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Published June 19, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — With the Pride of Michigan floating in the background, local officials and business leaders touted the impact that the lake continues to have on the local economy during the second annual State of Lake St. Clair address on June 10.

County Executive Mark Hackel said Macomb County’s Blue Water Economy initiative is the reason for numerous accomplishments since its inception in 2013.

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Published June 18, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Dozens of prisoners at the Macomb County Jail were released the evening of June 17 and the morning of June 18 due to overcrowding, sheriff’s officials reported.

According to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, an overcrowding state of emergency was declared on June 2 after the jail population exceeded the rated design capacity (RDC).

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Published June 17, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Officials said the pipeline installation of the 7-mile water main project along 24 Mile Road is scheduled to be complete before Nov. 1, with final paving and restoration taking place next spring.

Although contractor Ric-Man Construction has open-cut the rest of the westbound lane of 24 Mile Road, Ric-Man President and CEO Steve Mancini said crews will have to tunnel under the bridge at M-53, which will close both lanes of 24 Mile Road for at least a month.

Mancini said the tunnel project and road closure will begin this week.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The flooring scene has changed drastically in the last few years, according to flooring experts in the area.


New types of flooring are available, such as luxury vinyl, which can resemble any other type of floor. And other timeless types of flooring, such as hardwood and carpet, have advanced leaps and bounds in terms of stability, finishes, style and softness.


Matt Pfeiffer, owner of Northern Flooring in Lake Orion, said that hardwood is the No. 1 type of flooring in Michigan and the best investment in terms of resale factor.

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Published June 17, 2015

METRO DETROIT — With winters that seem to last most of the year, Michiganders know how to take advantage of the warm weather once it finally rolls around.


Dinner time, exercise routines and daily play all seem to migrate outdoors in the summer months. It should come as no surprise, then, that many families in metro Detroit like to relocate movie night to the open air, too.

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Published June 17, 2015

UTICA — At the June 8 Utica City Council meeting, the Utica Police Department bestowed its highest award, a citation of valor, to a nearly seven-year, furry-faced veteran of the force who is set to retire at the end of the month.

Bear, an almost 9-year-old, 95-pound German shepherd, stole the show at the meeting with his handler, Sgt. Kurt Sharrow. The City Council approved the sale of Bear, technically considered a city asset, to Sharrow for a nominal fee so that he can live out the rest of his years at Sharrow’s home in St. Clair.

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Published June 17, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — An event that started as an additional fundraiser and morphed into a highly anticipated event for those whose lives have been touched by autism will celebrate its 10-year anniversary June 20.

The Out and About Autism 5K Walk/Run and 1-mile Fun Run will start at Eastwood Beach in Stony Creek Metropark. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and participants can also register online at www.macombasa.org.

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Published June 15, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Gaming Control Board and 15 plaintiffs, including the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association, have been in a legal battle since the MGCB filed new rules on May 14, 2014, that would significantly limit the amount and type of business conducted in charity poker lounges.

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Published June 15, 2015

Few things suggest summer like vacations, camping, cookouts and the beach. But AAA Michigan is reminding drivers that summer can also bring increased danger on the roads.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the season between Memorial Day and Labor Day makes up what AAA calls the “100 Deadliest Days.” Teen deaths related to auto accidents tend to rise during this period partly because teens have more time and chances to drive, according to the foundation.

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Published June 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Fireworks are a Fourth of July staple.


From cherry bombs to Roman candles, Michiganders have enjoyed launching fireworks since before the Fireworks Safety Act of 2011 was signed into law, permitting consumer pyrotechnics on the day before, day of and day after designated national holidays.


But for some veterans, fireworks and other loud noises can trigger memories from military experiences.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — It’s time to let your light shine — in your home, that is.


We all have many lighting styles in our homes: table lamps, under-cabinet lights, and even the tuxedo of lights: chandeliers.


But what kinds of lighting work best for your abode?


Corie Conroy, owner of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging and Interior Design, said different lighting packs a unique punch in your home, like bedroom table lighting that creates a calming feel.

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Published June 10, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Father’s Day is tough.


How do you express your gratitude for the man who gave you so many happy memories over the years, gave you unyielding support to follow your dreams and the pearls of wisdom to actually get you there?


Somehow, a tie just doesn’t seem to cut it.

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Published June 10, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — The constant juggle of work and school, as well as a number of other daily responsibilities, can be a strain on many families.

When physical and cognitive disabilities are tossed into the mix, the results can be positively overwhelming, explained Kelli Dobner, vice president and chief development officer for the Judson Center.

For more than 90 years, the Judson Center has provided services to strengthen children, adults and families impacted by autism, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, abuse and neglect.

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Published June 10, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 2, officials from Oakland and Macomb counties joined together at River Bends Park to announce the final repairs to a $170 million, seven-year sewer rehabilitation project that spans 20 miles from Shelby Township to Detroit.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The hum of engines across metro Detroit promises to be a familiar sound of summer as communities hold their annual classic car and auto events.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is scheduled this year for Aug. 15, is known as the largest classic car event in the area, auto events in Shelby Township, Roseville, Grosse Pointe Shores and Eastpointe will take place in June, and others will occur in August.

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Published June 8, 2015

METRO DETROIT — In the fall of 2010, John Cummings began talking to residents in the neighborhoods of southwest Detroit. He estimates that he had around 200 one-on-one conversations with the people in the community, developing a feeling for their passions, their interests and concerns.

Conversation led to collaboration, and five years later, there are two groups: Grace in Action, the church community with Cummings as pastor, and Grace in Action, the entrepreneurship arm and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Published June 7, 2015

At approximately 7:39 p.m. June 5, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to the area of 23 Mile and Ryan roads for a vehicle that had crashed into the living room of a home near the intersection.

A 61-year-old Sterling Heights man told investigators that he was driving eastbound on 23 Mile Road and became unable to stop his Toyota Avalon due to his gas pedal sticking.

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Published June 6, 2015

HAZEL PARK — During her day job as a vet technician at the Animal Medical Center of Troy, in Rochester Hills, Marjorie Sapp finds time to feed baby birds she brought with her in an incubator. Baby birds need to be fed on a regular basis from dawn to dusk, so it’s a lot of work. Her co-workers will help out, nursing the frail little creatures that fell out of their nest or were abandoned.

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Published June 3, 2015

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — A little more than a year ago, a Washington Township woman launched The Healing Nest and opened the doors of her home to women undergoing treatment for cancer.

Once a month, licensed professionals donate their time to pamper cancer patients through a variety of services and, afterward, all convene for a lunch prepared specifically for them.

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Published June 3, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In January, Girl Scout Troop 70063, out of Wiley Elementary School, embarked on a Bronze Award project to create 100 “bags of friendship” to give to young patients at Troy and Royal Oak Beaumont hospitals.

The troop, consisting of 15 girls ages 9-11, spent the last several months collecting donations and purchasing supplies. They compiled the bags, complete with inspirational handwritten messages, at Wiley Elementary on May 19 and delivered the bags to the hospital on May 21.

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