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Published November 4, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — In a world stricken by poverty and disease, the importance of something like Meals on Wheels can never be understated.

The program, which is part of the Office of Senior Services within the Macomb County Community Services Agency, is designed to feed senior citizens who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to mental or physical impairments.  

Distribution is pretty simple: Volunteers deliver hot and fresh food to seniors five days per week on a year-round basis.

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Published November 4, 2015

While Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen, it is on Veterans Day that all veterans are remembered and thanked for their service to the country.

The VFW Bruce Post 1146, at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, will pay tribute to all veterans with a ceremony featuring guest speakers Brig. Gen. Doug Slocum from Selfridge Air National Guard Base and retired Lt. Col. John Walus, the mentor at the Macomb County Veterans Court, along with other local lawmakers.

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Published November 4, 2015

With student musicians, a coffee bar and enough vendors to kick off your holiday shopping, the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center’s Jamz & Java Night will allow visitors to check out the center and raise money for its programs as well.

The Jamz & Java Night will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Senior Activities Center, 20000 Stephens St.

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Published November 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The brown marmorated stink bug really does stink, but the feared impact of its continued invasion goes much further than olfactory repugnance. 

“There is a major concern over the damage that the brown marmorated stink bug could do to our agricultural production, as well as concern for the damage to backyard gardens,” said Mary Gerstenberger, a consumer horticulture educator with the Michigan State University Extension in Macomb County. 

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Published November 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s that time of year when we dig those cozy sweaters out from storage, crank the thermostat up and settle in for another bitter Michigan winter.

But for more than 12,000 people in the state, the effort to keep warm is so much more difficult. That’s because, according to the Community Housing Network, that’s how many people in Michigan are estimated to be without a place to call home.

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Published November 4, 2015

When the Detroit Institute of Arts searched for students to offer their input on an art exhibit, it found a pair of budding art analysts at Utica Community Schools.

Utica High School student Sydney Wilcox and Henry Ford II High School student Justin Walters were two of 11 local students to have their comments on artwork recorded in tandem with a DIA exhibit called “30 Americans.” The exhibit runs until Jan. 18, 2016.

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Published November 4, 2015

A Sterling Heights restaurant will be on the side of the Angels when it hosts a pair of events aimed at helping children and families in need.

The nonprofit group Calling All Angels will host the Giving Children Hope charity gala and fundraiser Nov. 6 at Penna’s of Sterling. The event will include dinner, beverages, dancing, auctions and charitable gaming.

According to CAA, proceeds will help the charity serve the needs of children in the tri-county area who are homeless, abused, neglected, ill or otherwise disadvantaged.

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Published November 4, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A group of talented artists with a flair for photography, pastry making, candles, knitting and more will showcase and sell their original creations in the second annual Artisans’ Market Nov. 7 at the Harper Woods Public Library.

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Published November 4, 2015

DETROIT — Vito Lafata has been playing music professionally since 1976, so one would think he wouldn’t become nervous before an audience anymore.

But an upcoming show is giving him butterflies.

On Nov. 8, the 1976 Denby High School graduate will perform at the Fox Theatre as part of the entertainment for the launch of Mitch Albom’s new book, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.”

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Published November 4, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mayor Barb Dempsey retained her seat in the Nov. 3 general election, defeating challengers City Commissioner Denise Mentzer and write-in candidate Gloria Haller.

Dempsey received 987 votes (53.6 percent of the vote) to claim her sixth two-year term as mayor of the county seat.

“I want to thank everybody that supported me and I’m humbled they put me back in office,” said Dempsey.

She said this year's race was a challenge as partisan politics played a large role.

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Published November 3, 2015

The new edition of the Fraser City Council will have some fresh names and faces.

Joe Nichols will serve a four-term as mayor, defeating former Councilman Paul Cilluffo 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent. Nichols garnered 1,431 votes in seven precincts, while Cilluffo finished with 1,280 votes.

“I am feeling vindicated, “Nichols said. “My feelings are that the people have spoken.”

Patrice Schornak claimed 1,251 votes, or 16.8 percent, as she topped the eight-person list of candidates vying for three four-year seats.

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Published November 3, 2015

Mayor Michael Taylor and the rest of the incumbent Sterling Heights City Council decisively defeated a challenger slate of candidates Nov. 3.
According to unofficial results posted on Sterling Heights’ website, with all 32 precincts counted, Mayor Michael Taylor earned 13,266 votes, beating the challenger, Paul Smith, who earned 3,066 votes. The mayoral term lasts two years.

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Published November 3, 2015

On Election Day, Kenson Siver came out victorious over opponent Sylvia Jordan in the race for Southfield mayor.

According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, Siver received the most votes, with 7,119, or 56.97 percent. Jordan  received 5,350 votes, or 42.82 percent; 12,495 votes were cast in total for mayor.

Voters were asked who they would like to see occupy four empty seats on the City Council. They said: Tawyna Morris, Donald Fracassi, Daniel Brightwell and Lloyd Crews.

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Published November 3, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite a warm, sunny election day, turnout was very low for the St. Clair Shores mayoral and city council election Nov. 3.

Results from the St. Clair Shores City Clerk’s office showed that Councilman Ronald Frederick received 4,801 votes, Councilman Chris Vitale received 4,712 votes, resident Peter Accica received 4,435 votes, and there were 72 invalid write-in votes.

Clerk Mary Kotowski said that no resident submitted a declaration of write-in candidacy by the Oct. 24 deadline, making any write-in candidates invalid.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Voters said yes to two millages in the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills Nov. 3.

An operating millage renewal proposal for the Farmington Public Schools district received more than 67 percent of the vote, while a public safety millage was overwhelmingly approved, with more than 83 percent of the vote.

FPS voters approved a 10-year, up to 13.57-mill levy on homes and up to 18 mills on businesses.

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Published November 3, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — After serving the past 12 years on the Farmington Hills City Council, including his three terms as mayor pro tem, Ken Massey has been elected mayor of Farmington Hills.

With all 23 precincts reporting, Massey received a little more than 68 percent of the vote, totaling 9,112 votes, defeating his opponent and fellow Councilman Michael Bridges, who received a little more than 31 percent, or 4,232 votes.

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Published November 3, 2015

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — With the majority of seats open on both the Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills city commissions, voters took to the polls to decide which candidates would fill those spots.

In Birmingham, the commission will look dramatically different as soon as newcomers Patty Boardman, Pierre Boutros, Carroll DeWeese and Andrew M. Harris take their places at the commission table.

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Published November 3, 2015

ROCHESTER — The owners of local homes decorated lavishly for the holidays will welcome visitors inside during the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library’s annual Holiday Home Tour Nov. 15.

Included on the tour, which runs noon-5 p.m., are colonials in Oakland Township and Rochester Hills, a Craftsman-style ranch in Rochester Hills, a condominium in Shelby Township, and the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm — all of which organizers said will feature holiday décor, and unique architectural and decorating styles.

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Published November 3, 2015

FRASER — At approximately 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 at Eisenhower Elementary in Fraser, a crowd of residents walked in and out of the voting booths to exercise their democratic rights.

As some candidates for City Council campaigned at the location in the final hours, taxpayers had their own choices to make: to stick with a current council, or vote in for some new blood.

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Published November 2, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — When the ground thaws this spring, contractors will be digging into the vacant space near the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office headquarters to construct a new $15.45 million home for Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center.

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