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Published March 1, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Two local real estate agents agree that, with a drop in inventory and an increase in the number of educated buyers, now is the time to list homes for the spring market.

Kathy Broock, of Max Broock Realtors, said the low supply is not necessarily inflating home values because buyers are sitting and waiting for something better to come along.

“I think people are optimistic,” said Linda Rea, of Real Estate One.

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Published February 28, 2017

UTICA — On Feb. 14, the Utica City Council unanimously approved the early retirement of Chief David Faber from the Utica Police Department effective March 27.

Faber will turn 56 in July. He joined the Utica Police Department as a patrol officer in July 1993. He became a sergeant in 2000, took over the detective bureau in 2003 and was promoted to chief in 2011.

Prior to the Utica Police Department, he worked for the military police in Hamtramck in the early 1990s. Before that, he worked in the military police for the U.S. Air Force for 11 years.

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Published February 28, 2017

UTICA — At approximately 2:42 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, police responded to a call about a larceny from an automobile in progress in the parking lot of Planet Fitness, located near Schoenherr and Hall roads.

A 38-year-old Commerce Township man allegedly shattered the rear passenger window and cracked the front passenger window of a charcoal 2015 Cadillac CTS belonging to a 68-year-old Clinton Township woman. A witness reported that the suspect removed a purse from the Cadillac, got into a maroon 2017 Ford Fusion with a Missouri license plate and began to leave the location.

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Published February 27, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center will host Holly Hadac, a veteran wildlife rehabilitator based out of Oxford Township, to discuss the challenging and rewarding profession of saving wild animals.

Hadac will discuss what it takes to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and offer tips on what to do if you or someone you know comes across an injured or baby animal.

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Published February 22, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Neutrals are a sophisticated, timeless option for those who may want to create a classic look and not redecorate every season. But personalized color can be a winner in private homes.

“I think 2017 was kind of the year of the neutral,” First Impressions Home Staging President Corie Conroy said. “If you decide you need some kind of vibrant hue, you can do florals or inexpensive pillows. You don’t need to have buyer’s remorse when you want to change your interior.”

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Published February 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 7, Tamira Mercedes Moore, of Brownstown Township in Wayne County, allegedly cashed a fake Shelby Township check for $1,300 at a Royal Oak bank, where she had a valid bank account.

Shelby Township Treasurer Michael Flynn said his office saw the charge immediately, and the bank quickly reimbursed the township. Flynn said that through quick detective work, police arrested Moore within a day.

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Published February 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After five years of looking at two mismatched picture frames sporting names on construction paper of Shelby Township residents who are serving in the military, Deputy Clerk Brian Fairbrother decided he wanted to do something more.

An elegant wooden plaque crafted by MPC Awards will replace the old Wall of Honor inside the Township Hall lobby, directly across from the Clerk’s Office. Fairbrother and Shelby Township Veteran Events Coordinator Phil Randazzo have partnered to get the word out.

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Published February 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Shelby Township and Utica recently dispensed their 2017 Community Development Block Grant funds. Macomb County receives money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and divides it between 21 of its smaller communities.

Shelby Township received $183,560, with $39,640 available for public service. Utica received $11,939, with $2,735 available for public service.

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Published February 16, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Business leaders from across the region attended the fifth annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joined Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director John Paul Rea to recognize the award winners.

R&E Automated Systems in Macomb Township won the Champion of Workforce Development award.

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Published February 15, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Feb. 7, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to contract with the lowest qualified bidder to design engineering plans for the future splash pad at Gene Shepherd Park, located at 23 Mile and Dequindre roads, for an amount not to exceed $17,298.

Treasurer Michael Flynn, who sits on the Parks and Recreation Committee and has spearheaded the splash pad project, said the township interviewed three engineering firms and opted to go with Penchura LLC, located in Brighton.

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Published February 14, 2017

At approximately 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to a report of a boy who had fallen through the ice on a lake at the Crystal Lake Apartments, located near 23 Mile and Dequindre roads.

Upon arrival, a firefighter dressed in a cold water exposure suit swam out and located the boy holding his younger sister in the water, and the firefighter brought both children safely to shore, according to a Fire Department press release.

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Published February 14, 2017

At approximately 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, police and fire personnel responded to a call about a child who had fallen through the ice on a lake in the Lake West Arrowhead subdivision, located near 25 Mile and Jewell roads.

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Published February 14, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At a Feb. 7 Board of Trustees meeting, Supervisor Rick Stathakis said that taxpayers in the 11 communities in the Macomb Interceptor Drainage District, including Shelby Township and Utica, will foot the bill for the 15 Mile Road sewer repair.

While those residents with septic fields who are not on municipal sewer lines will be unaffected, Stathakis said individual ratepayers may see an increase in costs as a result of the sinkhole and water main break.

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Published February 13, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Feb. 10, the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual community leaders breakfast. In addition to the mayors and supervisor of Sterling Heights, Utica and Shelby Township, the mayor and supervisor of Fraser and Clinton Township joined the panel this year.

The foremost topic of conversation was the collapsed interceptor drain in Fraser that affects a large part of the county. Leaders also weighed in on overall infrastructure needs, economic development, the failed Regional Transportation Authority millage and pensions.

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Published February 9, 2017

At approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, police responded to a report of a possibly deceased person in the area of Auburn Road and Hixson Avenue, which is located between Dequindre and Ryan roads.

The subject, a man in his late 50s, had been deceased long enough that no medical aid could be administered, according to a police press release.

The man showed no obvious signs of trauma, and police found nothing suspicious in the area, according to the release.

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Published February 8, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — From Feb. 24 to 26, Detroit Autorama will roll back into Cobo Center for a special 65th anniversary show featuring more than 800 classic and custom hot rods and vehicles, as well as the coveted Ridler Award.

In the Shelby-Utica News’ coverage area, five Shelby Township residents and the Utica mayor pro tem will bring a slew of historic and classic vehicles, as well as one dragster, to the show.

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Published February 8, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — In an effort to fight the growing opioid epidemic, the Shelby Township and Utica police departments have teamed up with a countywide initiative to provide help to drug addicts.

Hope Not Handcuffs, as the initiative is called, encourages individuals who wish to kick their drug additions to enter a participating police station without fear of arrest. Police will connect them to a person who will sit with them until they can be transported to a treatment facility.

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Published February 8, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township’s 11th annual Relay for Life event will return to River Bends Park May 20-21.

This year, the event will incorporate the Sterling Heights event formerly held at Dodge Park and include the city of Utica under a new name: Relay for Life of Greater Shelby Township.

Rochelle Holman, the local American Cancer Society representative, said her organization decided to consolidate the fundraiser because Sterling Heights’ event was shrinking, Utica’s was nonexistent and Shelby Township’s was growing.

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Published February 8, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Jan. 17, Planner Glenn Wynn laid out the most recent update to the township’s recreation plan during a public hearing at a Board of Trustees meeting.

The five-year recreation plan is due for an update this year. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources requires the township to have a recreation plan on file, and it is also a prerequisite to apply for state grants, Wynn said.

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Published February 8, 2017

METRO DETROIT — With a slew of cloudy, rainy weather and a rise in political tensions, some may want to seek a sanctuary or escape from the real-world challenges that persist daily.

A local home stager and an interior decorator offered some tips that readers can implement in their homes to help carve out some peaceful, quiet moments for themselves.

Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging in Bloomfield Township, suggested outfitting a space with comfortable furniture and eliminating electronics, including TVs, computers and phones.

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