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Published April 15, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In a 6-0 vote April 7, the Board of Trustees adopted text revisions to the township’s zoning ordinance to regulate how and where oil and gas would be processed if oil were discovered at a well located near 25 Mile and Dequindre roads.

The board introduced the changes at its March 17 meeting, but given Shelby’s classification as a charter township, two votes were required to amend the zoning ordinance.

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Published April 14, 2015

A grass-roots effort to decrease the euthanasia rate at the Humane Society of Macomb Animal Shelter, near 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue, culminated in a protest April 11.

Lori Stephens, a Shelby Township resident and spokesperson for the group, alleged that the animal shelter was primarily a killing operation and not something residents and animal lovers wanted in the community.

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Published April 13, 2015

Whether it’s for planning a long road trip or to have some backup wheels while their main ride is in the shop, securing a rental car will likely become a favorable option for most drivers sooner or later.

However, businesses that loan vehicles to drivers often have their own requirements and guidelines for renting vehicles and taking care of those vehicles.

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Published April 13, 2015

NOVI — While some actors might regret being typecast due to a certain role, that is not the case for Robert Englund.

The California native — probably best known for scaring filmgoers as Freddy Krueger in several “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies  —  said the frightening character he played actually opened many more doors for him in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa and Europe, where he has found steady work.

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Published April 10, 2015

Christina Li, 17, of Macomb Township, decided to organize a computer camp for girls after she noticed a pronounced lack of females at a programming marathon last summer at Stanford University in California.

Twenty-nine girls in grades six through eight in Utica Community Schools chose to spend their spring break learning how to program and code; create websites, apps and robots; and listen to women in the industry share their stories April 6-10.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — For people with space challenges and unfavorable soil conditions, container gardens may be a simple, colorful solution.


Mary Gerstenberger, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension consumer horticulture coordinator, and Karen McCuen, president of the Shelby Gardeners Club, agree that whether people are planting vegetables or flowers, the first step is to select the right container.

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Published April 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Most people don’t notice awnings until they decide to buy one.


The main reason most homeowners decide to purchase an awning is for shade. Also, they wish to cut the cost of cooling their home and keep the patio cool in the summer, said Lorraine Strachan, office manager for Signature Awning in Livonia, which serves all of metro Detroit.


“The biggest reason is shade,” Strachan said.

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Published April 8, 2015

DETROIT — Go Comedy! Improv Theater is packing up the laughs and taking them down the road.


The Ferndale-based improvisational comedy group will be bringing its award-winning All-Star Showdown to Detroit’s Elizabeth Theater for special performances April 18 and May 16.

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Published April 8, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — Waving goodbye to the snow and ice of winter isn’t hard for most people to do come spring, but county officials want residents to know that as the temperatures increase, so do the chances for severe weather.

Last year, there were 112 storm-based warnings issued in southeast Michigan, three of which were recorded tornadoes. County officials said the recent tornado that touched down in Rochester Hills serves as a reminder of how destructive tornadoes can be and why it is vital to have a severe weather plan.

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Published April 8, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Henry, the Shelby Township Police Department’s 75-pound, 10 1/2-year-old German shepherd, will work his last shift as half of a K-9 unit on April 17.

For the past 9 1/2 years, Henry has lived and worked with his handler, patrolman Kevin Treworgy. Henry has gone on more than 100 raids, sniffed out the tracks of countless criminals and helped fight crime in a wide range of capacities.

Treworgy said that he got Henry when Henry was a year old in November 2005.

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Published April 8, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — It is time again for volunteers wearing orange vests to fan out along Shelby Township roadways and pick up the trash that has hidden beneath the snow for the last several months.

Clean Up Day will kick off with registration at the Shelby Township Community Center at 8:30 a.m. April 25. It will wrap up with pizza, pop and a “weirdest things found” contest at the Community Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Published April 6, 2015

A greener, warmer Michigan might signal the end of winter driving, but the end of winter advisory alerts doesn’t mean that drivers can let down their guard.

According to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz, many people take road trips around this time of year. But she said some vehicles may need to prepare for a transition between local cold winter driving and driving over the next couple of months.

Road trips also require careful attention to surrounding traffic, she said.

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Published April 3, 2015

Shelby Township officials scrambled to publicize word of a mandatory two-day boil water alert after they became aware of it at approximately 11 a.m. March 26. The alert lasted from 11 p.m. Friday, March 27 to approximately noon Sunday, March 29.

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Elegance and simplicity are essential elements of award-winning home design.


“Our clients want quality architectural details,” said John VanBrouck, of Luxe Homes, one of the winners of the Detroit Home Design Awards, held March 24 at The Fillmore Detroit. “They are looking for something that is different, unique and creative with classic styling.”

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Published April 1, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before farmers markets open up, ready to bring shoppers the locally grown produce that may not have all the chemicals that larger grocers might sell.

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Published April 1, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Although it sounds like a tale fit for April Fools’ Day, a Shelby Township neighborhood’s affection for a lone wild turkey who showed up one day last summer is real.

Residents in the area of 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue took to calling the turkey “Mary Lou,” after the name of their street, Mary Lou Court, until they found out the turkey was, in fact, a male. They then dubbed the turkey that enjoys following people, chasing cars and roosting in their trees “Harry Lou.”

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Published April 1, 2015

SHELBY TOWNHIP — Last weekend at Magahay Elementary School in Sterling Heights, the Shelby Township Police Department began a two-day training program, which will span four weekends, for its officers to learn how to respond to an active-shooter threat.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said there is a national problem with people walking into locations, such as schools or places of employment, and shooting people at random, and he wants to have the department properly trained to deal with such a threat.

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Published March 30, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Republican Party invited New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to be the keynote speaker at its annual fundraiser — the Lincoln Dinner — on March 27.

Hundreds of Republicans and affiliates filled the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center’s dining hall to listen to the Republican governor. Christie bashed the current White House administration and highlighted what he believes a Republican president should focus on in 2016.

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Published March 30, 2015

Most auto owners want their cars to go the distance on durability, but it often requires driver diligence to succeed, according to some auto repair businesses.  

According to Hal Collins, owner of Hal’s Auto Clinic in Farmington Hills, his business sees lots of cars with around 200,000 miles on their odometers.

“The manufacturers have done a great job of making the cars more durable,” he said.

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Published March 27, 2015

WARREN — It has become a tradition flanked with its own Paris-like runway. 

Every year, Regina High School parents, students, alumni and friends gather for the school’s annual fashion show that the Regina Mothers Guild sponsors. The goal is to raise money for the school.

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