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Published October 22, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For the first time since the 10-year library millage passed in 2014, voters in Harrison Township will be electing a library board come Nov. 8.

The six-member board will be responsible for the oversight and general direction of the library, said Harrison Township Public Library Director Dan Hutchins.

The library board will also have authority over the library’s budget and will be responsible for appointing a library director, who runs the day-to-day operations of the library with oversight from the board.

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Published October 20, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Ethics Board found Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to be in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance for use of a county facility for the purpose of campaigning.

Board of Commissioners candidate Leon Drolet, R-Macomb Township, filed the complaint with the Ethics Board. He and Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin each spoke during an Oct. 19 Ethics Board meeting to voice their concerns about Marrocco’s actions.

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Published October 26, 2016

In the Journal’s coverage area, voters will decide on national, state, county and local races and issues Nov. 8.

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Published October 19, 2016

Troy resident Dena King, 27, was diagnosed with breast cancer following a breast self-exam six months ago.

Before she began her chemotherapy at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, her doctors recommended she harvest her ova if she wanted to have children when her treatment was complete; she became engaged to Andrew Polley in July.

Her doctors told her that chemotherapy reduces ova production or may eliminate them altogether. However, the procedure is not covered by her insurance, and King said the cost for the medicine alone for the procedure was over $5,000.

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Published October 19, 2016

The Road Commission for Oakland County approved a $129 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year Sept. 22 that was $25 million more than last year.

Of that total budget about $64 million is slated for roadway improvements,  and $29.6 million for pothole patching, gravel road grading, and salting and plowing in the winter.

Nearly $11.2 million will be used for maintaining traffic signs and signals, pavement markings and guardrails, among other activities.

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Published October 19, 2016

CLAWSON/ROYAL OAK — Ghosts and goblins are getting ready to fill the streets this Halloween, and they will have plenty of options for a ghoulish good time during many merry-not-scary activities through the end of the month.

Clawson will continue with its family-first emphasis by offering a Halloween party, a popular allergy-friendly downtown event and its Trick-or-Treat Trail.

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Published October 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe Artists Association is marking the 10th anniversary of its popular annual “Our Rivers, Our Lakes” show with a series of events, the centerpiece of which is the exhibition itself.

Artworks are now on display at the John A. and Marlene L. Boll House, which houses Services for Older Citizens. On view through Dec. 2, artists and supporters celebrated with a public reception Oct. 12.

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Published October 19, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As the General Election looms closer and a number of Clinton Township seats are up for grabs, residents recently had the opportunity to ask for and listen to candidates’ responses on several topics.

On Oct. 4, courtesy of the nonprofit and nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe, candidates running for supervisor, clerk, treasurer and trustee were given equal opportunity to speak to residents in person and via local cable access.

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Published October 18, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — “D’oh!”

When Matt Groening’s creation of the cartoon television show “The Simpsons” became a hit, there was demand for memorabilia, including a comic book series.

Those closest to the show tapped into the talents of Bill Morrison, a Lincoln Park native who now is best known for his work with Groening on “Simpsons Comics.” Morrison is one of the creators of Bongo Comics, which publishes comics related to animated television series.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — How protected is your home? 

October is National Crime Prevention Month, and police and security officials are encouraging homeowners to evaluate their home’s level of security. 

In December 2012, the University of North Carolina released a study that evaluated decisions to burglarize from the offender’s perspective. The results indicated that most offenders were deterred by alarms. 

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Nothing frightens some people more than wearing used clothing. 

But for metro Detroiters like Holly Evenson, 32, of Novi, retail clothing Halloween costume prices give her the chills — so she buys secondhand.

From giraffe baby costumes to toddler-sized fairy outfits, the mom of 2-year-old Natalie and 5-year-old Melanie learned early on that it’s smart to go secondhand.

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Published October 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The future of Volvo vehicles is on a guided course to keep drivers safe, according to staff at Suburban Volvo in Troy.

Retail Operations Manager Rob Lyons said the 2017 S90 sedan was released this month, replacing the earlier S80 model. He added that the new sedan “kind of goes hand in hand together” with the 2016 XC90 SUV, which came out about a year ago.

Lyons explained that, when it comes to target demographics, his dealership sees people from pretty much every corner of the buying public.

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Published October 19, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Royal Park Hotel will host a fundraising kickoff event Nov. 10 for a new veterans tribute planned for the corner of Adams and Silverbell roads.

“This is an exciting event for Oakland Township,” Township Supervisor Terry Gonser said. He described the tribute’s design as “very unique.”

“We wanted a tribute, not a memorial,” Gonser said. “Glass panels and lighting, so it will glow at night to honor all veterans — past, present and future.”

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Published October 18, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Residents and city officials recently weighed in on a plan for a newly designed Auburn Road commercial district between Culbertson Avenue and Dequindre Road.

“We need a pick-me-up,” said Gwen Birchfield, who has lived in the area for 76 years. Birchfield attended an Auburn Road draft plan open house Oct. 10 at the Rochester Hills Department of Public Services building.

The new plan identifies areas for parks, landscaping, lighting, shops, restaurants and small businesses.

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Published October 18, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The city’s newest park needs a name, and residents are being asked to submit their ideas.

City officials aim to give the park currently known as Riverbend — located off Hamlin Road, west of Adams — a unique name that will distinguish it from others.

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Published October 17, 2016

FARMINGTON — Proposed changes may give Grand River Avenue the Hollywood treatment — a facelift and tummy tuck.

The Michigan Department of Transportation discussed proposed updates to the road in Farmington and what that could mean for residents during a Sept. 8 meeting at City Hall.

MDOT and city officials discussed proposed operational changes to current lanes on Grand River as part of a 2017 preventive maintenance resurfacing project, according to a press release. 

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Published October 19, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — At Cranbrook, Halloween isn’t just a day on the calendar or an excuse to indulge in a few pieces of candy — it’s an all-out extravaganza.

From the science institute to the art museum, this weekend will be packed with family-friendly activities to celebrate all things spooky, with an educational twist.

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Published October 19, 2016

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METRO DETROIT— Families across Michigan could grow by one — or maybe more — this Saturday, as the Bissell Pet Foundation foots the tab for adoption fees across the state.

More than 50 shelters and rescue organizations in Michigan will participate in the promotion Oct. 22, when prospective adopters can take home a cat or dog completely free of charge, license included.

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Published October 18, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It seems like just yesterday that the Birmingham Farmers Market announced the opening of its 14th season.

But alas, that was May, and despite the unusually warm temperatures, it’s now the end of October, and the market is packing up this Sunday.

So, of course, one last celebration is in order.

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Published October 19, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — A chill is in the air, and the jack-o-lanterns are coming out.

In Beverly Hills, that means it’s once again time for the Halloween Hoot.

The Hoot is the village’s annual family-friendly Halloween celebration. It begins at noon on Sunday, Oct. 23, with pumpkin carving in Beverly Park, which wraps up at 2 p.m. It picks back up 6-8 p.m. with trick-or-treating back at the park. There is no cost to attend the event.

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