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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 15, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 7, a charity representative unknowingly received nine counterfeit $20 bills in exchange for gaming chips at The River, a charity poker lounge in Shelby Township.

Under new rules implemented in May 2014 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board to regulate charitable gaming, a representative from the given charity must be the one to handle any cash transactions.

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Published September 14, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Three generations of women cruised through the sky for an hour Sept. 6 in a brightly colored hot air balloon, waving to people on the ground and sharing gleeful shrieks as their basket lightly skimmed the tops of several trees.

The ride — a 2014 Mother’s Day gift from Pam Berger’s son and son-in-law — took more than a year to realize because of busy schedules and, more importantly, balloon operator Ray Pini’s choice to wait for ideal weather.

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Published September 14, 2015

At 9:16 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, police patrolling approximately two miles away responded to a call regarding an armed robbery in progress at National Coney Island, near 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

While en route, dispatch informed police that restaurant employees and a patron had physically restrained the suspect, 23-year-old Shelby Township resident Nicholas Koerner, as he was trying to leave. Upon arrival, police said, officers took Koerner into custody and recovered a knife.

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Published September 12, 2015

Despite a steady downpour, dozens of people turned out for Shelby Township’s 9/11 memorial ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

The event included speeches by Shelby Township Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide and Shelby Township Fire Lt. Inspector Brian Werner, as well as a performance of “God Bless America” by a local singer.

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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

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At the Sept. 1 Shelby Township Board of Trustees meeting, Supervisor Rick Stathakis provided an update on the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s 24 Mile Road water main construction project in terms of its progress and the expected progress by the end of the year.

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Published September 7, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The deaths of seven students in the Utica Community Schools district last year affected students, teachers, administrators and support staff.

In response, the Utica Education Association raised funds for the families of the fallen students, as well as the Shelby Township Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program.

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Published September 6, 2015

UTICA — With a year of celebrations for St. Lawrence Parish’s 150th birthday underway, its annual fundraiser and family fun celebration will feature a salute to a culinary church tradition, an apple pie tasting contest, an apple pie eating contest, and a 5K run/walk.

Applefest, now in its 23rd year, will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 11, from noon to midnight Sept. 12, and from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the parish, located at 44633 Utica Road, south of M-59.

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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

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19, the nonprofit, Rochester-based Operation Yellow Ribbon will host its fourth annual picnic to honor military families and raise funds to distribute to families with emergency needs.

The event will take place at the Disabled American Veterans 129 hall in the converted red barn, located at 47326 Dequindre Road, north of Auburn Road. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $25 per person, although local companies are covering the cost of tickets for military families.

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Published September 2, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — While up to 65,000 walkers and runners cross the Mackinac Bridge on foot on Labor Day, 84 swimmers will make the 4.2-mile journey below through the waves and currents of Lake Huron.

Susan Styf, 45, of Shelby Township, will take her place among one of a dozen seven-person teams on Sept. 7. She found out she would be participating on Mother’s Day and raised the required $2,800 for Habitat for Humanity in three months.

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Published September 2, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 18, the Board of Trustees voted 5-2 to finance half of a Macomb County Department of Roads construction project that would reconstruct 22 Mile Road 500 feet east of Shelby Road to Ryan Road, and replace a failing box culvert over the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal.

The cost of the project for the township is $605,908, which will come from the local road paving fund. Township Engineer Carol Thurber explained that Shelby and the MCDR must each pay 50 percent of the cost because 22 Mile Road is considered a local road.

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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 28, 2015

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development issued a consumer advisory Aug. 24 regarding products sold at farmers markets and festivals that could pose a potential health risk.

Although no illnesses have been identified, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development spokeswoman Jennifer Holton cautioned consumers to dispose of all products labeled under the brands Brandy’s “Jam”boree-N-More, Brandy & Dutch Weigand or Pier III.

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Published August 27, 2015

On Aug. 27, Gregory Bobchick, 17, and Joseph Narra, 18, both of Shelby Township, appeared before 42nd District Court Judge Denis LeDuc for their preliminary examinations on charges of minors consuming, purchasing or possessing alcohol in relation to a May 8 car crash at Stony Creek Metropark.

Bobchick and Narra were passengers in the car that crashed. The crash killed three of their peers who also were in the car.

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Published August 26, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The recycled art contest hosted by the Shelby Township Solid Waste and Recycling Committee, now in its fifth year, has become a staple at the Shelby Township Art Fair.

This year, the contest received a record 31 submissions in four categories — adult, teen, youth and school — and racked up more than 600 ballots. Fairgoers could choose their favorite piece in each category.

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Published August 26, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the first time, residents were honored during the State of the Township address at The Palazzo Grande on Aug. 4.

“We want to recognize four people in this community who have really done an outstanding job,” Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “They have made our community a better place to live, a better place to do business, a better place to learn and a better place to play.”

Shelby Township Fire Marshal Steve Henion introduced Ed Young and presented him with the Great Place to Live Award.

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