News & Notes - 8/9/23 Journal

Mount Clemens-Clinton-Harrison Journal | Published August 9, 2023

 Omar Cortex, 8, and Isabella Cortex, 6, both of Clinton Township, check out the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division jet skis at the National Night Out event on Aug. 1.

Omar Cortex, 8, and Isabella Cortex, 6, both of Clinton Township, check out the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division jet skis at the National Night Out event on Aug. 1.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Sheriff host second annual National Night Out
MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office held its second annual National Night Out event on the evening of Aug. 1.

Hosted nationally since 1984, National Night Out is an event aimed at building community between policing agencies and local residents. The Sheriff’s Office brought out representatives from each of its specialty units including the mounted, motorcycle, marine, SWAT and dive units, and attendees were able to meet with officers. The Mount Clemens Fire Department and other county departments took part in the event outside of the Macomb County Jail.

“I think it was excellent,” said Jennifer Putney, public information officer for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. “We’re already looking forward to next year and how to make it better for the community. The weather ended up being in our favor. It was a warm evening.”

Next year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2024.


Hearts for Homes hosting golf fundraiser
MOUNT CLEMENS — Hearts for Homes, an organization that seeks to reduce childhood homelessness in Macomb County, is hosting the “Hearts Fore Homes” scramble golf tournament at Cracklewood Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 25. Registration for the tournament opens at 9:30 a.m., and lunch and dinner are provided.

Hearts for Homes reduces childhood homelessness by finding affordable homes to live in for at-risk families. Applicants are required to have a sufficient income to receive help, and Hearts for Homes works with many other nonprofits throughout the county.

“This year to date, we’ve worked with about 70 families,” said Karan Bates-Gasior, executive director of Hearts for Homes. “We get calls daily, emails daily. Obviously, we can’t help everybody because we have limited funds.”

Bates-Gasior says there’s about 1,500 homeless youth in Macomb County. Hearts for Homes has helped 300 children get into homes since 2017.

To register for the golf outing, visit


EGLE requests removal of sandbags
HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Now three years removed from the high water of 2020, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is asking Harrison Township residents to properly dispose of their excess sandbags.

The use of sandbags was authorized in 2020 due to Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie having high water. The water levels have since lowered, and sandbags are no longer authorized.

Harrison Township has a safe disposal site at the Siesta Soils dumpsite on Jefferson. Residents can empty their sand onto the pile and throw away the bag in either of the GFL trash bins. Questions regarding sandbag disposal can be directed to the township supervisor’s office at (586) 466-1445.


Harrison Township library hosting Tai Chi, concert in August
HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Those looking to pick up a martial art and new exercise can drop into one of two Tai Chi for Beginners classes on Saturday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.

Hailing from China, the Yang Style of Tai Chi is noted for its slow and gentle dance-like movements to help improve their strength, balance, poise and relaxation. ​​Classes will take place outside the library near the Engineering Building or inside the boardroom in the event of rain. Drop-in participants are encouraged to attend.

On Saturday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m., storyteller and blues scholar the Rev. Robert B. Jones joins Detroit poet M. L. Liebler for music, poetry and stories to mark the final day of the All Together Now Summer Reading Program. Registration is not required.

The library is partnering with Eternal Games to host a board game night on Friday, Aug. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eternal is providing games for the event, so community members can drop in to play with friends and family members.

The library closes the month out with its Tuesday Night Book Group on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. Attendees will go over “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray which discusses the life of Belle da Costa Green, personal librarian to J. P. Morgan.

For more events and registration, visit