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Published July 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — You know that itch you’ve had to get outside and burn off some of that extra energy? Well, guess what? Your pooch feels the same way.

Plenty of people have gotten into the habit of not just walking their dogs around the block, but including them in their own exercise regimen. Just like people, pets can definitely benefit from a good workout.

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Published July 8, 2015

FRASER — Foster’s Towing and Repairs has been a Fraser fixture for more than 50 years, but recent legal issues have led some city leaders to look in a different direction.

In December, the city put an administrative hold on the towing company, located on Groesbeck Highway near Masonic, to perform tows after owner Gilbert Foster and his son, James, faced criminal charges.

Service was then transferred to Maxx Automotive Towing and Transmission Repair, in Roseville.

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Published July 8, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department has further involved itself in the digital age, becoming part of the Nixle system that provides instantaneous alerts to individuals regarding serious public safety issues in the township.

Nixle launched in 2007, providing an open communication system that connects public safety, schools and municipalities with the residents and communities they serve. Through Nixle’s mobile application, real-time two-way communication takes place instantly through text, email, voice messages and social media.

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Published July 8, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — A Macomb County Circuit Court jury recently found a 51-year-old Clinton Township man guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls.

In front of Judge Richard Caretti, Michael Ditrapani was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A four-day trial was followed by a 45-minute deliberation by the jury on the final day of the trial on June 25.

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Published July 8, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — More than 60 volunteers from throughout Macomb County were honored by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners on June 25.

In order to be recognized, volunteers were required to donate at least 150 hours toward organizations throughout the county and region.

“As we all know, volunteers are the heart of our community. Contrary to many aspects of our lives, volunteers do not have to do anything. Instead, they offer their time, their talent and their resources because they want to help others,” board Chair David Flynn said during the event.

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Published July 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Noise pollution could be a contributing factor for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and hypertension, but regulations are limited to what local municipalities have set up and can enforce.

Richard Neitzel, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, said that while most people would think of hearing loss as the first, and possibly only, health impact from noise pollution, there have been a number of studies linking it to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems.

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Published July 6, 2015

When temperatures climb into the 90s and triple digits, prepared drivers with properly maintained cars are less likely to lose their cool.

According to Al Laity, service director at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, auto owners should make sure that they or a qualified mechanic check several car components in order to keep the vehicle humming through the summer.

First of all, to prevent the car engine from overheating, make sure the cooling system is in good shape. Check the condition of the engine’s belts and hoses.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Ah, the lazy days of summer.

That means afternoon dips in a pool, camping trips, outdoor activities and bonfires to close out the night.

But with the onset of summer, it’s important to remember the various ailments that can arise from a day of fun in the sun. Local doctors have several tips for children, adults and senior citizens to help them stay safe and healthy.

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Published July 2, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In a landmark decision June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry — a successful outcome for one of the largest civil rights movements in recent history.

The ruling will reverse laws in 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage, Michigan included. Same-sex couples will now be able to marry in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. 

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Published July 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Whether people are renting inflatable bouncers for parties or are among the more than 40 million carnival and amusement park-goers, real dangers are mixed in with the fun.  

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Published June 30, 2015

With summer heating up, local experts offered advice to save money on energy bills by maximizing efficiency in the home.

“There’s a lot of very simple measures to be more energy-efficient that don’t have to cost a lot of money,” Consumers Energy spokeswoman Deb Dodd said. “You don’t necessarily have to buy new windows or (energy-efficient appliances).”

One measure, Dodd said, is a programmable thermostat, which can reduce air conditioning costs while a home is unoccupied.

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Published June 30, 2015

The fellow in the cubicle next to you has been coming in each morning with red, tired eyes. He’s rubbing his throbbing temples throughout the day and always has a stash of Ibuprofen on hand.

There’s a good chance your cube pal isn’t an all-night partier, but rather, a daily sufferer of seasonal allergies. And he’s not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States are affected by nasal allergies.

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Published June 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As the bombs burst in the air, people of all ages should enjoy the fireworks and festivities July 8 at the Clinton Township Civic Center.

This year is the eighth time the township has put on the show, with help from multiple sponsors, vendors and entertainers that make the evening a wide-reaching event.

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Published June 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Get your popcorn ready because a local cinema is trying to bring big crowds back to the movies.

Clinton Township’s Board of Trustees recently approved an $8.5 million remodeling of AMC Star Gratiot 21, located in the Regional Shopping Center at 35705 South Gratiot Avenue.

On June 15, the board also approved a liquor license for a bar area that will serve alcoholic beverages inside the theater, which opened in 1990.

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Published June 30, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— A 16-year old Macomb Township male was arrested by Macomb County sheriff's deputies after a car chase that ended in the Clinton River.

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Published June 29, 2015

The urge to hurry can put a driver at risk of a speeding ticket or even a traffic accident. But even if a speed limit seems like an inconvenience, there is often a carefully considered reason behind the numbers, according to road and safety experts.

According to a document from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning called “Establishing Realistic Speed Limits,” speed limits are designed to keep all drivers as safe as possible while staying within realistic boundaries of “reasonable and proper” public driving habits.

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Published June 27, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Although their eyes were stinging a bit and the smell wasn’t the most appealing, Rochelle Niemiec and Justin Updyke got the job done.

The pair chopped up a tray full of onions on the morning of June 23 as they prepared a delicious lunch from scratch alongside their classmates in the culinary/pastry arts summer teen academy at Macomb Community College’s Center Campus.

Every summer, the school offers a number of week-long academies in different fields to give local teenagers the opportunity to explore various careers.

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Published June 26, 2015

According to researchers, the annual bloom of harmful algae on Lake Erie is on track to be on par with the 2009-10 blooms, though still smaller than last year’s bloom that saw the shutdown of the Toledo water system.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its preliminary report June 15 on what it expects from Erie’s bloom this year, with a more accurate one coming in early July.

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Published June 24, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A woman who reportedly dangled a baby out of a second-story window had an insanity plea granted by a Macomb County Circuit Court judge.

On June 9, Judge James Maceroni accepted the not-guilty plea by 30-year-old Parisienne Clark. She will be held in a psychiatric facility for an undisclosed amount of time.

The plea was not challenged by county prosecutors.

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Published June 24, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Polly Swingle has practiced physical therapy for 30 years, and now she is getting something in return for giving back.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Michigan recently selected her as the “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” award recipient for 2015.

The award is presented annually to a community member who dedicates time, talent and expertise to improve the quality of life for those with muscular dystrophy. Other professionals in MDA clinics nominate someone as the award’s recipient.

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