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Published October 7, 2015

CLAWSON — Looking back at the past eight years that Penny Luebs has been mayor, she reflected on the growth of the community.

During her four terms, the city has secured grants for road reconstruction, kept and maintained the Clawson Police Department, maintained and improved parks, built relationships with community groups and supported new and existing small businesses with initiatives like the One Stop Ready program.

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Published October 7, 2015

BERKLEY — Even in the third grade, Clawson resident Brittney Mattson could tell that art would be a part of her future.


A painting she had done in art class was entered into a show of work from all elementary grade levels, and that proved to be just the beginning of her foray into the art world.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When you look at the ingredients that create one box of Yumbitz, you’ll notice that the first ingredient is “LOVE.”


That is the mission maintained by Monica Martin, the Clinton Township-based owner of a growing cookie company.


Yumbitz comes in resealable white packages that give individuals a glimpse of the deliciousness waiting inside, and since the business officially took off, success has taken Martin by storm.

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Published October 7, 2015

FERNDALE — The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority board and the city have selected the next person to lead the downtown as the new DDA executive director.


Barry Hicks, who has a background in planning and economic development with Sterling Heights, Jackson and Albion, was selected from a pool of 40 applicants. Hicks comes in after former Executive Director Cristina Sheppard-Decius stepped down May 27.

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Published October 7, 2015

EASTPOINTE — Police officers, firefighters, teachers, students, businesses and other residents received Salute to Excellence awards during the annual Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce awards dinner Sept. 28.
Winners

were nominated by other members of the community, or in the case of police and fire officers of the year, by their peers in their respective departments. The winners were announced earlier in September before receiving their awards at the dinner, which took place at Eastpointe Manor.

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Published October 6, 2015

PONTIAC — Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins was recognized recently for his efforts in deterring domestic violence.


In a ceremony held at noon Oct. 1 in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium in Pontiac, Hawkins was among seven other people and groups to be awarded for their efforts.


Judge Derek Meinecke, of the 44th District Court in Royal Oak, presented the awards to the recipients.

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Published October 6, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A nonprofit organization has taken extra measures to improve the safety of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department’s K-9 officer, Xander.


The department has been awarded a ballistic vest through Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a nonprofit organization located in East Taunton, Massachusetts. The charitable group’s mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs in law enforcement and related agencies throughout the U.S.

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Published September 30, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Classic cars are not the only things a Roseville teacher has kept going for decades.


The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education held a presentation honoring Paul Tregembo Sr. for his 48 years as an auto shop teacher during its regular meeting Sept. 21. Tregembo started teaching in the district in 1967 and helped lead the auto shop program to numerous car competitions and awards.


“When Mr. Tregembo started here, Lyndon Baines Johnson was in office,” Superintendent John Kment said.

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Published September 30, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Muriel Brock earned her reputation as a hardworking educator and coach at University Liggett School, but her influence reached far beyond those roles.


The now-retired Brock — who coached girls varsity field hockey and served as the girls athletic director for 36 years — was well-known for inspiring female athletes at a time when girls playing sports wasn’t very common.

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Published September 30, 2015

BERKLEY — When Phil O’Dwyer came to America from Ireland, he did so for an education and never fathomed it would lead to him being a vital part of the Berkley community some 40 years later.


But it is the work that O’Dwyer has done as a city councilman, and now mayor of Berkley, that saw him inducted into the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame Sept. 19.

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Published September 30, 2015

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP— “Accept what you signed up for.” That was the key message delivered by John Underwood, the founder of the Human Performance Project, to student-athletes from Chippewa Valley schools the week of Sept. 22.


Underwood previously visited the district in 2010, and his return trip focused on the effects of drug and alcohol use on athletes, along with diet and sleeping patterns.

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Published September 30, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For nearly 40 years, Huntington Woods resident Steve Thorpe has backpacked the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula, always going for time and distance.


Now, however, Thorpe has the opportunity to stop and take in his surroundings at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, as he was named an artist-in-residence as part of a program put on by the Friends of the Porkies organization.

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Published September 25, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The Demers, whose patriarch Gilbert Demers founded C & G Newspapers in Warren in 1981, were among five Macomb Foundation Hall of Fame inductees honored Sept. 24 at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights.

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Published September 23, 2015

BERKLEY — Jane Bais-DiSessa, who has served as city manager of the city of Berkley since August 2001, has been appointed the new deputy mayor of Pontiac.


Bais-DiSessa said the Berkley City Council agreed to allow her to shorten her mandated 45-day notice to 30 days, although a final date has not been set for when Bais-DiSessa will cease her Berkley city manager duties and start as the deputy mayor.

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Published September 21, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With an eye for sparkly jewelry, a penchant to say whatever she pleases and the ability to make those around her laugh, one resident at Shelby Crossing Health Campus approached her centennial milestone with gusto.

Mary Pompei turned 100 years old on Sept. 21. She engages in activities daily at the assisted living facility, such as morning exercises and crafts. If it is a bingo night, staff said she is sure to attend.

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Published September 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Ann Crocker, the first child of former Mount Clemens Mayor George Crocker, was thought of by many as somewhat of a tough cookie.

But it was the children in the community during the early to mid-1900s who knew her soft side: a generous woman who for many years of her life cared for her diabetic mother and could often be seen sweeping the sidewalk around her home while donning her favorite Hoover apron.

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Published September 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Twelve years might not seem like a long term of employment, but for one of the city’s most lovable employees, it was literally a lifetime.


Kate, the sweet-natured border collie who captured the hearts of young and old alike while clearing out the Canada geese and seagulls at Pier Park, had to be euthanized Aug. 10 after a veterinarian determined that she was suffering from pancreatic and liver cancer. She had just turned 14 on July 2.

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Published September 16, 2015

FRASER — More than five years since its inception, Fraser’s Hope Center continues to evolve.


The center, located at 33222 Groesbeck Highway in Fraser, is an operation with the sole purpose to help those in need — mostly in the form of food.

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Published September 16, 2015

ROSEVILLE — A Roseville High School marketing teacher has started a new program to encourage positive behavior in people through bracelets and the networking power of social media.


Jeff Verkeyn created MADE, or the Make A Difference Experiment, as a bracelet-tracking program that involves people giving away bracelets to others when they see helpful deeds in progress. Verkeyn formed a limited liability corporation to manufacture the bracelets, which are reminiscent of Livestrong bracelets.

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Published September 16, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Over the past eight years, Sue Ellen Kosmas has worked to make a simple gesture improve the days of children who are staying in local hospitals because of a life-changing illness.

Kosmas, a Macomb Township resident, began a metro Detroit chapter for ConKerr Cancer eight years ago. The organization was recently renamed Ryan’s Case for Smiles, but its mission remains the same: “Help kids feel better to heal better.”

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