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Published March 29, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — During the month of April, the Shelby Township Library will accept donations of nonperishable food in exchange for library fine forgiveness or free DVD/Blu-ray rentals.

The Fines for Food program, a partnership with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, will help feed hungry children, seniors and families in the community.

For every donated nonperishable food item, the library plans to forgive $1 in library fines or give out a coupon good for a free DVD/Blu-ray rental, with a limit of $5 per person. The program starts April 1.

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Published March 27, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Health Department Director and Health Officer Bill Ridella is one of 15 Michigan health experts who was named to Gov. Rick Snyder’s Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission.

Snyder signed Executive Order 2017-2 on March 16, creating the Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission to continue Michigan’s fight against lead exposure from all sources.

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Published March 25, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — A new emergency service is improving response times and saving lives around Macomb County.

It’s called Smart911, and it’s the latest technology that’s assisting Macomb County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers in getting help where it’s needed both faster and more informed.

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Published March 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Three detectives from Shelby Township and Utica were part of a multi-jurisdictional elderly crimes task force that operated from May to November last year and investigated more than 110 crimes reported against senior citizens.

Detective Sgt. Greg Morabito, of the Utica Police Department, and Detectives Jim Malczewski and Ron Weiss, of the Shelby Township Police Department, received a unit commendation for their work tracking down suspects in the same criminal organization.

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Published March 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — During a March 7 Board of Trustees meeting, Shelby Township Planning and Zoning Department Director Glenn Wynn summarized his department’s annual planning report.

The report, mandated by the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, identified the amount of development in the township, as well as other accomplishments in 2016.

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Published March 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When the historic windstorm hit the region March 8, 800,000 people lost power, including roughly 6,000 Shelby Township residents. While many endured without heat March 8 and 9, falling temperatures March 10 forced many to seek shelter elsewhere.

A handful of Shelby Township residents sought to stay the night at the Shelby Township Community Center on March 10, which functioned as an emergency warming center during the day. Shelby Township officials worked together to accommodate the residents’ needs.

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Published March 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Since renovating its buildings and adding upscale restrooms, heating and air conditioning, the historic Packard Proving Grounds has become a growing wedding destination.

The nonprofit organization will host its third annual wedding show from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26. This year, the 6,400-square-foot repair garage will be separated into four sections, each decorated in the style of one of the four seasons.

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Published March 15, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 7, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved two cost-sharing agreements, one with the Michigan Department of Transportation and one with the Macomb County Department of Roads, at a total cost of $194,067 in relation to the M-59 construction project.

The MDOT contract includes mast arm signals, LED street name signs, stamped asphalt crosswalk construction work and sidewalks. The MCDR contract includes pedestrian crossings.

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Published March 15, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 7, Shelby Township Department of Public Works Director David Miller rolled out a new route for the proposed sanitary sewer line in the northeast corner of the township after many residents raised objections to being part of the special assessment district that would pay for it.

By eliminating the leg of the sanitary sewer that ran north along Schoenherr Road and west along 26 Mile Road, the new route removed 36 residential parcels and one acreage parcel — a total of 173.2 acres — from the district.

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Published March 15, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 3, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Toia definitively set the jury trial for five defendants in the case of an allegedly illegal marijuana dispensary for May 2.

March 3 was the date set for an evidentiary hearing and pretrial conference, but Toia adjourned the case because the newly appointed attorney for one of the defendants, whose previous attorney withdrew from representing him, could not make it and was excused by the court.

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Published March 9, 2017

Due to the severity of the power outages in metro Detroit, many communities are opening shelters where residents without power can go to warm up.

WARREN

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts announced that the city would operate an emergency shelter, set to open at 6 p.m. March 9 inside of the Warren Community Center at 5460 Arden, south of 14 Mile Road and west of Mound.

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Published March 8, 2017

It’s time again to fire up the bagpipes and don whatever green you can get your hands on, because Utica’s fifth annual Lucky Leprechaun Race will return to the city Saturday, March 18 — the day after St. Patrick’s Day.

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Published March 8, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said Fire Station No. 5, located at 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads, is approximately six weeks from completion.

Crews are still working on the inside, so Swinkowski did not have a timetable of when it would be operational, but he estimated that the endeavor would wrap up around the end of March or mid-April.

The next project the Fire Department has its eye on is the relocation of Fire Station No. 4, currently located near 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads, to property it owns at 25 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

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Published March 8, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — While some may raise an eyebrow at the idea of Christmas in March, others are celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season by planning long term to help those who need a little extra support.

Helping Hands Gifts, a Shelby Township-based charity that focuses on Macomb County residents, strives to provide a shopping experience where families can purchase gifts at discounted rates instead of receiving handouts.

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Published March 8, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Michal (pronounced MEE-haw) Kolaczkowski, 26, of New York City, credits his growing success to Utica Community Schools’ performing arts programs.

His latest endeavor is touring the States with “Dirty Dancing — The Classic Story on Stage.” He landed a spot as one of two male swings. A swing memorizes the lines, songs and choreography of other performers in case of an injury or unexpected event, so the show can go on.

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Published March 6, 2017

UTICA — On March 2, Judge Douglas Shepherd, of the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township, granted the defense’s request to allow a suspect charged with breaking and entering into a vehicle and damaging the vehicle to return to Florida, despite an objection from the prosecutor.

Defense attorney Barry Schlussel said the cost of restitution amounted to nearly $3,000, and his client, 38-year-old Joseph Willett, wished to return to Florida, where he is employed, in order to work to pay off the restitution.

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Published March 3, 2017

The Knights of Columbus No. 4188
870 N. Main St., Clawson

The Knights of Columbus will host all-you-can-eat fish dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent. The cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children. All proceeds will benefit the South Oakland Autism Society. For more information, call (248) 588-3547.

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Published March 2, 2017

On Thursday, Feb. 23, Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis found out that his son, John, who lived in Chicago and had experienced numerous seizures the past 16 months, had been found unresponsive and was rushed to the hospital, where he suffered a series of cardiac arrests and was unable to be revived, according to his obituary.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, John, 25, passed away peacefully, surrounded by many loved ones, according to the obituary.

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Published March 2, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Utica Community Schools officials are encouraging both younger and older students to get an early start surveying the career ladder by attending a March 16 Career Expo at Eisenhower High School.

According to UCS Director of Secondary Programs Kim Charland, about 800 students typically attend the school district’s annual career fair, and students who attend UCS schools are invited to meet with career professionals.

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Published March 1, 2017

UTICA — During the Feb. 14 Utica City Council meeting, longtime Utica Downtown Development Authority Chairman Joseph Mayernik, owner of the Shamrock Pub, officially resigned from his position.

Mayor Thom Dionne appointed three new members to the DDA — Rick Michelon, owner of USA Tire; Utica resident Gus Calandrino; and Bryan Ede, owner of Michigan Insurance and Financial Services.

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