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Published December 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Monday, Dec. 12, a group of Santa’s helpers delivered hot meals, Christmas gifts, blankets, stockings stuffed with personal care items and more to local senior citizens, most with ties to the Shelby Township Senior Center.

Retired dispatcher Bonnie Bowman and dispatcher Carol Smith, who has been with the Shelby Township Police Department for 17 years, coordinated the event with the help of the Shelby Township Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 142 and donations from businesses, churches and individuals in the community.

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Published December 16, 2016

On Dec. 15, subzero temperatures swept the county while things heated up inside the Sterling Heights Senior Center, where three Macomb County election recounts took place.

The Utica mayor recount began at 8 a.m. and wrapped up around 5:30 p.m. A group of six people carefully worked at a table in the Senior Center’s multipurpose room to count ballots cast for Thom Dionne, Councilman Frank Czapski and Edward Wykes.

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Published December 16, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — For the fourth year in a row, Christmas is a golden time of year for the Salvation Army in St. Clair Shores. 

The person the charity is calling a “Secret Santa” has, for the fourth year in a row, dropped a 1980 South African gold Krugerrand into the red kettle at the Kroger on Marter Road and Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores. The coin is estimated to be worth $1,200. 

Capt. Andrew Shiels, of the Salvation Army, said that that money has done a lot of good over the years.

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Published December 16, 2016

EASTPOINTE — City officials held a press conference Dec. 15 in the City Council chambers to discuss proposed changes to the way voters elect members of the City Council.

Eastpointe City Manager Steve Duchane received a letter from the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice Nov. 18 stating that the “existing system for electing the members of the Eastpointe City Council violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”

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Published December 21, 2016

WARREN — With American flags proudly displayed, complemented by red, white and blue table settings, about 30 local retired and active military members were honored during the third annual Military Appreciation Dinner Dec. 13 at Warren Mott High School.

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Published December 21, 2016

WARREN — Sometimes, the clients that Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers serves live alone. Sometimes, they can’t get out to run basic errands most take for granted. Some need everyday household items. Some need help with their chores or yard work.

Others just need someone to talk to. And for homebound seniors and others with limited mobility, the “most wonderful time of the year” can also be the most lonely.

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Published December 16, 2016

CENTER LINE — It was maybe the worst single-vehicle crash scenario imaginable. 

After a truck struck a utility pole guidewire, flipped on its side and burst into flames between three downed high-voltage wires last month, a local business owner and two public safety officers quickly moved in to save a woman’s life.

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Published December 17, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Joseph Zago knows what it’s like to be down and out.

It was well into the Great Recession when Zago lost his job, got his driver’s license suspended, and then lost his home in Michigan as well as a rental home in Arizona to bankruptcy. He said he depended on his friends, and a few strangers, to help him get back on his feet.

Today, Zago is president and founder of The Carpet Guys, a successful floor-covering company based in Troy.

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Published December 15, 2016

Each year, the Goodfellows of Detroit gives out some special gifts just in time for Christmas. This Christmas season, the Goodfellows were joined by a number of the actors and performers from the Tony and Grammy Award winning play “Beautiful,” which is currently being performed at Detroit’s Fisher Theater.

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Published December 15, 2016

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1. ‘A Christmas Carol’
Now through Dec. 23 • Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester

The Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” will come to life onstage at Meadow Brook Theatre now through Dec. 23.

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Published December 14, 2016

TROY — This is the second year that Schroeder Elementary School students Anna Swencki, a fourth-grader, and her sister Emma Swencki, a third-grader, have shopped with a cop. 

Their mom, Theresa Swencki, a single parent, said her daughters understand what a budget is. 

She said she is unable to work due to health problems, and she provides support for her ex-husband, the girls’ father, who suffers from kidney disease. 

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Published December 14, 2016

TROY — While the newly created Troy Public Library Endowment Fund has already surpassed its initial goal of raising $20,000 before the end of 2016, it could double that amount. 

Library Director Cathy Russ explained that the library has raised $20,350 for the fund so far this year. AT&T has pledged to donate $10,000 if the fund reaches $30,000. 

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Published December 14, 2016

TROY — Residents who sell their works at the Creative Endeavors store in the Troy Community Center have expressed concern that the store may be moving to a different spot in the center. 

City leaders are considering using the space the store currently occupies as a wellness center, which would necessitate moving the store. 

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Published December 14, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A community is nothing without the people who contribute to it.

That was a big part of the message at the 2016 Macomb Community Action Annual Meeting, held Dec. 6 at Macomb University Center on the campus of Macomb Community College in Clinton Township.

The annual event and awards luncheon celebrated the charity of numerous individuals and organizations that have helped make Macomb Community Action, or MCA, a beacon of the Macomb County community.

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Published December 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local neighborhood is getting into the holiday spirit with a light contest sure to brighten the spirits of all who pass by.

The Williamsburg Townhouse Cooperative, on Harper Avenue at Masonic Boulevard, is hosting a lighting contest and walk Dec. 15 for its residents and all who want to come enjoy the festive decorations.

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Published December 14, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Public Library would like you to pardon its dust.

The Main Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, has undergone three projects, including the addition of six study rooms, boiler replacements and backup generator upgrades. The Westacres Branch received a backup generator upgrade.

“Everybody knows the need for the study rooms — so everybody was very pleased to hear that,” Library Director Clara Bohrer said.

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Published December 14, 2016

HARPER WOODS — When the Chase Bank on Kelly Road closed in 2015, many residents voiced their displeasure, as it was one of the few places nearby that could suit their financial needs. Others were saddened to see a business in their community close. 

Recently, however, the property has been given new life as a community center owned by a local nonprofit organization called Lifebuilders.

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Published December 14, 2016

DETROIT — Thanks to Meijer, 10 children involved in the Make-A-Wish program will be having a far merrier Christmas than before.

Meijer donated 10 gift baskets to Make-A-Wish Michigan to deliver to kids suffering from debilitating diseases. Make-A-Wish, which helps fund the wishes of the children, such as visiting a theme park or going to the Super Bowl, accepted the baskets and helped Meijer distribute them to the children Nov. 28.

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Published December 14, 2016

DETROIT — Three local nonprofit organizations are getting a helping hand from local musicians.

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Published December 14, 2016

ROCHESTER —  The Rainbow Connection is hoping to help families with children in the hospital have one less thing to worry about this holiday season.

The organization — which makes dreams come true for Michigan children with life-threatening illnesses and provides support services to their families — is collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys and games for kids of all ages 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 22 at its headquarters, 621 W. University St.

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