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Published October 14, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — She had been a volunteer for decades, but 15 years ago, Peggy DeHaven decided she wanted to do more.


DeHaven, who has lived in St. Clair Shores for three years had been a volunteer working with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since she lost her mother to the disease 31 years ago. When she heard about the ACS Cancer Action Network, she realized that was the work she wanted to do.

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Published October 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — An Eastpointe teenager is planning to replace five worn-out signs along Kelly Road for his Eagle Scout project this fall.


According to Alex Fisette, 15, the signs — which run from 10 Mile Road down to Eight Mile Road — were built to let community organizations, churches and the schools advertise their events and programs. The wooden signposts have degraded over the years to the point where some have started falling apart.

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Published October 14, 2015

HUNTINGTON WOODS — For much of his 35-year tenure as Huntington Woods mayor, Ron Gillham rarely faced competition during his re-election bids. Instead of thinking people just weren’t interested, Gillham said he took it as a vote of faith from the residents.

During the Nov. 3 election, however, Huntington Woods voters will not see Gillham’s name on the ballot. After a lengthy career at General Motors Co. and as mayor, Gillham has decided it is time to retire at the age of 80.

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Published October 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — There are no other homes in Shelby Township like the one owned by Myrna Mazure on 21 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke Avenue.

Gardner Hunt Runyan, a carpenter and farmer, built the structure in the 1870s near Van Dyke and Canal Road, a site behind the current BP gas station in Utica. He died in 1919 inside the home and is buried in the Utica Cemetery, along with his wife, parents and brothers.

In 1955, the house was moved to a farm near Hahn Road so that a local business could expand its parking lot.

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Published October 14, 2015

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DETROIT — A group of Glen Peters School students got front row seats of a Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance when they attended a practice Sept. 24 at Orchestra Hall.

The event not only gave the special-needs students the opportunity to see the DSO front and center, but it honored classmate Nathan Suida, who died in June. The Macomb Township resident was 18.

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Published October 13, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — Transgender actress Laverne Cox is best known for her role on the television program “Orange Is the New Black.”

But as an advocate to the transgender community, Cox is dedicated to a message that asks society to move beyond gender expectations to an authentic life.

“I am not just one thing,” Cox said to a packed audience Oct. 8 in the Oakland University O’Rena. “And neither are you.”

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Published October 13, 2015

FERNDALE — There isn’t one street in Ferndale that Jim Pool hasn’t seen.

What about Shasta Place, a road that isn’t even a block long and is only accessible from Fox Street before it dead-ends before Marshfield Street? Pool has been there.

Or how about the portions of roads like Brickley and Coy streets that are on the Hazel Park and Ferndale border, near the freeway, and are as far as possible from Pool’s home and work? Yes, he has been there too.

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Published October 13, 2015

WARREN — Justin Stokes didn’t expect to find someone in extreme distress when he went to investigate what sounded like children crying on the afternoon of June 9.

For his calm actions to aid a 68-year-old woman who later died after she was crushed by her own vehicle in a parking accident on Streefkerk, Stokes, 20, now a resident of Shelby Township, was officially named in a civilian citation from the Warren Police Department in June. On Oct. 6, he received a proclamation from Mayor Jim Fouts.

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Published October 12, 2015

WARREN — The jobs that St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital employees perform on a daily basis have stretched beyond the medical center and into the community.

Since Sept. 9, hospital staff have been opening their hearts and wallets to help students at Westwood Elementary School in the Warren Woods Public Schools district. The hospital is located at 12 Mile and Hoover roads.

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Published October 9, 2015

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Members of the Harrison Township Firefighters Union Local 1737 have “adopted” an 8-year-old girl who’s battling leukemia for the third time, and they hope the community will support her and her family through an upcoming childhood leukemia fundraiser.

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Published October 7, 2015

Bemis Elementary School Principal Jeremey Whan was selected from among principals named the best in their state as the top principal in the country.

Staff at the school Whan served at in the West Bloomfield School District and from Bemis nominated Whan for the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association award, and he was selected as the top principal in the state in 2014.

\Whan said that those winners are encouraged to apply for the national award through the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the national component.

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Published October 7, 2015

Troy resident Rhonda Hendrickson has a strong background in volunteerism.

Leadership Troy selected Hendrickson as the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award.

Jim Cyrulewski, president of Leadership Troy, said via email that the group comprises representatives from various community organizations, businesses and individuals who strive to promote Troy community improvement programs. They recognize volunteers and corporate citizens that positively impact the quality of life in Troy.

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Published October 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK — When Jonathan Steinberg began proton therapy 32 years ago, he had to move to Boston and face protesters against the then-experimental treatment in an effort to save his life.

“It wasn’t easy being in a strange town and being told that you had less than a year to live,” he said.

The Birmingham resident eventually brought his fight for proton therapy to Michigan, championing the cause until Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed restrictions blocking who could provide the treatment in 2008.

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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.
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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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