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Published April 26, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Iroquois Middle School and a teacher at Chippewa Valley High School were recognized with top honors at the ninth annual Macomb County Green Schools celebration April 17.

Iroquois was given the top “Evergreen” school award for Macomb County. Kevin Bai, a physical science teacher at Chippewa, brought home the first-ever “Green Advocate” award for his efforts in promoting a clean environment.

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Published April 26, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Following numerous massage parlor prostitution stings in January, township officials are being pragmatic about similar situations arising in the future.

Clinton Township police confirmed that three stings took place in January, at three different establishments: Sunny Skies, Lakeside Spa, and China Traditional Meridian Health Care Center — which has since been renamed to Relaxation Spot.

In mid-April, Clerk Kim Meltzer noted that another location on Hall Road may be in peril after an alleged violation of business licensing.

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Published April 21, 2017

The Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter, honored 10 C & G Newspapers staffers with 14 awards at the annual awards ceremony April 19.

Staff Photographer Deb Jacques garnered four awards in Feature Photography — first place, “Penguin exhibit opens”; second place, “Summer fun”; third place, “Waste not”; and honorable mention, “Afghanistan veteran triple amputee honored.”

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Published April 19, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County officials are concerned that a $1.1 trillion budget proposal released by White House officials last month will ultimately result in reductions at the county level.

The budget proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending that will be “offset by targeted reductions elsewhere.”

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Published April 19, 2017

FRASER — Many people might not know, but Fraser Public Schools has played a big role in Macomb County’s Meals on Wheels program.

Actually, it’s a task that has been undertaken for nearly four decades.

Meals on Wheels, which is designed to deliver meals to senior citizens with mental or physical ailments, is distributed through Macomb Community Action. It’s intended to help people ages 60 years and older who are homebound and unable to prepare their own meals.

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Published April 19, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two separate special road assessment projects were approved 6-0 by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees April 10. Trustee Ken Pearl abstained from voting due to his living within the area of the projects.

Each job is different in scope, with two different streets affected: Santa Anna and Santa Barbara streets — located north of Metropolitan Parkway, near Moravian and Millar roads.

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Published April 19, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — This year marks the 11th annual Community Kite Day event in Clinton Township, and it continues to celebrate the Month of the Young Child.

Since 1971, one week in April has been designated to celebrate the rights and needs of young children. In 1985, Michigan expanded outreach, devoting the entire month toward the cause.

This year’s event takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at its long-standing location of Prince Drewry Park, 21845 Quinn Road in Clinton Township.

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Published April 18, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — After being approved by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners the week of April 12, officers in the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department are due to be sporting some new equipment this week.

The cameras were originally budgeted for purchase last year, but a delay caused the board to approve a budget amendment to move funds allocated for 2016 to this year.

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Published April 18, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Even though April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, most of us already know that disturbing sexual crimes take place in our communities more often than we’d like to believe.

So this month, law enforcement officials, legislators and advocates against violence are taking the opportunity to promote what people can do when they suspect that their neighbors are victims of sexual assault.

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Published April 17, 2017

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On April 12, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols and engineers were at the scene of the 15 Mile Road sinkhole to discuss the next phase of the project.

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Published April 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley High School Choirs is going to host its annual A Cappella for Autism event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at the Chippewa Valley HS auditorium.

The concert will feature singers from the high school and groups from Wyandot and Algonquin middle schools.

The event benefits the Macomb/St. Clair affiliate of the Autism Society as well as vocal music programs in Chippewa Valley Schools.

A fishbowl raffle will take place at 6 p.m.

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Published April 12, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Office of Public Works recently removed about 100 signs bearing the name of former Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco from pump houses, retention ponds, drains and other facilities around the county.

New Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller directed drain maintenance workers with the office to remove the signs bearing the name of her predecessor as they come across them in the normal routine of their duties.

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Published April 12, 2017

LANSING — Michigan’s roads, bridges and sewer infrastructure need a little TLC. That much we can agree on.

On April 3, Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive order that will create a pilot program to provide “recommendations for implementing a comprehensive statewide asset management system,” billed by his office as “one of the essential cross-cutting recommendations” outlined in the governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report.

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Published April 12, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College will be led by a familiar face starting this summer.

Dr. James O. Sawyer, who possesses a doctorate in education, was announced as the college’s next president on Dec. 20, 2016.

His appointment was finalized by the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees March 15, which included the approval of an employment contract. The three-year contract includes an annual salary of $225,000, along with yearly cost-of-living expenses of at least 1 percent.

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Published April 12, 2017

DETROIT — Growing up in Lansing, Oakland University graduate Devin L. Price remembers singing along to Motown classics on the radio.

“I would ride in my grandparents’ car and listen to the soul station,” recalled Price by phone from Indianapolis.

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Published April 11, 2017

FRASER — Jean DeBruyn has dedicated her life toward elevating the educational experiences of her students.

Now, she is the one in the spotlight.

DeBruyn, a teacher at Twain Elementary in the Fraser Public Schools district, was recently presented with the 2017 Macomb Intermediate School District Parent Advisory Committee’s “Make-A-Difference Award.”

The honor is doled out annually to an individual who has made a significant positive impact on the educational experience of a special needs student. This is the ninth year of its existence.

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Published April 11, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, recently compared the climate change debate to a frog that is sitting in a pot of water.

If you simmer the heat, she said, the frog won’t really notice. But if you start to boil the water, the frog becomes more acclimated to what is happening to it.

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Published April 11, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On March 27, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to approve a resolution needed for drainage district bonds related to the ongoing sinkhole project on 15 Mile Road in Fraser. Trustee Jenifer “Joie” West was absent.

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Published April 7, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — No sewage discharges were necessary as a result of the collapsed sewer interceptor in Fraser following 1.6 inches of rainfall that fell on Macomb County March 30-31, according to the Public Works Office.

Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller reported that the massive, more than 1-mile-long sewer by-pass system operated as designed, preventing basement back-ups or the need to dump sewage into the Clinton River.

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Published April 5, 2017

FRASER — At press time, two suspects allegedly involved in a gas station robbery were awaiting their fate in court.

Bradley Moss, 19, of Clinton Township, and Jenille Sutton, 23, of Mio in Oscoda County, were arrested March 24 on armed robbery charges.

According to Fraser Department of Public Safety Lt. Mike Pettyes, the incident occurred sometime between 12:45 a.m. and 1:05 a.m. March 23 at Speedway, 33015 Utica Road in Fraser.

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