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Published July 14, 2015

FRASER — From the ages of 11 to 17, Jeremiah Chappelle became unnaturally acclimated to being homeless.

His existence was one that is still felt by many, sleeping in the basement of the abandoned Michigan Central Station and diving into trash cans for the slim chance that some scraps of food would be left for him to devour.

Years later, Chappelle has found solace in giving back to the poor and the underprivileged, the sickly and the elderly.

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Published July 14, 2015

FRASER — Mark Hemelberg said the 2014 rendition of the Fraser Lions Carnival saw estimates of 25,000-40,000 people in attendance, solidifying the event as the continued premier social affair in the city.


Hemelberg, who is the 2015 festival chairman following the retirement of former chairman and Fraser Lions Club member Dale Moase, said the festivities at Steffens Park are part of a proven formula that brings people out for four days of family fun.


This year’s carnival takes place from Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26.

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Published July 14, 2015

FRASER — When it comes to progress, some people don’t believe it until they see it.


But when it comes to McKinley Park in Fraser, the visual proof is there: Dirt has been strewn around, and construction vehicles have become a constant in the area, located north of 13 Mile Road in the 31000 block of Grove.

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Published July 13, 2015

Following the course of the calendar, local dealerships’ summer clearance season typically marks the transition of “out with the old, in with the new” as far as vehicle models are concerned.

According to some local auto dealers, many dealerships start trying to move the current model year’s inventory in the summer in order to make room for the next year’s model. In this case, that means selling off the 2015 models in anticipation of the arrival of 2016 ones.

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Published July 12, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Data collected from the Michigan State Police Traffic Crash Reporting Unit placed the intersection of Groesbeck Highway and Cass Avenue at the top of Macomb County’s most dangerous lists.

The bustling intersection that resides in both Mount Clemens and Clinton Township ranked No. 1 for the most accidents involving vehicle damage, and No. 1 for the most reported injury or fatality crashes in 2014.

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Published July 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Water levels on the Great Lakes have not only recovered over the past two years, but as of June, they are higher than they have been since the 1990s.


All five Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair have passed their long-term averages as of October of last year — breaking more than a decade of low water levels — and they have continued to rise over time. The measurements come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Environment Canada.

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Published July 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — When disaster strikes a home in the form of a fire, storm damage, flooding or unforeseen reconstruction needs, the damage needs to be addressed immediately.


Lt. Scott Trumbo, of the Shelby Township Police Department, said that if the emergency situation requires immediate utility shutoffs, first responders contact the appropriate utility company to mitigate the hazardous conditions.

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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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Upcoming Events

Rochester
Gifts and Greens Market
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rochester Community Schools Administration Building
Ferndale
'A Very Golden Girls Christmas'
8 p.m.
The Ringwald Theatre
Sterling Heights
Polar Pizza Party
5-8 p.m.
Henry Ford II High School
West Bloomfield
'A Musical Celebration of Christmas'
7:30 p.m.
Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian
Farmington Hills
Orchard Lake Philharmonic concerts
3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Farmington

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