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Published October 26, 2016

ROCHESTER — Outstanding local men and women received awards at the 2016 Sunrise Pinnacle Awards ceremony Oct. 21 at the Royal Park Hotel.

The event was presented by the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a community celebration of excellence designed to honor the accomplishments and contributions of the region’s most visionary leaders, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and businesses.

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Published October 26, 2016

In the Chronicle’s coverage area, voters will decide who will represent them at the local, state and national levels. Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim except where material is omitted due to personal attacks or items we know to be false or that are blatant misrepresentations.Read More

Published October 25, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Board of Trustees wasted little time in dealing with the aftermath of an FBI investigation into one of its own members.

At the board’s routine meeting Oct. 17, six board members — Supervisor Bob Cannon, Treasurer Bill Sowerby, Clerk Kim Meltzer and Trustees Ken Pearl, Jenifer “Joie” West and Paul Gieleghem — unanimously voted to remove Trustee Dean Reynolds from all committees, subcommittees and assignments.

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Published October 26, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Make a Difference Day may not be a household name yet, but this yearly day of service Oct. 22 hasn’t gone unnoticed by the students of Groves High School in Beverly Hills.

Starting last year, several of the students have taken on community projects in Detroit that aim to build up the community.

This year, the students planned to clean up, beautify and plant greenery at Detroit’s Stoepel Park to rehabilitate and beautify a community center in the city, and the plantings are designed to assist with water runoff.

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Published October 26, 2016

FRANKLIN — As voters close in on Nov. 8, some residents of Franklin are urging people to vote “no” on some proposed changes to the village’s charter.

The objections were raised by members of the Citizens for a Responsible Franklin, an organization that consists of about 20 members of the Franklin community. The group is contesting five of the 10 proposed amendments to the Franklin village charter that will be on the Tuesday, Nov. 8, ballot.

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Published October 26, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The students and staff of Groves High School are showing they take care of their own. When sophomore Trevor Sullivan required a heart transplant earlier this year, the rest of the Groves community stepped up to support his family.

Each year, Groves hosts a charity volleyball game, with proceeds going to a worthy cause. This year, the school supported Trevor and his family by assisting with the medical bills that have added up during his recovery. The game was played against North Farmington High School Oct. 18.

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Published October 26, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The calendar says that Halloween is Monday, but the ghosts and goblins will be in Shain Park a day early for the annual Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Patch.

The fun kicks off at 1 p.m. as the Junior League of Birmingham hosts its annual Pumpkin Patch festivities downtown. Inflatables, pumpkin bowling, airbrushed tattoos and live performances are all on the schedule this Sunday.

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Published October 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Soon it will be time to bundle up for the winter, and it likewise will be a good idea to bundle up some time to take care of your vehicle before the snowfall starts.

The nonprofit Car Care Council says October is Fall Car Care Month, and it recommends that drivers get their vehicles’ engines, belts, hoses, brakes, fluids and more checked before it’s too cold — and potentially too late. 

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Published October 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — In the perpetual struggle to evolve and survive, some plants’ defenses and designs have transformed them into truly terrifying forces of nature.

Some plants have evolved to inflict pain, eat meat and appear thoroughly unappetizing and scary. Other plants have Halloween-esque names but appear more tame and beautiful.

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Published October 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging, said she is seeing a resurgence in the popularity of pumpkins and other gourds in seasonal decorating this fall, and she recommended new tricks to keep decorations fresh.

She said one idea is to stack pumpkins and gourds outside, using hay bales for a variety of heights. Homeowners can customize their outdoor pumpkin collection by painting their house numbers on each pumpkin, she said.

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Published October 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Every morning at 6:30 a.m. during the week, a group of Warren senior citizens meets at the Fitzgerald High School indoor track in Warren.

Their mission is to stay as fit as possible and enjoy each other’s company.

They casually call themselves “The Fitz Walkers,” and they walk the indoor track for about an hour, warding off pounds, weight issues, health concerns and other ailments that can surface as people age. 

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Published October 24, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — Halloween is this Monday, Oct. 31. Police are already mobilizing patrols backed by reserve officers and police explorers to keep neighborhoods safe.

Madison Heights Police Chief Corey Haines also reminded residents to exercise common sense and a healthy amount of caution, whether they’re handing out candy or have children trick-or-treating.

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Published October 26, 2016

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UTICA/WARREN — Approximately 130 family members, friends and neighbors attended a 100th birthday bash for Maria Marrone, of Utica, at the Gazebo Banquet Center in Warren Oct. 22.

Marrone was born on Oct. 25, 1916, in Sicily, lived through World War II and came to America through Ellis Island in 1958. Her legacy includes three children, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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Published October 24, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/TROY — On Saturday, Oct. 29, the community is invited to attend a bowling fundraiser to benefit the children of a Shelby Township father who died after attempting to save his struggling sons from undercurrents in Lake Michigan.

The family-friendly fundraiser will take place at 8:30 p.m. at Bowl One Lanes in Troy. The cost is $25 and includes three games of bowling, pizza and soft drinks. There will be a costume contest, and organizers will raffle off a spread of baskets and other items.

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Published October 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 13, state Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, introduced legislation to allow local municipalities to opt out of the Regional Transit Authority Act, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

If approved, the RTA would add high-speed transportation to Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. The 1.2-mill property tax assessment is set to levy approximately $3 billion over 20 years and combine with $1.7 billion in federal and state matching funds to create rapid bus and rail lines and cover operational costs.

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Published October 26, 2016

In the Shelby Utica News’ coverage area, voters will decide the Shelby Township Board of Trustees, the Utica mayor and the Utica City Council, as well as vote on a renewal of the Shelby Township fire millage and a Regional Transit Authority for southeast Michigan Nov. 8.

Voters also will establish county, state and federal officials in the general election. Questionnaires were sent only for contested races. Unopposed candidates are listed by name.

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Published October 26, 2016

In the Warren Weekly’s coverage area, voters will decide on national, state, county, and local school board races, along with a regional transit ballot proposal, on Nov. 8. Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent.Read More

Published October 21, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Lions Club will host the first Land of Oz 5K run/walk at the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society Museum, 16600 Stephens Road, at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 to benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind.

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Published October 24, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — From Oct. 26 to 29, Macomb Community College will host Dia de los Muertos — “Day of the Dead” — to commemorate the Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of the deceased with reflection, fun, food and activities.

School officials said this is the fourth year the college has partnered with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit to bring the celebration to Macomb County. Several events will be held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on MCC’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road.

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Published October 21, 2016

DETROIT/WARREN — Charles Busse, an attorney once cleared of public corruption charges while he served as president of the Warren City Council, is back in hot water with the federal government.

In an indictment unsealed on Oct. 20, Busse, 58, now a resident of Birmingham, was charged with bribery, conspiracy to defraud the United States and criminal tax evasion as part of an alleged scheme to obtain deferrals of deportation and other fraudulent immigration benefits for numerous clients.

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