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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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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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