 2019.

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Published September 11, 2017

UTICA — At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, Nathaniel Squire, a Revolutionary War patriot who was one of the first people to settle the land that is now the city of Utica, will receive full military honors after 185 years at the Utica Cemetery.

Ten years of research have gone into proving that Squire is buried in the Utica Cemetery, since records do not reach that far back. The ceremony will include the unveiling of a memorial grave marker from the U.S. Department of Veterans, along with the pomp and circumstance associated with honoring military service.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 1, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It all began with a donated trailer and a police officer’s desire to educate the community about the ever-evolving ways that people conceal and consume narcotics.

On Aug. 12-13, the Shelby Township Police Department’s COPPER (Community Oriented Policing/Public Education Resources) trailer made its official debut at the Shelby Township Art Fair.

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Published September 1, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Clinton River Watershed Council will offer two free “What’s in Your Backyard?” programs this month centered around identifying invasive species and protecting water quality and native vegetation.

The first presentation will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Washington Township Hall. The second presentation will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Shelby Township Senior Center. Registration is required.

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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 29, 2017

Minutes after midnight Wednesday, Aug. 16, Shelby Township police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Marathon gas station located on Van Dyke Avenue between 23 Mile and 24 Mile roads.

Surveillance video shows a man wearing a black ski mask over a Halloween “fright” mask shattering the glass door, entering through the bottom portion of the door and pointing a handgun in the direction of the gas station clerk. The gas station was closed at the time.

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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 28, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to deny six bids to construct a new 41-A District Court building on the municipal grounds on the township engineer’s recommendation that the bids came in too high.

The six bids ranged in price from $5,898,000 to $6,862,000. The township plans to send out a new request for proposals in October in the hope of receiving lower bids.

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Published August 28, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb Literacy Partners, a nonprofit organization founded by the Suburban Library Cooperative and Utica Community Schools to bolster adult literacy, has been operating as a one-on-one tutoring service for approximately 33 years.

The group is revamping its model to offer its students a classroom education beginning in September. Each student will be paired with a tutor, and the format will allow for a more standardized curriculum and faster progress.

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Published August 28, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 12 and 13, three neighborhood girls came together during a garage sale to raise money for a good cause.

Natalie Jeris, 10, and Katie Hermiz, 7, joined 2-year-old Samantha Briguglio to hawk lemonade and iced tea from a plastic picnic table in the Briguglios’ driveway. At 10 cents a cup, and with a lot of generosity, the girls ended up donating $23 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Published August 28, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $21,000 lump sum fee for preliminary architectural services on a proposed $2 million expansion to the Shelby Township Police Department.

The township built the 25,000-square-foot building for approximately $4 million in 2012. Prior to that, the Police Department was housed in 7,200 square feet of office space in the basement of the municipal building.

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Published August 28, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A viable solution is on the horizon for what has been a problem area in Shelby Township for years.

The Macomb County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Shelby Township and the Macomb County Board of Commissioners all recently approved a brownfield plan for the southeast corner of Mound and 23 Mile roads, the site of the former Visteon plant.

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Published August 21, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Visitors to the 2017 Shelby Township Art Fair, located on the township municipal grounds, cast a record 1,035 votes for their favorite recycled art entries during the weekend of Aug. 12-13. Last year, the contest yielded 625 votes.

Solid Waste and Recycling Committee Chairwoman Marietta Crabtree said she was once again impressed by the time, thought and talent that entrants poured into their submissions. The contest offered four categories — youth, teen, adult and school — with cash prizes.

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Published August 21, 2017

UTICA — In 2015, Sterling Heights and Utica partnered to take advantage of a $4.5 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant geared at cleaning up 9 miles of the Clinton River — 2 in Utica and 7 in Sterling Heights.

The grant — part of the Clinton River Corridor Habitat and Restoration Project — aims to foster and protect aquatic life in the river and stabilize its banks.

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Published August 21, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 15, police finished their investigation into the cause of what was initially reported as a serious injury crash involving an unhitched trailer and a 2007 Pontiac G6 on northbound M-53 at approximately 8:54 a.m. Aug. 8.

Officer Derek Stansbury said the Shelby Township Police Department issued the driver of the truck that had been hauling the improperly secured trailer a careless driving citation.

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