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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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Published September 16, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Over the past eight years, Sue Ellen Kosmas has worked to make a simple gesture improve the days of children who are staying in local hospitals because of a life-changing illness.

Kosmas, a Macomb Township resident, began a metro Detroit chapter for ConKerr Cancer eight years ago. The organization was recently renamed Ryan’s Case for Smiles, but its mission remains the same: “Help kids feel better to heal better.”

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Published September 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The school year kicked off Sept. 8, filling the roads and sidewalks once again with buses and children traveling to and from school.

With more traffic on the roads and more children walking outside, AAA Michigan is reminding motorists to stay alert in neighborhoods and school zones as part of its School’s Open — Drive Carefully awareness campaign.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The price of water has been a long-debated topic in metro Detroit, and recent meetings involving community leaders and members of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, or DWSD, have shed some light on the issue.


Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities, or MACRO, has held meetings with DWSD representatives to discuss forthcoming contracts in relation to the Great Lakes Water Authority, or GLWA — an arrangement enacted in November 2014 that involves Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties paying annual lease payments.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration announced Sept. 1 that the state would develop its own carbon implementation plan to meet the power plant carbon emissions guidelines set for it in President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.


The Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by a third of 2012 levels by 2030, allows states to develop their own plans to reach their respective targets.

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Published September 9, 2015

METRO DETROIT — After a strong summer, the housing market in metro Detroit shows no signs of regressing heading into the fall, although buyers and sellers both could take extra precautions in getting in or out of a house.


For the buyer, real estate agent Jan Hays, with Max Broock in Birmingham, said the market will still look to be a sellers market in the fall, so buyers should be ready to make a bid when going to look at a house and not be afraid to make the call.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Michelle Stateczny was praying for a sign that a recent career change had placed her where she was needed most.

Stateczny had decided to pursue a career in social work, which meant going back to school and being an intern after nine years of professional work.

She is now in her first semester of graduate school, and is completing an internship in social work with Carlson Elementary School in Warren.

Carlson is a Title I school where 100 percent of the students qualify for a free breakfast and lunch program.

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Published September 9, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Immanuel Lutheran Church and School voted overwhelmingly on Aug. 30 to approve the start of a capital campaign to fund several renovation projects.

The renovations will include a new high school-sized gymnasium, 12 new classrooms, and a repurposing project that will allow its preschool to expand by 100 students.

“Our congregation approved it with 90 percent approval,” said the Rev. Greg Griffith.

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Published September 4, 2015

Summer may be ending soon, but the construction schedule for two counties’ road commissions will still mostly be ongoing through the fall.

According to Craig Bryson from the Road Commission for Oakland County, a few major road undertakings within the C & G Newspapers readership area are underway but not complete.

The biggest project, he said, concerns the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of 14 Mile and Orchard Lake roads as well as its surroundings.

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Published September 4, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Department reported that it arrested a man who was seen by witnesses allegedly toppling gravestones in a cemetery behind Immanuel Lutheran Church the evening of Sept. 2.

After receiving a description of the suspect from a caller and witness, a deputy observed the suspect standing next to a business located across the street from the cemetery.

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Published August 31, 2015

METRO DETROIT — An invasive, tree-killing insect working its way across the U.S. is closing in on Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents to be watchful.


The Asian longhorn beetle, first found in New York back in 1996, bores into trees to lay its eggs, which then hatch and bore deeper to the heart of the tree, according to DNR spokeswoman Joanne Foreman.

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Published August 19, 2015

BY THOMAS FRANZ
tfranz@candgnews.com

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Seven pieces of art from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ vast collection are being displayed at Macomb Corners Park now through the end of October.

The DIA’s Inside-Out program began in 2011, when it first visited Macomb as the park was opening its second phase.

“It was really well-received. The people really liked it,” Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Director Sal DiCaro said. “We thought we had a pretty good fit for it in Macomb Corners Park.”

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Published August 17, 2015

Even the lowest oil prices in around six years do not guarantee a cheaper August road trip in Michigan, and experts are blaming it on reports of technical problems at an Indiana refinery.

On Aug. 12, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovered around the $43 per barrel mark. Nevertheless, AAA Michigan reported a major recent swing in gas prices — although the state’s gas prices averaged around $2.48 per gallon Aug. 11, that increased to $2.58 per gallon Aug. 12 and to around $2.81 per gallon Aug. 13.

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Published August 16, 2015

METRO DETROIT — President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan on Aug. 3, tasking the Environmental Protection Agency with setting goals for carbon emission reduction from power plants and leaving the states to figure out how to reach those targets.


With the reductions, the president hopes to slow carbon pollution into the atmosphere and reduce the severity of global warming in the long term.

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Published August 14, 2015

DETROIT — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, unveiled a bill in Detroit on Aug. 10 that would require an international review of a Canadian power company’s proposal to bury nuclear waste less than a mile from the Lake Huron shore.


If passed, the legislation would invoke the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 between the U.S. and Canada, which would require the International Joint Commission to study the risks to the Great Lakes watershed and the State Department to negotiate with Canada to wait for those study results before approving a waste site.

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Published August 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Paul Messano has always been a fan of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “Oklahoma.”

So when the Heart of the Hills Players — of which he is a member — selected it as its next production, the Troy resident couldn’t don a cowboy hat fast enough.

“I love the movie. I absolutely love the music. When the opportunity came, I just wanted to do it,” said Messano, cast as lead character Curly McLain. “I love the story.”

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Published August 11, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Singing in front of Hollywood celebrity judges and a live audience on national television might cause most to falter, but that’s the type of pressure that Alicia Michilli has learned to embrace.

Michilli, a Macomb Township native and 2009 graduate from Eisenhower High School, is a finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and will be performing live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City during the Aug. 25 show.

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Published August 10, 2015

It typically brings in more than a million people each year, and this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise promises to be no different.

On Aug. 15, car connoisseurs and casual fans will flock together to watch classic cars careen down Woodward Avenue. from Ferndale to Pontiac. Also in attendance will be auto clubs, many of which bring some of their favorite vehicles to the event.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published August 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Nutrition facts labels may receive a face-lift in the future.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed July 24 that food companies include the percentage of the daily value for added sugars on labels of packaged food. The proposal comes after the FDA recommended March 3, 2014, that added sugars, in addition to the sugar content, be displayed separately on labels.

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