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Published August 9, 2016

Less than 17 percent of registered voters in Troy cast ballots in the Aug. 2 primary election.

“Voter turnout was very low,” said Troy City Clerk Aileen Dickson. “A lot of the races were uncontested.”

Dickson said she felt the Detroit Zoo millage proposal — which 74.43 percent of Oakland County voters approved, according to unofficial results, and was approved overall — did bring voters out. In Troy, 78.25 percent of voters approved the zoo millage proposal.

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Published August 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Leon Drolet has unseated incumbent Joe Sabatini as the lead Republican candidate for the 13th District Macomb County Board of Commissioners seat in this November’s general election.

Drolet claimed 46.6 percent of the vote in the five-person primary election Aug. 2. Sabatini finished second with 28.5 percent.

“The message I sent to voters was if you’re looking for somebody who lives, eats and breathes limited government and limiting the scope of government, then I’m your guy,” Drolet said.

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Published August 9, 2016

FERNDALE — Two local organizations will be holding a charity softball game to raise money for two establishments dedicated to helping cats and dogs.

The Ferndale Cat Shelter and Bubble & Bark will hold their softball game from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Geary Park, 1198 Earle Blvd.

The money raised from the event will go toward the Catfe Lounge and I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven.

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Published August 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Jeff Yaroch will be the Republican candidate in the general election this November for the 33rd District of the state House of Representatives.

Yaroch was the top vote-getter in a six-person Republican primary election Aug. 2. He claimed 38.4 percent of the vote, compared to 25.9 percent for Colleen Carl and 18.1 percent for Mel Koch.

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Published August 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After a contentious campaign season, Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn will retain her post after ousting Republican challenger Mark Grabow in a primary election Aug. 2.

Dunn collected 60.5 percent of the vote, compared to 39.5 percent for Grabow.

“I’m very relieved that it’s over and now we can get back to the business of the township,” Dunn said.

Barring a massive write-in campaign for the general election, Dunn will now run unopposed for the supervisor position with no opposition from a Democrat.

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Published August 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — A splash of color can give a room a fresh look. 

But before you rush to the checkout line with your bucket of paint, experts suggest reviewing the labels for volatile organic compounds, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma.   

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Published August 10, 2016

METRO DETROIT — For many students, the stress of college goes beyond all-night study sessions, dizzying textbooks and high-stakes exams.

Lots of students also have to worry about how they’ll pay for it all.

It can be tough to think about getting a full-time job to supplement college costs when school is designed to itself be a full-time job. But Kate Hendershot, senior academic advisor at Oakland University, knows many students don’t have a choice.

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Published August 8, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Normally, orange barrels, the harbingers of road construction, are a pain for drivers to see.

But for some residents near Cass, Colfax Street and Eight Mile Road, the lack of barrels and signs in late July caused chaos after drivers tried to drive into neighborhoods where roads were closed, and some drivers used private driveways and lawns to turn around. 

With signs now in place, some of them handmade, and barricades at driveway entrances, residents might be able to breathe easier.

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Published August 8, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Anna Scott doesn’t know that when she sometimes zones out for a few seconds she has a seizure.  

The 4-year-old Farmington Hills resident just wonders when she will get better. 

Anna, who was recently diagnosed with generalized epilepsy, is adapting and learning. 

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Published August 8, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Voters showed up at the polls Aug. 2 with strong support for two local proposals on the ballot.

According to unofficial election results, Proposal A passed with 88 percent of the vote, and Proposal B passed with 74 percent of the vote.

The passing of Proposal A authorized city officials to renew the solid waste and recycling millage levy for a period not to exceed five years, up to 1 mill, to defray the costs of refuse collection, disposal and curbside recycling.

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Published August 10, 2016

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Just days before Bloomfield Township voters were to head to the polls Aug. 2, one resident alerted the media that she had filed a privacy breach complaint with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office against Township Supervisor Leo Savoie and Clerk Janet Roncelli.

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Published August 8, 2016

Newer technology is often looked upon as a key to convenience, but sometimes key-related electronic components can carry their own set of problems unless drivers stay vigilant.

According to AAA, a recent study revealed that an estimated 32 million drivers had an experience with AAA that involved a vehicle being stranded in 2015, with many of those vehicles being under 5 years old.

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Published August 9, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — For six years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has waged its Hunger Free Summer campaign in southeast Michigan, where nearly 300,000 children rely on free or reduced-fee meals while at school. Gleaners’ goal is to distribute 4.5 million meals to children during the summer — that’s the equivalent of 96 large truckloads, or eight truckloads every week for the 12-week campaign, which ends Labor Day, Sept. 5.

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Published August 7, 2016

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On Michigan’s west coast, where the Grand River meets Lake Michigan, the city of Grand Haven offers visitors a beachy getaway with small-town charm.

Here are some tips if you plan on visiting:

190 miles — a three-hour drive

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Published August 7, 2016

WARREN — The Summerfest community outreach will pour all of its resources into one event, at one park only this year.

Katie Miller, the Summerfest coordinator for Liberty Family Outreach, said the 13th annual day of fellowship and community will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the city of Warren’s Shaw Park on Warner, between Eight Mile and Nine Mile roads.

It will be held at just one location, but Miller said that doesn’t mean the event will be in any way decreased in scope.

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Published August 5, 2016

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1. Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise
Sunday, Aug. 7 • Clinton Township

Cruisers, start your engines. The 14th annual Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise is happening Aug. 7.

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Published August 4, 2016

WAYNE COUNTY — The field for state representative in District 1 has been narrowed to two.

During the primary election Aug. 2, voters put their confidence in two candidates who will go up against each other to win the open seat in the general election Nov. 8. 

At the polls last Tuesday, incumbent state Rep. Brian R. Banks won the Democratic Party primary, while William Broman, who ran unopposed, secured the Republican nomination.

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Published August 4, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Steve Marino cruised to victory Aug. 2 in the Republican primary for the 24th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Marino claimed 79.6 percent of the vote in the three-person primary, which also featured Daryl Smith and Arzo Smith.

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Published August 5, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb Family YMCA officials are looking for people who want to change lives and inspire hope while playing golf at the same time.

The organization’s 40th annual Golf Classic is Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Greystone Golf Club, 67500 Mound Road in Washington Township. Registration and sponsorships are now being accepted.

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Published August 4, 2016

Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden, surpassed four opponents to clinch the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives District 10 race in the Aug 2 primary with 30.6 percent of the votes.

He will compete with Democratic nominee Frank Accavitti Jr., Libertarian Lisa Lane Gioia and Benjamin Nofs, a member of the Green Party, in the Nov. 8 general election for a two-year term in Congress.

The 10th Congressional District includes all of Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac and St. Clair counties, as well as portions of Macomb and Tuscola counties.

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