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Published March 2, 2016

Mike Sand said his military deference was always in his blood.

A Fraser resident since 1974, Sand recalls his father bringing him to parades and other functions that paid respect to military personnel. He always wondered why his father’s reverence was so strong.

His father, who was in a motor pool during World War II, died at the age of 48. Following his passing, Sand finally asked his mother about his father’s duties in the line of battle. According to her, he had shell shock and would wake up in cold sweats in the middle of the night.

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Published March 2, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A recent apartment fire in Clinton Township took plenty of manpower to be extinguished.

The incident occurred around 8:40 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Clairridge Estates, located on Harper Avenue near Metropolitan Parkway.

Deputy Fire Chief Geof Fecteau said flames were blowing out of a third-story window. Fire officials deemed it a “working fire” when the first engine arrived.

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Published March 2, 2016

FRASER — Heavy discussions have taken place in Fraser regarding city budgets, accounting firms and the future of the city’s financial state.

A January presentation by accounting firm Plante Moran was followed by a February audit presentation by Abraham and Gaffney. Many numbers in different funds were relayed to the public and the City Council.

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Published March 2, 2016

FRASER — In the Information Age, sales tend to be done through email and specific vendor websites.

Part of that process includes meeting with relative strangers in public places for a first encounter to make a transaction. Now, the process in Fraser does not have to be so dubious.

The city, in a decision supported by the Fraser Department of Public Safety, has planned to install two parking spaces specific to e-commerce sales as a deterrent to potential thefts and other crimes.

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Published March 2, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A popular Maine-based retailer will open its first Michigan store in Clinton Township in 2016.

L.L. Bean, a company founded in 1912 that focuses on outdoor apparel, will sell its products at The Mall at Partridge Creek.

The 14,000-square-foot store, which will be the 30th located outside of Maine, will employ around 100 people. It will be located in the mall’s Center Court, between Pandora and Lush.

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Published February 26, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley High School officials reported that a threat made to the school over social media Friday morning was determined not credible enough to cancel classes.

Diane Blain, the school district's director of community relations, said the threats were posted on Twitter, and Clinton Township police are investigating.

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Published February 24, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Car enthusiasts are itching to put the pedal to the metal at the annual Detroit Autorama event.

The 64th annual edition will take place Friday, Feb. 26 to Sunday, Feb. 28 at Cobo Center in Detroit. More than 800 vehicles — including hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles from around the world — are expected to be on display.

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Published February 23, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The end of the 2016-17 Macomb Community College school year will mark a special time in the lives of many students.

It will also be a life-changing moment for current President Jim Jacobs.

Jacobs, who has been president since July 1, 2008, will step down from his position in June 2017. After a half-century’s worth of service, he informed the college’s Board of Trustees of his intent to not renew what has been a rolling contract.

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An Oak Park man is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading no contest to murder charges.

On Feb. 17 in Macomb County Circuit Court, 32-year-old Ujuan Burton pleaded no contest on four felony charges stemming from the death of Bernie’s Market owner Emil Salem, 50.

Salem was shot and killed in an altercation with Burton in the party store, located on Garfield Road, near 17 Mile Road, the night of March 26, 2015.

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced for her role in the death of her toddler son last August.

Brandee Wright, of Warren, was sentenced Feb. 12 by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mary Chrzanowski on three charges related to the death of 18-month-old Amere Carver.

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — One evening in February, a Clinton Township firefighter flexed his muscle to help a local family in need.

It wasn’t in the literal sense, to fight a fire or remove someone from a perilous situation. Rather, it was an act of kindness in the form of a bill payment.

On Feb. 11, Engine 5 of the Clinton Township Fire Department was dispatched to a nonemergency medical situation on Colonial Drive.

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 18, 2016

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Published February 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Traditional cigarette use is no longer “in” for high school students.

That is according to a presentation given by Corey Beckwith of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Beckwith spoke to the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families on Feb. 9, and he showed how e-cigarette use has surpassed traditional cigarette use among high school students.

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Published February 17, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Inside a warehouse structure on the west side of Dakota High School’s football stadium is where students assemble homes from scratch for individuals in need.

For 10 years, students in Dakota’s construction trades programs have built nine homes for Macomb Habitat for Humanity. On Feb. 2, they dedicated a home for a family to move into in Clinton Township.

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Published February 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A permit extension between Clinton Township and AT&T has been renewed.

The extension on the controversial matter was unanimously approved Jan. 25 at a Board of Trustees meeting, even though some board members expressed dissatisfaction.

According to state government, the Metropolitan Extension Telecommunication Right-of-Way Oversight, or METRO, Authority was signed into law March 14, 2002, to stimulate the availability of affordable high-speed Internet connections.

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Published February 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Nearly two weeks after a body was found near a Clinton Township railroad crossing, no real headway had been made in the investigation as of press time.

The original incident occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 4. The body of a man, whose name has not been released, was found near the northeast corner of a railroad crossing in the area of Weybridge Street and Little Mack.

Clinton Township police Capt. Bruce Wade is leading the investigation. On Feb. 11, he said there were no real updates in the matter.

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Published February 10, 2016

FRASER — All of the schools in the Fraser School District are officially united on the iPad front.

This past December, all students from kindergarten to second grade were given Apple iPads as a means of elevating learning in a tech-heavy world.

Previously, students in certain grade levels had to share a cart of iPad devices with other classes in the same grade, in the same building. That was due to a 2011 bond that only provided iPads for students in grades three through 12.

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