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Published June 27, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The 21st century version of most libraries offers something for everyone.

The Clinton-Macomb Public Library, which has three branches — two  in Clinton Township and one in Macomb Township — is no different. Recently, the library has been touting its Library Things To Go collection.

Jamie Morris, head of communications for the CMPL, said the collection includes items in three subcategories: Tech To Go, Hobbies To Go and STEM To Go, referring to science, technology, engineering and math fields. 

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Published June 26, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The last decade at Iroquois Middle School has been a fundraising frenzy.

Since 2007, students at the Macomb Township-based school have raised $129,735.11 to help fund pediatric blood cancer research through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student Series program.

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Published June 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The Huron-Clinton Metroparks are 75 years and growing.

From giant inflatable slides and treetop fun to state-of-the-art playground improvements and wildlife and nature conservation efforts, the parks system is continually growing and evolving.

Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Director George Phifer said that ever since the park system opened to the public in 1942, visiting is like taking a mini vacation right at home.

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Published June 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Vacation season has arrived, and the suitcases have finally been packed after a long winter. 

But before you walk out that door, is your largest investment as secure as your travel schedule? 

Lt. Eric Reincke, of the Clinton Township Police Department, said that one of law enforcement’s biggest concerns during the vacation season is breaking and entering. 

“There’s a pattern, and people take advantage of that,” he said.  

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Published June 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Each winter, as municipal workers make our icy roads safer, they could also be turning our famous freshwater lakes saltier.

Much saltier.

An intensive study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in April observed long-term chloride trends in 371 freshwater lakes across the continent. It was determined that there were increasing chloride trends in most of the urban and rural lakes in the Midwest and Northeast surrounded by greater than 1 percent of impervious land.

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Published June 20, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s as simple as a cheek swab.

On June 6, Cheyenne Elementary School, of Chippewa Valley Schools, partnered with international nonprofit organization DKMS to host a bone marrow registration drive to catalog potential lifesaving donors.

A reported 70 individuals were registered during the drive, which lasted five hours.

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Published June 15, 2017

Leaders of metro Detroit’s Chaldean and Arab communities are among those speaking out against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s apprehension of dozens of people around June 11 for possible deportation.

According to local Chaldean and Arab-American advocates, the ICE raids took place in Dearborn, Sterling Heights and Warren. Sterling Heights Police Lt. David Sarvello confirmed the recent presence of ICE agents in Sterling Heights.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The future is hazy as it pertains to whether recreational marijuana will be supported or rejected by Michigan residents in 2018, if it makes the ballot, but the battle is already being waged.

On May 5, petition language was turned in to the Michigan Secretary of State, on behalf of the pro-legalization group the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. From that date, the group has 180 days to collect 252,523 signatures.

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Published June 14, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s almost time for children and adults to let loose.

The Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department recently announced its free summer event schedule, made possible by various sponsors and friends of the program. Events will take place from late June to early August.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On May 30, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees discussed updates to the medical marijuana law that was approved by Michigan voters in 2008. A new set of state regulations are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Michigan is one of 20 states whose residents voted to approve medical marijuana.

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Published June 14, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The future is hazy as it pertains to whether recreational marijuana will be supported or rejected by Michigan residents in 2018, if it makes the ballot, but the battle is already being waged.

On May 5, petition language was turned in to the Michigan Secretary of State, on behalf of the pro-legalization group the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. From that date, the group has 180 days to collect 252,523 signatures.

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Published June 12, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Several people, including L’Anse Creuse High School-North students, were hospitalized June 12 following a three-vehicle crash in Macomb Township, sheriff's officials report.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened at approximately 10:39 a.m. at 21 Mile Road and Creekside Boulevard, between Card Road and North Avenue.

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Published June 8, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 56-year-old Macomb Township man died after his motorcycle struck a motorhome June 7.

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Renee Yax, Kevin Michael Emery was driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle west on 23 Mile Road, between North Avenue and Card Road, in Macomb Township at approximately 5:31 p.m., when a motorhome pulled out from a business and onto westbound 23 Mile Road.

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Published June 8, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller was invited by President Donald Trump to visit the White House June 8, after press time, to discuss local infrastructure needs.

Miller is one of a handful of state and local leaders invited to the White House to provide the president with first-hand input on local infrastructure priorities and concerns, according to a press release from Miller’s office.

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Published June 7, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved spending additional money to increase law enforcement presence in the community.

The decision was made during the board’s May 24 regular meeting, which was preceded by vocal support from residents during a long public comment session.

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Published June 7, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Residents took the microphone in droves to voice their displeasure at the May 24 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting.

Their discontent stems from Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Diane Druzinksi’s ruling that the board unlawfully hired its attorney, Thomas Esordi, as its human resources director. A new in-house legal position of general counsel was also created.

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Published June 6, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, making it an angler’s paradise. But with all that water, how do you choose the perfect fishing spot?

With the fishing season officially underway, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has plenty of tips to guide anglers to optimal fishing locations. One helpful tool is the DNR’s Trout Trails app at michigan.gov/trouttrails. 

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Published June 5, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Recently, nearly 3,000 girls across metro Detroit took part in an empowering event.

Locally, more than 400 girls throughout Macomb County participated in Girls on the Run, a YMCA-sponsored event.

Stacey Butler, community engagement manager for Girls on the Run and STRIDE, another popular local event, said Girls on the Run is an after-school program dedicated to empowering girls to live joyful, healthy and confident lives, and is open to girls in third through eighth grades.

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Published May 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Charles B. “Chuck” Rizzo, 46, of Bloomfield Hills, the former CEO of garbage hauler Rizzo Environmental Services, was indicted May 31 on five counts of bribery and three counts of conspiracy to commit bribery.

Acting United States Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch announced that Rizzo’s charges are in relation to refuse contracts with Clinton, Macomb and Chesterfield townships.

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Published May 31, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS — A hidden and historical gem in Macomb County awaits passengers at Joy Park in Clinton Township.

It’s the Michigan Transit Museum’s train depot, and its 2017 Sunday train ride season launches June 4. Rides will be offered every Sunday through Oct. 29 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Volunteer Deb Jensenius said there’s plenty of fun in store.

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