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Published November 11, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It didn’t matter how the team was doing, Ryan Tsatsos always had a smile on his face and words of encouragement for his teammates.

That’s how recently retired Warren De La Salle football coach Paul Verska remembered Tsatsos, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash shortly after midnight on Nov. 1, just off the campus of Central Michigan University.

Tsatsos, of Macomb Township, graduated from De La Salle last spring, and was a freshman at CMU this fall.

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Published November 6, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Austin Catholic High School seniors Hannah Burke and Tiffany Lacap had been working on this since school began in August.

Their senior Christian service project, a requirement to graduate from Austin, took place on Halloween morning when they hosted students with special needs for a Halloween party on the school’s grounds.

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Published November 5, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After months of tussling with partisan plans for fixing the state’s troubled roads, Michigan lawmakers moved swiftly on Election Day to approve a package of bills that supporters claim will raise $1.2 billion annually for repairs.

Proponents of the plan, which cleared the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 3, mostly along party lines, say it will fund repairs through $600 million in increased fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, tempered with tax credits and $600 million in unspecified cuts to the state’s general fund.

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Published November 4, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — According to a recent study by the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan, Macomb Township did not feature any road intersections that placed in the top 10 in Macomb County for traffic accidents so far in 2015.

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Published October 30, 2015

DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 30, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb/St. Clair Autism Society is raffling off two tickets to tour the top of the Mackinac Bridge.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Autism Society.

Tickets cost $10 each, and only 1,000 tickets will be sold. There is no limit on the number of tickets an individual may purchase. 

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Published October 28, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Eric Joye had gone through all of the steps necessary to begin a project that would help him earn the distinction of Eagle Scout when suddenly he realized that he would have to start all over.

His original plan, which needed to be fully fundraised and approved by his troop’s leaders, was to build picnic tables for the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department.

However, the wood that was purchased for the tables was too flexible, and wasn’t suitable for the project.

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Published October 28, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Based on the approval of a resolution by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners on Oct. 22, the Macomb County Circuit Court will be adding two new judges in the next four years.

The first judge will begin in January 2017 after the 2016 election, and the second judge will start in January 2019 following the 2018 election. A judge position that was temporarily eliminated in 2009 due to the economic downturn will also return in 2017.

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Published October 21, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A road construction project related to a water main break in February has been slated for an area of North Avenue just north of 21 Mile Road.

The repaving construction will begin Oct. 26 and last about a week, according to Macomb County Department of Roads Director Bob Hoepfner.

“The damage goes across four lanes — it’s extensive, and we have to do it in stages,” Hoepfner said.

Hoepfner said the road will remain open to traffic, but crews will likely shut down two lanes at a time.

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Published October 16, 2015

A 46-year-old Clinton Township man walked away from a plane crash with only small lacerations on his face after the plane he was piloting crashed while approaching Ray Community Airport Oct. 15.

According to a report from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched at 6:10 p.m. to 59819 Indian Trail, the airport’s address, for a report of a plane crash. When deputies arrived, Ray Township Fire and MedStar Ambulance personnel were on the scene and treating the pilot.

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Published October 16, 2015

During the evening Oct. 13, parents of children who attend Atwood Elementary School on North Avenue in Macomb Township reportedly saw a man walking through the school’s parking lot and exposing his bare backside.

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Published October 14, 2015

DETROIT — A group of Glen Peters School students got front row seats of a Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance when they attended a practice Sept. 24 at Orchestra Hall.

The event not only gave the special-needs students the opportunity to see the DSO front and center, but it honored classmate Nathan Suida, who died in June. The Macomb Township resident was 18.

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Published October 7, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP) will be bringing its Set Free event to Immanuel Lutheran Church Oct. 16-17 to raise awareness of human trafficking globally and locally in Macomb County.

MAP started in 2012 in Grand Rapids and moved to Macomb County in 2013. It holds several events annually through community groups, but the Immanuel Lutheran event will be the largest of its kind so far, with 15 metro Detroit churches participating and contributing.

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Published September 30, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP— “Accept what you signed up for.” That was the key message delivered by John Underwood, the founder of the Human Performance Project, to student-athletes from Chippewa Valley schools the week of Sept. 22.

Underwood previously visited the district in 2010, and his return trip focused on the effects of drug and alcohol use on athletes, along with diet and sleeping patterns.

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Published September 30, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and Italian-Americans in the metro Detroit area don’t want their heritage to lose its meaning anytime soon.

The Michigan Columbus Day Celebration Committee is at the forefront of incorporating a series of events that reach out to Italian-Americans around the nation’s annual Columbus Day festivities.

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Published September 30, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Building off the momentum of a recent report that named Macomb Township the second-safest city in Michigan with a population larger than 50,000 residents, Township Supervisor Janet Dunn made it clear during a Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 23 that she wants to be No. 1.

To help accomplish that goal, the board approved the hire of two full-time sheriff’s deputies and one full-time dispatcher who will be assigned to the Macomb Township area.

Dunn said during the meeting that traffic issues are a big reason for the additional help.

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Published September 22, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Luis Pastora was just a toddler when he and other family members fled his homeland of Nicaragua in a Red Cross caravan in 1980.

They grabbed whatever they could fit in a car, and fled to Honduras to seek safety from fighting that was going on in their home country at the time.

For 20 years, Pastora and his family lived in Honduras thanks to a job Luis’ father was able to get through a connection he had while working as a consultant in the agriculture industry.

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Published September 22, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After a one-year hiatus, Macomb Township’s Parks and Recreation Department is bringing its Fall Fun and Fitness Fest back to Macomb Corners Park Oct. 3.

The free, all-ages event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the phase two (east side) portion of the park.

“It’s two hours of nonstop fun for everyone,” Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda said. “All of the focus is on fun or fitness.”

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Published September 16, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County sheriff’s deputies will be keeping an extra-close eye on teenage drivers this fall.

But they’re not looking for those practicing bad driving habits, but rather, those following the rules of the road and keeping themselves, their passengers and other drivers safe while behind the wheel.

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Published September 16, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A process that began in mid-May to select a new waste hauling service for Macomb Township came to an end on Sept. 9.

During a township Board of Trustees meeting that night, the board voted unanimously to select Rizzo Environmental Services as the township’s new waste hauler.

Rizzo will replace Waste Management beginning Oct. 1.

By switching to Rizzo, township legal counsel Tom Esordi said during the meeting that residents would see a rate decrease between 15 and 33 percent.

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