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Published March 12, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Everything worth having comes at a sacrifice.

That’s a lesson Clinton Township residents Josh Garrison, 31, and Jacquelyn Monastero, 28, have been living for the past 10 years.

In January, their story captured national attention when they were named as one of five finalists for a Hawaii wedding giveaway from the ABC morning talk show “Live! With Kelly.” It was too fitting an opportunity to pass up, considering they met 10 years ago on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

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Published March 8, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With the installment of a new gate system at the township’s dog park, township workers will have a more active log of the canines accessing the park.

Township Parks and Recreation Director Linda Walter said the gate system upgrade, which uses plastic key fobs in place of key cards to enter the dog park, will allow them to track in real time who accessed the park. More than 560 people have passes to the park, which is located behind the Clinton Township Adult Senior Life Center on Romeo Plank Road.

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Published March 7, 2012

Bullying hurts.

It can make someone feel small, rejected, disrespected, stupid, ugly, unloved and unimportant.

While not a new concept — the bullies and bullied have been around for years — it seems to have entered a new realm as an alarming number of youth have responded to bullying in more dramatic ways than society has been accustomed to. Suicide. Violence. Murder.

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Published March 7, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Whatever their stories or reason for coming, the men who attend a once-a-week parenting workshop have at least one thing in common.

They’re all trying to grow as fathers.

By the time the workshop, aimed at helping men build healthy relationships with their children, begins at 7 p.m., the Macomb Intermediate School District building is all but empty for the night. But in a back room of the building’s second-floor library, the men convene around a table for two hours every Thursday for 14 weeks.

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Published March 1, 2012

FRASER — As 9-year-old Jadan Vizino and 8-year-old Jacob Flachsmann shuffled around the boxing ring, exchanging jabs, it was clear that the pair weren’t mad, but rather were focused.

The punches don’t hurt, Flachsmann said later. Once you’ve boxed a few times, you get used to them.

“It’s real fun,” he added. “You have to be real fast. You have to move a lot.”

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Published February 29, 2012

DETROIT — Prep your paws for a whole lot of petting as the annual two-day celebration of all things dog arrives March 3 and 4 with the annual Detroit Kennel Club Dog Shows at Cobo Center.

More than 2,000 dogs representing 167 breeds will be on hand to interact with the public, demonstrate their skills and compete for top prizes.

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Published January 25, 2012

Public schools keep religion out of the forefront of education, but many parents want to see religious education, traditions and beliefs at the center of their child’s learning environment.

Those parents can choose schools that keep faith the focus.

Religious schools take several steps to ensure faith ideals are conveyed inside and outside the classroom, including daily religious services.

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Published January 11, 2012

FRASER — Being without grapplers in the 140- and 145-pound weight classes early in the season isn’t killing the confidence of members of Fraser High School’s wrestling team.

Until the Ramblers can fill those holes, which coach Ed Skowneski says the staff is working on, Fraser will essentially be down 12 points before it hits the mat for its matches.

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Published December 14, 2011

After Shelby Township crafter Margie Conn waged a successful battle against breast cancer, she decided to use her skills to help others.

“I had to give back,” she said. “I got involved with Relay for Life. I am always looking for a way to contribute.”

The winner of the first C & G Newspapers Holiday Craft Contest, Conn received 245 votes for her repurposed cigar box, decorated with keys and memorabilia. Crafting the decorative storage boxes involves weeks of work layering paints and resin.

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Published December 7, 2011

FRASER — It started with tragic news.

Susan Bertolini-Fox’s mother, Irene Bertolini, had breast cancer.

But she wasn’t done living yet. Feeling inspired by a pottery display at Greenfield Village, the mother-daughter duo signed up for a pottery class together at Oakland Community College.

“She was a very positive woman and wanted to do something new,” Bertolini-Fox recalled of her mother, who overcame her diagnosis to live another 12 years before passing away in 1995. But pottery, it turned out, had a much longer impact.

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Published December 7, 2011

Looking for a few more gifts on your holiday shopping list? Choosing a Michigan-made item or purchasing from a small, local business can be a win-win — recipients get to unwrap something unique, while shoppers help boost Michigan’s economy.

“If we’re going to make an impact with our dollars, this is the biggest impact we can have — at this time of the year,” said Lisa Diggs, founder of Buy Michigan Now.

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Published December 7, 2011

This holiday season, the population of Casey and Tara Colussi’s household tripled.

For five days over Thanksgiving, the Troy couple, who has two children, hosted Casey’s parents, sister, brother-in-law, two nephews and two family friends.

It was the second installment of what’s become a holiday tradition for the Colussis, and though their recent move to a larger home eased the congestion somewhat, “even with the extra space, it’s a pleasant chaos, is always the best way to describe it,” laughed Casey.

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Published October 26, 2011

In Stephen King’s horror novel “The Shining,” a small, dysfunctional family moves into an old and insidious hotel for the winter after the family patriarch, Jack Torrance, is hired as the caretaker during the off-season.

No spoilers here, but anyone who has read the book or seen the Stanley Kubrick movie knows the disturbing and tragic things that occur during the course of the family’s stay.

It’s a perfect story for anyone who likes a good scare.

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Published October 20, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHHIP — The Moravian Bridge was reopened to motorists Oct. 14 after about 10 months of construction work on the structure shut it down.

The bridge, which goes over the Clinton River between Cass Avenue and Harrington Boulevard in Clinton Township, had to be completely rebuilt, said Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads.

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Published October 13, 2011

What’s your favorite apple?

“The last one I ate.”

Ed Robinette doesn’t even hesitate to give that cheeky yet appropriate reply to what is surely one of his favorite questions. He is, after all, raising 23 varieties of apples on his family farm in Grand Rapids. That’s a lot of options. But it barely breaks the surface.

“There’s so much diversity in the apple crop in Michigan — there are literally thousands of varieties,” Robinette said.

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Published October 5, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — What’s the difference between a firefighter and a roofer?

Apparently not much if they work for the Clinton Township Fire Department.

Recently, some Clinton Township firefighters teamed up with Macomb County Habitat for Humanity to help install a new roof on a home located on Stepnitz Drive.

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Published September 14, 2011

Everyone needs it. Most don’t get enough of it. And for those it eludes, it may become an obsession.

With the end of summer, students back in school and shorter days, people’s routines may be a little light on a valuable commodity: sleep.

Less than half of people get it in the quantity and quality their bodies need, said Dr. Gary Trock, and disorders minor and severe can hinder what should be an act that occurs effortlessly and in abundance.

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Published September 13, 2011

PONTIAC — Franklin-Bingham Fire Chief Tony Averbuch was overcome with emotion during his speech at the Oakland County Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11.

Averbuch, who’s been in the fire service for two decades, was a part of a disaster response unit that deployed to ground zero in New York City in the days immediately following the terrorist attacks.

Only a few words into his keynote address during the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Averbuch broke down.

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Published August 25, 2011

FRASER — For Fred and Donna Kostrick, work is their lifeblood.

“When you keep busy, it keeps you young,” said Donna, who is 80 years old.

This is the motto of arguably two of the hardest working people in Fraser. Even though the couple technically retired in 2001 after working together for 42 years as gas and water meter installers, they never really did.

“When we retired, we just couldn’t sit around,” said Fred, who is 86 years old. “It started as a hobby, kept growing. Now the whole family is involved.”

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Published August 24, 2011

DETROIT — There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing a show on Broadway in New York, but for the last five decades, the Fisher Theatre has come awfully close to replicating that experience.

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