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Published October 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Halloween holiday is notorious for people of all ages who enjoy taking on the persona of someone or something else.

With an ever-present eeriness always associated with Oct. 31, it’s the time of year when ghouls and goblins are welcome with open arms.

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Published October 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Marijuana has generally remained a hazy issue in both the state and across the country.


The legality of medical marijuana is nothing new in Michigan, though how it has been treated by both users and law enforcement has been a somewhat slippery slope.


In an effort to maintain the medical use of marijuana for those legally allowed to do so, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees recently approved an ordinance that would make both users and non-users alike safer on roads.

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Published October 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township firefighters have experienced an uptick in action recently.


Township Fire Marshal Ron Young said the Fire Department was called to a residential house fire on Sept. 30 on Ehrke Street near 19 Mile and Garfield roads.


Young said a woman was on her way to take her children, ages 3 and 8, to tutoring sessions when a fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom.


The home, which is a duplex, was inhabited by the woman’s brother who lives downstairs. He was reportedly not injured.

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Published October 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Resurrection Cemetery believes it’s a good time to further meet the needs of the community.


The cemetery, which has been a mainstay in Clinton Township for decades, received unanimous approval from the Clinton Township Board of Trustees in September to develop a 65-acre addition on its property.


Development first approved by the Township Planning Commission will take place along the land fronting the north line of Clinton River Road, and the west line of Romeo Plank Road.

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Published October 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When the Chippewa Valley football team took the field for its homecoming game against Utica Eisenhower on Oct. 9, it was 50 years to the date from Chippewa’s very first homecoming game.


More than 15 players from that 1965 team were on hand to participate in homecoming festivities this year, and also to share memories with their former classmates and teammates.


Some of those memories, 1964-65 Chippewa quarterback Bob Konupek said, include corn stalks and an unfinished high school building.

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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

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township residents might want to save a few more bucks every month to cover their water bills.


That’s because the Township board of trustees unanimously, yet reluctantly, approved a rate increase at the discretion of the township’s finance department.


Water usage charges will increase from $2.55 per unit to $2.87, while sewage usage charges will increase from $4.79 per unit to $5.35.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Years after the recession, communities such as Clinton Township are seeing the fruits of their labor work for them.


In a recent audit presentation by Plante Moran representatives at the Sept. 21 Clinton Township board meeting, results showed good signs of financial footing.


The presentation featured the accurate portrayal of financial statistics that have been unmodified by auditors, with accurate monthly updates occurring year-round to allow the township to continuously make the right financial decisions.

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Published October 7, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — C.J. Barrymore’s owner Rick Iceberg said his Clinton Township-based entertainment venue must “change or die,” leading to plenty of change within the next couple of years.


This is due to the Sept. 21 unanimous approval by the Clinton Township Board of Trustees to grant a special land use expansion to C.J. Barrymore’s in terms of new entertainment within the community business district on Hall Road.

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Published October 6, 2015

DETROIT — Global trade is so normal now, we take it for granted, but the transportation and sale of goods over long distances might have never been a modern reality were it not for a couple of men with local ties.

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Published September 30, 2015

FRASER — Two candidates — resident Joe Nichols and Councilman Paul Cilluffo — are running head-to-head in Fraser for the chance to be mayor for the next four years.


Both were present during a special debate Sept. 23 at the Fraser Activity Center, speaking in a room filled with interested residents and other election candidates.

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Published September 30, 2015

FRASER — On Sept. 23 at the Fraser Activity Center, nearly every Fraser city council candidate was present to explain why he or she should receive votes in the upcoming election.


The candidates in attendance who are vying for the three four-year terms were Kathy Blanke, Gary Placido, David Winowiecki, Patrice Schornak, Barbara Jennings, Vince Calabrese and Chris Meller. Yvette Foster, who is also running for a four-year seat, was not in attendance due to prior work obligations.

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Published September 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — If you’re home and there’s a fire and you don’t receive any warning until it’s too late, chances are you don’t have a functioning smoke alarm.


The focus of the 2015 Fire Prevention Week campaign — which joins forces of firefighters and safety advocates from the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association — is to remind residents of the importance of having working smoke alarms in all bedrooms, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

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Published September 30, 2015

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

MACOMB COUNTY — In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and Italian-Americans in the metro Detroit area don’t want their heritage to lose its meaning anytime soon.


The Michigan Columbus Day Celebration Committee is at the forefront of incorporating a series of events that reach out to Italian-Americans around the nation’s annual Columbus Day festivities.

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Published September 30, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Michael Loftis, a Clinton Township man charged with criminal sexual conduct in a 1998 rape case, took a plea agreement and pleaded guilty during a pretrial examination Sept. 15.


Loftis’ criminal sentencing was set for Oct. 20 at Macomb County Circuit Court; due to the agreement, the trial originally scheduled for Sept. 22 did not go forward.

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Published September 25, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A man and woman have been arrested in association with the death of a toddler.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith has charged 23-year-old William Mark Warren III, of Detroit, and 22-year-old Brandee Danielle Wright, of Warren, in the death of 18-month-old Amere Carver.

Wright was the mother of the child, who was born during a relationship prior to the one she currently has with Warren.

Warren faces one count of felony murder and one count of first-degree child abuse. Both felonies are punishable by up to life in prison.

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Published September 23, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Henry David Thoreau once said that this world is but a canvas to our imagination.


There’s nothing in the course of humanity that quite compares to the richness of artistry, which may explain why events such as Clinton Township’s Festival of the Senses has appealed to so many over the past decade.

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Published September 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Luis Pastora was just a toddler when he and other family members fled his homeland of Nicaragua in a Red Cross caravan in 1980.

They grabbed whatever they could fit in a car, and fled to Honduras to seek safety from fighting that was going on in their home country at the time.

For 20 years, Pastora and his family lived in Honduras thanks to a job Luis’ father was able to get through a connection he had while working as a consultant in the agriculture industry.

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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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