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Published March 29, 2016

A celebration for a Utica Community Schools teacher recently was converted into a convertible.

During a March 23 breakfast at the Community Education Center at Walsh in Sterling Heights, Utica Community Schools Superintendent Christine Johns honored Harvey Elementary School kindergarten teacher Molly Mayernik as the school district’s overall Teacher of the Year. 
In an email statement given afterward, Johns said Mayernik represents “the care, innovation and exemplary teaching and learning that students experience every day” at UCS.

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Published March 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco was recently honored by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for his 10-year commitment to the Adopt-A-Highway program.

Marrocco sponsors and volunteers with the cleanup of 2 miles of Hall Road through the program.

“We have to start somewhere,” Marrocco said. “Why not start in our own county, get the trash cleaned up, then we can focus on prevention and make an even bigger impact in keeping Macomb beautiful.”

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Published March 23, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK/PLYMOUTH — Kevin Urso was the eldest of Gail and John Urso’s three sons. John Urso said Kevin was “always a challenge as a child” and “strong-willed,” but also someone who loved animals and children, a caregiver by nature who found his calling working with youths at the Children’s Home of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Woods.

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Published March 23, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Candice Murray admits she’s not the most technically savvy person around.

In fact, the Clinton Township grandmother still solely uses a landline telephone without call waiting, doesn’t have cable and opened up a Facebook page four years ago, only to never log on again.

But that doesn’t keep her from finding free and fun things to do and knowing where to get the big discounts around metro Detroit.

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Published March 23, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Among the volunteers at the Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan (AWS) is Theresa Gorelick, of Madison Heights. Since 2012, she has been a driving force at the no-kill rescue, finding homes for the animals there and educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering.

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Published March 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 71, Shelby Township resident Marika Vorosmarty-Blumerick does not let anything slow her down. Last year, she was inducted into the Michigan Senior Olympics Hall of Fame and, recently, she received recognition from the National Senior Games Association.

In 1945, a bomb blast destroyed her hearing as an infant while her parents were fleeing Hungary during World War II. Her father, a high-ranking government official, opted to emigrate to protect his family.

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Published March 23, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit recently received a grant from the Jewish Federations of North America for new programming for Holocaust survivors. 

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Published March 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS  — Times are a changin’ at the Rouge River — and the Friends of the Rouge in Dearborn have been there to see it.

The organization has 30 years under its belt, enhancing the quality of life at the Rouge River watershed since 1986.

FOTR Board President Michael Darga said the community is more aware of the Rouge River and has become interested in taking proactive efforts.

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Published March 22, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — They met in late 1945.

Simon Ruder, 39, a survivor of several German concentration camps as a Polish Jew, met Marile Hasul, then 17, a German Catholic and former member of the Hitler Youth.

Marile was caring for Simon in a hospital as a volunteer nurse at the time in 1945. The two fell into a romantic relationship that would last for the next six decades.

Rudolf Ruder, a Macomb Township resident and son of Simon and Marile, continues to tell the story of his parents through his book, “The Long Journey to Cleveland.”

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Published March 21, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Ella Mae Lyons is something of a regular over at Next.

Better known just as Mae, she can be found every week over at the Birmingham senior center with her cohort of knitters and quilters.

She considers the group’s members good friends, but sometimes Lyon admits she wonders what her pals think as they pull out skeins of yarn and she pulls out plastic shopping bags.

“They probably think I’m a little crazy. But they’re all so nice, they would never let on. They just let me do what I do,” said Lyons.

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Published March 16, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Riding a bike can give a child a sense of freedom, but not all children have the luxury of experiencing that feeling.  

While most kids get the chance to hop on a bicycle in their early years, unless the bike is adaptable, children with special needs may miss out on the adventure. 

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Published March 16, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Numerous Macomb Township Fire Department personnel were recognized during a March 9 township Board of Trustees meeting for their efforts in either saving a life or bringing a new life into the world.

Five individuals were given lifesaving awards for performing CPR on and reviving a man who had a heart attack Aug. 7. Those involved were Deputy Chief Adam Munro, Capt. Gary Ross, Sgt. Ken Bartz, Sgt. Ryan Gierman and firefighter Vince Pozzuoli.

On Aug. 14, firefighters Joe Warne, Carly Mocny and Jason Krozek were involved in helping deliver a baby.

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Published March 15, 2016

FERNDALE — Mario Campbell was a 16-year-old Ferndale High School athlete looking to get a fast start to his junior track season when he collapsed on March 14, 2013, during an indoor practice.

Campbell didn’t know his heart wasn’t healthy, and neither did his parents. After collapsing, Campbell was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. He had myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that is difficult to diagnose and often caused by a virus.

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Published March 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Christy O’Sullivan has never been one to sit still. So when she learned that she has multiple sclerosis — a progressive disease that can happen to anyone at any time, where the immune system attacks the body and causes lesions on the nerves, leading to a variety of debilitating issues — she didn’t want to wait for it to get worse.

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Published March 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Students donned obis and kimonos, learned to use chopsticks and make origami, received a crash course in hiragana, and more during Japanese Cultural Day March 3 at Four Corners Montessori Academy in Madison Heights.

Around 140 first-, second- and third-graders moved between five different exhibits that morning, alternating every 25 minutes.

Representatives from Toyoda Gosei North America (TGNA), an auto supplier headquartered in Troy, gave them a glimpse into the Land of the Rising Sun. 

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Published March 13, 2016

WARREN — When Walter Kmiecik was 19 years old, he took a trip by ship across the Atlantic to visit family in Poland.

Of course, the photos from that journey have faded over the years, and Kmiecik’s memories of it maybe aren’t quite as sharp as they once were.

After all, he turned 105 years old on March 6.

The day before, family members gathered around him at the St. Clair Shores Moose Lodge on Harper to celebrate his tremendous milestone birthday.

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Published March 10, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A Columbus Township family is leaping for joy after welcoming their second child to be born on a Leap Day. 

Evelyn Croff, daughter of Chad and Melissa Croff, was born at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township at 3:06 a.m. Feb 29. She was 6 pounds 9 ounces. Evelyn shares a birthday with her big sister, Eliana, who was born at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital at 3:33 a.m. Feb. 29, 2012. The family lived in Commerce Township at the time of Eliana’s birth.

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — City leaders are remembering the life and accomplishments of their longest-serving mayor, Palmer T. Heenan.

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Published March 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — About four years ago, Pete Campbell was sitting on a hospital bed at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, getting ready for treatment to beat cancer a second time.

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Published March 9, 2016

FRASER — All Kelly Jenks wanted was for her sixth-grade Salk Elementary class to appreciate and respect military veterans.

But in doing so, the teacher received quite a bit of gratitude in return.

On Feb. 23, Jenks was inundated with praise by members of Fraser VFW Post 6691, and also received admiration from the very students she teaches.

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