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Published March 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Robert Gracin spent plenty of time during his childhood going to camps at the Marvin Blank Senior Center in Macomb Township.

When the time came for Gracin, a member of Troop 349, to pick a beneficiary for his Eagle Scout project in the summer of 2014, he had an easy answer.

After talking with the director of the senior center, Gracin learned that the building was in need of a few different things, and that is how he came up with the ideas for his project.

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Published March 8, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 46-year-old Madison Heights man was arrested by deputies Feb. 27 in Macomb Township.

The man, David Allen Mapley, is now facing six charges related to his arrest.

Mapley allegedly placed an advertisement on a popular website, and detectives posing as an underage girl responded to the post.

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Published March 6, 2016

WARREN — Nearly 3,000 people came to “Feel the Bern” March 5 at Macomb Community College’s Warren campus.

A mixed-age crowd poured into MCC’s Sports and Expo Center to see presidential Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, discuss his campaign initiatives.

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Published March 2, 2016

A new program introduced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan looks to help qualified homebuyers receive loans to purchase renovated homes in the city.

Duggan introduced the Detroit Home Mortgage program at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 18, and detailed how banks will give a second mortgage needed to purchase renovated homes or make repairs to homes in Detroit.

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Published March 1, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Twelve years of writing and revising culminated on Jan. 27 for Macomb Township resident and author Veronica “Vernie” Dale.

Dale began writing fiction in 2003, and she released her first novel in a four-part series, “Blood Seed: Coin of Rulve Book One” in late January.

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Published February 25, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY/GROSSE POINTES - Michigan State Police troopers and Macomb County Sheriff deputies were involved in a chase of a reportedly stolen U-Haul truck at approximately 1 a.m. Feb. 24.

Lieutenant John Michalke of the Macomb County Sheriff’s department said the chase began on westbound I-94 at 23 Mile Road, and ended on Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe. Michalke said sheriff’s deputies joined the State Police in the chase on I-94 at Hall Road.

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Published February 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Eugene Williams had plenty to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving.

Williams, a 10th-grader at Chippewa Valley High School, had just been told earlier in the month that he was going to the Super Bowl.

Better yet, an MRI later in November showed that he was cancer free after a nearly two-year battle with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a cancer that typically attacks the nose and throat area.

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Published February 23, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Allen Rodgers had taken a routine day off from work when fate seemingly came his way.

Rodgers, 64, of Macomb Township, said he took the day off a few years ago just to get some computer parts when he saw a pair of hot rods and a custom classic car parked in front of a restaurant on Van Dyke.

He initially didn’t stop to check the vehicles out, and when he drove by on his way home, only the classic car remained. Still intrigued by the car, Rodgers stopped to take a look.

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Published February 23, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Jennifer Wilson has been keeping a secret for quite some time to conceal the whereabouts of where her father’s 1964 Chrysler convertible will be the weekend of Feb. 27.

Wilson, a Macomb Township resident, has been telling her father — Jim Klein, 71, of Troy — that his car has simply been undergoing some minor adjustments in the same shop that her classic truck is being worked on in preparation for Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama at Cobo Center starting Feb. 26.

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Published February 22, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — How did the American culture of death and dying come to be?

When do you talk to children about death? What happens when and after we die?

These questions and more are dissected during the third and last installment of “The Embrace of Aging” program on Detroit Public Television this month: “The Embrace of Dying — How We Deal with End of Life,” which premiered Feb. 8 as an eight-part series.

The first two installments focused on the male and female perspectives of growing old.

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Published February 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Book lovers across metro Detroit are invited to experience a communitywide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

Now in its 15th year, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is “Shanghai Girls,” by Lisa See.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — When Tiffany Mullen was 7 years old, Child Protective Services removed her from the Mount Clemens home she shared with her mother.

“My mother was an alcoholic. When she was sober, she was an amazing mom. She was beautiful, kind and loving,” Mullen said. “Unfortunately, addiction got its claws in her, and she was not able to get out of it.”

Mullen was placed in foster care at the Shelter Care facility in Mount Clemens. All she had with her were some personal belongings delivered in a garbage bag through her caseworker.

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Published February 19, 2016

UPDATE: The Macomb County Sheriff’s department has reported that McMillan was found alive around 10 a.m. Feb. 22 in Port Huron.

 

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding a missing Macomb Township man.

Gerald William McMillan, 61, reportedly was last seen at approximately 7:30 a.m. Feb. 17.

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Published February 18, 2016

Berkley American Legion Post 374
2079 12 Mile Road, Berkley

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Published February 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Traditional cigarette use is no longer “in” for high school students.

That is according to a presentation given by Corey Beckwith of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Beckwith spoke to the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families on Feb. 9, and he showed how e-cigarette use has surpassed traditional cigarette use among high school students.

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Published February 17, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Inside a warehouse structure on the west side of Dakota High School’s football stadium is where students assemble homes from scratch for individuals in need.

For 10 years, students in Dakota’s construction trades programs have built nine homes for Macomb Habitat for Humanity. On Feb. 2, they dedicated a home for a family to move into in Clinton Township.

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Published February 16, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Thousands of American military members stationed overseas have gotten a taste of home over the past five years thanks to a Girl Scout from Macomb Township.

Elizabeth Popovich, a seventh-grader at Iroquois Middle School, is in the middle of her sixth cookie season in which she will send thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies to military members.

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Published February 16, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township residents could have a new place for their dogs to play as soon as later this summer.

During a township Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 10, Parks and Recreation Director Sal DiCaro received permission to submit plans to the township’s Planning Department for a dog park that would be located on 21 Mile Road between Garfield and Romeo Plank roads, directly behind Fire Station No. 2.

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Published February 15, 2016

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fatal stabbing that occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Northport Apartments.

The Sheriff’s Office said that when deputies arrived to investigate a reported stabbing at the apartment complex north of Hall Road and east of Garfield, they found a wounded 21-year-old man. That man would be pronounced deceased after being transferred to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.

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Published February 9, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

That was a frequently repeated phrase spoken by Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn during her State of the Township address Feb. 5 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

Dunn gave an approximately 25-minute speech to an audience filled with township and county officials. She discussed the past year of the township, and highlighted several stories that exemplified its success.

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