People

Published August 11, 2020

FARMINGTON/HILLS — When Farmington Hills resident and local rapper Matt Cloonan, known by his rap moniker Clooner, uploaded the music video for his single “King of Farmington” July 20, he wasn’t expecting to be propelled into the spotlight as much as he has been.

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Published August 11, 2020

ROYAL OAK — Two friends who will enter their senior year at Royal Oak High School this fall recently launched a nonprofit endeavor called Kits 4 Kids, in which they are soliciting donations to create a school supply kit for each kindergartner in the Royal Oak Schools district.

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Published August 11, 2020

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — He was known around the department as a mentor for younger officers, a model father, a jokester and, more than anything, an exceptional public safety sergeant.  

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Published August 10, 2020

C&G Newspapers

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — He was on the verge of becoming one of the first American service members to arrive in mainland Japan at a crucial moment of the 20th century.

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Published August 7, 2020

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Brandon Marchiori can recite the birthdays of 178 friends, relatives and neighbors without help from a calendar, and when it comes to his own, he thinks it is the best day of the year, getting as excited for it as a little kid on Christmas morning.

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Published August 7, 2020

WARREN — “Catching Up With Alumni” highlights the accomplishments of local high school graduates. In this issue, we look at 1977 Mott High School graduate and musician Gregg Bissonette.

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Published August 7, 2020

STERLING HEIGHTS — After years of dreaming and months of work, a Sterling Heights couple is having their big day as children’s book authors.

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Published July 28, 2020

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee is the first African American and Southfield chief to be named as the president of the Southeastern Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs.

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Published July 28, 2020

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Which Michigan small town is the birthplace of a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame? The answer is Cass City, where Larry MacPhail was born in 1890. His son, Lee MacPhail, is also in the Hall of Fame, making them the only father-son duo in the hall.

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Published July 27, 2020

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A Shelby Township man released his first book, a teen and young-adult mystery book about a pandemic, called “Operation Arrow Fletcher” in May during a real-world pandemic.  

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Published July 27, 2020

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Elsie Dickty, a 90-year-old, 30-year resident of Shelby Township, spent several months inside her home quarantined since the novel coronavirus hit in March.     

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Published July 21, 2020

ROCHESTER HILLS — Bicyclists, runners and anyone else utilizing the Paint Creek Trail can explore a new pollinator garden approximately 1/4 mile north of Tienken Road in Rochester Hills.

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Published July 21, 2020

HUNTINGTON WOODS — A Huntington Woods resident and nurse at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, was named as a winner of Oakland University’s Nightingale Awards.

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Published July 21, 2020

BERKLEY — A young Berkley child looking to make a difference has been raising funds to help support the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Published July 21, 2020

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Boaters who moor their watercraft near lakefront homeowners and blast music, trespass on private property, or cause other disturbances could find themselves facing a judge in Grosse Pointe Shores Municipal Court.

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Published July 21, 2020

ROYAL OAK — With little family left in the area, neighbors who are part of the Vinsetta East Homeowners Association got together to put on a surprise, socially-distanced parade in front of Helen Demark’s home to celebrate her 104th birthday July 7.

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Published July 20, 2020

UTICA — Utica resident Jeff Carter has been collecting model trains for over 40 years, and many of those years, he collected with his dad.

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Published July 20, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Former longtime education leader Ed Skiba, of Macomb Township, died July 10 at the age of 67.

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Published July 17, 2020

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STERLING HEIGHTS/UTICA/SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Utica Academy for International Studies is getting a name change in honor of a longtime Utica Community Schools advocate and Board of Education member.

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Published July 7, 2020

TROY — Kaori Marikawa, 18, of Troy, attends high school in Bloomington, Indiana. An accomplished violinist, she arrived home this spring unexpectedly due to the coronavirus shutdown.

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