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Published April 20, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A police millage and a safety path and trails network millage will be on the upcoming November general election ballot.

“The police millage is strictly a renewal,” Oakland Township Supervisor Terry Gonser said at the April 12 Board of Trustees meeting. “Safety paths is a reduction.”

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Published April 20, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Several Macomb Township residents have voiced their concerns about a proposed dog park that would be located on the south side of 21 Mile Road and a half-mile west of Romeo Plank, behind Macomb Township Fire Station No. 2.

Discussions for the park have been ongoing for several years, but due to the recent construction of a bypass lane on 21 Mile Road near the entrance of where the park would be, plans have heated up with construction scheduled to begin  on the park this summer.

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Published April 19, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — The recent distracted driving enforcement campaign is being hailed a success by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the campaign, which took place in various parts of the county April 8-13, resulted in 181 drivers being pulled over and 93 citations being issued.

“This (campaign) was about enforcement and education,” Wickersham said. “Not every traffic stop resulted in a ticket being issued; everyone received a warning.”

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Published April 20, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Community Concert Band will be hosting a free concert for the public at Ferndale High School in late May.

The band, comprised of players as young as 14 years old to some members in their 80s, will play beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in the school’s auditorium.

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Published April 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you want to get a sneak peek at a future superstar — or even 11 of them — head to the Detroit Opera House next weekend.

Nearly a dozen children from the Birmingham-Bloomfield area will take the stage in a fully staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” as part of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus.

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Published April 18, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — One person’s spring cleaning purge is another person’s treasure.

Or something like that.

The annual Friends of the Baldwin Public Library spring book sale will return next weekend with thousands of books and media items for sale at great prices — and to benefit a great cause.

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Published April 18, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Retirement just isn’t what it used to be.

There was a time when turning 65 meant a quiet life confined to a checker board in a retirement community down South. But now that the baby boomers are getting ready to punch the time clock for the last time, that just won’t do. The over-65 cohort will make up nearly 20 percent of the nation’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and their retirement needs are unlike any in our nation’s history.

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Published April 18, 2016

The Sterling Heights Public Library will hold workshops, seminars and more to help patrons keep their books balanced — particularly their financial books.

The library is again participating in Money Smart Week. The campaign itself, founded by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, runs April 23-30 this year, and the library plans to run programs between April 23 and April 28.

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Published April 18, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — While the Oculus Rift is attempting to mainstream virtual reality to consumers, Utica Community Schools’ plans to introduce a different company’s 3-D technology into the classroom have also become a reality.

The school district held a demonstration of zSpace virtual reality learning materials April 12 at Ebeling Elementary School in Macomb Township. UCS has been using the technology for about a month, and it is the first school district in the state to do so, according to UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy.

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Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In the last seven months, 12-year-old Emma Ritzrow’s health has rapidly declined.

Emma, who was slated to begin seventh grade at Shelby Junior High School, has a rare, degenerative and unspecified genetic brain disorder that causes lesions and hemorrhaging in her brain, seizures, and muscular atrophy.

Darcy Fromm — a close friend of the family whose daughter, Emma, has been friends with Ritzrow since kindergarten — described Ritzrow as funny, witty, caring, loving, strong and courageous.

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Published April 20, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 15, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Michigan honored a Shelby Township police officer in observance of National Crime Victims Week.

Lisa Radtke, program coordinator for MADD Michigan, explained that her organization has a three-pronged mission statement: eliminate drunken driving, prevent underage drinking and serve victims of serious crimes — drunken driving and otherwise.

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Published April 19, 2016

UTICA — Amanda Accica, 24, and Daniel Moreno, 23, of Utica, who were married in February, swept the competition at the U.S. Argentine Tango Championship in San Francisco, California, March 24-28.

They won first place in the U.S. Stage Tango Championship, one of two official categories sanctioned by the Tango Buenos Aires Festival and Dance World Cup, and automatically qualified for the World Cup semifinals in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this August.

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Published April 20, 2016

UTICA — The Utica Public Library has slimmed its hours, staff and services in recent years, and Director Marsha Doege said she plans to submit more reductions in her next budget, including taking a salary cut herself and slashing hours further.

“The 2008 debacle hit the library hard, along with the erosion of mills and loss of personal property taxes — just a whole lot of things that made us struggle,” Doege said. “We’ve been in survival mode, but now it’s to the point where we need to request help from the taxpayers.”

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Published April 19, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville Community Schools currently is taking registrations for its third annual Dream Dash, with this being the second year that the event has been dedicated to the late Joe Manfreda.

According to Kaiser Elementary Principal Teresa Tomala, the event is scheduled for May 7 and will see participants starting at Roseville High School — located at 17855 Common Road — before following a 5K route along Common and residential streets. New this year is a section for participants to take photos.

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Published April 18, 2016

HAZEL PARK — For the second year in a row, a group of students from a church in Indiana came to Hazel Park to volunteer alongside like-minded do-gooders at CityEdge Church and its new partners at Youth for Christ Detroit. They worked both indoors and outdoors, at the parks and the “Blue Building” — once the administrative building for Hazel Park Public Schools, and now jointly used by CityEdge and YFC Detroit.

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Published April 18, 2016

Many days, weeks and months of the year have an awareness campaign tied to them, but an April campaign to celebrate National Car Care Month hopes to remind drivers that auto parts can wear out or malfunction if not maintained.

According to car maintenance professionals, many drivers take advantage of this time of the year to get a fresh vehicle inspection or maintenance. 

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Published April 16, 2016

WARREN — For book fans who prefer the romance genre, there’s a new author in town.

Former Warren resident Tara Eldana is the writer behind several new romance novellas guaranteed to satisfy serious romantics with a bit of spice, some contemporary themes and a some paranormal activity on their pages.

Eldana has written seven books, published by Black Opal Books, with two of them — “Reclaiming Lexi” and “Under the Riptides” — currently available for purchase. The other four are under contract, with a seventh title pending.

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Published April 17, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The American soldiers who served overseas during World War II loved receiving anything that reminded them of home.

Such items included the knitted scarves, sweaters, socks and caps that were stitched with care and shipped to foreign lands to U.S. military members.

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Published April 20, 2016

WARREN — If you live in Warren, you won’t have to go far to see what a masterpiece painting looks like up close.

Reproductions of classic works of art are on display now at 11 locations in Warren, as part of the 2016 Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out exhibit.

Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman told members of the City Council last month that eight businesses and three public buildings were selected to host weather-proof reproductions of priceless works through July 16.

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Published April 14, 2016

HARPER WOODS — On April 12, the Harper Woods Public Library celebrated its history and the history of the city as, in conjunction with National Library Week, the library commemorated the 40th anniversary of the founding of its Heritage Room.

Founded by Mary Duchon and Lorry Balchunas, the Heritage Room is a museum of sorts, with artifacts on display ranging from a library card catalog to an old-style piano to the house nameplate of Harper Woods’ first settler, Casper Salter.

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