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Published July 28, 2015

ROCHESTER — The Michigan Senior Olympics is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year and invites the public to an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in Rochester Municipal Park.

The free event will include a torch lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., free ice cream, face painters, balloon artists, music, mini-olympics for children and more.

“We want people to know that we are here in the Oakland County area, so we are just trying to spread the word and make it a fun event,” said MSO Executive Director Becky Ridkey.

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Published July 28, 2015

On July 27, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office sent out a press release stating that the Washington Township attorney issued misdemeanor warrants for the two survivors of the May 8 Stony Creek Metropark car crash that killed three of their peers.

Gregory Bobchick and Joseph Narra, both 18-year-old Shelby Township residents, are charged with being minors in possession of alcohol, which is punishable by up to a 90-day jail term and/or $100 fine. At the time of the crash, both young men were 17 years old.

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Published July 28, 2015

UTICA — At the July 14 Utica City Council meeting, Mayor Jacqueline Noonan appointed, and the council unanimously approved, a 12-year resident to fill the vacancy left on council by the late Mayor Pro Tem Russell Barthelmeh.

Barthelmeh, 70, died May 6 after a battle with adrenal cancer. Frank Czapski, 40, will be sworn in to join the other council members at the Aug. 11 meeting. Czapski, associate principal of Southfield-Lathrup High School, will finish Barthelmeh’s term which ends in 2018.

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Published July 28, 2015

“Keep your eyes on the road” is a maxim so common that it has become a cliché, but fewer things have been said about clearing away objects that can obstruct a driver’s vision of the road.

Gary Bubar, public affairs specialist from AAA Michigan, said state law forbids people from obstructing the windshield’s field of view.

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Published July 27, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Local legislators and law enforcement officials are calling for increased security measures for military members following ongoing threats against the nation’s military and law enforcement.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, co-sponsored legislation to repeal the firearms ban at federal military bases and recruitment facilities, and Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard is offering a free concealed pistol licensing class for active military members from Oakland County.

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Published July 22, 2015

At the July 21 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting, the families and a friend of Joseph Narra and Gregory Bobchick — the two survivors of a May 8 car crash at Stony Creek Metropark that killed three of their peers — awarded a $3,000 donation to the Shelby Township Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder signed six bills June 29 amending Michigan’s election law to eliminate February elections, which supporters say will save taxpayers money.


Prior to the amendment, elections could be held on four dates in a year, which included the fourth Tuesday in February.

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Published July 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With a large portion of 24 Mile Road ripped up for a water main installation project, now is the time to take advantage of construction cost savings.

Officials are looking into the possibility of installing a refuge island at the Macomb Orchard Trail crossing on 24 Mile Road, east of Dequindre Road, so pedestrians and cyclists using the trail can cross one side of the street at a time.

The main roadblock is finding funds.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Things were going so well.


You started your seeds on time indoors or had luck finding gorgeous heirloom plants at the local greenhouse. Everything went into the ground on schedule, and the plants really took off when the weather turned from late spring to early summer.


But now the leaves of your once-lush cucumbers are yellow and brown. Your zucchini is turning to dust. Your cabbage and broccoli plants look like Swiss cheese.

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Published July 22, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It doesn’t take many ingredients to mix up a perfect summer evening: balmy air, a few friends and some refreshing drinks to sip on as the sun sets.

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Published July 21, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High school alumna Kaitlyn Krizanic has competed in a whopping 15 pageants. She never took home a title until she entered the one contest that mattered to her the most.

“I’m Birmingham born and raised,” said the newly crowned Miss Oakland County. “This is where my heart lies.”

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Published July 21, 2015

METRO DETROIT — This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

It might seem like common sense to ensure that people with disabilities have access to businesses, employment, transportation, government facilities and other everyday amenities. But making that common sense the law of the land was a long, uphill battle. Or, if you ask political advocate Elizabeth Bauer, who joined the fight for the ADA, it was more of an uphill crawl.

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Published July 21, 2015

UTICA — On July 15, the Utica City Council unanimously approved an Eagle Scout project to paint the walls of the pedestrian tunnel in downtown Utica beneath M-59, which has accumulated years’ worth of graffiti and street art.

Daniel Pisarski, 17, of Sterling Heights, said one of the fathers in his Shelby Township-based Troop 90 pitched the idea for him to beautify the tunnel for his Eagle Scout project.

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Published July 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After a June 28 fire destroyed the laundry room in Turning Point’s new $3 million facility in Mount Clemens and forced 12 women and 25 children to temporarily relocate, the domestic violence and sexual abuse shelter could use all the help it can get.

A local financial group chose Turning Point as the beneficiary of the proceeds from its ninth annual Charity Car Show months ago, but the timing could not be more ideal, said Turning Point Chief Development Officer Karan Bates-Gasior.

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Published July 20, 2015

From hearses dating back to the 1890s to the luxury cars of today, a full sampling of vehicular history will be presented to the public at the upcoming 37th annual Concours d’Elegance of America on July 26.

The Concours d’Elegance, which used to be held at Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University, is now located at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Published July 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a lonely experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes connecting with others who have also experienced a loss can aid in the healing process.

That’s the idea behind Camp Good Grief, a free one-day camp for children who have lost someone near to them. Run by Hospice of Michigan, this year’s camp will be held Friday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at YMCA Camp Ohiyesa, 7300 Hickory Ridge Road in Holly. The camp is for kids ages 8-17.

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Published July 15, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 15, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference to update the public on the investigation of the single-vehicle accident at Stony Creek Metropark at 6:14 p.m. May 8, which left three teens dead and two in critical condition.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the “trying” investigation took so long because of an unwillingness to talk by some. He said detectives interviewed more than 50 people and were traveling to beauty salons and cold calling individuals on tips.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Although the S.S. Columbia no longer calls River Rouge home, her legacy remains.

Built in 1902, the steamboat sits at a remarkable 216 feet long and 60 feet wide, and is powered by a 1,200-horsepower, triple-expansion steam engine.

She was designed to carry more than 3,000 passengers.

The S.S. Columbia transported hundreds of thousands of people from Detroit to Boblo Island from the time of her birth until the death of the amusement park in the early 1990s.

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Published July 15, 2015

A bucket list is typically defined as a list of experiences or goals one hopes to accomplish in their lifetime.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation is scaling that theme down a bit with its new bucket list: a number of activities that county residents should take advantage of outside at local parks before the warmth of summer falls away.

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Published July 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — No two parenting styles are alike. You’ve got your helicopter parents, your attachment parents, your free-range parents — the options are seemingly endless.


But one thing most moms and dads can agree on is that raising a kid ain’t cheap. Learning how to save a few bucks can become an important component of everyday life.

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