News & Notes - 10/12/23 Macomb Township Chronicle

Macomb Chronicle | Published October 12, 2023

 Approximately 70 tons of logs have been removed from the Clinton River in Macomb County under a project directed by the Macomb County Public Works Office.

Approximately 70 tons of logs have been removed from the Clinton River in Macomb County under a project directed by the Macomb County Public Works Office.

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Logjams cleared in Clinton River
MACOMB COUNTY — Approximately 70 tons of logs were removed from the Clinton River in six different locations by the Macomb County Public Works Office over the summer and early fall.

Funded with $100,000 from the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, removing the logs helps reduce erosion and prevent localized flooding. Since June, logs have been removed from locations in Clinton Township (George George Park, Budd Park, Canal Park and the Moravian Road bridge) and Mount Clemens (Shadyside Park and the Grand Trunk Railroad bridge). Deputies from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division helped remove logs near the mouth of the Clinton River.

“Working to remove this debris will make a large impact on our people in the community — less flooding, more people being able to get out on the river and enjoy it,” said Macomb County Commissioner Antoinette Wallace in a statement from the public works office. “Stuff like this has to come out, so everyone and everything can enjoy the river, and we have to keep it from getting to Lake St. Clair. This is very important work.”


Families Against Narcotics hosts Fall Fest
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Anti-addiction organization Families Against Narcotics is hosting its 12th annual Fall Fest gala on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. The event aims to raise awareness of substance abuse disorder and recovery, as well as promote the organization’s efforts and programs. FAN’s programming includes Hope Not Handcuffs, the COMEBACK Quick Response Team, the Stronger Together family and friends support group, peer and family recovery coaching, sober living scholarships, community naloxone training, the HARM:LESS harm reduction support team, and the ReDirect addiction-related diversion program. The event will feature a family-style dinner, entertainment, raffles and auctions, an open “mocktail” bar, gelato bar, coffee cart and more. Tickets are $125 and available at


Veteran of the Year Award applications sought
MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Board of Commissioners is accepting nominations for the Pat Daniels Macomb County Veteran of the Year Award. The award recognizes a military veteran who has made significant contributions.

Previous award winners are: Pat Daniels (2019), Phil Randazzo (2020), Pazzella Colston Bonner (2021) and Lt. Col. John E. Walus (2022). To nominate a veteran, visit for an application form. Questions can be sent by email to or by calling (586) 469-5125.

Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 27.


What a gem
WARREN — The Michigan Mineralogical Society’s 78th Greater Gem, Mineral and Fossil show will be held Oct. 13-15 at the Macomb Community College South Campus Expo Center, 14500 12 Mile Road. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information and admission prices, visit


Warren Symphony Orchestra begins 50th season Nov. 19
WARREN — The Warren Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 50th season with a new music director and conductor, with performances at the Warren Woods Community Theatre beginning Nov. 19.

Andrew Neer is the fourth music director and conductor for the 50-year-old orchestra. Neer, a Georgia native, has lived the majority of his life in Macomb County. He is known for his dynamic and expressive style of conducting and creative passion on and off the podium, according to Joyce Russell, the executive director of the Warren Symphony Orchestra.

An active conductor in the Detroit metropolitan area since 2013, Neer’s international conducting career extends from Romania to Bulgaria.

He recently earned a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Michigan’s orchestral conducting program.

The Warren Symphony Orchestra’s first performance of the season will be Nov. 19. They will perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 at the Warren Woods Community Theater, in the city where it began five decades ago, through a new partnership. Last year, performances were at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” said Russell.

The Warren Symphony Orchestra has been named the Outstanding Community Orchestra seven times at the Detroit Music Awards. The orchestra reaches 2,000 elementary students each year through its youth engagement concerts.

For more information about the Warren Symphony Orchestra, call (586) 754-2950 or visit