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Published December 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, Shelby Township’s seventh annual Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk will kick off from behind the Shelby Township Senior Center.

Race director Michael Ward said he expects the race to exceed 450 runners — he’s hoping for 600-700 — and raise more than $11,000, which is how much it brought in last year.

All of the profits will be donated to charity, Ward said. Last year, he distributed the funds to approximately 10 charities. He called for other charities to reach out to him.

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Published December 12, 2016

UTICA — On Nov. 9, the day after the Nov. 8 general election, mayoral candidate and current Utica City Councilman Frank Czapski filed for a recount of the mayoral race after he lost by a hair, according to unofficial election results.

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Published December 10, 2016

With holiday baking underway in households across metro Detroit, we asked our readers to share some of their favorite Christmas cookie recipes.
Here's what we've gotten so far. Do you have one that we should include?
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Published December 8, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — During his Dec. 7 State of the County address, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel touted the ongoing momentum that’s continually bringing new life into the area.

He noted how the Make Macomb Your Home initiative has birthed a vitality in the county that was once considered lagging.

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Published December 7, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Thanks to a Shelby Township resident and pickleball enthusiast’s $5,000 donation, players at the three pickleball courts in River Bends Park will be able to take a respite from the game and seek shade.

The Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department constructed a wooden pavilion and painted it royal blue and white to match the courts last month. The department now is finishing the cement work.

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Published December 7, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 30, the MotorCities National Heritage Area, a federally created nonprofit organization that promotes the auto industry in the greater Detroit area through grants, presented the Packard Proving Grounds with its 2016 Award of Excellence for preservation.

The award ceremony, which commends recognized historic sites that have auto and labor heritage, took place at the State Capitol in Lansing on the third annual Michigan Automotive Heritage Day.

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Published December 5, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 2, Delaney Kraemer, of Roseville, visited her best friend Catie Boldman’s fourth-grade class at St. Lawrence Elementary School to share a passage from Kraemer’s new book, “The First German Shepherd Who Howled at the Moon.”

The characters in the 105-page chapter book, which features a well-written combination of mystery and fantasy, are based on the Boldman family. The girls, both 11, have been best friends since they met at a physical and otherwise health-impaired preschool.

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Published November 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved an amended conditional zoning application for a 6.7-acre property located near the northeast corner of 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

The revised design plan includes 22 duplexes and a 13,000-square-foot, one-story office building, instead of higher-density housing and a two-story office building.

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Published November 30, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Nov. 15, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to authorize the design and construction of a 15,000- to 17,000-square-foot district court building next to the Shelby Township Police Department in the township municipal complex, at a cost not to exceed $4.5 million.

During the past 15 years, the township has considered different ideas about how to address the cramped, aging 41-A District Court in Shelby Township, which currently shares a building with the library, senior center and Shelby TV.

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Published November 30, 2016

METRO DETROIT — ’Tis the season for marquee lights and large, colored bulbs to make a comeback.

Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging, said this season’s holiday decorating trends focus more on lighting than in previous years, with a heavy emphasis on metallics.

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Published November 29, 2016

A 74-year-old Rochester Hills man was arrested Nov. 18 and charged with false impersonation of a health professional after a woman he had treated for 14 months became suspicious and sought a second opinion.

From January 2015 to March 2016, Velimir Krgovic allegedly charged a 58-year-old Commerce Township woman $8,200 for extensive dental work, including three root canals, three posts and removal of all crowns, and provided her with pills she was told were antibiotics, police said.

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Published November 29, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — River Bends Park in Shelby Township and Memorial Park in Utica both recently received a bike repair station along the new paved hike-and-bike trail that connects the two.

A Shelby Township bike shop, Metro Bike, donated the stations as an act of goodwill.

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Published November 22, 2016

UTICA — On Nov. 14, volunteers and construction equipment came together to create a bioswale along Utica’s new hike and bike path and the Clinton River to catch and treat stormwater runoff from the adjacent gravel parking lot for Jimmy John’s Field.

The site was one of two demonstration locations for Macomb County’s Urban Forestry Partnership program, which is geared at increasing the tree canopy in the county and naturally reducing pollution.

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Published November 22, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A local fourth-grader recently had a chance to raise awareness about amphibians when the Detroit Zoo held an essay contest to become the new mayor of Amphibiville, a 2-acre wetland village that houses the National Amphibian Conservation Center.

A panel of judges selected the 100-word essay by Trinity Favazza, 9, of Shelby Township, in which she promised to educate her classmates at Trinity Lutheran School about amphibians, encourage neighbors to use natural fertilizer, clean up local wetlands and promote her efforts via social media.

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Published November 22, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — With the early days of December on the horizon, Shelby Township and Utica will host their annual family Christmas programs to jump-start the holiday season.

Shelby Township’s Christmas Aglow will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the township municipal grounds. Utica’s Christmas tree-lighting program will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Utica Fire Department.

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Published November 19, 2016

METRO DETROIT — You managed to stay cool on social media during the entire political season. You didn’t once snap at Uncle Bruce’s relentless posts bashing your candidate, and now that the election is over you can take a deep breath and relax.

But wait.

Thanksgiving is this week, and even more holidays are just around the corner.

You’ll have to see family members on either side of the aisle, and face it, there just isn’t enough pie to bring them all together.

You’re not alone.

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Published November 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Final election results will not be official until Nov. 28, but officials agree that Donald Trump is expected to be the overall winner in Michigan, as he leads by approximately 13,000 votes.

Because Michigan is a “winner takes all” state, the 16 Republican electorates, chosen via nomination and voted upon by precinct delegates at the county and state convention levels, will cast their votes for the president-elect in Lansing Dec. 19.

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Published November 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — In the Shelby-Utica News’ coverage area, voters established two state representatives and two Macomb County commissioners.

In keeping with national general election trends, all four victors of the local races are Republicans.

In the House District 30 race, Republican Diana Farrington, of Utica, won the seat that her term-limited husband, state Rep. Jeff Farrington, has occupied up until now.

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Published November 14, 2016

UTICA — At approximately 2:19 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, police responded to Eppler Junior High School for reports of a motion alarm triggered near the gymnasium.

Officers checked exterior doors, set up a perimeter and shined their vehicles’ emergency lights on the school.

A responding school security representative witnessed two men walking through a hallway inside the building. The men walked out of a basement door with their hands in the air, and police took them into custody.

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Published November 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Voters came out in droves and lined up, in some cases 80 people long, to set turnout records in both Shelby Township and Utica Nov. 8.

Shelby Township had a 72.7 percent turnout; Utica had a 67.8 percent turnout. The overall turnout rate for Macomb County was 67.3 percent.

Both Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot and Utica Clerk Beth Ricketts told the Shelby-Utica News that the election process went smoothly, for the most part.

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