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Published June 4, 2016

METRO DETROIT — While there’s plenty of fun to be had on Michigan’s abundance of lakes and rivers this summer, there are also many potential dangers that can be easily avoided.

Local emergency personnel say that by following the rules of the water, all can enjoy a safe boating season this year.

“It comes down to common sense,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. “Be aware of your surroundings.”

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Published June 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — With warmer weather seemingly here for good, the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department is set to unveil several new recreational programs while hosting its annual 10 free township events.

The first of the department’s 10 free events is scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, June 4, as Tons O’ Trucks returns to St. John’s Medical Center on 23 Mile Road.

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Published June 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — In its sixth year, there are some big changes coming to Emily’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand event June 4.

Emily Broadbridge, a fifth-grader at Cherokee Elementary, is bringing on board her brother Michael, a kindergartner, to help run the lemonade stand to raise funds for the Homeless Education Project.

Because of Michael’s addition to the team, the event is now called Emily and Michael’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand.

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Published June 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township remains one of Michigan’s fastest-growing townships or cities, according to new census data.

Since 2010, the township has grown from 79,674 residents to 86,973, which is an increase of 9.2 percent. Last year, the township grew by 1,366 residents.

Several of the other fast-growing municipalities are located around Grand Rapids.

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Published May 31, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies arrested a pair of teens who were allegedly trying to break into a home around 12:15 p.m. May 24 on Valerie Drive, which is near 21 Mile Road and Hayes Road.

Deputies were dispatched to the area after a caller claimed to be witnessing a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt walking around a neighbor’s house and banging on a screen door.

After the subject was seen by the caller, he entered a nearby vehicle that was occupied by another male, and the two drove away from the homes.

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Published May 31, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A head-on collision led to a truck also striking a condominium building near Hayes Road and Hall Road around 8 a.m. May 26.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crash, which involved a 61-year-old Shelby Township man who was driving southbound on Hayes. As the man approached stopped traffic heading toward Hall Road, he was unable to stop in time and turned into oncoming traffic.

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Published May 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Residents will notice something different appearing in Macomb Corners Park and the Township Hall building starting May 31.

Through a partnership with the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, Macomb Township will receive eight sculptures to place in outdoor gathering spaces.

“We are very lucky. We are the first city or township in Macomb County to have anything of this type, so we’re very excited about it,” said Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn.

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Published May 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Shawnee Elementary third-grade teacher Julie Galasso was watching the ABC show “Shark Tank” with her family when she thought of a new program for her students.

On Friday, May 27, she and 43 students from Shawnee will be hosting their own version of “Shark Tank” as the school holds its first Market Day event.

“This is something that kids can step it up a notch a little bit, and take and apply what they’ve been learning in class about economics and put it into action,” Galasso said.

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Published May 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township resident Charles Karafa has been a politician for just a little more than a month, but he has his eyes set on Lansing for this fall.

Karafa, a Republican candidate for the 33rd District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives this August, is hoping to bring an extensive background in technology and job services to the state Legislature.

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Published May 24, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb Food Program recently received more than 300,000 pounds of food thanks to the 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service Food Drive.

The May 14 countywide drive netted a total of 500,000 pounds of food. The food helps feed families, seniors, veterans, children and the homeless throughout the county.

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Published May 18, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Efforts are underway to begin making the southern tier of Macomb County a lot more green.

A recent survey completed by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) revealed that areas in the county south of the Clinton River average 10 percent tree canopy coverage. The suggested amount of coverage for good health, aesthetics and real estate value is 40 percent.

To begin reducing that difference, the county announced May 9 that it is starting the Green Macomb-Urban Forestry Partnership.

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Published May 18, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Public Works Office reported that a semi-truck struck a sewer line around 5 p.m. May 11 on the northeast side of Industrial Drive, near 23 Mile Road.

Following the accident, sewage began flowing out of the ruptured pipe. The Public Works Office estimated that 5,932 gallons of discharge flowed onto the street, and 5,585 gallons were contained.

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Published May 18, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Individuals in Macomb Township under the age of 17 years old will now face a fine if they are caught using e-cigarettes or similar vapor products.

The Macomb Township Board of Trustees passed an amendment to a 2014 ordinance concerning e-cigarette use during a May 11 meeting.

The amendment changes the penalty to a civil infraction as opposed to a misdemeanor, which had to be prosecuted in juvenile court.

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Published May 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Richmond City Council veteran and 1988 graduate of Chippewa Valley High School will be running in this August’s primary election for the 33rd District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Jeff Yaroch, a Republican, has been a member of Richmond’s City Council since 1999, and he decided to run for the state House seat after colleagues advised him to give Lansing a try.

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Published May 18, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Last year, three local nonprofit organizations received thousands of dollars in cash donations and advertising as part of C & G Newspapers’ inaugural Community GiveBack contest, and now C & G is teaming up with Suburban Hyundai in Troy once again to offer the program for a second year. 

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Published May 17, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Clerk Michael Koehs announced during the May 11 Board of Trustees meeting that he will retire from his post June 3.

Koehs recently announced that he would not seek re-election this fall, ending a 14-year run as clerk.

Although there was speculation by board members, including Supervisor Janet Dunn, that Koehs was stepping down due to health reasons, Koehs said that health had no impact on his decision to retire.

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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 5, 2016

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a Macomb Township man died following a motorcycle crash during the evening of May 4.

Jeremiah King, 29, died after his motorcycle collided with a minivan at the corner of 23 Mile Road and Romeo Plank at 9:33 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that the motorcycle was traveling northbound on Romeo Plank, and as it entered the 23 Mile Road intersection, it hit the minivan.

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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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