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Published August 21, 2017

UTICA — On Aug. 9, the Utica City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance prohibiting minors, or people under the age of 18, from purchasing and possessing tobacco products or vapor products.

City Attorney Linda McGrail Belau said Bill Miskokomon, a Shelby Township parent and activist, brought the issue to her attention, and she drafted Utica’s ordinance from the one recently passed by Macomb Township.

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Published August 21, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On the third day of what was supposed to be a jury trial, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia disqualified defense attorney Zoran Mitrovski from representing three co-defendants in a marijuana dispensary case Aug. 17.

Five defendants face felony drug charges in relation to an alleged marijuana dispensary in Shelby Township.

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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 14, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Great Lakes Water Authority is looking to reroute an 8-foot water main that runs through the site of the former G & H Landfill, near 23 Mile and Ryan roads.

Cheryl Porter, the GLWA’s chief operating officer, said the main in question feeds 11 wholesale customers, or communities.

Porter said the GLWA recently completed a 20-year water master plan in which it assessed the system management and identified projects to improve redundancy, reliability and accessibility for operational maintenance.

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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 10, 2017

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, McLaren Macomb will host its inaugural Shelby Creek Medical Center Health and Safety Fair to equip parents and students for the upcoming school year while offering them a chance to have fun.

Community partners will provide kids activities, and McLaren professionals will offer health tips for parents in the center’s parking lot. Organizers will collect backpacks filled with school supplies to donate to less fortunate students at the event.

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Published August 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 18, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously gave special land use approval for a Circle K gas station and convenience store at the partially vacant northeast corner of 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

The site in question is a combination of five parcels totaling approximately 2 acres that were rezoned in June 2016 from commercial, local retail and residential to a more advanced commercial use. Shelby Township Planner Glenn Wynn said the approved use “couldn’t have been better” for the intersection.

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Published August 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 18, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees approved the relocation and construction of Fire Station No. 4 in order to address the township’s northward-expanding development.

The $1,999,044 station will be constructed on a 2.8-acre parcel of land on the northwest corner of 25 Mile and Schoenherr roads that the Fire Department purchased several years ago, right after it purchased the property for the new Fire Station No. 5 at 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

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Published August 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 18, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the sale of Shelby Manor, located near Hall and Schoenherr roads, to the highest of nine bidders — Shamrock Acquisitions, which bid $15,250,000.

Treasurer Michael Flynn, tasked by Supervisor Rick Stathakis to find a way to finance a new community center on the township municipal grounds, maintained that local government should not be in the business of senior housing.

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Published August 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The 34th annual Shelby Township Art Fair — the largest event put on by the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department — will take over the township municipal grounds 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.

The family-friendly event will include a kids area, an interactive community mural, live entertainment, an interactive music area, a selection of local food, 22 Michigan-made vendors, 55 artists and 20 crafters.

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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

At approximately 8:54 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, Shelby Township police and fire personnel responded to a serious injury crash involving an unhitched trailer and a 2007 Pontiac G6 on northbound M-53, north of 25 Mile Road.

Shelby Township Police Lt. Scott Trumbo said the initial investigation showed that the trailer had been improperly secured to the truck that was pulling it; as a result, the trailer became loose and, at some point, came to rest in the right northbound travel lane.

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Published August 2, 2017

On July 31, a district court judge bound over a 49-year-old Shelby Township woman’s case to circuit court on the charge of first-degree murder. Julie Flynn is charged in the fatal stabbing of her 80-year-old mother Jan. 30, 2017.

The prosecution and defense cross-examined three witnesses — Flynn’s sister-in-law, a responding police officer and the detective in charge of the investigation — during Flynn’s preliminary examination at the 41-A District Court.

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Published August 2, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 3:41 p.m. Friday, July 7, police and fire personnel responded to a house explosion in the 8000 block of Wiloray Avenue, located off Van Dyke Avenue between 22 Mile and 23 Mile roads.

Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide verified that a 28-year-old Almont man was cooking meth in a back room of a private residence when the explosion occurred. He said he believes the home belongs to a relative of the suspect’s girlfriend.

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Published August 2, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis illuminated the values, successes and priorities of the township’s leadership during his State of the Township address at the Palazzo Grande July 20.

The township also presented community awards to four recipients whose efforts have contributed to making Shelby Township a better place to learn, play, live and do business.

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Published August 2, 2017

With the dog days of summer approaching, we present a chill photo from the winter of 1941. A group of Green Glen Park visitors enjoys one of the park’s toboggan runs. Park co-owner and operator Bill Frys can be seen with the group, second from right. Today, most of what used to be Green Glen is part of Holland Ponds, near 22 Mile and Ryan roads. Green Glen Park was one of many parks operating along the Clinton River at the time in Shelby Township and throughout Macomb County.Read More

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 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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