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Published May 11, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Voters will decide whether or not the Macomb County Veterans Service Department will see increased funding following a millage proposal vote this August.

On May 5, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved unanimously the language that will appear on the ballot for the Aug. 2 primary election day vote.

“I’m pleased, because now we can offer more services starting next year, or at least move forward to expanding,” said Laura Rios, director of the Veterans Services Department.

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Published May 11, 2016

Michigan traffic fatalities were up in 2015, keeping in line with what is a national trend. The first months of 2016 also appear to show an increase in traffic deaths, but the provisional numbers change daily.

The harder question to answer is what caused the increase in traffic deaths.

“Things have changed so quickly that we’re just now kind of catching up on the data side,” said Anne Readett, communications manager for the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We still have a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make.”

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Incumbent Kim Meltzer will face off against challenger George Sobah for the Clinton Township clerk position when voters hit the polls Aug. 2.

Sobah, a 20-year resident of Clinton Township and retired police lieutenant of the St. Clair Shores Police Department, currently serves as secretary on the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education — a board he has been part of in different capacities for the past 16 years.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The race to replace Bill Sowerby is underway.

Sowerby, who has served as treasurer of Clinton Township for nearly 20 years, threw his name into the 31st House District representative hat. His running for state government will result in a vacancy at the treasurer position.

Current Clinton Township Trustee and Democrat Paul Gieleghem will square off against Republican Phil Rode in the Aug. 2 election.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The  Clinton-Macomb Public Library’s fifth annual “Taste of the Town” was its biggest event yet.

Library Director Larry Neal said the fundraiser, which took place April 22 at the Main Library, was part of a record-breaking year that drew more than 350 estimated guests and raised about $12,500.

Last year’s event was attended by a little more than 300 guests and raised about $12,000.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A suspected late night of drinking led to the destruction of traffic lights at a busy Clinton Township intersection.

Clinton Township police said that around 3:30 a.m. on April 24 a vehicle was traveling southbound on Groesbeck Highway, ran a red light and proceeded to hit another vehicle that was traveling westbound on Metropolitan Parkway.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At around 9:15 p.m. on April 24, the Clinton Township Fire Department was called to deal with fires at a Waste Management facility located near 14 Mile Road and Lipke Street.

Deputy Fire Chief Randy Kandt said he and others arrived to find four or five trucks in flames. Firefighters came in through the gated entrance and threw water on the flames to quickly relieve the situation. 

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Published May 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Tiny pieces of plastic are able to cause a huge headache in the Great Lakes, and they primarily are coming from discarded litter found on the street.

Microplastics are remnants of larger pieces of plastic — like bags, utensils and bottles — that have degraded due to environmental factors into smaller and smaller pieces, according to International Joint Commission Commissioner Dereth Glance.

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Published May 4, 2016

FRASER — The Fraser Department of Public Safety is asking residents across all of Macomb County to be wary of a suspect allegedly involved in an abduction attempt.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. May 2. An 11-year-old Fraser boy was walking down Richert Street, near 13 Mile and Hayes roads, when he was allegedly approached by an unknown individual.

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Published May 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Climate models and existing data suggest that Michigan will be getting warmer in the coming years, with more frequent major storms and humid, stagnant air. A new report suggests that this would bring along a rash of public health concerns for residents as well.

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Published April 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that led to the death of a 93-year-old man.

The traffic incident occurred at approximately 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at the intersection of 19 Mile and Garfield roads in Clinton Township.

A 93-year-old man was driving a silver 2005 Buick Century. Preliminary investigation indicated that the Buick was traveling westbound on 19 Mile Road, while a semi-tractor trailer was traveling northbound on Garfield Road.

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Published April 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township is starting from the beginning and working its way up.

The township is delving into its sewers, analyzing different needs and concerns in 10 different zones throughout the area. Public Services Director Mary Bednar described it as a 10-year process.

The first zone is Zone 6, which encompasses Clinton River Road to the north, Metropolitan Parkway to the south, Garfield Road to the west, and Groesbeck Highway to the east.

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Published April 27, 2016

FRASER — When it comes to endurance, Elizabeth Jones is at the top of the heap.

Jones, a resident at the Sanctuary at Fraser Villa, turned 106 years old on April 14. She is the oldest of 138 residents, narrowly eclipsing a 105-year-old and a 104-year-old in the same building off Utica Road.

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Published April 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Pablo Picasso said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

At Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, patients enduring life-threatening illnesses have been granted the ability to focus on a serene sense of self through art-related programs.

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Published April 27, 2016

FRASER — Kayla Cross, a Fraser High School junior, was recently awarded a National Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

She snapped a photograph of a girl in the midst of a handstand in a body of water, with only the waist down visible. The photo was actually manipulated and flipped upside down, made to seem like the clouds in the sky are below the water line.

The national competition started in New York in 1923 and honors creatively intuitive youths.

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Published April 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — For the first time in about 20 years, Chippewa Valley High School is hosting a spring play from its drama club.

Chippewa has hosted numerous musicals in that time, but its production of “Rosie the Riveter” May 2 is the school’s first play in roughly two decades, said drama club chair Nick Marinello.

“It’s very new in terms of the process and building that culture and getting kids used to not being in a musical,” Marinello said. 

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Published April 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Middle school students in Chippewa Valley Schools could have the option of taking several new exploratory courses starting in the fall of 2017.

Ed Skiba, the district’s assistant superintendent of educational services, presented the new courses to the Board of Education during an April 18 meeting.

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Published April 27, 2016

FRASER — A local business owner and district parent continues to give back to Fraser Public Schools.

At the April 18 FPS Board of Education meeting, Delia Martin — owner of El Charro Mexican Restaurant — and her family named the Fraser Education Foundation and the school district as beneficiaries of a $100,000 life insurance policy. The policy will be split between performing arts programs and teacher mini-grants.

Martin has been an FEF member since 2008.

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Published April 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Local author Lydia Joy is using her faith and daily life in an effort to enthuse a younger generation of women.

Joy, who is a dental assistant by day and an author by night, released her book, “God’s Princess Forever: Discover Your Royal Identity & Reach Your True Potential,” in late February.

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Published April 26, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Even though it’s spring, you can treat your mom to a winter wonderland this Mother’s Day.

The Parade Company Studio in Detroit is opening its doors Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-7, for private, behind-the-scenes tours of its 200,000-square-foot warehouse, which is home to floats, costumes and props used in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van.

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