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Published October 5, 2017

WARREN — Warren residents who come forward with information about narcotics activity could receive a cash reward of $500 through the city’s new People Against Illegal Drugs program, or P.A.I.D.

Mayor Jim Fouts and Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer jointly announced the program Oct. 4, in response to what the mayor called a “dramatic” increase in heroin overdoses in the last year.

“This program means all Warren residents will be the eyes and ears in our war against drug pushers,” Fouts said.

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Published October 4, 2017

WARREN — Three teens accused of stealing a woman’s cellphone on Van Dyke, north of 12 Mile Road, Oct. 1 were quickly arrested and have been remanded to the Macomb County Youth Home pending the adjudication of unarmed robbery and conspiracy charges.

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Published October 2, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS/WARREN/CENTER LINE — For the last seven years, a program that comes with blessings has fed Warren Consolidated Schools students in need.

The district participates in Blessings in a Backpack, a national program that provides free meals to students. The students in the program receive a backpack full of food to take home with them every Friday over the weekend. There is enough food for six meals to be eaten Saturday and Sunday. The backpacks are returned to school every Monday to be refilled for the following weekend. Each child get his or her own backpack.

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Published September 29, 2017

WARREN — When a police car rolled up to Cristien Quarterman’s 12th birthday gathering, the kids and the adults weren’t sure what was up.

That is, until officers Zachary Lemond and Daniel Rose asked if they could jump into their game of football.

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Published September 29, 2017

WARREN — In the time it took for an aspiring Eagle Scout to show his project to city officials, a flurry of butterflies flit and fluttered by, landing on plants selected to attract them in the new butterfly garden at Licht Park.

Justin Gabris, of Warren, turns 17 on Oct. 4. He said he hatched the idea to build a butterfly garden as a service project in his quest to become an Eagle Scout after a discussion with Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman.

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Published September 29, 2017

WARREN — Construction has begun on the first phase of the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum coming to Veterans Memorial Park on Campbell.

With a $20,000 grant and volunteers from the Home Depot Foundation, a “victory garden” has been constructed at the park, the first step in creating the museum’s new home in Warren.

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 26, 2017

CENTER LINE/WARREN — The officials of Center Line Public Schools are not giving up.

After a $58.7 million bond issue failed by 82 votes in May, instead of calling it quits, school officials are coming back with another bond proposal.

CLPS officials will place a $53.95 million bond initiative on the Nov. 7 ballot. If the bond passes, it will generate taxpayer dollars that will fund building enhancements, technological updates and more throughout the district.

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Published September 26, 2017

CENTER LINE/WARREN — Updated ballot scanners will be ready ahead of November’s city election in Center Line and school district elections in Warren.

“It was planned. We’ve been talking about this probably as long as I can remember, since my arrival,” Center Line City Manager and City Clerk Dennis Champine said. “We weren’t really sure when it was going to happen until earlier this year. Probably a month ago, we knew for sure that we would have them for the November election.”

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Published September 25, 2017

WARREN — For some, it’s a burning passion. For others, it’s a relaxing hobby.

For all of them, keeping up their remarkable properties adorned with beautiful annual flowers, lush gardens, greens, trees and shrubbery, and perfectly placed perennials is a feat worthy of recognition.

That’s just what this year’s winners were invited to enjoy Sept. 27, at a dinner set to be held at the Gazebo Banquet Center and hosted by the Warren Beautification Commission.

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Published September 22, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/WARREN — “One More Time,” Warren resident JD Marshall is pulling together a cast of stand-up comedians for a show that’s all about helping the families of pediatric cancer patients and the nonprofits that support them.

Marshall said he set up an organization of his own, A Mission of Love, after he lost his 13-year-old daughter, Stephaine, to cancer in April 2015. He did it in her memory, out of her love for comedy and to celebrate life that still grows in the shadow of deep sorrow.

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Published September 22, 2017

WARREN — Every September as the new school year gets underway, staff and students at Lincoln Middle School start off the year with a Constitution Day celebration.

Held inside the Lincoln High School auditorium next door, the event is a chance for the middle school students and staff to gather and celebrate the United States and demonstrate their patriotism.

Also known as Citizenship Day, Constitution Day honors the day 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention who signed the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

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Published September 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, was recently awarded the first Michigan Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership promoting libraries in Michigan.

Brandenburg was recognized during a reception held at the Chesterfield Township Library on Sept. 8.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 20, 2017

CENTER LINE — Prescription drugs were apparently the target of fast-acting thieves who broke into the pharmacy area inside Binson’s Medical Equipment & Supplies early on Sept. 18.

“There was a large amount of drugs missing, stolen,” said Lt. Thomas Costello, of the Center Line Public Safety Department. “The whole pharmacy was wiped out.”

Costello said officers responded to an alarm call at 2:42 a.m. from Binson’s, on Lawrence just south of the Interstate 696 service drive.

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Published September 20, 2017

CENTER LINE — “Free ice cream for life.” That’s the offer at the window for the good citizen who helps collar the thief responsible for breaking into the Dairy Freezzz in Center Line early on Sept. 13.

The owner, Suzanne Cox, said the shop has been open on Van Dyke south of 10 Mile  for 30 years, and this is the first time they’ve experienced a break-in like this.

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Published September 15, 2017

WARREN — Viewing the images and hearing stories about those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma had an impact on the students at Regina High School.

Thinking about how they could help the residents of Texas, Florida and other locations, the students decided to hold a fundraiser.

Regina Principal Ann Diamond and Director of Marketing Colleen Reaser suggested that the students coordinate a Penny War, which the school has used as a fundraiser in the past.

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Published September 15, 2017

CENTER LINE — The delivery was delayed an hour by traffic on the freeway Sept. 12, but eventually, two trucks rolled into the parking lot at the Center Line Park Towers, where dozens of seniors waited to receive fresh produce, milk, bread and food safety tips. 

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Published September 15, 2017

WARREN — Jerry Bell says he’ll run for City Council in 2019, but he first wants the U.S. Department of Justice to address the map of Warren’s five council districts that he claims “dilutes the strength of minority voters.”

Bell said he moved into Warren in August and that he filed a federal complaint Sept. 12 alleging that the city’s method of electing council members, drafted by a Redistricting Commission comprised of elected officials and appointed members seven years ago, was gerrymandered to the advantage of incumbent politicians. 

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