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Published August 3, 2015

UTICA — Utica’s annual car show is rolling back into town Aug. 8, and organizers are hoping for 300 vehicles this year.

The free show opens to the public at noon, and $10 cruise-in registration begins at 9 a.m. A disc jockey will be spinning tunes until the time the show wraps up, which is usually around 5 p.m.

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Published August 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The 32nd annual Shelby Township Art Fair will bring a few new features that encourage the public, young and old, to not just browse artists’ wares, but also create some art of their own.

The art fair will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 8 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 9 on the municipal grounds, located at 52700 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road. A free shuttle service will be available from the Shelby Community Center, located at 51670 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.

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Published August 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the past 14 years, Dr. Robert Antolak has traveled to Haiti to provide dental care for patients in need. Antolak is known as “the gentle dentist,” and his office has been based in Shelby Township for the last nine years.

The 54-year-old Rochester Hills resident said he never envisioned himself providing care to the people of Haiti, but when the opportunity presented itself through his church — Trinity Lutheran in Troy — he was excited to serve.

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Published July 30, 2015

DEARBORN — This summer, many families will hit the road en route to a vacation destination. The kids will most likely be glued to their tablets or smartphones, but for earlier generations, the sites and signs along the way provided their own colorful entertainment.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — While the invasive gypsy moth has not been a major problem in the metro Detroit area for years, the Macomb County Michigan State University Extension office is asking residents to keep an eye out for signs of the insect’s resurgence.

The gypsy moth is an invasive species from Europe that, in years past, has torn through tree populations in North America, defoliating trees and, in high enough numbers, causing their deaths. Previous outbreaks were handled using pesticides, and every fall, MSU does inspections to see how many egg masses it can find.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Prostitution is real in metro Detroit. There are men and women who work the streets out of desperation and become trapped by it. But one group is trying to earn their trust and help them find another way.

All Worthy of Love (AWOL) was founded in Detroit in 2012. The group became a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2013. The same year, a second chapter opened in Austin, Texas.

The group has no paid staff. Everyone is a volunteer, including the founder, Lindsey Fischer. AWOL averages 40-50 volunteers, with 20-30 volunteers at the Detroit chapter.

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Published July 29, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Last May, Mahesh Lunani left his position as vice president of a large corporation to pursue the goal of starting his own company.

It was a gamble, but one that is paying off.

Lunani was among five business owners named as recipients of the inaugural round of awards from the Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Published July 29, 2015

UTICA — A seven-year member of the Utica Fire Department in early June took it upon himself to spruce up the exterior of the building by adding landscaping and refurbishing the historic siren that is on display.

Firefighter EMT Scott Pomaville said the landscaping along the front of the building had been removed about seven years before and left barren, and the old siren was showing signs of rust and neglect.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For bargain hunters, there’s nothing quite like a garage sale. The search for an oh-so-good deal — that needle-in-the-haystack item that was barely used and is priced to sell — is about as thrilling as it gets.


Many people are now realizing that the same thrill can be found without even leaving the couch. Thanks to secondary market websites like Craigslist and eBay, along with online resale groups on Facebook, the clearance rack is always open.

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Published July 29, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With some of the most popular weeks for American travel upon us, local law enforcement agencies say there are simple steps to take to protect your home and property while you are away.


St. Clair Shores Police Lt. David Centala said that, while putting lights on timers inside your home and making sure the outside of your home is illuminated is always a good idea, 99 percent of home invasions actually occur during the day.

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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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